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):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-X-K3ZQKUs

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

Keep Healthy!

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRubucMJGoc

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.

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!

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

Here is a photo of the inside:

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

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

How To Eat Healthy at Work and While Traveling

Tomorrow I am getting up for a long day at work, and then I am traveling on a train for 5 hours, from Chicago to Detroit. I will wake up at 5:25am and will get to Michigan at 1am. Needless to say: LONG DAY.

How will I stay healthy, focused and energized for this long day?

In the video below I show you what I will be eating over the course of the day, and why it makes sense (nutritionally) as the PERFECT FUEL for the day I will be going through:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF8atEv8-88

I will also be drinking lots of water, as well as mostly likely a fair share of organic green tea. (by fair share I mean, probably about a liter or more over the course of the day!).

Will definitely be carrying a bag of raw, sprouted, dehydrated almonds with me, too (forgot to mention that – I love the ones by “Living Intentions“, they are an awesome, healthy snack!).

Enjoy!!!

 

Ben

NEW: Green Juice (and Raw Coconut Water) at Pret A Manger, in Washington DC.

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Pret A Manger, Washington DC now offering green juice and raw coconut water.
The 14.5 oz cold pressed green juice (in this case: “apple, cucumber, spinach, celery & lime”) is $5.99 (+tax) and tastes pretty green albeit very sweet from the apple (That being said, I can definitely taste the presence cucumber – which is a good, healthy-tasting thing).

I am happy to see more raw, vegan, health-conscious and nutritious food products coming to the Washington DC market.

The only criticism I could offer (which may be a deal breaker for some) is that the juice is NOT labeled ORGANIC. While not being organic does allow for a lower price point, which will get more people trying green juice… in order for this beverage to be fully legit, and meet a high level of quality: Pret a Manger needs to make this green juice organic and market it as such (as they have done a good job with for their organic coffee).
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All in all, I am excited to see more green juice in Washington DC!