Super Veggie Mom

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Faster than a speeding couch potato! Able to leap the produce aisle in a single bound! Super Veggie Mom (formerly Motivated Mama) chronicles my efforts to raise a plant-strong, creative, and bright family while pursuing my own writing and fitness...

Liz is a winner of Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Moms - 2013

What's your favorite vegan or vegetarian friendly product?

One of my favorite ingredients now is chia seeds. They have so many health benefits--everything from aiding digestion to providing omega-3s--and they are so easy to add to green smoothies. My favorite preparation, though, is a vanilla-coconut chia seed pudding: http://superveggiemom.com/recipe/vegan/vanilla-coconut-chia-seed-pudding/
As far as commercially-made products, I love Nana's Cookie Bars (especially the chocolate chip ones), Lucy's cookies (especially Cinnamon Thins and Maple Bliss), and Go Raw Spicy Flax Snax (the jalapeno and cilantro are a cool twist). The Foodie Pen Pal program has been a great way to discover new vegan food products.

What's the biggest misconception people have about being a vegan or vegetarian?

The most common question I'm asked is, "What do you eat???" People focus on the lifestyle in terms of what we don't eat, rather than what we do. I've found that I eat a far greater variety of food than many of my friends and family. When you stop relying on chicken and cheese to form the bulk of your diet, you discover a whole world of grains, spices, beans, nuts, seeds, and, of course, fruits and vegetables. The great misconception is that we live on iceberg lettuce salads and tofu. In reality, the food we eat is not merely healthier, it's more varied than the average person's.

What's your best tip for families who want to start living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle?

Explore the variety out there and you won't ever feel deprived. Pick up a vegetable you've never tried before and look up a recipe online. Check out a cookbook and try a new recipe each week. If you always have rice, try quinoa or barley. If you always use black beans, try pinto beans. Expand your spice cabinet--oftentimes, the same ingredients taste completely different just by changing a couple of the spices. Changing the way you've eaten your entire life can be a difficult transition, but after just a few weeks, I guarantee you will experience the many benefits and feel motivated to keep it up.

What's your family's favorite Mexican or (Mexican-inspired) dish? Please share a link to your recipe!

Super Veggie Mom

Super-fast, tasty, and healthy, my 10-minute Tortilla Soup cleans out the fridge and satisfies both adults and kids!
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