Lettuce Veg Out empowers vegans to live a balanced life and gain confidence in the kitchen.
We create delicious vegan recipes and write articles about vegan nutrition topics. All content on Lettuce Veg Out is created by (or with) Nicole Stevens, a Registered Dietitian.
Our guiding principle is to promote being vegan without restriction.
Veganism is not a diet. While your diet may change when going vegan, this shouldn’t result in feelings of restriction or deprivation.
I believe in living an ethical lifestyle and balancing nutrition needs, while also intuitively enjoying all amazing vegan recipes, restaurants and foods.
Whether you’re new to veganism or have been vegan for years, we hope Lettuce Veg Out can support you on your journey.
Veganism can be hard. With conflicting and often evolving information, staying true to this lifestyle can be challenging.
Vegan nutrition information can also be particularly confusing.
As a Registered Dietitian, it’s my passion to learn about food and nutrition science. 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.
To me, this means cutting through inaccurate and potentially harmful nutrition information online.
I’m proud to write evidence-based nutrition articles that look at both sides of the story. This concept has led me to promote balance rather than restrictive eating patterns that are hard to sustain.
Empowered vegans are those who can really help make a change in this world. I’m happy to do what I can to support them!
Living a Balanced Life
Vegans need to be aware of genuine nutrition concerns related to their ethical diet. Sometimes, in the promotion of veganism, concerns are overlooked.
It’s important for vegans to educate themselves about the basics of vegan nutrition so they can thrive with this lifestyle long-term.
On the other hand, veganism is often connected with the pursuit of health.
While vegan diets can be healthy, achieving health goals or pursuing health is not necessary to be vegan. Veganism, at its core, is about animals.
Connecting veganism with the pursuit of health can promote unnecessarily restrictive vegan diets.
To me, this doesn’t encourage a sustainable vegan lifestyle that allows vegans to thrive long-term.
Instead, I think a balanced, sustainable vegan lifestyle involves:
- Balanced nutrition: Meeting essential nutrient needs as a vegan.
- Balanced lifestyle: Enjoying yourself and delicious foods without guilt or stress. This includes enjoying traditional and culturally appropriate foods.
Restrictive diets can make staying vegan too stressful, mentally taxing and overall unhealthy. They make meeting nutrient needs more difficult 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
Creating easy and flavor-packed vegan recipes is at the heart of what we do at Lettuce Veg Out. I strongly believe vegan food can be exciting, colorful and packed with endless flavor combinations!
As a dietitian, I believe learning about nutrition is important, but learning how to cook is even more important. Cooking is how we put our nutrition learning into action!
Cooking can be challenging for many; preparing balanced vegan meals can seem even more daunting. That’s what I’m here to help with!
I create easy recipes with basic ingredients most people can access.
I also include a section in every post (except for desserts) where I write about how to turn that recipe into a balanced meal. Many recipes are balanced as-is, but sometimes a side dish can help round out the meal.
Although it’s grown to be a more comprehensive resource for vegans, Lettuce Veg Out started as a food blog in 2016. I’ve been cooking since I could stand and it’s one of my life’s passions.
Developing recipes is one of my favorite parts of running this business!
Recipes that are simple but incredibly tasty and balanced are what helps vegan incorporate nutrition evidence into everyday life.
Meet Nicole: A Vegan Dietitian
Want to learn more about me and my education background?
Discover why I’m passionate about nutrition science on my Meet Nicole: A Vegan Registered Dietitian page.