Store Bought Veggie Burgers

Vegan Burgers

Here’s my Sexy Fit Veganâ„¢ take on store bought veggie burgers…

I split them into two main categories, so here they are along with my top recommended products for each:

1. Veggie burgers for special occasions.

These are ones that look, taste, and feel most like beef burgers, and may be something you want to use for barbeques or when trying to appease a meat-eater or your own craving for meat if you are at a point where you still have those cravings! The down side is that they tend to be more processed and contain more ingredients that are not healthy. So while you are doing right by the animals by not supporting their horrific life and death, you are not doing your body a favor by eating them!That being said, we are all entitled to treat ourselves to some vegan foods that are not the best for us every now and then. I know I do! As long as you are keeping your regular diet clean and exercising there’s no reason for guilt 😉 Here are two of the best tasting and healthiest burgers in this category. The Amy’s Bistro Burger is definitely the healthier option of the two. Many people love the taste of the Morningstar Grillers Vegan though so I wanted to include it for the special occasions category!

AmysBistroBurger

morning star burgers

2. Burgers I  recommend suitable for regular consumption.

These patties are much less processed. They are absolutely delicious, but must be looked at as their own unique food items, not to be compared to the taste and texture of a beef patty! Here are my top two picks. The Sunshine Burgers should be thought of as a hearty meal, as it is higher in calories and fat than the others I’ve mentioned. I also like the Southwest style burger from Sunshine Burgers. Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burger is great because it has whole food ingredients, is low in calories, low in fat, high in fiber, and high in protein! I also enjoy Dr. Praeger’s Bombay Veggie Burgers.

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Dr.P Cali Veggie Burger

Kale Powerhouse

Vegan Kale

Green Energy Juice

I am obsessed with kale, this is my first experiment with kale in a juice and I love it.. This is my new Pre-bike Energy ride juice!

Some fun facts about Kale:
One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

Juice equal Parts:

  • Kale
  • Carrot
  • Celery

Kale Juice

A Delicious Salad Experience with a Kick

Vegan Salad with a Kick

As simple as it is, I just don’t seem to get tired of this salad thanks to the creative dressing my boyfriend came up with! You can be creative and switch up the greens and veggies, and add proteins like tempeh! Adjust the wasabi amount to your liking. The wakame seaweed is not only a tasty addition that goes well with wasabi, but it also is said to help burn fat, and contains some very important nutrients such as magnesium, iron, vitamins A, C, E, K, D, and Riboflavin. 

Saladwakame

  • organic greens of your choice
  • cucumber
  • tomato
  • avocado
  • red cabbage shreds
  • carrot shreds
  • bean sprouts
  • sesame seeds
  • dried wakame seaweed
  • Pick one: organic shelled edamame, tempeh, tofu or quinoa

Dressing (3-4 servings)

  • 2 TBSP wasabi paste
  • 4 TBSP Liquid Braggs Amino Acids or Low Sodium Gluten Free Tamari
  • 4 TBSP organic, extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning

EAT UP and ENJOY!!!

“Vegan With A Vengeance: No Meat, No Problem”

I’m writing to share with you all that I am honored to have been named Personal Trainer of the Month on BodyBuilding.com, the most popular fitness & bodybuilding website in the world! Their team put together an amazing spread with my full interview and some great pics. I feel like it lets readers into my world and truly get to know me and what I’m all about!

Bodybuilding.com  TOM - Ella Magers Training Pic

I also want to announce that I will be launching a forum component to my website within the next two weeks! I am beyond excited about this… I have been coaching people on other vegan and fitness forums, which not only helps the individuals I coach, but everyone who reads the posts and relates to the situation in one way or another. This has been my dream… combining all my passions, connecting with individuals, while reaching thousands… even millions!

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Meat Today… Not Just Unhealthy. Downright Scary.

It unfortunately seems like the meat industry practices haven’t quite hit rock bottom despite the RTR38ZYQ1377808031fact that more and more people are becoming more and more aware of the healthy dangers of meat, as well as the cruelty it entails for the animals. This article from the Washington Post, published September 8th, 2013 details evidence that things seems as though they are going to get worse before they get better. All the more reason for people to put a rush on their transition to a healthy, plant-based diet!

The article, entitled, “USDA pilot program fails to stop contaminated meat” begins:

A meat inspection program that the Agriculture Department plans to roll out in pork plants nationwide has repeatedly failed to stop the production of contaminated meat at American and foreign plants that have already adopted the approach, documents and interviews show.

The program allows meat producers to increase the speed of processing lines by as much as 20 percent and cuts the number of USDA safety inspectors at each plant in half, replacing them with private inspectors employed by meat companies. The approach has been used for more than a decade by five American hog plants under a pilot program.

But three of these plants were among the 10 worst offenders in the country for health and safety violations, with serious lapses that included failing to remove fecal matter from meat, according to a report this spring by the USDA inspector general. The plant with the worst record by far was one of the five in the pilot program.

Read the USDA inspector general’s report on swine-plant inspection, with key sections annotated by the reporter.

What the USDA watchdog found

IG report

Read the rest of this article here. For me, stories like this are simply a reminder of the urgency to spread the word, and help people find the motivation and knowledge to be healthy, energetic, and fit through a whole foods, plan-based diet so as to be able to enjoy life for years and years to come!