Exploring The Vegan Way of Life in Chattanooga


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We believe vegan (plant-based, no meat, no dairy) is more than just a diet or a fad, it is a way of life. We also believe choosing the vegan way of life is a vital part of our commitment to nonviolent living as we share in our Gandhi’s Be Magazine NonviolentU courses.

If more people chose the vegan way of life, even if just taking small steps by adopting Meatless Mondays, we would collectively be addressing some of the most crucial social and environmental issues of our time: 1) Climate Change, 2) Diminishing Water Resources, 3) Global Hunger, 4) Animal Cruelty, and 5) Public Health Crisis: obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and other lifestyle-related illnesses. Learn more in our Vegan & Vegetarian 101.

Recently we were invited by our Conscious Chattanooga partners Nutrition World to attend a Plant-Based Nutrition seminar and dinner event they were co-sponsoring with Erlanger Health System. In talking with the event organizers, they told us they had originally planned on considering the event a success if they had 50 attendees. To their surprise, they had 200 attendees come out that night to learn from leading local cardiologists, dietitians, and health practitioners who are committed to the vegan (plant-based, no meat, no dairy) way of life. Wow, what a response!

The vegan way of life is here to stay and grow. With vegan restaurants popping up in cities across the United States and a wide array of new meat & dairy alternatives sweeping grocery store shelves and freezer sections, global market watchers predict vegan food will be a multi-billion dollar industry in the coming five years.

So exploring the vegan way of life on a local level and taking it offline…

Where We Find The Vegan Way of Life Thriving in Chattanooga

Vegan Resturants

Cashew Plant Based Vegan Cafe

(located on River Street near Coolidge Park)

Open for lunch on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and available for catering, Cashew’s menu includes loaded sweet potatoes, a couple different versions of their own spin on the popular “Buddha Bowl,” and jackfruit sandwiches, just to name a few favorites. Cashew also offers a full line of bakery items for those who have a sweet tooth for vegan and gluten-free cupcakes, cakes, pies, and, yes, even vegan donuts!

Learn more at: www.cashewchattanooga.com

Plant Power Cafe and Juice Bar

(located on Lee Highway, just up the street from Nutrition World, same side of the street)

Opened last fall by brother and sister duo, Rony and Aurellia Lagramada, Plant Power Cafe and Juice Bar offers a diverse menu with daily soup specials, salads, nachos, veggie burgers, wraps and popular sandwich plates include the vegan patty melt and jackfruit BBQ. For dessert, they offer fresh made vegan brownies and cookies as well as a favorite called “Nice” cream made in chocolate, blueberry, strawberry, mango, or pineapple flavors. Plant Power also offers a full menu of fresh, made-to-order juices and smoothies that boost immunity, refresh, and energize.

Learn more at www.facebook.com/PlantPowerCafe


(located on Cherokee Blvd. in North Chattanooga)

Chattanooga’s original vegan restaurant and bohemian hang-out, Sluggo’s offers a full array of vegan favorites including the Popeye Bowl and Sweet Thai Chili Bowl, curry lentil soup, spicy “cheeky” wings, and a favorite vegan version of the reuben sandwich called “The Berliner.” Sluggo’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers brunch on the weekends and is also known for hosting indie music events late nights.

Learn more at www.facebook.com/pg/sluggos-north-vegetarian-cafe-201791988139

Grocery and Health Food Stores with Vegan Products

Nutrition World

(located on Lee Highway, near the Vance Road intersection)

Started by Ed Jones in 1979, Nutrition World is Chattanooga’s premier health store and wellness center. They offer top quality nutritional supplements and natural products, including vegan food products and dietary supplements. One of our favorite things to get from Nutrition World is the vegan Coconut Kefir they supply from Ancient Awakenings out of Woodstock, Georgia.

Learn more at: www.nutritionw.com

Village Market Collegedale

(located in Collegedale, Tennessee, 30 minutes north of Chattanooga)

The Village Market Collegedale has been a staple in the local health food and grocery store business for over 50 years. Located on the campus of Southern Adventist University, the Village market carries Chattanooga’s largest supply of vegan and vegetarian products, bulk supplies, and nutritional supplements.

Learn more at: www.villagemarketcollegedale.com