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New to the vegan diet or lifestyle?  Start Here!  It’s easy to follow a healthy, plant-based diet and we can show you how! 

Looking for inspiration?  Read one of our interviews with vegan doctors, vegan entrepreneurs, vegan chefs, and vegan athletes who are making positive changes in this world.  We also have lifestyle information about vegan travel, tips for entertaining, and ways to be green with environmentally friendly cleaning products and personal care products.

Ellen Jaffe Jones, author of Eat Vegan on $4 a Day,  shares her ideas to help us be vegan on a budget, and we can catch a glimpse of the vegan lifestyle in other countries with our Vegans Around the World series.

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Chipotle Expands Vegan Sofritas Option

Chipotle Expands Vegan Sofritas Option

When I drove my mom from San Francisco to Los Angeles, we made a pit stop off the 5 freeway around 6pm. I was nervous that the only thing I could eat as a vegan was a Clif bar at the nearest gas station until I spotted a Chipotle, which was like seeing a glass [...]

7 Great Vegan Game Day Snacks

7 Great Vegan Game Day Snacks

  With the frenzy of March Madness college basketball coming up, there’s always a need for savory snacks before the first tip off. If you think that vegan snacks are only hummus and crudités, think again. These plant-based versions of hearty appetizers are simple to make and even easier to eat. Whoever you’re rooting for [...]

Original Cheerios Now Non-GMO!

Original Cheerios Now Non-GMO!

  We’re seeing big changes in the world being led with one small O.  General Mills announced that it would source original flavor Cheerios exclusively with non-GMO ingredients. The company stated that the oats were never GMO, but other ingredients such as the beet sugar, may have been.  As part of the reformulation, General Mills [...]

New Year, New You: The Vegan Edition

New Year, New You: The Vegan Edition

By Aurelia d’Andrea   January 1 holds the promise of fresh starts and bright beginnings, which often manifest in that beloved annual tradition, the New Year’s resolution. If 2014 is the year you’ve pledged to lose weight, usher in healthier eating habits, and increase your energy levels, there’s good news: Going vegan can help turn [...]

Easy Vegan Holiday Entertaining Tips

Easy Vegan Holiday Entertaining Tips

The holidays are a wonderful time to bring together your friends and family to celebrate the joys of the year. If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or an omnivore and want to host a party full of delicious appetizers and traditional desserts—check out my guide to hosting a veg-friendly party. If you’re heading to a friend’s party [...]

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Menus

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Menus

I absolutely love Thanksgiving—a holiday centered on delicious fall food—yes, please. If you’re new to vegan eating or have vegetarian/vegan friends coming over for dinner, have no fear. You don’t have to nibble on carrots while everyone else feasts. There are tons of vegan simple side dishes, enticing entrees, and yummy desserts out there. You [...]

A Very Vegan Thanksgiving with Robin Robertson

A Very Vegan Thanksgiving with Robin Robertson

Thanksgiving is that magical time of year when friends and family gather to celebrate shared connections, express gratitude, and to enjoy home-cooked meals in a warm and festive environment. You may already be thinking: What kind of meal do I make? How do I cook it? Will my guests like what I serve? Thankfully, there are resources aplenty for those who want to prepare delicious, comforting, plant-based meals that will satisfy guests of all dietary persuasions.

What Do Vegans Eat? (ie. What the Heck Is a Vegan Diet?)

What Do Vegans Eat?  (ie. What the Heck Is a Vegan Diet?)

People across the globe are turning to plants for sustenance. We hear the words vegan diet and plant-based diet, but what exactly IS a vegan diet? And what do vegans eat? If you’ve been thinking about eating more whole veggies and plant-based sources of protein, even perhaps becoming a vegan, read on.

Treat Yourself with So Delicious Dairy Free Frozen Desserts and Help the Brees Dream Foundation

Treat Yourself with So Delicious Dairy Free Frozen Desserts and Help the Brees Dream Foundation

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? As you’re cooling off this summer, your So Delicious Dairy Free ice cream purchases can help improve the quality of life of cancer patients and families in need through the Brees Dream Foundation! So Delicious Dairy Free has committed to donate a minimum of $50,000 to the Brees Dream Foundation and will donate .75% of net sales of all frozen desserts throughout the months of July and August, with no cap. What a wonderful gift! We can stay cool, enjoy a sweet treat, and help make the lives of others better.

Yummy Plants Vegan Recipe for “Fancy Macaroni & Cheese with Peas and Mushrooms” Featured in This Week’s So Delicious Contest!

Yummy Plants Vegan Recipe for “Fancy Macaroni & Cheese with Peas and Mushrooms” Featured in This Week’s So Delicious Contest!

Vote for the Yummy Plants recipe in this week’s So Delicious® Dairy Free SO Much to Love Giveaway and you’ll have a chance to win great prizes like an iPad3, a catered champagne and dessert for 10, and free coupons from Whole Foods!

Yummy Plants Butternut Squash Soup Featured in the So Delicious Recipe Contest! Please Vote for Us… Thank you :)

Yummy Plants Butternut Squash Soup Featured in the So Delicious Recipe Contest!  Please Vote for Us… Thank you :)

Vote for the Yummy Plants recipe in this week’s So Delicious® Dairy Free SO Much to Love Giveaway! You can vote once a day, and you’ll be entered to win daily prizes each time. And… if the Yummy Plants recipe gets the most votes, you’ll also be entered to win a great weekly prize!

Vegan Cooking Classes at The Natural Gourmet Institute of Food and Health in NYC

Vegan Cooking Classes at The Natural Gourmet Institute of Food and Health in NYC

If you want to master the peas and (quinoa) qs of vegan cuisine, try The Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health of New York City! The Institute offers culinary training for chefs and cooking classes for the general public. Classes are taught by accomplished vegan chefs and cooks like Jennifer Abadi, Robin Asbell, Korrie Chichester, and Fran Costigan.

Vegan Meal Delivery Service in Southern CA from Vegin’ Out!

Vegan Meal Delivery Service in Southern CA from Vegin’ Out!

We have some great news for folks who are living or visiting Southern California: Vegin’ Out delivers vegan meals to the Southern California area one week at a time. (No long-term contracts required!)

Mimi Kirk: Young on Raw Food

Mimi Kirk: Young on Raw Food

Mimi Kirk is 73 years old, but you would never guess from her appearance. The author and raw food expert credits her raw vegan diet with keeping her youthful looks and energy. Learn more about Mimi and watch her prepare her special recipe for raw vegan “Cheezy Cheese Sauce.”

Going Vegan with Ellen

Going Vegan with Ellen

We’ve found a terrific resource by vegan celebrity Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen has launched a vegan lifestyle section on her website entitled “Going Vegan With Ellen.” Ellen’s answers to the question “Why go vegan?” are simple and straightforward: (1) Do it for the planet (sustainable living), (2) do it for the animals, and (3) do it for yourself (health benefits galore). The website includes recipes, tips, and more!

Green and Clean: Home Remedies for Cleaning Solutions

Green and Clean: Home Remedies for Cleaning Solutions

Are you looking for environmentally-friendly, natural cleaning products? You can find safe, non-toxic products available commercially from companies like Ecover, Seventh Generation, Nellie’s All-Natural, and Green Works, or you can make your own cleaners from items already in your pantry. Check out our short list of home remedies and the standard recipes for homemade cleaning solutions.

Vegan Super Bowl Party!

Vegan Super Bowl Party!

Super Bowl Sunday is just days away, and we have some recipe suggestions for a fabulous vegan Super Bowl party! Whether you’re tailgating or hosting inside, we’ve got some great snack ideas to enjoy while you watch the big game!

Vegan Diets on the Rise Among Celebrities

Vegan Diets on the Rise Among Celebrities

Jump on the Plantwagon!  Hollywood life has always been about the newest and hippest trends, and now it’s taken celebrity eating habits by storm. Vegan diets are now becoming a more common option to maintain a healthy weight, help the animals, and help the environment. Some like celebrity Alicia Silverstone have gone on to write [...]

Vegan Cocktails

Vegan Cocktails

Learn how to “veganize” your favorite drinks! Most hard liquor is vegan and there are easy non-dairy substitutions for your favorite dairy-based cocktails. Cheers!

Einkorn – An Ancient Wheat Makes Its Return!

Einkorn – An Ancient Wheat Makes Its Return!

Have you ever heard of einkorn?  We hadn’t either!  At an excursion to Whole Foods the other day, we saw a pasta made from einkorn and decided to learn more about it. Einkorn is an ancient grain.  In fact, it was first cultivated by man over 12,000 years ago!  It is called a “pure” grain [...]