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Carrie Michael  Whole Food VEGAN. Therapist. Yogi. Wife. Raising 3 plant-based kids 😋 TN, USA Nutritional coaching available ⬇️


And finally, a vacation without kids. I breastfed Grey for 2.5 years, and now I'm able to spend multiple nights away. Totally worth the wait. #dominicanrepublic #capcana

Finally got a decent shot of my breakfast - oats + shredded zucchini = ZOATS! Best way to sneak in veggies for breakfast because you seriously can't taste it AND it doubles the size of your meal (I'm a fan of BIG meals). Here's how I do it: cook 1c rolled oats in water and a ton of cinnamon until thick, stir in 1 big shredded zucchini, top with chopped fruit and either soaked chia or ground flaxseed. So delicious and satisfying - I eat a version of this EVERY MORNING. #zoats #oatmeal #loveanimalseatplants

I recently started adding a huge bowl of veggies at the beginning of every meal, and I've lost MORE weight. No restriction - just an abundance of veggies, potatoes, beans, rice, fruit, etc. So easy! My weight is lower than it's been in 10 years, and I'm eating three times the volume of food as I was then. Plants rule all. #loveanimalseatplants

Happy Valentines Day peeps! I finally perfected a recipe for gluten free banana muffins with NO ADDED SUGAR that my kids devour. And they're vegan, obviously. Here it is:
Gluten Free Banana Muffins
(With no added sugar!!) ____________________________________________________
1.5c oat flour (I blend oats in the vitamix)
1c rolled oats
2tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon (or more)
2tsp vanilla
2 flax eggs *
1 1/2c mashed banana
2/3c plant milk (I use vanilla almond milk, unsweetened is best)
* 1 flax egg = 1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 2.5 tbsp water. Whisk together and let sit for 5 minutes or until it thickens.
Preheat oven to 325F. Combine dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients and combine thoroughly. Pour into a lined muffin tin (filling the liners almost to the top), sprinkle with rolled oats, and bake at 325F for 25-30 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
Tip: Let them cook completely before trying to remove the liner. Otherwise, they will stick to it.

You know that thing you reeeeeally don't want to do but you know in your heart it's the right thing to do? Yeah, do that thing.

Pic from @lewishowes

Another variation of my potato lunch: white sweet potato fries with buffalo sauce wrapped in romaine with a side of veggies with kimchi. I sautéed the veggies in WATER and a squeeze of lemon juice. I cooked the potatoes on a perforated pan at 425F for 18-20 minutes WITHOUT oil. #loveanimalseatplants #friesforlunch #oilfree

This will forever be my go-to easy meal. Just slice gold potatoes and bake them (preferably on some kind of perforated pan) at 425F for 18-20 minutes, or until they reach whatever level of crispy you like. Then wrap in lettuce, dunk in ketchup or BBQ sauce, and devour. #loveanimalseatplants

Lunch was spinach, romaine, red cabbage, peas, broccoli, shredded carrots, and sauerkraut tossed in a maple syrup/ACV/sriracha mustard dressing. Plus I ate 2 baked Japanese sweet potatoes. 🍠🥗

I'm not flexible. I'm almost 40. But I've been working on my splits consistently for over a year and this is my progress. I remember when the back of my thigh touched the ground for the first time last March – I immediately had Eric take a picture and texted it to @hannah_mcneely - I was SO excited. And then my splits disappeared. For months. I wasn't even close. And then a few months ago, it felt like butter. So simple. That's what I love about yoga, it humbles you. I still have days when I can't go all the way down. But progress is always happening, even if you can't see it. #yogaeverydamnday

And the fact that my feet are cut off in this picture doesn't bother me at all 😏

It's not pretty, but this is my typical breakfast on the go (if I'd been at home I would've sprinkled frozen berries on top for the sake of this picture, but this is REAL, today is a work day). I cook 1c rolled oats in water with a LOT of cinnamon, then mix in one shredded zucchini (after the oats have cooled slightly), then top with chopped apples and chia seeds soaked in water. Nothing fancy, just real human food. A total cost of around $1.50 and less than 5 minutes of actual effort, cuz eating healthy is cheaper and faster than takeout.

Eric's dinner from a few nights ago: buffalo cauliflower with massaged kale and hummus on sprouted bread. Eric (my husband) has been eating whole plant foods exclusively (#wslf style) since January 1, and he's already lost 20 pounds! Unlimited beans, grains, potatoes, and fruit without any added oils or refined sugars (with the exception of sugar in condiments like hot sauce). He agreed to 36 days. I'll keep you posted. #wholestarchlowfat

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will hold their final performances in May of this year. My heart is happy 😊❤🐘

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