Vegans Love Living Healthy

Layered Dip Recipe Below

CNN is reporting the benefits of a high fiber diet. What exactly is high fiber? The simple answer is fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, bread, grains, and nuts. All the items that vegans love!

A high-fiber diet is the leading dietary role in prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses. Fiber contributes to a lower risk of heart disease. High-fiber consumption can reduce blood pressure, help with weight loss, and decrease the risk of certain cancers. These amazing super-foods help with controlling blood sugar, and are a boost to one’s gastrointestinal functioning, Don’t take my word for it, check out all the peer-reviewed articles and studies available.

A List of a Few High Fiber Foods

  • Pears
  • Strawberries
  • Avocados
  • Apples
  • Rasberries
  • Bananas
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Artichoke
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Lentils
  • Kidney Beans
  • Split Peas
  • Chick Peas
  • Quinoa
  • Oats
  • Popcorn
  • Almonds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Dark Chocolate

Layered Dip Recipe

  • Make your favorite Guacamole and place in bottom of glass or Vaishali’s Avocado Crema found at the link below 
  • Add dollop of plant-based sour cream.
  • Add mix of black beans and pico de gallo
  • Top with chopped red bell pepper

Here is to a healthy new you! Sending you love and light.


Eating Out as a Vegan

Crossroads Kitchen in Los Angeles

Today, my discussion is on eating out. One of the most intimate experiences a person can have is eating out and socializing with friends. As a vegan, these times can be tough especially, if the restaurant is not vegan-friendly. Changing one’s mind and attitude is part of the vegan transformation. One does not have to indulge in food to have social involvement. The brain has been trained to connect food with intimacy. This practice is only perceived through one’s experiences — the personal relationship results from people sharing time, and not eating. If food were the source of friendship, one would never have to speak to another person to connect. Once one realizes that food is only an extra and not needed to have a personal relationship, then one can socialize without worrying about eating.

When eating out, one needs to know their options. Most of the time restaurants post menus on the web. If the restaurant does not have a menu, then one can call and ask if they have vegan dishes. If the restaurant does not offer a vegan choice, then eat before meeting up to keep the brain in a not hungry mode while meeting. Restaurants with their aromas of fats and sweets are temptations for the new vegan. Plan on only ordering a drink. Enjoy time with the other person or people. One can always eat at home. Remember that food is only secondary to the enjoyment of another individual. They are the reason one chooses to get together. Think of being mindful of the time with that person. Listen attentively, and enjoy the time together.

Eat compassionately and love intensely.

Personal Message to You

I am so honored and grateful that you are here! A big welcome to my blog followers, and to those of you who check in now and then. You lift my heart with love. It is because of you that I am inspired to continue. Thank you!

Sending you love and light as you continue your journey.

Preparing for Cold Weather with a Vegan Chili Recipe

As a Texan, chili was comfort food in my home. When the weather gets cold outside, chili reminds me of the warmth of my family and childhood. So, I was thrilled to try Vaishali’s vegan chili recipe. You can find her recipe at the link below.

Vaishali’s Avocado Crema is super delicioso! This crema could be used on finger sandwiches or eaten with crisps.

I made a couple of substitutions because I love a thick spicy chili.

I substituted Gardein crumbles for the pinto beans. Then I added a kick of heat by chopping up a jalapeño pepper finely and adding it to the chili. It turned out fabulous!

Sending you warmth, love, and light. Snuggle-up when it get’s cold.

Play, Creativity, and the Vegan

Farmer’s Market Hillcrest, San Diego, CA

Playing is an essential ingredient in almost any creative endeavor. The relevance of fun in the kitchen helps me discover a cake that is moist. Taking on a challenge can bring about enjoyment, such as making a meatless loaf which no one can tell is any different from the traditional meatloaf. The fun is in taking a recipe and finding alternative ways to reinvent the dish using vegan alternatives. An open-minded curiosity brings about breakthroughs for the creative cook.

Part of the pleasure is viewing the shifting of the food industry as they realize people want healthy choices. Grocery stores are beginning to meet that need. An example is the popularity of Whole Foods grocery store. Whole Foods originated out of Austin, Texas and specialized in nutritional organic foods. These Stores can be found nationwide and on Amazon. Local markets offer another opportunity to discover healthy food options. Often, there are vegan pop-up stores with different vendors for a weekend. Opportunities abound to find healthy food, but it does take the desire to uncover them.

Creative play is not only limited to cooking. It can be any form of artistic expression. For instance, it can result from the pleasure of inspiration from another person. At lunch, a discussion ensued about a doctor who happens to be vegan. Then laughter occurred about eating him. It was only in good fun because the word ‘vegan’ is both a noun and an adjective. Allow oneself to laugh. Laughter and play are genuinely therapeutic outlets. 

You are the inspiration! Spread laughter and play today. Sending you love and light.

Saving Money and Living Vegan

It does not cost more to go vegan. One only needs to be thoughtful, organized, and plan. 

Tips:  To save money and eat vegan.

•    Freeze leftovers

•    Freeze, Freeze, Freeze. One would not believe all the items that last longer if frozen. One can freeze, bread, butter, nuts, cooked pasta, corn on the cob, garlic, hummus, sandwiches, onions, Daiya shreds, and many other foods. Check before freezing.

•    Plan meals and look for grocery store sales

•    Buy at specialty markets, such as the Asian markets where one can buy large quantities of tofu and break it up and freeze

•    Cook at home, and eat out less  

•    Buy in bulk – But only the items one will use 

•    Compare prices at different stores

•    Use apps to find the best prices

•    Stock up when grocery items are on sale

•    Do not buy prepared foods

•    Use coupons

Planning is one way to save money. Look at what is in the pantry before shopping. Try to make meals around the ingredients in one’s cupboard. 

Below is a link to Value Vegan Meals.

Eat Compassionately! Save Money and Save Lives. Sending you love and light.

A Vegan’s Emergency Pantry

During the cold winter when family and friends surround one for the holidays, it is not unusual to catch a cold or the flu. Soups are excellent to have on hand when one is feeling ill.

Keke, the labradoodle rescue photobombed the picture.

Amy’s products are free of meat, but some contain dairy or cheese. 

TIP: Please become a label reader. It is incredible how the same food can contain dairy, while some do not. For instance, all bagels are not dairy free. One cannot assume. As a vegan one must become a steward of health, animal welfare, and the environment.

Happy mindful eating. Sending you love and light.

Vegan Potato Soup

Potato Soup

Potato soup is comforting any time of year but especially when it is cold outside. I picked one of my favorite soup recipes. Root Veggies are the star of this potato soup. I am thankful for the potato, onion, and carrots that make this soup zing. Bonus: This recipe is only 150 calories per serving.

Simple Spinach Salad Recipe

Combine baby spinach with finely chopped carrots and diced apple. Use sparingly a non-oil balsamic vinaigrette dressing over salad, from Forks over Knives. See recipe below.

Remember to practice mindfulness. Sending you love and light.