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Cooking Vegan with Saran Almond

Hello and welcome to Vegan Cooking with Saran!  As a fairly new vegan; since August 1, 2017, this has been a journey of self discovery, priorities, and discipline.  It’s amazing how pivotal of a role food plays in our lives, and I’m not even talking about health.  Socially, mentally, emotionally…what we put in our bodies affects our mood, productivity, social consciousness, and conversations.  I have been forced for my own well-being and for the sake of educating others to learn about nutrients, vitamin sources, picking fruits and veggies, and where to find the best bargains (Hint: Farmers Markets).  I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been asked “So, you only eat salads?”  (Insert annoyed emoji) I must admit that I’ve had to get creative in the kitchen but I’ve enjoyed creating and recreating recipes.  You can see exactly how I made the dishes listed below by watching Cooking Vegan with Saran Almond I have listed the ingredients below; however, you must SEASON TO TASTE…then ENJOY! I’d love to see/hear about how your versions of these dishes came out…post with #veganSaran Please like, share, comment, and subscribe. To find farmers markets, local farms, farm stands, pick your own, and food co-ops near you visit www.localharvest.org

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Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower
  • Earthbalance Soy Free Vegan Butter
  • Silk Almond Milk
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Parsley Flakes

 

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Black Beans & Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of black beans
  • 1 can of petite tomatoes
  • 1 pack of McCormick Taco Seasoning
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Seasoning Salt
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Adobo

 

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Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Soy Sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Accent

 

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Avocado & Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper

 

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Sauteed Beets

Ingredients:

  • Beets
  • Earth Balance soy free vegan butter
  • Shallots
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper

 

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Basmati Rice

Ingredients:

  • Mahatma Basmati Rice
  • Himalayan Sea Salt

 

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Beet Greens & Collard Greens

Ingredients:

  • Beet Greens
  • Collard Greens
  • Shallots
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 sliced garlic cloves
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Red Pepper Flakes

 

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Squash, Zucchini & Rainbow Peppers

Ingredients:

  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Rainbow Peppers
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Rosemary Garlic Seasoning
  • Olive Oil
  • Earth Balance soy free vegan butter

Enjoy!!!

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How do you Volunteer?

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At some point in our lives we all need a helping hand.  What better way to show gratitude than to help someone else.  Whether it’s time or money, every effort helps.  So often I hear people say they don’t have a talent or they don’t know what they want to do with the rest of their life.  As disheartening as this sounds, I believe an answer can be found through volunteering.  Volunteering provides opportunities for adventure, exploration, and discovery.  While applying skills you already have or developing new skills you can make a difference.  Here are a few reasons why everyone should volunteer according to Volunteer Match

  • Help others
  • Make a difference
  • Find purpose
  • Enjoy a meaningful conversation
  • Connect with your community
  • Feel involved
  • Contribute to a cause that you care about
  • Use your skills in a productive way
  • Develop new skills
  • Meet new people
  • Explore new areas of interest
  • Meet good people
  • Impress your mom
  • Impress yourself
  • Expand your horizons
  • Get out of the house
  • Make new friends
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Feel better about yourself

Some other reasons include: The more we give, the happier we feel. Volunteering increases self-confidence. When you do good for others and the community it provides a sense of accomplishment. Volunteering can help shape character, fuel your passion, and create other opportunities.

If any of these reasons hit home for you, and you need help finding volunteer opportunities LOOK NO FURTHER.

My favorite volunteer resource is www.volunteermatch.org, and they’re national.

Other resources for volunteer opportunities are listed as follows:

  1. www.idealist.org
  2. www.dosomething.org
  3. www.volunteer.gov
  4. www.universalgiving.org
  5. www.createthegood.org

Tune in to the show How do you Volunteer? to hear what motivates others to volunteer.

What’s your best volunteer memory?  I’ll show you mine next week.

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What I Learned From The Black Business Expo

 

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When I found out about the 2018 Queen City Black Business Expo, I was very eager to get involved and share this experience you.  At first sight there were rows of tables adorned with marketing material, sample products, gifts, and candy…all surrounded by people who want to know about a particular service or product. The hum of conversations, questions, and transactions filled the air as black business owners proudly shared their labors of love.  This event was just as important for black consumers as it was for the business owners who find themselves missing options, brands, and products that are made for them.  Going in, the goal was to celebrate, promote, and support black entrepreneurship.  Coming out of this event, I left with some pointers that you may apply to your own business or aspirations of entrepreneurship.

The first questions I asked were: WHO ARE YOU? & WHAT DO YOU DO?

While the answers to these questions will always vary from business owner to business owner the way in which these questions are answered is the same.  Your response to this question should be:

  1. CLEAR
  2. CONCISE
  3. CONFIDENT

When it comes to entrepreneurship there are a lot of things we can do on our own; however, it is important to seek help when you need it.  There are tons of resources from the Small Business Association to  the Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center here in Charlotte, NC to help you get started and keep you encouraged along your way to entrepreneurship.  Note: Many of these services are offered at no cost.

While life’s timing isn’t always perfect and priorities change, it’s important to stay focused on your goals.  I asked entrepreneurs to finish this phrase, IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW… Surprisingly to me, most of them responded that they would have started sooner.  I am a firm believer that no matter what road you travel in life, detoured or not you will inevitably reach your destiny.  So if your road leads you to entrepreneurship, why not start now?  Why wait?

I was most inspired by the child entrepreneurs who created Candles By Kids These children were an example of what our community needs…more black entrepreneurs.  Encouraged by their father, the Moody twins and Alyssa-Ann Warren have created a brand and a work ethic that will keep them on the road to success.  I’ve always felt that education begins at home.  What our school systems fail to teach should definitely be taught at home.  Specifically, entrepreneurship.  For a lot of our children entrepreneurship isn’t ever presented as a option.  We learn to get an education, and get a job.  There is nothing wrong with that thought; however, the key to financial freedom, and ownership of your time and money is ENTREPRENEURSHIP.  If you aren’t already, let’s trying teaching our children that.

On the road to business success we learn many things, and none rang truer to me than hearing an entrepreneur finish this phrase as follows: THE KEY TO BUSINESS SUCCESS IS…consistency.   The moral of the story is this…you can’t invest part-time effort and expect full-time results.  Do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it.  CONSISTENCY is key…and CUSTOMER SERVICE is a must.

Check out the show Celebrating Black Entrepreneurship on my YouTube Ch: WHATWOULDSHEDOtheshow

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NFL Protests/Race Relations/Police Brutality: Joel Segal

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Joel Segal received his law and undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joel is currently the Executive Director of the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition. The 20 Member Coalition is working to rapidly transition the state of the North Carolina He is the Co-Founder and the National Director of the “Justice Action Mobilization Network,” a multi-racial and diverse climate emergency “network” that is comprised of several clean energy and green organizations, civil rights groups, social justice organizations, environmental groups, business, artists, current and former elected officials who are working to address the climate emergency. Joel has co-authored clean energy/green jobs legislation in Congress, and is organizing Congressional briefings and national radio shows on the climate and the poverty emergency.

Joel is the former senior legislative assistant and speech writer to Rep. Conyers, Dean of the Congress, from 2000-2013. He helped lead efforts and co-authored legislation in the U.S. Congress on universal health care, the Affordable Care Act, Global HIV/AIDS, Hurricane Katrina, and Jobs For all legislation. He co-authored over 15 bills while working in Congress for Rep. Conyers; and other Members of Congress. Joel organized scores of Congressional briefings and town hall meetings across the country on universal health care and Global HIV/AIDS from 2000-2013, which helped build support inside and outside of Congress for passage of the “The Affordable Health Care Act, PEPFAR, and the Katrina Relief Act.

 

He is the co-author of HR 676, “Expanded and Improved Medicare For All,”  and was the senior technical consultant on Michael Moore’s documentary movie SICKO. Joel recruited rock artist Bono to help lead efforts to fight global HIV/AIDS, and cofounded the Global HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Joel successfully lead efforts while working for Rep. Conyers to improve work resident physician working conditions, who now work 80 hours a week instead of 120 hours, co-founded the Out of Iraq Caucus, and lead efforts to save the Detroit Medical Center by compelling the Bush Administration to provide the city of Detroit with a $40 million dollar grant to prevent Detroit’s only public hospital from closing.

Joel recently co-founded the 81 Member “Congressional Voting Rights Caucus,” and the “Voting Rights Alliance” to address voter suppression—he has also co-authored bills in Congress on voter suppression.

Joel established the “Middle East Peace Working Group,” a diverse working group of Middle East peace leaders who are Arab, Jewish, Christian, and Palestinian. The main objective of the organization is to work for peace in the Middle East, peace between Israel and Palestine, economic development, and a regional peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, and an independent and economically viable Palestinian state.

Joel was the former senior legislative assistant to former Charlotte City Councilman Dan Clodfelter from 1990-1992, and the Executive Director of “The Community Works,” Charlotte’s first transitional housing and jobs program for the working homeless from 1992-1994. He was the former Deputy Director of Human Resources and a Senior Manager of the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services from 1994-1998.

Joel is a professional jazz funk bass player, composer,  and is a practicing Buddhist and neo-orthodox Jewish American.

NEW CONTENT!!!

Whether it be now or some other space and time we all have an assignment…something we were put here to do.  Once you know what that is…it is your responsibility to see that dream/that vision that was divinely placed on your heart to fruition.  These past few months have shown me that consistency, focus, and DOING THE WORK…with whatever you have is the key to accomplishment.

I’m shaking it up a bit…and we’re going to have a good time, share good information, and connect to resources to guide you on your journey.  So what has changed?  Shorter segments, more topics, collaborations, entertainment…and now weekly shows!!! Let’s have some fun!  Don’t forget to like, comment, share & subscribe!!! NEW CONTENT…NOVEMBER 1st…don’t miss out!

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Dating With A Disability: Up Close & Personal

On January 21, 2017, women all around the country marched for some of these reasons.  For some of those same reasons it is  important for me to produce this show and readdress this topic.  This show is about more than dating with a disability.  It’s about equality, acceptance, self-esteem, perception and self-love.  As I spoke to these women, listening to their desires and concerns about love and relationships was all too familiar.  They shared the same needs and desires that I hear from able-bodied women.  In contrast, some of their fears were different.  These women have to deal with the assumptions and stereotypes that are often associated with anyone who has a disability.  I salute these women for their courage, honesty, and for being a light of hope.  I encourage them to continue to let their light shine…Love will find its way.  Please watch, comment, like, subscribe…Enjoy!

 

To learn more about our guests please click the Guests Tab, and select Dating With A Disability: Up Close & Personal.

To learn more about WEAN (Women Embracing Abilities Now) click the Resources Tab, and select WEAN.

The Assessment

 

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When you’re in the midst of a storm (storms that life sometimes bring) you have to make an assessment, a self assessment.  Take inventory of all the things that you have and the things that are required to get you through it.  This is an evaluation of your character, your perseverance, your goals, your habits, and a gamut of other things that may be required for your storm.  One of the most important assessments is that of those around you, your inner circle.  If you don’t have one, think of the people you talk to most and those with whom you spend the most time.

In recent conversations with a few people, I heard them speak louder than ever in their silence.  The silence spoke doubt and reeked of judgement.  It’s crazy, the closer I look at my surroundings it makes me ever so aware of who I really am.  A girl with a dream and no drive?  A woman with talent and excuses to match?  A person wasting away trying to keep up with the Kardashians or the Jones’…you pick.  Or maybe, just maybe I’m in a delusional competition…one in which my competitors aren’t even aware that I’m in the game.

On occasion, I find myself asking people what kind of person they think I am?  I remember a time where I didn’t care what anybody thought.  In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter…but it does.  No matter what you do or how you do it someone is going to judge you, not agree, criticize, request or expect more.  However, the energy you receive is also the energy you exude.  See, it’s not about acceptance or approval.  It’s about doing the things that you enjoy, and give you purpose.  It’s about creating the best life for yourself.  It’s about surrounding yourself with people and things that will help you reach your potential.  While it doesn’t really matter what people think about you.  It does matter what they think about themselves and how they weather their own storms, and it’s subsequent impact on you.

As you complete your assessment ponder this: Am I the person I intend to be?  This is not a question about how kind and considerate you are.  This is a question about WHO you are and what you want out of life.  In your quest to become the person you intend to be consider your own drive and motivation as well as that of your inner circle.  Think about the what and WHO are required in your time of storm. Your inner circle must consist of people who possess the traits and characteristics of the person you intend to be.  If not, you’re going to need more than an umbrella to weather that storm.

 

 

 

Pet Cancer

 

For many of us, our pets are family.  Just like our human family members, pets require preventative healthcare and medical attention.  Our special guest, Dr. Christy Montgerard addresses both pet cancer and preventative healthcare.  This episode provides pertinent information about what a cancer diagnosis means for you, your pet, and your family.  For pet cancer resources please visit our resources tab and select pet cancer.

Reinvention

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Have you ever been in a bad situation, knowing that you should leave and you stayed? Unhealthy relationships, dead-end jobs, lapses in judgement, procrastination, etc, etc.  It’s funny how easy it is for us to get comfortable being uncomfortable.  It’s strange but true for many of us, including myself.  With this on my mind, it became very apparent that I need to do something different so that I can achieve something different.

From the very beginning I’ve had this vision of what my show would look like.  Although, I’m very proud of my show and what I’ve been able to accomplish I still haven’t created the show I envisioned.  As I sit here with a myriad of ideas feeling like I’m not making any progress, I watch the number of my YouTube views plummet with each new show.  All while my counterparts seem to be doing amazing.  My thoughts as I make my observations are, “Do I really have to be the butt of the joke, contribute to the overload of celebrity gossip, start rolling my eyes and sucking my teeth with hands flailing?”  After taking note of what I don’t want to become.  I took note of what is working for them.  Enter the reinvention of ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’  I’m sure you’ve been here before.  Feeling like you have to do something but you just don’t know what to do.

So, what would she do? She spoke to her sister who made a suggestion.  I must admit, I didn’t receive what she told me right away because of course I’ve had this vision from the beginning, and I want to do it my way.  Then I asked myself a question.  Is there only one way to achieve your goals?  The answer for both you and me is NO. If there is more than one way to do a thing and the one way you’ve been doing it isn’t working why not try another way and see how that works.

The next step is to get out of my own way.  What needs to happen now? I need to do something NOW starting right NOW.  No more excuses about not having: enough time, enough resources, a good support system, etc, etc. I am a person of action, and there is no time like the present.  Why? Because tomorrow isn’t promised.  We all have the same number of hours in a day.  The difference between those who live their best lives and see their dreams to fruition and those who don’t is commitment to achieving goals, tapping into your resourcefulness, being honest with yourself, and taking action NO EXCUSES.

We can keep going in the one way direction that is leaving us unfulfilled or dare to step out on faith and try another way, and perhaps another way until we reach our destiny.  Be inspired by who you can become.  Be inspired by possibilities.  Life is about choices.  Choose to live your best life starting now.  The only limit you have is YOU…so get out of your own way and go for it!!!

~Saran Almond

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Learn To Meditate

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, depressed, or just plain tired?  If you find yourself not knowing what to do, try this:

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Have you ever wondered about meditation or considered meditating?  If you have questions, he has answers.  Guru Ranjit Deora provides facts about meditation, helpful tips, and a one on one guided meditation just for YOU.

A common misconception about meditation is that it is a religious practice.  Meditation is the relaxation of the mind and body.  It has been used to aid in pain relief, restful sleep, stress reduction, attaining greater self understanding, and to improve one’s ability to concentrate among many other benefits.  There are many variations of meditation, this show explores Mindfulness Meditation and Mantra Meditation.

FAQ:

  1. What do you need to meditate?  A quiet place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted.
  2. Who can meditate?  Anyone
  3. Why should I meditate?  To increase consciousness, increase awareness, gain inner peace.                                
  4. When should I meditate?  At your discretion; however, it’s suggested that one should meditate once in the morning (upon waking) and once in the evening (before sleeping) at the same time every day.
  5. Where can I meditate?  Anywhere that you are able to sit comfortably and quietly.

Get comfortable, JOIN ME and learn HOW to meditate under the guidance of Guru Ranjit Deora.