Going vegan is easy – it’s the morally acceptable just.

There is no ‘humane’ way to take another’s life – don’t ever buy into that myth, it’s a money making spin coined by welfare societies and organisations to increase their donor pool.

Going vegan is the only logical solution to stop all violence. But if you mean what you say, if you really mean what you say – then going vegan is easy, if everyone shifted their conversation to how easy going vegan is, we would get there faster.

We direct you to this link which, in our opinion is the safest route to go in going vegan. They have no ‘donate’ buttons, no frills, no bells, but most importantly, they do not support welfarist ideologies that support ‘happy exploitation’ which only confuses and encourages people to continue to exploit animals whilst feeling comfortable in doing so. Check out: http://www.howdoigovegan.com/

The World Is Vegan If You Want It To Be

Chickpea liquid is a magical ingredient – here’s why!

As a vegan, I’m happy with the commercially available substitutes for most animal products. With so many dairy-free options for ice cream and cheese, who needs milk? Replacing eggs, on the other hand—a critical ingredient for baking—has always been a challenge. I’ve experimented with flax meal to varying results, added extra oil to compensate for missing eggs, even tried Ener-G Egg Replacer. But none of these fixes emulates the unmistakably fluffy texture of beaten egg whites, the foundation for meringues and angel food cake. A substitute for whipped egg whites has always been a vegan holy grail.

Until now. Thanks to French chef Joël Roessel, I no longer need to pine hopelessly for the meringues of my youth, because I have chickpea brine.

Yes, the dregs you usually pour down the drain when you open a can of chickpeas are actually magical. When whipped, this substance takes on an uncannily egg-white-like texture. Coined aquafaba, or Latin-ish for bean liquid, by vegan baker Goose Wohlt, it’s attracted more than 11,000 members to the Facebook group “Vegan Meringue – Hits and Misses!” I’ve been hooked on this Facebook feed for the past two weeks, amazed by all the miraculous things other vegans have done with the chickpea-based foam, like bake beautiful cakes and create delicious-looking pasta.

As the name of the Facebook group suggests, the most mind-blowing feat of aquafaba is the meringue. Anyone who’s baked the French delicacy knows that it’s made of two simple ingredients: egg whites and sugar. (Sometimes cream of tartar or lemon juice is added to stabilize the foam.) If you take aquafaba and treat it the way you would egg whites—just follow Devo’s instructions—it acquires a fluffy white consistency that looks and tastes exactly like egg whites.

Aquafaba devotees argue over why exactly chickpea cooking liquid can take on the properties of egg whites when whipped, without consensus. “Until a formal chemical and nutritional analysis is released publicly, the group is left to hypothesize about mechanisms of action and composition,” according to Aquafaba.com. (For the record, all donations made to Aquafaba.com “go towards aquafaba chemical analysis,” the greatest scientific mystery of our time.) But once you start baking with aquafaba, you won’t care how it works—you’ll just want to keep making it. These days, every third post in the Facebook group is about what to do with all those leftover chickpeas.

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Vegan Meringues
Yield: 30 to 35 meringues
Time: About 2 hours, almost entirely unattended

Liquid from one 15-ounce can of chickpeas (about ¾ cup)
1 heaping cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Heat the oven to 250°F and line one or more baking sheets with parchment paper. Pour the chickpea liquid (aquafaba) into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat with the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form, about 15 minutes. Gradually beat in the sugar, then the vanilla.

2. Scoop or pipe the aquafaba mixture into mounds onto the baking sheet(s) and bake for 90 minutes. (The meringues will be hard to the touch.) Let meringues cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then serve. (Meringues can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.)

Credits to Miriam from Slate.

Switching from dairy to vegan alternatives.

Switching from dairy to healthy plant based alternatives is easier than you think! All you really need to know is that there are hundreds of  alternatives out there! Many people are still are not aware of this as yet. We have spoken to so many people who have no knowledge of healthy milk alternatives, and still are not aware of the health risks associated with the consumption of dairy.

It has been estimated that 75% of today’s modern population is allergic to dairy! The dairy industries around the world are responsible for many debilitating illnesses caused to man through the push and continued advocacy of dairy products. False and misleading advertising campaigns for profit gain and consumption has been the cause of immune system breakdowns, excess mucous increase, allergen rise, increase in osteoporosis, bone fractures, operations, hypertension, obesity, heart attacks, cancer, flu’s and pneumonia, dementia, arthritis, herpes simplex, diabetes, high blood pressure. The list goes on and on and yet the ‘dairy’ industry continues to punt their toxins onto unsuspecting humans as humans demand it. It a vicious cycle of violence.

We cannot wait for anyone to change the laws. We cannot wait for anyone to make the change for us. We cannot wait for ‘welfare’ groups and associations who continue to promote ‘happy exploitation’ – who punt their animal products to us. No such thing exists. Animals are being exploited and they are running out of time.  We have to take the information that we have today and run with it, we have to make the change ourselves. It has become logical that we have to start thinking for ourselves.  What we do with this information is up to us, and those who are willing to listen and make the switch shall benefit soonest!

With an ever increasing population of 7 billion people around the globe – rising exponentially, 55 billion land animals are being tortured annually currently. They are being raped, mishandled, bred, and chopped up solely for profit margins, and promoted for unnecessary and detrimental palette pleasures. The  tragedy that is happening to nonhuman beings is outcry of grief. Governments are doing nothing to stop this. Those figures are growing rapidly. Animals are slaughtered at an alarming rate and placed onto industrial conveyor belts that are moving faster than the speed of light to keep up with public demand. No care is given to them, they have become profit making machines with numbers worse in volume to that of Auschwitz.

Antibiotics are pumped into them, chemicals are added to their foods, and absolute garbage is being fed to them in order to save on costs. This in turn is being consumed by those who choose to eat and drink it. Milk is not only not nutritious, it is toxic, it is filled with antibiotics, chemicals, blood and puss, but most of all it is fuelled with absolute cruelty and violence – breaking down peoples immune systems – damaging the ecosystems that we have become so reliant upon.

There are hundreds of healthy alternatives out there, there are healthy solutions and everyone deserves the right to this knowledge. Try alternative products made of Soy milk, Oat milk, Coconut milk, Almond milk, Flax milk, Quinoa milk, Hazelnut milk, Rice milk, Cashew milk, 7 Grain milk, Sunflower milk, Hemp milk. You may not be open to such alternatives at first, or they may taste a little odd to some, but you shall never know until you try them! You can find wonderful vanilla or chocolate versions, try those too! All it takes is knowing that these are out there, trying them, and knowing that whilst you take dairy out of your diet,  give yourself a 2-3 week allowance for your palette to adjust! Once you have made up your mind that you no longer want to be a part of this cruelty, and you are concerned about maintaining your health, as well as the health of the environment, the switch is so easy! You shall never go back again as your body becomes ‘cleaner’, healthier and is attracted to cleaner ‘fuel sources’.

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There is no need to support the dairy industry. We do not benefit from dairy at all. Yet so many continue to suffer. Know your rights, acknowledge those who are continually abused – do something meaningful about it, give your own bodies and minds a chance to heal to become healthier. Every single recipe that you are so used to making using ‘dairy’ can be replaced by a non dairy alternative – every single one! (cheeses, milks, yoghurts etc).  A great hint when looking for recipes on the net is to type ‘vegan’ before each recipe request – that shall point you in the right direction. Make the switch today, right now, and share your knowledge with everyone!

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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

Legumes:


* 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!

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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.

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