Preheat the grill or grill pan over medium heat. Brush both sides of the zucchini slices with the oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Grill until tender and slightly browned, about 4 minutes per side.
Spread 1/4 cup of the hummus over each piece of bread. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of pine nuts on top. Top with 3 slices of zucchini, 2 pieces of red pepper, 1/2 cup of the spinach, a few sliced onions, and 1 tablespoon of the mint. Roll each of them up and cut in half on a diagonal.
Excellent Source of: Copper, Fiber, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Thiamin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Protein
Good Source of: Niacin, Potassium, Riboflavin, Vitamin K, Zinc
Using a deep-fry thermometer to register the temperature, heat enough oil to 350 degrees F in a large heavy-bottomed pot to 1/3 full. Line a baking tray with paper towels. Put the cornstarch in a bowl. In batches, coat the tofu with cornstarch and gently put in the hot oil, separating the tofu fries as they are cooking to prevent sticking. Remove the tofu fries from the oil once golden brown, season with salt and repeat with the remaining tofu fries.
Classic Southern desserts made vegan—the kind you can bring to family reunions, church events, and holiday gatherings, and nobody would know the difference. Marcus and Cara Pitts grew up on rich Southern cooking, and knew that in order for their Texas vegan bakery to be a success, they’d have to recreate the sweet, buttery desserts so cherished in their community. Well, after three years in business, they’ve done just that. Today, Southern Roots Vegan Bakery has become a statewide sensation, baking up those classic Southern favorites (think glazed lemon cake, sugar cookies, and chocolate chunk brownies) for vegans and non-vegans alike. And guess what? Nobody knows the difference.With Valentine’s Day just days away, we wanted to bring Southern Roots’ famous desserts to you or your Valentine.
The Super Bowl just got a lot more vegan-friendly! This year, the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off in Tampa, Florida. After talks with Mercy For Animals, the local Tampa Bay Super Bowl host committee has decided to serve plant-based meals at hospitality events!
In June, Mercy For Animals’ government affairs and public policy team began meeting with Tampa and Pinellas county policymakers to explore opportunities to increase plant-based offerings in the community. When the chance to influence Super Bowl menus arose, we lobbied the city commission and informed them about the positive impacts of plant-based eating—for animals, the environment, and human health—and the benefits to local economies of offering plant-based options at the event.
This news comes as more and more football players make the switch to vegan eating. In fact, vegan food is becoming more common at sports stadiums in general. Sports fans are making it clear that they care about farmed animals—and are finally being heard.
Planning on safely watching the Super Bowl from the comfort of your home? Here are five vegan Super Bowl recipes to elevate your game day experience.
Crispy Breaded Cauliflower Wings
These delicious breaded cauliflower wings have only 10 ingredients and are grain-free. Crispy and smothered in a sweet and spicy glaze, these will be gobbled up before half time!
Cheddar and Bacon Potato Skins
These hearty classic potato skins are perfect on the grill. Topped with classic cheddar cheese and bacon, these appetizers will satisfy the whole family.
Macho Mac and Cheese Nachos
This recipe is a touchdown all on its own! These incredible nachos are made with blue corn chips and creamy cheese sauce peppered with black beans, corn, red peppers, green onion, avocado, salsa, and sour cream.
Baked Jalapeño Poppers
Whip up these tasty baked vegan jalapeño poppers by filling jalapeños with cheesy dip, rolling them in breadcrumbs, and baking them until soft.
Sliders with Portobello and Caramelized Onions
Made with smoky marinated portobello steaks, caramelized onion, and basil aioli on ciabatta slider buns, these vegan sliders will steal the show.
While the local Tampa Bay Super Bowl host committee pledged to offer plant-based fare at hospitality events, our work is not done! Our hope is that this commitment will be a springboard for future opportunities to increase plant-based offerings in Tampa, the NFL, and beyond.
Does your sports stadium offer plant-based dishes? Consider contacting your local government and advocating that your stadium carry vegan options! And click here for more delicious game day recipes.
Happy National Cookie Day! Cookies are a popular dessert, snack, and even breakfast item all year round. But during the holidays, cookies are even more fun to make. You can make them in cute festive shapes like snowmen, gingerbread men, stars, Christmas trees, you name it! Not to mention, children in the family will love the idea of leaving cookies for Santa (which you can sneakily eat during the night).
We’ve searched through our Food Monster App to bring you a list of 15 delicious, vegan Christmas cookies! Enjoy!
Robin Runner‘s Coconut Molasses Ginger Cookies are tender yet crunchy. It’s not overly sweet but packed with ginger and molasses which screams holiday season. These freeze perfectly and make a wonderful cookie to share with friends.
Maryke Wylde‘s Orange Shortbread Cookies are so delicious – a crunchy little shortbread style cookie, great for morning or afternoon tea. Your guests will never guess that butter was not involved in making these so tasty. Try them out, they are very simple to make!
The warmth of a cup of hot chocolate. The zing of a little peppermint. All in these Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies by Holly Bertone. This cookie puts it together with all of the flavor, but none of the sugar crash. Eat it. Dunk it. Take it to a cookie exchange. Leave it out for Santa. Just don’t call it ordinary.
Holly Jade‘s Holiday Gingerbread Cookies are super easy to make and taste delicious. They are crisp ginger cookies which are perfectly spiced, decorated with homemade vegan royal icing which dries out at room temperature. This is a classic recipe for Christmas which everyone will enjoy. Even pop a few on a plate along with a glass of dairy-free milk for Santa, we’re sure he’ll want more than one!
A crispy mint chocolate cookie, spread with a layer of slightly minted chocolate icing to give you an after dinner, lunch, breakfast, snack, pre-snack snack, pre-lunch, any time of the day, worthy treat. Lauren Wright‘s Thin Mint Copycat Cookies will leave you wanting more.
These Simple Gingerbread Houses by Holly Jade would be perfect gifts for Christmas, as a centerpiece at your festive dining table or to enjoy making and eating, they are scrumptious! The gingerbread is perfectly spiced with ginger and has a lovely crunch, which is exactly what you want in a ginger cookie.
You might even have everything you need in your kitchen now to make Petra Vogel‘s super easy Spelt Linzer Cookies. You’ll just need berry jam, spelt flour, sugar, vegan butter, icing sugar, lemon zest, vanilla sugar, egg-replacer, salt and lemon zest. Easy-peasy!
Emily von Euw‘s Raw Peppermint Oreos Dipped in Dark Chocolate are chewy chocolate cookies sandwiching a peppermint vanilla coconut creme filling. And all the cookies are dipped in chocolate, making them double chocolate. Can life get any better? Well, yeah, because these are also really good for you and easy to make. Okay, now life can’t get any better.
You’re probably including oranges in your grocery shopping list already to fill stockings, so here’s a delicious recipe in which you can use those oranges to make some delicious cookies. These sweet Chocolate Orange Cookies by Lenia Patsi have a surprisingly tangy bite of orange!
Grab a hot beverage and curl up on the couch with Rachel Hanawalt‘s beautiful, buttery, and flavorful holiday Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies that are so easy to make! Once done, these cookies are scrumptious wafers of buttery cherry and almond. They’re sure to be a hit at your next holiday cookie exchange, Valentine’s Day party, or just in the comfort of your own cozy kitchen with a steamy cup of coffee or tea.
We hope you enjoy these cookie recipes all holiday season long from your family Christmas dinner to holiday work parties, and any ugly sweater parties you attend. For more delicious recipes, download our Food Monster App, where you’ll find over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes.
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Whilst Kellogg’s does have a number of vegan cereals and products, they could expand this range extensively by simply switching the vitamin D used in their cereals to a plant-based version.
The vitamin D currently used in most of Kellogg’s products is an animal-derived version of vitamin D3. This comes from a substance called lanolin, which is found in sheep’s wool.
Vegans avoid wool and products made from wool for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is an inherent link between the wool industry and the meat industry. Additionally, undercover investigations into the wool industry have shown abuse and horrific treatment of gentle sheep during the sheering process.
Plant-based vitamin D can be in the form of vitamin D2 or a plant-derived D3.
Last year, Animal Aid announced that supermarket giant Asda has swapped the vitamin D in a number of their cereals to a plant-based version, making a number of their own-brand cereals vegan.
This simple swap does nothing to alter the taste or quality of the product, but it does open it up to a huge and ever-growing vegan market.
Please join us in urging Kellogg’s to swap the vitamin D3 in their cereals for a vegan version.
10 Vegan Vitamin B12 Supplements
By Chelsea Debret
12-15 minutesThere is lots to know when it comes to getting the right amount and variety of vitamins and minerals in a plant-based diet. This is especially true when it comes to vitamin B12 supplements.Turns out vitamin B12 is somewhat lacking in the plant-based world and is mostly present in animal-based products such as “fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products,” as well as fortified breakfast cereals and supplements.Alright, but why do we need vitamin B12?This water-soluble vitamin (meaning it doesn’t need fat to be broken down and absorbed), is “required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis.” Vitamin B12 — also referred to as cobalamin due to its composition of mineral cobalt — is also super important for a variety of chemical reactions within the human body.Plus, vitamin B12 has been linked to a variety of health benefits including the prevention of anemia, major birth defects, osteoporosis, and loss of neurons, as well as increased bone and heart health, reduction in macular degeneration, and a boost in energy. On top of that, certain studies have linked appropriate vitamin B12 levels to improved mood and symptoms of depression, along with healthier hair, nails, and skin.All-in-all, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re getting enough of this vital nutrient! If you’re practicing a strictly plant-based diet, then you’ll want to speak with your doctor about a possible supplement in order to get that daily dose. Once you’ve gone over the options with a healthcare professional, here are a few vegan-friendly B12 supplements to get you started!
1. Mary Ruth’s Vegan Vitamin D3+B12 Gummy Supplements
Mary Ruth’s Vegan Vitamin D3+B12 Gummy Supplements/Amazon.comMary Ruth’s is a known vegan-friendly and high-quality supplement brand, which gives it first digs on this vegan vitamin B12 list! These Mary Ruth’s Vegan Vitamin D3+B12 Gummy Supplements not only offer a healthy dose of vitamin B12, but they also offer a healthy dose of vitamin D3, which is also difficult to find naturally in an exclusively vegan diet. Plus, these gummies are non-GMO, paleo-friendly, wheat-free, yeast-free, soy-free, and celiac-friendly! They contain zero nightshades (for nightshade sensitive folks), zero gelatin, and they provide a boost of energy to boot. These strawberry flavored gummies are a perfect addition to your plant-based diet. A 60-count bottle costs $23.95.Lisa Bee says “Slowly on the course of moving myself to a veganism diet, I decided to start switching over my supplements (let’s be real, this girl doesn’t even take vitamins on a daily) but upon starting to take them I have noticed I had just a little more energy to boost me through my mornings. I will say that I am pleasantly pleased with the product and I will be buying them again in the future.”
2. Garden of Life B12 Vitamin Liquid SupplementGarden of Life B12 Vitamin Liquid Supplement/Amazon.comAnother trusted, plant-based, high-quality, oftentimes vegan brand, this Garden of Life B12 Vitamin Liquid Supplement is a great on-the-go or travel-friendly option. This blend of methylcobalamin-based vitamin B12 supports a healthy metabolism and central nervous system, boosts energy, and increases heart health, while also protecting the body against anemia. This product is certified USDA organic, non-GMO verified, vegan certified, gluten-free certified, and kosher made. A 2-ounce liquid bottle costs $12.59.J, Ru says “I have been using tablets for years with sketchy results. After researching liquid VS tablet I thought I would give it a try. I suffer from Hashimoto’s, and my husband had thyroid cancer, From taking 5-6 10 mg tablets at a time with little results to two sprays a day, the results are dramatic. we can finally tell it is working for us. Highly recommend. Shipping was fast and well packaged.”
3. Global Healing Center Vegansafe B12Global Healing Center Vegansafe B12/Amazon.comThis Global Healing Center Vegansafe B12 uses a blend of methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, which are the “most pure, active, bioavailable coenzyme combination available.” This formula promises to offer results faster and absorb better and more efficiently than other supplement types, as well as offer natural sleep support! Global Healing Center promises this product is certified organic, vegan-safe, and free of gluten, soy, dairy, GMOs, nuts, sugar, artificial flavors, synthetic dyes, and toxic fillers. A 1-fluid ounce bottle costs $19.95.Kimberly M. says “Love! I let a drop sit under my tongue for a minute in the morning and around 2-3 pm. Increases energy without the effects of stimulants…very mellow natural energy boost with no side effects.
UPDATE: my B12 levels were around 645 when I started this a year ago, and today my levels are 1,450 which is high. I reduced the amount to 1/4 dropper and will check my levels in a few months.”
4. Deva Vegan Vitamin B-12 Fast Dissolve LozengesDeva Vegan Vitamin B-12 Fast Dissolve Lozenges/Amazon.comNot a capsule or liquid supplement fan? These Deva Vegan Vitamin B-12 Fast Dissolve Lozenges may be the perfect in-between supplement to help you get that daily dose of vitamin B12. Deva promises this blend of vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and folic acid to be 100 percent animal product-free and pure. This unique formula is especially helpful at maintaining healthy nerve cells! A 90-tablet bottle costs $13.78.RDS says “This is an excellent product, both in its obvious and not-so-obvious attributes. First, the form of B12 in Deva’s formula is methylcobalamin, which is the only form that is readily absorbed by us in oral form. Second, the formula also contains Folic Acid and B6, which act synergetically with B12 to optimize utilization. Third, this is one of the few purveyors of B12 that guarantee they do not use genetically modified sources. And finally, the sublingual tablets help to ensure maximum absorption by the system. And the price is right. This is the best source of B12 I have found.”
5. EZ Melts B12 as MethylcobalaminEZ Melts B12 as Methylcobalamin/Amazon.comThis EZ Melts B12 as Methylcobalamin offers a high-quality, bioactive form of vitamin B12 made with methylcobalamin. This unique blend supports mental clarity, emotional balance, energy levels, and helps with the renewal of cells to boost healthy skin, hair, and nails. EZ Melts promises this product to be vegan-friendly, non-GMO, and is free of sugar, gluten, and artificial flavors, sweeteners, and colors. A 90-fast dissolve tablet bottle costs $18.99.Shellie M. says “Phenomenal product. Literally kicks in within 30 minutes and instant energy. Doesn’t feel like a coffee jump of energy, it’s more natural. I haven’t experienced any downsides to this product even after not using it because I finished the bottle.”
6. VitBoost Vegan Liquid B-12 DropsVitBoost Vegan Liquid B-12 Drops/Amazon.comThis VitBoost Vegan Liquid B-12 Drops offers all the goods in a fast-acting vegan-friendly form! This blend offers a much-needed energy boost throughout the day, while also supporting the adrenal glands, red blood cell formation, mental clarity, cognitive function, and helps improve concentration. This product is vegan-friendly, non-GMO, allergen-free, gluten-free, and also happens to be free of soy, gluten, milk, egg, wheat, GMOs, peanuts, shellfish, and sugar. A 2-fluid ounce bottle costs $19.95.Huevos rancheros says “This stuff is amazing?! I have thyroid issues and problems with fatigue. i take one dropper in the morning and one in the afternoon and my workouts and energy has never been better and its just been several days! im almost mad i didnt find this sooner because no other b complex bvitamins ever worked for me.”
7. NATURELO B Complex
NATURELO B Complex/Amazon.comThis NATURELO B Complex is not just about getting that vitamin B12 in your body but is an advanced B-complex formula with Thiamin (vitamin B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), B6, Folate (as Methylfolate, not Folic Acid), B12 (as Methylcobalamin), Biotin and Pantothenic Acid, as well as organic fruit and vegetable blend, PABA, Choline, Inositol, and CoQ10. This unique formula seeks to support energy metabolism, maintains the immune system, supports heart and nervous system health, and is a great source of folate for pregnant women. This product is vegan-friendly, non-GMO, gluten-free, and does not contain soy, dairy, yeast, eggs, corn, nuts, caffeine, additives, preservatives, or coloring. A 120-capsule bottle costs $26.95.Seeka Kinsey says “I wanted to wait a while before I reviewed this to see if I noticed any physical/mental changes. It’s been about a month of taking this and I can honestly say I feel more energy and less depression, which is what I had hoped for. My hair is growing faster (falling out less, too) and my skin is clearing up (initially I broke out but I stuck to it and am leveling out). I find myself getting more done throughout the day and just in general feeling better. It hasn’t been a drastic change, just a light boost that was much needed. I appreciate that it is vegan, it actually smells good and is easy to swallow.”
8. Doctor’s Best Fully Active B12
Doctor’s Best Fully Active B12/Amazon.comThis Doctor’s Best Fully Active B12 uses methyl-cobalamin, which is the most biochemically active form of vitamin B12, hence the supplement name “fully active.” This product is vegan-friendly and is formulated to support healthy memory, mood, circulation, and well being. A 60-capsule bottle costs $4.55.Samantha Boyden says “This product really helps my family not worry about our B12 intake. The pills are nice and small, they are vegan friendly, and there is no funky after taste or smell. This is such a great deal to be able to feel at ease about our health for such a low price. I would recommend this product to anyone interested in ensuring they get enough B12.”
9. Vitamin B12 Sublingual Liquid Drops
Go Nutrients Vitamin B12 Sublingual Liquid Drops/Amazon.comThese Go Nutrients Vitamin B12 Sublingual Liquid Drops have all the goods! Go Nutrients promises the highest-quality ingredients using a formula of bioactive B12 that is 100 percent methylcobalamin (not cyanocobalamin) offering an increase in energy to help fight sluggishness and a boost for memory to help lift brain fog. This product is vegan-friendly, non-GMO, alcohol-free, gluten-free, and is also free of soy, sugar, wheat, dairy, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. A 2-ounce bottle costs $19.47.Brenda Matthewsq says “Omg! I received my bottle of go nutrients B-12 2 weeks ago and couldn’t be happier with my purchase. Not only is my energy level up but so is my mood( family is happy with that). I’m always a bit hesitant with liquids vitamins due to taste but this was totally pleasant. I will absolutely buy this product again.”
10. Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin B12
Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin B12/Amazon.comAnother Garden of Life Vitamin B12 supplement makes the list, yet this one is part of the Raw Code variety, meaning raw ingredients! This Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin B12 is essential for protecting the body from anemia and supporting a healthy central nervous system, as well as boosting energy, avoiding constipation, and taking the edge off of fatigue. As this is part of the Raw Code vitamins, these also have gut-friendly probiotics and enzymes to support digestive health and add nutritional support. This product is vegan-friendly, raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, and has zero binders or fillers. A 30-capsule bottle costs $11.89.Amazon Customer says “I was ill for a few months, no energy, weak, foggy-brained and lightheaded, no appetite. I finally had a blood test and was found to have a severe vitamin B-12 deficiency. Within a week of starting a daily regimen of these, I felt like a new person. My doctor told me to take this brand, as whole food source was important to her, and she likes the quality of these. I am completely back to normal, feel great now.”We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!For more Vegan Food, Health, Recipe, Animal, and Life content published daily, don’t forget to subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter!Being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please support us!
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It was over 10 years ago that H&M debuted its first capsule collection made of organic cotton. What felt like a novelty at the time has become mainstream and almost expected; if you aren’t using organic cotton, then what are you even doing? It’s a pattern H&M is hoping to repeat with its latest eco-forward materials, which debut today in its new Conscious Collection.
Ranging from startlingly high-tech to almost-DIY, the collection follows last year’s push into bio-based materials and a move way from strictly-recycled fibers. The most surprising, potentially game-changing one is Vegea, a soft vegan leather alternative made from the byproducts of wine; H&M discovered it through its own Global Change Award in 2017. You’ll find the Vegea “leather” on chain-strap handbags and a few pairs of shoes. Also rooted in nature but ostensibly less complex is a new dye made from the coffee grounds in H&M’s offices in China.
“Going forward, we need to be using more bio-based materials and use more waste in our collections,” Pascal Brun, H&M’s sustainability manager, explains. He’s still excited about recycled materials, but is focused more on “fiber to fiber” recycling, like Renu’s recycled polyester, which comes from actual garments, not plastic water bottles. Similarly, a new material called Circulose is made from recovered cotton and viscose—making it 100% natural—and is making its worldwide launch with H&M. Brun hopes it will eventually become a permanent part of the collection, not just the Conscious Exclusive capsules. “These collections are here to help enable the scale of these new innovations, and make them more commercial [to us and to other brands].”
Still, buying a dress made from recycled viscose or polyester isn’t a shortcut to “being sustainable.” Brun and Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative advisor, agreed that the big challenge is still their garments’ end of life; recycled polyester sheds micro plastics in the wash and doesn’t biodegrade in a landfill. “In 2020 and beyond, we need to take the concept of circularity to another level,” Brun adds. “It’s the only way to think about our goals for natural resources [in the next decade]. It isn’t just about materials, though, it’s about how we can design clothes to last longer and to be eventually recycled, and how can we involve our customers to have more sustainable behavior? It’s a holistic approach.”
Johansson also name-checked H&M’s garment collection initiatives—you can take old clothes to any H&M store to be recycled or donated—and a few potential new business models in resale and rental. As far as design, she and her team are thinking about longevity and timelessness rather than trends, falling right in step with the luxury fashion conversation. “We’re talking about making clothes that are more durable and recyclable, but there has to be emotional durability, too,” she said. “If you fall in love with a garment, you take care of it and keep it for a long time. The price doesn’t matter—if you really love it, you’ll care for it, you’ll mend it, and when you don’t want it, maybe you can resell it. The emotional feeling is quite important.”
The one-shouldered recycled polyester blouse with an XXL ruffle Anna Ewers models in the lookbook certainly qualifies: It’s covetable and makes a statement, but isn’t so of-the-moment that it will feel dated. The same goes for the easy printed dresses and recycled glass jewelry. By 2030, those might not feel novel at all; H&M’s goal is that 100% of its materials will be recycled or sustainably-sourced by that time. Until then, mark your calendar for March 26th when you can get your hands on the capsule’s “wine leather” bags and recycled-poly gowns.
You don’t have to sacrifice convenience to make a decadent, animal-friendly dessert this holiday season. We’ve done the research for you to find the best store-bought vegan pie crust brands for a sweet end to your Thanksgiving dinner.
It’s the time of year when many of the simple joys of life become the heart and center of this season; spending time with family and friends, the coziness of winter, warm fires, mugs of mulled wine, and lovingly prepared meals.
So much of herbalism is about celebrating the life and benefits of the plants, and the way they support us throughout the seasons. Autumn, especially around Thanksgiving, is our time to enjoy the gifts of this year’s harvest.
Classic holiday meals can be enhanced by adding herbs to support your health. These dishes are sure to be crowd-pleasers with your nearest and dearest.
Enjoy, and cheers to good health!
MEDICINAL HERBAL STUFFING
A classic holiday stuffing recipe made with rye bread and medicinal herbs and mushrooms.
Servings: fills two casserole dishes, about 15 servings.
Memorial day is first and foremost about honoring those who have died serving in the armed forces. That’s why we spend the day enjoying quality time with friends and appreciating life and freedom. However, it’s also commonly associated with food, it’s one of the few holidays associated with food that’s actually usually spent outdoors! Rather than sitting around a big dinner table, memorial day is spent on picnic tables or laying on blankets on the grass by the grill waiting for your veggie burger or corn on the cob to be ready. Whether you’re a vegan or you have vegan friends coming this memorial day everyone can enjoy these delicious foods.
Continue reading here and check out these grilling recipes that are vegan friendly. 🍅🥑🥔🍆🌽
Kids love animals. So it’s no surprise that the vast majority of children’s books feature animals as the main characters. Unfortunately, many of these books still refer to animals as something, rather than someone—so finding animal-themed books that teach respect for animals is crucial to nurturing our children’s natural love of animals.
I sat down with a few parents at Mercy For Animals to find out their favorite kids books that inspire compassion for animals. Here are our top picks:
1. Sprig the Rescue Pig by Leslie Crawford
Sprig the Rescue Pig tells the story of Sprig, a pig who leaps—or falls—off a farm truck. As the little pig trades a factory farm for freedom, his world changes from grim to hopeful. Inspired by a true story, the book is a fun, funny, and beautifully illustrated adventure tale with a happy ending.
*Sprig is the first in a series of farmed animal children’s books published by Stone Pier Press. Keep an eye out for the next book, Gwen the Rescue Hen!
2. Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex by Robert Neubecker
Young kids seem to LOVE dinosaurs, so this book is a great treat! It’s a very cute story with a simple message—“I don’t eat my friends!”—that resonates with kids and will help inspire them to eat their veggies.
3. A Book of Babies by Il Sung Na
Il Sung Na is an incredible artist, and his books are all beautiful and animal themed. One of our favorites is A Book of Babies, which features all kinds of animals going to sleep with their parents—showing just how alike we really are—and is the perfect read just before bedtime.
4. Care for Our World by Karen Robbins
This is a wonderful book advocating for all life on the planet. The last lines say: “Please care for all people, and all living things, with leaves, legs, or feathers, arms, fins, or wings. This is their world and it’s yours and it’s mine. If we treat it gently, it will last a long time. This world is our home, we need one another. Please care for our world, we’re sisters and brothers.”
5. Steven the Vegan by Dan Bodenstein
Steven the Vegan is about a boy whose class goes on a field trip to a farmed animal sanctuary. He tells everyone that the foods they are eating come from animals. The kids are shocked and all become vegan. This book is great because it normalizes the feeling of being the only vegan in the class and gives kids hope that they can change their friends’ minds.
6. Dave Loves Chickens by Carlos Patino
This is a favorite among very young vegans. Dave, a monster from outer space, loves all animals and doesn’t understand why humans eat them, especially chickens. In this heartwarming book, kids learn about how wonderful chickens are!
7. The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins
This brand-new kids book details the adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig. Rescued by her dads Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter when she was only a piglet, Esther has become an internet sensation, opening hearts and minds all around the world. This is her touching story.
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It’s April Fools’ Day, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some fun! But you can help make vegan food a reality on McDonald’s menu TODAY with a quick phone call to the fast food giant at 1-800-244-6227, option 2.
Tyson Foods recently announced plans to launch its own “alternative protein” after hearing from hundreds of thousands of you who are flocking from the poultry giant’s cruelty. What that protein will be is still unknown, but with Tyson’s major customer McDonald’s now dipping its toes into plant-based innovation at its Chicago HQ and in the UK, we wondered whether a Tyson veggie burger could be on the horizon for McDonald’s full US menu.
Just over a year ago, Compassion Over Killing’s investigation exposed horrific abuse in Tyson’s supply chain. Though the farm was not a McDonald’s supplier, chickens across the country suffer similar abuse in factory farms.
Since the investigation, Tyson, the nation’s largest poultry producer, has taken some promising steps: increasing its investment in vegan company Beyond Meat, introducing its own plant-based bowls, investing in mushroom protein, and now foreshadowing its own foray into vegan meats.
Last fall, Tyson snapped up McDonald’s major chicken nugget supplier, Keystone Foods, positioning itself as an even bigger partner to the fast-food chain. And in January, Tyson created the position of President of McDonald’s Global Business to focus even more heavily on its relationship with the massive fast food chain.
Meanwhile, as a powerful coalition of animal protection organizations, including Compassion Over Killing, campaigns against the suffering of chickens in McDonald’s supply chain, it, too is taking notice: First, it debuted the McVegan in Sweden and Finland, which was followed by its first-ever vegan burger in the US at its Chicago HQ, along with a vegan Happy Meal in the UK.
Millions of consumers are waking up to the miserable lives of birds in the chicken industry, who are bred to grow so unnaturally large so quickly that their legs often cripple under their morbidly obese bodies, and are crammed by the thousands in filthy, windowless sheds. Tyson and McDonald’s both have an opportunity to leap ahead into the plant-based revolution–instead of being left in the dust.
Spread your wings for these birds, and help make a Tyson veggie burger on McDonald’s menu a reality: Call McDonald’s at 1-800-244-6227, option 2, and politely ask for a vegan burger nationwide!
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“You want to do WHAT with the vodka?” The liquor store clerk looked at me incredulously.
“I want your cheapest vodka to make household cleaning solutions out of it.” I repeated myself to her.
Maybe your eyeballs are a bit wide right now. Mine were too the first time I read you could use vodka as a house hold cleaner! But the science makes sense. Vodka is typically 40% alcohol and has been proven effective at killing germs and bacteria.
I am on a journey, my friends. I’m learning so much about the nasty chemicals in our common household products. Did you know common household air fresheners like Febreze and Airwick score D’s and F’s on EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning? GROSS. Clorox also FAILS on their rating in nearly every product. EWG scores household cleaners by standards such as hazardous chemicals contained and if the product clearly states all…
Cheese is one of the most addictive foods that most people just can’t get enough of! These melty deliciousness of these plant – based recipes will prove one and for all that eating plant – based diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your pizza, mac and cheese, or just cheese straight out of the fridge – we don’t judge. 🧀
Have easy cheesy meals with these 15 recipes from our Food Monster App!
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Are you struggling with insomnia or just want to be able to wind down smoothly for bed? perhaps prescribed medication isn’t working for you or you would like to try some more natural products first. Well we’ve got you covered. A good night sleep is important for our mental and physical wellness. There are natural plants, herbs, and roots that are blend into teas, essential oils, capsules, and gummies to help you.
Here are 15 natural, vegan calm – inducing products available on Amazon to help you to a better night’s rest.
Chills, sneezing, achy joints…it’s hard to be all smiles and full of cheer.
The best way to prevent having to deal with a cold, the flu, or allergies during the jolliest time of the year, is to prevent them from coming on in the first place. It’s also a good idea to have an arsenal of natural remedies up your sleeves that you can turn to when signs of any sickness or allergy reaction start to appear. Thankfully, nature has some pretty tasty foods that can help us to do just that. Certain foods contain just the right vitamins, minerals, or micro-nutrients that our bodies need to feel their best. Here are some of the best:
This week marked a first for me in kitchen experiments. I baked my very first loaf of homemade bread, from scratch (i.e. no bread maker!). There was a lot of kneading (making bread is a full body workout, ya’ll), a lot of waiting, some serious through-the-oven-door watching, and then a whole bunch more impatient waiting. When it was finally done, cooled, sliced, (slathered with today’s almond butter) and eaten, I felt some serious satisfaction. I made bread. Breeeeaaaaaadddd! Breeeaaaaadddd!! With my own two hands.
Making your own almond butter can bring you that very same deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, but without the upper body workout, blood, sweat, and tears that making bread from scratch entails. In fact, your kitchen gadgets do all work for you. Hmm… maybe that’s why people buy breadmakers.
In addition to outlining the steps to making the very best, most deliciously silky and smooth…
Today is World Vegan Day and the beginning of World Vegan Month a time to recognize how far the vegan movement has come, to highlight how accessible and beneficial a plant-based lifestyle can be, and encourage people to adopt veganism by sharing advice, recipes and ideas.
To commemorate the occasion and its 74th anniversary The Vegan Society has launched a unprecedented app to help the vegan-curious adopt a plant-based lifestyle in 30 days.
“Today we are delighted to announce the launch of VeGuide- the app that makes it easier than ever to go vegan.”
University Dairy Plant to Close After 111 Years Because Sales Are So Low Thanks to Popularity of Vegan Milks!
There is absolutely no denying that the future of food is headed in the plant-based direction. Meat and dairy alternatives have proven to be so popular with consumers that demand for plant-based food products has risen by 140 percent in just a few years. Meat alternatives, including lab-cultured meats, are quickly soaring in popularity, and plant-based milk alternatives made from everything including almonds, coconut, cashews, flax, hemp, hazelnut, rice, peas, oats, and of course, soy are so popular that the plant-based milk industry is set to hit a value of $34 billion by 2024. Additionally, considering humans do not naturally consume milk after childhood, let alone another animal’s milk, lactose intolerance has led many people to switch to plant-based milks. This major shift in consumer habits has caused dairy prices to drop significantly, leading many long-standing dairy plants to shut down, with some making the wise decision to switch to producing plant-based milks. And now there is yet another dairy plant that is shutting down thanks to the rise of plant-based milk alternatives…
After being in operation for 111 years, Andrews University dairy farm announced their plan to close by summer of 2019.
The dairy farm holds 1,200 cows and is run by student workers. Stephen Payne, VP of Integrated Marketing and Communication, expressed that with demand for dairy being at an all-time low, sales from the dairy farm have suffered greatly. He stated, “In the last two to three years, we have lost between $750,000 and $900,000 a year.”
As for the cows, no word yet on what will happen to them, but the university says they will work on finding new on-campus jobs for the student workers at the dairy farm. The rest of the university farm will still remain under operation.
Industrialized dairy is laden with animal cruelty, separating newborn calves from their mothers who cry out in protest. Many of these calves go on to become victims of the veal industry, while others are raised to become dairy cows and meet the same sad life as those before them. Additionally, industrialized dairy is responsible for gross air and water pollution and contributes greatly to greenhouse gases and climate change.
Andrews University is a place of higher learning and education, so we only hope that this serves as a lesson to countless other institutions that profit from the exploitation of animals and the environment – time’s up, people are demanding change.
Want to learn how you can make a positive change in the world with your food choices? Check out the Eat for the Planet book!
Beyoncé has adopted a vegan lifestyle again and she took to Instagram on Friday to encourage her 112 million followers to join her.
In preparation for her much-anticipated return performance at this year’s Coachella music festival in April, the 22-time Grammy winner shared her training regime by posting a mouth-watering photo of avocado toast with the caption, “44 days until Coachella!! Vegan Time!!”
As if they needed more motivation to accept her vegan challenge, a fierce and fit Beyoncé then posted a sneak-peek of her rehearsing with some of her dancers on both Instagram and Facebook.
The posts also included a link to the meal-planning service 22 Days Nutrition which Beyoncé and Jay-Z co-founded in 2015 along with trainer Marco Borges who authored the book The 22-Day Revolution.
As per the company’s website which claims to have “the best vegan-diet meal plans for weight loss and clean eating,” the powerful duo “inspired many around the world to unleash the life-changing health benefits of a plant-based diet.”
The website also includes some of the many benefits of following a plant-based diet that are good for one’s health and the planet. Although the most important reason why we have gone vegan is for the animals.
“We know that we need to eat more veggies, but the fact is that most North American diets are distinctly lacking many nutrients that can be easily found in a plant-based diet: fiber, healthy fats, trace minerals and vitamins.,” notes the website which also purports that a lack of vegetables in the diet is also bad for your waistline. “Additionally, plant-based diets are low in bad cholesterol and saturated fats. By cutting out meat and eating more veggies, you can cut your risk of disease, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancers, and diabetes.”
The website also points to some staggering statistics for people to chew on such as “the same amount of animal protein, rather than plant protein, requires up to 17x more land, 26x as much water, and up to 50 times the fossil fuels.”
WAN applauds Beyoncé for supporting a vegan diet and looks forward to a time when she becomes vegan & fur-free every day!
“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard