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!
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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:
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
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!
Before I thought about going vegan, I never turned my nose up to those who were vegans. I just knew at that time my will-power was low and I was ill-informed. When you lack the proper knowledge of certain things you tend to turn your back against it. I know many people who act very ignorant when they think of the concept of veganism. Why do I care? I care because not only are our generations becoming morbidly obese, the food is losing its nutrients due to hybrid seeds. People wonder why at times I go so hard to spread “health peace” but they still walk around eating at McDonalds/BurgerKing/Wendy’s/Applebee’s. Every week there is a new discovery of harmful ingredients at these fast food chain restaurants. For instance, have you not seen the nasty Halloween Burger from Burger King?
How is this acceptable in our country? Why are people still purchasing things like this and not protesting against these companies? Spend your money on things that will elongate your life. Why would you feed your children this garbage? Their tiny bodies are not meant to digest these poisonous objects. This isn’t even real food. Can we be a bit smarter folks???
We have a lot more access to healthy foods than other people and we should take full advantage of that. Some places can be expensive but I am sure many can find cheaper stores. Learn how to budget when spending money on groceries. Learn how to food prep that will help you out so much.
Let’s wake up and take action by eating properly. Peace
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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!!!!
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…”
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.
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!
3) STUFFED AVOCADO
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.
4) GRENADIAN CURRY SOUTHWEST CHICKEN
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.
5) BUTTERSCOTCH CUPCAKE WITH COCONUT BACON
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.
Hey Foodies!!! So, the other day I was craving a McGriddle sandwich but obviously I cannot eat that preservative and artificially meat based sandwich from McDonalds. I kept thinking to myself how could I make this happen while also being on a budget. I really wanted to make this and show people when you veganize certain foods, the outcome is great health wise. So, I went to my local health food store and bought organic pastry flour, vegan non-soy sausage, Daiya cheese and some organic extra firm tofu.
Now onto the recipe:
McGriddle Bread 1-2cups of Pastry Flour 1/2 cup of water 2 Tbsp of Raw Agave Nectar
(Don’t Forget to add Baking Powder)
Make sure when you are making this batter that it has a thick consistency but don’t overdo it! Place the batter mix into the pan by using three 3Tbsp for each slice of McGriddle bread.Once you are finished you will need a few more things for the next step:
For the tofu you need to cut it in thick “egg-like” blocks, sprinkle turmeric powder till the entire block of tofu is completely yellow.
Then sprinkle some chili powder over it then place it in a hot skillet with organic Olive oil. The sausage comes in a casing but when you take it out just slice it down the middle vertically and place it in a hot skillet using Organic Earth Balance butter till it becomes brown on both sides.
Vegan Apple-Sage Artisanal Sausage
Organic Earth Balance Butter
Stacking Your McGriddle
First, get a plate and sprinkle some Raw Agave Nectar onto the middle of the plate. Place one slice of your bread onto the nectar that you have on your plate. Next, add your tofu-egg. You can add either one or two pieces. This really depends on your palette. After this I melted my Daiya cheese with my Organic Earth Balance butter in a skillet until it gave me a thick consistency then placed it on top of my tofu-egg. Finally, we add the Apple-Sage Sausage, drizzle more Agave Nectar then place the bread on top
Vegan McGriddle (top) vs Meatbased McGriddle (bottom)
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MY VEGAN MCGRIDDLE? PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW!
Veganism is a great lifestyle to adapt to. The health benefits are great and you lessen the chances of heart disease if you follow the appropriate veganism lifestyle. I never mentioned this to anyone but when I became vegan, the first few months were great. My body responded very well to this new lifestyle. As each day went on I noticed at one point I became depressed and filled with anxiety. I was wondering why I was feeling so lethargic because the first few months I was feeling great and happy. I started doing some research and talking to a few doctors. I knew prior to that those feelings I was having were symptoms of depression.
Say No To Depression
During that time I was hospitalized and the doctors ran some tests on me and my vitamin D was significantly low as well as some other vitamin levels. My doctor stated I needed some sort of dairy and meat. At that point I knew that I had to take it into my own hands.
Self-research is always important because you know how well your body responds to certain things. I found many articles on vegans and their need for extra doses of Vitamin b-12 and Vitamin D. Within those articles, I also read there are millions of people that have low levels of these vitamins. Many dairy products allegedly contain these vitamins but with the cost of your health. When you lack vitamin b-12 you also deal with the chances of memory loss, fatigue and other body harming stressors. The only way to up the levels of your vitamins is to consume fortifying plant based foods such as: hemp milk, nutritional yeasts, nori, seaweed and other holistic green foods. You can also purchase vitamin supplements but be cautious of the synthetic vs non-synthetic vitamin supplements. Always do your research prior to purchasing anything. There are way too many synthetic supplements in stores that will prevent you from really getting the proper nutrients you need from them. Let’s come together and help each other gain the proper knowledge and nutrients so that we can live longer. I want to lessen the amount of heart and mental disease issues in our country so spreading the word is just the first step.
This year I think we should focus on building a better immune system so that diseases will not surface. Less drinking, less smoking, more nutritional foods.
Try to incorporate ginger, amino acids, probiotics/live cultures (contains good bacteria to fight off bad bacteria and boost your immune system) , Omega 3′s, fiber and lots of water into your current diet.
These are health tips for the general public and not solely for vegans. I want to see everyone living longer because our death rate is increasing whilst the average death age is decreasing quickly. If we want to live longer than our grandparents and parents I suggest everyone be mindful of what they consume.
Earth foods are not the enemy. We need them in order to survive this era of Genetically Modified Society. Food Commercials are there to make you think that their preservative, artificial and Genetically Modified Food is actually good for you. How can you be healthy internally eating sandwiches, soda, sweets etc. made with ingredients you can’t even pronounce?
Think about it.
Let’s try to open our eyes this year and start reading the ingredients on the back of our products so we that we can make conscious decisions when we make food purchases. Next week I will break down some nutrition & vegan myths and bring you facts to help you out if you’re struggling to incorporate a vegan diet into your busy schedule.