Shana L Moore

Shana L Moore

A plant-based lifestyle blog

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Not Tuna Salad | Recipe

I am absolutely thrilled to be featured in the latest issue of Untouchd, an online lifestyle magazine with an appreciation for tech! I’ve recently become friends with its creator, Holy, who is such a sweetheart. I’m totally enamored by her dedication and work ethic, and […]

Weight Loss Surgery and Why I Don’t Talk About It | Health & Well-being

I’ve been wanting to share my story with the world for a while now, but have always had my reservations about doing so. I was afraid of telling my truths because it exposes my vulnerabilities, struggles and failures.  Also, reflecting over this particular period in […]

How to Start Working Out When You’re Overweight

Hello everyone!

I’ve had an idea to start a new series on my channel all about self-improvement, based on the personal life lessons/experiences I’ve had thus far. From this first video, I realize that it’s going to be a mostly chatty series so it may be best to treat it like a podcast. Play it while you’re commuting to/from work, or have it going as background noise while you do the dishes or something πŸ™‚

Let me know your thoughts and interest in this series. I would also love it if you would chime in with your personal tips too, so that we can all learn from one another! Lastly, feel free to suggest a topic to address in the future.

My Current Favorite Apps/Subscription Services | Thoughts

My Current Favorite Apps/Subscription Services | Thoughts

Call me nosy, but I’m always curious to know what apps and/or subscription services people are subscribed to, if any at all. Like, what services do you love so much that you keep spending your hard earned cash on every single month? I genuinely would […]

BATTLE OF THE BRANDS | VEGAN BURGERS

It’s officially summer time and the fourth of July is right around the corner. Tis the season to fire up the barbies! As a whole food plant-based advocate, throw on a portobello mushroom cap for me please!

However, I know that there are plenty of people who are interested in/or are transitioning to a vegan diet and just won’t be satisfied with a mushroom burger, especially on such a traditional grilled hamburger/hotdog type of holiday. Where’s the beef? To help set them up for success, I’ve purchased three mock-meat products and am putting them to the test against each other as well as my meat-loving fiancΓ©, Alex.

I invite you to watch our review, but below is a little recap with our combined average score. If you like this video/post, please give it a thumbs up to let me know and I’ll see about doing more brand battles in the future! In particular, there’s still another week left til the fourth so perhaps we can do this again but with hotdogs!

  1. Field Roast – Out of the three, I prefer the flavor of this product the most though it was a bit on the oily side. I could taste the blend of grains and veggies, and appreciated its depth of flavors and chewy texture.
  2. Beyond Meat – I knew Alex was going to love this one because he quite enjoys Veggie Grill and they use this brand for their burgers if I’m not mistaken. While it lacked a bit in flavor for my personal taste (preferring the fuller flavor profile of burger #1), out of the three (and any meat alternative product I’ve ever had) this one wins in terms of mocking a real beef patty! It literally looks like beef in its package and mocks its texture freakishly well. So well that if you’re already well into veganism, this product may still be disturbing to you! This is the one to buy for those who still want to enjoy a traditional burger, guilt and cruelty free! It’s the perfect transition product.
  3. Gardein – I started my transition to a vegan diet about two years ago and remember enjoying this product, but times have changed so quickly! With more and more options on the market, this one quickly fell into third place. We tasted the patties without any fixings, and this one was the most bland with a crumbly texture.

Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies | Recipe

Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies | Recipe

I literally came across photos of these cookies less than 2 hours ago and immediately decided to whip up a batch. I made some minor tweaks to suit my taste, however the base of this recipe comes from Sweet Potato Soul’s 5-ingredient Chocolate Tahini Cookies,Β (love […]

Donut Friend | Restaurant Review | *

Donut Friend | Restaurant Review | *

Let’s just cut to the chase with this one. Donut Friend makes the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. Period. This review is over! Seriously… what more is there to say?! Ok ok, I suppose I’ll keep writing for those who care for a bit more […]

Donna Jean | Restaurant Review | *

Donna Jean | Restaurant Review | *

As you may know, this blog is brand spanking new which means that I actually have a lot of catching up to do in terms of restaurant reviews. I’ll be playing catch up with reviews of: Hillcrest Farmer’s Market, VeggieGrill, Cafe Gratitude, Donut Friend, Nomad Donuts, City Tacos, Plant Power Fast Food, Moncai Vegan, Choice Juicery, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro, Pie Pie My Darling and Alinea… just to name a few. Admittedly, the following recap will be of a dining experience a few weeks old however it has left such an impression on me that I HAVE to tell you about it! *Spoiler alert* It has easily earned a spot in being one of my favorite plantbased/vegan restaurant in San Diego so far and for that reason, I will award it a * in the title. From now on, restaurant review titles with *’s will indicate its spot on my list of favorites. Allow me to introduce you to Donna Jean.

  1. Atmosphere/Ambiance – SO cute! It’s located in the San Diego neighborhood called Banker’s Hills and is sandwiched between Evolution Fast Food (a vegan fast food joint) and Extraordinary Desserts… a stellar location! Β We visited after a hike on a gorgeous sunny day, and sat outside in the patio. It was a charming setting that is totally date worthy. There are twinkle lights strung throughout, and we were surrounded by butterflies and gardens of flowers, and fruits/vegetables. Some of the tables had umbrellas to shade you from the sun, and I also noticed heat lamps as well for those colder mornings/nights. We (Alex and I) came for their Sunday brunch menu, and in particular, I came for Chef Roy’s famous Hot Shrooms which he graciously allowed me to order (even though it wasn’t part of the brunch menu).
  2. Cleanliness – Nothing to report here! All was quite tidy.
  3. Service – The staff were friendly. The host allowed us to choose our table, and a waitress soon followed behind to welcome us in. Our meals came out in a timely fashion, starting with coffee and mimosas. In particular, the most memorable part was when Chef Roy personally came to our table to introduce himself, and thank us for dining with him. I cannot tell you how much experiences like this make me gush!
  4. Food – We ordered the pancakes, skillet mac n cheese, and the hot shrooms. Personally, I loved it all but Alex felt the pancakes were a little too dense/thick for his preference (I disagree). We both loved the mac n cheese, which is the one thing that I really do miss since going plantbased two years ago. Β I’ve tried making it myself and ordering from others but it’s never quite there. This one hit the spot though! The star of the show was definitely the Nashville Hot Shrooms; they are totally worth the hype! Like seriously, they.are.DELICIOUS. and I’ve never had a plantbased meal quite like it! You MUST order them (but only if you like spicy food)! Overall, all of the dishes were well seasoned (we didn’t even touch the salt/pepper shakers), full of flavor, and beautifully plated as well. Donna Jean is the place to go for comfort food and is without a doubt appreciated by all, nevermind one’s dietary preferences.
  5. Would we go back?Β We both say absolutely. Let’s throw in an extra Hell Ya! Please do yourself a favor and add this restaurant to your San Diego TODO list.
EVE Encinitas | Restaurant Review

EVE Encinitas | Restaurant Review

Whoo hoo! Cheers to my first official restaurant review! My goal is to keep these short and sweet, yet informative as well. Let me know how I do! Most of the time I will likely have company during these reviews, and I think it’d only […]