Mending my night routine

I’ve got the perfect morning routine down to the minutes, but my nighttime routine still has some work to do.

There are elements of my nights that I love, but there are also things that I know need to be added or nixed.

So, let’s start with what I’ve got going for me: 

::: skincare / when I was younger and first started having to take care of my skin I was awful at it. In college, there were countless nights when I would go to bed without washing my face, even when I had a full face of makeup on. I cringe thinking about it now. But now I’ve gotten to the point of adulthood where I wash my face before going to be. And there’s nothing better than a freshly washed and moisturized face.

::: tea / I drink herbal teas almost always and make adaptogenic tonics every day. One of my favorites drinks before bed is an adaptogenic tonic using Four Sigmatic Reishi or Reishi mixed with ashwagandha from Moon Juice. Reishi to destress and relax and ashwagandha for everything. My night routine isn’t set in stone yet, because the summer hours, but it is nice to have a mug of something hot to sip on when you get into bed.

::: read before bed / in my ideal world I would read every night before bed, but I’m not there yet. But I always love the times that I do.

::: gratitude / sounds cheesy but Michael and I share what we’re grateful for that day, and it sends you to bed feeling really warm and fuzzy inside.

Things that I like but probably aren’t the best for winding down:

::: I love watching an episode (or a few) on Netflix or Youtube at the end of the day. Right now I’m on the last season of Law and Order: SVU. I know it’s not good to stare at a laptop before going to bed, but it’s these fun little things to help wind down from the day

What I need to stop:

::: staying off social media / I’ve gotten a lot better over the years but I used to have to scroll through Instagram until I got through all the new posts. Ridiculous I know. But overall I’d like to cut down on technology before bed.

What I would like to add:

::: mediation / I go through phases of meditating regularly, but I would love to start consistently doing it at night. And not leave it to the last thing or I will definitely fall asleep during.

::: journaling / while I’m all about morning pages, I would love to add regular journaling at night as a way to reflect on and document my day. I love looking back on old journals, and I think night time would be a great spot to start doing it consistently.

 

What are your favorite parts of your nighttime routine, and what would you change?

Cheap, lazy vegan meals

There are so many amazing, delicious vegan dishes out there that are an elaborate work of art.

But what about when you’re not feeling cooking, and want your food now?

While there are days where I don’t mind putting in the effort to make something like pierogi, there are so many days where I just want something quick and easy. Because I’m a lazy vegan.

So, here are some options for when it comes to making something easy, that’s not full of fancy, expensive ingredients.

chickpea toast: I have to start here. It’s the easiest thing to make. Literally just pop in some toast. Open a can of chickpeas, drain it, microwave it for 1 minute and season it with whatever you like.

nachos: Put chips on a plate and whatever you want on top of it. I like cooking and crumbling up a veggie burger, or some black beans. And then I top it with things like tomato, onion, banana peppers, avocado, salsa, sriracha. Yum.

salad: People think these are more complicated than they actually are. I like either kale or romaine as my base, and then I’ve been cutting up half an avocado, throwing a fork full of kraut in, along with some spices and then massaging it into the greens to soften it all up, and the avocado becomes a nice sauce.

veggie burgers: These are great to have on hand for those days you just want to grab one, cook it in a skillet and throw it in a bun (or slice of bread in my case). And then you know the drill, top it with whatever you like.

couscous and soup: Couscous cooks really really fast, around the same amount of time it takes to warm up a can of soup. I like to just get a box of couscous and a can of minestrone soup, and voila, a meal.

pasta: You can throw in some veggies or you can literally just do noodles and sauce.

burrito: Sauté up some veggies, open up a can of beans, chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, throw in some salsa and sriracha and roll it up.

fries + vegan cheese sauce: This is a recent discover thanks to Ellen Fischer. It does take 30ish minutes to cook the potato fries, but I just mix them around in the pan every 10 minutes so it’s not hard. Check out her video for the vegan cheese sauce recipe and get ready to drool

smoothie: This is a summer thing for me. Throw a banana, some frozen fruit and whatever else in a blender. I love this either first thing in the morning or after a run.

watermelon/Fruit: Another summer thing for me. I love just eating a nice spread of fruit for a smaller meal. I know some people don’t consider fruit a meal, but if you eat the right amount it totally is. And this is what I do for lunch when I want something on the lighter, fresher side.

So, I know none of these are revolutionary. But they are so stinking easy. People think being vegan or plant-based is hard, or expensive but it doesn’t have to be.

What are some of your go-to lazy vegan meals?