Best Cenotes near Tulum

Best Cenotes Tulum

Cenotes are a truly magical experience and I completely understand why the Mayans valued them. Cave swimming is so unique and has an ethereal quality about it. Each cenote is different from the next with awesome rock formations to flying bats to ancient trees with gnarled roots. They are also a great way to cool off from the heat and re-energize yourself. Here are the five best cenotes near Tulum that we visited during our trip.

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Tips for an Awesome Vacation in Tulum

Travel tips tulum

Tulum, Mexico is a hidden gem. Located about 1.5 hours south of Cancun, Tulum leaves behind the all-inclusive resorts for unique boutique hotels, awesome plant-based food, gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, and incredible cenotes. I’m a greedy traveler, so when I heard I could climb a ruin, snorkel with sea turtles, and jump into a bat cave all in one day I was sold. It truly is the perfect location to combine snorkeling, laying on the beach, and discovering history. If this sounds like your kind of vacation read on for tips on how to make the most out of Tulum. travel tips tulum.

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Nut and Oats Yogurt Parfait

Nut and Oats Yogurt Parfait
Hearty oats, yogurt and fresh berries make up this nut and oats yogurt parfait.

Hello from Spain! I am a complete yogurt lover and every time I come to Europe I am excited to have Sojade yogurt again. While I love the access to vegan foods in the US, there are a couple of products in Europe (ichoc and Sojade to name two!), that I look forward to having every time we come. I am eating quite a bit of it this trip and figured it was about time to post on the blog and share a recipe for a hearty breakfast nut and oats yogurt parfait of my own.

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Eggplant Caprese Stacks

Eggplant Caprese Stacks
Fresh and simple ingredients make up these yummy eggplant caprese stacks.

Having returned from Italy about two weeks ago, I am already missing the abundance of fresh tomato, basil, and balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I get caught up in making complex and complicated food, but this recent trip to Europe reminded me that simple, fresh ingredients really are the best. Now that I am back, I had the chance to snag a bag of Miyokos Mozzarella (insert happy dance!!). What better to make than something simple, fresh, and Italian inspired, such as these Eggplant Caprese Stacks.

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Spring Green Smoothie

Spring Green Smoothie
Spring Green Smoothie topped with JEM Raw Nut Butter.

Spring is here and with it all sorts of great produce! I just picked up a box of Ranier cherries (my fav!), peaches, pears, figs, a huge watermelon, grapes, and cantaloupe. As I was unloading it all, I realized I had all the ingredients I used to make the Spring Green Smoothie recipe I entered into the JEM Raw Nut Butter contest last year. Of course I had to remake it and wanted to share it on the blog. I didn’t win the grand prize, but I did win a secondary prize and got 4 free jars of JEM, which was amazing!

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Chocolate Cherry Energy Bars

Chocolate Cherry Energy Bars
These quick and easy Chocolate Cherry Energy Bars make a great snack!

Energy bites and bars are one of my favorite on the go snacks. They are easy to make, portable, and such a tasty treat. These Chocolate Cherry Energy Bars combine sweet cherries with cacao nibs and almonds for a sweet, protein filled, antioxidant rich snack. An added bonus–they come together in just a few minutes using a food processor! I brought a batch of these on of our Peruvian adventure and they were a lifesaver when we needed a quick snack.

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Orange Dream Smoothie

Orange Dream Smoothie
This sweet and creamy smoothie is packed with healthy bacteria from yogurt and Vitamin C from fresh oranges.

A few weeks ago I had one of the worst colds of my life. It started off as a viral upper respiratory infection and then turned into an awful sinus infection. Long story short, after a few doctor visits I was given antibiotics and on the road to recovery. During this time I started eating yogurt religiously and put it in all my smoothies, including this Orange Dream Smoothie.

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One Bowl Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Almond Icing

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Almond Icing
Easy and delicious cinnamon rolls with vanilla almond Icing. No one will guess they are vegan!

Cinnamon rolls, and any yeast based recipes, have always been very intimidating for me. I don’t have a cooking thermometer and am always certain that I will kill the yeast and be stuck with hard, flat cinnamon rolls. A few months ago I decided to overcome my fear and began scouring the internet for different recipes. I read all sorts of recipes and tips/tricks AND made about 4 dozen cinnamon rolls before I had a recipe that I liked AND was easy to make. The result was these delicious One Bowl Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Almond Icing.

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Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Baby Rattles

Strawberry and Blueberry Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Baby Rattles
These Strawberry and Blueberry Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Baby Rattles are perfect for a baby shower!

Back in February I had the honor to help host one of my good friend’s baby shower. I was in charge of food which was perfect as she is vegan too. It turned out great and was so much fun! One of the treats I made were Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Baby Rattles. This version gives a slight fruity twist to the classic recipe and is super easy to make. To give you an idea of how easy, after I trialed the recipe once, my boyfriend made and assembled all of the rattles with minimal assistance from me.

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