Mediterranean Falafel with Greek Salad – [Vegan, Gluten Free]

Hello lovelies! I’m so sorry for my absence. Luckily, it’s given me time to conjure up some new recipes, including this healthy and delicious falafel recipe, adapted from various recipes from the One Green Planet recipe catalog. It is a wonderful site for healthy, cruelty-free meals (you’re welcome). Set atop a delicious Greek salad, this falafel made my stomach smile in the most literal sense. (Seriously. It felt like my stomach was smiling when I was eating this meal.) I have a feeling it’s because of the amazingly good for you ingredients in this recipe, which include hearty chickpeas, protein-packed quinoa, and heart healthy Chai seeds. Continue reading

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A Quote to Live By

Some powerful words in regards to fighting against animal cruelty:

“Compassion is a renewable resource. It is flexing a muscle that grows stronger as we use it. We know that those who benefit from our compassion- it can mean the difference between life and death, freedom or imprisonment. We are in a position where we hold so much power, just as people; people who have the means to have a voice & the freedom to have a voice. We must not squander this opportunity that we have. We must do everything that we can.”

Nathan Runkle, founder of Mercy For Animals

See full video here. It’s the kind that makes you proud to be vegan & is a great reminder of why you chose (or are thinking about chosing) this lifestyle.

First blog post

I am at a point in my life where I am realizing all of the transitions that are about to unravel before me. It is the point in every young adults’ life when we ask ourselves the fateful question, “Am I ready?”

I want to be here for you. And for myself. And for all of the other lost-but-finding-themselves souls out there who are asking this question.

In light of this transitioning period, I have decided to make an additional transition: a commitment to eating vegan. I do not want to say “going vegan” because that just sounds so…titled. Anyone who has “gone vegan” can probably tell you that it needs to be a transition. So being that this is where I am, that is what I will call this period.

Lastly, I wanted to create a blog for other young vegans out there who are in/ going into college. My parents keep telling me that it will be hard to live this lifestyle once I am in college, but I am determined to stay strong & keep to it. So really, what I hope this blog will be is a haven for college-going vegans, who are looking for guidance in keeping up with this lifestyle in a not-so-vegan-friendly enviornment.

Thank you, internet, for listening.

-The Happy Hippie