A Vegan’s Take on the Shallows

I’m a sucker for survival stories. There’s something about people being stranded in the wilderness or ocean, armed with nothing other than their own ingenuity and grit that I find fascinating. Maybe it’s because these sort of situations are so different from our own everyday banal lives. It was probably with this in mind that I watched The Shallows one evening. The morning after, I found myself jotting down impressions from the film as I …

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The Best Vegan Avocado Toast

Loaded with healthy fats and fiber, avocado toast may just be the best and easiest breakfast ever. This version drizzled with lemon juice and coconut oil, and topped with sea salt, hemp seeds, and crushed red pepper is the one I always make, and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s rich in energizing and nourishing healthy fats, but not overly filling, making it the perfect light meal to have before you head out the door …

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Natural Cleaning Products

Perhaps this may sound strange, but I love cleaning. There’s something about it that’s just very therapeutic and calming to me. It’s often said that our physical surroundings are a reflection of our inner state of mind, and I know that when I’ve properly cleaned and organized my bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom, etc., I always feel more mentally alert and on top of things.

Part of the reason that I enjoy cleaning so much …

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Sautéed Kale with Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt

Do you ever feel like you just want something easy but healthy, while also tasty and comforting for dinner? I’ll often make this recipe for sautéed kale along with some potato rounds for a light dinner if I’ve had a heavy lunch or am too tired to make anything that requires forethought or energy and it always winds up being just what I needed.

People are often surprised how amazingly delicious and un-boring a …

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How to Veganize Your Fridge

One of the easiest ways to transition to a vegan diet is to simply replace the dairy products you have in your fridge with plant-based substitutes!

There are very few legit reasons as to why we should continue eating meat and dairy products when most people living in cities and suburbs have access to plant-based alternatives at our nearest health food store.

That said, not all vegan dairy and meat substitutes are made equal, which …

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Vegan in the White Mountains!

This winter, I’ve made two trips the White Mountains in New Hampshire and thought I’d share my experiences traveling and doing outdoor activities there as a vegan!

The White Mountains, which include Mount Washington and the Presidential Range, are towards the northern end of the Appalachian trail and include some of the most rugged peaks on the East Coast. The area is beautiful, and even though I lived in central Maine during the years I …

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Mac n’ “Cheese”

This is one of my favorite pasta dishes. I usually use quinoa shells instead of macaroni, as I prefer the size and shape. In this particular cheese sauce, I add coconut oil and white miso, which help to create a rich and earthy flavor.

The creaminess of the cashews, the cheddary-ness of the nutritional yeast, and the tartness of lemon or lime juice create a very cheesy taste and texture, that doesn’t involve cruelty or …

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Potato Rounds

Grounding, filling, earthy, comforting… these are some words that come to mind when I think about potatoes. In my opinion, these’s no better snack or (really) lazy dinner than some baked potato slices.

Like most others, I had been raised thinking that potatoes were fattening, empty calories. However, when I began practicing intuitive eating a few years ago, I started to sense that they weren’t as bad as they had been made out to be …

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Must-Watch Documentaries + Vegan Popcorn Recipe!

I first got into watching documentaries as a senior in college, when I was taking a course called American Independent Films. Every week our class would watch “indie films,” films outside the major film studio system that are either quirky, gritty, or deal with fringe topics that don’t normally get coverage in the mainstream media. As part of our course, we went to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah for 10 days. This was a …

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Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

This delicious vegan fettuccine alfredo is my go-to meal when I’m cooking for a group of people. Not only is it super easy to make, but even picky eaters and skeptics of vegan food love it. Everyone is usually surprised that there’s no cheese in it, since the nutritional yeast and cashews create a convincingly cheesy taste and texture. I usually add kale, because kale goes fabulously with the sauce, but you can sub with …

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