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25 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
VZ 389: 8 of the Best Vegan Yogurt Brands of 2021
In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’re going to talk about 8 of the best vegan yogurt brands of 2021 as named by our amazing closed Facebook Group, The Peas and Carrots Society. With so much change happening in the plant-based space we like to keep you, our listeners, up to date on the latest and greatest so that’s what we’re going to do here today. For complete show notes and links to all the things we mention, head out to vegetarianzen.com/389.
37 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
VZ 388: Tyler Mayoras and the Making of Cool Beans
In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we welcome Tyler Mayoras, CEO, and co-founder of Cool Beans, which strives to bring whole-food goodness to the frozen foods section of your grocery store by creating minimally-processed food that is good for your body, soul, and for the planet. We will talk to Tyler about his own plant-based journey, about his inspiration for creating Cool Beans, and about what he sees in the future for the plant-based industry.
30 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
VZ 387: Growing Hot Peppers with Jenny of Grow Hot Peppers
In this episode of The Vegetarian Zen podcast, we welcome Jenny TB of Grow Hot Peppers. Jenny loves to garden and taught herself how to grow all kinds of pepper varieties and today, she’s going to talk about how you can get started growing your own peppers no matter what space limitations you may have.
27 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
VZ 386: This Week In Plant-Based News (June 2021)
We discuss some of the top stories in plant-based news.
27 minutes | May 30, 2021
VZ 385: How Culinary Rx Can Boost Your Plant-Based Cooking Skills
In this episode of the vegetarian zen podcast, we’re going to discuss my recent completion of Rouxbe’s Culinary Rx Online Cooking course. You may recall that in 2018, I took their Forks Over Knives cooking course so I decided to give another course a try. I’ll tell you what I learned and give you a rundown of what this course entails should you choose to look into it for yourself or for that aspiring plant-based chef in your life since you can also gift this course.
29 minutes | May 16, 2021
VZ 384: 10 of The MOST Delicious Vegan Chips
This episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast isn’t quite the healthiest episode we’ve ever done but, life is all about balance right? Today, we’re talking about the top 10 vegan chips as voted on by us and by our trusted Peas and Carrots Society. We started Vegetarian Zen in 2013 and we like to stay on top of food trends. Things are changing so fast in the plant-based world and that’s a great thing because the more vegan and vegetarian options there are, the more people are inclined to give it a try. So today we’re going to be talking about vegan chips which again, isn’t the healthiest, but allows people to make choices and have options that allow them to still stay on track with respect to their own plant-based journey.
31 minutes | May 2, 2021
VZ 383: You Need These Delicious Vegan Coffee Creamers In Your Life!
Vegan coffee lovers rejoice! With the rise of vegan plant-based milk over the past several years, there are PLENTY of vegan coffee creamers to choose from that can take that morning cuppa Joe from drab to fab! Even if you aren't a vegan but are simply looking to reduce dairy, these non-dairy options won't disappoint. In this episode of our podcast, break down the most popular vegan coffee creamers and tell you a little about each so that you can decide for yourself if they're right for you!
39 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
VZ 382: Crafting Seitan with Skye Michael Conroy (aka The Gentle Chef)
In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we welcome Skye Michael Conroy aka The Gentle Chef. Skye is a vegan chef and author of several vegan cookbooks including his latest, “Crafting Seitan: Creating Homemade Plant-based Meats.” Skye talks to us about his journey to becoming vegan and shares how he became a vegan chef. We’ll also talk about his book, Crafting Seitan, which can help you break away from commercial mock meat products and learn to make your own delicious versions, complete with all the trimmings!
42 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
VZ 381: Unreal Deli is the Real Deal! Chatting with Founder Jenny Goldfarb
In this episode of The Vegetarian Zen podcast, we welcome Jenny Goldfarb, the founder of Unreal deli the finest plant-based deli meats inspired by over 100 years of New York deli history. We talk to Jenny about what inspired her to create Unreal Deli, what it’s like running her plant-based business and also, about her experience on Shark Tank where she landed a deal with Mark Cuban.
53 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
VZ 380: Overcoming Obstacles to Becoming Vegan With Certified Life Coach Michele Olender
In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we welcome Certified Life Coach Michele Olender. Michele specializes in helping people eliminate consumption of animal products and helps existing vegetarians/vegans take on challenging new goals.
24 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
VZ 379: What Is Black Salt? Benefits, Side Effects, Plus 5 Savory Recipes
In this episode of The Vegetarian Zen podcast, we talk about black salt also known as Himalayan black salt or Kala Namak. We discuss the benefits, side effects, where you can buy it, and provide you with a few recipes to get you started cooking with it.
43 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
VZ 378: How To Be A Contented Vegan with Peggy Brusseau
In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we are pleased to welcome food writer Peggy Brusseau, author of The Contented Vegan.
48 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
VZ 377: Sprouting - What It Is and Why You Should Be Doing It with Doug Evans
In this episode, we are pleased to welcome Doug Evans, an entrepreneur who was an early pioneer in the natural food industry. In his new book, The Sprout Book, Doug talks all about sprouts and how we can tap into the power of the planet’s most nutritious foods.
52 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
VZ 376: Celebrating Human Imperfection with Molly Patrick of Clean Food Dirty Girl
In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’re pleased to welcome Molly Patrick. Molly is the co-founder of Clean Food Dirty Girl whose mission it is to help people eat more plants while finding joy in doing so.
54 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
VZ 375: Quantum Shift with Creator, Producer, Director Kiko Ellsworth
In this episode of The Vegetarian Zen podcast, we are pleased to welcome Kiko Ellsworth. Kiko is an Emmy award-winning actor, producer, director who has appeared in hundreds of television shows, films, and commercials but he also has an inspiring story on how he became the person he is today which, among other things, is someone who is very passionate about veganism and leading a holistic, cruelty-free lifestyle.
47 minutes | Dec 27, 2020
VZ 374: Conscious Consumerism with Adriane Marie of HEALabel
In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’re chatting with Adriane Marie, founder of Healabel, an awareness initiative that aims to improve consumer transparency by shedding light on our purchases. In addition to talking to Adriane about Healabel, we’ll also be talking to her about her new self-published children’s book, The Roots of our Food. Adriane wrote, illustrated, and narrated this book and we are looking forward to talking to her about her inspiration for creating it.
42 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
VZ 373: Good Food Gratitude with Hollan Hawaii
In today’s episode, we are pleased to welcome Hollan Hawaii. Hollan is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, health advocate, former restaurant owner, mom of three, plant-based cookbook author, and expert in vegan plant-based food. We’re going to talk to Hollan about her cookbook Good Food Gratitude and the positive impacts she’s experienced when she moved to a plant-based diet over a decade ago.
21 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
VZ 372: Is Splendid Spoon Right For You? Here's Our Review
In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll be reviewing Splendid Spoon! Splendid Spoon is a meal subscription service that specializes in clean ingredients. We'll share our honest review of pros and cons.
32 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
VZ 371: The Upcycled Art World of Cheery Bird Vintage
In this episode of our podcast, we talk about “upcycling”. We discuss what it is, how it’s different from recycling, and talk about our business, Cheery Bird Vintage, and how we use upcycling as a BIG part of that business.
36 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
VZ 370: 8 Energy-Boosting Wellness Shots
While I've always been a big fan of juices and smoothies, wellness shots aren't something I've made at home so, I decided to do some experimenting! Not familiar with wellness shots? No problem! In this episode, you'll learn: What Are Wellness Shots? Are Wellness Shots Good for You? Are There Any Risks with Taking Wellness Shots? Do I Need a Juicer to Make My Own? Some Common Ingredients and Their Benefits 8 Wellness Shot Recipes How to Store Your Wellness Shots
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