Vegan Life

  1. We Tasted 11 Vegan Coffee Creamers to Find the Absolute Best

    It wasn't too long ago that vegan creamers were hard to come by. But today there is a plethora of vegan coffee creamers out there, and so there's a new problem: it can be hard to know which one to choose. Many simply don't stack up to their dairy counterparts. A good creamer provides richness and can even balance some of the bitterness of coffee.

    To find out which creamer is the "cream of the vegan crop," I sat down with two friends (one vegan, one not) to taste-test eleven creamers and barista milks.

  2. The Best Vegan Cheese Slices for Grilled Cheese (Taste Test!)

    While vegan food has come a long way, cheese seems to be one of the hardest foods to get right. The stretch, melt, and flavor of vegan cheese is hard to compare with the original. And while a lot of vegan cheeses might do the trick to add a little flavor to your veggie burger, when you put them in a grilled cheese sandwich, with the cheese being the main attraction, they often don't quite stack up.

    I've personally been using Field Roast Chao original cheese on my veggie burgers for many years, but I've stopped trying to make grilled cheese sandwiches because I've been disappointed. However, this time I searched 4 supermarkets to find as many different vegan cheese brands as I could, and I put them all in a head-to-head grilled cheese taste test to find the best vegan cheese.

  3. What to Eat with Hummus: 25 Classic & Creative Ideas (All Vegan!)

    Hummus is healthy, versatile, easy to make, delicious, and vegan. Although the exact origins of hummus are not certain, evidence indicates that it was probably developed somewhere in the Middle East. Today, it's popular throughout the world and can be found in most grocery stores in the United States and elsewhere.

    This delicious, creamy dip is an easy way to get some healthy fats and other nutrients into your diet as well. Hummus is a good source of protein and fiber; vitamins like vitamin B6, vitamin C, and folate; and minerals like manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, and calcium. (The exact amounts of these nutrients will vary depending on the recipe you use or the brand you buy).

  4. Açaí is for more than just bowls!

    4 Delicious Açaí Smoothie Recipes

    I had my first taste of açaí in 2011 at a beachside stand in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was a simple cup of frozen tart fruit topped with granola and banana slices. Since that time, I'm happy to report that açaí has become more widely available in the United States, from juices to powders to frozen packets. Unfortunately, the fruit spoils too quickly to be transported here fresh.

    Açaí bowls are the most common way to enjoy this exotic fruit, but I've come to love acaiaçaí smoothies just as much. It's a really versatile flavor that makes great combinations with other fruits, and even chocolate and peanut butter. I've decided to share my four favorite açaí smoothie recipes with you so you can enjoy this fruit just as much as I do!

  5. The Ultimate Gift Guide for New Vegans

    The holidays are almost here and it's time to start thinking about gifts to show the people in our lives how much we care about them. If one of those people in your life has recently gone vegan, you may be at a loss for gift ideas. But I'm here to help! I was once a new vegan, too. Now with several years of experience, I'm recommending some things your new vegan might be dreaming of, and some others that they might not even realize they need! Without further ado, let's get to the list:

  6. How to Change Your Eating Habits, Forever (Creating a new food lifestyle that you won't want to cheat on!)

    I've changed my diet many times in my life. At the age of 10, I abruptly stopped eating meat. In my 20s, I switched over to a mainly organic diet and started cutting out most junk food and fast food. In my 30s, I gradually went vegan. Every time I made a change to my diet, I used different approaches and techniques. Some were better than others. But I didn't "go on a diet." Instead, I changed my eating habits. I've been able to sustain all these changes over the long term, without feeling like I'm missing out on anything. This is my ultimate guide to how I did it, with my most effective methods (and how you can too!)

    Note: I personally am vegan and eat mostly organic foods, but these methods can be applied to any changes you want to make to your diet, whether it's cutting out sugar, eating whole foods, or any other diet change you want to make. I'm not here to tell you what you should or shouldn't be eating, because that's up to you!

  7. All Vegan Protein is NOT the Same! (Why Variety is Important in a Vegan Diet)

    Everyone talks about how much protein vegans are getting.... but I rarely hear anyone discussing what kind of proteins vegans should be eating. And no, not all protein is the same!

    Yes, protein is used to build muscle. But our body uses proteins for so much more than that. For example, our bodies produce the protein keratin for our hair, skin, and nails. Our skin also uses the proteins collagen and elastin, which you may know are responsible for giving our skin its elasticity and fullness.

    Proteins are also used in our organs and bones. They help us see, they produce hormones, and assist with replicating our DNA. Antibodies are a type of protein—these proteins are critical for our immune response to outside invaders that shouldn't be in our bodies, like viruses and bacteria.

  8. I accidentally quit coffee

    I Accidentally Quit Coffee. And It Changed My Life. (More Energy, Less Anxiety!)

    “It's just one cup of coffee a day, I know people who drink 3, or 4, or 5... I'm definitely not addicted.”

    “Most days, coffee is the only thing I have to look forward to—it's my self-care ritual.”

    “I can't focus without my coffee.”

    These were all things I told myself to justify my caffeine habit. I'm not the type of person who likes to be dependent on anyone or anything, but I felt sure I wasn't addicted. Until one day, I was really short on money and I couldn't get groceries until payday. That was 5 days away. And I was out of coffee.