Speak Up For Animals: 5 Simple Things You Can Do Today

21 Apr

The following has been adapted from Bustle

1. Take the 7 day veg pledge. 


What better time to try vegetarianism then during U.S. VegWeek? Take the pledge and get free recipes and product coupons!

If 1,000 people decided to go vegetarian just one day a week, around 58,000 animal lives would be saved. That may not seem very significant in the grand scheme of things — but it’s certainly significant to those 58,000 animals.

2. Help baby animals beaten and bullied on a Canadian veal farm.


Mercy for Animals recently released a new undercover investigation showing baby animals being beaten, bulled on a Canadian veal farm. You can take action here: http://www.cratedcruelty.ca/

3. Try cruelty-free products.


You can make a point to not buy products from companies that test on animals, and doing so isn’t as difficult as it might seem. You just have to know who to avoid.

Big name companies that test on animals include L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, and Procter & Gamble. A full list of cosmetic and cleaning companies that test on animalscan be found here, courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

As for alternatives, Tom’s of Maine is reliably cruelty-free. So are Fábula, Aurelia, and Dr. Bronner’s. For more, check out PETA’s list of cruelty-free companies.

4. Tell Congress to Pass the Pups Act 


Puppy mills are an especially insidious form of animal cruelty, as they thrive on generally good intentions of well-meaning pet owners. While there are federal standards for the housing and care of commercially-raised animals, they’re not very well enforced, and due to a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act, they only apply to breeders who sell to pet stores or brokers, exempting those who sell directly to consumers. As a result, tons of puppies are raised in truly horrific conditions.

The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act would change this. It would expand the definition of a “high-volume retail breeder” to encompass those who sell directly to the public, mandate adequate living space for dogs in breeding facilities, and require that dogs being raised for commercial purposes be given regular opportunities to exercise.

The law has been introduced twice in Congress but never passed, so you should tell your local representative, who you can find here, to support it until it becomes law.

5. Sign this petition to shut down the Surabaya Zoo. 


In general, you should avoid zoos altogether. Animals in zoos are separated from their natural environments and families, subject to constant harassment and disturbances (children banging on windows, etc), and forced to live in a confined space for the rest of their lives. Zoo life is so intolerable that some zoo animals have actually been given Prozac to help manage their moods.

But conditions at the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia are cruel on a whole new level. Over 100 animals have died at the zoo in less than a year, including a lion who strangled after getting his neck snared on the cable used to open his door. The pelican cage is so overcrowded that some of them have started destroying their own eggs. When the last giraffe in the zoo died, examiners found 40 pounds of plastic in its stomach.

petition at Change.org demands that Indonesian lawmakers take action to shut down the zoo. It has over 184,000 signatories. You should be one of them.

Exhibit Highlights Human-Animal Homelessness

26 Mar
“…my dog is my home – 
he keeps me warm when it’s
cold and gives me somebody
 to talk to when I’m walking
down the highway.”

The National Museum of Animals & Society, a museum based out of Los Angeles is dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people through exploration of our shared experience. One of their exhibits, titled “My Dog Is My Home” explores the relationship between humans and animals who live together on the streets. The exhibit now has an online component, featuring portraits of the families featured in the exhibit, artifacts and ways you can get involved.



Check out the thought-provoking exhibit now!

Recipe for Vegan Crab Rangoon

21 Mar

I worked at a Chinese restaurant when I was in high school and I loved helping make the crab rangoons, but I haven’t made them since. I had a craving for this today and was trying to figure out what to use for the ‘crab’ part of the rangoon. Tempeh, maybe? Then it hit me: JACKFRUIT! Jackfruit is a sweet fruit, is dense in nutrients and is absolutely delicious (and cheap!).



20 oz. can of young green jackfruit, in brine or water
2 cups vegetable broth
1, 8 oz. tub of Tofutti brand non-hydrogenated cream cheese (softened at room temperature for about an hour before using)
1 scallion, thinly sliced
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
square vegan wonton wrappers
canola or grapeseed oil

to serve
prepared Thai chili sauce

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Three Ingredient Chocolate Cookie Milkshake

18 Mar

Yesterday I got my remaining two wisdom teeth out – not fun! But, what is fun about getting your wisdom teeth out is you have legitimacy for drinking yummy milkshakes and binge watching Netflix while you recover. I came up with this beyond easy chocolate cookie milkshake that is so delicious, I almost wish I had more wisdom teeth that needed extraction. Almost.

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Some milkshake makin’ tips:

Freeze your glass first. This allows the temperature of the glass to cool down and keep your drink colder, longer. It also gives you that delicious looking frosty glass to pour your milkshake into.

Let the ice cream soften before you use it. I usually pull it from the freezer about 5-10 minutes before I actually scoop into it. Its easier to scoop that way and won’t turn your milkshake to a block of ice, forcing you to add too much almond milk and dilute the flavor.

Never add ice to your milkshakes. Milkshakes are all about creaminess; adding ice is for smoothies.

Use a 3:1 ratio. Or a 2:1 ratio, for thinner milkshakes. For instance, 1 c. ice cream + 1/3 c. milk. For whatever reason, the liquid vs. solid in a milkshake works best with this formula.

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Spring Fling: Go Cruelty-Free

12 Mar

Spring is here! Okay well, technically it’s not yet but soon enough it will be. It’s started to warm up a bit and I’m itching to pull out my spring dresses. Besides, what better time to rid your closet of animal skins than now?  Purging your wardrobe and replacing everything with cruelty free versions is no small task when you’re first starting out, but having a guilt-free conscience is a great reward.

Spring cleaning cruelty-free


Have you transitioned your wardrobe to be 100% cruelty-free? Share you tips in the comments!

How to Fry Ripe Plantains

6 Mar

Let’s be honest, fried plantains are a slice of Latin heaven. The recipes using plantains are never ending, but my favorite way is still to simply pan fry them. Pan Fried Plantains are perfectly sweet, caramelized along the outside, and deliciously warm on the inside. They are so simple to make, yet no one will ever know how easy it really is!

vegan fried plantains


1 very ripe plantain with black skin
Canola or corn oil
Optional: fresh lime

Heat enough oil in a skillet so that the oil is about ¼ of an inch deep. Peel the black skin from the plantain and slice it diagonally into rounds that are about ½ inch thick. When a drop of water sizzles in the oil, add the plantain slices and cook until the bottom is golden brown. Turn over each slice and cook until both sides are evenly golden, with a hint of caramelization on the edges. Remove from oil and transfer to paper towels to drain; pat off any excess oil. Serve hot. Squeeze some fresh lime juice on them if you desire.

5 Ways to Show Love for Animals on Valentines Day

12 Feb

Even though animals can’t buy us flowers or take us to dinner, they give people unconditional love every day of the year. So how about celebrating Valentine’s Day by giving some of that love back to the animals who suffer the most: the billions of animals on factory farms.

1. Don’t eat them. 


(can we discuss how adorable this photo is?)

Leaving animals off our plates means not paying for them to be treated in ways that, let’s just say, don’t belong in a greeting card. Here’s how to go vegan in three easy steps!

2. Post some vegan food porn.

Showing off delicious meatless meals through Facebook, Instagram, or other social media is a great way to inspire others to try veg food.

3. Adopt a farm animals for your sweetheart. 

Adopting a farm animal in their name will warm their heart all year.

4. Serve up some vegan sweetness to your loved ones.

Visit ChooseVeg.com’s dessert page and find amazing recipes like Crunchy Peanut Butter Bonbons and Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache. Yum!

5. Donate beds/treats/toys to your local animal shelter.

Shelters are always appreciative of donations and you’ll make the day of a puppy/kitty! What could be better than that?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Super Bowl Must Have: Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

31 Jan

Hot and spicy cauliflower bites, battered and baked and smothered with hot sauce. Serve this with dairy-free blue cheese or ranch dressing with celery sticks on the side for a hot and spicy meatless appetizer!

spicy cauliflower bites super bowl


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 22 oz (6 1/2 cups) cauliflower florets
  • 3/4 cup Franks Hot Sauce
  • 1 tbsp melted unsalted butter


1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Lightly spray a large non-stick baking sheet with oil.

2. Combine the water, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well combined.

3. Coat the cauliflower pieces with the flour mixture and place on the baking sheet; bake for 20 minutes.

4. While the cauliflower is baking, combine the hot sauce and butter in a small bowl.

5. Pour the hot sauce mixture over the baked cauliflower and continue baking for an additional 5 minutes. Serve with dairy-free blue cheese or ranch dressing if desired and celery sticks.

Vegan Detox Green Monster Smoothie

27 Jan

An easy morning smoothie vegan and delicious! What exactly in this little green monster? The answer: good for you ingredients packed with essential vitamins and minerals to help you feel your best!

  • Almond Milk — Not only is almond milk dairy-free, but it provides excellent nutritional benefits. One cup of almond milk has less calories than a cup of skim milk, and is a great source of calcium, vitamin D & E. Source: Livestrong.com
  • Kale — It’s actually one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet! Kale provides excellent sources of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K. Putting it in a smoothie is a great way to a serving or two of veggies in. Source: webmd.com
  • Strawberries — This sweet berry packs a vitamin C punch to help keep up your immunity. I love adding it to smoothies for a burst of flavor. Source: californiastrawberries.com
  • Cucumbers — Cucumbers help re-hydrate the body. They are loaded with vitamin A and K, and also provide a decent amount of potassium. I love how refreshing they taste. Source: livestong.com
  • Banana – A great source of potassium, good carbs, and fiber are packed into this delicious fruit that makes smoothies creamy and slightly sweet. Source: livestrong.com

vegan green monster smoothie

  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries.
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large frozen banana, broken into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (or alternate milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups kale, loosely packed, stems removed (you can also use spinach)
  • Large handful of spinach


  1. Add the almond milk to a high-power blender and toss the banana pieces and kale in. Blend on high. Add the strawberries and cucumber. Blend again until smooth. Add in more almond milk and/or ice for desired consistency.

*You could also add in almond or peanut butter, blueberries, mango, ginger, or lemon if you want. And/or substitute spinach for kale. :)

U.S. Vegan Population DOUBLES in Just Two Years

24 Jan

Today in amazing news: according to a new Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, the number of vegans in the United States has DOUBLED since 2009 to 2.5% of the population. An amazing 7.5 million U.S. citizens now eat vegan diets that do not include any animal products – no meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs. Close to 16 million, or 5%, identify as vegetarian, never eating meat, poultry or fish.


If this rate continues, vegans will be 10% of the U.S. population in 2015, 40% in 2019, and in 80 % in 2050!

This would mean an end to the exploitation and suffering of billions of farmed animals. The study also revealed that 33% of U.S. citizens are eating vegetarian meals a significant amount of the time and ordering vegetarian meals at restaurants, though they are not vegetarians. That is over 100 million people, one third of the country!


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