Happy Recipe Friday!
Today we will be featuring Annie Oliverio – the author of An Unrefined Vegan!
Always a late bloomer, I started making a slow transition from omnivore to vegan in my late 30s. A diagnosis of terminal cancer for my brother got me reading, researching, and questioning the “standard” treatment offered to patients. Why weren’t patients encouraged to maximize their intake of nutrient-dense foods; foods that would give their bodies what they needed to fight their cancer and heal?
What I learned about the foods we eat was the last nudge I needed to completely ditch animal products and processed foods from my diet. I hadn’t realized that the meat, dairy, and sugar that most of us unthinkingly consume were responsible for the diseases – chronic and otherwise – suffered by too many of us. I’m now fueled by a plant-based, unrefined diet that keeps me strong, healthy, energetic, and happy.
Just as it is with many who have transitioned from an animal product-based diet to a plant-based one, the changes in my life weren’t limited to the items in my grocery cart and the food on my plate. When one goes vegan, one can’t help but reassess the impact their food choices have on the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves: the animals.
How lucky Virginia Beach is to have fresh plant-based options like those offered at Fruitive and what a shame that I live over 1,300 miles away! It’s a very different story here in the plains of Oklahoma, but changes are coming. I love seeing the trend in this country towards more mindful and cruelty-free eating.
Through my blog, An Unrefined Vegan, I connect with both vegan and non-vegan communities to demonstrate that cruelty-free and unprocessed, whole foods are delicious, healthful, and simple to prepare by sharing plant-powered recipes that nurture body, brain, and conscience.
Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Jelly Raw Bars. Gluten-Free.
I often hear from friends and family that making vegan meals is too difficult, too time-consuming and loaded with unfamiliar ingredients. Preparing plant-based eats is as simple or as complex as one wants to make it. Case in point: these chocolaty, peanut buttery high-raw dessert bars for two. They take literally minutes to put together, are made with familiar, whole food ingredients and could hold their own at a fancy-schmancy dinner party. File these under Ridiculously Easy.
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