How to Incorporate Vitamin D In the Vegan Diet

Vegan DietThere is only one vitamin that the vegan diet is deficient in and that is Vitamin D. However, you can still follow the vegan diet and get the amounts of Vitamin D your body needs on a daily basis. All you need to do is expose your body to sunlight. You will need to expose your body to 15 minutes of sunshine, two to three times a week. Doing so will encourage your body to produce Vitamin D. You will also have the option of choosing Vitamin D fortified orange juice, soy milk, and rice milk. Each of these products falls under the acceptable guidelines for the vegan diet. Following the vegan diet will require some amount of planning to ensure that your body does not develop any vitamin deficiencies. There are many health benefits to be enjoyed by following the vegan diet, and you are encouraged to check them out for yourself today!

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Find Vegan Diet Recipes From Vegan Do It

Vegan DietVegan Do It is an exciting new community that features a wide array of resources for vegans and vegetarians. If you are looking for delicious and nutritious vegan diet recipes, then Vegan Do It is the place to go. You are encouraged to try out these recipes for yourself, and then come back and provide your feedback on them for others to read. On their website, you will also find helpful articles on following the vegan diet. Sometimes, it can be lonely following the vegan diet when all of your friends consume meat; however, Vegan Do It will provide with a thriving online community where you can gather with other vegans. When you provide them with your email address, you will also receive an excellent vegan diet cookbook for absolutely free. The next time that you are looking for vegan diet recipes, head on over to the website of Vegan Do It!

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Vegan Diet FAQs

Vegan DietLately, I’ve had an influx of questions about the vegan diet in my inbox. I’m very pleased that people are taking an active interest in the vegan diet, and I thought I would touch upon some of the more common questions today. Let me know if you have one that you don’t see addressed here!

  1. What are some good vegan options to enjoy at a restaurant?
    I’ve found that Thai and Indian restaurants have a number of delicious vegan diet friendly options. Even if you are going to a restaurant that isn’t strictly vegan, you can usually find some things that are vegan friendly. Remember than most breads and pastas are vegan friendly. You can add more oomph to a salad by adding vegetables and nuts. You can also create your own dish by ordering vegetables found under “side items”.
  2. Is dark chocolate vegan friendly?
    In most cases, dark chocolate is going to line up with vegan diet guidelines. Just make sure to read your labels carefully. Dark chocolate is most commonly made with soy as the emulsifier, so it contains no animal products at all. This makes it safe to eat and delicious to boot!
  3. What kind of condiments do I need to avoid?
    Worcester sauce is made with fish, so you’ll need to avoid it. Mayonnaise is most commonly made with eggs, but you can find vegan mayonnaise in most health food stores. You’ll find that many condiments are made with “natural flavors”. This is kind of a catch all phrase, and these products can contain animal byproducts. To be on the safe side, contact the manufacturer directly to ask, or just avoid it altogether.
  4. What happens if I accidentally eat meat or dairy products?
    Remember that no one is perfect. Mistakes will happen. Even if you make one mistake, don’t give up the vegan diet entirely. You are in charge of what goes into your body. Forgive yourself and move on. You play an active role in deciding what goes into your mouth.
  5. What do I do at big events like weddings or corporate dinners?
    It is becoming increasingly common for people to recognize others dietary restrictions, but if you think you might encounter a situation where a vegan friendly diet is not available, make sure to plan ahead. Find out if there will be a way to accommodate your diet either with an extra large salad or a pasta dish. You can always bring your own snacks with you as well without having to worry about being rude.
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Vegan Recipes : Pan-fried Chickpea Salad Recipe

Vegan RecipesGenerally, when you think of vegan recipes for salad, chickpeas aren’t the first ingredient that you normally think of, but they do make a delicious addition. One of the best aspects of this recipe is that is flexible. You can add all sorts of ingredients to it, based upon what’s in season. If you need an extra boost of protein, throw in some tofu or black lentils.

To make these vegan recipes, here are the ingredients you’ll need to gather:

  •  1 tablespoon clarified butter, olive oil, or coconut oil
  •  2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), pat them completely dry with clean dish towel
  •  1 cup of chopped leeks
  •  1 medium clove of garlic, minced
  •  zest of one lemon
  •  1/3 cup whole soy yogurt
  •  1 1/2 teaspoons Indian-style curry powder (or to taste)
  •  scant 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  •  1 or 2 tablespoons warm water
  •  1/2 cup of loosely packed fresh cilantro, chopped
  •  1/2 cup red onion or red spring onions, chopped

Start preparing these vegan recipes by heating the cooking oil in a large skillet and add the chickpeas. Saute them over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until they start getting a bit golden in color. Stir in the leeks and cook until the chickpeas are more golden and the leeks have browned a bit as well, roughly 7 – 10 minutes total. At the last minute stir in the garlic and the lemon zest. Remove from heat, and set aside.

While the chickpeas cool, make the yogurt dressing by combining the yogurt, curry powder, and salt in a small bowl. If you need to thin it out a bit, particularly if you are using whole soy yogurt, whisk in warm water a tablespoon at a time. Taste, adjust, and set aside.

When it’s time to serve the salad, toss the chickpea mixture with most of the cilantro and most of the chopped red onion. Add about 1/2 of the yogurt dressing and toss it again. If you like more dressing, keep adding until you are add more to taste. Serve on a platter sprinkled with the remaining onions and cilantro.

These vegan recipes make about four servings. Enjoy!

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Lose Weight With Vegan Recipes

Vegan Recipes In addition to having a lower overall body weight, individuals who eat vegan recipes also enjoy less hypertension and lower cholesterol than their carnivorous friends. Additionally, vegan recipes have been used as an integral part of successful programs for the management of heart disease and diabetes. It is also a common fact that vegan recipes are rich in fiber, which is a component that most Americans’ diets are sorely lacking in. If you are serious in your attempts to lose weight, why not embrace the vegan lifestyle? Check out what vegan recipes have to offer for you and begin losing weight today. It will be one of the best decisions you have ever made on behalf of your health.

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The Top 5 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Followed the Vegan Diet

I remember when I first made the decision to start following the vegan diet. I was surprised at the number of friends and family members who supported my efforts. I was really surprised to find out the number of people in my life who came out as closet vegans. For a fun, little post today, I thought I’d make a list of the top 5 celebrities that I didn’t know followed the vegan diet. Did you know any of them to be vegans?

  1.  Bill Clinton – The former president made the change to the vegan diet about 2 years ago, and he lost more than 20 pounds as a result! His favorite foods include beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit, almond milk and protein supplements. In an interview with CNN, Clinton recalls going vegan following his heart surgeries, and how he was spurred to eat healthier for his daughter Chelsea’s wedding.
  2.  Russell Simmons – This world famous rap mogul and entrepreneur has been a closet vegan for a number of years. Recently, he began promoting the vegan diet full time. He is also devoted to the practice of yoga, and he says that being vegan has made him more self-aware of karma and the world at large.
  3.  Alanis Morissette – The “Ironic” singer is a recent convert to the vegan diet. She credits her newfound diet and eating habits for healthy, glowing skin and recent 20 pound weight loss.
  4.  Casey Affleck – Affleck is a lifelong follower of the vegan diet. He prides himself on being an animal advocate and has made a concentrated effort to ensure that he never appears in movies the feature horse riding, trained dogs, lions, Woo bears and other animals.
  5.  Lea Michele – Lea Michele made the decision to start following the vegan diet after reading the book “Skinny Bitch”, and she now works closely with PETA, with plans to appear in a print campaign in the near future.
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Vegan Recipes : Cauliflower Soup with Vegan Cheese Recipe

Vegan RecipesIf you are looking for new and exciting vegan recipes, then this recipe for Cauliflower Soup with Vegan Cheese Recipe might be just what you are looking for! You’ll need to have a hand blender on hand to make this recipe. For the “cheese” portion of the recipe, I recommend using Daiya vegan cheese, but you are certainly welcome to substitute your own personal favorites!

To make these vegan recipes, you will need to gather the following ingredients:

  •  1 medium cauliflower
  •  1 tablespoon sesame oil
  •  2 smallish yellow onions, peeled and finely sliced
  •  4 thyme sprigs
  •  2 bay leaves
  •  sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  •  4 cups vegetable stock
  •  1 cup vegan cheese (I prefer Daiya jalepeno garlic harvati style
  •  1/3 cup creme fraiche
  •  Parsley for garnish

Start preparing these vegan recipes by removing the outer leaves from the cauliflower and break it into small florets. Leave the stalk on. It adds flavor to the dish. Set aside. Melt the sesame oil gently in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook gently for 5 minutes or so until translucent.

Add the cauliflower, thyme and bay leaves to the mix. Season with little salt and pepper, to allow the flavors to adjust. Pour in the vegetable stock, stir and bring to a simmer. Then cover and simmer for 20 minutes or so, until the cauliflower is very soft.

Crumble in the vegan cheese and stir over a low heat until it has melted into the soup. Add the creme fraiche and stir to combine.Pick out the bay leaves and thyme stalks, then blend the soup until really smooth.

Return the soup to the pan and reheat gently. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle unto warm bowls, serve topped with chopped parsley. These vegan recipes make about servings, but you can easily double the ingredients if you need too.

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The Health Benefits of Vegan Recipes

Vegan RecipesThere is strong evidence to suggest that vegan recipes are just as healthy as those that contain meat in them. In general, vegan recipes contain zero cholesterol, and they are considerably lower both total and saturated fats because they do not contain animal fat or byproducts. An additional benefit to eating vegan recipes is that they are packed full of fiber, which is something most American sorely lack in their day to day diets. These and other differences between plant and animal based foods add up to some serious health advantages for vegans. If you do not want to fully embrace the vegan lifestyle, you can begin to improve your overall health by adding vegan recipes to your daily diet. There are literally thousands of delicious vegan recipes for you to choose from, and you can being experimenting with your own recipes by visiting the website of Vegan Do It today.

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How to Start Following the Vegan Diet

Vegan DietThe first step in starting to follow the vegan diet is to do some investigating. Look for vegan friendly stores and restaurants in your neighborhood. You’ll be surprised at what you can find. Ask your friends who follow the vegan diet where they shop. If you don’t have any vegan friends in your immediate circle, try to make some! Post a status on Facebook. You never know who will come out of the woodwork as a vegan. There are also many online communities that will allow you to share thoughts and ideas with other people.

As you are easing into the vegan diet, start cooking with foods that you already love. It’s easy to get caught up in the things you can’t have, but there is a whole world of foods that you can have. For your next step, head over to your local health food store and stock up on granola, bagels, bread, peanut butter, hummus, soy, rice or almond milk, dry pasta, tomato sauce, frozen stir-fry veggies, nuts, dried fruit, salsa, and tortilla chips, among other things. Basically, you can have any type of food that does not contain meat or dairy products.

Once you start following the vegan diet, get ready for your appetite to increase tenfold! Did you know that following the vegan diet will actually cause your appetite to increase? It’s ok! Make to feed your body! Even if your daily calorie consumption increases, you won’t necessarily be gaining weight. Make sure to stock up on healthy snacks, like nuts, dried fruits, and vegan nutrition bars, so you have healthy items on hand when cravings hit.

Make sure that you try new vegan recipes as often as possible. Start with vegan diet recipes that have simple ingredients. You can experiment with adding new ingredients, one at a time, to figure out what you do and do not like. Before you know it, you’ll have a whole arsenal of recipes on hand that you love!
There’s no right or wrong way to start following the vegan diet. Some people ease into it, while others dive in head first. Finally, if you are nervous about making the transition to the vegan diet, here a few helpful hints:

  •  Start by going vegan at home, but let yourself eat whatever you want when you’re out socializing.
  •  Remove one ingredient at a time from your diet. For example, Week 1 is no beef, Week 2 remove pork, and so on.
  •  Assign a “vegan day” once a week where you eat only vegan food and try a new recipe for yourself.
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Vegan Recipes : Asparagus Stir-Fry Recipe

Vegan RecipesThese vegan recipes for asparagus stir fry are simply amazing. It offers a wonderful medley of flavors that will tantalize the most discerning palette. You get a bite tang from the lime. There is heat from the red chiles and the ginger, but the mint and basil cool things down nicely. The hoisin provides just enough sweetness to round out the dish perfectly.

To make these vegan recipes, here are the ingredients you’ll need to get together:

toasted sesame oil
8 ounces extra-firm tofu, cut into slices thick as a pencil

  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • scant 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger (peeled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 a bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • a couple big pinches of fine-grain sea salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 big handful of toasted cashews, chopped up a bit
  • a few handfuls of spinach, or chopped kale, or chopped chard
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 small handful fresh mint, slivered
  • 1 small handful fresh basil, slivered

Start preparing these vegan recipes by heating the sesame oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When it is nice and hot, go ahead and add the tofu. The tofu should be cooked until it is golden brown in color, which should take 5-8 minutes. Once cooked, remove the tofu and set it aside.

Next, add some more oil to the pan. Add the onions, ginger, red pepper flakes, asparagus, and salt. Cook it for about a minute, then add the garlic, cashews, and spinach and stir-fry for another minute. The spinach should be just slightly wilted. Put the tofu back in the pan. Cook it for another minute.

Finally, add the lime zest and juice and the hoisin. Cook it for another minute while continuing to stir. Remove the dish from the heat and stir in the mint and basil. Add a bit more salt to taste. These vegan recipes will make about 2-4 servings. Enjoy!

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