The Perils of Finding Vegan- Friendly Soap

There are many artisans and companies out there marketing their handmade soaps as “vegan-friendly” which in theory should make shopping much simpler than it really is. However, this can be misleading on several fronts, but most notably in their ingredient list, the tools they use for preparation, and the way their soap is packaged. Often times we devout vegans are buying products like soap on face-value from what the label says, but not all of them are created equally.

The first thing to look for is a list of ingredients. Things like lanolin are often added to popular brands of soap, so you need to make sure that what the label is telling you is actually true. Without knowing for sure where the fats came from in your soap or if there are camouflaged animal products in there, you can’t say 100% that the soap is vegan-friendly.

Also, the use of leather tools during the manufacturing of cold processed soaps has been a popular for a very long time. Using any tools that are made from animals while manufacturing disqualifies you from being vegan-friendly, you really want to make sure that you know where your soap is coming from before you buy it. Leather has widely been replaced due to the expense in recent years, but there are other items that may have gone overlooked as well.

Lastly, the way your soap is packaged can play a major role in whether or not it’s vegan-friendly. Not only do many companies package their soap with materials made from animals, but the packaging can also be non-biodegradable which, though it’s not necessarily a vegan belief, goes against the basic waste protocols that every single vegan I personally know embraces.

At the end of the day, there are plenty of great companies that sell cold process soaps that are actually vegan-friendly. The best advice that I can give you is to find a company that you love, research them thoroughly, and then only buy from them as much as possible. That’s your best shot at being able to use truly vegan-friendly soap.

Delicious Vegan High Protein Recipe

Many people are reluctant to cook vegan meals because of the misconception that vegan recipes do not provide the protein necessary for a truly nutritious meal. Nothing could be farther from the truth. To prove this point, here is a high protein vegan recipe perfect for a meat replacement. It will not only give you lots of high protein; it will also make your mouth water. Be ready to give everyone at the table a second helping of this truly yummy feast!

Vegan Alfredo Pasta with Grilled Tofu Sticks

As you can see, this two part recipe will provide you with all the protein need. This recipe is great not just for daily fare; served with a zesty, high protein salad and a good dessert, it is actually a great party item. The added bonus of putting this on your table for company is seeing how your friends won’t miss meat at all!

Ingredients for Grilled Tofu Sticks

1 block extra firm tofu
1 ½ tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ teaspoons pure olive oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
½ cup organic breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning


1. Drain tofu for half an hour before slicing. Cut the tofu into three layers then slice across to make 1½ inch sticks. When you do this, some more water will come out. Lay the sticks on paper towels and allow them to drain for a few minutes. (You can actually do this the night before you cook. Just put the drained tofu in the refrigerator)
2. Combine the tomato paste, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, and sugar in a bowl.
3. Combine breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning in a shallow tray.
4. Dip each tofu stick in the sauce than quickly but gently roll it in the breadcrumbs.
5. Prepare a ribbed grill pan by spraying it with non-stick oil. If you are using a commercially prepared spray, check to make sure the oil contains no animal fat.
6. Cook the tofu sticks over medium-high heat (about 10 minutes for the first side).  Wait until one side is golden brown and relatively firm before flipping it to the other side. Do each of the other sides for about 5 or 6 minutes. (If you are not so confident about flipping the sticks without breaking them, use a large non-stick pan to grill.)
7. Set tofu sticks aside.

Ingredients for the Vegan Alfredo Pasta

12 ounces eggless fettuccine
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
4 ounces soy cream cheese plus 2 more for topping
4 tablespoons blanched sliced almonds
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, plus 2 more for sprinkling
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
A scant dash of nutmeg
1/3 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped


1. Boil salted water in a large pot and cook the fettuccine as directed in the package. When al dente, drain pasta but reserve 1 cup of the pasta water.
2. Combine the almond milk, 4 ounces of soy cream cheese, almonds, lemon zest, nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a blender. Process all the ingredients until you have a smooth mixture.
3. In a large sauté pan, sauté garlic over medium heat, stirring until it softens (about 1 minute). Add the almond milk mixture and 1/2 cup pasta water.
4. Let mixture simmer until thick and creamy, about 7 minutes. Add the oregano and a dash of nutmeg. Give it a final stir to mix well. If necessary, add the remaining pasta water to thin out mixture.
5. Remove mixture from heat, put the fettuccini and parsley. Toss well to combine.

To plate your creation

Distribute pasta among four bowls.  Top each with bits of cream cheese, sprinkle with nutritional yeast and some parsley. You can either place the grilled tofu sticks on top of the pasta or just arrange them on the side. Voila! You have a good party meal.

Vegan Eco Artisit Amy Guidry

Introducing Vegan Eco Artist Amy Guidry:

The premise of my series “In Our Veins” is to explore the connections between all life forms and the cycle of life. Through a psychological, and sometimes visceral, approach, this series investigates our relationships to each other and to the natural world, as well as our role in the life cycle. Concepts such as life and death, survival and exploitation, and the interdependence and destruction of living and nonliving organisms are illustrated throughout. Using imagery derived from dreams and free association, “In Our Veins” demonstrates these ideas in a surreal, psychologically-charged narrative.

To view additional works please visit:

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Vegan Art

Calling all Vegans! I have something extra special for you today. Check out this Vegan Art Collection by Robert Sheppard. Wow, just take a look at this amazing assortment of artwork from Vegan Artists around the world. Talk about statement pieces. These are just that and much more. What better way to open the minds of those around you than by Vegan Art.

Sheppard Collection of Vegan Art

The Sheppard Collection of Vegan Art

Looking for something colorful and beautifully thought provoking? The Celestial series by Aaron Wright is sure to take your breath away.

Want something that really makes a statement about the atrocities that occur with animals? Then Amanda Moeckel is the artist for you.

Just interested in the beauty of nature around you? Artist Marcus Pierno delivers gorgeous art!

What an interesting, beautiful, and unusual art collection. It challenges our treatment of animals and celebrates them.

Robert Sheppard says, “I think art is an important medium for expressing ideas and making people think. I hope this collection will prompt discussion and help spread ethical ideas.”

There is much more to see!  To view the entire Robert Sheppard collection click here:  Vegan Art

Restuarants That Don’t Cater to Vegans

Just a short rant here.  But don’t you just hate it when you go to a restaurant and they no vegan entrees?  We had a new restaurant that the family wanted to try.  It’s a local Mexican food restaurant.  You would think that of all places a Mexican restaurant would have plenty of vegan choices right?  Think again!  Nothing on the menu without meat or cheese.

I can tell them one thing, I won’t be back.

In this day and age, how hard is it to have a small section dedicated to vegans?  NOT HARD AT ALL?

PS:  For the record, I asked them to make me a salad with no meat or cheese!


Many have asked, and you may be wondering yourself, “Can a dog or cat really be a vegan?” The answer may surprise you, but yes they can with a product called Ami Cat and Ami Dog. Many will immediately ask about cats and dogs being carnivores or hunters. Actually, dogs are considered omnivores and cats are considered carnivores. However, you don’t see cats eating cows, chicken, or fish – the most popular ingredients in commercial cat and dog food. Add to that the diseased animals from the slaughter houses and you have something that they are not supposed to be eating.


“Dogs and cats actually do very well on a vegan diet,” according to Delta Farrington, owner of Eco Dogs and Cats who’s feline and canine companions are vegan. The one thing they must have in their diet, however is taurine. Most vegan foods do include this.

“Most Vegans like myself have a hard time swapping out one life for another, having dogs and cats and then being a part in the slaughtering of innocent animals. If we can achieve even better nutrition and happier dogs and cats, then we believe this is the answer. One of the vegan dog and Cat food companies that we sell has done years of testing with their food, they have taken shelter animals and fed them a vegan diet and have years of this data to confirm that indeed dogs and cats can be vegan,” says Delta.

Around the world, more and more veterinarians are starting to see the value of a healthy vegan diet for pets. And not just vegan pet parents are feeding their pets vegan. Veterinarians are recommending a vegan diet for pet’s with sensitive digestion, allergies, or other issues with conventional food.

Ellen Degeneres feeds her dogs a vegan-friendly diet. And, as DeGeneres’ legions of fans are well aware, she seems to genuinely care for animals and is an influential advocate for pet-related causes.

amicatAccording to PETA, “If you have been feeding your companion animals commercial pet foods, you may be jeopardizing their health. Supermarket pet foods are often composed of ground-up parts of animals deemed by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors unfit for human consumption. The flesh of animals who fall into one of the categories of the four D’s—dead, dying, diseased, or disabled—is what often goes into pet food. Many of these animals have died of infections and other diseases.”

Many vegetarians and vegans feed healthful, meatless diets to their companion animals. One remarkable example is that of Bramble, a 27-year-old border collie whose vegan diet of rice, lentils, and organic vegetables earned her consideration by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living dog in 2002. Studies have shown that the ailments associated with meat consumption in humans, such as allergies, cancer, and kidney, heart, and bone problems, also affect many nonhumans. Pet food has also been recalled during mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), scares because of the risk that contaminated meat was processed into the food. One deputy commissioner states that cats especially “are susceptible to BSE.”

When it comes down to it, many vegans and veterinarians who have worked with it, feel a vegan diet for your pet is not only more healthy, but a preferable diet over the main-stream foods.

For more information, check out Ami Cat vegan cat food and Ami Dog vegan dog food.

Resources: Eco Dogs And Cats (Ami Cat & Ami Dog importer for USA).

Indie Polish-Retailing Unique Vegan, Five Free, Handmade Nail Polish

The ever increasing popularity of the fad of veganism has given birth to the concept of the Vegan Nail Polish created by hand from scratch by Indie Polish, in various colors, styles and textures

USA (July 7, 2014): Among the many modern trends that have been spreading like wildfire all over the world is that of veganism which involves the non-consumption of animals and anything derived from them. In order to cater to the growing demand of vegan nail polishes, Indie Polish was founded. The company sells handmade Vegan Nail Polish which intends to please animal lovers as well as those who cannot tolerate any kind of animal fat due to religious issues.

The innovative company that has been in the business of producing such nail paints since two years now has a limited period offer going on for visitors to their website, The company is offering free shipping on all orders over $75 to anywhere in the world. Within a short span of two years, Indie Polish has recorded 1,250 sales and has received more than 300 5 star reviews on Etsy. There a number of varied kinds of nail polish sets, nail art and nail embellishments available at Indie Polish.

“I have always been against mainstream, commercially produced cosmetic products as they use animals to test on or as ingredients of these items. Being a strict vegan I had no option of using nail polish till now but thanks to the wide range available at Indie Polish, I am enjoying this new found love for nail polishes!” states Mary Richards.

Indie Polish is a Vegan Handmade Nail Polish company founded by a mother so that she could be a stay at home mom and take care of her autistic son. She always wanted to do something associated with her passion for nail polishes as she had been fond of using them since childhood. It took her a year to establish this firm as being a mom of a special needs son; she had to think about her ways of income so as to give more time to him. She also owns another shop that sells candles, bath and body products. She decided to launch Indie Polish after a friend suggested her the concept of creating nail polishes by hand and selling them.

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Becoming Vegan Is Easy

Becoming Vegan Is Easy and the Benefits are Never Ending!

I am a vegan, I wasn’t always a vegan. Back in 2012 I was overweight, and just diagnosed with high blood pressure.   My 43 birthday had just passed and I was pretty down in the dumps about my whole lifestyle. It was time for a change. I had never been a big fan of red meat so to me going vegan really wasn’t a big thing. I just made the commitment and went for it! And wow did I go for it!

Vegan Stories are Great Inspiration

There is so much information on the web now and vegan information and support can be found with a simple Google search. Becoming vegan stories are so very inspirational. When I first started out I tried to search out other stories and learn from them. Like this one:

This story is written by Caroline. It is a common story and one of success. Here goals with veganism were more related to animal welfare than with all the healthful benefits. She talks about the struggles with family and the everyday decisions to choose vegan over all. She also talks about her ongoing success and happiness with the lifestyle. She even lost 30 lbs of baby weight to boot!

Whatever your reason for going vegan I can tell you this. I have never felt better in my life, I have lost the 20 extra pounds and have kept it off, I have more energy than ever, and my blood pressure is perfect! No medication needed.

There is no way that I would ever go back to the old me. I am happy now.

When you first start out be sure to search out other vegan stories and learn everything you can about the lifestyle. I promise you will never get bored and you will constantly be inspired. From recipes, to products, to new vegan friends, it is truly amazing what it can do for you!

Costco Healthy Living with Diabetes – A Nice Little Magazine!

Costco Pharmacy has a great new diabetes magazine called Costco Healthy Living with Diabetes, online at It has several helpful articles on diabetes care, as well as recipes and nutrition tips. also has daily diabetes news briefs, and blogs by diabetes experts. A few articles in cdiabetes may be of particular interest. An important current debate is addressed in the article,” Are Diet Drinks a Safe Alternative to Soda?” There is no clear cut answer, but it’s important for people with diabetes to know their options. The article “Processed Foods & Type 2 Diabetes” is also very timely, since processed foods are all around us and we have to keep in mind that even though their ease of use makes them tempting, it’s worth the extra effort to find non-processed choices. In addition, “New guidelines for cholesterol levels: should you be taking a statin?” is an updated look at one of the most popular medicines for people with heart health issues, whether or not they have diabetes. Statins are a great tool for many people, but they aren’t for everyone. Speak to your healthcare provider to make good choices about your health.

Why I Choose to Use Vegan Soaps

When you embrace the vegan lifestyle there are many choices to be made about not only what we put in our body, but what we put on it.  To me there is nothing grosser than the thought of bathing in rendered animal fat.  That’s exactly what Tallow is, and that is exactly what most commercial mass produced soap are made from.  To me this is a simple choice that I can make that will make a difference in the world and in my body.

When I choose soap I always opt for handmade vegan soap.  Vegan soap companies use Almond, Avocado, Olive, Coconut, Palm and Palm Kernel oils.  These oils in the right combination do a wonderful job at cleaning and moisturizing your skin.

Why Handmade Soap?

I suppose it is just a personal preference but when you become vegan you often realize that small and closer to home is better.  There is something about handmade products that are just more luxurious and it always seems that more care is put into these products.  The ingredients tend to be well chosen, the item is made with careful oversight, and it is packaged in an earth friendly way.  One of my favorite handmade soap companies is Enucia.  They are located in Columbus Ohio, but ship nationwide.

Give them a try, they offer a full line of vegan soaps, foaming soaps, lip balms, lotions, and salt scrubs.