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#Food #Porn: #Vegan #foodie pics of the week

TGIF! Is everyone as stoked for Friday as I am?! I get excited for the weekends, because it means food. (I know–you’re all shocked.) But weekends allow more time for creativity in the cooking department, and that makes me happy. Which is why I thought the term “food porn” was appropriate. When you get excited to see images of food that you want to eat NOW, and it inspires you to create and cook and want to taste stuff, it’s kinda fun. Right? Think The Joy of Sex, but with food.

Kind of…

Aaaaanyway…I can feel myself definitely beginning to ramble and get off topic, so let’s just do this. Without further adieu, here are some of my best foodie pics of the week–drool-worthy, instantly-hungry, get-in-my-belly (as Austin Powers’ alter ego might say) vegan foodie food.

Enjoy. xo

Fresh Fruit Salad with Walnuts

Vegan Fruit Salad

Dark Chocolate Vegan Granola Bars 

Chocolate vegan granola bars

Pomegranate Smoothie with Orange, Kiwi, Strawberry, + Banana

Vegan smoothie

Vegan Garden Wrap with Anti-Inflammatory Green Juice

vegan wrap and green juice

Layered Oats with Coconut, Banana, Pomegranate, + Cinnamon

Vegan oatmeal

Tropicana Smoothie with Homemade Granola + Pepita Seeds

Vegan smoothie and granola

For more pics, visit www.instagram.com/vegheadjenniferbrowne

6 Ways to Make Homemade Oatmeal More Exciting

TGIF, friends! Is it seriously Friday already?! The weeks are going by WAY too fast right now. I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner! With all the craziness and hoopla that surrounds the holidays, it’s easy to rely on pre-packaged crap to get you through the day. But we don’t need to put our poor bodies through that—we just need to get creative! Cold months are perfect for oatmeal, which is super simple to make, and very good for you. It’s high in plant-based protein, low in sugar, great for your digestive system (and those of us suffering with IBS), and it’s a whole food.

Oats. That’s it!

But just oats can get a little boring, so here are 6 ways to create incredible-tasting oatmeal, and make it look even prettier (because everyone knows that pretty food just tastes better):

Homemade oatmeal

  • Experiment with some fun ingredients. Aside from the common toppings of cinnamon or raisins, try other things. Banana slices, pomegranate seeds (especially this time of year), blueberries, shredded coconut, and flax seeds are all great additions to any bowl of oats. Literally, IT’S ALL GOOD.
  • Swap water for almond or coconut milk while cooking. It makes a thicker, heartier oatmeal that will stick around for the entire morning. If your tummy starts rumbling for a snack an hour before lunch, then this idea is for YOU. No more rumbles.

Homemade oatmeal

  • Try assembling it the night before. If time (or lack thereof) is your excuse for skipping breakfast or throwing back a crappy Nutri-Grain bar on your way to work, then prep, baby, prep! Here’s how: layer dry ingredients in a bowl or jar the night before, and sit it on the counter where you’ll see it in the morning. When you’re ready for it, add fresh fruit and some unsweetened almond milk, and viola! Good quality, homemade breakfast. You can’t beat that.

Homemade oatmeal

  • Make your oatmeal into little muffins! Simply combine oats with pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and some ground flax until the texture feels right. (Like vegan oatmeal meat balls!) Plop into muffin paper liners (in muffin tin), and bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let cool for 15 minutes before eating, or make the night before and just pop 2 into your purse on your way out the door. Easy, peasy!

Vegan Homemade Oatmeal

  • Dress it up. Not with toppings (do that, too), but arrange it in something fancy and pretty. It’ll be more visually appealing to you in the morning, and you might just make time to stop and take a foodie pic. I do it all the time. I’ll admit it, and I’m not ashamed. Think about it: if you’re creating food that you feel compelled to photograph, then you’ll want to eat it! Get passionate about breakfast! And create an Instagram account.
  • Do a quick search online about how good oatmeal is for you. It’ll help to know that oats are protein-laden, fiber-rich, blood sugar lowering, weight-loss inducing, intestine-cleaning powerhouses. How do you avoid it, now? YOU HAVE TO EAT IT!

And those are my ideas on how to make oatmeal more exciting. I hope you’re totally planning on running home after work, assembling some jars of oats and stuff, and are looking forward to your healthful, amazing, plant-based breakfast of oats for the week. If you have kids, it’s fun for them to create their own oatmeal concoctions, too! Let the creativity roll!

Like an oat. Like a rolled oat. Get it? Kk, I’m out. xo

Last Week's Best Vegan Foodie Images (thank you, Instagram)

Happy Tuesday, friends! While combing through some recent pics I’ve taken on my iPhone, I decided that I needed to share a few. The following images are ones I snapped within the last 10 days or so that are just too scrumptious to delete, so I’m allowing them to live on forever via my blog. (And Instagram, obviously.) 😉

Enjoy!

Strawberry-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Breakfast Smoothie

Vegan Banana Breakfast with Soy Yogurt, Pecans, Chia Seeds & Hemp Hearts

Vegan Banana Breakfast

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Fruit Salad with Soy Yogurt, Walnuts & Dried Dates

Vegan Fruit Salad

Green Smoothie with Kale & Vega

Vegan Green Smoothie

Vegetable Soup with Daikon & Golden Beet

Vegetable Soup

Baked Pumpkin-Oatmeal Cups

Pumpkin-Oatmeal Cups

Roasted Squash with Apple & Eggplant

Roasted Squash with Apple and Eggplant

Steamed Kale with Sweet Potato

Steamed Kale with Sweet Potato

A couple of these recipes will be available in my newest book, Vegetarian Comfort Foods. If you would like the recipe for one or more, please let me know in your comments below!

Stay fabulous! xo