I want to give a big shout-out to Ellen DeGeneres for being such a strong voice for the voiceless! Since going vegan years ago, Ellen has been extremely vocal about her reasons and dedicated to spreading the word and helping others get on the path of compassion and health. Since her interview with Katy Couric several years ago (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-4j6vSyDu0) Ellen has made it a point to do interviews with other vegan celebrities such as Bill Clinton (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N6SbPolnd4&list=PL0750DC26D579C835&index=1) and Kathy Freston (http://www.ellentv.com/2012/03/19/kathy-freston-talks-healthy-eating/). She did an amazing job when she was on the Rachel Ray show, demonstrating her ability to share her knowledge and experiences in a way that doesn’t alienate people (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_wCA2AH3dg). A large part of her website is also devoted to vegan tips, news, recipes, etc. GO ELLEN! Keep up the great work!!!
Brand: Galaxy Nutritional Foods
Product: Vegan Cream Cheese Substitute, Chive & Garlic (my favorite), & Plain
I only get this every once in a while because it is still a processed food, but of the cream cheese substitutes, this is definitely one of the healthier (if not healthiest), has the best consistency, and tastes fantastic! The chive & garlic is my favorite, but the classic plain flavor is good as well. When I need a savory treat, I spread it on rice crackers… yum!! And when I have guests I serve it with whole grain or gluten-free bagels and get nothing but compliments.
Brand: Daiya Foods
I highly recommend this brand for all your cheese needs. Not only are the products 100% vegan, they are also free of soy, gluten, peanuts, and tree nuts (except coconut), but they have their own factory to eliminate the risk of cross-contamination. And as for the taste…. wow!!!
These are absolutely amazing tasting and they melt just like the real thing!
The mozzarella is perfect for making a delicious vegan pizza, and the pepperjack couldn’t be better for topping burritos and making quesadillas.
Havarti Style Wedge and Jack Style Wedge
I used these at a house party recently, on a platter with olives and crackers. The non-vegans had NO IDEA that the cheese was non-dairy. In fact I received compliments on the havarti wedge and it was gone in no time. They couldn’t believe it when I told them later that it was vegan. Go Daiya!!
Brand: So Delicious
This substitute has the right texture and the plain flavor is low in calories and sugar. My favorite way to use the yogurt is to mix in pineapple, berries, and a tiny dash of stevia to sweeten this tasty snack. I also like to add hemp seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts for a blast of omegas and protein!
Top Milk Substitutes:
Brand: Blue Diamond
Products: Almond-Coconut Milk Blend, Almond Milk, & Coconut Milk (all unsweetened)
When it comes to store bought milk substitutes, I find that Blue Diamond has the best flavor and consistency. It works great as a drink on its own, with cereal, in shakes, coffee or tea, and for cooking and baking. For cereal I like the almond-coconut blend, vanilla flavor best. When I cook vegan mac & cheese I use the regular almond milk. And when I make shakes its usually the coconut milk, vanilla or chocolate. I always get the unsweetened versions and simply add a dash of stevia if I need to sweeten it so that it remains the low 45 calories per serving without any sugar!
Countless celebrities, athletes, and public figures have made the switch to a plant based diet, and I predict that list will grow exponentially over the next few years!
The following is my list of the top 5 Sexy Fit Vegan™ MALE Celebrities of 2013. Until now, it seemed like females were in the majority when it came to taking the leap to a vegan diet. Now however, men are stepping into the spotlight as proudly vegan! This list is based on my latest research, and yes, there’s always a chance people will slip up, or try a different diet at some point. However, I picked 5 that seem truly devoted to maintaining a vegan lifestyle, so hopefully, they will all continue with their plant based diets for the rest of their lives!
So there you have it… proof that REAL MEN EAT PLANTS!