Category Archives: Vegan

New vegan fitness book: Vegan Vitality

I’m a featured plant-based athlete in the brand new book Vegan Vitality by Karina Inkster! Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Vitality-Complete-Plant-Based-Lifestyle/dp/1629143642.
Vegan Vitality (by Karina Inkster, foreword by Robert Cheeke) is a new cookbook and active living guide for vegans. My interview is on page 105 as a featured plant-based athlete!
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Very simple but tasty chocolate vegan Shakeology recipe!

 

 

 

 

This may be the simplest Shakeology recipe I’ve ever made, and it’s insanely tasty. Ingredients in the image, but:

 

MochaCoconutMilkShakeology

1 cup So Delicious mocha coconut milk
1 scoop chocolate vegan Shakeology

 Calories: 320
Carbs: 52
Fat: 7
Protein: 18
Sodium: 360
Fiber: 7

Next time I’ll add either ice or a frozen banana to get something closer to a milkshake. 🙂

Plant strong women, unite!

Are you  a woman who is interested in bodybuilding, fitness, or weight lifting in general? Vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious?

I’ve started up a closed group on Facebook for us to collaborate, cheer each other on, and share the plant-strong love!

Lift those veggies!

You can join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VeganWomenBodybuildingAndFitness/

Product review: PlantFusion protein powder Cookies and Cream flavor

Until vanilla Shakeology is available in a vegan option, we vegans must get our vanilla fix elsewhere.

I may have the solution.

I obtained PlantFusion’s cookies and cream variety of their protein blend from Vegan Proteins some time ago when it was on sale and never got to try it. I’m usually a chocolate gal by nature but was curious.

I made some tonight using about 10-12 oz of unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk and half a banana.

It did not disappoint. Very smooth, very tasty. It’s hard to find smooth vegan protein powders. Shakeology and Vega One both do an excellent job, and Sunwarrior’s not too bad either.

Tips on veganism for beginners

I get asked for tips on veganism a LOT, usually from beginners and/or people interested in eating healthy, vegan meals. As a result, I think compiling them into a single blog post would be useful, or so I hope!

Here goes:

  1. Do NOT treat eating a plant-based diet as an elimination diet, AKA what you used to eat minus the animal products. It will NOT work. You will have to completely revamp your paradigm of what constitutes as as meal. Anything else will run you into problems.
  2. Read, research, and experiment. Pick up cooking books, read blogs by other vegans, find out what they eat.
  3. Learn how to read labels. Dairy is sneaky, and you’ll find that when it comes to prepackaged foods they’ll like to slip in weird crap.
  4. Eat clean. Don’t be a “carb-an” and subsist mostly on bread, pasta, and rice. Fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans and legumes, non-GMO soy products, should all be awesome. If you have food intolerances to soy and/or gluten, give food like quinoa, lentils, and beans a shot.
  5. Don’t be afraid to screw up. Inevitably you’ll accidentally buy something that has honey in it, lactose, whey, whatever. Learn from it and move on.
  6. If you have a favorite food or recipe that isn’t vegan, find a fun way to “veganize” it! And don’t be afraid to give faux meats and faux dairy products a try. My personal favorites are from Gardein and Daiya respectively.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! 🙂 It’s part of the learning process.

Hope this helps!

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