22 Days Challenge

12.03.2013

JAY'S I

Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way.

On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a “plant-based breakfast” every day. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought…

Why now? There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day…It just feels right!

So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress… Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out! Please ha. I don’t know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical challenge? We’ll see…

Best of luck and health!

P.S. B is also joining me.

I will let my friend Marco explain the benefits of a plant based diet here.

  • Kalina

    Good for you! It’s an incredibly hard thing to do, especially when we are surrounded by temptation to eat crappy food. I’m not as far as vegan, but drastically cutting down my dairy, meat and gluten intake has made a massive difference to my health, energy, concentration and many other things. Good luck with it Jay!

  • Louis

    Good Luck HOV,
    Greetings from Mexico

  • EyeZ82

    I like vegan Muffins and Scones cant tell the difference in my opinion…Good for you Hov :-)

  • Adrian (hayabusa)

    But……oreos?!? Good luck Vegan Hov!

  • Andi Wandt

    Thanks for providing this excellent example. A plant-based diet is one of the most responsible actions people can take for both the planet and themselves. Good luck! You won’t need it.. soon you will see how truly easy it is to be vegan. It is all about adapting the foods you love into healthier versions. You will get creative and luckily the vegan community is growing. You guys are in NYC? Amazing places to eat a plant-based diet. I am proud of both you and B and know you will do well. It sounds like you are doing it for the best reasons. I hope it sticks with you! It is truly a spiritual way to eat and live and brings you to a higher vibration. Happy Birthday!

  • Andi Wandt

    Thanks for providing this excellent example. A plant-based diet is one of the most responsible actions people can take for both the planet and themselves. Good luck! You won’t need it.. soon you will see how truly easy it is to be vegan. It is all about adapting the foods you love into healthier versions. You will get creative and luckily the vegan community is growing. You guys are in NYC? Amazing places to eat a plant-based diet. I am proud of both you and B and know you will do well. It sounds like you are doing it for the best reasons. I hope it sticks with you! It is truly a spiritual way to eat and live and brings you to a higher vibration. Happy Birthday!

  • Andi Wandt

    oreos are actually vegan…. just shows how they are products of a laboratory. No dairy in that “creme” filling!

  • Andi Wandt

    oreos are actually vegan…. just shows how they are products of a laboratory. No dairy in that “creme” filling!

  • Angel Garrett

    Eating a lot of fruit, island foods and organic veggies is a great way to stay healthy. I wish you luck because that takes will power. When it comes to The smell of a peppercorn porterhouse I have none! Happy 44th!

  • Angel Garrett

    Eating a lot of fruit, island foods and organic veggies is a great way to stay healthy. I wish you luck because that takes will power. When it comes to The smell of a peppercorn porterhouse I have none! Happy 44th!

  • Adrian (hayabusa)

    Mind Blown. Oreos all day then! lol

  • Adrian (hayabusa)

    Mind Blown. Oreos all day then! lol

  • JayZ Galore

    Navigation on, trying to find my next thrill…Good luck homie!!!

  • JayZ Galore

    Navigation on, trying to find my next thrill…Good luck homie!!!

  • Erin N. Smith

    I’m going wheat free. All this GMO food is not good for the body :-) I can’t wait to see how you guys do.

  • Amanda Schlarbaum

    Good job! That is exciting! I made a vegan pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and it was very tasty. The vegan diet can be challenging but very delish! Good luck friend and Happy Birthday!

  • NRJ ESQ

    Angelica’s Kitchen. Candle 79. Dao Palate (BK). Stock up on veggies and fruits, stay hydrated and try to stay clear of fake ‘meat’. Good luck and happy birthday, bruh.

  • inferior

    I could not love these two any more than i do right now

  • inferior

    When you and B come to Toronto, FRESH is the most popular spot here!

  • Jude

    As long as your wife remains thick, do what thou wilt!!!! Good luck!

  • Marko

    22 Two’s and 44 Four’s :D

  • Marko

    22 Two’s and 44 Four’s :D

  • James Coley III

    I would love to join you. My 46th birthday is tomorrow and my wife is taking me to the Chop House this weekend to celebrate. Wish you a Happy Birthday and success with your challenge.

  • @donmaneco

    stop listening to Russel Simmons HOV

  • @donmaneco

    stop listening to Russel Simmons HOV

  • JORDAN

    Like 44th Birthday on december 4, and 22 days x 2 = 44 . She wasn’t playing with that 4 thing! Good luck tho

  • JORDAN

    Like 44th Birthday on december 4, and 22 days x 2 = 44 . She wasn’t playing with that 4 thing! Good luck tho

  • Jason Fonceca

    Even though I’m not a vegan, this is so awesome.

    Would love to see this reflected in some upcoming tracks, and I have a feeling it will be.

    #keepryzing

  • Jason Fonceca

    Even though I’m not a vegan, this is so awesome.

    Would love to see this reflected in some upcoming tracks, and I have a feeling it will be.

    #keepryzing

  • cory

    What cut are you getting from Marco’s website?

  • Wendolyne

    Well since B is joining you I guess you got me too! ha! Happy 44th Mr. C! See you on the 9th!! ;)

  • Wendolyne

    Well since B is joining you I guess you got me too! ha! Happy 44th Mr. C! See you on the 9th!! ;)

  • Colton Babladelis

    when you come to detroit in January, come to Ann Arbor. Seva’s is the best vegan restaurant in the metro detroit area hands down

  • E Joey Torres

    I am a Vegan Personal Trainer. I know a few spots in NYC that are AMAZING. Terri, Pure Food & Wine, Franchia, Hangawi, Loving Hut, Boyd Thai sells Vegan meals, Quantum Leap, Blossom Du Jour. In Williamsburg there is The Shanti Shack. In Bushwick there is a Vegan donut spot called Dun-Well Doughnuts. Hope this helps Jay

  • Colton Babladelis

    also, happy almost birthday!

  • E Joey Torres

    Its actually ONLY double stuffed oreos that are vegan. Not the regular ones

  • Tony TiTo Zang

    My life hit a “low” and I was told by my pundit “Hindu priest” to stop eating meat and consuming alcohol for 7 weekends in a row. It has now been 4 years straight that I am totally sober and meat free on Fridays and Saturday. It just makes me feel right, don’t get me wrong my life is still crappy but something about now eating meat just makes me happier. I also went meat free for 3 months in a row before my 30th birthday. Best of Luck Mr. Carter Looking forward to your progress report and your confessions about midnight buffalo wing cravings.

    Dr. T

    P.S. If your in NY let’s do dinner! I know all the great veggie spots and restaurants that have great veggies dishes.

  • Carol

    Good job, that’s a good example of integrity.
    Greetings from Brazil! And also, good luck.

  • Carol

    Good job, that’s a good example of integrity.
    Greetings from Brazil! And also, good luck.

  • Andrae Haughton

    I support you…think about that feeling that you have never experienced before…something that you have never done all your life is sure to bring a brand new feeling even though I know you done it all lol. Your body will love it, am still smoking cigarettes so you know what I might need to start there..lol.

    Peace and Love and Thanks Jay!!!

  • Andrae Haughton

    I support you…think about that feeling that you have never experienced before…something that you have never done all your life is sure to bring a brand new feeling even though I know you done it all lol. Your body will love it, am still smoking cigarettes so you know what I might need to start there..lol.

    Peace and Love and Thanks Jay!!!

  • Andrae Haughton

    Oh yea, how about you go ahead and drop about 22 new tracks that week, Might sell out Mars lol.

  • Andrae Haughton

    Oh yea, how about you go ahead and drop about 22 new tracks that week, Might sell out Mars lol.

  • Katherine LeBlond

    Yes! This is awesome. I’ve been a vegan for 18 years and I love that you two are trying it. If you make to LA this month, you need to hit up Veggie Grill, Sage, Real Food Daily or M Cafe.

  • Katherine LeBlond

    Yes! This is awesome. I’ve been a vegan for 18 years and I love that you two are trying it. If you make to LA this month, you need to hit up Veggie Grill, Sage, Real Food Daily or M Cafe.

  • Rodrigo Bragaglia

    I’m veeery exited whit this news! Thank you very much for you and B give this wonderful exemple for the wold! Our actions affects much more beings than just ourselfs. I’m a BIG Brazilian fan of B, vegan, and you both are the best, was the only thing that was missing!
    In the USA there are vegan substitutes for ALL animals products! It’s very easyer!
    I kown you both gonna get this! Good luck!
    Hugs from Brazil!!!

  • Rodrigo Bragaglia

    I’m veeery exited whit this news! Thank you very much for you and B give this wonderful exemple for the wold! Our actions affects much more beings than just ourselfs. I’m a BIG Brazilian fan of B, vegan, and you both are the best, was the only thing that was missing!
    In the USA there are vegan substitutes for ALL animals products! It’s very easyer!
    I kown you both gonna get this! Good luck!
    Hugs from Brazil!!!

  • http://www.acrn.com kabukigirl

    Ah I have so much to suggest:

    Candle 79 in Upper East Side
    Pure Food and Wine in Gramercy ( fine dining raw vegan restaurant, lots of celebs go there and the food is so refreshing you’ll want to go every week)
    Angelica’s Kitchen in East Village
    John’s Restaurant, Italian vegan restaurant in East Village
    Babycakes bakery in East Village
    Lula’s in East Village for your ice cream/sundae cravings
    Champs diner in Williamsburg, American diner and brunch spot – great friends and family spot

    As a vegetarian (though I tend to eat more vegan meals/food), I tend to cook a lot of my meals at home. It’s a great way for you (or an in-house chef, I know you two are busy people) to explore veganism and learn how easily manageable it is. This diet has introduced me to a whole new world of food and cooking that I previously didn’t know it existed, and once all this went into momentum I’ve become so much more energized, a lot less sick (I rarely go to the doctor unless it’s for a broken bone), and my skin and eyes glow like crazy. It’s also great because there are environmental and ethical benefits to this diet. Good luck on the venture!

  • Jenn Pelly

    VEGAN NYC

    Caravan of Dreams
    Angelica Kitchen
    Lan Cafe
    Pure Food and Wine
    Blossom
    Candle 79 + Candle Cafe
    Tiengarden
    TeaNY
    Babycakes
    Mexican Radio

    ^___^

  • Jenn Pelly

    ^__^

  • Stephanie NoFear Washington

    (Y)

  • http://happyherbivore.com/ Happy Herbivore

    awesome guys! let me know if I can help :) (& I’m guessing Russell Simmons was the pal?) :P

  • FreshFire

    u MUST be new here (rolls eyes)

  • CA

    Check out “Soul Vegetarian” in Atlanta, Chicago…best vegan soul food in the USA, does not disappoint. Make sure to order the Mac n Cheese…

  • BeyHive Takeover

    It’s about to be your birthday! Hopefully we can get some pics! XD

  • Kyle Key

    The regular ones are too. They all contain garbage ingredients, but at least no animal products in regular or double stuffed.

  • Tee

    Hov this is AWESOME! Veganism is so good for you and so good for the environment. There are so many awesome vegan places in NYC and LA is suppose to be vegan heaven! Please check out VegNews! Great place for info. They print a magazine, but if you want to save paper or just not the “holding a magazine” type, they have a website.

    For great places to eat, I’ll try not to repeat anyone else on here
    NYC: Cinnamon Snail and Franchia
    Boston: Have pancakes and a vegan omelet with the homemade cheese at Veggie Galaxy
    Philly: got to try the Hip City Veg. the Ranch Chick’n sandwich is crazy good! I daydream about it
    Washington DC: try Smoke and Barrels vegan spare ribs….SOOOOO good
    Paris: try Gentle Gourmet Cafe, Cafe Ginger, M.O.B and Le Potager du Marais for French cuisine
    London: Loving Hut, Saf and get Blue and B some treats from Cookies and Scream in Camden Town the peanut butter and cherry jam cookie makes my day!
    Florida: Loving Hut in Naples …mmmm mmmm good! Sublime in Fort Lauderdale. (Great place and they say the profit goes to causes for animal rights)

    Happy Birthday and Eat all the Vegan food in the WORLD!
    Trust me Hov, you’re gonna love it!

  • Ashley Cree

    Im joining you :) omg lets see how it goes i’ll comment tomorrow to let you see if I survived to or not lol Happy Birthday when it comes Jigga Man

  • Ashley Cree

    Im joining you :) omg lets see how it goes i’ll comment tomorrow to let you see if I survived to or not lol Happy Birthday when it comes Jigga Man

  • Marcella Leite-Cortes

    LOVE SUSHI? In NYC try BEYOND SUSHI! Delicious Vegan Sushi spot on E 14 or Chelsea Marktet!! ENJOY!

  • Megan Blanchard

    Congrats! For great recipes, try Post Punk Kitchen, Deborah Madison’s “Vegetarian Cooking” book (most recipes can be veganized), Bryan Terry’s Vegan Soul Kitchen, The Kind Diet and Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. For desserts, can’t beat Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. Good luck!!!

  • Amanda Lindner

    Two thumbs up for this! Your decision is going to help so many animals, the planet and be a healthier choice for your bodies. What a fantastic way to celebrate your birthday – by giving a gift to yourself and the planet. Congratulations on such a great move. If you’re in NYC, Candle 79 is a great vegan restaurant. Also, thanks for setting a wonderful example for your family and fans.

  • Brianna Krejci

    If you go to Philly make sure to dine at Vedge- the premier vegan restaurant here. Or for some grunge, check out BlackBird Pizzeria (all vegan pizza place) or HipCityVeg (vegan “fast food”). Also, New Harmony Vegetarian Restaurant in Chinatown is incredible and all vegan!

  • Anonymous

    cool, been vegan for about 5 years now, try Choice’s Cafe if you’re in Miami, it’s awesome, great food and great people, highly recommended

  • Carol Veys Ford

    Good luck! I shifted to plant based last January because of heart problems. I accidentally dropped 25# without trying. I feel better. I no longer have to buy dead animals for food. Stick with it…stay simple.

  • J.R. Lance Anderson

    Try Peacefoods as well as the restaurant list by Jenn Pelly. There are two locations in manhattan. I’m from Brooklyn and went to Westinghouse like you. I’ve been vegan for around 10 years. It’s true what they say about your body needing time to adjust.

  • georgie

    Cool! Hopefully you guys will try to extend your vegan ideas to your wardrobe as well, and limit the fur and leather that you wear :)

  • Richard L. Lewis

    Wow, this is crazy…. after reading this message. I actually hit the link and went to the website of 22Days and made a purchase, now I’m sitting here searching for my own recipes (maybe I can loose this belly fat) – I am 42 after all….. “IMAGINARY PLAYER” still, I rise.

  • Mellissa Alepins

    This makes me SO beyond HAPPY. I have been vegan/plant based AND gluten free for a year now. The difference in AMAZING- physically and spiritually. Vegan food can be SO amazing. Theres so many options and a lot of people don’t even realize. Ive also lost nearly 100lbs and being vegan has been a HUGE part of my journey! I truly look forward to some updates! :)

  • Pablo

    Inspired by this..Iv never tried ‘going green’ to see if I can actually go vegan…Imma join you on this one. and HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all your fans in Kenya

  • AnotherMaria

    Good luck! I don’t think I could ever go vegan, especially growing up eating Mexican and Puerto Rican food, but I respect what you and Beyonce are doing. Happy Birthday and Happy Holidays!

  • Affoue Konan

    Happy Birthday to us. My 22 days challenge is to keep all the negative energy away from me. I am turning 28 and I want you to know that you are an inspiration to me specially been born from Africa. My dream is to have a party with you when I turn 30. My name is suzy konan

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    I’m really happy you’ve decided to undertake this challenge. I did so in January, it completely changed my life. I have no doubt you’ll feel the amazing effects of your change, however, I would like you to clarify whether you are going vegan or just opting for a plant-based diet. The two are extremely different.

    A plant-based diet is exactly how it sounds. It is strictly in relation to the food you consume. Veganism, however, is a lifestyle not a diet. Vegans believe animals are not on this earth for humans to use and abuse. We don’t eat them, we don’t wear them and we don’t use them for entertainment.

    Obviously your influence is powerful and we love that you’re using it for some good, but I hope during this time you’ll refer to what you are doing in the correct terms because as vegans we already struggle with people not understanding what we believe. We really don’t want the extra confusion.

  • Candy

    good for you – here’s hoping you won’t want to eat turkey on Christmas Day!

  • Born

    Sounds great. You will be happy if you go through with it. I know I am. (great diet) Peace and love.

  • Jade J. Davis

    LA best spots: Cafe Gratitude (for a twist on fresh food), Doonies (for vegan soul food), True Kitchen (freshest food and restaurant around), Flore Vegan (cozy spot)

  • Anonymous

    i am joining too

  • Brianna

    Happy Birthday, JAY-Z LEGEND! We love you hope you have an amazing day. And good luck on your 22 day challenge :)

  • CAliQueen

    Awesome!!!

  • Uche Okpala © ✉

    Nah Gwyneth Paltrow Advised Him … You’re Going Bald Like Russell For Real Man For Real Lol , I Heard Veggies Suffers Hair Loss … Good Luck To You Especially Bey Who Put Too Much Energy On Stage Needs Meats To Sustain …

  • ReNalda

    JayZ & B! This is such an inspiring decision that will influence so many people around the world & brings out the message of the incredible benefits of a plant-based diet not only for humans, but the environment and animals, and in the efforts to reduce global poverty. Sending you so much positive energy – I hope you enjoy this new way of life! Much love x

  • Joey Twothirtyam Battle

    OH ITS EASY THE BEST PART IS HOW YOU FEEL 6 MONTHS LATER ,YOU WONT FEEL IT FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS BUT ONCE YOU COMMIT YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD OF DONE IT A LONG TIME AGO

  • Anonymous

    Crossroads, Native Foods, M Cafe, Cafe Gratitude. Doomie’s Home Cooking – LA
    Stuff I Eat in Inglewood is finger licking good.

  • http://www.sandrastrom.se/ Sandra

    Already love Beoynce <3 Now I'm also a fan of her husband. I'm only a vegetarian but I'm keen to try this as well. Thanks for being a great example! Keep it up

  • kmami

    good for you two

  • Bindya

    Your skin looks amazing thats whathealthy food does to you.
    B do you have more energy not that you were lacking from it.

  • Bindya

    All the best in LA tonight I am in London xxx

  • Marvin

    Happy Birthday by the way Mr. Carter . Enjoy. Im sticking to my steak though…. ;)

  • Bindya

    In London there are allot of Jain resturants that serve no garlic, onions or root vegetables.
    if your in town give me a shout. Happy to take you to any of them.

  • http://chrisbmarquez.bigcartel.com/ Chrisb Marquez

    That’s a good choice J, but i think you will gone to miss some good meat sometimes;) once a year minimum, dont forget that to complete a full plant based diet you need meat, and i tell you this because i have had once to do it and i still on that basis too, but advised always with my nutricionist that is vegan and lived in Japan 30years and it’s normal to that type of diet but to ensure maximum benefits without taking disadvantages of the circle, i mean with this that your body will be charged abruptly with the basis and regular and common nutrition to a plant based nutrition you need to be careful about this, but dont forget to eat meat sometimes not regulary, but without giving up the new basis. Ofcourse this changes will bring you some very light states of mind and body because it will delivery the needing of you organism and they consum less energy to process the food giving you more energy to other parts of the organism that will bring you more disposition to daily every needs, but be aware of the disposition and the signals from your body to the new adoptation that some times it’s hard for the body to take new nutrition basis. You can do it ofcourse abruptly but you need to ensure yourself that you will be able to pay the organism circunstances of it.
    -I hope you have the best adaptation of the world to this new lifestyle, which is in fact healthier, and in fact requires attention to what we eat, some say that we are what we eat, and to a certain part give all the reason to who had this thought, it is a good way J and B;) best wishes
    ChrisbMarquez

  • Megan Kortemeier

    You don’t need meat to sustain you. There are many vegan athletes out there. Needing meat is just a myth

  • Nicole

    Hey,

    This is such great news! In your position, you have incredible power to influence a lot of people and promote social justice on a large scale. Adopting a plant-based diet and taking health into ones own hands sends out an empowering message, and also helps to destabilize the myths that animal foods are essential for good health.

    On a similar note, I wanted to suggest looking into the ethical reasons for being vegan. You seem like a very peaceful individual, and veganism emerges directly out of peace movement, by demanding an end to the violence and oppression of nonhuman animals. During your 22 day journey, I highly recommend reading the book “Eat Like You Care” by Dr. Gary Francione. You should hear the feedback this book is getting.

    Good luck on your journey, we all support you. Keep us posted and have a wonderful birthday.

  • Kecia L. Allen

    My sister has gone veggie but not vegan. Although a GREAT idea, I will begin as you did, with the plant-based breakfast and move from there! Looking for GREAT recipes ;-) !!!

  • Brian Gerrits

    Goodluck Jay

  • Brandon Hall

    I got a good vegan meatloaf recipe. My parents tricked me a few months ago, and I totally thought it was real meatloaf!!!

  • Carolina Montiel

    u dont need meat dude

  • Marivic Guevara

    My boo and I will join you in B in this challenge and post updates :)

  • Marivic Guevara

    Can’t wait to take this challenge on with you, B and my boo, Zeb :)

  • Evil Angel

    Best thing I’ve heard in a while Jay. Hope you’ll keep it up after Xmas, for
    yourself, for the animals, for a better world!

  • Marisca Biagio

    So exited for you guys!! Its really not as hard as its made out to be….going fully plant-based….even Vegan is do-able!!! Good luck!! xox

  • Kim Spikes-Taylor

    Good luck with your 22 day challenge. Many of the restaurants listed below prepare foods that are high in sodium. Although they are plant base choices, many African Americans still have to watch the sodium content of these prepared foods. As a nutritionist who eats a plant base diet, I found eating out to be a challenge when watching salt. The best advice I can give you is to make you plate 70% water base. That is, have your plate 50% salad, 1/4th veggies and the last 1/4th grains or beans. You can also vary this portion if you like to 60% water. The body is 60-70% water so you will be eating ideally a plate of food that is in harmony with your composition. Munch on nuts, fruit, hummus and veggies and whole grain foods. You are what you eat! All the best, Kim Taylor

  • Michael

    Just make sure to get you supplement with vitamin B12. Good luck!

  • YourMommaSoFat

    More meat eaters are worse off there than Vegans these days.

  • Ify

    Jay, it’s not as hard as you may think! Just make sure you have a masticator and a juicer and trust me everything will be plain sailing! Trust me, you’ll enjoy the natural flavours of your meal instead of relying on extra fat and chewy flesh! Good on you both J and B!!

  • Ify

    Jay, it’s not as hard as you may think! Just make sure you have a masticator and a juicer and trust me everything will be plain sailing! Trust me, you’ll enjoy the natural flavours of your meal instead of relying on extra fat and chewy flesh! Good on you both J and B!!

  • DaniReddz .

    This is really dope and inspiring for all who choose to start off with a new way of living healthy. I will def take this into consideration. Thanks Jay…HAPPY BDAY!!!!!! God Bless you and yours (Bey&BlueBlue);)….

  • DaniAugIV

    This is so dope and inspiring for anyone that is choosing to make a lifestyle healthy change….I will def take this into consideration….HAPPY BDAY JAY!!! Many More Blessing to you and yours (Bey&BlueBlue);’)…

  • http://bunnykitchen.com/ Poppy

    Good Luck from a UK vegan :)

  • sisi emperatiz

    Oh that’s wonderful! I’ll pray for you guys stay like that not only for 22 days, but forever.

  • AfroKid

    All the best..hope you & B make it tho

  • Michelle Lilly

    Right on! This is exciting! I stopped listening to Beyoncé when I learned she had a fur farm and/or used fur in her clothing – this could make me a fan again. Good luck!

  • Michelle Lilly

    Right on! This is exciting! I stopped listening to Beyoncé when I learned she had a fur farm and/or used fur in her clothing – this could make me a fan again. Good luck!

  • Guest

    Wow!! This is awesome!! I will be watching! I lost interest in Beyoncé when I learned about her fur farm, but I could become a fan again! Good luck! :)

  • Auset Aswad

    Like Most of Us, we begin by eating too much soy…we learned so you can
    avoid this pitfall. Try nuts for your protein, and Blue Diamond Almond
    milk (sweet Vanilla) is the BEST! Also try to eat 70% live, uncooked
    veggies. You will be surprised how soaking veggies in seasoning and hand
    massaging kale can make them seemed cooked. Sauces can be made in the
    blender or food processor. Don’t become a Starch-atarian, and your
    journey will be fun and Awesome. Can’t wait to see the New YOU! Please
    also consult a nutritionist, don’t want B’s beautiful face to break out,
    another lesson some of us learned the hard way, read labels for microscopic ‘dairy’ in lots of processed so called ‘vegetarian’ packaged foods.

  • Ataste O’Health

    Yaaaay!!!! This is so exciting! I am part of a team promoting a Vegan Cruise that takes place every year. The Holistic Holiday at Sea Vegan Cruise is a great way for folks to try out a vegan diet for 7 days while chillaxin’ in the Caribbean and hanging with other plant based folks. This year we have Chef Bryant Terry, Yoga Instructor and Wellness Coach Koya Webb, Qi Gong expert and instructor Marcus Gary and our VIP John “Bad Ass Vegan” Lewis. We will be posting your updates of your progress throughout your 22 days! We support your step into a better way of life and eating. This is huge for the Vegan Community and the planet at large. Much gratitude for you!

  • Anonymous

    Please choose VEGAN for LIFE: For Animals; For Humanity; For Earth; For Peace on Earth!

  • Wonderlusting

    I am not vegan but mainly eat, cook and love vegan food aka delicious joyful food! Personally i stay away from “fake meats” and just use nature’s wonderful bounty. So many nuts, beans, grains, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices to be enjoyed.

  • Erica Veal

    this is wonderful! I’ve been vegan for over a year and was vegetarian years before that. There are so many great vegan restaurants here in NYC- several have been named, one that hasn’t been mention but is one of my favorites is Suite ThreeOhSix- in Tribeca. Also there are so many great dishes you can prepare at home. I am a vegan private chef and yoga teacher

  • Lucille Bongiovanni

    I once gave up meat and dairy for Lent – 40 days. Almost Vegan but I did not give up eggs. You’ve inspired me to take the challenge with you! Happy birthday and thanks for everything you’ll never know you mean to me :)

  • Sophie Wood

    You know what would be more ‘serendipitous’? If you started the challenge on your birthday. But wait! That would be tough, because then you’d have to stay vegan for Xmas day. If you really would like to experience being a vegan why don’t you take on the most challenging day of the year? :)

  • Sophie Wood

    You know what would be more ‘serendipitous’? If you started the challenge on your birthday. But wait! That would be tough, because then you’d have to stay vegan for Xmas day. If you really would like to experience being a vegan why don’t you take on the most challenging day of the year? :)

  • Lisa Scrivanich

    Jay, if you’re in Jersey visiting your Mom stop in Rutherford. They have a vegan cupcake bakery (Sweet Avenue Bake Shop) and pancake house (Rutherford Pancake House).

    btw Oreos are vegan!

  • Diana B

    Congratulations! It can be hard at first but I’m sure you will love it when you realize how great you feel. If you’re craving pizza, Two Boots’ vegan slices are amazing. There’s also Cafe Viva on the LES for pizza and desserts. Champs in Williamsburg is hands down my favorite vegan spot–huge selection. Blossom has a good vegan caeser salad, among other tasty options (several locations, too). And if you’re really stuck, it’s easy to get a filling vegan meal at Chipotle–just no meat, cheese, or sour cream (and don’t skimp on the guac!). Good luck!

  • elvellon03

    I think for a month he’ll be ok :) our bodies store B-12. If he decides to become a vegan permanently then I recommend taking a B-12 supplement

  • elvellon03

    LOVE Gentle Gourmet in Paris :) In London I also recommend Mildred’s

  • Anonymous

    Who cares what these two clowns do? Beyoce doesn’t even sing at her so called ‘concerts’!

  • Kim Spikes-Taylor

    Good luck with your 22 day challenge. Many of the restaurants listed below prepare foods that are high in sodium. Although they are plant base choices, many African Americans still have to watch the sodium content of these prepared foods. As a nutritionist who eats a plant base diet, I found eating out to be a challenge when watching salt. The best advice I can give you is to make you plate 70% water base. That is, have your plate 50% salad, 1/4th veggies and the last 1/4th grains or beans. You can also vary this portion if you like to 60% water. The body is 60-70% water so you will be eating ideally a plate of food that is in harmony with your composition. Munch on nuts, fruit, hummus and veggies and whole grain foods. You are what you eat! All the best, Kim Taylor

  • Erin

    Glad you got some Little Man ice cream in Denver before starting this journey. :) Good for you!

  • Lavonte Webb

    Vegan on a Budget? It’s inspiring to see Jay take it to the next level and share it with us. But how do you become a vegan on a budget? I’m only 18 and where I come from it’s a lot more expensive to eat healthy foods then it is to eat bad foods. My parents have 4 of us and we like to eat, luckily we’re not an overweight family but moms is always saying that we all have to adopt healthier eating habits, but they can’t really afford all of the healthy foods. I’m sure this isn’t just a problem in my household, so how do we take it to the next level without breaking the bank?

  • Erinn Weatherbie

    This is such great news! You body, the planet and the animals will thank you for it! When you’re in T.O you have to check out LettuceLove Cafe (previously Kindfood), and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, they’re 100% VEGAN (and gluten free)! They’re also ranked #1 on Trip Advisor and ranked #1 in the City of Toronto!

  • Jackmerius G. Tacktheritrix

    Red Bamboo for amazing vegan comfort food! You will not regret it – this place has everything that is good and soulfoodie yummm

    @ 140 W 4th St

  • Anonymous

    In Seattle Plum Bistro. The chef Makini Howell who high profile vegans like Casey Affleck, Tobey Maguire, and Joaquin Phoenix go to, has a book that is full of easy recipes that are delicious. Her stuff helped me after I was diagnosed with cancer. You probably know her already:)

  • Nicole Lane

    You have to try Vedge in Philadelphia. It’s a vegan restaurant and it was voted in the top 10 of all restaurants in the US by GQ magazine.

  • wade

    Amazing. Between you and Russell Simmons, we have new role models. I would also suggest incorporating Acupuncture and (vegan) Chinese herbs as well. The most powerful medicine on the planet, and completely natural (with Daoist/Spiritual origins).

  • Nicole Lane

    In DC you need to try VFalafel (hole in the wall but all vegetarian), Sticky Fingers Bakery (vegan bakery), SOUPERGIRL and for Vegan Soul Food WOODLAND’S VEGAN BISTRO/EVERLASTING LIFE CAFE near Howard University. #PlantStrongIsTheNewStrong

  • tunechh

    As a vegan this really makes me happy that a very influential couple has decided to embark on a vegan journey! Enjoy the next 22 days! Explore vegan baking and you will see how delicious vegan desserts are! Vegan foods are easily found at ethnic restaurants like thai, japanese, mexican, etc. Buy new books and read on the benefits, also cookbooks. Vegan baking and cooking is so much fun and its something fun to do with Blue Ivy. One of my favorite vegan restaurants in NYC has to be terri restaurant..especially the apple cider doughnut :) Thank you for doing this!

  • Farida Adam

    Good luck to the both of you on this amazing journey together!

    Chicago has some amazing vegan restaurants!

    Here are just some of my favorites — i recommend everything on their menu but I’ve highlighted some of my favorites:
    Native Foods (native nachos, native chicken wings chicken run ranch burger)
    Karyn’s on Green (chicken and waffles, chorizo sliders)
    Karyn’s cooked (buffalo wings, slab of ribs)
    Chicago’s Diner (dessert, shakes, reuben sandwich)
    Urban Vegan (thai – pad see ew, orange chicken, green curry)

    Also, I’m heading to Beyonce’s concert in Toronto. My favorite vegan restaurant in Toronto would have to be Vegetarian Haven (their daily special never disappoints!)

    Thank me later :) !

  • Janay Laing

    This is wonderful news! Thank you for being so open-minded and curious about plant-based food. As you so simply stated, eating vegan is actually not nearly as difficult as most people think, especially in our modern age and the amazing variety of foods, cookbooks and vegan restaurants that are available almost everywhere.

    May your conscientious actions have a positive influence on all the people around you and get them to thinking more about their own diet and food choices. I sincerely hope you enjoy the interesting, eye-opening, and delicious journey that awaits you!

    Very Best Wishes,

    Janay Laing

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t have to be “hard”! If you focus on exploring and enjoying new foods and breaking out of those (insane) culturally-imposed notions of what’s “healthy,” going vegan becomes a joyful journey instead of a “challenge.” That’s been my experience.

  • Anonymous

    Go vegan for the animals and the planet as well as for your own health, and *then* the spiritual benefits will BLOW YOUR MIND. Best of luck to you!

  • Anonymous

    Hey Hov, stop playing! Im watching you. You know that Hov is the god of the 22 Hebrew letter Alphabet. You know that the New Moon was Dec 2 in Sagittarius YOUR sign which represents NEW Beginnings. You know that 22 is a MASTER #. And you know that wifey is a Virgo the zodiac sign of HEALTH. I would say that Styles P put the pressure on you ;) Congrats on this journey, you will knock it out of the Park.. OOO and not to mention the end date is the Winter Solstice.. STOP PLAYIN.. You making Astro Moves. ~HipHopPriest watchin ya and loving Ya. TEACH.

  • Nancy Limon

    GreenSeed in Houston, Tx is AWESOME!!!! Also, Radical Eats is mostly Vegan, they recently added a few meat options to their menu. Best of Luck! :)

  • Jenni Hannin

    That’s amazing!! Best of luck and don’t give up!!

  • Revolution

    lol taking it pretty far there huh?

  • Anonymous

    And Candle Cafe West / Cafe Blossom ;)
    Hangawi is awesome too :)

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! Goodluck

  • Anonymous

    Naw.. Just FACTS ONLY!

  • Nicci Nova

    LOVE IT JAY Z!!!! So proud of you! You are an inspiration!!! In a league of your own!

  • asha

    Excellent choice! My BF and I decided to go plant-based 2 years ago on Jan 1. Best decision ever!!!

    There are so many food options out there I had been sleeping on. Definitely go to Loving Hut… they are all over the country and it’s amazing 100% vegan asian food and treats. Also try the following websites for restaurant options: Happy Cow, Super Vegan and VegDC. Enjoy your journey.

  • http://www.beyondmeat.com/ Beyond Meat

    Hov & B! What an amazing choice to celebrate your 44th!

    With so many great restaurant recommendations below (Pure Wine & Food and Blossom in NYC are great!) plus spots like Millennium Restaurant in SF, and Kung Pao Bistro and LA Vegan Crepe right here in LA there’s definitely not going to be a shortage of delicious places for you to choose from.

    Check out Young’s NYC if you are looking to have a delicious feast brought right to you! Highly talented chef (Jessica Young) and amazing catering company that really brings it.

    Best of luck to you and B on your adventure with a plant-based diet and if you need any help along your journey, don’t hesitate to ask!

  • Maryan Novel

    It’s a good start but I bet you that you’re not going to stop after 22 days. As you said, being vegan it’s a way of life, a philosophy, a path to follow. But you’re right, it has to start somewhere and just begin is a very good decision. Hope you will continue after the 24th. Best wishes to you and all your family.

    And Happy Birthday too! 44 is a good age (I’ve been through this time and I remember 44 was a good year to live)

  • Revolution

    oooooo but of course jay z couldn’t have made a move about going vegan without it being a marketing move to promote some company selling ‘vegan bars’. if you know truth, you will know that anything in a wrapper is not good for you. i wish everyone the best who is taking a step in their spiritual journey but know that when there is profit involved….you aint going nowhere!!! you just lying to the mirror. hopefully by christmas you come out a new man and truly wake up towards enlightenment cause if not…your days are numbered towards you being exposed as the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  • Revolution

    oooooo but of course jay z couldn’t have made a move about going vegan without it being a marketing move to promote some company selling ‘vegan bars’. if you know truth, you will know that anything in a wrapper is not good for you. i wish everyone the best who is taking a step in their spiritual journey but know that when there is profit involved….you aint going nowhere!!! you just lying to the mirror. hopefully by christmas you come out a new man and truly wake up towards enlightenment cause if not…your days are numbered towards you being exposed as the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  • Matthew Koch

    It’s amazing what we can do with plants nowadays…it’s a great time to go vegan…once you get the right food you may not want the old stuff anymore…good luck and enjoy!

    Higher End Spots:
    Candle 79 in NYC = make sure to rub the Buddha and hug Joy and Bart for lifelong peace and happiness to go with the best vegan meal in the country.
    Millenium in SF
    Vedge and Horizons in Phila

    Cafe/Lunch Joints:
    Candle Cafe – NYC
    Gracias Madres and The Source – SF
    Govinda’s – Phila
    Native Foods – (Costa Mesa, LA, lots of spots now)
    Chicago Diner – Chitown

    #youGotThis

  • dani grasso

    Awesome!!

    In NYC – there is a food truck called Cinnamon Snail that parks in all different locations. Also check out Candle 79.

    In NJ – Kaya’s Kitchen in Belmar is the best! Also Papa Ganache bakery in Matawan.

  • Revolution

    facts…..the end date (25th of december) is not the winter solstice. please insert another quarter to continue playing.

  • Frank Lucero

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Roughly two months ago I began juicing during the week,
    enjoying great vegan meals on the weekend. The first couple weeks were tough,
    my stomach was shrinking; during the process I experienced lots of hunger-anxiety.
    After that, I never looked back. Weight is dropping off like crazy. Loads of
    energy and off all pharmaceuticals for my asthma, which is crazy.

    A few years ago I began experimenting with raw diets and
    food prep after my sister under went a double mastectomy for breast cancer. I
    took her to a raw retreat in Palm Springs, so she would learn how to eat
    healthy during her recovery, avoiding sugars and carbs, for a faster recovery.
    I think what was most shocking about the entire experience, post her surgery,
    was a year after; she started up all her hold eating habits, like nothing ever
    happened. It really opened my mind to the power of food and how addicted we
    become to sugar, carbs and salt.

    Coming out of the food-fog allowed me to understand what it
    really means to enjoy a meal. We’re a food-crazed society with a dull palate.
    Here in the US, there’s so much obesity and the rest of the world is quickly
    catching up. We need to take a step back, take a look at what we’re consuming and
    be mindful of what we eating. It’s ok to feel a little anxiety, to be a little
    hungry or uncomfortable. We’re human, if we want to feel real joy, we need to
    understand pain, and only then can we live and in experience the present.

  • Rd1980

    If you ever swing by Philly during your journey try Vedge. The food is amazing, the service is wonderful and the decor is gorgeous.

  • Iman N. Milner

    It may sound cliche but Veggie Grill is great for getting the comfort food feeling while maintaining the vegan aspect. Good luck!!

  • Plant Strong NY

    The advice I give is to constantly READ, READ, READ, and READ SOME MORE. Educate yourself on the matter. The economical, spiritual, physical, and geological impact it makes on yourself and those around you.

    John Joseph – Meat Is For Pussies
    Dr. T. Colin Campbell – The China Study
    Rip Esselstyn – The Engine 2 Diet and My Beef With Meat
    Dr. John McDougall – Starch

    Those are great books to build a foundation off of.

    And of course come visit Blossom or Blossom Du Jour in Manhattan ;)

  • dowager countess

    this post is making my life — also candle 79 is sick in ny

  • dowager countess

    :D

  • Epoch Hotep

    Since I feel as if I am one of the greatest healers and very knowledgeable about vegans and a plant based diet I decided to comment. Also I feel that you have the right number to do so since the four represents power since it is a Cancer sign number which is a Cardinal sign and the fact that you are already a Sagittarius and have the will of fire. Next, I will say learn to trust yourself while being on this diet. Somethings will have a distinct taste that is new but not damaging to the body. Also there will be things that are actually damaging to the body that your subconscious will try to warn you about. Not every fruit and veggies is built for every body. Especially for us being high in melanin we should stay away from sunflower seeds and their oil. Thats just one example but you seem to be a very smart man so when trying new things and foods trust your instincts and listen to yourself and you will be fine may peace be with you SUN. Also if you have any further questions Im sure that I have the answers.

  • latonya alexander

    been vegan half my life…. love it….

  • latonya alexander

    been vegan half my life…. love it….

  • Emily McWilliams

    There are so many great options for vegan food. Pizza without the cheese is really good, add extra sauce, mexican food with beans and guacamole are a great sub for meat and cheese, and veggie sushi is always a great go-to. Your options are endless! Instead of focusing on what you don’t eat, it can be very exciting trying foods in new ways. Try to stay away from salads as a meal-it’s not enough calories and you will be hungry again. Many people that struggle on a plant-based diet are not eating enough calories. Eat, eat, eat and enjoy the food!!

  • Emily McWilliams

    There are so many great options for vegan food. Pizza without the cheese is really good, add extra sauce, mexican food with beans and guacamole are a great sub for meat and cheese, and veggie sushi is always a great go-to. Your options are endless! Instead of focusing on what you don’t eat, it can be very exciting trying foods in new ways. Try to stay away from salads as a meal-it’s not enough calories and you will be hungry again. Many people that struggle on a plant-based diet are not eating enough calories. Eat, eat, eat and enjoy the food!!

  • Emily McWilliams

    There are so many great options for vegan food. Pizza without the cheese is really good, add extra sauce, mexican food with beans and guacamole are a great sub for meat and cheese, and veggie sushi is always a great go-to. Your options are endless! Instead of focusing on what you don’t eat, it can be very exciting trying foods in new ways. Try to stay away from salads as a meal-it’s not enough calories and you will be hungry again. Many people that struggle on a plant-based diet are not eating enough calories. Eat, eat, eat and enjoy the food!!

  • Emily McWilliams

    There are so many great options for vegan food. Pizza without the cheese is really good, add extra sauce, mexican food with beans and guacamole are a great sub for meat and cheese, and veggie sushi is always a great go-to. Your options are endless! Instead of focusing on what you don’t eat, it can be very exciting trying foods in new ways. Try to stay away from salads as a meal-it’s not enough calories and you will be hungry again. Many people that struggle on a plant-based diet are not eating enough calories. Eat, eat, eat and enjoy the food!!

  • Ayesha Gordon

    Good luck with this! I’m not a vegan but I do believe this is a good lifestyle practice. If you get a chance watch “Knives Over Forks” & “Food Inc” if you haven’t already. Although I’m not a vegan I’m a NYC chef and recently gave up a few things (red meat & dairy) I really mourned the thought when I made the decision in March but it’s not sad bad I thought. They’re so many creative food items out there these days to supplement the foods we think we can live without. Have fun experimenting!
    Chef A. Renee

  • Ayesha Gordon

    Good luck with this! I’m not a vegan but I do believe this is a good lifestyle practice. If you get a chance watch “Knives Over Forks” & “Food Inc” if you haven’t already. Although I’m not a vegan I’m a NYC chef and recently gave up a few things (red meat & dairy) I really mourned the thought when I made the decision in March but it’s not sad bad I thought. They’re so many creative food items out there these days to supplement the foods we think we can live without. Have fun experimenting!
    Chef A. Renee

  • Ayesha Gordon

    Good luck with this! I’m not a vegan but I do believe this is a good lifestyle practice. If you get a chance watch “Knives Over Forks” & “Food Inc” if you haven’t already. Although I’m not a vegan I’m a NYC chef and recently gave up a few things (red meat & dairy) I really mourned the thought when I made the decision in March but it’s not sad bad I thought. They’re so many creative food items out there these days to supplement the foods we think we can live without. Have fun experimenting!
    Chef A. Renee

  • Ayesha Gordon

    Good luck with this! I’m not a vegan but I do believe this is a good lifestyle practice. If you get a chance watch “Knives Over Forks” & “Food Inc” if you haven’t already. Although I’m not a vegan I’m a NYC chef and recently gave up a few things (red meat & dairy) I really mourned the thought when I made the decision in March but it’s not sad bad I thought. They’re so many creative food items out there these days to supplement the foods we think we can live without. Have fun experimenting!
    Chef A. Renee

  • latonya alexander

    get and read vegan cookbooks plant base cookbooks it helps

  • latonya alexander

    get and read vegan cookbooks plant base cookbooks it helps

  • latonya alexander

    get and read vegan cookbooks plant base cookbooks it helps

  • latonya alexander

    get and read vegan cookbooks plant base cookbooks it helps

  • Emily McWilliams

    Raw kale smeared with avocado or in a tahini-based sauce is super delicious. Beans are another great option for protein, also if you eat enough calories from whole foods (2500-3000) you will get enough of all nutrients including protein.

  • Emily McWilliams

    Raw kale smeared with avocado or in a tahini-based sauce is super delicious. Beans are another great option for protein, also if you eat enough calories from whole foods (2500-3000) you will get enough of all nutrients including protein.

  • Emily McWilliams

    Raw kale smeared with avocado or in a tahini-based sauce is super delicious. Beans are another great option for protein, also if you eat enough calories from whole foods (2500-3000) you will get enough of all nutrients including protein.

  • Emily von Euw

    Super impressed. Wishing you all the best.

  • KLG

    Voted by VegNew magazine as Top vegetable restaurant in USA – VEDGE in Philadelphia. It takes a month to get reservation but I’m sure Jay & B can get in tonight if they want. Check out Vedge and then ask the chef to open a location in NYC. For NYC, Cinnamon Snail Food Truck. It’s organic & vegan, the long lines is so worth it. Read the reviews about Dirt Candy, Vedge & Cinnamon Snail on yelp

  • Emily McWilliams

    Super good cookbooks! Veganomicon is one that I have found that covers just about anything vegan and her recipes are spot on!

  • Anonymous

    OO. As if we do not know that the 25 is the Last day the sun stood still.

  • Jessica Hernandez

    The Post Punk Kitchen has great recipes. Also Veganomicon. Good luck! Also, great places to eat; New World Cafe in Des Moines Iowa, Tasty Harmony in Fort Collins, Leaf in Boulder, Native Foods in Colorado and California, City o City in Denver, Watercourse in Denver, and Sublime in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Charlene McLaughlin-Bowen

    Happy Birthday Jay!!! I am not Vegan but i think it is amazing what you and B are doing.

  • Charlene McLaughlin-Bowen

    Happy Birthday Jay!!! I am not Vegan but i think it is amazing what you and B are doing.

  • Charlene McLaughlin-Bowen

    Happy Birthday Jay!!! I am not Vegan but i think it is amazing what you and B are doing.

  • Megan Blanchard

    I’ve been wanting to try that one! Hmm maybe Santa will bring me a copy.

  • Megan Blanchard

    I’ve been wanting to try that one! Hmm maybe Santa will bring me a copy.

  • Megan Blanchard

    I’ve been wanting to try that one! Hmm maybe Santa will bring me a copy.

  • http://thefreshdirection.com/ Michelle (The Fresh Direction)

    Amazing!! Going vegan was the best choice I ever made. If you’re ever in Toronto, you can check out Grasslands, Camros Organic Eatery, Fresh or Hogtown. All delicious! I have a vegan food blog too (the fresh direction) if you’re ever in the mood for exploring a little vegan cooking :) .. Good luck and enjoy!

  • Macoe Swett

    Good for you! I tried it for a week and it turned into 10 years and is still going strong. Never felt better physically, mentally and spiritually. Enjoy! In LA, there’s Real Food Daily and Gratitude as well as many other little spots. Millenium in San Fran is excellent for fine dining. Someone already gave you a bunch of NYC places (there’s about 80 in Manhattan alone!). Best advice I can give you is that it’s not as hard as it seems (and you’ll find that out on your own). It actually simplifies your life. And chefs will make you something if there’s nothing vegan on the menu. If they do it for me, I’m sure they’ll bend over backwards for you. ;)

  • lois clark

    Good decision! I have been a vegan for 31 years… Mother of 6 adults kids. I am 5f 7in 140 pds my stomach is flat and I am tone all because of genes and my lifestyle not one day of regret! I am in my early 50′s. I look no older than 30 people tell me and I take no medication. This is the result of a healthy life. No process foods at all. Anyone can do it. Just think about living longer with tighter skin and no pain or sickness its rare when you are a strict vegan. Trust me I know! Vegan ribs, vegan cheesecake, tofu fish, vegan mac and vegan cheese, devil(angel) eggs, carob instead of hot chocolate etc lol. The list is endless.

  • dawn

    That is so great to hear. I was 42 when I went plant-based and it’s now been almost 2 years and I couldn’t be happier or healthier! I have even run 3 marathons as a vegan. Go plants!!!

  • Melissa Bannister

    Gobo in the WV or UES is my favorite. Enjoy!

  • Anonymous

    Go down to Vedge in Philadelphia. Chef Richard Landau is an amazing vegan Chef.

  • D Rios

    Siggy’s Good Food (Elizabeth & Houston) is our favorite spot. Cozy, good music, lovely owner and they have amazing vegan options. Highly recommend their eggplant lasagna and quinoa salad! Please give them a shot, you won’t regret it.

    Juice Press and Dirt Candy are also great.

    Best of luck!!! XO

    D & Pram

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! To add to the NYC list, in Brooklyn you have to try Champs. Hands down, the best!

  • Denise Toledo

    Happy for you :) . You will feel so great at the end that I can guarantee you will not give it up completely. Suggestions: Pure Food and Wine in NYC is absolutely a must (or get their take out from Lucky Duck).

  • NYCRiri71

    What a wonderful gift to yourself

  • Sara Stiles

    Very thoughtful decision to explore the lifestyle of veganism and I hope that in doing so you can remain nutritionally sound. Going vegan can promote many health benefits, but please make sure you cover all your nutritional bases during the process. Top nutrients of concern include not only protein, but calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12 as well. Most adults need 1,000 mg calcium daily and 600 mg vitamin D daily. Thankfully, we can rely on calcium-rich foods such as tofu, dark-green leafy vegetables and calcium-fortified soymilk. Ten minutes of sunlight exposure can provide you some good vitamin D synthesis in the body in addition to drinking vitamin D fortified O.J. Be mindful about getting enough vitamin B12 though, as this vitamin is available mostly in meats, fish, poultry and dairy products. Your body requires vitamin B12 for nerve and red blood cell production and a deficiency can lead to a certain type of anemia. Some cereals may be fortified with vitamin B12– you’ll want to make sure you get at least 2.4 micrograms per day. Additional supplementation of vitamin B12 may be something to consider- best to consult with your physician though.

    Might be wise to take a complete multivitamin during this process just to be sure. Best of luck to you!

    Sara Stiles, RD, LDN
    Registered Dietitian, Rhode Island

  • Brooke

    I hope you realize the words “plant based diet” and “vegan” are not interchangeable. Although they are similar in that individuals on a plant based diet and vegans both do not consume animal products; veganism is a social justice movement in which humans advocate for the liberation of nonhuman animals currently being exploited. Being vegan is not only to abstain from animal products, but to also not wear leather, use products tested on animals or go to events in which animals are used in entertainment. While this may seem like nitpicking, call yourself vegan while not adhering to the principles of veganism makes it much more difficult for those of us who are trying not just to change our diet but change the property status of nonhuman animals only more difficult.

  • KLG

    Vedge is Amazing, I really wish they open a location in NYC or even in northern jersey.

  • CAG REINVENTED

    Happy Birthday Mr. Shawn Corey Jay Z Hov Carter! :-) @S_C_ I used to be Vegan for 9 months and it’s the best I’ve ever felt in life!! So for your 44th birthday here are 44 recipes. Good Luck!!!

    Jazzman Jambalaya

    Ingredients:

    1 8 ounce package multigrain tempeh

    ¼ cup olive oil, divided

    2 teaspoon Creole seasoning, divided

    2 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos

    1½ cups onion

    1 cup celery, diced

    1 cup green pepper, destemmed, deseeded, and diced

    1 cup red pepper, destemmed, deseeded, and diced

    1 jalapeno, destemmed, deseeded, and diced

    1½ cups brown rice, rinsed

    2 teaspoons garlic, minced

    2 cups vegetable stock or water

    2 cups tomato, deseeded, and diced (or 1 – 14 oz. can diced
    tomatoes)

    1 bay leaf

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 15 ounce can red beans, drained, and rinsed

    ½ cup green onion, thinly sliced

    ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley


    Using your fingers,
    crumble the tempeh into small pieces onto a plate.


    In a large pot,
    sauté the tempeh in 2 teaspoons olive oil for 5 minutes.


    Sprinkle 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning over the tempeh and sauté an additional 1 minute.


    Add the Bragg Liquid
    Aminos, stir well to coat the tempeh, and continue to cook until evaporated.


    Transfer the tempeh
    to a plate and set aside.


    In the same pot,
    sauté the onion, celery, green pepper, red pepper, and jalapeno in the
    remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 5 minutes to soften.


    Add the rice and
    garlic, stir well to combine, and continue to cook an additional 2-3 minutes or
    until the rice turns opaque.


    Add the vegetable
    stock, tomatoes, remaining Creole Seasoning, bay leaf, and salt, and bring the
    mixture to a boil.


    Cover, reduce the
    heat to low, simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender and most of
    the liquid is absorbed.


    Remove the lid, add
    the reserved tempeh and remaining ingredients, stir well to combine, and
    recover the pot. Remove the pot from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes to
    allow the flavors to blend. Can be served as a side dish, main dish, or as a
    filling for wraps or sandwiches.

    Serves 6-8
    .

  • CAG REINVENTED

    BLACK BEAN CHILI-TOPPED BAKED SWEET POTATOES

    Ingredients:
    4 large sweet potatoes, washed well (do not peel)
    ½ cup onion, diced
    1½ teaspoons olive oil
    ½ cups green pepper, destemmed, deseeded, and diced
    ½ cup roma tomatoes, destemmed, deseeded, and diced
    2 teaspoons garlic, minced
    ½ teaspoon chili powder
    ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed, and drained
    1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

    • Using a fork, pierce the skins of the sweet potatoes in several places.
    • Place an oven-proof rack on a cookie sheet and place the sweet potatoes on the rack.
    • Bake at 400 degrees for 60-75 minutes or until the sweet potatoes feel soft when gently squeezed.
    • While the sweet potatoes are baking, prepare the black bean chili. In a medium saucepan, sauté the onion in the olive oil for 3 minutes to soften.
    • Add the green pepper and sauté an additional 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
    • Add the tomatoes, garlic, and seasonings, and sauté an additional 2 minutes.
    • Add the black beans, tomato sauce, and season to taste. Stir well to combine, and simmer the chili for 10 minutes.
    • Taste and adjust seasonings, to taste.
    • Remove the saucepan from the heat.
    • When the sweet potatoes are tender, remove the cookie sheet from the oven and leave the sweet potatoes on the rack to cool for 5 minutes.
    • For each serving, place one sweet potato on a plate or in a bowl, split it open, ladle some of the black bean chili over the top, and serve.
    Serves 4

    HERB-ROASTED IDAHO POTATO FRIES

    Ingredients:
    1 pound small baking potatoes
    2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    ½ teaspoon dried thyme
    ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
    • Coat a heavy baking sheet with cooking spray.
    • Cut each potato in half crosswise.
    • Place the halves cut side down on the cutting board and cut each into 4 wedges.
    • Place the potatoes in a mound on the prepared baking sheet.
    • In a cup, mix the oil, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
    • Pour over the potato wedges and toss to mix well.
    • Spread the potatoes out on the sheet.
    • Bake, stirring 2 or 3 times, until tender and lightly browned, about 35 minutes.
    • Serve hot.

    POTATO AND GREEN ONION FRITTATA

    Ingredients:
    ¼ cup olive oil
    1 onion, finely chopped
    4-5 green onions, chopped with the green and white parts separated
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 medium potatoes, shredded (or 2 cups of frozen shredded potatoes)
    2 teaspoons salt, divided
    ½ teaspoon pepper, divided
    2 pounds firm tofu
    2-3 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos, to taste

    • You will need a blender or food processor and a baking dish.
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and the white part of the green onions and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
    • Add the garlic and heat for another 30 seconds.
    • Increase the heat to medium-high and add the potatoes, 1 teaspoon. of the salt, and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, flipping the potatoes regularly until they are well-browned.
    • Blend the remaining salt and pepper, the tofu, and Bragg Liquid Aminos in a food processor until they are creamy.
    • Pour creamy mixture and the green part of the green onions over the fried potatoes and mix. Pour this mixture into a large, oiled pie or tart pan.
    • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the center is firm. Allow the frittata to cool for 10 minutes then invert onto a serving plate.

    BLACK BEAN AND CORN SALSA

    Ingredients:
    2 cans black beans, rinsed
    1 bag frozen white corn, thawed and rinsed
    1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
    ½ red onion, finely chopped
    1 small bunch cilantro, finely chopped
    1½ limes, juiced
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    ¾ teaspoon cumin
    ½ teaspoon seasoning salt

    • Combine all ingredients in large bowl.
    • Store in airtight container and chill for at least 1 hour.
    • Serve with 100% whole wheat tortilla chips, as a salad, or in lettuce leaves as a wrap presentation.
    • Serve this Black Bean and Corn Salsa with crisp 100% whole wheat tortilla chips. You can also use this recipe as a salad or serve it in lettuce leaves as wraps.
    Serves 4-6

    DANIEL FAST VEGGIE WRAPS

    Ingredients:
    1 cup carrots, shredded
    1 cup red cabbage, shredded
    1 cup onion, thinly sliced
    3 roma tomatoes, diced
    4 leaves romaine lettuce
    guacamole
    hummus
    4 10-inch, 100% whole wheat tortillas

    • Prepare the vegetables, guacamole, hummus and whole wheat tortillas
    • Lay tortilla on plate, Spread with hummus and then guacamole.
    • Add thin layers of carrots, red cabbage, onion and tomatoes.
    • Cover with lettuce leaf.
    • Wrap tortilla around all the vegetables and serve.
    Serves 4

    Veggie wraps are easy, healthy and very satisfying. Be imaginative! This recipe is for raw vegetables, but you can also stir fry sliced vegetables in olive oil for a Mediterranean style or sesame oil for a more Asian flavor.

    STIR FRY VEGETABLES WITH BROWN RICE

    Ingredients:
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
    3 green onions, finely chopped
    3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
    4 cups fresh broccoli, chopped
    ½ pound fresh green beans, chopped
    2 carrots, peeled and sliced on diagonal
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    4 cups greens, chopped (kale, bok choy, spinach, collards, etc)
    1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained
    3 cups cooked brown rice
    2 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos
    1½ cups peas (if frozen run underwater to thaw)
    ½ cup toasted sliced almonds

    • Heat a deep skillet or wok over medium heat for about 1 minute. Add oil and heat for 1 minute.
    • Add green onions and ginger. Sauté for 5 minutes.
    • Add broccoli, green beans, carrots, and garlic. Stir fry for 8-10 minutes.
    • Add greens and toss for about 2 minutes or until greens are wilted.
    • Stir in water chestnuts, brown rice, Bragg Liquid Aminos, peas and almonds.
    • Serve as complete meal.
    Serves 4

    Tip: Serve this dish as a complete main dish along with a side of sliced fruit such as oranges, pineapple or mango. This is also a great recipe to double and then use the leftovers for lunch. Merely heat in the microwave or eat at room temperature.
    You will end up having a couple meals that you really enjoy and you will make over and over again during your fast. This recipe will likely be one of them! Not only is it very appetizing in its colorful presentation, but it is filling and tasty. Change the recipe to your own liking and with what you have available, but don’t skimp on the vegetables as that’s what makes this recipe unique and satisfying.

    WHOLE WHEAT TORTILLAS

    Ingredients:
    2 cups whole wheat flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    ½ teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    ½ cup warm water

    • Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in bowl.
    • Add olive oil and stir until well combined.
    • Add warm water 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
    • Knead dough on floured board for about 3 minutes (20 folds).
    • Allow dough to rest for 15 minutes (this is called resting)
    • Roll dough into sausage-shape and then cut into 12 equal parts (cut in half, then in half again, then each part into thirds) and shape into little balls.
    • With a rolling pin, roll each little ball into a tortilla (for best results, roll out from the center and outward).
    • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Fry the tortillas for about 30 seconds on each side for soft tortillas or longer for crisp tortillas.
    • Keep tortillas warm by placing in a tortilla holder or wrap in a kitchen towel.
    Serves 12

    You can buy 100% whole wheat tortillas, but these are so easy and fun to make. Use these tortillas for a veggie wrap or for chips with salsa.

    MUESLI

    Ingredients:
    blend of rolled oats
    wheat
    rye
    barley
    nuts (almonds, sunflower seeds and walnuts)
    date crumbles
    raisins

    • Mix ½ cup muesli with ½ cup water. Bring to a boil; simmer for 3-5 minutes and serve with fresh fruit, soy milk or applesauce.
    • A great way to doctor this is to add a little cinnamon, a chopped sweet apple, and a little soy milk and you have a very nutritious breakfast. You can also add crushed pineapple and shredded coconut for a tropical breakfast.

    This satisfying cereal can be served hot or cold, or eaten as a nutritious snack.

    FRUIT SMOOTHIES

    Ingredients:
    1 cut-up banana
    handful of strawberries
    several chunks of frozen pineapple
    a little orange juice

    • Use your blender to mix.

    BROWN RICE WITH APPLES

    Ingredients:
    1 cup cooked brown rice
    1 fresh apple (cut up into bite size pieces – to taste)
    raisins (to taste)
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon 100% pure edible coconut oil

    • Mix all the ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl (except the oil), heat for 2 minutes. Add oil, stir and eat! It is delicious! You could also cook this on the stove top for 4-5 minutes.

    COOKED CABBAGE WITH APPLES

    Ingredients:
    ½ red cabbage, sliced
    2 teaspoons garlic, minced
    2 apples, peeled, cored, chopped

    • Heat skillet over medium heat. Add all ingredients and blend well.
    • Cover and allow cooking until it starts to steam.
    • Reduce heat to low and stir every 5-10 minutes until softened. Total cooking time is about 45 minutes.
    • Serve as a side dish.
    Serves 4

    DANIEL FAST VEGETABLE SOUP

    Ingredients:
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cups chopped onions or thinly sliced leeks (whites only)
    1 cup thinly sliced celery
    2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
    coarse salt and ground pepper
    3 14.5 ounce cans vegetable broth
    1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    8 cups mixed fresh or frozen vegetables, such as carrots, corn, green beans, lima beans, peas, potatoes, and zucchini (cut larger vegetables into smaller pieces)

    • Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.
    • Add onions or leeks, celery, and Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, 5 to 8 minutes.
    • Add broth, tomatoes and their juice, tomato paste, and 3 cups water to pot; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, 20 minutes.
    • Add vegetables to pot, and return to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Let cool before storing.
    • Pour remaining soup in small batches into bowl of a food processor; carefully puree until smooth, and return to saucepan. Season with salt and pepper.
    Serves 8

    QUINOA AND GREEN BEAN SALAD

    Ingredients:
    4 cups vegetable broth
    1½ cups raw whole grain quinoa
    1 cucumber, sliced
    1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
    ½ cup steamed green beans, cut into bite-size pieces
    2 tomatoes, chopped
    ¼ cup olive oil
    ⅓ cup lemon juice
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    dash salt and pepper to taste

    • Cook quinoa in vegetable broth until it fluffs up, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    • While quinoa is cooking, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic cloves and salt and pepper.
    • When quinoa is finished cooking, allow to cool slightly then, toss with vegetables and lemon juice mix, stirring to combine well.
    • Chill before serving or serve warm.
    Serves 4

    Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is an ancient food that is not yet well known in North America. It has been cultivated in South American Andes since at least 3,000 B.C. and has been a staple food of millions of native inhabitants. Technically quinoa is not a true grain, but is the seed of the Chenopodium or Goosefoot plant. It is used as a grain and substituted for grains because of its cooking characteristics. Beets, spinach, Swiss chard, and lamb’s quarters are all relatives of quinoa.

    LEEK AND POTATO SOUP

    Ingredients:
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    3 cups sliced leeks, white and green parts
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    6 cups vegetable stock
    1½ pounds boiling potatoes, peeled and quartered
    salt and white pepper
    ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
    2 teaspoons Italian herbs

    • In a large pot, heat olive oil over low heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 3 minutes.
    • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
    • Add the vegetable stock and potatoes. Cover and simmer gently until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
    • Remove from the heat. With a hand-held immersion blender, or in batches in a food processor, puree the soup until smooth.
    • Season, to taste with salt, ground white pepper and Italian herbs.
    • Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with parsley.
    Serves 6-8

    TASTY SWISS CHARD

    Ingredients:
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 bunch Swiss chard, cut leaves from stem (cut a v cut into the leaf to get all the stem)
    salt and pepper
    2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

    • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chard stems, toss in oil and cook for 4-6 minutes.
    • Add the chard leaves (you may have to add in batches as they are large when raw but cook down quickly to small amounts). Season with salt and pepper and continue cooking until stems are tender, between 4-6 minutes.
    • Pour off all liquid. Stir in lemon juice and season to taste with more salt and pepper.
    Serves 2

    Swiss chard is a nutritious green leaf vegetable that is very flavorful. This recipe is simple and a little lemon juice adds a very nice twist.

    VEGETABLE SOUPS

    Ingredients:
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    2 pounds chopped vegetables, this can be one vegetable or mixed
    1 can vegetable broth (14.5 oz.)
    1-3 lemon juice
    salt and pepper to taste

    • Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion with salt and pepper and sauté until softened
    • Add vegetables, broth and enough water to cover (about 5 cups). Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender.
    • Transfer portions of vegetables and broth to a blender (fill blender no more than ½ way to prevent messes) and puree until smooth. Transfer the pureed soup to a clean pot.
    • If necessary, add a little more water or vegetable broth to make soup the proper consistency. Reheat if you are going to serve right away.
    Serves 4-6

    Vegetable ideas: Carrots, squash, beets, mushrooms, broccoli, celery root, or cauliflower are all good candidates for soup purees. Use 2-2 ½ pounds of vegetables for each recipe. Also, add a cubed baking potato to thicken soup; be mindful that 100% potato soup does not freeze well.

    WHOLE GRAIN GRANOLA

    Ingredients:
    2 cups regular rolled oats
    1½ cups cashews or walnut halves and pieces or sliced almonds
    1 cup wheat cereal flakes
    ½ cup shredded coconut
    ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
    ¼ cup shelled pumpkin seeds
    ¼ cup toasted wheat germ
    ¼ cup sesame seeds
    ¼ cup peanut butter
    ¼ cup honey (eliminate during Daniel fast)
    ¼ cup cooking oil
    1½ teaspoon vanilla
    ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

    • In a large oiled roasting pan, combine first 8 ingredients.
    • In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and drizzle over oat mixture; toss to coat.
    • Bake in a 325 F. oven about 15 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring mixture every 5 minutes. Remove granola from oven.
    • Immediately spread on large piece of foil to keep it from sticking to pan; cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks (Or, seal in freezer bags and freeze for up to 1 month).
    • Eat granola as a snack, or as a cereal with soy milk or applesauce.
    Serves 16

    Note: I left the honey in thinking you might want to make this when you are not fasting. During the fast, increase the amount of oil and eliminate the honey.

    BEAN AND CORN SALAD

    Ingredients:
    1 can black or red beans, drained
    1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed under running water
    1 white onion, chopped
    1 green bell pepper, chopped
    1 cup celery, chopped
    ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    salt and white ground pepper

    • Mix the beans with the vegetables in a large bowl.
    • Season with cumin to taste.
    • Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
    Serves 4

    This is a nice looking salad, easy to make, great textures and full of flavor! Add this as a side dish or as a lunch salad.

    CONFETTI SPAGHETTI

    Ingredients:
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cups yellow onions, sliced
    ½ teaspoon salt
    2 cups broccoli, chopped
    2 cups cauliflower, chopped
    1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
    1 cup snap peas or sugar peas, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
    1 red bell pepper, diced into ½” pieces
    6 cloves garlic, minced
    1 pound 100% whole wheat spaghetti or linguini
    4 green onions, white and green portion, minced
    ½ cup Italian parsley, minced
    ½ cup fresh basil, minced
    salt and pepper to taste

    • Start cooking pasta so that it is ready by the time the vegetables are finished cooking.
    • Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and salt and sauté for about 5 minutes until onion is soft.
    • Add broccoli and cauliflower. Stir and cook until the vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes.
    • Add green beans, peas, bell pepper and garlic. Cook for another 5 minutes
    • Adjust seasoning and set aside.
    • Place cooked pasta in large serving bowl. Add vegetables, parsley and basil. Toss until well blended and serve!
    Serves 4

    DELICIOUS BEAN AND RICE SALAD

    Ingredients:
    1 can garbanzo beans, drained
    1 can black beans, drained
    4 cups cooked brown rice
    ½ cup green onion, chopped
    2 stalks celery, sliced
    ½ green bell pepper, chopped
    ½ red bell pepper, chopped
    1 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
    1 cup frozen corn, thawed under running water
    1 cup frozen peas, thawed under running water
    ¼ cup chopped cilantro or Italian parsley
    1 cup soy mayonnaise
    salt and pepper, to taste

    • Combine all ingredients except soy mayonnaise and seasoning into a large bowl.
    • Stir in soy mayonnaise until all ingredients are well coated
    • Salt and pepper to taste.
    • Chill for about 2 hours before serving.
    Serves 8

    ONION, GREEN PEPPER AND TOFU SCRAMBLE

    Ingredients:
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 large yellow onion, sliced
    1 green pepper, dices in ½” pieces
    1 pound firm tofu, cubed into bite-size pieces
    garlic salt to taste
    Italian herbs to taste

    • Heat skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and heat until a small piece of onion sizzles when it first enters pan (this keeps the oil from absorbing into the food and therefore decreases need for as much oil and thus fewer calories).
    • Add onion and green peppers. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
    • Add cubed tofu and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
    • Sprinkle with garlic salt and Italian herbs. Continue to cook until vegetables are soft, stirring frequently.
    Serves 4

    SPICY SPAGHETTI WITH TOFU

    Ingredients:
    ⅓ cup olive oil, divided
    1½ 14 ounce packages firm tofu, cut into ½” cubes
    8 ounces assorted mushrooms, sliced
    ½ cup minced onion
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1½ teaspoon chili flakes
    2 cans tomato sauce
    5 tablespoons chopped Italian black olives
    ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
    1 package 100% whole wheat spaghetti noodles

    • Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu and sauté until lightly browned. Remove from pan and reserve.
    • Add remaining oil and heat over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic and sauté 5 minutes.
    • Add chili flakes and cook 1 more minute.
    • Add reserved tofu and tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20-30 minutes.
    • While sauce is cooking, cook pasta according to directions so it’s ready when sauce is complete.
    • Just before serving, add the olives and the basil. Heat for 2-3 minutes
    • Serve over whole wheat spaghetti.
    Serves 8

    WINTER FRUIT SALAD

    Ingredients:
    1 pomegranate, seeds and juice
    ½ pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks (or canned pineapple, packed in juice)
    2 oranges, segment by removing membrane
    2 grapefruit, segment by removing membrane
    2 apples, cored and cut into bite-size pieces
    2 pears, cored and cut into bite-size pieces
    2 bananas, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces (add just before serving)

    • Remove the seeds from ½ pomegranates and then crush the remaining seeds to extract the juice. Add juice to serving bowl. Reserve seeds for later addition.
    • Add pineapple, orange segments, grapefruit segments, apples and pears and mix.
    • Gently stir in pomegranate seeds.
    • Refrigerate several hours for flavors to blend.
    • Just before serving, add banana, mix and serve. You can also add raisins, chopped dates, grapes or other fruits.
    Serves 6

    BLACK BEAN MAIN DISH SALAD
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    Ingredients:
    1 16 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 bunch cilantro, chopped
    ½ cup sweet onion, diced
    1 red bell pepper, diced
    1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
    5 limes, juiced
    salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    1 mango, peeled and diced (garnish)
    4 warm whole wheat or corn tortillas

    • Mix all ingredients except the sliced mango and tortillas.
    • Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    • Serve on warmed whole wheat or corn tortillas
    • Garnish with mango.
    Serves 4

    CONGRI- CUBAN BLACK BEANS AND RICE

    Ingredients:
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 medium white onion, finely chopped
    1 medium green bell pepper, finely chopped
    ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
    ½ teaspoon cumin
    1 bay leaf
    1 16 ounce can black beans, including liquid
    1½ cups long grain brown rice, uncooked
    2¼ cups water
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon lemon juice

    • Heat olive oil in large pot. Add onion, green bell pepper, oregano, cumin and bay leaf to the pot and sauté for 5 minutes.
    • Add black beans including the liquid. Mix and sauté for 3 minutes.
    • Add water, salt and lemon juice. Stir in rice, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until rice is done
    • Serve as main dish or as a side dish.
    Serves 4

    ETHIOPIAN CHICKPEA WAT

    Ingredients:
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    1 large red onion, finely chopped
    2 carrots, finely chopped
    1 potato, peeled and chopped
    ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    ½ teaspoon paprika
    ½ teaspoon ginger
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon black pepper
    ¼ teaspoon cumin
    ¼ teaspoon cardamom
    1 tablespoon tomato paste
    1 16 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    1½ cups water
    1 cup frozen peas, thawed under warm running water
    3-4 cups brown rice

    • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, cover and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and potato, cover and cook 10 minutes longer.
    • Remove the cover and stir in cayenne, paprika, ginger, salt, pepper, cumin, cardamom and tomato paste. Add chickpeas and water and bring to a boil.
    • Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender and the flavor is developed, about 30 minutes, adding a bit more water if needed.
    • About 10 minutes before the stew is ready, stir in green peas and taste to adjust seasonings.
    Serves 6

    GREEN CABBAGE AND FRUIT SALAD

    Ingredients:
    4 cups shredded green cabbage
    2 oranges peeled and segments cut into bite-sized pieces
    2 apples cut into bite-sized pieces
    1 cup red seedless grapes
    ½ cup raisins
    ½ cup soy mayonnaise
    ¼ cup soy milk
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    dash salt
    ½ cup toasted pecans, chopped

    • In a large serving bowl toss cabbage, oranges, apples, grapes and raisins.
    • Cover with plastic wrap and chill fruit for at least 1 hour.
    • Just before serving, combine remaining ingredients in small bowl, mixing well.
    • Pour dressing over cabbage and fruit mixture. Blend well and serve.
    Serves 6-8

    GREEN CABBAGE AND MUSHROOMS

    Ingredients:
    1 small green cabbage, cored and diced, about 6 cups
    1 cup vegetable stock
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    1 medium onion, diced
    ½ pound mushrooms (shiitake or oyster, if possible)
    1½ tablespoons cornstarch mixed into 1/4 cup cold water
    1 tablespoon fresh dill weed, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried

    • In a covered pot over high heat, steam the cabbage in the stock for 5 minutes until it is just wilted and still bright green. Remove from heat and remove cover.
    • While the cabbage cooks, heat the olive oil in a large skillet or wok. Sauté the onion and mushrooms until they brown.
    • Add the cabbage and heat through, mixing well.
    • Mix the cornstarch with water and add it to skillet. Bring mixture to boil, stirring, until liquid thickens.
    • Reduce heat and season to taste with dill, paprika, salt, and pepper.
    Serves 6

    OVEN ROASTED ASPARAGUS

    Ingredients:
    1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt

    • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
    • Trim asparagus (break or cut off tough ends and use a peeler to peel the last 1-2 inches of each spear) and then lay out single layer on the sheet.
    • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
    • If desired, you can use a spatula to roll the asparagus spears from side to side so each one is evenly coated with oil and salt. Some cooks use their hands and others put the asparagus, oil and salt in a zip lock bag, shake until the spears are well-coated and then turn everything out on the baking sheet.
    • Bake on center rack in 450 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of spears.
    Serves 4

  • Saray

    Don’t forget Crossroads, Flore Cafe, Native Foods, Cafe Gratitude, Sun Cafe and including Mohawk Bend also since they have vegan options! :)

  • KLG

    I’m sure he is aware which is probably why Jayz is choosing the words “plant based diet” to lessen the hard core vegan nitpickers on his case. Most folks who start with a plant based diet usually embrace entire veganism lifestyle as they detox and become more spiritual aware. But too attack a newbie with food politics at the get go doesn’t help with the transition. You should be please these powerhouses is bring light to subject.

  • Patience Jones

    This is great! My husband and I have been on a plant-based diet for about 18 months. We feel better physically and spiritually and our eating is more mindful. We keep a vegan house and then when we’re out at friends’ or for work we do the best we can without causing suffering to others. When you’re in Chicago, try Karyn’s on Green. When you’re in Kansas City (which has a great vegan scene despite being known for BBQ), try:
    MudPie Vegan Bakery
    Fud
    Bluebird Bistro
    The Farmhouse
    Taj Palace

    And definitely check out the nut-based cheeses made by Dr. Cow in Brooklyn.

  • Goldie’s

    We’d be honored if you came down to visit us in Asbury Park so we could show you what vegan fine dining can be.

  • CAG REINVENTED

    THOUSAND ISLANDS DRESSING
    Here are two recipes for Thousand Islands Dressings that will work for the Daniel Fast. Make sure to READ THE LABEL for the relish to make sure it is sugar-free and chemical-free.

    Ingredients 1:
    1 cup soy mayonnaise
    ¼ cup tomato paste
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    2 tablespoons chopped onions
    2 tablespoons chopped green peppers
    2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 dash salt

    Ingredients 2:
    1 cup soy mayonnaise
    ¼ cup chili sauce
    ¼ cup dill pickle relish
    ¼ teaspoon salt

    The preparation for both dressings is the same.
    • Mix all ingredients blending very well.
    • If the dressing is too thick, add a bit of soy milk or water.
    • Chill before using.

    WILD RICE AND MUSHROOMS
    Ingredients:
    1 cup dried porcini or shiitake mushrooms
    2½ cups water, approximately
    1 cup wild rice
    ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    ½ cup sliced carrots
    2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    ½ cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
    salt or Bragg Liquid Aminos to taste

    • Soak the dried mushrooms in water to cover until they are soft. Squeeze them out, reserving liquid, and slice.
    • Wash the wild rice in cold water and place in pot with the mushroom-soaking liquid (minus any sediment) and enough additional cold water to total 2 cups.
    • Add the orange juice and carrots. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
    • Add mushrooms and continue cooking until rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed.
    • Add the chopped parsley and salt or Bragg Liquid Amino to taste. Stir in the finely chopped nuts (black walnuts, pecans or filberts).
    Serves 2-4

    BLACK-EYED PEAS AND BROWN RICE SOUP

    Ingredients:
    1 cup dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
    4 cups water
    3 small vegetable bouillon cubes
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
    1 tablespoon parsley, minced
    1 teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon pepper
    1 large onion, chopped
    2 medium scallions, chopped
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    1 large tomato, chopped
    1 cup uncooked long-grained brown rice

    • Combine black-eyed peas and water in large saucepan; add bouillon and garlic.
    • Bring black-eyed pea mixture to boil; reduce heat and stir in oil, cilantro, parsley, salt and pepper.
    • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
    • Stir in onion, scallions, thyme and tomato.
    • Cover and simmer 15 minutes or when black-eyed peas are almost soft.
    • Stir in rice; cover.
    • Cook until rice and black-eyed peas are tender.
    • Remove from heat and let stand, covered for 10 minutes before serving the black-eyed pea soup.
    Serves 4

    DELICIOSO STIR-FRY

    Ingredients:
    1 package Dole cole slaw (already mixed)
    4 green onions, sliced (optional)
    2 potatoes, peeled and diced to bite-sized pieces
    1 cup fresh broccoli flowerets’
    1 cup fresh mushrooms, rinsed and sliced
    olive oil
    salt and pepper to taste

    • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
    • Add diced potatoes and toss in heated oil until cooked but still firm.
    • Remove from wok and set aside on plate lined with paper toweling.
    • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the wok and add the broccoli flowerets and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, until cooked but still crisp. Set aside.
    • Add a bit more oil to the wok and add the cole slaw and onions.
    • Stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes, tossing constantly as it will cook quickly.
    • Add the mushrooms, and toss for another 1-2 minutes.
    • To serve, layer the ingredients on a large serving plate in this order: first the slaw, then the potatoes, and then the broccoli. Season with salt and pepper as you spread the layers.
    Serves 4

    ETHIOPIAN YELLOW SPLIT PEA STEW

    Ingredients:
    3 cups water plus 2 tablespoons (divided)
    1 cup dried yellow split peas
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    ½ small onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 1-inch long piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
    ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
    1 teaspoon salt

    • Place 3 cups of the water and the peas in large saucepan. Heat over high heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook until almost tender, about 30 minutes.
    • Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
    • Add garlic, ginger and turmeric; cook 1 minute.
    • Add remaining 2 tablespoons water; cover. Cook on low heat 3 minutes.
    • Add mixture to cooked peas; stir in salt. Simmer until peas are very soft, about 30 minutes. Season to taste.
    Serves 6

    This vegetarian stew is adapted from an Ethiopian recipe using traditional spices. To make the dish spicy, omit the ginger and replace with 1 tablespoon of Berbere spice mixture (available at Ethiopian food stores, which can be found in most large cities), 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, and chopped green chilies to taste.

    GRILLED PORTABELLO MUSHROOMS WITH OLIVE OIL & GARLIC

    Ingredients:
    4 portabello mushrooms
    olive oil
    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    fresh Italian parsley, minced

    • Preheat the broiler or start your grill.
    • Wipe mushrooms clean and remove stems.
    • Drizzle all over with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
    • Broil or grill about 4 inches from flame, gill side up, 2 minutes.
    • Turn over, sprinkle tops with garlic and a bit more oil, and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer, being careful not to burn the garlic.
    • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
    Serves 4

    HOPPIN’ JOHN

    Ingredients:
    1 tablespoon light olive oil
    1 cup chopped onions
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 cups chopped ripe, juicy tomatoes plus 1/4 cup water, or 16-ounce can diced tomatoes including liquid
    ½ teaspoon dried basil
    ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
    3 cups cooked brown rice (about 1 cup raw)
    1 16-ounce can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed, or 2 cups cooked (2/3 cup dried)
    salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

    • Heat the oil in a very large skillet or a wok. Sauté the onions over medium heat until translucent.
    • Add the garlic and continue to sauté until the onions are golden.
    • Stir in the tomatoes, basil, and thyme; cook until the tomatoes have softened, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the rice and black-eyed peas, and season to taste with salt and lots of pepper.
    • Stir well, then simmer, covered, over low heat for 15 minutes. If the mixture seems dry, add water or cooking liquid from the peas.
    • Serve it with tangy coleslaw for a satisfying, down-home meal.
    Serves 4-6

    MIXED GREENS WITH POTATO CROUTONS AND TARRAGON DRESSING

    Salad Ingredients:
    9 cups gourmet or mixed salad greens
    potato croutons
    ¼ cup olive oil
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    ⅓ cup very thinly sliced red bell pepper
    1 small white onion, very thinly sliced
    ½ teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
    1 dash ground red pepper
    ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
    1 pound yellow Finn or Idaho potatoes, scrubbed

    Dressing Ingredients
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
    1 teaspoon honey
    2 tablespoons minced shallot
    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    ½ cup olive oil
    1 teaspoon honey *eliminate during Daniel fast*

    • Preheat oven to 400°F.
    • Rub 2 cookie sheets with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
    • Mix the red pepper, onion, lemon juice, remaining olive oil, fennel seeds, salt and ground red pepper together in a medium bowl.
    • Slice the potatoes very thin by hand, or with an adjustable blade slicer, if you have one, and add them to the red pepper, onion, fennel mixture.
    • Toss well to incorporate all the flavors of the seasonings, onions and peppers.
    • Spread the mixture of red pepper, onion, fennel and potato onto the cookie sheets and bake for 15 minutes. Turn them over and bake 5 to 15 minutes more, until the potatoes become crisp and the edges are browned.
    • Whisk the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl until everything is thoroughly mixed.
    • Pour ⅓ cup of the dressing over the greens and toss thoroughly.
    Serves 6

    TOFU SCRAMBLE

    Ingredients:
    1 16 ounce bag frozen hashed brown potatoes
    1 green onion, chopped, white and dark green parts separated
    1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
    1 pound firm tofu, diced in bite-sized pieces
    ½ teaspoon turmeric
    ½-¾ teaspoon onion salt
    ¾ tablespoon tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos
    ¼-½ cup shredded vegan cheddar “cheese”
    sea salt to taste

    • Heat small amount of oil in skillet (medium-high heat). When hot, place desired amount of frozen potatoes in skillet. Add white and light green parts of chopped green onion and pepper. Let brown on one side and flip potatoes, so that both sides are thawed and starting to brown lightly.
    • Meanwhile, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, crumble tofu. Add nutritional yeast, turmeric, onion salt and tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos. Use a fork and mix, ensuring the tofu is coated evenly.
    • When potatoes have thawed completely and have browned slightly, push them to the edges of the pan, creating a space in the center. In the center, add a small amount of oil, and then add tofu mixture, letting it fill the center of the pan. When the bottom side of the tofu has turned a dark yellow (about 2 minutes), flip. When both sides are a dark yellow, mix the potatoes into the tofu mixture.
    • Add shredded cheese, and continue to cook tofu and potatoes until the tofu and potatoes reach the desired doneness. (I cook it until the tofu has just started to lightly brown, and the cheese has melted slightly).
    • Garnish with dark green parts of chopped green onion.
    * * This would also be great with salsa * *

    WHITE BEAN AND BLACK OLIVE SOUP

    Ingredients:
    1 cup dry white beans
    3 cups water
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1¼ cup onion, chopped
    1 stalk celery, diced
    1 medium carrot, diced
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon oregano or marjoram
    1½ teaspoons basil
    1 small or ½ medium zucchini, diced
    1 small bell pepper, chopped
    3-4 cloves garlic, minced
    3 ounces tomato paste
    4 cups vegetable stock or water
    black pepper to taste
    1 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1 medium tomato, diced
    1 handful flat leafed parsley, minced

    • Sort and wash the beans, place in saucepan with water, bring to a simmer, and cook until tender (about 1hour 15 minutes).
    • After about an hour, heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté onion, celery, carrot, salt, and herbs, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8-10 minutes.
    • Add zucchini, bell pepper, and garlic, sauté 5 minutes.
    • Stir the tomato paste into the veggie stock and add to vegetables along with pepper, olives, and lemon juice.
    • Lower heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
    • Top with tomato and parsley and serve.
    Serves 6

    GRILLED VEGETABLES

    Ingredients:
    ½ pound whole small mushrooms
    1½ pounds small zucchini, cut into 1-inch slices
    14 cherry tomatoes
    Italian salad dressing or other marinade mixture
    11 pineapple chunks

    • Wash mushrooms; remove and discard stems.
    • Place mushrooms, sliced zucchini, and cherry tomatoes in salad dressing.
    • Let marinate in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
    • Drain vegetables, reserving marinade.
    • Thread vegetables alternately with pineapple onto skewers.
    • Cook on grill over medium heat for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally and basting with reserved marinade.
    Serves 4-6

    LENTIL SOUP

    Ingredients:
    1 6 ounce package of baby spinach
    1 pre-cooked 6 ounce package of lentils
    1 shallot
    1 small onion
    1 8-12 ounce container of vegetable broth
    Add herbal seasonings that you like (parsley, cilantro, or basil to your personal preference)

    • Dice and sauté the shallot and onion.
    • Boil the vegetable broth with the 6 oz package of lentils for 5 minutes.
    • Add to the boiling lentils and vegetable broth the sautéed shallot and onion.
    • Let flavors blend for about 3-5 minutes then add the cleaned baby spinach and simmer until cooked about 10 minutes.
    • Add pepper to taste and soup is ready.
    Serves 4-6

    VEGETABLE CHILI

    Ingredients
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    3 small onions diced
    3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
    1 sweet red pepper, diced
    3 celery ribs, sliced
    2 medium size carrots, sliced
    1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise
    1 can crushed tomatoes
    1 11-ounce can corn niblets, drained and rinsed
    1 15¼ -ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon black pepper

    • Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
    • Add the onion and garlic: sauté for 3 minutes or until slightly softened:
    • Stir in the chili powder, jalapeno pepper and sweet red pepper. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the celery, carrots, zucchini and tomatoes.
    • Cook covered for 5 minutes or until carrots and zucchini are softened.
    • Add the corn, kidney beans, oregano, cumin, salt and black pepper.
    • Cook for 3 minutes or until the chili is heated through, then serve.

    WHEAT LINGUINE SALAD
    Ingredients:
    1 pound wheat linguine
    4 tablespoon Salad Supreme
    1 medium tomato diced
    1 tablespoon garlic salt
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    1 tablespoon white sugar
    2 tablespoons dried oregano
    1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1 tablespoon dried parsley
    ¼ teaspoon celery salt
    2 tablespoons salt
    ¼ lemon juice
    2/3 olive oil
    2 tablespoons water
    1 medium onion diced
    1 medium green pepper diced

    • Cook linguine according to package direction, rinse, with cold water.
    • In a small bowl, mix together the garlic salt, onion powder, sugar, oregano, pepper, thyme, basil, parsley, celery salt and regular salt. Store in a tightly sealed container.
    • To prepare dressing, whisk together ¼ lemon juice, 2/3 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons of the dry mix.

  • Bob Shine

    Hopefully you will inspire more kids to go vegan as you have inspired kids into music.
    thanks Sean for your caring

    love, a loyal fan and vegan

  • Bob Shine

    and Sean the best part is that no animals are going to suffer, and you will be have a longer life to enjoy the important things in life, like your daughter.

  • Marcela Mendez

    My husband and I just did a 10 day vegan challenge, and we are going to start it again on 12/8! My husband just turned 50, and I’m about to turn 40. We we did this vegan cleanse, and he lost 15 lbs, and I lost 11lbs. But not only did we lose the weight, but we felt awesome! My skin feels awesome, and I have way more energy, and my thinking is super clear. And I will say that since we finished the challenge, I have had no desire to eat the crap I was eating before. Anyways, good luck you two and I have some yummy and easy recipes, that made it easier to get through the challenge. Hit me up if you want them;)

  • Bob Shine

    try Indian food. But go easy on the spices….

  • HipCityVeg

    When in Philly, come check us out at HipCityVeg – You’ll be happy you did :) Good luck and cheers to good health and the spiritual cleansing !

  • Guest

    I believe he did clarify by saying he prefers top call if a plant based diet. So the lecture really wasn’t needed

  • Beyond Sushi

    Happy Birthday Jay! We at Beyond Sushi in NYC would love to send you some vegan sushi for your birthday and hope that you’d stay vegan longer! We’re located at 229 E. 14th Street or in Chelsea Market on 9th Avenue. We’re so glad to hear about the news.

  • Kim

    I believe he did clarify by stating he calls it a plant based diet. The lecture really wasn’t needed! He is doing this for his own personal reasons pertaining to himself and not a crusade for a particular cause!

  • Brooke

    I’m not attacking I’m educating him about the distinction between the two terms since he seems to use them interchangeably here. More to the point I’m not talking about “food politics” since the whole point of being vegan is to believe that nonhuman animals are not food but individuals. Also one of the challenges with adopting a plant based or vegan diet is the reaction from family and friends. I’d say educating oneself on the differences between the two is key to being able to explain to people why you’re abstaining from animal products; especially with the holidays coming up.

  • Eztli

    word.. ima try it my self.. was a vegetarian for a momento.. but i think ima delete all types of animalitos out my system.. keep it up.. u know.. with the inspiration n all. peace n blessings, Eztli ;)

  • Marcela Mendez

    If you like soups? Here’s a really easy and yummy recipe.

    Cream of any Vegetable soup

    4 cups of any vegetable you like ( I like tomato, or butternut squash, or cauliflower)
    1 yellow onion
    3 cloves garlic
    2 Tbs. Ghee ( clarified butter, you can get it at any health food store)
    1 Quart Vegetable Broth
    2 Tsp. Sea Salt

    Melt Ghee in pot. Add chopped onion and crushed garlic. And add vegetables, broth and salt. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer, put the cover on the pot and let it go for 20 minutes. Then you can either use a hand blender, or pour it into a regular blender. Turns out super creamy and yummy.
    * if you make tomato soup, add some chopped fresh basil right before you blend it.

  • Eztli

    oooh nice.. THANKS!

  • http://hilaryrowland.com/ Hilary Rowland

    You just made me a fan!! Try Candle 79 in Manhattan on 79th and Lex. They also have an incredible brunch menu. Vegan + organic = super healthy and compassionate. :)

  • http://hilaryrowland.com/ Hilary Rowland

    You just made me a fan!! Try Candle 79 in Manhattan on 79th and Lex. They also have an incredible brunch menu. Vegan + organic = super healthy and compassionate. :)

  • Eztli

    PS.. Happy Bearthday :D

  • Eztli

    PS.. Happy Bearthday :D

  • Anonymous

    I have an all Vegan Non GMO Meal Replacement Bar “Bad Ass Power Cookie” that would be perfect for you two since you are always on the go and If you ever come down here to South Florida… you can check out Green Bar & Kitchen, Choices Cafe, Christopher’s Kitchen.

  • Anonymous

    I have an all Vegan Non GMO Meal Replacement Bar “Bad Ass Power Cookie” that would be perfect for you two since you are always on the go and If you ever come down here to South Florida… you can check out Green Bar & Kitchen, Choices Cafe, Christopher’s Kitchen.

  • Linda Coburn

    I did a 30-day vegan challenge (and then a 30-day gluten-free challenge just for kicks) and found it really did change my attitude about what was “good” — from a taste standpoint and a health and environmental standpoint. I’m too wedded to my love of cheese to go full vegan but I have cut waaaay back on stuff that’s really not healthy. The best thing is how much your body craves the good stuff afterward! Enjoy the challenge and all its benefits. Thanks for sharing.

  • Richard Patrick Spellissy

    Hove, coming from the UK, I would heartily recommend an Indian lentil curry aka Daal. You will never miss the craving for meat. It is very wholesome.

  • Deidrah Wright

    There are no words for the feeling inside when you do this! Everything becomes magical, the fog lifts, you feel awake~ I hope that your 22 days turns into 22 years x 3! This is Music to your body running through your blood! :) You will see what I am talking about! D

  • Deidrah Wright

    There are no words for the feeling inside when you do this! Everything becomes magical, the fog lifts, you feel awake~ I hope that your 22 days turns into 22 years x 3! This is Music to your body running through your blood! :) You will see what I am talking about! D

  • Anonymous

    If you start missing comfort food, Foodswings in Williamsburg has hamburgers, chicken wings and shakes that all taste just like the real thing.

  • Anonymous

    i know you travel alot so there was this place in vegas that oh by the way vegas is sooo vegan friendly they had this amazing vegan BLT sandwich and the watermelon juice was amazing too its called rainbow cafe you would love it its real low key ad they have all types of things and if you are ever in georgia cafe sunflower behind Houston’s on Peachtree Oh and you must got to southern sweets in decatur Georgia down the street from the farmers market ther have the best vegan cakes and Ruth chris has a great 8 oz mushroom with broccoli and they use vegan butter if you request oh and if you are home use daiya cheese it’s vegan plus soy free i use it to make vegan lasagna

  • Steveooooo

    If it hasnt been said already i have two tips for you!! Watch Earthlings + Make sure you eat enough…. Lots of rice, potatoes, beans, fruits,veggies etc etc…. Dont go sending out a bad message to an otherwise great way of eating dude! Engine 2 Diet Book, Mcdougall’s books, The China Study.. All great books to read on your 22 day journey..

  • Sweet To Lick

    Sweet To Lick on Long Island

  • Jeanne Morgaridge

    Ghee is NOT plant based. It is BUTTER, clarified or not. Use a dairy free margarine instead, Earth Balance is the most common.

  • Angela Yarbrough

    Working on turning vegan for health reasons – doctor told me a vegan and/or macrobiotic diet helps erradicate cancer.

  • Danielle M.

    Just when I think you can’t possibly get any cooler, you go and prove me wrong! You get better every year! Terri NYC is a vegan restaurant with a bunch of locations throughout the City. If you are in the Flatiron, there is one on 23rd and 6th. I’m sure you have private chefs, etc. whipping up fabulous meals. I’m also pretty sure you don’t read these comments. ;)

  • Danielle M.

    Just when I think you can’t possibly get any cooler, you go and prove me wrong! You get better every year! Terri NYC is a vegan restaurant with a bunch of locations throughout the City. If you are in the Flatiron, there is one on 23rd and 6th. I’m sure you have private chefs, etc. whipping up fabulous meals. I’m also pretty sure you don’t read these comments. ;)

  • Allison

    Peacefood Cafe is a great place for casual plant-based food, and Dirt Candy is a must. I’ve been vegan for about a year and a half, and I’ve never felt better. Enjoy!

  • Anonymous

    If you make it out to California, try Ravens restaurant at the Stanford Inn By the Sea in Mendocino. They are 100% vegan (and AWESOME!).

  • http://thatwebmuck.com techpeace

    Sometimes I visit NYC just to eat at Red Bamboo in Greenwich Village. Best of luck, y’all! I’m sure you’ll love it.

  • KLG

    Great suggestions!!! Also I can’t post the link here but look up Vegan Richa dot com and Manjula Kitchens on youtube for delicious Indian Vegan recipes.

  • Misha Williams

    Candle 79 + Candle Cafe are fantastic…their red pepper hummus is delicious. Great recommendation.

  • Misha Williams

    Red Bamboo…another great recommendation. The food is so go though, you might pick up a few pounds…even with it being vegan!

  • Anonymous

    I’m a big fan of the restaurant Vegan Glory in Los Angeles

  • Anonymous

    Come visit Sacramento, CA, and I’ll take you and Beyoncé to The Plum, Sacramento’s premier all-vegan restaurant! :)

  • Liane Maiorano

    I’ve been vegan for 10yrs, it’s much easier now then it was a decade ago. Now with all the awesome new mock meats and cheeses; of course you don’t want processed foods to be the staple of your diet, just eat whole foods, grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds(sparingly). also, my 4 yrs old son and his father are both vegan, my partner has been vegan for 12 yrs and my son his whole life. there is nothing better for the planet then a vegan diet. Now you and Bey need to ditch the fur and leather, it is a barbaric process when it comes to making items out of fur and leather. there are plenty of fashionable clothing items out there made of faux fur and faux leather. good luck with your plant based challenge. oh and vegan restaurants in NYC: Red Bamboo and VP2, they are owned by the same people and right next door to each other. VP2 is asian style and Red Bamboo has more comfort style foods.

  • Franchesca KingsMom

    Maybe I’ll try a vegan breakfast to see what’s like to eat vegan. I support you and B’s challenge and I wish you guys much success. Happy Birthday Hov!
    Love,
    Franki & King(son)

  • Laura Murgo

    I’ve done the 22 day challenge, and now classify myself as a “pescatarian”. I think it’s more about the healthy goodness you add into your everyday meals, rather than focusing on what you can’t have. Asian cuisine has become my go-to cuisine, but with a little help you can find vegan meals in lots of restaurants! Good luck!!

  • Liane Maiorano

    I’ve been vegan for 10yrs, it’s much easier now then it was a decade
    ago. Now with all the awesome new mock meats and cheeses; of course you
    don’t want processed foods to be the staple of your diet, just eat whole
    foods, grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds(sparingly). also, my 4 yrs
    old son and his father are both vegan, my partner has been vegan for 12
    yrs and my son his whole life. there is nothing better for the planet
    then a vegan diet. Now you and Bey need to ditch the fur and leather, it
    is a barbaric process when it comes to making items out of fur and
    leather. there are plenty of fashionable clothing items out there made
    of faux fur and faux leather. good luck with your plant based challenge.
    oh and vegan restaurants in NYC: Red Bamboo and VP2, they are owned by
    the same people and right next door to each other. VP2 is asian style
    and Red Bamboo has more comfort style foods.

  • P-Nan

    Govindas in Brooklyn (305 Schmerhorn St.) Vegetarian buffet lunch with plenty of vegan options

  • P-Nan

    Govindas in Brooklyn (305 Schmerhorn St.) Vegetarian buffet lunch with plenty of vegan options

  • P-Nan

    Govindas in Brooklyn (305 Schmerhorn St.) Vegetarian buffet lunch with plenty of vegan options

  • Anonymous

    “your influence is powerful and we love that you’re using it for some good, but…..” oh boy….here we go….the weight of the whole world on this young mans’ shoulders. It’s not that serious Kimmi….for real.

  • Anonymous

    “your influence is powerful and we love that you’re using it for some good, but…..” oh boy….here we go….the weight of the whole world on this young mans’ shoulders. It’s not that serious Kimmi….for real.

  • Anonymous

    “your influence is powerful and we love that you’re using it for some good, but…..” oh boy….here we go….the weight of the whole world on this young mans’ shoulders. It’s not that serious Kimmi….for real.

  • Ren

    If you’re craving popcorn – get it from Doux Vegan it’s the BEST!! My favorite is the barbados caramel corn.♡♡ ^_^

    Good luck to you both!!

  • Michael

    Don’t get me wrong: I’m a vegan. I just want to see new vegans stay vegans!

  • porsha

    love blossom and candle 79

  • Reenatron

    If you ever get the opportunity, check out the Sprig and Vine in New Hope, NJ and order the peanut butter and jelly french toast for dessert. you’ll love it. also, Candle 79 on the upper east has a great vegan selection. best of luck to you guys!

  • Reenatron

    If you ever get the opportunity, check out the Sprig and Vine in New Hope, NJ and order the peanut butter and jelly french toast for dessert. you’ll love it. also, Candle 79 on the upper east has a great vegan selection. best of luck to you guys!

  • Reenatron

    If you ever get the opportunity, check out the Sprig and Vine in New Hope, NJ and order the peanut butter and jelly french toast for dessert. you’ll love it. also, Candle 79 on the upper east has a great vegan selection. best of luck to you guys!

  • Reenatron

    if you ever get the opportunity, check out the Sprig and Vine in New Hope, NJ and order the peanut butter and jelly french toast for dessert. you’ll love it. also, Candle 79 on the upper east side has a wonderful vegan selection. best of luck to you guys!

  • Yvette Wilson

    Happy birthday and good luck to you and B.

  • Yvette Wilson

    Happy birthday and good luck to you and B.

  • Yo

    I’m not vegan, but I love Candle Cafe and Anjelika’s Kitchen. And I had amazing vegan food at ABC Kitchen today. Just ask for no sour cream on the roasted carrot salad. Seriously obsession-worthy. Also, the Cinnamon Snail food truck is legendary. My fave is the Thai BBQ Tempeh sandwich. Sooooo gooood.

  • Yo

    I’m not vegan, but I love Candle Cafe and Anjelika’s Kitchen. And I had amazing vegan food at ABC Kitchen today. Just ask for no sour cream on the roasted carrot salad. Seriously obsession-worthy. Also, the Cinnamon Snail food truck is legendary. My fave is the Thai BBQ Tempeh sandwich. Sooooo gooood.

  • ivan

    Peace G. I’m Ivan. You’ve been attracting me, I’ve been attracting
    you. I’m in the soul group (brotherhood), and a grandson of Malik
    Shabazz (X). But not through Betty. I have a psychic oracle too, she
    first told me about you when I was 18, and that we’d be coming together.
    We are going to be meeting soon. I think you know what this is about.
    By the way I am going to be 22 on Jan 11.

    contact me @ ivannathaniel@icloud.com

  • Tommy McDonald

    Jay,

    I’m a chef for Field Roast. We’re in whole foods everywhere, so check us out. We make plant based meat in the form of sausages, roasts, burgers, deli slices. All of our food is formed by human hands and isn’t a science project like most vegan meat producers. I’d love to send you some product, and some recipe ideas. We also do a special pastry wrapped holiday roast stuffed with cranberries and hazelnuts that you should check out for Christmas. Have somebody hit me up at tommy.mcdonald@fieldroast.com, and we can send you some stuff. If your not sure, hit up John Salley, tell him I sent you!
    And Happy B-day…

    Tommy

  • Kim A

    Good Luck J&B there is nothing better then going on a spiritual fast it’s something my family does on a regular any where from 3 to 21 days actually I have only done one 21 day fast no meat only fish once again Good luck & God Bless!!

  • Nicole Carey

    Though there are many great vegan places in Atl you should check out Vegan Soul! The best collard greens and mac and vegan cheese ever! Vegan soul food can be a challenge, but they have it all figured out!

  • Kathryn Henzler

    Native Foods and Loving Hut are two great vegan restaurant chains. You should definitely try them!

  • Anonymous

    Besides the vegan restaurants in NYC that were already suggested – you can also look at vegan options at regular restaurants and customize your meal (I do that when I go out with my husband who isn’t vegan like me). KUDOS for giving the vegan diet a shot!! It can be beneficial for any length of time, but the longer the better =)

  • Anonymous

    Besides the vegan restaurants in NYC that were already suggested – you can also look at vegan options at regular restaurants and customize your meal (I do that when I go out with my husband who isn’t vegan like me). KUDOS for giving the vegan diet a shot!! It can be beneficial for any length of time, but the longer the better =)

  • Anonymous

    Best of luck to both of you! This is excellent for your health (Read “How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” “Engine 22 Diet,” “The China Study”), as well as for the environment. I have been vegetarian for 15 years and went vegan for one, and I never felt better. I let it slip and gained 25 lbs and feel like crap, so I’ll be starting again on January 2nd. Quick tip: You can probably eat almost anywhere. Just call ahead and ask if they can prepare anything with no butter, cheese, meat for you (if you’re in NYC or California, this shouldn’t be a problem.) I’ve had people jealous of my meals because they’ve obviously been prepared fresh.

    Can’t wait to read your posts! Don’t give up if it’s hard – the casein in dairy products can be highly addictive. I had panic attacks for a week when I did it. Not looking forward to going through that again, but I AM looking forward to the health benefits.

    Michelle, Long Island

  • Anonymous

    Best of luck to both of you! This is excellent for your health (Read “How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” “Engine 22 Diet,” “The China Study”), as well as for the environment. I have been vegetarian for 15 years and went vegan for one, and I never felt better. I let it slip and gained 25 lbs and feel like crap, so I’ll be starting again on January 2nd. Quick tip: You can probably eat almost anywhere. Just call ahead and ask if they can prepare anything with no butter, cheese, meat for you (if you’re in NYC or California, this shouldn’t be a problem.) I’ve had people jealous of my meals because they’ve obviously been prepared fresh.

    Can’t wait to read your posts! Don’t give up if it’s hard – the casein in dairy products can be highly addictive. I had panic attacks for a week when I did it. Not looking forward to going through that again, but I AM looking forward to the health benefits.

    Michelle, Long Island

  • Bob Shine

    Sean Carter can do ANYTHING he puts his mind to in life!

    Good luck Mr. Carter
    - Lots of love, from a Canadian vegan

  • LuxeLife

    EVERLASTING LIFE CAFE! whenever you come to D.C. on your tour
    its yummy Vegan Soul Food

    enjoy your journey and newfound energy you will soon receive ^_^

  • LuxeLife

    EVERLASTING LIFE CAFE! whenever you come to D.C. on your tour
    its yummy Vegan Soul Food

    enjoy your journey and newfound energy you will soon receive ^_^

  • angela

    Jay you & B need a Plant-Strong chef, like me to help you on your journey. I am writing a cook book of my meatless meals. I consider myself a flexitarian. I eat meat when I want to but choose to eat mostly vegetable, beans, & fruits. Don’t make the mistake of eating non-meat foods and not vegetables that many new vegans make. Eat good WHOLE foods, not processed soy products and fake meats. Good luck on your journey!! When I publish my book in May, I’ll send you a copy.

  • angela

    Jay you & B need a Plant-Strong chef, like me to help you on your journey. I am writing a cook book of my meatless meals. I consider myself a flexitarian. I eat meat when I want to but choose to eat mostly vegetable, beans, & fruits. Don’t make the mistake of eating non-meat foods and not vegetables that many new vegans make. Eat good WHOLE foods, not processed soy products and fake meats. Good luck on your journey!! When I publish my book in May, I’ll send you a copy.

  • angela

    Jay you & B need a Plant-Strong chef, like me to help you on your journey. I am writing a cook book of my meatless meals. I consider myself a flexitarian. I eat meat when I want to but choose to eat mostly vegetable, beans, & fruits. Don’t make the mistake of eating non-meat foods and not vegetables that many new vegans make. Eat good WHOLE foods, not processed soy products and fake meats. Good luck on your journey!! When I publish my book in May, I’ll send you a copy.

  • angela

    Jay you & B need a Plant-Strong chef, like me to help you on your journey. I am writing a cook book of my meatless meals. I consider myself a flexitarian. I eat meat when I want to but choose to eat mostly vegetable, beans, & fruits. Don’t make the mistake of eating non-meat foods and not vegetables that many new vegans make. Eat good WHOLE foods, not processed soy products and fake meats. Good luck on your journey!! When I publish my book in May, I’ll send you a copy.

  • angela

    Jay you & B need a Plant-Strong chef, like me to help you on your journey. I am writing a cook book of my meatless meals. I consider myself a flexitarian. I eat meat when I want to but choose to eat mostly vegetable, beans, & fruits. Don’t make the mistake of eating non-meat foods and not vegetables that many new vegans make. Eat good WHOLE foods, not processed soy products and fake meats. Good luck on your journey!! When I publish my book in May, I’ll send you a copy.

  • angela

    Jay you & B need a Plant-Strong chef, like me to help you on your journey. I am writing a cook book of my meatless meals. I consider myself a flexitarian. I eat meat when I want to but choose to eat mostly vegetable, beans, & fruits. Don’t make the mistake of eating non-meat foods and not vegetables that many new vegans make. Eat good WHOLE foods, not processed soy products and fake meats. Good luck on your journey!! When I publish my book in May, I’ll send you a copy.

  • Rachel Heller Ostrander

    I am not a vegan but I also do healthy eating challenges (trying to be healthier for my baby girl)…. anyway if you have folks that cook for you and B, tell them to read or use that cookbook Veganomicon. Like I said I am not vegan but I use veg recipes frequently to balance my meals… there are a TON of good options in there …

  • P W

    ps – I went vegan 22 years ago and have never looked back! There is only one thing that you will need to supplement your diet: B-12.

  • Roble Regal

    Best of luck, Jigga.

    And happy birthday! Legend to legend.

  • P W

    When in Los Angeles, check out Crossroads Kitchen. Excellent food in a gorgeous setting!

  • ACS

    Great vegan place in Washington, DC: Sticky Fingers

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    It wasn’t a lecture. I was asking a genuine question for him to clarify because he definitely did not do that. He stated, “I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based”, which are two different things. I followed my question with information as to why they are different and how he can use his influence to clarify the associated issue instead of contributing to them. Please advise which point you feel is a lecture.

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    I am sorry you feel that way but some of us have beliefs and passions, and while we get excited when new people hint at discovering the same things, we want to ensure that the message isn’t muddied. Do you have anything you are passionate about?

  • Paulee

    Jay, my man, my idol! As a ‘professional vegan’ myself …haha…I am so happy to hear you are making a choice to take better care of yourself and the environment. You are a game changer, in everything you do. I believe that your efforts alone have the ability to inspire and deeply resonate with others, all around the world, who are also thinking about moving to a plant based diet. You are one of the most powerful consumers in the world and by making a decision like this, your fans are at the very least, going to considerate it and that speaks volumes. Your presence, your spirit is an essential part of the shift in consciousness. I have always been one of your greatest fans for the artist, entrepreneur, and man that you are. God Bless you and your beautiful family! Happy Birthday to the greatest!! Can we get some vegan food together one day!? :D

  • Katy Gonsalves

    4 years ago I challenged myself to go vegan for 1 month after watching the documentary Food Inc. (it shook me) and today I’m a happy and healthy vegan and promoter of a plant based diet.

    My tips would be:
    - Drink lots of green juices -they are the key to detoxification and achieving optimal health
    - Drink more water than you think you should
    - Breathe and be kind to yourself!
    - Watch some documentaries during your 22 day challenge to motivate and further educate yourself, some good ones are:

    Veducated
    Food Inc
    Hungry For Change
    Forks Over Knives
    Food Matters
    Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

    If you’re in Toronto, I manage a raw/vegan restaurant in Yorkville called Rawlicious and we would be happy to have you!

    Best of luck to you and the Queen on your veggie exploration!

    love from T.O.

  • Ayeesha Crosby

    Oh and tell your friend, I love 22 bars esp the pineapple one. The pumpkinseed isn’t bad either and the vanilla protein powder is good in my green smoothies! Definitely experiment with the kale juices and smoothies! I’m excited for y’all LOL!

  • Audrey Bonté

    Awesome news!

    Try One Veg World in CA, if you’re heading to/from Vegas :)

  • Kendra Johnson

    Sun in Bloom in Park Slope..right near Barclays Center

  • Lonie Oberst

    here’s whats up…good ass receipe…
    BAKED TOFU CUTLETS
    16oz firm tofu
    4TB lime juice
    4TB soy sauce
    1 teaspoon ginger
    1 teaspoon garlic
    1 teaspoon paprika
    Slice tofu into 4 slices lenght-wise.set aside.
    In flat pan that holds all the tofu in single layer combine everything else.
    Place tofu & toss it in the fridge for 2-6hrs (4 wrkd 4 me) turn occasionally.
    Preheat oven to 350
    Bring tofu to room temp n bake for 45mins.
    and enjoy that shittttt!!!
    goes good with sum vegan mushroom gravy.
    I got a good one for some pumpkin tofu “cheese”cake if you interested….hit me up on the FB

  • Izzi Marczak

    Good for you, Jay-Z! I have been on a plant-based diet for 2 years, this year almost 95%, and it feels so peaceful. If you keep your fridge full of avocados and chickpeas and make dips and hummus, you will not go hungry. Also vegan mayo is amazing, Veganese, if you can find it where you are (tastes just like real mayo). If you’re ever in Toronto, Rawlicious and The Loving Hut are great places to eat. Good luck!

  • Lindi

    Very admirable! As Andi put it, Vegan lifestyle is responsible, healthful and down-right scientifically sound. However, please take care of yourself and be well if/when you go back to animal products. Once your body adjusts to a plant-based diet, going back to meat and dairy too quickly can make you ill.

  • Joanna Briley

    The V-Spot
    156 5th Ave, b/w St. Johns & Lincoln Place
    Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Alex Carabano is co-owner and a cool guy.

  • Victoria Foote-Blackman

    Dear Jay Z, I totally agree with Kimmi and her distinction between veganism and a plant-based diet. I think it’s wonderful you’re going to try a “plant-based diet” but what is somewhat lacking in your text is any profound awakening to the real reason for going vegan: the profound awakening to the extent and breadth of the suffering of animals on our planet and how we have enslaved them and yes–tortured them–for centuries.

    I have found that those who join only for health reasons (sometimes accompanied by lip-service to ‘it’s for the planet’ reasons) often abandon this “diet.” Because they’re hearts had never really been moved. by the real reason to eat a plant-based diet.

    Understand that the truth is all around you, if hidden behind the factory walls and breeding facilities and medical labs. But for the first time seeing this hideious reality is now observable via the Internet, if you will allow yourself to view and truly feel even the suffering of just one animal. And if you have that genuine ethical epiphany–a deeply spiritual experience indeed–please come to my FB community Page, called The Fluther Transversion, and share your story with the rest of those who have felt the profound experience of compassion for the suffering of all animals.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Victoria

  • Victoria Foote-Blackman

    Miss Peaches, I beg to differ. It is profoundly serious. Jay Z does acknowledge a distinction between plant-based and vegan, but one never senses he understands the profound difference. If the horror and death we impose on 56 billion–yes billion–animals a year isn’t serious, I truly don’t know what is. When a person of his stature adopts a diet based on his own personal needs–thus essentially an act of egoism–without even a word about what the “diet” started out for, it is worrisome for those of us who truly worry about the animals. Please go see a video on line, or see the documentary “Earthlings” and if you watch it with your eyes open, and your heart open, you will understand why vegans consider it very serious indeed. Best of luck to you.

  • Marie

    Hey Jay!!

    COMING FROM A PROFESSIONAL VEGAN (Literally: I work at two different vegan restaurants)

    TOP LA PICKS:

    Cafe Gratitude (Location: the one in Venice | Meal: the I Am Awesome, I Am Gracious, or Tacos )

    Sage (Location: the one in Culver City is beautiful especially at night | Meal: Bbq Pineapple Pizza or Pesto Bowl)

    Real Food Daily (the one in Santa Monica is the best in my opinion| Meal: Kung Pao, Supreme Burrito, or Mediterranean Bowl)

    Native Foods: (Location: All of them are good, I go to Samo location | Meal: Reuben or Oklahoma Bacon Burger)

    Crossroads

    Also, make sure to be getting lots of greens (kale is excellent), vitamins (nutritional yeast is great for B12, and CHIA SEEDS have 8 times more Omega 3 than salmon), and healthy whole foods.

    And, I highly recommend watching EARTHLINGS and Food Inc.

    Many Blessings,

    M

  • Marie

    Also, Cabo San Lucas:
    Las Ventanas has an entire Vegan Menu :)

  • Marie

    So many blessings for you and your family!

  • Nuri Yah

    i now a great place to eat from in chicago. its never too late for anyone to change their lifestyle!!!!!!!

  • Nuri Yah

    oh and i am vegan also

  • Alicia

    Fantastic! I look forward to the updates— if you make it then I will definitely have to give i
    t a try too!

  • Facebook User

    When I see people like Jay Z & Beyoncé, giving plant-based living a
    go,it really makes the hours spent promoting plant-based living worth it

  • Sha Dsc

    Grace From Imhotep’s Health Food Resturant
    Personal Cook
    Will Make Deliveries
    Kfunj9@aol.com
    Best Vegan Food In Brooklyn

  • jackie

    can you give a menu of this kind of change in your life diet or not what do you eat???

  • Anonymous

    Dirt Candy on East 9th between 1/A. Intimate spot with a correspondingly tiny menu (less than 10 dishes total). Each dish primarily riffs on one veggie – highly recommend “Spinach!”, “Broccoli!”, and “Corn!”. It’s all vegetarian but most dishes can be made vegan by request. Really flavorful, inventive, and playful. And filling without being too heavy on white flour and other carbs.

  • LizaDarcy

    Federic Patenaude has a book on eating for $100 a month on a plant-based diet. You may want to check it out and show to your mom.

  • Amanda Smith

    You must try Pure Food and Wine, Lula’s Sweet Apothecary, Red Bamboo, Quintessence, Rawlicious, Blossom in NYC.
    Rawvolution, Cafe Gratitude, Crossroads in LA.
    Eden in Pittsburgh.

  • Sophia White

    Far from what we use to eat at Justin’s back-in-the-day LOL…. but change is always good. Congrats on being and living a healthier LIFE. #HAPPYBIRTHDAY

  • Annie

    A healthy, cruelty-free 22 days. I can’t think of a more wonderful birthday present for you to give yourself and give back to your earth! Thank you for your courage!

  • http://www.VonteMusic.com/ Lavonte Webb

    Will do, thanks

  • Vegan Up Ⓥ

    This is great news to see two high-profile individuals like yourselves giving plant-based a go. Hopefully you will enjoy it so much and feel so good that you never want to go back. Being a high-end
    personal vegan chef myself, I’m more than happy to help you guys along the way, if you’d like. Contrary to popular belief, vegan food can be far from boring and it is my mission in life to keep creating cutting edge, avant-garde gourmet meals. Wishing you both the best.

  • SESIGHS

    Good Luck! I am not a Vegan but I live across the road from Clementine Bakery on Greene Avenue in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. They do such amazing Vegan and Vegetarian cakes, Sandwiches, biscuits, danishes etc, that I would choose to go there above any other bakery in the neighborhood. Seriously, you need to go there!

  • BathSaltZ0mbie .

    YOU AINT GOT THE ANSWERS JAY!!!

  • Maleika

    RAW in Santa Monica is yummy! Love how you connected the days with your birthday and with Christmas…perfect! It’s all about Mind and Body! Happy belated Birthday and good luck on you and B’s journey.

  • Anonymous

    Champs in Williamsburg and V Spot down the street from Barclay’s are great vegan spots in Brooklyn. Me and my gf are both veg if you ever need a double date haha. Keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I agree. Maybe “vegan” brings along with it the stigma of lurking vegan police waiting to pounce on you and shoot you down while you are still trying something new. “Plant based” says this is MY plate, back up. I did that too, before I went vegetarian because I didn’t want to be externally policed. But my choices defined themselves from my soul and I’m vegan now.
    This family is wise enough to understand the words they use and to handle this.

  • Anonymous

    Remember, just because it’s a plant (or comes from a plant), doesn’t mean it’s healthy to eat.

  • ashleeschultz

    Chicago Diner is a must next time you’re in Chicago.

  • Joseph HealthChef Tapper

    Thanks ashleeschultz, @73ec829b874f40df336bc32dbeca6dd9:disqus!! I was trying to think of that one. Chicago Diner is a must go in Chi-town!! Love it. Small but.. AMAZING FOODS! I’ll be there next month having fun doing some studio stuff! Can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    And if you want to head out of the city to Philly there’s Vedge and Blackbird Cafe.

  • Brianna

    For your sweet tooth; Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, PA. Veggie Galaxy and Veggie Planet in Cambridge, Boston…here’s some vegan baked goods I made, it’s not all cardboard! (Chocolate with peppermint frosting, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and pumpkin spice donut holes!)

  • Brianna

    For your sweet tooth; Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, PA. Veggie Galaxy and Veggie Planet in Cambridge, Boston…here’s some vegan baked goods I made, it’s not all cardboard! (Chocolate with peppermint frosting, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and pumpkin spice donut holes!)

  • LizaDarcy

    I wish I can vote up this response many times!!! I don’t like it when people are put down because they didn’t go vegan for the animals. No matter what ethical vegans say people who ditch animal foods still contribute to the cause. Even vegetarians do. It’s the meat eaters who don’t.

  • Amy Bach

    J & B COME EAT AT MY VEGAN CAFE In NEW ROCHELLE NY !! RECOLOGIES VISTRO CAFE!! I PROMISE YOU WONT BE SORRY!GLUTEN FREE VEGAN BAKED GOODS ALL MADE BY ME CHEF AMY!! <3

  • christine

    I am also doing the 22 day challenge! Follow my progress on tumblr- JayZandBeyonceDiet

  • judidee

    You will be a whole new man. I went vegan/plant-based (I call it “Health Reform”) in 2001 when my mom passed for strength, health and clarity: it works…God’s original plan and in the case of food, His original suggested diet, works best! So I wish you the best outcome in this journey. My top 11 plant based/vegan food places: SunCafe, Studio City, CA (raw chocolate shakes!); Veggie Grill: Hollywood, CA (buffalo wings); Vegan Paradice: Fairfield, CA (beefy-beef burger); Truth Burgers (signature Pekaboo/Pe-can-boom! Pecan Burger) available online only; Cafe Sunflower, Atlanta, GA (sesame chicken); Soul Vegetarian II, Atlanta, GA (bar-b-q kale bone twists); Vegatarian Paradise, Decatur, GA (caribbean vegan food); Ethos, Orlando, CA (NY Style Pizza; Sunday Brunch); The Wild Cow, Nashville, TN (nachos); Karyn’s, Chicago, IL (slab of ribs); Native Foods; CA, CO; (Caribbean Jerk Kale Salad).

  • Donna Bogan

    Congrats to you both. 22 days will continue for a lifetime. The delicious food choices will boggle your mind. You never have to eat the same thing twice if you don’t want to. Your taste buds will thank you.
    Your heart will thank you. The animals will thank you. I’m excited to follow your progress.

  • Robert Allen King

    Good luck brother….plant based diet could be a tough challenge but I applaud your efforts and your guts to put it out there for all to know.

  • http://www.naturallifeenergy.com/ Aqiyl Aniys

    Peace and Blessings be with you. You are doing a great thing by publicizing your vegan efforts and journey. The processed foods many of us are eating are killing our minds and body and is a contributing factor why it is difficult for many of us to succeed. Processed foods are engineered to remove nutrients and they introduce chemicals into our bodies that interfere with our mental and spiritual clarity, and cause weakness in our bodies.

  • http://www.naturallifeenergy.com/ Aqiyl Aniys

    The weight of the world is not on his shoulders but his popularity does allow him to touch many people whereas others can’t. Eating a plant based diet is very healthy, mentally and physically.

  • Anonymous

    Lots of great vegan places in LA– Native Foods is my favorite! A lot of non-vegan places in LA also do vegan Meatless Mondays, including Mohawk Bend, so you can still have variety. Brite Spot has great vegan choices too! If you get a chance to make it out to Hacienda Heights, you can check out the highly rated cafe at and beautiful grounds of the Buddhist Hsi Lai Temple, which serves mostly vegan but all vegetarian meals :) My husband and I started cooking vegan at home after watching Forks Over Knives 18 months ago.. and have mostly kept it up! Good luck and enjoy J & B!

  • Anonymous

    If you are ever in Houston during this challenge, or after, there is an amazing “plant based” restaurant called Quan Yin. They use wheat based tofu instead of soy, which is good for men because of the fact that soy products raise estrogen levels in men.

  • Barbara Buttons

    vegan richa, an amazing blog, don’t normally comment and only found your page through Mind/Body/Green and was kinda floored, good luck from Australia.

  • Barbara Buttons

    p.s., try Bikram Yoga along with it and really change your life…………………….

  • http://www.todayicanchange.com/ Robb Gorringe

    Being 44 as well, it’s very inspiring.

  • Jordan Younger

    Jay Z — so so inspired by this post and this challenge. I have a vegan (plant-based) food blog called The Blonde Vegan and I would LOVE to send you a few short questions and have a little FAQ with you on the blog. It would be the most incredible and thrilling thing for me!!! Email me at theblondevegan1@gmail.com if you’re at all interested. :)

  • Natasha Agrawal

    come to maimonide of brooklyn on atlantic and 3rd ave, (M.O.B.) we’re 100% vegan and would love to have you

  • Natasha Agrawal

    come to maimonide of brooklyn on atlantic and 3rd ave, (M.O.B.) we’re 100% vegan and would love to have you

  • Shanna Rutty Beyah

    My Vegan Favorite: Try any or all of the Ethiopian vegetable Wats (sauces). The BOMB! You won’t regret it. You can order it as a “Veggie Combo” in just about any Ethiopian Restaurant. This is a good time for a spiritual cleanse. Ironically, most Orthodox Christians are fasting from all Animal products at this time until Jan 7 (Orthodox Christmas). Good Luck to you!

  • Shanna Rutty Beyah

    My Vegan Favorite: Try any or all of the Ethiopian vegetable Wats (sauces). The BOMB! You won’t regret it. You can order it as a “Veggie Combo” in just about any Ethiopian Restaurant. This is a good time for a spiritual cleanse. Ironically, most Orthodox Christians are fasting from all Animal products at this time until Jan 7 (Orthodox Christmas). Good Luck to you!

  • Christian Pilosi

    Definitely get to Red Bamboo in NYC, Washington Square, right near NYU. Vegan Soul Food. You’re welcome. My name is Christian and I own a vegan cafe in Scranton, PA, two hours from NYC, maybe check us out! :-) We are on Facebook, check out our page anyway…. And definitely hit Red Bamboo…you will go more than once. Trust me. :-)

  • pphelps83

    Blossom in NYC is awesome!!NYC is very vegan friendly!! If your ever in Vancouver Canada there are so any places to eat Vegan! Good Luck to you!

  • Anonymous

    Jay – just saw the news about your new challenge on Take Part. Snap that’s awesome. I just wanted to urge you to please PLEASE go 1 critically important step further – go non-GMO, all organic. Genetically modified organisms have literally devastated our families’ health for the past 17 years since they have been introduced into public food supply. Please take a stand against Monsanto and the rest of the corrupt chemical and biotech industry that cares about nobody’s health but their profits only. Thank you Jay for doing this!!

  • Anonymous

    You GOTTA go to Dirt Candy in NYC. If I had as much money as you, I’d eat there everyday. Also Kajitsu and Candle 79. And Uptown Veg in Harlem or Natural Blend in Crown Heights if you wanna get down with some Ital.

  • Jessica Davis

    Super excited to hear thys! If in Houston, here are some of my favorites. Sunshine’s Health Food. Green Seed Vegan. Field of Greens. Pepper Tree. Radical Eats. Ruggles Green has a few yummy choices, on Alabama. when in a pinch, Chipotle is everywhere. veggie bowl,black means, brown rice and the fajita veggies are cooked in separate skillet from meat. One of the best decisions I ever made when I stArted my healing journey was going vegan.
    The best to yall!

  • Anonymous

    Always knew you were cool. You just got even cooler. Good luck!

  • Caitlin

    Gobo in NYC! It is so delicious and doesn’t leave you hungry. I’ve seen Anne Hathaway there a few times, Amy Poehler, and Jude Law too! Enjoy your challenge and hope it goes further than 22 days. Happy Birthday & Happy Holidays!

  • Kenneth Trujillo-Jamison

    When you’re in LA for your concert on Monday, you should DEFINITELY go to Shojin, an all vegan sushi restaurant in Little Tokyo. Wonderful food and a great ambiance.

    I last saw you in person in Cornel West’s African American studies class at Princeton in 2005. Your presence made for a highlight of my graduate studies. Now my wife and I are in LA, have been vegan for about a year, and it has transformed our lives. We’re quite impressed with your decision and hope you keep with it after the 22 days.

    Looking forward to seeing you at the concert on Monday! If you want any further words of wisdom from a fellow vegan, holla back!

  • danice tatosian

    I am a Vegan Nutritionist! I am also a Nutritionist for babies so let me know if you need tips!!! From Westchester NY!

  • Monica Jones-Culpepper

    If you are heading to Houston, you owe it to yourself to check out personal vegan and raw chef Sabali. Oh my, you gonna learn that day! Her recipes and cuisine are outstanding. Not only eating better foods but eating much better tasting foods are in store. Her slogan: Good earth, good food, good you! Enjoy the process.

  • Vnesa Nvoić

    Does it mean you are going to stop wearing fur coats?

  • King Esseen

    Someone might ‘ve already mentioned this, but go by Red Bamboo in The Village. 140 W. 4th Street.
    Food-Dope. Desserts-Ill! Lol

  • Jasmine Hall

    I’ve been vegan for 9 years, best thing I ever did for myself and the planet. In LA: Go to Native Foods, The Veggie Grill (for burgers and fries), and Crossroads Kitchen (upscale), Millenium in San Francisco is a MUST, In NYC: Blossom, Candle 79, Pure Food and Wine.

  • Jasmine Hall

    I’ve been vegan for 9 years, best thing I ever did for myself and the planet. In LA: Go to Native Foods, The Veggie Grill (for burgers and fries), and Crossroads Kitchen (upscale), Millenium in San Francisco is a MUST, In NYC: Blossom, Candle 79, Pure Food and Wine.

  • Jasmine Hall

    I’ve been vegan for 9 years, best thing I ever did for myself and the planet. In LA: Go to Native Foods, The Veggie Grill (for burgers and fries), and Crossroads Kitchen (upscale), Millenium in San Francisco is a MUST, In NYC: Blossom, Candle 79, Pure Food and Wine.

  • Jasmine Hall

    I’ve been vegan for 9 years, best thing I ever did for myself and the planet. In LA: Go to Native Foods, The Veggie Grill (for burgers and fries), and Crossroads Kitchen (upscale), Millenium in San Francisco is a MUST, In NYC: Blossom, Candle 79, Pure Food and Wine.

  • Jasmine Hall

    I’ve been vegan for 9 years, best thing I ever did for myself and the planet. In LA: Go to Native Foods, The Veggie Grill (for burgers and fries), and Crossroads Kitchen (upscale), Millenium in San Francisco is a MUST, In NYC: Blossom, Candle 79, Pure Food and Wine.

  • YourVeganCoach

    Good luck. You won’t regret it. In LA; for cakes – BabycakesNYC, for sushi – Shojin, for Ethiopian food – Rahels, otherwise Crossroads, Native Foods. Best cheese substitute – Daiya cheese, because it melts and makes great pizza. Try coconut milk and coconut milk ice cream – Whole Foods has everything you need. You will miss NOTHING!

  • Filip Christian

    Good luck Jay-Z n Beyonce on your 22 day cleansing. Remember, no alcohol or tobacco off any sort as well you guys and see how you feel then ………..1

  • Christine Henry

    VEGAN H-TOWN and Black-Owned:

    Sunshine’s Health Food Store – 4915 MLK, Houston, TX 77021 – The BEST veggie burger and raw foods!!! The garlic kale is da bomb!!!

    Chef Sabali of Vegan Comfort – Sabali’s food is delicious! She recently catered for Esperanza Spaulding with rave reviews!

    Green Seed Vegan – 4320 Almeda, Houston, TX 77004 – Favs are the “Notyo” Salad and Cauliflower Nuggets!

    Enjoy!!!

  • Christine Henry

    VEGAN H-TOWN and Black-Owned:

    Sunshine’s Health Food Store – 4915 MLK, Houston, TX 77021 – The BEST veggie burger and raw foods!!! The garlic kale is da bomb!!!

    Chef Sabali of Vegan Comfort – Sabali’s food is delicious! She recently catered for Esperanza Spaulding with rave reviews!

    Green Seed Vegan – 4320 Almeda, Houston, TX 77004 – Favs are the “Notyo” Salad and Cauliflower Nuggets!

    Enjoy!!!

  • Natalie

    Good Luck! Paulie Gee’s, one of the best pizza joints in BK, has a special vegan pizza menu. Spot has a great vibe and Paulie will load you up with his homemade Limoncello.

  • Anonymous

    Does JAY-Z himself actually reply to these messages?

  • Marie

    UPDATE for LA:

    Just realized that you are in LA for a concert soon, also Cafe Gratitude changed their menu:

    Cafe Gratitude Fav Meals: I Am Awesome, I am Generous, I am Inspired, I am Warm- Hearted
    Dessert: Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie

    Real Food Daily Fav Meals: The Essence, Kung Pao, Mediterranean Bowl
    Dessert: Chocolate Fudge Cake

    CHECK OUT the Venice location of Gratitude (512 Rose), as there will be less paparazzi once you get towards the ocean. Kids menu available.

    Also the Santa Monica location of Real Food Daily (516 Santa Monica Bld) has some tables that are a lot more private than the location in Hollywood. A lot less paparazzi in Santa Monica than in Hollywood. I’ve actually never seen paparazzi there, and a lot of stars dine there. Kids menu available.

    And Sage, the location in Culver City (4130 Sepulveda Blvd) is really beautiful, and will have less paps there as well.

    Also, just want to say, thank you so much for doing this. So many blessings sent your way.

    With Love and Sincerity,

    M

  • Franchesca Guzman

    Dear Jay-Z,
    I know that you will be in Dallas Next week, as will I. Just to give you a head up on the Vegetarian spots in town. Kalachandji’s is the most beautiful place in Dallas, on Thrusday nights they even teach you how to cook. I would also go to Spiral Diner, I am not a vegetarian and I frequent these places because they are have great food. Cosmic Cafe also has this amazing Coconut Vegan Cake that awesome!

  • Cathy G

    Has anyone told you about Stuff I Eat in Inglewood- Vegan soul food- home made by great people- been vegan 10+ years eaten everywhere from here to NYC and back – Stuff I Eat remains one of my favorites. Hugos in West Hollywood is also quite good. (has whole vegan menu) And really you should swing by Earlz- a hotdog stand in South LA that happens to have vegan items- including to die for vegan cupcakes. (the guys at the counter can tell you what’s vegan)

  • Cathy G

    OH and one more place in LA – Scoops (two locations) I like the one on the westside on Overland blvd. makes awesome vegan ice cream (makes regular too) small biz owned by great people- great ice cream and try the Jasmine iced tea too.

  • Anonymous

    In Chicago check out Karyn’s on Green (upscale), Victory Banner has great breakfast (neighborhood wholesome), & Mana Food Bar
    In South Florida you have to go to Sublime in Sunrise (five star and great), if you are willing to go to a local hippy like farmers market with amazing food!!! check out Glaiser Farm’s market in Coconut Grove over the weekend.

  • Kate

    Dude, this is awesome. Hope you keep it up.

  • Jessica Berry

    Houston: Sunshine’s Health Food Store Vegetarian Deli (restaurant), Blue Nile Ethiopian (vegan menu), Caribbean Jerk Cuisine (some of the items on the vegetarian menu), Loving Hut, Quan Yin Vegetarian (it’s vegan), Mary’z Lebanese Cuisine (the veggie options and falafel), Fadi’s (veggie options), and Cafe Rita’s (the veggies and falafel). I hope this helps when you travel to Houston.

  • Jessica Berry

    Houston: Sunshine’s Health Food Store Vegetarian Deli (restaurant), Blue Nile Ethiopian (vegan menu), Caribbean Jerk Cuisine (some of the items on the vegetarian menu), Loving Hut, Quan Yin Vegetarian (it’s vegan), Mary’z Lebanese Cuisine (the veggie options and falafel), Fadi’s (veggie options), and Cafe Rita’s (the veggies and falafel). I hope this helps when you travel to Houston.

  • Tanja Kolenc

    Thank you soooo much, I’m so happy and grateful for your awesome decision … you are a role model for so many people … I wish you amazing experience and sending to both of you xoxoxoxo !!!

  • Sam Wilkes

    Hi there, I’m from very near Glastonbury, Somerset which is probably why I became veggie age 12 and am now 44 – just never liked meat really as a kid so was easy for me! Anyway best recipe ever (my own creation) is Cider Potatoes – just slice potatoes, onion and garlic, add any herbs and THEN CIDER to cover the veg, or cider and veg. bouillon. Bake in oven like a boulangere for min. 1.5 hours. This will change your life…good luck. Nothing wrong with being veggie (instead of vegan) and you’ll still be saving the planet and being much more healthy. Veganism is a bit boring and worthy if you ask me!!

  • Christine Matteson

    Awesome. I turned to plant based diet after I had heart disease at the age of 37. I’m now 47. You guys doing this proves that cool is compassionate, cool is healthy, cool is consciousness. Love both you and B.

  • Deeahna

    If you are in the Santa Barbara area during your 22 day challenge, we hope you will come dine at Adama Vegan Comfort Cuisine. Al Gore and his daughter visited us a couple of weeks ago! For lunch, try the chipotle “chicken” panini, or the curried onion rings! The quiche is amazing, and as the actor Don Johnson said, “The ice cream is better than Haagen Dazs!” We would love to serve you!

  • LizaDarcy

    So it’s an act of egoism on Jay-Z’s part? That’s not a cruelty-free or compassionate thing to say, is it?

  • LizaDarcy

    So it’s an act of egoism on Jay-Z’s part? That’s not a cruelty-free or compassionate thing to say, is it?

  • Brandon Willis

    Can you list some in Cleveland, OH for me. I know you’re not from here, but it would help. If you want. That’s all…thanks

  • Brandon Willis

    Can you list some in Cleveland, OH for me. I know you’re not from here, but it would help. If you want. That’s all…thanks

  • LizaDarcy

    That’s the reason why many people are ticked off at vegans. What they don’t know is that not all vegans bash other vegans for not doing it for the animals. I wish all vegans would just support Jay and Beyonce and not shoot them down because they aren’t doing it for the animals.

  • darisyushka

    Try Wild Ginger in Brooklyn and Zen Palate in the City. Good luck!

  • spell007

    Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Extra Virgin Palm Fruit Oil from Nutiva (sustainable palm trees and fair trade) are GREAT alternatives too and extremely healthy fats

  • Alexis Brill

    Cafe Blossom in NYC is da bomb.

    Quintessence (vegan / raw) in east village is amazing.

    Caravan of Dreams in east village is great, and has huge salads.

    Candle 79 has amazing food & desserts. (UES)

    Jivamukti Yoga Cafe (inside of Jivamukti Yoga School) in Union Square is a beautiful and spiritual place, with delicious vegan food.

    If you’re craving a little vegan comfort food, Food Swings in Williamsburg or John’s of 8th St in E. Vil has a full vegan Italian menu.

    Good for you both and I hope it sticks!
    The animals hope so too!

  • Hayley Ross MacDonald

    Love it. I am a raw vegan chef so if you ever come back to Dubai you can come and eat at my restaurant dude! :D

  • Tortimeese

    If you’re ever in West Concord, MA (near Boston), stop in at Debra’s Natural Gourmet grocery store for her Happy Vegan Sandwich and Blackened Tofu Wrap. Or, her Kelp Noodle Salad.

  • Eugeniu Sofroni

    Yeah brother !!! Show them up, all the power and good vibes to you. All the haters be hating … jealousy, envy, hate, greed, confusion, despair … just like the world today the comments I see people leaving on all the news sites show the state that humanity is in.

    Genesis 1:29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

    Genesis 9:4 “But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”

    Isaiah 11:6 “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.”

    Why not do what God designed us for ? Why not follow the words of Jesus and do good and make heaven on earth ? Why live in fear, hate, greed ? Makes no sense.

    Open up your hearts all the answers are within us, when you do something good it feels right, regardless of what the rest say.

  • Anonymous

    Your wife is a class A idiot. Since when do you go to a vegan restaurant in fur? To hell with you both. Posers. You’re so out of touch that you’re a parody of yourselves.

  • Anonymous

    The animals will thank them? Do you mean the animals that Beyonce wears when she goes to a vegan restaurant? Those animals?

  • Anonymous

    Especially when you wear fur!

  • Anonymous

    Except the animals that Beyonce wears when she goes to vegan restaurants will suffer.

  • Lana A. LaBonte

    Don’t forget to check out Sarma Melngailis’s restaurant PURE!

  • Alex

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  • angel452943

    Congratulations on your decision to try vegan! You are probably already experiencing the benefits such as loys of energy. When you visit Houston I recommend Sunfire Foods. My 70 year old father introduced me to this place about 10 years ago and its been a favorite of mine ever since. I love the fact that the owner could of set up.shop.any place in Houston but made a conscious decision to serbe the community. The food is flavorful and trust me you will not be disappointed. I am not a vegan but I try to incorporate vegan/vegetarian foods into diet as much as possible. Best of luck on your journey!

  • Kimberly

    Sunshine’s Health Food Store and Vegetarian Deli – near UH campus. This place is the bomb!

  • Morgan

    Are you looking for models? I’m from Philly and need a door!

  • Teresa Jordan

    Good Vegan Morning J & B :-) ….!!! I am a RAW Vegan Certified Chef, and my husband is an entertainer also ( Lonnie Jordan from the group WAR ) This is a wonderful way of life for u, and your VOCALS will be rewarded. I MUST recommend when in CALI- Au Lac Vegan Restaurant in Fountain Valley- Chef Ito ( Orange County) & “M.A.K.E.” ( Chef Mathew Kenney) in Santa Monica. Both are Superb! Wishing u the most happy Vegan Lifestyle ever! Oh, one more thing, My daughter-Candice Richardson is “Head of Operations” at NONILAND on Kauai, if u are ever on the island…u MUST visit :-) Aloha & Love, T

  • Teresa Jordan

    Good Vegan Morning J & B :-) ….!!! I am a RAW Vegan Certified Chef, and my husband is an entertainer also ( Lonnie Jordan from the group WAR ) This is a wonderful way of life for u, and your VOCALS will be rewarded. I MUST recommend when in CALI- Au Lac Vegan Restaurant in Fountain Valley- Chef Ito ( Orange County) & “M.A.K.E.” ( Chef Mathew Kenney) in Santa Monica. Both are Superb! Wishing u the most happy Vegan Lifestyle ever! Oh, one more thing, My daughter-Candice Richardson is “Head of Operations” at NONILAND on Kauai, if u are ever on the island…u MUST visit :-) Aloha & Love, T

  • Teresa Jordan

    AU LAC ( Chef Ito )

    6563 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (714) 418-0658

    M.A.K.E. ( Chef Matthew Kenney )

    396 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, Calif. 90410
    (310) 394-7046

  • Teresa Jordan

    Another “TiP” for u if u wish stay Vegan FORever…..U can rid the cellular memory of meat, fish, chicken & dairy from your body temple by doing a 7 day GReeN JuiCe Fast. I did the “7 day Juice Fast for Peace” hosted by Dr. Gabriel Cousens & Rev Michael Beckwith in 2009, and they taught us all how to rid the cellular memory of unwanted addictions, and start a new lifestyle. I have been on my RAW Vegan Journey for 12 years, and I love this life :-)

  • Guest

    All I want for Christmas is some #GOLDJAYZ!!!!

  • Facebook User

    We all have to start somewhere,

  • Wade

    I made the same decision a year ago, at age 54. My original goal was 28 days, but at 21 days I felt so good and found it so easy that I decided to go for 6 weeks to further evaluate.

    At the 6 week point I decided to go 6 months Plant Based to really see what it did to my lipid profile, etc.

    Well it was good, my cholesterol went from 168 to 129. My LDL went from 102 to 53. No I’m not on statins.

    So at 6 months, in July, I decided to go 6 years. I’ll re-evaluate then.

  • jl

    Shojin DTLA or Culver City = for when you’re craving sushi. I’m not kidding. Vegan. Sushi. And it’s delicious. Paru in Hollywood looks a little odd from the outside (they have to buzz you in), but inside is a tiny South Indian gem of a restaurant. And if you have a sweet tooth, yummy cupcakes always has 3 vegan flavors and this place has THE best cupcakes I’ve ever had, vegan or not. And also Hugo’s tacos for their soft serve (and their vegan mexican is pretty good too…Hugo’s in general has some great options).
    Way to spread the word!

  • Teresa Jordan

    Right on Wade, I have been on my RAW Vegan Journey for 12 years now, and its the best thing that ever happened to me in my life. Chef Ito from Au Lac Vegan & Living foods restaurant in Fountain Valley Calif. convinced me to try 100 % RAW back in the day. Wow…I never get sick, don’t require as much sleep as I use too when I was “cooked”, I have boundless energy, I wake up smiling, and the BEST PART is I’ve helped & inspired so many others along the way. Great gift to yourself, others, & our precious Mother Earth <3

  • Sarah Mellen

    Peacefood Cafe in NYC is great – along with those already mentioned here (Candle Cafe and Blossom on UWS). The Green Thai Curry is amazing there and the Chickpea Fries!
    Bliss in Williamsburg has a great Black Bean Burrito and all other menu items are vegan, too.
    Juice Press locations have 1. great juice 2. de.li.cious raw desserts and pre-packaged meals. The Schmear is not to be missed – if there are any left!

    In Chicago I think you’ve already hit up Karyn’s, but her restaurants are the best spots there for vegan (plant-based) fare. Native Foods is good for quick/ to-go and pretty much everything on the Chicago Diner menu is prime. Their new location on Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square is really nice.
    Also in Chicago, Soul Vegetarian on the South Side is the real deal.

    Hope you both have fun with this challenge! I think you’ll see some inner transformation. I’ve been on plant-based diet for a little under a year and there’s no going back. There are so many creative ways to eat healthy, so hopefully you have fun discovering them :)

  • jen

    I have found so much peace, joy and lightness of being in this lifestyle and way of eating.
    Kudos to you both, I think it sends such a great message to all! Peace -JK

  • Casey

    Hey Jay,
    Hemp seed smoothies (1/2 cup-1 cup hemp seed, 1 banana, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tbsp cacao, 1 tbsp ginger, 1 1/2 cups water) is what I live on. It tastes like the most delicious chocolate milk. Hemp is the most easily digestible protein and is the best protein source for your body. I throw in some shredded coconut sometimes too. Love to you and Bey, congrats on the success of her new album. Happy holidays

  • AMBER €UROS

    v-note on UES in NYC. Best vegan in the city. Candle 79 is also top notch.

  • http://mscolleenosheaj.wordpress.com/ Colleen O’Shea Jones

    I applaud anytime one takes themselves outside of their comfort zones–afterall, that is where growth happens! I’ve been very happy with my vegan lifestyle for the past couple years (after growing up in the Midwest eating potatoes and beef… often). Luckily, since you are based out of New York, I hear NYC is a mecca of vegan restaurants (maybe I’ll be able to go someday!). That said, keep it simple. Also remember that part of the reason why certain meats taste so good is due to the spices and things you cook them in–those smells and flavors are nostalgic, so use the same sorts of flavors in plant-based dishes (for example, I love curry and I love spicy foods, so if I want a simple meal, I use the same spices with lentils and rice and any type of vegetable I feel like–usually in season).

    I have a question for you, though–will you and B also be adopting a fully vegan lifestyle in terms of clothing and other products? For example, I know that in the past you’ve worn fur–will you consider discontinuing this?

    Thanks for sharing.

    *Peace*

  • http://mscolleenosheaj.wordpress.com/ Colleen O’Shea Jones

    Oh, also as a fellow musician, I’ve found that it has only enhanced what I do. What you put in your body matters and allows your mind (or hinders, as the case may be) and body to do what they need to do! So, as a gigging musician who often works several jobs in a single day, if I OD-ed on caffeine (I love my coffee, though… no 5-hour energy or soda… that shit will kill you), or ate fast food all the time, my performances would suffer. I’m sure being on a large-scale tour, regardless of resources, is similar.

  • Shamontiel

    Beyonce made the right move going to Karyn’s Cooked this past weekend, but I think Karyn’s on Green is so much better. It’s pricier, but quite honestly if I can afford it then I know for absolute sure you all could buy the damn place. Eating there was what finally made me make the move from pescatarian to vegetarian because giving up seafood was the only problem I had. I’m not quite vegan because I still like a very occasional almond cookie from the Chinese takeout spots and grilled cheese with real cheese, but Karyn’s is a good spot. I would love to recommend Quench! and Vegetarian Life to you, but I believe the owner (Quentin Love) shut down all the locations. They still claim they’re “under construction” but they’ve been “under construction” for way too long. One place I live and breathe for but their hours of operation are really sometimey is Loving Hut on Chicago’s north side. The Runaway Potato and Spicy BBQ is incredible. Same goes for the California Rolls and the vegan chocolate mousse pie. And the Lemon Tofu. I’m typing this and now I want to brave the cold Chicago weather to go buy some.

    A book I’d strongly recommend (because I’m sure you have a few chefs on hand) is Kimberly Snyder’s “The Beauty Detox Diet.” I despise cooking but I was just too curious what vegan meatloaf with mushroom gravy, vegan spicy Italian sausage and vegan crab cakes tasted like. I tried them and loved it all.

    But please try Karyn’s on Green and Loving Hut. Those are two restaurants you absolutely can’t go wrong in. They’re comfy, quiet and Karyn’s on Green is a good romantic spot.

  • Shamontiel

    Beyonce made the right move going to Karyn’s Cooked this past weekend, but I think Karyn’s on Green is so much better. It’s pricier, but quite honestly if I can afford it then I know for absolute sure you all could buy the damn place. Eating there was what finally made me make the move from pescatarian to vegetarian because giving up seafood was the only problem I had. I’m not quite vegan because I still like a very occasional almond cookie from the Chinese takeout spots and grilled cheese with real cheese, but Karyn’s is a good spot. I would love to recommend Quench! and Vegetarian Life to you, but I believe the owner (Quentin Love) shut down all the locations. They still claim they’re “under construction” but they’ve been “under construction” for way too long. One place I live and breathe for but their hours of operation are really sometimey is Loving Hut on Chicago’s north side. The Runaway Potato and Spicy BBQ is incredible. Same goes for the California Rolls and the vegan chocolate mousse pie. And the Lemon Tofu. I’m typing this and now I want to brave the cold Chicago weather to go buy some.

    A book I’d strongly recommend (because I’m sure you have a few chefs on hand) is Kimberly Snyder’s “The Beauty Detox Diet.” I despise cooking but I was just too curious what vegan meatloaf with mushroom gravy, vegan spicy Italian sausage and vegan crab cakes tasted like. I tried them and loved it all.

    But please try Karyn’s on Green and Loving Hut. Those are two restaurants you absolutely can’t go wrong in. They’re comfy, quiet and Karyn’s on Green is a good romantic spot.

  • Shamontiel

    I keep saying I’m going to give Native Foods a shot, especially after going to Chicago VeganMania but I just haven’t made my way there yet. I definitely co-sign with Karyn’s on Green. Karyn’s Cooked was cool but it was so much construction and so hot in the place that I couldn’t really get comfortable. Food was good though. But Karyn’s on Green is beautiful.

  • Shamontiel

    Quality Asian food restaurants are good locations to go to while traveling. The cheap neighborhood spots are greasy and leave much to be desired (and cook their meat with their vegetables), but there’s a Chicago Japanese/Thai/Chinese restaurant called Chi Tung that I often frequent on the south side of Chicago. I have never in all the years I’ve been in there seen it NOT be crowded (it’s like Mother’s Day every single day in there) but they have a great selection of vegetarian and vegan items. I like the Thai Fried Rice with Tofu and California Rolls. Low key Chipotle did its thing by incorporating their Sofritas on the menu. I just checked out their tofu veggie bowls a couple of weeks ago for the first time and LOVE it, especially with avocado. Choose black beans instead of red beans and you have yourself a cheap nutritious meal on your hands. But location specific places (because I believe Chipotle is everywhere), I’d check out Chi Tung.

  • Teresa Jordan

    I hear u Shamontiel…..I love KARYNS on The GREEN too…..However my favorite is KARYNS RAW….Her SUNday Brunch is to live for…!!! I’m a RAW Vegan Chef from Cali, but will be in the Chi at the end of this month & New years. Thanks for the heads up on the other spots…..I love trying other creations :-)

  • Heather

    Oh, if you want a donut, Dunwell Donuts in Brooklyn is incredible and for ice cream… Stogos NYC

  • Teresa Jordan

    AWESOME Heather….Also in Southern Cali…..AU LAC in Fountain Valley ( Orange county ) has the best RAW Vegan Donut holes in the world….!!! And SAGE in Culver City ( Los Angeles) for the best Vegan Ice Cream ever :-)

  • Shamontiel

    I still have not been to Karyn’s Raw and the irony is that one is closer to my home than the other two. I have got to get in there before the year is out but it just seems like I’d be eating raw food and doesn’t sound appealing. I could be wrong though. You know what? Maybe I’ll go today. Is the parking as bad there as the other two places or is there a parking lot? I’ll call now.

  • Teresa Jordan

    I promise u will not be disappointed with KARYNS RAW. Everything there is ultra appealing and flavorful…..I am a “Foodie” and a RAW Vegan Chef myself…..I love good food…..I travel all over there place searching for THE BEST…..Trust me on this one….KARYNS RAW is up at the TOP of the list….and yes, there is a parking lot. I’m going to be eating there myself at the end of the month ( I’m from Cali, coming to the CHI for New Years) Can’t wait! :-)

  • Shamontiel

    You talked me into it. I’m headed out the door as soon as I finish doing my hair. I did call and found out there’s free parking and they have a lot. That was 50% of the reason I avoided the place. I already dealt with public transportation to go to the other two spots so I assumed it’d be the same or pay for valet parking. *getting off computer now*

  • Teresa Jordan

    also Shamontiel, the Brunch at KARYNS RAW on SUNdays is 19.95 this SUNday, instead of the normal 29.95 price…..and trust me, its worth every penny….u will be in heaven…..there are so many delightful dishes to choose from :-)

  • Crystal C

    Happy B-Day and congratulations on embracing this challenge! I wish you well I wish you health I wish you insight so you can see for yourself, this is one of many of my favorite great HOV lines. I been on a plant based lifestyle for nearly five years now and I strongly advise a holistic approach including being kind to yourself to not become over whelmed by so much information out here and to start out with transitional foods that you are use to eating by adding flavors herbs and seasonings to any dish and to note to drink plenty of water. For the most part when we think we are hungry usually we are dehydrated and thirsty. Here are a few recommended great food spots in NJ/NY area Loving Hut, Red Bamboo, and Veggie Heaven. Blessings to you and your family.. peace n love

  • Teresa Jordan

    Oh good! Please let me know how u liked it :-)

  • Shamontiel

    If you’re really curious, I wrote reviews for all three places. I believe if you search for my name and the restaurant you’ll be able to read my whole experience there. It’s on Examiner. Did it last night. Thanks again for the recommendation. Now I can say I went to all three.

  • Teresa Jordan

    Cool….Thanks Shamontiel….I will be sure to look up your reviews. If u google my name or RAW Teresa, u can see a video of my RAW vegan Journey :-)

  • Stella

    Thanks a lot Jay. I am going to give this a try. Its going to be hard thou, I can do without anything but chicken, but I am going to put it down!

  • Ali Z Katt

    Soul Vegetarian Chicago has the best vegan mac n cheez!!!

  • 22k

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  • Teresa Jordan

    Hmmmm…..so I’m wondering Jay…..Are u and B still in the Vegan Mix..???…..I know its Holiday time and we connect this time with all types of food temptations with family/ parties/ect…..I hope u are both feeling light and well…..Keep the Green Juice flowing no matter what for your vocals always :-)

  • Anonymous

    Do you think and feel that Jay Z & Beyoncé actually read this message board ?

  • Teresa Jordan

    Of course they do….maybe not daily….but once in awhile in-between busy schedules…When the body is clear, the mind is clear & Vegans somehow find time for everything…. :-)

  • Tanja Kolenc

    After 22 days, Jay Z, please share your experience … I’m really anxious to find out what is your opinion on vegan lifestyle :)

  • I’ll never eat ass

    sorry to break your heart Tanja but you’re waiting on an answer from FRAUDS. i called it from the start.

    first you should’ve seen how fake this was from the start with the way this letter is written. you can tell it isn’t from sean and second there is a link to overly priced “vegan” bars that are fake as fuck.

    the truth always comes to light.

  • I’ll never eat ass

    wrong again. your astrology is all fucked up. stop making yourself look stupid

  • Anonymous

    Clearly u dont know shit! When u ready to come on my radio show as a guest and bring what ya know to the table, let me know. Visit my username website , contact us, and we go from there!

  • Anonymous

    and be warned. EVERY major 2013 event that made world news, mass shootings, on U.S. soil I predicted on my blog BEFORE it happened which is time stamped, so bring ya A+ game

  • I’ll never eat ass

    i’ll go on your show if you can tell me what sign jesus was

  • Anonymous

    I thought you were Sirius! Anytime in the future when you feel, I sincerely offer you a platform via internet radio to share and educate the people.

  • P W

    No.

  • P W

    Don’t be so naive. They are now eating sea animals.

  • Luke Heggs

    Jay-z or should I say Shawn don’t refer to your “challenge” as being vegan because you and your wife failed on the first day as you still wore animal skins. Stick with saying “plant based” because you clearly have no idea what being a vegan is.

  • Sayana Yoga

    Beets in Austin Tx

  • Trish Chasity

    and there it is….

  • Trish Chasity

    you forgot the café that serves microbiotic

  • Anna

    was just diagnosed with an allergy to any cow products, so will try this as the allergic reaction is so painful. I can’t wait to try this..thank you for making the meal plans available at no cost. Truly a blessing.

  • Anna

    was just diagnosed with an allergy to any cow products, so will try this as the allergic reaction is so painful. I can’t wait to try this..thank you for making the meal plans available at no cost. Truly a blessing.

  • Jackson Kyle

    Oh shut up.

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