Monday, December 30, 2013

Meatless Monday: 5 Resources for a Vegan Diet in 2014

Whether you're interested in going whole (soy) hog and adopting a vegan diet in 2014 or just wanna incorporate more plant-based meals in your weekly menu, it's good to have some support. Here are five resources that can help.

Cooking with CSA
Sarah and Peter have created a fun community centered around their seasonal, gluten-free, kid-friendly recipe subscriptions. Join their club and not only will you get five wholesome, totally do-able vegan recipes and a shopping list sent to your inbox each week, but you'll also get weekly cooking demo videos and access to a private Facebook group where you can get more support. All that for as low as $8/month! Get more info and learn how to join here.

Kris Carr
If you like a little glitter and magic blended into your green smoothies, Kris Carr is your gal! 10 years ago, Kris healed herself from cancer using a plant-based diet and an unapologetically positive regimen of self-love and has been on a mission to heal the rest of the world since. I love her book, Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!. It includes a "21 Day Adventure Cleanse" that goes well beyond just recipes, but is an experiment in living large. Check out to join the Crazy Sexy Wellness Revolution.

The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia
Shopping for ingredients to make wholesome recipes can be overwhelming at first-  ("What's Qwin-O-Wah?"), especially if you've been eating a standard American diet your entire life. Rebecca Wood's  The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia makes it easy to learn how to select, prepare, store, and use more than 1,000 familiar and unusual foods. There's also info on how to use the foods to maintain and improve health. I think it's pretty handy for when you've gotta explain to a skeptical spouse why you're serving a particular food.

Fran Costigan
What's the point of doing anything if you can't have dessert? "Queen of Vegan Desserts" Fran Costigan makes it easy to have your cake and be vegan too. I've been using recipes from her cookbook More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally to make lower-fat, lower-sugar treats to the delight many of my bake sale and party attendees. I hope to check out her new book, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts.

A Health Coach Like Me!
I have 14 years personal experience with vegetarian diet and 8 years experience with vegan diet. While a completely vegan diet is not the perfect diet for everyone (including me), adding more wholesome plant-based foods can improve your health. I'd love to work with you to discover what foods work best for your body. I'm halfway through the health coach training program at Institute for Integrative Nutrition and will be able to coach clients soon. Check out my health coaching page to learn more and to book a free initial consultation.

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