Vegan Lifestyle

By: August Kelly-Anderson


Living a healthier lifestyle is usually the talk of every new year, with a new trendy diet. I am sure most of us have heard of some these new trendy healthy regimens, consisting of the vegan diet, keto diet, Mediterranean diet, and the DASH diet. Becoming a vegan has slowly been taking over. Vegans exclude any foods or products that come from animals. Some of the reasons for becoming vegan include losing weight and improving their health.

It is said that the Vegan diet is higher in dietary fiber, magnesium, folic acid, vitamins C and E, iron, and phytochemicals. Along with this, they are lower in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B-12. When improving the health side, individuals have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers (Craig, 2009). That’s a great start to living a healthier lifestyle.

I personally love the thought of biting down into a good hamburger, however, there have been a lot of alternatives to enjoy your favorite meaty dish. One of those alternatives to a good hamburger, is a Black Bean or a Portobello burger, and substitute your cheese with a vegan cheese, with the rest of the fixings. One brand of vegan cheese that comes to mind is Daiya.

The website, The Spruce eats, has a variety of vegan recipes to try. One of my favorites is the Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Those ingredients include, onions, black beans, bread crumbs, and your touch of your favorite classic seasonings. Once you smash your beans, you can add in the remaining ingredients and form your patties to be fried in a small amount of oil (Hackett, 2018). After that, assemble your burger with your favorite fixings. Talk about a yummy burger!

If you decide to start a new diet, research it first, and remember what works for someone else, may not work for you.


Craig, W. J. (2009). Health effects of vegan diets. The American journal of clinical.

Hackett, J. (2018). Easy vegan black bean veggie burgers. Retrieved from The Spruce Eats.

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