Hey, #bfitnation! This is my first ever blog post! Let me start out by saying how beyond excited I am to be a part of this amazing organization and to work with these wonderful people.ella blog

I first went vegetarian as a wide-eyed sixth grader who had never quite realized what I was actually eating when chowing down on a hamburger. One of the questions I get asked most frequently is something along the lines of, “Isn’t it hard to avoid meat? Don’t you ever just miss a nice, juicy steak?” Truth be told, I have never once regretted my decision, and honestly, being meat-free really isn’t at all challenging for me! There are plenty of meat substitutes out there, my favorite being the Morning Star brand. Even though all of these products are delicious and relatively simple to prepare, it is so much more fun to get creative with your meals!

All four of my parents work incredibly hard to prepare vegetarian meals that the entire family can enjoy, including my highly carnivorous younger sister and step-brother. Some of these meals include tofu tacos, sweet and savory tofu stir-fry, vegetable stuffed mushroom caps, mushroom risotto, and a classic chili, with a beef-replacement twist.

While I love the food, the best part of my vegetarianism, in my mind, is knowing that I can have a clean conscience knowing that I am not devouring the things I love most in this world; animals.ellam2

I have been riding horses since I was five years old, and my one of my greatest passions in life is working with children, and teaching them about growing organic crops and raising farm animals at Angelic Organics, a local, family-owned organic farm in Caledonia, Illinois. My love for animals started from when I was born up until my 15 years of existence. I blame this on the fact that I have been around a large variety of critters, since the day I was born.  I eventually realized just how strongly I disagree with the way the animals (that, sadly, will end up becoming food for people) are treated during their short lives.

Stay tuned #bfitnation, I plan on sharing various recipes with you that are healthy, fun, delicious, and completely vegetarian.  Once again, I am very excited to be a part of Bfitteens!

Written by Ella Mawyer