Vegan Eats: Part 3

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Hello, hello everyone!

This post marks the final installment in my mini-series “Vegan Eats”. In case you’re new to the site, my last two blog posts have been about have to find great vegan replacement foods for those day when you are missing your old favorites. If you’re looking for some recommendations/inspiration, check out my last two posts which can be found here and here!

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1. Califia Farms
This brand is probably the one that I have the least experience with, but I have only good things to say about it. They make plant milks, coffee creamer and coffee itself. And everything is plant based! My personal favorites are the Toasted Coconut Almond Milk and the Vanilla Almond Milk. I love to use them for oatmeal in the morning. Even though I’m not a huge coffee drinker, I’m also a fan of their Salted Caramel Cold Brew Coffee. Overall, If your looking for a good replacement milk, Califia Farms is a great place to start out.

 

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2. Earth Balance
I have been eating Earth Balance products for years. I remember when I first was introduced to them. I was in high school and I was vegetarian at the time. My step-dad had issues with high cholesterol, so he wanted to stay away from real butter. My mom picked up Earth Balance Butter from Whole Foods, and the next thing I knew, that was all either one of them was eating. They both loved it. I was against it at first, thinking that nothing could be as good as real butter, but one day I decided I would try it anyway. I was blown away, and from that day I have not eaten regular butter.

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Since then, I have tried a lot of their products, and now it is one of my most trusted brands. I really love their Vegan Cheddar Puffs, Cheddar Squares and their popcorn. Something else that I really like about this brand is that their websites offers vegan recipes, and info about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. It is truly a great resource from an awesome brand. Check out the website here.

 

 

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3. Tres Pupusas
This brand is not entirely vegan, however it deserves a mention on this list because the vegan products they do make are wonderful. For those of you who don’t know, a pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish of a thick corn tortilla filled with various ingredients. In short, they are deliciousness wrapped in more delciousness. My Father’s family is from El Salvador, so I was excited to see a vegan version of a traditional dish that I usually had to stay away from.

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Tres Pupusas offers two vegan options: Black Bean and Sweet Corn and Kale and Pinto Bean. My personal favorite is the Black Bean and Sweet Corn. These have become a staple in my household because they are delicious and super simple to make. They are perfect for nights when I don’t know what to make, or I don’t have time to cook. I love these little guys, and I don’t know where I would be with out. Thanks, Tres Pupusas, for looking out for us vegan Latinas.

 

And, that concludes this mini-series! I had a lot of dun writing it, and I truly hope that it will help you in your vegan journey. As always, please feel free to ask me any questions that you may think of after reading this. Also, feel free to leave suggestions for future posts and other mini-series. I would love to hear your thoughts.

As always…

Stay Fabulous!

 

-Gianna

Vegan Eats: Part 3

Ask Mighty: School/Life Balance

How can I balance what school asks of me and what I want out of school? I want to pursue something outside of my classroom and campus resources, and I feel like school gets in the way of my life plans.

I find myself more in my head than in real life. How do I motivate myself to be present instead of in my head?

-M

Dear M,

I work 2 jobs, 3 classes, write a blog, go the gym every day, curate a weekly newsletter, do the regular apartment chores, and find time to do homework every day. I am not complaining, not even close. I signed up for all of that. But I also, I am not comparing me to you. Just jotting down things that I do – some for myself, and some that I have to do. There is no way out of the things that you need to do.

You made an explicit choice to do all that you do, right now. And that’s the truth.

I think that life after school, the “real life,” is a myth. Real life is right now. School is as real as the job you’re going to get after college. If you die right at this moment, will anyone say that you didn’t really live a real life? I am not saying that you have to live in fear and do as much as you can, just because you’re going to die soon. What I am saying is, that you have to continuously remind yourself that what you’re learning in school, doing in internships, absorbing in a college campus, is absolutely precious and worth it. I know people keep saying that classroom knowledge does not amount to much. But it is still a warm up to get to situated in life. It’s a glimpse into things that you could possibly see yourself doing.

Learn how to appreciate everything and everyone in your life. Get out of that zone of self-pity, and accept where you are right at this moment. What you’re doing is important and if you try to keep that in sight, you’ll find your motivation. I promise. That one small thing will only lead to a need to do so much more.

Remind yourself, “I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I am blessed.”

I hope this isn’t too harsh, but I hope that you understand that this is necessary.

Love,

Mighty

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Ask Mighty: School/Life Balance