I’ve known Chelsea since junior high–we went to the same youth group when I grew up in Sleepy Eye. She also was in my best friend Rachael’s bridal party with me last June, and we were able to bond and talk about veganism because that’s when I started going plant-based! Pretty much the entire time I’ve known her, she’s been vegetarian, and she’s recently transitioned into veganism. For this week’s post, I decided to do a Q&A with her to share some vegan insight from someone other than me!
PBG: How long have you been vegetarian/vegan?
C: I’ve been vegetarian for 11 and a half years. I was vegan for six months last year and went back to being vegan January this year.
PBG: What was your biggest challenge when making the transition to veganism?
C: Cheese! There isn’t a great substitute for cheese.
PBG: Where do you draw inspiration for new recipes?
C: I generally look up recipes for vegan versions of foods that I already love! YouTube is a great resource as well!
PBG: Do you have any advice for new vegans?
C: Get used to checking labels. Make sure you get your protein. But don’t over-complicate it. Many places (shout-out to Chipotle, Pieology, Noodles & Co.) have convenient vegan food. You can still socialize and be vegan!
PBG: How about vegans on a budget?
C: As far as budget goes, my best hack is probably overloading a Chipotle bowl and eating it as two meals.
PBG: What’s your favorite thing about being vegan?
C: I feel better–healthier, not to mention ethically as well!
PBG: What’s your favorite vegan meal?
C: I’m a sucker for breakfast foods. A good tofu/kale scramble with some avocado toast!
I totally agree with the point that Chelsea made about YouTube being a great resource for finding vegan recipe ideas. Plus it’s nice to see all the steps in one video! For anyone who may be interested in exploring vegan YouTubers, here are some of my favorites: More Salt Please, The Vegan Zombie, Apples and Amandas, and Sweet Potato Soul .