Chicago Diner is heaven on earth. The menu is all meat-free (since ’83)! Tons of options are gluten-free and all of them are easily made vegan.
Reuben and Sweet Potato Fries (V) My all time favorite. The flavorful corned beef seitan, grilled onions and peppers, tangy sauerkraut, vegan creamy thousand island and cheese, on marbled rye make this a knock-out. ($12.00, served with pickle and side) (5/5)
So, I’ve become a huge fan of water, particularly lemon water. Warm lemon water in the morning wakes up me up and gets my day started on the right note. It wakes me up (sans the caffeine jitters I get from coffee) and rehydrates me after my 8 hours of shut eye!
Beyond tasting great, there’s a ton of real benefits to drinking warm lemon water (especially first thing in the morning!)
- Aids digestion. Drinking warm water first thing in the morning helps to flush the digestive system, re-hydrate the body, and encourages the production of bile.
- Easy, natural flush. While you sleep your liver is busy! Drinking water in the morning helps to make sure your liver and lymph systems are functioning. properly. Think about it – after sleep you haven’t drank anything for 6-8 hours!
- Vitamin C. Lemons have about 30-50 mg of vitamin C. Drinking lemon first thing in the morning increases the body’s absorption of the vitamin C, which can provide a slight immune boost, improve adrenal function, and improve skin.
You are what you eat.
The nutrients (and chemicals) from your food are the building blocks that your body must use to carry out your body functions. If you don’t give your body the right fuel, how could it possibly function properly?
This infograph explains the many ways in which your guy is connected to your brain. Continue reading
Deciding to transition to a plant based diet is a big (exciting) decision. You’re probably about to change your diet and eating habits in pretty significant ways. These changes will positively impact your health and wallet.
At first, any change can seem difficult or overwhelming. Be patient and enjoy all the new experiences and tastes!
It’s important to be openminded. If you spend all your time thinking about how much you miss cheese or view your new diet as a punishment, you probably won’t be the happiest vegan on the block. Life advice – bad attitudes never help a situation.
With the tips below and the other RESOURCES and MEALS posted on Flavors of Living you realize eating healthy (plant based or not) .
Delicious Apple Onion Focaccia Bread
30 minute pasta
Detroit Vegan Soul
1. Crowd out animal products.
Rather than focusing food you’re removing from your diet, focus on all the new foods you’ll be adding. Last year, I had no idea how to use a chia seed and was intimidated by tofu. Now, I eat them daily and in a variety of ways.
Don’t run out and buy a bunch of things you’ve never tried before. One day at a time! Changing to a plant-based diet can be overwhelming. So, start simple. Chances are, you already have a good amount of ingredients to get you started and can buy the rest at any grocery store. Take it one step at a time and enjoy your new diet.
To begin, make a list of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and other animal free ingredients like and of those you would like to try. Next to those, list several ways you would like them prepared. Think about which items might pair well together. Tomatoes, onions, and pasta or HUMMUS, cucumbers, red peppers and PITA BREAD for example. Loaded baked potatoes and smoothies are a great way to combine your favorite fruits and vegetables. Continue reading
Welcome to Flavors of Living!
Detroit Vegan Soul
I’ve been sharing my health journey (with lots of yoga, delicious vegan foods, and a healthy dose of self care) casually on social media for a year now. Over that time, I’ve started to hear from more and more individuals with questions or positive feedback about something I had shared.
Driven by the desire to reach more people, to better provide resources and recipes, and to show that healthy living can be easy and affordable, I created Flavors of Living (the blog!).
Flavors of Living will feature easy recipes to help you feel your best, affordable meals for busy lives, and ways to lead a healthy, compassionate lifestyle.
To get started –
Check out some of my favorite recipes- Nut Butter Wrap Ideas, Tofu Scramble Tacos, and Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Check out beginner cook/vegan resources- Cooking Without Recipes, Grocery List, Vegan Resources, and Recipe Resources
Check out healthy lifestyle posts- 15 Simple Acts of Self Care, 6 Reasons to Stay Hydrated
I welcome and encourage your feedback! Flavors of Living will change based on feedback in order to meet the community’s needs and desires. I wish you much health and happiness on your wellness adventure and look forward to sharing this small piece of it with you.
Knowing how to cook and create in the kitchen (without spending hours or your whole paycheck) is a huge step towards empowering yourself to live a healthy life.
Whether you’re looking to transition to a plant-based diet or trying to eat healthier, learning how to cook (without a recipe) is a good place to start.
Despite the overwhelming evidence that the standard American diet is literally killing us, people still have endless reasons about why they don’t eat a healthy diet. Though there are many variations of them, these excuses are usually centered around three issues –
- Not having the time.
- Not having enough money.
- Not enjoying the taste.
Some of these excuses simply don’t have merit. By saving you time and money (while increasing how much you enjoy your food), learning to cook without a recipe helps solve all three of the root excuses as to why you can’t eat healthy.
If you’ve ever felt frustrated that things aren’t going smoothly in the kitchen and like you’re spending too much time making meals, I’m here to tell you that I’ve been there! Like most people, when I began trying to eat healthier, I was relying on recipes for most meals (especially for dinners or entertaining).
Every meal took a few trips to the grocery store, required so many dishes, and took forever. But, I felt like I would end up with an inedible mess if I didn’t consult the recipe every 90 seconds. Relying on the directions so heavily was exhausting and made cooking a chore. Even though I was cooking more and more, I still felt so unsure of myself in the kitchen.
After one too many frustrating 8pm dinners, I stopped searching Pinterest for my meal planning and started with what I knew (the basics..). As I began to gain some confidence at the stove, I started experimenting with my meals. I was the chef and I knew what I liked to eat better than anyone so, why not make it just how I liked it?