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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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Enjoy more vegan recipes on SundayMorningBananaPancakes.com.
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Bull rescued from Hurricane Harvey and brought to a sanctuary to live out his life.

on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Bull rescued from Hurricane Harvey and brought to a sanctuary to live out his life.

Among those who responded to some in need post, Hurricane Harvey was Mike Stura. Mike is the founder of New Jersey based Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue and has spent decades working toward a more compassionate world through animal activism. Without any clue of what or who he'd encounter when arriving to assist anyone possible, he crossed paths with a cattle rancher who asked for Mike's help in finding any of his surviving herd. Upon a successful rescue attempt of one of the farmer's bulls—out of a six-foot deep water-filled gully—and eleven more animals that day Mike asked the farmer if he could take the bull back to his NJ sanctuary. The farmer agreed and newly named 'Babe' will now live out his life at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue for his remaining days. So awesome!

Read the full story about Mike's rescue on OneGreenPlanet.org.

Customize your search and find a vegan tattoo artist near you!

on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Customize your search and find a vegan tattoo artist near you!

This may come as a surprise to those who haven't research tattoo-related facts but there are some tattoo inks that do contain animal products. We know! So silly and unnecessary. However, for those of you who know the struggle to ensure your ink is just as pure as its message, a new website has launched to help us all. Introducing Vegan Tattoo Studios (VTS). Search by way of your country and city to find vegan-friendly studios and artists near you. Founder, Olga Miller initially started a Facebook group around the topic and now the accompanying website.

Find your artist today at VeganTattooStudios.com.

Research shows our bones were actually stronger before dairy.

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Posted in News

Research shows our bones were actually stronger before dairy.

The University of California, Davis released the results of a study conducted around the advent of dairy as it relates to human bone density. As it turns out, we were much better off before consuming the secretions of another species! By studying more than 500 skulls and jaw bones from two dozen pre-industrial humans globally, "[the researchers found] that early hunter-gatherers had stronger jaws...developed from chewing plants. Alternatively, animal farmers had weaker bones due to their soft diet," notes coverage from Veg-News.

Learn more about this study and its findings at ScienceDaily.com.

Simple Stuffed & Baked Pears - VEGAN RECIPE

on Monday, 11 September 2017. Posted in Recipes

Simple Stuffed & Baked Pears - VEGAN RECIPE

Sometimes we all need an easy to prepare sweet treat. This baked pear recipe is perfect for dessert or really whenever you wish, of course. And although it's not included in the recipe it kind of goes without saying that this delectable dish would pair (get it? LOL) perfectly with some coconut whipped cream and/or your favorite brand of vanilla vegan ice cream. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 large d'Anjou (red) pears
1/4 cup water or apple juice
1/4 cup rolled oats
pinch ground cinnamon
pinch ground ginger
pinch allspice
4 Medjool dates, chopped
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
2. Put 1/4 cup water or juice in a square baking dish.

3. Cut the pears in half and carefully scoop out the seeds, making a deep bowl (you can use a melon baller, but a small spoon works just as well).
4. In a small bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, dates, and maple syrup and stir to combine.
5. Divide the mixture between the pears.
6. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Test the pears for tenderness with the tip of a knife. If the flesh is still firm, continue to bake, covered until tender.
7. Serve immediately.

 

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Find additional vegan recipes at AnUnrefinedVegan.com.
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From a Terminal Prognosis to Recovery & Now a Health Specialist: Kate's Success Story

on Thursday, 07 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From a Terminal Prognosis to Recovery & Now a Health Specialist: Kate's Success Story

In 2007 clinical supervisor and mother to three, Kate McGoey-Smith received heartbreaking news that would forever change the course of her life. After experiencing bouts of sluggishness and fatigue testing revealed that Kate was suffering from severe right-sided heart failure, severe sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and a terminal prognosis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH, level 3 out of 4). After stumbling upon the documentary Forks Over Knives, Kate attended a 5-day intensive program at Dr. McDougall's Health and Medical Center. She began changing her dietary choices, taught herself how to cook healthier meals (she'd been vegetarian for a while and at the time of prognosis), and before long was on the road to health and wellness. "Fifteen months later my eyesight was fully restored, I was off the lung transplant list...and no longer required diabetic medications. My right-sided heart failure was gone and so were symptoms like neuropathy, dizzy spells, and fainting." Kate had also lost more than 100 pounds and has since become a Certified Food for Life Instructor.

Read more about Kate's story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Mango Sticky Rice Rolls Now in The Freezer at Trader Joe's Grocery Store

on Wednesday, 06 September 2017. Posted in Products

Mango Sticky Rice Rolls Now in The Freezer at Trader Joe's Grocery Store

If you enjoy Thai cuisine then you probably already know a thing or two about the prominence of mango sticky rice as a favored dessert, especially after a rather spicy meal. Now you can get this scrumptious treat wrapped in a tapioca, rice bran, wheat flour shell (ie, a standard spring roll form). Trader Joe's sources rice from Northern Thailand and then simmers it with pressed coconut milk, and pieces of sweet Nam Dok Mai mangoes, for a fragrant and silky sweet dessert or snack. They are quick to bake or pan fry and can be found in the freezer section at a Trader Joe's near you. 

Get product nutrition info and details at TraderJoes.com.

Unprecedented Demand for Plant-Based Food Formulations & Products

on Tuesday, 05 September 2017. Posted in News

Unprecedented Demand for Plant-Based Food Formulations & Products

With a 140 percent increase in 2016, for the demand of plant-based formulations, Bart Child, the CEO of Nellson (an ingredients-manufacturing company) indicates "recognizable" plant-based ingredients are the future. "We are seeing an increased demand for plant-based formulations in both nutritional bars and powders," Child said, in an interview with Foodnavigator. In contrast, whey-based products grew by only 2 percent last year. Child's company now has plans to expand production with a focus on peas, pumpkin, soy, algae, chia, soy, rice, hemp, and black beans as the protein source. 

Read more about this shift on Foodnavigator.com.

Double Berry (Gluten-Free Optional) Vegan Corncakes

on Monday, 04 September 2017. Posted in Recipes

Double Berry (Gluten-Free Optional) Vegan Corncakes

Happy September! We know what you're thinking, "It's almost officially Fall, time for corncakes!" Okay, you're probably not thinking that at all but still, corncakes! Woohoo! Welcome to another Meatout Mondays recipe. This week we're featuring a literally sweet breakfast recipe (that's easy to make gluten-free) from the Keepin' It Kind food blog. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 ¼ cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour 
3/4 cup corn or gluten-free flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 ½ cups non-dairy
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup aquafaba (click HERE to learn how to make it)
¼ cup melted coconut oil or sunflower oil
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup lemon juice

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine all flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk until combined.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the non-dairy milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, coconut oil, aquafaba, and vanilla extract, and whisk until combined.
3. Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined (if the batter is too thick (i.e. not pouring easily), add 2 to 3 Tbsp. of non-dairy milk until the batter is thick but pours easily).

4. Heat a large frying pan or griddle over medium heat; liberally spray with cooking oil. Use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop batter and pour a scoop onto the pan/griddle.
5. Sprinkle about 1-2 Tbsp. of chopped strawberries and 1-2 Tbsp. blueberries onto batter. Let cook until pancake edges become firm (about 2 to 3 minutes).
6. Use a spatula to flip pancake and let cook for another 1-2 minutes or until firm and golden. Remove from the heat. Repeat with the rest of the batter.

7. Serve with vegan butter, maple syrup, and more strawberries and blueberries, if desired. 

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 For more vegan recipes visit KeepinItKind.com.
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Six-Year-Old Australian, Vegan Activist Taking Internet (and our hearts) by Storm

on Thursday, 31 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Six-Year-Old Australian, Vegan Activist Taking Internet (and our hearts) by Storm

Evan LeFevre broke onto the vegan scene in 2016 when he was named that year's 'cutest vegan kid' by PETA Kids. Since then the Melbourne native has taken to social media to keep his fans in the loop on his many activism endeavors, including attending our latest National Animal Rights Conference in Washington, D.C. early this month. At the age of 4, shortly after joining his mother in veganism, Evan designed his own t-shirt, which says, "Don't eat cows because they suffer & die. They don't like it & neither do I." Through attending events, designing t-shirts, participating in chalk challenges, visiting farmed animal sanctuaries, and freestyle rapping, Evan is making a name for himself as a young leader in the vegan movement. What's more, Evan is part of the Animal Hero Kids network, a not-for-profit organization that supports and encourages acts of compassion in children, while providing vegan education programs. Keep up the great work Evan! We support you all the way! 

See What Evan is up to on his Facebook page: VeganEvan - Animal Hero.

Tofurky's Beer Battered Vegan Ham Roast FTW

on Wednesday, 30 August 2017. Posted in Products

Tofurky's Beer Battered Vegan Ham Roast FTW

It's not even September yet, what the heck are we doing talking about holidays? Well, you know some people do prefer to get a head start on the planning. Plus, when on the vegan path, amid the possibility of non-vegan friends and family at holiday get togethers, it can feel a wee bit better knowing there are a few things in order ahead of time. Therefore, may we introduce to you this beautiful vegan Ham Roast by the ever wonderful folks at Tofurky. Smoky and sweet with a tangy glaze, and battered in a malty, caramel-y beer by Hopworks Urban Brewery, this roast is sure to impress even the most non-vegan guests at the party.

Get product nutrition info at Tofurky.com.

Down With Dairy: Australia's Biggest Dairy Company Closing Locations

on Tuesday, 29 August 2017. Posted in News

Down With Dairy: Australia's Biggest Dairy Company Closing Locations

With a 22 percent drop in sales, in just this past year, Murray Goulburn (MG)—the largest dairy supplier in Australia—has taken a major hit. As a result, they've been forced to shut down three processing facilities and to halt their line of infant formula. In a public statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, MG noted that the blow is due in part to a "significant reduction in milk intake." On the topic, VegNews reminded us that the word "vegan" was the most searched dietary term in 2016. And non-dairy milk sales are at an all time high. Plant-based milks are the future, no doubt about it.

For more about Murray Goulburn check out DailyMail.co.uk.

RECIPE: Easy & Healthy Strawberry Chia Pudding Parfait, Vegan

on Monday, 28 August 2017. Posted in Recipes

RECIPE: Easy & Healthy Strawberry Chia Pudding Parfait, Vegan

A light, healthy pudding parfait may not be the first thing that comes to mind as we prepare to roll into the leafy, colorful season of fall (about a month away!). However, for those seeking a filling boost to your morning meal, a satisfying post workout snack, or a guilt-free dessert - this one is for you. Superfood, chia seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. The best part is you can totally customize this one with your favorite seasonal fruits and various toppings. Change it up each time, go wild, have fun. Yum!

Pudding Ingredients:
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1-2 drops of sweetener of choice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Parfait Ingredients:
1/2 cup pudding (from above)
1/2 cup unsweetened nondairy yogurt
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
coconut chips, garnish
pepitas, garnish

 

Directions:
1. In a large bowl whisk together the chia seeds, almond milk, sweetener, and vanilla. Let sit for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture is thick. Set aside.
2. Chop strawberries and prep toppings. Feel free to sub for your favorite toppings like granola, nuts, fruits, etc.
3. Select your serving cup and layer alternating 1/4 cups of the pudding and parfait. Top with garnish of choice, serve with slices of strawberries.

 

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Get other simple and healthy vegan recipes on Good-Saint.com.
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An Orange is The New Black Star, NE-Yo, & That Guy From P90X, All Declare Vegan

on Thursday, 24 August 2017.

An Orange is The New Black Star, NE-Yo, & That Guy From P90X, All Declare Vegan

It is not uncommon for celebrities to jump on (and just as quickly, off) popular bandwagons just 'because' or just for kicks. We've seen it with veganism, over the years, as it continues to trend upward. Even though some celebs have come and gone in their cruelty-free claims something that has changed, in this past year alone, is the rate at which their interest and action—in making more vegan food and lifestyle choices—seems to be taking shape. For example, in just the last two weeks actress Danielle Brooks (from Orange is The New Black), singer and choreographer NE-YO, and P90X founder and fitness guru Tony Horton have all declared their new vegan ways. "[After watching What The Health,] I can't know what I [now] know and still eat that stuff. I just can't," NE-YO told the Herald Sun in a recent interview. We can't help but share the good vibes and hopes that veganism continues to pick up steam and kick our world into a higher, more cruelty-free gear. 

Read more from the source on VegNews.com.

Join Our Annual Pledge to #FastAgainstSlaughter

on Wednesday, 23 August 2017. Posted in News, Tips & Ideas

Join Our Annual Pledge to #FastAgainstSlaughter

The Worldwide #FastAgainstSlaughter is fast approaching and you can join us in adding your voice during World Day for Farmed Animals (October 2nd). Each day, 160 million farmed animals are transported to meet their gruesome end at slaughterhouses throughout the world. Through our voluntary sacrifice of food, we will amplify the voices of the billions of farmed animals suffering around the world. Help us inspire others to learn the truth and to mobilize a compassionate global community who will not simply wait around for justice. Plan or attend an event, share on social media, and/or take the pledge today at DayForAnimals.com.

More Than a Dozen Countries Recall Over 1 Million Contaminated Eggs

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in News

More Than a Dozen Countries Recall Over 1 Million Contaminated Eggs

There is a substance called fipronil. Ingesting this substance can cause damaging side effects on people's thyroid, kidney, and liver. Fipronil is used to treat lice on chicken farms, however, it is illegal to use on animals that are bred and raised for human consumption—or that produce byproducts used for human consumption. Traces of fipronil were recently found in samples of eggs from farms in Belgium and the Netherlands resulting in a recall of more than 1 million eggs. This recall reached throughout Hong Kong, Switzerland, and 13 European Union countries. 

Read more about what happened, on BBC.com.

RECIPE: Avocado Black Bean Salad w/Corn & Tomatoes, Vegan

on Monday, 21 August 2017. Posted in Recipes

RECIPE: Avocado Black Bean Salad w/Corn & Tomatoes, Vegan

Zero cooking required this easy peasy, light, healthy salad is sure to become a staple of your summertime meals. Perfect as a side to your bigger salads, veggie dogs, and burgers; great for picnics and camping, this handy and fast-to-prepare dish can be made in a snap. Turn your favorite tortillas into dipping 'spoon' for this one, or add as a topping to your Taco Tuesday game plan. Whatever it is, we're sure that you're going to be glad you've got this recipe in your back pocket. Eat up and enjoy!

Ingredients:
2-3 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup white corn kernels
1 avocado, pitted & cubed
15oz. can of black beans, drained & rinsed
1 tsp. cumin
Juice of 1 lime
Salt, to taste

Directions:
1. Prepare all ingredients as mentioned above.
2. Place ingredients into a medium bowl, toss and stir to combine well.
3. Serve with tortilla chips or a side salad.
NOTE: Mixture will keep for 2-3 days in a sealed jar.

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For more quick and simple vegan recipes see SundayMorningBananaPancakes.com.
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