5 Easy Tips on Switching to a Healthy + GF/Vegan Diet (on a Budget)

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I’ve spent most of my adult life eating healthy…

I find it to be the single most important thing to do to look your best, feel your best and prevent illness. It’s an investment, as a matter of fact, I probably spend more on healthy food and supplements than on any other thing. The reason for this is because I believe you pay for it now or you pay for it later…

With that being said, it honestly doesn’t have to be SO expensive…

I also know that when you make the switch to a healthier lifestyle and contemplate a plant-based and/or gluten-free diet you can start to feel overwhelmed by all the choices of superfoods and supplements out there. You may not know even where to start…
On the other hand, you might become frustrated by what seems to be the LACK of plant-based food choices…you may wonder “what’s the best vegan cheese alternative” or “what kind of bread do I buy!” It can make you just want to forget the whole thing altogether…I GET IT!!

It honestly doesn’t have to be so confusing!!

That is why I spend so much time bringing the resources to you…I’ve been there and studied and experimented with it all and I LOVE to share what I learn with all of you so that you don’t have to feel alone and you can get some inspiration from someone who is actually living it and has been for years…

I am here to help.

Here are 5 foolproof resources that will help you to easily and inexpensively make the healthy plant-based choices for you and your family and these just so happen to be fun too!

 1. Order from Vitacost
If you’ve followed me for a while you will have seen me talk about this mega-resource because I have been ordering from them every month for YEARS. I find them to have the most discounted food and supplement products out there. Not only are they super easy to order from and have specials constantly on the already discounted products, they also deliver to your door within 2 days and the selection is better than your local Whole Foods. Oh, and if food and supplements weren’t enough they have a lot of drugstore options too like eco dental floss, dish soap, pet foods and even Himalayan salt lamps!
So next time you come across a recipe ingredient that has you scratching your head, type the product into the Vitacost search box and the next thing you know, it will be on your doorstep without breaking your bank account, seriously.

I always post my Vitacost hauls on my social media, if you want to follow me to get more inspo on what I order, make sure you are following me on my Insta and YouTube channels…Oh, and I might as well offer you a code to get 20% off your first purchase right? Just click this link and sign up and you can thank me later…Vitacost.com2. Shop Your Local Farmer’s Market
Okay, this might me the most fun one on the list because you can really make a day of it or start a weekly ritual with a friend and you will learn SO much about local and seasonal food every time you visit. If you haven’t ever gone YOU MUST.
Eating local and seasonal fruits and vegetables is the healthiest way to eat those said colorful powerhouses. They provide for our bodies exactly what we need per season so we can stay in optimal health. The people who work in the booths know a lot, pick their brain, you will learn something new, guaranteed. Oh, and since we are on the subject of inexpensive, the produce is always discounted from what they sell in the store and sometimes you can talk them down. 😉

3. Don’t Forget about Trader Joe’s
Sometimes when we are on our Farmer’s Market kicks and online shopping we forget just how doggone low Trader Joe’s prices are especially on greens, potatoes, produce, frozen fruits, veggies, tea, flowers and they just started selling super cheap nutritional yeast! Compare prices!!! Pick out which things you always buy at trader Joe’s so you can run in and grab those few inexpensive items and get on out!

4. Eat Simply
Eating simple whole fruits and veggies is the most important thing to keep in mind. Make sure you are smashing in the healthy carbs: bananas, potatoes, quinoa, rice, veggies, dates, etc and filling up…The main thing you want to keep in mind is making sure you are food combining properly and just eat simply. A quick rule on food combining is to eat the bulk of your fruit in the am before any cooked foods and never after and try eating greens at every meal.
Fruit and smoothies in the am and eating a huge salad with your favorite veggies and potato wedges or sweet potato (no-oil) fries in the pm will be your best friend on this healthy lifestyle. It may sound simple and it is! Eating simply is not expensive, picking up a bunch of bananas and a bag of potatoes is super cheap. Definitely don’t try and get too fancy with your food when you are first starting out because you will burn out quick. Keep it simple and carbed up!

5. Follow Inspiring Food and Lifestyle Accounts on Social Media
This might be the most important tip for switching from a SAD to a plant-based one. The reason why is because at first it may seem radical to only eat plants, right?! You kinda have to see it to believe it, see what other people are eating, rather, THRIVING on daily. There are some amazing people posting content daily, so get inspired. Most of these peeps are also alerting you of when things are on sale or offering discount codes too! You will learn SO MUCH about what is out there on this lifestyle…and I promise you will learn what vegan cheese is best!!

Another great resource is NutritionFacts.org, Dr. McGregor the author of “How Not to Die” post regular YouTube videos that debunk health myths and offer great insights based on medical research that promote a healthy whole-food and plant-based diet.

For more info, I have put together a SUPER DETAILED “Getting Started” Shopping list and I want you to have if for FREE.
Just sign up at the top with your email and I will send it on over!

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Comment with your thoughts, love!

♥jess

Andrea Cox Cleans Out My Fridge + Behind the Scenes Fun

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Did you catch it? I went LIVE on Facebook with the beyond beautiful and amazing Andrea Cox over the weekend! Although I was nervous because it was my first time live, we had SO much fun! You can tell by all the giggles 😆
I’ve been following Andrea for well over 4+ year (even before I was vegan 😱) and I’ve always felt she was a soul sister as we see eye to eye on so many things, plus she is a wealth of knowledge and I learn so much from her…she is detox specialist, raw vegan chef and a talented entrepreneur with her own line of amazing supplements! I can watch her talk all day and that is why she is so wildly popular on Facebook! So yea, Andrea made a raw vegan soup in MY kitchen!! How wonderful it is to have collaborated with someone I’ve admired for so long?! Go follow her and check out our goofy dancing video on Facebook (Jessica Remmers and Andrea LEIGH Cox) Check out the behind the scenes video below with exclusive behind the scenes footage and fun….don’t forget to add dates to the soup because it is literally the BOMB (like all of her recipes are)!! 💣 Perfect for the Holidays!! Comment below if you saw us live! ♥ jess

 

My Vegan Thanksgiving + Vlogmas Day 1

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Check out my latest vlog where I show you my prep work for my organic, gluten-free, plant-based, whole-food FEAST!

This is the third year in a row I made a vegan Thanksgiving for the fam…

Here is the video…also, I’ll post info on my other 2 vegan Thanksgiving below with recipes and posts!

 

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Meal Prep with Me + CHICKPEA CRAZY!!

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In case you missed it over on YouTube…meal prep with me! I made a versatile cashew sour cream (cheese) that you can pair with SO many dishes + it’s great to have on hand.

I also make chickpea “tuna” salad, braised coconut chickpeas and I give tips on preparing dried beans and cleaning your greens!

 

Also, here is my FAMOUS Chickpea cookie recipe!

PB&J Everything Oats (New Recipe)

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Helloooooooo

As you may already know, I have enrolled in the Rouxbe Plant-Based Certification Program!!! You know what that means??
It means I’m going to be posting lots of new recipes for you all and gathering even more to hopefully be release in a book format soon!! 

I want to share with you my first recipe…I’m calling it PB&J Everything Oats because you can throw just about everything in this baby! It’s hearty, nutritious and tastes like a sweet peanut butter and jelly sandwich mmmmmmmm…

Let’s get started: (scroll to the end for printable recipe)

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As you know, I like to give you OPTIONS so that you can cultivate your own cooking tastes as well as use ingredients you already love, while discovering more with these recipes. I tend to mix things up depending on what I’m in the mood for or what I have on-hand. Here is what I used + more options to consider:

GF rolled Oats (I tired a new one from Trader Joes called Ancient Grain & Super Seed Oatmeal, it already has added nuts, grains and seeds so you don’t have to add more)
Peanut Butter (or any nut or seed butter you prefer)
Loads of mixed frozen berries
Maple Syrup to sweeten
Coconut milk (or other nut milk) and shreds to top

Options:
Add bananas, dates, apples and/or cinnamon

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Once you’ve cooked your oats, it’s time to mix all the ingredients together!
I like to save some fruit, maple syrup and coconut to add to the very end….

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Once everything is stirred together top with remaining ingredients! This is a great late breakfast or lunch idea!

Here is the full recipe with detailed and measured instructions:

PB&J Everything Oats

Nutritious and hearty these oats pack protein and the flavor of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!


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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup GF rolled Oats (I tired a new one from Trader Joe’s called Ancient Grain & Super Seed Oatmeal, it already has added nuts, grains and seeds so you don’t have to add more)
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 3/4 cup mixed frozen berries
  4. 1 tbs. maple syrup
  5. 1/3 cup coconut milk (or other nut milk)
  6. 1 tbs. coconut shreds
Options
  1. Add bananas, dates, apples, more nuts/seeds and/or cinnamon.
Instructions
  1. Cook oats according to product instructions.
  2. Once oats are cooked, stir in mixed frozen berries to soften.
  3. Mix in nut butter, maple syrup and half of your coconut milk.
  4. Once everything is stirred together, top with remaining coconut milk, maple syrup and coconut shreds.
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New Summer What I Ate Today Video! Vegan & Gluten-Free + Meal Prep!

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Hey Guys!! 

Check out my latest video where I show you what I would eat in a day especially when it’s HOT as heck!
I’ll show you how I meal prep a potato salad that you can have later and try 3 different ways. Mixed with some cool black and white shots of Santa Monica beach, I hope you enjoy!

Featuring:
⋅Fresh Cold Pineapple
⋅Glowing Green Smoothie (full of fiber, minerals and hydration)
⋅Potato Salad (3 ways)
⋅Snacks
⋅Quick & delicious beans and rice dinner

♥ Jessica Remmers (healthyhappyjess)

 

Day in LA~ New Vlog!! Vegan Sushi Recipe + Parasite Cleanse + Comedy Show!

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Hey guys!! Check out my latest vlog where I show you an example of what I do in LA! I’ll show you how I make my vegan sushi (avocado rolls) that I make ALL the time + an update on my Paragone Parasite cleanse that I am smack dab in the middle of.
Also, I’ll take you along with me on a night out watching a friend perform stand-up comedy! I’d love to hear from you! Let me know your favorite part of the video! Printable recipe below!!
LOVE!!! ♥

 

Avocado Sushi Rolls

I love sushi! Eating vegan definitely doesn’t mean you need to give up amazing sushi. I used to love going and getting sushi but discovered just how quick and easy it is to make at home. Now I make this all the time because it satisfies my craving, it’s easy to digest and it’s so delicious.
You can adjust this recipe by adding other veggies besides avocado like cucumber, carrots, peppers or mangos. Have fun and get rolling!


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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white rice or sushi rice (cooked)
  2. 1 avocado
  3. 3-4 nori sheets
  4. 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  5. 4 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
  6. optional (add veggies: cucumbers, carrots etc.)
Instructions
  1. Take your sushi roller and place it in a large freezer bag to keep it clean. (A bamboo place mat can work too).
  2. Lay Nori sheet down on roller and apply a thin layer of rice.
  3. Add 2-3 pieces of sliced avocado on a 1 inch layer nearest to you.
  4. Simply roll it up then cut into .5-1 inch pieces.
  5. Top with sesame seeds.
  6. Enjoy with your gluten-free tamari soy sauce!
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Indian Dal Lentils Recipe~ Vegan + Low Fat

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New recipe video is up! See how I make my Indian Dal lentils, no need for butter or oil in this recipe!

3 Vegan Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes ♥ New Video!! ♥

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Check out the video and printable protein cookie recipe is below!! ♥ ♥

 

 

 

Chickpea + Peanut Butter Cookies

These are the easiest, healthiest, most tasty, unprocessed, vegan, gluten-free, protein cookies!


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Ingredients
  1. 1 can garbonzo beans
  2. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  3. ½ cup + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  4. ¼ cup maple syrup
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. Pinch of salt
  7. 3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips or carob chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor except for the chocolate chips, blend until smooth.
  4. Add chocolate chips (or smashed chocolate bar)
  5. With wet hands, form into 1½” balls. Take a fork and gentle press down to make ridges and more round shape (wet fork in between so it doesn’t stick).
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes (or more if you like them crispy). Store in the fridge, they taste excellent cold!
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New Video: Good Mood Foods that make you feel HAPPY + Smoothie Recipe!

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This video is all about good-mood foods that are clinically proven to work as an anti-depressant and help you to feel HAPPY! These are some of my favorite foods that I eat just about every day because it is so important to stay energized and happy in order to follow your purpose and passion in life! If some of these good-mood foods will help you to accomplish that, I say go for it!
The smoothie recipe is one of my favorites that I drink almost EVERY day because it’s that good and it helps me to feel good too!
Enjoy!