Creamy, slightly tart, perfectly sweet and 100% irresistible, our SuperFan Brittany created the perfect recipe for a VeganSmart Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake. Better than real cheesecake and the perfect healthy blend, this simple dessert can feed a crowd or just you. Taste tested and approved by our foodie friends who weren’t even vegan! We even like this better than traditional cheesecake! Here’s what you’ll need:
Brittany Rowley lives in Costa Mesa, California. Brittany went on an archaeological dig in Ecuador before discovering her love for sustainable living. She then traveled to New Zealand to learn more about sustainable living. This is where she discovered her deep concern about our environment and her next endeavor is to find a way to apply herself in conservation and/or preservation. A fun fact about Brittany is that in her backyard she has mini orchard of fruit and nut bearing trees!
Rachel DeVaughn lives in Virginia with her husband and two boys. In her spare time she loves to blog, read, scrapbook, exercise and spend time with her family.
Rachel hasn’t always lived a healthy, active lifestyle. After having her second baby in the summer of 2010, she reached her highest weight of 250 pounds!
Myth: Protein only comes from meat.
Vegetables aren’t always talked about for being a great source of protein, but there are some sneaky ones out there that have a pretty good amount! It’s very easy to get your daily requirement of protein from nuts, beans, grains and green veggies! Here are some plant-based ways to get this essential nutrient:
“How do you get your protein?”
Vegans may be tired of hearing that question often. Vegans can’t be fit and bulky because they don’t get enough protein? Wrong. Vegan athletes like our SuperFan’s Dustin and Jaclyn are changing the negative stereotypes, proving that plant-based protein like our VeganSmart and Pea Protein can not only build strong muscles, but can also keep them healthy enough to bulk up, bike, swim, race and more.
Jackie Davis lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and four kids. The whole family travels to Central America for managing the operations of their construction ministry. Traveling is not an excuse to give up on her healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about eating healthy, which she has defined as the right quality, quantity, and frequency of foods. She encourages many to make realistic long-term lifestyle changes.
Our Super Fans are dedicated to the #NaturadeFit lifestyle and love creating fun and unique recipes full of Naturade goodness, from smoothies to muffins, breakfast and so much more. We take pride in being able to work with such dedicated individuals from all walks of life who share the same passion of living a healthy lifestyle with our plant based, innovative products.
VeganSmart sponsors Vermont Sun Triathlon Series throughout the summer at Lake Dunmore in central Vermont. Nestled against the Green Mountains, just below Rattlesnake Point is Branbury State Park. The lake region is a most spectacular and pristine place to swim, bike and run. Novice and advanced athletes alike marvel the beauty of our courses and enjoy the mountains, lakes and streams of Central Vermont. This is the 29th year of running the Vermont Sun Triathlon triathlons and a vegan-friendly race it is! There is plenty of vegan-friendly food and snacks throughout the race including everything from fruits, vegan pizza and our VeganSmart included in the racing bags given out to the racers. Read more of Treading Lightly in Vermont’s detailed blog about race day.
Just because you like to indulge in a cheeseburger now and then or wake up to a griddle crackling with bacon doesn't mean you can't venture outside the box once in a while. Those who are unfamiliar with what it means to be a vegan can sometimes get put off upon hearing the term, mainly due to an unawareness of why most people choose this animal-product free diet. While going entirely vegan does mean sacrificing many highly marketable foods, it also involves consuming healthier and more nutritional cuisine on a regular basis. So if you are looking to maintain a carnivore status but want to reap the nourishing benefits of going vegan, a VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake is the perfect bridge to help cross over.
Everything you need …
The daily vitamin requirements you will meet by adding two scoops of VeganSmart to your favorite beverage are unparalleled to practically anything else on the market. Each gulp of this nutritional shake pumps your body with 22 essential vitamins and minerals, and you will be getting 50 percent of your recommended vitamin A, B6, C, Riboflavin and Zinc, plus so much more, in just one glass.
Many people reason their meat consumption through all the protein they get from a cooked steak or grilled chicken. Well you don't have to subject yourself to 12 ounces of filet mignon to get more than half the daily protein you need from a VeganSmart Nutritional Shake. Each scoop contains 5 different non-GMO plant based proteins that are loaded with amino acids proven to strengthen and repair your muscles. Plus, the dietary fiber and more than 200 milligrams of Omega-3 can help stimulate your brain, heart and circulatory system.
… And nothing you don't
Another advantage to drinking a VeganSmart shake everyday is what you are not putting into your body. One serving contains only 160 calories and is also completely gluten-free, with zero cholesterol or trans fat. Even if you absolutely despise fruits and vegetables, VeganSmart offers the same amount of certain vitamins and minerals (and sometimes even higher levels) as you would find in your standard apple or piece of broccoli – for example, while an average apple provides 14 percent of your daily vitamin C needs, A VeganSmart shake provides 50 percent of your dietary need for this nutrient.
There is no rule that you have to be a vegan to cherish the healthy benefits that come from a VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake. The flavors come in chocolate, vanilla and chai, so there are some options to guzzle down a cup of nutritional goodness. Don't hesitate to see what you have been missing out on today.
Just because you have cut meat and animal products out of your diet doesn't necessarily mean you are eating healthier. There are still plenty of processed ingredients in many types of vegan products, as well as numerous junk food items that still meet vegetarian standards.
Sticking to a vegan diet has a number of health benefits, including weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol. In order to maintain a well-balanced vegan diet, it's important to check food labels and nutritional facts to ensure you are getting the proper vitamins and minerals you need. Here's a list of five vegan food items that should be consumed sparingly.
While tofu is a common staple for a vegan diet, there are still a number of types of tofu that are heavily processed, which can put a strain on your digestive system. The soybeans in tofu are an excellent source of protein, potassium and fiber; however, processed soy is found to contain high levels of estrogen. Consuming processed tofu daily can lead to a hormonal imbalance that can cause weight gain, mood swings and trouble sleeping at night. Make sure the tofu you are using is labeled organic, and moderate your weekly intake.
While there are plenty of healthier options for bread, white bread is still one of the most popular choices and also the least nutritious. White bread is extremely processed and often contains high sugar and corn syrup concentrations. The lack of vitamins and minerals can block essential nutrients like calcium and iron from being absorbed by the body. Try to stick to wheat bread, and if you can find it, make sure the bread you are buying is gluten free as well.
For many people, the hardest part of switching to a vegan diet is saying goodbye to all the meat. While some meat alternative products still have nutritional value, most of them, including veggie hot dogs, bacon and burgers, are packed with artificial ingredients such as processed soy and sugar. These items are generally not any healthier than a regular hot dog or burger, so it's wise to eat these alternatives rarely to avoid excess fats and carbohydrates.
Vegan cheeses are dairy-free, but some are still not free of saturated fats and artificial ingredients. Too much of these types of cheeses will send your stomach through a loop of inflammation and indigestion. Check the labels to make sure the cheese is unprocessed for a healthier solution.
While adding powders to your drinks will boost up your protein, there are still a number of products on the market that are tainted with sugars and artificial flavors. These unnecessary ingredients will weigh down your stomach and cause bloating and gas. Instead, go for a VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake that has all the protein you need along with 22 other essential vitamins and minerals.