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Arizona's 62-Year-Old Record-Breaking Female Powerlifting Vegan

on Thursday, 19 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Arizona's 62-Year-Old Record-Breaking Female Powerlifting Vegan

"Armed with ambition and fueled by foliage..." How great is that opening line in AZFamily.com? So good! It's true though, Rocky Luedeker of Oak Creek, Arizona made waves last week as her inspiring fitness accomplishments (and the fact that they were completed on a plant-based diet) made national news. Rocky holds 13 world records and 26 state and national records as well. In the interview with the local publication, Rocky talks about protein and her vegan ways. "A common myth is we don't have enough protein, and we have more than enough protein," she said. You tell 'em, lady! ::smiles::

Learn more about Rocky and her journey on AZFamily.com.

Duck-Less Down, Faux Fur Parkas

on Wednesday, 18 October 2017. Posted in Products

Duck-Less Down, Faux Fur Parkas

Even in fashionable winter wear, there are multiple companies working to ensure our animal friends do not have to pay the price for seasonal garments like warm winter jackets. Enter, Amsterdam-based vegan fashion company, HoodLamb. Now available in the United States, HoodLamb's Nordic Parka features a natural hemp and organic cotton herringbone outer shell. The inner shell is insulated with Thermore EcoDown (a duck-less extreme-cold-resistant material lined with 7mm layered hemp and recycled PET faux fur with removable faux fur trim; equipped with secret pockets, windproof, and water-resistant.

Get product and shipping information at HoodLamb.com.

Meat + The Destruction of Earth's Biodiversity

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in News

Meat + The Destruction of Earth's Biodiversity

While we often immediately think of the plight of the innocent farmed animals when it comes to the food industry we may not always think of their wildlife counterparts which, as it turns out, are suffering from meaty diets as well. According to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), "found that meat-based diets are responsible for the loss of 60 percent of global biodiversity." We are essentially wiping out parts of the Congo Basin, the Amazon, and the Himalayas to grow crops to feed animals that are raised for food, essentially destroying the natural resources and wild inhabitants of said lands along with it. 

Read the report in full at WWF.org.uk.

Easy Vegan Sugar Cookies Recipe

on Monday, 16 October 2017. Posted in Recipes

Easy Vegan Sugar Cookies Recipe

Yes okay so it's not even Halloween yet and we have here today, for you, a sugar cookie recipe and the accompanying photo is all holiday-esque. But truly, sugar cookies are yummy for any time of year—even Halloween (got any pumpkin or ghost cookie cutters?). Enjoy!

Cookie Ingredients -
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup vegan margarine
2-3 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Icing Ingredients (makes a lot, you may want to halve) -
1/3 cup vegan margarine
3 cups powdered sugar
4-5 Tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Food coloring (optional)

 

Directions -
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add margarine, water, and vanilla. Pulse until doughy; add more water if needed.
3. Put dough in the fridge for 5-10 minutes while you dust work surface with flour. Roll out half the dough about a 1/4" thick and cut out shapes with cookie cutter.
4. Leave some room between cutouts when placing them on the baking sheet so they don't bake into each other.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges brown. Turn pan around after 5 minutes.
6. For the icing, combine all ingredients adding the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Use a food processor or hand mixer whisk. 
7. When cookies are done baking top with icing and serve now or later!

 

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Get more great vegan recipes on PlantBasedOnABudget.com.
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Iconic publication Forbes Welcomes Vegan Journalist as a Regular Contributor

on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Iconic publication Forbes Welcomes Vegan Journalist as a Regular Contributor

Katrina Fox, a Sydney, Australia-based journalist and vegan entrepreneur took the initiative to pitch Forbes herself, noting the global increased interest in veganism. They agreed! "I'm really pleased and excited that such a renowned business media outlet is keen to feature regular coverage on the vegan plant-based sector," she said. Katrina is the founder of Vegan Business Media and will be featured as a speaker at the inaugural Plant-Powerd Women Leadership Conference Series in March, in Sydne. "I hope [this news of working with Forbes] encourages existing entrepreneurs to veganize their businesses and inspires anyone considering starting a business to run it on vegan principles," said Katrina. Nice work, lady!

Learn more about Katrina's work at VeganBusinessMedia.com.

Kelp-Based Vegan Bone Broth?!

on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Posted in Products

Kelp-Based Vegan Bone Broth?!

Yes, that's right, a vegan products company intends to roll out a series of new kelp-based products, the first of which will be their vegan jerky. It will be available in BBQ, High Thai'd, and Sea Salt flavors. Courtney Boyd Myers, co-founder of Beyond the Shoreline, says, "Jerky is just the beginning...we've already got recipes in development for burgers, sausages, instant seaweed stews, and vegan bone broth, and we want to establish [our company] as a household brand for sea green-based products." What do you think? Will you try the bone broth when it comes out?

Get product nutrition info and details at BeyondTheShoreline.com.

Online Vegan Product Sales Tripled

on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in News

Online Vegan Product Sales Tripled

It's not just physical grocery stores and supermarkets that are seeing a boom the sales of vegan products. The online world is experiencing it too! Per data collected by 1010Data (a market research firm), sales products that advertised as plant-based increased 2.7 times. Among the top items sold were protein powder, books, and shakes. "Consumers are getting more conscious...they're mindful of products they put in and on their bodies and the environmental impact they have..." notes the report. Additionally, between March 2016 and July 2017 the search term "plant-based" tripled!

Check out the source pieces on VegNews.com.

Easy Spicy Avocado Toast Recipe, Vegan

on Monday, 09 October 2017. Posted in Recipes

Easy Spicy Avocado Toast Recipe, Vegan

Okay, okay we realize you may be saying, "Avocado toast, really? We don't nee instructions for slabbing some guac on bread." Yeah but then we thought, what if you haven't tried it yet or considered making it yourself. I mean, having quick and simple guidelines at the ready can't be a terrible thing right? ::giggles:: Anywho, enjoy this one and its 'good fats!'

Ingredients:
2 ripe avocados
4 slices of crusty bread of choice
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
   (1/8 tsp each toast)
1/2 tsp. crushed dried red pepper
   (1/8 tsp. each toast)
Flaky sea salt

 

Directions:
1. Slick each avocado in half, remove the pit, scoop the avocado from the skin into a bowl, and mash with a fork.
2. Lightly toast four slices of bread.
3. Evenly divide mashed avocado between the toast slices, spread to cover evenly.
4. Sprinkle each with the turmeric, dried red pepper, and salt.
5. Serve immediately.

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Find more, easy vegan recipes on SundayMorningBananaPancakes.com.
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Professional Athlete Finds His Way Back to the Game by Way of a Veganism

on Thursday, 05 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Professional Athlete Finds His Way Back to the Game by Way of a Veganism

In a recent video NBA comeback star and forward for the Denver Nuggets, Wilson Chandler shares his vegan journey. The video by Sentient Fitness (a vegan wellness group) focuses on Chandler's story of finding his way to veganism in 2016, after watching documentaries on the topic and doing independent research. He now credits his faster recovery times, higher energy levels, ability to wake up feeling refreshed, and overall having a clearer mind, to his plant-based diet. "Especially in the black community, a lot of the things we eat affect us," said Wilson. So cool to see these big-time athletes rockin' and reppin' cruelty-free living!

Watch the Sentient Fitness video featuring Chandler at Stack.com.

Enjoy the Flavors of Mexico by way of This New Vegan Recipes Website

on Wednesday, 04 October 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Enjoy the Flavors of Mexico by way of This New Vegan Recipes Website

In a joint effort between Lauren Ornelas (of Chicanx) and the Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), Vegan Mexican Food was born. Well, the website, that is. ::wink:: Aiming to showcase Mexican foods that do not include animal ingredients while also modeling that it is possible to eat vegan and still incorporate comfort foods, this new website is chock full of recipes including entrees, dips, salsas, sides, drinks, and desserts. The site also includes the history of Mexican cuisine and how many key ingredients are naturally vegan as-is. The website can be viewed in both English and Spanish and is surely one to add to your digital recipe binder! 

Check it out today at VeganMexicanFood.com.

Walmart Requests Increase in Vegan Products Due to Consumer Demand

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in News

Walmart Requests Increase in Vegan Products Due to Consumer Demand

When one of the nation's largest retailers publicly puts a call out to their suppliers, and to the companies they work with, for more plant-based products due to demand, well could there be a clearer sign that times are 100 percent changing? Whoa. "The retail giant...found that 36 percent of consumers buy plant-based meats, 26 percent have reduced their meat consumption in the previous 12 months, and 58 percent prefer plant-based milk to dairy," noted VegNews, on the topic. Per Walmart's news piece, they are also encouraging suppliers to consider new marketing tactics to reach vegan customers. 

To learn more check out the article on WalmartNewsNow.com.

Quick & Easy 6-Layer Vegan Taco Pie

on Monday, 02 October 2017. Posted in Recipes

Quick & Easy 6-Layer Vegan Taco Pie

Let's be real, the taco craze (and how much we look forward to Taco Tuesdays) hasn't really gone away yet, and we're totally okay with that! In honor of tacos (yep, that's right!) we've got a filling, warming, oh so tasty taco pie for your pleasures.

Ingredients:
4 sprouted tortillas (your favorite kind)
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 15oz. can refried beans
  (Amy's brand is vegan)
1 15oz can black beans
1/4 cup Daiya shredded pepper jack
  Optional toppings: guacamole, tomatoes,   green salsa

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
2. In a 9-inch springform pan layer as follows: 2 tortillas, rice, refried beans, black beans, cheese, and the last two tortillas. 
3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the pie is heated, cheese is melty and tortillas are crispy.
4. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before sliding out of the pan and onto a flat surface.
5. Cut slices for serving and top with your favorite salsa, chiles, veggies, guacamole, tomatoes, etc. 

 

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Get more great vegan recipes on Good-Saint.com.
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From Beef Cattle Ranch to Vegan Owned and Operated Animal Sanctuary

on Thursday, 28 September 2017. Posted in Products

From Beef Cattle Ranch to Vegan Owned and Operated Animal Sanctuary

Cattle ranchers Tray and Jen Federici spent years running their small but successful ranch out of Larkspur, Colorado—raising and selling cattle for slaughter. Despite always feeling connected to animals, the couple didn't have their wake-up call until last winter when they struggled to follow through on killing one from their own herd, for themselves that year. They'd also only ever eat meat from animals they killed themselves. "We officially had our last ham Christmas 2016...we never looked back after that. We swore off all meat as well as all animal products. Needless to say, we have never felt better or more healthy, both mentally and physically," said Jen. Officially becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit earlier this year, the Jen and Tray now provide a safe haven to a variety of animals including zebras, pigs, longhorn cows, chickens, goats, and more. Jen continued, "We choose to go forward in our lives not as consumers of animals but as ambassadors for them." 

Connect with The Surf and Turf Animal Sanctuary on Facebook.com.

Bolthouse Farms Launches New Product: Pea-Protein Milk

on Wednesday, 27 September 2017. Posted in Products

Bolthouse Farms Launches New Product: Pea-Protein Milk

Vegan milk is all the rage these days and evidence of this just keeps piling up as more and more large, noteworthy food product companies jump on board the plant-based milk bandwagon. Welcome to the wagon: Bolthouse Farms, best known for their baby carrots and bottles juices and fruit smoothies. "Our Plant Protein Milk was created to satisfy the growing number of consumers seeking plant-based proteins, said Suzanne Ginestro, Chief Marketing, and Innovation Officers at Bolthouse. Their pea protein-based milk line (chocolate, original, vanilla, and unsweetened) contains twice as much calcium as cow's milk. Boom!

Get product and nutrition info and details at Bolthouse.com.

Nationwide Plant-Based Challenge Sweeps Scottish Parliament

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in News

Nationwide Plant-Based Challenge Sweeps Scottish Parliament

In response to the overwhelming evidence of how animal agriculture impacts the health of the planet—in a surprising move—Scottish Parliament will support "Plate Up for the Planet." In a joint effort with The Vegan Society, Green Scotland Green Party member, Mark Ruskell forwarded a motion to make it all come together. "The 'Plate Up for the Planet' campaign aims to get veganism on the political agenda, especially when it comes to tackling climate change," said Louise Davies, head of Campaigns and Policy for The Vegan Society. With early support from Scottish Parliament Member thus far, it's looking to be a great step forward. 

Check out the source article on VegNews.com.

Spicy Almond Buckwheat Noodles Vegan Recipe

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Recipes

Spicy Almond Buckwheat Noodles Vegan Recipe

This week's recipe is designed more as a side dish but it's so gosh darn good that you may want to alter the recipe to make it a main. Also, you can totally control the spice level since you'll be making the sauce yourself. Have fun with this one by adding your own favorite veggies and toppings, spices, and flavors. Enjoy!

Sauce Ingredients:
A 4 Tbsp. almond butter
1 Tbsp. white miso
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. garlic chili sauce
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tbsp. tamari or soy sauce
2 tsp. agave or another sweetener
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, finely minced
3 cloves garlic
Pinch of ground black pepper

 

Noodles Ingredients:
Big handful cooked buckwheat noodles
2 cups asparagus, steamed or raw, cut into 1" pieces
2 cups snow peas, steamed or raw
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 cup grated carrots
1 zucchini, grated
1/2 cucumber, seeded & chopped
Fresh cilantro & mint
Chopped peanuts & tomato chunks

Directions:
1. Place all sauce ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. If desired, thin out with more vegetable broth or water.
2. Combine sauce with noodles and veggies, place into serving bowls, and top with cilantro, mint, peanuts, and tomato chunks. 

 

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"Vegan Alert," NBA Player Damian Lillard Announces his Veganism on Instagram

on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Books & Media

It seems as though veganism is truly taking hold in the world of professional athletes. What's even more exciting is when they use their high-profile public platforms to share their veggie journeys. Welcome, another professional basketball player to the growing vegan mix, a one mister Damian Lillard! In a short video clip posted to his Instagram account earlier this month, Lillard proclaims, "I've changed; getting my life together," after announcing that all the food the viewer is seeing is in fact vegan. Point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard spent the offseason nursing a leg injury and has turned to healthy vegan eating as a means to aid his body in a speedy recovery. So cool, Damian! Keep it up!

Check out Damian's 'Vegan Alert' IG post HERE on Instagram.

Join The Annual October 2nd #FastAgainstSlaughter

on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Join The Annual October 2nd #FastAgainstSlaughter

Two weeks from today you can join us in a collective action to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Add your voice to the World Day for Farmed Animals Worldwide #FastAgainstSlaughter campaign on Monday, October 2nd. Through our voluntary sacrifice of food, we will amplify the voices of the billions of farmed animals suffering around the world (did you know that every single day 160 million farmed animals from around the world are transported to meet their gruesome end at slaughterhouses?). Help us inspire others to learn the truth and to mobilize a compassionate global community who will not wait around for justice.

Plan or attend an event, share on social media, and/or take the pledge today at DayForAnimals.com.

Dutch Meat Company Commits Half its Business to Plant-Based Products

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in News

Dutch Meat Company Commits Half its Business to Plant-Based Products

In a surprising move one of the largest Dutch lunch meat companies, Zwanenberg has decided to sell off half of its company—replacing 50 percent of it to focus on meatless proteins—in an effort to respond to consumer demand. "It is now quite normal for young people to not eat meat three days a week," said Zwanenberg CEO Ronald Lotgernik. The company—which has been around since 1929—will shift its focus to veggie-based products including sauces, soups, and meatless snacks. They are not alone, mega food companies like Tyson, Nestlé, and Danone have also invested in plant-based products in recent years as consumer purchases skew more veg and less animal-based foods. These companies go where the money is—let's keep showing 'em what we want!

Read more from the source article on VegNews.com.

RECIPE: Delicious Spicy Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

on Monday, 18 September 2017. Posted in Recipes

RECIPE: Delicious Spicy Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

It's that time of year again, oh yes pumpkin-everything is coming back. But it doesn't have to be reserved for our flavored caffeinated drinks. Introducing this week's Meatout Monday's recipe featuring a healthy and filling boost of real pumpkin goodness, with a little kick. This as-spicy-as-you-like-it chili is one for the recipe binder as you're sure to crave it over and over again this fall and winter. Top with yummy garnish(es) of your choice and enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 Small pumpkin - peeled, seeded & cubed
1-2 hot peppers - diced & deseeded
1/2 cup red onion - chopped
2 medium green peppers - chopped
5 cups chopped tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 cup vegetable broth
1.5 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. maple syrup
2 cups vegan veggie crumbles
Olive or coconut oil
Garnish of choice (green onions, vegan sour cream or cheese, tortillas, etc.)

 

Directions:
1. Over medium heat, coat bottom of a soup pot or dutch oven with oil of choice.
2. Add hot peppers, onions, and green peppers, saute for 3-5 minutes.
3. Add pumpkin, tomatoes, black beans, and broth to pan.
4. Season with salt and cumin, then maple syrup and veggie crumbles.
5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
6. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes prior to serving.
7. Ladle into bowls, garnish, and serve with cornbread or tortilla chips.

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