LadyVegan http://ladyvegan.com For the animals. For the planet. For your health. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:17:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Are you thinking about going vegan? http://ladyvegan.com/are-you-thinking-about-going-vegan/ http://ladyvegan.com/are-you-thinking-about-going-vegan/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:17:18 +0000 http://ladyvegan.com/?p=866 eat more tofu

 

Going vegan has a lot of great benefits and it’s easy to do. It’s a healthy lifestyle that will improve the function of your body overall and it has a positive effect on the planet. Whether you’re looking to gain the vitality that comes from a vegan diet or looking to save the animals from the treacherous fate that comes with ending up on your dinner plate, going vegan is a wonderful lifestyle choice.

For Your Health

Eating vegan is a great way to improve your health when you focus your diet on nutrient rich vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. Everything your body needs can be found in a plant rich diet.

You can get complete proteins, calcium, and iron when eating vegan. Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach are easy to cook and are packed with nutrition. For proteins focus on legumes like black beans and lentils. Fiber rich foods include broccoli, whole wheat bread, and walnuts. Your heart will also thank you for eliminating the saturated fats and cholesterol found in most animal products.

Your body will ultimately feel better on a healthy vegan diet. Many people who switch to a low-fat, vegan diet lose excess weight and feel more energetic throughout the day. A healthier cardiovascular system runs smoother which can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Plus eating vitamin and mineral rich foods can give your immune system a boost and help keep you feeling good even through cold season.

A lot of people who switch to a vegan diet find themselves orbiting towards whole, organic foods. Once you begin to feel your energy level rise from eating great foods, you may decide to further your progress with organic produce that is not grown with harsh chemicals. In this way, a vegan diet can be great detox for your body while also replenishing it with everything you need for optimum health.

For The Animals

When you go vegan you no longer contribute to the destructive meat industry. The animals that are raised for meat are usually kept in unsound conditions. Many animals like cows and chickens are injected with hormones to make them grow abnormally fast. The living conditions are bad for animals raised for food. Egg laying chickens are kept in tiny cages where they do not have enough room to turn around or spread their wings. Cows and pigs are fed toxic grains sprayed with pesticides and treated with antibiotics. These kinds of living conditions create stress and illness in the animals that are then brought to slaughter to end up on the dinner plate.

The fishing industry is no better than the meat industry. Ocean fishing boats catch tons of bycatch every time the raise their nets. Bycatch is made of the fish, turtles, shrimp, sea horses, and other sea creatures that are not the target of the fishing expedition. It is thrown back into the water, resulting in death for most of the sea life that was caught.

For The Planet

Going vegan is beneficial for the entire planet in many ways. For starters, the meat industry is one of the largest contributors to the destruction of the environment. Forests are chopped down to make room for animals raised for meat, and the waste that animals produce is one of the biggest waterway pollutants in the world.

It takes a lot of food and water to raise livestock. Land is cleared to make way for fields to grow grains to turn into animal feed. At this point there is more farmland used for agriculture for animal consumption than human. Fresh water is an issue, too, as animals raised for slaughter are large consumers of the available water supply.

Overfishing the oceans is becoming a serious problem. The fish supply worldwide is depleting at an alarming rate. Some scientists believe that if humans continue to fish our oceans at the current rate, we are looking at complete depletion of fish within the next 50 years. As large fishing operations plow through the ocean floors they devastate the delicate ecosystem on the ocean floor.

The more people who embrace a vegan based diet, the less meat consumption overall. Your food choices directly influence the rest of the planet. By going vegan you can have a positive impact your own health and the health of our whole planet. How many more reasons do you need?

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Vegan Fudge Brownie http://ladyvegan.com/vegan-fudge-brownie/ http://ladyvegan.com/vegan-fudge-brownie/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:10:15 +0000 http://ladyvegan.com/?p=862 here is a decadent no bake Vegan Fudge Brownie recipe you’ll use over and over again:

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For these fantastically healthy and scrumptious brownies you will need:

  • 1 cup dates & prunes
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3 Tb coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey/agave/maple syrup
  • 2 Tb mesquite powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seed
  • 2 Tb flax seed
  • 2 Tb chia seed
  • 1/3 cup cashews (preferably soaked)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa/cacao
  • 1/2 t cinnamon Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup oats

Put dates and prunes in bowl of water. Set aside. Blend 1 cup of the oats in blender until it becomes oat flour. Then in a food processor, process dates and prunes (with about 1/4 cup of the water) with all the other wet ingredients until smooth. Now add all the dry ingredients, including the remaining 1/2 cup of whole oats and oat flour. Good consistency? It should be thick, but very moist.
Press it into a pan lined with tin foil or plastic wrap and set in the fridge for a little bit so the coconut oil can stiffen them up. Once the batter is nice and firm simply slice and serve! With this no bake brownie option, even your younger kids can get in on the fun of making this easy desert.

Being Vegan is far from being a culinary bore! Explore the tantalizing options that are just waiting for you, and have fun enjoying your new and healthy diet. You’ll be glad that you and, and kinda wonder why you didn’t make the leap sooner.

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Fall Delights – Going Vegan Has Never Tasted So Good! http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/fall-delights-going-vegan-has-never-tasted-so-good/ http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/fall-delights-going-vegan-has-never-tasted-so-good/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:07:12 +0000 http://ladyvegan.com/?post_type=recipe&p=860 You can hace amazing vegan treats on a vegan diet!

Here is a no bake, Vegan recipe for Carmel Apples that you’ll be making in no time flat. You’ll need:

  •  2 Apples on skewers (try to get organic!)
  •  1/4 cup dates
  • 2 Tb melted coconut oil
  • Cinnamon, salt & mesquite if you have it
  • Water, as needed
  •  1/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Chocolate Topping (optional)

  •  2-3 Tb cacao
  • 2-3 Tb agave/honey/maple syrup
  • 2-3 Tb nut butter
  • 3 Tb melted coconut oil

Blend dates with coconut oil, cinnamon, salt, mesquite and water to get a smooth, thick consistency. You can add more sweetener if you want. Cover the apples completely with the “caramel” and then dip them in the chopped nuts so they stick.
Then mix the cacao, sweetener of choice, nut butter and coconut oil until smooth. Drizzle it all over the apples and you now have a tasty unique fall treat to enjoy throughout the coming months!

 

 

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Mom’s Vegan Chili http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/moms-vegan-chili/ http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/moms-vegan-chili/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:48:10 +0000 http://ladyvegan.com/?post_type=recipe&p=856 Vegan chili is the perfect fall or winter time meal. It’s incredibly hearty and gives you some much needed warmth to make it through a cold day or night. I make it all the time with my kids and they are absolutely crazy about it. Whenever I let them choose our weekend dinners, they put Mom’s vegan chili at the top of their lists. It’s much healthier than traditional chili recipes yet it doesn’t sacrifice flavor for nutrition.

Mom’s vegan chili only takes half an hour to prepare and another half an hour to cook. It’s well worth the hour’s investment as it’ll provide you with four sizable bowls at a minimum. You’ll find that this vegan chili quickly becomes one of your “go to” cold weather recipes. It’ll fill you up for hours but it isn’t too heavy to weigh you down like most traditional meat based chilis. Let your omnivorous friends try it and they just might be tempted to convert to veganism!

 

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raw vegan cheese http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/raw-vegan-cheese/ http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/raw-vegan-cheese/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:01:54 +0000 http://ladyvegan.com/?post_type=recipe&p=851 Going dairy-free isn’t just an ethical choice; it’s a choice for better health.

After just ten dairy-free days, one begins to experience a drop in blood cholesterol, and  a reduction in allergy and asthma symptoms. Chronic indigestion and stomach problem cease, too. Even moods are improved when we withdraw from dairy, resulting in reduced anxiety and stress. We sleep better and experience increased energy levels.

While we might not miss the health complications dairy brings, most of us agree the one thing we do miss is cheese. Creamy, dreamy, rich, delicious cheese. Especially at holiday times when there are loads of tempting cheese—cheese balls, dips, and dishes which wouldn’t be the same without cheese.

Holiday times are hard without cheese, but this year we are going to enjoy our fill of cheese galore by making a simple and splendid raw cheese ball recipe—without the cheese of course.  Just a couple of easy steps will produce a sharp cheddar nondairy cheese ball that looks and tastes just like the ones you normally see adorning tables at holiday time. This is also a versatile base from which you can get 3 dairy-free cheese recipes to enjoy from Halloween to New Years and beyond.

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How to Make Non-Dairy and Non-Soy Cheese Flavor http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/how-to-make-non-dairy-and-non-soy-cheese-flavor/ http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/how-to-make-non-dairy-and-non-soy-cheese-flavor/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:23:44 +0000 http://ladyvegan.com/?post_type=recipe&p=846 Being a vegan and non-soy eater can be tough, as it means you cannot eat so many things. However, I haven’t let this stop me from relishing delicious cream cheese.

Yes, you heard me right. I love dipping my veggies and toast in my special my non-dairy and non-soy cheese spread. This is my treat when I am feeling peckish and want to eat unhealthy junk food. However, this cheese spread also makes a great dip, spread and salad dressing.

I am certain you too would enjoy this delicious and mouthwatering spread. Here is my secret dairy-free and non soy cheese recipe.

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Vegan Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/vegan-cheesy-stuffed-potatoes/ http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/vegan-cheesy-stuffed-potatoes/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:08:13 +0000 http://ladyvegan.com/?post_type=recipe&p=837 Substituting soy cheese or cheese made from nut milks like almond or cashew is a great way to add a little variety to your vegan recipes while lowering the fat and calorie content of the dish for those who want to eat healthier or lose weight whether they follow a vegan diet or not.

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Loaded Vegan Nachos http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/loaded-vegan-nachos/ http://ladyvegan.com/recipe/loaded-vegan-nachos/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:37:29 +0000 http://ladyvegan.com/?post_type=recipe&p=829 The hardest part for some people who make the decision to become a vegan is giving up dairy products, specifically cheese. And the second thing is coming up with ideas for what to eat. But you don’t have to give up the foods you love to be healthier or more eco-conscious.

Check this delicious vegan nacho recipe…

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4 things to know when switching to a vegan diet http://ladyvegan.com/4-things-to-know-when-switching-to-a-vegan-diet/ http://ladyvegan.com/4-things-to-know-when-switching-to-a-vegan-diet/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:19:09 +0000 http://ladyvegan.com/?p=813 Switching to a vegan diet can be rewarding for a variety of reasons. It’s a diet full of fiber and nutrients that will help you to ward off disease, and it can help you maintain a healthy weight too. A vegan diet also reduces your risk of getting food-borne illnesses.

 

What’s more is that eating plant based foods reduces carbon emissions and helps to save the lives of animals. It’s a positive situation for everyone and everything involved! But there are a few things you should know about the vegan diet before jumping in head first:

 

#1: Plants Have Plenty of Protein

 

One of the most asked questions you’ll undoubtedly get from friends and family after switching to a vegan diet is “where do you get your protein from?” which can make you think that they might know something you don’t know. Rest assured that most plants have plenty of protein. Quinoa, beans, and even greens are just a few examples of complete proteins in the plant kingdom.

 

#2: Tofu Isn’t the Only Option

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Tofu tends to be a common focus among new vegans because it’s touted as a great replacement for meat on any diet. And while tofu is versatile and full of protein, it’s not the only option around. You’ll find your vegan diet more enjoyable when mixing in options such as:

  • Seitan.
  • Tempeh.
  • Textured vegetable protein.

 

All of these options provide a “meaty” texture to meals without the cholesterol or saturated fat.

#3: Vitamin B12 Should Be Supplemented

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Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that supports the nervous system. It used to be abundant in the soil and absorbed into the root systems of plant foods, but unfortunately the nutrient has been stripped from most soils due to the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Non-human animals can create B12 on their own, which is why animal products contain a small amount of the vitamin, but even meat eaters can become B12 deficient. So when starting your vegan diet, it’s important to supplement the nutrient to ensure optimal health.

You can take pills, use sprays, or even take a shot of B12 at the doctor’s office. But perhaps the easiest (and tastiest) way to supplement vitamin B12 is to include nutritional yeast into your diet. It has a slightly cheesy flavor and can be used to make things like gravy and flax crackers.

 

#4: Salads Can Be Filling

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There are many great vegan recipes but never forget a simple huge salad as a full meal.

Greens are an important staple in any diet, let alone a vegan diet. The problem is that most people see salad as a side dish or snack as opposed to a meal. But this could be further from the truth! To infuse your body with important minerals, you’ll want to include large salad meals into your vegan diet. And if they’re big enough, you won’t have to worry about getting hungry between meals.

You can make your salads flavorful and filling by adding croutons, cut up fruit, dried coconut, and even meat replacements to them. And using proteins in your salad will turn your light lettuce salad into a hefty healthy meal. Consider these options:

 

  • Make a healthy tabouli with quinoa.
  • Create a Southwest feast with black beans.
  • Use seitan to conjure up a “steak” salad.

 

Another great way to bulk up your salad is to include a variety of nutrients dense nuts and seeds.

 

Now that you know what to expect from your vegan diet, make a shopping list and get to the store! The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll start to reap all of the rewards.

 

Peace.

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Rich, Delicious & Versatile Nondairy Cream Cheese http://ladyvegan.com/rich-delicious-versatile-nondairy-cream-cheese/ http://ladyvegan.com/rich-delicious-versatile-nondairy-cream-cheese/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 07:37:44 +0000 http://ladyvegan.com/?p=808 Good for you if you’ve removed dairy products from your diet. Still, you don’t have to be deprived of the rich, creamy taste of cheese.  With dairyfree cheese you can melt vegan cheese in sandwiches, shred them into salads, and slice them up to eat with your fingers just as would dairy cheeses without the dairy.   Non-dairy or vegan cheese is yummy and good for you but versatile enough to add to your favorite dishes, even the ones that usually call for dairy-based cheese. Sound too good to be true?

Well, you’ll never know the difference and your dairy loving friends and family won’t either!

First we’ll take a look at how to make some fresh nondairy ‘cream’ cheese and then explore how you can make vegan cheese part of your diet.  Don’t be intimidated.  Making this versatile but nondairy cheese is easy and if you’ve been vegan for a while (or not ) you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand.

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Non-Dairy Cream Cheese

  • Measure out one ¼ cup of nutritional grade yeast and an equal amount of soymilk powder into a saucepan. Add 1 cup of liquid soymilk. While warming to medium heat, blend well until all the dry ingredients are  dissolved. Stirring constantly, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Then add one tablespoon each of spicy mustard and sea salt. When mixture is well-combined and thoroughly blended remove the saucepan from heat.
  • Next, process 12 ounces of plain tofu in a blender or food processor until it reaches a creamy consistency. Then add the soymilk blend to the process and blend again until the mixture is thoroughly combined. (Yes, you may poke your finger into the mixture taste now to get an idea how it will taste!)
  • Pour into a cake pan greased with vegetable oil, and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Your ‘cheese’ will have golden rind, but is creamy and rich on the inside. Cool on a baking rack. You can then store it in the fridge like dairy cheese.

 

Now you’ve probably already sampled a slice for yourself to see how rich, creamy, and delicious it is. This is when things get versatile. This faux crème cheese without the dairy replaces cream cheese and ricotta cheese in nearly every recipe you can think of. Plus, it’s not as bland as dairy-based cream cheese and ricotta.

When refrigerated, nondairy cream cheese firms up well enough to be easily sliced or shredded to layer in vegan lasagna. Or pile your vegan cheese on pizza dough;  top with your favorite tomato sauce and veggies for vegan pizza.  You can slip a chilled slice into a veggie sandwich or melt between toasted bread for a grilled cheese sandwich.

At room temperature, this faux cream cheese spreads just as easily on vegan bagels, English muffins,  toast,  or crackers.  Non-dairy cream cheese is also a delicious finishing touch for potato soup so you won’t miss the butter.  That old comfort food stand by, broccoli cheese soup can be added back into the healthy eating menu again.

You can make a delicious sauce if you cube and melt nondairy cheese with a little soymilk to make cheese sauce for peas & onions just like grandma used to make but without the milk.  Consider drizzling some on a baked potato stuffed with roasted veggies for a meal all on its own.

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Getting the idea?

Plus,when you make your ‘cheese’ at home you can play with the flavors. The only downside is that can’t make cheesecake with nondairy cheese. The good news is that vegan cheesecake doesn’t require cheese!

 

Peace.

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