Blog Topic: Advice

Plant-Based In A Small Town (How To Make It Work!)

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When someone tells me they can't be plant-based (vegan) it's rarely, "Oh I can't give up [animal product]" and usually more like "Because I live in [place]."

I've been plant-based everywhere -- on a small Caribbean island for a year, in Africa, while traveling to some 35 cities, towns and villages across Europe. Sure, having a Whole Foods and Trader Joe's ...


Fighting Heart Disease with a Plant-Based Diet -- Heart Health Month

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February is American Heart Health month. As you know, my Father had a heart attack two years ago and his health has been our primary focus ever since.

According to the CDC, 715,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Heart disease is also the leading cause of death for both men and women --- 1 out of every 4 deaths is from heart disease ...


9 Videos To Help Sharpen Your Cooking Skills In 2 Minutes Or Less!

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The Happy Herbivore Cooking Show may be over for the season, but lucky for you, I have lots of fun videos to fill the void ;)

Last month, I dedicated an entire episode of the show to easy meals and even designed one of the weekly meal plans around the same idea. This month, I wanted to continue the "easy" theme by sharing some quick cooking ...


What Factors to Consider When Shopping (How to Pick the Best Ingredient) + FREE Shopping List PDF

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In a perfect world, every item I buy would be organic, locally grown, freshly picked at peak that morning, fair trade, non-GMO, and so forth. I'd also make nearly everything myself from scratch.

Unfortunately, I don't live in a perfect world. I also don't have the wallet size to make that my reality all the time. My mantra, as you know, is ...


Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half! 25 Great Money Saving Tips & Bargains

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Over the summer I shared my 10 BEST Ways To Shrink Your Grocery Bill.

Seriously check out those tips. Some of them may surprise you!

I also can't recommend the meal plans enough for saving money!

"Been eating @happyherbivore meal plan for 1st time and everything is so yummy & I got out of Wallyword for under $100! Husband loves it too" - Sharon H via Twitter

A few weeks ago, two Herbies shared their bargain finds on HH's Facebook wall, which lead me to asking everyone for their penny pinching tips and recent bargain finds.

Here's what they said:

“I took your tip and bought nutritional yeast through bulkfood.com and loved that experience! Also bought some unsalted dry roasted peanuts to make peanut butter and old-fashioned rolled oats. Thanks for that tip!”

“I get Bob's Red Mill at Ocean State Job Lot, spices, black rice, brown rice, Sriracha hot chili sauces, mustards, etc! Trader Joe's, BJ's and even my super Walmart has great organic, non GMO and gluten free items! I rarely shop at my local grocery store, way too expensive!”

“At Whole Foods, I scored 8 cases of Westsoy unsweetened organic soymilk for only 35 cents per quart after using the $1.00 off coupon (copied x 96) and the 10 percent off case discount. It was on sale for $1.50-then take off 10% case discount-and deduct $1 each”

“I order Bob's Red Mill's flaxseed, chia seed, lentils, rolled oats, and split peas online at vine.com. Shipping is free over $35 and is cheaper than what the grocery store here has. They also have hundreds of options for non toxic cleaning supplies! It's awesome.”

“We have a place called Grocery Outlet out here in the PNW and I remember I used to judge it harshly based on the name. Well, now I'm eating my own organic vegan words because they have GREAT stuff there!! Tonight I picked up a bunch of salad fixings, some wonderful bread, a bunch of frozen organic veggies that I like to use cooked in some recipes and some other basics. I LOVE Grocery Outlet! They also have less than desirable stuff but if you look in the right spots, you can really do quite well there and all for great prices!”

“Costco also has organic bananas and apples right now. Organic carrots. Almond milk. Soy milk. They are keeping up with what customers want. I'm always impressed with what they carry. Amazon has some deals too.”

“Organic quinoa, organic brown rice and other good grains by the barrel at Winco”

“Costco has a 12 pack of organic apples for $9.99”

“Our Aldi often has great prices on produce. Most is non-organic, but they do carry organic baby spinach and artisan lettuce. I also like their almond and soy milk, and I even found organic granola there! They have natural peanut butter, 75% fruit spread, and fruit cups in 100% juice. I have also bought the veggie broth and veg chili there, and the fajita tortillas are vegan. So are the non-fat Refried beans. :0)”

“Found out this weekend that Walmart has a line of organic canned products called SAM's Choice. They average about $0.88/can. Great bargain for corn, beans, tomatoes, etc.”

“99 Cent Only stores also carry coconut water and non-gmo silken tofu periodically.”

“Aldi has a 16-ounce bag of frozen edamame for $1.49. I love the Esselstyn's butterbean salad in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Aldi's cans of butter beans are 79 cents each”

“I often shop at Grocery Outlet (not sure if that store is nation-wide, though), and I have found coconut milk, flax milk, and almond milk for less than $2. Just this week I bought a 6-pack of organic soy yogurt for 97 cents! It had three days till it "expired," but that was more than enough time for me to finish them all!”

“The sweet potatoes are in season right now; they don't usually carry them. I bought 40 lb last week and will probably ...