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Los Angeles schools will start offering vegan meal options to their students!

on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Health, Books & Media, Tips & Ideas

Los Angeles schools will start offering vegan meal options to their students!

With the encouragement of vegan teen Lila Copeland and veg celebrities like Pamela Anderson, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will officially begin offering vegan lunches this fall. "We have had demand and when we get demand like this from our community we institute a pilot to find out [if this] is something we really could implement district-wide," said Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Board President. Since LAUSD is often a model for other schools we are hopeful this turn will take hold once and for all! Hooray!

Read more about the LAUSD plans at SCPR.org.

Get More Vegan Support - Or Become A Mentor

on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Tips & Ideas

Get More Vegan Support - Or Become A Mentor

Leaning vegan or just getting started? This mentorship program is for you!
Our friends over at Vegan Outreach have developed a fantastic support system for those who are interested in living a vegan lifestyle and/or those who are just getting started and would like some help along the way. Work with a volunteer mentor to help navigate everything from grocery shopping to answering tough questions from skeptical friends or family members. Likewise, if you are an experienced and fun loving vegan with a lot to share, there is an opportunity to sign up as a mentor as well!

Find your mentor or become one at VeganOutreach.org.

Let's Show Pizza Hut There is a Demand for Dairy-Free Cheese!

on Wednesday, 03 May 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Let's Show Pizza Hut There is a Demand for Dairy-Free Cheese!

We're asking for your help in encouraging Pizza Hut to offer dairy-free cheese options. On Mother's Day, May 14th, visit your local Pizza Hut chain to distribute our brand new postcards! You can also print out our new sign that says, "I want dairy-free cheese because..." and write in why you ditched dairy. Other ways to help out include emailing Pizza Hut's consumer line (CLICK HERE) and writing a letter to your local paper, before Mother's Day, about why you choose dairy-free options. CLICK HERE for a sample PDF letter that you can use. Finally, be sure to sign up for our activist mailing list (HERE) to stay in the loop! 

Learn more and sign up today at DemandDairyFree.com.

NEW Vegan Non-Profit Organization 'BALANCED' Launched This Week

on Thursday, 27 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News, Tips & Ideas

NEW Vegan Non-Profit Organization 'BALANCED' Launched This Week

With a focus on encouraging hospitals, schools, stores, and universities to focus on the production and inclusion of more plant-based foods, rather than animal products, 'Balanced' will surely be turning heads this summer. Audrey Sanchez, the Executive Director at Balanced, said in an interview with VegNews, "Behavioral scientists have long known the fastest way to change a person's behavior is to change their environment." Based on this information Sanchez and team aim to encourage a change of choices that surround people in their everyday lives (at school, at work, when in need for health care, etc.)—making plant-based food options readily available at every turn."Overconsumption of animal products is leading to a public health crisis, and frankly, too many people are experiencing unnecessary diseases and premature death as a result," said Sanchez. We can change the health of our planet and those that inhabit it. It's exciting to see more organizations being created and coming together to make this a reality.

Learn more and see their website launch this week at Balanced.org.

Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) - A Veg Resource & Summer Camp

on Thursday, 20 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Tips & Ideas

Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) - A Veg Resource & Summer Camp

During a time that can often feel overwhelming and be discouraging regarding the future of our planet and its inhabitants, it is inspiring organizations like Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) that help bring a brighter light into focus. Founded in 2013 by Laura Edwards and Kylie Fackrell, this social network "features forums, recipes, product reviews and opportunities for volunteering. It currently has 1,553 active members, and a reach of around 35,000 social media users..." notes an interview with the founders for The Independent. This network is intended to support those who do not quite fit in with their peers—often because of their dietary and/or lifestyle choices—and who are perhaps not ready for the types of activism or groups aimed at adult vegans. In 2015 the group began hosting annual summer camps that bring together compassion kids for campaigns workshops, campfires, crafts, festival days cooking demos, nature walks, special guest speakers, and more. 

Learn more about this group and how to get involved at TeenVGN.com.
(Photo by Oatly Apparel)

New Vegan Meal Kits by Forks Over Knives

on Tuesday, 11 April 2017. Posted in Products, Health, Tips & Ideas

New Vegan Meal Kits by Forks Over Knives

Known for the award-winning documentary Forks Over Knives, this 'docu' turned media empire has added something new to their lineup of resources—for those seeking to live healthful plant-based lifestyles—easy to assemble vegan meal kits. "We supply the grains and spices, you just add the veggies!" per the slogan on their website. With three flavors including Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf, Mexican Rice and Beans, and Indian Rice and Dal, it will be darn easy to prepare a quick and healthy meal for those of us on the go. The meals are free of oil, gluten, soy, and nuts.

Find product and nutritional information at ForksOverKnives.com.

Animal Rights National Conference: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Animal Rights National Conference: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

We are back at it! The Animal Rights National Conference is once again set to take place this summer (this time in Washington, DC). As the world's largest and longest running animal rights gathering—having started back in 1981—we are jazzed to again bring you some of the most prolific and informative presentations, speakers, exhibitors, and movers and shakers in the animal rights community. Created for people who wish to improve their animal advocacy skills or simply network with other animal activists, the Animal Rights National Conference includes more than 100 speakers, more than 100 free exhibits, nightly networking receptions, awards banquet, and so much more. We are excited to announce that early registration is now open. Snag your tickets soon to get the best deals!



Get all the information and details at ARConference.org.

Starbucks' NEW Vegan Breakfast Option

on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Starbucks' NEW Vegan Breakfast Option

It seems like it has been a long time coming but after gradually introducing vegan-friendly drinks and snacks over the years, and adding almond milk to their menu last year, Starbucks is finally   testing a protein-rich prepared breakfast option, that is fully vegan. In select Starbucks locations throughout New York you can now purchase overnight oats (steel cut oats, quinoa, and chia seeds) soaked in coconut milk topped with almond slices. Incredible! If sales go well in their test locations in New York they plan to add this new vegan menu item to its stores across the nation! 

Read more about Starbuck's new vegan option on WellAndGood.com.

Veg Speed Date Starts This February

on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Veg Speed Date Starts This February

With Valentine's Day just around the corner there may be those of us out there who are even more in the mood for love. Lucky for us newly launched website and dating service, Veg Speed Date will begin (in 20 cities throughout North America) on the 8th of February! "Veg Speed Date gives single vegans hope to find a like-minded partner who understands the struggles and also shares their love for animals, nutritional yeast, and vegan donuts," said founder Karine Brighten. The events website includes LGBTQ and heterosexual speed dating events in cities such as San Diego, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, NYC, Tucson, and more. How fun!

Find a veg speed dating event near you on VegSpeedDate.com.

100 Vegan Recipes for The Holidays by Kristy, from Keepin' It Kind

on Tuesday, 20 December 2016. Posted in Tips & Ideas

100 Vegan Recipes for The Holidays by Kristy, from Keepin' It Kind

We heart our gal pal Kristy from the Keepin' It Kind food blog as she is always knocking it out of the park with her fabulous recipe assortments. That is why we are extra excited to share one of her classic and epic blog posts (from a couple of years ago) feature one-whopping-hundred vegan recipes that are perfect for the holiday season. Now we realize the holidays are closing out but there is always time (and room in our bellies) for these fantastic dishes. Keep this blog post at the ready when you need something delicious, that will also impress family and friends. She has included everything from brunch to appetizers, salads, soups, sides, mains, desserts, and drinks. Thanks so much, Kristy!

Check out this awesome resource post at KeepinItKind.com.

Vegan Food & Supplies Drive (Portland, Oregon)

on Monday, 19 December 2016. Posted in Inspiration, Tips & Ideas

We could use your help in inspiring others to keep going and to stay strong during a time of year that can often be difficult for those struggling. If you are in Portland, Oregon or know anyone who is, please help spread the word about our food and supplies drive. We have bins set out in front of Food Flight! Grocery, Vtopia Cheese Shop, Blossoming Lotus, and Thirsty Sasquatch for collecting pantry staples, canned foods, clothing, hygiene products, and school supplies for children. The items will be donated at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization on Monday, December 22nd. 

Join the event page here on Facebook.com to learn more.

101+ Vegan Gift Giving Ideas - From The Vegan Word

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in Tips & Ideas

101+ Vegan Gift Giving Ideas - From The Vegan Word

The holidays can sometimes be tricky for those who are vegan, are not vegan, and well everyone in between. Thankfully our friend Caitlin, of The Vegan Word blog, has put together an extremely thorough resource to helpguide (see what we did there? ::wink::) us through the sometimes stressful gift giving holiday season. With categories that include fashionista, techie, travel lover, foodie, children, cats and dogs, and sporty vegan—this guide pretty much has most friends and family covered. Whether you're not sure what to buy a vegan, a vegan worried about what you might get from non-veg friends and family, or simply want to browse some goodies for yourself, it's all conveniently in one place! Thanks so much, Caitlin!

Learn more and view the guide at TheVeganWord.com.

We're Hiring: Spring 2017 10 Billion Lives Tour!

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in Tips & Ideas

We're Hiring: Spring 2017 10 Billion Lives Tour!

Have you ever wanted to get more active in the involvement of helping animals? We have got just the thing! We are looking to hire passionate, dedicated, and personable animal lovers to go on tour this spring with our 10 Billion Lives crew! Whether you are an experienced activist or an aspiring one, we encourage you to apply. As one of our former tour Operators has said, "The 10 Billion Lives Tour is the most rewarding experience I've ever had. It is challenging but I went to bed every night knowing I truly made a difference that day." You will get to travel the country full-time to host pay-per-view video outreach events; it is an amazing opportunity to educate the public about the truth behind the awful reality of animal agriculture; and help provide resources for others to begin a path toward a vegan lifestyle!

Learn more and apply today at 10BillionTour.org.

65 Recipes for a Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving

on Tuesday, 22 November 2016. Posted in Tips & Ideas

65 Recipes for a Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving

Since 2012 Dana of The Minimalist Baker vegan food blog has consistently produced easy and beautiful recipes—with few and generally easy-to-find ingredients. That is why we love that she has put together this quick-link guide to a whopping 65 vegan recipes that would be perfect for a cruelty-free Thanksgiving this year! The list includes breakfast ideas to starters and appetizers, main entrees, desserts, and even homemade drink recipes. How does vegan biscuits and gravy sound for breakfast? Followed by a holiday lunch or dinner featuring crispy brussels sprouts with Sriracha aioli, curried butternut squash soup, one-hour vegan pot pies, and Mediterranean baked sweet potatoes, rounded out with deep dish apple crumble, and chili cinnamon bourbon hot toddies? Are you drooling yet?

Browse through all of the recipes at MinimalistBaker.com.

Cruelty-Free Halloween Candy - Complete Guide by VegNews

on Tuesday, 18 October 2016. Posted in Products, Tips & Ideas

Cruelty-Free Halloween Candy - Complete Guide by VegNews

Our friends at VegNews Magazine have diligently updated and re-released their much anticipated Guide to Vegan Halloween Candy outlining hundreds of popular candies that just so happen to be fully-vegan! With Halloween just around the corner we thought you would like to be in on the most current version of their ever expanding list of vegan sweets, treats, and goodies! Here's a sneak peek: The list includes candies such as Airheads (detailing out each flavor that is vegan), chocolate candy bar brands, Annie's Organic Fruit Snacks, blow pop brands, certain marshmallow companies, Cocomels, Dum-Dums, Now and Later, Red Vines, Skittles, Sour Patch, and many, many more!

See the complete Guide to Vegan Halloween Candy at VegNews.com.

World Day for Farmed Animals: #FastAgainstSlaughter 2016

on Tuesday, 20 September 2016. Posted in Tips & Ideas

World Day for Farmed Animals: #FastAgainstSlaughter 2016

It's that time of year when we stand together to bring attention to the horrific mass slaughter of farmed animals worldwide. Through the voluntary sacrifice of food on October 2nd, we will amplify the voices of the billions of farmed animals suffering around the world. We aim to inspire others to learn the truth, and to mobilize a compassionate global community who will not wait for justice, but who will make it a reality. Share on social media, change your profile pics, and rally the troops. Let's work together to highlight demonstrate how terrible the lives of these beautiful, sentient, beings truly are. Follow the link below to register as a participant in this year's World Day for Farmed Animals. 

Learn more and sign up today at DayForAnimals.org.

Treeline Vegan Cheeses Coming to a Store Near You!

on Tuesday, 30 August 2016. Posted in Products, News, Tips & Ideas

Treeline Vegan Cheeses Coming to a Store Near You!

If you have got any of the following grocery store chains near you, then you are soon to have vegan cheese options available for purchase! Next month cashew-based Treeline Treenut Cheeses will be available in shops like Dillons, Red Meyer, Smith's, Ralphs, King Soopers, Fry's, Jay-C, Quality Food Center, and Kroger—totaling 2,500 locations nationwide. According to VegNews Magazine online, "This expansion—which adds to Treeline's current availability at stores such as Whole Foods Market, Natural Grocers, and MoM's Markets—will make the brand the most widely distributed artisanal vegan cheese." This is so awesome. High fives all around! 

Find product and nutritional information at TreelineCheese.com.

VegNews on Living Frugally Vegan

on Tuesday, 23 August 2016. Posted in Tips & Ideas

VegNews on Living Frugally Vegan

One of our favorite resources for all things vegan news related is VegNews Magazine online! They've got weekly articles and resources for the everyday vegan, newbie vegans, and everyone in between. We enjoyed a recent article of theirs, by contributor Mat Thomas, with tips regarding budget-friendly vegan grocery shopping, cooking, and storing foods. The short article highlights things like buying staple food items in bulk, cooking at home rather than dining out, taking advantage of your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and freezing foods that might otherwise go bad (and what to do with them in their frozen form). We enjoy quick and simple tips and tricks to continue to maintain a cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle. Thanks, VegNews!

Read the original VegNews article on VegNews.com.

Peet's Coffee Now Carries Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream

on Tuesday, 16 August 2016. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Peet's Coffee Now Carries Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream

It's fascinating to see the 'boom' that happens in social media when the vegan community gets jazzed on new options at traditionally non-vegan-friendly establishments. This past week the vegan social media hubs were buzzing (quite literally!) about mega coffee chain, Peet's Coffee, adding housemade coconut whipped cream to their offerings (at all of their 236 locations). More than one reputable vegan news-like source confirmed that the new whip is in fact fully vegan and will likely remain a permanent fixture on Peet's Coffee menu. Awesome! In related news, according to the 'My Vegan Journal' blog and VegNews, Starbucks will start carrying almond milk this September. This in addition to their coconut milk option. While it's particularly good news for the coffee lovers out there, it's also just super cool to see how veganism and cruelty-free living just keep growing and growing and growing!

Find product and nutritional information at Peets.com.

Yard House Sport Bar Adds More Vegan Food to Menu

on Tuesday, 05 July 2016. Posted in Products, Tips & Ideas

Yard House Sport Bar Adds More Vegan Food to Menu

Vegan and sports bar are probably not two things we may think are often paired together but American sports bar chain, Yard House is looking to change that. With 65 locations across the United States (primarily west of the Mississippi River), Yard House is making vegan cuisine more accessible to its customers. They recently announced that they are adding a vegan burger to their already vegan-friendly menu. The Vegan Burger is made from "plant-based Gardein and an umami-flavored veggie patty that our chefs mix with red quinoa, kale, and shiitake mushrooms that have been seasoned with garlic, onions, and miso, topped with dairy-free Daiya mozzarella, avocado, tomato, arugula, and onion on an onion, poppy seed bun." Well that sure does sound good. Thank you for keep us well fed, Yard House!

Read more about the new burger on VegNews.com.

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