Whether you have a Valentine or you are solo, I hope your day is beautiful and filled with love.
Couldn't resist sharing this double layer vegan chocolate cake I baked last night. (Recipe courtesy of Minimalist Baker.) It came out just perfect. Love it when that happens, particularly when I'm baking. I'm very much a novice baker so when something rises properly in the oven, I'm happy like a kid in a candy store.
I baked this cake to celebrate my sister-in-laws birthday but also to celebrate my one year Vegan anniversary! It was one year ago today that my husband and I had the most amazing Valentine's Day brunch at Fresh in Toronto and I made a commitment after 25 years as a vegetarian to take the plunge and adopt a 100 percent plant-based diet.
I've had so much fun over the past year learning about new foods, cooking new vegan recipes, and transitioning into a healthier, more sustainable focused individual. Along the way I earned my plant-based nutrition certificate from Cornell University. That was a fabulous learning experience and I highly recommend it to anyone considering it.
Instagram has consistently been a wonderful source of inspiration.
Admittedly, I cheated two or three times over the course of the year and ate pizza with real cheese and organic Greek yogurt (following a gum surgery). But I never really missed cheese and other dairy products.
At times it is challenging, particularly while traveling, but I learned quickly and now travel with more dried fruits, nuts, and granola bars in my purse. Overall I'm so proud of the decision I made one year ago today. Overall I have more energy. I've maintained my weight. And my carbon footprint is lower and fewer animals suffer because of my decision.
I encourage you to eat more fruits and vegetables. It will change your life.