Tracye McQuirter, a nutritionist, founder of the Black Vegetarian Society of New York, and author of Ageless Vegan says she has more energy now than she did back in college after going vegan in a new interview with Women’s Health Magazine.

Growing up, Tracye lived under a roof that adhered to a very health-conscious dietary regime. This meant no soda, chips, or sugary cereals, so when she went off to college, she binged on a bunch of junk food. Instead of veggies, Tracye munched on pizza, French fries, hamburgers, and dessert foods. By the end of her freshman year, she felt mentally foggy and had put on a couple extra pounds.


The following year, Tracye had an “aha” moment after attending a lecture her sophomore semester. Dick Gregory, a comedian and civil rights activist, spoke at this lecture and discussed becoming a vegetarian, politics regarding food, and why low-income families often lack healthy options and are targeted for junky foods.

When Gregory began to trace the steps that it takes a hamburger to find its way on your plate, from a factory farmed cow, to the slaughterhouse, to the restaurant, to your mouth, to clogged arteries and heart disease, Tracye was shocked.

After a semester studying abroad in Kenya, Tracye took the vegetarian plunge after hearing both Gregory’s talk and watching a gazelle-like animal’s slaughter during her stay.

A few months later, despite her love for cheese, Tracye went vegan. She explains that within a few months she lost all the weight she had gained in college, she had a newfound sense of mental clarity, her energy levels skyrocketed, and her skin cleared up.


She says that going vegan is not difficult at all and that it’s just like learning to ride a bike. It takes time to get comfortable with the change, but eventually, it is effortless. Not only has veganism opened Tracye up to healthier dietary choices, but to yoga and meditation as well.

Tracye McQuirter feels stronger and healthier at the age of 51 than she ever did in her early twenties while she was a college student.

Want to eat like Tracye does on a typical day?

Tracye always starts her mornings with a tall glass of lemon water followed by a green smoothie. If you are inspired by her story, why not try out some of these recipes from our Food Monster App influenced by the dietary choices she makes on a daily basis.

Dandelion Green Smoothie 

Start your day off the Tracye way with this Dandelion Green Smoothie. It is chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals and is refreshing at the same time.


Avocado and Chickpea Spinach Wrap

Tracye explains that she usually makes herself a veggie-filled wrap (always with avocado) and usually pairs it with a hearty kale salad. This Avocado and Chickpea Spinach Wrap is fresh, a bit spicy, and the perfect lunchtime wrap.

Indian Quinoa and Chickpea Stir-Fry

For dinner, Tracye usually opts for a stir-fry. This Indian Quinoa and Chickpea Stir-Fry is a unique alternative to a traditional stir-fry and can be adjusted to your liking.


We also recommend downloading our Food Monster App, for quick, convenient recipes which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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