What I Ate Today (Vegan)

I love reading/watching what I eat in day posts. It’s always fun to see what other ideas people come up with to eat. Today is Halloween for me, which means we can all eat as many sweets as we want! You can do that any day, but it’s always fun on Halloween. I started off my day with coffee. My new favorite creamer is the unsweetened one from Califia Farms. It’s made from real ingredients and has no added sugar. I try and stay away from added sugars where I can. Except for my breakfast today, which was filled with delicious sugar.

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I was in NYC over the weekend with my family and we stopped at Cinnamon Snail on the way home since it’s right by Penn Station. Cinnamon Snail has some of the best vegan donuts, plus cinnamon rolls. Past me was smart and got a donut plus a cinnamon roll, or as they call it, cinnamon snail, to freeze for later. You can pretty much freeze anything to save it for another day and it will still be fresh once defrosted. It was amazing and I wish I had more! Even if you’re not vegan, you would still love these.

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Lunch was delicious, but today is seriously lacking vegetables. I baked a sweet potato, then stuffed it with pumpkin spice tofu and a big spoonful of peanut butter! This was so satisfying and fueling for the rest of the day.

For a snack, I had some of these flatbread crisps. I love everything that tastes like an everything bagel!


I forgot to take a picture of my dinner, but it was the same as this photo. Just some veggies and tofu plus black bean dip. I really needed some veggies.


Dessert was one of these amazing pumpkin coconut cups!

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Vegan Nail Polish Review: Ella and Mila

I used to have a crazy amount of nail polish that I never used, but since going vegan, I look for companies that don’t use any animal products in them. I discovered Ella and Mila through a simple google search of “vegan  nail polish.” I loved the large variety of colors, and of course, the packaging is really cute. I only have 3 colors so far: lights out, blindfold me, and grey skies. Lights out is black, which adds an edgy minimalistic vibe to an outfit. I’m trying to buy colors that I know I’ll get a lot of use of, like neutrals and blue tones. Blindfold me is almost like a royal blue. Blue is my go-to color for everything, it’s pretty much neutral for me. Grey skies is clearly grey, another one of my favorite neutrals. If you wear a lot of black, grey nails will still stand out.

Nail polish is one of those items that you wouldn’t think to check if they have animal products. It was one of the last things I switched over when going vegan. You can still have fun nail polish even if you’re vegan. I’m grateful for all the vegan and vegan-friendly companies out there. There’s a cruelty-free option for everything.

 

Coffee Review: Brewing Good Coffee Company

I wanted to talk about my new favorite coffee company, Brewing Good Coffee Company! I love this company because they donate 10% of their proceeds to animal related nonprofits. They make great coffee that is ethically sourced. It’s run by a couple passionate about helping animals. So far I’ve ordered take flight and Take Flight and their Mexico coffee.

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I had to try Take Flight first because it was described as graham cracker and vanilla. It’s a combination of their coffee from Peru, Guatemala, and Hondorus.

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I tried the coffee from Mexico next because I will anything that says it has tasting notes of dark chocolate. I like to try different varieties even if I already like one.

The most interesting part of this company is that you can choose how your beans are roasted based on how you brew coffee. I have a Keurig, so I order the Keurig option. As much as I love coffee, I know nothing about how it’s roasted or ground. I learned through my amateur Google search, that the size of the coffee grounds is different for all the various brewing methods. I definitely want to learn more about making coffee.

 

What I Ate Today (Vegan)

I’m back showing you a day of what I eat as a vegan. Yesterday was an amazing day of food filled with lots of delicious treats. My mom and I drove an hour just to go to Papa Ganache Bakery. I’ve followed them on Instagram for a while, but haven’t had the chance to go since it’s a bit of a drive. It was definitely worth the wait. They had croissants, bagels, donuts, a crazy amount of cupcakes, all vegan and kosher! It was pretty much vegan heaven. The star of the show was this vegan cinnamon bun that my mom and I both got to eat there. One of the best sweet treats I’ve ever had. I used to love cinnamon buns, but this was the first vegan one I’ve found. You really don’t miss out on anything by being vegan.  5A24037B-68F6-44BD-B29F-30F2D431BB89

We also made a quick stop at Rook coffee. I don’t live near any of their locations, it’s always a nice treat to be near one. IMG_8035

The epic food day continues with my favorite restaurant, Simply Green Cafe! I pretty much go here every week now. I got their whopper (vegan of course) which was one of their specials. Their food never disappoints me. 48288343-698B-408E-9A36-6F7A6FDAA510

Besides my cinnamon bun, I brought back cookie dough and an everything bagel to save for another day (future me will thank me). My mom brought back a ton of desserts for her and my dad to have. They got a funfetti cupcake, banana cupcake, 2 chocolate donuts, 1 jelly donut, and 1 cinnamon sugar. I had half of the chocolate donut for dessert. C4DA2853-ABC1-4BB3-9D53-9E5D4A03DFD0

Another great day of vegan food.

Easy Vegan Overnight Oats + Variations

Overnight oats are a perfect quick breakfast during the week. You can prep it the night before or make a few batches at the beginning of the week. The best part of overnight oats is that you can’t mess it up.

Overnight oats basics: 1 part oats to 1 part liquid

  • I usually add 1 T chia seeds. It adds a nice texture and helps soak up the liquid. Chia seeds are a great source of fat and keep you satiated longer.
  • Flax seeds or hemp seeds would also work.
  • The chia seeds are always optional, feel free to leave them out.

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My favorite overnight oats variations:

  1. Banana overnight oats: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 T chia seeds, 1 mashed banana. Mix all together and soak overnight.
  2. Classic: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 T chia seeds.
  3. Peanut butter overnight oats: same as the classic recipe or banana, just add 1 T peanut butter or any nut butter (I love almond butter) to the oats the night before or on top in the morning.
  4. Mixed berry overnight oats: Instead of 1 mashed banana, add frozen or fresh berries.
  5. Chocolate overnight oats: Add cacao powder to mixture
  6. Pumpkin overnight oats: Add pumpkin puree to mixture
  7. To any of these, a few spoonfuls of vegan yogurt would taste great

There are so many ways to make overnight oats you’ll never be bored!

Where to Find Vegan Food in New Jersey

I’m lucky enough to have a lot of places to find vegan food in NJ. Veganism has become more mainstream over the past few years, and more vegan places just keep popping up. If you’re in NJ or live close to NJ, the NJ Vegfest is this weekend, October 7th and 8th. There are over 100 vendors and tons of food. Here are some of the vegan/vegan-friendly places that I’ve been to. There are more places, but I’m only going to include the ones I’ve personally tried, and not in any particular order.

Veggie Heaven– Denville, Montclair, Teaneck

One of my favorite restaurants ever! I recommend any of their “beef” dishes, chow fun, spinach noodles, chicken teriyaki roll, and salmon seaweed roll.

Simply Green Cafe– Ramsey

One of my other favorite restaurants! They have the best vegan pancakes. I recommend the pancakes, Mediterranean wrap, and eggplant parmigiana sandwich.

Positivitea– Verona

Amazing burgers. This is the first vegan restaurant I tried in NJ.Zest

Zest– Fairfield

The best acai bowls and the best oil-free desserts. I recommend the pb powerhouse bowl and chickpea blondies.

Alt Eats Cafe– Ho Ho Kus

Vegan coffee options, vegan desserts, smoothies, some savory options as well.

Good Karma Cafe– Red Bank

I’ve only been here once because it’s a bit far for me (1.5 hours) but they have amazing brownies (I just think everything is the best). I had the biscuits and gravy and it was delicious.

Mesob– Montclair

Ethiopian cuisine

Nectar Cafe– Glen Rock

Smoothie/cafe

Morristown Pancake House– Morristown

A pancake house with vegan versions of diner foods.

The Fine Grind– Wayne and Little Falls

coffee shop

Rook Coffee– Red Bank, Holmdel, Little Silver, Manalapan, Long Branch, Colts Neck, Oakhurst, Wall Township.

I wish they would open locations in North Jersey. Great coffee shop.

Chipotle

Starbucks 

Superjuice Nation– Ridgewood

Smoothies

Fresh Press Juice Co.– Cranford

Great acai bowls. I recommend their banana whip.

Beanie’s Ice Cream– Morristown

They have a few vegan ice cream options.

Ben and Jerry’s– Ridgewood

Pb and cookies. Enough said.

Juice Press– Paramus (in Equinox)

Blaze Pizza

You can easily veganize pizza, some locations have vegan cheese

Playa Bowls

Whole Foods

Wegmans– Hanover

I just love Wegmans. They have lots of vegan options.

Green Life Market– Butler (there are other locations, but this is the only one I’ve been to).

 

Let me know if you would like review posts about any specific restaurants, or go into more detail!

Resources for New Vegans

Blogs (add links before you publish) 

Deliciously Ella, Oh She Glows, Sweet Simple Vegan,  From My Bowl, Healthy Happy Life, Minimalist Baker, Vegan Richa, Blissful Basil, Feasting on Fruit, Forks Over Knives, I Love Vegan, One Green Planet, Running On Real Food, Simply Quinoa, The Conscientious Eater, The Glowing Fridge, The Vegan 8

Vegan Makeup

www.logicalharmony.net – full resource on all cruelty-free makeup (I always check this website)

Vegancuts.com – subscription box

Petit Vour– Vegan subscription box and you can purchase products from there

Tashina Combs– Youtube channel, creator of Logical Harmony

Rhian HY– Youtube channel

Websites

Peta.org

Peta2.com

Happycow.net – Vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants based on location

Basics of Veganism 

Building a Healthy Vegan Grocery List

Is it Vegan? 

Documentaries 

What the Health

Cowspiracy

Forks Over Knives

Books

The China Study

Forks Over Knives

How Not to Die

Whole

 

These are just some resources, definitely not an exhausted list. Let me know if you want to see more detailed posts about vegan resources, youtube channels, my favorite recipes or more!

 

Vegan Cuts Fall Makeup Box Review

This is my 3rd Vegan Cuts makeup box and I love it! Vegan Cuts has a monthly snack box, monthly beauty box, and a seasonal makeup box. The makeup box is different because it only comes once a season and has full-size products. I chose this box and company because I really wanted full-size products and wanted everything to be vegan.  When you sign up you create a color profile where you’ll describe your skin color, hair color, etc. Everything I’ve received has been wonderful and matches my complexion. Normally the colors are just sent to you based on your color profile, but for this one, I was able to choose my lipstick color and brow pencil shade. I got the fall box a few days ago and have been playing around with the products.

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The fall box came with 4 full-sized makeup products plus the wipes.

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  1. Pacifica Hydrating Lipstick Wipes. I never thought about lipstick wipes but they will be very useful. I sometimes forget to take the rest of my lipstick off, but now that I have this, I will always be reminded to take that extra bit off at night. I really appreciate the cherry red packaging as well.

2. Rejuva Minerals Mega Lash Lengthening & Thickening Mascara. The wand is the shape I normally like my mascaras to have. The color is a nice deep black and it applies well. So far I really like this. I’m always happy to receive mascara or lipstick in a box.

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3. BellaPierre Cosmetics Contour and Highlight Pro Palette. This is worth $50! I was very impressed with the quality of this product and how it applied. The whole box was worth it just for this palette. I love how versatile it is, yet practical. I don’t have a contour palette which is why I was most excited for this item.

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4. 100% Pure Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick. I’ve wanted to try 100% Pure for so long, but their lipsticks are $29. This is one of the reasons I love makeup boxes: getting the chance to try out the brands you love while saving money. I was able to choose my lipstick color this time. There were 3 choices but I went for garnet. I wanted a bold color since my previous boxes all had lighter pink shades. I absolutely love this lipstick and want to buy more from 100% Pure soon. It really does apply like (vegan) butter.

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5. TMF. Brow Pencil. This was the second item with a color choice. I went for the darkest shade because I have dark brown eyebrows. This can also be used as an eyeliner which is interesting. I haven’t tried it as an eyeliner yet, but I do like it as a brow pencil.

I loved the fall box and can’t wait for Winter!

Let me know if you subscribe to any subscription boxes.

What I Ate Today (Vegan)

For my first post, I wanted to share an example of what I might eat in a day as a vegan. I’ve been 100% vegan for 2 years. I try and stick to whole foods as much as possible, but I do love some vegan desserts and trying new restaurants. It’s taken me a long time to find the balance between eating an unprocessed diet and treating myself to foods I enjoy.

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I have been obsessed with bagels over the past few weeks. I usually buy the sprouted bagels from Alvarado Street Bakery. You can find them at Whole Foods, Wegmans, health food stores, and I think Stop and Shop too. I always toast my bagels, then add my absolute favorite cream cheese, the chive flavor from Kite Hill. To make it extra flavorful, I add the bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s. It seems weird to put a bagel seasoning on an actual bagel, but it makes a huge difference. Sometimes I’ll add tomatoes like I did here, but I usually eat it with just the cream cheese. I always have coffee too because I’m addicted and it’s so good. I just bought pumpkin coffee from Trader Joe’s and I love it.

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For lunch, I made an easy yet nutritious salad. I pre-cooked purple sweet potatoes a few days ago and kept them in the freezer. All I had to do was take it out of the freezer and microwave it and it was ready to go. For my salad, I combined 1 head of romaine, 1 purple sweet potato, sriracha tofu from Trader Joe’s, and cucumbers. Instead of dressing, I always just mix together tahini, mustard, and sriracha. I love this combo way more than dressings plus it is oil free. Afte lunch I had a few vegan chocolate chips because chocolate is life.

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As an afternoon snack, I had a ton of dried mango (pretty much half the pack) from Trader Joe’s. I only like dried fruit without any added sugar. I don’t snack most days, but I felt like eating more food today. I made a quick dinner using one of my pre-cooked sweet potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, red onion, and seitan. I just added some turmeric as the veggies were cooking, and added a taco sauce right before I ate it. To finish up the day, I just had a few more chocolate chips. I also had a second cup of pumpkin coffee in the afternoon.