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The Perfect Care Package for the Cheap Vegan in Your World

As a vegan on a budget, I know there is nothing better than getting a care package full of things that I really want but are just out of my price range. Here is a guide to making a healthy Cheap Vegan care package that’s sure to satisfy your favorite vegan. 

Granola Bars
A convenient breakfast or in between meal snack that we just hate spending with our own dime. Luna and Clif bars are great because they’re all vegan and the flavors are amazing. Key Lime Pie, Carmel Nut, or White Chocolate Macadamia nut are just a few of the interesting flavors Clif offers that vegans usually can’t try. 

Kale Chips
How did something made entirely of a garnish vegetable get so expensive? A gift of kale to the cheap vegan is a break from slow baking it ourselves.

Heat and Go Dinner
These Indian Dinners from Trader Joe’s are so good and so easy to make. Perfect for the vegan working doubles. Be sure to read the ingredients though, only the Punjab Choley is vegan.

Fancy Nut Butter
Specifically Justin's nut butters. These little single-serving packets are oh-so tempting every time you pass them at whole foods. The variety of flavors (all vegan) can't be beat making them the perfect treat!

That rhyme was totally unintentional…

High Quality Dark Chocolate
Fair trade, organic, dark chocolate can be a little pricier than an average Hershey bar. Nothing says “I love you”, like chocolate.

Granola
Next to tofu, granola is probably the most famous of vegan staples, but it can get pricey compared to regular cereals. It’s light-weight and can actually hold your friend over for a week of breakfast, making it a thoughtful and practical care package accessory.

Dried Soup Mix
Another light weight complete meal that you can send in the mail. Soup is the perfect comfort food sure to warm their tummy and their heart.

A Homemade Pastry
No care package would be complete without something homemade. Use www.vegweb.com to find vegan recipes for any treat! 

A Lil Somthing Extra
At the end of the day, a care package is just another way to show your love. Adding a personal touch like a hand written note, an old picture, or an inside joke will mean more than all the granola and chocolate money can buy.

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Bon appetite! 

 #cheapvegan #vegetables #vegetarian #vegan #carrots #asparagus #beans #beautiful #brusselsprouts #plate #organic #meal #cheap #easy #healthy #produce #freefood #free

Bon appetite!

#cheapvegan #vegetables #vegetarian #vegan #carrots #asparagus #beans #beautiful #brusselsprouts #plate #organic #meal #cheap #easy #healthy #produce #freefood #free

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Rocket to Healthy Eating!Thoughtful gifts for thoughtful people
I recently was given a gift certificate to a vegan restaurant in LA called Sage. The gift came in a cute card with a personal message from the sender wishing me a happy holidays. It was printed from home on a piece of paper and it told me to go to the Gift Rocket website to redeem my gift. Once I got there I realized that this wasn’t your ordinary gift card, and that I could receive the amount on the card by direct deposit, check, credit card, or pay pal with no obligation to follow the sender’s suggestion.
While I personally will still take a visit to Sage, I thought this was a great way to give a thoughtful yet not limiting monetary gift. With Gift Rocket, you still get to show you put thought into your present but you’re not confining the recipient to spend it all in one place.
Just wanted to share this super cool service as a great way to promote the gift of healthy eating for any cheap vegan!

Rocket to Healthy Eating!
Thoughtful gifts for thoughtful people

I recently was given a gift certificate to a vegan restaurant in LA called Sage. The gift came in a cute card with a personal message from the sender wishing me a happy holidays. It was printed from home on a piece of paper and it told me to go to the Gift Rocket website to redeem my gift. Once I got there I realized that this wasn’t your ordinary gift card, and that I could receive the amount on the card by direct deposit, check, credit card, or pay pal with no obligation to follow the sender’s suggestion.

While I personally will still take a visit to Sage, I thought this was a great way to give a thoughtful yet not limiting monetary gift. With Gift Rocket, you still get to show you put thought into your present but you’re not confining the recipient to spend it all in one place.

Just wanted to share this super cool service as a great way to promote the gift of healthy eating for any cheap vegan!

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Go Vegan!

For the next 22 days Beyonce and Jay-Z will be on a vegan diet. The rap mogul wrote on his site Life + Times"Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way."

I personally am a HUGE Beyonce and Jay-Z fan, but even if you aren’t, there’s no doubt this is going to make a big change in the way people look at vegans and the vegan diet. This super power of celeb-credibility is sure to boost the vegan reputation. I mean, who could disagree with Beyonce?!

Not only that, it will help reach many different demographics, many of which may not know any vegans, or even know what a vegan is. I hope this will be a big change toward a more positive perception of veganism. 

I’m excited to see what happens after 22 days.

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Homemade pumpkin spice banana whip ice cream
Learn how to make a Banana whip Here!
You can make any flavor, but to make pumpkin pie you just add 1 and a half bananas, 2-3 tbsp Pumpkin puree, a 1/2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie spice and a splash of soy milk.
It’s amamzing.

Homemade pumpkin spice banana whip ice cream

Learn how to make a Banana whip Here!

You can make any flavor, but to make pumpkin pie you just add 1 and a half bananas, 2-3 tbsp Pumpkin puree, a 1/2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie spice and a splash of soy milk.

It’s amamzing.

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Maybe Finally Saying Goodbye to Transfats

The FDA has finally proposed eliminating trans fats from the food supply. Trans fats, also known as partially hydrogenated oils, are proven to increase the risk of heart disease and other fatal western illnesses. Finally, the FDA is taking a real step to protect Americans and eliminate this deadly ingredient from our diet. The proposal has 60 days for public comment before it is officially passed. …maybe plenty of time for private interest groups to shut the bill down.

Hopefully this will turn out to be a huge step in a positive direction for the American diet.

Read more here!

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Don’t forget to participate in world vegan day! 

#vegan #vegetarian #worldveganday #cheapvegan #nov1 #healthy #compassion #love #animals #veggies #eatgoodfood #yum #dinner

Don’t forget to participate in world vegan day!

#vegan #vegetarian #worldveganday #cheapvegan #nov1 #healthy #compassion #love #animals #veggies #eatgoodfood #yum #dinner

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Cooking for the Work-Week!

No more excuses for spending $50 a week on take-out! It’s time to work for your food and cook for yourself in advance.

I just started a new job and I’m learning that it really is hard to find the time to cook delicious/nutritious/cheap meals every single day, 3 meals a day. It’s so much easier to just get take out during your lunch break or on your drive to or from work. However the Cheap Vegan can not survive financially by eating out multiple meals a week. To keep your budget low you have to depend on some home cookin’.

Which is why we need to start cooking meals in advance! 

Here are some tips on cooking your weeks’ meals on the weekend:

  1. Cook meals that won’t get boring.
    Since you probably won’t be cooking too many more meals for yourself during the work week, try to think of food that you are always excited to eat. You don’t want to cook a giant batch of something just to get sick of it by Wednesday.
  2. Versatility. 
    Both nutritional and functional versatility is important when deciding what to cook. You want to make sure that you aren’t only eating one type of vegetable and that your meal can be altered to keep it interesting. A great example is vegetable stew (pictured above). It has a variety of different veggies and can be served alongside potatoes, kale, rice, or hearty bread.
    Another option is making a few sides that you can combine in different ways to create different meals. A batch of rice, a batch of beans, and a few vegetable choices can give you lots of variety depending what sauces and spices you add when you heat it up.
  3. Won’t Spoil.
    While cucumber/avocado sushi might sound delicious, chances are it’s going to start browning by Wednesday or Thursday. Try to think of recipes that will stay appetizing throughout the week. Tip: foods that stew into themselves are a good starting point.
    (ex: soup, beans, tomato sauce)
     
  4. Work Friendly.
    Since you are bringing this to work and will probably have to be around other people, try not to bring overly pungent foods or foods that are hard to transport. 
  5. Think Big!
    The bigger the batch you make over the weekend, the less you have to do during the week. Think of recipes that you can make in large quantities without too much effort. Soups or a chopped salad are great choices.

Meal Ideas:

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#Howto make (leftover) vegetable soup!

Look for more soup tips in the www.cheapvegan.com archive! (Search “soup”)

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Feed Your Brain!Good Eating —> Good Mental Health
While the brain is one of our most important organs, we often neglect to remember that it can get sick just like your heart, liver, lungs, or kidneys.
Mental illness is a huge problem all over the world that gets dismissed and stigmatized. If you are having a mental health problem like depression, anxiety, or even more serious problems, remember that it is not a reflection of your potential or even your personality. Our brains get sick the same as any other organ, and food can help make it better.
Whether you’re anxious over an exam or you’re going through a stressful episode, you can adjust your diet to help in the healing process.
Here are some foods to help your brain heal:
Berries


Berries are great for mental health. Blue berries in particular are exalted as one of the world’s best super foods! Anthocyanin compounds found in blueberries and raspberries assist with short term memory. Berries also help prevent long term age-related conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia or short term benefits like improved motor skills, focus, and learning capacity.
Avocado

Don’t be scared of their high calorie/fat content, avocados are one of the healthiest fruits around. Just 1/4 avocado per meal helps vitamin absorption, healthy blood flow, and lowers blood pressure.
Brussel Sprouts

While not always the first kid picked on the dinner team, brussel sprouts are a great free radical fighter. These little green veggies help protect us against cancer and boost our immune system protecting our brain cells.
Coffee and Dark Chocolate

While these two are usually associated with unhealthy habits, small amounts of coffee and dark chocolate actually help brain health. It’s when you start adding milk and sugar to these tasty treats that they become less healthy.
Beets

Beets contain a chemical called Boron that helps us process our memories. They also help combat depression. However, make sure you’re eating fresh beets. Canned beets may contain chemicals that can disrupt hormonal cycles.
Green Leafy Vegetables

Vegetables like spinach, lettuce, and kale are a vital staple in our diets. Their high amount of iron, folate, and other vitamins help with circulation, inflammation, preventing Alzheimer’s, improving memory, and assisting with cognitive brain functions. 
Don’t “go nuts”, Eat Nuts! (and seeds!)

Walnuts, they sort of look like little brains, and they also help with brain function! Walnuts are a good source of ALAs which help with blood flow to all of your body, including your brain. They have also been proven to assist in preventing brain-aging diseases and assist in memory, learning, and motor skills.
But walnuts aren’t the only good nuts for your noggin, almonds, hazelnuts, filberts, cashews, peanuts, various nut butters, and even seeds are full of healthy fat and Vitamin E that is good for your brain. 
Cayenne Pepper

This spicy pepper helps with pain relief and fat fighting. Eating spicy Cayenne gives your brain a boost and helps with focus.
Avoid Saturated Fats

Saturated fats have been proven to disrupt brain function and damage memory. Saturated fats are often found in meat, dairy, and egg products, but are also in vegetable shortening and anything starting with the words “partially hydrogenated.” Avoid these foods for better brain health. 
Remember…
Always consult a doctor if you are having unusual thoughts or tendencies. With mental illness, it is better to be on the safe side. Talk to someone you trust at the onset of unusual symptoms.

Feed Your Brain!
Good Eating —> Good Mental Health

While the brain is one of our most important organs, we often neglect to remember that it can get sick just like your heart, liver, lungs, or kidneys.

Mental illness is a huge problem all over the world that gets dismissed and stigmatized. If you are having a mental health problem like depression, anxiety, or even more serious problems, remember that it is not a reflection of your potential or even your personality. Our brains get sick the same as any other organ, and food can help make it better.

Whether you’re anxious over an exam or you’re going through a stressful episode, you can adjust your diet to help in the healing process.

Here are some foods to help your brain heal:

Berries


Berries are great for mental health. Blue berries in particular are exalted as one of the world’s best super foods! Anthocyanin compounds found in blueberries and raspberries assist with short term memory. Berries also help prevent long term age-related conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia or short term benefits like improved motor skills, focus, and learning capacity.

Avocado

Don’t be scared of their high calorie/fat content, avocados are one of the healthiest fruits around. Just 1/4 avocado per meal helps vitamin absorption, healthy blood flow, and lowers blood pressure.

Brussel Sprouts

While not always the first kid picked on the dinner team, brussel sprouts are a great free radical fighter. These little green veggies help protect us against cancer and boost our immune system protecting our brain cells.

Coffee and Dark Chocolate

While these two are usually associated with unhealthy habits, small amounts of coffee and dark chocolate actually help brain health. It’s when you start adding milk and sugar to these tasty treats that they become less healthy.

Beets

Beets contain a chemical called Boron that helps us process our memories. They also help combat depression. However, make sure you’re eating fresh beets. Canned beets may contain chemicals that can disrupt hormonal cycles.

Green Leafy Vegetables

Vegetables like spinach, lettuce, and kale are a vital staple in our diets. Their high amount of iron, folate, and other vitamins help with circulation, inflammation, preventing Alzheimer’s, improving memory, and assisting with cognitive brain functions. 

Don’t “go nuts”, Eat Nuts! (and seeds!)

Walnuts, they sort of look like little brains, and they also help with brain function! Walnuts are a good source of ALAs which help with blood flow to all of your body, including your brain. They have also been proven to assist in preventing brain-aging diseases and assist in memory, learning, and motor skills.

But walnuts aren’t the only good nuts for your noggin, almonds, hazelnuts, filberts, cashews, peanuts, various nut butters, and even seeds are full of healthy fat and Vitamin E that is good for your brain. 

Cayenne Pepper

This spicy pepper helps with pain relief and fat fighting. Eating spicy Cayenne gives your brain a boost and helps with focus.

Avoid Saturated Fats

Saturated fats have been proven to disrupt brain function and damage memory. Saturated fats are often found in meat, dairy, and egg products, but are also in vegetable shortening and anything starting with the words “partially hydrogenated.” Avoid these foods for better brain health. 

Remember…

Always consult a doctor if you are having unusual thoughts or tendencies. With mental illness, it is better to be on the safe side. Talk to someone you trust at the onset of unusual symptoms.