Baltimore Vegfest 2014!

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I attended the Baltimore Vegfest yesterday, and I was not disappointed! Many food vendors, animal rights groups, and nature preservation organizations were there, along with vegan beauty products and jewelry companies. There were speakers sharing their experiences and knowledge about veganism, and the event was pet friendly, so plenty of dogs were seen having a great time in the sun. One tent even brought dog treat samples!

The event was on a college campus, so it was pretty crowded! I had the most delicious samosas (pictured above), and two, yes two, black bean and beet burgers.

Getting to the event was about an hour and a half drive for me, but I enjoyed to overall tone and vibe of Vegfest and would attend again. It’s great to see people come together over such great causes and support each other. Go to one in your area if you can! ✌️

Favorite Vegan (Re)Creations

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Before committing to a vegan lifestyle, and way before becoming vegetarian, I went out to dinner and had (what I thought to be at the time) the most delicious sandwich I had ever eaten. The sandwich featured fried chicken, melted cheddar cheese, honey mustard dressing, and white bread toasted with loads of butter (so healthy, right?)

For some reason, I was reminded of that sandwich, and wanted to veganize it. It turned out wonderfully! I used wheat bread, Gardein Chick’n strips, Daiya Cheddar style shreds, and a spicy BBQ sauce.

What is your favorite vegan (re)creation?

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Couch 2 5k

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I’m doing it! Although my diet is pretty clean, I still want to drop some weight and make sure I’m getting in enough cardio in addition to the strength training that I do.

I found an app called C25K Free that keeps track of the jogging and walking intervals, which is awesome!

I’m no stranger to the elliptical or
treadmill, but for some reason I have been really intimidated to run in public. I’m really looking forward to being able to run 3.1 miles nonstop!

Are there any runners out there with advice?

Fabulous Avocado Potato Salad

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This is hands-down the best, most delicious and flavorful potato salad I have ever had! It’s very simple to make, requires just a few ingredients, and is very addicting. My carnivore boyfriend said that it’s his new favorite food! Now that is impressive!

Ingredients:
2 baked potatoes, cut into cubes
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 avocado
2 Tbsp oil (I used olive)
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sea salt (and more to sprinkle on top)

1. Bake your potatoes and cut them into cubes.
2. Dice up your onions, and add them to your potatoes.
3. In a separate bowl, smash up your avocado. Leave a somewhat lumpy texture.
4. Incorporate the oil and seasonings into the avocado.
5. Add the avocado mixture to the potatoes and mix until the potatoes are covered.
6. Sprinkle additional salt and pepper on top.
7. Eat the entire bowl!

I’m just so impressed with how good this is. Next time, I’ll add fresh onion and yellow corn.

Enjoy!

Sunday Night Dinner

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I love making something special for Sunday night dinner… Even if it is just for me! Tonight I made Spanish rice with corn and tomatoes, and avocado, onions, and pepitas on top! Simple, healthy, and delicious… Can’t beat that! What did you make for your Sunday Night Dinner?

What do you make for the week?

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What do you like to make so that you have healthy meals all week? My go-to, healthy, time saving recipes usually are veggie pasta salads, which stay fresh and store easily. I’ll be eating the one posted above for a few days! I threw in corn, carrots, peas, pepitas, black olives, sea salt, garlic, and sesame oil. Delicious!
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I vow to never take my health for granted again…

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After various tests, I feared the worst for me. Did I have the big C? How would I tell my family? How would I afford the treatments? How would my fiancé get along without me?

All of those fears, thoughts, and questions had been flooding through my mind for weeks. I’ve been so worried and scared.

I learned today that I am healthy. It is the biggest weight off of my shoulders. I must always remember this day and how I feel. I can never, ever take my health for granted.

Although I eat a vegan diet, I promise to eat cleaner and make exercise a priority. I am just so grateful for this wonderful news that I had to share.