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How to Have the Best Vegan Staycation (When You’re Forced to Stay at Home) – VegNews

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Dozing off on a plane and waking up in France or Spain is a treat when we can make it happen, but sometimes there are circumstances when vacation travel isnt feasible. In times of stress and uncertainty (like now), when you need to unravel that knot of tension in your shoulders and destress, home is often the best place to be. Though a forced staycation may not be what you dreamed of right now, its more important than ever to practice social distancing and do your part to contain the coronavirus pandemic. These eight ideas will help you make the most of your time at home by turning it into a restful and luxurious vegan staycation.

1. Create indulgent dinnersPart of the pleasures of a real vacation is planning it. Now that you have more time at home than usual, try spending it planning extravagant or time-consuming dishes you wouldnt typically make. Take time to browse your favorite vegan cookbooks and pull out all the things youve been meaning to trylike that truffle mac and vegan cheese or porcini ravioli recipe youve had earmarked forever. Turn on your favorite music, pour yourself a bevvie, and start chopping. Not only will the process calm your worries, but youll be left with a comforting, home-cooked meal to keep you satisfied and energized. (Be sure to make enough so you have leftovers to carry you through the week.)

2. Learn a new skillHave you always wanted to learn a new language or improve your guitar skills? Besides relieving stress and anxiety, there are many benefits to incorporating a creative hobby into your life right now. Choose a hobby or new skill that gets you out of your comfort zone and find the necessary resources online. Set a game plan and stick to it. Youll feel accomplished and proud of yourself by the end. Plus, youll have something to show off when you go out into the world again.

3. Browse a museum from homeSome of the most iconic museums around the world offer free virtual tours, which means you can browse them from the comforts of your own home. Google Arts and Cultures partnership with world-class art institutions gives you access to more than 1,200 museums through your web browser or a free-to-download app. Famous works featured at the Muse dOrsay in Paris, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, National Museum in New Delhi, the Tate in London, and Rijks Museum in Amsterdam are just a few clicks away.

4. Treat yourself to room serviceOne of the best things about going on vacation is treating yourself to room service at your hotel. It might be expensive, but the luxury of having someone serve you a tray of vegan waffles, fresh berries, and a steaming pot of coffee is basically the best thing ever. If youre stuck inside with a partner or roommate, consider taking turns cooking and serving breakfast or brunch to each other (weve got a few brunch recipes youll love). When its your turn to be served, stretch out in bed, cuddle with your cats, and enjoy the smell of tofu scramble and toast (cooked by someone else) wafting up from the kitchen.

5. Turn your days into travel themesFor an epic staycation, turn each day into a themed travel adventure. Head to Paris by planning a meal of vegan French crpes, mushroom bourguignon, or brioche bread, and binging on classic romance films such as Midnight in Paris or Amelie or even a collection of stories such as Paris, Je Taime. Or take in the beauty of India with a meal of vegan tikka masala with refreshing mango lassis and cuddle on the couch while watching Bollywood films such as the feel-good film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara or romantic drama Jodhaa Akbar. You can explore most of these international films on Nextflix. The best part: You dont have to spend hours on a plane to experience other countries.

6. Pamper yourselfRather than rushing to get a manicure in between meetings, your at-home staycation is an opportunity to enjoy pseudo spa living. Set aside an evening to focus on yourself: order a few luxurious vegan spa products, sign up for a beauty subscription box, or attempt a new beauty hack you came across online. Create a relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom by pouring yourself a bubble bath, lighting a candle, putting on soothing music, and imagine youre spending the night at an upscale spa you wouldnt typically indulge in.

7. Reconnect with family and friendsA coronavirus quarantine isnt exactly the best way to cater to humans need for social interaction. But dont let this time of social distancing be your excuse for letting your relationships fizzle. Stay connected with friends and family virtually by reaching out to three or four people each day: Share a toast with a friend through a virtual happy hour; be extra neighborly by reaching out to your street friends and leaving a homemade lasagna on their doorstep; swap stories with an online community; or meet up for an almost-in-person meal with friends from afar. Better still, make some fun future plans with pals so you have something to look forward to when its all over.

8. Discover new online workoutsFor fitness buffs, not being allowed to go to the gym can be mentally and physically difficult. Instead, consider buying an online exercise class youve always wanted to try but you typically cant afford or dont have time for on a regular basis. From calming yoga to sweat-inducing kickboxing, it can be fun to switch up your regular exercise routine while still staying active. For something equally fun (and free), crank your favorite tunes and have a dance party in your living room.

Nicole Axworthy is the News Editor of VegNews and author of DIY Vegan who is currently cooking up more meals than she can eat.

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Considering a lot of the grocery stores are missing meat on the shelves, now might be the time to try being vegan. And Cara Carin Cifellis book, Vegan Buddha Bowls is here to get you started.

Carin Cifelli, the creator of Caras Kitchen, is also a holistic health coach and podcaster of Love Your Bod Pod.

The recipes are divided into six chapters: Beautiful, Bountiful Buddha Bowls; Vibrant, Nourishing Salad Bowls; Comforting, Veggie-Rich Pasta Bowl; Easy Plant-Powered Soups; Energizing Breakfast Bowls and Simply Delicious Sides.

Beautiful, Bountiful Buddha Bowls features recipes for Tropical Poke Bowls, Southern Comfort Bowl and Loaded Baked Potato Bowl.

Vibrant, Nourishing Salad Bowls include recipes for Energizing Sweet Potato and Greens Salad, Spring Vegetable Panzanella and Ginger Soba Noodle Salad.

Comforting, Veggie-Rich Pasta Bowls offer Nacho Libre Mac & Cheese, Al Fresco Pasta and The Lemony Veg Pasta.

Easy Plant-Powered Soup include Vibrant Tumeric Vegetable Noodle Soup, Creamy Broccoli Soup and Farro & Vegetable Soup.

Energizing Breakfast Bowls have recipes for Caramelized Banana Smoothie Bowl, Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl and Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl.

Simply Delicious Sides rounds everything up with dishes like Chilantro-Tahini Broccoli, Basil Pesto Brussels Sprouts and Marinated Basil Tomatoes.

Back when it was still a bit cooler, I made Pea & Corn Chowder one evening. This is a very simple recipe of cauliflower, peas, corn, vegetable broth and some seasonings. It also allowed me to use my immersion blender, which is always fun.

All in all, I thought the dish was pretty good, and though not everyone at home wanted to try it, Those that did agreed that it was pretty good. So it was a success. And you can try it out yourself at home with the recipe that follows.

Vegan Buddha Bowls is published by Page Street Publishing. It is $21.99.


Reprinted with permission from Vegan Buddha Bowls by Cara Carin Cifelli, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020.

Pea & Corn


One of my favorite things to do is chef at womens retreats. Because of the large group of people, I have to get creative in the kitchen, coming up with recipes that meet everyones dietary requirements. This is a fun take on a classic chowder that uses cauliflower instead of potatoes to make it nightshade-free, and it is delicious. After partial blending it has a lovely thick texture, and the corn and peas add a beautiful sweetness that is tied together perfectly with the thyme and rosemary. You will love this!

1 tbsp (14 g) coconut oil

1 large yellow onion

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 large head cauliflower, chopped into small pieces (see Note)

2 tbsp (5 g) fresh thyme leaves

1 tbsp (2 g) chopped fresh rosemary

4 cups (946 ml) vegetable broth

1 lb (455 g) frozen sweet peas

1 lb (455 g) frozen corn kernels

Serves 4

In a large soup pot, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and season with salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes, then add the garlic, cauliflower, thyme and rosemary. Season again with salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil, then add the peas and corn. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring, for another 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer half of the mixture to a high-speed blender and puree until smooth.

Transfer the puree back to the soup pot and stir to combine. Taste the soup and see whether you would like to add any more salt and pepper, then serve.

Note: Chop the florets into small pieces, only a little bigger than the size of the peas and corn.


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Food + Recipes 16 Vegan Cookies That Ship Nationwide by Tanya Flink – VegNews

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Yes, you could make your own cookies, but when the store is out of flour, weve got a situation. During times of mandatory hibernation, a freshly delivered box of vegan cookies can certainly brighten anyones day. Order a bundle for yourself, then pay it forward by sending a thinking-of-you gift to a loved one. Lets spread the joy, one gooey chocolate chip vegan cookie at a time.

1. The Naughty CookieOrdering from The Naughty Cookie is no time to go basic. With flavors such as the cookie-studded Cookies and Cream to the Ooey Gooey Smores exploding with marshmallows, these stuffed goodies are unmatched when you need a sweet treat.

2. Mayas CookiesThin and chewy, these vegan cookies taste cozily homemade. Choose from a simple two-pack or opt for the larger half-dozen or 18-count Ultimate Cookies Lovers Collection. Cookie dough is also available.

3. Karma BakerThe cream-filled cookie sandwiches are some of the best-selling items at this gluten and allergen-friendly vegan bakery. Order the sampler pack with includes all three flavors: Oatmeal Chai, Snickwhich, and Chocolate Chipwich.

4. Yvonnes Vegan KitchenSend an edible, sweet gift with a tidy red bow to a friend feeling down with this 15-box assortment of gluten-free goodies. The uniquely flavored cookies include Chocolate Chai, Macadamia Cranberry, Thin Mints, and Frosted Sugar.

5. Sticky Fingers Sweets & EatsThis DC bakery knows exactly what you need in times like thesea Cookie Brownie Combo Pack. The convenient bundle includes four chocolate chip cookies, two Sweet and Salty cookies, two peanut butter cookies, six Fudgetastic brownies, and two of the bakerys signature, cream-filled Cowvin cookies. You could order the cookies or Cowvins on their own, but with an assortment like this, why not have it all?

6. 7 Grams Caff Not your average chocolate chip, these vegan tahini-infused treats are thick, chewy, and melt-in-your-mouth in a delicious explosion of liquid chocolate and buttery sugar. Quarantined or not, wed order these any day.

7. Appalachia Cookie CompanyWhen the store is out of most dry goods, itd be quite the challenge making a kitchen-sink cookie at home. Thankfully, this company has us covered with its vegan and gluten-free Appalachian Gold cookies. These goodies are packed with coconut, oats, pecans, chocolate chips, apples, and cinnamon for a texture and flavor that makes it impossible to stop at just one.

8. Deluscious CookiesThis Los Angeles-based specialty cookie store nails all the classicsand it does it with a gluten-free and vegan recipe. For a taste of each, order the Vegan Gluten-Free Classic Dozen which includes an assortment of chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, Chocolate Decadence, and Cinnamon Brle (aka snickerdoodle).

9. Maxines Heavenly Grocery stores may be out of our favorite store-bought, good-for-your cookie, so were going online. These snackable, anytime delights are tender, chewy, and not-too-sweet, making them perfect for when you want to satisfy a sugar craving but dont want to go into comatose. Insider tip: join the Cookie Club for discounts on every order.

10. Rule Breaker We first fell in love with this company during the 2018 Natural Products Expo West tradeshow, and weve been ordering its chickpea-based blondies and brownies by the case-full ever since. While one could argue blondies and brownies arent cookies, these treats are cookie-shaped and simply too good to leave out. The Birthday Cake Blondies are a shelve-stable must-have in any time of crisis.

11. Erin McKennas BakerySupport this vegan and gluten-free pioneer by ordering a box of her incredible baked goods. Opt for pure and simple chocolate chip or the more indulgent cookie sandwiches with vanilla icing. The icing comes in its own container, so you can make yourself a double-stuffed treat if the craving arises.

12. Jalens BakeryJalen may only be 12 years old, but he makes exceptional vegan chocolate chip cookies. Feed your cookie addiction and support an aspiring young entrepreneur by ordering a dozen for yourself or your family.

13. The Dirty CookieWe dont know about you, but we could really use a shot right now a cookie shot. These iconic cookie shot glasses are the perfect vessel for a cool glass of plant milk. Flavors come in peanut butter and double chocolate. On second thought, hold the plant milkwere filling these with peanut butter.

14. Eat PastryTo bake or not to bake, that is the question. This comforting tub of cookie dough is there for you whether you intend to bake it or not.

15. Innate FoodsThis tiny, one-woman bakeshop in St. Paul, MN is serving up vegan and gluten-free baked goods with stunning speed. Her scratch-made blondies may look humble, but the taste rivals the most Instagram-worthy of baked goods. Order quickshe sells out often.

16. Foxship BakeryThis Chicago, woman-led bakery is not only making some seriously scrumptious cookieswith flavors like cookies and cream, cake batter, and maple pecan sea salt chocolate chipbut theyre a whopping quarter-pound each. Were going to need more oat milk.

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and runner living in Orange County, CA.

Photo credit: Foxship Bakery

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Weekly Meal Plan: Vegan Meals Using Frozen Fruits and Vegetables – One Green Planet

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This is the week to dig through your freezer and see whats hiding out in the back of it! If youve got half used strawberries that didnt make it into a smoothie, some mixed veggies that just arent that great for a stir fry, or some random raspberries youre not sure what to do with, no worries! This meal plan makes the most of what youve got! If you dont have a certain ingredient such as mint or parsley to go over top of a recipe, dont worry! This week isnt about make the most beautiful recipes, but rather, about making the most of whats in your pantry!

We also highly recommend downloading theFood Monster App with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, dont forget to check out our Weekly Meal Plan Archives!

Are you ready to have a week full of delicious vegan food that leaves you nourished and content? Lets get started!

This week, were bringing you ideas on how to make meals using frozen fruits and vegetables for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert that are fully vegan and plant-based!

Source: Green Energy Bowl

Happy Monday! If youve got a hoard of frozen fruits and vegetables in your fridge or freezer, here are some perfect Monday meals to get you through the week! Wether youre working, taking care of family members or kids, or simply watching Netflix, these meals will keep you on your toes!

Source: Spelt Mixed Fruit Scones

Tuesday is a good day to start your day with something sweet! These scones come together beautifully and will help you use up the frozen fruits in your freezer! You can use any extras for the popsicles you can make for dessert!

Source: Hearty Curry With Chickpeas, Beans, and Potatoes

Happy Hump Day! Start your day off with beautiful blueberry pancakes! If you dont have blueberries in your freezer, feel free to add whatever fruit you have on hand! For dinner, enjoy a hearty curry that goes well with rice!

Source: Quinoa Pilaf with Spicy Tempeh and Broccoli

Thursday means theres one more day before the week is over! Celebrate your small victories this week with a warming kale and chickpea soup thats both filling and delicious! If youre wondering how to use those leftover fruits in your fridge, try making a crisp out of them!

Source: Creamy Corn Chowder

Happy Friday! Celebrate the end of the week with these delicious meals! From granola to a delicious strawberry vanilla crumble, youll be able to enjoy your Friday in the best way!

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help withchronic inflammation,heart health,mental wellbeing,fitness goals,nutritional needs,allergies,gut healthandmore!Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, includingacne,hormonal imbalance,cancer,prostate cancerand has manyside effects.

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading theFood Monster App with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmentalandhealth benefitsof aplant-based diet.

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If the surplus ofvegan-friendly restaurants, dishes, and meal kits are any indication,veganism has gone mainstream. But dietary changes largeand small should never be taken lightly. Your body, brain, and lifestyle will undergo seismic shifts as you add and remove foods from your diet. It's always best to conduct your own research and consult a doctor or nutritionist before taking the leap.

We tappedTracy Lockwood Beckerman, a registered dietitian and the author ofThe Better Period Food Solution, about the pros and cons of veganism. Before we dive in, keep in mind that a vegan dietisn't for everyone. "People who have a history of disordered eating or a disordered relationship with food are not good candidates for a vegan diet," Beckerman said. "Also, those with food allergies or intolerances, or thosewho are low in nutrients like iron, B12, and zinc, should talk to their doctor before going vegan."

Below, start your research phase by reading up on the pros and cons of veganism, according to Beckerman.

1. Community. Roughly1.6 million adultsin the U.S. follow a vegan diet. "The social aspecteither online or in-personallows people to connectwith one another and share tips, meal ideas, and advice throughout their vegan journey," notes Beckerman.

2. Environment. Many people choose to adopt a vegan dietfor environmental reasons. "Because animal products generate more greenhouse gas emissions than plants, going vegan helps decrease the amount of these harmful substances in the atmosphere," she explains.

3. Water conservation."It takes a substantial amount of water to produce beef, as compared to grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables," explains Beckerman. "Animal agriculture is a more water-intensive process, so going vegantremendously reduces the amount of water used."

4. Health. Generally speaking, it can't hurt to increase your intake of plant-based proteins like beans, legumes, and tofu while reducing meat consumption. "Cutting back on red meat, in general, has been linked to a bevy of health benefits, like reduced risk of chronic disease, cancer, and cardiovascular illness," she notes.

1. Nutrient restriction. Like any diet, veganism restricts your intake of certain foods. This isn't ideal for someone with a food intolerance, as your nutritional profile may already be limited. Furthermore, someone with aniron or calcium deficiency may struggle to meet their nutritional needs without animal products. "Because veganism requires an all-or-nothing approach, I have hesitations about recommending it to clients," adds Beckerman.

2. Physical health. We currently lack convincing, long-term researchabout the health benefits of veganism. "Of course, it's better for the environment short- and long-term, but the short-term health benefits uncovered in recent research do not speak tothe diet's long-term effects," she explains. "For that reason,I wouldnt recommend following a vegan diet indefinitely."

3. Psychological health.As with any diet, you risk placing too much emphasis on appearance and not enough on health. "The healing benefits of a vegan lifestyle may not be applicable to all," says Beckerman. "Veganism or dieting, in general, can disconnect someone from the health benefits of eating and redirect their attention to body image."

4. Lack of education. "Without proper education and guidance, it may be difficult to get all of the wholesome nutrients found in a non-restrictive diet," she explains. "Because you're excluding the vitamins and minerals found in animal products, like zinc, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, and vitamin D, its important to find equivalent plant-based sources elsewhere."

If you're still on the fence about adopting a vegan diet, you can always test the waters with a few substitutions. "Even if you dont want to follow a 100% vegan lifestyle, you can try more plant-based options and vow to go animal-free on certain days of the week," she suggests. "For example, you can eliminate red meat and supplementthat protein, zinc, and iron with plant-based products, like chickpea pasta or lentils.

Palouse Brand Pardina Lentils ($14)

Banza Chickpea Pasta ($22)

Nut Harvest Lightly Roasted Almonds ($20)

Healthworks White Quinoa ($20)

The Good Bean Organic Chickpeas With Sea Salt ($12)

Explore Cuisine Edamame Spaghetti ($25)

Viva Naturals Organic Chia Seeds ($11)

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This week, California-based vegan seafood brand Sophies Kitchen donated 3,000 cases of vegan tuna to food banks across the San Francisco Bay Area. Company CEO Miles Woodruff personally distributed $210,000 worth of the brands Lemon Grass Toonaa flavor that has yet to be sold in storesto Second Harvest Silicon Valley, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County, and Food Banks of San Francisco and Marin County. We believe that businesses should be used as a platform to do good and serve people. Right now, food banks need donations and as a startup, we cant donate cash but we can donate our plant-based seafood, Woodruff told VegNews, noting that the company decided to donate vegan tuna because it is shelf stable through 2022.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, six counties in the Bay Area have been ordered to shelter in place since March 16, which has put vulnerable populations in a position of increased food insecurity. I hope the donations help the Bay Area families who dont have access to their regular food programs, Woodruff said. Corporations and individuals need to turn the tide of hoarding and price-gouging and support those within their sphere of influence. Now more than ever is a time to be uncomfortably good to others.

Sophies Kitchen vegan products include Toona (Sea Salt and Black Pepper flavors), Smoked Salmon, Crab Cakes, Fish Filets, and Breaded Shrimp which are available at grocery chains Fresh & Thyme Farmers Market and Sprouts in the United States, Coles in Australia, Sainsburys in the United Kingdom, and online on Amazon.

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Sometimes trying to make something nutritious can be a challenge. Youre stressed, sick, or having a long day, so all you want to do is heat up some pasta and call it a day. Pastas great, dont get us wrong, but it can get a bit repetitive and youre missing out on a lot of other nutrients. Lucky for you, there are so many nutritious, yet simple vegan recipes that you can make. No matter what meal, flavor, or kind of food youre in the mood for, theres definitely a healthy and simple vegan recipe for you to make. Stir-fry, pasta bake, oatmeal, and saladall simple vegan recipes that are also good for you. If youre self-quarantining or trying to avoid leaving your home right now, these recipes are a great way to stay healthy with minimal ingredients and effort. Try them outyou will love these healthy and simple vegan recipes!

We also highly recommend downloading theFood Monster App with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help you get healthy!

Source: Baked Berry Oatmeal

Even though traditional oatmeal comes together quickly, this Baked Berry Oatmeal by Jackie Sobon is on another level. Its got the set it and forget it aspect that youll fall in love with!

Source: Baked Potatoes With Mushroom and Spinach

Ultra lush, comforting and cozy Baked Potatoes stuffed with spinach and mushrooms. With vegan gravy to drizzle. These Baked Potatoes With Mushroom and Spinach by Hannah Sunderani are perfect as a stand-alone dish, or a decadent side dish.

Source: Easy Tahini Granola

This Easy Tahini Granola by Robin Runner is super flexible so dont stress if youre missing an ingredient or if you wish to add something else you love. Granola is so incredibly easy to make and stores perfectly in your pantry.

Source: Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Noodles

This is a simple, easy and flavorful dish that can be served as a starter (entre) or a main meal. Of course, you could make the same dish with pasta, but this healthy version is worth a try. Its also a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables. Bon apptit! Try out these Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Noodles by Julie Zimmer!

Source: Cheesy Tofu and Spinach Scramble

This Cheesy Tofu and Spinach Scramble by Christina Bedetta is fluffy and delicious! Not only does this dish almost perfectly mimic the texture and flavor of scrambled eggs, it is also packed with protein, and is extremely satiating, especially when paired with, my favorite, avocado toast!

Source: Smoky Chickpeas and Kale Over Baked Sweet Potatoes

Versatile, quick, easy and delicious. Youll love the flavors in this amazing recipe for Smoky Chickpeas and Kale Over Baked Sweet Potatoes by Crissy Cavanaugh!

Source: Quick Peanut Noodles

Introducing the BEST 15 minute peanut noodles! These Quick Peanut Noodles by James Wythe are absolutely full flavor. You will be shocked that its actually gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar free! The flavor this peanut butter satay sauce packs with only 5 ingredients is so impressive and best of all its ready in about 1 minute.

Source: Fermented Beet and Quinoa Bowl

If you are looking for an easy meal with the right combination of macro-and micronutrients, then this Fermented Beet and Quinoa Bowl by Nikki and Zuzana is what you need! You will want to ferment the beets for 24 hours prior to assembling the bowl. Hoverer, if you are short on time or havent accounted for this step you can omit the fermentation and prepare the dish with freshly grated beets instead.

Source: Everything Avocado on Sweet Potato Toasts

An unexpected combination makes for a rich and satisfying breakfast or even late-night snack! You have to try these Everything Avocado on Sweet Potato Toasts by Kris Dee!

Source: Kitchari

This warming dish is balancing for all constitution types, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. You can add veggies for your dosha to the pot to make it very balancing for your constitution and what you are needing that day to feel grounded. You have to try Tiffany Kinsons Kitchari!

Source: Easy Tempeh Oat Meatballs

If youre looking for a great, simple, plant-based protein-packed staple to incorporate in your meals this is the PERFECT recipe. These Easy Tempeh Oat Meatballs by Hailee Repko are loaded with flavor, can be easily added to a variety of recipes, and are great for the meal prep crowd. They also pair perfectly with any sauce, so you can throw together classic spaghetti and meatballs, make a sandwich, or pair them with a sticky-sweet Asian glaze.

Source: Deep Dish Chickpea Omelette

This Deep Dish Chickpea Omelette by Jenny Marie is so awesome it is packed with protein and tastes very similar to omelettes given the secret ingredient!

Source: Sweet Potato Soup

This texture of this Sweet Potato Soup by Kristina Humphreys is amazingly creamy. It is smooth, velvety, and creamier than many common cheese sauces or cream soups. Its also the perfect base that many herbs and spices can be added to for endless different flavor combinations. Use it as a sauce or simply a creamy soup that is delicious paired with many foods.

Source: Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

This Roasted Sweet Potato Salad by Laine Rudolfa is perfect if youre looking for a light lunch! Its not only easy to make, but flavorful!

Source: Sweet Potato Katsu Curry

This delicious vegan Sweet Potato Katsu Curry recipe by Jenny Connelly is completely plant based, made from apples, celery and spring onions. Its really easy to make and takes only 30 minutes from start to finish.

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help withchronic inflammation,heart health,mental wellbeing,fitness goals,nutritional needs,allergies,gut healthandmore!Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, includingacne,hormonal imbalance,cancer,prostate cancerand has manyside effects.

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading theFood Monster App with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about theenvironmentalandhealth benefitsof aplant-based diet.

Here are some great resources to get you started:

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Could Going Vegan Improve Your Athletic Performance? The Answer May Surprise You –

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If there is a man who appears to be the archetype of testosterone-fueled strength, it is Californias former governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. What do real men, men like Conan the Barbarian, the Last Action Hero and the Kindergarden Cop eat? Steak, of course. Giant heaping piles of it. Indeed steak is so synonymous with strength that strength is the title of this slightly weird marketing booklet from the National Cattlemens Beef Association.

Endurance athletes too are often urged to draw strength from meat. I have been paid to exercise at various points in my life and cannot count the times I have been served a giant bleeding hunk of cow the night before I set off into the depths of aerobic exhaustion. This practice, it seems, has historical precedent. According to one peer-reviewed article by respected sports science guru Asker Jeukendrup, and of course the film A Sunday in Hell, steak and chicken wings were the fuel of Eddy Merckx, perhaps the greatest cyclist ever to have turned a pedal.

But the times, and the breakfasts of champions, are changing. If you had access to the internet or the supermarket in the past few months, you are probably aware of The Game Changers, which features, among other luminaries, the seven-time Mr. Olympia himself. The film follows UFC fighter James Wilks as he attempts to recover from injury using a plant-based diet and portrays ditching animal products as not only healthy, but also a significant boost to the performance of elite athletes.

Since the films release, it has come under pretty severe criticism from both sports nutritionists (including Jeukendrup himself) and other vegan advocates for its clear bias, use of logical fallacies and cherry-picking of evidence. Additionally, the films executive producer, James Cameron (who also, incidentally, directed Arnies Terminator), owns a plant-based protein company: Verident Foods.

But just because the film stretched the truth doesnt mean there wasnt truth in it. It has started a conversation on plant-based diets that, in the face of an epidemic of obesity, increasingly severe climate change and a growing global population, we really need to be having.

We asked Registered Dietitian and athlete Matt Ruscigno, MPH, author of Plant Based Sports Nutrition, for his take on the film and on how a vegan diet can help athletes. Ruscigno is quick to point out that, although scientific rigor is important, especially to someone in his field, its seeing experiences that help people change. He adds that people are generally unaware that it is possible to be a top-level athlete and be vegan, so in this regard the film is doing a valuable job in raising awareness.

Ruscigno doesnt necessarily say going vegan will transform your performance, but he does point to evidence that including more whole plant foods in your diet, as opposed to supplementing with vitamins, just might. One claim made in Game Changers (and all over the internet) is that plant-based diets reduce inflammation. The problem here is one of precision. Some inflammation is good; it is what lets the body know that it needs to build new muscle because the old stuff has been damaged. So loading up on Advil and Vitamin C supplements (which contain inflammation-fighting antioxidants) wont make you faster, but eating a healthy plant-based diet might help moderate that inflammation and boost recovery.

Inflammation is a real thing, and there is cellular damage from physical activity, and nutrition does play a role, says Ruscigno. There is some evidence that the antioxidants [from plants] do play a role in speeding recovery and reducing inflammation. How much of a difference? Thats not an answer Ive seen. Anecdotally, athletes from top US Olympic weightlifter Kendrick Farris to tennis legend Venus Williams credit their vegan diets with bouncing back faster.

A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association did show that a vegan diet reduced inflammation in people with heart disease more than the AHAs recommended diet, but this doesnt have a direct analog in terms of performance as an athlete. However, given that athletes are at a higher risk of cardiovascular issues, it might be a good idea to get out ahead of them with a diet that is likely to reduce that risk. It is certainly clear that eating a plant-based diet wont harm your recovery, and it seems like eating lots of plants might help. It will certainly reduce your risk of dropping dead, even when compared to a healthy omnivorous diet.

The knee jerk objection to vegan diets is, of course, that you wont get enough protein to replace all that steak that you could be eating. This idea is based in the myth that plant foods dont contain enough of the amino acids that combine to form proteins; plant proteins are often called incomplete proteins for this reason.

Ruscigno says this belief is largely unfounded: All whole plant foods have all of the essential amino acids! Every one of them. Its a misnomer they are missing. This is because not every serving contains the exact minimum need for every amino acid. But thats okay because we eat, or should be eating, a variety of foods and it adds up in the end. So essentially, as long as you eat a varied diet you will get enough of all the essential amino acids to build muscle. The answer to the age old where do you get your protein? question is from food.

Theres also a stigma around soy that is largely unfounded. There were some small studies 30 years ago that suggested it would somehow make you less manly, but those results havent been repeated. If youre worried about phytoestrogens in soy making you grow man boobs, consider that there are actual estrogens in dairy milk and those, as well as the phytoestrogens in soy, are not going to be a problem unless you hook yourself up to some kind of dairy IV.

For elite athletes, it seems pretty clear that it is possible to be vegan and not see any compromises in performance. Venus Williams, Lionel Messi, Colin Kaepernick, legendary strongman Patrick Baboumian, and 11 members of the Tennessee Titans are vegan and doing just fine. Of course, these athletes do take great care over their diets, but everyday athletes could also benefit from a plant-based diet.

I started eating vegan about a year ago, and simply removing gas station candy bars and giant coffee shop muffins on long bike rides and grabbing something like a banana, or a pack of Swedish fish, has helped me get a little leaner. I also dont tend to get that post-stop slump when I eat easier-digesting carbs and dont load up on fat. Yeah, there are vegan muffins, and non-vegans could eat bananas, but taking the bad choices away and making it easier to eat plants reduces some of the decision fatigue that comes with healthy eating.

The case for going plant-based extends beyond the performance aspect, too. A pretty solid scientific consensus indicates that plant-based eating reduces your carbon footprint, and if you like to play outside, that should be important to you. Its also true, as Ruscigno points out, that many of us turn to plant-based foods before and during exercise anyway because they digest easily. Bananas, peanut butter, oatmeal and bagels are staples of just about any pre-marathon breakfast buffet, and theyre all vegan. The other stuff we eat after competing because we know it might not sit so well which might lead one to question if we need to eat it at all.

Of course, switching from an omnivorous diet to a vegan one is not easy, and you could get many of the benefits of a vegan diet from simply eating more plants and less meat. For me, the only really winning argument for a vegan diet was driving past cattle farms in the desert. I grew up farming sheep and spent a lot of time helping other people farm cattle. I dont like seeing animals suffer and I dont want to have any part in that. For me, the most compelling argument will always be the moral one.

Switching to a plant-based diet, in my n=1 experience, has helped me as an athlete. Most plant-based foods do contain carbohydrates, and carbohydrates play a crucial role in fueling exercise. Its easy for athletes in endurance sports to under-consume carbs in the post-Atkins era. Now that I have switched chicken for chickpeas, I am getting more slow-digesting healthy carbs at every meal. As for protein, it really isnt that hard to get. I eat quite a lot of food thanks to my endurance sport habit, and most of that food has protein. I havent noticed myself sucking, or shrinking.

If youre looking to replace candy bars and protein shakes, there are healthy vegan options. But as Ruscigno points out, the best vegan snacks and protein products are the ones you already know about. Nuts and seeds last forever, taste great, dont come with weird ingredients and boast a balanced nutrition profile. Like it or not, you might actually be pretty close to a plant-based diet already.

Rawvelo, a UK-based manufacturer, makes bars out of real fruit and nuts that I love to eat at the point on those long bike rides that I would normally be stopping at a 7-11 for a king-sized Snickers. The 20-bar variety pack lets you mix and match your favorites.

True Nutrition make a great vegan protein blend that allows you to pick what you want added, which sweeteners you prefer, which plant-based proteins you would like in your blend and packages protein in pouches instead of large wasteful plastic tubs. Choose from a bunch of different flavors and boosts for the Whey Protein Isolate Cold-Filtration pouch and get a base of 27g of carbs and 110 calories per serving.

Nearly all of Gus sport nutrition products are vegan, and the brand also goes to great lengths to source vegan amino acids for its Roctane gels. With the huge variety of gel and drink flavors, GU has you covered for just about all of your carbohydrate needs. The brand also partners with Terracycle to recycle packages, and make an energy gel that tastes like beer in a good way.

Youre a grown-up now, get yourself some peanut butter than only has peanuts and salt in it,and some raspberry jelly or jam. You deserve it, and its still cheaper and tastier than just about any protein bar youd consider eating.

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Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell are celebrating their marriage with themed merchandise.

On Friday, the animal activist and her husband announced on Instagram that they're selling a vegan and cruelty-free candle in honor of their wedding. The candle was described in their posts as being limited-edition, though the couple did not specify how long it will be sold for.

It can be purchased now on the Australia Zoo website for $50, and shipped worldwide for an extra $14.95 fee.

On the Australia Zoo website, the candle is described as being infused with "the honeyeater's favourite boronia nectar with banksia, wild rose, Waratah, and finished with a pleasant base of native frangipani."

"This unique scent is wild and ambitious at first burn as it gently settles into a truly beautiful combination," the product description reads.

The candle is also said to be vegan, cruelty-free, and made in Australia using repurposed materials. The jar it's stored in, for example, is crafted from locally-sourced wine bottles, and its cork lid is sustainable. The candle itself is made from natural soy wax.

Fans of the Irwin family will especially love the product's label, which features a photo of Irwin and her husband surrounded by animals and her family, including her late father Steve Irwin.

Powell proposed to Irwinat Australia Zoo on her 21st birthday.At the time, she shared a photo of her engagement ring on Instagram, and described Powell as the love of her life.

To celebrate the engagement, Australia Zoo began selling merchandise with the couple's faces on it. At the time of writing, a $4.95 magnet, a $2 postcard, and $19.95 tea cup are still available to purchase.

Representatives for Bindi Irwin did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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Vegetarian diets have reportedly been around since as early as 700 B.C.

Several types exist and individuals may practice them for a variety of reasons, including health, ethics, environmentalism and religion.

Vegan diets are a little more recent, but are getting a good amount of press.

This article takes a look at the similarities and differences between these two diets.

It also discusses how they affect your health and the environment.

According to the Vegetarian Society, a vegetarian is someone who does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or by-products of animal slaughter.

Vegetarian diets contain various levels of fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses, nuts and seeds. The inclusion of dairy and eggs depends on the type of diet you follow.

The most common types of vegetarians include:

Those who do not eat meat or poultry but do consume fish are considered pescatarians, whereas part-time vegetarians are often referred to as flexitarians.

Although sometimes considered vegetarians, pescatarians and flexitarians do eat animal flesh. Therefore, they do not technically fall under the definition of vegetarianism.

A vegan diet can be viewed as the strictest form of vegetarianism.

Veganism is currently defined by the Vegan Society as a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty as much as possible.

This includes exploitation for food and any other purpose.

Therefore, a vegan diet not only excludes animal flesh, but also dairy, eggs and animal-derived ingredients. These include gelatin, honey, carmine, pepsin, shellac, albumin, whey, casein and some forms of vitamin D3.

Vegetarians and vegans often avoid eating animal products for similar reasons. The largest difference is the degree to which they consider animal products acceptable.

For instance, both vegans and vegetarians may exclude meat from their diets for health or environmental reasons.

However, vegans also choose to avoid all animal by-products because they believe this has the largest impact on their health and the environment.

In terms of ethics, vegetarians are opposed to killing animals for food, but consider it acceptable to consume animal by-products such as milk and eggs, as long as the animals are kept in adequate conditions.

On the other hand, vegans believe that animals have a right to be free from human use, be it for food, clothing, science or entertainment.

Thus, they seek to exclude all animal by-products, regardless of the conditions in which animals are bred or housed.

The desire to avoid all forms of animal exploitation is why vegans choose to forgo dairy and eggs products that many vegetarians have no problem consuming.

Research shows vegetarian and vegan diets tend to be low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

They also tend to contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy plant compounds (1).

What's more, both diets contain a high amount of nutrient-dense foods. These may include fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and soy products (1).

On the other hand, poorly planned vegetarian and vegan diets could result in low intakes of some nutrients, particularly iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin D (1, 2).

Both diets also tend to contain limited amounts of vitamin B12 and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, although levels of these nutrients are generally lower in vegans than vegetarians (1).

According to a report from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and several scientific reviews, both vegetarian and vegan diets can be considered appropriate for all stages of life, as long as the diet is planned well (1, 2, 3, 4).

An insufficient intake of nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and vitamins D and B12 can negatively impact various aspects of health, including mental and physical health (5, 6, 7, 8).

Both vegetarians and vegans may have lower intakes of these nutrients. However, studies show that vegetarians tend to consume slightly more calcium and vitamin B12 than vegans (9, 10).

Nonetheless, both vegetarians and vegans should pay special attention to nutrition strategies meant to increase the absorption of nutrients from plant foods (2).

It may also be necessary to consume fortified foods and supplements, especially for nutrients such as iron, calcium, omega-3 and vitamins D and B12 (1, 11).

Vegetarians and vegans should strongly consider analyzing their daily nutrient intake, getting their blood nutrient levels measured and taking supplements accordingly.

The few studies directly comparing vegetarian to vegan diets report that vegans may have a somewhat lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and various types of cancer than vegetarians (12, 13, 14, 15).

In addition, vegans tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than vegetarians and seem to gain less weight as they age (12, 16).

That said, most studies so far have been observational in nature. This means that it's impossible to say exactly which aspect of the vegan diet produces these effects or confirm that diet is the only determining factor.

Although vegetarians and vegans may choose to avoid animal products for similar purposes, this choice often extends beyond diet for vegans.

In fact, veganism is often considered a lifestyle strongly anchored in animal rights.

For this reason, many vegans also avoid purchasing clothing items containing silk, wool, leather or suede.

What's more, many vegans boycott companies that test on animals and only purchase cosmetics that are free of animal by-products.

Ethical vegans also tend to steer clear of circuses, zoos, rodeos, horse races and any other activities involving the use of animals for entertainment.

Finally, many environmentalists adopt a vegan diet for its reduced impact on the earth's resources and the benefits it has against climate change (17, 18, 19).

Vegetarians and vegans may avoid consuming animal products for similar reasons, but do so to various extents.

Several types of vegetarians exist, and vegans are at the strictest end of the vegetarian spectrum.

Both types of diet can be considered safe for all stages of life, but vegan diets may even offer additional health benefits.

However, it's important for both vegetarians and vegans to plan their diets well in order to avoid health problems over the long term.

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