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Chubby Vegan Mom

I'm one of those rare and elusive chubby vegans and I happen to be a mom, a Chubby Vegan Mom. With Chubby Vegan Dad's help, we're raising our children, Pearyn and Braeburn, to lead compassionate lives. And we bake some cruelty-free cupcakes along...

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

What's your favorite vegan or vegetarian friendly product?

Hands down Daiya. Choosing to remove cheese from my diet was one of the hardest transitions to veganism for me, so having a product that works so well in its place is beyond helpful.

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

That we're doing it solely for health purposes. Can the vegan lifestyle be incredibly healthy? Of course. Is it the reason behind our decision to abstain from animal products? Absolutely not. Being vegan is a lifestyle, it's a decision to be cruelty-free, not just healthy.

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

Start finding ways to incorporate your favorite meals into meatless varieties. We like to use lentils in place of ground "beef," so we make lentil tacos, lentil sloppy joes and even lentilloaf!