Vegan is the new black. I am a little surprised at how many people are making the change. It seems to be this global trend that is picking up speed. This happens with us humans, we are connected in the great cosmic soup that we swim about in and when one tribe shifts its consciousness, another tribe across the ocean does the same shift at the same time.
My family has been on again, off again vegans for years but this time feels very different. It seems easier, more enjoyable, more delicious, more rewarding. I also find that I have lost my taste or desire for meat. I can’t even stand the idea of eating my sweet hen’s eggs even though they are not fertilized and I don’t have an issue with eating them, I’m just grossed out by the eggs now, to put it bluntly.
I’ve found some great alternative products and learned to make a scrumptious vegan vanilla cake with vegan buttercream frosting (the recipes are in an upcoming blog). And when we visited our meat eating family and did our usual gig of cooking up tons of Indian food and baking a cake, it was all vegan instead of catering to their carnivorous ways and doing chicken. They loved it and there were no issues.
Grannie’s kids called from their trip to Hawaii and announced they were going vegan, they had been thinking about it and what a better place to make the switch with the island fruit and plenty. It was a documentary that had really moved them to change. Isn’t it always a documentary.
Then I have a nice chat with my childhood friend that is a die-hard Adkins dieter. She tells me that her whole family has gone vegan with her teenage daughter’s encouragement. Again, she was exposed to photos and documentaries on factory farming.
“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”
The stores that normally didn’t cater to even the vegetarian are now stocked with vegan foods and organics. You can find this fare even at places like Safeway, FoodMaxx, Winco, Costco, and on and on. It is a growing desire for many.
We try to eat a lot of greens, salads, fruit, brown rice, beans and lentils, however, I find that I need that alternative food to satisfy my palate. Here are some foods that I found tasty and have very little if any soy, are made with fairly natural ingredients such as grains, legumes, and mushrooms.
The powdered creamer isn’t a winner as far as healthy but it does in a pinch. There are great alternative creamers and we do a lot of unsweetened almond milk.
I hear Ben and Jerry’s has a delicious coconut milk ice cream and did you know Oreos are vegan?
Here are some websites to help with the educating and finding yummy foods to transition. Because it is all about the dishes right? If you love what you’re eating and you are feeling great then you will continue.