Vegan Thanksgiving Inspirational Videos

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Less than 2 weeks until American Thanksgiving, hard to believe this year has passed so fast.  Last year at this time, Genki Husband and I were planning our move to Southern California.  This year, we are sitting in the warmth of the California sunshine, far away from the chill of Indiana.  While I have spent holidays away from family, Genki Husband has not, so this is a definite change for him this year.  If you are in the same situation, my experience has taught me holidays are just a certain day setup each year on a calendar, it does not behold ones amount of appreciate and love for those in your family.  Tickets during the holidays are pricy, so maybe try something alternative this year such as video chatting online, setting up for a flight just before or after the holiday and/or sending a little care package/holiday card to send some love back home.  My best method of making the most of a holiday without being in the same location as loved ones, plan ahead and make a new tradition for your own growing family.   So, whether you are making a new family tradition, celebrating your first vegan thanksgiving or just need some ideas for the holidays, below contains a bunch of vegan Thanksgiving videos to try new recipes.  Spreading the Vegan vlogger love today.  Enjoy!

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Pinterest Recipes: The Last Two Weeks

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Lately things have been a bit busy from arranging professionals to come in to do some household repairs and the start up more online work.  Thankfully the weather has changed from the 100’s to around the 90’s, so cooking has been easier.  Cooler months are very easy to assemble a meal, think toss together soups and salads full of hearty vegetables, grains, legumes and so on.  The crockpot has only been out once, however it is getting tempting as it is much easier than cooking a full 3 course meal.

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Calcium: How to Fight Off Deficiency

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How to Get Enough Calcium: Vegan

In part one, posted yesterday, I went through my research findings for calcium deficiencies and the numerous ways it can be caused.  Today to lighten all of your fears, it is probably best to discuss how to keep our levels up and running, as a preventative measure. Please talk to your medical professional if you already have a deficiency.

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Calcium: Could you be Deficient?

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Calcium Deficiency Information

Calcium, as we all know is essential to building strong bones, but do you know the whole story?  In elementary school, we’re taught calcium builds our bones to make us strong enough to become an olympian or a superhero such as our parents.  What is not taught is why our bodies need it and to what extent our bodies rely upon this metal.

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🍎Apple Coffee Cake w/ Streusel Topping Recipe🍎

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Apple Coffee Cake w/ Streusel Topping Recipe

There’s something of the changing of the seasons that brings excitement unlike any other time of the year.  It’s rather like seeing the changing of the guards at a South Korean temple or in England at the Buckingham Palace.  Every tourist knows it is going to happen but it does not diminish the excitement of the fact that something new is about to happen, even if it is schedule to occur at a specific time.  This is what autumn is like for me, along with every other seasonal change.  Autumn is all about apples, pumpkins, falling leaves and other preparations to prepare for the long winter month ahead.  Now that the Genki Household is located in Southern California this may be slightly different but just the same we are preparing the same methods as normal, minus the fact we are still swimming outside in 90F/32C temperatures.  While I did resist removing all summer clothing to be replaced with fall clothes, my appetite for fall produce will never cease. 🍎

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Trying Vitacost For the 1st Time: Vegan Grocery Haul

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Vitacost Vegan Grocery Haul

For whatever reason, a day ago I decided it was time to test out the Vitacost service.  For years now, our e-commerce store for vegan grocery store items have changed but we kept going back to iHerb.  Since moving to the outskirts of Los Angeles County, we have found iHerb to be extremely slow in delivery.  It’s strange as iHerb is located in Kentucky and Los Angeles and it is the longest delivery, compared to when we lived in Virginia, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.  Besides the slow service, along with less options becoming available, we decided to make the change over and test Vitacost out in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Apparently most California residents receive one-day shipping and the nationwide free shipping over $47.00.  Sounded too good to be true, so we dove right in.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Espresso Cupcakes

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Espresso Cupcake Recipe Free

Need I say more than the title?  Who wouldn’t want something that contained not only fresh cherries but also espresso, not to mention it is in the form of a cupcake?!?!  These cupcakes were inspired by a basic coffee chocolate cupcake recipe that I use for just about any occasion but then went all out for Genki Husband and his colleagues creating the super caffeine jolt for the afternoon rush on the job.  If you have never tried chocolate coffee cake/cupcakes, you might be surprised to find the taste is not similar to drinking a mug of java but rather the espresso brings out the flavor of the chocolate.  Thus making the chocolate cupcakes rich in deliciousness that one can only appreciate if tasted, one needs not to be a coffee addict such as myself to enjoy.  Genki Husband took these to work, because if left at home I would eat the entire batch, need I say these were gone in seconds.  Those that did not receive one and/or the ones blessed with speed at grabbing one begged for another batch to be made as soon as possible.  Apparently my cupcakes made such a hit I was “invited” and approved for continuous recipe taste-testing by each and everyone of them.  And yes, they all knew these were vegan and still approved.

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Should Eating Out Be Avoided? {Dieting Advice}

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Should eating out be avoided?  Weight Loss advice

Living a healthy lifestyle can be very tricky, especially when it comes to eating healthy meals.  Now that I am an official Californian, I have found more and more people prefer to eat out in restaurants than at backyard BBQ’s. This is quite sad in my opinion, to which we have broken this rule many of times.  It brings to mind the question of how healthy eating out can be on a Healthy, Vegan Lifestyle.  This goes for a healthy, weight loss plan too.  So I question, can a person eat out at a restaurant and still find healthy options?

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Why Are Veggies Boring?

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Vegetables are always said to be the worst part of a meal, the section of a plate that kids traditionally have been seen in Hollywood movies to leave until the last second until feeding them to the dog sitting patiently under the table.  Why do veggies get a bad rap though?  Let’s take a look at some that will leave you asking why too…

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Things Lately in SoCal: Misc Picture Show

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Life in the California Desert

These last few months of summer, during our first hot summer living in the Southern California desert, have been scourging hot.  Before moving here, I never thought Mother Nature could turn so hot and angered in one specific area.  But guess what, she is a lady of many means and chose to bless the area with blistering hot heat (not sure what this area did to her previously).  Thankfully the area does not have humidity, less than 20% on average, so it could technically be much worse.  Many of times Genki Husband and I have mentioned if the temperatures were well into 100F/38C+, with added humidity of the east coast, it would be pretty much unbearable.  So things here in the desert aren’t as bad as one thinks.

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