The most important tool you possess during your transition to a vegan lifestyle is the power of your mind. This is something that can help or hinder you, so it’s important to maintain a healthy and positive mindset. Something that helps me tremendously, even to this day, is the power I hold in how I look at food. Of course we’ve all been tempted by scrumptious looking non-vegan goodies, but what you tell yourself will determine if you follow through with your choice to be vegan or if it results in guilt from indulging unintentionally. “Can’t.”
This word will set you back every time. Instead, when you are confronted with the urge to eat foods that involve animal cruelty, don’t think of it as you “can’t” have it, but rather as you DON’T WANT it. When you have that strength to say you don’t want something, you are no longer tempted or controlled by that desire to have what you are “not allowed.” I promise once you change your mind, the possibilities are endless.
Making a dairy-free sundae can be simple with the right ingredients! You can add as many or as little toppings and sauces as you like. SuperFan Jaclyn has created this dairy-free sundae and used our Chocolate VeganSmart as her special topping. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Dairy-free Ice Cream
- Chocolate VeganSmart
- Dates (crushed)
To make the Chocolate syrup simple combine the VeganSmart, water and agave. Adding more or less water based on the consistency of your choice. Pour all over your ice cream and top it off with crushed dates. Enjoy!
With only a couple days away to Christmas, who isn’t craving the holiday favorite, eggnog? This one with a twist, protein! This vegan eggnog recipe is thick and creamy, it will taste like you’re indulging in a sinful shake, but in reality it’s full of fiber, protein, healthy fats, calcium and more! Here’s what you’ll need:
Some people say that health is about diet much more than exercise. While I completely agree, I also believe that fitness and exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, so I prioritize fitness into my schedule every day. People who are fitter are healthier and live better lives. Inactivity and lack of exercise can lead to loss of muscle, reduced functional ability and a lack of energy.
Pregnant, vegan and adorably funny, activist Kristen Bell took over The Chalkboard Mag for a month to talk about her favorites, to give us an insight into her personal life and tell us about her decisions to become involved with projects and support companies that make ethical choices.
by the dirty hippie and bohemian girl
My friend Brooke makes these incredible energy/snack bars. They really do rival anything you can buy at a grocer or at the farmer’s market. And besides, the energy bars they sell at our farmer’s market are $4 each. The ones at the health food store range from $2 to $6 – each! Making your own is a smart way to go.
Late night cravings? No problem!
I whipped up this pumpkin Chai VeganSmart Mugcake in no time flat! I used organic pumpkin puree, coconut flour, cinnamon, chia seeds, almond milk, a few pecans, raw stevia and a scoop of Chai VeganSmart chai. Then, mixed it all up and microwaved it for only a few minutes.
One of the hardest things to keep up with is nutrition. Lets be honest we have all went through times, or are currently going through them, when we did not keep up with the proper intake of fruits and veggies. Sometimes people go weeks without having any fresh fruits or veggies at all. With many of us eating fast food as our standard diet we have to find a way to get these fresh items into our diet. It’s not only a necessity but it’s medically needed in the long run. Humans need these micro and macro nutrients to keep us properly fed from nature, not the overly processed items we are constantly taking in.
Vegan Health and Fitness Editor, Austin Barbish enjoys a Proto-Mocha-Latte, a drink he concocted for his morning wakeup. Consisting of Naturade’s Chocolate VeganSmart, soy milk, and coffee this protein drink contains 5 different non-GMO plant based proteins that provide all the essential amino acids in precise proportions for building and repairing tissue and muscle.