My Top 10:
Vegan Influencers I Follow
Whenever I try to learn more about a particular topic, I always want to find resources like books, podcasts, or websites to educate myself on that topic. So, upon becoming vegan, I found that some of the most helpful information - whether it came in the form of recipes or nutritional advice - came from social media. So whenever I had time, I would scroll through some of my favorite influencer accounts and learn more about their work and experience as advocates for plant-based nutrition. See my list below - who knows, maybe you’ll recognize some of them!
1. Sadia Badiei, BSc - @pickuplimes
Sadia has been doing the damn thing for a hot minute. I remember stumbling upon her YouTube channel after doing a Google search for vegan recipes, and I was quickly hooked. At the time, I was an undergrad who was curious about veganism but not yet fully committed. Once I actually decided to make the change official, I was couldn’t get enough of her thoughtful and simplistic approach to not only veganism, but minimalism as well. I’m still a huge fan of her work and I think you all will love her too. Check her out on Instagram and at her website for more information.
2. Rachel Ama - @rachelama
Rachel Ama is a vegan influencer that I began following in mid-2018. And I’m so happy I did! I first saw her Instagram account through my discovery page and I remember scrolling through the vibrant dishes on her profile and thinking to myself “I really hope she has a YouTube channel because this all looks amazing.” And what do you know - she did (and still does)! Rachel cooks a variety of vegan dishes and she always keeps her videos full of energy and honesty. One my recent favorites was a video titled “VEGAN - What I Eat When I’m Sick,’ and it was literally something that I had been struggling with so I was ecstatic when I saw it. Also, for any of you with soy allergies - Rachel does not cook with soy at all so all of her recipes are soy-free, whole foods plant-based deliciousness.
3. Simon Hill - @plant_proof
Simon has really been an incredible asset for the growing vegan community on social media. With his background as a professional athletic trainer and nutritionist-in-training, he continues to provide amazing educational content on his Instagram account and through his Plant Proof podcast. Simon definitely has a lot of fact-based nutritional advice to give to anyone who is interested in learning more about the health-science behind veganism. Make sure to check out his website and Instagram accounts as well as his podcast!
4. Gaz Oakley - @avantgardevegan
If you see any of Gaz Oakley’s work you won’t believe that it’s vegan. Honestly, I cannot believe that his recipes still surprise me. Gaz has unbelievable talent when it comes to using his culinary background to create uncanny replicas of non-vegan favorites. I mean, if it’s any indicator - he made “Mozzarella” Sticks and Lasagna. He also is widely popular in the U.K. and has even made signature dishes for popular vegan restaurants in London -- which I can’t wait to try someday! Last year he released two books: his first “Vegan 100” and his second was all about “Vegan Christmas.” Make sure to check out his site and YouTube channel for some truly avant garde vegan inspiration.
5. Kim Julie Hansen - @bestofvegan
Kim Julie Hansen is the creator of the Best of Vegan Instagram account and founder and author of the “28 Day Vegan Reset Challenge,” which was officially published during the second half of 2018. Kim’s work is phenomenal and something I aspire towards, as she is not only concerned health advocacy, but also unapologetically vocal about issues that she cares about. I admire Kim and her page because it’s a platform that really does uplift other up-and-coming vegan creators. Kim, if you’re reading this - thanks for helping me find other amazing creators to support and thanks for doing the work you do. You can find her work and books on her Instagram account @bestofvegan.
6. Cherie Tu - @thrivingonplants
Cherie’s page was also an early discovery in 2018. I wanted to know why there were so many quality vegan accounts coming out of Australia -- especially after I saw her page! Cherie posts stellar photos and recipes for desserts and dishes you didn’t even know you wanted. Early last year she was able to release her eBook titled after her social media handle “Thriving On Plants,” and it was an overnight success. So, if you are looking for somebody who posts about high quality dishes and actually responds to her commenters - Cherie is your woman. Make sure to follow her main page for vegan food galore as well as her personal page for workout videos. Both are great and worth your time!
7. Joanne L. Molinaro - @the.korean.vegan
Okay - so I found out about Joanne’s page through a repost on Kim Hansen’s account. Sometime last year Kim did an interview (I believe) with “The Korean Vegan” and of course, I watched it - and I loved it. Joanne’s Instagram account is filled with some of the most amazing dishes that I have never heard of that I cannot wait to try. Admittedly, the only Korean food I ever knew about - as I was completely uneducated in Korean food or culture - was Korean barbecue. Joanne’s creativity doesn’t end with her cooking though. She is a phenomenal writer, and she tends to include her own short stories or personal journal entries in her posts and it is really touching to be able to read what she has to say about her own life experiences and how she has grown. She even shared beautiful photos of her recent (vegan!) wedding in Italy. Check out her page!
8. Dr. Michelle McMacken - @veg_md
From her Forks Over Knives page: Michelle McMacken, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine. An honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she has more than ten years of experience practicing primary care, directing a medical weight-loss program, and teaching doctors-in-training at Bellevue Hospital Center in NYC. An enthusiastic supporter of plant-based nutrition, she is committed to educating patients, medical students, and doctors about the power of healthy eating and lifestyle modification. Be sure to check out her insightful work at Forks Over Knives, The Plantrician Project, and of course, her Instagram page, @veg_md.
9. Dr. Danielle Belardo, M.D. - @theveggiemd
From her site, theveggiemd.com: Originally from New York, Danielle relocated to Philadelphia after college to start her medical career. She earned her medical degree (MD) from Drexel University College of Medicine, then completed her 3 year Internal Medicine Residency at Temple University Hospital where she became board certified in Internal Medicine in 2017. Directly after completing residency, Danielle started Cardiology Fellowship at Lankenau Heart Institute, a few miles outside of Philadelphia on the main line in Pennsylvania. She is dedicated to being a cardiologist that in addition to traditional medicine, focuses on lifestyle modification, and plant based diet, in order to prevent heart disease. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology Nutrition and Lifestyle Sub Committee.
10. Kristina Carrillo Bucaram - @fullyrawkristina
Kristina Carrillo Bucaram, better known by her Instagram handle @fullyrawkristina, was the first raw vegan influencer page I came across when I became vegan. I have always been a fruit junkie myself, so I was immediately drawn to the large fruit arrangements she featured on her page. Kristina has been sharing her journey of health and wellness, as she overcame Type 2 Diabetes by going raw across social media and around the world. She hosts raw vegan challenges and juice cleanses for those interested in seeing what raw veganism is all about. Fun fact: she curated a raw vegan diet plan for Beyonce before she went on tour a while back. Make sure to check out her work on Instagram or at her website, fullyraw.com.
There’s my list! Who are some of your favorite vegan influencers? Send over your recommendations!