WOW! Canada Has Eliminated The Milk Category From National Food Guide And May Tell Residents To Choose Vegan!

WOW! Canada Has Eliminated The Milk Category From National Food Guide And May Tell Residents To Choose Vegan!

Well done, Canada! After consulting with the public on plans to revise the national food guide, the Canadian government has now released a new draft of their healthy eating recommendations and the guide favors a “high More »

12 Defining Moments In Every Vegan’s Life

12 Defining Moments In Every Vegan’s Life

You know you’re an experienced vegan when you’ve lived all of these defining moments. 1. Finding out white sugar isn’t vegan. Via realitytvgifs.tumblr.com That’s right. Most conventional white sugar is filtered with bone char. More »

Vegan 16-Year-Old Keeps Surprising His Instagram Fans With His Stunning Desserts And Breakfasts

Vegan 16-Year-Old Keeps Surprising His Instagram Fans With His Stunning Desserts And Breakfasts

You might already know about Jose, a 16-year-old vegan teen, who has almost 750k followers on Instagram because of his colorful and fun vegan food. Jose’s motto is “Life is too short More »

26 Vegan Classics You Should Learn How To Cook

26 Vegan Classics You Should Learn How To Cook

1. Vegetarian tofu scramble thegardengrazer.com It’s filling, easy to whip up with whatever’s in your fridge, and goes perfectly with starchy vegetables or wrapped up in a tortilla. Recipe here. 2. Vegan nacho cheese yumsome.com More »

These 10 elite athletes are vegan — here’s what made them switch their diet

These 10 elite athletes are vegan — here’s what made them switch their diet

Improving everything from cholesterol and heart rate to concentration and a solid night’s sleep, there seem to be plenty of health benefits to ditching dairy, meat, and eggs. However, one thing that More »

 

WU-TANG CLAN PARTNERS WITH WHITE CASTLE TO PROMOTE VEGAN IMPOSSIBLE SLIDER

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For nearly 100 years, White Castle has been one of those fast food chains that people either love, hate, or tolerate when it’s time to feed the munchies. Wu-Tang Clan’s The RZA has teamed up with White Castle to promote its veggie burger slider in a most unique way, continuing a long-running partnership of sorts between the brands.

Veg News reports:

White Castle shared a promotional video on Instagram, wherein Wu-Tang member and longtime vegan RZA directed followers to a hotline set up to promote the Impossible Slider. “Peace. My name is RZA9000, formerly known as the RZA. I have uploaded my consciousness into a supreme data system and now I possess the knowledge infinite,” the disembodied voice of RZA says in the video.

“Together with the Wu-Tang Clan, we will slide through space, seek wisdom, and expand the parameters of the mind. If you are an Earthling and you need answers, call 1-833-4-SLIDER.” The phone number connects to a recorded message, wherein RZA urges callers to leave a “question about existence” that may be used as part of the campaign, ending the recording with a cryptic statement. “All will be revealed. Wu-Tang in space, eating vegan Impossible Sliders—October 1.”

Back in April, Ghostface Killa and Cappadonna rocked a set at a Brooklyn White Castle to promote the launch of the Impossible Slider, and a look on some Wu-Tang members’ social media pages show and prove that the might WTC is down with the mighty WC.

According to most accounts, the Impossible Slider is selling well and will eventually be made available via all its chains nationwide.

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WOW! Canada Has Eliminated The Milk Category From National Food Guide And May Tell Residents To Choose Vegan!

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Well done, Canada!

After consulting with the public on plans to revise the national food guide, the Canadian government has now released a new draft of their healthy eating recommendations and the guide favors a “high proportion of plant-based foods”!

The food guide’s first recommendation notes the importance of whole foods and states that plant-based foods are the preferred source of protein. The guide recommends, “regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein-rich foods, especially plant-based sources of protein.” Wow!

THAT’S EXCITING ENOUGH, BUT THE DRAFT FOOD GUIDE HAS ELIMINATED THE MILK CATEGORY ENTIRELY AND LEGUMES HAVE BEEN PLACED HIGHER ABOVE ANIMAL FOODS. HOW AMAZING IS THAT!?

The food guide also notes that ““diets higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods are associated with a lesser environmental impact,” and acknowledges that the animal agriculture industry is linked to the environment. This is great news considering this destructive industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources, uses the majority of our freshwater stores, and drives more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined. Plus, industrialized animal agriculture also  causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction.

THE FOOD GUIDE WAS BASED ON HEALTH EVIDENCE, AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON CANADIAN’S EATING HABITS, WITH INDUSTRY-COMMISSIONERS EXCLUDED FROM THE GUIDE.

The guide hasn’t been finalized yet and it’s imperative to show our support for this progressive change. You can click here to let the Canadian government know what you like about the food guide and please encourage your friends to do the same!

Knowing all that we do about the impact of meat consumption on the environment and animals, we are faced with a choice – either we can continue to be sold into this destructive industry … or we can choose better.

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12 Defining Moments In Every Vegan’s Life

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You know you’re an experienced vegan when you’ve lived all of these defining moments.

1. Finding out white sugar isn’t vegan.

That's right. Most conventional white sugar is filtered with bone char.

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That’s right. Most conventional white sugar is filtered with bone char.
 
2. Upgrading from Boca burgers to “whole food patties.”

Meat analogues are for amateurs. Quinoa and millet burgers for the win!

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Meat analogues are for amateurs. Quinoa and millet burgers for the win!

3. Purchasing a cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.
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Bonus point if you start using the word “nooch” in place of nutritional yeast.

4. Considering a move to Portland, OR solely based on the plethora of vegan options.

You can get almond milk lattes at the airport!

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You can get almond milk lattes at the airport!

5. Making avocado chocolate mousse.

The best part? Serving it to friends and family and asking them to guess the "secret ingredient."

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The best part? Serving it to friends and family and asking them to guess the “secret ingredient.”

6. Purchasing a “nut milk” bag to make your own almond milk.

Hardcore vegan brownie points for making a nut milk that is not commercially available (i.e.: pecan milk, walnut milk).

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Hardcore vegan brownie points for making a nut milk that is not commercially available (i.e.: pecan milk, walnut milk).

7. Staying zen when asked questions about veganism that used to irritate you.

"Do you eat enough protein?"/ "Doesn't soy give you man-boobs?"/ "How are you not starving all the time?"/ "Would you eat an animal if it died of natural causes?"/ Etc...

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“Do you eat enough protein?”/ “Doesn’t soy give you man-boobs?”/ “How are you not starving all the time?”/ “Would you eat an animal if it died of natural causes?”/ Etc…
 
8. Mastering the art of getting nutritional yeast to stick to popcorn

Tip: Spray the popped kernels with olive or coconut oil, and *then* sprinkle the "nooch."

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Tip: Spray the popped kernels with olive or coconut oil, and *then* sprinkle the “nooch.”

9. Feeling conflicted and hypocritical about the fact that your pet is not vegan.

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When you Googled “can my cat be vegan?”, you just ended up more confused.

10. Becoming a hummus connoiseur and realizing most store brands don’t come close to your homemade recipe.

And you know hummus is the best salad dressing!

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And you know hummus is the best salad dressing!

11. Knowing the protein content of every single vegetable.

You know you've achieved "expert vegan" status when you've memorized the protein content of broccoli.

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You know you’ve achieved “expert vegan” status when you’ve memorized the protein content of broccoli.

12. Crafting a fantastic restaurant meal out of side dishes in less than 5 seconds.
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“I’ll have a side of plantains, a side of black beans, a side of guacamole, and a side of the sauteed spinach with garlic, please.”

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Bacon Is As Dangerous As Cigarettes

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Eating bacon is as bad as smoking cigarettes.

The World Health Organization has just reported that eating bacon could give people bowel cancer. In effect, this means that it is just as bad as smoking cigarettes.

Bacon Can Increase Risk of Bowel Cancer

comprehensive study has just been published that follows up on a report dating back to late 2015 about processed meats causing cancer. This meant that the World Health Organization said that sausages, bacon and other meats that had been processed were put in the group 1 carcinogenic category, which also includes cigarettes, asbestos, and arsenic.

The World Health Organization said that eating 50 grams of processed meat each day, which is around the equivalent of eating a couple of rashers of bacon or a single hot dog, sees the risk of bowel cancer rising by 18%. It was also stated that 34,000 additional deaths related to cancer occurred worldwide every year due to eating processed meat.

Damming Report Came From 400 Studies in 10 Countries

Eating bacon was said to be as bad as smoking cigarettes by the World Health Organization after they reviewed evidence that was exhaustive that had been provided by 22 scientists who conducted more than 400 studies over ten different countries. The study took data from many hundreds of thousands of subjects.

The core research revealed that processed meats such as hot dogs, sausages, salami, and pastrami are all meats that are smoked, salted, cured or have preservatives added to them. When people eat huge quantities of additives, they face a bigger risk of developing cancer, more specifically bowel cancer, said the World Cancer Research Fund.

Bowel Cancer Is Third Most Common Cancer in World

The National Health Service said that anyone who eats a large quantity of the meats faces a higher risk of contracting bowel cancer than those who only eat them in small amounts. It was revealed that in Europe bowel cancer is the second most common type of cancer along with being the third most common around the globe, said Cancer Research UK.

After the results of the research were revealed, the sales of bacon dipped sharply, and supermarkets in Britain said that the drop in sales was around £3 million in only a fortnight. Some years after the first report, the sales did rise, but still, there is a real danger to eating a lot of bacon and other processed meats.

As bacon and sausage make up the staple of the full English breakfast in Europe, people are not starting the day off right with a healthy meal; instead, they are putting themselves at risk of contracting cancer. The video below might put you off frying up that bacon for breakfast as it shows the whole process of how bacon is made.

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16 Vegan Dessert Recipes That Use Less Than 8 Ingredients

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From creamy peanut butter and chocolate mousse to delicious berry pop tarts, these simple vegan dessert recipes are so delicious you won’t believe how easy they are to make.

1. Easy 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mousse

The perfect dessert for dinner parties. And the best bit? It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and still tastes incredibly delicious. Get the recipe here.

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The perfect dessert for dinner parties. And the best bit? It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and still tastes incredibly delicious. Get the recipe here.

2. Salted Chocolate Truffle Bars

These salty chocolate truffle bars are the perfect vegan indulgent treat and only use 5 ingredients! Find the recipe here.

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These salty chocolate truffle bars are the perfect vegan indulgent treat and only use 5 ingredients! Find the recipe here.

3. Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These chewy cookies are so easy to make and will satisfy any sweet cravings. Get the recipe here.

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These chewy cookies are so easy to make and will satisfy any sweet cravings. Get the recipe here.

4. Peanut Butter and Raspberry Flapjacks

You can't go wrong with peanut butter and raspberry in a flapjack. Get the recipe for this super easy recipe here.

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You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and raspberry in a flapjack. Get the recipe for this super easy recipe here.

5. No-Bake Nutella Cookie Dough Bites

Soft, chewy and chocolatey bites. Get the recipe here.

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Soft, chewy and chocolatey bites. Get the recipe here.

6. Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Balls

Think sweet doughy pretzels with a hint of spicy cinnamon. Get the recipe here.

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Think sweet doughy pretzels with a hint of spicy cinnamon. Get the recipe here.

7. Raw Key Lime Pies

The most refreshing creamy dessert option? Key Lime Pie! Get the full recipe here.

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The most refreshing creamy dessert option? Key Lime Pie! Get the full recipe here.

8. Peanut Butter Cups

A smooth gooey peanut butter centre coated in velvety chocolate. Get the simple recipe for these here.

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A smooth gooey peanut butter centre coated in velvety chocolate. Get the simple recipe for these here.

9. Berry Pop Tarts

Flaky pastry with a sweet and sticky jam filling. Get the recipe here.

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Flaky pastry with a sweet and sticky jam filling. Get the recipe here.

10. Mint Chocolate Truffles

The perfect after dinner minty treat. Get the recipe here.

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The perfect after dinner minty treat. Get the recipe here.

11. 5 Ingredient Chocolate Silk Pie

The easiest creamy chocolate pie you will ever come across. Get the recipe here.

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The easiest creamy chocolate pie you will ever come across. Get the recipe here.

12. 5 Ingredient Snickers Ice Cream Bars

Caramel, peanut and chocolate all in one bar? These are frozen dessert perfection. Get the recipe here.

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Caramel, peanut and chocolate all in one bar? These are frozen dessert perfection. Get the recipe here.

13. Gooey Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The gooiest chocolatey banana bread. Get the recipe here.

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The gooiest chocolatey banana bread. Get the recipe here.

14. Peanut Butter Jelly Tartlets

Who doesn't love a peanut butter and berry jelly combo? Get this super simple recipe here.

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Who doesn’t love a peanut butter and berry jelly combo? Get this super simple recipe here.

15. 3 Ingredient Chocolate Crunch Bars

Such a quick and deliciously crunchy chocolate snack. Get the recipe here.

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Such a quick and deliciously crunchy chocolate snack. Get the recipe here.

16. No Bake Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

The creamiest chocolate layer sits on top of a crumble Oreo base. Get the recipe here.
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The creamiest chocolate layer sits on top of a crumble Oreo base. Get the recipe here.

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Vegan 16-Year-Old Keeps Surprising His Instagram Fans With His Stunning Desserts And Breakfasts

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You might already know about Jose, a 16-year-old vegan teen, who has almost 750k followers on Instagram because of his colorful and fun vegan food.


Jose’s motto is “Life is too short to eat boring food” so it makes sense that boy creates many different colorful food designs. His main shareable meals are smoothies, pies, and popsicles, mostly from frozen fruit and coconut milk.

Would you like to try any of these? Let us know down below.

More info: Instagram

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26 Vegan Classics You Should Learn How To Cook

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1. Vegetarian tofu scramble

It's filling, easy to whip up with whatever's in your fridge, and goes perfectly with starchy vegetables or wrapped up in a tortilla. Recipe here.

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It’s filling, easy to whip up with whatever’s in your fridge, and goes perfectly with starchy vegetables or wrapped up in a tortilla. Recipe here.

2. Vegan nacho cheese

An ample serving of nutritional yeast and a tablespoon of white miso give this vegan cheese the flavorful kick you won't find in many grocery store vegan cheeses. And of course, if you want something less intense, you can simply use less nutritional yeast. Recipe here.

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An ample serving of nutritional yeast and a tablespoon of white miso give this vegan cheese the flavorful kick you won’t find in many grocery store vegan cheeses. And of course, if you want something less intense, you can simply use less nutritional yeast. Recipe here.

3. Crispy falafels

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Have you heard the good news about pan-fried falafel patties yet? They’re crunchy, savory, and can be paired with just about any type of green to make a complete meal. Recipe here.

4. Vegan Chili

The ideal recipe for making in large portions and reheating later. Recipe here.

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The ideal recipe for making in large portions and reheating later. Recipe here.

5. Mac & Cheese

Replicates that tangy cheesy flavor of all the best boxed mac 'n' cheese. (God bless nutritional yeast). Recipe here.

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Replicates that tangy cheesy flavor of all the best boxed mac ‘n’ cheese. (God bless nutritional yeast). Recipe here.

6. Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables

The answer is yes, there is a better way to roast vegetables, and it involves all of the herbs. Namely, oregano, crushed rosemary, thyme, and basil. Recipe here.

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The answer is yes, there is a better way to roast vegetables, and it involves all of the herbs. Namely, oregano, crushed rosemary, thyme, and basil. Recipe here.

7. Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Texture is a huge part of the eating experience, and thankfully this sauce replicates the smooth and creamy feel of the non-vegan stuff pretty accurately. Recipe here.

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Texture is a huge part of the eating experience, and thankfully this sauce replicates the smooth and creamy feel of the non-vegan stuff pretty accurately. Recipe here.

8. Buddha Bowl

There's really no wrong way to put together a buddha bowl. Just throw in some protein, vegetables, and grains, and you're good to go. Here's one recipe to get you started.

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There’s really no wrong way to put together a buddha bowl. Just throw in some protein, vegetables, and grains, and you’re good to go. Here’s one recipe to get you started.

9. Miso, Spinach, And Mushroom Ramen

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Never underestimate the power of mushrooms and a miso slurry to transform a simple vegetable broth into a tasty, lick-your-bowl-clean ramen base. Recipe here.

10. Tempeh Reuben

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Vegans know that there are a ton of non-animal source of protein, with tempeh being one of the most flexible ones. Sweeten it up to make orange tempeh, or use liquid smoke to make the spicy, savory variation above. Recipe here.

11. Baked Tofu Nuggets

Crispy tofu cubes are great as a snack, or added to stir-frys, salads, and other bowls. Recipe here.

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Crispy tofu cubes are great as a snack, or added to stir-frys, salads, and other bowls. Recipe here.

12. Tortilla Soup With Avocado

A quick soup recipe that'll actually fill you up. Recipe here.

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A quick soup recipe that’ll actually fill you up. Recipe here.

13. Lemony Quinoa Brussels Sprouts Salad

Awesome on its own (maybe with a drizzle of tahini!) or as a base for all your meals. Recipe here.

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Awesome on its own (maybe with a drizzle of tahini!) or as a base for all your meals. Recipe here.

14. Cauliflower BBQ Pizza

Cheese is anything but essential to making a great-tasting pizza. This one's savory, sweet, and just a little crispy from the roasted cauliflowers. Recipe here.

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Cheese is anything but essential to making a great-tasting pizza. This one’s savory, sweet, and just a little crispy from the roasted cauliflowers. Recipe here.

15. Eggplant, Caramelized Onion, And Tomato Pasta

Heat + eggplants and onions = Delicious, sweet, caramelized vegetables that perfectly complement tangy tomato sauce. Recipe here.

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Heat + eggplants and onions = Delicious, sweet, caramelized vegetables that perfectly complement tangy tomato sauce. Recipe here.

16. Zuppa Toscana

Ideal for a cozy weeknight in (or when you just have a sack full of potatoes you need to get rid of 😅). Use full-fat coconut milk for the creamiest results. Recipe here.

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Ideal for a cozy weeknight in (or when you just have a sack full of potatoes you need to get rid of 😅). Use full-fat coconut milk for the creamiest results. Recipe here.

17. Fried Rice

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Take-out is great, but this healthyish dish with spicy peanut sauce is even better. Recipe here.

18. Sloppy Joes

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Add more cumin for extra smokiness. Recipe here.

19. Vegan Meatballs

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Twirling pasta around a fork and biting into a giant “meatball” has got to be one of the funnest eating experiences, and no vegan should go without it. Recipe here.

20. Italian Eggplant Sandwich

Because not every meat replacement has to involve beans. Recipe here.

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Because not every meat replacement has to involve beans. Recipe here.

21. Balsamic Roasted Potatoes With Asparagus

Add in sweet potatoes, parsnips, or other root vegetables to liven up this one-pan side dish. Recipe here.

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Add in sweet potatoes, parsnips, or other root vegetables to liven up this one-pan side dish. Recipe here.

22. Vegan Beef Stroganoff

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You can also opt for Gardein Beefless Tips or tempeh instead of seitan. Read up on all the vegan meat substitutes out there here. Recipe here.

23. Creamy Hummus

Hands down the creamiest and most addictive hummus recipe you'll ever try (The magic is in the tahini). Recipe here.

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Hands down the creamiest and most addictive hummus recipe you’ll ever try (The magic is in the tahini). Recipe here.

24. Lasagna With Hummus Tofu Ricotta

You could technically buy a vegan ricotta substitute, or you can make this lasagna with vegan tofu-hummus ricotta that is somehow able to perfectly replicate the dairy stuff. Pro tip: Make extra tofu ricotta to snack on later. Recipe here.

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You could technically buy a vegan ricotta substitute, or you can make this lasagna with vegan tofu-hummus ricotta that is somehow able to perfectly replicate the dairy stuff. Pro tip: Make extra tofu ricotta to snack on later. Recipe here.

25. Parmesan Cheese

Takes just four ingredients and less than five minutes of your time. Recipe here.

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Takes just four ingredients and less than five minutes of your time. Recipe here.

26. Potato And Onion Omelette

Thanks to chickpea flour, you can get a hearty serving of protein with every bite. (And have an answer for every time your friends ask you how you're getting your protein 🙃.) Recipe here.

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Thanks to chickpea flour, you can get a hearty serving of protein with every bite. (And have an answer for every time your friends ask you how you’re getting your protein 🙃.) Recipe here.

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The Top 8 Reasons Why Everyone Should Stop Consuming Dairy

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There are countless reasons why everyone should really stop consuming dairy foods. Don’t worry—I’m not telling you to cut back on ice cream and pizza. I’m just here to give you the top 8 reasons why you should switch over to the (even more delicious) dairy-free versions of these foods.

1. Cows used for their milk are slaughtered.

I’m not only talking about the older cows, whose necks are cut when they’re “spent.” Male calves are taken from their moms on the same day that they’re born and sold for veal.


 

If you’re not familiar with veal, it’s the meat that comes from baby cows who are forced to spend their short lives in tiny crates. The absurdly small enclosures are designed to ensure that the calves can’t exercise and grow muscles so that their flesh can be used for tender “gourmet” meat.

2. Calves suffer when they’re torn away from their moms.

It’s not only the male calves who are taken from their moms shortly after birth. Even female babies are torn away from their moms within their first day of life so that humans can consume the milk intended for them instead. If humans weren’t involved, these babies would nurse from their mothers for a full year—that’s longer than many humans breastfeed.

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And that’s not all. One veterinary studied showed that, if given the chance, “cow and calf will maintain a lifelong relationship of social contact and companionship.” Can you imagine being separated from your mom as a baby and forced into a miserably abusive life? Mother cows are often heard calling for their calves for days after they’ve been taken away.

3. There’s horrifying abuse involved in the dairy process.

Cows endure extreme abuse on many dairy farms. They’re artificially inseminated shortly after their first birthday—which means that a human shoves his or her hand into the cow’s rectum to orient her uterus and then forces an instrument filled with semen into her vagina. This happens every 10 months for the rest of her life. Gag.


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Eyewitness footage has caught workers kicking cows and jabbing them with pocketknives as well as beating them with crowbars and stabbing them with pitchforks.

4. Cows on dairy farms suffer from extreme neglect.

Some cows spend their entire lives standing on concrete floors. Others are confined to extremely crowded lots, where they’re forced to live in their own poop. One dairy farm was shut down when it was discovered that the cows were forced to stand, sleep, and EAT in their own knee-deep waste.

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Cows have a natural lifespan of about 20 years and can produce milk for eight or nine years. But the stress caused by conditions on factory farms leads to disease and other issues that cause cows to be considered worthless to the dairy industry by the time they’re 4 or 5 years old, at which point they’re slaughtered.

5. Dairy production is helping to ruin the environment.

It’s true—dairy farms are polluting our water, air, and land. In California, America’s top milk-producing state, manure from dairy farms has poisoned hundreds of miles of groundwater, rivers, and streams. That’s because each cow (of the 1 million cows on the state’s dairy farms) produces 18 gallons of poop every day. There’s just nowhere else for it to go.

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Plus, the dairy industry is the primary cause of smog-forming pollutants in California. A single cow emits more of these harmful gasses than a car does. You’re probably starting to wonder, “Hmm … what use are car smog tests in California when people can still eat massive amounts of dairy foods without any restrictions?” GOOD QUESTION.

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Finally, two-thirds of all agricultural land in the U.S. is used to raise animals for food or to grow grain to feed them. And each cow raised by the dairy industry consumes as much as 40 gallons of water per day—and we wonder why California can’t kick this drought. Basically, you can’t honestly call yourself an environmentalist if you consume dairy foods.

6. It’s meant for calves, not humans.

Seriously. Apart from humans, no species drinks milk beyond infancy or drinks the milk of another species. The purpose of cow’s milk is to meet the nutritional needs of baby cows. Mind = blown. These baby cows have four stomachs and need to gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months—I’ve never met a human who had this same goal.

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Most humans begin to produce less lactase (the enzyme that helps with milk digestion) when they’re as young as 2 years old. That’s because, errrm, we’re not supposed to need milk after that.

7. Dairy foods are unhealthy for humans.

Human bodies fight cow’s milk. According to the American Gastroenterological Association, cow’s milk is the number one food allergy among infants and children. Not to mention—millions of Americans are lactose intolerant.

A U.K. study showed that people who suffered from irregular heartbeats, asthma, headaches, fatigue, and digestive problems “showed marked and often complete improvements in their health after cutting milk from their diets.”

Dairy milk is also super-high in cholesterol. A single serving can contain as much as 24 mg of cholesterol, whereas dairy-free milks have none. Also, multiple studies have shown that the consumption of cow’s milk was linked to an increase in acne. Yikes.

8. We can get more than enough protein and calcium from vegan foods.

Nuts, seeds, yeast, grains, and beans and other legumes are extremely high in protein. And eating too much animal protein has been linked to the development of endometrial, pancreatic, and prostate cancer. In terms of calcium, black-eyed peas, soy milk, sesame seeds, kale, seaweed, white beans, and tons of other plant-based foods are full of it.

Whether you’re stunned by these statistics or just sick of having all these facts regurgitated at you, stop consuming dairy foods. Countless suffering cows, the environment, and your own body will all be better for it.

By Peta2

McDonald’s Is Testing a New Vegan Burger!

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The times are a changing! McDonald’s recently announced “The McVegan,” a soy-based patty topped with vegan fixings. The all-vegan burger is currently being tested at a McDonald’s location in Tampere, Finland, from October 4th through November 21st, so you might want to grab your plane ticket soon!

Of course, if you’re avoiding all animal products, then you’ll want to skip the fries. Unfortunately, McDonald’s fries contain “natural beef flavors,” an ingredient that is made from wheat and milk derivatives. Don’t worry, though — you can pick up an order of vegan fries to-go at Wendy’s.

We’re glad to see McDonald’s get on board with the plant-based trend, also just recently released an all-vegetarian burger in France. For all of us who are stateside, don’t worry, you can still get your meat-free burger fix at fast food establishments. The plant-based Beyond Burger is being tested in T.G.I. Friday’s locations and White Castle offers two different vegan burgers.

According to the 2017 Protein Alternatives Report by global market research firm Mintel, Millennials are especially open to meat alternatives; 64 percent have tried meatless burgers. Meanwhile, only one in five Millennials has tried a Big Mac. Whether one is gravitating towards meatless options due to diet, environmental concerns, health, or animal welfare concerns, veggie burgers are no longer a fringe trend!

We’ll see how the McVegan does in Finland and will anxiously await its move to the U.S.!

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GIANT EGG COMPANY REPORTS $74M LOSS DUE TO VEGAN ALTERNATIVES

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Giant egg company Cal-Maine Foods’ CEO says vegan alternatives are responsible for the company’s first big loss of profits in over a decade. Large egg company Cal-Maine Foods (CMF) released its earnings report for 2017, and the numbers looked dire. For the first time in over one decade, the company reported a loss of $74.3 million for the last fiscal year. The company’s profit plummeted by $24.5 million in its fourth-quarter alone—a stark contrast to the $367,000 that the company lost in the same time period last year.

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