I have my very first blogger here ready to share her vegan story with all of you. As I mentioned a couple posts back I am going to be doing a vegan blogger feature this month highlighting and introducing you guys to some really awesome vegan and healthy people!
I am excited about this since I am aspiring to live a healthy balanced lifestyle and it’s really encouraging to find other like-minded people to keep encouraging me! and I know if this could encourage me it can encourage and inspire others to try living a healthier lifestyle too.
Meet Meghan from Naturally Meghan!
This beautiful girl is from the UK and has been living a vegan and healthy lifestyle for sometime now, she’s super active on her social media accounts (IG, Twitter and Facebook) and posts the most incredibly delicious photos and recipes! I’m so excited for you to meet her, so here we go!
Q: Could you please tell us a bit about yourself? Any likes, dislikes, quirks?
A: Hello! I’m Meghan and I’m an ethical vegan who enjoys creating nourishing plant-based recipes and sharing them with others. I aim to educate people about the importance of good nutrition, both for their minds and bodies, and I love coming up with nutritious treats to prove that eating healthily isn’t boring. My hobbies include practising yoga, eating raw chocolate, drinking smoothies, reading too many books and drooling over kitchen appliances that I can’t afford!
Q: Please share briefly with us why you went vegan and how long you have been vegan
A: I first became vegan after I watched the documentary ‘Earthlings’ and became fully aware of the truth behind the meat, fish, dairy, wool, leather and fur industries, as well as the extent of animal testing in medical and cosmetic research. I’ve been eating a plant-based diet (no meat, fish, dairy or honey and very little refined sugar and processed food) for just over a year now and I’m thriving!
Q: If you could encourage someone to try veganism – what would you say?
A: I’d tell them that there’s really no reason for them not to try veganism because the majority of non-vegan dishes are able to be replicated so they wouldn’t have to miss out on their favourite meals! Vegan diets are also usually a lot more fruit and vegetable heavy than omnivorous diets so they’d be getting lots more nutrients which would make them look and feel amazing. Plus food like raw chocolate is much healthier than regular dairy chocolate, and who wouldn’t want to eat healthy chocolate? Not to mention the ethical side of things – as well as saving the lives of animals they’d also be eating more sustainably because the basics of a vegan diet (fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains) tend to be cheaper to produce and buy than meat, fish and dairy products. It’s basically a win-win lifestyle!
Q: How has veganism improved your life?
A: Following a vegan lifestyle saves the lives of countless animals and it’s helped me in so many ways as well; for example, after almost two years of suffering with an eating disorder and being extremely underweight I’m now at a healthy weight and experience little to no disordered thoughts about food. I believe that veganism encouraged me to move forward in my recovery and it enabled me to look at food as something to enjoy, rather than something to fear. I’ve also rediscovered my love of cooking and baking (which was lost during the time I was unwell) and I have goals for my future which involve working with vegan food in one way or another. I couldn’t imagine eating or living any other way!
Q: What is your favorite vegan meal?
A: My favourite vegan meal is either vegan buckwheat pancakes (see recipe below) or kidney bean chilli – both super simple, comforting and completely healthy dishes!
Q: Do you have any vegan ‘role models’ or inspirational people you look up to?
A: I don’t tend to have ‘role models’ as such but I definitely look up to Rosie of cleanbodyfreshstart.tumblr.com because she was the person who encouraged me to watch ‘Earthlings’ and embark upon a vegan lifestyle. She’s a very inspirational lady and I owe her so much!
Thank you so much Meghan for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few of these questions and inspire others, fellow vegans and non-vegans to perhaps make healthier choices in life! Your story and words have been very encouraging.
Meghan has also shared a lovely recipe with us (one of my new faves!) which is posted below. It is also available in the recipes tab under Guest Recipes!
Vegan Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes
Makes 5 – 6 small pancakes
- 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flaxseed and 6 tbsp water)
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice
- Oil of choice (I use coconut) for cooking
The first thing you need to do is make your flax eggs; to do this simply mix the ground flaxseed and water together in a cup and leave it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to thicken up.
When the flax eggs are ready you can begin making the pancakes. Firstly, sift the flour, ginger, cinnamon and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and stir it all together. Mash your banana into a pulp (you can leave out a few slices for decoration if you want) then add it into the bowl along with the non-dairy milk and flax eggs. Mix well until everything is combined – the consistency should be fairly thick, similar to that of cake mixture.
Heat your oil of choice in a frying pan over a medium heat. When the oil has heated up pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the centre of the pan and spread it out slightly with a spoon, forming a pancake shape. Let it cook for a minute or two, until bubbles start forming on the top, then flip it over and cook it for another minute or so. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, then add your toppings and enjoy!
I hope you all try this amazing recipe and if you’re looking for more inspiring vegan recipes head on over to Meghan’s recipe page! Stay tuned the rest of this month for more interviews and guest recipes!