Going Vegan? Avoid These 5 Common Pitfalls

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 More »

9 Vegan Food Hacks That Are The Height Of Inventiveness

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 More »

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

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 More »



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 More »

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

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 More »


8 Savory Vegan Burger Recipes That Render Beef Irrelevant


The quest for the real good veggie burgers out there seems like a never-ending one.  Many people have been let down by recipes they found with their Google search results as well as many of the frozen store-bought veggie patties, so many people have sort of just given up on finding ‘the one’.  This widespread, un-necessary tragedy inspired me to spend the past while aimlessly searching the internet, critiquing reviews, ingredients and archiving together the best, most decadent veggie burger recipes that have proven themselves to be gold. Behold: the 8 that made the list. You will not be disappointed.



Whether you are recently vegan, plant-based, lactose intolerant, cutting back on animal products, or one of those vegetarians that says, “I just don’t think I could ever give up cheese,” then, this is for you! This may surprise you, but there are alternative ways to make cheese. Nuts, for example, make a great homemade cheese because of their creamy texture and high fat content. If you’re thinking that there is no way nut cheese could replace real cheese, then I challenge you to try at least one of the recipes below and then see what you think.



Chris Wark shares his short and powerful testimony of how he refused chemotherapy and survived stage 3 colon cancer. We often hear of alternative methods and treatments for cancer, but rarely are they used and implemented by individuals primarily due to the fear factor. Those diagnosed with cancer are heavily encouraged by doctors, family and peers to seek mainstream treatments like chemotherapy. Although the cancer tumour was removed, it had already spread to his lymph-nodes. Identified infected ones were also taken out.



Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are the main ingredient for this nutritious, wholesome snack! Like most legumes, chickpeas have long been renowned for their fiber content, and they also make a great vegan protein source. They are a staple in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, and for good reason. They’re cheap, nutritious, and keep you feeling full long after you’ve eaten.

Universal Cancels Premiere of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’


PETA has called for a boycott of the film after a video surfaced of a German shepherd forced to perform in artificial rapids.

Amid the controversy surrounding a troubling video which revealed a stressed German Shepherd was forced to perform in artificial rapids on the set of the upcoming A Dog’s Purpose, Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have canceled the movie’s premiere, which was to have taken place in Los Angeles this weekend.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for a boycott of the film and is pushing for further action, calling on the director of the Amblin production, Lasse Hallstrom, and producer Gavin Polone to pledge never to use animals in films again and to rescue the dogs from Birds & Animals Unlimited, the training and handling facility said to be the provider of the canines. (The Hollywood Reporter wrote about alleged federal Animal Welfare Act violations at the company’s Acton, Calif., headquarters on July 11.)

In cancelling the premiere, Universal and Amblin on Thursday issued a statement saying, “Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released yesterday is still ongoing, distributor Universal Pictures has decided it is in the best interest of A Dog’s Purpose to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket. Amblin and Universal do not want anything to overshadow this film that celebrates the relationship between humans and animals.

“Since the emergence of the footage, Amblin has engaged with many associated with the production of the film, including safety personnel, trainers and stunt coordinators as part of their in-depth review.  While we are all disheartened by the appearance of an animal in distress, everyone has assured us that Hercules the German Shepherd was not harmed throughout the filmmaking.”

A Dog’s Purpose is scheduled for wide release on Jan. 27.

Hallstrom did not return a request for comment about PETA’s most recent demand. Polone, however, was forceful in a conversation with THR (for which he regularly writes opinion columns about industry issues). A prominent Hollywood vegan and animal rights activist, he contends “PETA wants to fire up its base and it’s not productive. It’s also kind of crazy — I’m the person they should be strong-arming? This is a movie about promoting the idea of animals as sentient and deserving of empathy and rights.”

Polone went on to note that he’d worked with PETA in the past, but disagreed with its contention that no animals should be used in production. The organization has argued that CGI should solely be employed, but others in the industry insist that such technology would be cost-prohibitive. “It’s naïve and untenable and will never happen — we all know that,” the producer says. “What’s needed is a replacement for the [American Humane Association],” the non-profit monitoring group financed by producers that’s tasked with on-set animal oversight. (It’s known for its “No Animals Were Harmed” accreditation.) He continued, “There’s a person there all the time and clearly they are ineffective. That’s the issue and that’s what needs to be corrected.”

For its part, PETA has written to the AHA to ask for a complete copy of a report that the monitoring group claimed on Wednesday it had initiated as soon as it saw the footage, bringing in an independent investigator to spearhead. (It also placed the on-set AHA safety representative on administrative leave.) “We’re hearing that the monitor did not report [the incident] to her supervisors but the AHA gave the movie an acceptable rating anyway,” says Lange. “We don’t know if that is true, but we’re asking.”

When contacted by THR, the AHA declined to address PETA’s request. In 2013, THR exposed a history of complicity, internal cover-ups and failed investigative work at the monitoring group.


Mango Lime Tres Leches Cake

In this recipe for tres leches cake, a basic vanilla cake is soaked in a mixture of soy milk, coconut milk, and coconut cream are used to create a dessert that’s moist and decadent. Topped with coconut cream frosting, fresh mango, and lime zest, this cake tastes like a cross between a mango margarita and a traditional tres leches cake. It’s not overly sweet, making it perfect for any celebration.

One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake (Vegan, Dairy & Gluten-Free)


Satisfy that sudden brownie craving in mere minutes with this recipe prepared in a mug and a microwave oven.A denser, fudgier, more chocolatey version of the chocolate mug cake – a chocolate mug brownie.This really is more for those of you who prefer “fudgey” brownies to “cakey” ones.

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

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