Become a Vegan Diva! | Indiegogo

Hello Everyone!!! 

Have you ever wanted to eat a plant based diet but not sure how to go about? Are you tired of feeling tired? Not sure how to meal prep? Lack food creativity? Well then you are exactly the person I’m trying to reach! Keep reading! 

I am extremely exciteddddd to share with you that I am currently running a campaign for my book entitled, “How to Become A Holistic Vegan Diva” that will provide you with all the tools that you need to become one! This book is open to everyone who wants to look, feel and eat wholistic foods. Please click the link to support and donate so I can continue to Coach people who need to get healthy and fit! 

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https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/become-a-vegan-diva-cooking/x/14119812#/

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Vegan In Miami Beach 

Hey!!! Is it fall already? Where did the time go?? Happy Autumn Season!! 

So my birthday was in mid September and I decided to go on vacation with my girlfriends for a few days in Miami. Before I got to Miami I was concerned about finding vegan restaurants and if the food would actually taste good. Well, I am here to tell you that the vegan food in Miami is absolutely amazing. I enjoyed every single moment of beautiful weather and delicious food. Here are a few places I tried and I would highly recommend going there:

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  DIRT  (232 5th st)

DIRTeatclean is a farm to table restaurant hence the name. I had the pleasure of going there about 3 times that’s how much we loved this place.

I had the Bombay Bowl. The Bombay Bowl’s ingredients: arugula, roasted curried cauliflower, cucumber, fine herbs, butternut squash cashew “cream”, golden quinoa, extra virgin olive oil.

Nutritional facts: CAL / 450 PROTEIN / 15g FAT / 16g CARBS / 66g

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  Plant Theory (744 6th St)

Plant Theory is an all plant based vegan restaurant with gluten free raw food options & gluten free cooked food options. This restaurant is very conscious about what they serve to the public. I’m very happy to have come here because you can literally ask the staff any questions on where the food comes from, the most popular items and they’ll gladly answer your questions. One of the lovely staff members suggested the Phyliss Cheezesteak Burger. 


Ingredients: thin strips of bell pepper, onion, portobello mushrooms in our piquant marinade, topped with melted cheddar cheeze and special SOS sauce.

Please visit these two wonderful vegan/vegan friendly restaurants. You won’t be disappointed. I promise! 

My Detoxing Experience: Part I

Summer is near and we all want to look our best so what do we do? We Detox and Exercise! 



My friend (Sarah) and I have created this hashtag entitled #YearoftheBody. We decided that this will be the year that we get fit and healthy. After the past two years of drinking and partying we felt extremely sluggish and didn’t feel like we looked healthy either. It’s so important to understand that what is happening internally exposes itself physically. 

So this leads me to my own personal detoxing experience. I’ve been wanting to get back in shape for awhile. Life gets hard but you must do it. I’m on a path not to lose weight but to lose waste and get as healthy as I can get. I don’t aspire to be skinny and I personally wouldn’t recommend for anyone to do so either. Your goal should be to feel good on the inside first and let the outside reflect that afterwards. Get rid of the scale and work as hard as you can daily. Take your time, results don’t appear overnight!!

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I signed up for Bikram Yoga and went on a raw food diet with my friend Naketa. She told me that this would be a great experience and to do something for myself. So as crazy as I thought this would be, I did it. We did 6 days straight of bikram yoga and about nearly 2 weeks of the raw food diet. I must say I felt great. Bikram is a totally different lifestyle and I am very happy that I tried something that I wasn’t comfortable with. The poses we did seemed simple but they aren’t. Every pose targets each part of your body. I also chose to do bikram as well to help the circulation in my lymphatic system as well. 

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Eating raw wasn’t actually hard. You get cranky at first but you get over it. I wasn’t hungry on my raw food diet either. Naketa and I prepped food for the week. We made a variety of smoothies, cashew dressing, kale salad, cashew dip, crab meat from nuts, mango salsa and pickled tomatoes. It was quick and easy to prep and lasted just a little over a week.

My Crab Meat with Naketa’s Cashew Dressing
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 I would highly recommend everyone to try going raw because you feel lighter and you feel better. I loved my results but it doesn’t stop there. I’m on a path to the best holistic lifestyle I can live. Everyday there’s an obstacle but that’s the interesting thing about life, you can always try another goal tomorrow! Join me on this journey!

 I’ll end part one of my post with this question: 

WHAT STEPS AM I TAKING TO BE AT MY HEALTHIEST?? 

(Part Two will break down Detox & Nutrition) 

Veganized Foods: Burgers Galore 

Hello my fellow plant based lovers !!! 

So today I’m going to show you my favorite veganized food: burgers. What is veganized? Veganize(d) means to modify something that is non vegan and create a veganized version of it! For example: spaghetti and meatballs, hamburgers, pizza and even ice cream! You can create these dishes by using plant based vegan ingredients. 

Now let’s get started. 

1)  Bareburger: Guadalupe Burger 

Located: Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, NY 

Bareburger is an organic burger spot with many locations throughout New York City that also happens to sell vegan options. Yay! The Guadalupe burger was so delicious with its sprouted bun (they have gluten free options as well) , black bean burger, guacamole, vegan cheese (there’s an up charge for this) , red onion and alfalfa sprouts. They also have vegan based sauces you can ask for as well.  Just drooling thinking about it right now. Must try !!!!  

 Don’t Forget The Sweet Potato Fries!!!!!!! 

2) Champs Diner: Fish Filet Burger

Located: Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

Okay so I never knew there was a vegan diner right here in New York City 

 This. Place. Is. Absolutely. The. Bomb. 

  

The burgers my friends and I had were absolutely delicious. The chicken and fish filet were absolutely amazing guys. The spicy chipotle sauces and tartar sauces are a must for you to try if you decide to go. They do have gluten free options for those of you that would prefer to stay wheat free. We also have the Chicken and Waffles which I would highly recommend to try whenever you’re in a breakfast mood. Did I forget to mention that they also have tater totssssssss I haven’t had those since I was in elementary school. It just brought back great memories of my childhood. Thank you Champs Diner!!!     

Side bar: Start with these  “Bbq Wings” with tartar sauce first and a healthy fresh pressed juice. 

 
  Thank you Champs Diner!!! 

3) Seasoned Vegan: The SV Burger

Located: Harlem, New York

Let’s get into this burger though!!! Seasoned Vegan has a great soy based burger that’s out of this world. It’s topped with lettuce, tomatoes, Mrs Beener’s special sauce, a side of raw ketchup and you can also add: Cheddar/Mozarella, Cashew Cheese or Avocado to your burger! Yum! At the time I visited Seasoned Vegan they were serving sweet potato fries [an occasional item]. Doesn’t it look Deeee-lish? Definitely not gluten free but guess what? They have a raw burger for my raw foodies and gluten free peeps!!! 

 
I hope you all enjoyed this post and will get your vegan burger fix like I did!! See you next post!!!!!

TVD Kitchen: Biscuit Burger

Hello Readers,
Ever since I became vegan I do have cravings for veganized foods. Lol. I love food so much I have to satisfy my cravings. I grew up in a West Indian household so burgers weren’t apart of our culture. Honestly the only time we would eat burgers was during the summer at our family barbecues. So it was pretty much a treat for us growing up. 
Anyways so I came across Beyond Meat few years ago and I have been using their products ever since. Beyond Meat is an all meat-free gluten free non gmo company that produces mock meats for vegans. They have soy options and non soy options as well. My favorite products is their Beef Crumble (soy free) and Southwest Chicken Strips (soy based). A few weeks ago I came across this Beastly Burger (soy free/gluten free/non gmo) via Instagram and I said to myself, “Girl, you need to find this ASAP” so I went to Whole Foods yesterday and found it!!!
I give you my Gluten Free Garlic Biscuit Burger. 
    
  
AMMMMMMAAZZZZINGLYYYY DEELICIOUSSSSSSSSS…. That is all. 
Ciao. 
-TVD

Vegans Eats: By Chloe Restaurant 

So… I’ve been eyeing this new vegan restaurant in the village since it’s opening this past summer. This new vegan restaurant called By Chloe which is owned by Cupcake Wars Winner Chloe Coscarelli and Creative Director Samantha Wasser is a win in my opinion! My friends and I visited By Chloe last Friday. We left in awe and full. 

By Chloe’s Menu
  
The menu is super cute and creative. I love the colors and how they’re making veganism look fun instead of using a boring menu with plants on it. LOL ! As soon as we walked over to the cashier we were greeted very graciously by the staff, which I appreciate! So, we ordered the following: 

  

Air Dried Sweet Potato Fries, GF Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese, Pesto Meatball Sub
   
This was complete LIFE … Beet Ketchup , bro! Must have this again … Drooling!The only downside with this condiment was the fact that the Beet Ketchup literally had a little bit inside of the container. It may appear in the picture as if it was full but it wasn’t. The chipotle was filled though. 

The sweet potato fries were perfectly done and the fact that they’re air dried is a plus in my book! 

Spicy Thai Salad w/ apricot-sriracha tempeh, quinoa, edamame, wontons, peanut dressing
  
We all pretty much shared everything I just had two bites of this salad and it was absolutely delicious I’m craving that apricot-sriracha glaze right now. Every bite was delectable. My friend said she really enjoyed it and the flavors were unbelievable. This dish reminds me of sesame chicken back in the day when I used to eat meat and go to the Chinese restaurant. 

Pesto Meatball Sub
  
Initially I was going to order the famous Guac Burger but I opted to get the Pesto Meatball Sub because I love Italian food so I felt this would satisfy my palate entirely. Boy oh boy was I right!!!!! I loved the pesto and the tomato sauce. It was all too good to be true, HA! My only gripe about this sub was that it wasn’t gluten free. I’m trying to eat gluten free because I notice I start breaking out sometimes but in this case I couldn’t resist to order it. Hopefully they’ll have gluten free buns and subs. 

GF Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese w/ Almond Parmesan & Shiitake Bacon

Okay two things: this had so much potential to be one of the best vegan Mac & Cheese I’ve ever had. It was missing something like a little bit of salt and more garlic. I found myself waiting for that Wow Factor in each bite. Secondly, The shiitake bacon is DivAmazzzzingggg I personally would love to purchase a side of it just to snack on. OMG… Lol 
I did try the Coffee Chia Chocolate Chip Ice Cream & Banana Bourbon Ice Cream. Ridiculous (in a good way)  how you can veganize food and just have guilt free healthy food. I didn’t take any pictures of the dessert because it was so good I didn’t have any time..

But…

I shall return to By Chloe again & try their brunch!!!! 

Xoxo 

TVD 

Vegan Diva Returns…

Hello Readers,
It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post. A lot has happened over the past year. I am now ready to rededicate myself to this lifestyle. We must remember when we are struggling with anything that we aren’t alone. Someone is always willing to listen. It’s never a bad thing to ask for help. There are tons of apps where you can get some type of support and even sign in under anonymous so your name is private. A cry for help is nothing to be ashamed of. Remember that! 
 I know at times we start building unhealthy habits when we are depressed or going through rough times but remember it’s only temporary pain you’re enduring. No pain lasts forever. Find something that makes you happy so that it will keep you focused. I know I am not perfect and I was sidetracked thus leading me off the vegan lifestyle for awhile but after coming to terms with my issues I’m ready to share my vegan recipes and experiences with you all again. Thanks for being patient with me since I haven’t posted in a very long time. I’m happy to be able to share my physical and mental journey with others who may be going through the same thing. See you next post. 
Peace & Love
    

As the great and late Aaliyah once said: “Dust yourself off and try again…”