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Who + What is sprouting zen
A vegan food and wellness blog with tasty plant based recipes.
Hi friends! Welcome to our internet space. We're a plant-based vegan couple obsessed with all things vegan, holistic, and green. And as certified yoga teachers, we're also into yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. In other words, we're border line modern-day-hippies. We don't live in a farm, unfortunately, but we still garden in pots. And traveling to our nation's national parks is on our list of top-things-we-love to do. Jen (hi there 🙂 !), is the voice behind the writing, so when I say 'I', I'm referring to me, Jen!
We started Sprouting Zen, one day in our dining room table after making homemade almond butter and realizing how easy (and utterly satisfying) it was to make your own food, at home, with minimal organic ingredients. In that moment, we knew we *had* to let others in on this secret – of living holistically and eating all the fresh foods that mother Earth provides.
What is Sprouting Zen about...
Sprouting Zen is a vegan food and wellness blog, filled with whole food plant based vegan recipes that are refined oil free, refined sugar free, and naturally gluten free. The recipes here are catered to those who are looking for healthier vegan alternatives that are NOT filled with processed ingredients, oils and sugars. I always like to say - justtt because it's vegan – does not make it healthy.
"Just because it's labeled as 'vegan' does not automatically make it healthy."
our plant based vegan recipes
We strive to keep our recipes simple – but you're going to find a variety of recipes on here – some will be more complicated than others and are best left for the weekends, others will be quick and easy, straight to the point recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights.
We're also big big fans of raw vegan food and although lately we have not been totally raw, we do aim to keep our diets 80% to 85% raw foods. We love to use the dehydrator to make creations such as these Raw Vegan Cheezy Broccoli Chips, and these Raw Vegan Spicy Kale Chips, and even this sundried tomato burrito wrap. You can expect to find raw vegan food recipes on here as well. Basically, if it's vegan and wholesome and free of oil and sugar, I'm going to be making it and sharing it with you all. 🙂
Most of the recipes on here are creations of our own that have been influenced by non-vegan dishes, cooking shows, cook books, products that we have seen in stores, cafe's that we have visited, other bloggers, and/or vegan chef courses that I have been a part of in the past few years. You'll see words such as 'influenced by' or 'adapted from' when the recipe is not an original of mine. Some are complete Sprouting Zen originals such as the best vegan matcha cake ever, and green cashew cilantro sauce.
what about wellness
As far as wellness goes – we're big advocates on living a holistic lifestyle with self-care practices that include yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. As much as what you eat matters, so does what you feed your soul and your mind. And as such, you can expect to find articles related to these topics on this site, eventually.
We also love to discuss our favorite supplements and vegan products – every so often we'll have articles like this one, 'What is Maca and why we love it' or this one 'Wheatgrass powder juice recipe and benefits' that will help you learn a little more about these products and see if they will benefit you or not.
Every Friday, we try to host a Feature Friday where we spotlight a vegan product, or brand or organization that is making a difference in the holistic plant based vegan community. Some feature Friday's include articles like this one: 'What is the best store bought organic vegan ice cream brand?' and 'Why we love Trader Joe's frozen fruits', Our goal is to bring you, our readers, valuable information that you can then use to make a more informed decision while you're out in the stores.
Sprouting Zen is a community
We know that going plant based vegan can be a scary and intimidating thing to do. It can be confusing, overwhelming, and very outside-your-comfort-zone. We were non-vegans once, too. And that's why we want to build this community; to be able to assist you, guide you, and support you along the way while you transition to this beautiful diet and lifestyle that has so many benefits just waiting for YOU to tap into.
If you're totally new to veganism, I recommend you start by reading this article I wrote on 'How To Go Vegan For Beginners', it has a lot of valuable information that will certainly help you out.
Please note I do not, in any way, consider myself a "professional" chef by any means. I'm just a regular girl doing something that I love - cooking delicious vegan food in my kitchen and sharing it with you all for fun. I do love learning, and expanding my education so I am always enrolling in courses related to the topics of plant based vegan recipe development and lifestyle.
I am certified as a raw vegan chef by Pure Joy Culinary Academy where I have learned a few tips and tricks and recipes for raw vegan cooking. And I have also taken other online vegan chef courses such as 'The Raw Chef', where I have learned the basics of plant based vegan cooking and recipe development.
I have also completed E-Cornell's Plant Based Nutrition Course by Dr. Colin T Campbell but that in no way certifies or qualifies me to give out nutritional or dietary advice. However, what I can do is share a bunch of cool facts that I learned from that course with you all!
no medical advice
Please remember anything on this blog is based on our personal experience only, and should not be taken as medical advice. The content that you read on this blog is for entertainment purposes only and has not been approved by the FDA. You should always consult with your primary care physician whenever making a drastic change in diet and/or lifestyle, such as going vegan. For a full description of our disclosures, disclaimers and policies click here.