a regular guy's blog on health, wellness and all things vegan

About Me

My name is Christian Grant and I’m the guy behind AverageVeganDude.com. Let me take a second to give you a bit of glimpse at who I am. I’m a 46 year old  guy living in Delaware. I am a full time restaurant owner making a living from this for about 20 years now. My blog is titled AverageVeganDude not because my health, intelligence or fitness levels are average, but in light of the fact that we are all just everyday people living average lives. Some aspects of each of our lives are better than others and some worse. My point is that the sun doesn’t revolve around any of us myself included.

Born in Italy and living most of my life in Queens, New York and the Philadelphia area, I have come in contact with the very best and worst that American cuisine have to offer. Unfortunately, I have spent most of my life consuming the latter. Throughout my life I slowly started to gain weight as many of us do in our 30’s and 40’s. I began feeling pretty old at the age of 40. I knew I wasn’t living an optimally healthy life but really didn’t understand what I was doing wrong. I was following everything I read since I was young about getting enough protein and drinking milk for strong bones etc. I could be found at the gym weekly as well and I did all the normal things people do to try to stay healthy but to no avail. I decided this had to change. I began to read about nutrition and the varied effects food has on our bodies, mind and spirit. The transformation that occurred in me when I started to move away from a standard American diet (SAD) to a predominantly raw vegan diet was nothing short of amazing. I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan to raw vegan and never looked back. At 46 I am stronger, fitter and faster than I have ever been. I owe this to the raw vegan lifestyle and a good fitness routine. Having learned much over the last 5 years about the human diet, I accept the label of former bad eater now.

This blog is meant to help those trying to find a better life for themselves and their families. I now realize that everyone is capable of attaining this amazing state of health without pills, medications or procedures. Maybe this craziness has become the American way as of late, but it is not the sensible way. True health and a better well-being can be attained by each and everyone of us. It’s time for all of us to drop this SAD way of living and moves towards living healthy, vibrant lives. This is what I write about.

2 Responses to “About Me”

    • clgrant68@gmail.com

      Here ya go Traci.

      1½ cups granulated sugar
      ½ cup canola oil
      1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
      1 cup whole wheat flour
      ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
      2 cups shredded zucchini, lightly drained of excess moisture
      2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      1 teaspoon salt
      1½ teaspoons baking soda
      ¾ cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
      Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Coat a 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.
      In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar, oil, and flour until the mixture resembles wet sand. Turn the mixer to low and add cocoa, zucchini, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Mix until well combined. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips.
      Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging.
      Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve.


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