5 Accidentally Vegan Foods

Happy Happy Wednesday!

Sending you all positive vibes and good energy on this beautiful day. Thought I would share some “Accidentally Vegan” products with you that are also healthy! Or semi-healthy, haha.

The term “Accidentally Vegan” refers to the fact that a food isn’t labeled “vegan” however is in fact vegan. In most cases when an ingredients list says “may contain milk” (for example), it isn’t actually in there, it just means that the factory producing this product also produces milk products and the possibility of trace amounts may be found in this product, however most times it isn’t likely. The companies basically have to cover their asses.

#1 Power O’s Cereal
These are a really great for a lighter breakfast cereal, I prefer the cocoa flavor as it adds that hint of cocoa in there. There are many benefits to consuming cocoa… and did I mention that these cereals also contain beans and lentils which are great for the digestive system and their filled with protein and fiber! On their website they are marked as vegan, however when in-store and looking at the packaging, they have not implemented this yet. Please note: they also have the “Honey Power O’s” cereal which isn’t vegan due to the honey.

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Love Grown Power O’s

 

#2 Jordans Morning Crisp Cereals
These are seriously delicious and quite filling, they also make a really great breakfast! I always purchase the Chocolate flavor as it has these rich dark chocolate chunks that add that bit of sweetness to the rest of the cereal. Most of their cereals are in fact vegan, however they do have one that contains honey. I think you get the point that I really like chocolate in my cereal… haha

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Jordans Morning Crisp Cereals

 

#3 Clif Bars
Most Clif Bars are in fact vegan. These are super great for camping, hiking, outdoor trips with the family and long road trips! We always have a few of these in our bags when we do outdoor activities. Some of them do contain whey, casein or honey, so watch out for these ingredients, however other than that, they’re mostly all vegan-friendly! If palm oil is a concern to you, please note that their palm kernel oil is also not sourced from Indonesia, where most of the palm oil is sourced from. Take a look at this read on their palm oil.

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Clif Bars

 

#4 Nutiva Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
This is seriously tasty and we put it on our crepes in the mornings (mostly weekends). Add a bit of banana or strawberries into the crepes along with this chocolate hazelnut spread and you’re on your way! When purchasing this in the store, they don’t have the “vegan” label on there yet, however on their website it exists.

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Nutiva Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

 

#5 Pasta
Not sure on the percentage here but I swear 90% of pasta or so is actually vegan. Most pastas are made without the use of dairy products or eggs which makes those pastas 100% vegan. I always double check the ingredients to be sure. I also find that once I like a pasta brand or the taste of a certain pasta, i’ll  just keep buying the same one to avoid reading labels 😉

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Pasta

 

Thanks Everyone!

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Where You Can Buy Cruelty-Free Shoes!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

As a new vegan I have been looking into this topic myself and thought I would share it with you guys! I have found some amazing options for cruelty-free shoes, some are vegan and some are vegetarian (due to glue), however they are still just as nice, just as comfy and made with compassion!

Wearing sustainable, ethical and cruelty-free clothing, accessories, footwear, make-up and body products is extremely important if we want to help the environment, be compassionate towards animals and not cause any harm to them, the environment or Mother Earth.

(skip to the dotted line if you don’t want to hear my story/rant, I won’t be offended 🙂 )

Even before I started consuming a plant-based diet (last year in October), I stopped contributing to the testing-on-animals industry a while ago, approximately when I was about eighteen or nineteen years old. I had seen and heard what the animals go through and the make-up I wear is to make me “beautiful” or comfortable in my own skin, not to show off the cruelty that happens behind closed doors.

I believe that all energy is transferable. This means that if an animal had been tested on, harmed, or abused in any way and I am putting that shit on my face every morning, this is transferring negative energy directly into my system. And if you think about how long an average woman wears her make up per day, it’s a while. That’s how long the energy is being transferred. This is also the reason I had such bad acne – That and consuming insane amounts of milk and other dairy and meat products.

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Okie Dokie! Enough about me, let’s get onto the shoes!

Now I know the shoes i’m about to share with you are not necessarily for Alberta’s winter weather, however they’re absolutely beautiful and you can purchase these for the Spring, Summer and Fall 🙂 They’re made by a company called Insecta Shoes!

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Insecta Shoes are Sustainable and Vegan

These guys are quite amazing. They transform recycled clothing, materials and plastic bottles into incredible, sustainable, uni-sex footwear! They are located in Brazil, however you can order the shoes online, pay using PayPal and checkout. Oh did I also mention they’re fair-trade?!

There are more amazing and sustainable choices out there!

I was searching the internet… up, down and sideways for vegan-friendly/cruelty-free shoe options. Below is a list of shoe companies that create cruelty-free footwear in a variety of locations!

no-fur

Materials to Avoid: Fur, Leather, Wool, Cashmere, Down, Silk and Fleece (this is a form of wool).

Materials to Look For: Cotton, Bamboo, Polyester, Nylon, Polar Fleece (made from synthetic fibers), Rubber.

Sustainable-Materials

Sustainable Materials such as Cotton, Hemp and Bamboo

Great read on shoe adhesives and why some AREN’T vegan or cruelty-free. Click to Read
Hope you find the shoe you’ve been searching for!

Legend: V=Vegetarian V+=Vegan V+Opt=Vegan Options Available
Click the company names to be directed to their website.

Canada
Canadian Footwear
(Winnipeg & Calgary) V+Opt
Etsy
(Canadian Shops) V+
Nice Shoes (Vancouver) V+

United States
Baby N’anya
Baby Shoes Only (California) V+
Kallie&Co (New York City) V V+
MooShoes (New York City & Los Angeles) V+
Neuaura
(New Jersey) V+
Nicora
(Los Angeles) V+
Vegan Chic
(Los Angeles) V+

Europe
Bourgeois Boheme (London, UK) V+
Beyond Skin
(UK) V V+
Eco Vegan Shoes
(Netherlands) V+
Noah
(Italy) V+
Vegetarian Shoes
(Brighton, UK) V

Popular Brand Names
Adidas V+Opt
Altra
 V+
American Eagle V V+Opt
(I spoke to an employee here and she mentioned that 90% of the store is vegan-friendly. There are only a few options containing wool)
Artica
(Brown’s Brand) V V+Opt
Baffin V+Opt
Bogs V+Opt
Brooks V+Opt
Chinese Laundry V+Opt
Columbia V+Opt
Converse V (not vegan due to glue)
Cougar V+Opt
H&M Crulety Free V V+Opt
Sketchers V+Opt
Melissa Shoes V V+Opt
Nike
Cruelty-Free
Stella McCartney (London, UK) V+Opt

TOMS V+
Vans V+Opt

Online Shops
Alternative Outfitters V+
Etsy V+
Zappos V+Opt

For more vegan shoe options, check out this site dedicated to vegan shoes as well as stores and companies that carry vegan options. They’re called Vegan Kicks!

I didn’t really know where to find affordable vegan shoes, even large companies have vegan-friendly options, that are just as good quality and as warm for winter as the fur options. For example Brown’s has their own brand called “Artica” that has synthetic made shoes with a rubber bottom and they’re super warm! Here’s an example:

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Artica Shoes by Browns

I’m not entirely sure on the type of adhesive they use however, if you’re like me and don’t know where else to go and don’t like shopping online for shoes, this is a great option. I have a thing with shoes and don’t like purchasing shoes online, however i’m becoming more open to it as of late.

Hope you enjoyed my blog on cruelty-free shoe options, and hoping you guys use some of these options to your advantage. Remember, a step closer to veganism is a step closer to helping the environment and our animals.

If you aren’t quite ready to give up your shoes, everything is a process. There’s a time and place for everything and if you’re just starting out, don’t fret about it. My suggestion would be to educate yourself on the industries that you’re contributing to.

I recently got rid of my duvet, pillow, down jacket and other products due to the videos I have seen, It was a matter of finding a buyer. In my situation, I couldn’t afford to donate these items at the time and they ended up getting me a great pair of vegan-friendly boots, a winter jacket and three sweaters!

Love & Light to you all ❤
Be the best you can be.

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My 5-Step Vegan Miso Soup Recipe

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Today I have a wonderful, quick and easy recipe for you all! If you enjoy miso soup and would like to learn how to make your own than stick around! My recipe isn’t traditional, I’ll be talking about how to make it traditional if you like and I will also be discussing what vegetables I think work really well in miso soup and ones that I have used in the past!

What’s Miso Soup?
Miso Soup is a traditional Japanese soup made from miso paste which is a traditional Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans, salt and aspergillus oryzau, which is a fungus (called kojikin in Japanese).

There are different types of miso paste available, a red miso paste would give your soup a much stronger and deeper flavour compared to a white miso paste which is fermented for a shorter period of time and gives the soup a much sweeter flavour and lighter in colour.

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This was my third or fourth time making miso soup and what I learned is that it’s all about YOUR PREFERENCE. I will get a little more into that right after the Ingredients! This is what the miso soup looks like that I have made, and I personally love it! If you don’t like mushrooms, feel free to leave them out.

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My Vegan Miso Soup

INGREDIENTS

Prep: 5-10 Mins  |  Cook: 10 Mins |  Serving: 1-4

Soup:
Water
Vegan Miso Paste
Nori (also known as seaweed. Ensure this is vegan)
Mushrooms (I have used both Portabello and small brown mushrooms)
Baby Bok Choy
Green Onions (also known as Spring Onions)
Tofu (soft or medium)
Salt

Making Traditional Miso
You can make this soup traditional by just using water, miso paste, green onions, nori and tofu.

My recipe does NOT include how much you need of everything because I believe that you can make it as watery or as hearty as you like. I’ll simply suggest the amounts I used below in the instructions.

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Add water into pot to boil, I used 5-6 cups as I was making a larger batch.

Step 2: Prep your veggies and nori (seaweed). I like to rip up the nori in small pieces to make this more rustic, you can cut this or make this as fancy as you like (I used 1 sheet). Chop the mushrooms as small as you can, I cubed mine (I used 3 medium-sized mushrooms). Chop the baby bok choy into longish slices for the leafy-end and smaller pieces the closer you get to the bottom portion or the root. Cut your green onions in thin slices (I used 3 larger pieces), feel free to use as much of the onion as you like. Maybe you prefer the onion versus having a lot of bok choy.

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Veggie Prep for Vegan Miso Soup

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Chopped Veggies, Tofu and Nori for Miso


Step 3:
 
When the water boils, add in your nori (I used 1 sheet), and mushrooms. Let cook for about 5 minutes.

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Nori and Mushrooms in Boiled Water

Step 4: Spoon some of your miso paste into a small bowl (I used 3-4 tablespoons as I was making a large batch, you can also go by flavour) and grab some boiled water from your soup base. Add base water to the paste and mix with a fork or whisk to get any lumps out and to ensure it’s smooth when it goes into the soup. If you skip the step, your miso soup could be quite grainy and could contain lumps.

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Miso Paste

Step 5: Add miso (smooth paste) to your water, nori and mushrooms. Then add the rest of your veggies and tofu. Taste the broth, salt if needed. Let simmer until greens are soft (about 3-5 minutes).

What other greens have I used before?
I have tried this with spinach and it works wonderfully! You can also use swiss chard, kale or any other hearty, leafy green you can think of! Make it your own, it doesn’t have to be traditional.

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My Vegan Miso Soup

 

Hope you enjoyed this recipe, if you guys try this out, let me know what you think or what veggies you used! Did you stick to a simple and traditional recipe? Did you try this with something other than leafy-greens, tofu and mushrooms? Let me know in the comments below!