Create The Life You Want – July Goals

Happy July everyone!! How’s life treating you all? It’s that time of the month again to do my favorite thing, set goals! As you might have noticed, I didn’t set any goals for June. I love goal setting but June was a crazy busy month and I decided to take a break for the goals so that I didn’t stress myself out over it. I took the month off and now I’m back and ready to go for July!

Setting Monthly Goals

Summer is in full swing now but it’s not feeling like it here. It rains almost everyday and it’s quite chilly. But I can drink my smoothies and not freeze so I’m not complaining!! Much. I’m still getting outside as much as possible too. Nature inspires me and is where I’ve came up with the ideas for most of my July goals. It’s so so important to get out each day and surround yourself with things that inspire you to improve your life and make you happy!

Each month that I do this I like to set about 5 or so simple goals that I know I can achieve within the month. That way I can make small improvements in my life that will add up to big changes over time!

Goal Setting

  • Take less iPhone photos
    I have fallen into the habit of only taking photos with my phone. I take a lot of pictures each day and love doing so. But I have began to completely neglect my camera and it makes me sad! It’s just easier for me to set up my iPhone and take photos because I do take all photos that I post. I love my camera and the quality of photos that it takes though. I need to start carrying it around with me more often like I used to.
  • Do yoga every day
    I have been trying to do this already! Before my injuries I was doing this without a problem. But afterwards I have been having a hard time getting back into things. I think it’s a bit of paranoia that I will injure myself again. But I really want to get back into a daily practice so I’m going to make that happen!
  • Read two books
    I feel like I make this a goal all the time but until I am consistently reading again then it needs to happen. Summer is my time of reading. I can sit outside for hours just reading the day away. But for some reason I haven’t been doing that this year. I just started a new book the other night and I am determined to read at least two books this month. I don’t think that’s a lot to ask of myself!
  • Strength Train
    Ah man I don’t know what happened here! I was lifting for the first 4 months of the year and then stopped completely in May to start running more. I completely stopped strength training all together and now I feel like a lil weakling. I want muscles and tone back and that’s going to happen! I spent some of this morning looking up new workouts and formulating an idea of how to keep running and add in an adequate amount of strength training exercises as well. I got my first strength/cardio day in today and can’t wait to continue it throughout the month!
  • Try 1 new vegan friendly restaurant
    I always end up going to the same (amazing) restaurants whenever I go to Pittsburgh. I am totally into habits and I am very comfortable with my regular spots. Routine is my thing. But I think that it’s healthy and fun to try new things so I want to try one new vegan friendly place in Pittsburgh this month. I have a few places in mind and I’m super excited to check out some new and hopefully amazing food! Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see what place I pick!

Positive Life Goal Setting

 

And there we have it! July goals are set and ready to be achieved. What are your goals for this month? I’d love to hear and support each other along the way!

Jurassic Smash Blizzard Recipe – Vegan

Vegan Blizzard Recipe
Did you guys know that the Jurassic Smash Blizzard is a thing at Dairy Queen? I had no idea until a lovely friend/reader suggested that I make it veganized. I checked it out and immediately knew that it needed to happen. Anything calling for peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter, chocolate chunks and vanilla soft serve is something I am totally interested in.

This was my lunch today. Yep, yep, yep. Being vegan and eating tons of plants totally means that you can eat an ice cream blizzard for lunch and still reap nutritious benefits from it. That’s totally a win, win for me!

DQ Blizzard Recipes

Jurassic Smash Blizzard

serves 1-2

Cookies:
2 cups dates
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup oats
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup cacao nibs

Blend together all ingredients except cacao nibs and peanut butter. Separate the dough into two separate bowls. Add cacao nibs to one bowl and mix in. Add peanut butter to the other bowl and mix in.

Ice Cream:
4 frozen bananas
1/4-1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup chocolate cookie dough
1/4 cup peanut butter cookie dough

Blend together bananas and almond milk until smooth. Add in cookie doughs and blend until evenly distributed. Scoop into cups and top with extra peanut butter, cacao nibs, and cookie dough pieces. Serve, enjoy!

You will have extra cookie dough. Store in fridge for up to 7 days and make more blizzards with remaining dough!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake – Vegan

Chocolate Chip Vegan Cheesecake

I made this cheesecake a while ago and wasn’t sure what to do with it or what it even was exactly. I just blended some ingredients together in the Vitamix until it tasted great. Then it sat in the freezer for a few weeks before I finally decided to take it out and make something amazing. I am quite the procrastinator but usually my procrastinated results come out pretty nice. I guess you could call that a talent of mine. Amazing procrastination skills.

Cheesecakes and blizzards are my favorite things to make. Maybe I’ll just turn this into a cheesecakes and blizzards blog. I was at the store the other night and they had vegan cheesecakes there. Man, oh man. I sure did want one. But why spend $9 on cheesecake when you can do the same thing at home?!

Vegan Cheesecake Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

serves 8

Cheesecake:
1 cup almonds
1 cup cashews
1 cup dates
1/3 cup almond milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
Drop of vanilla

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into parchment paper lined pan and place in freezer to set up for 8 hours or overnight.

Icing/Toppings:
1 cup dates
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons cacao powder
Cacao nibs
Coconut sugar

Blend together dates, water, and cacao. Spread onto cake. Press cacao nibs onto sides on cake and sprinkle top with coconut sugar. Serve, enjoy!

Watermelon Lime Sorbet

Vegan Watermelon Lime Sorbet

Summer is almost officially here and I am so excited. Minus the massive amounts of rainy days that we’ve been seeing, it’s all good. I’ve been eating my weight in watermelon each day. It’s a glorious thing. Usually I just eat the watermelon or blend it up with some ice to drink but today I was feeling something different. That’s how this easy watermelon sorbet was born.

It’s so refreshing with a hint of lime to give it that extra bit of flavor punch. If you have frozen watermelon on hand then you can whip this up in less than 10 minutes. You can’t ask for anything more than that! I’ll leave this post short and sweet today just so that you can hurry off to the store to grab a nice melon or run to your kitchen and create this treat. Go, go, go!

Easy Summer Watermelon Recipes

Watermelon Sorbet

Serves 2-4

4 cups frozen watermelon
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons almond milk
1/2 lime, juiced

Blend together all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Remove from blender. Serve, enjoy!

Strawberry Coconut Cream Milkshake – Vegan

Vegan Milkshake Recipes
This week we got fresh strawberries. Ahh, there’s nothing more satisfying than receiving a fresh bunch of summer fruits from a local place down the road. I knew as soon as they arrived that I had to make something and I knew that this was it. I’m always asking people for recipe recommendations and ideas. A strawberry cream milkshake was on the list and here it is!

It turned out much better than I expected. It’s very rich and smooth; perfect for a summer day! The best part about this for me is that it’s something that you can just throw all of the ingredients into the blender and then be good to go. Blend it up and sit outside in the grass while enjoying it. Let me know how it goes!

Vegan Milkshake Recipes

Strawberry Coconut Cream Milkshake

serves 1-2

2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons canned coconut milk
Drop of vanilla

Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Serve, enjoy!

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