The Sweetest Vegan was born in the summer of 2009 when, after reading the book Skinny Bitch, I decided to give to vegan lifestyle a chance. I challenged myself to 30 days, succeeded, and lost 10 pounds. That 30 days, solidified my choice to live a vegan lifestyle, but it was not as easy to transition as the 30 days had made it seem.
I would relapse, start over, relapse, start over, relapse, sta . . . .you get the pattern. I had to think to myself, what keeps tripping me up? Fried chicken and dessert. I figured out quickly that it was not the chicken I loved, it was the deep fried – ness and the seasoning I loved. I added a few more spices to my cupboard and bought a deep fryer, and ta-da, I was a vegetarian. Not healthy, but vegetarian.
Dessert was a entirely different type of monster. With it’s butter, milk, eggs, and heavy cream, I knew I would never be vegan if I could not conquer my vegan sweet tooth. One day, during one of my many sugar withdrawals, I mustered up the courage to experiment. I adapted my grandmother’s easy cobbler recipe by replacing the milk with soy milk. And, it worked . . . I wanted more.
I started looking for more recipes that I could make vegan and I made my first vegan cheesecake. Then, I started searching for vegan cookbooks and bought what would become my Holy Grail, The Joy of Vegan Baking. With the help of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Google, trail and error, product taste test, and bakery reviews, I became The Sweetest Vegan – Vegan Dessert Connoisseur.
On August 2, 2010, I decided to apply my knowledge and love for vegan dessert and create The Sweetest Vegan Show. Although Vegan Dessert Blogger and YouTube Vlogger were never on the results of my career quiz, I have found a future in my love of all things sweet. My audience, The Sweet Vs, is now more than 2,000 strong and growing every day. Through persistence, dedication, oven burns, and fallen cakes, I have earned the title, rights, and privileges of the YouTube Partnership Program.
With one year of vegan dessert blogging under my belt, I can see The Sweetest Vegan expanding to provide Vegan/Vegetarian meal options. People need a base on which to build their healthy lifestyle, and desserts are more of a reward. With this expansion, I can help people change their food choice behaviors and gain the full benefits of the plant based lifestyle, with a dusting of powered sugar of course.
The Sweetest Vegan : )
I have never been able to eat avocado by itself. This summer I saw a lot of people posting about grilled avocado and I saw some post on from avocado. It intrigued me, but I guess it still wasn’t a big enough push. Recently I was at a sushi restaurant and ordered one of my favorites, Sweet Potato Tempura. Surprisingly, that was just the push I need to try to fry avocados.
Fried Avocado Fries Recipe
1 ripe avocado
Oil for frying
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Cut the avocado in half length wise. Turn each half opposite one another and pull apart. Remove the exposed seed with a spoon or knife.
Remove the meat of the avocado by scooping it away from the skin with a spoon.
Lay the two halves of avocado meat onto a cutting board, and cut each half into 4 equal segments.
Heat the oil in a small frying pan over medium high heat.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, salt, and black pepper. Dip each slice of avocado into the flour mixture. Once coated, remove them from the flour and dust off excess.
Fry each breaded avocado slice in the heated oil for 1 – 2 minutes on each side. Place of a paper towel to remove the extra oil.
We live in a fast moving digital world and it’s easy to often get carried away with our busy lives and make some unhealthy choices. Usually it’s when we need the most energy we tend to give up and go for fast food and other options.
However you can use technology to discover new pathways to your vegan journey. Most of us own a smartphone and there are many apps out there that can help us to make better choices. These apps can help us to remind our grocery items, help us discover new recipes and even help us find people with similar health interests around us.
Here are few of the examples apps. Search for them in the iPhone App Store or Google Play for Android.
- Vegan Recipe App
- Vegan Diet App
- Vegan Cooking App
- Vegan Cupcakes App
- Vegan for Life App
- Vegan Guide to NYC App
These are just a few example apps you can download. In addition to these, there are many other websites and online programs that can help us to be on track and discover paths to make the vegan journey much more easier. You can use one of those apps, or you can contact one of the iphone app developers and get your own mobile app created.
Beyond mobile apps, wearable technology is also an emerging trend. Now there are glasses, watches and wristbands that show us how active we are. Soon we’ll be able to see them getting more integrated into our meals and diets. Imagine a digital voice that tells you not to buy an unhealthy product when you’re at the supermarket next time. It is going to happen a lot sooner than we think.
As you can see, technology is not a bad thing. Everyday we’re moving towards a technologically advanced world, and we can use it to build new healthier habits. Are you using digital technology to improve your health goals?