I just got back from a jam-packed weekend cruising hundreds of aisles at the Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural product industry trade show. This event featured thousands of companies exhibiting their latest and greatest products, and drew more than 60,000 individuals from the natural products industry and press.
One thing was crystal clear. The explosion of vegan products was one of the biggest trends of the show. There were new vegan meats, cheeses, milks, chocolates, energy bars, protein powders, and more. Every company knew how to answer “are your products vegan?” (which was usually a point of confusion in the past), and almost every company wanted to be able to tout that vegan label. It was all very exciting to see and provided evidence of how fast times are changing.
But the best part of expo was meeting the people behind the companies—the founders, product developers, and marketers—as well as the other vegan content creators that do great work bringing to light the latest in the vegan world.
I put together two videos recapping Expo West to give you a peek inside. The first is a recap of the most exciting products I found at expo. The second is a fun video that shows many of the vegan bloggers, content creators, and business owners that you may recognize. Take a look!
The Best of Vegan at Expo West:
Vegans Swarm Expo West:
I’m writing with some exciting news. I just launched my new website where I will publish my videos going forward—an updated and more comprehensive version of Vegan Break. Take a peek!
As many of you know, I’ve dedicated this past year to publishing new vegan content geared toward making vegan easy at Vegan.com. It has been a wonderful experience and to see such fast growth and such a positive response to my videos has been heartwarming. But I’m venturing out on my own again soon. I’m growing a photography and videography side business, and will again be making Vegan Break videos just for you guys.
Thank you for all of the support over the years, and I hope you’ll join me at my new site, subscribe to my e-mail newsletter so you’ll be in-the-know when I post videos, and stay tuned! I have many exciting things planned that will unroll in the coming year. Until then, be well, stay compassionate, and always remember to shine your light!
During the holidays, I’m always on the lookout for party-friendly recipes that are super easy to make. This polenta pizza bite recipe is one of my favorites! It reminds me of the Bagel Bites I had as a kid, but more nutritious and delicious. These are great for both kids and adults.
- Package of pre-cooked polenta (sold at most grocery stores—it comes in a tube as shown in the video above)
- Bottle of pizza sauce or tomato sauce
- Package of mozzarella Daiya cheese shreds
Using a sharp knife, slice the tube of polenta into rounds about a half-inch thick. Place the slices of polenta on an oiled baking sheet. Top each with a spoonful of tomato sauce and a generous sprinkle of vegan mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 degrees until the cheese is completely melted. Remove from the oven, serve, and enjoy!
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is that I am always in the mood to bake. Something about the sweet smell of cupcakes rising in the oven changes winter from feeling cold and wet to cozy and festive.
When I first became vegan I thought I’d have to abandon all of my favorite recipes that I had collected over the years. But as it turned out, all I needed to do was swap nut milk for cow’s milk and learn how to replace the eggs! Surprising as it may seem, eggs are one of the easiest ingredients to replace in recipes. You have many options, and in this video I show you five:
Eggs can be replaced in baking with store-bought egg replacer products like Ener-G or using ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen:
- Ground Flax Seeds: 2.5 tablespoons ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water.
- Banana: ½ mushed super-ripe banana.
- Chia Seeds: 1 tablespoon chia seeds (ground or whole) mixed with ⅓ cup water. Allow to soak up water for 10 minutes—it will form a gel.
- Applesauce: ¼ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
- Peanut Butter: 3 tablespoons peanut butter (natural)
Finally, if you are interested in diving into the world of vegan baking, consider ordering one or two of these all-star vegan baking books:
I’m working to crush the myth that going vegan is hard by creating content geared toward making vegan easy. Here are three videos that will do just that!
The first provides three healthy vegan breakfast ideas: overnight oats, a yogurt parfait, and a tropical green smoothie (that doesn’t taste green). The second has three easy vegan lunchbox ideas—vegan sliders, anyone? And finally, for all those with a pooch at home, a recipe for the simplest dog treats on the planet, made with just 3 ingredients. Enjoy!
Healthy Vegan Breakfast Ideas:
Easy Vegan Lunchbox Ideas:
Simple Vegan Dog Cookies:
Be sure to stay tuned over at Vegan.com for my latest videos. Until next time—hugs, kisses, and happy October!
Non-human animals have it rough in this world. One look at an undercover video—be it of a slaughterhouse, laboratory, animal shelter, or circus—will give you heebie jeebies, and leave you questioning HOW we’re still committing such violence in our “progressive” society.
But instead of simply reflecting on the sad state of the world, I urge you to do something—anything—to help make the world better. I made this video to show you six super-easy things that you can do to help animals. Enjoy!
Summer is in session and barbecue season is upon us. And you better believe that some of the very best barbecue foods are vegan! Plus, with all the vegan meat options on the market today, you won’t feel like you’re missing a thing. From marinated tofu kebabs to cauliflower steaks to homemade bean burgers, there are endless ways to celebrate summer at the grill vegan-style. Watch these videos below to get inspiration!
Vegan-Style Summer Barbecue:
Anatomy of a Vegan Shish Kebab:
Easy Vegan Pigs in a Blanket:
Great Vegan Barbecue Foods:
- Vegan Hot Dogs
- Vegan Burgers
- Vegan Meat (Gardein, Beyond Meat)
- Marinated Tofu Shish Kebabs
- Cauliflower Steaks
- Corn on the Cob
- Vegan Jalapeno Poppers
- Vegan Pigs in a Blanket
So get out the grill and show your friends just how delicious grilled vegan food can be!
I have some exciting news. A couple months ago I left my job in an effort to work full-time ‘making vegan easy’ through videos and other content at the brand-new Vegan.com. We launched the site last week and I’ll be publishing five videos each week including recipes, tips, reviews, news and more. Watch the sampling of videos below, and I hope you’ll subscribe to the Vegan.com YouTube channel to stay tuned!
Eating vegan food is such a simple and delicious way to help animals, the environment and your health. Every vegan meal is a vote for compassion and a kinder world. I hope my Vegan Break videos have made being vegan more fun, and that you’ll stay tuned at Vegan.com!
Last week compassionate people all across America pledged to go vegetarian or vegan for US veg week. Several cities jumped on board and organized special veg week events to support the veg pledgers.
We were especially active in Oakland, California, where the volunteer-run Oakland Veg group hosted vegan cooking demos, speakers, grocery tours, and a social vegan drinks gathering. The Vegan Drinks gathering was a particularly fun because No No Burger—locally known for making the most epic vegan burgers ever—set up shop and fed the hungry attendees. Take a peek!
Click here to watch on YouTube.
If you make it to Oakland, you’ve GOT to try these burgers. They are life-changing.
When you’re looking for the perfect cure for chapped lips, remember this. Lip balm often contains animal products such as beeswax, lanolin, honey or carmine. That said, vegan lip balm is easy to find. Here are my favorites!
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Top 3 Vegan Lip Balms:
♡ Hurraw: http://amzn.to/1kKTxnm
♡ Ellovi Lip Butter: http://amzn.to/1licwIF
♡ Crazy Rumors: http://amzn.to/1jgLvOQ