Are you vegan, considering going vegan, or just trying to eat better? If so, you should have these apps on your phone to do the work for you! And the best part, they are all free! Who doesn't love freebies?
1. Happy Cow
One of the greatest challenges you can face as a vegan is finding a place to eat that will accommodate you. Happy Cow is an app that helps you find vegan restaurants nearby. This app is great for finding local vegan restaurants, but it's also a great resource to have when you are traveling. Click here to get the app now and try a new vegan restaurant near you!
2. Is it vegan?
One of the worst things you can do as a vegan is buy a food product assuming it's vegan, getting home to find out it actually isn't vegan. Sometimes it can be daunting to have to read every ingredient in an product especially if you are short on time or don't even know what a certain ingredient is. This app Is It Vegan? actually does the work for you. When you are in a store you can simply scan an items barcode and this app will tell you whether it's vegan or not. Simple! Click here to get the app and learn which of your favorite food items is vegan!
What do vegans eat? I get this question a lot. Pinterest is a great place to find all sorts of things, but it's a great place to find vegan recipes! Whether you need vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, what to bring to a party, easy meals, you name it I can assure you Pinterest has it. Simply search what you're looking for and you will find 1000's of recipes. Download this app here, put your chef hat on, and get to cooking up delicious vegan recipes now! When you get the app be sure to follow the AfroVegansMeet page here!
Let's face it, cooking is a lot easier when you have a recipe to visually follow, a new cook, or just too lazy to read. I've been there, and if you've read my previous blogs you know I LOVE YouTube. YouTube is a great place to find tons of vegan recipes. Check out this blog post for some great channels to start with. If you don't have this app already, download it here now and subscribe to the AfroVegansMeet channel!
Facebook is not only a good place to keep up with your friends and family, it's also a great place to find vegan restaurants, recipes, and support. There are so many vegan groups you can join on Facebook, such as Vegan Beginner's 101, or local groups like one of my favorites, Milwaukee Area Vegans. If you don't have a local vegan group, don't be afraid to start one yourself, you will be surprised! There's also pages you can follow such as So Vegan and AfroVegansMeet. Download the app here if you don't have it already!
Do you use any of these apps? If you know of any other great vegan apps please leave a comment!
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I completed my second race of the season! This was my second time running the Mother's Day run 10K and my third year doing the run all together. It all took place at the lakefront in my city Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Keep reading to learn more about the event, how I trained, what happened last year, what was on my playlist, and so much more!
Last year I had a lot of fun doing this run. These are my official finish line photos from last year, unfortunately this year they didn't have a finish line photo for me. I couldn't see where the photographer was and apparently he couldn't see me neither lol.
My goal last year was to finish in under an hour and I did just that with less than a minute to spare lol. There is a timer right by the finish line, I remember seeing it and sprinting to the finish line in order to reach my goal. Here was my post from my Instagram story last year with my official finish time, I finished in 7th place in my age group.
One thing I will never forget about this race last year was a conversation I had with my uncle about the run. I remember talking to him about how the race went and finishing in 7th place. Guess what he told me, "you can do better than that". I was proud of myself for reaching my goal but when he said that, I realized he was right and that made me want to work harder on my training. A lot of times while I am running I can hear him saying those words and it gives me push to go harder. These words also follow me through my everyday life, when I'm working towards something sometimes I have to stop and ask myself "Are you really trying your best?". Usually the answer is no and it forces me to put more effort into things I want to accomplish.
How I trained
This run came just about a month after my first race of the season, you can read more about it here. From that run my training continued, and I ran 50+ miles to get trained for this race. I would have liked to double that, but I was either busy or unmotivated some days to be completely honest. I hate to make excuses but the weather added a lot to my lack of training this time around. Even though it is mid May, most days still feel like we are stuck in winter instead of spring.
Here is a slide show showing how each of my training runs went. On top of these runs I was still teaching group exercise classes four times a week, you can now find my schedule here! I have also been getting bad stomach cramps while I've been running and that really has slowed me down. After doing a bit of research on it I think it is mostly due to dehydration. My goal is to drink one gallon of water a day and hopefully that will stop the stomach cramps. I also have been adding more fresh fruit and veggies to add to my hydration. If you have any tips for stomach cramps please leave me a comment.
Race day took place on Mother's Day May 12th 2019. It was still a cold day for May, but the sun was shining making it beautiful day for running along the lake. I started off strong, but the stomach cramps started kicking in at about mile 3 almost half way through the race. As more runners passed by me, it almost seemed impossible for me to endure the pain from the cramps. I took advantage of the two water stations on the way to the finish line and was able to push through without stopping. My goal was to finish faster than my race last month and somehow I did it! I ended up finishing in 4th place in my age group and about one minute from 3rd place!
One thing that also helped me get through this run was my playlist. I have a full running playlist I will share in the future, but I usually just hit shuffle and let my playlist surprise me! Check out the slide show below to see what songs it picked. There was a total of 16 songs that played, sometimes my shuffle doesn't match my mood, but it did it's part that day! Which song do you like from my playlist? Leave a comment and let me know!
After the run
After the run, there was no medal, unless you placed. Since this was a Mother's Day run we were instead given roses and cake pops. The rose was nice, I actually brought it to my mom along with some orchids and wine for Mother's Day. There were no vegan goodies at the finish line, just water. But the rest of the participants enjoyed cake pops, chocolate chip cookies, and trail mix. The trail mix was not vegan due to the little milk chocolates inside. Hopefully next year they will add some fruit or veggies to the mix for us vegans.
I really enjoyed this run, I will most likely participate next year as well. I haven't decided what run I will do in June yet, but I will share when I'm signed up. Make sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with me and my training. And please subscribe to get e-mailed AfroVegansMeet updates and new blog posts!
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My experience at the veg out health fest
This past Saturday I went to the Veg Out Health Fest for the first time. This was their second year hosting the event. This event is pretty similar to the Midwest Vegan Fest I blogged about here. One difference is this event catered to both vegans and vegetarians, but you don't have to be either to attend. If you did not know the difference, vegetarians in general just don't eat meat and vegans don't eat anything that comes from an animal. This event had lots of vendors selling local goods and services, presentations, and even a bar!
This event was held at the Miller High Life theater in downtown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The location is convenient right off of the freeway, but we did have to find somewhere to park. Luckily it was Saturday so street parking was free and although it doesn't feel like spring everyday, the weather was decent enough for the walk. Admission to this event was $5 for adults, which I was unaware of, but it was free for children under 12. Admission included a free reusable bag with a few goodies inside. And you should know by now, I love freebies! One unique thing about this event was the checklist for visiting every vendor. I did not participate, but upon completion you were eligible to win prizes!
Speaking of freebies, my favorite part of this event were all of the free samples. Our first sample was from a local Middle Eastern restaurant Shawarma House. They had free samples of their falafel and hummus and it was good! I had never been to this restaurant, but drove past it many times, now that I know they offer vegan options, I will have to stop by one day!
Next, we had a sample of vegan chili. This chili was made by the staff of 102.1 FM, who hosted the event. Unfortunately, we didn't like the chili. I liked that it was spicy, but the beans in the chili were not tender.
Then, we had a pretty exciting freebie...FREE PIZZA! It came from arguably one of the best pizza places in Milwaukee, Pizza Shuttle. I was aware that they do offer vegan pizza on their menu, but never tried it myself. To be honest, I heard it wasn't all that so I was happy I could try it for free. They offered two cheese-less vegan pizzas, but mostly vegetarian options. We tried both, one topped with tofu and one with mushrooms as the star. I'm not a mushroom fan, but it did have more flavor than the tofu slice. I'm happy that they do at least offer vegan options, but I think it would help if they had vegan cheese as an option.
Our last free sample was some delicious kombucha. If you are unfamiliar, kombucha is fermented sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. It may sound weird if you've never had it before but it is so tasty and so good for your health. It came from another local place Tapuat Brewing Co. They were sampling a strawberry kombucha infused with CBD oil. It was so cold and refreshing. The best part was that we each got a free bottle! I chose the mango ginger one and it was good. You can also find their products at my favorite grocery store, Woodman's.
A hairy situation...
Now for the real tea. Between all of the sampling, we stopped at one of my favorite local vegan restaurants. I hadn't seen this restaurant at an event for a while, so of course I had to stop by. We got a combo plate to share which included mac and cheese, bbq "meat", and collard greens for $10 and a slice of chocolate peanut butter cake for $6. The food was really good, I loved the collard greens. Everything was fine and dandy until we got to the cake which had an extra ingredient..a very long black strand of hair. My friend took his first bite of the cake and BOOM. I can almost puke thinking about seeing him pull that hair out of their mouth, I am so disappointed and disgusted.
After discovering the hair, I decided not to confront this business. I felt embarrassed for the restaurant and there honestly was nothing they could do for me to fix it. I hate to feel like this about this restaurant, but I will most likely will never eat there again. The most disheartening part was I really support this business. In the past, I have heard complaints about this business and I would encourage them to give them another try. I would love to take my own advice, but they really messed up big time. Moving forward, I hope this business will get it together, they can be so much better than what they are.
A few more cool vendors
At this point the even was coming to a close. I had to make my stop to Fit 4 U and get some lavender lemonade! I spoke about them and their amazing lemonade previously in this blog post. This time I even tried it hot and it was so good! I can't decide if it's better hot or cold, I guess it depends on your mood!
I was also happy to see JustVeggiez in the building as well! I did not get anything from them this time, but I know their vegan chicken wings were a hit! Learn more about them in this post. I was a little bummed that Soul Vegan wasn't at this event after all but they were listed as a vendor on the event's website. I spoke with one of the owners, and apparently there were permit issues. He did confirm they will be at the Vegan Sol Food and Drink expo this upcoming fall, so I am looking forward to that. Another cool feature at this event was the bar, they had beer, soda and water for sell. I have never seen one at a vegan expo so that was cool.
Overall, this has been the worst vegan expo I have ever been to. I can not blame the event for the hair situation but it did add to my overall bad experience. The samples were cool, but they were underwhelming for the most part. I heard that last year, the event catered more to vegetarians and didn't have many vegan options. Although I was not there, it seems like they had a lot of vegan options this year. On the good side, this event was very well organized and did have a lot of vendors. I thank 102.1 for putting this event together and bringing more awareness to healthier lifestyles! If this event happens again next year I would not be opposed to attending.
Put yourself in my shoes, if the hair situation happened to you how would you have handled it? Please leave me a comment!
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YouTube is one of my favorite social media platforms, as I stated here, I could watch ALL DAY and learn SO MUCH. Here are 5 black vegan women you should watch and subscribe to whether you are vegan or not.
1. the chic natural
Kim, better known as The Chic Natural is definitely one of my favorite YouTuber's. Not only is she a beauty guru but she is also vegan! She has been vegan for about 3 years and shares healthy and delicious vegan recipes with over one million subscibers! Check out one of her most recent videos below and make sure you subscribe for more!
2. Sweet potato soul
Sweet Potato Soul has been on YouTube for close to 10 years spreading the vegan message. She is a chef, blogger, and new mommy in addition to doing YouTube. Most of her videos are vegan food based, and she is well on her way to one million subscribers. Check out this video to see how she ate as a pregnant vegan and subscribe for more amazing recipes.
3. Edyn jacks
I first came across Edyn in my recommended channels to watch with her infamous "What A Fat Vegan Eats In A Day" videos. After watching a few of her videos, I immediately became a fan. Although she is a 'fat vegan', she has lost a lot of weight with a vegan diet in the past and is now maintaining with a balanced vegan diet. She shares recipes, grocery hauls, taste tests, and so much more. She has been vegan for over 5 years and shares so much good information, positivity, and great topics. Check out one of her recent videos below, it has a lot of goodies in it!
4. Toni Mitchell
Toni Mitchell is a vegan body builder and shares her journey heavily on YouTube. You might recognize Toni from My Natural Sistas, a channel she shares with her sisters Carmen and India, based on natural hair. Within the last 5 years, she started her fitness journey and shares a lot of what she is eating to maintain her amazing figure. Check out this video to see how she does it!
5. that chocolate vegan
Being on YouTube for about 2 years, Erin is a bit of a new YouTuber. I first found her when I was looking for a recipe for a vegan dressing for Thanksgiving about a year ago. I ended up using the recipe and loved it, so I had to subscribe after that. She mostly shares vegan recipes, like this one below in a more recent video. I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I'm sure it's tasty! Check it out and subscribe to help grow her channel!
Each of these women inspire me in their own way and I thank them for dropping great content that can lead all of us to a healthier lifestyle. Make sure you check them all out and subscribe!
What is your favorite thing to watch on YouTube? Leave me a comment!
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