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Viva La Vegan!

Posted over 2 years ago by April S

Posted in Cooking, Garden and Home and eBooks and Audiobooks | Tagged with cookbooks, Healthy, recipes, vegan and veganism
Veganism is hot in Hollywood and everywhere else these days. Why Vegan? There are a variety of reasons people choose to embrace the vegan lifestyle … for the animals, environment and/or good health. Vegans believe in following a cruelty-free lifestyle, which means they avoid using any products that use animals in any way. How much do you really know about being a vegan?

One of the biggest misconceptions about veganism is that it's dangerous, but what does the research say? According to The Vegan RD, the research used to make claims against veganism doesn't really stand up to close scrutiny. For instance, many experts recommend that vegans consume fortified foods or take a vitamin B12 supplement to avoid deficiencies. However, omnivores are just as likely to develop deficiencies without proper nutrition. So, it would seem, vegans are not so different after all. We should all be mindful of our diets to ensure we're getting everything we need to stay healthy. As always, it’s best to consult a medical professional before making any major changes to your diet.

Do you have a vegan coming for dinner? Cooking vegan-style isn’t necessarily difficult - it’s just a matter of knowing what to include and what to exclude from the dishes you’ll be serving. Most of us already know that vegans and vegetarians don't eat meat, but vegans also avoid all items manufactured using animal byproducts. Vegans believe in living a cruelty-free lifestyle in every way. Want to be absolutely sure a product is vegan? Look for the “Certified Vegan” symbol on the package or label. If you’re still unsure about certain dishes or products — try asking a vegan friend or family member. Your local library can help too! We have a great selection of vegan cookbooks to help you prepare your very own vegan feast.

5 Vegan Facts That May Surprise You:

  1. Salad dressings and sauces may contain non-vegan ingredients.
  2. 5 OilFree, DairyFree Salad Dressings — One Green Planet
    Vegan Worcestershire Sauce — Forks Over Knives

  3. Some sugars may not be vegan.
  4. Is Your Sugar Vegan? — The Vegetarian Resource Group
    Vegan Sugar Substitutes —

  5. Some alcoholic beverages may not be vegan.
  6. Fact Sheet on Alcoholic Beverages — Vegetarian Society
    Vegan Alcohol –

  7. Vegans do not eat honey.
  8. Why Won’t Vegans Eat Honey? — SF Gate
    4 Must Try Honey Alternatives — Vegetarian Times

  9. Traditional gelatin is not vegetarian or vegan.
  10. Gelatin Is Made Out of What? — POPSUGAR Fitness
    Vegan Gelatin Recipe —

Veganism for Beginners

Becoming vegan : the everyday guide to plant-based nutrition by Brenda Davis, RD, Vesanto Melina, MS, RDThe complete guide to even more vegan food substitutions : the latest and greatest methods for veganizing anything using more natural, plant-based ingredients by Joni Marie Newman and Celine SteenThe Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples by Miyoko SchinnerVeganissimo A to Z : a comprehensive guide to identifying and avoiding ingredients of animal origin in everyday products by Reuben Proctor and Lars Thomsen
Never too late to go vegan : the over-50 guide to adopting and thriving on a plant-based diet by Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, Virginia Messina, MPH, RDGoing vegan : a healthy guide to making the switch by Dana Meachen RauHow to be vegan : [with 50 recipes for plant-based meals] by Elizabeth Castoria ; with recipes by Robin RobertsonMastering the art of vegan cooking : over 200 delicious recipes and tips to save you money and stock your pantry by Annie and Dan Shannon

Vegan Variety

Roberto's New Vegan Cooking: 125 easy, delicious, real food recipes by Roberto MartinThe Vegan Divas cookbook : delicious desserts, plates, and treats from the famed New York City bakery by Fernanda Capobianco The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and the People Who Love Them by Ayindé́ Howell and Zoë EisenbergChloe's Vegan Italian kitchen : 150 pizzas, pastas, pestos, risottos, and lots of creamy Italian classics by Chloe Coscarelli
Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandra MoskowitzAfro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant TerryVegan Finger Foods: More Than 100 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Bite-Size Eats Everyone Will Love by Celine Steen and Tamasin NoyesBetty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family by Annie & Dan Shannon
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Low-Fat Vegan Cooking by Bo RinaldiVegan Planet: More Than 425 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World by Robin RobertsonNom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking by Mary MatternVegan on the cheap : great recipes and simple strategies that save you time and money by Robin Robertson


The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, and Living Compassionately by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau Big Vegan: 400 Recipes: No Meat, No Dairy, All Delicious by Robin Asbell The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life by Russell Simmons with Chris Morrow Vegan Eats World: 300 International Recipes for Savoring the Planet by Terry Hope Romero
Mayim's Vegan Table More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik with Dr. Jay Gordon Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day! Revolutionary New Takes on Everyone's Favorite Anytime Meal by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes PETA's Vegan College Cookbook 275 Easy, Cheap, and Delicious Recipes to Keep You Vegan at School by PeTA Vegetarian Times Everything Vegan: 250+ Easy, Healthy Recipes for food lovers and compassionate cooks

Web Resources

12 Things You Need To Know Before Going Vegan -

How Healthy Are Vegan Diets? - - Making Vegan Easy

How To Go Vegan - The Vegan Society

14 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Plant Sources -

Ingredient Substitution Guide - Vegetarian Times

No Eggs, No Problem: How to avoid the most common vegan baking mistakes - Bon Appétit

20 Easy Vegan Dinners - Real Simple

Vegan Quick & Easy Recipes - Oh She Glows

Top 50 Vegan Blogs - Academy of Culinary Nutrition

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Disclaimer: This blog provides information for educational purposes only. Always consult a medical professional before starting any new diet or exercise plan.

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