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2018 Conscious Consumer Holiday Gift Guide

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Conscious Is The New Cool

Sustainable, eco-friendly, fair trade, local, small business, recycled, up-cycled, vegan, cruelty-free, organic, zero-waste, the list goes on and on! Needless to say, it’s cool to be a conscious consumer nowadays, and I’ve made it easy to be for the holidays!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | 2018 Conscious Consumer Holiday Gift Guide
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | 2018 Conscious Consumer Holiday Gift Guide

 
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It’s easy being green!

Show your love for mother nature & the power of plants with an Eco-friendly EatMoveRest Recycled Cotton Market Tote!

Whether you’re going to the farmers’ market, grocery store, coffee shop, or on vacation, this recycled cotton tote is perfect for carrying your goods in an eco-friendly, sustainable, zero-waste fashion! Unlike bulkier totes, this bag folds neatly and easily to fit into a small space.

Snag All 3 Styles Below!

Be sure to use discount code ‘TOTES’ at checkout for 10% off now through December 20th!


Favorite Tees With A Message!

Support the vegan movement and represent your healthy lifestyle with a tee by Vegetaryn!


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I’ve scouted the best and the brightest for your cruelty-free gift-giving this holiday season

Everything from vegan leather boots to faux fur shirts, down alternative duds, wool-free wears, recycled water bottle bags, + fruit-pigmented makeup!


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EatMoveRest | Erin Stanczyk | Nursery 2018
 

Since Dusty and I are waiting to find out if Baby S will be a boy or a girl (due date Dec 22), we decided to go gender neutral with bright whites and beiges in the nursery—which suits our style anyways! I can’t wait to share my mama and newborn must-haves, as well as finished nursery photos in an upcoming blog post!


To Top It Off

My favorite vegan straw hats made by Ginger Parrish of GigiPip.com.

Click each hat to check them out!


His + Hers Picks

Dusty’s top pick for our 2018 Conscious Consumer Gift Guide is his Wills vegan boots, and mine is my Matt & Nat vegan leather mini backpack!


Most Practical Pick

These Baxter Blue blue-light-blocking specs come in handy especially at night time, and help prevent hormone disruption and hiccups in our sleep cycles caused by the harmful blue-light emissions from our screens and devices.

For FREE Express Shipping in the US & Canada, use discount code 'ERIN' at checkout!


Fitness Faves

I have always been an avid cyclist, but especially since progressing into third trimester of my pregnancy, I have found stationary cycling to be the safest and most comfortable, low-impact cardio workout that keeps me feeling my best!

Below is my favorite stationary bike trainer by CycleOps, and my favorite road cycling shoe brand, Pearl Izumi.


Go Green Awards

My favorite handbag brand that I discovered this year is Samara. Not only are they a vegan company, they also use eco-friendly materials that are more safe for the environment than other vegan leather companies. They manufacture their products in a small factory where workers are treated well and pay the utmost attention to detail and quality! Use discount code ‘EATMOVEREST’ to receive 15% off your purchase!

Another company that I have really come to appreciate is prAna. Not only are they fair trade certified, they also carry a line of organic cotton garments. Organic cotton drinks less water, uses rainwater more efficiently, eliminates GMOs and harmful chemicals from your closet, and switching just one t-shirt saves 115 gallons of water! Use discount code WCESF18 for 15% off your purchase!


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Check out some more of my Conscious Consumer Favorites on the EatMoveRest YouTube channel, and be sure to join the fam and Subscribe, turn on Notifications, give the video a Thumbs Up, leave some love in the Comments, and Share with family + friends!


The Reason For The Season

Ultimately, we all know that this is a season for giving, not just receiving! Two of my favorite charitable organizations are Love Justice (which fights one of the worst crimes—human-trafficking) and Charity Water (which helps to provide one of the most precious resources—clean drinking water). Feel free to read about them below, click, and donate to a worthy cause!

Love Justice

Based right here in Lincoln, Nebraska, this organization is very near and dear to me and Dusty’s hearts. Through transit monitoring and interception, Love Justice, Intl. attacks trafficking at the most strategic moment—while it’s in the process of occurring and before exploitation and enslavement. They now have 44 stations located all across the globe, and have intercepted over 15,000 individuals from slavery, exploitation, and abuse.

Charity Water

I love this organization because private donors cover all of their operation costs, so 100% of your donations go to providing clean drinking water to those in need. One in 10 people lack access to clean water and Charity Water is on a mission to change that. They’ve funded 29,725 water projects for 8.4 million people around the world.


The Countdown Begins

Save the Advent Reading Plan below to your camera roll, Share it with friends & fam, and pin it on Pinterest!


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The Next Chapter

From our (growing) family to yours, Dusty and I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Merry & Bright New Year!

We can’t wait to continue sharing all-things EatMoveRest with you in 2019, and are beyond thrilled and excited for this new chapter in our lives!

We appreciate your well wishes, prayers, love, and support, and look forward to bringing Baby S along with us on this adventure called life!

Stay up-to-date with us on Instagram @ErinStanczyk & @DBStanczyk and be sure to subscribe to the monthly motivational In The Raw newsletter for exclusive EatMoveRest goodies!

Peace, Love, & Plants!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Happy Holidays Baby 'S' 2018

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Erin

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Homemade Banana Bread | Gluten-free + Vegan

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Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Bananas For Bananas

We love bananas! In fact, the hubs and I buy them by the case—40lbs and about 100 bananas total! We like to let them get all ripe, sweet, speckled, and freckled, peel them, and freeze them by the dozens to throw into plant-powered smoothies year-round! That being said, sometimes they do sit out on the countertop a little too long—it’s rare, but it does happen!

When your bananas surpass the leopard-spotted phase to the all-black stage, there’s only one option left…and it’s a tasty one: BANANA BREAD!

I don’t bake often, but whenever I do, I wonder why not! It’s so rewarding, especially when you can find a way to use whole, fresh, and clean ingredients, and even manage to steer clear of gluten! This recipe is hubby-approved, and I know you’re gonna love it, especially as the temperature drops, and indoor activities like getting messy in the kitchen become more appealing!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Only 9 Ingredients!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Homemade Upgrades

  • Whole Grain Flour: Blending your own whole oat flour is an upgrade from refined, white flour. On top of that, oats are gluten-free—yet another upgrade from conventional flour.

  • Flax “Egg”: Ground flax seed makes for a heart-healthy upgrade from eggs. Flax contains more omega-3 fatty acids, and zero cholesterol!

  • Almond Butter: Almond butter is a creamy, delicious, and nutritious upgrade that takes the place of using butter or oils.

  • Coconut Sugar: This sweetener is far less processed and refined than regular, white granulated sugar, and has an amazing scent!

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: A touted “cure-all” that takes the place of baking soda and interacts with baking powder to give baked goods that “lift” as they bake! How many times did I just say bake?!

  • Vanilla Flavoring: Vanilla extract contains alcohol, and this upgraded ingredient does not!

  • Pink Himalayan Salt: This pretty, pink, ancient salt contains a plethora of trace minerals that refined table salt does not!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

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Homemade Banana Bread

Banana bread is a childhood favorite that everybody knows and loves, and this version is sure to love you back! This delicious and nutritious baked goodness is not only gluten-free, it’s also oil-free, and vegan! A piece of this perfectly moist loaf topped with a dash of cinnamon is sure to please anyone as a mid-day snack or a little slice of Heaven after dinnertime!

gluten-free, oil-free, vegan, banana-riffic!

prep: 15min // bake time: 45-60min

ingredients:

method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

  2. In a small bowl, combine ground flax seed and water, stir, and set aside.

  3. In a blender or food processor, blend rolled oats into a fine flour.

  4. Add oat flour to medium bowl, along with other dry ingredients: coconut sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.

  5. In a separate bowl, peel and mash ripe bananas until an even, runny texture is achieved. Add other wet ingredients: almond butter, apple cider vinegar, vanilla flavoring, and flax “egg” to bowl. Mix well.

  6. Slowly mix dry ingredients in with wet ingredients. Stir well until all clumps are dissolved, and an even consistency is achieved.

  7. Pour batter into a parchment paper-lined or greased bread loaf pan, and smooth top. (Note: I used two mini loaf pans, about 6x3in each).

  8. Bake at 350ºF for about 45 minutes (or closer to 60 min if using one regular-size loaf pan). Check often. When top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out cleanly with minimal crumbs, your loaf is ready!

  9. Allow to cool on the stovetop for about 10 minutes in the pan. Remove from pan, slice, and enjoy! Feel free to top with vegan butter, nut butter, sliced bananas, cinnamon, etc!

notes:

  • Stores best wrapped in saran or a container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  • Feel free to experiment with using another nut or seed butter in place of almond butter.

  • You may also use brown sugar or cane sugar in place of coconut sugar, but coconut is your best bet, as it is the least refined.

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Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Any Way You Slice It

Lately I’ve really been feeling like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. If you’re feeling the same, remember to live in the present, rather than future-tripping, and to give yourself time to decompress each and every day.

A few things that have helped me to slice up my day and keep things well-balanced, as of late:

  1. Establish a self-care morning routine: read, write, pray, meditate, and listen to something encouraging and inspiring!

  2. Get your sweat on and get outside, even if it means bundling up and braving the elements.

  3. Put your feet up and do something mindless—peruse Pinterest or watch a good movie.

  4. Spend time with loved ones—laugh, cry, and give lots of hugs!

  5. Create a weekly mantra for yourself—write it down, read it aloud, and believe it!

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.
— Henry Ford

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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