Meat Alternatives For Transitioning Into Veganism

Hello Loves!

I recently answered a question about what to substitute when it comes to meat as a person transitioning into being vegan. Not too long ago I was wondering the same thing and, three and a half years later I think I have down what is the best substitute! Now I normally eat whole foods but, on occasion I like a little vegan “junk” food or, those substitutes for meat.

Here Is My Vegan Story If You All Want To Take A Peek:

Here are four common foods that meat eaters are always asking vegans what vegan substitutes to eat.

  1. Pizza- I usually make my own Pizza but, if you want a fast why to make pizza Diaya has a lot of options

2. People Enjoy There Hot Dogs This Is The Closest Version I Have Tried So Far

3. Teriyaki Oh my this substitute actually fooled a few non-vegans so, it’s pretty realistic and it’s super tasty!


4. This is literally the number one substitute that people ask for!


Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,


Healthy & Easy Vegan Recipe


What do you need?

  • One Sweet Potato
  • Handful Of Spinach, Collard Greens and, Turnip Greens
  • Leftover Zucchini It Was About A Third
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Sea Salt

Okay, let’s get started!

  • Pre-heat your oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Clean & Cut Up Your Sweet Potato
  • Cut them into french fry style
  • Get A Large Bowl Put 1-2TBSP Of Olive Oil In And Season To Your Hearts Desire ( I Like Lots Of Seasoning And, I Chose Rosemary, Garlic And, Sea Salt)
  • Get A Cookie Sheet Put Foil On It And Put The Fries On It Pop In The Oven Check At 15 minutes & Flip Them If Golden Brown Mine Took Somewhere in the 20-25 minutes to cook
  • In The Bowl Use The Leftover Seasoning To Toss The Greens In
  • Heat Up A Skillet & Put A Little Water In It And Add The Greens
  • Once The Greens Are Cooked Put The Zucchini In And Flip When Brown
  • Put Greens In A Bowl & Add The Nicely Golden Brown Sweet Potatoes To It
  • Now Eat Away! This Is A Great Meal For Leftover Greens

Nutrition Facts: I Use cronometer ( It’s A Little Blurry But, Hopefully You Can See It )


Vegan Foodie: Vegan House

  Located on 20 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003 is a treasure. To my delight there was a vegan restaurant in downtown Phoenix. Of course, I had to stop in for dinner and, it may be the best vegan restaurant I have eaten at so far. It was very different from other vegan restaurants that I have been to with a Thai themed menu. Eager to try everything I really had a problem deciding on  what to order. The aroma in the air was making my mouth water and, I really wanted to know what I was smelling. In the end I chose a yellow curry and, I was really going out on a limb because I have only had curry once in my life. Turns out all I need was an adventurous palette because the yellow curry was divine.  I will forever crave this sweet and, delectable curry. The faux chicken was a nice added touch with potatoes and, veggies.  The whole dish overall would curb any cravings you may have. The curry could replace a dessert it was sweet and, satisfying. We had spring rolls as an appetizer which tasted very good with the sauces but, be careful they are a bit messy. If you are looking for a dessert you will think about for weeks to come don’t worry they have it; sweet purple rice with whole mango, you have not lived until you try this. The rice and, sauce resemble a rice pudding while, the mango adds an extra sweet element. I have never had a dessert like this so, rice pudding is the closest I can find as a comparison. I also, tried the green curry and, if you have a spicy hankering this is dead on. My dad got his green curry medium spicy and, it was spicy! Just a far warning for those who aren’t too keen on having a firey mouth. I had my yellow curry at a medium spicy and, it tasted great. I don’t think you could go wrong choosing a dish on their menu. The atmosphere is chill and, they bring out the food super fast, that is not a joke my food came out in about five minutes. A great stop on your lunch break for a quick lunch before you have to get back to work. Please let me know in the comments if you have any vegan restaurants in N.J. that you want me review. I will be going to Hawaii in October so, shoot me some recommendations for the Big Island and, Hana.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,


Zero Waste Baby Wipes

To all the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends etc.:  Zero waste baby wipes, yes, it is a thing…. Wipe toxins are at 5-7 out of 10 for regular wipes. I looked this up when I was asked to bring wipes to a friend’s baby shower. I was alarmed at the toxin rate looked up a zero waste method and, found one! I bought chemical free, bleach free, harm free wash clothes for babies they were bamboo wash cloths. Here what you need:

Recipe: Boil 221ML of Water. Mix the coconut oil with warm water before putting them in the jar. Put wash clothes into glass container. Put cooled water into glass container and, 1TBSP of coconut oil. Close glass jar and, shake. Bam zero waste wipes. Once you use up the wipes you wash them and, the jar and, then reuse. There is no chemical harm, ph problem etc… And, you are not wasting wipes. If you want more zero waste tips please put it in the comments below and, I will write an article on what you request.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,


Studying Blues

Ciao Tutti,

It has been over a year since I graduated from college but, I remember all of my late night cramming for an exam and, study sessions. I thought I could give you all a few tips on how to stay relaxed and ready for an exam. Luckily for me I was commuting back and forth so, the food I ate was healthy, unfortunately for most of you the food at your college is tolerable however, unhealthy. I am hoping you have a microwave in your dorm because I have a few healthy food options to keep your brain flowing. Thanksgiving is right around the corner so, while you are home stock up on these items or have a parent do it for you; almond butter, nuts, carrots, hummus, rice cakes, tea or coffee, bananas, chick peas, kidney beans, cliff bars. They can be made into quick snacks when you are pressed for time. For those that have a microwave, little blender, rice cooker, and, fridge, thank goodness; 5 minute oats, fruits, sweet potatoes, quinoa, rice, avocados, wraps, I like vegan sriracha mayo, Ezekiel bread, microwavable bags of veggies, Ramen Noodles ( The Edgy Veg Has some great dorm recipes with Ramen, Plant Based mylk, nutritional yeast, sea salt. Go on Pinterest, YouTube and, Instagram to help you get dorm recipes together on your tight college budget. Because you are smashed for time, take a break from the partying and, schedule in a grocery trip every 2-3 weeks. Make a list before you go to the store. Do not impulse buy remember you can’t afford it and, chances are it’s really not that good for you.

Now for being stuck eating a food plan from college, I feel sorry for you but, fear not, there are options.  Have your salad dressing, avocado, kidney beans and, or chick peas to add to the salad bar. Most colleges have a salad bar, stake it out and, see what your options are to put on the salad then, go to the store with a game plan for what you need to make your salad met all nutritional aspects. Fruit fridge? Get in all that fruit!! Take the fruit back to your dorm room, especially bananas, they pack the most amount of calories and, nutrition. Scout the room out for every available vegan option, that way you know what combinations you can have everyday to keep what you eat new and, exciting. You may still need to frequent a grocery store for certain things but, know your budget and, exactly what you need before you do.

Now that your food options are worked out, and you are feeding your belly, it is time to fuel your mind with studying. Your plan of action is always important when it comes to studying do not forget to sit down and, write your plan out for the week. It can be hard to stay focused with so many fun distractions going on around campus and, you may forget to study… Since you are going to college to get a degree, it is essential that you focus 60% on your studies and, 30% on your social life. College is meant for you to make connections and grow friendships. Get out your planner and, devote 2-3 hours to plan out your week. Include everything, classes, lunch, study time, free time, going out, time with friends, homework, extracurricular activities,  cleaning your dorm, and shopping. How you budget your time is solely up to you so, be proactive.

Checking off all the important ways to make adjusting to college as a student successful, there is one more crucial topic to check off the list . To make it easier, each week you study what you have learned, make a test for yourself to see what spots you need to work on. By making a new test each week you can add on additional questions until you have a complete midterm or final test to study from. Getting together to study in a group makes all of the difference. If you can have a study group for each subject it will help you to not only socialize, but learn even more. You can offer each other practice tests, new forms of studying and, new places to check out on and off campus. I suggest giving yourselves four fifteen minute breaks to talk and refresh your minds. If you are having trouble writing your paper and need some topic ideas here are two links you can check out ( , ).


College doesn’t have to be stressful, you can learn to balance yourself and, everything will fall into place. If you have any topics you’d like me to write about or more helpful ideas for college students make sure to post below in the comments.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,


My Vegan Diary Day 1

Dear Diary,

It has been awhile since writing to you last and, I can’t wait to share what I have eaten. Since becoming vegan I have tried, tested and, made a lot of vegan food and, now that I feel I kind of have a grasp on the food part I jumped on the workout bandwagon. Yes, I do not like to admit that I let my workouts slip but, I did and, I am certainly paying the price. After making the mistake of thinking just because I am vegan I don’t have to work out as hard I have gained some unwanted lbs. Was I eating all whole foods? Haha, no I’m glad you mention that because it is good to be able to have more greasy vegan food or processed food but, I’m afraid my body does not really agree. I have been laying off the vegan “junk food” as much as possible and trying to carb the F up the right way. As you may have heard from one of my posts I joined the gym and, started swimming again! I am so happy to be back on track and rid myself of the evil unwanted extra fat. Today I swam for about 10 minutes, took a yoga class, and did zumba. Although, I am exhausted I feel fantastic. Let’s take a look at what I ate throughout my day.


 I promised you all the recipe to this amazing nice cream on my instagram so, here it is.

Strawberry nice cream: Half a bag of frozen strawberries, 3-5 frozen bananas, and a little bit of almond milk. Blend in your food processor or blender until you get a creamy ice cream like consistency.

Chocolate nice cream: add a tablespoon or more depending on how chocolatey you want it to taste. The add 3-5 frozen bananas and blend untile you get the ice cream consistency.

Enjoy or add chia seed gel for a great topping. Look up how to soak chia seeds I am in the beginning stages of testing this.









Lunch was heaven in the backyard as a picnic! I love backyard picnics, don’t you? I also watched a few episodes of Charmed on Netflix!

Lemon Water

Dip: Chick peas mashed and avocado

Salad: Bag of salad, carrots, apples, tomatoes

6:45 p.m. ish I went to the gym as I mentioned and, do all of those activites





My face after Zumba- if you want to get updates in real time follow me on insta @thatsabangsfitme

Zumba was so much fun and, it really proved to me how much I want to get back in shape!



Of course ended the night with a mason jar with lemon water.

Dinner was leftover salad, dip from lunch, half an avocado, and two baked sweet potatoes.

It was a great day filled with accomplishments not only with my health but, with my work as well.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my diary! Please share and, comment I’d love to get a conversation going about vegan food and, your favorite vegan recipes.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,






My Morning routine For Positivity & Light

When the sound of your alarm wakes you buzzz buzzz buzzz most people want to throw it across the room because they haven’t gotten enough sleep. Well, for me this could not be farther from the truth because I do not use an alarm to get up unless I know I need to be somewhere at a certain time. If you have an unfortunate 9 to 5 job and, you need an alarm set something soothing that will wake you up. I have a few songs such as Moon River, Summertime on my mind, something from Golden Lights but, I chose it so that it will be an easy transition to wake up. I always hear my alarm go off so, to those that never hear theirs I guess just set it louder and on vibrate.

Once you are awake turn on your favorite chilled out vibes song or a YouTube video. If you have roommate pop on those headphones so, you don’t disturb them. Head into the kitchen fill a very large mason jar or glass of water and sip on it while you listen to music or video. If you are oil pulling leave yourself 20 minutes before you have the water. While oil pulling I will watch YouTube videos or check emails etc. I check all my social media, Poshmark, and emails and of course reply. This may take awhile for me so, if you have work earlier in the morning and commute you may want to do this on the bus. My commute is very short downstairs to my office. I will lie in bed for about an hour waking up when my body feels it should get up. This morning I am pet sitting and I woke naturally at about 7:20 a.m. to feed the dogs. Then, I sat outside in the sunroom and, started my morning routine of looking through everything and, starting to work. My morning can vary quite drastically depending on if I am pet sitting, on a business trip, or just at home.

While watching YouTube videos I will have my fruit breakfast of a mono meal like mangoes or a smoothie. After eating my breakfast I will brush my teeth and, get my day started. I am usually not in a rush but, if I am I pick out my outfit the night before and, have it ready to go. If I am going somewhere special or feel like dressing up I will have saved hairstyles I want to do and a youtube makeup video. If I am filming a makeup video that is how my makeup gets done for the day. I always allot myself enough time in the morning to get ready so I am not rushed. Whether I need to wake up 30 minutes before or three hours before I need to be somewhere I am up and, ready to go. I never se my alarm to snooze and, that goes for my body alarm as well, if my body wants me up and moving I am up and moving.

Once I am all ready which most of the time is still in my pajamas I start working. Usually I will film or edit a video. While the video is rendering I will write a blog post, film, share my Poshmark closet, aor list on Poshmark. If I had been to a book sale I will continue to list books and get them ready to ship out.

That is what my morning usually consists of positive intent for the day and, a great breakfast! Throughout my day I make sure to move and I try to walk around the park at least three times a week. I forgot to mention I take Vitamin D3 an B-12. Share your morning routine or something you liked,enjoyed from my morning routine. See you all bright and early tomorrow where I discuss the lymphatic system and, how important it is for your health.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,


How To Manifest What You Want In Life

Manifestation: clear of obvious to the eye or mind

display or show (quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance

Yesterday, I made my manifestation list and put it out to the universe where I want to be in life. I made my list pretty specific and, had lots of positive energy while creating the list. Sending light and positive energy toward this with a reminder that you want these to be peaceful transitions. Keeping a positive outlook on life defiantly helps the universe to receive what you want to manifest in life. As I said in yesterday’s days post ask and you shall receive. You are in charge of your destiny so, do something about and, create a positive surrounding. Any negativity get rid of it, it is only you dragging you done from where you want to be in life. This goes for the way that you are holding yourself as well. Channel positivity and light and, you will start to receive it from others around you. I will post some music and, YouTubers to follow to start fueling yourself with positvity! Tomorrow I will talk about my Morning Routine and, how I make sure it is packed with an abundance of light and, motivation. Wednesday will be the topic of the lymphatic system and, how I never realized how important it is.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,



@lonijane  Her ebook is life changing her ebook is in Australian dollars so, it is actually a lot cheaper in USD

@ellenfisher Has a great YouTube Channel that focuses on being raw vegan and a natural mom. Her YouTube, Insta, and ebook  are inspiring and, very helpful. If you are an expecting mom/dad, a parent, or just want to learn about the raw/vegan lifestyle this is perfect. It is also, super uplifting to watch her video in the morning they really eminent positivity!

@itsallwaysbeautiful Has an amazing YouTube Channel where she talks about the struggles of life and, transitioning into the Maui life. Her YouTube Channel is extremely heartfelt and, she really thinks about her daughter Kaia when it comes to the YouTube community. Loving Kaia was Sara’s YouTube Channel name until recently and, I linked the video for why she changed the name to Its All Ways Beautiful. I can not wait for her ebook to be complete about there move to Maui. I just read on her website she wrote, published etc. a children’s book about her daughter Kaia. What an amazing life journey Sara is having!

@rawnourishment A truly enlightening channel as you watch Mel struggle on her journey and, finally receive what she manifested. Mel, is a vegan and is a great breath of fresh air to the vegan community. Her videos are extremely heartfelt and, all about the positivity and, manifestations. Her journey has inspired my life journey. My YouTube Channel was actually feature in an intro to one of her videos!

@mantrasandmangoes Mary is such a jet setter with all her travels as a vegan. She is currently living in Thialand with her boyfriend Bo. They just finished traveling for quite a few months and, her vlogs were absolutely amazing. The journey to many destinations has its up and downs and, Mary shares it all with us. You’ll defiantly want to check all her travel vlogs they are well worth it and, will help you on your journey toward light & positvity.

Positive & enlightening YouTubers:

Mel From- Raw Nourishment

Mary From- Mantras and Mangoes

It’s All Ways Beautiful

Ellen From- Mango Island Mamma






Saras’s Book:

Ethical LookBook

#ethicallookbook coming soon to my #youtubechannel ! All #ethicalclothing is for sale on my #poshmarkcloset tops & dresses. I used @nativetrashion accessories for the shoot ❤Thank you to my friend @leanncoppola for modeling the clothing for me today! #ethical #ethicalvegan #ethicalliving #ethicallymade #ethicalfashion #ethicallysourced #ethicalshopping #ethically #ethicalstyle #ethicalwarrior #ethicalfashioninitiative #ethicalisthenewblack

I posted this on Instagram and really depicts how I feel about ethical living and, the fashion industry. Let’s be the change that we want to be in the world!

Do you care where your clothing is coming from, who is making it, how they live, and the impact that it is having on the environment.  Most people's answer would be NO. This however, closed minded view is the reason the fashion industry can get away with paying oversea workers .25-$4 a day to work just to make clothing for us. We who are careless in our purchases are hurting the workers and the environment. Well, I no longer stand for this injustice. I will not buy from unethical companies because I do not support how they chose to conduct their business. "We do what they want us to," a quote from a song by Bittersweet is all to accurate. Some of you will continue to buy your cheaply made clothing because you chose to close your minds and, if it doesn't directly affect you, you dismiss the problem. Although, it may not affect you directly it will affect future generations when this planet's water supply is unusable because we threw dye into it from fabric. And, when the landfills are stacked but, are now in our backyards because we consumed too much. "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."
Coco Chanel 
Lets not fall victims to being mindless zombies. #ethicalstyle #ethicalvegan #ethicalliving #ethicallymade #ethicalfashion #ethical #ethicallysourced #ethicalclothing #ethicalshopping #ethicaleating #ethicalbusiness #ethicalwarrior #sustainablefashion #sustainablestyle #sustainableliving #sustainable #sustainabledevelopment #sustainableclothing

Do you care where your clothing is coming from, who is making it, how they live, and the impact that it is having on the environment. Most people’s answer would be NO. This however, closed minded view is the reason the fashion industry can get away with paying oversea workers .25-$4 a day to work just to make clothing for us. We who are careless in our purchases are hurting the workers and the environment. Well, I no longer stand for this injustice. I will not buy from unethical companies because I do not support how they chose to conduct their business. “We do what they want us to,” a quote from a song by Bittersweet is all to accurate. Some of you will continue to buy your cheaply made clothing because you chose to close your minds and, if it doesn’t directly affect you, you dismiss the problem. Although, it may not affect you directly it will affect future generations when this planet’s water supply is unusable because we threw dye into it from fabric. And, when the landfills are stacked but, are now in our backyards because we consumed too much. “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Coco Chanel
Lets not fall victims to being mindless zombies. #ethicalstyle #ethicalvegan #ethicalliving #ethicallymade #ethicalfashion #ethical #ethicallysourced #ethicalclothing #ethicalshopping #ethicaleating #ethicalbusiness #ethicalwarrior #sustainablefashion #sustainablestyle #sustainableliving #sustainable #sustainabledevelopment #sustainableclothing

#govegan #veganforeverything ❤️ The Planet, The Animals, Yourself, And Each Other. #embrace

Indigo blouse vibrant blue upcycled natural cotton- hand dyed with natural botanical indigo extracts

Size: M

Ethical life store

Recycled Hand-painted Denim Headband/Bracelet- NativeTrashion

Jeans & Sandals from Leann’s wardrobe




Boho Eco dyed cotton natural indigo blouse-hand dyed with natural botanical indigo extracts

Size: XL

Ethical life store

Jeans: Bought secondhand on Poshmark

Sandals: Bought on sale a year ago at Payless






Indigo blouse top up cycled natural cotton- hand dyed with natural botanical indigo extracts

Ethical life store


Vintage1960’s Charm Necklace-Native Trashion

Recycled Hand-painted Denim Headband/Bracelet

Jeans & Sandals From Leann’s Wardrobe










Blue Wedding Top Eco dyed sheer mesh crochet- hand dyed with only natural pigments from plants and minerals

Ethical life store


Mini dream catcher/ Recycled Magazine Pendant-Native Trashion

Jeans & Sandals from Leann’s Wardrobe








Eco dyed cami halter top

Ethical life store


Recycled Hand-painted Denim Headband/ Bracelet- Native Trashion

Jeans, sandals, & tank top are from Leann’s wardrobe








Cotton lace t-shirt indigo dyed blue up cycled top

Ethical life shop

Size: S

Vintage 1960’s Heart Charm Necklace- Native Trashion

Jeans & Sandals from Leann’s wardrobe






Green boxy crop top handwoven eco friendly- made from hand woven cotton w/ small printed pattern of blue triangles

Ethical life store

Size: S

Skirt & Sandals are from Leann’s wardrobe







ethical boho dress- hand dyed upcycled clothing colored using only natural pigments from plants & minerals

Ethical life store

Size: L

Recycled Hand-painted Denim Headband/ Bracelet- Native Trashion

Sandals can be purchased on my Poshamark Closet

Natural Eco dyed green lace boho dress- hand dyed using only natural pigments from plants and minerals

Ethical life store

Size: 8 womens

Recycled Metal Buckle Dream catcher Pendant- NativeTrashion

Sandals are from Leann’s wardrobe






 Thank You For Watching

Location: Princeton University

Model: Leann Coppola

Me (Allison Vota)

Photographer: Allison Vota

Time Manager/Styling Accessories/Photographer: Ginnie Vota

Special Thanks to Leann and Ginnie (Mom) to take time out of your busy schedules to help make this lookbook possible and, help spread awareness for ethical fashion.

Leann Coppola: Is a student studying to become a nurse and, is currently in her third year of nursing school. Show Leann some love and follow her Poshmark: @leanncoppola

Ginnie Vota: Is a RN who now works as a Pet and House Sitter. Please check out her facebook page for Tag Team Pet and House Sitters LLC, Insured and bonded. She also, my mom who helps me with all my businesses when she isn’t busy with her furry friends.


My Poshmark Closet: @eyeheartedu

If you are new to Poshmark use my code HFNIS to get $10 credit for both of us








Wanderlust: Summer Palnning|Life Goals|Working Goals

Hello Loves,

This is going to prove to be an exciting summer with the prospect of growing all of my businesses and, a bit of traveling. Ahh, the thrill of the unknown and, new places to venture. Today, is a working/planning day for me as I need to increase my sales on Poshmark & Amazon. Along with those business goals I am also, trying to increase my views for my YouTube channel and of course my blog. With my new goals I am a little jumbled with how to get this all accomplished and, of course, intertwine my healthy life & helping the planet goals. Will all this on my mind, I have found I have become more exhausted and, have learned to listen to my body. One of the main reasons I am “trying” to work from home is because I do not have the energy for a normal 9 to 5 job. Some days I am thoroughly exhausted and I need a mid-day nap or a quick break. I am strategizing not only accomplishing my work goals but, taking my life & health goals into consideration. I would say most of the time we do not take care of ourselves and, it leads to health problems later on in life. I want to take care of myself now instead of 30 years down the road when I have worked myself down along with my health. Healing myself from the inside out is my main goal for my life right now. I follow many Vegan YouTubers and, when I wake up in the morning I look forward to watching their videos. Mel, from Raw Nourishment always seems to have the perfect video for what I need to hear that day. Her recent video about making a list and manifesting what you want in your life was just right. Although, her video was about her vegan boyfriend, that is not a high priority on my list this year because I am learning to heal my body, grow my businesses, and love the person I am. Each day I have grown to learn more about myself or my body and, it is fascinating. I no longer worry about what people think of me I am just myself and, I Love it. It is hard to express the change in the way I am because it is not  a physical change but, more of a self accepting change. I feel I have always been myself but, I feel I have actually embraced it. I am more determined and focused to accomplish my goals and aspirations. I am self aware and aware of the disturbance we are putting our planet through. Recently, I have talked about ethical clothing and moving my Poshmark closet into an ethical clothing closet and, possibly my own boutique. Growing my businesses helps me to grow as a person and move forward in my life. In the next two years I would like to get my own place and, travel. To be able to travel & get my own place I need to work ten times harder and longer to accomplish that. I think that everything that I need to get done I will and, my life will fold out when I least expect it to. Let me know how you are feeling and, if you have become enlightened within yourself. Thank you for taking the time to read and, if you enjoyed it please share it would mean a great deal to me.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,