I'm crazy in love with the fact that Jay Z AND his fabulous wifey, Beyonce aka Mrs.Carter, are going vegan for 22 days! While some people may think 22 days is nothing, I think it's a great start. These megastars going vegan is world news! The more people they inspire to go vegan, or at least eat healthier, the better––whether or not they stick with it.
Hova and Bey are not doing my 21-Day Vegan Blueprint...yet, but they are embarking on their 3 week journey with 22 Days Nutrition (a supplement and nutrition bar company). I need to get a celebrity in the Vegan Blueprint to help spread the word, right?! Any suggestions?
Have you gone vegan yet? If not, then what are you waiting for? Adopting a healthy whole foods vegan diet will bring you more energy, protection from disease, a healthy weight, better digestion and a happy heart. I also love that it's the most cruelty-free way to eat, and it's good for the environment.
To celebrate Jay Z and Beyonce going vegan I'm offering 22% off the 21-Day Vegan Blueprint program (22% cause the Carter's are vegan for that many days, at least). This program will take all of the guess work out of going plant-based, so you can relax and enjoy the journey.
I've got to admit. I'm not really into this holiday. I didn't decorate. I have no costume planned. I don't have a single festive object in my apartment. From the looks of my place, you'd never know that in a few hours children will be going door to door filling sacks with candy. Thankfully I live in a highrise, and in the past we never got trick-or-treaters. I say thankfully because–surprise, surprise–I have no candy : (
I do, however, adore pumpkin. I used to love carving it, and seeing fancy pumpkins while trick-or-treating. As an adult, I prefer to eat it. One of my favorite uses for good old fashioned sugar pumpkin is pancakes. Pancakes are definitely one of my favorite foods, but add pumpkin to the mix, and a little bit of spice, and I'm in heaven!
As usual, these pancakes are delightfully gluten-free and 100% healthy! 100% healthy AND delicious! Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.
Next year I've decided to dress up, and pay homage to plant-based eating. I'm going to be... a veggie blend. Or something like it. Cauliflower head, pumpkin torso, asparagus arm, green bean other arm, and my legs will be a carrot and a parsnip : )
Yikes, just writing that out sounds like a lot of work... We'll have to see. Until then, enjoy your pancakes!
Happy Autumn! Are you enjoying fall weather yet? I guess I am, though I don't have an appropriate pair of closed toe shoes to go with my brand new fancy "track" pants, which gets me down. But hey, at least there's butternut and kabocha squash to make it all okay!
I'm a busy vegan this fall, and I'd love for you to join me in NYC for one of my events! Details below. Click the image for more details and to sign up.
See you soon!!
If you'd like to experience greater energy, lose weight, improve your digestion and boost longevity all while eating in a compassionate way, this program is for you!
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There's more!! A bag of my favorite new tea, Shana Skinny Tea, will be yours! This tea is loaded with superfoods like goji berries, schizandra and cayenne to support your body's detoxification and immune support.****
I just returned from a perfectly timed Spanish vacation with my dad. In college I spent a semester in Madrid–probably the most fun 4 months of my life. I lived with a Spanish woman who cooked well, despite her frustrations with me as a non-pork eater. I made great friends, and even ended up with a really terrific guy. Spain was amazing!
When my dad suggested we go on a vacation together, Spain was the first place that came to mind. It had been over 5 years since I was last on the Iberian peninsula, and I definitely wanted my dad to experience a bit of España. So off we went just a week ago. We traveled to Madrid first, then spent 3 days in Barcelona. The weather was warm, and each day the sun shined bright.
As you may know, Spain is known for its bullfights, running of the bulls, and perhaps most importantly, Jamón Iberico (a "high quality" cured meat). Not surprisingly, it was pretty difficult for my dad (a vegetarian) and I to eat. Thankfully we rented AirBnb apartments with great kitchens, so we were able to cook for ourselves some days. Still, compared the grocery stores in the States, Spain's vegetable produce section was sparse. We went to so many supermercados and were surprised to only find broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and one variety of leafy greens. There was bagged lettuce too, but I was really craving a massaged kale salad.
|La Pedrera in Barcelona|
In Spain I was reminded of how blessed I am to live in a place with such an abundance of food choices for vegans. I also was inspired to appreciate life a little more, and to stress less. Yesterday I even took a nap : )
If you're going to Spain and need some recommendations on eating vegan/vegetarian, I can tell you about the few places we visited.
Madrid's vegetarian scene was nearly non-existent. We went to a little place called Yerbabuena near Sol, and it was the worst restaurant I've ever been to in my life! The food looked bad, and it tasted even worse. Oh, and it was expensive as hell for what it was. So so so sad.
I recommend going to my old favorite Madrid restaurant/pizzeria Pizzaiolo on Calle Horteleza near Chueca. Get the veggie pizza without cheese, and you're good to go.
In Barcelona we had much more success with the food situation. We ate at Cat Bar, a restaurant/bar on Carrer Boria that specializes in awesome veggie burgers and beer. We both had a mushroom burger with patatas fritas. It was far from healthy, but delicious.
We also ate at Rasoterra in Gotic on Carrer Palau. I thought it was quite good. Not like a NYC veg restaurant, but good. My favorite part was my dad's mushy bean burger (I was craving beans), the shaved garlic olive oil on my cold veggies and the cava. Of course, the cava.
Our last day in Barcelona we found a place called AQuistoi. It wasn't vegan but they made me a mega-salad with plenty of fresh figs on top.
Go prepared vegans! Take your green powders for each day you'll be missing your green juice or smoothie (no cold-pressed juice bars or green smoothies here), and pack all your favorite non-perishables like granola, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. You can buy great fresh fruit in Spain, so no worries there.