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I'm Javonne Crumby, creator of Lesbionyx-- A space for queer women of color. As a Black woman who loves women, I grew tired of the lack of representation and resources for women like me. So I created a platform for us and by us, because no one tells our stories like us! 

A Healthy You Begins With What You Eat

How’s the New Year treating you so far? Better yet how are you treating your body? If you haven’t been good to it so far it’s not too late to start.  Sometimes we need inspiration. I like to search for my inspiration in the queer world.  Last month I talked about some trainers that gave me inspiration on my quest to get fit. Now I want to introduce some women that can throw down in the kitchen and their meals won’t leave you with regret.

Aina Brei'yon

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Aina Brei’yon; @theuglycook is based out of LA. She's meal prepped and catered both vegan and non-vegan dishes. She calls herself the ugly cook because she doesn’t care if the dishes look professional whenever she plates them. While she is not catering at the moment be sure to follow her for amazing dishes!

“Might not look pretty but it tastes better than your grandma’s Sunday dinner.”
— @theuglycook
 vegan mushroom tenders via @theuglycook Instagram 

vegan mushroom tenders via @theuglycook Instagram 

I love mushrooms so when I saw these vegan mushroom tenders I was elated! They look just like chicken tenders. While I've given up eating meat, I find comfort in foods that look like dishes I once loved. Her post made me realize there are more options for meatless meals than I thought. I decided to cook the tenders myself with portobello mushrooms. They tasted great but they weren’t picture perfect like hers were.

Aina also shares her easy meal prep ideas; a good way to keep your eating on track.

 

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CP

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CP; @the40yearolevegan she is all about promoting clean eating.

“Healthy living starts from the inside”
— @the40yearolevegan

I love a good smoothie before I workout and this Blueberry Banana Smoothie looks so yummy.

 A delicious vegan blueberry banana smoothie via  @the40yearolevegan Instagram

A delicious vegan blueberry banana smoothie via  @the40yearolevegan Instagram

Recipe: 1 frozen banana, ½ cup blueberries, ¼ cup of strawberries, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, a dash of agave (optional) and 1 tbsp of chia seeds. I have yet to try this recipe, but i'll be subbing almond milk for coconut milk. You can always substitute to your liking.

Chef Deborah Vantrece

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Deborah Vantrece @twistedsoulcookhouse is the Executive Chef / Owner of The Catering Company by VanTrece and Twisted Soul Cookhouse and PoursShe definitely puts her soul in all of her dishes.

 

“My soul food is about the “soul” that is put into food no matter what part of the world you come from.”
— Chef Deborah Vantrece

The Chef world is dominated by men so to see a successful chef that is a queer woman of color makes me smile. Chef Vantrece is located in Atlanta, Georgia. While the majority of her creations cater to meat eaters, she has vegan options too. Like this Vegan Pasta Bowl.  I’ll be visiting Atlanta this year so I’m going to make it my business to dine at her restaurant!

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When I changed my diet I assumed my meal options would be limited but once I started looking for ideas I discovered that I was wrong. I’m not trying to push Veganism on anyone but if you’re looking for inspiration... it's out there.

Who are some of your chef faves? Drop a comment below!

 

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