6 Resources For Anyone Considering A Vegan Lifestyle

Even if you've spent some time as a vegetarian, taking the plunge into veganism can be a daunting step. These resources, ranging from blogs to cookbooks to meal delivery services, can make the transition easier, helping you find simple ways to avoid animal products while eating satisfying and healthy meals. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

6 Sources for Help and Inspiration on the Journey Toward Veganism

Resource Description
Camille DeAngelis Author of A Bright Clean Mind: Veganism for Creative Transformation
Trifecta Organic meal delivery service with rotating weekly menus and options like keto, vegetarian, and vegan
Lauren Toyota Author of Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face
Fried Dandelions Blog featuring kid-friendly recipes organized by meal type, along with content about food allergies
Veggies Save The Day Plant-based recipes inspired by the Mediterranean Diet featuring fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans & legumes
Pure Kitchen Recipes and inspirational advice encouraging people to ditch animal products, eat more plants, and consume fewer unhealthy fats and packaged snacks

Camille DeAngelis Takes a Vegan Food Tour of Ireland

Vegan Eateries Serving Delicious Plant-Based Food

Name Location Offerings
Miyoko's Creamery Sonoma, CA Various cheeses & butter
The Vegan Cakery Leicestershire, UK Cakes, tarts, pies, and other baked goods
No Evil Foods Weaverville, NC Plant-based "meats"
Jack's Stir Brew Coffee New York, NY Coffee, tea, pastries, bagels, & sandwiches
Cornbread Cafe Eugene, OR Comfort food & desserts
Mo'Pweeze Bakery Denville, NJ Vegan, kosher baked goods that are free of the ten most common allergens

Vegan Pesto with Pistachios from Trifecta

Tips & Tricks for Vegetarians & Vegans

  • Experiment with how you prepare tofu. It has a bad reputation, but it can be a great component of a meal if it's flavored and cooked right.
  • Stock up on vegan snacks. Just because you're on a plant-based diet doesn't mean you can't have fun with your food.
  • Consider a meatless diet for your dog, although of course you should talk to a vet before making this major change.
  • It's not hard to get the protein you need from whole foods, but if you're a body builder or just concerned about protein intake, try mixing a vegan protein powder into a shake or smoothie.
  • If you're making this change for health reasons, remember to create sustainable habits so that you don't lose steam after a week or two.

Vegan Pumpkin Chili from Veggies Save The Day

In Depth

Whether you are adopting an entirely vegan lifestyle, or you're looking for inspiration for your next Meatless Monday, you've come to the right place. No matter what your reason is for going plant-based, here, in no particular order, are several resources that any herbivore will want to check out.

Up first, in the #1 spot, we have Camille DeAngelis. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, DeAngelis has penned several novels and nonfiction books. In 2011, this longtime vegetarian completely cut milk, eggs and cheese out of her diet, and subsequently became a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator.

On her blog, DeAngelis provides resources for those looking to make similar changes in their own lives. Her fiction works include vegan characters and perspectives. In 2019, she released A Bright Clean Mind, an exploration of the creative benefits of ethical veganism which draws on examples from art and literature.

On her blog, DeAngelis provides resources for those looking to make similar changes in their own lives.

At #2 on our list is Trifecta. This organic meal delivery service offers plans catering to a range of dietary needs. Trifecta's vegan plan provides macro-balanced meals featuring science-backed nutrition. It excludes any foods that may have been derived from animals like dairy or eggs.

Subscribers receive fully prepared vegan meals, loaded with seasonal fruits and veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, and plant-based proteins. Some vegan and vegetarian meals include Beyond Meat to provide an extra dose of protein. Its website provides tools and resources for plant-based diets. Trifecta also offers a la carte options.

Coming in at #3, we have Lauren Toyota. This content creator and influencer got her start on television in 2005. Today, she is an expert in vegan living and recipe development. Toyota shares gourmet vegan comfort food recipes, such as old-fashioned donuts, on the hot for food YouTube channel.

This content creator and influencer got her start on television in 2005.

On her personal YouTube channel, Lauren in Real Life, Toyota vlogs about what she eats in a day. In 2017, Impact Magazine named her Canada's Most Influential Vegan. Her debut cookbook, Vegan Comfort Classics, was released in 2018. It includes over one hundred recipes, such as southern fried cauliflower and raspberry funfetti pop tarts.

Next up, #4 on our list is Fried Dandelions. This blog was started by former teacher Sarah De la Cruz in order to keep track of her recipes, such as cabbage fried rice with tofu. De la Cruz follows a vegan diet, and enjoys cooking as a creative outlet.

De la Cruz posts many kid-friendly recipes that have been taste-tested by her own two young sons. She also writes about her experiences of adapting to her youngest son's severe food allergies. Readers can find recipes on her blog for pantry staples like homemade seitan, as well as snacks and main dishes.

She also writes about her experiences of adapting to her youngest son's severe food allergies.

In the #5 spot, we have Veggies Save The Day. On this blog, Amy Katz provides delicious plant-based recipes featuring fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans and legumes. Inspired by the Mediterranean diet, these simple, healthy dishes require minimal ingredients and are quick to prepare on any day of the week.

Katz uses her blog to help people incorporate more vegetables and fruit into their diets. She offers recipes that can easily be made in advance for meal prepping. Her digital cookbook offers recipes for satisfying meal-sized salads. Readers who want to try a vegan Mediterranean diet can follow her three-day challenge.

And finally, at #6 is Pure Kitchen. On this blog, Juli Novotny encourages fresh homemade food as the most important first step towards optimal health and well being. She has studied holistic nutrition, and she previously ran a vegan, gluten-free, organic snack food company called Kookie Karma.

She has studied holistic nutrition, and she previously ran a vegan, gluten-free, organic snack food company called Kookie Karma.

Novotny shares simple and basic recipes that are free of refined sugar, and full of healthy fats and carbs as well as plant-based proteins. She only uses the freshest whole food ingredients. On the Pure Kitchen blog, readers can find recipes such as chocolate banana muffins and healthy Chinese "chicken" salad.