Did you know World Vegan Day is the 1st of November?
This is a day to celebrate Vegan diets and bring attention to the reasons a growing amount of people have switched to a plant based, animal product free, diet. Knowledge is power and learning about plant based diets and their many benefits could play an important role in your health and lifestyle! Even if you don't think veganism is right for you, any excuse to try a new recipe is always a good time in our book!
The word vegan was originally defined as a diet free of meat, dairy products and eggs. It has grown today to refer to any item, from shoes to shampoo, made without any animal products.
Vegan diets are beneficial for many reasons. They keep farm animals out of slaughterhouses and factory farms therefore preventing a tremendous amount of suffering and sickness. Diets free from animal products have been proven to be beneficial for your health, and several studies have shown that they can help reduce the risk of many chronic illnesses. A plant based diet also aids in protecting the environment - shrinking our environmental footprint!
Eating vegan, and using vegan products has never been easier! Most restaurants today always offer delicious plant based items on their menus. A simple Google search for vegan recipes yields hundreds (if not thousands!) of tasty options. Grocery stores and delivery services carry a wide variety of produce, even exotic fruits and vegetables (like jack fruit!) that can be actually be swapped for animal protein in many recipes (who knew?!?) Make up, shampoo, clothing, even leather goods are now being either reformulated to remove any animal by-products or being completely reimagined with products like faux leather or even fabrics made with recycled plastics!
Want to celebrate World Vegan Day? Here is a simple breakfast meal you can try:
- 1 cup of Oats
- ½ cup Dairy free milk (almond, Oat, etc…)
- 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ tablespoon salt
- Coconut oil
Place the rolled oats, almond milk, maple syrup, banana, vanilla, baking powder, and salt in a blender until they are completely smooth.
Oil pan with coconut oil, then add batter and cook for 2-3 minutes until both sides of the pancake are golden brown.
Serve with syrup or any toppings of your liking!
Do you eat vegan? Is it something you would ever try? Let us know in the comments below!