Sister Vegetarian Speaking Appearances!!!

Purchase Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days Book at these locations:
Ask your local book store to order it for you or carry the book!

National Magazines, Radio Shows and Speaking Engagements:

My book Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of Drama-Free Living: Exercises and Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit (Lantern Books) made Veg News Annual top 12 book list for 2012.

Thank you everyone for your support of making my book within Veg News top 12 book list for 2012. Thank you also for helping to keep the healthy revolution alive, moving, and touching many lives going forward :) Link here at Veg News for reviews of the top 12 books :) Thank you :)

I am in Veg News Magazine's March/April 2012 Issue on Page 90!!!! A wonderful review is given of my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living! To find out where and when you can purchase your Veg News March/April issue, Link here to the international and award winning vegan magazine which is available in 38 countries!

May 27, 2012 - Speaker at the New York City Veggie Pride Parade. Link below for my Victory Speech to inspire and empower you on your plant-based journey.
Link here or link below for my speech at the May 27, 2012 Veggie Pride Parade where I speak on healthy eating and its affect on ourselves,world hunger, and the environment.

Link here for my 2/29/12 Progressive Radio Interview
on the station's show "It's All About Food" with the show's host Caryn Hartglass.

I spoke at the 10/9/11 Baltimore, MD/DC Area 1st Annual VegFest sponsored by Open The Cage Alliance (click here for official VegFest Website of speakers and entertainment). My "Victory" speech can be viewed on You Tube (click here for speech video)

Other speaking engagements included the Oct 27-29 DC event for Farm Sanctuary's National Conference to End Factory Farming where I will spoke on Day 3 (Oct 29) at on the Plant Based Living Panel:Diet As A Tool For Change. I was joined on the panel by NY Times best- selling author and nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Here is the video link :

Sister's Vegetarian's Book Information

* More Sister Vegetarian Book News!

September 24, 2011 Article for Black Girls Run on Being Black and Vegan: Link here to be inspired


Lantern Books has come up with a new e-book entitled "Recipes for the Vegan Table: A Lantern Sampler." One of the recipes from my book Sister Vegetarian is listed along with a recipe from vegetarian Sir Paul know him as a Beatles member :-)

Here's the information about the book and the link to download the book and recipes:

" Recipes for the Vegan Table: A Lantern Sampler by Carol J.... Adams, Donna Beaudoin, Patti Breitman, Kate Jacoby, Brian McCarthy, Paul McCartney, Kumuda Reddy .....

With so many cookbooks out there, what's a vegan—or aspiring vegan—to do? Lantern Books has the ideal menu: Start with a flavorful appetizer from famously longtime vegetarian Sir Paul McCartney, continue with a mouthwatering entrée from The Sexual Politics of Meat author Carol J. Adams or "Sister Vegetarian" Donna Beaudoin, add a scrumptious side from Chef Brian P. McCarthy or Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Kumuda Reddy, and finish up with a delectab...le dessert from Kate Jacoby, co-owner and pastry chef of the cutting-edge Philadelphia restaurant Vedge. All of the recipes in this sampler are healthy, tasty, and easy to make, ensuring that your meal will be both cruelty-free and delicious. So draw a chair up to the table and find out what the joy of vegan cooking is really about!(less)"

Purchase at Amazon:

Black Expressions Book Club
made Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living their alternate book selection in March 2012!

What a joy to know that I have become a part of your family through this book which acts as your daily guide, daily inspirational and motivational tool. To conquer challenges in all aspects of your life. To encourage you to be encouraged that the sun shines even when the clouds are gray, and that joy always comes in the morning if you should falter and trip along your vegetarian or vegan journey! It's okay to be you. Be yourself, and you shall not fail in this beautiful life-long vegetarian or vegan journey. Remember, it's a lifestyle, not a temporary diet or a temporary solution. It is a part of you as you heal yourself, heal the environment, and save animals. Do you ask yourself, what have you done for me lately when you are always helping others and forget about your well-being? Then, pick up a copy of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living today, and let your mind be blown to the endless possibilities of what a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can do for you! ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Disclaimer: Sister Vegetarian is a blog based on my vegetarian and vegan experiences and journey as well as others' experiences. I am not a medical, nutritionist, or exercise specialist; so, please consult your physician before starting any vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and exercise program.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sister's Thursday Quick Tip of The Day:Who needs fish for Omega 3?


Who needs fish! Did you know that flaxseeds, hempseeds, walnuts, and dark leafy vegetables are great, healthy sources of Omega 3s without the cholesterol and mercury that is present in fish?

Omega 3s are essential fatty acids essential to normal growth and health. Omega 3s provide anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits.

Try adding 2 TBSP grounded flax seeds to your morning cereal (such, as oatmeal, Irish oats, or Muesli), or dark greens salads. Use in home-made veggie burgers, soups, chili, home-made bread, homemade raw vegan and vegan jams, and more!

Eat dark greens as salads, soups, chole palak (curry chick peas with spinach or dark greens), stuffings for wraps or use as your wrap, and more!

The options are limitless in acquiring Omega 3 without eating fish!
~ Sister Vegetarian

Disclaimer: Sister Vegetarian is a blog based on my vegetarian and vegan experiences and journey as well as others' experiences. I am not a medical, nutritionist, or exercise specialist; so, please consult your physician before starting any vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and exercise program.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sister's Wednesday Quick Tip of The Day: Eating Disorders


Today's quick tip comes from Emma Taylor, employee at recently published an informative and beneficial article about eating disorders in college students. This is an illness that also affects vegetarians and vegans and tends to stem from media and society's view and dictation of what the "perfect" body should look like in various stages of our lives.

The article by Accredited Online College is entitled, “11 Important Ways Colleges are Fighting Eating Disorders".

Even if you are not a college student, this illness is also present in adults. I say stop believing the media and society's view of the "perfect" body. Be proud of who and whom you are. Love yourself in all its glory, its curves, its complexions, and everything that you are. Love yourself for you. There is no greater love than the love you can give yourself first. Love yourself. Eat healthy as a vegetarian and vegan. Don't become a vegetarian or vegan junk-foodist, or a vegetarian or vegan who's scared to eat for fear of gaining weight. You are lovely. Just being are loved.
~ Sister Vegetarian

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sister's Tuesday Quick Tip of The Day: List of whole foods with protein


Still wondering if you will consume a sufficient amount of protein if you switch to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle? Yes, you will! Meat eaters consume overly the amount of protein needed on a daily basis. This excessive amount of protein from meat sources may lead to many forms of cancer; heart disease; diabetes' osteoporosis; and, other illnesses, diseases, and symptoms (read "Organic Meats Are Not Health Food by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine). A vegetarian or vegan lifestyle will provide the sufficient amount of protein you need from sources that provide more nutrients than a meat-eating lifestyle.

Tired of the question from others or just your curiosity in deciding to switch to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, "Where does your protein come from as a vegetarian or vegan?"

Answer: From all the whole foods that we eat!

Every whole food has protein to supply our daily protein needs. Below is a list of some of the common whole foods we may eat on a daily basis as vegetarians and vegans, and their protein content.

Source: Becoming vegan: the complete guide to adopting a healthy plant-based diet by Brenda Davis, R.D. and Vesanto Melina, M. Sc., R.D

For a complete list of proteins in whole foods, refer to the Becoming Vegan book.

grams of protein based on 1 cup serving unless otherwise indicated:

Garbanzo/chick peas 14.5 grams
Lentils (cooked) 17.9 grams
Pinto Beans 14.0 grams
Tofu(1/2cup)19.9 grams
Veggie Burgers 11-13 grams
Apples 0.3 grams
Broccoli 2.6 grams
Turnips 0.8 grams
Carrots (raw) 0.7 grams
Kale 2.2 grams
Sweet potatoes 2.0 grams
Almonds 7.4 grams
Sunflower Seeds 8.0 grams
Tahini (3 TBSP) 8.1 grams
Flax Seeds (2 TBSP) 3.8 grams
Oats (1/2 cup) 3.0 grams
Quinoa (1/2 cup) 3.0 grams
Brown Rice (1/2 cup) 4.5 grams

~ Sister Vegetarian

Disclaimer: Sister Vegetarian is a blog based on my vegetarian and vegan experiences and journey as well as others' experiences. I am not a medical, nutritionist, or exercise specialist; so, please consult your physician before starting any vegetarianvegan lifestyle and exercise program.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

If you still think you are healthy by eating organic meats, chicken, and fish-think again: Read "Organic Meats Are Not Health Foods" by The PCRM

Here's an article entitled "Organic Meats Are Not Health Foods" by the Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) on the importance of eating a plant-based diet. PCRM indicates that a plant based diet " the best medicine for promoting a healthy life." If you have not switched to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle as yet, don't you think it's time to take back your health? Prevention is the best medicine to fight illnesses an diseases, especially those you may consider are genetic. To paraphrase the infamous saying, "DNA may be the loaded gun but what we eat can either pull the trigger or stop the gun from being fired."

As I state over and over again, and I never tire of my infamous statement, "It is time that sicknesses and illnesses become a period, and not a continuous comma." Are you ready to live in the world, and not let the world live in you? Take a step today in the healthy direction of living a vegetarian or vegan life...even if it's a small step, least you made the first step. You next step will come easy. Then the next. Then the next...then you are on a mountain of joy singing praises and jumping for joy that you did not let illnesses or diseases become another statistic in your family.

You became the ANSWER and perhaps the solution.

Let vegetarianism or veganism be your cup of joy.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 8/27/11 Weekly Update - Battzi talks of the state of the world, planting gardens, GMOs,and more...

Read Battzi's 8/27/11 Weekly Update as she speaks on the state of the world, planting gardens, GMOs, and more (read here)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

The Eastern states have been hit this week with a 5.9 Earthquake on Tuesday, and 2 aftershocks of 4.5 Thursday and Friday morning between 2-3:45 AM. I also felt the earthquake in NC and it moved my sofa a few inches.

We are now faced with Hurricane Irene tomorrow up and down the East Coast. I pray for your safety this weekend if you will be affected by the hurricane. Also, let's not forget preparation for the safety of our pets during this hurricane, especially if evacuation is needed.

PETA offers at the link below safety and evacuation tips for bearing a storm with your pets: Protecting your pet during a disaster

Additional information on protecting you and your family from the National Hurricane Center: Be Prepared

One thing about being a vegetarian or vegan if your power goes out is that vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and grains will not spoil as meat spoils during a power outage. Make sure you have vegetarian or vegan meals that can last without power for quick meals. Don't forget my idea about the use of camping stoves during power outages from my 8/4/11 daily quick tip (click here).

updated 9/4/11: Sister's Vegan Hurricane Food Preparedness List (click here)

Be safe. May you have a safe and blessed weekend.

~ Donna M. Beaudoin (Sister Vegetarian)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sister's Friday Quick Tip of The Day: Most essential item for a Vegan or Vegetarian on a budget

If you are a vegan or vegetarian on a budget, the most essential item I would recommend is a food processor. A food processor will save you money and time - steering you away from pre-packaged vegan and vegetarian foods and using whole foods to make various meals, sauces, spreads, and more! If money is an issue, there is no need to spend $200 - 400+ on a food processor. You can purchase a basic food processor for around $50 . What do I mean by a basic food processor? A food basic food processor is one that has one setting (chop only); however, you can determine the seconds or minutes if preferred for the chopping. A basic food processor will also include essential attachments of perhaps a food chute; slicer, mandolin, and dicer attachment all-in-one; and, a bread kneading attachment.

I love my food processor. It is my #1 kitchen essential. I use my food processor daily or every other day to make vegan soups, vegan raw soups, vegan nut cheeses, hummus, vegan spreads, vegan sauces, vegan jams, vegan dessert mouses, vegan pesto, and more!
~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sister's Thursday Quick Tip of The Day: Sister is available to speak at your community group, school, event, business, or place of worship

Visit my "Services Available" website at to preview how I can be a speaker at your community group, event, business, school, or place of worship to give insight to life as a vegan or vegetarian, transitioning to this lifestyle, and more fun motivating and inspiring tips and ideas.

A contact page is provided at to email me for more information; or, email me directly at for more information on how I can attend one of your events as a motivational speaker.

And, don't forget to visit me on Oct 9th at the Baltimore, MD VegFest sponsored by Open The Cage Alliance where I will speak on veganism and touch on my book's release date. The VegFest will be advertised in the Baltimore, MD/DC Media, restaurants, and more. Learn more about the vegan festival and Open The Cage Alliance (OTCA): click here

~ Donna Beaudoin (Sister Vegetarian)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sister's Wednesday Quick Tip of The Day: Sister will be a speaker at the October 9th Baltimore Veg Fest

I will be one of the speakers at the Oct 9th Baltimore, MD VegFest sponsored by Open The Cage Alliance. Learn more about the vegan festival and Open The Cage Alliance (OTCA): click here

I'll keep you updated on more details, and the opportunity to meet me in October if you will be in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas.~ Donna Beaudoin (Sister Vegetarian)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sister's Tuesday Quick Tip of The Day: Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition Website


Michael Greger, M.D. has a website dedicated to help people learn about vegetarian and vegan nutrition:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sister's Reader's Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 8/21/11 Update

Click here for Battzi's 8/21/11 Update. Battzi has a message for when you think no one notices, and when you think everything is gone. Battzi was homeless but she survived. Read her inspirational testament that "Someone Notices" and to hang in there in all aspects of storms in your life and vegetarian/vegan journey. There is HOPE! ~ Sister Vegetarian

Saturday, August 20, 2011

New Website for Sister's Services Offered to the community, businesses, and individuals

I just published a new website at which features services that I offer to the community, businesses, and individuals.

It is also an eco-friendly website! This motivational blog, my recipe page, and reader story pages will continue to be active; however, this dot com website focuses on services that I now offer to get you motivated and focused. The website also provides direct links to my blog pages, and my book's release information through Lantern Books if you prefer to log on using

~ Donna Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Up and coming poet Tashi S Winston - also featured in Sister's book

Here is the website of up and coming poet Tashi S. Winston who is featured in my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living. She is powerful, strong, and a poet with a message. I present to you Tashi S Winston. Click here for Tashi's website.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Sister's Friday Quick Tip of The Day: This tip comes from my mother

Growing up, if ever we felt a cold virus coming upon us, my mother would make a soup with fresh hot peppers and fresh vegetables. If we were congested, mom would make soups with fresh hot peppers and again fresh vegetables consisting of root vegetables and greens. Hot peppers are known to prevent colds and boost your immunity.

My husband has been sick with a cold virus all week, but I have ward off the feeling of a cold symptom through a collards, beets, carrots, purple cabbage soup and chopped jalapeño peppers (veins and seeds left in). As you know, Sister has not been sick for 2-1/2 years since becoming a vegetarian and then a vegan.

How does hot peppers help you fight cold symptoms and congestion? Capsaicin is an active compound found in chili peppers. Capsaicin a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory for the human body. The medical industry has documented that chili peppers can be used to treat bad cholesterol levels, Arthritis, heart diseases and high blood pressure at a successful rate.

So, eat up! I like to keep the veins and seeds in my jalapeno and Serrano peppers for extra hotness. I say to you experiment. What may be too for hot for one person, may be just right or not hot enough for another. Some chili peppers require clothes in handling to prevent burning.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sister's Thursday Quick Tip of The Day: Raw Vegan Strawberry Jam

Raw Vegan Strawberry Jam

As a vegan or vegetarian, the world is open to innumerable world recipes. Although I am a vegan, I love to combine raw vegan foods with my vegan meals for even optimum nutrients.

Here's a quick Raw Vegan Strawberry Jam recipe that takes only 10 minutes.
Yields approximately 16 oz of jam

1-1/2 lbs strawberries, cleaned and stems removed
1 TBSP Agave Syrup

1- Place in a food processor 1 lb strawberries and 1 TBSP Agave Syrup. process until somewhat roughly smooth
2- Pour blended strawberries in a bowl
3- Place in a food chopper or food processor the other 1/2 LB of strawberries, but only process 15 to 30 seconds at a time just to roughly chop up the strawberries. Te strawberries should be in chunky pieces.
4- Blend the chunky strawberries with the smooth strawberries, and place in a mason jar

Serving Suggestions:
- Spread jam home scones or home-made bread
- Place a dollop on top of home-made hummus which is spread on a crusty Italian bread
- Spread hummus in your favorite wrap (Ezekiel sprouted wraps, chapatti, collard leaves, purple or red cabbage leaves and place jam on top

~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sister's Wednesday Quick Tip of The Day: I have seen and I am living the promised land of a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and taken of its vegetables ...

If you are afraid to try a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle because of fear of failing, then you will never try something that can make a difference in your life. Try it. If you fall after the first day, week, or month. It's okay. Re-think. Re-do. Get back on the path. Failure does not come from trying. Failure comes by not trying.

Believe me, I am a witness and a living testament to "not trying" because of fear of failure and also finally "trying" to make a difference. When I stopped letting fear get in my way, the winds of change blew gently and caressingly toward me to guide me, lead me, and become who and whom I am today. A confident and healthy vegan who knows that even when temptation of foods come, I will not falter for I have seen and witnessed the promised land of a vegetarian and now vegan lifestyle, and have taken of its healing fruits and vegetables.
~ Sister Vegetarian

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sister's Tuesday Quick Tip of The Day: Free Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, and Grains from local farmers?

When neighbors and acquaintances of friends found out I was a vegetarian, I began to receive occasional free produce from local farmers who were friends of friends as well as, neighbors and acquaintances of friends who had extra produce in their gardens. Especially from local farmers who had left over produce from their farmers market stand, I have received tomatoes, lemons, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, turnip roots, rosemary, and a sample of local organic white cornmeal.

Sometimes when we think of sharing information to others that we are vegetarians, vegans, or raw vegans we may think we need to be preachy.Not true. As I said, we live by example and the rest will follow. Just mentioning that I am a vegan in casual conversation to neighbors and friends, I have been occasionally blessed with free-gifts of bounty from Mother Earth. Farmers and ordinary-Joe/Jane gardeners want to go out of their way to share their produce with someone (vegetarians, vegans, raw vegans) who really appreciate vegetables, fruits, grains, and seeds natural flavors; the health benefits and healing properties of produce; the hard work put into making sure the produce is organic or close to organic; and, the appreciation of the varied recipes of Mother Earth's gifts.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I should have died 8-1/2 years ago...but, HOPE was present

8-1/2 years ago on 2/19/03, I should have been pronounced dead.

I was in a car accident on my way to work and a tractor trailer t-boned my sports car on the highway. It was the day after an ice storm, and the roads were icy. I thought this was the end. I had no control of my car as my driver's door was hooked onto the grill of the truck. I was so below the truck's front window that the driver at first did not realize my car was attached. I looked up and his eyes locked with mine as the truck carried me across the highway center lane a few feet. I was not not religious whereas I although I was brought up in the baptist church, my last presence in church was at 18. I was 36 now. However, I was spiritual and still am very profoundly spiritual - I never stopped believing in and always thanking a Higher Power. The only thing that came upon my lips as the truck had my car attached and I was helpless to maneuver my car was "God, please help me." At that moment, and I do believe in a divine presence of help, my car was released from the grips of death. Upon my car being released from the grill of the truck, it was carried the remaining part of the way from the middle lane to the far left lane and crashed into a highway guard rail that seem to have outstretched itself as though it had arms to cradle me to prevent my car from flipping. The car just stopped its momentum and rested against the guard rails. I have seem cars flipped on that same highway on similar guard rails, but my car just rested as though she was tired and done.

One of my brothers who was a state trooper at the time said he never saw anyone survive an accident as I experienced. Do you know that guard rail was never fixed- I am reminded of that day every time I pass that point on the highway with the guard rail bent into the form of my car. Three cars plus the truck driver stopped and rushed to my aid. I had to climb out of my car's window. One driver who ran to my rescue said he thought...all of them thought...I was dead. No one...including myself...could believe that I was alive...let alone that I crawled out of the car and walked. I stood shaking and was in shock that I was alive.

I did not know it then, but my body was so in shock that my muscle bruises and leg bruises of a many ton truck carrying my car was not felt until that night at home. The next day after my car accident, I had problems walking. I was home for 1-1/2 months where I could not walk a few steps without pain. I walked like a baby learning to walk for the first time. I just could not move 5 steps without my husband carrying me back to bed or the sofa. I went to a neurologist and had so many tests done-all to say my body was just badly abused. Good news, but I still had to wrestle with how long would it take for me to walk again without resting after 5 steps and without pain.

I had faith in those months that I will get better. I did get better within a couple of months. I now hike, backpack, and have run long distance races and a half-marathon. 8-1/2 years ago, I used the 1-1/2 months at home to re-think my life- it's purpose. I began to eat vegetarian again. I wavered again for years after that as you know, which is why I am bringing to you my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living and Vegan Living because I have walked the walked, and talked the talked. I won't lie and say it's easy to transition. but it does come easy.

In the 1-1/2 months I was home recuperating, I also had a vision that night of my accident. I was in the middle of a field and people were going to war. I was able to walk onto the battle-field, but an image came to me and said, "you're time is not yet for you will need to lead people." I then woke up. I did not know what that meant and I pondered that dream's meaning for years. I knew there is always a purpose in every one's life. At that time, I queried, what was my purpose? I did not know until now what that dream meant. I have lead 10 people I know personally to either a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, and have led countless others of no faces or names to this healthy lifestyle which brings us wealth in health. My dad as you know has pancreatic cancer, and he went vegetarian himself and his caner marker went from a 500 to 194 as a vegetarian and without chemo. With the chemo and not as a vegetarian, he was told it was incurable and was given a life sentence of no hope. The chemo almost killed him with blood clots in the lungs, so he stopped the chemo and became a vegetarian - this is when his body started to heal. The oncologists and other physicians were dumb-founded, but I knew that a vegetarian and more so a vegan lifestyle can prevent, and even cure some illnesses. It's still early in his illness; but, I...we see hope.

Keeping the faith that by leading this lifestyle - there is hope. We can all act as mentors spreading the gospel of the benefits of this lifestyle. As I have said many times, just by the way we lead our lives as vegetarians or vegans, even by doing or saying something, we are doing something. We are influencing people every second, every minute, and every hour by our positive actions as vegetarians or vegans.

My message today is to stay encouraged and keep hope. Don't lose hope when the wind blows or rain falls. Rain and wind can be soothing, and often needed to get us where we need to go. 8 years ago, I should have died but in that car there was some form of hope that I had which broke my bond from the truck's grill and freed me to be here today to spread this beautiful message of hope through a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Hope that family illnesses you thought were genetic do not need to exist in you. Hope that your illness can be cured. Hope that you can prevent illnesses. Hope that you will be healed. Hope that you can influence family, friends, and acquaintances to come to this lifestyle. Remember, my "certified meat-eating husband?" Well, he's now a vegetarian for over 2 months and loving it! One of his brothers and his mother have also converted to this lifestyle.

I have not been to church in years where people use to get up and testify of the goodness in their lives, but being the spiritual person I am, I can testify to you today that hope exists that Mother Earth brings us the bounty of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and grains we need to live healthy, to live strong, to live illness and disease free. I am a living testament...a walking testament to being healed and have witness healing in my family through this lifestyle. Hope is like a tiny mustard seed. It's may be so small and minute, that it can flourish and become a beautiful, strong, plant (Mustard Greens) that heal and nourish. When the rain comes in your life, catch that rain in a water barrel and use it to water your dreams; use it to flood your fears out; and, use it to grow individually, upwardly, and outwardly. Hope will bring you out of the darkness and into the light.

What is your testament of Hope?

Share with me your story. I would love to hear from you. You can email me at or leave a comment below.

~ Sister Vegetarian



Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 8/14/11 Update

Click here for Battzi's 8/14/11 Update.

Battzi is under the weather, but she wanted us to know that she's thinking of you always. Let's pray for Battzi's quick recovery.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sister Vegetarian (Donna M Beaudoin) is the Spotlight Feature in The Raw Vegan Network's August 2011 Newsletter

I recently received my certification as a Raw Vegan Chef as well as a Vegan/Raw Vegan Lifestyle Coach through The Raw Vegan Network-Ekaya Institute of Living Food Education. I apply my certifications to help people transition to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle by illustrating the importance of adding to weekly vegetarian or vegan meals raw vegan and whole foods for increased health benefits.

Read The Raw Vegan Network's featured article on myself: click here for August Newsletter and Sister's Feature Spotlight

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 8-7-11 Update

Battzi's speaking "simplify" this week and I agree. How beautiful it is to live in simplicity. Read Battzi's weekly update (click here)

Sister's Wednesday Quick Tip of The Day: cancer fighting soup continued - A sligthly diferent topping for the cancer fighting cantaloupe soup

Remember my raw vegan cantaloupe soup from Saturday's posted. It's loaded with tons of Vitamin A from the cantaloupe, cucumbers, and red and yellow sweet peppers. The Vitamin C is also off the chart with 270% of recommended daily allowance by eating only 3 sweet red and yellow peppers! Well, since I had soup left over, I had this delicious and cancer fighting meal another day but tried a slightly different garnish topping. I still diced additional sweet red and yellow peppers as a topping, but in lieu of the fresh oregano leaves, I chopped up some beet greens and sprinkled on top with the diced peppers. The beet greens are natural detoxers and are also power packed with colon and stomach cancer-fighting properties.

click here for recipe posted 8/6/11: Raw Vegan Cancer Fighting Spicy Mexican Style Cantaloupe Soup

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sister's Tuesday Quick Tip of The Day: Red Cabbage instead of bread

Use red cabbage leaves as a wrap for hummus. Red cabbage has a beautiful and almost sweet, nutty taste. The red cabbage leaves naturally cradle the humus stuffing. DELICIOUS!

~ Sister Vegetarian

Sunday, August 7, 2011

PRE-ORDER TODAY via Amazon and Barnes and Noble:Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living


Are you curious to find out what's inside Sister Vegetarian's upcoming book "Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living"? Link to Lantern Books (click here) for the following samples of Sister's Book
1 - Table of Contents
2 - How to Use This Book as a Daily Guide
3 - Day 1: Victory

~ Sister Vegetarian

Two cancer prevention Raw Vegan recipes using the same Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe-Carrot Juice for breakfast and a Spicy Mexican-Style Cantaloupe Soup

Cantaloupe is high in Vitamin A and Beta-carotene. Cantaloupe a member of the cucumber family, and we know the wonderful benefits of cucumber from healthy skin to high Vitamin A. Health benefits of cantaloupe:

1. According to in-depth research studies, Vitamin A and Beta-carotene is linked to cancer prevention by repairing damaged cells.

2. If you are a diabetic, cantaloupe can lower your blood sugar content. (source

3. Stimulate the immune system and prevent coughs, colds and fevers. 4. High level of folic acid. Folic acid is part of the B vitamin family. Folic acid makes healthy new cells.

Two weeks ago, I purchased an organic cantaloupe. Can you believe that the price of the organic cantaloupe was the same as a non-organic cantaloupe, and larger. At the time of the purchase, I knew I wanted to make a raw vegan soup and juice from the cantaloupe, but decided to wait until it became the ripeness I wanted. I stored the cantaloupe towards the back of my refrigerator for 2 weeks to maintain its freshness and prevent from spoiling.

Yesterday, I decided to finally use this cantaloupe in two meals that stretched the dollar not only for one person, but even for a family of four when preparing the spicy cantaloupe soup. Both recipes below are from the same large cantaloupe. For Saturday's breakfast, I always make a juice drink at home for added antioxidants and cancer prevention properties.

Being that cancer has run in my family on my paternal side for years from uncles to recently my dad, prevention through raw vegan and vegan or vegetarian meals has been my gospel and crusade to all.

As I always said and to quote myself, "it is time that illnesses and diseases, especially those that we thought we genetic but in actually came be prevented, become a period and not a continuous comma." It is time to take a stand for your health daily. Live it daily. Don't fall back. Don't take 2 steps back; but if you do because we are only human and make mistakes, take three steps forward in the right-healthy direction. Call me the ministress of health. Call me Sister. Call me Donna. Whatever you address me by, know that my my mission is to spread the gospel of what a vegetarian, vegan, or raw vegan lifestyle can do positively to make your health your wealth; and, stop the myth that heart disease, as southern Blacks would say "the sugar" aka diabetes, cancer, and other illnesses are family related and there is no choice. There is a choice, and the answer is YOU!

Enjoy these two recipes below. For the raw vegan spicy cantaloupe soup that is served cold and not heated to maintain it's high nutrient content without loosing any vitamins,minerals, and nutrients, a family of 4 can be served for $5 total. That's $1.25 a person. Add the accompaniments of organic blue tortilla chips, and vegan sour cream with cilantro and fresh squeezed lemon as I suggested for even more of a Mexican Style meal. The accompaniments to the soup will not break the bank, and will place the entire meal still at under $10 for a family of four!

Ingredients for Both Recipes below:

The same 1 large organic cantaloupe. Shop around as I do, and you'll find that there are many organic produce can be the same price or even less expensive than non-organic produce.

Cantaloupe-Carrot Morning Raw Vegan Juice

Serving: 1


6 organic carrots

1 cup of cubed, ripe cantaloupe (pulp and seeds removed. set aside remaining cantaloupe cubes for the soup below)

1 cup of organic collard leaves


Juice the ingredients above. Drink right away to maintain the nutrients. This drink is naturally sweet, and wakes you up. I drank this at 8 AM and did not eat a lunch until 1 PM.

Raw Vegan Spicy Mexican-Style Cantaloupe Soup

Serves: 4 -5 ($1.00 to $1.25 per person)

Cost : $5.00


approx 9-3/4 cup ripe, cubed cantaloupe (the remaining cantaloupe from the mornings raw vegan juice drink, pulp and seeds removed)

2 medium cucumbers, peeled and roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves
3 1-in slices of fresh ginger root (make sure the skin is peeled)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 medium lemon
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 jalapeno pepper, de-veined and de-seeded (leave a few seeds for my spiciness in soup)

1/4 tsp ground chipotle pepper

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp ground smoked paprika

1/2 cup water


1 cup mini sweet red and yellow peppers

fresh oregano leaves


Mix all the ingredients above in a food processor except the garnish ingredients.

Once mixed and blended to almost a smooth consistency, stir in half the red and yellow sweet peppers

Place in the refrigerator in a container to chill for approximately 20 minutes

Serve in beautiful soup/pasta bowls and garnish with the remaining sweet red and yellow bell peppers and a few leaves of cilantro. Accompany this meal with the Mexican Vegan Sour Cream-Cilantro-Lemon Mixture and Organic Blue Tortilla Chips

additional accompaniments (makes the total meal under $10!):

Mexican Vegan Sour Cream-Cilantro-Lemon Mixture

Organic Blue tortillas

Mexican Sour Cream Recipe:


1/2 cup vegan sour cream

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 lemon, squeezed

Directions: Mix all of the above into well mixed and serve chilled

~ Sister Vegetarian

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sister's Friday Quick Tip of The Day: When the lights go out...

You can still eat a healthy vegetarian or vegan meal if you lose power due to storms. See below for my Preparedness Tools based on my camping and backpacking skills

Summer and early/late fall is Hurricane season. Hurricane season extends from June through November. In addition, the South as well as the New England states have recently received their share of rare tornado touch downs with loss of power for days. Being a hiker and backpacker in the wilderness, I have accumulated survival skills that easily translates to emergency situations in one's daily home life when there is a loss of power due to storms. You do not need to be a hiker or backpacker as myself to adopt these survival skills to ensure that you still can have a home cooked vegetarian or vegan meal even when power in the home is loss due to seasonal storms. These survival skills ensure that you do not go astray and eat meat, poultry, or fish because you feel there is no alternative when power is loss.

Sister's Preparedness Tools in case of power loss to have a vegetarian or vegan meal:

note: Do not use the camping stoves indoors.

1. Frozen soups and other vegetarian/vegan meals you previously prepared and placed in the freezer for later meals can be reheated on the camping stoves and in the camping pots and pans.

2. uncooked vegetables and fruits make a meal (raw vegan meals are quick and easy to prepare- many without need for appliances)

3. Camping stove (i.e. Coleman's backpacking or camping stove can be purchased for as little as $15. A small 8 oz or 16 oz fuel tank for the stove starts at $3.00) Camping Stores such as REI and Dicks Sporting Goods offer more varieties even at inexpensive prices. Vegetarian and vegan meals from whole food items can cook up quick on these stoves.

4. Camping pot sets can be purchased at Target or Wal-mart for as little as $20 for a set or $$5.00 for a small pot or pan. * Camping Stores such as REI and Dicks Sporting Goods offer more varieties even at inexpensive prices. Vegetarian and vegan meals from whole food items can cook up tastefully good on these pots and pans.

5. Camping stoves boil water in 30 seconds to 1 minute. That's quicker than a regular stove in case of emergency loss of power.

6. Teas and Coffees can be made on camping stoves using a camping percolator (approx starting $10) or just by boiling water in a pot

~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sister's Thursday Quick Tip of The Day: Follow my 5-step math calculation

Living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is not expensive. There are so many myths that make assumptions and erroneously state that this lifestyle is expensive without people ever trying to live as a vegetarian or vegan. This myth is used as an excuse. Living a vegetable based lifestyle, you do not need to purchase all organics. The main point is to make the majority of your meals whole foods (unprocessed foods). Whole foods not only save you money, but they are healthier. Another way that you are saving money is that by leading this lifestyle, your health improves and wallet size increases. This means the possibility of fewer or no more medications (please consult your physicians on this one). The myth of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles being more money is the same lie made up by the meat (including poultry and fish) industry that people need these meals to survive. Meat is causing many of the ailments from young to old. Using the old myth that vegetables cost more is an excuse. Move out of the darkness and into the light of a vegetable based lifestyle.

Still think that being a vegetarian or vegan costs more? You do the math.

Stop living with your eyes closed. Follow my 5-step math calculation and you will have your eyes opened to a healthier way of living.

Step 1: Do a comparison shopping at your local grocery store, farmers market, and whole foods store.
Step 2: Make two columns on a paper and record what you would spend on a meat-based lifestyle for column one and on a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle for column two.
Step 3: Don't embellish and don't cheat to make it one-sided in meat's favor (seriously...I've been there and done that...).
Step 4: See the win-win! I won't say I told you so, but the vegetarian and vegan column will win.
Step 5: Your eyes and mind are open. You are now ready to make a healthy change that is good for your body and wallet
~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sister's Wednesday Quick Tip of The Day:

To get where you need to be as a vegetarian or vegan, STOP where you right now and take inventory of your life. Get rid of the clutter, re-evaluate your goals, reaccess your values, recharge your mind, and re-think your plans. Change is okay in this vegetarian and vegan journey. What may have suited us yesterday, may now be different down the road as we grow in this lifestyle.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 7-31-11 Update

Click here for Battzi's 7/31/11 update entitled "How Natural Is It?"