These Amazing Black Foodies Make Embracing A Vegan Lifestyle Look Easy
Living a healthier lifestyle is one of those ongoing journeys that can seem lonely and confusing. It can feel even more isolated when you’re making the choice to embark on a vegan journey. Aside from dealing with the side-eyes from meat loving friends and family, finding tips, recipes, and support is a headache that only those who are struggling with transitioning and maintaining the lifestyle can understand.
On the latest episode of The Suga, mom, actress and vegan food influencer Tabitha Brown shared her own vegan journey.
“I got into it because I got really sick in 2016. I woke up with a terrible headache in the back of my head and it rested there for a year and seven months. It was accompanied by chronic fatigue and chronic pain throughout my body. My body began to attack itself.”
After numerous doctor visits where professionals could not figure out how to help her, it was a documentary recommendation from her daughter that inspired her to embark on a 30-day vegan challenge. “After 10 days my headache that I had every day for a year and seven months disappeared. By day 30 I told my husband that this is my lifestyle and I’m not going back,” said Brown
Thanks to more and more people like Brown sharing their experience with the Black community, gone are the days where finding a Black vegan felt like searching for a unicorn. More of us are making the switch to plant-based diets and making it look easy. If you’re a newbie or just testing the waters, we’ve rounded up a few cookbooks by Black vegan foodies that will excite your tastebuds and make the road to veganism one you can stick to.
Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats
London based Rachel Ama literally has a recipe for every occasion and lives to share them with the 400K followers on her Youtube channel. From vegan bbq jerk tacos to Nutella french toast, her cookbook Vegan Eats features lots of one-pot-wonders, British classics, and dishes from her Caribbean and West African roots. Rachel makes sure that living a plant-based lifestyle not only looks good but tastes good too.
Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul
Whether she’s giving you tips on how to remix your faves or playing with her too cute for words baby girl, vegan foodie blogger Jenné Claiborne makes sure that her every move de-stigmatizes what you think you know about living a plant-based life. In her beautifully photographed cookbook Sweet Potato Soul, you will find healthy recipes for everything from Fluffy Biscuits and Sweet Potato Pie, to Georgia Watermelon and Peach Salad and Caribbean Steamed Cabbage. Her helpful tips make it easy for you to incorporate plant based eating into your life, without sacrificing taste.
If there is one thing author and chef Bryant Terry knows, it’s how to wow your tastebuds with vegan dishes. His cookbook, Afro-Vegan shows you how to incorporate African, Caribbean and Southern culture into a plant-based lifestyle. With over 100 recipes, Terry gives you vegan twists on delicious dishes like Smashed Potatoes, Peas, and Corn with Chile-Garlic Oil, a recipe inspired by the Kenyan dish irio, Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad with dried apricots, carrots, and almonds, which is based on a Moroccan tagine and Creamy Coconut-Cashew Soup with Okra, Corn, and Tomatoes, which has roots in Brazil.
The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy
Don’t let the spaced-out title of Afya Ibomu’s cookbook fool you. The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy is more than just your basic vegan cookbook, it’s a fun, fact filled guide to the vegetarian world of grocery shopping, understanding nutrition, meal planning, dining out as a vegan and more. Once the hard part of out of the way, Afya gives you yummy recipes for classic dishes like Tofu Buffalo “Wings,” Corn Bread- Chocolate Chip Cookies, Collard Greens and even Candied Yams.
Starting a vegan lifestyle seems simple, just insert veggies and remove meat, right? But there is so much more to going vegan than that and learning how to create dishes that don’t seem bland and boring can be challenging for many people. Thankfully Bryant Terry has just what you need. His cookbook, Vegetable Kingdom shows you how to make meals from popular vegetables, grains, and legumes so you can make things like Dirty Cauliflower, Barbecued Carrots with Slow-Cooked White Beans and Citrus & Garlic-Herb-Braised Fennel with ease. The book is also organized by ingredient so it’s easy to make meals based on what’s fresh at the market.
Listen to our conversation with Tabitha Brown below as she shares her in story about how she took a chance on herself and made her wildest dreams come true and her shares her personal approach to motherhood.