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Going Vegan? Avoid These 5 Common Pitfalls


I don’t like labels. At all. But I don’t eat any animal products, including dairy, in my diet, so that means that technically I could fit the label of “vegan.” There are many strong research studies that show eating a vegan diet can be a good choice for your body, for animals, and for the planet.In one study, conducted at the University of Kuopio, Finland, and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, middle-aged Finnish vegans had significantly higher blood concentrations of antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as greater overall antioxidant activity than the meat-eaters.

9 Vegan Food Hacks That Are The Height Of Inventiveness


Vegans are smart. Their inventiveness knows no bounds. With a little brainpower and without using animal products, these herbivores have found a way to enjoy the same foods as everyone else. They aren’t excluded from indulging in the delicious; they have their cake and eat it too, they just make sure their cake doesn’t contain any eggs or dairy. While popular desserts tend to rely on eggs, milk or butter for decadence, vegans continue to mastermind cunning hacks that allow them to enjoy the same great tastes as the rest of the world. See the brilliant vegan equations below — whether you’re a carnivore or strictly stick to plants, you’re sure to appreciate the science that went into imagining these recipes. Respect.

Vegan restaurants, meal ideas, recipes and more – the hot trends coming for 2017


A record number of people registered for the Veganuary campaign this year. The aim of Veganuary is to encourage people to try veganism, just for a month but people often find they love the lifestyle change so much they never go back. This comes after dairy-free cheese (I mean, Gary) has made headlines for surpassing expected sales by 300%, and people just couldn’t stop talking about vegan fried chicken. It’s clear that veganism is on the up.Here’s what to look out for in 2017, plus an excuse to droll over some delicious food porn.



This is a great video presentation addressing the process related to the creation of 90 – 95% of our dietary animal products. It examines the stories we have been told our whole lives about food that aren’t necessarily true. Sometimes when we are told something long enough, we begin to believe it and make it a part of our lives so heavily that we are not able to see the other side of the coin anymore. One of my favorite points in the video is when he calls reference to tradition. There have been many traditions we had in our culture over time that no longer exist today. These traditions started with us thinking things were one way when really they could have been another.

Vegan snacks: 15 treats that are free from milk, egg and other animal products


Being vegan – that’s eating a plant-based diet, so no meat, fish, eggs or dairy – is pretty popular right now. With the likes of Deliciously Ella topping the cookbook charts it’s easy to believe that being vegan means being super healthy all the time. But if you fancy the occasional processed treat, fear not. We’ve compiled a list of 15 foods that just happen to be vegan. They weren’t made with the intention of feeding vegans – they just happen to be that way. And some of them might surprise you.

This 300-Pound Football Player Runs on a Vegan Diet


Eating vegan gets a lot of attention as a way to cleanse or lose weight, and I think that this method for promoting veganism isn’t always helpful. It focuses on veganism as a crash diet, rather than a lifestyle choice. That’s why I was thrilled to run across the amazing story of defensive lineman David Carter who went vegan to improve his health—and stayed vegan because he’s never felt better. Carter was trying to reach a weight goal of 300 pounds. At 285 pounds, he was eating massive amounts of dairy products to up his weight, and he felt terrible. In a GQ interview, he described a life of chronic, debilitating pain from tendinitis that at first he blamed on his day job. When Carter learned that dairy can sometimes exacerbate tendinitis, he decided to give eating vegan a try. He told GQ: “I realized I was making everything worse. I was feeding the tendinitis, the muscle fatigue, everything. So the next day I went vegan. The first thing I ate was a bean burger and haven’t eaten meat since.”

Six reasons to go vegan, according to science


January is the month of resolutions, good intentions, and the occasional fad diet. The time of year when indulgence is replaced with abstinence; joviality with sobriety. You’ve probably already heard about Dry January (an attempt to mop up our excessive festive alcohol consumption) – but this year the better-life seekers can also opt for Veganuary. In short, eliminating all meat, fish, dairy and eggs from your diet for the month. The initiative, launched in 2014, seeks to encourage people to try a vegan diet, stating that “Veganism is one of the most effective choices a person can make to reduce the suffering of animals, help the planet and improve personal health.” Despite the stereotypical litany of vegan-myths (think: under-nourished, long-haired, hippie lentil-lovers), veganism is steadily becoming one of the most popular diets around the world. Propagated by the clean eating brigade, it has a lengthy list of celebrity backers: Russell Brand, Ellen Degeneres, Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson. And then there’s the ever-growing list of vegan athletes, including Serena Williams, Mike Tyson and former Mr Universe Barnabas du Plessis (a past PETA spokesperson), which should put paid to anyone with the phrase “but what about protein?” on their lips.

Intrigued? Here are six scientifically tested reasons to give Veganuary a go this month. You never know, you might even be tempted to carry on beyond February 1.

1. It can help you lose weight

Veganuary is a great way to make up for Christmas excess
Veganuary is a great way to make up for Christmas excess CREDIT: GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

It’s diet season! If the four weeks of endless boozing, chocolate-nibbling and mince pie-scoffing that essentially makes up December has left your belt a little tight, Veganuary may be just the ticket to help you shed the extra pounds (as long as you move a bit as well). A 2015 study showed that those following a vegan diet lost comparatively more weight than those following omnivorous and vegetarian ones. Good news for anyone still in a cheese-induced coma.

2. It’s good for the environment

Eating meat has a much more significant impact on the environment than eating plant-based foods
Eating meat has a much more significant impact on the environment than eating plant-based foods

Agriculture is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions (more than all transport), potentially increasing to 50pc by 2050. Rearing livestock for animal-based products requires far more land, water and energy than producing grain; 27kg CO2 is generated per kilo beef in comparison to 0.9kg per kilo of lentils. According to a 2016 Oxford study, the adoption of a vegan diet globally would cut food-related emissions by 70pc. That’s got to be a good reason to put down the ham sandwich.

3. It might make you live longer (if you do it for more than a month)

While veganism isn’t necessarily a one-way ticket to a zen-like, eternal youth, numerous scientific studies have been taken to measure the impact of a plant-based diet in reducing the risk of major diseases, including diabetes and heart disease with positive results.  A vegan diet also eases the symptoms of arthritis-sufferers and can help to prevent obesity, which affects 1 in 6 Britons and is a leading cause of death.

A 2016 study from Oxford argues that the mass-adoption of a vegan diet could cut 8.1 million deaths a year. Becoming vegan for 31 days is not going to have the same effect, but it’s worth bearing in mind.

4. Eating vegetables is good for you, duh

No one needs to tell you that eating fruit and vegetables is beneficial, but in case you’ve forgotten everything your parents and teachers ever taught you, they’re full of essential vitamins and minerals (including calcium, potassium and Vitamin C) and dietary fibre. All of these should keep you feeling and (ideally) looking great. Even though you’ve had the 5-a-day mantra drilled into you for years, the chances are you’re still not eating enough fruit and veg. Unless you plan to survive on a diet of crisps and vegan sausages (I don’t recommend it) trying out Veganuary will, if anything, force you to eat more of the good stuff.

5. It makes you smell better

Research says a vegan diet makes your sweat more attractive to women
Research says a vegan diet makes your sweat more attractive to women CREDIT:  JOANA LOPES / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

Go ahead and raise your eyebrows, but a recent study analysed the sweat of those who eat a diet of mainly fruit and vegetables, and found that it was deemed to be more attractive to women (who actually had to smell and evaluate each sample) than those on a carb-heavy diet. The sweat produced by veg-eating men was described as “floral, fruity, sweet or having medicinal qualities.” Do you need another reason?

6. It could even make you better in bed…

According to a highly disputed TV advert, that is.


Live like a vegan, cook like a vegan

Vegan food can be creative and colourful
Vegan food can be creative and colourful

Now that you’re sold on Veganuary, it’s time to embrace the opportunity to experience a whole new world of cuisine. There are a innumerable delicious ways to eat vegetables, and, in case you missed it, veganism is a big deal in the food world now, with bloggers and books such as Deliciously Ella and The Happy Pear soaring to popularity. And it’s not just blonde twenty-somethings who are championing the humble veg, chef  Yotam Ottolenghi and food writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (who definitely knows his way around a carcass) have both dedicated books to them. So stop moaning, get in the kitchen and try something new. You may even find you like it.

Via Telegraph

What Do Vegans Put in their Sandwiches? A guide to Vegan Sandwich Fillings


If cheese, ham, mayo, and other animal based foods are out, what do vegans put in their sandwiches??While this question sounds funny to me now, it wasn’t so amusing when I first became vegan and thought my sandwich days were over. Little did I know that a whole world of vegan sandwiches, based on cruelty-free options, would open up to me on my vegan path.  Since becoming vegan, my sandwich world has expanded far and beyond the standard, unimaginative and repetitive sandwich choices we’ve all grown accustomed to; I’ve discovered a world of great variety, flavors and textures.

The Best Vegan Egg Replacement For Any Meal You Can Imagine


One thing I used to find very hard is finding vegan egg replacements. Eggs do help with texture, especially in baking, but this is surely not a good enough reason for one to compromise their vegan values!

When I first started looking for substitutes, I would just use a flaxseed egg on everything. And to be honest, it worked… I wasn’t even strict enough with the quantities… I would just mix some water with grounded flaxseed, let it sit for a few minutes, and then use it for whatever was am baking. It gives a lot of peace of mind, though, when you know you have many more options (plus the explanations how and when to use them). Here’s an





Brownies Silken Tofu/ Tofu ( 1/4 cup blended silken tofu = 1 egg ) Process in a blender until completely smooth and creamy, leaving no graininess or chunks. You will want to attach other wet ingredients to this mixture to return with it to blend properly.
Applesauce (1/3 cup applesauce = 1 egg or ¼ cup Applesauce + 1 tsp Baking Powder ) Chocolate in the brownies overpowers the flavor of applesauce, so it can be safely used, and is in fact, one of the best egg substitute in a brownie mix.
Soy Yogurt ( ¼ cup Yogurt= 1 EGG ) If you are a vegan, you may opt for soy yogurt. Just beat it well and add it to the brownie mix.
Flax seeds (1 tbsp ground Flax seeds +3 tbsp Water =1 egg) Grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder, and mix with water. Allow it to rest till it becomes gelatinous, then use.
Bananas (½ pureed Banana, abt 1/4 cup = 1 egg) Just mash it smooth, and use it but the addition of banana will alter the flavor of the brownies
Commercial Egg Substitute Use as per instructions on pack. Many people who have used this find it can have a peculiar aftertaste. However, there have been exceptions to this case.
Breads Bananas (½ pureed Banana, abt 1/4 cup = 1 egg) Recipes: Banana Blueberry Bread
Soy yogurt (1/4 cup soy yogurt = 1egg) Soy yogurt works deeply like whiz tofu as an egg replacer. Helps to make it moist
Water (one egg with 1/4 cup water. Recipe:Vegan Banana Nut Bread
Flax seeds (1 tbsp ground Flax seeds +3 tbsp Water =1 egg Adding ground flax seeds to any recipe adds Omega-3’s to the recipe! You can buy ground flax seeds in the health section of most grocery stores.
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Cakes (eggs mostly serve as leavening agents in cakes, helping to make the end product light and fluffy) Applesauce (1/3 cup applesauce = 1 egg or ¼ cup Applesauce + 1 tsp Baking Powder )
Bananas (½ pureed Banana, abt 1/4 cup = 1 egg)
Soy yogurt (1/4 cup soy yogurt = 1 egg) Soy yogurt works deeply like whiz tofu as an egg replacer. It makes things moist.
Vegetable Oil (1/4 cup = 1 egg)
Pureed Fruits (3 tablespoons of pureed fruit = one egg ) Another good egg substitute for baking cakes is adding pureed fruits. Use 3 tablespoons of pureed banana (for one egg) and follow the same tips for baking cake. Even without eggs, you will surely serve a soft and delicious cake with pureed fruits.
Flaxseed (1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil+ 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg) Stir the flaxseed mixture well and allow it to thicken for a few minutes. Strain the seeds by using a muslin cloth and use the filtrate for baking cake.
Vinegar and Baking Powder Use this egg substitute in cake, only when you require more than one egg for baking. Mix one tablespoon each of white vinegar and water in a glass. To this, add one teaspoon of baking powder and stir well until the mixture blends well. Now, use this egg substitute for your cake recipe.
Potato Starch (2 heaped tbsp potato starch = 1 egg)
Arrowroot Powder (2 heaped tbsp arrowroot powder  = 1 egg)
Soy flour (1 heaping tablespoon of soy flour + 2 tbsp water = 1egg)
Soda Pop A regular-sized (12 oz.) can of soda pop can be used as a substitution for 3 eggs in your baking recipes. Additionally, one regular-sized (12 oz.) can of soda pop can be substituted for the oil/egg combo required by most boxed cake mixes.
Cookies (eggs mostly act as binding agents in cookies and adding moisture) Vegetable Oil (1/4 cup = 1 egg)
Cornstarch (1 tablespoon of Cornstarch + 2 Tablespoons of Water = 1 egg)
Soy flour (1 heaping tablespoon of soy flour + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg)
Ener-G Egg Replacer(follow package instructions) It seems to work best surrounded by cookies, or things that are supposed to be a little crispy.Otherwise, there have been complaints that it tends to add certain aftertaste noticeable more in other bakes like a chalky taste.
Muffins (eggs mostly act as binding agents in Muffins and adding moisture ) Applesauce (1/3 cup applesauce = 1 egg or ¼ cup Applesauce + 1 tsp Baking Powder )
Pumpkin (1/3 cup of cooked pumpkin = 1 egg) This works almost for all baked goods but especially for muffins leaving a subtle Pumpkin flavor in the muffins (depending upon the eggs substituted)
Soy yogurt (1/4 cup soy yogurt = 1 egg) Soy yogurt works deeply like whiz tofu as an egg replacer. It makes things moist
Vegetable Oil (1/4 cup = 1 egg)
Soy flour (1 heaping tablespoon of soy flour + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg)
Banana (½ pureed Banana, abt 1/4 cup = 1 egg)
Flaxseed (1 tbsp ground Flax seeds + 3 tbsp Water = 1 egg)
Pancakes Flax seeds (1 tbsp ground Flax seeds + 3 tbsp Water = 1 egg Adding ground flax seeds to any recipe add Omega-3’s to the recipe! You can buy ground flax seeds in the health section of most grocery stores.
Soy flour (1 heaping tablespoon of soy flour + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg)
Banana (½ pureed Banana, abt 1/4 cup = 1 egg)
Savory Dishes(as binders/coating) Mashed Potatoes When a recipe in any savory dish like Vegetable Loaves or Burgers calls for eggs as a binding agent, then any of these will work as an substitute for eggs. When used for Frying (as an coating of eggs and flour), you can use a mix of all purpose flour + water to form into a paste and apply that as coating instead of beaten eggs.
Bread Crumbs
Cooked Oatmeal
Cooked Rice
Tomato Paste
Chocolate pies, Quiches, pudding Tofu Tofu is great for egg substitutions in recipes that call for a lot of egg. To substitute for only one egg in a recipe, whip or blend 1/4 cup soft tofu and add to your cooking.
Cornstarch This especially works great for puddings. 1 egg = 2 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water
Salads/ Sandwiches/Omelet Tofu Diced or mashed tofu can replace chopped hard-boiled eggs in some salad and sandwich recipes. Scrambled tofu makes a delicious alternative to scrambled eggs.


Soy beans in bowls

Depending on whom you ask, soy is either a superfood which is rich in protein and other nutrients, or it is dangerous substance which will destroy your healthy. With so much conflicting information, what are you supposed to think about soy? To help clear the air, here are some of the most popular myths and misconceptions about soy and the truth behind them.

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