When I first discovered that I could get vegan yogurt, I ran to the store and grabbed the first brand I saw. I immediately ripped open the lid and dug in. I was so excited. I loved yogurt growing up, and when I decided to go vegan, I thought I’d be giving it up for good. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I saw coconut milk yogurt at the grocery store. But the moment it hit my tongue—instant disappointment. It was nothing like the yogurt I was used to. Okay, it was creamy and in a similar looking container, but the flavor was all wrong.
Since that day I’ve been on a hunt for the very best vegan yogurt on the market. I’ve found many that are insanely delicious, and some that I can’t believe made it past the company’s testing phase. In this video I join Toni Okamoto from Vegan Outreach in an uncensored vegan yogurt taste-test video where we reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly. Enjoy!
Click here to watch on YouTube.
Halloween is just around the corner, and you know what that means! We’re about to enter briefly into a world filled with ghosts and ghouls, blood sucking vampires, and flesh eating zombies. We do all we can to bring to life scary monsters that make our skin crawl and our friends scream.
But many of us forget that we already live in a world scarier than any haunted house. So why not take that supernatural costume and turn it into a real life horror story that can spread awareness, spark conversations, and maybe even save lives. I’ve teamed up with some friends over at World of Vegan to bring you eight creative animal rights Halloween costume ideas that each carry a powerful message. Take a look!
What are you going to be for Halloween—and will you make your costume a tool for change? Let me know on Facebook! If you make any of these costumes or come up with your own, I’d love to see them.
P.S. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to my videos on YouTube so you’ll be the first to know when I post new vegan videos!
Over the past year I have worked with vegan artist Sooyeon Jang to produce several “Draw My Life” videos from the perspective of farmed animals. These illustrated videos depict what animals endure on today’s factory farms—what chickens, pigs, and dogs used for food experience from the time they were born until they are served on a plate.
Unlike undercover factory farm footage, these “Draw My Life” stories are told without the gory real-life footage that causes so many to turn away or hit the pause button. The hand-drawn nature of these videos enables people to really absorb the full story of what happens to farmed animals, and we’ve already heard from countless people who were impacted by them. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch them yourself!
A Chicken’s Life
A Pig’s Life
The Life of a Dog in South Korea
If you find these videos impactful, please share them! And stay tuned for more at the World of Vegan YouTube channel as we plan to add to this series of Draw My Life videos in the near future.
July is here, and you know what that means! Red-white-and-blue foods galore. What you may not realize is that most of these picture-perfect 4th of July treats are incredibly easy to veganize!
Here is a fun and festive treat idea brought to you in collaboration with Toni Okamoto from Vegan Outreach, and all you need is fresh strawberries, blue sprinkles, and vegan white chocolate chips.
Click here to watch on YouTube.
Now, for a long time I assumed that there was no convenient, accessible vegan white chocolate option. But during my trip to Israel I discovered this King David Gourmet brand and fell in love. I shoved as many packages as I could in my overstuffed suitcase assuming they would be near-impossible to find in the United States. But much to my excitement, when I returned home I found that I could order them online (and a few shops in my area carry them too)!
But if you can’t find white chocolate in time for this weekend’s celebrations, here’s another similar idea using strawberries, vegan cheesecake filling (or whipped cream), and blueberries:
Click here to watch on YouTube.
I hope these party-friendly recipes provide some inspiration for your 4th of July celebrations! Cheers
I’m so excited to announce the launch of my new website, WorldofVegan.com! I created World of Vegan as a way to help reduce suffering worldwide by inspiring kind food and lifestyle choices.
World of Vegan just launched, but I have big visions. World of Vegan will provide the tools, resources, and community that will help people align their actions with values and live more compassionately. It will also highlight the latest vegan news, new vegan products, bite-sized videos about vegan living, and more!
I can’t wait for you to check out the site, and would deeply appreciate your support as I work to bring this to the public.
There are more than 7 billion people on planet earth, and at the rate we’re growing an consuming, the outlook is dreary. It’s going to take many people with big visions and great dedication to drive the change that this world (and the animals) so desperately need. I hope you’ll join me in being a part of that change through World of Vegan!
Be sure to subscribe to the World of Vegan newsletter and stay tuned for all the fresh content coming your way soon. I hope you’ll invite anyone you know to join the World of Vegan Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest communities, and that you’ll share articles that you think may resonate with your friends! Together, we can make the world a kinder place for all beings.
With much love,
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!