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Kelly Zugay is a Saint Paul, Minnesota content creator with a focus on plant-based vegan recipes, home decor, and travel.

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My vegan anniversary has come and gone! (Read all about my decision to go vegan here!) Just one year ago, I eliminated my consumption of all animal products. Aside from marrying Ben, of course, going vegan is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. There have been a lot of unexpected benefits, and I’m so excited to share those with you today — along with my favorite whole foods, plant-based cook books!

When I decided to go vegan…

  • I became more in tune with my body: when I’m hungry, when I’m not, when I’ve eaten something good, when I’ve eaten something bad… I’m more aware of how I’m feeling and why I’m feeling that way — more than ever before.
  • I became more alert and focused. I didn’t feel as sluggish as I had before.
  • I adapted a healthy relationship with food. I now see food as a tool to nourish my body and keep me healthy and well — rather than a cure for boredom!
My Favorite Whole Foods Cookbooks - Kelly Zugay - Wisconsin Lifestyle Beauty Wellness Blog-2
My Favorite Whole Foods Cookbooks - Kelly Zugay - Wisconsin Lifestyle Beauty Wellness Blog-2

Since going vegan, I’ve relied a lot on recipes I find on Pinterest and within cook books. Two of my all-time favorite cook books are Nutrition Stripped and Oh She Glows Every Day. Both of these cook books have fresh, plant-based recipes I really, really love. In fact, one of my favorite recipes — which I’ll be sharing so, so soon — came from Oh She Glows Every Day.

When I’m on the hunt for a cook book, I’m basically looking for a cook book with easy recipes. Vegan recipes sometimes seem exotic or difficult to make — with ingredients that are super hard to come by. These two book books are filled with standard ingredients, with foods, herbs, and spices you probably already have in your kitchen.

My Favorite Whole Foods Cookbooks - Kelly Zugay - Wisconsin Lifestyle Beauty Wellness Blog-2
My Favorite Whole Foods Cookbooks - Kelly Zugay - Wisconsin Lifestyle Beauty Wellness Blog-2

Whether you choose to go vegan — or you simply want to sprinkle more plant-based recipes into your diet, which I highly recommend — I hope you love these cook books as much as I do! I’ve shared a few additional cook books below, too!

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I'm Kelly — Co-Founder of With Grace and Gold and Host of Brand It, Build It. My husband Ben and I are currently building a cozy, light-filled house in Minnesota and I hope you'll follow along with our adventures!

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