What You Need To Know about Vitamin B-12, Especially if You’re Vegan

It’s funny. When people find out you’re vegan or vegetarian, suddenly everyone and their mother becomes your nutritionist, wondering if you get enough protein, if you take supplements and get enough Vitamin B-12, and if you’re malnourished and falling over yet, etc.

No one bats at eye or comments at people who sustain themselves off pizza, burgers, fries, and chips, but so many feel entitled to scrutinize the nutrient-content of plant-based diets.

But I digress. This post is about the main nutrient of concern for vegetarians and vegans. No, it’s not protein (which in fact, most people over-consume). It’s Vitamin B-12. If you’re vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, have chronic bowel issues, and/or are over the age of 50, you should assess and consider if you are getting enough vitamin B-12.

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I don’t very often flex my MS in nutrition muscles on the blog. I always intend to, but I find my brain so exhausted of academic/science writing from school that much of the time the blog is filled with recipe and lifestyle posts because those are fun and relaxing to write.

But I really do want to make an effort to communicate more nutrition info here on kbaked.com. Let me know if you like this kind of content and/or what other topics you’d like to see covered! Without further adieu…here’s what you need to know about Vitamin B-12.

What is Vitamin B-12?

Vitamin B-12 (also known as cobalamin) is a water-soluble vitamin and was the last vitamin discovered. It’s found in various forms, including cyanocobalamin (often found in supplements and fortified food), as well as methylcoablamin (a methylated form) found in animal products.

Cyanocobalamin needs to me methylated for your body to make use of it. Both are well-absorbed, and it’s currently unknown if there’s a “better” or more bioavailable form to consume.

Why is Vitamin B-12 important?

Vitamin B-12 is an essential micronutrient (meaning you can’t make it, you have to get it from the diet) responsible for many vital functions in the human body.

Vitamin B-12 is necessary for proper DNA synthesis, formation of red blood cells, and neurological function.

Vitamin B-12 acts as a cofactor for methionine (an amino acid) synthase, which catalyzes the conversion of homocyestine to methionine. This is important for a few reasons.

First, high levels of homocysteine are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke. The exact reason for this association (notice the word association, not causal relationship) is unclear. But it is well observed.

Second, the formation of methionine is important, as it is required for the formation of S-adenosylmethione (or SAM), which is considered a universal methyl-donor for a multitude of substrates, including DNA, RNA, proteins, hormones, and lipids.

How is Vitamin B-12 absorbed?

Vitamin B-12 absorption, like many things in nutrition, is a highly complex, intricate process. Vitamin B-12 found in foods is bound to protein, and needs to be released by hydrochloric acid and gastric protease in the stomach. Vitamin B-12 in supplement form does not require this separation.

Next, free vitamin B-12 must combine with intrinsic factor, a glycoprotein secreted by the stomach’s parietal cells. The intrinsic factor-vitamin B-12 complex can then travel to the small intestine. Most absorption of B-12 occurs in the distal ileum (aka further part of your small intestine) via receptor mediated endocytosis. Some is also absorbed by passive diffusion.

There’s a limit to how much can be absorbed at once. Usually no more than 1.5 micrograms per 5-50 microgram absorption can be absorbed from a single dose. Disorders that limit the amount of intrinsic factor can also limit B-12 absorption.

What are symptoms of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency?

Symptoms of Vitamin B-12 can seem vague or non-descript. For example, many people with Vitamin B-12 deficiency may experience  weakness, fatigue, lightheadness, pale skin, pale skin, diarrhea or constipation, tingling or numbness (especially in hands and feet), depression, memory loss, behavioral changes, depression, and vision loss.

Many of these symptoms are also symptoms of other conditions, so detecting Vitamin B-12 deficiency can be difficult without a test.

These symptoms may arise months or years after low B-12 consumption. It was formerly believed that vitamin B-12 could be stored in the liver for up to 20 years, but the scientific opinion on this is changing, and many believe it to be far less time. Some estimate 10 years, while others estimate 2.

For now, the exact amount of time between inadequate B-12 consumption and signs and symptoms of deficiency is unknown, but if you’d like my personal opinion I believe it is far less than 2-20 years and that it varies greatly between individuals.

The point is, you may go vegan and not notice symptoms right away. But do not ignore these symptoms if they begin to creep up, especially if you’ve been neglecting monitoring your B-12 intake!

Who is at Risk for Vitamin B-12 Deficiency?

Vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, and people who don’t eat a lot of meat should all monitor their Vitamin B-12 intake.

But it’s not just vegetarians and vegans who are at risk. Because Vitamin B-12 relies on proper function of intestines and stomach for absorption, those with stomach and/or intestine distress may be at risk for Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Individuals with IBD, Chron’s disease, IBS-D, atrophic gastrtis, celiac’s disease, parasite infection, and/or intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

Additionally, individuals who take proton-pump inhibiting medications (often taken for acid reflux/heartburn) may be at risk, as these medications can decrease acid produced in the stomach, which is essential for B-12 absorption.

Exposure to nitric oxide (aka laughing gas) at the dentist can also halt B-12 absorption and multiple exposures can lead to deficiency.

Interestingly, high levels of serum folic acid can make B-12 deficiency. As folic acid fortification is mandatory in the United States, some scientists find this is an area of increasing concern. In fact, some are calling for a reassessment of the folate fortification level, and/or an addition of a B-12 fortification.

With age, the body is less and less able to absorb Vitamin B-12. According to national dietary surveys and blood level tests, 10-15% of the elderly population in the United States is B-12 deficient. As cognition also tends to decline around this time, this is a concern.

Those with prenicious anemia are also B-12 deficient, due to an autoimmune reaction that attacks the stomach cells that make intrinsic factor necessary for B-12 absorption.

How much Vitamin B-12 do I need?

The current  recommendation dietary allowance (RDA) of Vitamin B-12 for healthy adults is 2.4 micrograms per day. That’s a teeny tiny amount.

Pregnant women are advised to consume 2.6 micrograms, while breastfeeding women should consume a recommended 2.8 micrograms each day.

What foods contain Vitamin B-12?

Vitamin B-12 is found mostly in animal products, including fish, meat, eggs, poultry, milk, milk products, algae products, nutritional yeast select fortified breakfast cereals, and other fortified foods.

Clams and beef liver, in particular, are very rich in Vitamin B-12, with 84.1 micrograms and 70.7 micrograms per 3 ounce portion, respectively.

Trout, salmon, and tuna can also be good sources of Vitamin B-12, each with over 100% of the RDA per 3 ounce serving.

A single egg contains 0.6 micrograms of Vitamin B-12, however, due to some of the proteins found in egg, much of the B-12 found in eggs isn’t well-absorbed.

Milk contains about 1.2 micrograms per cup, while chicken contains 0.3 micrograms per 3 ounce portion.

Some breakfast cereals, plant-based milks, and vegan condiments like nutritional yeast are also fortified with Vitamin B-12 (see section, below).

What are vegan sources of Vitamin B-12?

Vegan sources of naturally occurring Vitamin B-12 are few and far between. Certain types of algae are known to contain Vitamin B-12, and some studies have found these are well absorbed when taken in supplement form, but there is debate on whether or not algae foods alone can provide enough B-12 in one’s diet.

Outside of algae, vegans need to rely on fortified foods to reach their B-12 requirements. Below is a list of vegan Vitamin B-12 containing foods:

  1. Total Cereal: 100% RDA per 3/4 cup serving
  2. Silk Soymilk : 50% DV per 1 cup serving
  3. Marmite: 0.5 micgrograms / 15% DV per 35 gram serving
  4. Trader Joe’s Original Coconut Milk (the refrigerated one in the carton): 50% per 1 cup serving
  5. Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast: 40% per 1 tablespoon serving
  6. Trader Joe’s Nutritional Yeast: 130% per 1 tablespoon serving
  7. Malt-O-Meal High Fiber Bran Flakes:
  8. Kellogg’s All Bran Cereal: 100% per 1/2 cup serving
  9. Cheerios: 25% per 1 cup serving
  10. Kellogg’s Special K Cereal: 50% per 3/4 cup serving
  11. Nasoya Tofu Plus: 20% DV RDA per 3 ounce serving
  12. Corn Flakes: 15% per 1 cup serving
  13. Tempeh: amounts vary; the viability of tempeh-produced vitamin B-12 is, however, debated in literature and it is generally agreed that this should not be an individual’s primarily source

This list is by no means exhaustive. It’s simply meant to give you a few ideas next time you’re at the store, and/or inspire you to check products/compare brands of similar products. If you find any B-12 gems out there, let me know in the comments!

Also, none of these are affiliate links. I do not generally sponsor posts and am always 100% transparent when I do, as I want to instill trust in my readers.

Should I take a Vitamin B-12 supplement?

If you don’t eat fortified foods daily, I would suggest vegans, vegetarians, the elderly. those with malabsorption issues, adding a Vitamin B-12 supplement to your diet.

Importantly, many supplements come in mega-doses.According to the IOM, there is no known adverse outcomes associated with over-consumption of B-12.

Still, there’s no need to take a pill that gives you 50000% RDA Vitamin B-12 per day. You can easily halve or quarter supplements to not only meet your needs, and extend the life of your supplement bottle in the process.

Some supplements contain animal-derived sources of Vitamin B-12 and/or gelatin (usually the gummy varieties). Certain brands are vegan-friendly, and their packaging will usually let you know. If you’re concerned, I suggest searching on Amazon for vegan-specific vitamins.

Long Story Short:

You’re not invincible. Pay attention to your B-12 intact if you are plant-based or not a big meat eater or have digestive health issues! Supplementation can’t hurt.

Easy Homemade Chia Jam

I love me a PB&J. Or an almond butter and J. Both are wonderful. And something I feel I appreciate more as an adult than as a child. Anyone else? Okay, maybe just me.

Easy Homemade Chia Jam

While I’m a nut butter fiend, I also appreciate a scrumptious jam or jelly. The issue, I find, with many at the store is that they’re so darn sweet.

Chia Jam Recipe

I’m all about desserts, but when it comes to breakfast foods like yogurt, jams, and oatmeals, I’m very turned off but overly sweet things. Hence, I seek out sweetened-with-only-fruit jams (Crofter’s Organic is my favorite brand, and Trader Joe’s has some good options, as well) or I make my own homemade chia jam.

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Chia seed jam is the easiest thing ever. All you do is add chopped up fruit, chia seeds, and a hint of lemon juice if you’re feeling fancy. If you want to up the sweetness factor, go ahead and add a tablespoon or two of sugar, honey, or syrup.

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I find the chia seed jam perfect tangy and sweetened with only fruit, but you do you boo boo. Live your best jam life.

Easy Homemade Chia Jam

You can use pretty much whatever fruit you want for this recipe. I like to use frozen blueberries and/or strawberries the best. Just thaw and chop them up a bit, or mash at them with a fork. I like to leave some chunks in, but if you like smooth jam, I would suggest processing in a blender or food processor until desired consistency is achieved.

This recipe also rocks because the chia seeds add a little boost of omega-3 fatty acids to your day. If you don’t eat a lot of fish or flax or hemp seeds, chia seeds can help you add some of these essential fatty acids to your day, which as a vegan, I appreciate.

Easy Vegan Chia Jam

This jam goes wonderfully on sandwiches, oatmeal, toast, and yogurt. The possibilities are endless! It will have you saying #ThatsMyJam.

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I hope you make this jam and I hope you love it! If you do let me know. Comment below or hit me up on Insta (@katherinebaker4).

Have a good weekend everyone!

Easy Homemade Chia Jam

Prep Time:  5 minutes
Fridge Time: At least 60 minutes
Servings: about 1 cup jam

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped or mashed fresh or (thawed) frozen fruit of choice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, maple syrup, honey, or agave (optional)

Method:

  1. Chop or mash fruit until desired consistency is reached. I like my jam a bit chunky, so I leave chunks in. If you desire smooth jam, process in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Allow jam to thicken in the refrigerator, for at least 1 hour, ideally 4-6 or overnight.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Enjoy!

It’s Okay To Not Love Your Body

As you can see from the title, this post is going to be about body image and self-acceptance, something I occasionally like to touch upon between recipes, life updates, and nutrition info.

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I write these posts fairly randomly; taking my virtual pen (fingers) to virtual paper (keyboard) when a streaming thought arises. Today, I had this epiphany, and I thought I’d share it with others here on the blog.

With all these New Year/new me posts going on, and pics of people posting progress of their health journeys/weight loss updates, I noticed a pattern: no matter how in-shape someone is, they usually aren’t satisfied. They always post about how much more they have to go until they reach their goals.

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Goals are great. Taking care of yourself is important. But it’s also okay, I decided, while looking at myself in the mirror at a barre class (which is my fav workout btw) that it’s totally okay to not love your body.

If you do, that’s great. I’m overwhelmed with happiness for you (genuinely) for reaching a level of self-acceptance that so few people seem to do. But I also think it’s fine if you don’t completely love your body.

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Personally, I don’t love every element of my body. There are plenty of things I don’t like about my image. I have monkey arms and legs, a flat pancake butt that looks awkward in many pants, and I’m an A-cup on a good day. My lowest rips stick out a little bit right over my Buddha belly, and I have an ever-increasing amount of wrinkles on my face, along with bags under my eyes so large you could use them to carry groceries.

So yeah. I don’t totally love my body or my appearance. But I’ve gotten to a place where I’m okay with it. Like, it’s fine. It’s just my body. I can tolerate it, appreciate it, and focus on other things in life, like school and work and being a dog mom. I think for body image, indifference is a perfectly acceptable and healthy place to be. And it’s a huge leap from being self-conscious about my body and image for years, especially during my many years of being teased.

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I’m also at a place in life where I have enough perspective to actually appreciate certain things my body can do. I am very thankful for my health, and after watching my disable mother suffer for so long, I’m damn thankful to be mobile and be able to walk, do errands, and exercise without pain. My legs work. My arms work. My brain works. I have enough food and water available to me that I can function and not stress over obtaining these basic needs. That’s pretty darn luxurious and I can appreciate it wholeheartedly.

So I guess the point of this post is that if you think there’s something wrong with you for not loving your body, there’s not. That said, if you absolutely hate your body, that’s something you should definitely work on. But you don’t have to totally and fully love every inch of your skin to be at ‘peace’ with your body. That’s hard, especially in a visually-driven society that is constantly pointing out ways we could look better. Working towards accepting, tolerating, and appreciating our bodies can be good enough. At least, in my opinion.

 

Update and Eats Lately

Hello! How are you? I’ve been MIA for a while, even though I promised not to drop off the blog space no matter what.

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Well, here’s what happened: I ended up getting screwed over a bunch by a management company and got my keys September 12 even though I paid all September rent up-front. Then I moved in finally and got sick. Long story short there was a serious mold issue in the unit that the management refused to take care of and I proceeded to couch surf for about 5 weeks while in a legal battle trying to break my lease and move.

Eventually, everything settled. I lost some money, endured a TON of stress, and was reminded just how harsh and unforgiving renting in NYC can be. I had a lot of low points, tears, and was at times completely and utterly overwhelmed.

I know many people have it far worse than I did and face housing insecurity on a daily basis, but to me, figuring out where I was sleeping on a nightly basis, half-resting on couches through nights filled with tossing and turning, and trying to stay on top of my health, legal battles, and full-time grad program proved wearing.

The hardest part for me was that Millie was in Wisconsin for 9 weeks while I tried to resolve things. It was so so hard to be away from my rock. She is my joy and I really questioned if I truly wanted to do this. Honestly, I still do sometimes, but that’s another story.

On top of that, my mom’s health is really not in a good place, so I felt an additional layer of stress from that.

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I have emerged from the whole situation a bit wiser and more wrinkled (from stress lol) but relocated to New Jersey (view from Jersey City above) to a mold-free apartment with my doggo back at my side and feel marginally better about life and much more appreciative of what I have.

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On a lighter note, I thought I’d share some eats lately. These are all random but hopefully may give you some mealtime and snack inspiration. Hope you enjoy!

Baked Pumpkin with Sea Salt

And a dash of cumin and cayenne pepper. I bought my first ever sugar pumpkin to make a pumpkin pie from scratch on Thanksgiving and ate the leftover cooked pumpkin which triggered a new appreciation of the fruit.

I feel like we (at least I personally) often forget that pumpkins are another squash you can eat. And now I feel like I should make up for lost time. So roasted pumpkin has been a thing lately.

To cook I just halved the pumpkin and roasted at 425 for about 45 minutes until it was soft.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Waffles

To make these I googled “pumpkin vegan waffles,” found this recipe, and replaced the flour with oat flour since that’s what I had (and also I love the texture and flavor of oat flour). Paired with pecans and real maple syrup.

Van Leeuwan Ice Cream

The best non-dairy. The above is “one scoop” peanut butter cherry bon bon and “one scoop” cookie crumble strawberry jam. I use quotes because each scoop was like 8 scoops.

So rich. Left me very very full lol.

Vegan Halo Top

Okay hear me out on this one. I have long disapproved if Halo Top’s marketing strategies and am a fan of eating full-fat full-sugar over artistical ‘light’ versions when a craving hits.

That said, I was curious when vegan Halo Top hit the shelves and bought a few under the impression that I would be reimbursed to review it for a Spoon post. The post fell through, but I ended up liking the Halo Top a whole lot more than I thought I would. Not as ice cream, but more as a substitute for cool whip, which is really more what it tastes and feels like to my palate.

I’m going to write a full review on them later today which I will link here when it’s finished. But yeah, I kinda dig it lol.

Whole Me Snacks

This brand sent some samples and HOLY yum. It’s like a chewy granola top muffin. My favorite flavors are almond coconut and cinnamon banana chip. DELISH plain, dipped in almond milk, or in yogurt. I’m obsessed. You can get them on Amazon and probably in some health food stores.

(Please note for strict vegans some flavors do contain honey).

Thanksgiving Dinner

What do vegans eat on Thanksgiving you ask? All of the sides, of course! I made two kinds of sweet potatoes, soy ginger glazed shishitto peppers, vegan stuffing (which turned it SO good), roasted delicata squash with pecans and pomegranate seeds, a green salad, rolls, baked tempeh, Lemon broccoli salad, and of course….

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

Using a sugar pumpkin. I adapted this recipe and it turned out fab. I made half with regular crust for my mom and half with walnut-date crust for me, since regular pie crust does not and never has done anything for my taste buds and I much prefer other kinds of crusts, like graham, cookie, or nut crusts.

Muraski Sweet Potatoes

Anyone else love these purple-on-the-outside, white-on-the-inside potatoes from Tjs?! To me they taste like chestnuts and this potato gal can’t get enough.

Also I’m p sure they are the potato behind this emoji: 🍠🍠🍠🍠

Banana Bread Oatmeal Bites

I made these on Vegan Bites (which is back, btw! Now on Thursday nights) and they’ve been a good easy snack lately. Will post recipe later today/ this week.

Salted Chocolate PB Cup Brownies

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Delicata Squash

Roasted with a drizzle of olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper and served with pecans and pomegranate perils.

That’s all for now but I will share more soon! Sorry for the CRAPPY quality phone pics. My phone is on it’s way out and barely works.

If you read this, I’d appreciate if you commented and said hello! And let me know what kind of content you like seeing (day in the life, recipes, nutrition/health).

Signing off for now; I’ve got recipes to post and homework to do. Missed y’all!! Now go eat something yummy for me. 🤗

Vegan Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Coconut Vanilla Yogurt Icing & Walnuts

CINNAMON. ROLLS.

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Is there anything like ’em? No. There is not. When you’re craving a cinnamon roll, absolutely nothing else will do.Vegan Cinnamon ROlls - Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon

Which is why after craving them like cray for several days in a row, I decided to make some. Now I’m simultaneously #satisfied, and eager to make some more cinnamon roll variations (my friend suggested carrot cake…genius?! yes).

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Me being me, I decided to tweak classic cinnamon rolls and put my own lil twist on ’em. I used oat flour because I wanted something not junky tasting (tho I do love a junky cinnamon roll sometimes…just was more in the mood for hearty/substantial/I really love the texture/flavor of oat flour in baking).

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Then, for the filling, I used apple sauce + cinnamon + a wee bit of non-dairy butter (tho you could even skip the non-dairy butter).

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For icing, I used vanilla coconut yogurt. This was actually because I was out of powdered sugar and too lazy and cheap to buy more at the moment so I opted for yogurt. And you know what? IT WAS AMAZING. Happy accident AF. Tangy, sweet, vanilla-…it was like a shortcut, less intense cream cheese icing. 10/10 would reccomend.

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You should make these cinnamon rolls if you are looking for something satisfying, not junky, and different fr breakfast. If you are looking for a classic, more junky, Cinnabon-esque cinnamon roll, this recipe probably isn’t what you want right now.  If you want to make cream cheese icing or other icing, be my guest. Either way, get rockin’ and rollin’.

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Vegan Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Coconut Vanilla Yogurt Icing & Walnuts

Prep Time:  30 minutes, plus 6-8 for proofing
Cook Time: 20-40 minutes
Servings: about 4 small cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted non-dairy butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup oat flour (can sub AP or whole-wheat flour if desired)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar

For Filling:

  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon non-dairy butter (I like Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For Icing:

  • 1 container coconut or soy milk vanilla yogurt (I like So Delicious, Soyo, Silk, and Stony Field’s Brands)

For garnish:

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Method:

  1. Warm almond milk in a bowl to about 110 F. The milk should be warm, but not boiling.
  2. Add yeast and allow to bloom, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix
  4. Add flours, 1/2 cup at a time, folding gently into the butter mixture.
  5. Allow dough to rise until doubled in size, roughly 6-8 hours.
  6. When dough has risen, roll out into a rectangle, about 1/4th inch thick.
  7. Coat dough rectangle with apple sauce, and then add 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, cubed.
  8. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apple sauce.
  9. Roll dough into one log. Use a knife to cut into fourths.
  10. Place fourths/rolls into well-oiled pan and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden and fragrant.
  11. Remove from oven and drizzle with yogurt. Top with chopped nuts, if desired.

Announcement: I’m Now On YouTube!

Hey there! Back from a crazy whirlwind 5-week teaching gig that came out of no where and swept me by my feet, followed by a fun-filled 5 day adventure vacation in San Francisco.

I’ve been feeling a bit unmotivated and out of sorts since returning from my trip. This sort of drove me crazy for a few days, but instead of judging my feelings I decided to sit with them, let them pass, and be gentle with myself and allow a few days to get my shit back together.

I’m going to do a little recap on SF on the blog, but I thought I’d have a post to share that I’m now on YouTubeI’m now on YouTube. Check it out here!

I’m new to the ‘Tube but am excited to play around with it. Requests for vids? LMK! Right now it’s super amateur but I’m hoping that with a few weeks of free time before I gear back up for school to just kinda mess around.

Give me your feedback!!

-Kbakes

Fun Things From the Weekend

I seem to be randomly sharing my weekends lately. It’s kinda fun, so I’m going to keep doing it. I love reading these blog posts and I am finding it fun to share them, as well.

Thursday:

My weekend started Thursday night when I picked up Jenn from the airport at 11:55pm. She came to town for a minute for a friend’s bridal shower. I brought Millie to grab her from the airport. Millie was VERY excited to see her Auntie Jenn.

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We got home around 12:45am and it was bed time for all of us (once Millie calmed down from the Auntie Jenn excitement).

Friday:

Friday I woke up early (shocking I know), went to barre, and made buckwheat and oatmeal waffles. Because waffles. I had mine with sunflower seed butter + bananas + other fruit.

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Jenn and I went downtown so she could visit her friend who has a newborn and a toddler. I would post pics, but I feel weird posting pics of a baby that isn’t mine without asking. I should ask. Anyways, he was super cute!! Also, god bless all mothers everywhere. Motherhood seems incredibly stressful and exhausting. I’m good with just fur babies for the foreseeable future.

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Then we went to Anodyne Coffee (the best coffee in MKE IMO) and walked around the lake front for a while. Milwaukee is so underrated. #hiddengem

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After that, it was back home. Jenn left shortly after to meet some friends for lunch. I was feeling anxious about getting some stuff done so I opted to stay home and #werk. Millie sat outside with me and modeled an awesome new sticker I got from Made Wild.

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She also modeled her new Civil Liberties Watchdog tee from ACLU 🙂

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Around 4:30, Jenn came and picked me up and we headed to TJs to buy some stuff for a cake she was making for a bridal shower.

We came back and got crackin’ on the cake. We made two layers vanilla and two layers banana. While cakes were baking, I made us some dinner with random things we had around the house. Going out seemed stressful because we were pretty tied to the cakes.

I made us a build-a-bowl sort of thing with my favorite marinated tempeh, black rice, cauliflower rice, baby kale, avocado, cilantro, green onions, roasted Japanese sweet potatoes, cashews, pineapple, and a spicy peanut sauce. We ate around 8:15pm with my mom and the meal turned out to be really yummy and totally hit the spot.

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Have you had Oriental/Japanese sweet potatoes before btw? They are AMAZING. They’re purple on the outside and white on the inside. They taste like chestnuts and I’m pretty sure they are what the potato emoji is representing. I like to bake them whole and gobble them up. For the bowls I sliced and tossed them in turmeric, cumin, and cayenne and roasted them up. YUM.

After dinner, we set the cakes out to cool, and started getting ready for bed (we were tired) and it was lights out by 10:00pm. #partyanimals

Saturday:

Saturday I got up at 5:30am (classic me) and got Jenn up at 7:00am (per her request) to finish the cakes. We whipped up some cream cheese frosting and nutella buttercream. Millie got caught in a powdered sugar shower and ate a bunch of the floor. Then we assembled the cake.

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Jenn decorated it all fancy to make it look like a birch tree, which was the theme of the shower.

Around 9:30am she left for the shower and then I ran a bunch of errands, ate bowl leftovers for lunch, and laid down (I wasn’t feeling too well) for several hours.

That night, we headed to a bonfire/BBQ at a friends house for a birthday celebration of sorts. It was a good old time with warm weather, lots of laughs, and lovely people.

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Around 12:30am we headed home (eep) and it was straight to bed!

Sunday:

Just a few short hours later at 4:00am, it was time to leave for the airport. I dropped Jenn off and was back home by around 5:30am. I napped for another two hours (until around 7:30am) and then took Millie to the park. I snapped this photo as she happened to turn around and sniff her butt. My dog is the weirdest. Like does anyone else’s dog do this? Anyways, eventually I went to a barre class to finish out the morning.

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After lunch, I did some work. Then, I headed out to Panera with my mom. It was quite an event. A tire blew when we were getting gas before dinner and we ended up walking to Panera.

Panera literally messes up my order every single time. I double checked to make sure they had my order right and went up the the prep counter like a frickin’ crazy person to verbally verify they were going to give me a salad without chicken.

Then, my salad came with chicken. Like it does every time. In fact, a girl working said something like, “I feel like every time I’ve seen you here they mess up your order.” And I was like “yeah.”

And then I’m in this awkward position where my order is covered with chicken and it’s all mixed in and they have to make me a new one and I feel like a whiny bitch. But like also, I don’t eat chicken and don’t like chicken shreds touching every inch of my salad.

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They then always give you the option to take home the salad or have them throw it away. Let’s just say my dog has eaten a lot of chicken salads this summer. Oh, Panera. I love you but get your sh*t together. Thanks so much.

Then we Uber’d home since the car was not going to make it. By that point, it was somehow like 8:30pm, so I enjoyed some ice cream and an early bed time.

And in case you care…

I’m happy to report the car is now all better with shiny new tires.

Also! I’m exciting to announce I’ll be starting a content internship with The Global Foodbanking Network this summer and continuing it for the rest of the calendar year :). Stay tuned.

Fun week ahead! I have 2 recipe posts planned, and a trip to Chicago in the works!