Since becoming vegan, I have found that there are a lot of people who believe the plant-based/vegan diet to be expensive and difficult to maintain. “How do you budget such an exorbitant lifestyle?,” they ask. It’s not as difficult as it seems and definitely can be affordable. I found and love this really fantastic website that has all you need to eat Plant Based on a Budget. There are great recipes, videos, and more. The Berry Chocolate Cheesecake Squares are amazing. Check out their website!
With celebrations going on this weekend up until this Thursday, the official day, I thought I’d post a fun list of the halloween candy that vegans can enjoy along with the rest (thanks to vegnews.com). Check out their list for more info. Trick or Treat!
- AirHeads Taffy
- Allison’s Gourmet
- Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks
- Brachs Fruit Slices
- Charms Blow Pops
- Atkinson’s Chick-o-Stick
- Chuao Chocolatier
- Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit
- Crispy Cat Candy Bars
- Cracker Jack Original Carmel Coated Popcorn & Peanuts
- Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, Original Dark
- Goody Good Stuff
- Jolly Rancher Hard Candy
- Mamba Fruit Chews
- Mary Janes
- Newman’s Own Licorice Twists
- Now and Laters
- Pez Candy
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish Fish
- Sweet & Sara
This is a great, new application for locating vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants in your area. Best part, it’s free! Check out Planteaters and download the app on iTunes.
Cory Booker, the very popular Newark, N.J. mayor, known for his commitment to public service, has just become U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Why is this such great news to the vegan/vegetarian community, you ask? He is also a vegetarian. A vegetarian who has energetically publicized his dietary choices which will, in turn, be a great model for the country. Congratulations to Senator Booker! Cheers to that!
A very bold and provocative way to kick off PETA’s World Vegan Month. Every November, PETA celebrates veganism around the world. This year, the model above decided to take the promotion of the vegan diet one step further, displaying herself as an “animal” product with a banner that read “Try to Relate to Who’s on Your Plate – Go Vegan”. Check out PETA’s 30-day pledge in celebration of this special month.
Boston-based Oldways, a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization, has just updated their vegetarian diet pyramid to include the vegan diet as well. They were the first to introduce a vegetarian diet pyramid in 1997. It’s about time that someone got the food pyramid right! In my opinion, this is the food pyramid that should be displayed in school classrooms across the country. 😉
Beginning October 21st, Chipotle will test out its new vegan option, Sofritas, tofu (sourced from California-based Hodo Soy) braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblanos and spices. Dependent on its success, it will become a permanent option on their menu. Cannot wait to try!
If this doesn’t bring notice to a cause, I don’t know what will. Yesterday, in Los Angeles at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Mercy for Animals made their presence known while actively protesting carnivores. Definitely a unique and strong way to may their point. It made national news, that’s for sure.
I love Infographics. Fantastic data-filled illustrations. If you haven’t seen this one, it’s pretty cool. Check it out!
Product Review: The Pro Bar
It is extremely necessary that I do this review. The Pro Bar is a meal bar that I found while grocery shopping at Whole Foods. I was looking for something new, something nutritious and organic. This bar is THE best. So far, I’ve tried the peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter and oatmeal raisin flavors. All of them are equally amazing. The whole grains, nuts, seeds, the chucks of fruits, the flavor and the best part, it tastes homemade. And each bar has lots of fiber as well. Cannot beat that! I just recently had a baby and this is the perfect “go-to” bar, as it can be pretty difficult to make something wholesome with very little “me” time. I would definitely suggest checking these out at your nearest health food store. My new favorite! Cheers!