You’re Cool, Laura Miller! We Love Your “Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.” Message.

In this week’s installment of “You’re Cool,” our ongoing love-spreading, kudos-giving feature, we’re going to highlight an amazingly vibrant vegan chef. If you read BYOM with any regularity, you’ll know that we really love burritos (and pizza, and wine and all the rest of it). But that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate and strive to make healthier choices more often than we make unhealthy ones. It’s all about finding the balance that makes you (and your body) feel good. 

laura-miller-vegan-chefEnter vegan chef Laura Miller, who makes it easier to make those healthier choices.

She’s the brains, beauty and brawn behind “Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.”, a popular online cooking series hosted by Tastemade and also available on YouTube. (We could rhapsodize more about Tastemade, and one day we probably will, but you should just check it out yourself. Imagine an online Food Network for millennials.)

Miller creates gorgeous, healthful food that is basically guaranteed to make you feel better. While I’m not raw or vegan (or even vegetarian anymore), I do so appreciate her approach and her enthusiasm.

She’s also super resilient. After her vegan bakery, Sidesaddle Kitchen, closed, she made lemonade out of lemons and got started with the Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. cooking show.

Plus, she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She makes eating raw and vegan seem possible, and even fun. She has such a good time playing with and eating fruits and veg that it seems like maybe we should be having more fun with them, too.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

She’s also started doing this incredible thing on Instagram where she takes pictures of herself holding fruit in place of her boobs. Called #froobs, it’s totally irreverent and wonderful. Also: that jumpsuit! Also: California! Do we have it all wrong on the East Coast?

pomegranate #froobs #allfroobsarebeautiful

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Another great thing about Miller is that she’s incredibly open, honest and genuine. In her show, you get a real sense for who she is, her sense of humor, the way she exists in the world. And Laura, you’re really cool! You seem like the kind of honest, earnest, self-loving friend we would all aspire to be and want to have.

She’s also very open about her ongoing struggle (if struggle is the right word) with depression. We have more than respect, we have love for the brave ones among us who are willing to open their hearts and share that they are dealing with health issues. Although there is still such a stigma, people like Laura make it possible for us to have open and genuine conversations. (Okay, getting off the soapbox!)

laura-miller-vegan-sidesaddle-kitchen

This incredible young woman will also be releasing a cookbook in 2016, so keep your eyes peeled for that. In the meantime, tune into her cooking shows and take a dip in the raw, vegan, and decidedly not gross end of the pool. The water’s fine!

P.S. Laura, we would still love for you to be our Muse! So give us a holler if you’re interested. 🙂

+ Connect with Laura on her website, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube channel. And of course, let us know if you’d like to see more health- and sustainability-focused pieces.
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