My Favorite Vegan Influencers
A lot of people ask me how I transitioned into veganism. Eventually I will do an at length post about that, but the short story is that it was a gradual transition for me and even after going vegan I still learn and grow every day. A huge thing that helped me along the way was becoming aware of how susceptible I am to the influence of the people that I follow online and shifting my focus to accounts that align with my values.
Why follow someone who you don't personally know unless they inspire you? A huge help in my transiton was discovering the vegan YouTube community, I became inspired and truly astonished by the variety of recipes you can make with plants! I have now shifted my focus across platforms to follow influencers that are uplifting, vegan, & eco-conscious. Twitter actually only recommends I follow vegans now which is so funny to me. I have curated what I absorb on social media like this because I strongly believe that your mentality becomes your reality and in this day & age who you follow has a strong influence on your mentality.
Without further ado, let me introduce you to my favorite vegan influencers and why I think each one of them is unique and worth following. They are listed in the general order of which I have discovered them over the years.
Hot for Food was one of the first vegan YouTube channels I discovered. Let's just say that Lauren Toyota is a genius in the kitchen. If you want to go vegan but you are thinking about all of the different foods you will have to "give up" think again. This channel made the lightbulb go off in my head that anything has a vegan alternative even burgers, bacon, sweets, and scrambled eggs. You name it they've got a recipe for it! I also love that this channel often features fried / junky vegan options. Their channel really shows how fun and creative you can get with recipes. Vegans aren't always eating rice, beans, and mangos people! My favorite videos of theirs are the challenge videos where Lauren & her husband Jon go head to see who can create a better recipe.
Cammie, otherwise known as Supreme Banana is seriously one of the best "frickin" YouTubers to follow. This girl is absolutely hilarious & not to mention I love her style & asthetic. She is basically the black wardrobe queen, follow her Instagram and you will see what I mean. In my opinion she makes veganism highly relatable to millennials and does a great job of presenting how easy it is to eat vegan although it sometimes seems daunting. Her best videos are definitely her "Veganized" series where she makes crazy food creations and shows you how to order vegan options at popular restaurant chains.
High Carb Hannah is another YouTube favorite. She specializes in how to eat a vegan diet specifically for weigh loss & health reasons. She creates great oil free recipes and has many tips to share about how you can eat large portions of healthy plant based foods and actually loose weight while doing so. I also love the fact that she lives in a tiny house and is very eco-conscious. Definitely worth the follow!
Ellen Fisher! I cannot describe how much of a positive influence this woman will have on your life if you follow her. To me she is incredibly inspirational. I think this is because she is very mindful of all of her actions and how they affect those around her, the environment, and her followers. She is raising two beautiful and healthy vegan boys in Hawaii with her vegan husband Andrew and has another baby on the way. She has amazing family style recipes, tips for raising healthy vegan children and videos on gentle parenting. I think we could all stand to be a little more like Ellen.
Jinti Fell. I think if you like Ellen Fisher, you will also love to follow Jiniti Fell, like Ellen she is also a very mindful and inspirational person. She is also definitely a great person to follow to absorb travel content. She is currently living the van life in Australia with her partner Chris and beautiful daughter Ayana. The pictures she posts of her adventures will have seriously considering quitting your job and ditching your apartment to start traveling in a van! On her YouTube she shares great advice about how their family eats vegan on the road and also shares honest content about their everyday simplistic lifestyle. She is another advocate for gentle parenting and you will be truly amazed by how mature and caring her daughter is at the age of 1 while watching their videos.
James Aspey. The only one on this list that I have had the pleasure of meeting in person. This man has dedicated his life to being a voice for the voiceless. Following him helps me stay mentally grounded on the fact that veganism is for the animals and that grotesque amounts of animal cruelty happen around the world every day. I had the pleasure of hearing one of his speeches at New England Vegfest. He travels worldwide and gives these kinds of speeches, attends slaughter house peaceful protests, has been tattooed for 24 hours straight to raise money for animal rights, and even took a vow of silence for an entire year to bring attention to the fact that animals are voiceless victims of society. You might be thinking woah woah woah this guys sounds like an extremist, but if you follow him you will realize he is truly a legend and hero. Everything he does comes from a place of love in his heart. If you are considering going vegan, watching one of his speeches on YouTube may be the push you need.
Timmy! Also known as Mississippi Vegan, is absolutely one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. He posts beautifully styled food photos and his Instagram stories will have you rolling on the floor laughing. He is sassy, lighthearted and funny. He shares a lot of his every day life on Instagram stories and you will become truly addicted to his content and start to feel like he is your internet best friend. I am also pretty sure, although I have not tried it yet, that his macaroni & cheese recipe on his blog is quite possibly the best vegan alternative to macaroni & cheese out there. He has a cookbook coming out in the future that I can tell will be immaculate due to all the hard work he has been putting into it every day for pretty much as long as I've been following him.
Fashion Veggie! Although I am not much into fashion myself it is important to note veganism goes far beyond food. If you want to start buying vegan clothing and apparel following Fashion Veggie on her Instagram and Blog is a good way to start dipping your toes. She pushes out a great amount of content and is a very pleasant person to have in your feed.
Minimal millennials! Audrey & Christian are such a sweet pair. They are husband & wife as well as recent college graduates. Like Cammie they do a great job of being very relatable to millennials in the way they present veganism in their life. They are on an epic adventure living in their sprinter van which they converted into their home. They are fairly new to the YouTube community but their channel is already exploding and for good reason! They share budgeting tips, how they manage to work and make money on the road and how they cook vegan meals with nothing but a mini fridge unit and a one burner camp stove. Definitely worth a follow!
The Happy Pear! These Irish twins have really got it going on. The energy that they give off in their videos is electric. They have a talent of creating many different recipes from a core set of ingredients that won't break the bank. They focus on making their recipes "heart happy" meaning low cholesterol. They are both dads and they own an organic shop & café in Dublin called The Happy Pear. Their recipes are perfect for cooking larger portions for your family and they are often very quick & easy. They will leave you feeling like you just received a "warm belly hug." It is very interesting to see vegan cooking with an Irish influence.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Who's your favorite person to follow online? Leave me a comment below!
Wander often & wonder always,