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The Rough Part of Veganism

For me, the hardest part of being a vegan is finding new places to eat when in a new area.

I’m sure it’s easier to find places to eat nowadays than it was years ago, but it’s still somewhat hard when you’re a little picky.

Now that we’ve moved to a new state, I’ve been on the lookout for vegan-friendly or all vegan restaurants.  I came across a vegan Thai cuisine restaurant, but I haven’t tried it yet.  When it comes to oriental food I’m very particular about what I eat.  But I have decided that I will try it at some point, but preferably with someone who enjoys Thai food in case I don’t like it.

In the meantime I’ve been making my own food, which I usually prefer.  However, with the start of my senior year of online school and looking for a job, I’m somewhat limited on time.  I have the time now until I get a job, but hopefully I won’t have to search for one for too long.

I’m thinking it might be a good idea if I make a few different meals and freeze them so I’ll have something on hand if I don’t have time or feel like cooking.  Salads are easy too.

I guess it’s not that hard being vegan.


Easy Vegan Latte

vegan iced latte

Here’s a quick recipe for a quick vegan latte that is low calorie!


Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

2 Coffee Ice Cubes (freeze night before)

Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Dash of nutmeg (optional)

I personally use sweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, but if you’re looking for a low calorie version of this drink, so with the unsweetened.  It all depends on your taste preference.  And I have to thank @mandamartinotti1201 on Instagram for sharing this recipe!


1 Year Vegan

Deciding to go vegan, I will admit, was for more selfish reasons than just trying to live a life that wasn’t harming animals in any way.  I wasn’t always the healthiest kid on the planet, and I wanted to change that.  Was going vegan a little drastic? Probably.

But it’s one year later and I’m feeling better than ever.

For one thing, my stomach isn’t having the problems it used to and I feel like I have more energy each day.  Of course, I’ve also started to exercise regularly with my brother, so that also has to be taken into account for my overall feeling of health.

Of course, one of the best things that has come out of my change to the vegan lifestyle is that I have learned to prepare and cook my own meals and desserts.  Since I am the only vegan living in my house, I really had no choice but to learn how to make my own meals if I was going to continue being vegan.  And I suppose I’m lucky that everyone in the house enjoy the vegan meals and treats I make, because I sometimes tend to make more than I can eat on my own.

So, here’s to my 1 year vegan-versary and to anyone else who is also celebrating a milestone in their vegan journey!


Vegan Zucchini Pasta [recipe]

Pasta is one of my favorite dishes to eat for dinner. It was something my mom always made for our family because it was pretty easy to make in big quantities and because we all loved it so much. I think one of my personal favorites was when she made just plain old spaghetti and meatballs. Of course, being a vegan now I can’t have it exactly the way she made it, but I can still come close.

Anyway, I still eat pasta quite a bit. My sister’s friend actually gave me this recipe she found for some really good zucchini pasta and with the help of Lindsey, we were able to make it last night… and it was good!

vegan zucchini pasta & creamy avacado-cucumber sauce

zucchini pasta & creamy avocado-cucumber sauce

What you need:

1 large zucchini grape, cherry or mini heirloom tomatoes, halved jalapeno, thinly sliced and seeds removed, arugula pea shoots, zest of one lemon

Avocado-Cucumber Puree:

1 medium avocado 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thick a few large leaves of basil, juice of 1 lemon, 2 garlic clove,s 1/4 teaspoon white pepper or black pepper to taste, salt to taste


Prepare your zucchini noodles julienne style or spiraled. Or alternately, cook your pasta of choice- 1.5 cups For the puree, place all ingredients into a food processor/blender and process until creamy. Taste for flavor adding anything extra you might like. Toss zucchini pasta with avocado-cucumber puree and a handful of arugula. Serve with tomatoes, peas shoots, jalapenos, lemon zest, lemon wedges and fresh cracked pepper.


Let me tell you, for someone who has never had zucchini flavored anything before, I loved this! I was wary of it, of course, since I had never tried something like this before (and really, green pasta?). But I even went back for another plate and a half of this because it was just so good. I can’t wait until we make this again!

But I might have to add in a few extra workouts when I do.


Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie

For the first time, I have made lemon meringue pie… vegan style of course.


Lemon meringue is a pie I don’t have a recipe for anywhere around the house, so I took to the Internet to find a recipe.  There were a lot, but the first one I clicked on was from Emily on her blog Vegan Lass, so you can check out that recipe by clicking here.

For my first time making lemon meringue pie, I was very pleased with the way it came out and even more with the way it tasted.  It was just like I remembered from my pre-vegan days.  But knowing that this particular pie is fitting to my new diet makes it even better.

So if you ever need a good vegan lemon meringue pie recipe… I highly suggest giving Emily’s a try!


Baking Bug

I’ve been hit with the baking bug.  Though, to be completely honest, I’ve been hit with it since becoming a vegan and having to make my own food.

I’ve baked a ton of desserts over the past 10 months.  There are no favorites when it comes to baked goods, at least for me.  I love them all.  I’ve made pies, cakes, brownies, muffins, cookies and more.  Even though one of my main reasons for going vegan was to be healthier, I cannot deny my sweet tooth its cravings.


The past week in particular, I’ve baked everyday.  It probably started because of “Pi Day” on the fourteenth, but I think that’s only half the reason.  The other reason being that I’ve just been wanting sweets lately and my housemates have also wanted sweets (even if they are vegan sweets).

The good thing about my housemates is that they encourage my vegan diet, and they actually request a few of the meals and treats I have made.  Though there is no way they will ever go on a vegan diet, they don’t object to eating vegan treats and meals every now and then… but it does happen more often than you’d think.

Today though, I was craving cookies.  So I made my favorite kind of cookie – oatmeal raisin.


Well, I had to skip on the raisins since we didn’t have any and no one was home to drive me to the store to get some.  But they taste just as good.


Perspective Can Change

As human beings, it’s pretty cool how we can all look at something and have a completely different perspective on it.  I also find it interesting that a bunch of us can do one thing, but for many different reasons.

Say… going vegan.

A few months ago I wrote a post entitled Stop the Stereotypes because quite frankly, I was sick of being judged as an animal rights activist when people found out I’m vegan.  Not to different from other people, I chose to go vegan because it is one of the healthier diets out here.  Since I never ate meat all that much to begin with, it was a little easier to make the change.  Either way, it wasn’t because I suddenly became an animal rights activist that I became a vegan.  I just simply wanted a healthier diet/lifestyle.

Curiosity has gotten the better of me though.  Since these people I don’t even know are assuming I’m an animal rights activist, I decided to look into why some people live a vegan lifestyle in order to be “cruelty-free.”  To be honest, I was disgusted how some animals are treated for food processing and now I can understand why people choose to become vegan for this reason.

But I have to wonder, are they only living a vegan, cruelty-free lifestyle?  Or are they still living the rest of their life as someone who is not passionate about saving animals?

As in, are they also using cruelty-free products?  I believe it’s no secret that animals are used for testing a variety of products, though some might have been banned if I read correctly.  Still, if a person wants to preach a vegan lifestyle to others because it’s cruel to the animals, then shouldn’t they also boycott regular make-up and other product companies that are not cruelty-free?

I guess unless they’re being specific to how animals are treated on the food processing aspect, then they don’t have to.

I will say that what I’ve learned from this has definitely ensured that I will not ever change my vegan diet.  Though I’m not going to go out preaching that others should become vegans because of animal rights, I still was affected by what I have seen from my research.  So no worries, I will not force my vegan diet on anyone.

After all, “To each their own.”