Happy Elephant Vegan Restaurant!

Today I wanted to share with you guys my new favorite restaurant…and its 100% vegan! Its called Happy Elephant Vegan : 1532 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

Its on the side of the street and is only a couple minutes from the beach! When I walked in I was surprised that I was the only one there. I came in around noon for lunch and was greeted by two friendly thai ladies. Unfortunately the sushi chef called in sick so I couldn’t order any sushi which is vegan too. So I got the gyoza dumplings and curry. 

Honestly, the best part about this restaurant is the complimentary buffet they offered while I was waiting for my food to arrive. They had a salad bar, soups, sushi rolls, and thai dessert! I was almost full even before my food came out. I like how they do this so I can try a variety of foods and I am not grumpy while waiting for food. 

As for my actual order, the gyoza were steamed dumplings filled with veggies and maybe tofu? The curry was good too, but a little too oily for my taste. The only thing that I did not like was they forgot my order of brown rice! And i paid and extra three bucks for it! 

Other than that the restaurant was amazing! I also like their decor which is a very cute and inspiring haha. I had a fun time ordering the food and eating it at the beach! Love the food, location, decor, customer service, and buffet! Definitely going again!


My Favorite Vegan Breakfast!

Drumroll please…are you guys ready for my first official vegan recipe?!? It’s my favorite breakie ever! It’s super quick, easy, and delicous! So to start out you’ll need:



-banana and berries

-almond milk

– dates 

-cinnamon/powdered peanut butter

And thats it! I mean it’s pretty self explanatory. I just dump some oats in a bowl (no need to cook it) then add your fruit and other toppings. I like adding blueberries and dried date pieces! Dates are LIFE!!!! Anyway, After you have assembled everything in a bowl, add some almond milk and enjoy! 

Its quick, easy peasy, simple delicousness. It’s perfect to just quickly put together and eat on the way to school. Plus it’ll leave you with lots of energy and keep you full till lunch! 



Life Update + GOING VEGAN?!?!

Hey guys sooo long time no see!! Sorry for my lack of posts but I’ve just been so busy lately especially with school and college apps and typical teenager stuff. Also, for the past few months I was just feeling sad, lonely, insecure and just not myself. I was so afraid and not confident especially because my acne was acting up and I just was so lost. I was trying to figure out who I am, what to do with my life, my goals/passions, ya know just the typical existential crisis. But anyways I’m a lot better now and I’m comfortable with who I am even though I still don’t have perfect skin or an even close to perfect life. 

One thing that helped me on this self discovery journey I guess you can call it? was my diet. I decided to go vegan. And I know you might be thinking WHAT?! ARE YOU CRAZY? How does restricting what you can eat help you?? And honestly, this is so cliche, but veganism is not just a diet, its a lifestyle. It has totally changed my mindset and even my energy levels and health/ fitness of course!! And I do not feel restricted in any way!! If anything I eat even more. I can have (banana) ice cream for breakfast, (baked) fries for lunch, a cookie for dessert and it all comes with ZERO GUILT. I noticed that I have more energy because I’m eating more carbs, which contrary to populat belief, are good for you!! Healthy starches give you energy, they don’t make you fat!!!!! Also, I learned about the reality of where my food comes from and the amount of cruelty, wasted resources, and money that come with producing animal products. The meat and dairy industry are so corrupt and have brainwashed our society into believing that meat is good for you and milk will help you grow and thats complete bullshit. Literally. You might as well just eat some bullshit because meat and animal products have so many harmful effeccts in the body. No wonder America is becoming sick, fat, and miserable. Diet plays such an important role in everyones life, yet most people dont even realize it. And thats sad. 

Which is why I encourage you guys to research where your food is coming from and the amount of water, land, animals, and other items are needed to get that piece of beef in your burger or that milk in your mouth. To start, I recommend watching Cowspiracy, which is a documentary now on Netflix! And appaently its directed by the very handsome, Leonardo Di Caprio! Anyways I’m sorry my thoughts are so jumbled and unorganized and my punctuation and grammar sucks but i’m pretty much just writing about whats going on in my mind. 

Deciding to go vegan was dare I say it? One of the best decisions of my life. It helped me discover my passion for nutrition and helping others. I want to help others, whether it be trying to maintain/lose weight, reducing their risk for a disease, or just being a happy, positive person in general. I hope to become involved in the, plant based medical field because its what our society needs. America has the most obese, unhealthy population even though we spend the most money on healthcare. Does that make sense to you?? Obviously were doing something wrong! We live in a society where the doctors giving their patients advice on diet and nutrition are fat and unhealthy themselves!! This needs to change. 

So thats pretty much all my thoughts in a nutshell. Well I mean not all my thoughts…of course theres the other stuff like wondering if this guys likes me, what college i’ll get into, the normal teenage girl problems…And congrats if you got this far into reading! If you leave with one thing, I urge you to just try going plant based for a week. I gurantee you will see result in a week. Whether its lowering cholesterol, losing weight, or just being the best, happy you you can be, a plant based diet can aid you in accomplishing your goals.   Ill be posting more recipes, advice, and info to help you get started on a vegan diet if youre interested, so stay tuned! 

Love you guys!


Check out my INSTAGRAM!!

Hey guys!!
So sorry I haven’t posted in AGES. I’ve just been so busy and stressed with school and life in general…buttt I just wanted to tell you I made an Instagram for this blog! Just search thehealthyyhippo (that’s with 2 y’s) I post a lot of pics about food and fitness etc… And I’m kinda obsessed with it right now. So go there (@thehealthyyhippo) if you want fitspo and food porn!! Haha here’s some of the pictures I took 😄 thehealthyhippo.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/img_2579.jpg” alt=”IMG_2579″ class=”alignnone size-full” />




Hope Nguyen

FYI this is reblogged from my good friend TImothy who has an awesome blog! Check his out at http://trungtinhoang.wordpress.com/

Music and Life: The Remix

Disclaimer! This is not a goodbye because I’m terrible with goodbye’s. So think of these blog posts as a “thank-you-for-everything-that-you’ve-done-for-me-and-I’ll-never-forget-you” kind of thing. I will definitely see you again in the future so don’t you dare think that I’m just going to disappear from the surface of the Earth. If you want to read all the blog posts I’ve made about my “departure,” then please scroll down to “Categories” and pick “Timothy’s Letter to the Church.” This series of blog posts will be personal and only a select few will understand what I’m saying, so, sorry to those who have no clue of what I’m talking about!

Um…I’m not sure if you’ll be O.K. with me putting you on my blog and the internet in general, but what ever! 😀 Since I have a lot of people to talk about, I need to place a limit on how many words…

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