Shout-Out to Ellen DeGeneres

Vegan Ellen

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!!!

Top Cream Cheese Swap

Vegan Cream Cheese

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.

Vegan Cream Cheese

Top Cheese Swaps

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!!!

Products: Mozzarella Style Shreds and Pepperjack Style Shreds daiya-mozzarella

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!!DF-Wedge-Havarti

Favorite Milk Swaps

Vegan Milk

Top Milk Substitutes:

Brand: Blue Diamond

Products: Almond-Coconut Milk Blend, Almond Milk, & Coconut Milk (all unsweetened)

almond-coconut-milkWhen 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!

 

 

 

 

Top 7 Sexy Fit Vegan Male Celebrities

Vegan Hollywood Celebrities

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!

  1. Woody Harrelsonwho was named PETA’s Sexiest Male Celebrity Vegetarian of 2012 told Esquire that it was in NY, when he was just starting out as an actor that he became vegan, “I was on a bus and some girl sees me blowing my nose. I had acne all over my face, which I’d had for years and years. And she’s like: ‘Hey, you’re lactose intolerant. If you quit dairy, all these symptoms you got will be gone in three days.’ I was like twenty-four. And I was like, No way. But three days later: gone.” mac danzig
  2. Mac Danzig: This well known UFC fighter told Men’s Fitness magazine that he gave up dairy first in 1999 because he thought it was causing him painful ear infections. Then, in 2004, he cut meat from his diet as well. He sets a great example, showing that athletes can excel on a vegan diet… and mixed martial arts is one of the most demanding sports on the body there is (from my own practice I certainly know the strength and energy it takes
  3. Russell Brandt: According to examiner.com, this British comedian who has been vegetarian since age 14, became vegan after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives in 2011.
  4. Steve-O, yes, the Jackass guy, has been vocal about his decision to go vegan about four years ago. He talks passionately about the harmful effects and practices of factory farming as well as his health. He discusses his transition in What Came Before, a documentary about three animals who either escaped or were rescued from factory farms.
  5. Jason Mraz, the singer who recently won “Favorite Male Artist” at the People’s Choice Awards, is enthusiastically sharing how his vegan diet has changed his life on his blog. He writes, “I ride longer distances on my bike, can do more pull-ups than ever, and my brain seems to have a larger capacity for new projects, problem solving, songwriting, and fielding random questions… It also makes me a lot better in bed.” And who doesn’t want that?!!
  6. Mickey Madden, bassist for Maroon 5 told PETA in an interview, “I have a general affection for animals and a respect for all living things. And having those sparks of interest led me to do some research, and when you dig a little below the surface, what you find is really disturbing. It kind of makes veganism seem like the only option. I can’t even conceive of going back to eating animal products at all.”
  7. Thomas Dekker, star of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, says it was an experience at a pig farm when he was eight years old that turned  on to a vegan diet by age 12, according to The Vegetarian Times.

 

So there you have it… proof that REAL MEN EAT PLANTS!