Foodie Friday: 5 Vegan Tips To Help You Look & Feel Better!

Today’s #FoodieFriday is all about being a little more GREEN! HeyMikeyATL partnered with 32-year-old restaurateur Nicole Marquis. to help provide information so that all our foodie readers can add a little veganism to their culinary life. Marquis is the founder of a vegan powerhouse concept- Hip City Veg -committed to making mouthwatering, “crave-able” vegan dishes. She was even recognized this year in the New York Times for being an influential part of Philadelphia’s growing vegan scene.

So today we’re giving you five vegan ways from Marquis on how to add veganism to your diet!


1. Bowl it Up – Some of the best meals I’ve eaten have been the simplest.  I love to make a bowl of my favorite veggies and grains – you can dress it up and it’ll fill you up.  Try this: Brown rice, avocado, sliced tomato and black beans – then dress it up with a little salt, hot sauce and fresh lime!


2. Whip (whip) a Ban-nay-nay  – Ever have ripe bananas that you don’t eat and they go to waste?  Don’t fret- peel them and freeze them! Take your frozen bananas and put it in a blender or through a juicer and it will come out like soft serve.  Pick your favorite toppings and voila you’ve got yourself the healthiest vegan ice-cream in the world.  Great for digestion and loaded with potassium and fiber! Speaking of bananas…

3. Replace to Save Face- Did you know that when baking, a banana can take on the same properties and functions of an egg? Chickpeas, black beans and avocados can all be used for uses you never could have imagined (brownies, mayonnaise, smoothies, etc.) Do your research and get creative and you’ll never have to pick between eating right and eating well again.


4. Easy Drinking Greens –  Dark leafy greens are packed with micronutrients and phytochemicals that will make you glow! To make a quick Green Smoothie I always keep my frozen berries and frozen bananas stocked so that I can quickly throw them in the blender with any leafy greens that I may have in my fridge.  Dinosaur Kale is my favorite right now!  Spinach, Romaine, Parsley, or Swiss Chard can take your green smoothie off the charts.


5. Color it Clean – The best foods for your skin and body are the foods with the most vibrant colors.  When in doubt, go for color; purple, reds, greens and yellows!  Purple fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants which neutralize agents of aging and keep your skin looking bright and healthy.  Processed foods are white and brown and lack the micronutrients that help to keep you looking young.  Remember to take your daily dose of color!

There you have it! Try some of these easy techniques for the next week and share your updates with us. For more vegan tips and tricks, be sure to follow Nicole Marquis on social media.

Photo Credit: Banana Ice Cream

Written By: Kyree Shockley

kyree shockley hey mikey atl

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