Vegan Favorites! November 2013

It's about that time again! In my latest YouTube video I review some of my favorite vegan products.

Products mentioned in the video.....

Moroccan mint green tea-bought it from Wegmans


Whipped products


TofuXpress-this is a gift from my friend, Michelle


So Delicious Pumpkin Spice


The Compound Effect- A must read!


Watch the video below and don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more vlogs and cooking videos.

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Disclaimer: Not a sponsored video-The Flax Seasoning and TofuXpress were given to me as gifts. Everything else was purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own.

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Other Brown Vegan: Tamara of Glowing Color

With only 2% of Americans identifying as vegan, it's no wonder that most people don't feel this lifestyle relates to them. I use Other Brown Vegan to showcase famous and every day vegans who love this lifestyle.

If you're interested in being featured on the blog, send me an email and I'll send over the questions. :-)

This week, Tamara of Glowing Color is sharing her vegan story......


*How long have you been a vegan?  

6 years

*What made you decide to embrace a plant-based diet?

I was really bothered by practices I read about and saw regarding slaughtering animals for food. It then turned into health reasons once I read more about what goes into meat, dairy, etc. and once I realized how much better I felt physically, I was sold.

*What was the hardest food (meat, dairy, eggs, etc) to move away from?  

Dairy! I used to live for cheese, big cereal bowls of ice cream, cake, etc. so that was definitely the hardest to do without. I would be in class, and the professor would order pizza for the class and I would just cry on the inside. LOL. But now that I'm so far removed from it, I don't crave it and I don't even have much of a sweet tooth anymore! When I do, it's satisfied by fruit or something very simple.

*Any advice for new vegans?

Definitely have a meal plan! I didn't know how to cook until I went vegan. You have to cook ahead of time to always have something ready to go during busy weeks because depending on where you live, there may not be pre-prepared vegan meals or fast food that you can readily access and that leads to you breaking down and eating non-vegan food or eating complete junk. I gathered an arsenal of cookbooks and made an Excel sheet of rotating weekly recipes.

*What are some of your favorite books/websites on veganism?  

My vegan resources revolve more around food rather than general veganism. Veganomicon, How It All Vegan, and Vegan Planet were my cookbook staples. Healthy. Happy. Life. is my favorite site for recipes.

*Please share a recipe you enjoy.

Pan-fried tofu cubes (panko bread crumbs, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and chicken seasoning--or your other favorite seasoning sauteed in olive oil) and vegetable rigatoni (zucchini, diced tomatoes, bell peppers, and whatever other veggies you like sauteed in olive oil with rigatoni pasta, diced garlic, and nutritional yeast).

 *How can we reach you? Social media, blog, etc.

Thanks for sharing your story, Tamara!

I'm blogging Mon-Fri this month for Vegan MoFo.


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Woohoo! 3,000 Subscribers on YouTube

It feels like only yesterday when I wrote about reaching 1,000 subscribers.

Thank you soooo much for all of your support. 

So many things have changed since I started my channel. I was unsure for a long time if I would even continue to make videos. It feel like it took forever for me to find my voice. These days, I'm focusing on moving my channel to a vegan lifestyle family channel.

Even though I will continue to make cooking videos, I will also keep up with grocery store hauls, product reviews, family vlogs, What We Ate Today, and more Vegan While Out (day in the life) type vlogs.

This vegan thing is a lifestyle, yo!  I really want to show it from a family perspective.

Thanks again!

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Social Accountability for Weight Loss-Mrs. New Booty #2

"Mrs. New Booty" is a blog series I started to document my weight loss journey.

Written on May 23rd

I really wasn't in the mood to exercise this morning. 

I was pumped for my morning jog last night, though.  I downloaded my podcasts (Ratchet & the Geek and The Read), pulled out my workout gear and set my alarm.

I woke up early, ate a banana, drank a cup of tea and played on YouTube for an hour. 


The struggle is real .

When Jason got up, he asked about my jog. When I told him I didn't go, he suggested we go on a walk.

We walked 2 miles and I munched on some rabbit food....

                I make better food choices when I exercise.

                I make better food choices when I exercise.

 Social accountability got me moving! If you're trying to lose a few pounds, ask someone you trust to keep you in line. 

Later this week, I will talk about setting a weekly workout schedule.

Thanks for reading! 

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