Vegan Grocery Guide
Easy Vegan Grocery Guide + Free Shopping List!

Easy Vegan Grocery Guide

We have created the ultimate easy vegan grocery guide to support you on your plant-based journey!
This easy vegan grocery guide is an excellent place to start.
Beginning on a whole food plant-based vegan journey is so much easier than most think. We simply stick to eating whole foods, including minimally refined and non-processed foods, and steer clear of animal-based products including meat, dairy, and eggs.
Before you get scared away by thinking about how challenging this lifestyle might be, let’s lay out a few of the amazing benefits that come from switching over to the plant side.

Benefits of Eating Whole-Food Plant-Based

There’s no surprise here, a plant-based whole foods lifestyle can seriously boost your health. Countless scientific studies show the effects of a veganism whole foods diet, controlling and even reversing many chronic illnesses. Veganism can reduce your risk for numerous diseases on the rise, such as Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer, and Heart Disease. 
Even if you’re not currently suffering from any major illness; veganism and the whole-foods lifestyle is often attributed to an increase in energy, overall fitness levels, and anti-inflammatory health benefits. 
My personal favorite benefit of eating plant-based besides how amazing I feel is the environmental impact I am making with my family. I love viewing animals as friends, not as food or nourishment, and finding new better sustainable ways to lessen my carbon footprint in every aspect of my family’s life. 
Switching to a whole foods plant-based lifestyle may seem daunting, but it is actually simple when you have the right tools for the transition. That is why you need to keep this easy grocery guide in your back pocket for whenever you need guidance! (bookmark this one friend!) 
Here is a free downloadable grocery list so you can get everything you need to sustain a vegan, whole foods, plant-based meals on your next trip to the grocery store. I’ve got you covered! 

Our Favorite Family Meal Prep Recipes!

Now you may be wondering… What can my family and I eat when switching to a vegan lifestyle?

Now that you have your vegan grocery guide, let’s chat recipes.

There are so many delicious ways to make all of your family’s favorite foods, vegan. I do not feel like I am missing out on anything food-wise because I have created practically a book of easy, delicious recipes that my family loves. 

Here’s a sample of what we eat in a day to give you an idea: 

Breakfast: My Super Simple Vegan Breakfast Squares

Who doesn’t love chocolate cake for breakfast? My boys call these breakfast squares “chocolate cake” and request these almost every day. Little do they know, they have secret nutrients hidden inside, such as flaxseed. 

Lunch: Vegan Green Goddess Buddha Salad Bowl

My lunch staple usually revolves around some sort of bowl or salad. I have been obsessed with Green Goddess Dressing, so I finally created my own and WOW… I would eat this every single day if I could! 

Dinner: Garam Masala Coco Carrot and Rice

The new highly requested dinner this past couple of weeks is the Garam Masala Coco Carrot and Rice. I whipped this up a few weeks ago after not going to the grocery store for about 13 days (a new record for me) and having also a little too many carrots left. This is a delicious, kid-approved way to sneak in those extra veggies.

Dessert: No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

And last, but certainly not least, if you have a little sweet tooth at the end of the night, these no-bake cookies are the cure. They’re super simple to make and a surefire way to satisfy everyone’s craving in the family. 

If you want to skip the vegan recipe research and make simple kid-approved meals for your whole family easily, join me in the Wonder Mamas Family Meal Plan Program for weekly meal plans! These meal plans will help you save time, money, and above all, save you from the stress of the never-ending question “What’s for dinner, mom?

Benefits of Family Meal Planning

I believe that meal planning is the key to living a sustainable, healthy, vegan lifestyle. Without it, I’d always be stressed about what we will eat next and what’s in my pantry. I started meal planning to save myself from the seemingly million trips to the grocery store every week, and now I want to share my vegan family style recipes with all mamas. 
Some benefits of meal planning:
  • Save time: Don’t waste time going to the grocery store before every meal – know what you need the first time with a full weekly grocery list. 
  • Save money: How many times have you gone to the store for a few veggies and walked out with another week’s worth of random foods? By planning in advance, you can get what you NEED and skip out on the extra fluff that happens to catch your eye. 
  • Reduce stress: Stop worrying about what the next meal is and start knowing what every meal provides! Save your brain the mental energy by planning in advance, so you can get back to enjoying in fact your day-to-day family life, instead! 

If you have yet to download Our FIVE page Vegan Grocery List please do so below!

Tips and Tricks For Meal Planning

My top tips and tricks…
  • Plan your meals first… and then make your grocery list. 
  • Don’t forget about snack time! Plan in a possible snack for the kids (and yourself!) that you can make ahead of time and store in the fridge. 
  • Ask your family for input. I love letting my kids pick out one or two meals weekly, so they feel included and excited to eat their choice. 
  • Keep it simple. Don’t make it complicated by trying to make four-course vegan meals every night, five-ingredient meals go a long way with the same satisfaction. 
  • Meal Prep When Needed. If you have time to cook every meal, that’s great! If you don’t meal prep in advance however as much as possible eventually, you won’t be able to avoid those hunger-induced temptations. 

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Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are honoured to feature the amazingly beautiful  “Peta Approved” Vegan Fashion Line by LANIUS.

As you all know, I am such a big supporter of sustainably vegan brands and also those who are doing their best to provide sustainable and vegan options for our community. Ethical fashion is a big passion of mine and I had the best time shooting for this new PETA approved (woo-hoo!) fashion line. Our social media inbox is always flooded with messages about ethical fashion, so let’s get to it!

FASHION WITH RESPECT FOR
PEOPLE, ANIMALS & ENVIRONMENT

LANIUS has three guiding principles:

Love Fashion.

Think Organic.

Be Responsible.

In today’s fashion highlight, we are going to break down everything that makes LANIUS great. We will chat about sustainability, production, transparency, and ethics.

Let’s get educated on the Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

A Brief Overlook of LANIUS

  • Slow FashionSlow fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and more. The team of Lanius creative designers produces new LANIUS collections twice a year in their Cologne workshop.

  • Sustainability is at the forefront of their minds: LANIUS uses materials produced according to controlled ecological standards. Season after season, Lanius invests intensive research to become even better, even more sustainable and to be able to offer you even more beautiful qualities.

  • Natural & Organic Materials: Natural materials are the key to high-quality. Organic cotton, organic linen, hemp, tencel, and more are used to create their gorgeous pieces.

  • Cruelty-Free: Today we are featuring the “Peta Approved Vegan Fashion Line”, but what about the other fashion lines held by Lanius? Out of love and respect for animals, Lanius uses neither real fur nor down. When it comes to wool, they stick to a strict “no-mulesing“ policy. To learn more about their practice, please click here.

  • Responsible: Lanius assumes responsibility for people, animals, as well as the environment. The production sites comply with social and environmental standards, which are regularly checked by independent institutions and the company themselves.

  • Fair Working Conditions: Lanius has production centers in Lithuania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Turkey, Peru, China and India. Each one of these amazing centers is held to the highest standards.

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

LANIUS Founder: Claudia Lanius

Claudia Lanius had a strong vision when she started up the LANIUS brand. She envisioned a fashion brand that combined eco-friendly materials with fair working conditions, feminine silhouettes and the perfect fit. It’s pretty easy to see that she has successfully turned her vision into a reality and has inspired brands all over the world to take crucial steps in becoming more sustainable, ethical, and conscious.

The creative designers of LANIUS create TWO new collections each and every year. Compare this with the fast fashion’s industry 52+ collections each year, and you will begin to see just how miraculously slow and sustainable LANIUS truly is. LANIUS uses the highest quality materials, with strong attention to detail, and creates fashionable pieces that will last the test of time.

LANIUS is, in all regards, exactly what we need in this fashion world.

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS: Transparency is Key

When shopping via the LANIUS website, you have the options of selecting Detail, Sustainability, Care, Material and Production. This is probably one of my most favorite features of the LANIUS site. The transparency of this company is so very refreshing! With just a click of a button, customers can make educated decisions on their clothes and know that they are supporting a wonderful company that stands behind strong ethics. Imagine if all brands were as transparent as this one?

Vegan Fashion Lanius

We at WonderMamas were so very excited to see “production” as a category that is easily accessible when shopping. This production category let’s the consumer know where the clothing was made, a bit of background information, certifications, and fair trade conditions. Just marvelous.

Fair Fashion by Lanius

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Sustainable development is based on the so-called three pillar system: economic, environmental and social. The folks behind LANIUS see sustainability as a future-oriented and ongoing process. They take into consideration the people, animals and the environment. LANIUS’S defining strength is the ability to produce fair, high-quality and eco-friendly collections season after season.

How does LANIUS stay committed to their values?

Here are a few wonderful ways:

  • LANIUS is a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified companyThis provides a uniform certification process in the production of sustainable textiles. A product receives the GOTS seal when the entire supply chain, from cultivation to production, is certified in every step. The seal is renewed annually and the companies are subject to regular checks.
  • The bioRe® FoundationWith every purchase of the LANIUS charity shirt line, 3 euros per shirt will go to the school project of the bioRe® foundation, thus enabling the preservation, expansion and operation of a school for the children of the LANIUS organic cotton farmers. The bioRe® Foundation has been supporting infrastructure development in India and Tanzania since 1997, thus ensuring the sustainable improvement of the living conditions of farmers’ families. The main focus is on the cultivation of organic cotton as a sustainable livelihood, as well as the areas of health, education and livelihood.
  • #NoPlastic Initiative: Through better packaging, organic textile, clever caring, and recycled fibres, LANIUS is fighting back against plastic on a daily basis.
  • Natural Dyeing: This was so very exciting for me to see! Natural dyeing produces 97 % less water contamination compared to conventional dyeing, Energy savings of up to 30 %, and is Gentle and natural to the skin, because it’s free of harmful chemicals. LANIUS is committed to creating more pieces with natural dye. Check out the full break down here!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS: Peta Approved!

So now to the most exciting part, the Vegan Fashion Line! I am thrilled to share this with you all. Let’s take a look!

The vegan fashion line by LANIUS is everything that you would expect from a company with such high standards. The fibres are top of the line, the pieces are absolutely timeless, and you can feel good purchasing something for yourself without worrying about the high consequences of fashion. I love that LANIUS took the time and effort to become Peta approved certified through the application and interview process. This really shows how much they honour the vegan lifestyle and I truly appreciate that.

What is the “Peta Approved Logo”?

The “PETA-Approved Vegan” logo allows companies that sell apparel, accessories, furniture, or home decor to highlight their vegan offerings, helping consumers find animal-free products at a glance and make purchases that align with their values.

Ethical consumers can rest assured knowing that the entire article, as well as its manufacture, are free from animal ingredients.

‘As more and more people decide to live vegan – for the sake of animals, the environment and their own health – …we try to offer more and more vegan garments at LANIUS as well. The PETA “Approved Vegan” label marks our vegan garments and assures that the entire article as well as its manufacture are free from animal ingredients.’
Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

The vegan collection is not small in any way whatsoever. I actually attempted to count how many options LANIUS had in their vegan collection, and it was well over 150+ (possibly way more, I had to stop scrolling!). Each piece is just as beautiful and timeless as the next. When scrolling through, you will see a few fibres stand out : Tencel Lyocell, organic cotton, organic linen, and recycled materials. The fashion pieces vary greatly and you can come here to find a great collection of capsule wardrobe pieces, staple items, formal wear, outdoor wear, and so much more.

Here are a few of my favourites from the collection:

Soft Sheath Dress

Soft Sheath Dress: 48% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 47% TENCEL™ Modalfibers | 5% elastane

Casual Marlene pants Lanius

Casual Marlene Pants: 82% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 18% linen

Lanius Kaftan Dress

Kaftan Dress: 82% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 18% linen

As an ethical fashion researcher and consumer, I was thrilled to see the large selection of cuts, colours, and styles. I often feel as though we have very limited options in this ethical fashion world and this is not the case with the LANIUS vegan fashion line. One thing that I was not too thrilled about was the sizing options that are offered. After looking through the site, I noticed that the sizes only range from a size 34-44. This would equal to a size 2-12 in the states.

I also noticed a lack of diversity and sizing in the models.

I am hoping that LANIUS will make more ethical pieces that are size inclusive, showcase the clothing in various sizes, and also showcase the clothing on a more diverse group of models. These are rather large issues in the sustainable and ethical fashion world and we do need to speak up about it as consumers and bloggers.

And that is it for us today, folks! Gosh, I love ya. Thank you so much for being here, for reading my articles, and for supporting my work every single day. I am so truly honoured to have you all in this community. A quick heads up on this blog post: LANIUS has sponsored my work here but has in no way pushed me or leveraged me to speak in any which way. I have truly fallen head over feels in love with this brand and cannot wait to share more about them with you all in the future! I highly recommend bookmarking their website for when you are in need of an ethically made, high quality, fair trade, and gorgeous number for your closet.

Chat with you all soon!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

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Vegan Taco Salad
Vegan Taco Salad Recipe

Super Simple Vegan Taco Salad Recipe

This vegan taco salad recipe is simple and insanely DELICIOUS!

I don’t know about you, but Taco Tuesday is not complete without a hearty satisfying vegan taco salad that looks as good as it tastes. This recipe is easy to prepare, requires minimal ingredients and is very budget-friendly. It is also loaded with nutrient-rich veggies, legumes and healthy fats!

Not only do I love that this recipe is hearty and filling but it’s bursting with plant-powered ingredients.

This taco salad recipe is one of my favorite Mexican inspired dishes to make and I’m happy to be sharing it with all of you today!

Enjoy this tasty super simple vegan taco salad recipe on Taco Tuesday or for a weeknight dinner option. This recipe also works well if you are meal prepping and serving leftovers for lunch the next day! 
Vegan Taco Salad

What you will need for this vegan taco salad recipe…

Ingredients Required:

Avocado

Cherry Tomatoes

Black Beans

Red Pepper

Romaine Lettuce

Corn

Cilantro

Limes

Tortillas

Our Homemade Mexican Spice Mix

Vegan Taco Salad

Super Simple Vegan Taco Salad

Sharing one of our favorite vegan taco salad's today! We enjoy this gorgeous salad at least once a week.
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Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: beginner friendly, Budget Friendly, easy dinner recipe, easy lunch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Salad Bowls
Calories: 214kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1 head iceberg lettuce gauge how much you would like
  • 1 small red onion diced small
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn rinsed and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper diced small
  • 1 avocado diced into cubes
  • 10 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1-2 limes juiced (or lemons!)
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves only, roughly chopped 1+ tsp Mexican seasoning mix
  • 1 Jalapeno deseeded and diced (optional!)
  • 3 flour tortillas sliced into tortilla chip triangles

Mexican Seasoning Mix (If you would like to create your own!)

  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Slice the flour tortillas into tortilla chip triangles and add to a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, add the Mexican sesasoning mix and some water or veggie broth. Take a brush and brush the mixture onto each side of the tortilla chips. Bake for 10-12 minutes until crisp.
  • While those are cooking, simply prep the rest of the salad. Wash and chop up the iceberg lettuce. Squeeze the lime juice all over the lettuce. Toss in the rinsed and drained black beans, rinsed and drained corn, diced avocado, diced red bell pepper, quartered cherry tomatoes, and chopped cilantro.
  • Once the tortilla chips are ready, feel free to break them up over the salad or leave them whole and just decorate.
  • Add more Mexican seasoning mix over the salad if you wish. I like to squeeze extra lime over before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2601IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg

Why I love this recipe…

One of the main reasons I love this recipe is because it is perfect for beginner to a vegan diet or a simple recipe for those who are looking to transition. This meal is made with whole-food plant-based ingredients that can be found in other traditional versions of a taco salad recipe, which makes it easy for transitioners to adapt to the flavors. Eating more plants in your diet will improve your family’s health, boost energy levels naturally and helps prevent sickness/disease.

A few Benefits of…

Avocado

  • While most fruits are high in carbohydrates, avocados are high in wonderful healthy fats!
  • Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.
  • High in Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5 & B6, and Vitamin E!
  • Contain more potassium than bananas!
  • Avocados tend to be rich in fiber — about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fiber may have important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.

Black Beans

  • Black beans are classified as legumes and are also known as turtle beans! These little dudes are prized for their high fibre and protein content.
  • The iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc in black beans all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.
  • Black beans are naturally low in sodium and contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium, all of which have been found to decrease blood pressure naturally.
  • Selenium is a mineral that is not present in most fruits and vegetables but can be found in black beans. It plays a role in liver enzyme function and helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. Additionally, selenium may prevent inflammation and decreases tumorgrowth rates.
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vegan sweet potato muffins
Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

Super Simple and Delicious Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

These sweet potato muffins have been causing quite a stir on our social media pages lately haha. My children are head over heels in love with these! Every time they see mommy mashing up a sweet potato, they know that some yummy muffins are coming.

Is there anything cuter than two little humans singing “do you know the muffin man?” while whipping up some homemade vegan sweet potato muffins? I think not! And what’s even better, as soon as they are ready to eat, the kids just come running! The muffins are THAT good. Picky eater approved!

These delicious vegan sweet potato muffins will come together with minimal ingredients that you already likely have stocked up in your pantry!
Let’s get started!
vegan sweet potato muffins

The boys were waiting for these vegan sweet potato muffins to cook with their oven mitts on and everything, it was adorable!

vegan sweet potato muffins

The first thing that you will need to do is to cook the sweet potato until tender. You can do this three different ways:

Baking, steaming, or microwaving!

Baking:

200C/400F. If baking, feel free to bake whole with the skin or peeled and diced. For the whole potato, simply place on a baking sheet, poke a few holes in them, and bake for approximately 40 minutes until fork tender. For the diced potato, simply line up on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until fork tender.

Steaming:

Feel free to steam whole or sliced. If steaming whole, you will need about 25-30 minutes. If steaming diced, you will need about 15 minutes.

Microwaving:

Keep the sweet potato whole and do not dice up. Wash your sweet potatoes thoroughly and poke holes in them. Microwave them for five minutes on high heat and let them sit for a minute or two. Poke them gently with a fork and, if they’re not cooked through, cook them on high for one minute at a time until soft.

Once the sweet potato is fork tender, you are ready to get baking!

vegan sweet potato muffins

Feel free to add anything you wish to these muffins as well. Nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, dried fruit, and even coconut work beautifully in this recipe. I love to add just a few chocolate chips to the top of each muffin and press them in with the back of a spoon.

This makes every first bite just heavenly!

What you will need to make these vegan sweet potato muffins…

Ingredients Required:

Sweet Potatoes

Non-dairy milk

Flour

Baking Powder

Cinnamon

Brown Sugar

Sea Salt

Walnuts (can omit or sub for any nut/seed)

vegan sweet potato muffins

Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

These will be your new favorite breakfast muffin!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, Budget Friendly, easy breakfast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 99kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sweet potatoes peeled and diced (Roughly 1 1/4 cups of MASHED sweet potatoes)
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar start with this amount and adjust
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat or all purpose flour
  • 3 TSP baking powder
  • 1 TSP cinnamon powder
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  • Either steam, bake or microwave the sweet potatoes until fork tender. Check the notes for detailed instructions*
  • Let cool and then pop into the food processor with the non-dairy milk and vanilla. Process until smooth.
  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Prep muffin tin if needed.
  • Toss in remaining ingredients and pulse 5-6 times until well combined. Using a spatula, mix the last remaining bits of flour that need to be stirred in and then taste test. **You can also move all of the ingredients over to a separate bowl and stir until well mixed. This will depend on how big your food processor is, if the blade is removable, and your preference!
  • Taste adjust as you see fit.
  • Pour directly into the muffin tin. If you would like to add in some chocolate chips on the top, add just about 4-5 and then push them in slightly with a spoon or with the tip of your finger.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick or sharp knife comes out clean. Let cool and serve!

Notes

*The first thing that you will need to do is to cook the sweet potato until tender. You can do this three different ways: Baking, steaming, or microwaving!
Baking200C/400F. If baking, feel free to bake whole with the skin or peel and diced. For the whole potato, simply place on a baking sheet, poke a few holes in them, and bake for approximately 40 minutes until fork tender. For the diced potato, simply line up on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until fork tender.
Steaming:Feel free to steam whole or sliced. If steaming whole, you will need about 25-30 minutes. If steaming diced, you will need about 15 minutes.
Microwaving:Keep the sweet potato whole and do not dice up. Wash your sweet potatoes thoroughly and poke holes in them. Microwave them for five minutes on high heat and let them sit for a minute or two. Poke them gently with a fork and, if they’re not cooked through, cook them on high for one minute at a time until soft.
**If using whole cooked sweet potato, you will use about 1 1/4 cup of PACKED mashed sweet potato
***Tip: if you happen to use too much sweet potato, you will notice that the inside of the muffins become a bit "mushy". It's cool. Just pop these in the fridge overnight and they will be perfectly fine in the morning.

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3203IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg

Benefits of…

Sweet Potatoes

  • A rich source of fiber which promotes a healthy digestive system.
  • Contains many vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, and they’re a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C.
  • High in an antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed!

Walnuts

  • A rich source of fiber which promotes a healthy digestive system.
  • Great source of Omega-3’s. Woohoo! 2.5 grams per 1 ounce.
  • The polyphenols in walnuts can help fight this oxidative stress and inflammation!
  • It contains many vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, and they’re a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C.
  • High in antioxidants. The highest of any other nut!
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EarthHero: Eco-Friendly Marketplace
All About EarthHero: Online Marketplace for Conscious Consumers

This is it. The online marketplace that we have all been waiting for. A marketplace that not only takes sustainability and eco-friendliness into consideration when working with brands but a marketplace that has a strict screening and selection process to ensure that their customers are choosing the best of the best. I would like to formally introduce you all to EarthHero: The Eco-Friendly Online Marketplace for conscious consumers.

I am truly honored to share this company, EarthHero, with our WonderMamas community. We have worked tirelessly to share with our followers the best of the best and it feels so good to share this eco-friendly online marketplace with you all. Just think….from now on, instead of searching for hours on end for trusted sellers, you can now head to this one site, search as if you were on a popular online marketplace (named after a prominent rainforest, perhaps?) and shop without second-guessing! Goodness gracious, it’s about time! Am I right?!

So let’s dive right in, shall we?

I am going to chat all about this company, how they choose the brands, their mission, their high standards, a few of my favorite products, and more. I urge you (begging on my knees over here) to share this online marketplace with everyone you know. People do not know that a sustainable marketplace exists and it’s not something that everyone really thinks about until we tell them! Let’s make sustainable living the new normal. Together, we can truly make a difference. Just by sharing this company, either in conversation or online, we can help to light the way for an eco-friendly future.

So, without further babbling, let’s learn all about EarthHero, The Eco-friendly Online Marketplace!

(P.s. before you jump the gun and start shopping away, we have a discount code AND a big sale announcement for you at the end of this blog post!)

EarthHero: The Eco-Friendly Online Marketplace

EarthHero Online Marketplace: Vision & Mission

If you have been on the sustainable shopping journey for a while, you may be a vision and mission statement junkie like myself. If not, then I highly recommend that you check your future sellers for their mission statements before purchasing. You can learn A LOT from a companies mission statement, let me tell you!

EarthHero’s mission statement made me break out into a big smile.

The words sat well with my heart, my lifestyle, and my optimistic view of the future.

To start, EarthHero‘s vision is to make sustainable and eco-friendly shopping the new normal. They have successfully laid out the groundwork for this “new normal” by choosing trusted, high-quality brands and goods that create an authentic positive impact. (We will chat about their screening and selection process a little bit later in the blog post).

The mission statement pairs beautifully with their vision: to empower their customers to take action by simply shopping through their online marketplace. “We make it simple for you to buy high quality, reliable products that are produced using sustainable methods and materials. We’re giving you easy access to suppliers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs who are committed to creating the products you want in a way that respects the Earth. We believe there shouldn’t be a conflict between environmentally sustainable and high quality. The products you find on EarthHero are both.”

I cannot agree with this simple and genius mission statement enough; our society relies heavily on ease of shopping and EarthHero takes all of the hard work out of sustainable shopping and makes it easy.

Intrigued?! I sure hope so. Let’s find out more!

EarthHero: They don’t just talk the talk…

Certified B Corporation

EarthHero is 100% dedicated to a sustainable, responsible, and eco-friendly future. They host well over 150+ trusted brands but they are also a trusted brand in an of themselves! Here are just a few highlights of this amazing online marketplace:

  • B Corp Certified: Businesses who have been awarded this prestigious certification have met the highest standards of environment and social performance, transparency, and legal accountability. Each B Corp certified company has been evaluated and scored on how it impacts the environment, community, workers, and customers. The scores are made public and each company strives to improve its score each and every day! These companies are redefining what “success” means in the business world.
  • 1% For The Planet: 1% of all sales (annually) are donated to sustainable initiatives and organizations that give back to the planet.
  • Carbon Free Partner: EarthHero knows that shipping is not the most eco-friendly thing to do and so they partnered with CarbonFund.org to ensure that your products arrive with the least amount of impact possible. There’s even a very cool Carbon Calculator that they use to offset the carbon emitted through the shipping and transportation of the goods.
  • Zero Waste Initiatives In and Out of the Office: These folks are serious about protecting our planet and I love it. From the reusable water bottles and 100% recycled paper in the office to reused shipping boxes and plastic-free shipping tape outside of the office…they are next level inspirational. You can absolutely trust in their company and the workers who make it tick.
  • Plus so much more!

EarthHero Online Marketplace: Over 150 Brands that you can trust (No greenwashing here, folks!)

EarthHero: An Eco-friendly Online Marketplace

The brands that EarthHero works with are some of my all-time favorite brands in the World. One thing that I love about this marketplace is that they have an entire page dedicated to educating their customers on each and every brand (check out the list of brands here).

Each and every story is inspiring, and if you are anything like me, you may spend a solid 5-6 hours clicking through each and every story and feeling so unbelievably uplifted by all the good that is being done in the world.

As I said before, EarthHero is all about transparency (Hello, B Corporation Certified!) and they have found an easy way to educate their customers with simple sustainable logos. 

These logos let you know exactly what kind of impact the company has on the environment (ink, packaging, GMO-free, sulfate-free, compostable, etc), the organic content (USDA certified organic, GOTS certified, etc), the recycled content (recycled glass, recycled nylon, Econyl, etc), if it is made of a renewable resource (cork, bamboo, Lenzing Tencel, etc), the responsibility logo for the specific brand (cruelty-free, fair trade certified, plants a tree, etc), and the upcycled content.

Each one of these logos is easy to understand and the sustainable logos page has the further reading attached to each specific logo.

Alright Alright, But What Does EarthHero Sell?!

EarthHero: The Eco-Friendly Online Marketplace

The EarthHero Online Marketplace has the following categories: Zero Waste (my favorite), clothing and accessories (my second favorite), Baby + Kids, Travel, Home, Outdoors, Audio + Tech, Pets, Beauty + care, and Gifts. Phew, that is a lot of categories!

These all line up right at the top of the website for easy access and when you hover over the selection, you will see a ton of options that relate to that category. EarthHero has a helpful “featured brand” section that I really like and have discovered some amazing new brands from this helpful side category.

I’m not going to lie, I felt so good scrolling through this website because so many of the brands that I have shared with you all over the years have a little home in this marketplace. Just knowing that our favorite brands are supporting and being supported by this wonderful platform makes me all giddy!

What if you cannot find what you are looking for?

Pretty much, if you want something, they will most likely have it in some sustainable and eco-friendly way. If they do not have a product that you are looking for, help a brother (or sister) out and shoot them an e-mail with your request. Companies like this (You know…ones who care) are always looking for ways to do better!

Do they ship internationally?

Not yet, but that is coming soon! Woop Woop!

Do you have an awesome discount code for us?!

You bet I do! Use code “wondermamas” at checkout for 10% off your purchase!

Some of My Favorite EarthHero Items

Soy Candle

Before we go into my favorite items from the EarthHero Online Marketplace, I want to suggest that you bookmark or favorite this website for the future. So many times we revert back to old ways and our fingers begin typing in “A….M….A….Z….”, you get the picture haha. I want to urge you to keep this website at the forefront of your mind when it comes to making purchases. Rewire the brain for sustainability!

Here is a fun list of my favorite items on the website:

  • Global Healing Collective + Wild Foundation Gift Box: This amazing zero waste box is full of goodies to start you on your journey and 10% of the profits go directly to the Wild Foundation! This box includes 100% recycled produce bags, a stasher sandwich bag, an EarthHero Bamboo Utensil Kit, Stainless Steel Straw and Brush, and an adult bamboo toothbrush.
  • The Kid Kanteen 12oz Water Bottles: Just perfect for kids and so easy for parents to clean!
  • Kid’s Ziptuck Reusable Snack bags: Again, just so easy to use and perfect for kiddos (and big kiddos).
  • 3-in-1 Splash Stainless Steel Lunchbox: Ummm…if you do not know about these magical boxes then you are welcome! Perfect for any human being because we are all a hot mess when it comes to food.
  • The Cora Ball: Catch those nasty plastic microfibers that fall off your clothes in the wash with this magical ball. It can’t catch them all (pesky rascals) but it does help a lot!
  • 5 Piece Straw and Brush Set: Hands down the best reusable straws ever!
  • Compostable Phone Case by Pela Case: Protect your phone from scratches, shocks, and falls while also protecting the planet!
  • The Full Elate Makeup Line: Now you all know that I hardly ever wear make-up, but I do love this line. It feels very light, the packaging is zero waste, and it’s a company that you can really stand behind and be proud to wear.
  • Ida Vegan Soy Candle + Planter: Talk about a cool gift. If someone was to gift me something sweet, it would be something like this. A soy candle (that smells amazing and is free of additives, colorants, phthalates, and toxins) and it turns into a planter once all used up?! It also comes with wildflower seeds to plant + growing instructions. Genius. Practical. Danielle Approved. This is the photo above :).

WonderMamas Discount Code + A Big EarthHero Sale

EarthHero Sale

So, first off, save the code “wondermamas” to save 10% off future qualifying purchases.

In honor of Earth Day, EarthHero will be hosting a SITEWIDE 15% off sale between April 20thto April 27thwith code “EARTHWEEK”. So, for this week, skip the “wondermamas” code and just use the “Earthweek” code to get that extra discount!

On top of the 15% off site-wide sale, EarthHero has also teamed up with an amazing non-profit called the Food Recovery Network. For every order placed during this promotion, EarthHero will donate 1 meal to the Food Recovery Network, aiding in its mission of reducing food waste and fighting hunger. You can read more about this here!

Thank you all for checking out this wonderful company and for supporting us in our mission to share and inspire all of the sustainable goodness of the world!

feeding turkeys

That’s all for today, Mamas! I hope this blog post helped and please feel free to leave a comment about your own journey or to ask any questions! Heads up, we did use a few affiliate links and will receive a small commission if you purchase through them. As always, we truly stand behind the products we link. Thanks for stopping by!

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Vegan Unicorn Smoothie Bowl
Vegan Unicorn Smoothie Bowl

Vegan Unicorn Smoothie Bowl

This healthy vegan unicorn smoothie bowl will turn any frown upside down!

If you ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed, I urge you to have a smoothie bowl for breakfast. Is there anything more fun than ice cream (healthy and cruelty-free ice cream) for breakfast?!

Not only will this smoothie bowl make a great breakfast, but it is also perfect for a quick healthy plant-based snack or dessert! Martin and I have had many nights when we made this gorgeous smoothie bowl after the boys went to sleep. Nothing like a smoothie bowl and Netflix date night!

This delicious unicorn smoothie bowl will come together in under 10 minutes with minimal ingredients that can be easily found at any grocery store.
Vegan Unicorn Smoothie Bowl

What you will need for this Vegan Unicorn Smoothie Bowl…

Ingredients Required:

Non-dairy Milk

Coconut Milk

Bananas

Strawberries

Almond Butter

Vanilla Extract (Alcohol-Free Option)

Shredded Coconut

Vegan Unicorn Smoothie Bowl

Vegan Unicorn Smoothie Bowl

All you need is 5-10 minutes and a blender to whip up this magical breakfast treat!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quick, summer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 347kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

Toppings

Instructions

  • Blend all together and then top with the listed toppings!
  • If your blender has trouble blending this, simply let the bananas thaw out for a bit and then blend again. Be sure to use the blender tamper if you have it!

Nutrition

Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 839mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 3mg

Benefits of…

Coconut Milk

  • Coconut milk is full of healthy fats that keep you fuller for longer which can aid in weight loss and limit those unhealthy snacks throughout the day! It is also rich in vitamins C and E which are well known for their antioxidant properties. Coconut milk is rich in electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and phosphorous!

Bananas

  • Bananas are the BEST fruit source of vitamin B6 which helps our bodies to produce red blood cells, metabolize amino acids, remove unwanted chemicals from the kidney and liver, metabolize carbohydrates and fats, and maintain a healthy nervous system!

Almond Butter

  • Almond butter is a great source of magnesium, vitamin E, copper, riboflavin, and phosphorous. It is a great source of monounsaturated fat, protein, and fiber which are essential for heart health!
Vegan Unicorn Smoothie Bowl

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Vegan Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

Vegan Raspberry Morning Smoothie

Nourishing Pear Smoothie

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Social Distancing Blues
Got the Social Distancing Blues? Here are 10 simple ways to care for yourself during these unexpected times.

Got The Social-Distancing Blues? Here are 10 Simple Ways to Care For Yourself during these unexpected times.

Welcome back, Mamas. Gosh…more than 3 weeks under this lockdown madness has me feeling some Social Distancing Blues. It kinda crept up out of nowhere. For 23 days I was positive, enthusiastic, ready to help, smiling and waving at all the faraway people walking past my tiny balcony, and even filling my feeds with blog posts, stories and all of the ideas to make it through. Read more

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50 Productive Things to do While in Isolation
50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home (Social Distancing and Quarantine Ideas!)

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home (Social Distancing/Quarantine Ideas!)

Welcome back to the blog! Our family is currently on day number 20 of the lockdown here in Italy and we have compiled a list of 50+ things you can do while staying at home to keep yourself and others safe! It was extremely helpful to jot these down in my journal and check them off one by one these past 3 weeks when boredom struck and I was tempted to grab the phone or the remote once again (I’m not a big screen fan and too much screen time really has a negative effect on me!).

If you are in need of some practical, simple, fun, mindful, and productive things to do while at home, try these out!

A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

Become Your Own Repair Man/Woman!

50+ things to do while staying at home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

2. Turn old/ragged clothes into makeshift cloth wipes, handkerchiefs, headscarves, or even a makeshift quilt?!

3. Look for an old appliance (usually stored somewhere in the garage or attic) and attempt to fix it! Take it apart, go crazy. Teach your kids how things work. Teach yourself how things work. Nearly every appliance has a youtube series!

4. Go through your closet and check for any clothes with snags, holes, buttons missing….we all have something to repair! Try your hand mending the clothes. I promise, the more you do it, the better you will get at it!

5. Unclog all of your drains. Yuck. I know. But better now than a year from now when you have a huge bill. You can also youtube how to do this at home too!

6. Think about all the times you have called someone to come fix/repair something. Now, I want you to learn the basics of that skill. For us, we found that we always called our friends to come to help us with simple drilling/nailing/fixer-uppers. After just 4 days of youtube videos, Martin and I became pros! Now we are running around trying to revamp everything in the house haha.

Create Your Own Cleaning Supplies!

50+ things to do while staying at home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

8. Stock up on some castile soap, baking soda, distilled white vinegar, and even essential oils to become the master of DIY cleaning!

9. Just use a few drops of castile soap and clean your dishes in no time!

10. For a household cleaning spray, fill a spray bottle with a quarter of vinegar, fill nearly all the way with water and then squirt some castile soap inside. Add a few drops of essential oils (like lemon) if you wish. Shake up and spray away!!

11. Clean your tub: Mix together 1 part castile soap with 2 parts water. Shake up. Sprinkle baking soda around the rim of the tub and then spray and wipe clean! I use this every time!

12. Infuse your distilled white vinegar (to kill that smell) with lemon peels, orange peels, rosemary, lavender, grapefruit peels, or whatever else you wish! A few drops of essential oils are also great too. Let sit in a cool and dark place for 6 weeks and then be amazed at the amazing smell! Dilute with water before spraying.

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

Re-Organize those Messy Zones

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

14. Completely clear out the pantry and start from scratch. Recycle, sort, and organize nice and slow with intention. Every single thing in your pantry can be organized in a few different ways. I like to sort by beans/lentils, flour/oats, spices/herbs, condiments, sweets/baking supplies, and the bottom I use for plant-based milk and randoms (random but organized in my own way).

15. Clean out the junk drawers! Recycle, sort, organize, etc each item. I noticed that a lot of items in the junk drawers were just items that were displaced from their proper space in our home. Lighters belong with the candles, broth bouillons belong with the spices and herbs, random jar tops belong in their cloth bag that hangs in the pantry, etc. Give each item its proper place.

16. Check underneath the beds. What’s going on under there? If completely empty, you may be able to store extra sheets/blankets underneath in a small bin and make room for other items in your closet space. If full, start organizing and clearing the dust.

17. Other obvious places: Storage room, attic, garage. I mean….these could go on forever haha. Pace yourself and just do a little at a time.

Get Set for the New Season

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

19. If you have ever been interested in a capsule wardrobe, now is the time! You can check out my full blog post on it here.

20. When an item no longer works for your closet, take the time to find it a new home. We have plenty of time now to ask our friends and family if they would like the piece of clothing (I love to give my old clothes to my god-daughter!) or you can even throw it up on Facebook marketplace! You can list it for free as first come first serve if you do not want to deal with all of the back and forths too!

21. Get to know some new local, slow, sustainable and mindful brands around your home! You will be surprised at how many amazing local shops there are around the world. I have had the pleasure of working with so many and would never go back to the department stores.

22. Second-hand online shopping: no need to shell out major cash for items that you need. You can easily shop at the many second-hand online shops and have a ball!

All Of Those Forgotten Things

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

24. Register your appliances! And all that other stuff you bought 🙂

25. Go through your e-mail inbox and unsubscribe from anything that does not serve you.

26. Check your paper mail and ask to longer receive paper bills to help our amazing tree friends.

27. Sort out all of your receipts from the previous year for taxes. Maybe you can make up a new system!

28. Create a new budget for the rest of the year. You now know that you can live without SO many items, get to saving!

Create Your Own Skin Care Line!

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

30. Make one of the millions of DIY beauty recipes online! Face masks, face washes, oils, serums, etc. The lists never end.

31. I love to combine castile soap, distilled water, and a mixture of essential oils for an amazing face wash.

32. Mixing together bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar makes a brilliant mask that I use weekly!

33. You can also add some bentonite clay to your next bath for an amazing detox.

34. Coconut oil can work wonders for certain types of hair and skin. Try it out (I would start with a little at first) to see if you are one of the lucky ones! I love to use it on my legs.

35. Add sweet almond oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil to your next bath to wind down and relax from all of your hard work!

Clean Up the Forgotten Items

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

37. For the makeup brushes, I like to use 1 part castile soap and 2 parts water. Wash the brushes, bristles down, until the water runs clear and then lay flat on a towel to dry.

38. Gather up all the toys around the house and give a good wash with 1 part distilled white vinegar and 2 parts water. You could also use the Castile soap mixture for this too!

39. Grab a chair and get to the top of your kitchen shelves. Do a quick rinse on all of those forgotten glasses/vases/random odds and ends.

40. Using a 1 part vinegar and 2 part water spray, do a quick clean of all of your framed photos. They will look like new!

Organize All The Libraries

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

42. After you have sorted through your hardcover books, take a dabble at your digital library. I found books that I purchased over 8 years ago!

43. Be sure to go through the music and movie library as well. I had an absolute blast finding old iTunes music that I purchased when it first came out. It was full of Jewel, Alanis, and smashing pumpkins. Best day ever! haha

44. Create a new wishlist of books, movies, and music. I’m big on not impulse buying and instead, sitting on the things that I want for a while. I also love to look for the items in second-hand shops or some other way. For digital goods, I usually just use a service like Spotify or pandora.

45. For any physical goods that you no longer want, you can add them to free public outdoor libraries or simply place them in a box with a sign saying “FREE BOOKS!”. I only do this when I can keep an eye on the box. We don’t want them to get accidentally thrown away!

46. Lastly, go through your photo libraries. This could take you years! haha

Organize All The Libraries

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

48. Cooking classes online are great for anyone to learn some new skills. You can learn how to glaze, saute, and whip like a pro!

49. If you have any musical instruments in the house (forgotten guitar, harmonica, etc), learn how to tune and play the instrument all from the comfort of your living room!

50. Dancing classes (ballet, jazz, tap) are all available online and SO MUCH FUN!!

51. You can take a language class (or use an app like Duolingo) and impress on your next vacation.

52. Anything your heart desires, take that class. Sewing, knitting, felting, crochet, ballet, yoga, hip hop, handstands, hair styling, make up tutorials, movie making, code writing….it’s all there and you can learn! Have a blast!

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