Are Oreos Vegan?

Are Oreos Vegan?

Are Oreos Vegan?

 

According to the Oreos website, no.

While the biscuits do not contain ingredients derived from animals, there is a potential for cross contamination (of milk) because of the manufacturing methods used.

 

So Not Vegan, But Healthy?

 

I think we can all agree that there is no nutrition in these biscuits.

 

Oreos Nutrition

 

The above is taken from the Oreos website. The biscuits are high in calories, high in fat (half in the form of saturated fats) and low in protein. They also contain large amounts of sugar. For example, a single Oreo biscuit contains 4.1 grams of sugar. Meaning there is a teaspoon of sugar in every 4 Oreos biscuits.

The biscuits also contain very low levels of fibre (great for protecting against certain digestive and bowel cancers) and no vitamins or minerals which are essential for optimal health.

 

Oreos and Palm Oil

 

Are Oreos vegan? That is a slightly contentious question. Some vegans would argue yes, as the biscuits don’t directly contain animal products. Others would argue no because of the of cross contamination.

 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

For me, the ingredient that absolutely makes Oreos non-vegan is palm oil.

But what is palm oil and why is it not vegan?

 

What is Palm Oil?

 

  • Palm oil comes from palm fruit, which are grown on palm trees. So essentially, palm oil is a type of vegetable oil.
  • It is grown in South America, North America, Asia, and Africa.
  • Although grown throughout the world, palm oil is predominantly made in Malaysia and Indonesia (where 85% of all palm oil is made).
  • The problem with palm oil harvesting today, is that most of the time it is produced in non-sustainable ways.

 

Palm Oil Environmental Impacts

 

  • Palm Oil deforestation dramatically impacts delicate ecosystems.
  • It is generally acknowledged by environmental groups, such as Greenpeace, that the unsustainable palm oil industry is the main reason why 1/3rd of all mammal species in Indonesia are critically endangered.
  • The species impacted most by the palm oil production is the Orangutan. In the last quarter of a century, over 90% of their habitat has been destroyed. As a result, the species is now endangered.
  • But the Orangutan is only one of thousands of species that have been severely impacted through the production of palm oil.
  • Palm oil production in Indonesia is the main reason that the continent is now in the top 3 greenhouse emitters in the world.

 

Palm Oil & The Animals

 

  • As stated above, it’s not only the Orangutan that has been severely impacted by palm oil production. There are well over a quarter of a million species found in Indonesian rainforests that have been maimed, killed or lost their homes due to palm oil production.
  • This displacement of species has directly pushed the animals into the hands of smugglers and poachers. The smuggling industry is now booming.
  • The mass deforestation in Indonesia is now not only an environmental catastrophe, but also a wildlife catastrophe.
  • It is estimated that over 50,000 Orangutans have died in Indonesia because of palm oil harvesting and production.
  • Tigers, rhinos, elephants, monkeys and many large cat species are also facing extinction.

 

Palm Oil & The Locals

 

  • Many business leaders and government officials (in Indonesia) view palm oil production as a positive. Some of the poorest regions have seen greater development than at any time in history.
  • But while some areas have been developed and some people have been employed, many groups of people have been used and abused by the palm oil industry.
  • The region has some of the worst human rights and child labour records in the world.
  • Children have been forced into working long hours for little or no pay.
  • Because plantations are now the only form of work in many regions, many locals are finding they have no choice but to work in the palm oil industries. This has enabled businesses to lower wages which has forced many families into severe poverty.

 

I Thought Oreos Were Using Sustainable Palm Oil?

 

A few years back Oreos joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) after growing pressure from some of its customers.

RSPO was formed in 2004 to promote the use of sustainable palm oil through credible global standards.

The goal was to produce palm oil that was sustainable, had a minimal environmental footprint, that protected workers’ rights and had animal rights at its heart.

 

So what’s the problem?

 

  • RSPO certification allows companies to clear any forest space that isn’t deemed to have a “high conservation value (HCV)”. Therefore, large scale deforestation continues in certain areas.
  • The RSPO bans companies from creating fires to clear land. This enforcement hasn’t worked. The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have released numerous maps and satellite images detailing how hundreds of thousands of acres of forest are still being burned down every year.
  • The RSPO seems powerless (or not willing) to act on such blatant breaches.
  • “Dirty Palm Oil” is still being traded by RSPO members because of traceability issues.
  • Therefore, consumers are still buying products (such as oreos) because they believe that the palm oil is sustainable, when in reality, the RSPO’s main supply chain systems do not lead to “clean palm oil”.

For further information on the subject of “sustainable” palm oil, read this report, by Greenpeace.

 

 

Conclusion – Are Oreos Vegan?

 

For me its a no.

Even if I could look past the cross-contamination potential, I certainly can’t turn a blind eye to the palm oil element.

 

Goji Man

 

 

 

Is Bread Vegan?

Is Bread Vegan?

Is Bread Vegan?

 

The simple answer is yes. Most breads are vegan friendly. Always check those labels though. 

Well-made bread (not the processed kinds found in supermarkets), is traditionally made with a few simple ingredients. Yeast, water, a very small amount of sugar, a healthy fat and flour.

 

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Vegan Yes – But Healthy?

 

Is bread vegan? Mainly, yes. Is it healthy? Not so much.

It has been known for a long time that refined grains (particularly in the form of white bread) aren’t particularly healthy, beneficial or nutritious for humans. 

For the last 20 years doctors, dieticians and nutritionists have advised us to consume whole grains instead.

But are whole grains really any better for us and should bread ever be categorised as healthy?

 

The Gluten Controversy

 

Bread is largely made of wheat, and wheat is predominantly made of gluten, which is a type of protein that gives bread it’s stretchy/springy quality.

Over the last 15 years there has been mounting evidence that a growing proportion of the population is particularly sensitive to gluten.

It was generally thought that it was only those with Celiac Disease that experience an immune response to gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt). But there is now growing speculation that even those with gluten sensitivity experience a certain amount of immunological damage after consuming wheat products. 

There have been a number of controlled trials (studystudy)  in the last decade that have demonstrated that gluten has the propensity to damage the digestive tract, even in those without Celiac disease. The immunological response can cause symptoms such as tiredness, pain, bloating and irregular bowel movements. 

There have also been strong links between gluten sensitivity and certain disorders of the brain. Schizophrenia (study,study) and cerebellar ataxia (studystudy), for example. 

I always believe there is no smoke without fire. Most bread contains gluten and we know gluten has the propensity to trigger an immune response in certain individuals who have a susceptibility. So if you have unexplained symptoms of tiredness, digestive pains, bloating or even anxiety or depression, then seek medical advice. The only real way to establish whether you have a gluten sensitivity is to remove gluten from your diet for a period of 30 days and then reintroduce foods containing gluten to see if your body reacts (but this should be under the supervision of an experienced professional). 

 

The Toxic Ingredients of Bread

 

The reality may be that Gluten is actually the lessor of two evils. The real dangers of bread may actually come from some of its unsavoury ingredients: 

 

  • Artificial Flavours & Colours: Obviously these vary in usage from country to country. Artificial flavours and colours are also normally derived from petroleum. And many of these additives have been linked to health issues in children such as allergies, asthma and hyperactivity. 

 

  • Preservatives: All foods are supposed to be eaten fresh, and bread is no exception. Steer clear of any breads that contain preservatives. A common one in a lot of countries is calcium propionate. Again, this has been linked to child health problems such as ADHD.

 

  • Refined Sugars:This can be an ingredient that is incredibly difficult to spot, even in breads that are marketed as “low sugar” and “healthy”. Some common household breads contain as much as 2-3 grams of sugar per slice. The World Health Organisation advises that we should consume no more than 6 grams a day. There is also the contentious issue in some countries that the sugar used is derived from GMO sugar beets.

 

  • Dough Conditioners: In traditional bread making techniques these would never have been used. They have literally been introduced so that manufacturers can speed up the manufacturing process and maximise profit. Many dough conditioners are derived from extracting fat from corn or soybean oil and then manipulating it with other ingredients. Some common examples (and also ones that have been banned) include: sodium stearoyl lactylate, monoglycerides, azodicarbonamide and DATEM.

 

  • GMOs: Thankfully these haven’t made their way into the UK yet (but I am sure it’s only a matter of time). A lot of countries (especially the U.S.) use multiple GMO ingredients in the production of household breads. GMO soy flour, corn oil and soybean oil are all common. GMO use is clearly a contentious issue. The issue for me is that there have never been any long term tests on humans that assess the health impacts. And the argument that GMO’s are safer because no pesticides are used is incorrect. Some GMO’s are actually engineered by inserting toxic pesticides into the seed. This then causes the insects stomach to explode when trying to eat the crop.

 

Nutritional Profile of Bread

 

Bread is really just empty calories. It contains only low levels of vitamins and minerals.  High levels of sugar. Low levels of protein. Often high amounts of unhealthy fats. High amounts of salt. And not much else. 

But what about whole grain bread, I hear you cry? Well, it’s not much better I’m afraid. 

While whole grains offer slightly more vitamins and minerals than processed grains, whole grain bread will contain higher levels of phytic acid, so it will potentially block any increased nutritional profile. 

 

Is bread vegan? Is bread healthy? It can be. Why not try one of these healthy recipes?

 

Deliciously Ella: Date & Pecan Loaf

 

 

Plant Based Judy: Date & Pecan Loaf

 

 

Vegan Corner: Gluten Free Buns

 

 

 

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Are Skittles Vegan?

Are Skittles Vegan?

Are Skittles vegan? Technically yes (but always read labels as ingredients can change without warning).

So what’s the problem?

While skittles don’t contain animal products (and some would argue this constitutes vegan), some of its other ingredients directly harm and encroach upon animal habitats around the world (which is not vegan).

There is also our health to consider. Skittles contain very high levels of sugar. They also contain Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil and a fair few different food colourings, all of which are directly linked to a number of our leading diseases (which I detail below).

So in a bit more detail, let’s delve into why I’m not a big fan of Skittles. Either as a vegan. Or as someone who values their health.

 

Skittles Nutrition Profile

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A regular pack of Skittles contains 250 calories. It also contains 56 grams of carbohydrates (46 of which are sugars) and 2.5 grams of saturated fat (13% RDA). They also contain 20mg of sodium.

Basically they are just empty calories. No protein. No fibre. No vitamins. No nutrients. No nutrition.

The World Health Organisation recently provided an advisory that says that we should limit our intake of processed sugars to 6 teaspoons a day in an attempt to reduce obesity and its associated diseases. Just to put that into perspective, a bag of skittles contains approximately 11.5 teaspoons.

 

Skittles Ingredients Overview

 

Wrigley (owned by Mars Incorporated) produce Skittles and according to their website , Skittles Original contain the following ingredients:

INGREDIENTS: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, less than 2% of: Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Red 40, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 6, Blue 2 Lake, Blue 1, Blue 1 Lake), Sodium Citrate, Carnauba Wax.

Skittles Ingredients

As you can see from the ingredients list, Skittles mainly consist of hydrogenated oil, sugar, corn syrup and a lot of food colourings.

Most organisations around the world, including the World Health Organisation recommend that as part of a healthy diet, the intake of refined sugars, corn syrup and hydrogenated oils should be limited because of the associated health impacts.

 

Food Colourings

From the ingredients list you can see that Wrigley’s use a plethora of different food colourings. In Skittles Originals the following are used:  Red 40, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 6, Blue 2 Lake, Blue 1, Blue 1 Lake).

Why is this a problem? Well there is mounting evidence from leading scientists around the world, that these chemicals have a direct link to many of today’s leading diseases. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even certain skin conditions such as eczema.

 

Food Colourings – Child Hyperactivity and ADHD

During the 1970’s, Dr Ben Fenigold (who was then Chief of Paediatrics in the U.S.), was discredited and ridiculed after he suggested that food colourings used in many common foods could have a disastrous impact on a child’s developing nervous system. He also suggested that this would then have a direct effect on a child’s mood, personality and behaviour.

Many scientists (mainly funded by the food industry) and large food and drinks manufacturers (such as Cocoa Cola) put pressure on the medical establishment to disregard Dr Fenigold’s findings. The medical community ruled in favour of the $200 billion dollar a year industry and it seemed like the argument had been settled. But the truth always has a way of coming out.

Just a few years ago, a leading publication in one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world reignited the argument. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed a direct link between food colourings and hyperactivity, ADHD and impulsivity in children who consumed certain food colours and chemicals. Since the study, there has been increased calls to ban or regulate artificial colourings in foods.

 

 

Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil

One of the other problematic ingredients in Skittles is palm oil. It is one of the leading causes of deforestation on the planet (although it is dwarfed by animal agriculture). It causes mass environmental destruction and displaces and kills many animals around the world. So while animal products are not contained in skittles, there is an indirect link to the harm and killing of different species around the world.

 

Conclusion

 

EatThe Rainbow!

 

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Vegan Documentaries

Vegan Documentaries

Vegan documentaries……. I love nothing more on a Sunday afternoon than turning on Netflix (other film providers are available), making some vegan treats and watching a good old vegan film that puts the world to rights. 

But for me, these films mean more than a bit of Sunday viewing pleasure. They help instruct and maintain historical records. They document aspects of modern life and reality that often get overlooked in the mainstream media. They inform. And they inspire people to make fundamental and lasting changes in their lives. 

If you are vegan, then you will know what I mean. We have all had that moment in life when the penny finally dropped. It was a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon in November. You have just been to the supermarket and are overdosing on sweets that are rotting your body and your mind. You are sat flicking through film options when a thumbnail catches your eye. You start watching and within 15 minutes your whole life has been turned upside-down. You have just realised you are living in the matrix. 

The reality for most is that once you know the truth there is no going back. Within days you have removed all animal products from your house. The freezer, the fridge and even your cleaning and toiletries are not safe. Your family thinks you are having a nervous breakdown. 

The documentary you watched on Saturday provoked such strong emotions that you were compelled to change your diet and lifestyle forever. A lifestyle that had remained largely unchanged since birth.

That is the power that well-made vegan documentaries can have over people. And these type of documentaries have probably done more for veganism in the last 15 years than anything else combined.

Below I have listed some of my personal favourites. Documentaries that have had profound and lasting impacts on my life. I hope you find the list useful, and if I have missed off any great choices then leave a comment in the comments section below and I will update the list regularly. 

Goji Man xxx

 

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1. Fork Over Knives 

This is the one that changed it all for me. 

Fork Over Knives is a documentary that examines the claim (or as I like to call it, TRUTH), that most, if not all of today’s degenerative diseases can be prevented, halted and even reversed by rejecting animal products and replacing them with plant based foods. The majority of the story is focussed around the work and research of two leading Dr’s. Dr Colin Campbell and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn. The film also discusses the findings of Dr Campbell’s 20-year China-Cornell-Oxford project that were laid out in Dr Campbell’s book, The China Study. The China Study shows how the majority of diseases in the western world (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, strokes and obesity etc) are a direct result of animal based foods and other processed foods in people’s diets. This is a must watch film for anyone who is concerned about their family’s health. 

 

 

2. Vegucated

Is one of the best vegan documentaries out there! The producers follow 3 New Yorkers for 6 weeks as they give up meat, dairy and eggs and adopt a vegan diet. The film documents (with hilarity at times) their journey as each of the participants discover how they can create a greener, kinder and cleaner world, one bite at a time. 

 

 

3. Earthlings

I am not going to lie; Earthlings is a very tough watch. It was made in 2005 and documents how humans have created a total reliance and dependence on animals purely for economic purposes and greed. The film is broken down into 5 elements: research, pets, food, clothing and entertainment. If you are easily upset, then I suggest you watch some of the other films on the list and avoid this one. 

 

 

4. Cowspiracy

Is one of the first vegan documentaries that was funded almost entirely through crowdfunding. And it has probably turned more people vegan than all the other films combined (slight exaggeration there!). The film chronicles the journey of Kip Anderson as he uncovers animal agriculture as the most destructive industry facing the planet today. You are taken on a journey where you learn that the meat and dairy industry is the number one cause of deforestation on the planet. The industry creates more pollution and greenhouse gases than all of the transportation industries combined. And many, many other mind-bending statistics are revealed. The story gets really interesting as Kip approaches leading environmental groups with his research only to find that there is an intentional refusal by these organisations to discuss the issues in hand. But why is this and what are the consequences for Kip’s personal safety? 

 

 

5. Crazy Sexy Cancer

This is the unbelievable journey of Kris Carr and her battle with cancer. She changes her diet, juices, takes up yoga and changes many other aspects of her life in order to beat the disease and obtain optimal health. The emotional fight is sprinkled with humour and even romance. A must watch for anyone who wants to understand the disease in greater detail. 

 

 

6. Speciesism: The Movie

This film uncovers what farms have been struggling to keep secret for years. The conditions that animals are kept in, as well as their treatment and diets are all exposed. This is one of the great vegan documentaries that takes viewers on a white-knuckle ride that crawls through bushes, flies in planes and hides in factories, all to come face-to-face with the farmers who are rearing animals in such poor conditions. A must see!

 

 

7. The Cove

The Cove was released in 2009 and is an Oscar-winning film. The film follows a group of brave and courageous animal activists as they expose a small Japanese town, that is home to an industry that slaughters dolphins for meat. The film also follows the story of a former dolphin trainer (from hit TV show, Flipper), as he tries to forgive himself for exploiting these intelligent creatures in his earlier days. A great all round watch!

 

 

8. Blackfish

I only saw this for the first time a few months back, but it quickly became a personal favourite of mine. Blackfish chronicles the story of a captive killer whale, that has taken the lives of several people. The film undercovers the poor conditions that these creatures are kept in and highlights problems within the sea-park industry that have been deliberately covered up for years. 

 

 

9. Live and Let Live

Is one of the lesser known vegan documentaries out there, but it’s still a great watch. This feature film documents the human relationship with animals. It also looks at the history of veganism and the reasons underpinning why people turn to veganism. The health reasons, the ethics and environmental reasons are all discussed. 

 

 

10. Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

This is a great documentary that documents the journey of 6 Americans with diabetes as they switch to raw vegan diets in an attempt to reverse this disease. The participants give up meat, dairy, eggs, processed foods, nicotine, caffeine and all cooked foods for 30 days. The results are startling. A must watch for anyone who has diabetes or who has family members battling with the disease.

 

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Vegan Blogs

Vegan Blogs

Vegan blogs are a great! And vegan blogs are also one of the main reasons that veganism has grown so much over the last 10 years. They inspire people to make fundamental and lasting changes in their lives.

There are now thousands of blogs to choose from. Blogs on nutrition, health, animal rights, recipes, environmental issues…..the list is endless. 

 I am often struck and blown away by how creative these blogs are now becoming and the direction they are now taking veganism. I am even getting friends and family saying to me: “oh, I cooked a recipe that I found on such and such a blog and it was delicious”. Times are clearly changing. 

Below I have compiled a list of my favourite vegan blogs. I have put them into 3 categories: health and nutrition, recipes and environment and animals.

I am always on the lookout for new blogs to get inspired by, so if I have missed any good ones, then please leave a comment in the comments section below and I will update this list on a regular basis.

(Just as an FYI – the blogs are in no particular order!)

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Vegan Blogs – Health and Nutrition

 

  1. Dr John Mcdougal

Dr John McDougall has one of the most inspirational vegan blogs on the internet and he inspires me more than most. His blog has tons of information covering everything from recipes, health education, a nutrition program, success stories about people who have reversed chronic diseases, apps, videos, podcasts, discussion boards and even a shop where you can buy nutritious food. If you are looking to regain your health or get healthy, then this is the first place you should stop.

 

  1. Nutritionfacts.org

Nutrition Facts is a website run by Dr Michael Greger. This website and blog is one of my favourite health resources on the internet. Dr Greger is a physician and bestselling author. He is also an internationally renowned public speaker. Nutrition Facts.Org provides daily blogs and videos on the latest nutrition research. The information is presented in easy to understand way that leaves you informed and ready to take on the world. Again, if you want to lead a healthy life, regain your health or simply want to understand the best foods to eat for optimal health then visit the blog and website. Dr Gregers latest book: How Not To Die is also a must read!

 

  1. Dr Neal Barnard’s Blog

Dr Neal Barnard is another leading physician who advocates a plant and vegan based diet. Neal Barnard set up the Physicians Committee which is a leading revolution in the world of medicine. The committee has a membership of over 12,000 physicians and doctors and also has over 150,000 committed members from all around the world. The Committee aims to educate doctors about how modern diseases can be treated and reversed on plant based diets. All diseases are looked at from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. By putting prevention at the forefront of Dr’s minds, the committee empowers Dr’s and patients to take control of their own lives.

 

  1. Center for Nutrition Studies

The Center for Nutrition Studies was set up in 2007 by Dr Colin Campbell. The Center was set up following a lifetimes worth of nutrition research and the world famous China Study (if you have never read it then buy it!). The centre also runs one of my favourite vegan blogs which provides daily and weekly articles on everything from health and nutrition, recipes, plant based nutrition courses and lots of other useful information. A very good nutrition resource!

 

  1. Fork Over Knives

Ok, not strictly a blog, but this entry was always going to be in my list. The website is a great resource for health articles and scientific facts as well as plant based recipes. The website was born out of the bestselling documentary also titled: Fork Over Knives. If you haven’t seen the film, where have you been the last 10 years? The film and website examine the claim (or as I like to call it – truth) that most degenerative diseases today are caused by poor nutrition and that most of these diseases can indeed be controlled, prevented and reversed by removing animal based foods from your diet. This is where it all started for me. If you have been thinking about transitioning to a vegan diet then I strongly recommend you watch the film, if you haven’t already done so (available on Netflix in most countries).  

 

  1. Vegan Bodybuilding. Com

The blog is run by Robert Cheeke, a 36-year-old vegan bodybuilder from the U.S. Robert turned vegan at 15 and between 1995 and 2003 had gained 75 pounds in muscle following the adoption of a plant based diet. On the blog there is so much information if you are looking to build healthy muscle on a plant based diet. There is everything from meal plans, forums, articles and a nice resources section. Robert is one of many who are dispelling the myth that vegans are “weak and skinny”. Definitely worth a look……even if you aren’t into bodybuilding!

 

Vegan Blogs – Recipes

 

  1. Oh She Glows

The Oh She Glows vegan blog was created by Angela Liddon, a leading bestseller author. For over 6 years Angela has created over 600 recipes (all free) that enable people to live healthier lifestyles. Her goal is to encourage more people to transition to plant-based diets by developing mouth-watering vegan recipes. Her recipes are also great for parents who are trying to get their children to eat healthier foods (her recipes work a treat on even the pickiest of children). Most of the recipes on the blog are also gluten free and allergy friendly!

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  1. Laura Miller

Laura Millers blog (Raw. Vegan. Not Gross) is one of the most vibrant vegan blogs on the internet. Laura Miller is an American vegan who has had well over 87 different jobs before stumbling on her real passion in life. Predominantly raw vegan recipes. Her recipes are bright, colourful and super tasty. Oh, and highly nutritious. She also has a series on Tastemade, which is EPIC. So check it out!

 

  1. Thug Kitchen

If you love a vegan blog with tons of attitude, then look no further. But be warned. The content contains more expletives than a wound up Gordon Ramsey. If you have a great sense of humour and love delicious and affordable recipes, then this is the blog for you.

 

  1. Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Kitchen

Dreena has been vegan for well over 20 years. During this period, she has built up a substantial recipe portfolio that includes a number of bestselling books. Her recipes are centred around bringing families together with whole-food recipes that look and taste great. 

 

  1. Minimalist Baker

If you love tasty food with minimal fuss, then this is your blog. The website is the brainchild of Dana and John (married) who wanted to offer one-bowl recipes that can be made from scratch in under 30 minutes (and who doesn’t need this in their lives!). The food photography on this website is stunning, so give it a glance. But be warned, you will salivate! 

 

  1. Post Punk Kitchen

The Post Punk Kitchen was actually a TV cooking show that aired for 2 years between 2003-2005. Fortunately for all of us, when the show was stopped, the website and blog went full steam ahead. This has resulted in a number of well received cookbooks. The blog is run by Isa Chandra Moskowitz who is also a bestselling vegan cookbook author. 

 

  1. Vegan Yack Attack

The vegan Yack Attack blog is run by Jackie Sobon. It covers a wide spectrum of vegan recipes from delicious desserts, nutritious meal ideas and even raw recipes for those raw veganists. There is literally something for everyone. I love how simplistic and appetising many of the recipes are. Give it a look over!

 

  1. Deliciously Ella

What a couple of years it has been for Ella Woodward. It was only a few years back In 2011 that she was diagnosed with a serious disease (Postural Tachycardia Syndrome POTS). She was bed-bound and exhausted. After trying medications for 6 months she soon realised that this wasn’t going to be her solution. So she began her journey. After experimenting with her diet and removing meat, dairy, eggs and gluten, she was able to come off all her medications within 18 months of her diagnosis. The Deliciously Ella blog was born during this period and has gone from strength to strength. Ella also has some amazing cookbooks (that Mrs Goji & I love). If you have never been on Ella’s website…..go there now!

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  1. Bitter Sweet

Bitter Sweet is a great vegan blog with a focus around sweet treats (a must for those with a sweet tooth). Although the focus is all things sweet, it wouldn’t be fair to not mention that the blog also contains great savoury and fresh vegetable dishes for those wanting to rustle up something quick and nutritious.  

 

  1. Vegan Richa

Vegan Richa is run by Richa Hingle, an award winning blogger and photographer. She has featured in Oprah.com, VegNews.com, Cosmopolitan and Huffington Post to name a few. Richa has been blogging since 2009 following a career in software development and also following a potentially fatal brain tumour diagnosis. Richa went plant based in 2010 and has never looked back. Her recipes and blog is simply stunning. I love the quote she gave on her blog when asked why vegan. She responded: “I couldn’t directly or indirectly cause extreme suffering and death of any other animal or human when there are alternatives”. Amen to that!

 

  1. Pickles and Honey

I love food photography and I am continually looking for creative inspirations. If you share this passion too then I can’t recommend strongly enough that you pay a visit to Pickles and Honey. This is one of the best vegan blogs on the internet for recipes and stunning photography. It will literally leave you drooling! Enjoy!

 

  1. Gluten Free Girl

Gluten Free Girl is the blog of Solveig, a 20-year-old vegan blogger. She started the blog at 16 after discovering she had developed a gluten sensitivity. The blog chronicles the journey of Solveig and provides lots of tips and information for anyone who thinks they have health problems associated with gluten. There are lots of stunning gluten free recipes from: breads, breakfast ideas, desserts, cakes, cookies, pies and tarts, sweet treats, main courses, raw vegan ideas, soups and spreads. Basically this is a great collection for those wanting to avoid gluten!

 

  1. Sprouted Kitchen

This is another one of my favourite vegan blogs and it is a great site for those of you that love food photography. I have slight blog envy if truth be told lol. I love the food outlook that Sara and Hugh have, minimal intervention and freshly prepared. They have recipes for every taste and persuasion. Appetizers, sides, summer, winter, breakfast, beverages, salads and baby foods. You name it, they have it. 

 

  1. The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree Blog is run by Winnipegger Courtney and was a predominantly vegetarian based blog until Winnipegger was diagnosed with a dairy allergy. Soon after she went vegan. She said goodbye to meat, dairy and eggs and she’s never felt so good. The blog contains lots of great recipe ideas as well as some stunning photography. A great all-round blog!

 

  1. Keepin It Kind

Keepin It Kind is a blog by Kristy and Chris. I love the whole ethos of the blog from start to finish. Kristy was a self-confessed meat, dairy and eggs lover and the thought of going vegan filled her with fear. In her early 20’s she transitioned to be vegetarian and struggled to give up cheese. Eventually she transitioned fully to a vegan diet and now her and Chris (photographer) make stunning recipes accompanied by visually pleasing food snaps. Stop by and say hello to Kristy and Chris!

 

  1. Fork and Beans

Is a great vegan blog for those who have dietary restrictions. The blog is run by Cara and she states that: “My hope in starting this blog was to create a site where people with dietary restrictions will not only feel normal, but find that eating without certain ingredients can still be good”. Here, here to that! And the blog certainly delivers on that front. There are lots of breakfast recipes, bread recipes, copycat treats, cookies and bars, snacks, all raw recipes, ice cream, chocolate recipes and side dishes…….to name a few.

 

  1. I Love Vegan

I love Vegan is run by Brittany and William, a young married couple from Canada. Their goal is to make living a vegan lifestyle as simple and sustainable as possible. They are both passionate about veganism and they are both passionate about food photography. They have some great vegan recipes and some vegan resources on their blog, so stop by and say hi!  

 

  1. The Colorful Kitchen

The Colorful Kitchen is a great blog that is based on great plant based recipes that are mainly gluten free. The blog is run by Ilene (a certified health coach) and Ilene is a firm believer in listening to the body and making choices based on what the body is telling you to do. There are lots of great recipe ideas on The Colorful Kitchen: smoothies, breakfast recipes, baked goods recipes, raw food recipes, desserts and also great holiday recipes.

 

 

Vegan Blogs – Environment and Animals

 

  1. Cowspiracy

The Cowspiracy blog is one of the best vegan blogs on the internet that highlights the destructive consequences that animal agriculture is having on the planet. The blog and website is born out of the critically acclaimed film: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. If you haven’t seen it then get yourself on Netflix NOW! As most of us know, animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and produces more greenhouse gases than all of the transportation industries combined. The blog is a great resource that takes these facts one step further and provides daily and weekly articles around highlighting further issues born out of the animal agriculture industry. A great blog and resource for all vegans.

 

  1. Get Vegucated

Get Vegucated is a leading blog from the makers of Vegucated. Vegucated is a critically acclaimed film following the journey of three meat and dairy loving New Yorkers as they follow a vegan diet for six weeks (a must see film!). The blog contains lots of great information from resource pages to communities that you can get involved in. There is also lots of great articles that will help you keep informed on everything vegan!

 

  1. ADAPTT

ADAPTT was formed in 1996 by Gary Yourofsky. Gary is a leading animal rights activist and to date has given over 2,600 lectures to well over 60,000 people and his YouTube videos have been viewed millions of times on the internet. Despite being arrested numerous times and being banned from 5 countries, Gary still continues to motivate and inspire. His website and blog is a great resource for anyone who thinks I wish I had an answer for that vegan question. There is information on plant based diets, animal rights, recipes, videos and other great presentation materials. A great all round source of information. 

 

  1. PETA

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is a UK based charity that is run to protect the rights of all animals. PETA campaigns tirelessly via research, legislation, events, public education and even celebrity involvement campaigns to highlight the mistreatment of animals all around the world. Their blog is one of my go to sites to keep up to date on animal activism information and I strongly urge you to stop by on their blog at least once a week!

 

I hope you found my list of vegan blogs useful and it helps motivate you into a healthier happier life. 

 

Best regards,

 

Goji Man

 

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