Blueberries for health!

Ever tasted a Blue Berry? Liked its tangy taste? Yes? Then you will absolutely love them even more once you finish reading this stuff. Before we proceed, allow us to give you a short introduction of Blue Berries, for those who have never tasted or seen one, and also for those who know them well.

Blue Berry is a fruit belonging to Vaccinium family with two well known types. First one is the wild or the low-bush Blue Berry bearing the scientific name ‘vaccinium angustifolium’ and the second one, the ‘vaccinium corymbosum’, is commonly known as the cultivated or the high-bush Blue Berry. There is one more type but that is not so well known. Its scientific name is ‘vaccinium pallidum’.

Ailments, causes and healing effect of Blue Berries:


Leaving aside the genetic factor, for which there is no apparent solution, if we consider the effect of free radicals on aging, then Blue Berries bring you the brightest ray of hope, for they are laden with anti oxidants and rank number 1 in the world of anti oxidants. This is mainly due to presence of Anthocyanin, a pigment responsible for the blue color of the blue berries. The abundance of vitamin-C is also a big factor for this as well.

Urinary Tract Infection:

The building of colonies of certain bacteria like b-coli along the lining of the inner walls of urinary tract is responsible for this infection, resulting in inflammation, burning sensation during in passage of urine and other complications. Here, Blue Berries can be surprisingly beneficial. It has a compound formed of big polymer like heavy molecules which inhibits the growth of such bacteria. It also has some anti biotic properties which adds to this effect. These heavy and big molecules almost wash-off these bacteria along the tract, thereby preventing the infection. So far, this compound is found only in Cranberries and Blue Berries.

Eye Care & Macular Degeneration:

Blue Berry is one of the best alternatives for spectacles, contact-lenses, eye-drops, medicines and eye surgeries. They can prevent or delay all age related ocular problems like macular degeneration, cataract, myopia and hypermetropia, dryness and infections, particularly those pertaining to retina, due to their anti-oxidant properties. Macular degeneration is a serious problem where the retina of the eye degenerate gradually, ultimately leading to complete or partial blindness. No! I am certainly not telling you to put them in your eyes. Instead, you can just do well eating them. Blue Berries contain a special group of anti oxidants called Carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin etc.), Flavonoids (like rutin, resveritrol, quercetin etc.), in addition to others such as vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A, selenium, zinc and phosphorus, which are very beneficial and essential for the ocular health.

Brain Function, Memory & Alzheimer’s disease:

Again, the anti oxidative properties of Blue Berries. The anthocyanin, the selenium, the vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, the zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese etc., among others, can prevent and heal neurotic disorders by preventing degeneration and death of neurons, brain-cells and also by restoring health of the central nervous system. It is hard to believe that these berries can also cure serious problems like Alzheimer’s disease to a great extent. They even heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues and keep your memory sharp for a long-long time.

Constipation & Digestion:

While roughage (fiber) in Blue Berries keep away constipation (Of course, a single piece alone will not do. You need to eat a big handful of them), the vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion.


Blue Berries can prove to be bliss for the cancer patients, for they contain certain compounds like Pterostilbene (excellent remedy for colon and liver cancer) and Ellagic Acid which, in harmony with Anthocyanin and other anti oxidants like vitamin-C and copper, can do miracles to prevent and cure cancer.

Heart Disease:

The high fiber content, those brilliant anti oxidants and the ability to dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ make the Blue Berry an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases. It also strengthens the cardiac muscles.


Blue Berries, being very rich in anti oxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial), selenium, zinc, iron (promotes immunity by raising haemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood) etc. boost up your immune system and prevent infections. Once your immunity is strong, you won’t catch colds, fever, pox and all such nasty viral and bacterial communicable diseases.

Other benefits & facts:

They keep you fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature and in a good mood, as they are  very good anti depressants. You also need not spend a lot on medicines, neither are there any side effects. Here, there is an interesting thing to know. The deeper the color of the Blue Berries, the more they are rich in anti oxidants and other medicinal values.
So, eat them until your tongue turns blue and live a healthy long and strong life ! 

We would love to know about the positive effects that blueberries have on your life. Do share your recipes with us!

~ Active Vegan ~

Sprouted, Avocado & Potato Salad!

This is one of my absolute favourite salads, and I consider myself lucky to be able to put this together most times of the year, since we have easy availability to avocado! I very often make an entire bowl of potato salad, and have this convenience meal ready on hand in the refrigerator. This one is great for those sort of ‘lazy, pekkish’ moments, though once prepared is so convenient to eat. A delicious and satisfying meal that you can eat on it’s own and or add so very many other variations to it, without having to spend time cooking when time has run out! Healthy and visually appealing as well as creamy yummy.  If you love good food as much as I do, I think you shall appreciate the fast pace at which this one was put together. Please check out my ‘salad’ section for the recipe to my potato salad, so worth always having on hand!

We’ve all had those aha ‘moments’,  those late night evenings, that draw from an incredibly long and tiring though positive day, and we want to ‘raid’ the fridge for a quick fix! So why not make a jolly good job of it!

Since I already had the potato salad prepared, and a box full of ripe, creamy, yummy avocado’s just waiting for the picking, this literally took 2 minutes to put together, and satisfied my every craving. Even when I’m absolutely exhausted though, I do still love to create and have fun with how my meal looks, and I love to  photograph this for you in order to inspire. Just a simple idea. We eat with our eyes, and this gives great joy !

Everything in this salad is healthy, so don’t feel embarrassed going back for seconds! Healthy oils, good omega’s, and a wonderful balance of fruit and veg.

To make for one:

1 ripe and creamy avocado, sliced into slivers and fanned out on your plate.

4 or 5 heaped tablespoons of ready made potato salad.

small handful of sprouts

Sprinkle of oregano on the avo

Sprinkle of cayenne pepper on your potato salad

A drizzle of truffle oil on your sprouts.

A crack of black salt

Big Luv from me Vegan Chef On The Run

and off course the team @ ~ Active Vegan ~

Egg replacements

Have a favourite recipe that you’d like to make egg-free? It’s easy! There are a variety of things you can use depending on the type of recipe. So very many are still struggling with the concept of replacing eggs in their cooking.  This ought to make it a lot easier for you ! Try it and see how great you start feeling!

Baked Goods.

You can use any of the following substitutions for cakes, cookies, muffins, breads and other baked goods which use eggs as a binder (to hold them together). Some of these may change the taste of your recipe, so pick the one that would work best (for example, banana goes great in pancakes and recipes with chocolate or vanilla, flax seeds go well in nutty recipes, apple sauce in fruity recipes).

 1 egg = 1/2 banana (mashed)

1 egg = 1 T ground flax seeds soaked in 3 T water

1 egg = 1/4 cup apple sauce

1 egg = 1 T oil + 2 t baking powder + 2 T water

1 egg = 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 egg = 1 T of chia seed to 3 T of warm water

1 egg = 1.5 t Ener-G Egg Replacer + 2 T water (see below)

Ener-G Egg Replacer is a balanced blend of different flours, starches and leaveners, and works very well replacing eggs in any recipe without affecting the taste. Note that the powder must be mixed with the water prior to adding it into the recipe. It is inexpensive and available at most health food stores, vegetarian grocery stores, and also online.

Quiche and Custards.

For recipes that are very “eggy” and not fluffy, purée 1/4 cup soft tofu (unsweetened) per egg in the recipe. Make sure it’s well blended to avoid chunkiness in the final product.

Breakfast Scramble and “Egg” Salad.

Crumble about 1/3 cup of medium firm tofu in place of each egg in recipe.

When you get used to the idea it’s easy! Put it to practice!  If you are not already vegan consider going vegan.  Kick the eggs out of your plan altogether! Go healthy, cut out ‘unhealthy cholesterol and cruelty from your life! It really is that easy – the choice is yours.

How to get your vegan pantry started.

Stocking a vegan pantry is easy. Going vegan has never been easier than it is right now!

If you care enough about animals, our environment, and your health, then you are on your way to going vegan, and it’s never been as easy as it is right now! It’s up to you to make the switch and do what you believe is moral and just. We want to encourage you as much as we possibly can with information that shall set you off in the right direction.

With a full on vegan pantry in play and the right mind set, you simply cannot go wrong! Remember to give your palette a couple of weeks to adjust and get used to not consuming animal products. Once your palettes have been ‘reset’ to clean and healthy whole foods, you shall never look back again!
This list may not be a surprise to someone who is already vegan however, it can be a great resource to someone who is a lacto-vegetarian trying to become vegan. It is also a great resource for just about anyone looking to create healthy and delicious meals though . Having the right and basic ingredients in your pantry means you can cook a healthy meal, hopefully in a short time after you come home from a busy and tiring workday. Being vegan is not difficult but it takes a little effort on our part, especially when we are starting out. A vegan pantry does not contain any animal products, yet you can make wonderful meals with what you have on hand.

Here are some of the basic ingredients you will need in addition to groceries you may already have:

Whole Grains:

* Whole Wheat Couscous
* Brown Rice
* Quinoa (Pronounced Keen-wah)
* Amaranth
* Barley
* Oats
* Millet
* Spelt Flour:
* Whole Wheat
* Wheat Pastry flour (Good substitute for Maida or while flour)
* Teff Flour
* Soy Flour
* Besan (Gram flour)
* Rice Flour
* Beans flour (Any beans)
* Grains flour
* Semolina (Rava)

Pasta (check labels because pasta can contain eggs) :

* Various pasta shapes, like fettucine, linguini, angel-hair, spaghetti, penne, ziti, orechiette, farfalle, elbow pasta, lasagna noodles, orzo, to name but a few.
* Spinach pasta
* Gnocchi
* Rice noodles
* Soba noodles
* Potatoes Pirogies

Non-dairy products: (there is a wide range of non-dairy products, please do check them out).

* Soy Milk (Plain, Vanilla and Chocolate)
* Rice milk
* Almond milk
* Soy yogurt
* Vegan sour cream
* Vegan cream cheese
* Soy and other Vegan Cheeses
* Earth Balance or other vegan butters
* Peanut butter
* Tahini (Made with Sesame Seeds)
* Cashew butter


* Chickpeas
* Peas
* White beans (Cannelloni)
* Red kidney beans
* Pinto beans
* Various lentils
* Black Beans
* Black-eyed peas
* Peas

Sweeteners: (Many vegans do not eat regular sugar, as more than 50 percent of cane refineries around the world, use bone char which is a charcoal made from animal bone in refining and filtering process. Honey is also not a vegan substitute for sugar as it comes from a bee).

* Vegan sugar (white, powdered and brown)
* Agave Nectar
* Rice Syrup
* Maple Syrup

* Coconut sugar and coconut nectar

Oils :

* Olive oil (Regular and Extra Virgin)
* Canola
* Flax seed oil
* Sesame oil (great for Chinese recipes)
* Coconut oil (It is good for baking as well for your hair)
* Walnut oil

Nuts and Seeds:

* Pine nuts (expensive, but great for Italian dishes and pesto)
* Pecans
* Peanuts
* Almonds
* Walnuts
* Sunflower seeds
* Nigella seeds
* Pumpkin seeds
* Sesame seed (while, black)

* Hemp seed (another wonderful well rounded protein and omega base)

Canned goods: (Please always read your labels concerning shelf items as there may be some ‘hidden baddies’ in there. You will get to know which are safe to consume).

* Coconut milk and cream
* Tomatoes (diced, peeled and pureed, with spices)
* Garbanzo beans
* Green beans
* Kidney beans
* Cannelloni beans
* Artichoke hearts
* Olive in Brine
* Fruits such as mango, apricot, mandarin organges, mixed fruit
* Canned vegetables such as green beans, corn, potatoes, pumpkin, yams, and more
* Water chestnut and baby corn

Dry Herbs and Spices: (There are so many beautiful dry herbs and spices, please do enjoy them all).

* Chili Powder
* Turmeric
* Paprika (Spanish and Hungarian, which is sweeter)
* Chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
* Oregano (Mexican and regular)
* Thyme
* Garlic powder
* Ginger powder
* Sage
* Bay leaves
* Cinnamon
* Garam masala
* Nutmeg
* All spice
* Cloves
* Basil
* Cumin

Fresh Herbs: (Do consider growing some of these in your garden and on your kitchen window sill! Many are so easy and fun to cultivate, and fresh herbs are so divine).

* Cilantro
* Basil
* Mint
* Ginger
* Garlic
* Thyme
* Lemon grass

Vegetables and Fruits: (The list is endless! Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables seasonally).

* Chayote
* Onion (Leeks, Shallots, Red, Yellow, White, Scallion)
* Avocado
* Eggplant (various types)
* Cucumber
* Okra
* Bell Pepper or Capsicum (Green, Yellow, Red and Rare Purple)
* Squash (various types)
* Tomatoes and Tomatillos
* Artichokes
* Cauliflower
* Broccoli
* Cabbage (green, purple, Chinese, bok choy)
* Greens (collard, mustard, spinach, lettuce, watercress, kale, arugula)
* Brussels sprouts (a misunderstood vegetable that can be cooked deliciously)
* Endive and Sorrel
* Radishes
* Beets
* Carrots
* Mushrooms
* Yams, Sweet Potatoes
* Parsnip. Rutabagas
* Turnips
* Potatoes (red, white, regular and Peruvian purple)
* Asparagus
* Celery
* Chard
* Kohlrabi
* Taro
* Jerusalem Artichoke
* Jicama
* Corn
* Zucchini
* Apples
* Grapes (green, purple)
* Peaches
* Nectarines
* Figs
* Apricots
* Cherries
* Strawberries
* Blueberries
* Blackberries
* Mango
* Watermelon
* Plums
* Pears
* Kiwis
* Oranges (mandarin, blood oranges, clementines)
* Tangerines
* Lemons, Limes
* Grapefruit
* Banana (baby and regular)
* Dates
* Lychees
* Persimmons
* Gooseberries
* Guavas
* Passion Fruit
* Breadfruit
* Sitaphal (custard apples)
* Star Fruit
* Pomegranate
* Cherimoya
* Pineapple

Other Misc: 

* Miso
* Soy sauce
* Thai curry sauce
* Topica pearls
* Vegan Chocolate
* Sea Vegetables
* Seitan
* Tofu
* Soy ready made burger
* Tempeh
* TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)

* Sprouts and sprouting has amazing health benefits! We do recommend that you get more hands on with these little guys!

Egg Replacer Suggestions: (Baked goods made with eggs come out chewy and moist but they come at a very high cost, especially to chickens who live in very inhumane conditions and are subjected to pain and suffering. Eggs also come at a high cost to humans as they are loaded with antibiotics and hormones and are high in cholesterol. Eggs can also carry salmonella).

It is possible to make chewy and moist baked goods without using eggs. The measures below correspond to 1 egg. If you’re using more, adjust accordingly:

* 1 teaspoon soy flour + 1 tablespoon water
* 1/2 mashed banana (for baking sweet goods)
* 4 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
* 1/4 cup pureed tofu with little added water
* 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (flax meal) + 3 tablespoons water
* Store bought egg substitutes.

Choose what works for you and your family. The ultimate goal is to eat healthy, natural and unprocessed food that is good for us, saves animals and improves our environment.

Are you vegan? Are you thinking about making the switch? Did this list help and inspire you to add and or make the switch on your next shop! Please leave your comment in our comment box, we would love to hear from you, and please share this list out to others whom you think shall benefit!

~ Active Vegan ~

A good reason to go vegan

Life for animals on factory farms isn’t pretty. Forget those idyllic barnyard portrayals in children’s books. Those places do not exist.

Each year on today’s factory farms, over eight billion animals are confined in windowless sheds, tiny barren crates, and filthy wire cages. These animals are mutilated without painkillers, denied veterinary care, and ultimately slaughtered. Sadly, they have  no legal protections. Simply put, life for them is a hell you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.

While the overwhelming majority of “food” animals live and die in misery and deprivation, a lucky few have escaped their cruel fates after being rescued by animal advocates. These are their stories:

Hope (life on a factory farm) :

Her story is nothing short of a miracle. Hope’s life now consists of dust baths, perching in trees, and gossiping with her girlfriends in the coop. But it wasn’t always this way. Hope was found on a pile of dead birds on an egg factory farm. She was barely alive when a young rescuer saved her life.

Approximately 250 million hens like Hope are imprisoned every year on  egg factory farms, where they are denied  everything that comes naturally to them.

They are crammed into barren wire cages, where each bird gets less space than an iPad to live her entire life.

They are unable to spread their wings, walk, or forage for food. When they are just babies, they have their beaks seared off with a hot blade. This is an extremely painful procedure and many chickens die from starvation because it’s too excruciating to even eat.

The males never have a chance. Because they don’t lay eggs, they are killed soon after hatching. Most  are ground up alive, while others are gassed or suffocated.

Olive (crammed in a crate on a factory farm) :

Olive is one brave, lucky lady. She saved her own life by making a daring and dangerous escape from a slaughterhouse.

Pigs just like Olive are treated mercilessly on factory farms.

They are kept pregnant and imprisoned inside tiny metal gestation crates so small they can’t turn around, lie down comfortably, or engage in any natural behaviour.

This farming practice is so cruel that many pigs go mad from utter lack of stimulation. Hour after hour, day after day, they have nothing to do but bite the bars or bang their heads against the sides of the cages.

Shortly after birth, piglets are taken away from their mothers, and endure mutilations without painkillers, including having their tails chopped off and testicles ripped out of their bodies.

Having been rescued and taken to a sanctuary, Olive now lives a life of leisure, taking mud baths (okay, rolling in the mud), and hanging with her best friends.

Ophelia (crippled from unnatural weight gain) :

Ophelia is the best girlfriend in the world. She’ll keep you company while you eat, sit quietly and listen to all your troubles, and even accompany you to the spa for some dust bathing.

Seriously though, like us, chickens form strong bonds with their friends and families, are inquisitive, and enjoy their natural surroundings.

Sadly, like Ophelia once was, “broiler chickens”—a term given to birds raised for their ‘meat’—are packed in filthy, overcrowded sheds and bred to grow so quickly that many suffer health defects, such as crippling leg disorders and heart attacks.

How fast do they grow? Think of a two- year-old baby weighing 350 pounds!

Dylan (imprisoned in a tiny crate on a ‘veal’ farm)  :

Dylan is a lovable, easygoing guy. He enjoys soaking up the sun, chomping down on carrots, and hanging out with his friends.

But life wasn’t always great for this gentle giant. Born on a dairy farm, Dylan was dragged away from his mum after just one day to be sold for ‘veal’. He was found tied to a post, lying in his own feces, when a compassionate couple arranged his rescue.

On a veal farm, Dylan would have been chained by his neck in a tiny crate barely larger than his body before being sent to slaughter at only 16 weeks old.

Dairy cows, like Dylan’s mother, also live miserable lives. Like all mammals, cows produce milk for their babies. In order to keep producing milk, they are artificially and repeatedly impregnated (in other words – raped). They are kept in tiny stalls and have hardly any room to move around. After about four years, they are sold to slaughter.

Sensitive sea life (trapped for a slow and painful death) :

Do fish feel pain? Of course they do. Modern science now tells us that fish experience pain in much the same way mammals do. They can also feel pleasure. In fact, fish release a hormone called oxytocin, which is the same hormone released in humans when they’re falling in love.

But life in the sea isn’t all about love stories. Commercial fishing boats cruelly catch billions—yes, billions—of fish every year.

And fish are not the only victims of industrialized fishing. Dolphins, turtles, and other marine wildlife become ensnared in mile-long nets.

Other fish are raised in overcrowded, dirty, and disease-ridden factory farms.

Is ‘Humane meat’ OK?

Hardly. The extremely small percentage of animals raised on small-scale farms may be treated a little better, but the reality is that many of these animals are still separated from their families and mutilated without painkillers, and their deaths are always the same: bloody, violent, and completely unnecessary.

What about ‘cage-free’ eggs?

Almost anything is better than the nightmare of factory farming, but sadly, cage-free doesn’t mean cruelty-free. The truth is that cage-free and free-range hens are  crammed in overcrowded sheds, debeaked, and all killed once their egg production declines.

Going vegan is the most sensible choice to make to stop cruelty.

~ Active Vegan ~

The world is vegan if you want it to be.

We are almost half way through January 2015 already, and with this fast rolling out pace yet another year shall be over with a blink of an eye!  So let’s make it a good one. Let’s say and do what we set out to do in the first place. Everyone loves animals and the best that we can do for them is to go vegan. This is the very best ‘justice’ that we can do for them. We have high hopes for the year to come and so much to do, to aspire to, and to accomplish.

Wishing you all a successful 2015 for the animals . May you be safe where ever you are, and may you continue to inspire and to keep others from harm. Making the decision to stop exploiting non-humans is the most profound and meaningful act of kindness that you shall ever make in your life. This may seem a little more daunting for some than it is for others however it’s easy once you know how! As a peaceful growing community we are here to reach out, and to support, and to learn from one another. We feel that everyone has something relative to contribute in order for others to grow closer toward veganism. Please do share with us your wonderful stories . We shall continue to fill our page with vegan related topics.  This is a community activist page where many raw issues shall be posted that we feel essential to expose . Not all of it may be ‘nice’ to see. Nothing that the world ‘ought’ to see or know about shall be held back. Sadly very many issues may be despairing to witness however, the truth is what we seek, and the truth is what we must ‘see’ in order to be able to reverse, rectify and cure very many issues. Vegans please step forward and assist those who ‘want’ to change though don’t quite know how or may be ‘afraid’ of change. We know how much they shall love the decision once they see ‘clarity’. Awareness is key after all, and this empowers one to grow intellectually in order to make the reasonable conclusion that veganism is the only answer to all of the worlds problems today.  It is with this mindset that real difference will naturally occur and take shape.  

We continue to endeavour to make it easy for you to find your favourite articles/topics, and posts through the creation of titled albums, which we shall fill throughout 2015 and beyond. Click on the ‘photo’ at the top of the page, then click on ‘albums’ to the top right hand side, and choose your topic. Each topic contains a wealth of interesting information. Our notes and videos sections are both inspiring and informative, who’s ‘sole’ purpose is to ‘plant’ the ‘ seeds’. 2014 was a magical year for us at ~ Active Vegan ~ , as we witnessed an increased interest from both vegans and non vegans alike. The growing trend toward veganism as a life style choice is immensely encouraging to observe, as we feel the spirit rising all around us. People are becoming much more aware and in-tune with this choice.

2014 has also brought on board in house Chef ‘Vegan Chef On The Run’ , to whom we are immensely grateful , for her time to cook, to photograph, and to document her own inspirations daily for all to share. ~ Active Vegan ~ has also inspired our youth with the opening of 2 brand new pages targeting both young and ‘younger’ alike, and we would like to wish them both continued success in growth throughout 2015. A heartfelt thanks to our moderators for their continued efforts and time to do good.

May 2015 show humanity in that everyone both human and non deserve ‘basic fundamental rights’, the right to live, the right to be free, and the right to be respected.

~ Active Vegan ~