How To Eat #Vegan On A Budget (Organic, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Raw Living Foods)

I went out to the store this evening and came back home with quite the haul.

I was able to find lots of high-quality, nutrient-dense, vegan foods. All for a total of about $70. This will last me probably 4 days… so at less than $20/day this is pretty high quality stuff. Check out the video to see some of the products I bought (including NuttZo ButterMary’s Gone Crackers Jalapeno, Raw (Superfood) Trail Mix, and Go Raw Granola Bars):

I hope you enjoyed this video. Please let me know what you think.

Keep Healthy!

[VIDEO] Why Smoothies Are A Great Way To Get Healthy

Great little blog for you today explaining the importance of green smoothies and how to take your nutrition to the next level.

I make a smoothie with spinach, mango, cinnamon, vega one nutritional shake, and lion’s mane mushroom.

Solid nutrition is a foundation that takes time to build. Choices you make today are building a stronger body for you 10 years from now!


This is the mushroom I used in the smoothie. It is great for brain and memory, as well as nervous system health.

The Vega One shake that I reviewed in the video today is this one.


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Buy Vega One Nutritional Shake: here.


Pumpkin Pie Spice Chocolate Protein Shake

I have refined a recipe for an awesome and SUPER HEALTHY protein shake which will keep you going better than your next cup of coffee, banana or candy bar.

It simply consists of organic spinach, unsweetened almond milk, vega one chocolate shake powder, and pumpkin pie spice. It’s low-glycemic and contains NO SUGAR.

“What is vega one”, you may be wondering. Watch the video below and I’ll give you a vega one review and make share with you a delicious smoothie recipe.

This Vega One stuff is da bomb. I’ve had it everyday (sometimes TWICE A DAY!) for the last week or so, and I’m hooked.

I love that I get 50% of my daily vitamins and minerals (and awesome SUPERFOODS) in just ONE pack of Vega One Chocolate Nutritional Shake Packs.

When I have two of these per day, that means I’m consuming about ONE POUND OF GREENS + 100% of my vitamins and minerals. Talk about awesome! It’s the easiest (and most delicious!) way of fulfilling my ‘5 fruits and vegetable’ needs that I know of.

Go make yourself one of these all-in-one nutrition protein shakes right now! Buy Vega One: HERE.

See one of my other vega one nutritional shake recipes here.

Seasonal Green Smoothie With Vega One Shake and Pumpkin Spice

I tried vega one chocolate shake and with was delicious with greens. I make an organic hemp-brazil nut milk and made a smoothie with granola, lots of greens and vega one shake. It was a superfood shake which acted as a good snack (or “meal replacement”).

The vega one comes in individual pack sizes, so it’s convenient to just take one packet, blend it into a smoothie and rest assured that you are meeting all of your baseline nutritional needs. Much better than taking a vitamin supplement.

Vega one nutritional shake info (from site):

Good for your body and the planet, Vega One Nutritional Shake is the clean, plant-based choice to fuel your healthy, active lifestyle—without compromise. Made from natural, whole food ingredients, Vega One is a convenient, all-in-one supplement, packed with:

  • 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals
  • 15 g protein
  • 6 g fibre
  • 1.5 g Omega-3
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics
  • Greens

Formulated by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling author on performance nutrition, Vega One is free from dairy, gluten and soy, and contains no added sugar, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

Available in Berry, Chocolate, Vanilla Chai and Natural flavor, enjoy Vega One shaken with water, juice or a non-dairy beverage of your choice, and as a delicious, nutrient-supplementing addition to your favorite smoothie recipe.

Tempeh Reuben in Ann Arbor

I went to The Lunch Room in Ann Arbor. The seemed like the “best” vegan restaurant in town (after doing a Foursquare and Yelp search). I was looking for somewhere with good food, but also relatively healthy. I found them on social media, because they have good looking fan-posted images and their reviews overall seemed positive.

I got the Tempeh Reuben (I’ve been a fan of good tempeh reubens for the past couple of years).

And… it didn’t disappoint. THICK-CUT, homemade rye bread, with (no sugar added) slow caramelized onion… and sumptuous tempeh! Yum!


The Lunch Room is a highly recommended place to eat vegan food in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Here is a photo of the inside:


And… the beautiful terrace, outside of The Lunch Room:



I’ll definitely be coming back the next time I am in Ann Arbor!!

How To Live A Life Of Your Own Design

Look around. We are all living a life of quiet desperation. We all have hopes, dreams, and desires that we secretly want to achieve in this Iworld.

We feel we are special. We feel we are different. We feel we are on a unique path, and just around the corner from something “big”.

Each and every one of us. The desire for greatness is a human need. Part of the human condition. We are making due with today, because we know that we are “almost” there. We are waiting.

Everyone feels this: we want to be noticed, we want to chase our dreams, we refuse to give up or settle for anything less than we “deserve”.

We are driven and hard-wired for greatness. We want to go out and do great things, we want to touch the lives of other people. Deep down inside, we want everyone to reach their goals.

Attention! We are not competing against eachother here. We are here to serve eachother. The drive to be “unique” is very personal; it’s a very cherished idea of ourselves that we have. We feel we are significant individuals. And we are.

We all are. In fact, the more personal, individual and significant our thoughts are, the more they are likely to be Universal in nature.

What I mean is this. Say you want to live a life of “Freedom”. Say you want to live a life of “Peace”, a life of filled with “Joy”. Say your want to experience the feeling of being cared for and in alignment with the “Flow” all that is…

All this is possible for YOU.

Understand that “The more personal the desire the more Universal”. That means the deeper you hold something and believe in it, the more likely others are to be holding, believing in and desiring similar things, or RESULTS in their lives.

Let me say that again: “The more personal an ambition, the more likely it is that other people hold a similar ambition”.

So when you see other people want to be heard, to be loved, to be held, to be helped… YOU know how that feels. The more you see somebody striving with PASSION to achieve their dreams, the more YOU know how that feels.

Get out of your own way here. There is no more need to protect yourself. When you help others achieve their goals in life, you are calling on the Universe to give way for your dreams, desires and ambition to come true in your life. By helping others you are lighting your own spark.

See in the faces, eyes, body language, emotions, and behavior of those around you the YEARNING for FREEDOM. See in everyone around you the DESIRE to live a life filled with passion, with zest, with zeal.

You are not alone here. Everyone around you feels the same thing you do. You are a magnetic-vibrational-kinesthetic-mutlti-dimentional BEING. You are life, light, and BEAUTY itself. You ARE the STUFF that dreams are made of. Your very essence is the perfume, the love, the aether of the infinite, timeless realm the of that which we call “God”. You are the creator, and also the “Created”. Now, go forth into the world with this newfound (remembered) wisdom– and SEE THE LIGHT in others. See the potential in others. Allow yourself to be carried away in the possibly of others reaching and experiencing GREATNESS.

Greatness is not a quality by birth. Greatness is something you become. Something you are remembered as. Believe in your dream. Take massive action in yourself. Continually ask yourself WHY you are doing what you are doing. In the end, this will be about WHO YOU BECOME…

Now is the time for the journey. Accept yourself as you are today. Focus on where you want to go. Figure out a way to get there.

You can do it! You will do it! What do YOU want? Go get it.