Oh it’s that time again. Friday already! And this week we have a giveaway. Woot =) But before we get to that, we’ll go over the usual stuff first. Be sure to scroll on down for the giveaway though!
It’s time to link up those Healthy Vegan recipes you have! Robin and I are excited to see what you have this week. New to HVF? You can find the lowdown here.
Last week we had some great recipes shared. Here are your favourites:
Noodles with Green Sauce from Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too!!!
A noodle bowl? Yes, please! All things green? Double yes! Best combo ever – I can’t wait to try this =)
Chocolate-covered Cherry Macaroons from Creating Silver Linings:
I’m not a huge fan of cherries… but covering things in chocolate always makes it palatable =D
And Nut-Free Mac n’ Cheeze from Strength & Sunshine:
Mmmm I love this lower-fat version of one of my favourite dishes! Subbing cauliflower for cashews is such a great idea.
And now for the giveaway. My good friend Sarina was telling me about an awesome new vegan e-book that I just had to check out. Not only did I get to review this awesome cookbook, but one of you lucky-duck readers will get a copy all to yourselves. Filled with healthy, delicious, awesome vegan recipes. And, my favourite thing about a cookbook – absolutely gorgeous pictures.
I also got a chance to interview the lovely, Toronto-area author, Andrea Frenke.
Kimmy: What inspired your healthy life-style?
Andrea: My healthy lifestyle was an unexpected bonus to adopting a vegan lifestyle. I went vegan purely for the animals and then suddenly I started feeling amazing! My sleep improved, skin, hair, nails, moods, menstrual cramps, digestions, everything got better! I realized that it was an awesome way to promote the vegan lifestyle, and motivate people to live cruelty free lives from another directions.
Kimmy: After being vegan for over a year now, what sort of tips can you give to people wanting to make the transition or just starting to make the transition to a plant-based diet?
Andrea: My first tip is research a TON. Unfortunately veganism evokes a lot of negative reactions from people and I recommend being prepared when randomly everyone fancies themselves a nutritionist or scientist, and starts telling you that you are malnourished. Next tip is to remember that everything you used to eat can be recreated as vegan, I promise. Vegan food has come a long way! So whichever food you think you’ll miss, research the vegan alternative, you’ll have no troubles. Next tip is never assume something is vegan, always read labels. Animal products are used in so many foods you wouldn’t think (wine, beer, candies) so this comes back to research, lots of research! Lastly, veganism is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. It is about what you wear, which beauty products and cleaners you use, which foods you eat and how you treat “pests” etc. So if you’re plan is to change eating to a plant-based diet, be careful of stating that you’re vegan when you are still consuming other animal products such as silk, leather etc.
Kimmy: I love and share your passion for fitness! What is your favourite way to keep fit?
Andrea: Thank you! My favourite way to stay fit is dancing. It is amazing exercise, but it is also FUN! I am all about making fitness something you can fit into your life, not something you have to make room for. Remember that everything counts, so doing a couple of squats while you brush your hair or calve raises in line at the store, that all counts as exercise!
Kimmy: What is the one thing in your pantry you cannot do without:
Andrea: Hands down, coconut oil. I use it for everything! My teeth, hair, skin, cooking. I usually have three different jars going at a time. For cooking it is much better than olive oil, because of how it reacts to heat.
Kimmy: As someone who has acquired so many followers (over 10,000 on Instagram!), what sort of advice do you have for those trying to attract more followers?
Andrea: First things first, post pretty photos! Also, be authentic, as fakeness is rampant on the internet. Lastly, respond to people and make an effort to get to know your followers. To me IG has become a family, I have met numerous like-minded friends and feel very supported and understood by them all.
Great advice! I have to admit that dancing is also my favourite way of keeping fit. It’s just so darned fun =) Be sure to check out Andrea’s YouTube channel as it has all sorts of great fitness tips and healthy eats. And see her gorgeous photos on Instagram.
To enter the giveaway, simply comment below explaining why you’d like to check out her e-book by Tuesday, July 29th. This contest is open to everyone and we will announce the lucky winner next Friday.
Now in all of your excitement to enter the giveaway – don’t forget to share & link up with your healthy recipe this week!