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The Ultimate Vegan Brunch Recipes for Mother’s Day

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A fun, thoughtful way to celebrate our love and appreciation for our mother figures is by making them a vegan Mother’s Day brunch.

We are not talking about different salads, we’re talking about vegan chickpea omelets and creamy vegan shiitake kale pastas!

Appetizers to desserts, hopefully these vegan recipes (with vegan food tips and trivia) will help you create the ultimate vegan Mother’s Day brunch.

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Golden pancakes drizzled in warm, smooth maple syrup… yumm.

Common dairy ingredients can be easily replaced with healthier, vegan ingredients such as almond/soy milk for milk, cornstarch or flaxseeds for eggs, and coconut oil for butter. Most generic white flours are vegan but there are healthier alternatives such as whole wheat flour and oat flour.

RECIPES | average prep + cook time: 15- 30 min

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The peach and tomatoes crostini and granola & pomegranate bowl make a great start to Mother’s Day brunch.

Two-cents on bread: Bread has been getting a bad reputation for its gluten, carbs and supposedly, fat. Truth is, real bread is simply made out of flour, water and salt. It is highly nutritious and low in fat.

Interestingly, sweet potatoes are starting to substitute bread on dishes like pizza.

RECIPES | average prep + cook time: 10 – 30 min

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Sandwiches, pasta, soups and salads are all healthy and filling courses for Mother’s Day brunch. Calling all pasta lovers, try the creamy vegan shiitake kale pasta.

RECIPES | average prep + cook time: 15 min – 2 hr.

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There is always room for dessert! Treat your mom to a homemade almond peach cake or vegan PB&J cups. If time is of the essence, try the vegan peanut butter mug cake. It only takes 3 minutes!

RECIPES | average prep + cook time: 30 min – 2 hr.

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You can’t go wrong with healthy smoothies and juices or a vegan mimosas. Not all champagnes are vegan. Some contain dairy products like egg whites, milk protein and gelatin. Barnivore has a comprehensive list of vegan champagnes.    

RECIPES | average prep + cook time: 10 – 15 min

Glow from Inside Out! Vegan Foods for Beauty + Recipes

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“A healthy outside starts from the inside” – Robert Urich

Along with using vegan and organic beauty products to bring out our best selves, we must not forget that beauty starts from within and radiates outwards. The foods we choose to eat everyday lay the foundation to the health of our bodies. Although, the key to beauty from within is by fueling our bodies with a variety of whole foods. We can pick and choose to eat foods that are rich in certain micronutrients that can help the growth, repair and nourishment of our skin, hair and nails. Consider incorporating some of these vegan foods into your everyday diet. With LOVE GOODLY and good food, your beauty will radiate from inside and out!

SKIN

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SWEET POTATOES + GARLIC
Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants that are vital to protecting the skin from cell damage caused by free radicals. Sweet potatoes also contain beta-carotene which contributes to a healthy skin tone and skin cell development. They are also high in vitamin C which is needed to heal blemishes and maintain radiant skin. Garlic contains a good amount of zinc which is needed for repairing damaged skin and keeping skin soft. 

Fries can actually be good for you! Here is a vegan oil- free sweet potato fries recipe.

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AVOCADOS + BRAZILIAN NUTS

Don’t shy away from fats! They are essential for beauty. Avocados contain fatty acids which helps the skin stay plump and moisturized. Avocados also contain high amounts of vitamin E. This vitamin plays a role in minimizing cell damage and promoting skin growth. Brazilian Nuts are high in selenium. Selenium, along with vitamin C and E, can prevent age spots, skin cancer and sun damage. Try this vegan Avocado Ranch dressing
to drizzle on top of salads or this vegan guacamole dip.

HAIR

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LEGUMES + LEAFY GREENS
Hair is made out of protein. To keep strong, healthy, shining hair, make sure to include enough protein in your diet. Legumes are one of the highest sources of plant protein. A lack of protein in the diet may cause thinning of the hair, hair loss and dryness.  Dark leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and broccoli are also high in protein.

Make a quick and easy vegan lentil soup to get your protein in or a simple green smoothie to-go.

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DARK CHOCOLATE + FRUIT

Iron is a vital mineral for the hair. A lack of iron in the diet may cause hair loss. Dark chocolate (70-90% Cacao) is a healthy treat high in iron. 

Tip: Consume foods high in vitamin C (such as fruits or try a mykind Organics Vitamin C Spray) with iron because vitamin C helps the body absorb your iron intake.

Create your own vegan dark chocolate treats with this fun and easy recipe.

NAILS

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OATS + B-12
Oats contain an abundance of nutrients such as B-complex vitamins, zinc, and copper. These micronutrients are important for maintaining healthy nails. You can use oats to make these gluten- free banana oat muffins for breakfast.

Vitamin B-12 is also crucial to nail health. A deficiency in B-12 may cause dry and dark nails. There are many ways to get cruelty-free B-12 including the mykind Organics Organic B12  spray.

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FLAX + SUN FLOWER SEEDS

Flax seeds are high in omega- 3 fatty acids which keep nails strong. Sunflower seeds provide a great source of biotin which reduces splitting of the nails and aids to finger nail thickness.

Here is a vegan pancake recipe using flax seeds.

Sources:

Lewin, J. (n.d.). What to eat for healthy hair. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-healthy-hair

Lewin, J. (n.d.). How to eat for great skin – Digestion. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-eat-great-skin-digestion

Goldschmidt, V. (n.d.). 6 Foods For Amazingly Strong Nails — Are You Eating Them? Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://saveourbones.com/6-foods-for-amazingly-strong-nails-are-you-eating-them/

Peek Inside the October/November Box!

 

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Fall is finally here! For some, it may be a new season to adjust to and, for some, it means new beginnings. But, to us? It’s time to reveal the October/November box!

This month’s delivery is curated by one of our favorite blogger, Sunny Subramanian of Vegan Beauty Review and author of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY BeautyShe selected some of her favorite products that are intended “to bring out your inner earth goddess and help facilitate self care.”

And, this box supports Beagle Freedom Project, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit run by Animal Rescue, Media and Education (ARME). The Beagle Freedom Project negotiates with laboratories across the world to secure the release of dogs and other animals and give them a chance at a normal home life.

Now, want to know what’s inside the box? Read on…

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Lippy Girl Makeup Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow, $16

Lippy Girl’s natural, vegan pressed mineral shadows are the smoothest, most blendable you can find. They’re free of petro-chemicals, silicone, and preservatives Your box has one of 10 amazing colors – trade with your friends or collect them all!

You can choose to personalize your box by emailing us at [email protected] to request your favorite Lippy Girl eye shadow color (see the 10 color choices in the image) while supplies last. Please include your email address and name and note “Lippy Girl” in the subject. If we do not hear from you, we will pick a color for you!

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Blissoma Scentless Stick Mini Solid Natural Deodorant, $10

Inspired by Breast Cancer Awareness month, we included Blissoma’s non-toxic deodorant because it really works. With an unscented recipe featuring mango butter, clay, zinc, and baking soda, it keeps odor at bay (we love it!).

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LINNÉ Botanicals PURIFY Face Mask & Wash, $58

Made from all-natural botanical compounds to optimize the health of your skin, LINNÉ’s PURIFY includes organic and wild-harvested ingredients such as French green clay, Dead Sea salt, and olive leaf powder. 2 products in 1 – we’re obsessed!

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Rawxies Lemon Poppy Seed or Mint Chocolate Chip Heart Bar, $2

Rawxies is an indulgent, nutritious, low-calorie bar – and delicious too! Because they are not heated above 105 degrees, they’re considered a pre-digested food (easier on your body).

Note: You will receive either one of the flavors (not both!)

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TribeTats LOVE GOODLY Tattoo, $2

Make a statement! Take a pic wearing your Cruelty Free tattoo; hashtag #lovegoodlytat and tag us on Instagram. Our team will choose our favorite photograph based on creativity and style. The winner will get their photo on our home page. Must post by 11/30/16.

A picture may say a thousand words, but we can’t possibly convey the quality, taste and feel of these products. Want to try them for yourself? You can subscribe to the box here, or check out our one-time gift options here.

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8 Comfort Foods That Are Surprisingly Vegan!

Around the holidays, it’s perfectly natural to miss Mom’s home cooked meals! But what you have in your vegan arsenal that Mom might have been missing is the benefit of time and the proliferation of new and improved vegan options that comes with it, which have the same traditional flavor as the family recipes. With Thanksgiving just around the corner and so many other celebrations in quick succession after that, why not up your vegan meal game?

Grab a snack (this list will make you so hungry), and let’s go through a list of eight comfort foods that are surprisingly vegan!

 

1.) Diaya Cheezecake  —  so rich and creamy, you don’t even know it’s not the real thing!

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2.) Gardein Turkey Cutlet –  perfect for your Thanksgiving, especially when paired with mashed potatoes.

3.) Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavored Squares —  a cheesy cracker, something that has been unavailable to vegans until now! 

 

4.) Diaya Cheezy Mac — creamy like Velveta Mac and Cheese,  but KIND and much healthier! 

5.) Earth Balance Vegan Aged White Cheddar Puffs  — missing Cheetos? Try these! You won’t miss them anymore!

6.) Beyond Meat Homestyle Tenders — great for a quick snack or full-blown meal component, even for the pickiest of eaters in your life. 

7.) Veggie Grill- Savory Kale Caesar Salad  —  vegan Caesar salads are hot right now, and this dressing nails it! Plus you get all kinds of good protein, especially if you add the vegan grilled chicken. 

8.) Kettle Brand Chips Jalapeno chips — these are so spicy and you won’t believe they are vegan! 

Darshana Thacker of Forks Over Knives

Every LOVE GOODLY box includes a recipe from Forks Over Knives’ chef, Darshana Thacker. Forks Over Knives, our healthy lifestyle partner, is focused on empowering people to live healthier lives by changing the way the world understands nutrition. 

There’s nothing restrictive about Darshana Thacker’s concept of vegan food. A chef who helped develop recipes for Forks Over Knives books and apps, as well as those used in the company’s new online meal planning and cooking school, Darshana’s expansive view of flavors and textures has made cruelty-free converts across the nation. Darshana is a Natural Gourmet Institute trained chef who also teaches vegan Indian cooking in Los Angeles and hosts popular pop-up dinners in her Venice home. She’s is currently hard at work creating more than a hundred brand-new recipes for an upcoming Forks Over Knives book for busy parents, but she took time out to share her vision with LOVE GOODLY.

How did you get involved with Forks Over Knives?

 When I moved to the U.S. from India, I was vegetarian and ate only dairy and eggs. But after I met a producer of the “Forks Over Knives” film and began to understand how the meat and dairy industry worked, I realized that was not something I wanted. It was an instant understanding and I just stopped [eating those things]. Then I started teaching vegan Indian cooking and developing recipes for Forks Over Knives.

 Over the years, I was evolving as a vegan. It’s a process. You learn so much about your own preferences, what’s out there, your best ingredients. I began to understood the importance of eliminating oils from your diet. Because oils are pure fat, and it’s empty calories. You can use those calories by adding more fruits and vegetables, grains, beans and nuts into your diet. Then you’re getting more than just fat. You’re getting micronutrients.


So rather than having somebody else distill the fat out of something like a nut, you actually eat the nut and get the full nutritional benefit.

Yes. Exactly. It’s not a fat free diet, it’s a low fat diet. And it’s fat from its original source, like nuts.

So in terms of the transition, many of us have experimented with veganism and vegetarianism or gone back and forth, but it doesn’t necessarily stick. What do you think the turning point is for people who make veganism a lifestyle choice? What was it for you?

For me, it wasn’t a big struggle because the foundation of a healthy, plant-based diet is grains, starches and carbohydrates. We have been taught the opposite—that carbs are bad. But when you bring those back as a foundation of your meals you will find that you have enough energy, food sustains you longer, makes you feel full and satisfies you. People have this impression that vegan means just salads, vegetables, kale and spinach. You cannot sustain yourself on vegetables! That’s just not possible. And that’s one of the misunderstandings. When people try to eat that way that’s why they fail.

Because they’re not satisfied.

Because they’re not satisfied. Exactly. I call it a diet of abundance. If you see my pantry, it’s got so many ingredients. There’s so much that you can play with. This food is what you share with your family—this experience, there’s so much to enjoy.

Where do you shop for those ingredients? Do have to go to farmer’s markets?

I shop at all different kinds of places. Because I teach how to transition to this lifestyle, so the ingredients in my recipes have to be accessible to everyone. There are people who are on a budget, who live in an area where they don’t have access to farmer’s markets. I need to think about how they can be successful. That’s why I go to mom and pop shops, local markets, farmer’s markets, and health food stores.

Are you concerned about the accusation that healthy, fresh food is part of an elitist lifestyle, that you can only choose those foods if you’re at a certain socioeconomic level?

Yes! Actually I took two challenges. One was $1.50 per day for five days, and the other was $5 a day for 10 days. And just living on that budget, and I had so much food that I was sharing it.

That’s amazing! Okay so if I’m going to transition to the abundant diet that we’re talking about, what are the five things that I need to have in my house at all times?

Beans or lentils, and rice—grains—as well as starchy vegetables because they stay fresh and you can store them for a long time. Fresh vegetables and fruits, and a few spices. That’s a good way to start.

Perfect! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I hope this conversation can inspire more discussion of the abundant lifestyle.

Yes! This is a journey, you know? There’s so much to learn.