The joy of eating a plant-based diet in the Bronx is finding vegan dishes in the family restaurants scattered throughout the borough. In my veganism, I aim to intertwine consciousness and mindfulness into what I consume when I can. It’s a blessing when I can go to an establishment and know my money is going towards people who care about the issues affecting the community and actively advocates for them. La Morada is one of those restaurants.
I need to start off by saying that this is an extremely difficult post for me to make. Yes. I admitted to no longer being vegan in my previous blogpost (single-serving plantain pancakes recipe). Even so, because I never made a blogpost dedicated exclusively to the topic, I still don't feel a sense of closure. I don't feel like I have done the complex topic justice, I suppose.
The idea of veganism meant nothing to me until about four years ago. Honestly, I had no idea what it even meant to be vegan. It wasn’t until my younger sister made the dramatic transition that I began to learn more. What I learned is that veganism is essentially the practice of compassion for all living things. Meaning, we do not eat, wear, or exploit animals for their meat, fur, etc. When you’re growing up, you have this inherent love for all animals and all things in the world; however, that notion is terribly unsupported by our actions. I admit, I was once the person who made remarks like, “I could never be vegan” or “I could never stop eating cheese.” Thankfully, I grew out of this lifestyle. I decided to make the transition as my new years resolution. Before the new year, I had already cut out meat and most dairy products. The only thing left to cut was cheese. Before I educated myself on the horrifying truths of the dairy industry, it was my belief that I was not harming myself or animals by consuming these products; however, that is so far from the truth. With the help of my sister, I basically began to gross myself out to the point where any dairy products made me cringe, which, ultimately, was my goal (LOL). The scary reality is the common misconception that balanced dairy and meat diets are the healthy choice. From a young age, we’re programmed to think that the food we’re consuming is good for us, unless it’s snack food or fast food. We think that we have the free will to choose what we consume, but the food industry has a much different agenda for us. We blindly consume until our bellies are full of casein, cancerous proteins, and bad bacteria.
If you’ve ever experimented with a plant-based or vegan diet, you’ve probably heard all the typical vegan remarks already. Friends and family have probably asked you if you’re getting enough protein, or if you’re only trying the diet to lose weight. The vegan stereotype is not particularly flattering, and, more importantly, it’s not very accurate. Listed here are five common myths about vegan eating, and some evidence you can use to counter them the next time the subject comes up at a family reunion.
Whether you’ve been living a vegan lifestyle for years, or you’re new to the program, you’ve probably noticed one thing--snacks are hard. If we’re honest, we’re not always in the mood for fruits and veggies and nuts when we’re snacking. Sometimes you want something that has the perfect amount of sugar to make you feel like you’re on the edge of feeling guilty about eating something unhealthy (even though the snack is still healthy). Other times, you want something that resembles the taste of a non-vegan product like pizza or cookies. The good news is that there are so many easy and fast vegan snacks that will satisfy every craving that you can ever have without jeopardizing your lifestyle. Here are the best vegan snacks that you will ever find:
At the end of last year, I decided that I would try out Veganuary—one month free from meat, dairy or eggs. I had been eating so badly for ages which had been fulled by my move to London in May so I thought I would get 2019 off to a healthier start!
Vegan diets have a lot of health benefits, such as losing weight, lowering blood sugar levels, protecting against certain cancers, and lowering the risk of heart disease. These benefits often outweigh most cons, such as having to learn how to cook without animal products or the potential backlash from family and friends, but there is one disadvantage that must be discussed: the lack of certain nutrients that are necessary for a healthy diet. Here are just a few that may be missing from a vegan diet and some alternative ways to get these nutrients.
Inside, the beloved Jacob Javits center, hosted some of anime’s biggest fans around. People from all over the world traveled to Anime NYC to cosplay as their favorite characters, peruse the latest in anime, and support over 200 artists from all walks of life. Amidst all of this, I was on the search for vegan-friendly options available at this event in honor of all the vegan otakus out there.
Vegan. What is the first thing that comes to your mind? Do you think, strange, minority, or health freak? Do you think, “Oh, Lisa at work is a vegan, a little nutty, that one…”? When you hear the term vegan, you already start to think of someone who is different. Being vegan, you are placed into a category which is unique from the rest of humanity. Vegans go against cultural and social norms and traditions.
Vegans usually don't have to worry too much about where their nutrition is coming from. Those who follow a whole food, plant-based diet tend to naturally reach recommended values for protein, iron, vitamin D, and many other macro and micronutrients non-vegans love to harp on.
Following the closing of Pizzaniste, the only Bronx pizzeria (to my knowledge) that sold vegan cheese and crust, my dream for vegan pizza in the Bronx was struggling. As with most of my vegan discoveries, it was through a food ordering app where I found the Vegan Pie at Pizza Gusta. I was sure I was going to get a very sad excuse of a pizza, especially because the word “vegan” is present. Instead, what I received was the best vegan pizza I’ve ever had in my life.