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A diet rich in fruits and vegetables has many benefits like lowering the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Many people are opting for more vegan choices in their diets, but it might be difficult or shocking to try to cook a meal without meat. 

While vegans sometimes have lower obesity rates and tend to live longer than omnivore counterparts, Elyse Wagner (a holistic nutritionist) and Amari Thomsen (a registered dietitian) share some simple vegan recipes.

Amari's Advice

"When building a vegan recipe you want to include protein, colorful fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains. Think about a southwestern quinoa salad. Combine whole grain quinoa with black beans, red bell pepper, corn, avocado, lime juice, olive oil, and spices to create a tasty vegan salad!"

Elyse's Advice

"Use an avocado or sweet potato to create a quinoa bowl with chopped avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, and taco seasoning. Black beans burgers can be made by mashing black beans, sweet potato and green onions and baking for 20 minutes at 350 degrees."

About the Experts

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.



Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink.



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