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!

Do you live in DC?

I’m creating a kombucha nanobrewery which will make kombucha enhanced with the world’s best adatogenic herbs.

GINSENG KOMBUCHA will be the first brew, and it will have $10 worth of kinetic ginseng in each 32oz bottle. (That’s unheard of!)
In time, I plan to have a whole line different kombucha brews, each with high quality, potent and functional superfoods, tonic herbs, and medicinal mushrooms.

See the indiegogo campaign here

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Please share this idea with any of your friends, family and communities in Washington DC.

NYC Healthy, Raw, Vegan & Juice Market Update – February 2014

Flip through the image gallery below. There is some cool new stuff happening in the NYC health food world.

Za'atar crackers at Gingersnaps Organic nyc are yummy and and a good idea. I like zaatar spices/seasoning.

Za’atar crackers at Gingersnaps Organic nyc are yummy and and a good idea. I like zaatar spices/seasoning.

Gingersnaps Organic wins my award for currently the BEST LOW-GLYCEMIC ORGANIC GREEN JUICE. Hands down. They also have awesome dehydrated foods like crackers and chips. Perfect combination.

Gingersnaps Organic wins my award for currently the BEST LOW-GLYCEMIC ORGANIC GREEN JUICE. Hand down. They also have awesome dehydrated foods like crackers and chips. Perfect combination.

Teavana digital pressurized tea steeper. Is this the future?

Teavana digital pressurized tea steeper. Is this the future?

New pressurized tea brewers at Teavana take 1/3 of the time of a traditional tea brewer so they can serve you and be out the door in about a minute or a minute and a half (rather than waiting 4 minutes for your tea to steep)... very cool.

New pressurized tea brewers at Teavana take 1/3 of the time of a traditional tea brewer so they can serve you and be out the door in about a minute or a minute and a half (rather than waiting 4 minutes for your tea to steep)… very cool.

yummy yummy raw cacao raw chocolate from One Lucky Duck nyc MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH

yummy yummy raw cacao raw chocolate from One Lucky Duck nyc MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH

organic matcha green tea at teavana tea bar nyc cost $5.50

organic matcha green tea at teavana tea bar nyc cost $5.50

Food for tea pairing at teavana tea bar nyc

Food for tea pairing at teavana tea bar nyc

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Teavana opened it's new "Tea Bar" in the Upper West Side. It's like a starbucks... but for tea!! I like this place.

Teavana opened it’s new “Tea Bar” in the Upper West Side. It’s like a starbucks… but for tea!! I like this place.

A newcomer to the raw vegan coconut water market? Watch out "Exotic Superfoods" and "Harmless Harvest"? I <3 raw coconut water.

A newcomer to the raw vegan coconut water market? Watch out “Exotic Superfoods” and “Harmless Harvest”? I <3 raw coconut water.

Juice Press at StrengthLab Soho is a new way to bring health + fitness to the next level. Only bottled organic cold pressed juices here, no smoothies. Strength Lab Soho was formed by the top trainers of Equinox NYC. Juice Press offers the freshest, most-nutrient dense and widest variety of juices in the city. Go JP20! 182 mulberry st NYC

Juice Press at StrengthLab Soho is a new way to bring health + fitness to the next level. Only bottled organic cold pressed juices here, no smoothies. Strength Lab Soho was formed by the top trainers of Equinox NYC. Juice Press offers the freshest, most-nutrient dense and widest variety of juices in the city. Go JP20! 182 mulberry st NYC

BabyCakes NYC is a fun place to get something vegan if you're feeling decadent. No eggs here and the tiny space was packed on a Sunday afternoon when I visited

BabyCakes NYC is a fun place to get something vegan if you’re feeling decadent. No eggs here and the tiny space was packed on a Sunday afternoon when I visited

Another photo of High Vibe in nyc showing the bookshelf with raw vegan organic recipe books.

Another photo of High Vibe in nyc showing the bookshelf with raw vegan organic recipe books.

"High Vibe" in the Lower East Side of NYC sell amazing high vibrational products and foods. You'll find everything you need for a raw, vegan superfood lifestyle in here and maybe some goodies you never even imagined could have existed. This place is an establishment in healthy living world.

“High Vibe” in the Lower East Side of NYC sell amazing high vibrational products and foods. You’ll find everything you need for a raw, vegan superfood lifestyle in here and maybe some goodies you never even imagined could have existed. This place is an establishment in healthy living world.

At Gingersnaps Organic in the Lower East Side, they are warm and welcoming. I really liked this wall chalkboard paint to help customers find the utensils they are looking for.

At Gingersnaps Organic in the Lower East Side, they are warm and welcoming. I really liked this wall chalkboard paint to help customers find the utensils they are looking for.

Raw vegan reuben at gingerstaps organic lse nyc. The sauerkraut was delicious!!

Raw vegan reuben at gingerstaps organic lse nyc. The sauerkraut was delicious!!

Even Non-vegan places are getting into juice. At "Hu Kitchen" near union square they serve fresh made juice that is unprocessed. Hu kitchen also has "Kombucha Brooklyn" Kombucha on the menu. Check them out.

Even Non-vegan places are getting into juice. At “Hu Kitchen” near union square they serve fresh made juice that is unprocessed. Hu kitchen also has “Kombucha Brooklyn” Kombucha on the menu. Check them out.

One Lucky Duck in nyc might be my favorite place to have a quick bite, some "Beyond Kombucha" amazing Kombucha and green juice with fine dining quality raw vegan food. Organic. "EAT RAW LIVE LONG"

One Lucky Duck in nyc might be my favorite place to have a quick bite, some “Beyond Kombucha” amazing Kombucha and green juice with fine dining quality raw vegan food. Organic. “EAT RAW LIVE LONG”

The "Mint Sunday" at One Lucky Duck nyc is OUT OF THIS WORLD. It's RAW FOOD! Wow, I mean this is  next level stuff. Organic, raw vegan. PERFECT ANYTIME FOOD. The best. Raw vegan icecream with brownie bits and mint.

The “Mint Sunday” at One Lucky Duck nyc is OUT OF THIS WORLD. It’s RAW FOOD! Wow, I mean this is next level stuff. Organic, raw vegan. PERFECT ANYTIME FOOD. The best. Raw vegan icecream with brownie bits and mint.

Raw vegan organic cookies made by Dr Cow and bought at FeelFood nyc

Raw vegan organic cookies made by Dr Cow and bought at FeelFood nyc

This is the yummy (expensive) breakfast I had at feelffod nyc. In the brown bag, under the green juice are amazing raw vegan lindzer cookies from "Dr. Cow" (handmade). Awesome stuff. Biscottis, Cashew/turmeric milk, coconut yogurt granola (raw) and O-mix (an awesome trail-mix-style creation made with fennel seeds). All organic. yummy

This is the yummy (expensive) breakfast I had at feelffod nyc. In the brown bag, under the green juice are amazing raw vegan lindzer cookies from “Dr. Cow” (handmade). Awesome stuff. Biscottis, Cashew/turmeric milk, coconut yogurt granola (raw) and O-mix (an awesome trail-mix-style creation made with fennel seeds). All organic. yummy

Feelfood nyc has a fullservice kitchen three guys working in the back and two more serving up front at 10am on a Saturday when I was there.

Feelfood nyc has a fullservice kitchen three guys working in the back and two more serving up front at 10am on a Saturday when I was there.

The space of "feelfood" cafe/restaurant in nyc is pretty big!

The space of “feelfood” cafe/restaurant in nyc is pretty big!

The 100% Organic nutrifaster juice produce display at Feelfood near Union Square in Manhattan. Amazing place. Fresh delicious healthy food in nyc.

The 100% Organic nutrifaster juice produce display at Feelfood near Union Square in Manhattan. Amazing place. Fresh delicious healthy food in nyc.

Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn sells shots of E3Live BrainON- not just normal E3Live- good stuff! :)

Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn sells shots of E3Live BrainON- not just normal E3Live- good stuff! :)

handcrafted products at Grass Roots Juicery brooklyn

handcrafted products at Grass Roots Juicery brooklyn

Nutrifaster-style juicer at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn, located at the Graham subway station on the "L train" in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Nutrifaster-style juicer at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn, located at the Graham subway station on the “L train” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Cold-press juice fridge at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. Many interesting and novel combinations. I really liked the cold pressed blood orange juice. 100% organic in this fridge. The juice recipes were developed by nutritionists as health elixirs/

Cold-press juice fridge at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. Many interesting and novel combinations. I really liked the cold pressed blood orange juice. 100% organic in this fridge. The juice recipes were developed by nutritionists as health elixirs/

Showing the Space at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. They have centrifuge (non-organic) juice at a lower price point, and a fridge full of 100% organic cold-pressed juice. Their prices are very reasonable. They also do coffee.

Showing the Space at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. They have centrifuge (non-organic) juice at a lower price point, and a fridge full of 100% organic cold-pressed juice. Their prices are very reasonable. They also do coffee.

Very high-end looking glass muffin/cake/pastry display at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. I like the repurposed wood and   chalkboard signs. These goods were outsourced from local (some vegan) bakeries.

Very high-end looking glass muffin/cake/pastry display at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. I like the repurposed wood and chalkboard signs. These goods were outsourced from local (some vegan) bakeries.

Product retail shelving display for bagged goods (many local, handmade, handcrafted) at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn

Product retail shelving display for bagged goods (many local, handmade, handcrafted) at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn

Beet Salad ( with pomegranate, and arugula) at Candle Cafe

Beet Salad ( with pomegranate, and arugula) at Candle Cafe

Sprout salad from Candle Cafe, organic/vegan restaurant - Upper East Side

Sprout salad from Candle Cafe, organic/vegan restaurant – Upper East Side

"Elixir Shot" -GREEN GINGER BOMB- from Candle Cafe in the upper east side. "A 2oz shot of kale, ginger, parsley, wheatgrass, grapefruit, umeboshi vingar, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper.

“Elixir Shot” -GREEN GINGER BOMB- from Candle Cafe in the upper east side. “A 2oz shot of kale, ginger, parsley, wheatgrass, grapefruit, umeboshi vingar, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper.

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Pure Food and Wine in New York City

Pure Food and Wine is a place of peace in New York City. The outside eating terrace reminded me of the possibility of tranquility in a city that never stops. Pure Food and Wine offers diners somewhere to relax and do good to their body. What better to nourish oneself than with fresh organic vegetables?

I sat outside. The weather was beautiful.

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(photo credit: ericisaac.com)

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In a crowded, bustling city, I think its safe to say that “space is luxury”. Rare is the restaurant that can afford to offer such a space to decompress from the pressure of a city that never sleeps.

Pure Food and Wine offers a prix-fixe meal which allowed me to savor a starter, main course and dessert (as well as a glass of kombucha on tap) for about $50 (that include tax and a generous tip).

Here is the raw food vegan organic lasagna that I really enjoyed:

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I will definitely return to this restaurant.

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Pure Food and Wine

54 Irving Pl  New York, NY 10003

http://oneluckyduck.com/pages/pure-food-and-wine

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Kombucha, Green Juice and Vegan Food in NYC

I finally made it back to New York.

Arriving in Manhattan

Arriving in Manhattan

*****

Albeit a very short trip, the 36 hours I spent in the city were jam-packed and mega-fun, healthy-vegan-style. ;) The trip was full of green juice, kombucha, raw food and LOTS of walking!!

The highlight of this trip was Kombucha. It seemed to be just about everywhere in New York these days. The trick is to find fresh, potent, and refined kombucha. The best Kombuchas I found in New York were: Kombucha Brooklyn and Beyond Kombucha (both sold at Organic Planet in Brooklyn), Kejiwa Kombucha (retails at 3 ROOTS in Greenpoint), and One Lucky Duck kombucha selection (at Gramercy location).

I visited a whole array of vegan restaurants in the short time I had in the city.

But, the focus of the trip remained on kombucha, green juice, raw food, superfoods, and health-promoting vegan food experiences in New York City.

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The first place I visited was called 3 ROOTS. It is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
(3 ROOTS facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-ROOTS/443420302381345)

3 ROOTS is a juice bar, but also veritable superfood laboratory. There’s some great alchemy going on here. They sell green juice, smoothies and superfood shots (mushroom/goji, Vitamin B, etc. See the menu below) and Kejiwa Kombucha. (What’s so special about Kejiwa? See Kejiwa facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kejiwa).

3 ROOTS, Greenpoint

3 ROOTS, Greenpoint

Entrance to 3 ROOTS, view from the street. New Green Juice on the board outside features Spirulina

Entrance to 3 ROOTS, view from the street. New Green Juice on the board outside features Spirulina

3 ROOTS Menu (Superfood shots, smoothies, juicess)

3 ROOTS Menu (Superfood shots, smoothies, juicess)

Display Case at 3 ROOTS

Display Case at 3 ROOTS

Kejiwa Kombucha at 3 ROOTS in Brooklyn (Greenpoint), NYC

Kejiwa Kombucha (!!!) and Raw Cold-Pressed Juice at 3 ROOTS in Brooklyn (Greenpoint), NYC

Superfood Alchemy Laboratory at 3 ROOTS Juice Bar in NYC

Superfood Alchemy Laboratory at 3 ROOTS Juice Bar in NYC

3 ROOTS, Greenpoint NY

Window seating area. 3 ROOTS, Greenpoint NY

*****

After 3 ROOTS, my friend and I also visited Tiny Empire, One Lucky Duck, Quintessence (AWESOME raw food restaurant. Check out the raw food pizza photos below), and Juice Press on that first day in New York.

Tiny Empire Juice Bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

Tiny Empire Juice Bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

 

*One Lucky Duck*

One Lucky Duck entrance (@ Pure Food & Wine), Gramercy NYC

One Lucky Duck entrance (@ Pure Food & Wine), Gramercy NYC

Wall of Packaged Raw Food Snacks for Sale at One Lucky Duck, Gramercy NYC

Wall of Packaged Raw Food Snacks for Sale at the tiny One Lucky Duck location at Pure Food & Wine, Gramercy NYC

(Raw Food) Dessert display case at One Lucky Duck, Gramercy

(Raw Food) Dessert display case at One Lucky Duck, Gramercy. Hungry? No bad cholesterol in here!

Raw Vegan Lemon Bar from One Lucky Duck, NYC

Before Lunch Snack? Raw Vegan Lemon Bar from One Lucky Duck, Gramercy NYC

* LUNCH at Quintessence *

Raw Pizza at Quintessence raw food restaurant in East Village NYC

Raw Pizza at Quintessence raw food restaurant in East Village NYC

Salad and Raw Food Pizza from Quintessence NYC (LifeFood in East Village)

Salad and Raw Food Pizza from Quintessence NYC (LifeFood in East Village). FYI: BEST SALAD DRESSING EVER. I would make a trip to NYC JUST FOR THIS DRESSING.

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Amazing day? Yes. Lots of running around. The green juice in New York is so good. While last trip I focused on Green Juice exclusively, this trip I noticed more and more kombucha (Everywhere! Is it because we attract what we focus on?)

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I stayed at the Standard High Line in the Meatpacking District. I was able to get a good rate by booking last minute with Hotel Tonight. We got upgraded which was awesome! Here’s room tour from the room I was on the hotel’s 16th floor:

The Standard High Line hotel has an amazing Greenwhich Village location, and it is walking distance from everything. I stocked the minibar with many bottles of kombucha and up to 5 green juices at a time.

In the evening, I went to a healing, spiritual didgeridoo concert by One Tribe didgeridoo group with friends near Union Square at Jivamukti yoga studio. The experience was transformative and grounding. Amazing, in the center of Manhattan, to find a space of peace, in one of the busiest cities in the world.

Dinner was at Caravan of Dreams. While I did not like the food (too unrefined), I impressed by beverage menu selections (which included superfood smoothies, CHO-WA tea, coconut water kefir…) and inspired by the food ideas (raw vegan ravioli made from pear… interesting!).

Kejiwa Kombucha (from 3 ROOTS), Beyond Kombucha and Kombucha Brooklyn fueled the night (I took a trip to Organic Planet in Brooklyn on the L train at night, specifically to buy kombucha at Organic Planet; LOVE that place)…

Organic Planet Brooklyn grocery

Organic Planet Brooklyn grocery (Williamsburg). Open until 1am on weekends and opens at 7am on Weekdays. They make fresh pressed organic juice, too. Reasonably priced.

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The next morning, after waking up early (and opening the blinds of the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Standard High Line overlooking Downtown from the 16th floor!), serveral stops were due: Juice Press flagship location (for a breakfast of smoothies or green juice – take your pick), Organic Avenue (more green juice), and One Lucky Duck at Chelsea Market, for lunch ($25 for a salad + juice:: wow, expensive.. but it turned out to be so refined that it may win my heart for favorite food from this trip.. although a close call with Quintessence raw food pizza from the day before still on my mind… hehehe).

Display Case at Juice Press NYC, flagship location (1 Jackson Square, Greenwich Avenue)

Display Case at Juice Press NYC, flagship location (1 Jackson Square, Greenwich Avenue)

Organic Avenue Green Juice, NYC

Organic Avenue Green Juice, NYC

* LUNCH at One Lucky Duck *

One Lucky  Duck Green Juice takeaway at Chelsea Market NYC

One Lucky Duck Green Juice takeaway at Chelsea Market NYC

One Lucky Duck (Raw Vegan Food) at Chelsea Market NYC

One Lucky Duck (Raw Vegan Food) at Chelsea Market NYC

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All in all, all I can say is: Whoa!! What a jam-packed and super fun 36 hours in NYC!! #VeganStyle

Before hitting the road back to DC, a quick stop back to 3 ROOTS was once again necessary for more kombucha, green juice, raw cacao truffles, and goji berries for the drive home.

 

Good Morning Green Smoothie

This is what you drink after returning from hot yoga after getting up at 6 am to do so.

(This could also be called “Green Smoothie #2″, because “Green Smoothie #1″ is what I had BEFORE going to hot yoga. It simply included baby spinach, almond milk, and a banana.)

Good Morning Green Smoothie:
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Blend organic flax seeds and organic hemp seeds with water. Use unstrained seedmilk as base for smoothie.
Add organic baby spinach, organic kale, organic parsley, fresh organic turmeric root.
Add frozen organic mango.

Have a great day!

(I had ginger Kombucha before biking home from yoga… and now this smoothie. Health deluxe. The quote on my Kombucha, which I impart to you now was this:

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” -Thoreau)