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My body: I want doughnut holes.
Me: No, body, we don't eat doughnut holes.
My body: But WHYYYYY?
Me: What do you mean, "why?" We've been vegan for nearly 5 years! WE JUST DON'T EAT DOUGHNUT HOLES.
My body: :c Can we learn to make vegan doughnut holes?
Me: Maybe later.
diced salad, mix and match ingredients based on what you have!
-half of a can of black beans or chick peas, rinsed
dice all of the veggies, put ‘em in a big bowl with the beans. splash some lemon juice, salt, pepper, & garlic on it, toss it, taste. add more lemon juice+seasonings ‘til it tastes the way you want it. pretty much my favourite thing!
slice up all of the veggies you have (within reason), put them on some healthy bread w/dijon mustard on one slice. add chia or flax seeds & nutritional yeast if you have it. I use veganaise too because it’s healthy and tastes delicious. but seriously, this is one of the best sandwiches you’ll ever have. carrots, celery, bell & banana peppers, greens, mushrooms, sprouts, cucumbers, anything. it all works u_u Alvarado Street Bakery is a national brand of bread that is incredibly healthy and protein filled, if you wanna try that!
delicious, easy, low calorie, high protein, shockingly similar to scrambled eggs. you do need nutritional yeast for this. it’s an inactive yeast that’s full of B vitamins and other goodies, and has a slightly cheesy flavour. I call it a health hack-it’s incredibly good for you and makes everything taste better. it’s at larger grocery stores & all health stores. I like mine crumbled smaller than this recipe; cut the tofu up in 1 inch chunks and then crumble it with your fingers.
roasted brussels sprouts & apples
if you have ever had brussels sprouts and hated them, for the love of gob try this. it is incredible. it will shock and enlighten you. and it’s super easy, so why not? use about half of the amount of craisins-there’s just too many otherwise. brussels sprouts are incredibly good for you, too. they can help protect you from cancer!
black bean-vegetable soup, from Veganomicon (best cookbook!)
one of the easiest soups I’ve made. if you don’t wanna deal with getting a carton of veggie broth, this stuff is incredible and in the long run is probably like 100x cheaper and handier than getting cartons of broth. the chicken broth powder they make is also vegan and delicious! also don’t worry if you don’t have all of the veggies. I’ve made this a lot and half of the time I don’t have all of the ingredients.
-4 15 ounce cans of black beans
-3 tbsp olive oil
-2 medium size onions, diced finely (only use one if you hate chopping onions, like me)
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-1 bell pepper, seeded & diced finely
-1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (optional)
-1 stalk celery, diced finely
-1 carrot, diced finely
-1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
-2 tsp dried oregano
-1 tsp dried thyme
-1 tbsp white wine or sherry vinegar (you can substitute other vinegars)
-2 tsp salt, or to taste
-ground black pepper
-3-6 cups vegetable broth-depends on how you like your soup!
Prepare the vegetables: Preheat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Saute the garlic in the oil until the garlic begins to sizzle, stir for 30 seconds, and add the onions and bell pepper. Stir and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until the onions and peppers are very soft, then add the jalapeno, celery, and carrot. Cook for another 10 minutes, until the carrot has begun to soften, then remove from heat.
Combine the beans, vegetables, any remaining oil, plus the cumin, oregano, thyme, and vegetable broth in a pot. Cover the pot, raise the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low, partially cover the pot, and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes (I usually just let it simmer for 10-20 minutes), until the carrot and celery are tender.
Remove from the heat, allow to cool 10 minutes, add the vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper (and nutritional yeast! ♥♥).
Healthy delicious banana bread:
3 very ripe bananas (1 cup mashed)
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup oil or butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup wheat germ
(1 cup chopped dates)
(1 cup toasted nuts)
Preheat oven to 375*F
Mash bananas and mix them with lemon juice until smooth. Cream butter or oil and sugar together and add the banana mix, stirring well.
Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix in wheat germ. Add to the banana mix and stir in the dates and nuts if desired.
The dough will be very stiff. Turn it into a greased 4” x 8” loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes. To test for doneness, insert a knife into the loaf: if it comes out clean, the bread is done.
Makes 1 loaf.
(You can also bake banana bread in an 8” x 8” pan, or make 12 cupcakes. Bake these for about 1/2 hour.)
Awesome easy things to do to make your food healthier:
Chia seeds. Add to sandwiches, salad, anything that you don’t mind being a tiny bit crunchier. They’re pretty much flavourless.
Flax seeds. You have to grind them up to digest them properly but you can get ‘em preground, I believe. Sandwiches, salads, scrambled eggs, smoothies, pretty much anything.
Nutritional yeast, but I already waxed eloquent about that.
Reblogging this onto my main, because I am proud of how I look. I’ve worked to get these abs. I used to hate how I looked and acted terribly towards myself, but now I’m treating my body well and it’s treating me well. I’m pretty happy about it.
I’m not usually quite this skinny & being skinny doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy. I’ve just seen a lot of progression in my abs lately and it makes me happy.
Gdwjkfsbjrfk. Basil and strawberry #vegan #icecream with matcha mochi chunks. My taste buds are geeking. #desert #veganfoodporn #kyotofu (Taken with Instagram at Kyotofu)
[TW: eating disorder]
Alright, Tumblr vegans. Since I’m unable to physically smack y’all upside your nasty dreaded heads, you get this rant instead.
I want to talk about food choices.
If you’re not totally clueless, you’re probably already aware of the classism and racism inherent in the “EVERY1 CAN BE VEG*N!!1” trope. We’ve been down that road with them before. We’ve explained food deserts, we’ve explained how costly “healthy” food can be to obtain and prepare for working-class folks with families to feed, we’ve explained the importance of certain foods to minority communities and the problems inherent in assuming there is only one right (see: white) way to respect animals.
I don’t want to talk about that. I’m not particularly well-read in food politics and I’m not a person of color, so I don’t have much of value to add to that discussion anyway. But there is something I know a hell of a lot about as a fat woman—and that’s dieting, disordered eating, and how incredibly complex and downright agonizing everyday food choices can be for women.
We are bombarded with messages about food before we even get into grade school. And not just messages—rules. Oh, the rules! It would be hilarious how contradictory they all are (low carb! no fat! low fat! high carb! no egg yolks! yes, egg yolks! YOGURT FOR EVERYONE! but that not that one, it has HFCS! READ EVERY LABEL ON EVERYTHING YOU EAT! low-cal! no-cal! sugar-free!) if they weren’t so fucking damaging. Almost nothing is safe. I’ll just talk about mine for a moment. All these things that vegans tout as the solution to our dietary woes—yeah, they’re not special. Tofu and whole grains? Too many carbs. Fruit? Too much sugar. Vegetables? I don’t like most of them, and then I end up feeling ashamed and disgusting for not wanting to eat a food that I simply DO NOT LIKE THE TASTE OF. Absolutely every item in the grocery store has something wrong with it, so then I end up eating nothing, and then I end up binging because I’m ravenous and I’m losing my mind, and the cycle continues.
If you can’t identify with any of this, be glad. Be ecstatic that food is a neutral subject for you! I wish it was for me! No, not every woman develops disordered eating or a full-blown eating disorder, but I suspect that the estimates are much higher than we realize. According to this study from 2008, it’s 3 out of 4 American women between the ages of 25 and 45. And it’s not an easy thing to get a handle on, since all surveys on disordered eating are self-reported. Additionally, when the culture around you is sick and obsessed with dieting, it’s obviously going to be difficult to recognize that your own food behaviors are not healthy.
The point is, for millions of us, giving ourselves permission to simply eat what we want tohas never been an option.
Eat what you want?! Are you kidding? You’ll eat everything! You’ll gain weight until you can’t walk! You can’t do that. What does this has to do with self-righteous veganism? EVERYTHING. It has everything to do with it, because any—yes, absolutely any—set of dietary restrictions can wreak havoc in the mind of someone who is already struggling to feed themselves. I’m not even talking about EDs here, though; shoving veganism down the throat of someone in the throes of a life-threatening ED would be downright criminal. I’m talking about your average woman, one who may not necessarily have a fully developed ED, but she has still internalized countless negative messages about food. This is where, to me, veganism completely breaks down, because I just cannot wrap my mind around telling other people what to eat.
Eating is hard, okay? I can’t stress enough how difficult it is for some people (myself included, obvs) to feed themselves regularly, healthfully and without guilt. So when you add yet another restriction to the mess of food rules people have already taken to heart—in this case, it’s “no animal products”—you are complicating that even further. I personally cannot adhere to a single food rule or else I lose it. Yes, I lose it. I will stay up all night for days on end fantasizing about that forbidden food, I will binge on it, and I will then abuse myself for eating it.
I’m not saying mistreating animals raised for food products is acceptable. I’m saying you’re blaming the wrong people. You’re disrespecting and shaming people who are just trying to survive in a food-obsessed culture rather than going after the corporations themselves that you have grievances with, and in the process, you are actively doing harm. Every time you or one of your buddies tells someone that eating cheese is wrong, you add another layer to the deliciously horrible cake of food guilt that we’re all carrying around. Because for some of us, cheese may be safe. Cheese may be that one thing we can eat without wanting to purge, or maybe it’s the way we get our protein, or WHATEVER. It’s actually none of your fucking business, but I digress.
While I have yet to figure out if this was an attempt to flirt with me or to offend me, this is part of a conversation I had at my dentist’s office today.
Me: Yeah, I study literature.
Man: You study literature and you wear fancy scarves? Hah, you probably own a pair of TOMS, don’t you?
This TOMS phenomenon really blows my mind, somewhat because of the poor quality of craftsman ship paired with the outrageous price-tag, but mostly because the whole charity premise behind TOMS is a prime example of just how completely out-of-touch first world residents are with third world problems. And no, I don’t own a pair of them. Nor should you. Here’s why:
TOMS (for all you little social hermits) is a shoe company that charges an average price of $54 for a canvas shoe paired with a promise that for every purchase one pair is donated to some poor barefoot child in a 3rd world country. Cool, right? Hooray for companies that make social awareness hip and easy! Now, don’t get me wrong TOMS does help… in a very topical, short-term, ineffective way.
You see, TOMS assumes that the main problem is the inaccessibility of proper footwear. However, the problem is not a lack of shoes and an abundance of feet; it’s poverty. Plain and simple. While TOMS may put a shoe on the foot of an 8 year old, it doesn’t ensure that kid footwear for life (most kids only get one pair anyway- which, as is normal for kids, they quickly grow out of and have little use for afterwards. Hooray for extra waste!) TOMS, however does nothing to improve the conditions these kids are living in; and it sure doesn’t do anything to alleviate the long-term impact poverty has on them.
In fact, TOMS is just like any other first-world, capitalist-driven company in that it is more concerned with sales than social change. Proof? They now have a vegan line. Yes, an animal friendly shoe that promises no critters were harmed or exploited in order to manufacture a pair, because TOMS (like the good company it is) understands its customers and knows just how popular earth and animal friendly things have recently become. And there’s nothing wrong with vegan shoes, except here’s the kicker: TOMS are made in China, Argentina, and Ethiopia! This means that these shoes are probably being manufactured by a person who clocks in an average of 100 hours a work week in a sweatshop factory for next to NO MONEY. Sounds a little… counter-intuative for a company that is so socially conscious it goes so far as to care about veganism.
The other problem with TOMS is that it’s not just some well-intentioned company that does its best but meets unbeatable odds and consequently can not effect social change. They sure as fuck CAN, they chose not to (and that, is a HUGE difference.) That is the difference between genuine social concern and merely the exploitation of social woes solely to benefit sales rates. You see, TOMS promotes charity but they do nothing to promote or facilitate sustainability… or, for that matter, real change. TOMS donates low-quality shoes to barefoot children. TOMS does not create jobs for their parents, and TOMS definitely does not give these children access to education. There is no room for empowerment, consequently there is no room for improvement. TOMS, like most forms of charity, is a band-aid. At the root of it, children in 3rd world countries do not need a pair of shoes that will last them a few months; they need a company who will offer their parents jobs, offer them access to education, and encourage trade within their countries’ borders (consequently promoting economic improvements.)
Think that sounds like too much for one company to do? Think again. Ethiopian shoe company, soleREBELS, has been at it since 2004. Unlike TOMS, they hire local residents (at 3x the national average wage) and offer their children access to education… while also making shoes. This means that while no one is being given free shoes, they are being provided with a means to sustain themselves, better themselves, and continue to benefit (and improve) their entire country with every generation of soleREBELS workers.
So the next time you go to make a TOMS purchase because they are so “socially conscious” and “such a great investment” rethink that “add to cart” decision. There are better ways for you to spend your money. You don’t have to be conned into just thinking you’re doing good… because you can actually do good. You can make a real difference but you have to use your own brain and stop trusting large corporations to provide you with the means to do so.
So, please, if there is ONE THING you blog all day… at least let it be the link to the soleREBELS website. [http://www.solerebelsfootwear.co/] They certainly deserve the attention.
Fantastic read on why Toms aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.