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Where Do Vegans Get Their Calcium?




This is the second entry in my new Vegan Nutrient collage series, (check out the first post here), and I figured the simplest way to go about this series would be in order of the most asked questions new vegans get, (and most asked questions new vegans are bound to have).

That’s why this entry, is focusing on calcium.

We definitely have no need to consume cow’s milk (or sheep, or goat), and with all the terrible side effects, why would you want to?

Not to mention, it’s an unnecessary and cruel industry. Seriously, why would you willingly fund such horrors?

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Starting from the top left corner, going clockwise:

  •  Tahini 325mg
  •  Fortified Non-Dairy Milk 200-300mg (depending on which kind)
  •  Seasame Seeds 280mg
  •  Tempeh 215mg
  •  Almonds 200mg
  •  Tofu 150mg
  •  Seitan 142mg
  •  Figs 120mg
  •  Oranges 50-60mg (depending on size)
  •  Blackberries 40mg
  •  Black Beans 294mg
  •  Kidney Beans 263mg
  •  Chickpeas 210mg
  •  Soy White Beans 175mg
  •  Romano Beans 160mg
  •  Navy Beans 125mg
  • Collard Greens 350mg
  • Turnip Greens 250mg
  • Spinach 230mg
  • Kale 180mg
  • Bok Choy 158mg
  • Broccoli 95mg

These are in no way the only plant based sources of calcium, but they are the Top 22 that have the most calcium in them (per 1 cup).

With only needing 1,000mg/day of calcium, you can see how easy it is to meet your daily requirements with plant foods.

I hope you found this collage helpful, whether you’re a new vegan or veg-curious.

Next month, I’ll be talking about vegan sunscreens.


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3 Year Veganversary





I can’t believe it’s already been another full year! It feels like just yesterday I was writing my 2nd Year Veganversary article – and now I’m already writing the next one? It’s crazy!

Again, it’s hard to know what to say in these posts – do I encourage you to go vegan with me? Do I talk about some of the hardships of going vegan?

Wait, I know. How about a quick food montage? Back before I was vegan, I basically ate the same three things over and over. But since I’ve been vegan? I’ve tried so many different kinds of foods, and even discovered some foods that I didn’t know existed before! (Like Nooch, seitan, oyster mushrooms and black salt)

I not only have expanded my taste buds by trying premade vegan products (like Daiya, Gardein and Tofurky), I also learned how to cook, and I’ve gotta say, I can make some pretty kick-ass things in the kitchen now, compared to the not knowing how to boil hot-dogs before.

Check out all the cool, new shit I learned how to make:

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This is literally wheat gluten, water (or vegetable broth) and spices. It’s magic! And tastes awesome. I love getting to spice the food right from it’s conception – it gives it so much more flavour, instead of starting with a whole, plain slab of meat and then only putting the seasoning on the outside.

Also, you can turn this into any meat you want – the way you spice it gives it it’s flavour. And, because you’re hand shaping, you can also make it look like whatever you want.

Need some chick’n ‘breasts’? No problem.

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Sausages? Sure thing!

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Need some wings? Got that too.

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What about burgers?

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Yep! Still not a problem. These were actually the first time I made seitan, and was taken from PETA’s SolFood Vegan’s Spicy Fried Chicken recipe.

You could even just leave it together and make a roast out of it, if you really wanted.

The possibilities with seitan are damn near endless.

And it’s got 62g of protein/1C. So, y’know you don’t have to worry about dying from protein deficiency.

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Taquitos? I didn’t even know these were a thing before I discovered them at Good Rebel, and then learned how to make a homemade version.

Side note, if you live in Toronto, you should definitely check Good Rebel out. They’re small, but it’s like a vegan wonderland in there, they have so many products! Also, their egg and sausage breakfast sandwich is amazing.

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Mozzarella sticks is something I never had before going vegan, let alone know how to make. This recipe I actually got from The Vegan Zombie.

There are a lot of different foods I never tried until I went vegan. Not even just ‘typical’ vegan foods – like seitan, or durian (which admittedly I still haven’t had) – but ‘normal’ foods, like garlic bread, poutine, milkshakes – pretty much anything that had milk in it, I never tried.

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Uhm, hand-rolling sushi with no fish? Oh yeah, I did that, too. It was fun! And apparently because of my small hands, I was naturally good at rolling them.

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These I made from my favourite vegan Youtubers, HotforFood. Lauren makes amazing vegan food videos, and makes a lot of ‘regular’ foods (ie burgers, wings, etc.) and not just salads. I highly, highly recommend you check out her channel, and that you buy her cookbook 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face. I was lucky enough to get her to sign it at this past years’ Vegandale festival and have made only a few things out of the book, (one of my favs is her Ranch dip) but am very excited to continue trying out more of her recipes.

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I learned how to make chocolate cupcakes from scratch, and was pleasantly surprised that my vegan egg substitute of applesauce for eggs worked! The last time I had tried this switch, I was making brownies, and it didn’t exactly work out.

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I also invented my own Cherry-Pie Cupcakes after learning how to make the cupcakes above. I’ve made these the past 2 years for my dads’ birthday and he absolutely loves them. (These pictures are a bit ‘foggy’ because I had icing on the camera)

It’s not even just the foods I’ve learned how to make, there’s also a whole world of restaurants and pre-made foods I never would’ve discovered had I not got into veganism!

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Poutine! It’s always a win. Look at that deliciousness!

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Globally Local I’m a fan of – and they’re not even available in Toronto yet! I had the great fortune of trying them at the festival both years, and neither was disappointing. (With the exception that they aren’t in Toronto!)

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Hogtown Vegan is in Toronto, and this thing is amazing, too. It’s giant, delicious, and was actually the first time I ever tried seitan – and that was even before I went vegan! It’s since become my ‘regular’ order when I go there. Some of my other favourites of theirs is their poutine, mac n cheese and chick’n burger. I highly recommend you check them out as well, if you’re ever in the neighbourhood.

These guys I only tried once, but again, was blown away. The sandwich was awesome, and it saddens me that they’re all the way in Texas. Also, those were oyster mushrooms? Whaaat?

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Salted Caramel cupcakes are a must! I loved these so much and was very upset I was only able to buy one.

I won’t give you the total play-by-play, I’ll leave my food adventures on my Instagram. Also, if you want to check out the reviews I did of the above restaurant foods, you can find them here.

With all the awesome vegan restaurants opening, and all the new products that are becoming available, it’s becoming so easy to go vegan.

Also, if the food wasn’t enough to convince you, maybe this will:

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Whether you’re thinking about going vegan for the animals, your health, or the environment, you can’t argue with numbers like these. 1,000+ animals saved in the 3 years I’ve been vegan by doing nothing else but changing my diet? Can I get a hell yeah?

Being vegan is one of the most passive ways to help save the planet and animals that I can think of. You don’t have to go out and protest, you don’t have to talk about it. You can be a quiet activist and vote with your dollar.

With so many great options available, and so many stats outlining the dangers of not going vegan, I’m truly baffled that some people haven’t gotten on board yet. I mean, I haven’t been vegan forever, but I don’t think I ever tried debating that animal agriculture was good for the environment, or that murdering innocent beings was right.

Seriously, how are there still people who think veganism isn’t the answer?


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Buffalo Seitan Wings

Y’know, I’d never had ‘real’ buffalo wings before I went vegan, so I was a little hesitant about making these, but I actually enjoyed them. Also, my best friend (not vegan) says this is ‘amazing’. She loves seitan though, so she might be a bit biased.

If the buffalo sauce isn’t spicy enough for you, you can always add more hot sauce. Or, if it’s too spicy, add more ketchup. I’m just a wimp when it comes to spicy things so this is spicy for me.

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Chick’N Seitan

Coconut Oil

2C Flour

Spices: 1tsp

  • S+P
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Parsley

2 Egg Replacers

A Splash of Silk

Buffalo Sauce:

  • 3Tbsp Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • 3Tbsp Ketchup

 

Directions:

  1. Add the flour and spices to a bowl, mix together until combined.
  2. Mix up the Egg Replacer in a separate bowl and add a splash of milk to make it more liquid-y (I use the Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer so using the milk helps make the consistency more liquid-y)
  3. Take the seitan wings and coat first in egg and then in the flour. Do this until all wings are coated.
  4. Get a pan and heat some oil (I used just enough to cover the bottom) to high. Once oil is ready add the seitan a few at a time. Cook both sides for 30 seconds*, then take out and let drain/pat excess oil off with a paper towel.
  5. For the sauce: heat up a pot on the stove (medium heat) then add the ketchup and hot sauce, stirring constantly. Once mixture begins to bubble/thicken, remove from heat.
  6. Toss the wings in the sauce and serve.

Note: The seitan recipe I use makes about 30-34 wings – I split the batch and only buffalo-ed half of it. The other half I put in a ziplock bag and put in the deep freeze. (It lasts up to a year)

*Every time I go to fry something, the oil is always super hot. I’m not sure if it’s because of the pan or that we just have a powerful burner, but even recipes that it says to leave in for 5 minutes to get it ‘golden brown’, if I leave it in that long they always get super burned. So, adjust the cooking time for your burner/stove.


So, what do you guys think? Like it? Hate it? Should be thrown into a pit and never made again? Let me know in the comments!

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Chick’N Seitan

Before learning how to make it, I’d had my first taste of seitan at Hogtown Vegan (their Unchicken Ceasar Wrap, definitely recommend) and I was blown away how much it tasted like chicken. It tasted exactly like it.

After that, I started searching the Internet for how to make this amazing creation at home, and I’m not gonna lie, all the recipes I found overwhelmed me. (Vital Wheat Gluten??? Nooch?????)

After a lot of research and a sort of stealing myself, I decided to finally try and make seitan at home. The first time I ever made it, I followed Peta’s SolFoods Vegan’s Spicy Fried Chicken recipe. (I’ll link it below)

So this recipe is originally adapted from theirs.

Also, I’ve never really enjoyed the taste of beef or pork, etc., which is why I only have a chick’N recipe, and not a beef or pork recipe. I will probably end up making one for if I want notballs or fausages in something, but for now, anytime I refer to using seitan, I’m using this one.

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Dry:

2C Vital Wheat Gluten

5tbsp Nooch

2tsp. Poultry Seasoning

1tsp:

– S+P

– Garlic+Onion Powder

– Oregano

– Basil

– Parsley

– Paprika

Wet:

5Tbsp Tahini Paste

1 1/2C Mushroom Broth

Directions:

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. In a measuring cup, (or another bowl), combine the wet ingredients – mix together.*
  3. Mix the wet into the dry and mix together until you get a doughy consistency.
  4. Shape however you like (I usually make patties, breast-like shapes or wings)
  5. Wrap each piece in foil*
  6. Fill a pot with water and turn it on to high.
  7. Once water is boiling, get a steamer basket (or, use a cooling rack and place foil on top of chick’N) and place the chick’N pieces in.
  8. Let steam for 30 minutes.
  9. Once done, remove from steamer (put next batch in), remove the foil and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

*The original recipe I read said to wrap the seitan loosely in foil because they’d expand, but I haven’t notice them expand much if at all

Peta’s SolFoods Vegan’s Spicy Fried Chicken recipe


So, what do you guys think? Like it? Hate it? Should be thrown into a pit and never made again? Let me know in the comments!

Check out more recipes here: Recipes  All of the recipes are vegan. If you haven’t seen The Veg Life home page, then you might not know – all recipes on my site are proudly animal product free. (Yes, including the beauty products) All pictures of the food/product are taken by me and are sometimes pulled off my Instagram account.