Happy Herbivore Blog

If you're looking to add some excitement back into your meals, then you've gotta try this week's meal plan!

The Peach Salsa, Black Bean & Quinoa Bowl (NEW!), Sweet & Sour Cauliflower (NEW!), Asian Tofu Salad Sandwiches (NEW!), and Creamy Garlic Pasta (NEW!) are all insanely delicious and sure to be crowd (as well as tummy) pleasers!

Dig in!

Creamy Garlic Pasta

Individual Highlights

  • Creamy Garlic Pasta (NEW!)
  • Strawberry Lemonade Oatmeal (NEW!)
  • Spinach Love Wraps
  • Sweet & Sour Cauliflower (NEW ...
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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Suzanna!

A couple months ago I received an email from Suzanna about how she went from a meat-eating Ms. Natural Olympia bodybuilder to a plant-based tennis playing champion and educator.

As soon as I read that, I just had to ask her to be part of the Herbie of the Week series!

I'll let Suzanna take it away...

I am a former Ms. Natural Olympia drug-free bodybuilding champion. Bodybuilders believe in eating a ...

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As you may have heard, I'm in France this summer.

We flew to Nice after a quick excursion in Boston and brief layover in Montreal.

When I tell people I'm going to France or living in France (or doing anything that involves France) the first response is: "You can't be vegan there", which is simply untrue.

There's a growing "counter culture" (If I can call it that) in Paris -- a strong, growing group of vegans... along ...

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Enjoy the many tastes of summer with this week's meal plan!

Start your morning off with a refreshing Mango-Peach Smoothie (NEW!), chill out in the afternoon with the Summer Pasta Salad (NEW!), Creamy Thai Quinoa Salad (NEW!), or Mediterranean Wraps (NEW!), and end the day by diving into the Grilled Sweet Potato Salad (NEW!).

Summer Pasta Salad

Individual Highlights

  • Grilled Sweet Potato Salad (NEW!)
  • Mango-Peach Smoothie (NEW!)
  • Mexican Broccoli & Potato Bowl
  • Mediterranean Wraps (NEW!)
  • Black Bean Tostadas with Crema ...
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Meet our Herbies of the Week: Cat & Shelton!

Even though they came to the idea of going plant-based separately, this brother and sister team have been each other's cheerleader the entire time.

When they started their plant-based journey, Shelton weighed nearly 500lbs, but has lost over 130lbs and Cat is down more than 55lbs!!!

Amazing! Read on for their inspirational story!

I can’t relay my plant-based journey without including my brother, Shelton. We have always been very close. We are 7½ years apart, with a younger sister (who has NEVER had weight issues!) As children, Shelton and I sought comfort in food. Between the two of us, we never met a food we didn’t like! Our weight issues followed us into adulthood, although we each sporadically managed to lose (and regain!) significant amounts of weight.

Fast forward to about 2011: Shelton lived and worked with our dad, who has severe arthritis and needs a walker or scooter chair to get around. I lived about an hour away with my husband and young daughter. We came to the idea of plant-based eating separately, but around the same time. We both watched “Forks Over Knives,” we read “The Engine 2 Diet,” we both read “Eat To Live.” I had already given up eating meat (but made up for it with LOTS of sugar, so – no weight loss, and ever-increasing health problems.) Shelton was struggling with adult-onset diabetes, but began incorporating healthy changes slowly.

In 2012, I moved 500 miles away when my husband took a job in Florida. Working from home, without the support of friends or family, my weight hit an all-time high of 249 pounds. Even though I knew all about plant-based living, I wasn’t putting those principles into practice. One day, I made a special trip to the grocery store just to buy a box of Little Debbie cakes for a snack (I could eat an entire box of them in one sitting). I knew it was time to make a serious change. I cracked open my Happy Herbivore Cookbook, found HH online, and got to work. Lindsay’s practical, real-life information helped us move from knowledge to action.

Shelton had already started implementing healthy changes, and we started to regularly share tips (Like HH’s “5 ingredient rule”); recipes (HH Mushroom Burgers!) and revelations (I can carry around baked potatoes as snacks? That’s life-changing!) These days, Shelton and I regularly share information on substitutions, recipes we’ve tried, and vegan products: what tastes good, and what doesn’t. (One text from Shelton showed a container of vegan yogurt with the message: “Tastes like cough syrup. Avoid!”)

In the last year, we have both made a serious commitment to living the ...

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