During Black History Month, I will be spotlighting phenomenal black women, past and present, who inspire me in the areas of food, fitness, fashion, self-love, and living my best life.
Today I salute Tracye McQuirter, a vegan trailblazer and author of the bestselling By Any Greens Necessary. She has worked to increase the number of African-American vegans and vegetarians as a way of preventing and reversing chronic illness. She directed the first federally-funded vegan nutrition program, and co-founded the Black Vegetarian Society of New York and one of the first websites to support African-American vegetarians.
In the interview above, McQuirter makes a spicy kale salad and gives tips for shopping while vegan and talks a bit about her book.
While I am not personally vegan, I do spend a significant amount of time with vegans, both at work and in my personal life, and I'm starting to understand the benefits of the vegan lifestyle. I still eat quite a bit of chicken, cheese and yogurt, but I've limited the total amount of meat and dairy in my diet.
What about you: how do you feel about vegan diets? Would you ever try it out? Let me know in the comments!