Vegan 101: Earth Balance
Back in January when we decided to re-design the blog, one of the reasons we did so was to be able to include videos on the site, and I’m thrilled to announce that they’re finally here!
Part of the catalyst for my finally starting this video series came earlier this summer when I was speaking to Ryan’s cousin, Becky, about a friend of hers who had recently switched to a vegan diet. Becky’s friend had read my blog, but she was looking for some more basic information about what vegans eat on a daily basis.
I’m often asked about what I eat on a typical day, what cookbooks I like best, and what vegan products I use in place of meat, dairy and eggs. I’ve written a lot of emails and had many conversations answering these types of questions, but after talking to Becky, I realized I didn’t have all of this information compiled in one location. As a result, I’ve decided to do my own version of a “Vegan 101″ series to help people who want to learn more about what vegans eat, or at least what this vegan eats.
There’s a lot of convincing evidence for switching to a vegan diet, but since most of us were raised on meat and dairy, it can be really challenging to have any idea of what to eat instead. We all have to eat at least three meals a day – and if you’re like me, add a lot of snacks, treats and mini-meals to that as well! So if you don’t know what to eat and feel like you’re sacrificing all of the time, it’s going to be hard to stick to a vegan diet, no matter how dedicated you are to the cause.
I’ve been there, and I want to share my tips, tricks and product recommendations that can help with the transition. It will by no means be an entirely comprehensive guide to vegan eating. I’m sure there are great products out there I don’t know about, as well as people who will disagree with me about the products that I love. I welcome your feedback and questions as I really want this to be a helpful resource.
Down the road I’ll focus on cooking and baking demonstrations, but I’m kicking off the series by featuring some of my favorite vegan ingredients that helped make the transition to this lifestyle easier for me, and continue to keep me from falling off the vegan wagon! I’m incredibly fortunate to have a husband who is a talented director (as well as camera operator, sound mixer and editor) to work on these videos with me. I can’t thank him enough for the time and energy he’s put into these, and we’re both really excited to show you what we’ve been up to!
So without further ado, here’s the first installation of C’est La Video, featuring one of my most beloved products – Earth Balance non-hydrogenated margarine. Take it away, me!