I admit I am probably a bit of a hippy and a pacifist when it comes to this, but I think we should be kind vegans and people. This sentiment goes for non-vegans as well. There is no need to put others down or call names. Just as with politics and I find the name calling distasteful, I find the same when some vegans shame other vegans and non-vegans for their lifestyle choices. I whole-heatedly believe in whole foods veganism for ethical and nutritional reasons, and if you wonder why, then watch the movies Earthlings, Cowspiracy, and follow Dr. Barnard or Jack Norris on Facebook if you have more questions about why more people are becoming vegan each day. When people first make the connection between animal abuse and factory farming they feel passionate about it, but there are helpful and unhelpful ways of expressing empathy for our animal friends.
I will never stop speaking up in favor furry friends, but I do not like it when people belittle a person’s physical appearance and say because she is not a vegan or not vegan enough this person is not “worthy”. Bullies try to cover up their behavior by declaring others need to “toughen up”, and imply their victims are the one with the problem. Oh you do not like what I am saying? Then go away they declare. That is a bit hard when you go to a person’s social media page and barrage them with disparaging comments.
If you are vegan for health and ethical reasons, then you should also be invested in the emotionally healthy perks to this lifestyle. Calling someone names is not characteristic of emotional well-being, just to clear the air on this misconception. Beauty is skin deep, and I believe our words and actions make us more appealing than our physical exteriors. It is not okay to poke fun of how someone looks or call them a four letter word just because they are not vegan. Some non-vegans being called names are beautiful and athletic, and I find it disconcerting that bullying is being considered acceptable.
It does not matter what anyone looks like, and disparaging someone’s appearance is never okay. Body shaming has never been proper, and no matter how much you cry freedom of speech, most people will cringe when they read and hear name calling. You have all the freedom of speech in the world to share why you think veganism is the best, but do not go to other people’s pages and call them names. Do not make videos calling out other celebrities. This does not come across as wanting to help your fellow-man or animals, by the way. It is a page views generation scheme, and that is about it.
We should consider using more compassionate thoughts and words when we interact with others, and just because using four letter words is the new norm does not make this an acceptable or healthy behavior. I am not against all swearing, but the blatant use of cuss words comes across as intellectually lazy, and taunting others will never be a good look. Think before you type. How would you feel if people said certain things about your sister that seem to be okay with some on social media? We are all beautiful in our own way, and making fun of someone’s appearance is not cool, or healthy.
It is strawberry season here in Southern California, so I have included this fruit in many of my smoothies. Yes, seasonal fruit goes well in blended drinks, and you do not always have to purchase exotic ones. Of course I did add bananas, but I do love this fruit, even though this particular ingredient is not local. Also, I added some oranges to the smoothie to add extra flavor.
Vegan potato bakes are something I enjoy making for dinner. Yes, it takes time to chop up potatoes and fresh vegetables, but these just taste so much better than the frozen potatoes sold at the store. Also, the ingredients are fresh, and no weird preservatives are added.
During the day I might have a hummus salad, a smoothie, or a bean burrito, but sometimes in the late winter and early spring when it is still chilly at night, I also enjoy making a vegan potato bake because of the aroma it adds to the house. Baking warms up the kitchen, which is a plus since is it usually still chilly in late March an early April. Since I live on a budget I discovered the a plant based lifestyle has saved me even more money over the last couple of years then when I used to buy fish and chicken, and I can make potatoes that are more tasty than what is served in a restaurant.
Do you ever crave a simple salad? Today for the letter P I am on thinking about chili pepper flakes sprinkled on top of a salad. The red hue of the flakes is inviting, and the taste marries with the lemon juice I squeeze over the top of the salad.
Today I bought some kiwis to eat for the first time in years. To consume these I simply cut the two kiwis in half and scooped out the contents with a spoon. I do not like the fuzzy skin of this fruit, so this is the best way for me to enjoy it.
Today the letter I is for the iceberg and purple cabbage salad with hummus. To make this salad I chopped up some purple cabbage and iceberg lettuce.
The homemade hummus consists of a can of organic chickpeas with two teaspoons of tahini. I also added freshly squeezed lemon juice, minced garlic and chili pepper flakes for flavor. This hummus makes the perfect salad dressing because it is not fattening packaged kind of hummus sold in stores since I use less tahini. Also, I do not add any salt since the can of garbanzo beans already has some in it. A tomato was also added to the hummus purée to give this dressing more flavor.
The video illustrates how I created this delicious vegan humus salad.
I prefer a sweet green smoothie filled with fresh fruit over consuming candies and rich desserts. Yes, there used to be a time I adored chocolate, but your taste buds change the more you go without eating it. When I satisfy my sweet tooth I now try to make smoothies so I can avoid naughty things, like donuts for breakfast. For this breakfast I created this delicious green vegan smoothie.
The video below illustrates the contrast been the green smoothie with the strawberries on top.
I decided to post something non A to Z Challenge related to share that I found Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream at Walmart. It was only $3.97, which is more reasonable than when I paid $4.99 for a pint at Target a couple of weeks ago. So if you are craving some vegan junk food, check and see if your Walmart has the vegan kind of Ben & Jerry’s.
Today the letter B is for the banana strawberry clementine smoothie.
Yes, I am at it again admiring the simplicity of a banana, strawberry, and clementine smoothie. To make this concoction I simply pureed five bananas with four clementines, and I added a tiny bit of almond milk to aid in the process. Next, I added half a package of strawberries to give this smoothie a slight red hue.
The ruby hue of the strawberries is a nice contrast to the slight yellow color of the smoothie before I finished pureeing.
For the letter A I am sharing a simple vegan smoothie I created. For this smoothie I pureed several organic apples off my mom’s tree with some organic oranges. A tiny bit of almond milk was added to the base of the blender to help puree this concoction, and the final result was simple and delicious. Smoothies are much more affordable to make at home, and you can control the ingredients that go in these.