Welcome to Lettuce Veg Out! This website is designed to empower vegans to live a balanced life and gain confidence in the kitchen.
Everything featured on Lettuce Veg Out is created by vegan Registered Dietitian Nicole Stevens with the mindset of being "Vegan Without Restriction". This means practicing an ethical lifestyle while intuitively enjoying all the amazing vegan foods that are available.
Veganism is not a diet, its an act of compassion towards animals. While vegans need to adapt their diet to match their ethical approach, it shouldn't result in feelings of restriction or guilt.
Whether you're new to veganism or you've been vegan for years, there's lots on Lettuce Veg Out to encourage your journey.
We're here to support your vegan food and nutrition goals!
Lettuce Veg Out empowers vegans to live a balanced life and gain confidence in the kitchen.
It can be hard to be vegan. With an abundance of nutrition information online, conflicting messages are difficult to sort through.
As a Registered Dietitian, it's my passion to learn about the science behind food and nutrition. I've spent hundreds of hours researching how to meet nutrient needs as a vegan and what foods to include in a balanced vegan diet.
My mission is to empower vegans to live a balanced lifestyle and cut through the inaccurate and potentially harmful nutrition information online. I pride myself in being a voice of reason and not promoting restrictive eating patterns that are hard to sustain.
Empowered vegans are those that can really help make a change in this world. I'm happy to do what I can to support them!
Living a Balanced Life
Cultural influencers tend to promote restrictive diets and make inaccurate claims about vegan nutrition.
To me, a balanced vegan life involves:
- Balanced nutrition: meeting nutrient needs as a vegan
- Balanced lifestyle: enjoying yourself and delicious food without guilt or stress
There are genuine nutrition concerns that vegans need to be aware of and, in the promotion of veganism, this can get overlooked or ignored. It's important for vegans to properly educate themselves and meet their nutrient needs.
Veganism also becomes intertwined with the pursuit of health, although it has nothing to do with health (it's about animals). This can be dangerous since restrictive diets make eating as a vegan stressful, mentally taxing and overall unhealthy. They can pose even greater risk for nutrient deficiencies and may lead to disordered eating. This is not balanced in my opinion.
A balanced life is one where nutrient needs are met and food is enjoyed without stress.
Gain Confidence in the Kitchen
While it's important to understand balance as a vegan, you need to cook to put this learning into action! Cooking can be a challenge for many, and preparing balanced vegans meals may seem even more daunting.
Although it's grown to be a more comprehensive resource for vegans, Lettuce Veg Out started in 2016 as a food blog. I've been cooking since I could stand and it's one of my life's passions. Developing recipes to share is one of my favorite parts of running this business!
Recipes that are simple, tasty and balanced help incorporate nutrition evidence into your lifestyle.
Want to learn more about me? Meet Nicole, a Vegan Dietitian.