Whole Foods Demo / Engine 2 Challenge Graduation Dinner

 

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On February 12th at 6:30pm, I will be having a live cooking demo and dinner  to celebrate the completion of the 28-day Engine 2 Challenge at Whole Foods Market in Torrance, California.

I will be preparing 4 recipes:

1) Green Smoothie

2) Simple Massaged-Kale Salad

3) Vegan “Meat”loaf and Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

4) Triple Chocolate Cake

All attendees will enjoy a full dinner (not just samples) and a My Eclectic Kitchen Goodie Bag!

To reserve your seat for only $5, click here.

This event is a graduation celebration for participants of the 28-day Engine 2 Challenge, based on Rip Esselstyn‘s Engine 2 Diet book, but anyone who enjoys healthy nutritious food is invited to attend!  All recipes demonstrated and served will be Engine 2 diet compliant, meaning they will be whole-foods, plant-based, low in sugar and salt, and free of oil and refined ingredients.  That said, I promise the menu will be delicious!

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Again, don’t forget to reserve your seat before the event fills up!  The cost is only $5.  What a deal!

Whole Foods Market is one of my favorite places to pick up produce, specialty flours and grains, snacks, plant-based milks, personal care, home cleaning supplies, and ready-made foods.

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I took a tour of Whole Foods Market in Torrance recently and learned a great deal, and I compiled a list of things that you might be able to benefit from!

Did you know…

1) If you need only half of a cabbage or watermelon, they will cut half of it for you to purchase.

2) On Wednesdays, at the salad bar and hot bar, get $2 off per pound.  Some locations only offer $1 off  (like Arroyo, Pasadena)

3) Get 10% off if you purchase one case of produce.

4) Whole Foods Market has a Health Starts Here Program to guide wise nutrition choices.  When foods are marked with the Health Starts Here symbol, as pictured below, those items have no added oils, they’re low in salt and fat, and they are made with whole-foods.  Unfortunately, not all of them are vegan and gluten-free, so make sure to read the list of ingredients to ensure they are aligned with whichever diet you follow.  

5) Engine 2 Diet products, which are plant-strong, low in sugar and salt, and oil-free can be found all over the store, from frozen burger patties (which are delicious), to almond milk, hummus, cereal, and crackers.  The list goes on.

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6) Almost every Whole Foods location has an on-going or upcoming Engine 2 Diet Challenge.  Call your local Whole Foods location for details.  Some challenges are online and there are a few that have weekly meet-ups.

Hopefully this list was helpful to you.  I hope you learned a little more about Whole Foods Market and about the Engine 2 Diet, and I hope to see you on Thursday, February 12th at 6:30pm!

 

 

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Giveaway with Tastes Happy :)

 

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It’s giveaway time!  One of my family friends, Amanda Kim, recently opened an organic and gluten-free bakery in Washington state, called Tastes Happy! They sell food you can feel good about, using local, organic, non-gmo ingredients.  All of their goods are free of refined ingredients and they have allergy-friendly options, too.  An added bonus, they use eco-friendly packaging and labels!

I teamed up with Tastes Happy to give away the following to one lucky participant:

1) Toasted Coconut Granola

2) Chocolate Chia Granola

3) Cinnamon Raisin Granola

4) Pear Cranberry Spread

5) Pear Spread

6) Apple Cranberry Spread

7) My Eclectic Kitchen iPhone App or eBook

8) My Eclectic Kitchen organic cotton tote bag

(Yes, they are vegan!)

The granola is really yummy and perfect to top your nana ice cream, smoothie bowls, banana crunch pops, #cocoyo with! The spreads are perfect for toasts, crackers, to enjoy with vegan cheese, or to add to cocoyo, or #parfaits.

Super easy to enter. Simply:

(In Instagram)

1) Like this post, http://instagram.com/p/ynSTKXAjhV/?modal=true

2) Follow @tastes_happy and me,  @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

3) Tell us something about yourself

4) Tag 3 friends

Contest is open worldwide and ends on February 9, at 11pm.

For those who cannot wait to get their hands on Tastes Happy goodies, visit their website, www.tasteshappy.com to check out their product line, and use coupon code, ECLECTIC for 10% off your order!

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Raw Superfood Truffles demo at LA Cookie Con with Melissa’s Produce

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On Sunday, January 25th, Los Angeles debuted its very first LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show.  When I was invited to give a live “cooking” demo at the West Coast’s biggest baking and pastry party, I could not turn down the opportunity.  As many of you know, it is my mission to prove to all that vegan and gluten-free food can be absolutely delicious while still being nutritious.  I had two demos—one in the morning and one in the afternoon, so I was happy to have broadcast my message twice!  I was also thrilled that vegans and non-vegans alike loved my Superfood Truffles and came back for seconds and thirds!

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Many thanks to Nancy Tei, the organizer of the event, for inviting me to demonstrate how to make a raw vegan and gluten-free dessert to the public, and a big thanks to my friends at Melissa’s Produce for providing all of the delicious and nourishing ingredients to make my Superfood Truffles.  Additionally, I want to thank all those who stopped by to watch my cooking demos and asked great questions about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and eating raw until 4 o’clock.

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Melissa’s Produce made this such a positive experience for me.  The Friday before the event, I met up with Nancy Eisman and Sara De Leeuw at the Melissa’s Produce test kitchen to prepare samples and prizes to give away at the convention.  Nancy works on various projects at Melissa’s Produce and writes for the Melissa’s Produce blog, Plantbased411 blog as well as her own blog, Adventures with Nancy Rose.  Sara is a Master Preserver, instructor, and the creator of the My Imperfect Kitchen blog.  One thing I miss about working in a professional kitchen is having coworkers and getting to know one another as we complete our tasks.  I had so much fun rolling my hundreds of truffles while getting to know these lovely ladies at the test kitchen.  I felt that we clicked right from the start, so that was a great feeling.  On the day of the convention, Nancy and Sara were some of my biggest cheerleaders–I cannot thank them enough for their support!

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Sara also demo’d at the convention.  She made the most amazing Chocolate Chile Bark with Pepitas and Blood Orange Zest.  It is the Best chocolate bark I have ever tasted!  The recipe can be found on her blog or in the Melissa’s Produce The Great Pepper Cookbook.

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Meanwhile, Nancy distributed Melissa’s Produce Clean Snax to the public.  They come in four flavors: almond, coconut, cranberry, and pumpkin.  They are bee-gan (which means they contain honey).  My husband, who considers himself plant-based, enjoys this snack.  He usually picks up the snack at the Staples Center when we attend Clippers games, and he enjoys the pumpkin flavor most.

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Now, let me tell you about my Superfood Truffles.  The recipe is actually a collaboration.  When Nancy Eisman and I discussed ingredients I needed in order to make my Goji-, Cranberry, Coconut Truffles recipe, Nancy suggested I add some cacao nibs to make it a little chocolatey.  At first I was not keen on the idea, but Nancy really believed that it was a great idea since so many people who love cookies and pastries also love chocolate.  We gave it a try—added it into the recipe and, oh my, they turned out even better than the original.  So delicious.  The cacao nibs add a nice crunch factor and deep chocolate flavor to the truffles.  That is how the Superfood Truffle was born!  I’m so glad I met Nancy.  Not only is she down-to-earth and fun, without her I wouldn’t have my Superfood Truffles recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as a snack or dessert!

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Melissa’s Produce and goods can be found in the US, in major grocery stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Vons, Ralphs, and the list goes on.

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Superfood Truffles

Servings:  15

Time:  20 minutes

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, R

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/2 cup for rolling

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup dried goji berries

3/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup coconut nectar

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

a pinch fine sea salt

1/4 cup cacao nibs

Directions

1.  Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the cacao nibs to a food processor.  Pulse a few times to combine until you reach a texture of your liking.  More texture is better than being over-processed.  You still want to see chunks of the dried fruit.

2.  Pour the mixture into a medium bowl.  Add the cacao nibs and stir to combine, using clean hands or a silicone spatula.  Make sure the cacao nibs are evenly distributed!

3.  Line a quarter-sheet pan or tupperware with parchment paper.  Scoop out 1.5 Tbsp-sized truffles, round them out with your hands, then roll into coconut flakes and place them onto the lined sheet tray or plate.  You should make about 15-18 truffles.  Refrigerate immediately until hardened, about 15-20 minutes.

Note: These truffles are best eaten cold, right out of the refrigerator. Enjoy!

 

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Live demo at 1st Annual LA Cookie Convention

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Join me on January 25th at Los Angeles’ first-ever LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show!  I will be showing the non-vegans and those who eat gluten just how delicious vegan and gluten-free sweets can be!!

I will be doing two raw vegan dessert demonstrations using ingredients from Melissa’s Produce at 10:30am and 3:30pm!

The LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show–the West Coast’s biggest baking and pastry convention, will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Don’t miss out on samples of cookies and sweets galore!  Get your tickets today by clicking here.  Hope to see you there!

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Ka’Chava Giveaway

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Happy Monday!  

I have another Instagram Giveaway for you, and good news, no re-posting necessary!

I teamed up with my friends at Ka’Chava to give away a 30.95 oz. container of Ka’Chava valued at $69.95!

When I’m short on time or am out and about, Ka’Chava is a real timesaver. What I love about Ka’Chava is that it’s all-in-one nutrition and it tastes great.  It contains a protein blend, fiber blend, omega 3 efa, antioxidants, probiotics, super-greens, adaptogens, and essential vitamins and minerals.  It is also vegan, gluten-, soy-free, and free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives.  I’ve enjoyed Ka’Chava in a delicious chocolate, peanut butter, and banana shake twice for lunch, and it was so good.  Not only did it taste like a decadent chocolate malted milkshake, it sustained my energy levels, I wasn’t hungry until dinner, and I experienced great mental focus.  I posted my creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ka’Chava Shake recipe on my blog last week, if you’d like to try.  I know you’ll love it.  Finally, here’s how to win.

In Instagram:

1) Like my giveaway post and follow @kachavatribe & @yvonne_deliciously_vegan
2) Tag 3 friends
3) Tell us why you’d like to win!

You may enter once a day! The contest is open for one week, until Wednesday, January 14, 11pm PST.

Good luck!!!

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Fruit Basket Giveaway with Melissa’s Produce

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Did you know that Melissa’s Produce sells a large variety of gift baskets on their website (search their Gifts page) and they supply fruit for companies such as Harry & David and Williams Sonoma for their gift baskets?!  I didn’t know this until recently myself!  Best gifts for vegans, ever!!! ❤

Just in time for the holidays, I have a special GIVEAWAY for all you fruit-lovers!  I teamed up with my amazing friends at Melissa’s Produce to give away a Deluxe Exotic Tropical Fruit Basket!!!

SUPER SIMPLE contest rules:

1) Like & repost this photo

2) Follow & tag @melissasproduce & @yvonne_deliciously_vegan 

3) In the caption of your repost, hashtag #MEKgiveaway & #vegan

That’s it!

The winner will be selected randomly via the #MEKgiveaway hashtag! This contest runs until this Sunday, December 14 at 11pm, PST.  You may enter once a day on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Get posting and good luck! ❤

 

Sorry, this contest is only open to those living in the lower 48 states in the US.  However, I still have another #VegGenGiveaway going on with @raisingvegans that my International friends can enter! See previous post for details!! I just love the season of giving!!! ❤❤❤

 

Instagram: @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

Facebook Pages: My Eclectic Kitchen App & My Eclectic Kitchen

Twitter: My Eclectic Kitchen

Pinterest: My Eclectic Kitchen

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Cyber Monday – My Eclectic Kitchen App Sale!

 

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Exciting news!!! For Cyber Monday, December 1st from 12am to 11:59pm PST, the My Eclectic Kitchen app will be on sale!

For one day only, the app will be sold for a steal–25% off the regular price!!!

In the app, you will receive 141 delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes.  Search for recipes by food-type (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, sweets, condiments), diet (raw, nut-free, soy-free), ingredients, or by photo. Updates will be made regularly, which means that you will receive recipes as I create them!  You can find useful resources and tips, such as how to properly soak nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes; vegan and gluten-free substitutes for common cooking ingredients; most commonly used kitchen equipment; kitchen staples; and suggested articles on family, home, garden, food and drink, mind, and body.  You can even watch my cooking videos, index your favorite recipes, and shop for kitchen equipment and ingredients!

The app is not only for those with vegan and gluten-free diets, but also for those who are looking to eat healthier, plant-based foods without compromising flavor.

It has been a true pleasure creating and sharing my recipes with you. Thank you so much to all of my readers for your continued love and support!  You help make my job of developing nutritious, gluten-free, and vegan recipes a labor of love!

To download the My Eclectic Kitchen App in Google Play or iTunes, click this link!

 

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Giveaway Contest & Interview with Jazmyn Smith

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I teamed up with Jazmyn Smith for giveaway to celebrate the launch of her new website, Raising Vegans!  This fantastic prize pack includes the following:

1 – Your choice of a My Eclectic Kitchen iTunes app or eBook

2 – Blood Tight Apparel tote bag of your choice

3 – Vegan Sidekick  1st edition comic book

4 – Best Simpsons pin that ever was!

 

Super Simple Rules:

1. Repost the giveaway photo

2.  Follow and tag @yvonne_deliciously_vegan and @raisingvegans

3. Hashtag #veggengiveaway and #vegan

The winner will be selected randomly via the #veggengiveaway hashtag!  The contest runs until Friday, December 12 at 11pm PST.  You may enter once a day on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well!  Get posting and good luck!

My Facebook: My Eclectic Kitchen App & My Eclectic Kitchen

My Twitter: My Eclectic Kitchen

 

I interviewed Jazmyn the other day, so you can get to know who is behind this giveaway and the new Raising Vegans blog!

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Name: Jazmyn Smith

Origin: Australian

Current city: Brisbane, Queensland
Occupation: During my pregnancy and for the past six months since giving birth to our precious baby boy, I have had time to improve and expand upon my passion for all things food! I’ve been spending time experimenting and crafting unique recipes, not only for our new website but for our ultimate goal of opening our town’s first ever Vegan restaurant. It’s an inspiring time of rapid personal growth, for sure!

Can you describe your lifestyle and food philosophy?
I am still young – I come from a childhood of meat and 3 veg, like most other Australians. It has only really been in the past two or three years that I have started paying attention to the important role food plays, and so my ideas and comfort zones are forever changing. Alas, my food philosophy is also forever shifting, but always toward a more minimalistic and nutritious one – especially stemming from the thought ‘would I feed that to my baby?’. If the answer is no, then it’s probably not such a great option for us either. For example, I used to be pretty flexible with buying generic pastas, breads and rice – whereas now, wholemeal is my go to. That’s a small example, but it sums up that gradual improvement of our family’s diet pretty well.
If it’s not nourishing your body, and if it’s not made with love, enthusiasm, and conciousness, then I don’t believe it’s worth ingesting. A high quality, nutrient dense diet is too important, for all its ripple effects, to shrug off as ‘someone else’s lifestyle’.

Have you always been living this way or what triggered the change?
Absolutely not! Though I had been a vegetarian on and off through primary and high school, I had no solid foundation to grow from. All I knew was that eating animals felt wrong – but it was 100% ‘normal’; even now I don’t know many vegetarian/vegans in my immediate social group or family. As a young kid, all I had was my instincts, and it took time to grow to trust them, as well as to educate myself enough on the farming industry so that my instincts evolved into beliefs and truths. I made the final decision to follow a vegan diet when I had moved out of home when I was almost 16. I had just moved away from my step fathers dairy farm. I have never looked back. My health improved beyond belief and my passion for veganism has only grown with each year that’s passed. I believe that many young children feel this way about consuming meat – that’s why vegetarianism is a ‘phase’ that many of them test. However, without education and support from those around them, they may never reach that final turning point, where the switch just flicks, and one realises, ‘ah, that’s what’s wrong with it all!’

Have you noticed any changes in your life when eating a more plant-based diet?
Within the first year of becoming a vegan, I lost 25kg! I had been obese for my childhood and teenage years up until that point. I also struggled with deep mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and symptoms of schizophrenia – all which I took medication for, and all which I no longer need medication for! I could attribute these improvements to a few lifestyle changes, but none more so than changing to a plant based diet. It only makes sense that if you take care of yourself, your body, mind and spirit will respond accordingly.

Besides health aspects, there are social observations which I think every vegan realises at one point or another. I could write a book about those, but let me sum it up by saying that we have so much capability as a species, but equal amounts of cognitive dissonance! Sometimes it is a very hard truth to live alongside, other times it is a source of encouragement for working that little bit harder to spread the vegan message.

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Is there anything you are completely strict about when it comes to your diet and lifestyle?
Firstly, of course, animal products. There are no “what if’s” about it. I can accept that others draw their lines at certain products – eggs or honey for example, but I think it is inevitable that as you grow with your vegan lifestyle, that it should only become more refined, and the difficulty of breaking attachments to certain foods dies away. Lifestyle wise, my strongest belief is to surround yourself with those who enhance your best attributes and who make you feel good. I won’t tolerate people or groups who have a negative affect on myself or my family. Life is too short to waste on those kinds of things – fill every day with love, give and take as much as you can from those who mean the most! Be kind and expect it in return. Etc etc!

Where do you find inspiration and motivation to keep living your healthy lifestyle?
As my healthy lifestyle is greatly linked to my love for cooking, I find that the most part of my inspiration comes from taking a trip to the health food store and finding a new ingredient that I haven’t worked with before. There are some wonderful, strange things tucked away on the highest shelves and the quite dark corners of those places, I tell you! Other times, it’ll be the weather. The weather is a fantastic point of direction for what I feel like eating – it’s Spring here in Australia at the moment, and while I’ve never followed a raw food diet, I’ve never eaten so many creative, colourful, beautiful raw recipes in my life than I have this season! Other sources include different patterns (‘what’s a recipe that would match this fabric?’) or scouting through the many incredible home cooks on Instagram. All of these things invigorate and motivate me to continue with my food journey!

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Would you say that your way of eating and living have affected you on your spiritual path? (if so, in what way?)
(Tree hugging vegan alert)
Oh, is there anything better than sitting in the sun with a belly full of fresh fruit and meditating while the breeze rolls around you and nature sings!? (Not many things, I’m sure!) I’d say that in that sense, a plant based diet has shaken up many of my preconceptions about life here on earth. I’ve not been devout to any faith in my life, excluding when I was a child being raised by Anglicans, but I do feel that the deeper my appreciation for wholesome, natural foods grows, my appreciation for the earth it came from grows, too. The earth and it’s nature is where I place my greatest respect and devotion.

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How do you handle social situations as being vegan? (Do you find it difficult? Please share your some advice how to handle social situations)

Growing up, I have always been somewhat assertive and vocal in my belief for justice – but only in recent years have I refined those things to work for me, and not against me. My passion for veganism began in high school, and we all had Facebook, which was great for sharing my thoughts on all these new things I was learning (okay, perhaps I have been a little more ‘militant vegan’ in the past), but it was not so well received by peers. I completed high school in a right wing, rural farming community, which I think links to the attitudes and intentional opposition toward my veganism that I received at every turn for a long time. I don’t want to lump everyone who comes from those backgrounds into one basket, as I have certainly seem some of those who most opposed my views transform and do 180 turns on their own views over the years, but I believe that in general it had a lot to do with it. I would post a status with some information on the farming industry and would then have to spend the evening debating with three or four individuals about literally any argument you’ve ever heard against veganism. It was a really trying learning curb for me, as I didn’t have all the answers back then, nor the emotional capacity to not take it all to heart. I find now though, especially since I have found my life partner who is also a passionate vegan, that the more comfortable and confident I am with my reasons for being a vegan, the more others accept it, some even are inspired, and some even have thanked me for being their guide into veganism. Family has been the toughest crowd to have ‘the vegan conversation’ with, though I hear this is quite common. Generally now, I try to avoid meals with my family if I know that there is a lot of non-vegan food involved, and that is not to say that I don’t wish to be spending time with them, for I love them dearly, it is just to avoid the frustration and emotional struggles I encounter when seeing others consume meat based meals. The world is increasingly becoming more comfortable with the ideals of vegans, and I think it will only be easier for each new generation to be accepted for their beliefs on this matter. My only advice to other vegans would be to continue to educate yourself, and when you do find yourself being asked questions by those around you, respond diplomatically and matter of fact-ly. It is an important topic, that’s for sure, but we needn’t start wars over it. Stay peaceful, stay switched on – the world will catch up.

What ingredients are must-haves for your fridge and pantry?
Currently, 1kg buckets of hummus (yes, we have them here!), nutritional yeast, cous cous and bananas are staples that we are never without. I feel that hemp seeds and saurkraut are about to make their way on to that list shortly.

How do you keep your energy level high throughout the whole day?
I’ve found that the most effective addition to a nutritous plant based diet for keeping yourself feeling energised through the day is to drink water at every chance you have. I actually have a couple of rules for myself that help to remember to drink enough water: ‘never turn down a glass of water if someone offers it’, and to only ever purchase water as opposed to other beverages when travelling or out shopping etc. Also, find a unique water bottle that you really love – this will make keeping it around more of a priority.

When looking back, could you give three changes you have done in your life that has shifted your life to new levels? (and what it has done to you)
First, and perhaps most importantly, my move from home to independence at a young age. I believe this was the ultimate test of becoming aware of myself, which was necessary to survive back then. As I said before, if you are not surrounded by people who mean the most to you and bring out all the good in you, then you are probably wasting a good part of your life that you will not get back! Find your safe, happy space, and watch how much you flourish. Secondly, my transition to veganism, for all reasons mentioned above! And lastly, my decision to have a son with my incredible partner. Mothering is a natural extension of my compassion, empathy and patience, and it only builds these traits stronger. Plus, how cute are babies?! Especially ours, and I’m pretty sure that’s not even bias.

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What are your daily health routines?
As well as nourishing ourselves with good quality foods, my partner and I train weights together most nights. He is far more experienced in this than I am, and has been ridiculously helpful and encouraging with my journey into it. It is an incredible blessing to have someone who knows what they’re talking about there to guide me from the start and through every new level that I reach. Training weights is an incredibly important physical feat, and I am glad to see the outdated attitude that ‘weights are for men, cardio is for women’ is shifting and balancing out. Yoga however is my personal favourite. I only started six months ago after giving birth to Finn, but it has already taught me so much about the importance of physical and mental strength, balance and focus.

Your top 5 tips to stay happy, healthy and beautiful! (and a short description to each)
1. Be honest with yourself – One gift that I have been given from some time in my early years is a fantastic ability to self reflect. I believe that it can be learnt and utilised, but the most important thing in self reflection is being able to be really honest with yourself. Once you can do this, you will make better, healthier choices in all aspects of your life.
2. Be good to others – Do unto others what you would want for yourself. No random act of kindness has ever been worthless. It is amazing what you will discover in some people if you give them the chance to feel loved and appreciated! Plus, it will always make you feel good!
3. Learn more about food – there are libraries full of information about food and what eating it means for your own personal health and wellbeing. This information grows by the day. Pick up a food, google the heck outta it, and there’s your starting point. You’ll find more questions to ask about your food with each new piece of information you come across. So much to know, so much room to improve!
4. Become a food minimalist – by this I mean, reduce the pre-packed, processed stuff! Make your condiments from scratch, buy your produce fresh, and if buying packaged goods always choose the brand with the least additives.
5. Never stop trying new things – there are infinite adventures to be had. You have an unknown number of pages to be filled in your book. Never stop exploring, experimenting and getting out of your comfort zone – don’t leave a half written story!

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What kind of advice would you give anyone wanting to become a healthier and happier person but doesn´t know where to start?
Education is key, I will say it a million more times before I die, because a million more people are going to say ‘I want to get healthy, but I have no idea how to!’. The internet, though not always 100% accurate or conclusive, is a great tool for learning, no matter where you’re starting from. I believe that true happiness starts with good health. Focus on a nutrient dense, plant based diet, learn how to cook and then cook what you love, and you will be sewing the seeds for happiness.

If you could go back in time and tell your younger self any wise words, what would you say?
You will have absolutely no use for knowing how to code your myspace profile in 5 years. Please, step away from the computer!

What´s your favorite quote? (and shortly why!)
‘Success is never owned, it is rented, and the rent is due every day’

Instagram: @raisingvegans

Website: raisingvegans.jimdo.com (SHORTLY TO BE) raisingvegans.com.au

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Giveaway: Pitaya Plus

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It’s GIVEAWAY time!

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I teamed up with Pitaya Plus to give one of you the following:

1)  16 Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs

2) The new My Eclectic Kitchen Organic Cotton Tote Bag

3) Your choice of either the My Eclectic Kitchen eBook or iPhone App!

SUPER SIMPLE contest rules:

1) Like this post

2) Follow @pitayaplus and @yvonne_deliciously_vegan in Instagram

3) Repost this giveaway photo.

4) In the caption of your repost, tag @pitayaplus, @yvonne_deliciously_vegan, & #MEKgiveaway.

That’s it!

 

The winner will be selected randomly via the #MEKgiveaway hashtag! This contest runs until Saturday, November 29th at 11pm, PST.  You may enteronce a day on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!  Get posting and good luck!

 

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If you’re not familiar with pitaya, it is also known as Dragon Fruit in Asian countries. Central American and Asian pitaya differ in color, nutritional profile, and taste. The ones from Pitaya Plus are from Central America and they have deep magenta flesh, a strawberry-raspberry flavor, and are grown along nutrient-rich volcano mountainsides; whereas the pitaya from Asia have white flesh, they’re quite bland, and don’t carry as much nutrients.

 

Pitaya Plus smoothie packs are raw and never cooked, heated, or pasteurized. They do not contain any sugar, and are a rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin B’s.

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How do you like to enjoy pitaya?

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Ugly Sweater Vegan Potluck

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I’M SO EXCITED!!!

My vegan friends and I are having an UGLY Sweater Vegan Potluck in celebration of the Holiday Season!

Saturday, December 6th at 6pm.

Lincoln Plaza Hotel’s

Spirit House Bar

123 S. Lincoln Avenue, 2nd Floor
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(Los Angeles County)

(Bar closes at 2am, but we usually leave around 10-10:30pm. You’re welcome to stay later if you’re over 21!)

Parking:

Free parking! Park at the top of the parking structure next to the hotel.  There is direct access to the Spirit House Bar from there.  We will have directional signs so you can find us!

No cover fee, just bring a vegan dish to share, but please let @yvonne_deliciously_vegan know what you are bringing on her potluck post so you can see what other people are bringing as well.  If you don’t know what to bring or don’t have time to make something, stop by your favorite vegan restaurant and pick up something to-go that you can share!

The owner the Spirit House Bar (my friend, David) is more than happy to open the rooftop patio, bar area, and ballroom foyer for us earlier than normal and is so generous to allow us to bring our own potluck food!  It would mean a lot to us and it would give thanks to him, if your party ordered at least one drink from the bar.  No obligation for drinks—we will also have a tip jar available if you’d like to give!

All ages are welcome!  We will have colored wrist bands to put on everyone who is under the age of 21.

Please comment below this photo on my Instagram gallery, @yvonne_deliciously_vegan, to let us know if you are coming and how many you are bringing with you so we can let David know how many to expect. This is going to be a low key event (maybe). We all love to just hang out and meet new people like you do!

We plan to have a few games and even a DJ!!

Again, please only use @yvonne_deliciously_vegan’s Potluck post in Instagram as a sign up sheet to jot down what you will bring or for questions you have only about this event so that it will be easy for everyone to get clear information.  Thank you!!

Who are my friends?

Andre @unhealthyvegan, Jazmin @wonderfulvegan, Jasmine @sweetsimplevegan, Sarah @ahnestveggie, & Elana @klean_slate

We can’t wait to see you in your ugly sweaters!!!

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