Thursday, January 3, 2013

My new obsession: The Vegan Conscious Box

photo credit: conciousbox.com
I wanted to take a little time to talk about one of my favorite things right now: The Vegan Conscious Box, a monthly box subscription filled with vegan goodies!

I first heard about this box from The Vegan Zombie (my favorite YouTube channel :D). So far I have received 4 boxes and I have not been let down yet. I love getting all excited waiting for my box to arrive and see the mystery objects that awaits!

The Conscious Box is a great way to discover vegan products in an affordable way. There's so many vegan companies out there that I was not aware of so getting to try them out before deciding whether or not I would be willing to purchase from them is great!







My favorite findings so far has been:





photo credit: cuppow.com
I could not believe they included this in the box! I love using my mason jars for green smoothies on the go and this little thing just makes sipping so much easier. The Cuppow is a must for any mason jar lover













Inside the box came a little 100 calorie treat. I was excited to try it out since I LOVE both chocolate and coconut. It was AMAZING! I wished it was a full sized bar, but no worries I found these guys at my local grocery store. Let's just sat I'm hooked.











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The box not only includes vegan samples but also coupons. I got a $10.00 gift cars to Au Naturale, a cosmetic line that I had not heard about. I checked out their website and fell in love with their lipstick in Spanish Rose. I really like how smooth the application is and the color is just lovely. I will definitely be buying more from them.







photo credit: lushgourmetfoods.com
Last but not least are Lush Gourmet Foods nuts in dark cocoa chili. OMG it was like heaven in my mouth. The amazing combination of salty, nutty, chocolaty and spicy was out of this world! I wish I had a bag of it now ;)










Those are just a few of the amazing products inside The Vegan Conscious Box. This box is an amazing way for vegans (and non-vegans as well) to get to know and try vegan-friendly companies.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Easy Vegan Mac N' Cheeze


One of the hardest things for me to give up when I decided to go vegan was CHEESE. I thought to myself, how can I give up the gooey goodness I grew up eating. What kid does not love a grilled cheese sandwich, a cheese pizza, or better yet macaroni and cheese. One of the first things I ever cooked was Kraft's boxed macaroni and cheese. To me it was always odd seeing cheese in this powder formed, but I never questioned it because the end result was beyond delicious.

As a vegan it has become my mission to show people that I can eat anything they do, I'm not some crazy hippie chewing on grass and carrots. When people inevitably ask me "So what do you eat???" whenever I tell them about my lifestyle, I love to proudly answer "anything I want," because in reality in this time and age just about everything can be veganized.

This recipe to me is as simple as dumping powder cheese into a saucer. When I made this recipe I didn't really use measurements, so I dont know if this can really be called a recipe. Either way you will end up with a delicious dish! I like adding some Sriracha or cook up some faux italian sausage such as Field Roast Italian Sausage and incorporate it into the mac n' cheeze. So here we go...

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 bag of Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds
  • Milk alternative of choice (make sure it's not flavored because I don't think vanilla flavored mac n' cheeze will taste so great...but who knows)
  • Earth Balance
  •  Salt and Pepper to taste
  • A dash of your favorite hot sauce (optional)

Start off by following the instructions on the back of your pasta to cook it.

Drain and set aside to cool.

In a medium-size sauce pan add about 1/3 c. of earth balance and let it melt on medium-high heat. Once melted add about 1/2 c. of milk substitute. Lower heat to low-medium. Incorporate a handful of the cheese shreds and stir constantly.

The consistency should be smooth so if necessary add more milk and/or earth balance until you have melted the entire bag of Daiya. Add salt and pepper and hot sauce to taste. Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture.

Start incorporating the pasta into the cheese sauce mixture.


The end result should look like the picture above.

Serve and enjoy :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My new YouTube Channel!

I'm excited to say that my friend Andrea and I started a YouTube channel, thejoyofveganism. Just like my blog its going to be about all things vegan. From fashion to recipes, we are going to try to show you all things wonderful that come with being a vegan. I am going to try to post more often. I hope y'all enjoy our first video. Better quality videos are going to come up soon, I promise! :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vegan-Friendly Shoe Collection Pt.2

Finding vegan-friendly shoes should not be seen as a daunting task, as long as you keep your eyes open for labels and do some quick online research before purchasing if your unsure, you'll be sure to find fashionable vegan footwear.

Here is part two of my vegan-friendly shoe collection.

Xhilaration Sandals: I got these shoes a couple of years back at Target. Target offers a great variety of vegan-friendly sandals that are very affordable and accessible. These sandals are perfect for summer. I love pairing them with girly summer dresses.  


Express Black Thong Sandals: I also got these a few summers ago. They are simple, comfortable and durable (they still look brand new!) Express offers not only faux-leather footwear but also jackets. Totally worth checking out.




Vans Canvas Authentic Lo Pro: I love sneakers. There's an infinite way of styling them and are perfect if your having an active day and you want to be comfortable. Vans are super affordable and come in tons of colors and patterns and if you don't like any of them you can customize your own :D! I wear mine like crazy as you can tell from all the dirt on them. I love them!

Deena & Ozzy Eliana Double-Zip Ankle Boot: I got these lovely faux-leather boots from Urban Outfitters. I love the "vintage" leather look, the double zipper detail and most of all the heel. It adds a bit of height but are easy to walk in. I am able to stand for 6+ hours in them without a problem.

Prague Combat Boot: I got these bad boys last fall on NastyGal in brown. Wanted makes a large selection of shoes, mostly all vegan-friendly. I love the rouged look of these boots and I wore them non-stop last fall/winter to the point that they are starting to tear. They have laces, but they do have a zipper on the side. I'm really into the brown-tarnish look of these boots. Perfection :)

Mercer Wedge Boot: Now these are statement shoes! With a 9.5" heel I feel like a super model in these. I also got these from NastyGal. I love the combination of the silver buckles with the black faux suede. These did take a bit to get used to, but with some practice I totally go the hang of them. These killer wedges give an edge to any outfit.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mexican Pizza Recipe


I have to admit...I used to be a Taco Bell addict. The crispy tacos, the cheesy burritos, but most of all the MEXICAN PIZZA! Oh my god, as a child it was mind blowing thinking that my mom was actually letting me eat a taco and a pizza! If only I knew how bad those things are.

As a vegan I still like to indulge once in a while and feel like I got away with something by enjoying both a pizza and a taco in one sitting. he he he...

Now this "recipe" is extremely fast and simple. It's not even a real recipe, it's more of an assembly line. You can even add some Soyrizo or some meatless crumbles seasoned with taco seasoning if you have that on hand. So say not to Taco Bell's Mexican pizza and try mine out ;)


Ingredients:

 Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a non-stick pan.







Cook for 12-15 mins. Let it cool.




Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Paradise Ice Cream Recipe



So this summer I have been unable to go anywhere fun and exciting, I've been stuck here in hot humid Houston. While daydreaming about tropical faraway beaches I thought to myself, "Why not bring the beaches to me? I deserve an escape too!"

So here is my escape, a little taste of paradise for all of you who have been stuck this summer like me :(

Recipe:
  • 2 c. coconut cream
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • 1/2 c. agave (less or more, sweeten to your liking)
  • 1/2 c chopped pineapple
  • 1/3 c. dried unsweetened coconut flakes
  • dash of salt


In a medium size saucepan add the coconut cream, coconut milk, agave and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the ingredients are well combined and mixture becomes thick.



Let it cool down completely.

While the mixture is cooking, blot the pineapple with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. You will want to do this specially if your using canned pineapple.



Add mixture to your ice cream machine and follow manufacturer's directions. In the last 10 minutes or when your ice cream is almost completely frozen add the pineapple and dried coconut flakes.



Let it freeze completely.

Enjoy!