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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! 


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

 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: 


(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. 

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..


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



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…” 

The Vegan Diva: Veganized Foods

While summer is coming to a close I decided I would write a post on my favorite 5 great VEGAN FOODS FOR THE SUMMER! During the summer I really enjoy cold foods, soups, sandwiches, lots of salad and fruits and when I think of summer I think of bright colored foods, don’t you?

1) SHRIMP PO’BOY – Here we have a delicious Shrimp Po’Boy Wrap. My mouth is watering just looking at this picture. What’s in it? How does this replicate shrimp? If you go to the store you can actually buy soy-based prawns or non-soy based prawns that look exactly like shrimp. Even the reddish pink colored marks are on the “prawns.” Inside of this po-boy is a remoulade sauce that taste like heaven on earth. It reminds me of a chipotle sauce made with love and the perfect seasonings to go with it. I love the fact that it has mixed greens [and a side of Mrs. Beener’s famous salad dressing, YUMMM] inside of it because we all need greens for energy and for our organs to function properly.

Shrimp PoBoy
Shrimp Po’Boy

2) RAW VEGAN PIZZA – This is a raw vegan pizza made by a Chef at Seasoned Vegan. There are so many ways to make a raw vegan pizza and we tend to overlook it. Look at this presentation! Raw tomato sauce, my favorite vegetables and a flax crust to die for!

Raw Vegan Pizza
Raw Vegan Pizza


It’s stuffed with cashew cheese and almond meal, topped with pico de gallo with a side of mixed greens. I HAVE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. This is pretty much perfection at its finest. The organic avocado is so sweet and the cashew cheese just adds that kick you won’t even miss real cheese. This is pretty much a better version of a deviled egg. I think we take for granted the fact that we can make a lot of these foods at home but choose to eat out at restaurants.

Stuffed Avocado
Stuffed Avocado


The other day I was craving grilled southwest chicken and something with curry in it. I went to the health food market near my house and figured I would make some for my family. I am of West Indian descent, a little island called Grenada. Grenada is known as the Spice Island country and I figured I would go back to one of my roots and created a family favorite. This “chicken” is actually made from a pea-protein and the texture replicates chicken strips. I sautéed my chickpeas, southwest chicken with onions, garlic, curry powder and my Kelp Seasoning by Braggs. My family loved this and even told me that it tastes great and tastes just like chicken. I am very pleased with my results you have no idea. I matched it with basmati rice and brown jasmine rice and I also sautéed some collard greens with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, ginger and a little raw brown sugar. A light meal for the summer and healthy as well.

Vegan Curry Chicken w/ Sundried Tomato Collard Greens
Vegan Curry Chicken w/ Sundried Tomato Collard Greens


HERE WE HAVE A BUTTERSCOTCH CUPCAKE WITH COCONUT BACONNNNNNNNNNNNN……WHAT? YES I SAID COCONUT BACON! Chef Reese at Seasoned Vegan is one of the best Vegan Pastry Chef’s I’ve encountered. Usually I am not a huge fan of sweets. You really will never see me buying pastry. I love to have a small sample of pastry, I won’t eat the entire thing. Anyway, this is the best cupcake ever. It’s so moist and just melts the right way. The coconut bacon is my favorite because it looks like bacon chips and gives you a slight taste of bacon. You definitely taste the coconut but this is everything to me. I am so happy that there are so many talented vegan chefs in New York City because I am able to try a variety of their talents. The fact that this has less ingredients than a regular dairy based cupcake and tastes 100x times better than it just blows my mind.

Butterscotch Cupcake w/Coconut Bacon
Butterscotch Cupcake w/Coconut Bacon


Vegan Lunch in Harlem

The food you love, veganized. Is Seasoned Vegan’s motto. 

As you walk in you are drawn by the Harlem neighborhood mural inside of the entrance.

Harlem Night Sky Mural
Harlem Night Sky Mural
Seasoned Vegan Fruit Basket Mural
Seasoned Vegan Fruit Basket Mural
The Harlem Seasoned Vegan Stoop
The Harlem Seasoned Vegan Stoop Mural

Seasoned Vegan is known for their veganized soul food which was created by Mrs. Beener. Mrs. Beener and her son Aaron Beener are the owners of this vegan restaurant. Mrs Beener started cooking and eating vegan food for over 20 years. This restaurant serves a different theme of food on a daily basis (Tuesday-Sunday), they aren’t opened Mondays. I commend the Beeners for raising awareness by opening this vegan restaurant in this Harlem community where the “chicken spot” and food that is drenched in genetically modified artificial colors, trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup; which is known to be extremely detrimental to your health aiding in cancerous diseases. 

Now onto the Food Review:

Mac N' Cheese x Broccoli x "Fried Shrimp"
Mac N’ Cheese x Stewed Fish x Broccoli x Fried Shrimp

This dish was very different in comparison to what I usually have at SV. The fried shrimp which is made from organic fermented soy, has an interesting taste but still gives you the flavor of real shrimp. The stewed fish blew my mind. Mrs. Beener you have done it once again!! Mrs. Beener’s stewed fish is made out of fermented soy with seaweed as the “skin” on the sides. Her recipe is reminiscent of actual fish my mum would make on the weekends. It smells and tastes like real fish. I love the fact that Mrs. Brenda Beener can capture the flavors of non vegan food into vegan food. I’ve been to many vegan restaurants and they lack flavor in all honesty. If a lot of these places added more flavor and seasonings into their recipes they would have a lot more non vegan customers as well as potential vegan eaters as well.

Vegan Lunch Closeup
Vegan Lunch Closeup



Crawfish x Spinach Salad x Spinach Pesto Mozzarella Pasta
Crawfish x Spinach Salad x Spinach Pesto Mozzarella Pasta

That crawfish is MMMMMMMHMN GOOD and I need this recipe because the seasonings make you feel as if you’re eating seafood. It’s made out of burdock root (a rooted vegetable) which has a lot of health benefits such as: anti-inflammatory and stunting the growth of cancer cells. I really enjoyed eating this dish because the spinach pesto pasta was just amazing. The Daiya cheese blended in so well you couldn’t tell if it was dairy or not. Thank you Katie for making this pasta, it was BOMB.COM

Vegan Mac N' Cheese
Vegan Mac N’ Cheese

I am absolutely head over heels over the Mac N’ Cheese at Seasoned Vegan. This is one of their staple dishes at Seasoned Vegan which is a best seller. People come in wanting and craving the Mac N’ Cheese every day.

I’m so happy to be working at a place that is found in an urban community. People of color need to eat healthier. Brenda and Aaron are doing a fantastic job in bringing the community together to eat well-seasoned delicious vegan food that is made with love.

Please come visit at: 55 Saint Nicholas Avenue (West 113th Street) New York, NY

Vegan Myths

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Vegans need meat.

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This is false. People who are vegans tend to have lower cholesterol levels, less BMI (Body Mass Index) and less chances of having hypertension. If you’re a true vegan you definitely lessen your chances of having a lot of diseases and vegan cancer rates are lower than those who consume meat.Vegans get their proteins from vegetables, herbal powders and legumes.

Being vegan is unhealthy for you.

– If you’re a vegan who consumes a lot of frozen vegan foods and aren’t really monitoring what you eat then it CAN be unhealthy. True vegans consume the proper vegetables , fruits, protein , good carbs and good fat to maintain a healthy body. The health benefits of being vegan overall is great.

Vegans are bony, weak and lack energy. Being vegan is too much work.
Vegans eat boring food.

– In order to put these myths to rest, I really would prefer if people did their research instead of using their own theories that are FALSE. There are a lot of vegans that are muscular and some even body build. We get our energy from Earth foods, water and consuming foods or supplements with Omega-3 fatty acids. Vegan foods aren’t boring and it’s not too much work.

Just like any entrees you prepare for dinner or breakfast, you have step by step processes. I just feel like people just don’t want to make an effort to prepare something that lacks meat products… People are entirely afraid of eating healthier. Just like meat, vegan foods need to be seasoned and made well. Everything is based on the person who is cooking the food. There are tons of fun recipes listed on this site if you want an idea of non-boring vegan foods.

Veganism is expensive.

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This is tricky. I say yes and no. Yes because if you decide to buy solely organic foods and the prices are very expensive at your food market, then yes it will turn out to be costly. If you buy from your local markets, co-ops , farmers markets and buy some organic vegan products you will pay either less or the average amount non vegans pay for their groceries. So it basically depends on the prices of the products you purchase at your markets, purchasing items in bulk also helps.

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The main point of this myth post is to encourage people to do more research on the lives of vegans instead of judging us for eating healthier. Whether you’re vegan or not your body NEEDS fruits, vegetables, vitamins, amino acids and good fats. Consuming nothing but trans-fats and anything with hydrogenation will kill your organs.

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