Vegan on the East End of Long Island

Like many New Yorkers, I try to head out east as much as possible during the warmer months. My parents have a house out there, where I spent all my summers growing up, and which feels much more like home to me than the city.

The moment I get there, I instantly feel peaceful, relaxed and happy – and all of my stress and anxiety falls away. It’s pretty awesome.

What’s not awesome is that …

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 …

Simple Summer Wrap with Mushrooms, Kale, and Hemp Seeds

I made up this recipe a few weeks ago when I was trying to figure out something to eat for dinner that wouldn’t be too heavy. In summer, I usually find myself eating lighter foods that aren’t overly filling, but which help to keep my metabolism going.

It’s a super-simple recipe that’s packed with nutrients. It includes:

Kale – High in antioxidants, helping to slow aging and prevent cancer; great source of vitamin C, enhancing

Mint Cacao Shake

I’ve been making this shake a lot for breakfast as it reminds me of iced coffee, in a good way.  Like coffee, it’s refreshing and energizing. Unlike coffee, it’s nutritionally dense and has very little caffeine.

It contains:

Cacao – Has more antioxidants, which destroy free radicals generated by toxins, than any other food; is particularly rich in anti-aging flavanoids; contains many vitamins and minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium phosphorous, and zinc; high in …

Healthy Dieting Tips

The key with any long-term healthy lifestyle is to research, experiment, and figure out what works for you. Some vegans find they thrive on a raw diet, while macrobiotic vegans feel best when they eat mostly cooked foods and whole grains. My diet is a cross between macrobiotic and raw – I eat lots of cooked foods and a gluten-free whole grains like quinoa and brown rice, but I also drink green juice and kombucha …

Vegan Abroad: My trip to Costa Rica

This past October, I had been anticipating how difficult the winter was going to be and was thinking that a trip to somewhere like Costa Rica would be an ideal way to buffer my Seasonal Affect Disorder. I hadn’t been anywhere warm during the winter for 4 years and I knew that getting away would make the winter less grueling. I learned a while back that I need to be around nature in order to …