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Vegan Lunches Arrive at Edinburgh Schools Following New Meat Free Monday Program

Beginning today, all Edinburgh primary schools will participate in the Meat Free Monday campaign. This plant-based campaign by Paul, Mary, and Stella McCartney works with both public and private entities to help constituents cut back on their meat consumption and discover the plethora of vegan options available. Meat Free Monday has been in operation since 2009; however, Edinburgh will be the first local agency in Scotland to formally adopt the campaign. The primary schools will eliminate meat from the cafeteria menus, offering plant-based entrees such as vegetable curry with steamed rice and Quorn dogs instead. This menu swap will...

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’50s Themed Vegan Retro Diner ‘Shimmy Shack’ Opens in Michigan

The American Midwest is becoming more vegan-friendly. Shimmy Shack, a ’50s style vegan diner, is scheduled to open this summer in a Detroit suburb, serving up vegan versions of burgers, chili fries, and milkshakes in a blush pink retro setting. This diner will be the first brick-and-mortar location for the Detroit-area vegan food truck, Shimmy Shack, Michigan’s first and only completely vegan and gluten-free food truck. However, the truck doesn’t sell the stereotypical vegan and gluten-free fare; it focuses on traditional American favorites like nachos, fries, burgers, and cookies. The company’s mission statement claims that vegan and gluten-free “food...

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15 Vegan Food, Fashion, and Fitness Blogs to Level Up Your Life

Need a bit more vegan inspiration? Whether you’re looking to spice it up in the kitchen or recommit to a healthier lifestyle, these vegan bloggers can be a great resource. However, with so many blogs out there, how to decide which ones to trust? We’ve narrowed down the list to 15 must follow bloggers for reliable information and fool-proof recipes provided through a fun, accessible, and engaging platform.   15 Vegan Food, Fashion, and Fitness Blogs to Level Up Your Life 1. Minimalist Baker As the name suggests, this food blog is all about keeping it simple. Blogger Dana...

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Vegan Restaurant Boom in Canada Fueled by Meat Eaters, Says Business Owners

Canada has seen an influx of vegan spots as of late, as plant-based eating has been said to be the “dining of the future,” according to The Canadian Press. The publication spoke with multiple vegan business owners regarding this plant-based boom and discovered that it’s not being fueled by vegans, but by veg-curious omnivorous interested in trying vegan food.  According to resource Ethical Tree, the number of vegan-friendly restaurants in Ontario alone has increased by 46 locations within just the last year. “I think we’re living in kind of a boom of veganism,” explained Eva Lampert, 5700 Inc.’s director of vegan operations. “People...

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Australia’s Sunshine Coast Is Getting Its First Vegan Bakery

A new vegan and gluten-free bakery is opening in one of Australia’s popular tourist destinations, the Sunshine Coast. Soul Kitchen Bakery is launching its first storefront in Maroochydore on May 8.  Soul Kitchen Bakery began as an online-only business. The husband and wife owners, Shirley and Hugh Forster, operated their business out of a commercial kitchen, selling their vegan goods to cafés and taking on catering jobs. However, after just eight months in business, customers began asking for a permanent location. “We had people asking us all the time if they could come in a grab something so we thought we’d...

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Vegan Pig Out Bacon Chips to Disrupt the Pork Rind Snack Industry

A new vegan bacon is about to hit market shelves. Pig Out bacon chips by Outstanding Foods are said to be “so bacon-like that even meat lovers struggle to distinguish the real thing,” according to Food Navigator-USA. The plant-based pork rinds are expected to launch in June. Outstanding Foods is a plant-based startup company on a mission to bring vegan food mainstream. CEO and serial entrepreneur Bill Glaser decided to start with bacon, given the recent hype around the pork product in restaurant and food-driven social circles. Glaser determined that a chip was the most accessible vehicle to introduce vegan meat...

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Santa Barbara School District Serves Vegan Food for Earth Day and Everyday

Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) is leading the way in plant-based school nutrition, thanks to the district’s food director, Nancy Weiss, and vegan meat producer, Hungry Planet Foods. Since joining the district in 2008, Weiss has made a concerted effort to revolutionize the cafeteria program and provide healthier, whole food, and even vegan options for students. In honor of Earth Day, we spoke with Weiss to learn more about her food philosophy and her upcoming plans for the environmental holiday. Weiss is not your average public school administrator; she thinks outside the box. Weiss comes from a background...

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Vegan Mac & Cheese Now Available at Whole Foods Hot Bars

Whole Foods Market just launched a new vegan option in select hot bars. Vegan macaroni and cheese is now available at 55 Whole Foods Markets in the Pacific Southwest region. The new plant-based mac and cheese is a result of the company’s latest partnership with Chef Ayindé Howell, a trained chef and creator of Mac & Yease. “Our customers have been requesting vegan mac and cheese options for years, and we couldn’t have found a better partner than vegan chef Ayindé Howell,” said Corey Smith, prepared foods coordinator for the Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific Region, to VegNews. To...

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Pet Stores Urged to Increase Ethical Standards by Supplying Cruelty Free Products for Companion Animals

The Rescue + Freedom Project (R+FP), an animal welfare group, has just announced its latest campaign. Cut the Cruelty will expose pet suppliers with ties to animal testing and work with major retailers to discontinue their partnerships with these suppliers. The campaign has already reached an agreement with overstock.com, which will no longer do business with Marshall Pet Products. R+FP Founder and President, Shannon Keith, explained that many pet supply companies are also associated with animal experimentation. Marshall Pet Products, for example, sells pet toys and treats, but it is also connected with Marshall Farms Ltd. (dba Marshall BioResources),...

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Historic Los Angeles Follow Your Heart Cafe Adopts 100% Vegan Menu

Follow Your Heart, a vegan food manufacturer and popular vegetarian cafe and market in Los Angeles, just announced its new vegan menu. The historic restaurant, which has been vegetarian since it first opened in 1970, is going entirely plant-based. In over forty years of business, Follow Your Heart has grown into one of the most recognized vegan product brands. It began with its iconic Vegenaise, a plant-based, eggless mayo that the company introduced on its early 1970s menu. Customers who ordered the original Avocado, Tomato, and Sprouts Sandwich began asking for this vegan condiment by the jar, and the...

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Vegan Beyond Sausage Arrives at Whole Foods Nationwide

The Beyond Sausage has arrived at all Whole Foods Markets across the US. This vegan sausage is the latest product from Beyond Meat, one of the leading plant-based meat companies. Unlike some plant-based meats, consumers won’t find the Beyond Sausage along with the refrigerated tofu. In line with the supermarket debut of Beyond Meat’s first revolutionary product, the Beyond Burger, the sausages will be located in the animal-based meat section. This placement speaks to the product’s success in its ability to replicate meat on multiple levels. Looking at it, one could not tell the difference between this sausage made of...

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Aspiring Vegan Musician Ellie Goulding Says Ditching Meat ‘Changed Her Life’

In a recent op-ed in The Guardian, indie pop star Ellie Goulding openly discussed her vegetarian lifestyle, stating, “It’s changed my life.” The musician has recently attracted a flurry of media attention not just for her music, but for her lifestyle, as she claimed to be transitioning to a vegan diet back in January. The British singer-songwriter admitted that early on in her career, she tried the “no-carb thing,” thinking it would help her remain thin. At the time, body image was a major concern of hers. “I was having to fit into the smallest dresses and constantly being...

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Mumbai Welcomes its First Vegan Restaurant RVD Cafe in May

Mumbai is welcoming its first vegan eatery, Cafe RVD, in May. This densely populated financial hub on the west coast of India has a “surplus of vegans,” according to Vegan First. The media outlet claimed a fully vegan establishment has been “a long time coming.” Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is the largest city in India and boasts the largest number of vegans in the country, according to Vegan First. However, the city lacked vegan options when eating out. Co-owner of Cafe RVD, Ritwik told Vegan First, “The idea first came when we just couldn’t order Chinese food anymore. The vegan delivery...

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11 Sweet Vegan Banana Recipes for Go-To Breakfasts and Plant-Based Desserts

There are a few foods we absolutely cannot live without. Sweet potatoes. Oats. Nut Butter. And bananas. We stock up on those 19 cent-per-pound bananas at Trader Joes as if it were a limited time only offer. They’re just so versatile. Even when bananas go “bad,” you can freeze them and they magically turn into ice cream. April 18 is National Banana Day, so we’ve rounded up the best vegan banana recipes out there, from classic banana bread to a few more unique dishes. Buy a bushel now so they’re ripe in time for the holiday! 11 Sweet Vegan Banana...

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Impossible Foods Aims to Create Vegan Meat and Dairy for ‘Every Cultural Region of the World’

Impossible Foods, one of the leading plant-based burger producers, recently made an industry-shaking announcement. Following its accumulated $400 million in investments, the company’s aspirations reach far beyond the Impossible Burger. Chief Financial Officer David Lee told FoodNavigator USA, “Our goal is to produce a full range of meats and dairy products for every cultural region in the world.”  To date, Impossible Foods has launched one product, the Impossible Burger. This burger is unlike many traditional vegan burgers, as it has been said to replicate meat in its taste, smell, look, and texture. It even “bleeds” like a burger, a...

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Traveling Vegan Catering Company These Wingz Adds Heat to Plant-Based Meat

Chicken wings are more than just food. They are iconic of a modern social experience. Wings are communal celebration foods, especially in the sporting community. Of course, traditional chicken wings have ethical and health implications, which can ruin any social gathering. These Wingz, an up-and-coming family-owned business based in Chicago, is making it possible for everyone to join the party with its line of spicy vegan wings. This small plant-based company launched in January 2017, catering to local events in Chicago. In just over a year, These Wingz has covered more ground, making its California debut at last month’s...

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Afters Ice Cream Debuts Its First Vegan Creations at Coachella

Afters Ice Cream, the home of the ice cream-stuffed Milky Bun, is introducing its first nondairy ice cream creation and vegan Milky Bun at Coachella this weekend. The vegan treat will join the extensive lineup of vegan food options at this popular music festival. This Orange County, Calif. based company has created an Instagram-worthy food trend through its signature ice cream flavors, decadent dessert creations, and iconic Milky Bun (a sweet bread served warm, similar to a doughnut). Afters began as a small business between two friends, Andy Nguyen and Scott Nghiem, and first opened in a strip mall in...

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11 Vegan Activities to Celebrate Your Veganniversary

We’re celebrating our one-year anniversary at LIVEKINDLY! In honor of this milestone, we want to encourage everyone to celebrate their veganniversary. Whether you’ve been vegan for a year, two, ten, or a lifetime, it’s an occasion to party! Even if you transitioned gradually or don’t have an exact date, that’s okay. Make one up and enjoy your day. Here are 11 fun, festive, and totally vegan activities to celebrate your veganniversary. Bring on the vegan cake. 11 Vegan Activities to Celebrate Your Veganniversary 1. Make a Vegan Cake No celebration is complete without cake. Try this decadent yet healthy Raw...

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Maryland Could Become the Second State to Ban Puppy Mill Sales

This past weekend, Maryland lawmakers voted in support of a bill to ban puppy and kitten mill animals from all pet stores. The bill, No More Puppy and Kitten Mills Act of 2018, will officially pass once Governor Larry Hogan signs off on the legislation, making Maryland the second US state to implement such a ban, following California. The bill was passed unanimously by the state House and Senate. It was first introduced by Del. Ben Kramer, who has a longstanding reputation for promoting animal welfare, particularly regarding companion animals. Leading up to the vote, Del. Kramer posted regularly...

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The Secret to Baking the ‘Perfect’ Buttery Vegan Croissants

Light, flaky, buttery goodness. There’s nothing quite like the perfect croissant. Of course, this perfection is difficult to attain, vegan or otherwise. For years, the coveted croissant had baffled vegan bakers who could never quite get it right. However, a few outstanding vegans have finally cracked the code. To celebrate National Croissant Day on April 10, we spoke with vegan croissant extraordinaire and owner of Ridiculous Baking Co., Adam Leach, to learn all we can about this beloved French pastry. The basic croissant recipe includes flour, water, sugar, salt, active dry yeast, eggs, milk, and a ton of butter. The...

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13 Vegan Pizzas with Plant-Based Cheese in Los Angeles

Pizza is one of those universal foods that bring people together. Almost any casual social gathering revolves around this communal, much-beloved food. From movie nights to kid’s birthdays, to watching the big game, pizza creates community. In Los Angeles, incredible vegan pizza is bringing people together one plant-based slice at a time. These pies go far beyond basic, and all offer plant-based cheese for that perfect, stretchy, melty slice. Here are the 13 most inventive, crave-worthy, and straight up delicious pizzas in Los Angeles. 13 Vegan Pizzas with Plant-Based Cheese in Los Angeles 1. Masa of Echo Park Deep-dish...

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Harvard Law Urges USDA to Examine Link Between Meat and Disease

The USDA is currently working on updating the national Dietary Guidelines for 2020, and last month, the department accepted public commentary. Among many individuals, experts, and organizations, Harvard Law School took advantage of this opportunity. The school’s Food Law & Policy Clinic encouraged the USDA to take a more serious look at the link between meat and disease and caution consumers accordingly in the upcoming guidelines. The USDA revises its Dietary Guidelines every five years, and although it has made some effort to encourage the vegetarian diet, the guide still advises constituents that low-fat dairy and lean meats are...

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Kindred Spirits Care Farm Transforms High School Butchery Into a Farm Sanctuary

Kindred Spirits Care Farm is on a mission to promote farm animal welfare and sustainable agriculture one community garden at a time. The Los Angeles-based non-profit integrates with established high school farms to modernize their practices and teach the students about compassion, nutrition, animal care, and plant-based farming. Kindred Spirits launched four years ago through the sheer determination of its Executive Director, Karen Snook. “This organization is a dream of mine,” Snook said as she lovingly hugged a giant goose named Wilber. Its first location, John R. Wooden High School in Reseda, has been fully converted into a robust...

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Vegan Athlete Dominick Thompson Urges The Rock to Show Compassion to Animals

Yesterday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a photo of himself sitting atop an adult alligator, flexing his muscles while clenching the animal’s jaws shut. Dominick Thompson, a vegan advocate, athlete, influencer, and entrepreneur, reposted the image with a few choice words about The Rock’s poor decision to post this image. “Simply put, a man in your powerful position displaying harm to any animal, predator or not, is dangerous and honestly irresponsible to promote on so many levels,” Thompson wrote. He called Johnson out for not only taking advantage of an animal but for his negligence in posting the image...

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Restaurants in Perth Australia Entice Customers with More Vegan Options

Perth, the capital of Western Australia, has not always been known for its vegan-friendly options. However, local restauranteurs and chefs have recently embraced the plant-based trend, and residents have noticed more vegan options on menus across this coastal city. The demand for vegan food is rapidly increasing around the world. According to a global market study by Nellson, the international demand for plant-based products has increased by 140%. Chefs and restaurateurs in Perth have noticed this growing plant-based interest as customers have increasingly asked for vegan-friendly modifications to menu items. Instead of forcing their customers to make special requests,...

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9 More Oil-Free Vegan Recipes You Can Make in an Air Fryer

The air fryer is the new high-speed blender of kitchen appliances. It can do it all. Unlike some other kitchen “essentials” that tend to collect dust and clutter your countertops, air fryers can be used every day, for every meal. This trending kitchen gadget cooks a wide range of dishes in about half the time of an oven, without the need for oil. Whether you’re cutting back on oil or just short on time, the air fryer could be your new gadget go-to. Pack up that clunky juicer you used once to clear some space for an air fryer....

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7 Perfect Vegan Sneaker Brands for Women

Finally, it’s time to retire our winter boots and slip on a pair of fun, lightweight, play-all-day sneakers. There are plenty of brands to choose from that offer comfortable vegan shoes, no matter your style. Slip on a bright floral pair for a day full of outdoor shopping, or go for a more subdued yet stylish look when running errands. A quality sneaker allows you the freedom to move, without painful blisters, irritating sandal straps, or accident-prone heels. Check out these 7 vegan brands to find your perfect fit.  7 Perfect Vegan Sneaker Brands for Women 1. Native Shoes...

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LA’s Cena Vegan Launches 4 Latin Plant-Based Meats in Stores

Cena Vegan is a local Los Angeles foodie favorite. In less than two years, the company has become a street food icon, attracting a loyal fanbase amongst vegans and omnivores alike. Customers line up for hours to get a taste of their famous Mexican-inspired vegan burritos, tacos, and nacho boats, filled with Cena’s signature plant-based meats. However, fans will soon be able to skip the line and head straight to the grocery store for their Cena fix. Beginning on May 5, two Los Angeles vegan natural food stores will stock Cena’s Latin American vegan meats. Follow Your Heart Cafe and...

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UK Government Confirms One of the World’s Toughest Bans on Ivory

The UK government officially announced that it will ban the sale of ivory in order to continue be a global leader in the protection of wild elephants. Once implemented, the UK ivory ban will be one of the toughest in the world. In 2017, the government conducted a consultation regarding a potential nationwide ivory ban. It sought out public opinion and analyzed the effects of this potential mandate. The survey received overwhelming support from the public and positive feedback from experts. In total, the consultation received 70,000 responses with an 88% approval for the ban. Although the legislation has...

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7 Vegan Recipes Perfect for Whiskey Pairing (When Wine Won’t Do)

Wine and food pairings are a social staple, but what about other alcohol? Like wine, each variety of alcohol comes with distinct flavors that can elevate the dining experience when paired with the right food. When the night calls for whiskey, we’ve got you covered. Whether you enjoy the burn and drink it neat, or sip it on the rocks, here are seven excellent whiskey and vegan food pairings when wine just won’t do. 7 Whiskey & Vegan Food Pairings 1. Artisanal Vegan Cheese and Lagavulin Scotch Strong malts go extremely well with the smokey, slightly sweet, and somewhat funky...

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5 Vegan Female Chefs Changing the Food Scene

The food world is beginning to pay more attention to female chefs, and the vegan scene is no different. Women are staking their claim in professional kitchens and are not only showing off their culinary talents but creating dishes that nourish, inspire, and dazzle patrons, both vegans and non-vegans alike. Their creations have the power to transform vegan skeptics into regular customers, which supports the increasing demand for vegan options across the board. Further, many of these female chefs utilize their skills to benefit and raise up those in need. Here are five vegan female chefs you need to...

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Plant-Based Impossible Foods Raises $114 Million to Expand Vegan Food to International Markets

Impossible Foods, creators of the vegan Impossible Burger, just announced a $114 million convertible note investment in preparation for a global expansion. The plant-based burger is currently only available in select US restaurants and sporting venues. As of late March, the Impossible Burger had reached 1,000 restaurants, though it has already exceeded this milestone as more US eateries realize its mass consumer appeal. The burger can be found in fast-casual venues such as Umami Burger, as well as ballpark stadiums, pubs, and high-end restaurants like David Chang’s Momofuku. The Impossible Burger will make its international debut later in April,...

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Plant Alchemy is Bringing Small-Batch Vegan Cheese to Orange County, CA

Ted Lai is a full-time employee working in educational technology. However, beyond his day job, Lai is a self-taught vegan chef and plant alchemist. During off-hours, he spends his time in his Orange County home kitchen, concocting luxurious vegan cheeses and tending to his ravenous sourdough starter. Appropriately named Plant Alchemy, Lai has managed his small business with the help of his wife and two daughters since its official launch in 2017. The LIVEKINDLY team recently fell in love with his homemade vegan staples at last week’s Vegan Street Fair, and wanted to know more about this tech wizard...

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Bareburger Premiers Vegan Beyond Sausage at Yankee Stadium

Less than one week into baseball season, Bareburger at Yankee Stadium has just announced that it will carry the vegan Beyond Sausage by Beyond Meat for the season. Although vegan options are expanding in ballparks throughout the US, Yankee Stadium is the first to offer this latest Beyond Meat product. In true ballpark fashion, patrons can order the Beyond Sausage Original Bratwurst Link in a fluffy vegan pretzel bun topped with pickled jalapenos, caramelized onions, and as much ketchup, mustard, and relish as they can squeeze into the bun. The highly anticipated Beyond Sausage first premiered at the Beyond...

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Vegan Ultraman Rich Roll Launches Plant-Based Italian Cookbook With Author Julie Piatt

Vegan power couple, Ultraman Rich Roll and self-taught chef Julie Piatt, have launched their second plant-based cookbook, “The Plantpower Way: Italia.” The new book features 125 plant-based recipes inspired by their group retreats to Italy. This latest collection follows the couple’s first cookbook release in 2015, “The Plantpower Way,” which quickly became a bestseller. Whereas the first book focused on clean, vegan dishes from breakfast to dessert, “The Plantpower Way: Italia” is specific to authentic Italian recipes, taking the reader on a deep dive into the country’s culture through food.   Roll supported Piatt as she created and tested all 125 recipes, veganizing Italian comfort classics...

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7 Color-Popping Cruelty-Free Vegan Lipsticks for Spring

We love a juicy, mile-high vegan burger, but it’s always a bummer when our cruelty-free lipsticks come off with the first bite. We’ve also struggled with dry, color-flaked lips from our matte pigments, slightly off colors that look great on the brush but not on us, and that embarrassing feeling when you check a mirror and realize that you’ve had blotches of red lipstick on your teeth all night. There’s no way we’re compromising our ethics for our beauty, but with so many emerging vegan cosmetic lines, we don’t have to. We tracked down the best cruelty-free, vegan lipsticks...

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7 Vegan Designer Fashion Brands for Your Next Ethical Shopping Spree

It’s spring, which means it’s time for a wardrobe revamp. Unclutter your closet and fill it with quality, vegan, fashion-forward items that make you feel strong, beautiful, and confident. The fashion industry was once known for animal-based leathers and furs, but now, cruelty-free fashion is rocking the international runways. Here are seven vegan designer brands worth the splurge. 7 Vegan Splurge-Worthy Designer Brands 1. Stella McCartney Stella McCartney has always been a vegetarian company, and with new innovations in materials, this designer brand is well on its way to becoming a 100% vegan name. Her collections have never used...

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7 Vegan ‘Meaty’ Mushroom Recipes to Please Any Omnivore

Before there were Impossible and Beyond Burgers, vegans had to get creative when craving that juicy, meaty texture. When tofu proved too spongy and tempeh was not quite right, vegans turned to mushrooms. These fungi replicate both the taste and texture of meat when prepared properly. Of course, we’ve got nothing against the amazing vegan burgers out there, but you won’t find those at your local farmers market. From thick portobello caps to umami-infused shiitakes, we’ve rounded up a list of superfood mushrooms to help you reap the health benefits and transform these plants into stellar meat alternatives. 7 Vegan...

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Vegan Runner Inspires Readers to Go the Extra Mile in New Book ‘North’

Scott Jurek is an ultra-endurance vegan athlete who has inspired thousands of people to lace up and run. He is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential long distance runners of our time, gaining fame through his incredible athletic accomplishments, but also through his rich storytelling. Jurek holds several victories and world records at some of the most grueling road and trail races on earth, including the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon, the 153-Mile Spartanthon, and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. He attracted attention to the sport of endurance running and the vegan lifestyle via his best-selling breakthrough...

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Plant Milk Company New Barn Raises $3.8 Million to Expand Its Vegan Products

New Barn, a US-based plant milk company, has raised $3.8 million to fund a major expansion into the plant-based product market. The central California company currently produces five varieties of organic almond milk, including a barista-grade product, and eight flavors of Almond Creme, an organic nondairy ice cream. All of the beverages are vegan, but the ice creams contain egg. However, the company just released a vegan version of its most popular Almond Cremes in early March. The vegan varieties are not yet in stores, but this additional funding may help kickstart its distribution. The funding was sourced from a...

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Celebrity Chef Jose Andres Says the Future of Food is Plant-Based

Celebrity chef and philanthropist, Jose Andres, recently projected that the future of food is plant-based. Andres explained his plant-based predictions in an interview at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival last month. SXSW is an annual nine-day conference held in Austin, Texas, to explore and highlight the latest innovations in entertainment and thought trends. Andres participated in a joint panel, Changing the World Through Food, with television personality, chef Andrew Zimmerman. The panel was moderated by former Food & Wine Editor in Chief and current food podcast host, Dana Cowin. Andres expressed a number of opinions regarding both food...

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Vegan Comfort Food Classics: A Hot for Food Cookbook Review

Call us old-fashioned, but there is something about holding a cookbook in your hand that can’t compete with an online recipe blog. Don’t get us wrong, we love scrolling through gorgeous photos of vegan layer cakes and watching vegan cooking videos on YouTube. However, when it comes down to it, a cookbook is simply more practical in the kitchen. You can brush off an accidental dusting of flour off a cookbook, but it’s not so easy when that flour gets under the keys of your laptop…That’s why we are so excited to finally have a hard copy of Vegan...

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9 Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Recipes for PB&J Day

The humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich is often overlooked. In its simplicity, it is left to the confines of childhood lunch boxes and the occasional wave of nostalgia. However, on April 2, we are celebrating this sandwich during national PB&J Day. We tracked down the nine most satisfying and sophisticated PB&J combinations to revive this childhood classic. 9 Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Recipes for PB&J Day 1. Grilled PB & Raspberry Sandwich Never thought a pb&j could be gourmet? Think again. Chefs, Chad and Derek Sarno, have elevated the basic sandwich to new culinary heights. Their version...

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Birkenstock Expands Award-Winning Vegan Shoe Collection

Birkenstock has launched another addition to its vegan line of sustainable shoes and sandals. After first introducing vegan versions of the brand’s best-sellers in the US in 2017, this international company has expanded its cruelty-free fashion offerings with new vegan styles and colors. The first round of vegan Birkenstocks included vegan leather varieties of the Arizona slides, Gizeh thongs, and Boston clogs. In February 2018, the company extended this vegan collection to include the Mayari crisscross sandal and the Madrid, the original Birkenstock sandal. Each new style comes in a variety of earthy colors, staying true to the Birkenstock...

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Green Giant to Launch Range of Microwaveable Vegan Meal Bowls

Green Giant Fresh, a California-based company specializing in packaged produce, created its first line of vegetable meal bowls. The healthy, vegan microwavable meals are scheduled to launch in the US this spring. Green Giant Fresh was one of the first major packaged food corporations to innovate and diversify its vegetable offerings. In 2015, the company introduced Cauliflower Crumbles, just as cauliflower rice was beginning to catch on. This product alone grew the cauliflower business by thirty-eight percent, according to The Produce News. Following its inaugural success, Green Giant developed two additional products to incorporate the crumbles: Cauliflower Crumbles Fried...

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Demand For Vegan Chocolate Rising Across Europe, According to New Data

The love for chocolate is universal, and a new study shows that the world is eating more vegan chocolate. Part of this rise in chocolate consumption is due to holiday-themed chocolates, and with Easter right around the corner, people around the world will be increasing their cocoa intake with dark chocolate eggs and solid chocolate bunnies. A new report by Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) concluded that global chocolate consumption is on the rise, particularly around the holidays. Seasonal-themed chocolates represent twenty-three percent of the world’s new chocolate product launches, with the US and Germany leading the way....

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Plant-Based Diet May Prevent Chronic Disease Among the Elderly, Says Study

People may be living longer due to advancements in medicine, but according to research by Market Watch, the latter two-thirds of their lives may be spent batting multiple chronic diseases. However, experts have pointed to the vegan, plant-based diet to prevent or potentially reverse these chronic ailments, particularly in older adults. According to internist David Dunaief, animal-based foods lead to inflammation, which is the root cause of all chronic diseases. “The lower you go with animal protein, the better you do,” Dunaief advised. He noted that a plethora of common chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and...

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First Weekly Vegan Market Coming to London’s Soho Neighborhood

Soho, an eclectic central London entertainment hub, is welcoming its first regular vegan market. Beginning on April 14, Londoners and tourists alike will be treated to a popup of vegan vendors selling everything from vegan steak pies to Indian street food. London has its fair share of vegan markets, but Soho has severely lacked for this street fair style of plant-based entertainment. The Soho Vegan Market will take over Street Food Union’s Rupert Street Market every Saturday, transforming this omnivore event into a “vegan paradise,” according to Metro UK. Organizers say the market will bring together “the best of...

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Olympic Vegan Soccer Player Alex Morgan Promotes Shelter Pet Adoption

Alex Morgan, a recent vegan and Olympic gold medalist, just shot an ad campaign with PETA to promote shelter pet adoption. She appeared in the ad with her rescue dog, Blue, urging the audience to adopt rather than shop for companion animals. Morgan is an American professional soccer player with an impressive athletic resume, but her most recent work has focused on spreading compassion for animals. In her recent ad with PETA, she redefines the perception of companion animals. She stressed that animals are not ours to own or buy. Rather, animals can be a part of our family,...

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9 Vegan Passover Recipes To Make For Your Seder

The week-long Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates freedom, commemorating the Israelite’s Exodus from Egypt and their break from slavery. The first evening of this festival involves the ritual of the seder, a traditional dinner that is eaten while retelling the story of the Exodus. However, many of the symbolic dishes eaten during the seder are far from vegan-friendly. We’ve compiled a list of nine plant-based recipes to help you celebrate Passover without sacrificing your traditions or your vegan diet. 9 Vegan Recipes for Passover 1. Matzo Ball Soup Passover may prohibit bread, but at least there’s matzo! Make this comforting...

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