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5 of the Biggest Vegan Myths Debunked by Strictly Vegan

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Do you want to lead a happier lifestyle by eating healthy? Try going vegan. It sounds daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that a vegan lifestyle is not as hard as many people think.

I caught up with caterer Leonie McDonald this past weekend at the Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice Beach and got my taste buds blown away by her vegan Jamaican cuisine.

I’m personally not a vegan but after trying one of Leonie’s dishes, I am truly considering it!

5 of the Biggest Vegan Myths Debunked by Strictly Vegan

By: Toni Zargari


Myth #1: Eating healthy means I can’t eat any sweets, carbs, oils, or foods with flavor.

Yes, this myth is quite a popular one and I can admit that I have believed this to be true as well. Let me tell you– Strictly Vegan definitely puts this myth to rest by adding delicious, authentic Jamaican jerk seasonings, spices, and herbs to her food. The dish that I tried was the Reggae Wrap. It was a colorful wrap filled with fresh kale, quinoa, vegetable protein strips, and black beans. The dressing that Leonie uses in this wrap is to die for.

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Myth #2: I can’t afford to eat healthy. Going vegan is expensive.

This myth has always been funny to me. Wouldn’t it be more affordable to eat a kale salad as opposed to a 3 oz. steak? Going vegan doesn’t mean having to spend a lot of money on vegan food. In fact, there are plenty of tips to go vegan on a budget.

You can also buy a lot of vegan staples, herbs, and spices in bulk, which can save you tons.

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Myth #3: Eating healthy is complicated.

Eating healthy actually doesn’t need to be complicated! The key to eating healthy is planning your meals in advance. Become familiar with vegan recipes and start with the easy dishes. If you like fresh ingredients, try recipes with kale, tofu, lentils and rice. You can also begin to eat healthy by getting rid of unhealthy habits like eating junk food. Read “Curb Your Junk Food Habit with Love With Food” to find out how to eat more natural and organic snacks.

Myth #4: I can’t eat any fat while eating healthy or going vegan.

Remember that healthy fats are great for you. Stock up on things like coconut milk, almonds, olives, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds too. If you want to get some more ideas on healthy foods that include good fats, read “Eat These 5 Foods for Glowing Skin.”


Pictured: Strictly Vegan’s Fresh Young Coconut Water Drink

Myth #5: I have to stop eating dessert if I want to be healthy.

So not true! If you are following a vegan diet and want to stay healthy, fear not, there are plenty of delicious recipes like That’s Chelsea’s Papaya Boats or vegan Mugcakes that taste rather naughty but are good for you too!  You can even make vegan popsicles using coconut water or soy milk and a fruit of your choosing.

My experience with Strictly Vegan was amazing. I had the young coconut for dessert as well as a Jamaican hibiscus drink. If you’re planning to throw a party, an event, or any type of get-together and you’re in California, I’d highly suggest giving Leonie from Strictly Vegan a call. She can cater your event and believe me, you won’t regret it!

What are your tips for going vegan and eating healthier? Let us know by commenting below!

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