Ellen Fisher: Here!
Ellen Fisher aka Mango Island Mamma, is my favorite by far. Ellen has a wholesome channel where she creates videos about gentle parenting, veganism, and mom life. I’m not a mom yet, so her parenting videos are mostly inspiration for me haha. Ellen creates “What I Eat in a Day” and recipe videos, which I personally like when I’m running low on motivation in the kitchen. Ellen even has two e-books, I own and recommend, which are PACKED with recipes. You can find those here. Ellen also creates videos about favorite baby/beauty/home/health products, as well as books. I discovered “The Four Agreements” By Don Miguel Ruiz through Ellen. She truly kicked my hunger for knowledge and veganism to the next level! Here’s my favorite video:
Hannah McNeely: here!
Funnily, Hannah is Ellen’s sister. Of course, I discovered Hannah by Ellen mentioning her, but boy am I sorry I hadn’t discovered her sooner! Hannah has book club!! Hannah is one of two cohosts on the podcast Earth To Us. Hannah creates “What I Eat In A Day” and “A Day in the Life of..” videos, my personal favorites. Hannah has a great sense of humor, and I just really think you’d like her! Her content speaks for itself, honestly. Here’s my favorite video:
Julien Solomita & Jenna Marbles: Hell yeaaaauh
Hahahaha, let’s be honest, here. I can’t mention “Favorite Vegan Youtubers” without giving J&J’s Kitchen cred. Here’s my favorite video:
Sarah Lemkus: Here!
Sarah is a youtuber I discovered around the same time I discovered Ellen Fisher. Sarah has a lifestyle, nutrition, and motherhood youtube channel. Sarah also has a website, you can find here. I’ve truly enjoyed seeing her family grow, and it’s given me so much inspiration when I needed it most. Here’s my favorite video:
Cheap Lazy Vegan: here!
Let’s not pretend like her channel name isn’t the best. Genius, in fact. I will always be down for cheap lazy vegan food! Always. I especially love her meal prep videos. They offer inspiration on weeks that I’m feeling extremely rushed or busy. Here’s my favorite video:
- Approx. 1 cup Frozen Mangoes
- Approx. ½ cup Frozen Pineapples
- ¾ cup Frozen Blueberries, Approx. ¼ cup Fresh Blueberries
- Approx. 1 & ½ handfuls of Spinach
- Approx. ¾ cups Frozen Cherries
- 2 small tablespoons Barley Grass Juice Powder
Short, sweet, and straight to the point. That’s what I like about this recipe, it’s so effortless I could blend it in my sleep! I love having this smoothie on a warm, sunny day for lunch. It’s the perfect mid-day pick me up. I just throw everything in a blender, and blend! Thaw the frozen fruits for 5-10 minutes before blending! Personally, I like a very icy smoothie so I thaw my fruit just the perfect length of time for my blender to blend easily. The mangoes keep this sweet enough for me, usually, but if you’ve got a sweet tooth, try adding some maple syrup! How does anyone live without maple syrup, am I right? I cannot promise any amazing benefits from drinking this, but I can promise that it makes for one delicious meal! I love topping this smoothie with two big spoonfuls of Chia seeds. I love adding these after it’s in the cup, because I love how the chia thickens as you drink it. It’s like those chia juices. They have a weird, yet lovely texture.. Am I the only one hahaha? This recipe also makes a great smoothie bowl!
Additional Ingredients: What I find I reach for the most in special occasion:
- Maple Syrup
- Plant based protein powder
- Hawaiian Spirulina powder
- Peanut Butter
- Flax (seed/ground)
- Ground ginger
You’ll thank me later!
This story was something that I’ve tried to sit down and write many, many times. Every time ends the exact same way. I write a few well worded paragraphs only to realize I had spent the last three paragraphs word vomiting. Each time made no sense in its own ironic way. To be frank, I’m not sure I’ll ever have the capability to tell this story without word vomiting. Only because, even eight/nine years later, it’s still just as hard to talk about. I’d rather accept and process things in my own “normal” way, because that’s what works for me. That is what has gotten me to this place in life. While this story is eight years of “meat”, I believe I can shorten it without hindering the….point? The moral? The story. That’s all we’ll call this. A story. My story. Part of my story. This is one of those things that I just had to decide in a literal blink of an eye that I was going to write. Because no matter how much prep, no matter how many outlines, it’ll never be easy enough to talk about. Forgive me if it doesn’t sound “complete”. It is what it is.
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