Nadia Murray Ragg

10 Recipes for a Delicious Vegan Diwali

Diwali (also called Deepavali) is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated annually over 5 days of festivities and food-indulgence. Most people who celebrate prepare sweets, savories and generous meal portions, tidy their homes and keep them lighted through the night, with lamps lit as a sign of celebration and hope. The Diwali festival is said to symbolize the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over darkness – and is intended to celebrate the good in everyone, prosperity, health, and knowledge. So, if you’re looking to have a vegan feast this year here is...

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Bournemouth University Challenges its Students to ‘Go Vegan’

UK-based Bournemouth University is running a ‘Go Vegan for 30 Days’ challenge in which the hosts are encouraging everyone interested to take part, regardless of whatever their usual diet may consist of. This student-run initiative was started by the Bournemouth University’s Reducetarian Society. A spokesperson for the society spoke about the challenge, saying “[t]he purpose of creating such an event is to provide an opportunity for those interested in changing their eating patterns to vegetarian or vegan. We are aiming to encourage a greater number of people to begin these diets for the benefits it has on animal cruelty, environmental...

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Nando’s Add TWO New Vegan Friendly Burgers to Their Menu as From Today

Nando’s has a fresh new menu for Autumn – which now includes delicious vegan-friendly options! Alongside their regular menu, customers who opt for a meat-free diet will be well satisfied with the two new veggie options joining menus at Nando’s – these are the Supergreen Burger and the Sweet Potato & Butternut Burger. According to a press release from Nando’s, “Whether it’s the Sweet Potato & Butternut Burger, packed full of the good stuff like sweet potato, butternut, red pepper, onion and edamame beans, or the Supergreen Burger, combining everything from broccoli to edamame beans to kale, veggie fans are in for...

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Harvard Conference Emphasises Pressing Need for End to Animal Agriculture

Harvard-UCLA Food Law and Policy held their fourth annual conference last week, at which current food regulations were strongly criticized. The criticism was aimed mostly at the widespread glorification of meat-consumption in society, the encouragement of nonchalance towards excessive food waste (much of which is still edible) and the suppression of culinary innovation. The conference, which was held over the course of a day, consisted of four panels and 18 experts in their respective fields including animal welfare advocacy groups, regional government agencies, law firms and food industry entrepreneurs. These experts came together, united for the conference under the common goal...

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10 Ways to Make Authentic Turkish Food Vegan

Did you know that most of the common dishes in Turkey are strongly based on beans and vegetables, then flavored with olive oil? Despite Turkish cuisine’s popular rep, it far more expansive than your classic falafel kebab and pide bread – with Middle Eastern and Asian influences, this style of eating consistently boasts a multitude of flavors, color, can be filling or light, and is generally not too unhealthy. Here are a few ways to eat authentic, delicious and vegan-friendly Turkish dishes. 10 Ways to Make Authentic Turkish Food Vegan 1. Vegan Mezze – Turkish Dolmas and Garlic Flatbread This...

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10 Stylish and Hardy Vegan Boots for Men and Women This Winter

For those located in the Northern Hemisphere – winter is fast frosting in and it may be right about time to treat yourself to a slick pair of vegan winter boots. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, well, winter may have ended but that doesn’t have to mean you stop rocking boots with every outfit. As many winter boots are made using leather, suede or non-vegan glues it can be difficult to know what to put on your feet. However, these 10 boots are 100% vegan-friendly, super versatile and they look amazing. 10 Stylish and Hardy Vegan Boots for Men...

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The 62-Year-Old Vegan Powerlifter Smashing World Records

Gone are the days of common misconceptions that vegans are weak and scrawny and that age is a barrier. As it turns out, nothing except your attitude stands in the way of achieving your goals. Also, stereotypes about weightlifters being steroid-honed males with an ego bigger than their biceps can be dropped too – as this power-woman is living evidence of. Arizonan athlete Rocky Luedeker of Oak Creek is a 62-year-old proud vegan and powerlifter who smashes out more world records than can be counted on both hands! To date, Luedeker holds 26 state and national records and 13 world records....

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Vegan Startup Company Launches Plant Milk Brand for Lactose Intolerant Indians

If it seems like nearly everyone is lactose intolerant or can’t eat dairy, that’s because 3 out of every 4 people are ‘lactose mal-absorbers’ – meaning their bodies can’t digest milk. Alongside a staggering rise in veganism, human consumption of dairy milk is well set to be a thing of the past. Despite bovine’s milk reputation for building strong bones, many significant studies are proving that, since bovine milk is produced specifically for developing baby cows, it is not suitable for human consumption. Indeed, humans are the only species on Earth not only to consume milk post-weaning, but (very strangely) to consume...

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Harvard Sociology Experiment Finds Vegan Culture on the Rise

Recent studies show that veganism is on the rise and Harvard sociology graduate student, Nina Gheihman, is not unaware of this. Gheihman describes her dissertation as “a comparative study of veganism as a social and cultural practice, in the US, France, and Israel.”  Nina explains that the ideology of veganism previously was bound closely to the animal rights movement, which condemns the exploitative actions towards animals such as food, leather, wool, silk and fur production, and companies that test on animals. However, for some, who are opposed to being solely tied up as a branch of the global animal-rights movement, a...

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10 Vegan Lip Balms and Moisturizing Creams for Winter Skin

For the half of the world that is located in the Northern hemisphere, winter is well on the way. Whether you dread the snow and mourn the end of hot, sunny summer days and leaf-litter kicking on relaxed autumnal strolls, or celebrate your favorite season with a fresh parka, knee socks, skiing and hot cocoa – winter is here to stay, for three months of the year at least. However, with the works of colder weather, lower temperatures, wind, rain, hail, and snow – this isn’t the favorite season for our skin. So, to combat the feeling of ‘winter...

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10 Fun and Relaxing Vegan Vacations to Book for 2018

If you’re a globe-trotter, foodie, suffering from wanderlust, or just desperate to switch off and have a well-deserved getaway planning a trip for 2018 could be just what you need.  For a fun family vegan vacation, a romantic honeymoon or just some tranquillity and alone time, you won’t have to worry about anything at these vacay-locations (except how soon you can book your next trip). 10 Fun and Relaxing Vegan Vacations to Book for 2018 1. Vegan Life Energy – Alicante, Spain This place is for those who need to re-connect and a re-charge. Who wouldn’t want to stay...

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Fashionable and Functional Vegan Outerwear Range Hits US and Canada

Hoodlamb by Hemp Tailors – a fashion house based in Europe, is now expanding their 100% cruelty-free, vegan-friendly outerwear garment line into North American and Canadian retailers. Hoodlamb specializes in producing high-quality winter wear, particularly for the growing demand of eco-conscious and vegan consumer marketplace. This company was the first to make durable garments from hemp, such as jackets, parkas, knitwear, beanies, gloves and other accessories. Organic hemp is used in place of where most garments use cotton, because it has a lower environmental impact than traditional materials and is one of the strongest natural fibers on Earth – perfect...

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12 Ways to Ethically Eat Eggs on a Vegan Diet

World Egg Day is on October 13th – but as eggs are produced by chickens and are often loaded with the steroids, cholesterol, and hormones, many people are opting to leave eggs off their plate. Most caged battery hens have smaller space than one A4 sized piece of paper to house them for the duration of their lives. However, people who choose to not consume eggs for whichever reason/s, or those who opt for a vegan diet do not have to miss out on any of their favorite egg-based dishes. A not-so-secret ingredient, beloved by those ‘in the know’...

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Global Fast Food Chain Fatburger Adds a Vegan Impossible Burger to Menu

5 Fatburger locations in Southern California are getting a new addition to their meaty menu this week. Since their official launch into the marketplace last year, interest in Impossible Foods has really taken off among both vegans and non-vegans, further supporting the company’s mission to completely eliminate animals from food production before 2035. Fatburger is a global burger franchise, however, it is their Californian locations where their latest vegan burger option is being debuted. Fatburger chains already have one veggie burger option; where customers have the choices of vegan Boca Burger patties or a Gardenburger. Each ‘Fatburger’ comes in the...

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10 Ways You Can Still Eat a Juicy Steak as a Vegan

There’s a lot of debate about why vegans choose to eat plant-based versions of animal products, particularly meat and some of these are extremely similar in taste, texture, and smell to that of the real deal. However despite the stigma, if eating a veganized version of familiar food helps someone to transition into a plant-based lifestyle – that is a positive move which should not only be supported but encouraged. Yes – why not have a sizzling vegan steak in thick burger buns with a pint of beer and a large side of fries? 10 Ways You Can Still Eat...

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‘Vegan Queen’ Miley Cyrus Chooses Staying at Home With Pet Pigs Over Touring

Renowned for being one badass ‘Vegan Queen’, Miley Cyrus can’t be tamed when it comes to activism. From Hannah Montana star to where she is now, many people have adored Miley since the start. However, despite the fact that Cyrus has recently been dropping new singles, she is yet to tour for her new album Younger Now. Patient fans have been left wondering when they can snatch up tickets to see Miley live and hear her 6th studio album in concert. In the pop music star’s latest interview with Howard Stern, she reveals the compassionate reason she has refrained from touring...

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5 Tips on How to Prep Vegan Lunches for the Week Ahead

Newbie vegan? Longtime herbivore? Or, just looking for packed lunch inspiration that is easy to make, versatile and won’t break the bank? You may want to consider making a vegan meal based on whole foods as they are nutritious, flavourful and will have all your colleagues or schoolmates ogling your food. No two people are the same, and everyone has different flavor, texture and meal preferences. But, if you have a play around with this method using different combinations you’ll be on the road to finding exactly what does (and doesn’t) work for you and your body. Happy lunching!...

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New Zealand’s Demand for Vegan Products so High Suppliers Can’t Keep Up

As many retailers and companies are becoming increasingly aware, the demand for vegan products and vegan food is on the rise, and the future is set to be significantly more plant-based. Alongside the growth of veganism and subsequent product demand, the price of meat and dairy products in New Zealand are soaring through the roof and at an all-time high while their sales are rapidly dropping. Tonight, New Zealand’s leading news channel: One News by TVNZ showcased Kiwi suppliers who are struggling to meet the mammoth demand for vegan-friendly products and food options. One quarter of Kiwi’s are expected...

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10 Extremely Delicious Vegan Curry Recipes

Did you know that traditional Indian cuisine is predominately vegan yet the demand from Western consumers over many generations has morphed authentic Indian dishes from plant-based to heavy in animal products? This means vegan curries are super easy to make! Here are 10 tasty curries for you to try. 10 Crazy Delicious Vegan Curry Recipes 1. Spicy Chickpea and Cauliflower Tandoori This easy and colourful recipe is not only thick and flavourful, it’s also packed full of goodness to give you lots of yummy nutrients. Get the recipe here. 2. Thai Noodle Curry BBC Good Food describes their recipe as “[a]n...

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10 Vegan Winter Oatmeal Recipes You Can Make the Night Before

Oatmeal is renowned for being a protein-packed, filling meal that fuels your daily activities – however, it can be a bit of a time-draining effort when you have only minutes to get out the door without risking tardiness. If this sounds familiar, you may be consoled in knowing that you don’t have to miss out on a ride-or-die morning wake up. ‘Overnight oats’ are made the night before and are easily eaten within even the busiest of routines or schedules. We’ve got you sorted 10 times over with these easy, quick and healthy breakfast recipes! 10 Vegan Winter Oatmeal...

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8 Vegan Meals That are Totally Allergy Friendly

If you, your child or someone you know has an allergy – finding something to cook can get rather difficult. 90% of all food reactions are caused by merely 8 common food allergens. These are eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. We’ve already brought you 10 delicious allergy-friendly dessert recipes for people who seem to be allergic to anything and everything. However, while it would be nice if everything in life was as sweet as desserts and we could eat them all day, everyday – part of a healthy lifestyle is balance and that balance...

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Being Vegan is Made Simple with a New Worldwide Vegan Directory

As of October 1st this year, a convenient new website has launched which takes the hassle out of searching for vegan products and services worldwide. My Vegan Finder is a comprehensive resource for the veg curious, new vegans and experienced vegans. The website directory contains products and services from personal trainers, health coaches, dating services, clothing and footwear to restaurants, retreats, food, cosmetics and household products – all of which are exclusively vegan. The company, based in Glasgow, is designed to be a global online vegan directory with a mission to make finding vegan products a breeze. This business is...

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15 Ways to Still Eat Cheese as a Vegan

Despite what you may think, going vegan and eating cheese don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If you’re looking to go plant-based but you’ve got a penchant for parmesan, there are 5 easy steps to help you recover from serious cheese addiction and in case you get a hit of cravings, here’s 10 vegan mac n’ cheese recipes for your ultimate bowl of comfort food. Thankfully for cheese addicts, there is an ever-increasing demand for vegan products, especially dairy-free cheese, and plenty of recipes to try at home, too! Here’s 15 ways you can still eat cheese even after...

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New Science Could Make Vegan Yogurt Taste Just Like Dairy

Could science be revolutionising the global food system? Recent reports have documented lab-grown ‘meats’ and Real Vegan Cheese made from lab ‘milk’ but now, global bioscience company Chr. Hansen has developed cultures for vegan dairy alternatives. Vegan yogurt that tastes like the ‘real thing’ could soon be possible as Chr. Hansen is renowned for their development of cultures which bring out the best taste in food yet meet the demands of increasingly selective consumers. This is aptly put by The Global Marketing Manager of Fresh Dairy, Lasse Vigel Joergensen as follows, “[a] product can be as healthy as you could possibly imagine; but if...

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Scientists Develop ‘Real Vegan Cheese’ Made From Lab ‘Milk’

The demand for vegan-friendly options is ever-increasing. Mainstream grocery store shelves are now stocking products such as plant milks and dairy-free cheese, and are soon to even have lab-grown ‘meat’. However, while some products available in the plant based marketplace are strikingly believable as replacements for their animal-based original – many consumers believe firmly that nothing as of yet can truly satiate the gap in their diet where animal products such as cheese or bacon used to be. Thanks to Real Vegan Cheese, this could be about to change. Unlike popular existing vegan ‘cheese’ products, the producers say “Real Vegan Cheese is...

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Top 5 Vegan Breakfasts Perfect for Curing a Hangover

Friday nights are made for a chilled drink at the pub after work. But if your Friday turned out to be a little heavier than you expected, chances are you will be waking up and dealing with a big, fat hangover. If your head is pounding and you are seconds away from rolling over, picking up the phone and dialling for Pizza Hut – stop. Because you need this list of 5 meals that you can make at home to beat the major munchies and stodge up your stomach, riding out the last of the ample amounts of alcohol....

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Belgium’s New Food Pyramid Classes Meat in the Same Category as Junk Food

Belgium’s New food pyramid has a distinctly plant-based angle. Food pyramids are nutritional guidelines released by governments and medical associations that recommend the relative quantity of what people should be consuming and how often those foods should be consumed. Traditional food pyramids are known to suggest meat and dairy consumption as the research is often funded by agricultural industries. Food pyramids are usually arranged in ascending order from what should be consumed most frequently at the top, down to what should only be consumed on occasion or enjoyed as a treat. However, Belgium’s latest food pyramid reflects a highly...

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10 High Protein, Low Fat Vegan Meals for Aspiring Athletes

While it isn’t always given an accurate representation, optimal health, nutrition and fitness come hand in hand with choosing a plant-based diet – as it is known for a wealth of benefits upon our bodies. Whether you’re already an athlete in training, fitness fanatic, health-conscious or just want to feel like one – these 10 high-protein meals without any form of meat or dairy will have you feeling energized to do your gym-thing. Due to the diet being naturally anti-inflammatory, it is said that a plant based diet can quicken recovery times and even improve mental clarity, helping many top...

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5 Easy Vegan and Budget-Friendly Student Dishes

We’ve already brought you 7 Survival Tips For Vegans On A Budget so now you’ve completed your thrifty grocery shop, you may be wondering what delicious meals you can put together. If you’re a student or on a student budget and in need of recipe inspiration, here is a collection of the easiest and tastiest meals which won’t break the bank but will leave you with both a full tum and some very happy tastebuds. For students, simplicity is often key, so we’ve hand picked 5 easy-to-prepare meals that don’t scrimp on nutrition or flavour. Enjoy! 5 Easy Veg...

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10 Vegan Foods To Help Relieve Feelings of Anxiety

Feeling of anxiety are like unwanted house guests that move in for days too long. They are experienced by many, and are a prominent issue within society. While it can be easy as pie to eat our feelings with processed comfort food, in the long run these foods can make you feel a whole lot worse. Another food type which can heighten feelings of anxiety is dairy – Research shows that people who have anxiety often notice an increase in their symptoms after consuming dairy products. Dairy is inflammatory which can cause other discomforts such as bloating, diarrhea and constipation, among...

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Vegan Milk Becomes the Norm in Australian Cafes

Australia, a continent renowned for their consumption and love of (mostly processed) meat, has recently seen a huge rise in the demand for plant-based milk. From colourful plant-milk smoothies to innovate lattes, reports suggest that cow’s milk is on it’s way out of Aussie cafes. Recently, data collected by Nielsen showed a rise in the sale of plant-based foods in the USA – growing by $3.1 billion in one year. This growth is alongside a 5% drop in dairy sales. It seems like Australia may be following similar consumer trends. Australian cafes and eateries are seeing an ever-growing popularity...

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10 Allergy-Friendly Dessert Recipes For Vegans Who “Can’t Eat Anything”

Food allergies and food intolerances are a growing issue around the world, with many kids being affected daily. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of food allergy and 4-6% of children are affected by allergies to food, however allergies can develop at any time during a lifespan. 90% of all food reactions are caused by merely 8 common food allergens. These are eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy. If you’re looking to go plant-based and you have allergies, it can seem like an impossible...

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10 Accidentally Vegan Chip Flavors Available in The U.S

While chips are certainly not the healthiest snack foods, we made the executive decision that these guilty pleasures still deserve their very own list. A selection of perfect on-the-go grub for when you’re traveling and in a pinch for healthier options or simply when you just fancy a bit of treat. What’s more is that you can happily munch away knowing that no dairy or other animal products are to be found in any of these flavours — cruelty free convenience food just got crunchy! 10 Accidentally Vegan Chip Flavours Available in The U.S Kettle Brand Potato Chips Not all...

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The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Baking Substitutes

As proved by talented creators such as Physalis Vegan – you definitely don’t have to choose between your favourite foods and maintaining a vegan lifestyle. Whether you’re an experienced vegan or a complete beginner – sometimes a baking session that produces a plate of fresh, warm cookies after a long day, or on a lazy weekend, is all you need. To put it simply – if it can be baked, it can be baked (and often made better) vegan! This helpful guide contains some common yet effective and economical ingredient substitutes to veganize all your favourite baking recipes. The...

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Vegan Food at Trader Joe’s That Will Pumpkin-Spice Up Your Fall

For the 50th anniversary of Trader Joe’s in August, we gave you the top 5 vegan picks. However now, with the season changing over to fall and the calendar fast-ticking into October – Trader Joe’s have released their latest seasonal range – including the return of old favourites and some brand newbies! Let us bless you with the knowledge that aside from the obvious fresh seasonal produce – TJ’s also stock delicious convenience products from their fall line, that you may or may not be aware are actually vegan. Vegan Food at Trader Joe’s That Will Pumpkin-Spice Up Your...

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31 Plant Based Recipes for New Vegans who are Starting in October

Transitioning into a vegan diet? Just curious? Old hat? Look no further for October meal inspiration, LIVEKINDLY have got you covered 31 times with these mouth-watering vegan recipes! Perfect to eat outside by the campfire on autumnal nights, or rugged up inside in the warm with a steamy mug of hot, dairy-free cocoa – we’ve got one meal or snack for you every day throughout October! 31 Plant Based Recipes for New Vegans who are Starting in October 1. Vegan Pot Pies Got less than an hour? That’s just enough time to make these healthy, delicious and filling vegan...

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12 Ways to be a Vegan and Still Eat ‘Chicken’

For many, embracing a plant-based diet may seem like an utterly unachievable feat, as the ditching rich comfort foods and beloved taste of meat for a nutrient ‘deficient’ kale smoothie is rather terrifying. It is all too common for people to say ‘I could go vegan but only if I still ate chicken’. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be either or. Plant-based alternatives to traditional ways of eating are ever-increasing; from SunFed’s ‘Chicken-Free Chicken’, Gardein ‘Chickn’, Beyond Meat’s Chicken-Free Strips, Tofurky’s Slow Roasted Chick’n and a multitude of other packaged vegan ‘chicken’ products – this meat could well be...

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Duo Inspired to Veganize Mind Blowingly Beautiful Desserts to Help the Animals

Sabina Hambarava & Alexey Korotkevich are the talented team behind ‘Physalis Vegan’, setting the international vegan pastry bar deliciously high. Aside from the actual cooking, their other endeavours include being vegan recipe developers, innovators, vegan pastry instructors, culinary consultants, food stylists/photographers – and all the while practicing yoga and striving for self-improvement to achieve peace. Physalis Vegan have pioneered the vegan pastry industry by making many discoveries around new techniques and inventing new recipes. Such achievements include feats like vegan highest level entremets, amazing mousses, real vegan mirror glaze, original vegan macaroons, decadent cakes and many more drool-enducing creations. After watching “Earthlings“,...

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Whole Foods Market Bring Boozy Vegan Milkshakes To The Yard

If you have ever wanted an on-the-go alcoholic vegan milkshake – Whole Foods has you covered! (At least, in Brooklyn anyway). These drink-meets-dessert masterpieces are part of N4’s menu – a tap room and restaurant found in the lower level of a Whole Foods store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. N4’s humble menu could be commonly overlooked yet contains a plethora of delicious and decadent foods. Included on the menu is also the 100% vegan Beyond Burger in addition to fries and other veg-friendly side dishes. The real star of the show though are the Van Leeuwen vegan milkshakes, all of which can...

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9 Delicious and Vegan Chocolate Christmas Advent Calendars

Christmas is fast approaching – a time full of happiness, family and indulgent foods. Within many cultures around the globe, a beloved tradition is opening an advent calendar chocolate each day and enjoying a sweet holiday treat. However – for the 75% of the world that is lactose intolerant or people who choose to omit animal products from their diet, the search for an advent calendar can often be tricky. But, no one should have to miss out on a fantastic chocolate advent calendar! As plant-based sales are ever increasing and more and more people are making plant-based choices...

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Quorn to Introduce New Refrigerated Vegan Meat to Stores Across USA

This week – one of the biggest worldwide leaders in the plant-based meat alternative product market have just released a new refrigerated vegan ‘meat’ to U.S shelves. Following one year of intense product development efforts, Quorn now believes they have produced a refrigerated line which lives up to the standard of Quorn’s frozen products that are renowned for their texture, flavour and quality. Their products already appeal to a wide range of consumers who want to reduce or eliminate meat consumption. The company is ‘Dedicated to a meat-free future‘ yet Quorn Foods recently came under fire for labelling their products...

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10 Healthy Vegan Foods That Will Help You Stay Full

If you have ever pondered – “will a vegan diet ever make me full and satisfied”, you will be pleased to know that in short – the answer is a resounding yes. A plant-based diet that includes sufficient calories and a range of food groups will deliver more than enough protein and plentiful other vital (and non-vital) nutrients without much effort or any glorified, overpriced, specialty foods. While a plant-based diet is traditionally high in fiber (meaning food passes through your digestive track faster), it’s not all about apples and spinach. So, to combat hanger and the late-night munchies...

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Vegan ‘Meatball’ Sandwiches Come to Harvard Square

Rejoice! Clover Food Labs in Harvard Square have just got the choice of another plant-based food option – in the form of a meat-free ‘meatball’ sandwich. These desirable sandwiches will include soy-based ‘meatballs’ that are made from chunks of the Impossible Burger. Impossible burgers are plant-based alternatives that rival the taste, texture and smell of meat, they even bleed beetroot ‘blood’. The first vendor offering Impossible ‘meat’ as a meatball sandwich, will be in the newly opened Clover Food Labs at a Science Centre location, Massachusetts. Impossible Foods recently came under fire for testing a key ingredient on animals, thus provoking...

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5 Reasons to Show Some Love to Vegans This World Vegetarian Day

October 1st (Sunday!) is World Vegetarian Day! As suggested by the title, this day should celebrated by encouraging people to appreciate their favourite vegetarian (or vegan) as it honors those who take steps towards living kindly by choosing to remove meat from their meals. Despite vegans being subject to a significant amount of stick from friends, family and many more – their efforts do deserve recognition and are making the world a cleaner, kinder place. So – here’s why you should show some extra kindness to vegetarians and vegans this World Vegetarian Day. 5 Reasons to Show Some Love...

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Leonardo Di Caprio Grants $20 Million To Help 100 Environmental Charities

The man himself has just announced that the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation will be donating a whopping grants total sum of $20 million to over 100 various environmental organisations. These organisations have a range of focus causes such as conservational efforts, indigenous rights and a big topical issue: global warming. However, not only major environmental organisations will benefit – local partners that protect vital ecosystems, species at risk of extinction and threatened communities will also receive grants. During a climate change conference at Yale University – Di Caprio the outspoken activist and passionate environmentalist announced these grants, saying: “We...

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Vegan Ready-to-Go Tofurky Sandwiches Hit Shelves At UK Whole Foods

In this new cold case as reported by Vegan Trademark in an exciting recent tweet – Tofurky sandwiches are hitting the shelves of UK Wholefoods. OMG BIG NEWS four @Tofurky sandwiches will be hitting @WholeFoodsUK in a matter of weeks! We want them all! #vegan pic.twitter.com/ZGxSLCR4Xu — Vegan Trademark (@vegantrademark) September 22, 2017 Tofurky produces a delicious range of plant-based meats and deli slices that are 100% vegan and use non-GMO ingredients. They are a family owned and independent business who are revolutionising the way the global food system sees meat. Making vegan product availability mainstream and increasing their...

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5 Food Predictions That Star Trek Got Totally Right

The Star Trek series and their collection of movies are some of the most popular films to date. These sci-fi films created a fictional universe that many fans have taken well into the non-fiction reality. Whether it was the intention of creators or not, Star Trek has set some strikingly accurate predictions in various forms that we are seeing more and more of in our ever-evolving society. From innovative technologies and recognisable catchphrases to seemingly strange culinary feats – here’s 5 times Star Trek predicted today’s major food trends. 5 Food Predictions That Star Trek Got Totally Right 1....

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10 Delicious Vegan Dessert Recipes From Raw Bloggers

To eat ‘raw’ is to eat food that is mostly unprocessed and always uncooked or dehydrated at a low temperature. This is said to make the nutrients most readily available and consume foods in their most natural form. Some people choose to embrace raw foodism full-time but the health impacts and sustainability of this can be questionable. However, if you have an after-dinner sweet-tooth craving or just need a burst of energy but would like to make a healthier choice – try these 10 decadent raw vegan dessert recipes (not all in one sitting). 10 Delicious Vegan Dessert Recipes...

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Vegan Food Sales Grow By a Staggering $3.1 Billion In One Year

A recent study has shown the plant-based foods market has just topped a rather substantial sales figure of $3.1 billion. This study was funded by the Plant Based Foods Association and The Good Food Institute with the data collected by Neilsen, a market research company. Included in the data is sales information from merchandisers of mass products including dollar, drug, club, grocery, military shops and Whole Foods. Moreover, the results also show that plant-based food sales have experienced a growth increase of 8.1% since the previous year. Vegan alternatives to dairy products have seen a 20% sales rise, taking the total...

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Baby Carrot Farm Release New Delicious Range of Vegan Milks

The largest baby carrot producers in North America – Bolthouse Farms have released a new range of plant-milks to appease the growing demand for dairy-free products. This company has been farming for over a century and have combined their extensive farming experience with the latest plant-based nutrition to develop their latest product: Bolthouse Farms® Plant Protein Milk. You can expect to find this range next to the dairy products in the refrigerator at retailers such as Shaw’s, Safeway East and Kroger. Consumers will be able to choose between four flavours – Original, Unsweetened, Vanilla and Chocolate. They will be available in 48...

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10 Deliciously Vegan Cinnamon Themed Recipes For Fall

The nostalgic smell of cinnamon can enhance your ability to remember things and focus. Not surprisingly, this spice is overtly popular across many cultures and different cuisines. Not only does it taste of good-memories,  cinnamon has been shown to reduce cholesterol, inhibits tumor growth, has anti-inflammatory properties and boasts many nutrients. Merely 1.5 – 1 TSP of this spice included in your daily diet will reward you with a myriad of health benefits – so here’s 10 recipes to help you easily achieve that intake and get you in the mood for a festive fall. 10 Deliciously Vegan Cinnamon...

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Vegan Iron Man Athlete Teams with Lululemon to Launch Men’s Yoga Line

Popular company, Lululemon, who produce a high-end range of branded yoga apparel gear, have debuted their latest campaign intended to refine the meaning of masculinity – Strength To Be. The face of the campaign is none other than passionate vegan punk-rocker John Joseph. The vegan musician is the frontman of Cro-Mags, a punk rock brand, and the author of book Meat Is For Pussies. In his book Joseph discusses how he believes eating animals is for the weak and how a plant-based diet improves fitness, sexiness and manliness. If his Ironman Triathlete vegan gains are anything to go by, Joseph...

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The 10 Best Hummus Recipes for People Addicted to Hummus

Have you heard of Hummus? Regardless of if you are vegan or not, chances are that a platter of crackers, crudités and hummus in some form has been served to you at some stage during your lifetime. This popular dip comes from the Arabic word for ‘chickpeas’ as it is made from blended chickpeas, tahini and assorted seasoning. Creamy, potentially spicy, chunky or smooth – however you like your hummus, it’s rather difficult to mess up making it. There are many pre-made hummus tubs in stores that are almost always accidentally vegan so are a go-to for many meat-free...

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Marks and Spencer Launch New Meat-Free Christmas Menu Options

With Christmas fast approaching, for some of, there may be the familiar dread of being the only one at the table not eating what everyone else is and dodging questions all day long. However, luckily for meat free Brits, UK department giant Marks and Spencer are not unaware the changes within societal eating habits with their latest Christmas menu offering more vegetarian mains than meat courses. So say goodbye to mum’s bland nut roast and the one small potato that didn’t get coated in goose fat — if you’re lucky. Even if you aren’t vegetarian, it will be hard not...

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How Can We Be Sure the Meat We Eat Is Humane?

The word ‘humane’ is described by Merriam Webster Dictionary as “marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals  humane prison guards a more humane way of treating farm animals” As such, the term ‘humane meat’ becomes an oxymoron which then raises the moral question – can there be ‘humane’ slaughter? As standard practice, “humane-certified” farms regularly perform painful procedures on animals without use of anesthetic, families are separated, living conditions are often poor and eventually all are still sent to slaughter. Halal meat production use slaughter methods such as slitting the throat of a live, un-sedated animal whilst a Muslim recites a religious phrase...

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Switzerland’s Meat and Dairy Consumption is Destroying Brazil’s Rainforest

Swiss people are using their vote to never run out of food ever again. On Sunday this week, polls will determine an amendment to constitution which will “guarantee food supply, protect land and ensure efficient food production“. Originally, this initiative was launched by the Swiss Farmer’s association but a Government proposal has since replaced that scheme. Included in the proposal is strongly advocating for resource-efficient production of food sources, safeguarding agricultural land making trade relations sustainable, into written law. Ballots show that 69% of public voters were in favour, but this isn’t a done deal yet and will likely...

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Vegan Advertisement Set to Screen to Millions in Cinemas Nationwide

Thanks to a new initiative by Viva! – a Bristol based charity, pro-vegan advertisements are set to be shown in UK cinemas nationwide. This initiative has an estimated cost of £100k so Viva! has started a crowdfunding campaign. However, for each donation an unnamed donor will generously match that donation to the value of £50k. This means (pretty much) all donations are doubled – hallelujah! This campaign is the first of its kind, pro-vegan messages haven’t been shown to mainstream in such a ‘normal’ and public way before. You can expect to see Viva!’s biggest ever campaign ‘Bring Hope To...

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Swedish Farmer Ditches Dairy In Favour of Oatly’s Vegan Milk Production

Adam Arnesson is a farmer from Sweden who used to run his family farm in Orebro in which they raised livestock. However, now this farmer has steered away from dairy production and instead moved into “oat farming”. The oat crops that this farm used to feed their livestock with are now to be used to make oat milk, with the help of by popular Swedish plant-milk producers Oatly. As told to The Guardian, Arnesson intends to increase the farm’s production of oat crops, that are rich in protein – rather than increase the amount of livestock on the farm. Displaying...

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What The Health Creates New Vegans in America’s Meat Eating Capital

Following the release of recent exposé documentary, What The Health, a noticeable wave of new vegans are emerging in a bid to discover a new, healthier way of eating. Even major celebrities such as Ne-Yo and F1 athlete, Lewis Hamilton have credited their dietary changes to the film. More surprisingly though, in Texas, the top cattle-raising state in the US, vegan restaurants have seen an increase in customers following the film’s June release. In fact several Dallas-based restaurant owners have said that the public has taken positively to the documentary’s message and many viewers are even opting to go vegan. Sara Tomerlin, owner...

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Hospital Staff Go Plant-Based to Teach Patients About Better Health

Kaiser Permanente Medical Centre‘s employees have just taken the plant-based challenge. For patient benefit, the staff at this Fresno, California hospital have agreed to learn about plant-based nutrition through this 21-days of mostly-all plant-based eating challenge. Some staff are ensuring they eat at least one vegan meal daily and others are taking the challenge fully in their stride by eating vegan 100% of the time. Why? As aptly put by registered nurse Tammy Barigian, “If I’m trying to teach my patients how to eat, I need to be doing the same thing. So, if you eat a high-saturated fat...

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The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Mexican Food

Mexican cuisine boasts a variety of vegan-friendly options that are flavoursome, often spicy and always delicious. Mexican is the perfect cuisine if you are new to cooking as the food is often easy to make and difficult to mess up! With core ingredients such as tomatoes, corn, fresh vegetables, avocado, beans and rice, Mexican-style eating is filling, nutritious and healthful. Here are a few tips on how to make sure you’ve got vegan Mexican food down.   The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Mexican Food Ask To Swap Ingredients Most Mexican dishes can be made without the addition of sour...

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Is it Possible to be a Vegetarian and a Pig Farmer?

Michelle Anderson-Carroll isn’t your average farmer. She raises rare Oxford Sandy and Black breed pigs for meat, but Michelle has also revealed her dedication to a vegetarian diet. The self-confessed ‘pigaholic‘ started her pig farming career after getting some pigs to help improve and turn over the soil during the grassroots days of her 20-acre farm near Inverness. Inevitably, she and her husand fell in love with them and decided to start breeding them. At age 11, Michelle ditched meat after being appalled by the poor conditions and long journeys that animals endure during trips to slaughterhouses. While she...

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10 Vegan White Chocolate Brands and Recipes

While accidentally vegan dark chocolate can be found almost anywhere, most white chocolates are laden with dairy products. So, to reign in National White Chocolate Day on this 22nd of September, we’re celebrating with a sweet white feast and invite you to join us by making these vegan recipes or purchasing a life-changing ready-made block of creamy vegan white choccy. 10 Vegan White Chocolate Brands and Recipes King David  Need a vegan white chocolate for baking, white chocolate bark, muffins or even a chocolate fountain? Look no further than this brand for white chocolate that tastes strikingly similar to dairy and...

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Mercy for Animals: Nathan Runkle’s New Book & Lifelong Quest for Compassion

Nathan Runkle’s new book, Mercy For Animals ‘One Man’s Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals’ was recently released. Runkle is the founder and president of animal rights organisation also named Mercy For Animals. This new, part auto-biographical book, provides a powerful and moving insight into animal agricultural practices and is brimming with practical advice, personal stories and lesser-known insights into the industries. The book encourages readers towards a greater awareness of where their food comes from. Supported by first-hand experiences, Nathan discusses his journey from a farm-boy in Ohio, to founder of an international animal...

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10 Reasons (And Recipes) To Eat Pumpkin This Fall

Have you ever thought of pumpkins beyond their plump orange flesh? Pumpkins are a versatile, nutrient-rich fruit that is high in fibre and low in calories. Pumpkins also contain seeds which boast a whopping serve of protein. Right as fall hits and Halloween fast approaches, Pumpkin season is upon us which means cheaper pumpkins and greater availability. So, why not cook them up and devour, rather than carve them? 10 Reasons (And Recipes) To Eat Pumpkin This Fall 1. Pumpkin is High in Potassium According to Medical News Today, the potassium contained in pumpkin can have a positive effect...

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15 Of The Best Accidentally Vegan Junk Food Snacks: U.S Edition

If you are new to veganism, or a long-time herbivore, you may be all-too familiar with going to a store and hitting the aisles saying WTF (Where’s The Food). Thankfully, there is plenty of mainstream snacks which believe it or not, are secretly vegan. To fuel your cravings these accidentally vegan snacks (‘accidentally vegan’ meaning products which aren’t targeted at a vegan audience) have you covered if you are in the U.S.A. 15 Of The Best Accidentally Vegan Mainstream Snacks: U.S Edition 1. Airheads Taffy Guaranteed to make you go out of control, these bars of artificially flavoured candy are for...

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Vegan Saudi Prince Joins Hampton Creek’s New Board of Directors

Hampton Creek, a company that produces a range of vegan condiments whilst leading the development of lab produced meat has announced a new senior management team including a Saudi Prince. The company has had a chequered year; they were sued over a trademark dispute, they lost their supply deal with Target, and also lost seven board members leaving just CEO Josh Tetrick. As such these four newly appointed board members and three senior advisors come at a crucial time. The new executive team includes the prominent investor in cellular agriculture, founder of KBW Ventures, animal rights activist and Saudi Prince: Khaled bin...

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Beyond Meat Sign Deal to Serve Thousands of Vegan Burgers Across USA

The largest U.S food distributor has teamed up with plant-based meat producers, Beyond Meat, to introduce meat-free burgers en masse. Beyond Meat are popular vegan meat producers as they produce meat with believably similar texture that has the ability to bleed (beet extract not real blood), smell and taste like meat. Their plant-meat patties even boast a whopping 20g of protein per patty, from peas, not gluten, soy or GMOs. Now, Beyond Meat has just announced their partnership with Sysco, who distribute and sell food products to tens of thousands of people at many restaurants, healthcare facilities. schools, hotels...

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10 Ultimate Vegan Mac N’ Cheese Recipes

Ah, the classic Macaroni and Cheese, we’re all-too familiar with the warmth and comfort that a hearty bowl of this meal brings us. For those new to a plant-based diet, not having this cheesy dish can leave a bit of a hole in your comfort food plans. How can you achieve such a believable culinary feat without ‘cheese’, as you know it? Thankfully it’s perfectly achievable, and these 10 easy recipes show you exactly how. So get on an apron, get out some pasta and get your bowl (and your belly), ready for Netflix and comfort food. 10 Ultimate...

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10 Best German Beers and Vegan Bratwurst Recipes for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, it’s all about the beer (mostly lagers), bread, stockings and bangin’ vegan food. For all the festival-goers, or stay-at-home-ers, we’ve got 5 of the best vegan beers, and 5 of the best vegan Bratwurst recipes. Just in time for when the calendar clocks out of National Beer Lovers Day, and clocks into September 16th, you’re set to get tipsy. So, when you’re feeling the wurst, say a traditional German toast like “Prost!”, As you’ve earned a mighty feed of these brilliant beers and Bratwursts. 10 Best Vegan Beers and Bratwurst Recipes for Oktoberfest 1. Step-By-Step Vegan Bratwurst As...

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10 Spooky Treats for a Vegan Halloween

There’s no point denying, diehard ‘weenies (Halloween fanatics for those not in the know) have been counting down the days since November 1st last year, and are now well underway with party preparations, recipe testing and costume choosing. Although the calendar only recently clocked into September, it’s never really too early to get into the holiday spirit. So, if you want freaky recipes to make your Halloween table spread as non-gloomy as possible, look no further than these 10 scarily delicious snacks and treats. 10 Spooky Treats for a Vegan Halloween 1. Peanut Butter Crispy Ghosts Surprisingly, these rice...

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10 Helpful Tips to Help You Transition to Veganism

Going vegan can be a daunting process. People may admire others that do it but believe they never could. Thankfully veganism is a fast-growing lifestyle choice and there are lots of people who have done it before you, and many people that will do it after you. If you’re looking to switch to a vegan lifestyle, here are some tips to get you started. 12 Helpful Tips For Transitioning to Veganism 1. Find Local Vegan Eatery Hotspots Connect with vegans in your area for first-hand advice and experience. Often there are community Facebook groups that will have tons of...

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Talented Teen Amazes Instagram with Beautiful Vegan Desserts

Prepare your Instagram feed for an upgrade when you follow Jose from @naturally.jo. Jose is one stunningly talented 16 year old, who is proving how vegan food can be anything but tasteless, bland or boring. A quick stalk of this gorgeous account will give you major food envy. Fair warning, don’t browse the posts on his account unless you have a full belly! “Life is too short to eat boring food” – Jose on his Instagram bio. Such talent to create stunning foods from desserts to breakfasts, at such a young age is. But, you may be wondering just...

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11 Insightful Books For People Considering Veganism

Considering veganism? Or just want an interesting, thought provoking read. Get a cup of tea and put your feet up, because these 11 books will make you ponder everything, answer some questions and inevitably create more, as you consider the journey to veganism. These books also make a perfect gift for family and friends, vegan or not! 11 Insightful Books For People Considering Veganism 1. How To Not Die by Dr. Michael Greger This is quite possibly the most comprehensive nutrition book ever written, that delves into how premature death and illness can be prevented through dietary, and lifestyle...

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20 Easy And Healthy, Kid-Approved Recipes For Lunchbox Snacks

Adults, children and most cognitive organisms need food as fuel. ‘Brain-Food’ is an actual scientific concept and if you want to maximise how efficient the performance of your brain is, fuelling it with wholesome, nourishing food will certainly set you in the right direction. Unfortunately, most mainstream snacks and processed foods are loaded with harmful chemicals, preservatives, colorings, saturated fat, artificial additives and added sugar. All of these have harmful effects on the body, but sugar is the most topical issue due to it being recognised as a leading factor in worldwide obesity, a known drug, and can cause...

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Vegan Mac N’ Cheese Hits Tesco Shelves This Week

Tesco have launched a new vegan Mac and Cheese. UK vegans rejoice, your lazy day, easy, microwavable meal just got even easier. In response to growing demand for ‘Free-From’ products and tapping into the half a million UK vegans, Tesco joins UK supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s, who recently launched ready made vegan cheesy pizzas in catering for the growing demand for plant based food. For those days when you really need a good dose of Netflix and some beloved carbs, specifically in the form of mac n’ cheese,  you’re now in luck thanks to Tesco. The macaroni cheese meal is available online, or...

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4 New Must-Try Meatilicious Vegan Foods from Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney is a brand which produces an already delicious range of the ultimate comforting vegan, and vegetarian food products, mostly as processed meat alternatives. Existing meatilicious products include believable sausages, sausage rolls and country pies. A hit with kids, the perfect hangover fast-breaker (especially when paired with vegan mayo and dips!). Excuse the keyboard-drool, alike many comfort food-fanatics, the sound of this makes our stomachs rumble audibly. If you are a virgin to Linda McCartney food, or long-time addict, you’ll be wanting to clear out your freezer, and make room to stock up on the latest range of...

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The Best Creamy, Froth-friendly Plant Milks for Morning Coffee

A turn-off for many potential vegans is the thought of having to give up dairy milk in their coffee. Will that frothy cappuccino ever be the same without milk? In short – yes. There are a range of plant-based milks, commonly known as ‘mylk‘, which are dairy-free and suitable for a vegan diet. Although some options can taste a bit ‘off’, or just plain wrong in coffees, many of these options are creamy, and they even froth just like dairy milk so your coffee can taste just as heavenly as you remember. Just be careful and ensure you read...

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Top 10 Athletes Who Are Making Major Plant-Powered Gains

Doubtful that a vegan diet will provide sufficient nutrients, protein and energy to sustain a professional athlete? This list may just make you think again! Yup, these sporting powerhouses are all about being at the top of their physical game, and with a plant based diet offering such benefits as reduced inflammation, better recovery times and overall improved health – who could blame them? Not feeling quite so pumped? We’ll get you motivated with these ten inspiring vegan and vegetarian athletes who are smashing their competition and taking home a multitude of winning titles. Top 10 Athletes Who Are...

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The Ultimate Recipe Guide to Sizzling Vegan Bacon

Happy International Bacon Day! We recently shared our Ultimate Guide to Labor Day Recipes, and have published The Ultimate Guide To Ordering at Pizza Hut – including vegan bacon, but now, you really need our Ultimate Guide to Sizzling Vegan ‘Bacon’ recipes. Society is so engrossed with bacon, that it could be considered it’s own food group. Traditionally, bacon is made from pork, but this guide shows you some of the common, sustainable methods that are used to make a plant-based version of bacon, known as ‘vacon’ for ‘facon’. (vegan or faux + bacon) These recipes are as close...

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10 Interesting Jackfruit Recipes To Replace Meat Dishes

Have you tried jackfruit? This versatile ingredient is a common staple in meat-free diets, as it has a remarkably similar texture to pulled pork, chicken or duck. These fruits can be rather massive, and prickly on the outside, but have tender, juicy flesh once opened. When cooked, the flesh has a shredded, meaty texture. Ripe jackfruit can be eaten raw or cooked, but the stringy, green, unripe jackfruit is most useful for interesting meat substitute recipes. Looking for some recipes to add a new element of innovate cooking to your to-do list? We’ve got you covered with this eclectic list....

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Top 10 Autumnal Campfire Recipes – Veganized

It’s September meaning that for the half of the world that inhabits the Northern Hemisphere, Fall or Autumn is here. So put on those jeans, long socks, cute jackets and boots – get ready for hot drinks and campfires, leaf-pile raking, pumpkin and cinnamon-spice everything, because Fall has officially fallen, Halloween is creeping up, and we aren’t waiting around. Top 10 Autumnal Campfire Recipes – Veganized  1. S’mores Did you even Autumn without consuming more than your fair share of campfire s’mores? Worry not, vegan s’mores do exist, and they are as perfectly oozy and melt in the mouth...

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London’s Brick Lane to Host New Vegan Night Market

With a vegan shipping container which gives celebrities the munchies, the debut of By Chloe, and a whole host of other veg-friendly spots you could say that London couldn’t get any better for vegans. Well, you’re wrong thanks to the new vegan night market that’s set to hit Brick Lane! Notoriously popular with the edgy and artistic crowds in London, Brick Lane is a ‘microcosm of London’s shifting ethnic patterns’. The market, ‘Vegan Nights’, is joining an ample variety of existing London night markets to bring all the great street food, atmosphere and vibes. But this one’s even better, because you can...

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5 Lamb-Friendly and Vegan ‘Love Lamb Week’ Recipes

From the 1st – 7th of September, it’s the UK’s, Love Lamb Week! While this week traditionally involves showing appreciation of lamb meat and consuming lamb dishes, we thought there was a better way you could love lambs, by not eating them! That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the food that other people are eating this week, though. So, fire up the BBQ, put on an apron and get creative in the kitchen with these 5 tasty recipes.   5 Lamb-Friendly and Vegan ‘Love Lamb Week’ Recipes 1. Vegan ‘Lamb’ Curry Perfect with a healthy side...

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The Ultimate Recipe Guide to Vegan Eats This Labor Day Weekend

Signed into existence in 1894 by Grover Cleveland, Labor Day is a U.S national holiday that honors the American labor movement and the contribution that workers make to their country. As Labor day is on the first Monday in September, the weekend proceeding becomes a 3-day weekend, known as Labor Weekend. This holiday lacks set traditions, except firing up the BBQ to commence degustation and relaxing, or consumers maxing their credit cards at the Labor Day sales. Traditional barbeques can revolve around food from meat and other animal products, so if you’re planning to round up friends, family and...

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A Guide To The Stylish World Of Vegan Leather – With Doshi

So, you’ve just oogled over the designs at New York Fashion Week, and are now in the mood to splurge on the latest trends. If leather and suede bags are your thing, but supporting the leather industry totally isn’t, worry not, as there is a whole gorgeously sustainable market with vegan alternatives to animal-derived materials. As described by Paras Doshi of US fashion retailer, Doshi, vegan leather bags are “clean on the outside, clean on the inside.” We were lucky enough to get our hands on their Saddle Bag (which is available for pre order now!). Knowing traditional leather, and not...

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10 of the Best Plant-Based Foods to Help Combat Stress

Should you stress about stress? Stress is a natural part of everyday life which is caused by events that the body experiences. Eustress is the good kind, that triggers a positive response in the body, whereas distress; the negative kind, can have harmful effects on the body, when exposed to toxic amounts. Dietary intervention can be a very effective, cheap and natural remedy to stress. Whether you realise or not, by choosing what you eat, you are also choosing how to treat your body. With exams fast-approaching for many school students across the globe, it’s fair to say that...

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10 Designer Brands That are Vegan, Eco-friendly and Ethical!

New York Fashion Week is almost upon us! Where the hottest, latest and trendiest designers ‘strut their stuff.’ This event sparks change in the current fashion industry by debuting innovative new designs, sometimes-questionable products and creative ways to wear clothing. NYFW is where every blogger, fashionista and influencer wants to be. In light of Winter/Spring New York Fashion Week and recent increases of pressure to eliminate cruelty within the fashion industry, here is some of the top, growing number of designer brands, which are vegan, ethically-produced and eco-friendly. These talented designers prove that veganism can extend to more than just...

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Vegan Queen Pamela Anderson On Making Plant-Based Diets Easy

Pamela Anderson, well-known celebrity and a long-time vegan activist, recently challenged the Mayor of America’s fattest city, Mississippi, to go vegan. Mayor Lumumba accepted the challenge and nice-gal Pammy, with the support of PETA, is giving the Mayor free lunches for a week after being so impressed with his commitment to go vegan for a month. Pammy has also been in the news this year after launching her vegan shoe line, opening a vegan restaurant in France then opting out less then 2 weeks after it opened, and blogging about her lifestyle. Alongside other animal rights activists and passionate vegans, Pamela...

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10 Comfort Food Favourites – Veganized!

Who can resist the lull of a hearty bowl of warm, high-calorie and carb-loaded food to comfort you during even the toughest of times? Eat your feelings, am I right? Choosing to eat plant-based  doesn’t mean you have to miss out on any of these oh-so-good, but oh-so-bad-for your waistline, foods. So, below is 10 of the most comforting foods that have met veganism, married it, and had one delicious love child that you will soon adopt as your food baby whilst having absolutely zero regrets.   10 Comfort Food Favourites – Veganized! 1. Mac N’ Cheese Possibly the...

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Top 5 Must Listen Vegan Podcasts

So many people love podcasts, one can be found for literally every occasion and mood. In fact sometimes it’s a little difficult to decide what to listen to. Not everyone is familiar with the world of podcasts but it’s safe to say that once you are you become a bit addicted.  They’re perfect for the commute to work, or even a calming voice to get you off to sleep. Whether you are new to podcasts, or a long-time listener who’s looking for something new to listen to, here’s some of the top 5 podcasts to educate you about the...

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Farm Life and Vegan Mac and Cheese With “Made In Chelsea’s” Lucy Watson

UK fashion icon, Lucy Watson is best know for role on the British reality show, ‘Made In Chelsea’ and being sponsored by top-market fashion brands. But did you know that Watson is also a PETA ambassador, RSPCA campaigner and animal rights supporter. Lucy, somewhat “controversially” also has every intention to raise her future children vegan, alongside her. Watson herself ditched meat at age five following a series of events which began during her childhood; growing up on a farm and witnessing standard industry practices first hand. She recalls, in an interview with Mildred’s: “I grew up on a working farm, I moved there when I was 5...

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10 Vegan Friendly Career Paths To Help You Make a Positive Difference

It’s important to remember that it won’t always be possible to avoid non-vegan career choices – some times in life, we just don’t have an option and in these circumstances, simply do the best you can. Office assistant? Try replacing dairy with plant milk for coffee and choosing more veggie options when catering for an event. Restaurant server? Befriend the chefs and suggest some fun new menu options. If you are lucky enough to be in a position to switch jobs or you are still at school deciding which route to take, you’ll be pleased to know there are...

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5 Tips for Transitioning to Cruelty Free and Vegan Cosmetics

Not only is the vegan food industry growing substantially, the cruelty-free beauty and cosmetic marketplace is also taking off! Many people believe that choosing to only buy cruelty-free and ethically produced products comes hand-in-hand with veganism, as the lifestyle aims to reduce the suffering of living beings. However, the term ‘cruelty-free’ only means that the product has not been tested on animals, this doesn’t guarantee it only contains vegan ingredients. This gets rather difficult to determine whether or not a brand is fully cruelty-free because of legal requirements across different countries. In countries such as America, Australia and New...

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Meet The Amazing Meat-Free Parents on a Vegan Mission

Emily Sim, an Australian mother living in Hong Kong, has raised her son Henry as a 100% vegan since birth.“You’re doing well, aren’t you?” Emily says as she prepares home-made sushi as the evening meal for her vegan family, including son Henry. The Sim’s also avoid wearing animal-derived materials, like wool, silk and leather. “There are some things you can never avoid, but we do the best we can.” Emily recognises that living that way isn’t always easy but she ensures she double-checks ingredients lists and only purchases cruelty-free products, such as baby lotions. Sim runs a Facebook Group for Vegan...

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Single Vegans Get Ready To Mingle With New Veggie Friendly ‘Tinder’ App!

Amongst various new social media apps aimed at vegetarians and vegans, there is Veg.  A tinder-style dating app, including many of Tinder’s popular features, which is ‘the secret way to get down with people nearby!’ but made for vegetarians and vegans looking for fellow veggies. Swiping right (if you like potential match) or swiping left (if you don’t like potential match) is now cruelty-free! This mobile-phone app is free to download, has 100,000’s of users and also has features such as photo-sharing, for sending pictures of your pussy-cats, messaging, recipe-sharing capabilities and options to report or block nuisance and offensive users. According...

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You Can Now Bathe With This Terrifyingly Cute(?) Vegan “Chucky” Bath Bomb!

Just in time for Halloween, Indie brand Loquita Bath and Body has debuted an interesting range of new bath bombs which could either be terrifying or adorable, depending on the sensitivity levels of our nervous system. If tub-terrors aren’t making you fizz, this creative company has been previously known for their range of bath bombs inspired this time by not Halloween, (a Mexican-originating holiday), but Mexican food. If you have ever wanted to pair your soak with horror movie-themed bath products, your dream (or nightmare) is now a reality. To get you in the mood for a sure-to-spook Halloween,...

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8 Super Easy Food Swaps For New Vegans

Did you know that meat can take up to 72 hours to break down and digest in the human body (mostly because it lacks fiber) whereas plants only take a few hours or less? By increasing your intake of plants, you also increase your fibre intake (meaning you *ahem*, poo more) and will probably experience a noticeable increase in energy levels. There are many ways that animal products can be easily substituted for a vegan alternative but to truly achieve a meat like texture and taste using only plant-based ingredients you have to think creatively and be prepared to get let...

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PÜR Launch 100% Vegan ‘My Little Pony’ Themed Make-Up Brushes

Remember not-so way back in the days of the 90’s when the ‘My Little Pony’ TV show theme song was the only song any cool kid knew? These times are making a come back, with the debut of a My Little Pony movie, due to hit theatres on October 6th. To get us excited for the upcoming release, PÜR Cosmetics are bringing us a My Little Pony inspired make-up set, which includes a dreamy, 6 piece set of vegan and 100% cruelty-free, ‘Pony Approved’ make-up brushes! Included in the $49 ‘Mane 6 Brush Set’ is a Powder Brush, Blush Brush, Concealer Brush,...

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5 Celebs Who Have Taken The 22 Day Vegan Challenge!

When Beyoncé’s personal trainer and world-known exercise physiologist, Marco Borges designed a highly nutritious vegan meal guide aimed at helping his clients perform at to their maximum potential, the 22 Day Nutrition Challenge was born. Marco believes that eating plant-based foods, will strengthen your immune system, improve gut health and reduce inflammation. (As well as making major plant-powered gains!) Psychologists have claimed that that it takes 21 days for a habit to develop. By adding an extra day, Marco believes that a major breakthrough is achieved in one’s mindset and commitment to a long-term vegan lifestyle develops. This 22 day...

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5 Reasons More Men Are Choosing A Plant-Based Diet

Statistics have shown that, currently, more women than men are vegan. This is partly due to the strong link between meat and masculinity that has prevailed in society. However, this appears to be changing, with more and more men moving to a plant-based diet, hopefully the stigma around vegan men is diminishing. With that in mind, here’s a few of the reasons why more men are choosing to eat a plant-based diet!   5 Reasons More Men Are Choosing A Plant-Based Diet 1. Agriculture Is Harming The Earth On 2nd August, the earth reached 2017’s  ‘World OverShoot Day’; the...

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5 Tips On How To Be Happy As A Vegan

A recent study by Bristol University, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, reported that non-meat consuming humans or humans who lack a balanced diet consumption, are twice as likely to develop depression than people who consume a balanced diet, including animal products. It can be debated whether this unfairly touts a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle or whether their claims of deficiencies in crucial vitamins and nutrients that lead to negative impacts on mental health, actually is worth considering while making your next meal. It should be noted that this study includes the possibility for switching to a vegetarian diet being...

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Impossible Foods’ CEO Makes Public Statement About Decision to Test on Animals

It was uncovered last week that Impossible Foods, producers of plant-based burgers which bleeds like meat, have tested their crucial burger ingredient, ‘soy leghemoglobin’ on rats. These tests involved force feeding the rats excessive amounts of soy leghemoglobin and studying the effects this had to their behaviour and organs. The results concluded this ingredient safe for human consumption, even in amounts far greater than we would ever consume, but the tests were not actually required to meet food safety standards by the FDA. Revelations of this animal testing sparked outrage from consumers, with many people questioning whether the products...

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Genetically Engineered Piglet Organs Used As Solution To Declining Public Health?

Staggeringly, more than 117,000 people in the US alone are waitlisted for organ transplants due to a huge shortage of organ availability. This sees 22 people die daily while they wait for a suitable organ to become available and a new person is added to the waiting list every ten minutes. It seems that scientists are currently putting their hope in genetically modified pigs. Just like primates, pigs’ organs are similar in function and size to human organs, as a result, many people are in favour of using pigs as organ donors. However, due to the risk of virus...

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Scientists Develop New System That Creates Protein From Air

Forget traditional proteins such as meat, lab-grown patties or veggie-based products, the latest protein on the market is made from solar energy! Recently, there has been an increasing awareness on the negative and detrimental impacts that animal agriculture has upon the environment, as well as concerns around health and animal welfare. Because farming animals for their meat, eggs and milk releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, humanity is speeding up climate change and warming the Earth. Massive amounts of resources such as water, food, land are required to produce agricultural products and chemicals or fertilisers are...

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10 of The Most Unusual Vegan Foods You May or May Not Want to Try

The sound of ‘vegan food’ comes with many common misconceptions such as being boring or that vegans can only eat dirt, grass and twigs (maybe an iced water if they’re really feeling adventurous). However, that certainly does not have to be the case as the variety of animal-free food available is bountiful, only growing by the day! These 10 rather quirky and uncommonly known foods are here to prove that plant-based foods are far from boring – prepare your palette if you’re brave enough to try! 10 of The Most Unusual Vegan Foods You May or May Not Want...

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Patrik Babmoumian, German Strongman: The Story of a Vegan Badass

Patrik Baboumian won the title of German Junior Bodybuilder, 1999 at the young age of 20 and his achievements didn’t stop there. His current titles include the world record for under 105kg log-lift with a 165 lift and the German record for heavyweight log-lift, which he was won 4 times consecutively. Further on in his athletic career, Baboumian increased in size and strength and started competing in European Powerlifting Competitions, enabling him to attain the European Open title in 2012 and setting personal bests of Bench 210kg, Squat 360kg, Deadlift 360kg. (Quite the paradox to the misconception of vegans being...

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SeaWorld Sales Down $175.9 Million As Blackfish Continues to Haunt Them

Blaming their second-quarter loss of $175.9 million on a reduction of advertising nationwide, ‘misconception’ of animal treatment at their parks and competitive pressure from rival theme parks (such as Universal and Disney), SeaWorld has experienced a large drop in attendance to their theme parks, with their stock since the beginning of the year falling by 28%. California’s SeaWorld park in particular has suffered major loss after the death of 3 month-old Kyara. Controversial theme park, came under major fire and criticism from the enraged public after the baby Orca Whale kept captive at SeaWorld’s San Antonio Park died prematurely...

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Top 10 Powerful Plant-Based Protein Sources To Pack Into Your Diet

The powerful nutrient protein is considered to be one of the main building blocks of life. When consumed, protein sources break down into amino acids which then repair and grow damaged cells. Protein takes longer to digest (break down) than fellow nutrient carbohydrates, so by eating protein-rich foods, you will feel fuller for longer; that’s why protein is often associated with weight-loss regimes. Little may you know, protein isn’t actually as hard to find as you think and a balanced plant-based diet will provide more than enough of your recommended daily allowance. That’s right – you can easily consume...

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Introducing ‘Lina’, The Eco-Friendly Electric Car Made From Plants

So, you’re eating that flax and sugar-beet and suddenly it crashes into you; your vehicle needs to be made from the same plant-based materials! This thought must have occurred to creators of ‘Lina’ from TU/ecomotive at University of Technology Eindhoven, – an electric car with a body made from plant-based materials. Production of the plant-based materials used to build this eco-friendly car require far less energy and resources than other materials used in current cars such as aluminium, making this particular vehicle more sustainable than other vehicles. Founders believe their sustainable, plant-based design is set to drastically reduce the...

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New Vegan Cold Cuts Make The Perfect Sandwich Filler!

Chickpea and red pepper or white bean and kale? The flavour combinations of Lightlife’s new vegetable deli slices are making our mouths water! Recently debuted, the veggie-formulated deli meats appear physically similar to traditional animal-derived cuts of deli meats so that consumers know exactly how to use these range of products. However, they still showcase the plant-based ingredients they are made from. Lightlife says that consumers should use these veggie meats in place of animal deli meats, including veggie deli slice sandwiches, in cobb salad or on crackers.  Director of marketing at Lightlife, Brad Lahrman has said “Our research...

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Impossible Burger Uses Ingredient Tested on Animals – Are They Still Vegan?

The Impossible Burger: a plant-based burger which tastes, smells, cooks and bleeds like meat. As recently revealed in their own report, Impossible Foods – producers of the Impossible Burger, tested ingredient soy leghemoglobin on rats by feeding them excessive amounts two years prior to product launch then again performed more tests in 2016. The report states that: “Every day, rats consumed the equivalent of more than 200 times the amount of heme, in the form of leghemoglobin, that the average American consumes daily from ground beef. In addition to daily observations of overall health, growth and behavior, a meticulous examination of...

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Couple Make Veganism Kool With ‘Kind Kones’ Dessert Bar

South-East Asia’s first vegan-friendly dessert bar? Kind Kones is exactly that and more. Husband and wife duo Serina and Ishpal Bajaj, who are the founders of the all vegetarian and mostly vegan desert bar, believe it’s the first of it’s kind in South-East Asia. Serina Bajaj, co-founder of Kind Kones says that this venture is all out of love for her daughter. “I used to make all these things at home, for my daughter. I feel it’s really important to teach our kids to eat healthy, chemical-free food. It’s all for my daughter, she’s my inspiration.”  Power-team founders, the...

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Yale’s Young Entrepreneurs Drive The Future of Vegan Convenience Food

Zoni Foods is a new startup company that has created frozen, plant-based meals, ready to be re-heated and eaten in only 10 minutes; straight from the packet which preserves the flavour and nutritional value of the meals. Yale students Nilofer Ahmed and Zoe Lloyd are the co-founders behind Zoni Foods, starting the initiative when they felt the need for convenient, healthy and affordable meals which require minimal cooking but taste like a truly home-cooked meal. Finding a gap in the marketplace, these forward-thinking, innovative Yale students went for it. “Young professionals are busy and spontaneous, they want the flexibility of having...

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Does Sunfed Meat’s ‘Chicken-Free Chicken’ Live Up To The Hype?

After months of patience-testing following the Seven Sharp TV segment, quite a hype was created in anticipation of the release of new New-Zealand product: SunFed Meats ‘Chicken-Free Chicken’… As imaginable, when the date finally clocked over to July 29th; a Saturday in New Zealand, the first thing on my mind was how fast could I get dressed and get to the supermarket. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one desperate to get my hands on this vegan ‘meat’, made from pea protein; there was only two left when I ran into Countdown, before 11am. Greedily buying up the last...

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Ne-Yo Inspired To Go Vegan By Documentary ‘What The Health’

Documentary What The Health has inspired a lot of people to go vegan following it’s release this year, and it looks like Ne-Yo is the latest celebrity to hop on the plant-based band wagon. The American singer-songwriter announced his decision on his social media accounts a few hours ago by posting a video of himself going shopping for vegan goodies. Watches #WhatTheHealth once…. pic.twitter.com/4YJckxwnHu — NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) 6 August 2017 This isn’t first time Ne-Yo has tried to make the change to a plant-based diet, in 2013 he announced that his New Year’s resolution was to go vegan. However, his attempt...

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Denmark’s Minister Says Animal Rights Comes Before Religion

Law amendments in Denmark have seen the end of the legal production of Kosher or Halal meats, which are currently exempted from current European animal welfare standards. Under Jewish and Islamic Law, Kosher or Halal meat means that the animal mustn’t be stunned before slaughter and is therefore conscious throughout the process. These religious laws are in conflict with current European regulations that state that an animal must be stunned prior to slaughter. However, it was announced last week that Denmark’s government is changing the law and banning this practice and this new law came into effect yesterday. Whilst...

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The Ultimate Guide to Pizza Hut’s Best Kept Vegan Secrets – Including Bacon?!

Let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good slice (okay, box…) of pizza?! The flavour combinations and ways in which ‘za can be made are just endless and now, thanks to our guide to ordering at the Hut, vegans in the UK can live that takeaway pizza life just as often as their non vegan pals. So, first things first! It’s all about that base. The Ultimate Guide to Pizza Hut’s Best Kept Vegan Secrets – Including Bacon?! BASES Hand Tossed Crust Pan Dough All American Thin Dough Flatbread Dough SEASONING Salted Pretzel Fiery Red Pepper Chili Flakes SAUCES Tomato...

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Dr Greger Claims Plant-Based Diets Equivalent To Quitting Smoking

Dr. Michael Greger M.D has recently stated that plant-based diets may just be the nutritional equivalent to quitting smoking. According to Dr. Greger, when it comes to reducing the risk of heart failure, developing cancer, having a stroke, diabetes or hypertension, a more effective, safer and cost-friendly alternative to medical intervention, is a change in lifestyle. Dr. Greger believes that given the correct conditions, the body is able to heal itself. For example, an adequate form of ‘treatment’ to cardiovascular disease is a change to one’s diet. Change in diet has also been proven to reduce one’s mortality rate without extensive or...

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Chicago’s Latest Vegan Bakery Opens

Chicago has some hidden vegan secrets which have just got better with the newly opened ‘Betty Bot’. Established vegan bakery, ‘Pie Pie My Darling’ gets a Chicago bakery friend! The first vegan bakery in Chicago, PPMD serves a wonderful range of fresh, hot vegan food such as cakes, cookies, pies, pastries and cupcakes. They are based in the Lakeview neighbourhood, in their semi-permanent premises (they are looking to expand in next few months to new premises) after gaining success as a pop-up stall and taking custom orders at markets for two years prior. Newly opened South Shore vegan bakery,...

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Huge Spike In Vegan Products Available In Korean Convenience Stores

The variety and availability of vegan products in Korean convenience stores, such as Ministop, 7-Eleven, CU and GS25, has significantly increased recently. Although the vegan population in Korea is still relatively small, the lifestyle has been generating huge popularity and has noticeably increased over the past few years. In the past, you would have been hard-pressed to find convenience products in mainstream stores that are free of animal products, but now it is rare to strike somewhere which isn’t stocked with vegan milk alternatives such as almond and soy, coconut water and snacks, including dried fruit, dried sweet potato,...

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Stan Kroenke Bans Trophy Hunting On His UK TV Channel

Following a huge number of complaints, Stan Kroenke’s TV Channel, “My Outdoor TV”, will no longer feature footage of trophy hunting on the UK channel. The channel was set to include a variety of shows from across the globe including footage of trophy hunting. The channel, ‘My Outdoor TV’ has been available in the US since 2016 and shows footage of hunters targeting endangered species, despite the fact that the population of these animals are threatened further through trophy hunting for souvenirs. However, the reception in the UK was incredibly negative. Chief operating officer of the Leauge Against Cruel...

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Ripple Launch New Milk And Announce Plans For Vegan Yogurt and Ice Cream

“Dairy Free As it Should Be” Vegan milk producer, Ripple Foods, who are popular for their well-packaged plant-based milks  have just debuted another flavour! This new line of milk is now available at 1000 retailers such as Target and Wholefoods Market and comes in the form of a ‘half & half’ blend. “We noticed the current options were a bit limited in terms of texture, flavor, and healthy fats. Our goal was to create a creamy, delicious product with a healthy plant-based fat content that works well both in coffee and while cooking or baking.” – Adam Lowry, Co-founder...

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Game of Thrones ‘Missandei’ Reveals How She Gets Her Protein on a Vegan Diet

British actress Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays ‘Missandei’ on hit HBO fantasy television show Game of Thrones has been a proud vegan all along! Who knew, that while we binged on Game Of Thrones, the actress and Speedo ambassador who plays star character dubbed ‘Khaleesi’s fit mate’ thrives on a plant based lifestyle, which she adopted four years ago! Nathalie is quite the budding athlete too with a pretty hardcore fitness regime which includes yoga, distance swimming, boxing and running. Phew – that’s just exhausting to read! Emmanuel proves that you don’t need animal products to re-fuel or sustain a...

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Spoof ‘PigScare’ Site Launched to Counteract Falsely Labelled “High Welfare Pork”

Recent release of video footage from within New Zealand agricultural pork farms sparked major outrage and pushed organisation ‘SAFE‘ to launch a spoof website, mocking the misleading ‘PigCare’ labelling on NZ pork. SAFE’s more accurate version, ‘PigScare‘ was launched to expose the truth of cruel practices used in pork farming and pigs who are ‘born and exploited’ in New Zealand farms. In addition to the launch of the ‘PigScare’ spoof website, SAFE has launched a petition which calls upon farrowing crates to be banned, gathering 17,000+ signatures within one week of the petition’s release. The original, ‘PigCare’ label was...

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Is Disney’s New Aladdin Star, Mena Massoud, Vegan?

Mena Massoud is the actor recently cast to play the role of ‘Aladdin’ in upcoming Disney reimagining of popular 1992 animated film, Aladdin, has left Disney fans and vegans alike stalking his Instagram, trying to determine whether or not he is vegan. From decadent vegan desserts, to healthy salads and plant-based barbeques, Massoud is piquing the curiosity of his inquisitive 27.7k following. Not only are his personal creations quite something, he also posts photos of the wonderful vegan/vegan-friendly takeaway or done-in places such as Doomie’s and Azla vegan. Furthermore, the #vegan fitspo transformation photos he shares are also quite...

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FDA Weighs In As Dairy Industry Push for Commercial Censorship of Soy ‘Milk’

Are plant-based products which replace traditional animal-based alternatives labelled unfairly? We’re talking the Soy V Dairy debate, which has now become a legal battle. The soy ‘milk’ debate has been dividing opinions between the dairy industry and the soy industry for a long time and is a hot topic recently due to the legal issues raised by it. ‘Dairy style’ names such as oat ‘milk’, soy ‘milk’ and vegan ‘butter’ or coconut ‘yoghurt’ have been claimed to be misleading consumers. This debate is generating so much heat that the FDA (U.S Food and Drug Association) has been called upon,...

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Army Training Program Leads to One-Woman Vegan Instagram Empire!

‘I was eating a really meat heavy, carb-fuelled diet at the time. ‘I really missed the fresh, healthy foods I was used to.’ 24 year-old Australian woman Ellie (‘Elsa’) Bullen who grew up on Australia’s East Coast, realised just how much she valued fresh, flavourful fruit and vegetables as part of her daily diet during when she took a gap year to undergo an army training programme. Her intensive training experiences and demanding physical challenges inspired Bullen to pursue a nutrition degree; no easy feat considering she worked three jobs during this time to enable her study. However, all...

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Breast Milk Brownies! Human Boobs V Cow Udders (WTF is the Difference?)

For a recent school bake sale, an anon-mom used her own breast  milk to make brownies in place of cow’s milk and the reaction has unsurprisingly been of total disgust. Being unable to get to a store to buy milk produced by a cow, this brownie-baking mom decided to just use milk that she produced herself. However, when other parents found out about her secret ingredient, they were both repulsed and furious. Turning to Facebook, brownie-mom posted an appeal for advice on why other parents were so outraged at her use of this unconventional ingredient, and the post ended up...

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IndyCar’s Conor Daly Credits Veganism and ‘What The Health’ For Recent Success

American race car driver, Conor Daly’s scream of relief was most audible in Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, when he realized had advanced out of the first round; qualifying on Saturday afternoon with his time 1:04.8745 (125.300), lap length: 2.258 miles and acquired his best result yet! Prior to this season in which he qualified in 11th place, this previously ‘Fuelled by Bacon‘ A.J. Foyt Racing driver had only advanced out of the first qualifying round once before! (At Detroit’s Dual 2.) It’s pretty fair to say that this season has been tough and frustrating for Daly and his...

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150 Cows Destroyed Due To Devastating Outbreak of Disease

Cow disease, Mycoplasma bovis has struck a herd of some of NZ’s wealthiest farmers and the cattle is due to be destroyed to prevent the disease spreading any further. “There was no recovery, no cure.” – Federated Farmers vice-president Andrew Hoggard. The details of where this infection was located has been kept rather hush but now it is public knowledge that Aad and Wilma van Leeuwen, the farmers behind the ‘world largest robotic dairy barn’ which can house up to 1,500 cows under cover, have been hit by this fatal disease. The van Leeuwen’s farm is about the size of two rugby...

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Free People Team With PETA to Launch Vegan Summer Fashion Look Book

Compassion – so hot right now! In some respects, we are beginning to seeing less and less real fur, suede and leather, due to an increasing awareness on the cruelty which is required to produce such products. Even Tesla has released vegan-only seating in their range of eco-friendly vehicles and recent reports show that the vegan leather market is set to reach a whopping value of $85 billion by 2025. But vegan food and car interior options aren’t the only products making a debut onto the plant based marketplace: vegan fashion is becoming more prevalent by the day! Free...

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Vegans of Twitter Unite Against False Nutrition Claims Made on UK Television

UK dietician has sparked up major Twitter-storm since her appearance on UK television earlier this week after making claims that a plant based lifestyle was difficult to “make work” as a healthy diet. Contrary to what global dietetic associations say, Sophie Medlin, RD and lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at King’s College, London, made the claim: “It’s really hard work to make a vegan diet healthy, you have to think very carefully about what you’re eating all the time. I have never recommended any of my patients follow a vegan diet; I can’t see myself ever changing that. It’s very complicated...

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Plant Based Future Is a Hot Topic for USA’s Annual Food Conference

Can peas pip ‘pork’ products to the post? Where is the plant-based movement heading? Is ‘clean’ a threat to plant-based ‘meats’? Who’s really driving the the future of our food?   These are merely a few of the major discussion points set for the conference floor at Chicago’s upcoming 3-day Food Vision USA conference. “Food Vision is an all-inclusive event with a unique format designed to facilitate industry insight; gauge commercial opportunities, and foster business relationships for leaders in the US food, beverage and nutrition industries.” The plant-based food movement: it’s growing by the day and more and more...

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Chicken-Free Chicken Hits The Shelves of New Zealand

As of July 29th, 2017, an exciting new vegan alternative to chicken is hitting the shelves in New Zealand! This product from Sunfed Meats is another recent example of the ever-growing number of plant-based products in the mainstream marketplace which are giving farmers a run for their money. Meat and animal product alternatives are becoming readily available across the globe and the animal agriculture industry are showing signs of great concern. Sunfed Meats aims to produce New Zealand made products which rival the taste of their animal-reliant counterparts – except without the animal! According to Sunfed, their ‘chicken’ has all the taste...

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Inspiring 88 Year Old Vegan Doctor Climbs Kilimanjaro !

Fred Distelhorst isn’t just your average 88 year old; he’s also one extremely inspiring, super fit man who just so happens to be vegan. Proving that age is just a number and defying a number of stigmas, Distelhorst may have just set the new world record as the oldest ever recorded person to climb one of Earth’s highest peaks, the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro! At 19,341 feet high, this ascent is no small feat! How did this retired dentist scale this giant rock at the ripe age of 88? He credits his stellar fitness and physical ability to his vegan...

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Demand for Vegan Meat Leaves Farmers Concerned For Their Future

Plant-based burger patties, vegan vending machines, plant-milks and vegan ice-creams are just a few products included as part of the fast and ever-expanding market of alternatives to animal-based food. However, not everyone is happy about this shift in consumer preference – nope – The farmers of New Zealand are feeling rather threatened about this subsequent increase in demand. And how could they not? The reasons to choose vegan products over animal products are endless. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that plant-based startups are in many respects leading the way when it comes to the future of food. Combining...

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Badass “Babe” Star James Cromwell Arrested at SeaWorld Protest

James Cromwell, an Oscar-nominated vegan actor, among another 6 PETA activists were cited for trespassing earlier this week after setting foot into controversial amusement park, SeaWorld in an effort to raise awareness for their inhumane treatment of cetaceans. Cromwell participated in staging a protest for #BoycottSeaWorldDay! “Orcas deserve a full life in the ocean, not a life sentence of swimming endless circles until they drop dead from disease. My friends and I at PETA want SeaWorld to move these intelligent animals to seaside sanctuary without delay.” – James Cromwell in a statement. Familiar with arrests in regard to public...

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New KFC Commercial Slammed By Disgusted Viewers

Popular fast-food chain, KFC has released a new, rather strange television commercial and viewers are being put off their dinner! This ad, entitled ‘The Whole Chicken‘ features white-coloured hens being exploited for human entertainment, or rather: strutting their sassy stuff around a warehouse to the tune of DMX’s “X Gon’ Give it to Ya”. What could possibly be the purpose of this odd advertisement? To promote KFC’s chicken being made from, get this: 100% chicken. (Yeah, right!) “At KFC we’re proud of our chicken, freshly prepared in our restaurants and sourced from Red Tractor Assured farms, and not afraid...

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Canadian Powerhouse Wrestler Fuelled By Vegan Diet

Upon first glance, Laura Dennis, also known by her current ring name: Allie (previously ‘Cherry Bomb’) may look cute and sweet (especially when dressed up in bunny accessories) so much so that her strength could easily be overlooked. However, this former TKA knockouts champion and Canadian professional wrestler, currently signed to Impact Wrestling, has a huge power potential thanks to her enviable muscular physique! With a list of accomplishments as long as hers, how could we all not take inspiration? Better still -her body has been built on a 100% vegan diet! You guysssss @IMPACTWRESTLING is on RIGHT NOW!!!...

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Animal, Lab, or Plant Based Meat? You Decide The Future of Our Food.

Already known for their vegan mayonnaise, assorted condiments and plant based cookie dough, the team at Hampton Creek have excitedly announced that they will be joining the growing number of tech startups in producing lab meat! The technology necessary to create ‘clean-meat’ (as it has been dubbed), or meat and seafood which is grown in a lab has been in the works by many tech start-ups including San Francisco’s Memphis Meats. The team at Hampton Creek, however, claim to be ahead of their closest competitors by more than two years! The word on lab grown or ‘clean meat’ has been...

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Tesla Ditch Leather and Steer The Way to a More Vegan Future

Tesla, Inc (previously known as Tesla Motors) has been seeing a lot of media attention recently with their variety of electric cars. Since the release of their first automobile in 2008, Tesla has sold upwards of 186,000 electric cars as of December, 2016, and this figure just keeps growing! However, Tesla Inc makes more than just cars; they are a technology company who specialise in solar panels and lithium-ion battery energy storage among the environmentally-conscious range of automobiles they manufacture. Following their founding in 2003 then popular release of their first electric sports car in February 2008, the ‘Roadster’,...

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Foot Candy? Get The Real Low-Down on Gelatin

Crushed Feet?; We’re talking all things Gelatin; ‘that pesky ingredient which is unnecessarily lurking in everything’. Contrary to popular belief, most commercial Gelatin is obtained through animal bones, pigskins and cattle hide, not animal feet or horns. (Gelatin is extracted collagen but horns and feet are made of mostly keratin, not collagen.) The term ‘Gelatin’ in itself is rather nondescript, meaning that most people are completely unaware of the process required for it to be produced. So, how is animal-gelatin actually made? To make animal-gelatin, the collagen is extracted from animal products such as bone, hide and skin. Commercially,...

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Forget Tumblr! 10 Words of Wisdom – As Told by Philosophers!

What better way to generate some existential thoughts then with some good old fashioned quotes. Yes, quotes –  The internet loves them; from the walls of Tumblr unto the walls of our homes, they are plastered everywhere. ‘Be you, everyone else is taken.’ ‘Live, love, laugh.’ ‘Life isn’t easy for those who dream’ Seriously though, we have all heard them; come up with something original for once?! Want some actual enlightenment? Well here are 10 words of wisdom taken from philosophers which you can to ponder over. Forget Tumblr! 10 Words of Wisdom – As Told by Philosophers!  ...

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Convenience Is Bliss ! Bay Area Introduces More Grab N’ Go Options for Vegans

Tired of staring into vending machines and wishing you could actually enjoy the convenience of putting coins into a machine, pressing a button and having food magically appear? It’s quite a novelty yet sadly, this instant gratification is not often one which vegans can afford. Vending machines allow consumers to conveniently pick up grab-n-go snacks, and whilst admittedly they aren’t usually the healthiest of food choices, they are perfect for when you’re in a pinch! Unless you’re vegan. BUT all this might be about to change.. Out of the Bay Area, leCupboard is a business which already has a...

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Harvard Study Unfairly Touts Benefits of Part Time “Veganism”

The idea of part-time veganism or “flexitarianism” coined back in the 90s is a topic on the minds of many looking to overhaul their unhealthy eating habits, and with over 17 million deaths a year attributed to cardiovascular disease alone, evaluating your dietary choices can only be a good thing. According to new study by the reputable Harvard University, reducing your consumption of animal products and increasing your intake of plants and whole-grains while continuing to modestly indulge in animal products can be just as good nutritionally as a vegan diet and even superior to an unhealthy vegan diet...

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Attention Avocado Lovers! You’re Doin’ It Wrong

What do you do with unwanted avocado seeds? If the answer is throw them away, you need to think again. It’s common for health-fanatics to eat them as word has it that they could be nutritionally better for you than the flesh however from personal experience, I wouldn’t recommend doing so. They taste like Hass! Some gardeners and plant-fanatics such as myself choose to simply sprout them and grow them into avocado trees. But let’s be real, not everyone has time or space to deal with the pits, and as a result of the recent avocado-craze that is guac n’...

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Bathing Just Got Cleaner! Ocean Plastic Turned Into Packaging at Lush!

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” Did you know that over the last 10 year we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century? Ever thought about turning that plastic into packaging for reuse? The Ocean Legacy Foundation is doing just that! Ocean legacy runs plastic collection expeditions which remove waste, primarily plastic waste, from the oceans to prevent it from harming, polluting and poisoning marine life and ecosystems even more than it already has. We have all heard of or participated in local beach clean-ups, whether these are organized events or just...

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20 Ultimate Vegan Instagram Accounts You Must Follow!

Who doesn’t love a good insta selfie, regram, foodporn, fitspiration, BABY ANIMAL GIFS or funny video? There is a whole universe of creative veggie IGers out there just waiting to be discovered and if you’re anything like us, you’ll forever be immersed in a rabbit hole of aesthetic acai bowls and memes. So if you’re keen to find some inspiration or just want to scroll for the thrill, you are in the right place. Just be prepared for some major food-envy! #vegansofig you rock!   20 of The Best Vegan Instagram Accounts You Must Follow! @veganricha Warning: this account...

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7 Million lbs of Meat Recalled After Bone and Cartilage Found in Hot Dogs

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): “The raw meat materials used for precooked-cooked products are lower-grade muscle trimmings, fatty tissues, head meat, animal feet, animal skin, blood, liver and other edible slaughter by-products.” The US Department of Agriculture has announced that following recent customer complaints about finding pieces of bone and cartilage in hot dogs and sausages, Sabrett will be recalling a massive 7 million pounds of meat products. This discovery has sparked an uproar and resulted hot dogs and sausages to be recalled en masse from a meat processor in New York. The USDA’s...

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5 Tips on Coming Out as a Vegan

“HEY EVERYONE, I’M VEGAN!” Contrary to popular belief this cliché announcement isn’t actually typical for most vegans. So, you’ve made the choice; you’re about to embark on a new ethical lifestyle and you are pumped to start your journey… BUT.. how on earth are you going to break it to your friends and family? This is social suicide! Don’t worry – You aren’t alone. Whether you are the first to decide to become vegan in your family of friendship group, or you know one or two people who have made the transition, you aren’t the first person and you certainly...

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Germans Are Ditching Pork In Favour of Fighting Climate Change

Research by the Agriculture Market Information Company (AMIC) found that the German population is on a steady journey to reduce their pork and pig product consumption, particularly over recent years. The results from AMIC found that annual pig product consumption has decreased by 7 pounds per person! From 86 pounds per person to the now, 79 pounds per person. This is a fantastic reduction and step in the right direction considering that Germany is traditionally the greatest pork-producing and consuming country within Europe. Germany is also the home of upcoming film documentary, The End of Meat and Barbara Hendricks; Germany’s...

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NEW! Vegan Movie Explores Impacts on African American Health

Another vegan movie?! OKJA, Earthlings, The End of Meat, What The Health, Land of Hope and Glory etc., aren’t the only informative, mind-nourishing documentaries on the block anymore! On July 14th at the colony theatre in Los Angeles, a new vegan film premiered! The Invisible Vegan is a powerful documentary which provides historical and contemporary views upon the issues relating to modern, unhealthy African-American dietary trends, co-produced by actress and vegan activist, Jasmine Leyva, which unifies the voice of the African-American vegan community. The Invisible Vegan includes stars the well-known names and faces such as John Salley (former NBA...

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Could This Be.. The End of Meat? New Documentary Coming Soon!

Following the recent and extremely successful, albeit tear-jerking Netflix release of OKJA and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ due for released on August 1st, another new film; ‘The End of Meat’ is set to release on August 26th in Berlin. This groundbreaking documentary envisions exactly the kind of world we all need to strive towards creating and sustaining with a meat-free future. In The End of Meat, filmmaker Marc Pierschel investigates the impacts of a world absent of meat consumption and provides a fresh perspective which helps people to understand how crucial their daily choices are for the planet, animals and humanity’s survival. Pierschel will...

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Vegan Sandwiches? Yes Please! Panera Finally Debuts Vegan Menu!

Another mainstream food chain offering vegan items! It sure has been a long time coming since being founded in 1987, but Panera Bread Co. has finally introduced new specialty-diet items to their menus in-house and digitally through their app, website and order-in-kiosks which now includes a plant-based menu! Panera now joins the ever-growing number of companies and food chains who are hopping onto the vegan train and offering pre-designed, cruelty-free options that won’t consume your valuable time trying to customise something into a suitable option. Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, here we come! Café-bakery chain Panera aims to make it more...

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Decadent Triple Layer Raw Caramel Slice!

I love dessert, sweet things, recipe creating (or recipe following if I’m feeling uninspired) and baking more than the average person, I believe love of eating is a passionate hobby and I definitely spend way more time in the kitchen than is healthy… My favourite part is doing what I call, ‘lick the shit out of those appliances’! What can I say, I make most things by taste! But when you cook (eat) as much as me, creating food that is not only hella delicious but nourishing too is key! Vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free, salt free, butter free and...

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Refreshing Herbal Iced Tea

This is a super simple recipe which is a perfect alternative to soda and sugary drinks. Whether you’re preparing refreshments for a patio party or just want something to keep your temperature down on a hot summers’ day, I’ve found this Herbal Iced Tea is always such a hit with my guests. This recipe can also be adapted by using coffee that is allowed to steep and cool rather than tea. OR, feeling fancy? Add a tipple of your favourite alcohol such as vodka or gin to get those tastebuds really tingling. Sold yet? ..seriously though guys, get your...

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5 Myths About Protein (Debunked!)

Do you know how much protein you need and how much you’re actually getting? Chances are, probably not. The average individual only needs 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight; an average person who weighs 150 pounds will only need 54g of protein per day. Your individual protein requirement can be found this this simple calculation: Body weight (in pounds) x 0.36 = Your recommended daily intake of protein (in grams). This can change depending on your nutritional goals and exercise regime but when you require more protein, it will be complementing an increased requirement of other macros...

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10 Reasons Why Plant Based Patties Beat Meat

Not often touted as something ‘good for you’, burgers are a food which face scrutiny when it comes to advocating for better human health. And let’s be honest, who could possibly say no to such flavoursome juiciness sandwiched between golden buns? Well.. perhaps it doesn’t have to be one or the other.   10 REASONS WHY PLANT BASED BURGERS BEAT MEAT   1. Versatile and Delicious Flavours! Ever tasted a plant-based burger? It could be argued that the reason people enjoy the taste of meat is due to the added seasoning which, surprise, surprise, comes from plants! Of course...

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A Quarter of New Zealanders Could be Meat-Free by 2025

A recent study shows that at least a quarter of New Zealanders could soon be meat-free! This survey which was conducted by company The Bean Supreme gathered results from 1000 ‘Kiwis’,  and the outcome: 1 in 4 New Zealanders will be ditching meat before 2025! Health came out as one of the top factors for people choosing to go meat-free and cost closely following, meat is expensive! “NZ sales of products made from plant-based ingredients such as vegetarian burgers, sausages, tofu, and falafel increased by over 20 percent in the last year alone.” – Liz O’Meara from Bean Supreme. Thanks...

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Häagen-Dazs Launches Four Vegan Ice Cream Flavours!

“Indulgent non-dairy flavors with a creamier texture and an authentic taste that shines through.” Have you ever been envious of all the delicious, mouth-watering ice-cream flavours that are tempting you from the supermarket shelves but wanting one without the dairy? Well, green eyes, today’s your lucky day because Häagen-Dazs has just launched FOUR new vegan ice cream flavours to the market as they join the growing amount of mainstream brands such as Ben & Jerry’s and Breyers, who recently released ice creams with almond milk bases. HD certainly aren’t about to be outdone on their flavours either; how is one possibly...

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Saudi Prince Invests in Green Technology to End Factory Farming

Can a sustainable future of animal product production be created? The simple answer is: yes, and a solution is very much already in production thanks to pro-active conservationists, innovative companies such as New Harvest and investors like Saudi Arabian Prince Khaled Bin Alwaleed. Prince Khaled is one of the growing number of vegan advocates who are taking action to support the fight against factory farming and climate change and is actively working to implement effective solutions to sustainability and ethical issues within the next decade. As described in a podcast, #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias, this founder and CEO of KWB...

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New York City Bans The Use of Wild Animals in Circuses

“Circuses are going to have to evolve and take animals out of the act or, like Ringling Brothers, go out of business.” —  Edita Birnkrant Have you ever seen a genuinely happy circus animal? Probably not. Animals used for entertainment are removed from their natural habitat and spend their days being carted around and forced to perform unnatural tricks for amusement. Moreover, the treatment they receive during life as a circus performer rather than being free in the wild, often leads to permanent physical and psychological damage. Will they ever be free? A definite ‘yes’ could never be guaranteed, but...

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Nutty and Nutritious Muesli Bars

Pre-made muesli bars are often packed full of sugar and preservatives and result in excessive plastic wastage due to being individually wrapped. Instead you can simply make your own – they are a healthier alternative, provide lots of sustenance between meals and taste just as good as the ones from the store! Nutty and Nutritious Muesli Bars INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup walnuts 1/2 cup almonds 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds 2 large bananas 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1/3 cup almond/peanut/nut/seed butter or vegan spread such as marg (a healthy homemade jam could be used here instead) 1/4...

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Animals As Commodities | How We Exploit Them for More Than Food

Why no wool? Stop the silk? Lay off leather? Forget the feather? Forgo the fur? Down with…down? Are They Commodities? | Exploiting Animals for More Than Food It is important to consider the above questions where they are concerned. The use of animals as commodities extends further than what we choose to put in our mouths. Wool, silk, leather, feather, suede, fur, ivory, down are just some examples of the many ways animals are unnecessarily exploited for human benefit. Humans do not require these ‘products’ and in fact, have a variety of cruelty free substitutes to choose from. Some of these products...

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Oozing With Controversy | The Honey Debate – Vegan or Not Vegan?

Weighing in on the big issues that ooze with controversy; is honey vegan or not? The word ‘vegan’ was first spread in 1944 by Donald Watson who said, ‘Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.’ By this initial definition, honey...

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How to Find Support and Community as a Vegan

One of the most helpful things when transitioning into veganism is being around and talking to like-minded people. People from my age group or similar are really good because they are relatable, going through the same things and we can become friends and base our friendship off more than one thing that we have in common. I have met many wonderful people who are also vegan or vegetarian through school, an enviro group and Facebook support groups. Starting a friendship with common ground and bonding over vegan food is a great way to start a friendship, and the subject of...

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