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Making Vegan Easy Week 17 Round-Up

Enjoy these making vegan easy tips-of-the-day from my Facebook page, and share with your friends and family. Let’s change the world together.

Tip #113: Celebrate Earth Day everyday.

Go outside and spend some time in nature. Enjoy what Spring has to offer. Take a walk, ride a bike or have a picnic. I promise you won’t regret it. Love planet Earth. Home sweet home.

Tip #114: Try jackfruit.

It’s a “meaty” like fruit that can be used as a meat substitute. I ate it for the first time last year at a restaurant in Madison, WI. It was delicious in a BBQ sauce. You will want to buy it canned in water (not a sugary syrup). It’s available at Asian markets. The recent issue of VegNews has a delicious jackfruit curry recipe. We made it last night with a lot of fresh spices and it was a wonderful aromatic experience. If you haven’t tried jackfruit yet, give it a try. I think you will like it.

Tip #115: Read to your kids.

The new book, Vegan is Love, is now available. Isn’t it great there are vegan books for kids too.

Tip #116: Eat out.

Mercy for Animals has an excellent web page of restaurant guides. But if you live in an area where vegan food is hard to come by, then use their detailed “how to” guide to get vegan dishes added to menus of your favorite restaurants. MFA has successfully worked with many restaurants in Chicago. It may takes some effort but it will be worth it.

Tip #117: Spring clean.

Say no to harsh chemicals and animal testing, and make your own safe and cruelty-free cleaning products. My favorite cleaning supplies are baking soda and white vinegar. I use those a lot to clean the kitchen and bathroom.

Tip #118: Eat fiber.

I like this article, not because it’s about weight loss, but because it talks about “crowding out” and instead of “cutting out.” It’s a positive shift on making healthy food choices.

Tip #119: Spice it up.

Cinco de Mayo is May 5th. Celebrate with some homemade vegan Mexican food. I fell in love with Mexico last year and I’m celebrating with a tortilla making party.

Related article: Earth Day, Everyday on GOOD

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Making Vegan Easy Week 15 Round-Up

Here are seven more tips for making vegan easy. Hope you are finding these tips helpful and informative. If there is something keeping you from living an easy vegan life, let me know what it is and I will see if I can help. Have a great week!

Tip #99: Travel smart.

Happy Cow, an online veg restaurant guide, has a free app for smart phones that will help you find a veg-friendly restaurant wherever you are located. Just turn on your GPS. I just returned from San Francisco and used the app many times. It also locates health food stores. Wouldn’t want to travel without it!

Tip #100: Support the vegan community.

Add vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants to happycow.net and vegguide.org. Help build these websites for our community. When you take five minutes to do this, you help many people AND animals. It makes being vegan easier and travel a breeze. I have added two restaurants this morning. Is there a restaurant you could add today?

Tip #101: Subscribe to vegan.com.

Erik Marcus combs the web the each day for all the news about animals—good and bad. If you want to learn more about the issues farm animals face as well as food politics, you will want to receive his daily updates.

Tip # 102: The great debate.

Honey has caused many debates among vegans. Erik Marcus (from vegan.com) wrote a good piece about it. Read it to learn more about the issues with honey. Did you know that some bee keepers feed bees high fructose corn syrup after taking the bees honey? That just seems wrong. My favorite natural sweetener is maple syrup. What’s yours?

Tip #103: Avoid palm oil.

Skip palm oil until this product can be made sustainably and without harming humans and animals. Read about here:

Tip #104: Watch Bold Native for free on YouTube.

Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. From abolitionists to welfarists, Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story.

Tip #105: Have you found your tribe yet?

I have mentioned meetup.com before and it’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests. (I’m so grateful for my vegan friends.) If there isn’t a meetup in your area yet, then start one. Most meetup groups get creative with the types of events offered, so expect more than just meeting at a restaurant. Last night I attended a vegan cooking class through a local meetup. I learned some new tricks in the kitchen and recipes too. We made homemade ketchup. I didn’t even like ketchup until I tried this recipe. I’m going to make some today. Who has been to a meetup in their area?

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Making Vegan Easy Week 11 Round-Up

Another week done. I’m learning all kinds of things by writing these daily vegan tips including finding new vegan magazines, where to watch movies for free online and much more. Stay tuned for more easy vegan tips or like my Facebook page to read them daily. Enjoy your week!

Tip #71: Watch Go Further with vegan environmentalist Woody Harrelson.

Check NetFlix or Amazon for the full movie.

Tip #72: Check out Chickpea magazine.

I haven’t read this magazine published for the vegan community but I sure want to.

Tip #73: Eating meat is risky.

NPR and CNN update the public on what we vegans already know.

Tip #74: Watch a food documentary and be inspired.

See Forks Over Knives and you will definitely want to eat healthier; Kris Carr will inspire you in her film, Crazy Sexy Cancer; and Vegucated is a fun film for everyone. Want more? Check out these well-known oldies but goodies: Food Inc., Super Size Me (free on hulu.com) and Fast Food Nation.

Lunch at the Airport

Tip #75: Be optimistic.

Expect good things to happen. This week I traveled to Arkansas. It was just a day trip for work. I had to eat lunch and dinner away and mostly likely at the airport. I did not prepare or buy any vegan food to bring with me. This goes against tip #25: Be prepared. Sometimes you just have to wing it, so embrace a positive attitude and go.

The NW Arkansas Regional airport does not have a restaurant yet, but there was a gourmet food shop that made me a veggie sandwich for lunch and for dinner. I had to make a special request because all the premade sandwiches used animal products. This leads me back to tip # 29: Speak up. We were given a voice and we need to use it.

Tip #76: See free health movies online.

Watch the Beautiful Truth, a documentary about the impact of diet on cancer. It’s free on YouTube.

Tip #77: The Great American Meatout is March 20th.

How about making a vegan meal for your omnivore friends or take them to a veggie restaurant this week? Let’s show our friends and family how tasty vegan food is.

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Vegan Travel Made Easy

Recently I spent a week in La Jolla, California. When I travel, I rely on Happy Cow. It’s a website listing thousands of veg-friendly restaurants, markets and health food stores worldwide. This website makes eating vegan while traveling a breeze. To use the site, you enter your location and the site lists the veg-friendly options within your chosen radius. I use the Happy Cow app on my smartphone. The app uses the phone’s GPS, which makes the search even easier.

Search results for La Jolla proved disappointing. Only three eateries plus a market popped up. I was in California after all. We were on foot and none of these were within walking distance. Surprised by the lack of choices, I did a quick google search for “healthy restaurants in La Jolla.” I found Lean & Green just a few blocks away — not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant but it offers many vegan options prominently marked on the menu. Problem solved.

My one complaint about Happy Cow is that it won’t allow you to submit primarily omnivore restaurants. I would agree for the most part, however, last Winter I was in Cadillac, Michigan — not exactly a vegan-friendly town. The best option we could find for dinner was Ruby Tuesday’s. This restaurant offers a huge salad bar which is very vegan-friendly. It may be one of the few items on the menu that is vegan-friendly but I created a delicious and fulfilling meal as did my boyfriend and his daughter. When we went to submit this restaurant to Happy Cow, the site refused this listing because it was not vegan-friendly enough. In some parts of the world, the submission rules do a disservice to the vegan community, but other than that, this site is very useful and makes traveling easy.

Happy Cow’s site content is dependent on the veg community submitting new restaurants and adding restaurant reviews. So do your part to increase Happy Cow’s listings as I did by submitting a new restaurant. Now there are four vegan-friendly spots listed in La Jolla!

P.S. I’m off to submit a review for a new Chicago restaurant I visited last weekend, Urban Vegan. Yum!

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