Transitional Tool: “Nacho Nooch”

noochWhen you go vegan, people will start to frequently say two things to you: “Where do you get your protein?!” and “I could never live without cheese!”

While vegans have tons of options when it comes to protein from super grains like quinoa to powerful beans like red lentils, finding a replacement for cheese can be much more difficult.

When I saw the amazing documentary, Forks Over Knives,  I learned that dairy-products contain animal protein known as casein that breaks apart in our digestive system as various opiates. Since casein has been directly linked to tumor growth, the fact that it makes us feel so good and our bodies crave more and more of it presents a serious problem. Yup, forget about Oreos, cheese is one seriously dangerous drug. 

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There’s nothing to be afraid of…

photo (1)It was nearly two years ago that I watched the inspiring and informative documentary “Forks Over Knives” and decided to say goodbye to spicy chicken sandwiches and pepperoni pizza. Since switching over to a vegan lifestyle, I’ve seen amazing improvements in my overall health, kicked my coffee habit, and discovered an intense passion for cooking. I learned how to cook so I would not feel limited in my options when I transitioned, but now being in the kitchen is a creative outlet for me – I like to say, “Cooking is Art!”

It hasn’t always been easy being so green. It can be hard to give up the traditional western diet for a lifestyle that promotes wellness – especially when your friends and family aren’t hip to the cause. I struggled a lot in the beginning becoming confident about my lifestyle switch and today there are still some things that give me trouble. The end of the saying, “Cooking is art” is “and baking is science.” Science and I just never seem to get along – there’s a reason I majored in film in college – so for the past two years I’ve avoided baking.

Tonight – that changed. With some extra time to kill (and the realization that Trader Joe’s chocolate chips are accidentally vegan!) I made my first attempt at vegan chocolate chip cookies and they turned out amazing! That got me thinking about what else I’ve been afraid to do over the past two years and I realized that, even though I always wanted to, I have always talked myself out of blogging about veganism.

So here it is. Whether you’re considering veganism or just looking to try a new recipe tonight, this blog is here to show you that there is nothing to be afraid of. I’ll be posting recipes, including veganized classics and quick, easy plant-based meals, and I’ll share with you the tips and tricks I’ve learned in my vegan journey.

Be Fearless, XO The Fearless Vegan