Gratitude Giveaway – Dreena’s cookbooks and Plant-Powered 15 ebook!

I’m feeling grateful lately. Not about any particularly ‘big’ happenings, but I guess about many little and everyday things. On the most significant level, these past few months I’ve known of several serious illnesses, including with children, in my circle. My heart goes out to those families and I cannot help but be thankful for the lives our children have and our good health. I’m not arrogant about our health. I feel we do the best we can to live healthy and prevent illnesses through our plant-based diet, but there are always factors outside of diet and not so much in our control. So, yes, I am very grateful for our family’s health. I hope to grow in my knowledge to empower us as parents – and therby empower our children later in life.

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On a work-level, despite the fact that I seem to keep myself in a somewhat perpetual state of busy (to the point of chaotic many days), it feels as though many things are connecting with my work. But also in the vegan world in general. We are reaching a pivotal point, where awareness will soon break open much wider and inspire more people to at least significantly reduce their consumption of animal products if not adopt a full plant-based or vegan diet. Do you also feel this? While I am not oblivious to the great amount of work we have ahead to eliminate animal suffering and improve our culture’s state of dis-ease, I really feel a shift in beliefs and habits is on the horizon.

I am feeling hopeful for changes in society, and also grateful for those of you that connect with me everyday. Through email, here on my blog, and also facebook and twitter – you motivate me to continue my work. On a lighter note (because this post is getting serious!) – this week my ‘online kitchen’, aka my facebook page, reached 10K likes. Pretty fun! I thank you for joining me and being so engaged with posts and discussions. Don’t tell pinterest and twitter, but facebook is my favorite. Shhh. ;)

One final gratitude entry. I have received kindness and goodwill from people I’ve come to know online, as well as in person. Some of you I knew only as acquaintances and now we have friendships. Others have reached out to provide some assistance to me in my work, knowing I’m juggling too many balls! So, I thank you for the kind and helpful and generous people you are. I’ve expressed as much by email to you, and if you are reading this just know I appreciate your goodness.

Today, I want to give back a little. The best way I know how is with a good ol’ giveaway of my stuff!

How about we line up FIVE of you with one of my cookbooks (your choice!) plus… my new ebook? That’s 5 winners, each taking home a cookbook and ebook. If you have my books and ebook, enter anyway! I’ll send them to a friend for you.

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I saw this image with Gratitude Mantras from Integrative Nutrition, and thought that this is something we can all reflect on daily. When we are having a crummy day, a hectic “Calgon-take-me-away” mama day (yes, I’ve dated myself), or just any kind of challenging or ‘blah’ day –

– we can always remember the blessings we do have.

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To enter this “Gratitude Giveaway”, join me with a comment of something you are thankful for right now - be it big or small, silly or serious.

I am grateful for all of the love I have in my family and life, and for the community of supportive and enlightening readers I have in you. ♡

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Now I am off to make cupcakes for our wee girl’s 4th birthday. :)

241 Responses to Gratitude Giveaway – Dreena’s cookbooks and Plant-Powered 15 ebook!

  1. Caresse says:

    Hi I’m just wondering if your new plant powdered ebook recipes are gluten free friendly? I have celiac disease and want to make sure before purchasing. Thanks

  2. Suzanne says:

    My mantra while overseas with my husband and sons, dealing with homesickness was, and now continues to be …

    ‘we have love, we have our health , we have each other…’ – that is really all we need and I am unfortunately even more aware of this as I watch 2 people I love dearly grieve for their child.

  3. Michelle says:

    I am grateful for my family and the wonderful life that we have!

  4. Zoe E says:

    I am grateful for so many things, my amazing partner, our 4 wonderful children, our health and how much it’s got better since switching to not only a vegan diet but a plant-powered diet, the special love we have created in our family unit. One of the things that brings me immense joy every day is how much our kids love each other, I love that my partner and I have been the ones to teach them that love.

  5. Christine says:

    What am I thankful for…so many things! The short list includes: my husband, my boys, my family and friends, our health. I’m also thankful for having found Dreena and having learned what I’ve learned about eating healthy and delicious foods. I could go on, but I’ll stop now :)

  6. I am grateful for having so many people in my life to love and that love me
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  7. Kari says:

    Friends and family, a roof over my head, a comfortable bed, my sweet little dog, healthy food, nature, recovering my health!

  8. Wendy Jacobs says:

    I am thankful for a terrific husband, two amazing kids, and people like you, Dreena, who are kind and generous enough with your time and knowledge to help support us on our plant-based journeys. Hats off to you!
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  9. Paula says:

    I am grateful for my partner in life. This journey wouldn’t be nearly so amazing without him!

  10. Kate says:

    My grandmother and my father recently passed within 2 weeks of each other. I don’t even know just how sad I really am. But I am so grateful for my family, my husband, my friends, my coworkers, and my cats. They all make realize that I can get through today. My heart hurts but it is filled with gratitude, as well.

  11. Alyssa says:

    I am grateful for my health and my children’s health. Working as a pediatric oncology nurse I am reminded on a daily basis what a precious gift life is and I am so thankful for every day with my family.

  12. Valerie says:

    I am grateful for my family, our home and the food we eat.

  13. Jacqui Pappas says:

    I am thankful for my improved health & my wonderful husband!

  14. Nora says:

    I am grateful for my brain. I can think for myself and have an intellect. I am very grateful for sleep as well so we can recharge our bodies and brains.

  15. Sheindal says:

    I’m grateful that things haven’t been too hard throughout life up to now.

  16. Cecilia says:

    I am thankful for my family – my amazing and supportive husband, and my sweet, challenging, brilliant and inspiring son. I cannot imagine my life without both of them.

  17. Natalie Bowman says:

    At this moment, I am grateful for my plant-strong diet, my ability to run and the unconditional support of my husband … three things that have helped me regain my health and confidence in the past year. Your recipes help keep me on track and creating so many wonderful dishes in the kitchen. Thank you for being a wonderful resource!

  18. Nancy J says:

    I am grateful for my health as I nurture a dear friend with MS and stage IV breastcancer. I am thankful that I have the energy to take care of her and the knowledge of the right foods to feed her sick body. I cannot help to think that my new found path of clean-eating plant based diet has a bigger purpose than to make me and my family healthy. I believe that this came at a moment when I was ready to make the change (which it itself really isn’t that hard) but that perhaps, I could make a small change in my friend’s life as well. Only the future will tell if she will win her fight. For now, my responsibility is to feed her, be her chemo treatment comic relief, to step in as her stylist when her hair fell off,and to be there.

  19. I’m grateful for my family’s health. My best friend has just had her husband decide to go into hospice as he will not make it another 6 months. he beat cancer twice but the treatments left his organs and brain completely melted. At 38, my best friend will be a widow with 6 and 4 year old sons, both autistic. count our blessings.
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  20. Jenn says:

    I am grateful for a day of rest after a busy weekend of work.

  21. NicT says:

    I am grateful for my health and love of my husband and family.

  22. Maria says:

    I’m most grateful for the support I have in my life. I have wonderful friends and family as well as the best pets a person could ask for. They light up my life.

  23. Betty Mulcahy says:

    I am grateful for the knowledge available from sites like this to provide my family with healthy, wholesome food and abundant health as a result.

  24. Michelle says:

    I am thankful for my partner of nearly 7 years and his constant support and kindness during our journey through life together.

  25. Julie Roberg says:

    I am grateful for you and others like you who share plant based recipes. I am relatively new to this lifestyle and the guidance that was available allowed me to succeed! I know it put me on the road to better health which I am most grateful for because it is difficult to enjoy life’s other blessings if you are suffering from an illness (and I have yet to find a doctor in whose office I do not feel like I am a widget on a factory assembly line so if I do get ill I may stay that way!!) More blessings to you and thank you for being out there doing what you do.

  26. Katie says:

    I don’t ever comment, but I couldn’t resist a cookbook giveaway. Your cookbooks are my favorites!I am grateful for health and family. As someone who has suffered from serious illness, everyday is a blessing.

    Katie

  27. Katie says:

    I am grateful I have the courage and strength to pursue my dreams.

    (I recently quit a secure job that I did not enjoy to pursue my Masters in a topic that I am extremely passionate about – across the country.)

  28. Melissa says:

    I am incredibly thankful for the quality of life I am able to have. I am thankful for being able to pursue post-secondary education in a field I am passionate about, for having a wonderful boyfriend and family in good health, for being able to afford to do fun activities, for living so close to the great outdoors and being able to spend lots of time in it, for my own health, and finally, for that moment two years ago when I decided to go vegetarian, then a year later when I went vegan. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life and I’m grateful that I had supportive people in my life to help me along the way.

  29. Tyler says:

    I’m feeling grateful for a happy and healthy family.

  30. Natalie says:

    I am grateful for my 2 wonderful and silly boys. I can not imagine life without them.

  31. Liz says:

    I am grateful to share a HOUSE (with a YARD!!) with people I love and that I’m lucky enough to be able to landscape and design the outdoors to my liking. There’s nothing I love more than CREATING thing swith my two hands, whether ir be a lovely flower garden, food or homemade lavender dryer sachets.

  32. Marianne says:

    I’m am thankful for the fact that I have a great boyfriend, family, and friends supporting me as I go through internship to become a registered dietitian. I took a chance by quitting my job 4 years ago to go back to school and change careers, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their support. Only 6 weeks left and I can put RD after my name :)

  33. Aimee Douglass says:

    I am grateful for my overall health, and for my husband, who really is my best friend.

  34. Jean says:

    I am grateful for my freedom.

  35. Cassandra says:

    Just want to say that I am grateful for you, Dreena, for being such a positive force for healthy vegan food and for working so hard to spread such a uplifting message to everyone. Thank you for this post and for everything you do!

  36. samantha says:

    …greetings and new kindred merry meet!…
    …in answer to thine question: for every day i wake up and get to play in this beautiful world! ~ but most importantly ~ the ability to have the free will to make enlightened choices every moment of every day ~ and be able to shine upbuilding energies ~ everywhere i go! ~ blessed be!…(O:

  37. I try to be SO grateful everyday. It being Mother’s Day today, I’m obviously thankful for my mother and my family, but I’m grateful for so much more than that – I’m thankful that I’m alive and healthy and have a roof over my head, I’m glad I can appreciate nature, I’m grateful for my education no matter how much of a headache it gives me, I’m grateful for my 2 adorable cats, I’m grateful that it’s spring so I can start having breakfast and dinner on the patio in my backyard…and so much more!
    Thanks for hosting this contest :).
    - Laura S
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  38. Connie Fletcher says:

    This may sound weird, but I’m grateful for every experience I’ve had in this life. My husband just passed away in January, and the experiences we both were blessed with during that journey were amazing. We really took the time we had to really talk to each other about things we had never said, and it was INCREDIBLY HEALING for both of us.

    One of the things I like to do, is at least five times a day, I try to be fully present in any given moment, and say “Life doesn’t get much better than this”….it’s really profound, what happens.

    Gratitude is the attitude that determines altitude for life…

  39. Katrina says:

    I’m so grateful that my boys let me take a super long nap this Mother’s Day!

  40. Val says:

    I’m thankful for so many things! My wonderful husband who’s been by my side in good and in bad times for over 12 years now, my children who drive me nuts at times but couldn’t imagine a life without anymore and last not least I’m grateful for having a roof above our heads, food on our table, health and love for each other! <3
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  41. Elaine says:

    grateful for changing our diet in Oct 2012 …love the new food and feelings I get from healthy eating ! praying it will make a difference in my husband’s cancer !!
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  42. Melissa says:

    I’m grateful for slowly getting out of the hole of postpartum depression…

  43. Tonyia says:

    I am thankful for so many things, it’s hard to narrow it down…my amazing three children and husband, and breakfast in bed they brought me for Mother’s Day…the blissfully mild spring we’ve had this year in Texas…new friends we’ve made this year…my work and my husband’s stable career…the fact that after a year, I seem to have kicked plantar fascaiitis…there are just too many things to list!

  44. Suzie S. says:

    I am thankful for the energy I have from my vegan diet that allows me to keep up with and take care of my 2 year old and husband.

  45. Karen says:

    I am grateful that so many people seem to be getting the vegan message and helping to alleviate the suffering of factory farmed animals. I am thankful that (I think) it has quit snowing for this season and the snow is melting, the tulips are starting to bloom and the trees will soon be bursting with leaves, the birds are singing, and well – it’s a beautiful day!
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    • Neahle Madden says:

      I am grateful for the beauty surrounding me, including human, plant, and mineral (earth/sky) and to be still able to appreciate it.

  46. Ali says:

    I am so thankful for my family. I am thankful we are close (both in location and in our hearts).

  47. Maggie says:

    I’m grateful that my mother is still alive even though she is fighting metastatic breast cancer. I’m grateful that people I know are willing to try the vegan food I cook for them. I’m grateful to have a job I love. I’m grateful that I’ve been vegan for more than 12 years. There’s a lot to be grateful for. :)
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  48. I’m grateful for the unconditional love I get from my family. :)
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  49. Danni says:

    I am thankful for my mother, I am thankful for my health, I am thankful for my precious cat who lights up my life.

  50. Kim W says:

    I am grateful for my amazing husband who makes it possible for me to take a break from my nursing career to stay home with our two young children, watching them grow and learn. I am grateful for the resources and support as our family embarks on this journey to eat healthier and pass along healthy habits to our children.

  51. Erika says:

    I am grateful for my wonderful family- husband and 2 precious kids!

  52. Melissa says:

    I am beyond grateful to finally be conquering some pretty severe postpartum depression after having babes #2.

  53. Robert says:

    I am grateful for my mother. It’s Mother’s Day. I am thankful for her support during the rough times and for her wisdom. Thank you Mom!!!

  54. Pamela Frendberg says:

    I am grateful for it all!

  55. Donna Weifert says:

    I am grateful to be employed. We have a home with a roof that doesn’t leak. I am grateful that we have enough room here that my 87 yr old father can live here with us.

  56. Jennie says:

    I am so thankful for the snuggles my son gives me while I sing to him before I put him in his crib at night…

  57. April says:

    My parents, everything, my bed! Haha thanks for the giveaway!

  58. Jill Conyers says:

    I’m grateful for my husband and children and finally enjoying wonderful spring weather.

  59. Melanie Connolly says:

    I am thankful for God, my family, my cats and my health!

  60. Lisa C. says:

    I’m grateful for each and every day with my children. My mother did not live to see us grow up and so I know how special each day we are given truly is.

  61. Amy P says:

    I’m grateful for my husband, my mom and my dogs, all of whom keep me sane. And for the blogging community, from whom I learn so much! And for green smoothies… I could go on and on. So I guess I’m grateful that I have so much to be grateful for :-)

  62. Laurie says:

    I’m so grateful for light and truth. I’m grateful for fun and adventure. I’m so grateful for my family and friends. I’m grateful for health and strength. Thanks for all you do, Dreena

  63. Nadine says:

    Grateful for nature, my husband, our fur family and living in a peaceful part of the world!

  64. Simona says:

    I am grateful for my parents

  65. Terri says:

    I am grateful for my health and my loving family :)

  66. Suzanne says:

    What a nice post! Love your recipes Dreena, can’t wait to try more!

  67. Joy says:

    I’m grateful for my gym and the women there we are a family

  68. Brandi says:

    I am grateful for my 2 boys, and my 4 nephews. No day with them is ever the same, and they keep me laughing. Every day with them brings joy and love into my life.

  69. jennifer says:

    I’m incredibly grateful for my boyfriend and my dogs. They’ve shown me how much joy life has to offer. They make me strive to be a better person inside and out

  70. Cathy Ponsano says:

    I am so grateful for my grandchildren. No matter how I am feeling, contact with them always gets me back in touch with what is really important, and reminds me of the basic inner goodness of people.

  71. Richie says:

    I am beyond thankful for my family. They have supported me beyond belief, even changing everyone’s diet to help me lower my cholesterol, avoid taking pills for it. They cheer me on as I run a 5K (as I did today) and have been encouraging as I’ve trained and lost nearly 30 lbs.

  72. I am thankful for my family, friends, and people who share their talents with others.

  73. Thankful for 3 hours of quiet time while one kid naps and the other is out w/ daddy :)

  74. Joy says:

    As a runner and a Bostonian I am so very grateful that my only friend who was hurt was only minorly hurt and my city has moved on and remains strong and proud

  75. kristine says:

    So thankful for my faith, my family, my friends and vegan brownies! I’m also thankful to see more and more people taking control of their health, getting off their couches and demanding good wholesome food.

  76. Marlene says:

    I am grateful for wonderful family and friends. I am also thankful for amazing websites (like yours) that make healthy, plant-based eating sooo yummy!

  77. Gill says:

    I am grateful for being in good health and for all the interesting books I am reading now, and for family, and creative experiences I have had with doing photography, and for travel destinations I have visited.

  78. Beth says:

    I am grateful for my health and the health of my family.

  79. Stephanie says:

    I am grateful that I know what happiness is, even if I don’t always have it.

  80. Courtney says:

    I am grateful for my family–their support is always there when I need it!

    Courtney

  81. babette says:

    I’m grateful for having recently learned to grow a garden and loving it.
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  82. Renee says:

    Grateful for family, health and being a Mom and also for having a wonderful Mom.

  83. Anita says:

    I am thankful for family, especially two healthy daughters.

  84. j. o. miller says:

    I am thankful for my parents’ health. They had been sick but are better now, and I’m so grateful.

  85. Renee says:

    Grateful for our family and health. Also for being a Mom and having a Mom who has the spirit and energy of a young person. She just turned 80 and you would never know that she is 80, I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with her.

  86. Yvonne says:

    I am grateful when someone is nice to me and when I can make someone happy; I’m even grateful when I like the food I prepare – I think I’m a lousy cook!

  87. Caresse says:

    I grateful for a quiet relaxing Saturday afternoon to enjoy with my husband and cat!

  88. Bethany says:

    I am grateful for my husband and son. My hubby loves and understands me like no one else in the world, and my son is a gift from God (we adopted him due to my infertility.) I truly love these 2 people and would do anything for them.

    Also…I am grateful to you, Dreena, for making me a better cook and teaching me how to make great food! :)
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  89. Stacie Gardner says:

    I am thankful for my family, friends, & people that share their talents with the rest of us.

  90. Kelly G. says:

    My eldest dog recent passed away, so today I find myself grateful for my six remaining furkids, who are helping me through this most difficult time.

  91. Ruth says:

    I am feeling especially grateful to be a mother, a journey that began 23 years ago, and has provided me such opportunities to grow and blossom into the woman I am today. Deep thanks to my husband and two wonderful sons!

  92. Amy says:

    I don’t know if my comment went through—I got some sort of error message. I had said that I’m thankful for healthy babies and salad—there is nothing worse than sick kids and constipation!
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  93. Courtney Cody says:

    I am grateful that I live in a place that is peaceful – that I don’t fear for my life, or for the lives of my loved ones.
    That’s just one. So many more.

  94. Ricki says:

    What a great giveaway, Dreena! I’m grateful for wonderful vegan chefs like YOU who keep creating such fantastic recipes for me to make and eat. :) And love the idea of entering anyway–I know lots of folks who’d love to have one of your books!

  95. I am so grateful for meeting the man of my dreams. He’s even kinder than I ever would have dreamed of :-)

  96. Linda C says:

    I am thankful for the many opportunities in my life…nursing school, one more year, new found appreciation for my health and my ability to change it…and life, family….everything, I am blessed!

  97. katie says:

    I’m grateful for my husband, my health and the health of my family and for a lazy saturday to spend breathing, regrouping, and reflecting.

  98. Jenny says:

    I am thankful for incredibly sore muscles. Not that I enjoy working out, or am in the best of shape, but because I have the physical ability (and mental determination) to get in better shape.

  99. Sferd says:

    I am grateful to have such a supportive significant other. I’ve been unemployed for quite a while, and he has been so encouraging and great.

  100. Ika says:

    I am grateful for finding this blog

  101. charc says:

    Trying to create or veganize recipes myself has not been successful. I am thankful and grateful for all the cookbook authors and bloggers that share their recipes and knowledge with the rest of us.

  102. Melissa says:

    I am feeling grateful for my Mom & Grandma this Mother’s Day weekend!They are both wonderful ladies with whom I would share these cookbooks if I win :) I am also grateful for your site, your books, & all of the wonderful recipes you share!

  103. Beth Jennings says:

    I am grateful for the companionship of my cats. They are always happy to sit on my lap or join me for breakfast! At times they want to help me cook- but my husband discourages them from assisting!

  104. Beth says:

    I’m grateful for my family, my dogs, my house and my job!

  105. TC says:

    I am thankful for the wonderful friends I have.

  106. Jody says:

    I am grateful to wake up and see hummingbirds nearly ever morning.

  107. Stacy Braxton says:

    Always grateful that I have the best daughter ever.

  108. Ellen says:

    I am very grateful to be expecting all four of my daughter’s grandparents to arrive in a few weeks to celebrate her high school graduation and my mom and my husband’s birthdays!!

  109. Victoria says:

    So many things! I am VERY grateful for individuals like you Dreena who have done all the leg work to make switching/being vegan infinitely easier than it was 10 yrs ago…so very grateful!! Also, I am so grateful for all the people who have got me to where I am today. Yes that even means the ones who “pushed those buttons”, as it is all about learning & in learning we grow.

  110. Tracy says:

    I am grateful for this reminder to be grateful! It’s hard sometimes to keep those thoughts at the forefront, what with all of the other “stuff” competing for my brain’s attention.

  111. Mina says:

    I am grateful for my family and friends and that relatively speaking we are all healthy. I’m also grateful for my legs that allow me to run (so much cheaper than therapy :-)

    Mina

  112. Ti says:

    I am grateful for slow starting Saturday mornings and fun soy yogurt and fruit parfaits with goji berry sprinkles and maple drizzles……and I’m especially grateful that my boys (6, 4, and 2 yrs.) still hug me after brekkie and say, “Thanks, Mama!”

  113. Lydia says:

    I’m grateful to start a new job on Monday after a long stretch of unemployment.

  114. Gayle says:

    Thankful for my wonderful family, my relationship with God and my life.

  115. Greg says:

    I’m grateful for my wife. We’ve been married almost 4 years now, and I’m glad for every day we have.

  116. Jess says:

    I’m very grateful right now actually for the opportunity I was given to live where I do. I live in the Arctic and just spent a week on a research boat on the North coast of Svalbard, it’s not everyday you get to see polar bears and walrus. I’m thankful for these opportunities and the memories I’ve made.

  117. Allison says:

    I’m very thankful for my husband and our daughter! And for all the info we have on being vegan, for the animals and for our health. And that my family likes eating the food I make for them!

  118. Debbie says:

    With all of the horrible news I have been reading lately, I am grateful that everyone in my immediate family is safe from harm. We really do take our freedom for granted, some times. On a lighter note, hugs and kisses from my two year old grandson are the best!

  119. Lori B says:

    I’m thankful for my kids!

  120. Debbie says:

    With all of the horrible news I’ve been reading about lately, I am grateful that everyone in my immediate family is safe from harm. We really do take our freedom for granted some times. And on a lighter note, hugs and kisses from my two year old grandson are the best!

  121. Brianna says:

    I am grateful for my family and the various therapists available to help my children with their special needs. I’m grateful I am still working on improving my health. And for the help of wonderful blogs I get ideas from.

  122. Rebecca Stucki says:

    It’s spring – what’s not to be grateful for?!? I am also grateful that every day when I wake up, it’s another chance to become the person that I want to be, and make a positive change in the world. And really grateful that veganism found me – it’s like coming home. And, of course, that’s how I found you and your recipes – the icing on the proverbial pumpkin spice cake!

  123. Anna H says:

    I am grateful for this wonderful life I have created …thank you

  124. Suzyfein says:

    I am so grateful for my husband, who is doing so much research and work to be sure we are eating the best possible plant-based diet and living a very healthy life.

  125. Nadine says:

    I am grateful for a lot of little things, like all the beauty in springtime when everything comes back to life, I basically stop at every flower and blossom to show them to my little daughter… :)

    But I am most grateful to have her, my little daughter, to be able to watch her grow and see how she discovers the world, how she stops to kneel down to look at some ants or how she will drop some food and say “birds” or so many other things I wouldn’t ever have dreamed of being able to see if she was not here.
    I am greatful for my husband and my little family, they mean the world to me!

  126. Connie says:

    I am grateful for friends that also are interested in living a healthy lifestyle it helps to have support. Today we are having one of our potlucks featuring Korean food. If we can find recipes that are naturally vegan we have a lot of fun converting them.

  127. beth c says:

    even though it is 4am and we are apparently up for the day :D , i am so grateful for my amazing family & friends, our lovely home & garden in-the-works, the fact that it is spring and i am ALIVE!! :) thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  128. Sippi says:

    I am grateful for my kind, well adjusted, happy children who make me proud to be their Mom. Although this morning I am most grateful for the cup of coffee that is helping me wake up at 4:30 AM on a Saturday so I can cheer my husband on while he runs a 50K trail race.

  129. Cyndi says:

    I am grateful for my health and the health of my family. I am also thankful to be able to be a “stay at home” mom!

  130. Mindy D says:

    I’m grateful for my health, and that I’m able to help those who are experiencing serious health challenges. I’m also grateful for discovering Dreena’s website. I asked for LTEV for Christmas and it has become my go-to cookbook. It’s awesome!

  131. Anne says:

    I’m grateful for TiVo. ;)

  132. Jennell says:

    I’m grateful for Pinterest for helping me stay on track on my vegan journey but providing a venue where I can find so many inspiring recipes.

  133. Jane says:

    Grateful that i had the time to enjoy the most glorious autumn day, with a walk along a nearly empty beach with my life-partner and 12 and a half today year old daughter. We jumped in the clear blue-green water – a little chilly but it makes you feel so alive. The global picture is scary, so i’m always so glad to have paused to reflect on how lucky we are……And by the way glad to have discovered YOU Dreena Burton……my cooking got a whole lot more adventurous since ‘meeting’ you through your recipes!!!!

  134. Britt says:

    Grateful to be getting over this yucky cold I caught! Also grateful to be going home for a visit after four long years. Great post Dreena :)
    -Britt
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  135. Roberta says:

    I am grateful for clean water.

  136. katie b says:

    I am thankful that my dad’s melanoma surgeries (all 3) this week have gone well and that they got all of it and that it hadn’t spread. It is on his ear and the concern was that if it had spread, they would have to remove some of the ear. Wear sunscreen!

  137. Teresa says:

    I am grateful for all those that Creator puts in my life.

  138. Jenny says:

    I am grateful for my health and mobility, and for the love of my friends and family.

  139. Nancy says:

    I am grateful for my two wonderful daughters and my very supportive husband!

  140. Katie says:

    I’m thankful for my roomie!

  141. Samantha says:

    How inspiring, beautifully written. I’m so happy to have stumbled onto your blog, +1 subscriber.

  142. Solene says:

    I am grateful for the amazing vegan community. I have learnt so much in the last 2.5 years since I turned vegan, I would have never done if it wasn’t for people like yourself sharing their knowledge. And I’m also grateful for all the recipes you share with us, most of them are household favourites now!

  143. Laurel R. says:

    I am thankful for my family. They provide me with constant adventure. I am also thankful I have made it through my first year of being a vegan with no major issues and I feel so good.

  144. Laura C says:

    What a great post! I should print that mantra out, it seems pretty great. I am thankful for a fiancé who is so supportive of me, does the dishes when I cook, speaks out about veganism (even though he’s not quite there yet), who doesn’t judge too harshly my cookbook addiction :), and encourages me everyday to quit my job and open a vegan bakery…someday :)

  145. Nicole says:

    What a beautiful, inspiring post, Dreena! I am grateful for a lot of things, but mostly the incredible vegan community I have come to be a part of. You’re right – things are changing for the better. I feel it too!

  146. Anne says:

    I’m grateful we live in a time when we can make such a difference in the world!

  147. Sadie P. says:

    I am truly grateful for the changes that are happening in my family this year. Some are definitely for “good” and some might be seen as “bad” but I feel that they are moving us in the direction we are meant to be going. :) Hooray for changes!

  148. Anne says:

    I’m grateful we live in a time when we can make such a difference in the world.

  149. pgyx says:

    I’m grateful my body and mind can do everything they need to do. I work in rehabilitation, which inspires my daily (at least!) conscious gratitude for the good health of myself and my family.

  150. Josiane says:

    Right now, I am grateful for all the help I’ve received from my love while I have been feeling not so well this past week. I’m also thankful that I’m now feeling substantially better.

  151. Becky Cancilla says:

    I’m thankful for finding the answer to my health problems in plant-based eating.

  152. Dan says:

    *fingers crossed* ^_^

  153. Tania says:

    I am grateful for my 1st (and god willing, my last!) gallbladder attacks 3 years ago. Had it not been for them, I honestly don’t think I would have changed my eating habits and learned so much about nutrition. And I have so much yet to learn…

  154. Sasha says:

    I am incredibly grateful for all the wonderful family I have around me, and for all the memories I have of those I’ve lost.

  155. Christal Macdonald says:

    I am thankful to have the time and opportunity to focus on the things that I feel are the most important in my life – my health and loved ones. :)

  156. Lakshmi says:

    I am so grateful to have full custody of my wonderful little who will be turning 4 on the 21st.

  157. Kinneret C says:

    Today I am grateful to be out of a bad living situation, and on the way to graduation

  158. Annie says:

    I am grateful for health and family love not to mention the wonderful recipes you provide.

  159. Today I was thankful for the instant coffee packets hiding in the back of my pantry when I ran out of the regular fancy stuff for my French press, because I really needed a cup! And the instant wasn’t half bad with some soymilk!

  160. Jennie S says:

    It’s my daughter’s 10th birthday this year on Mother’s Day and I’m so grateful for having her here with us. She provides us with so much joy and its scary to think that she could may not have been here. She was given 3 blood transfusions in utero and had severe anemia soon after birth. It’s amazing how medical technology has come so far as to save a baby’s life even before she’s born.

  161. Erica C says:

    I am thankful for my hubby who is such a hard worker. I’m thankful for my auntie who is always there for me. I’m thankful for my health and the health of my family.

  162. Emily says:

    I’m thankful that I have a job to come back to when I get home from college!

  163. Lakshmi says:

    I am so grateful to have full custody of my little boy and to have come out of a nasty divorce stronger, more self confident and centered.

  164. arielle says:

    I am grateful for a supportive and intelligent vegan community.

  165. Joan says:

    I am grateful that two of my children are on their way home to spend Mother’s day weekend with ME!

  166. Carrie C. in VA says:

    Grateful I can slow down and watch my kids grown up right before my eyes.

  167. Dalores Lounds says:

    I’m grateful that I had my mom for 43 years. She will always be missed when Mother’s day is here. I’m grateful that I have 3 wonderful kids and that my 2 that are in college are visiting for 3 weeks. I’m also grateful to have been married to their father for almost 24 years.

  168. Tiffany says:

    I am so, so thankful for my amazing husband who loves me through thick and thin! I am so blessed to have him!

  169. Sharon says:

    What a beautiful post! Right now I’m feeling truly grateful to all the enlightened beings that are leading by example & showing us how to live a wise & compassionate life (that includes you Dreena!)

  170. martha says:

    cats! :) Sometimes they’re just the best.

  171. Heather says:

    I am grateful for everything in my life, good or bad, as the good brings me love and joy and the bad makes me grow; but most of all, it makes me appreciate the good even more! (so cheesy, I know, but true!) :)

  172. Hi Dreena, with Mothers Day here tomorrow I am grateful for all the help my mum has given me. So many of my dear friends have lost their mothers and I see how desperately they miss then and would love their help and support.

  173. Angi says:

    I am so grateful for the ability to move; I am not the fastest or the strongest, but I get there.

  174. Angi says:

    I am thankful for the ability to move. I may not be the fastest or strongest but I can go on my own steam.

  175. I am thankful for my health and ability to race (run, triathlons, etc.). I am grateful for my kids’ and family’s health as well.

  176. Janet says:

    I am thankful for my health, for my husband of 27 years, for three wonderful children, for family/friends and for a job where I feel I am truly making a difference. I am thankful for food on the table, a roof over my head, clothes on my body and all the countless small things that we tend to take for granted in our country (i.e. running water, electricity, paved roads, etc).

  177. I’m grateful for my supportive husband. For the last few several years he is going through difficult time with and my illness. Thankful for my parents too.

    Thankful for you Dreena and this wonderful giveaway :)
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  178. Michaela says:

    First off, I’m grateful for you! It’s been so great getting to know you via Twitter :)

    I am also incredibly grateful for my incredible husband of (almost) 2 years. He brings me joy, support, and love every day.
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  179. Beth says:

    I am thankful for my health.

  180. Krista says:

    I have a lot of gratitude lately, for various people and circumstances and opportunities, but today? Today I am most thankful for chocolate.

  181. Terri Cole says:

    I am grateful for my beautiful daughter! She is, at 22 years of age, so much more mature and together than I was at her age. She makes proud, every day and in every way.

  182. Mary P says:

    Beautiful spring days!

  183. Avery says:

    I’m so thankful for waking up to my husband and daughter each day- they are my heart!

  184. Diana Petrilli says:

    I recently went through a personal experience that has left me feeling sad and depressed. I am so very grateful for my wonderful friends who have been so supportive of me and who have tried to help me by being upbeat and just being there. I do have terrific friends!

  185. Susan H says:

    I am grateful for the opportunity to go to the park with my family tomorrow!

  186. Sharrie says:

    I’m always and forever grateful for my two healthy, beautiful kids and more recently grateful for finding my way to a plant based way of life!

  187. Karen says:

    I’m thankful for my husband and two teenage boys who are all 100% on-board with our vegan lifestyle. They are willing and eager to try all of my kitchen experiments.

  188. Deb says:

    I am thankful for family and friends.

  189. Kristina Dominy says:

    I am grateful for the saving grace of Jesus, and my wonderful husband and daughter :)

  190. Tara says:

    I am grateful for love, in all of its many forms…including the expression of love through food!

  191. Sheree says:

    I love the gratitude mantra. I am very thankful today as we all made it through the storm and tornado warning. We only lost one tree. I am grateful that my daughter Brandie and grandson Junior are safe.

  192. Wendy says:

    I am grateful for my five amazing children.

  193. kate s. says:

    I am so grateful that my husband and my two boys and I have so much fun together every single day.

  194. Dreena – I feel the same way about my family’s health! I do everything I can, but never take it for granted.

    Thanks for this offering. I’d love to give your book to a friend and see what’s in your new ebook!

    I’m thankful for my family and to have what I need (skills and resources) to feed them and teach them how to cook for themselves. :)
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  195. raquel parker says:

    I am thankful for my supportive husband. He allows me to live my passions and do the things that are important to me. He is a wonderful provider for our family and a helluva man :-)He is my vegan partner in crime and best friend

  196. Cathy says:

    I’m grateful for a surprise day off today with gorgeous weather to enjoy! I’m also grateful for my supportive family and friends.

  197. Stephanie says:

    With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I am feeling extra thankful for my wonderful mother, who is always there to support my family through anything and everything!

  198. Hannah says:

    Friendship and pistachios

  199. dee plair says:

    I’m grateful for the rain today. It’s pouring buckets, and I love it!!

  200. Breanna says:

    I’m so grateful for people like who you inspire me to be in the kitchen cooking wholesome, kind food for my family :)

  201. Faith says:

    I am thankful for the beautiful Spring weather!!!

  202. Sue Solin says:

    I’m grateful that I’m grateful…when I was young my mother always told me I was a pessimist. I would always respond with “I’m not a pessimist, I’m a realist”. But as I’ve aged I’ve come to realize there is so much to be grateful for. My heart is full.

  203. Shannon Bradley says:

    I am so grateful to be living near all of the people that I love!

  204. Isabelle says:

    I am grateful for my three healthy running around kids!

  205. Stephen T. says:

    I am thankful for having that “ah-ha moment”, which allowed me to turn my destructive eating habits around and see an amazing turnabout in my health and physical activity.

  206. Emma says:

    I love this post Dreena and thank you for sharing those gratitude mantras. I’ve really noticed a huge difference in how I feel when I take a moment to step back and acknowledge how grateful I am for so many things.
    Here are a couple of picks from today:
    - laughter with friends
    - delicious fresh carrot and orange juice
    - Nature! So many flowers springing right now. Really lifting my spirits.

    P.S I can totally feel the shift taking place Dreena. It’s an exciting thing to see.

  207. Ben says:

    I’m thankful that it’s Friday :)

  208. I am thankful for the packets of instant coffee hiding in the back of my pantry because I just ran out of grounds for my French press and really needed a cup. The instant isn’t half bad either, with a little soymilk!

  209. April says:

    Today I am grateful for my family, my health and my friends! I’m also thankful for your Kale Slaw with Curried Almond Dressing, it’s the best!!! Thanks for all that you do!
    April

  210. Marissa says:

    Today I’m grateful for the abundance of lilac bushes perfuming the air in my neighborhood, my beautiful family (the pup and the partner), having a grass backyard in the middle of the city, and having access to a fantastic library system (so much knowledge at my fingertips!).
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  211. Gena says:

    I am thankful for three energetic boys and a girl on the way!

  212. Danielle says:

    I am thankful for learning to cope and help my son with his sensory issues. Every baby step is something to rejoice!

  213. Jenn says:

    I am grateful for the opportunities that lie before me, in part due to people before me who blazed the trails- and I try not to take these for granted.

  214. Manasa says:

    I am thankful for my family!!

  215. Dave says:

    I am so grateful for my wonderful wife and for her healthy-food pregnancy that nears ‘fruition’.

  216. Mairead says:

    I am grateful for my fur babies that love their belly rubs! I love it as much as they do! ❤

  217. Becky says:

    I am grateful for my boyfriend who is supportive of my vegan lifestyle!

  218. Not to be cheezy, but honestly, Dreena, I am thankful for people like you who create such delicious recipes and share them so we can all benefit by tasty, healthy eating. :)

  219. Lynn says:

    I’m grateful for a strong, healthy body. I used to take it for granted, abuse it with junk food and then get upset when it didn’t look the way I wanted it to. Since I’ve changed my diet for the better, I have a new respect for how amazingly resilient our bodies really are. I try to express my gratitude by nourishing myself with health-promoting foods and surrounding myself (if only digitally) with positive people like you. :)

  220. Mary L. says:

    I’m grateful for all the people in the world doing their part to make life better for animals and the planet. No act is too small. Thank you.

  221. I am so grateful for an amazing husband and a wonderfully precocious four-year-old daughter! I am also grateful for the mainstreaming of veganism – making food choices, grocery store visits, restaurant visits, and more so easy! It’s a great time to be vegan.

  222. Amanda Hunter says:

    I am thankful for so many things! Today I am thankful I was able to go outside and play catch with my girls. I am thankful everyday that I am able to stay home with them! And I am thankful for my husband who is a great husband, daddy, and works super hard to provide for our family.

  223. Teresa says:

    I’m grateful to be married to my best friend, to have two daughters who are beautiful inside and out, and to have a wonderful network of supportive family and friends.

  224. Dave Way says:

    I am grateful for a wonderful wife and her healthy-food pregnancy that is near ‘fruition’.

  225. Megen says:

    I am grateful for the health of my family and also for Dreena’s great recipes that have made the transition to veganism easier for my clan!

  226. christine says:

    I am thankful to be married to my best friend!

  227. Miet says:

    I am so grateful for my two awesome children – they make my day, every day!

    Also very grateful for our upcoming trip to Belgium to visit my family. It will be the first time my parents get to meet their now 6 month old grandson!

  228. Caroline says:

    I am grateful for the health of my own family, especially since I found out that several of my co-workers are gravely ill.

  229. Miet says:

    I am so grateful for my two awesome children – they make my day, every day!

    Also feeling very grateful for my upcoming trip to Belgium to visit my family. That will be the first time my parents get to meet their now 6 month old grandson!

  230. Laurie Bare says:

    I am thankful for the wonderful run that a I had this morning with a great friend. Two friends running free in the forest :)

  231. Suzanne says:

    I am grateful for my husband and children! They are my everything!

  232. Sharon says:

    I am thankful I have so many things I am thankful for that I am struggling to pick just one… so I guess I will just say right now I am thankful for the opportunity to win one of Dreena’s cookbooks.

  233. Amanda says:

    I’m grateful to have a job that I love – those are hard to come by!

  234. Cadry says:

    I am grateful for so much, but since my cat is cuddling right now, I have to say I’m grateful for both of my cats! They remind me of the important things in life – showing affection to the ones you love, spending time in the sun, appreciating a good treat, and taking time for a nap every now and again.

  235. Joyce Davis says:

    I am thankful for a stable job with a wonderful work environment.

  236. Isabelle Laplante says:

    Even though I am not vegan, I am trying to cut out meat from my food as much as I can (and as much as can tolerate my husband!) and your e-book really helped me finding interesting and delicious recipes. So I am hoping to get some more ideas!

  237. Ilse Berg says:

    I am grateful for so many things: this beautiful day; a house full of love; my family’s health; the friends and family with whom I connect daily who make life so interesting and fun.

  238. Jessica says:

    So grateful for my family and wonderful boyfriend

    • Kelly L. says:

      I am grateful for my family’s health (even though my husband is home sick today, it could be much worse), having the means to buy whatever food we want, and for snuggle time with my 2 little boys. I know someday too soon they won’t want to do that anymore.

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