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Wow. I could never do that.

on Friday, 17 January 2014. Posted in Inspiration

Wow. I could never do that.

Disbelief is the most common response that I get when I say that I’m vegan. This disbelief becomes even more magnified when I say that I am a dancer and that I do intense physical activity at least six times a week. It gets even worse when I say that I’m a full-time college student and aspiring journalist. And when I say that I’m involved in the Miss America Organization and that I am Miss New York City 2013 – forget it.

That said, is being vegan difficult? At times, yes. Have I ever fallen off the vegan wagon? More than once. Do I think being vegan is worth it? Absolutely.

Each contestant in the Miss America Organization has a personal platform issue that she promotes, and mine encompasses the Meatout Mondays Campaign. Often, the idea of giving up meat, even just one day a week, is scary. I always say that, with this platform, I don’t want to guilt, I don’t want to force, and I don’t want to preach. What I want to do is to educate. I believe that something simple like Meatout Mondays can be the catalyst to a different kind of lifestyle. It can be looked at as a pledge to live a healthy, compassionate life, rather than one of deprivation.

Being vegan is frequently met with the initial reaction of, “Wow. I could never do that,” highlighting the popular belief that it is too difficult to live a vegan lifestyle, and that it requires too much sacrifice and too great a change. I think that this is a myth. What it does require is proper planning, and knowledge of substitutes and alternatives. But believe me, they’re out there. I could sit for hours salivating over vegan recipes on Pinterest.

With each of my blog posts I want to focus on a different myth surrounding being vegan. Each time I’ve spoken to kids as Miss New York City, I’ve told them that it is your voice, your actions, your choices that make all the difference. Being vegan is an ongoing journey, and I invite you all to take it with me.

Even if you are the only one speaking up, you are still one more voice that is louder than before.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Acacia Courtney is a junior at Fordham University, majoring in Communications and Media Studies, with a concentration in Journalism and plans to pursue sports broadcast, particularly within the scope of horse racing.  She is currently Miss New York City 2013, an official preliminary of the Miss America Organization, and in that position has spoken to students throughout the community about the importance of Move It Monday and Meatless Monday. Embracing these movements is beneficial for the animals, the environment, and our own health. A vegan and a dancer, "pageant girl," and college student, Acacia is determined to work on addressing the disconnect between the farm and the plate, and create a more compassionate world. 
 
A huge animal lover, in 2011 Acacia founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization "Racing for Home, Inc.", which is dedicated to rescuing and retraining Thoroughbred ex-racehorses after they are finished racing. She has been privileged to speak and represent the New York Racing Association, the Humane Society of the United States, and Farm Sanctuary as an animal advocate. She grew up in Connecticut, and her family currently has three horses, four cats, and a dog.

My Dog is on a Vegan Diet

on Thursday, 16 January 2014. Posted in Tips & Ideas

My Dog is on a Vegan Diet

My dog is on a vegan diet. This is a surprisingly controversial statement. Most people are accepting of my veganism. However, now that my cairn terrier, Teddy, has gone cruelty-free, some people think I have gone too far. And to be honest, I originally shared their concerns. Once I adopted a vegan lifestyle, there was still one item in my grocery cart that just was not sitting well with me: Teddy’s salmon and sweet potato kibble.

Teddy’s health and well-being was my primary concern. I thought animal products might be a necessity for a species descended from carnivorous wolves. I want to do right by all animals, but surely there is a special place in my heart for the dog who has been my companion for six years. I headed to DogFoodAdvisor.com, a self-proclaimed database of “unbiased dog food reviews and dog food ratings.” Methodically, I searched through every vegetarian dog food option and was very disheartened to find that not a single one rated more than two stars out of five. Two stars is not good enough for Teddy, so he remained a pescatarian.

The debate was settled in my mind until I met some fellow vegans who had dogs that were thriving on a diet of an entirely vegan dog food called V-dog. As it turns out, there are some major differences between dogs and their wolf ancestors. A recent study found that “dogs can easily digest starch.” As a result of their co-evolution with humans, dogs can digest plant foods that wolves cannot. Dogs are able to digest plant proteins and absorb plant nutrients.

Despite the evidence of a dog’s ability to live happily and healthily on a vegan diet, there are always detractors. I finally noticed the fine print on DogFoodAdvisor.com that states, “We shamelessly favor dog foods rich in meat.” By default, no vegetarian dog food is awarded more than two stars. But it turns out that I favor a dog food rich in compassion for all, and V-Dog is nutritionally complete. Teddy has been vegan for about one month now and so far so good. He still cleans his bowl with the same enthusiasm as always and continues to drive me nuts with his high-level terrier energy. The days of placing unkind animal products in my grocery cart are officially gone. Teddy and I will continue eating a cruelty-free diet, and my conscience is completely clear.


Paula Ashlee Berg is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles and the founder of From Veg to Vegan, a blog about transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. She has a degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern California and currently works in television production as an Assistant Location Manager. Outside of writing and vegan activism, you can find Paula traveling, reading, watching Doctor Who, and spoiling her cairn terrier, Teddy. Follow her on Twitter @FromVegtoVegan.

Hail Merry Macaroons

on Wednesday, 15 January 2014. Posted in Products

Hail Merry Macaroons

Perfect for healthy snacking in the new year, these temptuous tasty macaroon bites from Hail Merry are gluten-free, dairy-free, completely raw and totally delicious.

Select from vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and caramel sea salt.

But wait! There's more!

Hail Merry also makes Miracle Tarts (which are basically giant, deliciously raw vegan peanut butter-like cups), various granola mixes, and seasoned nuts and seeds. 

Have 'em handy for a light post-dinner treat, for an after workout snack, or for guilt-free movie time bites!

Photo from Spencer's Market.

For more on the nutritional facts and where to buy visit HailMerry.com.

How Veganism Reshaped This Designer's Creative Process

on Tuesday, 14 January 2014.

How Veganism Reshaped This Designer's Creative Process

For me the creative process has always been like air. I know it exists but I cannot touch it or see it. Author Susan Cain talks about the creative process in her book Quiet. She says “Our lives are so full of activity and “chatter” it’s difficult to find quiet time… those are the moments that are the most creative for me. The location is less important than the choice to turn other things off. Because I find that the quietest times of my life speak the loudest.”

So how do we make that choice to turn things off and make space for quiet listening? I have found the answer in spirituality and food.

I know that spirituality and quieting the mind are directly related but I think food is a big part of it too. Food influences our mind and body greatly. It is like fuel in the car, connection in a phone, creativity in advertising. Just like the quality of one, greatly influences the performance of the other, the quality of food greatly influences the performance of our mind and body. I don’t know a lot of people who are inflamed and in pain and are successful meditators. On the other hand, I do know some successful creative people who believe that being nurtured from inside out is more inspirational for a creative professional’s life.

Of course everyone is different and have varied definitions of nourishment for the body, but when I was looking into enhancing my creativity and efficiency, I started thinking about the anxiety I went through while creating a design. Being anxious, stressed and worried about not finding design inspiration is a part of any creative’s life. Like many stressed out people when I got anxious, I would look for good-tasting comfort food. Often times this comfort food came in the form of chicken nuggets, pizza or meat sandwiches. Meat sandwiches made with croissants as a base were my favorite! Even though, growing up I had never been a big meat eater, I was hooked. Coming from a primarily vegetarian Indian family, I was only introduced to meat while growing up as a dietary option. My mother never cooked meat in the house and so I never ate it. But after moving to New York City for studies, I found many delicious meat choices at every nook and corner of NYC. Design school was very stressful and so the anxious, insecure artist inside me needed to find comfort food. What could be better than a cheap pizza slice laden with meat and cheese? My diet patterns changed from a vegetarian lifestyle to that of a meat eater.

The problem was that I found myself struggling even more with clarity of thought, emotions, efficiency and also weight management. After having meals composed of primarily processed ingredients with dairy and meat, I would feel lethargic and would just want to sleep for the day. My cycle looked something like this: Start a design > feel anxious, crappy and worried > eat comfort food > feel better but feel sleepy and tired > try to fight sleep > still not find inspiration for design > still feel crappy > eat some more.

I was medicating my anxiety with a lot of food and so I was having problems with weight management. I had put on 15 lbs. extra since I started school. I thought I was just eating too much and if I controlled portions I will be good. Right? Wrong. I tried controlling the portion size, but this food was so addictive that I would end up dreaming about the remaining half of my sandwich/pizza/whatever and finish it within the next hour! Not eating these foods only made my brain think that I was depriving myself while being under so much stress and pressure of thesis and 5 other classes I was taking at school. It was a vicious cycle. I was looking for answers and then I watched the movies Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, and Forks over Knives. I decided to do a juice fast for weight loss. All this while, still wondering about dealing with my anxiety issues with the creative process. I think the biggest and the most important part of the creative process is to be able to tune your mind like a radio to a certain frequency for hearing and receiving inspiration. The quiet frequency that Susan Cain talks about. Specifically in my case of graphic design for advertising, it is to understand the facts you have, and culminate them into a “in-brand” vision that looks unique but is also relatable for the audience. I had all these questions, like how can I train my brain to dial into the correct frequency, avoid anxiety and be wired for receiving inspiration? I somewhat had a meditation practice in place so I thought I just needed to meditate more. Still not making the connection between food and spirit. But while doing the juice fast I started noticing that my mind was clearer. I was more attentive and a better listener, I found myself to be lighter and more present in the moment. I wondered what had changed. I was not sure if doing a juice fast could actually affect the quality of my thought process. So I did it again. I realized that the meat and dairy I was eating earlier was not really nourishing me or equipping me for the challenges I face in my life but was only a tasteful band-aid solution for feeling some kind of a momentary comfort. After the third juice fast I noticed that my cravings were not as strong as they were before and this time when I got anxious I actually started thinking through the reasons why I was getting anxious. Very soon after, I turned plant-based vegan substituting processed meat and dairy products with the good-old Mother Nature veggies and fruits.

After two years of continuously changing my perspective and relationship with food, today I find myself in a completely different place in terms of how I approach a creative project. Now, I look at a graphic design project as this amazing opportunity filled with possibilities. A piece of clay that I can mold into something full of potential instead of looking at it as an uninspired, structured, ridged framework. I will not claim that I do not run into problems and areas where I feel stuck, but my creative process is a lot more supported with clarity, patience and a nourished, present, calm mind that is available for receiving inspiration and insights. Who would have thought that one way to creativity is actually through the stomach? I am so deeply grateful for these movies, books, fellow-vegans and veggies that came to my rescue.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Neha has been working as a graphic designer for over 6 years, focusing on user-centered design and designing communication pieces. She graduated from Parsons, The New School for Design, New York City in 2011. Her focus is on devising interactive strategies that would produce the most memorable experiences for the end user. In addition, the healthful journey of becoming a plant-based vegan has inspired Neha to become a wellness coach. She is enrolled for the 2014, February batch of Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Health Coach course and has launched a website called The Spiritual Foodie - another step towards being a part of the nutritarian movement.

Caramelized Cabbage & Onion Soup

on Monday, 13 January 2014.

Caramelized Cabbage & Onion Soup

Hunker down and cozy up this winter with a warm cup of homemade caramelized cabbage and onion soup. Leah at the Brazen Kitchen says, as soon as you taste "the sweetness of the caramelized cabbage and onions along with the dill-flecked savory broth," you'll agree that this is "pure winter yum."

Ingredients:

1 small green cabbage 
3 T olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups sliced onions
2 medium carrots
2 medium stalks celery
1 medium russet potato
5 cups basic light vegetable broth
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2-3 chopped fresh dill (or 1 T dried)
ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F and cut the cabbage into wedges; remove core and slice wedges thinly crosswise.
2. Toss sliced cabbage with half the olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Spread on baking sheet.
3. Roast cabbage for 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally with spatula.
4. Heat remaining oil in a nonstick pan. Add sliced onion and cook on low heat
until golden brown. This will also take about 30-40 minutes.
5. Clean and finely dice carrots, celery, and potato. Combine all vegetables in 
soup pot with broth and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
6. Add roasted cabbage and caramelized onions. Simmer another 15 minutes.
7. Stir in almond milk and dill; adjust salt and pepper to taste.
8. Serve.

Recipe and photo from the Brazen Kitchen

For more warm to the core winter soup recipes visit BrazenKitchen.com.

Cooking Channel TV Show: How to Live to 100

on Friday, 10 January 2014. Posted in News

Cooking Channel TV Show: How to Live to 100

Congratulations to vegan chef Jason Wrobel for securing the very first completely vegan cooking show on the Cooking Channel! 

"How to Live to 100" made its debut on the Cooking Channel in January 2013. We're thrilled to see that it's been brought back for round two! 

The most recent episode aired on January 3rd but you can still watch it on the Cooking Channel. Click HERE to watch it now!

For more on Jason's new show check out his Facebook page, Jason Wrobel Living.

Esther the Wonder Pig

on Wednesday, 08 January 2014. Posted in Inspiration

Esther the Wonder Pig

For reasons unknown Esther was placed in a "micro-pig" adoption program. Though micro she was not!

Esther was born in the spring of 2012 and met her now-family who has only recently decided to share her story via Facebook.

By posting photos of Esther's daily routine her family aims to create awareness about compassionate living and the intelligent, inquisitive, loving nature of pigs. 

We're so happy that Esther has not only found a safe, happy, and loving home but that she escaped the fate that she originally faced. 

Click HERE to meet Esther and maybe even fall in love like her family and fans have.

Dreamsicle Green Smoothie

on Friday, 03 January 2014. Posted in Recipes

Dreamsicle Green Smoothie

Start a new tradition this year and replace that morning cup of coffee with a healthy green smoothie. I really like THIS recipe from the Oh My Veggies blog (where this picture is from) but since we're on a PlantFusion kick this week I thought it would be fun to share one of the recipes off of their website today.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana
1 cup Blue Diamond's almond milk
1 scoop PlantFusion Vanilla Bean
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 4 medium sized oranges)
1-2 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup frozen broccoli (or a handful of spinach)
2 Medjool dates, pitted

Instructions:

1. Blend.
2. Serve.

This recipe is from PlantFusion.com.
This photo is from OhMyVeggies.com.

FARM's Live Vegan Campaign Joins Facebook

on Wednesday, 01 January 2014. Posted in Inspiration

FARM's Live Vegan Campaign Joins Facebook

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new Facebook page as an extension of our ongoing Live Vegan campaign.

Live Vegan Community is a friendly and uplifting space for the veg-curious and new vegans to come together, find support, learn about veganism in fun ways, ask questions, and share advice.

If you or someone you know is in the early stages of veganism, or interested in learning more and connecting with seasoned vegans, Live Vegan Community is just a “like” away! Post questions, share thoughts, leave comments, and encourage friends and family to check out the page. Rest assured there will be no graphic, tortured animal photos! Uur aim is to provide positive, helpful content.

Look for weekly Meatout Monday posts - with a recipe plus vegan related news and product information every Monday along with helpful tips, advice, resources, and more throughout the week. We wish to help people make compassionate choices in fun and easy ways.

What’s more, we’re always on the lookout for fresh ideas, recipes, photos, and the like. If you’d like to contribute you can jump right in on the page, or email our Live Vegan Community
manager: Kristin{at}FARMusa{dot}org.

Click HERE to “like” Live Vegan Community today!

Get Healthy, Complete Protein With PlantFusion

on Monday, 30 December 2013. Posted in Products

Get Healthy, Complete Protein With PlantFusion

Happy [almost] New Year, everyone! With healthy post-holiday habits just around the corner you might be ready to spark up a new workout routine, throw on those running shoes, or head back to the gym.

PlantFusion makes two popular supplemental products that will help you reach new heights in your personal health routine. Supported and used by celebrities and the "it" crew of the vegan bodybuilding world, "PlantFusion" is the first plant-based protein that compares to animal proteins (like whey) in amino acid density and balance, sans cruelty!

Their other product, "Phood" contains everything needed for complete nutritional support and recovery in one simple, easy, delicious shake.

Both products are 100% plant-based from whole foods sources, are free of soy, dairy, gluten, and animal byproducts, and are non-GMO.

Learn more about who uses these products, who they are best for, and where to buy 'em by visiting PlantFusion.net.

International Vegan Travel Made Easy

on Saturday, 21 December 2013. Posted in Products

International Vegan Travel Made Easy

Maintaining a vegan lifestyle while traveling can sometimes feel daunting. Fear not, there are excellent resources available today that have made for an easy peasy time of dining out while traveling.

"V Cards: Vegans Abroad" is a smartphone app that simply allows you to pull up a pre-written description of veganism - in any of the 70+ languages provided - and show it to the restaurant/grocery store staff.

Looking for a physical handheld with additional helpful vegan lingo, in 73 languages? Check out Vegetarian Guides' "Vegan Passport."

One or both of these resources is sure to come in handy when traveling through an unfamiliar country. For even more tips on traveling vegan-style check out "10 Vegan Travel Tips You Didn't Know you Needed," by yours truly.

*Photo by Jill Pyle.

 

Jay Z & Beyonce - 22 Day Vegan Challenge

on Friday, 20 December 2013.

Jay Z & Beyonce - 22 Day Vegan Challenge

It might seem like old news now but we haven't forgotten Jay Z and Beyonce's vegan vow from earlier this month.

On the heels of Al Gore's public acknowledgement of his vegan lifestyle, power couple Jay Z and Beyonce announced their 22 day vegan challenge, kicking it off one day before the rapper's 44th Birthday.

The "Magna Carter Holy Grail" rapper, who turned 44 on Wednesday, made the announcement on his Life + Times blog Tuesday, letting fans know that he and his wife are undergoing a major lifestyle change in an effort to become more spiritual.

"Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you've found the way," he wrote. - Source

Jay Z explains:

This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a 'plant-based breakfast' every day. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought ... "

Well Mr. "Z" we think it's pretty darn cool that you've taken on veganism! We're thankful that you chose to share it publicly and hope that when your 'challenge' comes to an end (just three days from now) you'll decide to stick with your new, healthy, 'easier than it might seem' habit. :)

 

Compassionate Gift Giving for Being a Joyful Vegan

on Wednesday, 18 December 2013. Posted in Inspiration

Compassionate Gift Giving for Being a Joyful Vegan

One of the most eloquent vegan advocates, authors, and public speakers of our time is the ever radiant Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Known for her way with words, Colleen graces us with the following Holiday inspired video regarding giving and receiving gifts, as a vegan. In it she covers:

  • Establishing open communication
  • Offering specific resources
  • Creating compassionate gifts
  • Receiving non-vegan gifts

Here are some of my favorite Colleen-quotables from the video:

"The best we can do is speak our truth and be as compassionate and tolerant toward them as we expect them to be toward us."

"May you receive the gifts of the season with grace and may you be filled with the joy and peace that come with living a compassionate life."

Watch the full 6 minute video here:

For more about Colleen check out CompassionateCook.com.

Compassionate Holidays Events

on Saturday, 14 December 2013. Posted in Inspiration

Compassionate Holidays Events

Find or host a vegan event this holiday season! Events are being organized all over the country, and beyond, and are being posted daily!

"Compassionate Holidays" is an annual campaign dedicated to supporting people who want to have a vegan holiday celebration. Just like the World Day for Farmed Animals website, we have a database listing Compassionate Holiday celebrations both in the US and in other countries.

We are excited to support new vegans this holiday season!

If you are already hosting - or would be interested in organizing - a Compassionate Holiday event this season, we would love to hear about it and of course have it listed on our website.

A Compassionate Holiday event is an opportunity to encourage alternatives to cruel meat- and dairy-based dinners. By demonstrating the great taste and health benefits of vegan cuisine, we can help our friends, family, and community to leave animals off the table this holiday season.

Oh, and just so ya know - registering allows us to send you materials and list your activities in the Compassionate Holidays events directory. It also provides a way for others to get involved. Together, we will demonstrate the true meaning of holiday spirit and the benefits of the vegan lifestyle.

Get started today at www.CompassionateHolidays.com!!

Pansy Maiden Handbags

on Friday, 13 December 2013. Posted in Products

Pansy Maiden Handbags

Laura Collins is the innovative designer and founder of the vegan, eco-friendly handbag company, Pansy Maiden Bags. Launched in the Spring of 2009, Pansy Maiden Bags (named after Collins' grandmother) has since blossomed into an ever expanding line of cruelty-free hand bags.

Pansy Maiden was founded with an activist spirit & one heady goal: To create & provide the world with fashion-forward, cruelty-free bags in a socially responsible manner. Whether you are an environmentalist, a vegan, or simply trying to reduce your carbon footprint, we welcome you. We are all just trying to do our best to be our best. We hope you think our bags are a step in the right direction.

Check out Pansy Maiden's beautiful  "Behind The Brand" video:



In 2013 Laura launched the Alva DoRight men's collection featuring totes, messengers, backpacks, and slings. Ecouterre recently had a nice feature on the men's line. Click HERE to have a read through.

For more on Pansy Maiden, Alva DoRight, and Laura Collins check out PansyMaiden.com.

Vegan Bed & Breakfasts in the U.S.

on Wednesday, 11 December 2013. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Vegan Bed & Breakfasts in the U.S.

Have you ever been on vacation and wished that your hotel had some solid vegan options? Well check this out - there are a number of vegan bed and breakfasts throughout the country! In fact, I stayed at a few of them during my travels and I have to say it's pretty wonderful to rest your head at night on organic, eco-friendly sheets and pillows, and then wake up to a fully prepared all-vegan breakfast to get the day started.

 

Plan your next getaway around one of these stellar vegan B&Bs:

Deer Run B&B - Big Pine Key, FL

Cherokee Rose Inn - Portland, OR

Velo B&B - Eugene, OR

Stanford Inn by The Sea - Mendocino, CA

 

Then of course there are guest houses/B&B's that are connected to farm animal sanctuaries:

Someday Farm Vegan B&B - Whidbey Island, WA

The White Pig B&B - Schuyler, VA

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Guest House - Woodstock, NY

Catskill Animal Sanctuary Homestead - Catskill, NY

Farm Sanctuary B&B - Watkins Glen, NY

Whisper's Ranch B&B - Elgin, AZ

 

There are also a number of vegan-friendly B&Bs around the world! Don't have to time to plan it all out yourself? Check out The Personalized Passport - a vegan owned and operated travel planning service!

Did we miss your favorite vegan B&B? Let us know in the comments below.

Vegans Parody "Thrift Shop" Music Video

on Saturday, 07 December 2013. Posted in Inspiration

Vegans Parody

In September 2011 Kristin Lajeunesse (hey, that's me! *wink*wink*) set out on an epic life-changing journey. Once paired with a renovated sports van (named Gerty) I spent two years traveling around the country an in an effort to eat at and write about every single vegan restaurant in the United States. Now, 48 states, 547 restaurants, and over 39,000 miles later I'm happy to report the trip was a great success.

One of the highlights was being able to fulfill a bucket list (or "before I die") goal: to create and share a music video! One day, in early 2013, I was driving from California to Oregon and heard the song Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for the first time. I thought it was super fun and once I watched the music video I knew I had to recreate it!

Within a few weeks I pulled together a group of vegans in the Bay Area (where I was headed to next) and found a great videographer, and we spent a full day creating a "veganized" version of the popular video.

It was so fun to make, and kind of random (although you'll soon learn how much I love to dance, and coming up with silly ways to promote veganism is always something I look forward to), but I thought it's something you might enjoy! Check it out:

Click HERE to read all the road trip, the restaurants, and what's next for the Will Travel For Vegan Food project.

New Children's Book: Dave Loves Chickens

on Friday, 06 December 2013. Posted in Books & Media

New Children's Book: Dave Loves Chickens

Newly released children's book Dave Loves Chickens, written and illustrated by Carlos Patino, is about a monster from "far far away" who comes to earth and doesn't understand why people eat other animals. Carlos says, "It's not a preachy book about why not to eat animals, but instead a number of fun facts about chickens" to help young readers think about chickens as friends, not food.

Featuring beautifully illustrated "Ren & Stimpy"-esque characters, Dave Loves Chickens is hot off the presses from Vegan Publishers, a Boston based publishing company. The brand new book would make a fun and educational holiday gift.

Click HERE to learn more about Dave Loves Chickens and where to pick up your own copy just in time for the Holidays!

Source: Vegan Publishers.

 

Norwegian Army Participates in Meatless Mondays

on Wednesday, 04 December 2013. Posted in Inspiration, News

Norwegian Army Participates in Meatless Mondays

Can I get a w00t! w00t! for Meatless (Meatout) Mondays continuing to spread like nobody's business!! Huzaah to the Norwegian Army for taking action in an effort to reduce the negative environmental impacts of animal-based food production on our dear little planet.

"It's a step to protect our climate," spokesman Eystein Kvarving explains. "The idea is to serve food that's respectful of the environment."

According to THIS Mercy For Animals article:

The army expects its implementation of Meatless Mondays to reduce the amount of meat it consumes by about 150 tons per year. "It's not about saving money," Kvarving clarifies.

"It's about being more concerned for our climate, more ecologically friendly and also healthier."

Click HERE and HERE to learn more about the Norwegian Army's decision to go meatless! :)

Healthy No-Eggnog 'Shake

on Monday, 02 December 2013. Posted in Recipes

Healthy No-Eggnog 'Shake

Chocolate Covered Katie does it again with a fabulous perfect-for-healthy-holiday-lovers vegan eggnog recipe, with some added protein boostin' goodness.

This is a single-serving recipe so be sure to double or triple up if you're makin' it for more than one person. :)

Ingredients:

1 cup of dairy-free milk
1/2 cup Mori-Nu Silken-Firm Tofu. See link below for a few soy-free substitutions.
1/2 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar or xylitol
1 Tbsp. sugar (or other sweetener)
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. each nutmeg and ginger
tiny dash of cloves
optional: a little rum if desired

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. (I used a Magic Bullet. If you don't have a blender, perhaps you can use Silken Tofu and just stir by hand.)
  2. Drink cold, or heat if desired.

NOTE: Can be sugar-free and/or soy-free -- click here.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie.

Find a bunch of yummy recipes like this one at ChocolateCoveredKatie.com.

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