Vegan food, clothing and lifestyle tips for World Vegan Day

November 1, 2021 by  
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Across print media and online resources, the vegan lifestyle seems to pop up everywhere. There are myriad reasons to embrace veganism, from saving the  environment  to caring about animals. Wherever you’re at on your vegan journey, from your first inquiry to complete dedication to the movement, we’ve got some information and tips to get you headed in the vegan direction.  Defining veganism What exactly does it mean to be vegan , and how does it compare to other diet plans? In the simplest form, a vegan diet is plant-based. Strict vegans do not eat any food that comes from an animal, including those foods animals produce such as eggs and honey. A vegan diet relies heavily on fresh fruits and vegetables but also leans into nuts, legumes, seeds, tofu, whole grains and other plant-based foods.  A vegan lifestyle is a statement against  animal  cruelty, so it goes further than just what a person eats. It’s a conscientious movement to not use, buy, or consume any animal-based products.  Related: 6 vegan jackfruit recipes to try for your next meal Benefits of a vegan lifestyle People choose a vegan lifestyle for a variety of reasons. The primary reason is to protect the animals on the planet. Another predominant reason for adopting vegan ways is to benefit the environment. Raising animals is hard on the land. It requires a lot of food, typically in the form of grain, to feed chickens, pigs, cows and other animals. That food is grown, then fed to the animals before they’re slaughtered. Part of the food chain perhaps, but eating  plants  straight from the source eliminates many of the required resources for raising livestock. In addition, cows contribute to methane release, which is a greenhouse gas that adds to the carbon footprint.  The third primary benefit of eating plant-based food is for your health. Even with the vast array of diet plan options, nearly all include copious amounts of plant-based  recipes  for the same reason — eating this way has been proven to reduce inflammation and improve or reverse a host of common diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity. In addition, plants provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals to support a healthy lifestyle.  Those who’ve committed to the lifestyle often report additional benefits such as increased energy, clearer thinking, improved focus, better sleep, and weight loss.  Challenges of going vegan t’s not easy being vegan. In fact, it can be incredibly difficult. One of the primary challenges is simply finding foods you can eat. Read any label, and the majority of the time you’ll find some form of animal-based product. Go into most  restaurants , and you may have trouble finding anything other than a salad that fits the eating profile.  Another challenge is learning how to cook, order and eat in an entirely new way. Especially if you’re used to making meat -focused meals. Vegan substitutes The vegan movement has been around for decades. Some even argue that select Indigenous people invented the lifestyle. In recent decades, vegan foods have brought some good and some bad to the market via vegan substitute products. Processed  foods  always come with loads of unnecessary fats, salts and sugars. Even those labeled as vegan can be an unhealthy choice, so try to stay away from the freezer department unless you’re shopping for vegetables.  In the dairy department, vegan substitutes can add a lot of variety to your diet. Vegan cheese, butter and milk round out your fruits, veggies, nuts and whole grains. Again though, watch for high levels of sugar, salt and anything artificial. When it comes to milk , there are increasing options in the form of nut milks. You’ll want to experiment with almond, coconut, oat, rice and soy milk. Vegan eating tips The number one tip to adopt a vegan lifestyle is to take it slow. Most people have been cooking and eating the same way since birth, so don’t try to reverse that in a single day. Instead, slowly incorporate changes each week or month. Swap out cow’s milk for a plant-based variety. Replace meat with beans in your soup, skip the meat in your burrito and stuff it with seasoned rice and vegetables instead. Go meatless one night each week. Aim to eat 80% plant-based. Whatever the change is, play with it until it becomes a habit. Then move on to the next goal. Tummy issues are also common at the beginning of a vegan diet. That’s because it’s high in fiber, and your system likely isn’t used to it. It’s another good reason to make the transition slowly to allow time for your system to adjust. During the process, pay attention to how you feel. Do you feel better after a fruit smoothie for breakfast rather than eggs and bacon? Did your nighttime heartburn go away? Do you find yourself avoiding the afternoon slump? How are you sleeping? Connecting good feelings like better focus and higher energy with the foods you eat is an intrinsic reward that will keep you on track. Try working up to a plant-based diet for breakfast and lunch, so you have a stretch of consecutive hours without animal products that allow you to evaluate how you feel. Vegan life beyond food Going vegan is a lifestyle that stretches well beyond what you eat. It’s a movement that factors into every purchase you make. Evaluate clothing to avoid wool, silk, leather, fur and suede. Also, read your makeup, shampoo, face wash and cleaning product labels. An increasing number of brands are labeling their products so you can easily find this information. However, your decision to go vegan doesn’t mean you have to throw out everything you own. Instead, use up the products you have while you transition to new brands. Also, get good use out of your clothing, so it doesn’t meet a premature date with the landfill. Via Shape and Bree’s Vegan Life Images via Pexels, Pixabay and iStock

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Cucamelons are the most adorable fruit you never knew existed

August 24, 2016 by  
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®Flickr/ David Edwards The cucamelon,  Melothria scabra , is similar to a cucumber with a crisp bite and an aromatic, citrusy flavor. Its petite striped appearance lends it a number of alternative nicknames, from ” Sandia de Raton” (” Mouse Melon”) to “Mexican Sour Gherkin.” Image via Underwood Gardens Can’t find cucamelons at your farmer’s market? While August is probably too late in the summer to start growing your own (unless you live in Hawaii or the very warmest parts of the Southern US), you can bookmark these green cuties in your favorite seed catalog and look forward to starting the seedlings early next spring . Cucamelons are reputedly easy to grow and even if your garden consists of containers on a balcony, you can still grow them up a trellis or inside a tomato cage. RELATED: 30 easy and delicious popsicle recipes While you might be tempted to Instagram them instead of cooking, you can slice up tiny cucamelons to make a refreshing, colorful radish salad. If you don’t want to slice up the adorable baby watermelons, you can also serve them whole as a garnish on a summer cocktail – try spearing a cucamelon on a swizzle stick and serving it with a refreshing mint julep. Image via Snaplant Cucamelon-Radish Salad Step One: Gather your ingredients You’ll need about 14-16 cucamelons, 5 radishes, rice vinegar, fresh dill, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Step Two: Slice and mix Slice the cucamelons lengthwise and add them to a salad bowl. Slice the radishes into thin rounds and mix in. Drizzle the salad with about 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar. Toss with a generous pinch of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Garnish with fresh dill fronds and serve. Serves 4. RELATED: 6 super easy gardening projects to do this weekend Can’t find any cucamelons to cook with? Try one of these refreshing summer recipes made with watermelon or cucumber instead, and bring along to your next BBQ or picnic. Image via Pixabay Frozen Watermelon Smoothie Step One: Gather your ingredients You’ll need one small seedless watermelon, or about 4 cups of diced watermelon with seeds removed, 2 bananas, 1/2 cup coconut water, and 1 one-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger root. Step Two: Freeze Pop cubed watermelon in the freezer for a couple hours, or until completely frozen. You can prepare extra frozen watermelon in plastic bags or food storage containers so its ready to use later. Step Three: Blend Fire up your blender and drop in the coconut water and peeled ginger. Blend until the ginger is well chopped. Add the 2 bananas and blend. Finally, add the frozen watermelon and blend until creamy and smooth. Serve in a glass with a straw and enjoy! Serves 4. Image via Wikimedia Yogurt-Cucumber Dip Step One: Gather your ingredients You’ll need: 2 cups of Greek yogurt, 2 large cucumbers (or 4 small Persian cucumbers), 1 small clove garlic, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, juice of 1/2 lemon, and 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped dill. Step Two: Grate and dice If you’re using regular large grocery-store cucumbers, you’ll need to peel the thick, bitter skin off first. If you’re using thin-skinned Persian cucumbers, you can simply wash them and chop off the ends. Using a box grater, grate all of your cucumber into a bowl. Squeeze the grated cucumbers gently and drain off any excess water and juice. Finely dice the small clove of garlic. Step Three: Mix dip In a bowl, mix the two cups of Greek yogurt with the grated cucumber, diced garlic, juice of 1/2 lemon, and chopped dill. Add a generous pinch of sea salt and some ground black pepper and taste, adding more if desired. Let the dip sit in a covered dish in the refrigerator for an hour to allow the flavors to blend. Serve with crackers, pita chips, or freshly warmed baguette or pita bread.

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6 Meal planning tips to reduce food waste

January 18, 2016 by  
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DIY Gift Idea: 7 Herbed Salts and Sugars for Cooking and Baking

November 26, 2014 by  
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Roaming Charlie Cart Brings Healthy Cooking Lessons to Classrooms

November 26, 2014 by  
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Teaching children about nutrition and eating well may be a logistical nightmare for some schools, but with a new concept called The Charlie Cart it doesn’t have to be. Inspired by the chuck wagons of American pioneers, the roaming cart is a fully-stocked mobile kitchen packed with enough equipment , lessons and training materials to get kids cooking in the classroom. Read the rest of Roaming Charlie Cart Brings Healthy Cooking Lessons to Classrooms Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Carolyn Federman , cooking and nutrition programs , Edible Schoolyard Project , food education , healthy education , kitchen classroom , mobile kitchen , mobile kitchen kickstarter , The Charlie Cart Project

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Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China

October 28, 2014 by  
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Boeing was the first company to fly a biofuel-powered aircraft across the Pacific Ocean , and now the company is opening a major operation in China that will be brewing the biofuel they need to run these revolutionary planes. Gizmag reports that Boeing is partnering with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to produce biofuel in a pilot plant that would ensure a constant and consistent supply of vegetable-based fuel for the planes in what’s being called the China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Project . Read the rest of Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aviation , biofuel , biofuels , boeing , china , cooking oil for planes , cooking oil fuel , flight , flying , green , plant , power

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Wi-Fi Connected Collaborative Cooking Machine Lets 5 Chefs Cook Together from Afar

June 4, 2014 by  
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DIY: Make a Yummy and Healthy Vegan Holiday Popcorn Sampler

December 10, 2013 by  
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Giant popcorn tins are as common as Christmas trees around the winter holidays . But let’s face it, though delicious, these popcorns are far from healthy. As an alternative to all those sugar, butter and cheddar laden handfuls, we’ve scouted a few vegan-friendly versions that are just as addictive, but definitely better for you and you family. Read on for some of these healthy holiday recipe variations. GET THE RECIPES HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cheesy vegan popcorn , cooking , food , healthy recipe , holiday recipe , holiday recipes , holiday treats , how-to , kid friendly , popcorn sampler , recipes , snack , vegan baking , vegan caramel popcorn , vegan popcorn sampler , vegan recipes        

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Metalysis Creates the World’s First 3D-Printed Titanium Car Parts

December 10, 2013 by  
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Rotherham-based company Metalysis just teamed up with engineers from Sheffield University to roll out the world’s first 3D-printed titanium car parts! The company has developed a novel process for producing titanium powder from sand to make the metal much more affordable. Although the technology for producing titanium parts is not quite ready for mass production, the company’s techniques for 3D printing car parts could cut waste and dramatically reduce the energy needed to power large-scale automotive plants and the long assembly lines housed within. Read the rest of Metalysis Creates the World’s First 3D-Printed Titanium Car Parts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printed car parts , 3D printed metal , 3D printed metal car parts , 3D printing , additive manufacturing , automotive technology , eco-boost , laser sintering , Metalysis , Rotherham , titanium , turbochargers , university of cambridge        

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Six Delicious Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 29, 2013 by  
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