Happy Herbivore Blog

Herbie of the Week: James

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Herbies

This week our Herbie of the Week is James.James attempted the Atkins diet and later turned to a plant-based diet and broke out of his couch potato habits.

Q: What made you decide to try a plant-based (vegan) diet? My wife, Jessica, and I watched Forks Over Knives on January 27th, 2012. We immediately concluded that this, "low-fat, whole food, plant strong" lifestyle deserved some serious consideration and some dedicated research. We began conducting our own research, aside from the mountain of research & personal testimonies used in Forks Over Knives, we then purchased the Engine 2 Book & began our new lifestyle. Q: Did you or your wife have any health problems before? We were relatively active & are still only 29 years old so we didn't experience any major health issues. Q: You mentioned trying the Atkins diet, how did that work for you? The Atkins diet did yield results for me, but they were always short lived & much harder to achieve. We both rarely had energy. We were constipated. I got bored quickly because meat & dairy were the primary products consumed, and these are limited in variety. Q: You say you ran into a 'snag' shortly after switching diets, can you please explain? The "snag" reference is strictly sarcastic. What I was referring to was our increased energy levels. We both discovered that we couldn't sleep in, or lounge around the house. This is great news for our toddler, but we had gotten used to be couch potatoes. The final farewell to our former lives was achieved March 31, 2012 when we completed our first 5k together. Q:How did you find out about Happy Herbivore? My wife, Jessica, found Happy Herbivore on Engine 2's Facebook page. Q: Have you and/or your wife noticed any health changes since making the switch? Below is my blood test results from April 4th. This is just 2 months after starting my vegan diet. Q: Has there been any other changes in your life that you've noticed as well? I'm not sure how much it has improved, but I feel great! The nurses were shocked at how low my blood pressure and heart rate were for my height while I was there. The doctor said that it was an indication that I exercised regularly (I had no idea) We both feel great! Our skin has cleared up, our energy levels are through the roof and I have lost 35 lbs. We seem to be more optimistic. We also feel obligated to share our story so others can experience the energy and new found happiness on our journey to becoming as invincible as humanly possible :) I've included a before picture of me from December 9th 2011 Weight 245lbs, an After picture from Saturday April 7th 2012, & a picture of my wife Jessica & I after running our first 5K March 31 2012. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our story! Thanks, James!

Try Our 3-Vegetable Scramble & 15 New Recipes This Week!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

This week's meal plans feature 15 new recipes- eating a healthy plant-based diet can be both convenient and delicious, our meal plans prove it!

This week's individual plan includes these new recipes: Strawberry Shake Peach Stuffed Toast Strawberry Parfaits Spicy Mango Quinoa Salad BBQ Wrap Black Olive Hummus Salad

This week's family plan includes these new recipes: Spicy Aztec Bowl Bittman's Sweet Potato Salad Orange Teriyaki Rice Bowl 3-Vegetable Scramble Strawberry Shake Strawberry Parfaits Peach Stuffed Toast Spicy Mango Quinoa Salad BBQ Wrap Get the new plan here.


"Unbelievable is the only way I can describe your meal plan. It is absolutely wonderful. The food is so easy to fix, my eating is more balanced, I am saving money at the food store, and I am certain that I will lose the 10 pounds I am looking to lose. Thank you so much for coming up with this idea." -Esther "Just finished my 1st 7-day @happyherbivore meal plan and I lost 9.4 lbs! I've finally found something that works for me and I'm so grateful!" @SJlicious

How to Replace Eggs (And What to Use as a Binder!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

I'm often asked how to replace eggs in recipes. I usually have to tell people that it really depends on what they're trying to make! Sometimes eggs are part of the fat content in a recipe, sometimes they're used as a binder, and occasionally they're used as a leavener or thickening agent.

If you're replacing eggs in baked goods, these are my go-to options:

1/4 cup applesauce: add in with wet ingredients but avoid using more than 1 cup total. It works best in breads, muffins, and cakes

1/2 mashed banana: cream banana with sugar to add, although very ripe bananas will increase the sweetness and leave a little flavor. It works best in fat-free cookies, breads, muffins, and pancakes.

2 1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed in 3 tbsp water: can be added as original egg in recipe but can add an earthy or nutty taste. Works great in chocolate recipes, granola bars and oatmeal cookies

Canned pumpkin works similarly to applesauce.

There is also vegan egg replacer available at Whole Foods and many health stores. You add water to the mixture and add it straight to your batters.

If you're replacing eggs in a recipe that needs a binder (like in veggie burgers), try these options:

Oats: Add some oats to your batter until it thickens enough to form a patty

Potatoes: Smash potatoes and add to whatever you're making, this works great in veggie burgers or loaf recipes, I like to use sweet potatoes this way as well. Don't create a mash, leave them just a little chunky

Breadcrumbs: You can make your own by putting some bread into the oven and smashing it into pieces, or you can use store bought. This holds things like burgers and lentil loaves together

Flour: You can add whole wheat flour to many wet recipes to get them to thicken up and work better for shaping/forming. Be sure not to add too much or you'll make your recipe very dense!