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A few days in the life of a raw vegan

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[Please note that the UNITED household is a vegetarian household so whilst we may take the piss out of vegans, it’s from a place of love and admiration, and some dietary frustration.]

According to probably science, the two hardest things in life are giving birth, particularly if the child has a head as big as mine was, and living a raw vegan lifestyle. This week we have decided to take on the easier of these two scenarios – raw veganism.

Background

From the outside, raw veganism may seem like a lifestyle of self-righteous eating habits that needs …

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7 Day Barcode Ban: The outcome

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This was way harder than I expected. Seven days of meals without using any ingredients that were packaged or had a barcode on them certainly identified how convenient my eating habits had become.

[To skip to the crux of the experience, click here – dot points]

The first observation was how much preparation was required for each meal. The process of getting hungry and then eating something straight away has become a habit for me, so to actually plan ahead for every meal was a chore to begin with. I also established that without the aid of additives (oils, …

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Things to consider when going meatless (or meat reduced)

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The popularity of vegetarianism and veganism is certainly on the rise. Whilst these dietary lifestyles aren’t for everyone, those who pursue these lifestyles may do so for various reasons, from animal welfare and humanitarian issues, to general health related issues, or simply in order to reduce the weekly grocery bill. But if you were considering adopting a plant-based diet, here are some things to consider when going meatless.

Going meatless

Once the menu-shock of removing meat from your dinner plate subsides, there are some strategies you may need to consider in order to transition to a veggie-based regime whilst …

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What is nutritional yeast?

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We ran a recipe on Friday which included nutritional yeast in the ingredients list. If you hadn’t come across nutritional yeast in the past, you may have been a bit like, “Wha wha whaaaaaat?” Or similar. So here’s the lowdown:

What is nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is made from an organism called Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (we call him “Sachy” for short) which is grown on molasses, and then harvested and dried with heat in order to “deactivate” it. Nutritional yeast belongs to the fungi family making it 100% vegan.

Nutritional yeast is unlike baking yeast or brewer’s yeast meaning it will …

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Guilt-free banana bread with vanilla cream

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We published this recipe because a) it’s delicious, b) it’s natural, and c) it’s delicious.

Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 25 mins Total time: 45 mins
Makes one crowd-pleasing loaf

Ingredients

The loaf part

  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour (gluten free flour works well)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar (or stevia if you are anti coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds or ground flax
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

The icing part

  • 1/2 cup of cashews
  • 1/4 cup
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Non-dairy milk alternatives

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For any number of reasons, choosing non-dairy milk alternatives has become increasingly popular. We have chosen five non-dairy based alternatives to profile for those considering a mooove (lols) away from animal milks:

  • Almond
  • Coconut
  • Oat
  • Rice
  • Soy

All of these varieties have their benefits, all have a unique flavour, and all have varying degrees of nutritional value.

Almond milk

[Sources Livestrong.com, Fitday.com]

Pros Cons
  • Typically contains as much calcium and vitamin D as cow’s milk.
  • Rich in other vitamins and minerals including potassium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin E, copper and selenium.
  • Low in saturated fat and has no dietary
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Know your dietary tribe, part #1

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[Part #2 here]

Across the next two Monday’s (including the one we are currently enjoying), we identify 12 (yep, twelve!) dietary tribes and outline what makes them what the are. We have left Paleo out largely because we covered it here.

Who makes the 12 tribes?

Most of us know the main ones – veganism and vegetarianism for example, but there are a few which you may not know so well:

  1. Omnivore
  2. Macrobiotic
  3. Raw foodist
  4. Vegan
    a. Fruitarian
  5. Vegetarian
    a. Flexitarian or semi-vegetarian
    b. Lacto-vegetarian
    c. Ovo-vegetarian
    d. Ovo-lacto vegetarian
    e. Pescetarian
    d. Pollotarian

In this post …

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Swedeballs (meatless Swedish meatballs)

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Oh mumma. These little devils are delicious, healthy, and versatile.

What’s in meatless Swedish meatballs?

You can mix this up however you like but this was our choice of ingredients:

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt

Den metod (Swedish for “The method”)

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine oats and vegetable stock and allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly.
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