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    9 Vegan Chocolate Bars to Fill Your Easter Basket

    9 Vegan Chocolate Bars to Fill Your Easter Basket

    Easter is only a few days away. Which is crazy, because it feels like last week we were saying goodbye to 2018, and now we’re saying goodbye to April. But whether or not you celebrate Easter, it’s a chance to spend time with family, eat some delicious food, and most importantly, eat CHOCOLATE.

    It can be a little tricky to find vegan chocolate bars, especially when you’re in a rush. Ingredient lists can be so hard to navigate, and most brands don’t flat-out say whether or not their products are vegan. So I’ve compiled a list for you of my favorite vegan chocolate bars to stock up on for Easter. And the best part? Most of these chocolate bars can be ordered on Amazon, which means you’ll get them just in time for Easter 🙂

    Note: some of these chocolate bars are made in the same facility as milk chocolate bars, so if you have an allergy, make sure to double check the websites.

    Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

    Justin’s is one of my favorite companies of all time. Not only are their almond butters out-of-this-world delicious, but they are also the nicest company I’ve ever talked to. Their dark chocolate peanut butter cups are one of my top 5 favorite snacks, for sure.

    Endangered Species Chocolate Bars

    Endangered Species holds a special place in my heart. First and foremost, my boyfriend gets me one of their dark chocolate bars on almost every holiday. But more importantly, Endangered believes in giving back. 10% of their profits go towards different charities and organizations that help with conservation.
    If you like dark chocolate, you’ll love their chocolate bars. Try the Salted Peanuts + Dark Chocolate bar or the Raspberries + Dark Chocolate bar. The 88% Dark Chocolate bar is crazy good too!

    Trader Joe’s Chocolate Bars

    Trader Joe’s, aka My Personal Heaven on Earth, has so many options for vegan chocolate. Not only are their chocolate chips accidentally vegan, but the Pound Plus Dark Chocolate and 72% Dark Chocolate bars are too. They also have a constantly-changing variety of smaller chocolate bars, but not all of them are vegan so be sure to check the ingredients list.

    Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Bars

    Alter Eco is another chocolate company that I love. My favorites are the Quinoa Crunch bar and the Salted Almonds bar. They even have a vegan variety pack of chocolate bars that you can order through their website!

    Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Bars

    Enjoy Life makes some of the best chocolate chips out there, but did you know they also have chocolate bars? And they’re delicious.

    Lindt Dark Chocolate Bars

    Lindt has a few dark chocolate bars that are suitable for vegans. The 70% Dark Chocolate Bar and the 85% Dark Chocolate Bar are both 100% vegan and 100% delicious.

    No Whey! Choco No No’s

    No Whey has a ton of vegan options: milk chocolate bunnies, cream eggs, truffles, brownies, and bars. But my personal favorite are the Choco No No’s: a 100% vegan version of M&M’s.

    Go Max Go Vegan-ized Candy Bars

    I was never really a candy bar type of person. Of course I ate them every once in a while, but it was never my snack of choice. But something about going vegan has me craving a candy bar every once in a while! In steps Go Max Go to make all my vegan candy bar dreams come true. They offer all the classics (Twix, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, etc.) in a delicious, personal-sized vegan candy bar. The Twilight Bar (aka Milky Way) is my favorite!


    Chocolove is a company making chocolate bars in some crazy delicious flavors. Coffee crunch? Pretzels? Grapefruit? Sign me up.
    For a delicious vegan option, try the Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate Bar or the Raspberries in Dark Chocolate bar.

    Looking for some homemade chocolate recipes?

  • Animals & Veganism LIFE

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!

    So… I wrote a book.

    An ebook technically, but it still counts. I’ve been working on this book for the past month or so, and I’m really excited about it. Here it is:

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!

    It’s called The Ultimate Guide to Going Vegan, and it’s all about the transition into veganism and how to make it easier, staying healthy, and how making small changes in your everyday life can help the planet. It’s a good read for new vegans, anyone considering a plant-based diet (or just eating a little healthier), or even a longtime vegan who needs a little brush-up on their vitamins and minerals.

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!    Going Vegan: My First eBook!
    It includes tons of super useful pages and diagrams, such as:

    • An Introduction to Veganism
    • 10 Reasons to go Vegan
    • Plant-Based Benefits
    • How to Stock a Vegan Pantry
    • Eating on the Go
    • How to Make the Transition to Vegan Meals
    • How to Go Completely Vegan in 2 Months
    • The Vegan Plate (AKA What You Should Be Eating)
    • An Extensive List of Necessary Vitamins and Minerals

    And so much more. It’s a non-preachy way to explain veganism without any graphic images or descriptions, and I hope you guys love it!
    Going Vegan is available in my Etsy shop, which is linked here and also down below. And because I love you guys so much, I’m offering 10% off everything in my Etsy shop until July 26, all you have to do is enter coupon code GOINGVEGAN.

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!
    This is the first of a few ebooks I have planned, and the first of many vegan materials that I’ll be releasing throughout the next few months (I’ve had a few people ask about ecourses… so be on the lookout for that too!). Enjoy! ♡

  • Animals & Veganism LIFE

    Adopt, Don’t Shop! – Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

    This post is sponsored by KitNipBox.

    If you know anything about me, you know that I am a huuuge advocate for “Adopt, Don’t Shop”. Adopt, Don’t Shop is the mentality that if you want a pet, adopt from a shelter instead of buying from a breeder.
    I truly believe that rescue animals make some of the most loving and loyal pets.

    Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

    Why “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” is Awesome:

    Adopting a pet means you’re saving a life (technically, more than one!).

    Millions of unadopted animals are euthanized every year. By adopting, you’re helping to clear out shelters and make room for more animals that need help!

    Rehabilitating an animal is so rewarding.

    Cassie was really badly abused before I rescued her, and it still shows. She’s been my pet for almost 8 years now, and she still flinches when I move too quickly. But after learning little tricks to make her feel safe, like making sure she always has an escape route and doesn’t feel trapped, she’s learned to trust me. I literally tear up when I think about her past, but I know I’m giving her a good life to make up for it.

    Adopting a pet is cost-effective.

    Animal shelters sell pets at a very cheap price, sometimes you can even get one for free! Plus all pets get their shots, vaccinations, and fixed before you take them home.

    Rescue animals are just as healthy as regular animals.

    Animals brought into a shelter always undergo a full medical examination and get treated for any illnesses they may have, whereas animals from a puppy mill can carry all types of diseases without ever being treated. Most shelters even have a 24/7 vet on staff! Rescue animals have a bad reputation of being old and sick, but most are perfectly healthy animals that have just been abandoned.

    They only want love.

    All Cassie wants is love. She’s so content just laying next to me while I’m on the computer, or sitting next to my feet while I’m baking. I try to spend as much time with her as I can, but this month, I wanted to do something special. So I got her a KitNipBox! I love this company for two main reasons: you get so much stuff for a great price, and every month they donate to different animal welfare causes.

    Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

    Truth be told, Cassie tends to be a little picky when it comes to toys and treats. But as soon as I set the box down, she went crazy pulling toys out and throwing them all over the house. This month’s box was Rock n’ Roll-themed, and included a bag of catnip, Wellness Kittles Treats, and 5 toys: a keyboard, a microphone, a catnip-stuffed t-shirt, a red crinkle pillow, and a leopard-print wand. She’s especially fond of the crinkle pillow!

    Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

    Please go check them out, they’re an awesome company and fellow Adopt, Don’t Shop advocates.
    Aaand I always have people ask about Cassie’s adoption, so here it is!

    Cassie’s Adoption Story:

    I was in LA going to culinary school, and since I was living alone, I wanted a pet to keep me company. I started looking through cats on the humane society website, and immediately fell in love with “Sasha”, this sad-looking cat with a huge stripe down her face. My dad said her face looked like a Picasso painting, which made me love her even more.

    When we went to the shelter, and I noticed a tiny little face poking out of a cat tower. I asked the girl helping us, and her exact words were, “Oh you don’t want that one”. I snapped, “Don’t tell me which cat I want, tell me about that one” (PS, WHY would you tell someone not to adopt an animal?).

    She finally told me about this little stripe-faced weirdo, who happened to be the exact cat I had been obsessed with. Sasha was a stray they found wandering with her four kittens, clearly abused and very dirty. They brought her in, cleaned her up, and got her healthy, and all of her kittens got adopted (adorable). She had been in the shelter for over a year: no one wanted her because she was super skittish, anxious, and “ugly”. Immediately, I was like “That one. I want her. Give her to me, now”, and she’s been my best little buddy ever since!

    PS my dad named her Pablo Picatso, but it’s Cassie for short.

    Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

    Thank you guys so much for reading! If you have a rescue animal, tell me about them in the comments! ♡

    Thank you to KitNipBox for sponsoring this post!
    (All opinions are 100% my own. I only partner with brands that I use in my everyday life.)

    Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

  • Animals & Veganism LIFE

    9 Tips for Easy Vegan Living

    Did you vow to go vegan for the new year? Looking for some easy tips on how to live your new vegan lifestyle? Look no further! Here are my top tips for easy vegan living.

    Happy 2018! Starting a new year always fills me with hope. I know you don’t magically become a new person overnight, but there’s still something about January 1st that makes me feel like I can do anything, or like I have the strength to change anything I want to.

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    I know a ton of people are planning on going plant-based for 2018, which is super exciting. Veganism has been skyrocketing this year (plant-based eating has increased 600% in just a few years!), and vegan products are becoming more available and more affordable. However, a lot of people don’t know where to start with transitioning their diet.

    The two things I always hear from people are “I could never give up (meat, cheese, etc.)” and “I’m afraid I’ll slip up”, which is totally understandable! I’ve been vegan for over four years and still slip up on occasion (never with meat, but sometimes I’ll eat things I think are vegan that actually contain dairy). But being vegan is not nearly as hard as people make it out to be. Yes, it requires a bit of planning and a bit of adjusting, and yes there will be times where you feel like you’re missing out a little bit. But after a month or so, your body will feel better, and your mind will be clearer. It’ll all become second nature after a while, and it’ll be easy vegan living!

    To celebrate the new year, I’ve compiled a list of my personal tips for transitioning into a vegan lifestyle. Hopefully this will make eating vegan a little easier!

    9 Tips for Easy Vegan Living:

    It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet.

    Whether you’re doing it for health reasons or because you love animals, any type of veganism is still a lifestyle change. Yes, you will feel healthier and yes, you will probably lose weight, but not always. It’s not a cure-all or a quick solution, it’s a lifestyle shift that will take some getting used to.

    Do what works best for you.

    Some people find it easiest to quit overnight, some people find it easier to cut things out of their diet over a few months. Find what works best for you, because then you’ll be more willing to stick with it.

    Slipping up is ok as long as you’re still trying.

    Don’t give up! I know it can be discouraging if you slip up, but it’s ok, just keep going. It can be really hard to change your diet when you’ve been eating a certain way your whole life.

    Some change is better than no change.

    There are people who will argue with me on this one, but I firmly believe that some change is better than no change. It doesn’t matter if you are vegan, vegetarian, or just do Meatless Mondays; educating yourself and changing a little is better than no change at all.

    Set yourself up for success.

    Take an hour to cut up a bunch of vegetables to cook throughout the week. Or if you have the time, try meal prepping. Stock your fridge with healthy ready-to-grab vegan snacks. Stock your freezer with frozen fruits and veggies. A lot of people fail due to hunger or laziness, and it’s easy to grab junk food out of habit. But set yourself up for success by preparing snacks and meals ahead of time, or at least halfway preparing them so they’re easy to throw together.

    There are vegan substitutes for everything.

    If you find yourself missing a certain food or ingredient, chances are they already have a vegan substitute for it. This is a controversial topic, because a lot of vegans hate ‘meat substitutes’, and carnivores hate that vegans buy ‘meat substitutes’. But to be honest, I’m all about vegan substitutes and they definitely make a plant-based diet a little easier. It means when my family is barbecuing, I can enjoy a cheeseburger with them, and that’s awesome. Obviously you shouldn’t depend on substitutes, because a lot of the time they’re not very healthy. But a little vegan sour cream on a baked potato, or some vegan parmesan on your pasta? It’s nice to enjoy something familiar without feeling like you’re sacrificing anything. And honestly, some substitutes are almost indistinguishable from the real thing; try Follow Your Heart cheese or Beyond Meat!

    Make sure you’re eating correctly.

    With all the vegan substitutes available, it’s easy to sink into the habit of making a quesadilla or grilled cheese every night (trust me, I’ve been there). But you still need to make sure you’re eating correctly (and eating enough!). Fill up on leafy vegetables and snack on fruit. Plants contain more than enough protein, vitamins, and minerals to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle (even though we are led to believe differently, plants actually contain more protein than meat). When in doubt, have a smoothie or a juice. It’s an easy way to get your daily boost of vitamins and greens.

    Try, try, try.

    One of my biggest tips is to try new recipes (pssst, I’ve got a TON of great recipes over on the recipe index), or simply substitute plant-based ingredients in your current favorite recipes. Try new ingredients, even if they seem foreign (like jackfruit, a fruit that literally tastes like pulled pork, NO JOKE). Try new restaurants, or try getting vegan dishes at your current favorite restaurant. Just try, try, try until you find things you like. Make veganism work for you.

    Remind yourself why you’re going vegan.

    Watch a documentary, read articles, educate yourself on the meat and dairy industry and remind yourself why you’re going vegan. Educated minds are more likely to make a change, even if they don’t go full vegan. When you find yourself craving meat, remind yourself that you’ll be healthier and happier without it. It only gets easier!

    If you guys ever want to read my personal vegan journey, need any guides or vegan resources, or have any other questions about a plant-based diet, please let me know! I’m always happy to help.
    And be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what delicious vegan foods I’m making this week!

    ♡ What’s your best tip for sticking with a vegan diet?