Vegetarian Chili you Need to Make

Do you ever feel like you eat the same damn thing every night? Or maybe you don’t have time to always cook a nutritious meal for dinner? Or maybe you’re just not even that good of a cook, so you eat boxed pizza for most of your dinners?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, I’d advise you to keep reading because I’m about to make your tastebuds explode.

I found the perfect vegetarian chili recipe on Pinterest that I knew I needed to share with you guys! I did modify it somewhat, but I promise my modifications made the recipe that much better.

 I say this recipe is perfection because the ingredients are natural, heathy, and cheap. It also makes a lot of food so you can have this for dinner multiple times a week. & the best one of them all- it’s so simple to make! What’s more simpler than measuring out your ingredients and putting those ingredients in a crockpot? Lol, not much!

Ready for the recipe?

» 2 cups organic vegetable broth

» 1 can organic tomato sauce

» 1 15 oz can organic diced tomatoes 

» 1 cup uncooked quinoa

» 1 can of unsalted corn kernels 

» 1 15 oz can organic black beans

» 1 15 oz can organic kidney beans

» 1/2 an onion

» 2 cloves of garlic

» 1 tbsp chili powder

» 1 tsp pepper

» 1 tsp himalayan salt

» 1 tsp ground cumin

» 1 tsp oregano

» 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

» 1/4 tsp paprika

» 1/4 tsp coriander

Put all of your ingredients into your crockpot and stir, then set the temperature to low, and cook for 5 hours.

Garnish your chili with whatever toppings you’d like! I like to garnish with cilantro and cheese, but I’m really trying to cut back on my dairy intake, so no cheese for me this time.

Adding blue corn chips or avocado toast with your chili is SO good, too!

Have a great rest of your week!

xx, Aubrianna

Delightful Moments – Trying New Fall Recipes

Hi, hi, hi!

How’s your week so far? Hopefully going well!

It sure is chilly here in Denver, which means I’ve been whipping up some new Fall recipes that I’ve never tried! It’s always fun trying new recipes, especially when they taste so great. Also, before I forget, I found all of these recipes on Pinterest! I WISH I could think of these recipes on my own, but that’s not the case. Instead, I made them myself and decided to give them an honest review for you guys.

» The first recipe I tried was the Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats!

Here’s the thing, I’m not a big lover of oats, but I do realize that they’re extremely healthy for you. This recipe was actually very good for being oats, but I do think the recipe could use less cinnamon. The best thing about these oats is how convenient they are. You prepare them the night before, let them sit in the fridge overnight, and grab the jar of oats on your way out the door. You can also modify these oats, so instead of topping the oats with an apple, you can top the oats with a banana, berries, shredded coconut & almonds, or peanut butter & cacao nibs!

» The second recipe I tried was the Creamy Apple Cinnamon Smoothie!

I have an “apple” theme going for some reason. I guess I was really into trying new apple recipes when I was pinning all of these recipes on Pinterest! I really liked this smoothie. It was extremely filling due to the oats that are used, and that’s a good thing. I’m a big smoothie lover because I can add my vegan protein powder, maca powder, & pearl powder (will do a post on what all of these are for!). If you love apples, you will definitely love this smoothie! I don’t particularly love apples but I will eat them because of their benefits. This smoothie could also be made the night before so you can grab it on your way out the door. I like having smoothies for lunch, too. I’m not a big lunch person, so smoothies work perfectly for me because it’s not too much food.

» The third recipe I tried were the Pumpkin Waffles!

These pumpkin waffles were so good! They were extremely filling and they do take some time to make, so make them on a weekend morning when you don’t have to leave right away in the morning. The batch makes a lot of waffle batter, so these would be perfect to make if you’re having family or friends stay over on a weekend or over Thanksgiving!

» The last recipe I tried were the No-bake Maple Almond Butter Cookies!

These cookies are… interesting! They’re good but they are definitely interesting. It’s probably the “no-bake” aspect. These cookies are vegan, gluten free, whole grain, and dairy-free, which I seriously love because it’s almost like they’re healthy cookies! The recipe calls for a lot of maple syrup, I almost think too much maple syrup but they are still tasty even being vegan and dairy-free. These cookies take no time to make, literally like ten minutes, so that’s always super convenient!

Let me know if you like these posts where I try different recipes from Pinterest and then review them for you! If so, I can definitely do more of them.

Thanks for reading, and happy Fall!

xx, Aubrianna

How to Get a Good Nights Sleep

Happy first day of Fall & happy Friday!! I hope everyone has some fun weekend plans.

So sleep… It’s so important for your body to get the right amount of sleep!

I need at least 8 hours of sleep a day. I’d love it if I could average 9 hours, but I average about 7ish. And let me tell you, 7 hours just doesn’t cut it. Especially if I’m sick, which I AM right now and I have no idea why. I never get sick *eye roll*.

I think the norm for most people is about 6-7 hours of sleep a night. That may be because you don’t sleep through the night very well, you go to sleep too late and have to wake up too early (ME), you have too much going on that you just can’t get enough sleep, or you’re my bf and prioritize playing Destiny 2 over sleep. Like he literally played until 4am when it was first released, and the dude is supposed to wake up for work by 6am, HA.

 To some it seems like sleep is a huge waste of time. To me, I’m like this is my favorite time of the day- laying in my bed and letting my body relax to the fullest. If you suffer from getting to sleep or staying asleep, keep reading this post!

Tips for being a good sleeper:

» Drink plenty of water during the day. If you go to bed dehydrated, you don’t sleep nearly as well.

» Rub Lavender Body Oil on your neck and hands. Lavender is very calming so it relaxes the mind.

» Put Lavender Oil in your diffuser and let the diffuser run by your bed. I also like to combine Lavender and Eucalyptus Oil together! Lavender is soothing and Eucalyptus is an antibacterial and deodorant, so it cleanses the air.

» Give yourself five to ten minutes of stretching right before climbing into bed. Stretching reduces stress, therefore it’s perfect right before bed. When you can release stress, you can fall asleep much easier.

» Meditate right before bed. This is also a stress reliever because you’re letting go of any tension you built up during the day. You’re also freeing your mind because your mind becomes completely empty, so there’s not a million things zooming around up there. When you’re mind is clear, you’re able to close your eyes without having your mind wander.

» If you can’t meditate or prefer not to, grab an actual book to read. For most people, reading can make you sleepy. It’s also a lot better to read a book right before bed than to look at your phone. When you’re on your phone before falling asleep, you lose track of time and before you know it, you’ve been on your phone for 40 minutes or longer. The light from your phone screen also makes your brain believe that it’s still light outside, so when you go to put your phone down, your mind isn’t ready to fall asleep.

» Get a work out in during the day. That could be going to the gym, going for a walk or jog, going to yoga class (my current favorite!), or doing a work out at home. Again, working out is a stress reliever and makes your muscles tired. Those are both great things when it comes to wanting to get a good nights sleep!

» Finally, this may not work for everyone but, I love to list the things I’m grateful for when I close my eyes. Sometimes I’ll list the things that made me happy during that day. I do this because then my last thoughts are “happy thoughts”. I’m focusing on the good, rather than the bad. And I ALWAYS fall asleep during the process!

I hope these little tips can help you in some way! Let me know what you do to get a good nights sleep.

xx, Aubrianna