Celebrity Vegans Dish On The Diet

Celebs swear by veganism, so we set out to discover how our favorite star’s handled eating only animal product-free fare. 

Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos

Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos

Sometimes it seems as if there’s a new Hollywood diet every other week, so it’s tough to decipher which ones are worth trying out. Of all the fads, however, there is one diet that has had some serious staying power despite the strict guidelines that it necessitates. Find out what we discovered when we set out to get the scoop on veganism, and how our favorite celebrities fared the animal product-free diet:

Beyoncé & Jay Z

Not even the ultimate celebrity power couple could resist jumping on the vegan bandwagon. Bey and Jay dipped their toes into veganism with the 22 Days Challenge. Judging by the mouth-watering vegan creations Sasha Fierce posted on Instagram, we would say their trial was a success.

Lea Michele

Glee’s golden girl, Lea Michele said she turned to a vegan diet because of the health benefits a meatless diet boasts. “It’s about being good to your body and the planet. I’m a foodie, but I think it’s much more fun to find things on the menu that are good for me,” she told Women’s Health.

Olivia Wilde

It looks like Olivia Wilde’s vegan diet is paying off – after all she was named PETA’s sexiest vegetarian celeb in 2010. But, the hilarious actress denies weight loss is the reason she made the choice to be meat-free. “[Being vegan] is not always easy and accessible. But it’s a way of life and makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better,” she explained.

Ellen DeGeneres

The beloved talk show host has made it her mission to spread awareness about veganism, and even has delicious meatless recipes on her website. She also gives advice to those trying out a vegan diet, and these three tips are especially helpful. DeGeneres’ suggestions for newbies are:

  1. Go vegan at home, but let yourself eat whatever you want when you’re out socializing.
  2. Remove one ingredient at a time. Week 1 is no beef, Week 2 remove pork, and so on.
  3. Assign a “vegan day” once a week where you eat only vegan food and try a new recipe.

Alicia Silverstone

The benefits Alicia Silverstone enjoyed from switching to a vegan diet were so astounding, it inspired her to write her own vegan cookbook called The Kind Diet. The Clueless star revealed some surprising beauty bonuses after she changed the way she eats. “I used to have all those white marks on my nails and they were very brittle, and now they’re so strong I cannot bend them,” she said. “My eyes got really white, and I feel like I look less puffy.”

If these stars’ testimonies were enough to convince you try out a vegan diet, you’re in luck! We found one of the best vegan recipes out there so you can ease yourself into the world of a plant-based diet. Check it out below, and tell us if you’d ever consider a vegan diet in the comments below!

Wolfgang Puck’s Vegan Pad Thai

There’s something about Pad Thai that is equal parts interesting and comforting, making it a perfect food for vegans in the making when they feel like they’re missing out. This version by celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, will make you miss meat no more! You can get the recipe and instructions here!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Spa Foodie: A Journey to “Clean Living” + Vegan, Gluten-Free Summer Potato Salad

 

What would you do if you struggled with chronic leg swelling, stomach problems and colitis? See a doctor, right? What if every doctor you visited, including those at the Mayo Clinic, told you nothing was wrong with you? Would you continue to let your health deteriorate or do something about it?

Do something about it.

After spending several years dealing with severe digestive issues, Amie Valpone, an aspiring marketing and advertising exec at the time, decided to take her health into her own hands and seek some alternative options. It wasn’t until she began working with an Integrative Medical Doctor that Amie learned she was suffering from heavy metal accumulation and was born without the gene to absorb folate, key in detoxification. Amie is unable to digest gluten, grains, sugar, oils, fruits and dairy. In the past few years, Amie has also discovered she is allergic to sulfates and cannot digest packaged foods. She can’t even go to the corner store and pick up a pack of pretzels or chips without getting sick. This made Amie realize that medicine can only do so much – it wasn’t offering her body what it needed to heal. This realization lead Amie on a “Clean Living” journey and now, using acupuncture, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, and fresh, whole, unprocessed foods, Amie is healed and remains 100% symptom free nearly five years later.

Now, Amie is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free “Clean” recipes for the home cook.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Apple and the Publisher and Marketing Director of the online gluten-free magazine, Easy Eats.

Over at The Healthy Apple, Amie offers delectable, inspiring and easy recipes that are vegan, dairy and gluten free. One of my favorite recipes is her Gluten-Free Vegan Potato Salad, this mayo-free creation is healthy, delicious and perfect for a hot summer day.

Positively The Best Potato Salad with Parsley Pesto

By Amie Valpone

Ingredients

(Serves 4)

  • 2 lbs. small red new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1/2 cup fresh curly parsley, finely chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp curry
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; cook potatoes until soft but not falling apart, approximately 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine parsley, mint, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, sea salt and pepper; pulse until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Drain potatoes; slice in half as soon as they’re cool enough to handle.
  4. Gently toss potatoes with parsley pesto mixture; season with curry and chili powder.
  5. Garnish with additional parsley; serve chilled
  6. Enjoy!