Thursday, May 19, 2016

vegan waffles

  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive, canola or melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • heaping 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt

  1. Combine almond milk and vinegar in a small mixing bowl and let set for a few minutes to curdle/activate. Then add olive oil, agave nectar or maple syrup and whisk. Set aside.
  2. Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until well incorporated. Test batter for sweetness and flavor. Add more sweetener or some vanilla extract if you want. I added a touch more agave.
  4. Let set for 5-10 minutes while your waffle iron preheats. (I set mine to 4 out of 5 for a crispier waffle, but adjust yours according to preference.)
  5. Once waffle iron is ready, spray on non-stick spray and pour on about 1/2 cup of batter. Cook according to manufacturer instructions and then remove and place on a baking rack in a 200 degree oven to keep warm. Do not stack and instead keep them in a single layer to ensure crispiness remains. Then put maple syrup.

You could enjoy this for breakfast one day. its gluten free and very healthy. Sometimes I like to enjoy this before I work out. I usually eat this with some almond milk or a nice smoothie. It gives you good calories to work out and energy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

why you should buy vegan beauty products?

By choosing vegan beauty products you will definitely be avoiding dead animal by-products from touching your skin. Which could irritate your skin. These by-products include things like uric acid extracted from cows, dead insect extracts, beeswax and other harmful stuff. Vegan cosmetics and accessories come with packaging that has been made from recycled materials. Vegan brands are known to be extremely cautious about their packaging designs and materials. Also they are cheaper. you also dont give money to the cruel companies
that test on animals.
This is what animals go through for your product.

A brave young woman decided to undergo the same tests that the 

animals undergo in testing for cosmetics, soaps and other beauty 

products. she had to go through mouth torn, products in the 

eye, electrodes placed on the head, shaving the skul. The experiment

took place in the English Lush Store. I think this was a great way 

to spread awarness.

This is so cruel and I cant wrap my mind that this is legal. There 

are so many amazing cruelty free brand on the market. You do not 

need to harm an animal for beauty.

Here is a list of cruelty free makeup brands:

Hopefully you recognize some brands and take into consideration to 

support these brands instead of the ones that test on animals.Buying 

cruelty free makeup is better for your skin and better for the 


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How do we really get milk?

 For many people, dairy farming makes it look like small herds of cows grazing on open fields. Most milk is produced by cows raised in intensive production systems called factory farms. Some cows are housed indoors year-round, and lactating cows are often kept restrained tied up in stalls.

Although they don’t reach mature size until at least 4 years old, dairy cows first give birth at about 2 years of age and are usually bred again beginning at about 60 days after giving birth, to maintain a yearly schedule. 1 Each year, approximately one quarter of the cows who survive the farms are sent to slaughter, most often due to reproductive problems. Cows can live more than 20 years, however they’re usually slaughtered and used to produce ground beef at about 5 years of age.Most dairy calves are removed from their mothers immediately after birth. The males are mainly sold for veal or castrated and raised for beef. “Bob veal” calves are killed as soon as a few days after birth; those used to produce “special-fed veal” are typically kept tethered in individual stalls until slaughtered at about 16 to 20 weeks of age.Each year hundreds of thousands of these female calves die between 48 hours and 8 weeks of age because of digestive problems.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

factory farming: 

why its bad for the environment, people and the economy. 

  If you don't know what a factory farm is it is where large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost. It doesn't just affect the animals, it affects all of us. Huge meat companies have steadily driven down the prices farmers receive for the livestock they raise. Small farms have been replaced by factory farms that pollute the air and water.The meat industry tells consumers that factory farms are modern, efficient and produce cheap food. But factory farms leave consumers with fewer choices and make them pay more for meat and dairy products, while farmers get paid less. Factory farms increase the risk of E. coli and salmonella that cause deadly illness in people. Chickens and hogs on factory farms have no access to the outdoors, fresh air or natural light. Cattle on factory farms do not graze on pasture. And the pressure put on animals to grow quicker and produce more meat or milk results in lots of health problems. Most of the egg- laying hens peck each other because they are so frustrated  of living in these horrible conditions they get a heated blade and partially amputate their beaks. This is equal to if you cut your fingers down to the knuckle. Sometimes it is so painful they cannot eat and just starve. This is a picture of a chicken getting her beak chopped off. 
There are so many horrible things animals go through for just food on your plate. This is why people go vegan, to stop supporting the torturing of animals. Animals cant speak up for themselves and when they act out they are put down. Being vegan is not only fighting for animal rights but it is also healthier for you and your body and for the earth. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Is being vegan more expensive? 

   A majority of people think vegans are like rich or something, but the fact is eating a plant based diet is not that expensive. Yes fruits and veggies cost money. Especially when they're not in season. But vegans don't have to spend money on meat or chicken or any kind of animal flesh. You could actually save money going vegan. 

   Americans spend so much money on meat. Its insane when u actually put it in to perspective. Tips on how to save even more money than what you would already be saving if you went vegan. First tip is buy fruits that are in season. They'll be so much cheaper and taste so so good. Another tip if to shop at trader joe's. They have so many great deals and its easy to see whats vegan because they put a giant V on the packaging. You don't have to shop at whole foods but if you do the frozen vegan section is your best friend. Amy's Vegan pizza is cheap and taste so good and is a quick meal. So you save money going vegan and help the enviroment AND its great for your body. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cows milk belongs to cows

Why milk is bad for you

  We grew up to believe milk is good for you and your bones, when infact is ti the complete opposite. Im not talking about any milk, but milk that comes from other animals. Milk now isnt what it used to be back then. Milk is now a prcessed food. Back then milk used to be consumed unpazturized or raw. Now milk has a ton of chemicals in it like antibiodics used to give the cattle, also there are so many hormones in milk it is horrible for your body. If its not your mom its not your milk. Cows milk belongs to cows. Humans are the only animals in the world that takes anothers animals milk for consumption. We are only suppose to drik our mothers milk. Cows milk is made to make a 65 pound calf into a 400 pound adult cow. Also we barely take in calcium in cowns milk. Studies have shown that milk can actually create osteoporosis. Dermatologists have actaully seen a connection with milk and acne and did a study and yes milk does cause acne and or weight gain because it is not meant for us to consume. A good alternative is almond milk or cashew milk. No animals are harmed in the making of them and they taste delicious and are great for our body.

My favorite vegan places

 There are so many vegan places but I'm going to share with you some of my favorites and how I discovered them. Well one weekend I was sleeping over my friends house and we woke up and wanted to go somewhere to eat. One of my friends suggested hop, the only thing vegan at ihop is their breakfast potatoes so me and my 3 other vegan friends said no. We decided to go and drive around trying to find a place. We couldnt find anything so we googled vegan restaurnt in my area and we found our soon to be favorite restaurant. Its called temple kitchen and its right next to one of our favorite vegan pizza place. The workers at temple kitchen are so nice and friendly and its a cozy little cafe with amazing food. Ever since that weekend me and my friends have gone back every weeek to try something new off the menu. My favorite thing ive eaten there is their acai bowl which is a ton of fruit ontop of this acai fruit smoothie. Very simple but its delicious. We also love going to mellow mushroom which is three doors down from temple kitchen. They make the best veggie burger and vegan pizza. 

Ways you can use avocados:

  Not only is avocado an excellent fruit for your body but also your hair and skin and health. People usually restrict themseles from eating avocados because of the fats in it. But those people dont do their research and automatically assumes its bad fats. Well avocados have only good fats. Good fats are those that can lower cholestrol. While bad fats are the leading cause of heart disease. Avocados are cholestrol and sodium free, and can also help your heart out.

  Now some people just dont like the taste of avocados. Here is an easy way to get your healthy fats in for a day with a great guacomole recipe:

  Things you will need is an avocado of course, red onion, lemon juice, cilantro, black pepper and salt. The first thing you want to do is open your avocado and take out the seed. Now just scoop out everything in a bowl and mash it with a fork. This is when you can add the lemon juice, this gives it a great flavor and makes it last longer before the guacomole turns brown. You now need to dice up the red inion and cilantro. You want to cut them very small so each bite can be the same. You now add the rest of ingrediants like the salt and pepper. You can eat this with  hips or you could make avocado toast. 

How to cook tofu

 So many people avoid eating tofu because they have either had abad expirence with it or the person that cooked it didnt know how to cook it. First off tofu taste like whatever spice or sauces you put on it. You also have to make sure you drain all the water out before you put it in a pan to cook. In thr pan you can put very little oil because if you put too much the tofu will soak up all the oil and it wont taste good. Also it dependens what kind of dish you want to make with your tofu to decide what type you get. Some options you might see at the grocery store are very soft, soft, firm, or very firm. You may need the soft if you want to make tofu scramble for breakfast because it is easy to make into a scramble. But if you want to make a taco I would use the firm tofu because you can cut them into little cubes. If you would want crispy tofu use cornstarch  and coat it all over the cubes of tofu and cook until its as crispy as you want it. 
Here are some dishes you can make with tofu

tofu popcorn chicken:

Many asian cultures use tofu in alot of meals

vegan tacos
  There are so many vrgan taco recipes you can make. If you dont like a certain ingrediant you could replace it with another. Here are some of my favorite vegan taco recipes. All delicious and no animals harmed in the making.

 The first one is a spicy taco. In the taco for the meat substitute you ca use jackfruit. which absorbs flavor very well and taste great. usually vegans use jackfruit for pulled pork because it looks like pork texture wise and it taste like any spices or sauces you put on it.

  The next taco recipe is like a coconut fish taco but instead of fish you can bread the caulliflower with coconut breading and bake it. You also dony need to use oil for this recipe. All you need is breadcrumbs and shredded coconut and caulliflower. Next you can add whatever topping you want. Like cilantro or avoado or beans.

Those are my two favoroite taco recipes. Another meat substitute could be tofu, You could cook it with siracha and agave, which is a vegan honey and it tastes amazing.

the meat industry

why the meat industry ruins the enviroment

  When land is used to raise animals instead of crops, water and soil are lost, trees are cut down to make land for grazing or factory-farm sheds, and untreated animal waste pollutes rivers and streams. Cows have to consume 16 pounds of vegetation in order to convert them into 1 pound of flesh we can eat. Raising animals for food consumes more than half of all water used in the U.S. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat. Producing just one burger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles. More than one-third of fossil fuels are devoted to raising animals for food. A typical pig factory makes the same amount of raw waste as a city of 12,000 people. The meat industry is responsible for 85 percent of all soil erosion in the U.S. More than 80 percent of the corn we grow and more than 95 percent of the oats are fed to livestock. The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the calories 8.7 billion people need. Which is more than the entire human population on Earth. So being vegan is not only better for your body but better for the world you live in.

vegan cupcakes

vegan cupcake recipe:

    So many people ask vegans how do we eat sweets if almost everything contains milk and or eggs. Well for this recipe you don't need any animal products. This is a delicious vegan cupcake recipe. For this you will need:

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
            1 1/2 cups almond milk
            2 cups all-purpose flour
            1 cup white sugar
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
           1/2 teaspoon salt
            1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed until liquid
            1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the muffin pans or line with paper baking cups.

Measure the apple cider vinegar into a 2 cup measuring cup. Fill with almond milk to make 1 1/2 cups. Let it sit so its a substitute for egg for about 5 minutes. In a bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond milk mixture, coconut oil and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix them together. 

Put the batter into the muffin pan. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. You can put a toothpick in it and if it comes out clean its ready, if the batter sticks to it leave it in for a little longer.