Sarasota Veg Fest 2018

Hello & welcome!

If you are new to my blog, I want to take a moment to say hello, and introduce myself. My name is Nicole & I make blogs about living a holistic life, but most importantly, I post a lot of whole food plant-based recipes! This is my way of spreading the vegan message. Cooking is a passion of mine and I’d like to think that I am pretty good at it. To put this gift I inherited from my mother to use, I decided to create recipes to share with the world to show others that eating vegan does not mean you are giving up anything. Yes, eliminating all animal products from consumption and daily use is what this lifestyle is about, but rather than focusing on what you “give up”, let’s focus on what you actually gain!


Before we talk about the gains, let’s talk numbers. Over 56 BILLION farmed animals are killed every year by humans and this number does not even include fish. When you adopt a vegan diet, you are personally saving up to 95 animals a year and thousands during your lifetime. These numbers are shocking. If you are making the conscious decision to switch over to a plant-based vegan diet, thank you! Not only do I thank you, but so does your body and all the loving animals that you are no longer subjecting to death. If you are still unsure about making the switch, I highly recommend checking out my BEGINNERS GUIDE. I write about transitioning to veganism and give a list of my most recommended documentaries.


Let’s get to the gains! I’ve met a lot of people over the years who have talked to me about veganism but said they could never make the switch because they have to give up to much. Personally, I do not view it as having to give up anything. There is far more to gain from fueling your mind and body with healthy plants than there is to lose.

What you gain from a vegan plant-based diet:

  • Better digestion
  • Increased energy
  • Happier outlook
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better blood sugar
  • Lower rates of cancer
  • Clearer, younger looking skin
  • Less inflammation
  • Better sleep
  • Weight loss

The list can go on and on. I am a believer that the energy we put into our bodies affects the energy that we give back to the world. Consuming animals that have not been treated with care, carry disease/cancer, and slaughtered in the cruelest ways possible is negative energy that your body is absorbing and projecting back out into the world. Eating a colorful variety of nurturing, living plants you are gaining a substantial amount of positive energy to give back to this world.



Thank you for sticking around through my ramble. The purpose of this post is to share with you my Veg Fest experience. I have traveled around and attended many different Veg Fest. Sarasota, Florida is close to my home and this year they held their very first Veg Fest. It turned out to be a HUGE success. I am beyond thankful for the amount of effort put into this event to spread the vegan message. Here is a little recap of my day. Also, if you are local to the area or ever visiting definitely check out the places listed below!



The first vendor I stopped at was Ionie. I tried their raw taco salad.

Taco salad: Romaine, Brazil nut, pico de gallo, avocado, tomato, vegan “sour cream”, red pepper, chasew, & taco cheese.


Big Crush Slush Company

Find their site HERE.

It’s Spring in Florida which means it’s basically Summer before Summer. I decided to indulge in a ginger lime with mint slushy. My husband decided on lemon citrus with blood orange. It was the perfect drink for a hot sunny day!


Flavors of India

This GIANT plate of food only cost us $10. My husband and I split this and it was more than plenty. We went a little crazy on the Indian food because it is our favorite type of food to eat. There was a variety of different dishes. If you’d like to check out their menu you can HERE. Their menu does have meat dishes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t serve vegan food. Almost all Indian restaurants have a vegetarian section that can easily be modified to be vegan.


Vegan Heavenly Delights 


Definitely could not leave without having some type of vegan dessert. My husband opted for fried Oreos, in which he devoured so quickly that I didn’t get the chance to snap a photo of them. I’ve been sticking to a gluten-free diet and this is why I happily choose strawberry “cheese” cake from Vegan Heavenly Delights



Thank you for taking the time to read this post, if you have any questions regarding veganism please feel free to shoot me a message or comment below.

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