Top vegan blogs of 2013

I’m addicted to reading blogs. Is anyone else? I could easily spend hours and hours browsing recipes, blog posts, new pictures. Especially when those blogs are about other proud vegan women or yogis! Here are some of my top picks for vegan (or yoga related!) blogs for 2013. Add these to your “must-read” lists!

Allyson @ Manifest Vegan

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Happy Go Lucky Vegan

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

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Caitlin @ The Vegan Chickpea

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Maple Spice

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What vegan blogs do you love?

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Pretty Little Vegan mugs on Etsy!

Just a shameless self-plug here. If you love being vegan (and are proud of it!) and if you’re addicted to coffee or tea like I am, check out my Pretty Little Vegan mugs on Etsy. I promise they are super cute, not to mention dishwasher friendly. And if you love the idea but not so much PLV, I can make one with any of your favorite song lyrics or quotes. Check it out. Pretty please : )

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Baking vegan: butter substitutes

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I LOVE to bake. Cookies, brownies, bars, cookies, breads, cookies. Did I mention cookies?? Not only are baked goodies delicious to eat, they’re perfect for gifts and sharing at parties. But being a vegan baker has its problems. One of the biggest problems is butter. So many recipes call for butter so how do we, as vegans, get around that ingredient and still turn out some pretty tasty treats? Here’s a list of a few butter substitute ideas for baking:

– Vegan butters. Earth Balance is a non-hydrogenated butter substitute that can be found in most grocery stores.

– Oils. You can use coconut, extra virgin olive, or vegetable oil. There is a trick to this substitution though: 1 cup butter = 3/4 cup oil.

– Applesauce. This will make your cookies or bread a bit denser and may alter the flavor but it works. And adds a little serving of fruit : )

– Avocado. My hands-down favorite substitution. Did you know you can use avocado on toast instead of butter too? It’s delicious if you haven’t tried it!

What do you do to “veganize” your favorite baking recipes?

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Make 2013 a vegan year!

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The first week of a new year has always meant one big thing for me: New Year’s resolutions. I know everyone blows them off because no one really follows through with them. But to me, resolutions are a big deal. The start of 2013 is a new chance to start fresh. It’s a new opportunity to be an even better version of yourself. Like most of you, I thoroughly enjoyed the holidays. Not just the joy of being with my family but also the plates of cookies and lacking gym time. I have no regrets whatsoever though because it was a wonderful couple of weeks and I loved every moment (minus the last minute stressful Christmas shopping!).

BUT. Now it’s January of 2013 and it’s time to be a new woman. A better, stronger, healthier woman. And for that, I’m planning to make this year full of yoga, healthy eating, vegan goodies, and all-around happiness. Join me in making this new year the best year for each of us! Be on the lookout for some delicious vegan recipes coming up later this week along with a great new yoga sequence. : )

 

P.S. Read one of my favorite articles of 2012 from Zen Habits here on how to switch to a plant-based diet. Love the tips!

 

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Me & the boyfriend in Fell’s Point Baltimore during New Year’s!