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VegNow
January+February 2018

VegLifeStyle
Keeping you informed on all things veg Helping to enrich your veg life
10 Publisher’s Note
Get the inside scoop on VegNews Food + Travel
12 Your Say 38 Souped Up
VegNews readers share what’s on Kimchi miso, smoky lentil and sweet
their minds potato, Italian bean and kale, cheesy
cauliflower, creamy root vegetable,
17 VegNow and chickpea noodle
The latest news in food, health,
environment, and animals 44 Veganize It!

48
Texas-style jackfruit chili
VegInDepth 46 Quick & Easy
A trio of tahini dips
A closer look at intriguing topics
24 Veganism Saved My Life! 48 Fresh & Healthy
VegNews talks to five inspiring Walnut-chorizo taco bowls
individuals whose plant-based diets 50 Sweet Treats
drastically improved their health. Dulce de leche plantain trifles
30 Cake + Comfort 52 Taste Test
This winter, we’re taking a page out of The best in raw chocolate
the book of hygge. But why exactly is 54 VegEats
this comforting Danish way of living The Ravens in Mendocino, CA
taking the world by storm? 56 VegEscape
34 VegNews Guide to Greens Sunny getaway to Honolulu
Eating your vegetables has never been 58 VegVacation
so easy! VegNews editors break down Ravishing Reykjavík
18 dark and leafy ways to go green.

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Get Healthy
Simple We’ve filled our annual Health +
Wellness Issue with a blissful array
of recipes. Don’t miss these editor
favorites:

Pleasures
Is it just me, or do the truncated days of winter make it that much more challenging to
Kimchi Miso Soup (p.42)
This brothy blend is spicy, fragrant,
and full of antioxidant-rich
superfoods.

keep your spirits up? For me, when dark, rainy skies become the norm, the wintertime Jackfruit Chili (p.44)
blues start flirting. Those rituals I rely on to keep me at my best are not as accessible, leaving We’re obsessed with all-things
me out of sorts. Eating fresh food and spending ample time outdoors just don’t jackfruit, and this smoky, robust
have the same allure when I have to bundle up and grab that old umbrella. stew may be the ultimate comfort
But I have traveled this well-worn path long enough to know that gloomy skies can also food on chilly nights.
provide an opportunity to move past the seasonal blahs and lean into the cozy comforts
that are unique to this time of year. Chocolate Mousse (p.46)
Turns out, Denmark has a name for embracing those frigid winter temperatures—the Just five ingredients comprise this
Danes call it “hygge,” and this art of thriving in cold weather has suddenly taken the world mouthwatering mousse that had us
by storm. Instead of complaining when the mercury drops, these Northern Europeans soak begging for more.
it up every way they can. This means that mugs of hot chocolate, leisurely evenings with
friends around a fire, and freshly baked cakes are all happening on the regular.
Chorizo Taco Bowls (p.48)
We’ve combined walnuts, cremini
So how can all of us experience this refreshingly zen approach to life? VegNews Travel
mushrooms, and a heap of spices for
Editor Aurelia d’Andrea provides a fascinating exploration of the hygge philosophy (flip to
an out-of-this-world chorizo perfect
p.30 to get your cozy on) and shares myriad ideas for holding close those simple pleasures.
for Mexican-inspired bowls.
While I admit I’ll always prefer sunny skies over frosty climates, I’m grateful for the many
ways I have effortlessly woven hygge into my day-to-day routine. Here’s how you can, too ... Dulce de Leche Trifle (p.50)
Hope to dazzle friends and family
Eat comforting foods My favorite foods may be out of season, but a steamy bowl of
with a show-stopping vegan
Indian dhal or pumpkin curry on a chilly night makes my stomach and heart feel full.
dessert? Layers of vanilla cake,
Get up early I cherish winter’s early morning sunlight, especially since there’s no sign of dulce de leche custard, and fried
light when I leave the office each night.
plantains ought to do it.
Connect with others There’s immense joy in staying connected with friends and
family, so I make sure to invite my loved ones over for a glass of wine, game night, or a bowl
of my homemade African sweet potato soup.
Take a bath A hot bath becomes part of my nightly routine this time of year, helping me
to relax and sleep more deeply.
Do less With fewer hours of daylight, it feels good to simplify my schedule, make fewer
commitments, and just take it easy.

How do you find pleasure in everyday moments? However that may be, do more of
it—every single day. By filling our time with goodness and comfort, we can all master the
enticing, feel-good art of hygge.
Now excuse me as I go light a soy candle, brew a cup of chamomile tea, and start a book
that’s been on my nightstand for months. It’s cold out there!
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My favorite smoothie blend: Banana, passion My favorite smoothie blend: Anything with
Check out our cookbook… fruit, spirulina, vanilla protein powder, and peanut butter
coconut water My dream winter getaway: Maui
My dream winter getaway: Barcelona My go-to healthy snack: Cashews
My go-to healthy snack: Peanut butter, on My favorite vegetable: Cauliflower
everything My favorite cold-weather soup: Minestrone
My favorite vegetable: Brussels sprouts My New Year’s resolution: Win the lottery or
My favorite cold-weather soup: Roasted write a book
potato corn chowder
My New Year’s resolution: Stretch more
4 Julie Morris
Souped Up, p.38
2 Mark Hawthorne
Rustic Luxury, p.54
Where I live: Los Angeles
Veg for: 22 years
Where I live: Rohnert Park, CA My favorite smoothie blend: Spinach, frozen
Veg for: 16 years cauliflower, almond butter, protein powder,
My favorite smoothie blend: Bananas, cacao, cinnamon, and coconut water
strawberries, blueberries, and kale My dream winter getaway: Austria
- TimeOut New York Winner - My dream winter getaway: Prague My go-to healthy snack: Macadamia nuts
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vegnow FOOD / HEALTH / ENVIRONMENT / ANIMALS / BUZZ

Pumped Up
In the vegan haven of Portland, OR,
a body revolution is brewing.

This body-positive,
vegan gym came
to life thanks to
more than $25,000
crowdfunded
by supporters
worldwide.

Liberation Barbell is unlike any gym you’ve ever associated with mainstream gyms. “For trans people,
visited. There are no mirrors, no talk of diet, and no it’s very hard to find gender-neutral restrooms,”
nutrition plans to sign up for. The staff and clientele Cabrales says. “For fat people, no one who looks like
are largely comprised of women, fat folks, gender them are there. It’s uncomfortable.” With a focus on
non-conformers, and trans people. Oh, and the gym community-building and a commitment to turning
is 100-percent vegan, too. Dreamed up by Christina the fitness industry on its head, Liberation Barbell
Cabrales and Lacy Davis, Liberation is a first-of-its-kind is ensuring that no matter your size, age, gender,
weightlifting fitness center that focuses on strength or ability, for Portlanders, there’s always a safe,
over weight loss and works against the intimidation empowering place to work out.
Jim Kettner

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FOOD+HEALTH/now
Halo Top, the best-selling ice
cream brand in the nation, has
officially thrown its hat into the
dairy-free ring with a line of vegan
2019
The year Chilean food tech
startup The Not Company
ice cream flavors. Made with plans to launch its line of
coconut milk, the new additions vegan products—including
are an answer to the company’s plant-based mayonnaise,
“number-one request” and come milk, yogurt, and cheese—
at Walmart locations
in flavors such as: across the US. Not Mayo, a
• Caramel Macchiato • Oatmeal Cookie low-fat, protein-enriched
• Chocolate Covered Banana • Peanut Butter Cup mayonnaise made with
• Cinnamon Roll • Sea Salt Caramel
chickpeas, will be the
first product to debut.

“I’ve been in chronic pain since I was sick five years ago,
and I just tried shifting my diet dramatically. I became pain-free
four days into shifting my diet. I just love looking at vegan food and
reading about different health news alerts and new discoveries.”
—COMEDIAN TIG NOTARO ON GOING VEGAN TO COMBAT PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH BREAST CANCER

Sweet Deal? A study conducted by the University of


Sweet Earth Foods,
makers of frozen meatless California, Davis has concluded that humans
bowls, burritos, and had stronger bones before they began
bacon, announced it consuming dairy. Examinations of more than
would be acquired by 550 skulls and 530 jaw bones of 24 different
food corporation Nestlé populations proved that early hunter-
for an undisclosed sum. gatherers had stronger jaws developed from
Nestlé says the acquisition
chewing plants. Make no bones about it—
would help it “build out
our portfolio of vegetarian milk doesn’t do a body good.
and flexitarian choices in
line with modern health
trends,” while Sweet Earth
THE NUMBER OF CHEFS that food-service

1,000
owners Kelly and Brian
giant Aramark will train to cook plant-based
Swette believe the buyout
reinforces the notion cuisine, thanks to a partnership with The
that consumers want Humane Society of the United States. The
“more wholesome and curriculum will help bolster vegan options at
sustainable choices.” the hospitals, workplace cafeterias, and schools
Aramark serves across the country.

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On-the-go coffee
lovers, rejoice!
Starbucks is
introducing dairy-free
versions of its popular
bottled Frappuccino
beverages. Made
with almond milk and
available in vanilla
and mocha flavors,
the creamy drinks will
hit retail locations
this May. Gas station
caffeine pick-me-up,
here we come.

MCDONALD’S MADE
HISTORY recently by testing
its first completely vegan
burger, the McVegan, in
Finland. The soy-based
burger—which includes
a vegan McFeast sauce,
ketchup, mustard, tomato,
lettuce, onion, and pickles—
follows last year’s addition
of the vegan-friendly Veggie
McSpice that debuted in
Norway. Spokespersons say a
larger-scale expansion of the
McVegan could be possible,
pending customer response.
Our response? We’re loving it.

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ENVIRONMENT+ANIMALS/now

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Veda Village, Russia’s first
sustainable, meat-free
apartment complex, is
coming to St. Petersburg. The multi-floor The percentage of voters
complex is expected to be completed who opposed the building of
a 4,000-cow “mega-dairy”
this spring and will include a yoga studio, in Lake Hendricks, SD. The
education center, and a vegetarian overwhelming opposition from
residents was attributed to
restaurant. Project managers say plans concerns about the pollution
are in the works to have Veda Village be it would generate. Don’t cry
over spilled milk, Riverview.
self-sufficient in terms of energy, water,
You can always get into the
and food production. almond-milk business!

Oscar-winning actor and ardent environmentalist


Leonardo DiCaprio recently invested in vegan
LUXURY FASHION BRAND
food brand Beyond Meat. “Livestock production
GUCCI WILL BAN ALL
is a major contributor to carbon emissions,”
FUR from its clothing
DiCaprio said. “Shifting from animal meat to the
lines beginning with its
plant-based meats developed by Beyond Meat Spring/Summer 2018
is one of the most powerful measures collection. CEO Marco
someone can take to reduce their impact Bizzarri said, “Being
on our climate.” Bravo, Leo! socially responsible is
one of Gucci’s core values,
and we will continue to
Research by Euromonitor International has found strive to do better for
that come 2022, America will officially no longer the environment and
be the world’s largest consumer of dairy products animals.” Other fashion
brands that have recently
(the top spot will be claimed by China). The shift is
gone fur-free include
coupled with meteoric growth in the plant-based
Giorgio Armani, Hugo
milk industry, set to reach $35 billion by 2024. Boss, and Ralph Lauren.

“I believe that in 30 years or so, we will no longer need to kill


any animals, and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based,
taste the same, and also be much healthier for everyone.”
—SIR RICHARD BRANSON ON HIS MOTIVATION FOR INVESTING IN CULTURED MEAT STARTUP MEMPHIS MEATS

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11 THINGS WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE / READ / DO

Who are we
kidding—every day is Irish
Might we suggest going National Peanut Coffee
vegan (assuming, of Butter Day! Day? Well, if
course, you haven’t
you insist …

24
25
already)!

1 Our recipe for Garlicky


Brussels Sprouts
Tacos is the best
way to celebrate Eat
Brussels Sprouts

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If you’ve got the
Day. Recipe on
winter blues, book a
trip to the Arizona
Vegetarian Food Happy birthday,
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Festival, where Alan Cumming.

20 the average January


temperature is in
the high 60s.
We loved you in
Spice World!

January
February
4 According to
Check out our “4 Mouthwatering
Vegan Super Bowl Recipes” on
VegNews.com, and you’ll definitely
be a winner this Super Bowl
Sunday … even if your team isn’t.
16 Chinese New Year,
2018 is the Year of
the Dog. Why not
adopt one today?

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If it’s
National
Let’s All

21 Did “juno” it’s


vegan actress
Ellen Page’s
Eat Right
Day, that

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means
birthday? everyone’s
getting their
plant-based
Nothing against vegan butter, but
fix, right?
there are so many more over-the-top
Toast: Heather Poire

ways to partake in Toast Day. For


inspiration, read “10 Toast Toppers
That Are Better Than Butter”
on VegNews.com.

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Veganism
Saved
My Life
With mounting evidence pointing to the connections
between chronic illness and the Standard American Diet,
it is not surprising that we are a country dying too soon.
But with the growing voices of medical professionals,
athletes, and politicians proving that plant-centered
diets can be the road to optimal health, people are
making the switch. And for the following five individuals,
the transition could not have come soon enough.
VegNews Senior Editor Jasmin Singer reports.

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ERIC ADAMS

Policy Change
For Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a startling
diagnosis of type 2 diabetes—complete with bouts of tingly hands
and feet, and an emergency visit to the doctor due to a painful
ulcer—led to a windy but clear path to Michael Greger, MD’s book,
How Not to Die. Told he would be on medication for the rest of his
life, with the probability of long-term effects such as blindness and
amputation, Adams took matters into his own hands. Last spring,
the former New York state senator switched out the meat-centric
diet he had known his whole life with one that revolved around
kale, beans, grains, fruit, and other vegetables in their most
unprocessed forms. Just three weeks later, he woke up to find his
extremities no longer tingled. Figuring he was onto something,
Adams continued on his vegan journey, and three months later,
his blood-glucose levels were completely normal: his diabetes
had effectively been cured. Now a vocal proponent of a plant-
based diet, Adams has turned his personal victory into a citywide
advocacy effort, holding public discussions at the Brooklyn
Chamber of Commerce on the value of veganism; creating a policy
that all events held at Borough Hall must include vegan options;
and developing a New York City hub for doctors like Greger who
specialize in plant-based nutrition as a means to long-term health.
Much closer to home, this plant-powered ambassador has even
gotten his mother to jump on the vegan bandwagon; in October,
NEW YEAR’S
she joined him in the fight, hoping to see the same results as her
RESOLUTION
son, who is changing the city—and the world—one salad at a time.
“I’m pushing for all Brooklyn
hospitals to have a well-educated
plant-based bureau. It will be
mandatory for doctors to let patients
VITAL STATS know there are alternatives to
Age: 57 traditional medicine-type treatment.
Lives in: Brooklyn, NY It starts with plants.”

Diagnosis: Type 2 diabetes,


high blood pressure,
high cholesterol
Prognosis: Lifelong
Wise Words
medication, blindness, “The relationship between you
and your doctor is a partnership,
limb amputation
After: Erica Sherman; Before: Kathryn Kirk

and you cannot rely on your


doctor to dictate your health.”
Before
WHAT ERIC EATS
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Dessert Snack
Oatmeal with kale, Bean pasta with marinara Steamed cauliflower with Banana Flaxseed chips
onions, and red sauce, tomatoes, and cucumber, garlic, lemon, “nice” cream with sweet potato
cabbage mushrooms and balsamic vinegar and hummus,
almonds, and
apples

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BROOKE GOLDNER, MD

Doctor's Orders
When Brooke Goldner was 16, a serious case of lupus left her
in stage 4 kidney failure. Initially told she had six months to live,
Goldner defied all odds by staying alive with the help of intense
chemotherapy, and upon completion, was able to wean herself
off all medications. But her struggle was far from over. When
she entered medical school in her twenties, Goldner developed
anti-phospholipid antibodies—a painful malady that causes
blood clots, which in turn gave her double vision and resulted in a
stroke. She dealt with this new diagnosis by injecting her stomach
with blood thinners every day, while stomaching the likely reality
that she would never be able to bear children. When all seemed
lost, she started dating fitness trainer Thomas Tadlock, who
encouraged the long-time vegetarian to stop consuming cheese
and eggs. After four months of trading in her animal products for a
high-raw diet rich in fresh vegetables, Goldner no longer suffered
from joint pain, migraines, or fatigue, and more shockingly, her
lupus and blood clot-inducing antibodies disappeared, too. After
two years of perfect lab results, she weaned herself off blood
thinners, and four years later—even though she was still warned
against it—Goldner became pregnant and gave birth to a baby
boy. Now healthy as ever at 40, Goldner has dedicated her career
as a medical doctor to advocating for disease prevention and
NEW YEAR’S
treatment by way of vegetables.
RESOLUTIO N
single day to
ery
“I am committed ev
te ch ronic pain and
helping elimina
net. I acutely
disease from the pla
millions who are
VITAL STATS feel the pain of the
from diseases that
suffering needlessly
Age: 40 are entirely preven
table and reversible
Lives in: Houston, TX plant-based diet.”
through a nourishing

After: Mellisa Schwartz; Before: Brooke Goldner


Diagnosis: Systemic lupus
erythematosus, stage 4
kidney failure, stroke
Prognosis: Six months to
Wise Words
live, risk of death if “Focus on what you want
for your life and health instead
pregnant, major stroke of what you think you
Before might miss out on.”

WHAT BROOKE EATS


Breakfast Lunch Dinner Dessert Snack
Green Avocado Spicy curried lentils Raw vegan cheesecake Peaches,
smoothie sandwich on with steamed nectarines, and
with kale, sprouted bread broccoli, tofu, and pears
chia seeds, peanut sauce
and pear

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PAUL FIGUEROA

Family Guy
Paul Figueroa’s favorite foods were steaks, burgers, and
pizza. So when he was just 40 years old and diagnosed with
gout—a common affliction faced by those of Filipino descent,
like Figueroa—he didn’t think for a second it was diet-related.
His doctor didn’t either, prescribing him medication to go along
with the drugs he already took for sky-high cholesterol and
blood pressure. A year later, a massive heart attack—known
as the “widow-maker”—resulted in a full blockage of his left
anterior descending artery and damage to 40 percent of his
heart. On the day he left the hospital, his cardiologist (the first
doctor to make the connection between his condition and
his food choices) recommended he watch Forks Over Knives.
He watched it that same day, and—along with his wife and
daughter—went vegan immediately. With his family’s support,
he fostered his newfound plant-based community and, at
the same time, expanded his palate to thoroughly enjoy
wholesome, plant-based meals. Figueroa started watching more
documentaries, including those that spoke to the ethical and
environmental reasons to adopt a vegan diet such as Earthlings
and Cowspiracy, all helping to solidify his convictions about
his new way of life. Two years later, his cholesterol and blood
pressure have returned to normal, he has drastically reduced
his risk of heart attack, and his favorite hobby, which was once NEW YEAR’S
eating, is now hiking. He recently trekked up to the famed RESOLUTIOreNweight
Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, where he looked down at where “I want to lose some mo
even
he had been and knew there was no going back. to reduce my medication
am als o wo rkin g on a
further. I
ed at reaching older
website—aim
VITAL STATS ry with
people—to share my sto
mig ht be going through
Age: 43 those who
the same things I did.”
Lives in: Stanton, CA
Diagnosis: Heart disease,
stroke, gout Wise Words
Prognosis: High risk of “If you have been diagnosed with
Before & after: courtesy of Paul Figueroa; Ice cream: Garrison McArthur Photographers

deadly heart attack, lifelong a chronic disease, you owe it to


medication, early death yourself and your family to adopt a
vegan diet, as it provides the best
chance for reversing your condition.”
Before
WHAT PAUL EATS
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Dessert Snack
Fruit smoothie with almond milk, Vegetable sushi Brown rice bowl Vegan Snap peas, carrots, and
berries, banana, turmeric, black with asparagus, with black beans, cashew broccoli with hummus
pepper, flax seeds, rolled oats, cucumbers, carrots, guacamole, corn, milk ice
and cinnamon and avocado lettuce, and salsa cream

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KATE MCGOEY-SMITH

All Heart
An average of three out of every million people are plagued
with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension—a degenerative
disease that restricts blood flow to the lungs, weakening the heart—
and Kate McGoey-Smith was one of them. Following her shocking
diagnosis, she found herself beholden to an oxygen tank, and given
the deteriorating state of her health, had no choice but to stop
working. The bad news kept coming when McGoey-Smith began to
lose her vision (caused by a lack of oxygen to her eyes), developed
diabetic retinopathy, and was prescribed a mixed cocktail of drugs.
After being placed on a lung transplant monitoring list—one of
the last signs that if she didn’t undergo a radical change, death
would be imminent—something serendipitous happened. Flipping
on the TV one night, she found herself watching the powerful,
plant-promoting documentary Forks Over Knives. Intrigued and
desperate, McGoey-Smith scheduled a consultation with famed
plant-based medical doctor Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. She promptly
attended his workshop on the healing power of plants, and decided
once and for all to take charge of her own healing. Teaching herself
how to cook while she was still blind and unable to stand up,
she was finally on her way to a radical recovery. Today, McGoey-
Smith is down 110 pounds and nearly all of her symptoms have
vanished. Her risk for heart failure and dependency on medication
both plummeted, she no longer needs a lung transplant, and,
astoundingly, her eyesight has been fully restored—proving that
without a doubt, Kate McGoey-Smith can finally see the full impact NEW YEAR’S
of veganism.
RESOLUTION
“My goal is to coach, teach, and
consult with individuals, couples,
VITAL STATS families, and groups to help them
Age: 61 stay healthy and connected
Lives in: Calgary, AB through their veganism.”

Diagnosis: Heart disease,


type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea
Prognosis: Two to five years
to live, lifelong blindness, Wise Words
Before & after: courtesy of Kate McGoey-Smith
lung transplant “Your plant-based diet
will prove that true healing is
at the end of your fork!”
Before
WHAT KATE EATS
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Dessert Snack
Oatmeal with Pita pizza with roasted Potato-leek soup, kale Vegan chocolate Seasonal fruit,
blueberries and vegetables, and a salad with oil-free mousse such as berries,
steamed greens sweet potato with dressing, and steamed apples, and pears
steamed broccoli vegetables
and cauliflower

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JOSH LAJAUNIE

Running Man
En route to a family vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, Josh Lajaunie
was told that, due to his size, the small plane he was on would only fly if he
moved closer to the front. Outwardly, he laughed it off, but obesity and heart
disease ran in his family, and he had watched too many loved ones suffer
from these deadly afflictions (heart disease affects a staggering 28 million
Americans each year). When he got home and stepped on the scale, the
word “error” was all that came up; it would only register up to 400 pounds.
Emboldened to make a lifestyle change, Lajaunie—who, in his earlier days,
had enjoyed sports immensely—laced up his running shoes, only to find
most physical activity left him out of breath. With a new determination to get
into shape—but no firm grasp on how—he was turned on to the successes
of vegan ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek, and everything became clear. He
traded in hamburgers for vegetables, and as the pounds melted off—230 of
them—he realized he had a true gift. A marathoner was never something
that Lajaunie, who had watched his father and grandfather both suffer heart
attacks, would have thought of himself as. But after surprising himself by
finishing a marathon in less than four hours, he completed his first 50k; then
he entered, and won, a 50-miler. In 2016, the newly trim athlete competed
in his first 100-mile race, landing himself a cover spot on Runner’s World.

NEW YEAR’SN
Now stronger and faster than ever, Lajaunie has become a local celebrity
in his small town of Thibodaux, where he uses his platform to advocate for
veganism within his community. His biggest proponent remains his mother,
who has enthusiastically followed in his footsteps, losing 100 pounds herself
RESOLtoUruTnIO
ethe Cruel
“I would lik the
by going vegan. For Josh Lajaunie and his family, when it comes to lifelong
Jewel 10 0-mile race in
health, going the distance is the name of the game. ia M ou n tains
North Georg er.”
b
next Septem

VITAL STATS
Age: 39
Lives in: Thibodaux, LA Wise Words
Diagnosis: Morbid obesity, “Just do! Assess the results
depression, hypertension objectively and let that dictate
your future decisions.”
Prognosis: Heart disease,
early death, lifelong Jasmin Singer (jasminsinger.com), the senior
editor of VegNews, documented her own story
medication
Before & after: courtesy of Josh Lajaunie

of how veganism saved her life in her memoir,


Always Too Much and Never Enough.

Before
WHAT JOSH EATS
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Dessert Snack
Oatmeal with Fruit smoothie with greens, Red lentils with Peanut butter or Apples, almonds,
bananas, bananas, apple, turmeric, greens, broccoli, chocolate “nice” and walnuts
almond milk, black pepper, and fresh mint sriracha, and cream made with
and dates nutritional yeast frozen cherries
and bananas

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Cake
+
Comfort In uncertain times, we need
all the comfort we can get,
which is why the Danish art
of hygge has never been
more relevant than it is right
now. VegNews Travel Editor
Aurelia d’Andrea invites
you to explore this Nordic
approach to cozy living,
vegan style.

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The Danes have it pretty darn good.
Besides getting credit for Danish pastry, The Little Mermaid, and our collective obsession
with mid-century Scandinavian design, Denmark also claims bragging rights as one of
the happiest countries on the planet. With low crime, universal healthcare, and average
household financial wealth per capita ringing in at nearly $55,000, it’s pretty easy to see
how joy might manifest on a national level.
The country of nearly 6 million is not without its problems, ways that are available, whether that’s an end-of-the-day glass
however. The insular nation has struggled to adapt to its shifting of pinot noir or staying in bed until noon on Sunday and losing
demographics following an influx of refugees from Syria and Iraq, ourselves in a juicy mystery novel. If it feeds our spirits and
and winters in this Northern European outpost are long, dark, supports us through another day’s news headlines, it falls under
and bitterly cold. But Denmark has a secret weapon that helps the hygge umbrella.
buffer it against life’s tribulations and uncertainties, and it’s one Though practiced all year round, wintertime is hygge’s sweet
we could all benefit from: hygge. spot, and the season when those cozy clichés fully manifest into
soul-soothing reality. If it had its own slogan, it might be, “You
Cozy culture deserve it.” So go ahead and put another log on the fire, pour
Type “hygge” into Pinterest and up pop images of chunky knitted yourself a mug of hot cocoa, and dial the hygge vibes up to high.
blankets, roaring fireplaces, candlelit tables, and foam-topped
lattes. To the uninitiated, it looks more like an interior design Sugar and nice
concept than a real-life philosophy practiced by millions. To say the Danes adore sweets is a grave understatement. After
Pronounced “hoo-gah,” its etymology is traced to archaic their Nordic neighbor Finland, Denmark is the most sugar-
Norwegian, and translates loosely as both the noun “well-being” obsessed country on the planet, with per capita consumption
and the verb “to embrace.” Metaphorically, that’s how hygge tallying in at roughly 18 pounds per year—more than twice the
makes us feel: cared for, snug, and content. European average. Is it any wonder? With each bite of banana
“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience rather nut bread, our brains are flooded with dopamine, the feel-good
than about things,” says Meik Wiking, the best-selling author of chemical that compels us to go back for more. “Hygge is a thing
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living and the that is supposed to be and feel good for you,” says Wiking. “And
founder of the Copenhagen-based Happiness Research Institute. that means if you want to eat some cake, eat some cake.”
“It is about being with the people we love, the feeling of home, Creating a sense of pleasure needn’t be over-the-top
and the feeling of being safe.” indulgent—or sugar-oriented; you can cultivate hygge by
It also gives us permission to experience comfort in all the shopping for fresh produce at the farmers’ market and

hygge
pronounced [hoo-gah, ԤO‫֌ܚ‬ē/] noun
The Danish practice of enjoying life’s simple pleasures with friends and family
while feeling content and cozy.

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transforming it into a savory pot of winter vegetable stew,
by taking a hot bath and tossing in your favorite bath bomb,

hygge or curling up with the cat under a warm throw blanket and
watching Love Actually for the 43rd time. When in doubt, aim for a

at home
formula that couples simplicity with intention, add an element of
pleasure, then subtract guilt.

Bring this Danish concept to your Happy together


domain in just three easy steps. Life in the 21st century can feel especially isolating, when
our communities are so often virtual and our primary
Berlin-based blogger and vegan lifestyle communication with friends is through social media. Engaging
expert Jenny Mustard doesn’t just blindly follow with others, in the flesh and in small groups, is the Scandinavian
the hygge trend; she was raised with it. Borrow antidote to technology overload, and also happens to be
these tips from the Swedish-born media maven something that science says supports our mental, spiritual, and
and bring some comfort into your life. physical well-being.
“Hanging out with people that you can be completely yourself
with is very hygge,” says Jenny Mustard, a Swedish-born vegan
YouTuber based in Berlin. Mustard says gatherings needn’t be
fussy affairs that require planning or extra expense. What matters
is simply taking the time to be in the company of people we like.
“I like cooking a homemade meal for us to enjoy together,” she
Sip something soothing says. “Something simple and comforting, like congee or noodle
There’s nothing more hygge than enjoying a soup. I don’t need more than that to have a hygge night.”
warm mug of tea. Mustard is partial to genmai Research shows that sharing time with others not only makes
cha, lapsong, and fresh ginger tea, but whatever us feel good, but contributes to our longevity—reason enough
elixir you choose, brew up a pot and take the to find time to meet a friend for coffee, make space for game
time to savor the aroma, the flavor, and the warm night with friends, or visit Grandma to flip through family photo
feeling it gives you with every sip. albums together. “The most important social relationships are
close relationships in which you experience things together,
experience being understood, share thoughts and feelings, and
both give and receive support,” says Wiking.

Light touch
Want to bring hygge into your home? Borrow a page, literally,
Dial up the cozy from the IKEA catalog. The Scandinavian superstore hasn’t
Creating a space in your home that’s dedicated just nailed this concept’s design aesthetic, but its language,
exclusively to relaxation and small pleasures too. Pages are filled with images of small gatherings of happy
is a hygge fundamental. Clear out the clutter, people sharing pleasurable moments—dining together, sipping
and cozy it up with pillows, soy candles, champagne, laughing—while the descriptive text encourages us
and a throw blanket. For optimal hygge, use to make our houses a home with the “twinkle of soft lighting” and
this space for enjoyment only—never for the “coziest textiles.” Is this commerce imitating life, or the other
paying bills or homework. way around?
Getting the light right (or wrong) can make (or break) the
experience. IKEA stores opt for strategically placed pendant
lamps, which beam soft light onto tabletops and breakfast
nooks. Sitting spaces are arranged for optimal reading pleasure,
while chairs and sofas are draped with snuggly throws and fluffy
pillows. And then there’s the candles.
Commune with nature The Danes burn more votives, tea lights, and candlesticks
Getting outside for a daily walk and observing
than anyone else in Europe, and they light them not just for
the seasonal nuances, whether in your own
special occasions, but for everyday enjoyment. Infusing your own
neighborhood or out in rural isolation, is a great way
living spaces with the glow of candlelight is the number one way
to connect with yourself, your companion animal, or
to hygge-ify your home, and it also happens to be one of the most
your partner. Walking solo? Use this alone-time to
simple and affordable. “It’s not about the grand indulgences,”
listen to your favorite audiobook or podcast.
says Mustard. “It’s more about enjoying the small moment of life,
and choosing to live well.”

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Great outdoors

cozy iq
There’s a Nordic saying that “there’s no such thing as bad
weather, just bad clothing.” Rather than let a little sub-zero
temperatures get you down, go hygge by bundling up warmly
and heading out into nature, not just for the health benefits of
movement and fresh air, but for the moments—a hot bath with
essential oils, a mug of coffee spiked with Baileys Almande—
that await when you return. Test your hygge IQ and see if you’re ready
The meditative aspect of being outdoors and marveling
a colorful sunset or spotting a deer on a forest walk reminds
to become an honorary Dane.

1 You’re
us that we are part of the circle of life. Is there anything more having a dinner party. To increase the hygge
life-affirming and assuring than that? Relish the moments value, you:
spent sitting around a campfire with friends eating s’mores a. Start a political debate
or nestled in a woodsy lakeside cabin while rain beats down b. Offer your guests a post-meal brandy and suggest a
on the roof, and tune into the simple, earthy pleasure those game of charades
experiences bring. c. Initiate a discussion about the latest animal-rights
Can’t get to nature? Bring it to you. Potted plants, fresh documentary
flowers, and even a tree strung with lights during the holidays

2 It’s a Sunday afternoon, and you have a one-hour


window of free time, so you:

Take it from the Danes:


a. Pull out the knitting needles and finish the scarf you’ve
been working on for months
Hygge isn’t just a passing trend, b. Hop onto Instagram, and scroll through everyone’s winter
vacation feeds with envy
but something to cultivate and c. Head to the garage to tinker on your old pick-up truck
integrate into our daily lives to
maximize the pleasure of living. 3 It’s your birthday, and you want to do something
special, so you:
a. Invite 60 of your closest friends over for a birthday bash
b. Fire up the Playstation for a solo night of Destiny 2
are ways to bring the wonder of the outdoors in. And if you c. Bake a cake from your favorite vegan cookbook and
can share the experience of gathering or admiring your invite a friend over for a slice
greenery with someone you really like, you’ve just taken hygge

4 You’re redecorating your apartment.


to new levels.
Hygge isn’t about pushing boundaries and taking risks; it’s First, you:
about honoring your true nature and aligning your actions with a. Install new fluorescent light fixtures in the kitchen
your values. Not a party kind of person? Skip the big fundraising b. Buy a new space heater for your living room
gala and use your time at home to plot your goals for the month, c. Create a meditation corner in your bedroom, and fill it
or to write donation checks to your favorite charities. Relieving with cushions and candles
ourselves of external expectations is freeing, and it leaves more
room for us to focus on things we care deeply about.
“Self-acceptance and being comfortable in your own skin 5 You’re planning your spring-break getaway.
Your first choice is:
a. Club Med Cancun, here I come!
definitely goes hand in hand with reaching that hygge mode,”
says Mustard. “Treat yourself and your surroundings in a kind b. Renting an Airbnb cabin in Vermont and hiking with your
and sweet way, and leave all the harshness and self-criticism dog every day
at the door.” c. Vacation? What vacation? There’s too much work to do to
Take it from the Danes: Hygge isn’t just a passing trend, enjoy downtime right now
but something to cultivate and integrate into our daily lives to
maximize the pleasure of living. And what’s not to love about
time spent with friends, creating sanctuary at home, and doing still hope!
things that make you feel good? Increasing your happiness 0 to 1 correct. Not yet honorary-Dane material, but there’s
quotient is just one perk; the bottomless cups of tea and warm 2 to 3 correct. Keep working on the cozy thing. You’ll get it!
vegan danishes are added incentive. 4 to 5 correct. Congrats! You’re a hygge master.
Answers: 1. B, 2. A, 3. C, 4. C, 5. B;
VegNews Travel Editor Aurelia d’Andrea has been hygge-ing all
along and never knew it until researching this story.

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Greens
Guide to
Whether you have a New Year’s
resolution to uphold, are a health nut,
or, like us, you simply get endlessly
excited by emerald hues, fortifying
your diet with leafy greens is always a
worthwhile goal. That’s why VegNews
editors have compiled a list of 18
of the most nutrient-dense, edible
ways you can go green.

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Everyday Staples
The greens you have in your vegetable crisper may be more
potent than you think. These six powerhouse plants are tasty and
accessible, not to mention fundamental to our healthy lives.

Arugula Broccoli Cabbage


Herbaceous, peppery arugula goes by Broccoli gets a bad rap as a vegetable Dating back before 1000 BC,
many titles: rocket, roquette, and rucola, kids love to hate, but these tiny trees cabbage is one of the oldest
to name a few. But its solid reputation can be stir-fried, steamed, roasted, cultivated vegetables in history
as a pungent green with abundant and added to almost any dish to and is regarded for its use in
health benefits remains the same. significantly boost nutritional value. traditional medicine.
Ingredient insight: This garden green has No wonder our moms always Ingredient insight: One cup of cabbage
one of the lowest oxalate levels compared told us to eat our broccoli! has 190 percent of your suggested
to other leafy greens, allowing the Ingredient insight: Just one cup provides daily dose of vitamin C.
body to more easily absorb its minerals more than 100 percent of your daily Perfect for: Fermented kimchi and
like calcium and magnesium. requirement of vitamins C and K. sauerkraut are both digestion-
Perfect for: Dress up your humdrum, Perfect for: Add this vegetable to boosting, probiotic-rich ways to
everyday pizza with a delicate dairy-free macaroni and cheese for a consume cabbage, so load up next
pile of arugula, lightly dressed vegan take on the childhood classic, time you’re eating a macro bowl
with lemon vinaigrette. “trees and cheese.” or a veggie dog.

Kale Romaine Spinach


There’s a reason kale is being Often relegated to a simple burger Arguably the most widely cultivated
used in everything from juice topper, this widely available leafy green, spinach has earned a
to ice cream; this staple offers leafy vegetable can help in name for itself thanks to its incredible
more nutritional value per leaf maintaining heart health. benefits to eye, bone, and brain health.
than almost any other plant. Ingredient insight: Romaine is a great Ingredient insight: Remarkably high
Ingredient insight: Packed with vitamin source of potassium, an electrolyte that in iron, every 100 grams of these
A, one serving provides a whopping supports a regular heart beat. leaves contain 25 percent of your
206 percent of your daily needs. Perfect for: Put a spin on the traditional recommended daily intake.
Perfect for: Keep it simple and sauté Caesar salad by grilling romaine hearts, Perfect for: Include one cup in your
with olive oil, fresh garlic, and a little drizzling with vegan dressing, and morning smoothie for a refreshing
lemon juice for a satiating side dish. sprinkling with dairy-free parmesan. green boost at the start of your day.

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Chef Favorites
Pump up your recipe repertoire with these
foodie-approved greens that taste as
good as they look on your plate.

Beet Greens Endive Escarole


Skip pre-cooked beets and go for the While endive may be one of the most While this may look like your
fresh variety at your local farmers’ difficult vegetables in the world to average head of lettuce, the leaves
market. The vitamin-rich tops are grow, its sweet, nutty flavor and subtle are packed with bitter flavors of
brimming with benefits, making them bitterness have earned it the nickname chicory, proving that this green is
a regular feature at high-end eateries. “white gold,” making it a prized anything but ordinary. Escarole
Ingredient insight: You can’t beat the ingredient among chefs. makes an elegant addition to
vitamin A content of beet greens— Ingredient insight: Endive’s leaves menus at top-notch restaurants.
one serving provides 127 percent of are rich in folate, which is essential Ingredient insight: An entire
what you need each day. for cell and tissue growth. head of these lacy greens supply
Perfect for: If you’re dining in but Perfect for: Swap endive leaves for 16 grams of dietary fiber.
still looking to wow, top crostini crackers, and load them up with Perfect for: Escarole pairs perfectly with
with tofu ricotta and sautéed beet everything from chickpea tuna salad sweet butternut squash and spaghetti
greens for an impressive appetizer. to umami-rich walnut pesto. for a comforting winter pasta dish.

Purslane Radicchio Turnip Greens


Viewed as both an annoying weed and This variety originated in Italy in the You may be tempted to toss turnip
esteemed culinary ingredient, purslane 15th century, and its burgundy-hued greens, but these edible tops are
can be easily foraged. Persnickety leaves have become a go-to color packed with vital phytonutrients.
cooks flock to it for a reason. booster for gourmands. Ingredient insight: One cup contains
Ingredient insight: Fresh purslane contains Ingredient insight: This not-green 203 milligrams of potassium, which
more omega-3 fatty acids than any other green adds a punch of vitamin B2— helps maintain vital functions in your
leafy vegetable, with 100 grams providing essential for energy production—and body’s cells, tissues, and organs.
350 milligrams of this essential vitamin. helps ward off migraines. Perfect for: Slowly simmer turnip tops
Perfect for: Become a maestro of Mexican Perfect for: There’s no denying in vegetable stock with garlic and
meals by sautéeing purslane leaves and radicchio’s place in salads, but show off spices to reduce bitterness, and serve
adding to tacos with vegan chicken, your ingredient know-how by grilling it alongside barbecued tempeh.
rice, and avocado. to coax out an alluring sweetness.

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Trend Alert
Healthful eating is always in style, but these trending plants—
enjoyed on menus at hip concept-eateries and pop-ups around the
world—prove that to stay relevant on the ’Gram, go for the green.

Bok Choy Collard Greens Dandelion Greens


Long used in Chinese cooking and Far from a new discovery, this staple This often-snubbed backyard
medicine, bok choy’s versatility, of Southern and African American “weed” is chock-full of antioxidants
mellow flavor, and crossover cuisines is enjoying a spike in that will make you think twice before
appeal means it is popping up popularity for its superfood qualities. mowing them down.
more on contemporary Ingredient insight: Just one cup of Ingredient insight: One serving contains
American menus. boiled collards provides about eight an astounding 535 percent of the
Ingredient insight: A half-cup grams of fiber—a crucial component daily requirement of vitamin K, which
serving a day will provide vital for reducing blood-sugar levels is associated with a lower risk for
vitamins such as B6, C, and K. and lowering cholesterol. developing prostate cancer.
Perfect for: Sear with sesame oil, Perfect for: Soul food Sundays aren’t Perfect for: Blend with pumpkin
garlic, and ginger for a flavorful complete without a batch of garlicky seeds, garlic, vegan parmesan, and
side dish or as a tasty addition to a collard greens. Be sure to add a bit of olive oil for a pesto that you’ll want to
wholesome bowl. tempeh bacon for extra flavor. spread on everything.

Mustard Greens Swiss Chard Watercress


Though consumed for more than 5,000 Available in a rainbow of colors, This aquatic plant species served as
years, this distinctive green is having Swiss chard makes for meals a staple in the diet of ancient Roman
a moment in 2018 thanks to its as pleasing to the eye as soldiers, but today, medicinal qualities
zippy taste and versatility. they are to the body. and a spicy, peppery taste have
Ingredient insight: One cup of Ingredient insight: Containing at thrust it back into the spotlight.
mustard greens provides a hearty least 13 different polyphenols, this Ingredient insight: With 41 milligrams
dose of omega fatty acids— colorful vegetable has antioxidants of calcium per cup, watercress will
31 milligrams of omega 3s, and boasting preventative benefits for help bones stay strong and healthy
34 milligrams of omega 6s. all major chronic diseases. when consumed regularly.
Perfect for: Go for an Indian-inspired take Perfect for: This dark, leafy green Perfect for: A mainstay of English
on dinner: blanch the greens, then purée thrives in winter, making it the perfect teatime, sandwiches layered with
and cook with garlic, chiles, ginger, and addition to warming soups, stews, watercress, cucumber, and vegan
onion for an aromatic twist on saag. and hearty pasta dishes. cream cheese are a sophisticated way
to enjoy this ancient green.

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Souped
 Up
From cold-fighting concoctions
to creamy chowders, our six
superfood soups are guaranteed
to keep you warm all winter long.
by JULIE MORRIS photos by OLIVER BARTH

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GREAT FOR
Weekend
dinners
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Italian Bean
& Kale Soup
Serves 4
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large leek, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 large carrot, finely diced
1 medium fennel bulb, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium zucchini, finely diced
1 (14-ounce) can diced Italian tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste GREAT FOR
1 teaspoon dried thyme

1
1
1
teaspoon dried oregano
teaspoon crushed red pepper
A crowd
/8 teaspoon salt
1 Smo
Lentil & Sweet P otato S tew
/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups vegetable broth
ky
1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained

2
(see Chef’s Tip)
cups packed baby kale leaves
Smoky Lentil &
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Sweet Potato Stew
1
/4 cup shelled hemp seeds, for garnish Serves 4 3. Stir in lentils, turn heat to low, and cover.
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes Cook for 35 to 40 minutes, or until lentils
1. Into a heavy-bottomed pot over medium are tender. Ladle stew into serving bowls,
heat, warm oil. Add leeks, carrots, and 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo,
and serve warm, topped with Cashew Sour
fennel, and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
Cream and cilantro.
often, until leeks begin to soften. Add garlic 2 tablespoons coconut oil
and zucchini and cook for 2 minutes longer. 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
2. Stir in tomatoes (and tomato juice), 1 large carrot, finely diced Cashew Sour Cream
tomato paste, thyme, oregano, red pepper, 1 large green bell pepper, finely diced Makes 11/3 cups
salt, and black pepper. Add vegetable 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
broth, turn heat to high, and bring to a boil.
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut and drained
Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for
15 minutes. into 1/2-inch dice (about 2 cups) 2
/3 cup unsweetened soy milk
1 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3. Add beans, and simmer uncovered for
1 tablespoon ground cumin 1
5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in /2 teaspoon salt
kale and lemon juice. Let soup rest for 1 teaspoon salt
Into a blender, combine all ingredients,
5 minutes, ladle into serving bowls, and 6 cups water, plus more as needed and process until smooth and creamy.
top with hemp seeds. 1 cup dry green lentils Cover and refrigerate until ready to use,
2
/3 cup Cashew Sour Cream (see recipe), up to 1 week.
for garnish
CHE F ’S T IP 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro,
Since the Italian Bean & Kale Soup for garnish
is made in just 30 minutes, canned
1. Into a blender, add tomatoes (and
beans cooked with salt impart
tomato juice), chipotle pepper, and adobo Party Pleaser
more flavor in less time. sauce. Purée until smooth and set aside.
You can easily double or
2. Into a heavy-bottomed pot over medium triple our Smoky Lentil
heat, melt oil. Add onions, carrots, and & Sweet Potato Stew
bell peppers, and cook, stirring often, until
to serve a large crowd.
softened, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in garlic
and sweet potato, and cook for 1 minute Freeze a larger batch and
longer. Add blended tomato mixture, stir to reheat for an easy supper.
incorporate, and add chili powder, cumin,
salt, and water. Mix well, turn heat up to
high, and bring to a boil.

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pea Noo
Chick
GREAT FOR
Noodly
nostalgia

Chickpea Noodle Soup


Serves 4 1. Into a blender, add water and miso, and
blend until smooth.
6 cups water
3 tablespoons yellow miso paste 2. Into a heavy-bottomed pot over medium
heat, warm oil. Add onion, celery, and
3 tablespoons olive oil
carrots, and sauté until softened, about
1 large yellow onion, finely diced 8 minutes. Add caraway seeds, and sauté
1 celery stalk, finely diced for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until
Noodle Time 1 large carrot, peeled, halved, and cut into onions begin to caramelize. Add bay
Get creative with your thin slices leaves, miso broth, salt, and pepper.
pasta by adding any 1 teaspoon caraway seeds 3. Bring to a light boil, and stir in noodles
shape you’d like, from 2 bay leaves and chickpeas. Cook until pasta is al dente,
fusilli to penne to shells. 1 remove from heat, discard bay leaves, and
/2 teaspoon salt
1
stir in 2 tablespoons parsley.
/2 teaspoon black pepper
4. Let soup rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes
1 cup egg-free noodles before serving. Ladle into serving bowls,
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided parsley.

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1. Into a blender, add water, cashews, and
Root Vegetable miso paste, and blend until smooth.
Chowder 2. Into a heavy-bottomed pot over medium
Serves 4 heat, melt oil. Add leeks, parsnips, celery,
and celery root, and sauté for 5 minutes.
5 cups water
1
Add garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper, and
/2 cup raw cashews cook, stirring, for 30 seconds longer. Add
3 tablespoons yellow miso paste potatoes, bay leaf, and miso mixture. Bring
2 tablespoons coconut oil to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to
1 large leek, trimmed and thinly sliced low, partially cover with a lid, and simmer GREAT FOR
for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and
2 parsnips, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 small celery root, peeled and diced
discard bay leaf.
3. Ladle half of soup into a blender,
evenly transferring broth and vegetables.
Chilly
(see “Root Down”)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Add vinegar, and blend until puréed.
Pour blended mixture back into soup,
add 3 tablespoons parsley, and stir to
nights
1
/8 teaspoon salt incorporate. To serve, ladle into serving
3
/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for bowls and top with black pepper and
garnish remaining 1 tablespoon parsley.
3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
ow d er
4 tablespoons minced fresh parsley,
divided
Ch
table
Vege
Root

Root Down
Also called celeriac,
celery root tastes
like a cross between
a potato and celery
(if you find celeriac
with stems attached,
they’re actually
celery). If you can’t
find celery root, you
may substitute a
large turnip, which
has a similar texture
when cooked.

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Cheesy Cauliflower
over high heat, then reduce to a low simmer
Soup with Whole Grain and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, remove from True Colors
Croutons heat, and stir in nutritional yeast and tahini.
Even picky eaters
Serves 4 2. Working in 2 batches, transfer soup to a will happily
blender and blend until completely smooth. devour our Cheesy
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Return puréed soup to pot to gently reheat.
1 medium yellow onion, chopped Cauliflower Soup.
To serve, ladle into serving bowls, and top
2 garlic cloves, minced Orange cauliflower
with Whole Grain Croutons.
1 medium head orange cauliflower, makes it extra vibrant,
chopped (about 5 cups) but if you can’t find
4 cups vegetable broth Whole Grain Croutons it, white cauliflower
Makes 1 cup will also work.
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 (15-ounce) can navy beans, drained 2 slices whole-grain bread
(see Chef’s Tip, p.39) 1 tablespoon olive oil
6 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1
/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon tahini
1 cup Whole Grain Croutons (see recipe)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Over a large GREAT FOR
bowl, tear bread into small pieces, about
1. Into a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-
low heat, melt oil. Add onions and sauté
until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
3
/4-inch. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt,
and toss together by hand to coat bread.
2. Spread onto a baking sheet in a single
Colds
Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add layer, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until
cauliflower, stir well, and mix in vegetable well-toasted. Store at room temperature
broth, paprika, and beans. Bring to a boil until ready to use.
Kimchi Miso Soup
Serves 4
Chees 4 cups water
y Cau 2 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoons miso paste
li f lo 2 tablespoons dried goji berries
we r

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger


2 tablespoons coconut oil
Sou

3 garlic cloves, minced


p

11/2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms


1
/3 cup chopped vegan kimchi
1
/4 cup kimchi juice (liquid from jar)
1
/2 (14-ounce) package firm tofu, cut into
1
/2-inch cubes
2 scallions, white and light green parts,
thinly sliced
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds,
for garnish
1. Into a blender, add water, tamari,
miso, goji berries, and ginger, and blend
until combined. Goji berries may remain
partially intact.
2. Into a soup pot over medium-low heat,
melt oil. Add garlic, and sauté for 30
GREAT FOR seconds. Add mushrooms, and sauté for
4 to 5 minutes to soften, stirring often. Add
Kids miso mixture, kimchi, kimchi juice, tofu,
and scallions. Reduce heat to low, and
slowly bring to a warm temperature over
several minutes without boiling. Once hot,
remove from heat, garnish with sesame
seeds, and serve warm.

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iso S oup
Kimchi M

Heal All
The powerhouse ingredients in this
cold-fighter deliver maximum nutrition
to cure whatever might be ailing you.
Goji berries add a punch of
antioxidants and vitamin C
Ginger root soothes inflammation
Coconut oil fights bacteria
and viruses
Garlic and shiitake mushrooms
give the immune system a boost
Miso broth is rich with electrolytes
to keep you hydrated
Kimchi aids digestion,
and its spicy peppers are a
natural decongestant

Julie Morris (@superfoodjules) is the


best-selling author of Superfood Soups
and the founder of Luminberry.com.

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veganizeit!

Texas-Style
Jackfruit Chili
Serves 4
8 dried guajillo chili peppers
4 dried California chili peppers
4 garlic cloves, smashed

Chili
3 cups hot water
2 (20-ounce) cans jackfruit in brine,
drained, rinsed, and patted dry
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons steak seasoning

Non Carne Our vegan version of hearty


2
2
4
2

1
teaspoons brown sugar
teaspoons canola oil, divided
cups chopped onions
whole canned chipotle peppers in
adobo sauce
tablespoon ground cumin
Texas-style chili is packed with spicy 2 cups vegan beef-style stock
peppers and smoky jackfruit for 1
/4 cup masa harina
a down-home comfort meal. 1
1 teaspoon salt
by BRIAN L. PATTON /4 cup vegan cheese shreds, for garnish
photo by ERIN & JEFF WYZOCARSKI 8 slices jalapeño pepper,
for garnish
2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions,
for garnish
1. In a dry skillet, toast chilies over
medium heat, 30 seconds per side,
until softened and fragrant. Place in a
large bowl along with garlic, and pour
in enough hot water to submerge. Soak
20 minutes.
2. In a medium bowl, add jackfruit,
tomato paste, soy sauce, paprika, steak
seasoning, and brown sugar. Use hands
to toss and evenly coat jackfruit.
3. In a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed
pot over high heat, heat 1 teaspoon
oil. Add jackfruit mixture and sear 8 to
10 minutes, turning occasionally, until
browned on all sides. Remove from pot
and set aside. Reduce heat to medium,
add remaining 1 teaspoon oil and onions.
Cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally,
until browned and tender. Set aside.
4. While onions cook, drain soaked
chilies, reserving liquid and garlic, and
roughly chop.
5. Into a blender, add 1 cup soaking
liquid, chipotle peppers, reserved garlic,
and cumin. Blend until a smooth paste is
formed. Once onions have browned, add
chili paste to pot. Add stock, masa harina,

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Pick a pepper
Found in Mexican markets or the
Mexican aisle of most grocery stores,
dried chili peppers should be pliable
and not crispy. Prefer a milder chili?
Ancho, New Mexico, or Pasilla will
add a smoky flavor without the heat.

Top that
Get creative with your garnishes
such as lime wedges, minced onion,
cilantro, vegan sour cream, diced
avocado, yellow mustard, cornbread,
or corn chips.

Jack of all trades


A fruit that’s closely related to the
fig, jackfruit is an excellent vegan
meat alternative that can be used
in carnitas, barbecue pork, or crab Our yummy soups are packed in microwavable,
cake recipes. BPA-Free pouches. Lightly salted,
certified organic, kosher, vegan and filled
with North American grown ingredients.

Tuscan White Bean • Split Pea & Potato • Nonna’s Minestrone


Wondrous Tomato • Yucatan Black Bean • Umbrian Lentil
Chickpea, Tomato and Thyme • Gran Farro e Fagioli
salt, and reserved jackfruit. Bring to a low
simmer, and cook 40 to 45 minutes, stirring
occasionally, until jackfruit is tender. Serve Try our delicious Organic Beans too!
™2017 Fig Food Company, LLC

in bowls, and garnish with cheese, sliced figfood.com


jalapeños, and scallions.

Brian L. Patton (thesexyvegan.com) is a


chef, multimedia personality, and author of
Sexy’s Best, Vol. 3: Vegan Filet Mignon.

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quick&easy

Green Goddess Dip

Skinny
Makes 1 cup
1
/2 cup tahini (see “Dip Tips”)
1
/3 cup water
1
/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1
/2 cup packed flat-leaf parsley
1
/2 cup thinly sliced scallions

Dips
4 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
Zest of one lime
Into a blender, add all ingredients and
process until smooth. If mixture is too
thick, add another tablespoon of water.
This trio of tahini-based Serve immediately or refrigerate until
needed.
dips take healthy snacking
to the next level. Smoky Chipotle Dip
by JULIE HASSON photo by HEATHER POIRE
Makes 1 cup
1
/2 cup tahini (see “Dip Tips”)
1
/2 cup water
2 whole canned chipotle peppers in
adobo sauce
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon apple
cider vinegar
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon nutritional
yeast flakes
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon smoked
paprika
1 teaspoon salt
Into a blender, add all ingredients and
process until thick and smooth. Serve
immediately or refrigerate until needed.

Chocolate Mousse Dip


Makes 1 cup
1
/2 cup tahini (see “Dip Tips”)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup extra-firm silken tofu
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1
/8 teaspoon salt
1. In a microwave-safe bowl, add tahini and
chocolate chips and heat on high for 30
seconds. Stir mixture and heat for another
30 seconds. Stir again until chocolate is
completely melted. If chocolate is not
completely melted after stirring, heat for
another 15 to 20 seconds.
2. Into a blender, add chocolate mixture
with remaining ingredients and process
until thick and smooth. Serve immediately
or refrigerate until needed.

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Dip Tips
Master this Middle Eastern
ingredient and take your dips to
new heights with these pro tips
from Chef Julie.

Sauce secrets
There can be a big difference in
flavor between brands of tahini.
For the best-tasting dips, look in
Middle Eastern markets or in the
international sections of grocery
stores for tahini made with roasted
sesame seeds.

Beyond the dip


For a vibrant salad dressing, thin
the Green Goddess Dip with 2
tablespoons of water. For a milder
flavor, reduce the chipotle pepper to
just one in the Smoky Chipotle Dip.
For the Chocolate Mousse Dip, serve
with pretzels or sliced fresh fruit for
a fun dessert.

Oil change
For a thicker tahini, drain off the
extra oil on top, and refrigerate
to thicken. If your tahini is on the
thin side, add less water to the
dip recipes.

Julie Hasson (juliehasson.com) is a cookbook


author who runs gluten-free baking mix
company Julie’s Original.

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fresh&healthy

Walnut-Mushroom
Chorizo Taco Bowl
Serves 4
For the rice:
3 cups water
11/2 cups short-grain brown rice
1
/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Bowled
1 teaspoon chili powder
1
/4 teaspoon cayenne
For the Walnut-Mushroom Chorizo:
2 teaspoons safflower oil
1
/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Over
10 cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
1 cup toasted walnut pieces
1
/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1
/2 teaspoon salt
1
/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Our spicy taco bowl is 1
/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
guaranteed to turn up the heat. 1

1
/2 teaspoon guajillo chili powder
by HEATHER BELL & JENNY ENGEL /2 teaspoon smoked paprika
3 tablespoons lime juice
photo by CHRIS MILLER &
1 large tomato, deseeded and
KRISTY TURNER
finely diced
For the toppings:
1
/2 cup pico de gallo or salsa
1
/2 avocado, diced
1
/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices
1 cup finely shredded purple cabbage
1 cup tortilla chips or strips
1
/4 cup vegan sour cream
1
/4 cup vegan cheese shreds
1. In a large pot, bring 3 cups water
to a boil. Add rice, garlic powder, chili
powder, and cayenne. Cook rice about
30 to 35 minutes, or until tender.
2. For the chorizo, heat a sauté pan over
medium heat and warm oil. Add onion,
garlic, mushrooms, walnuts, and cumin
seeds, and cook until fragrant and
golden, about 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Into a food processor or high-speed
blender, add cooked mushrooms, salt,
oregano, ancho and guajillo powders,
paprika, and lime juice, and process
until blended. Into a medium bowl,
pour mixture, fold in tomato, and
set aside.
4. To serve, place rice into 4 individual
serving dishes. Top with Walnut-
Mushroom Chorizo, add toppings, and
serve warm.

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Power Lunch
These three key ingredients in our
Walnut-Mushroom Chorizo Taco
Bowl are full of nutrition, so load
up on them!

Walnuts The only nuts that contain


significant omega-3 fatty acids,
walnuts help prevent heart disease
and stroke.

Purple cabbage Just one cup of


raw purple cabbage provides a boost
of vitamin C, folate, calcium, and
potassium.

Garlic cloves When garlic is


chopped or crushed, it releases a
sulfur compound called allicin, which
contains manganese, vitamin B6,
and vitamin C.

Chorizo Choices
Our vegan chorizo is simple to make
and can be used for many different
dishes. Here are our favorite ways
to devour it.
Stuffed inside a taco shell or
burrito
Tossed into a tofu scramble
Sprinkled inside a cheese
quesadilla
Cooked in a meatless chili
Folded into Spanish rice

Heather Bell and Jenny Engel


(sporkfoods.com) are sisters, authors of
Spork-Fed and Vegan 101, and co-owners of
Spork Foods, a Los Angeles-based gourmet
vegan food company.

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sweettreats

Dulce de Leche
Plantain Trifles

Milky
Makes 4 large trifles
For the cake:
11/2 cups all-purpose flour
3
/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1
/2 teaspoon allspice
1
/4 teaspoon salt

Way
3
/4 cup unsweetened vegan milk
1
/3 cup mashed banana
1
/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the filling:
Layers of vanilla cake, dulce de leche, 1 (13.6 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
and fried plantains come together in 1
/2 cup light brown sugar
this out-of-this-world sweet treat. 1
/4 cup vegan milk
recipe + photo by JACKIE SOBON 2 teaspoons cornstarch
1
/8 teaspoon salt
For the plantains:
2 large very ripe plantains, peeled
(see “Perfect plantains”)
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1
/8 teaspoon allspice
1
/8 teaspoon salt
For assembly:
1
/2 cup golden raisins
4 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
1. For the cake, preheat oven to 350
degrees and lightly grease a 9-inch cake
pan. In a large mixing bowl, sift together
flour, sugar, baking soda, allspice, and
salt. In a small mixing bowl, whisk
together milk, banana, oil, vinegar, and
vanilla.
2. Add wet mixture to dry and whisk until
completely smooth. Transfer cake batter
to cake pan and bake for 25 to 27 minutes,
or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
Set on cooling rack for 20 minutes before
removing from pan. While cake is baking,
make dulce de leche filling.
3. For the filling, in a small saucepan
over medium heat, bring coconut milk
and brown sugar to a boil. Adjust heat to
medium-low and simmer for 13 minutes,
whisking occasionally. In a small bowl,
whisk milk and cornstarch together until
smooth, pour into pan, and whisk again
until mixture thickens. Add salt, whisk
more, then transfer to a bowl. Refrigerate
for 30 minutes.

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Trifle Tricks
Resident baker Jackie Sobon shares
her secrets for making the best
dulce de leche desserts.

Sweet swaps
For a quick dessert, make the dulce
de leche filling and top with fresh
fruit such as strawberries and a
ready-made coconut whip for the
perfect parfait. To make a dulce
de leche pudding, add one more
teaspoon of cornstarch and top with
vegan chocolate chips.

Portion control
To make smaller trifles, divide cake,
filling, and garnishes in half and
assemble in 8-ounce ramekins.

Perfect plantains
When a plantain peel is green or
yellow, it won’t be sweet. For our
trifles, the plantains need to be very
ripe, so the peels should be black.

5. For the plantains, slice into 1/4-inch


rounds. In a large sauté pan over medium
heat, warm oil. Add plantain slices and
sauté for 5 minutes, or until edges are
browned. Transfer plantains to a paper
towel-lined plate, and sprinkle with allspice
and salt.
6. To assemble, cut cake into 8 equal slices.
Crumble into bite-sized pieces and place
half in bottom of 4 16-ounce glasses. Top
with 2 tablespoons dulce de leche, then a
layer of plantains and 1 tablespoon golden
raisins. Repeat process for a second layer,
insert cinnamon stick, and sift powdered
sugar over top.

Jackie Sobon (veganyackattack.com) is


author of Vegan Bowl Attack!, a blogger, and
a professional food photographer.

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tastetest

Sweet TURKISH
COFFEE DARK

Dreams
CHOCOLATE BAR
AFTER DARK
FUDGE BAR
Endorfin
Foods
Coracao Chocolate Inspired by the
Made only with cacao, world’s first coffee
coconut sugar, vanilla bean, Raw chocolate. Made from the houses, this bar uses
and Himalayan salt, this unroasted beans of the cacao plant, whole coffee beans
bar features rich ganache (roasted by Ritual
studded with cacao chunks
this indulgent treat is as luscious Coffee Roasters
and drenched in 81-percent as it is healthful. VegNews editors in San Francisco),
dark chocolate. tested dozens, and here are the ethically traded
CHOC-O-METER: 8 10 brands we can’t live without. cacao, and fresh
cardamom to craft an
photo by HEATHER POIRE
artisanal treat that
caffeine-lovers won’t
be able to put down.
CHOC-O-METER: 6
ORGANIC GOURMET
STAFF PUFFED CEREAL CRUNCH CREAMY COCONUT
FAVE RAW CHOCOLATE BARK MYLK CHOCOLATE
Rawmio Loving Earth
The perfect combination of
This milk-like bar is made with
childhood nostalgia and grown-up
ceremony-grade Amazonian
allure, this snappy bark features
Asháninka cacao and
a puffed quinoa topping against
organic Javan coconut nectar,
a backdrop of fruity Peruvian
making for an easy-on-the-
stone-ground chocolate that our
palate chocolate with notes of
editors can’t get enough of.
marshmallow and cream.
CHOC-O-METER: 10 CHOC-O-METER: 6

BROWNIE MOUTHFULS
Righteously Raw
Chocolate
Simple ingredients such as raisins,
dates, coconut oil, and cacao powder
combine for an ultra-moist brownie
enrobed in melt-in-your-mouth
chocolate—a sinfully delicious snack
mercifully packaged in individual bites.
CHOC-O-METER: 9

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ORGANIC HIPPIE HEMP TRUFFLES
Living Raw Treats
Fudgy cacao truffles flavored with a hint
of vanilla are rolled in heart-healthy hemp
seeds for a nutty, delectably smooth bite
that’s loaded with enzymes and nutrients— LUCUMA & VANILLA
all you need to justify savoring an entire Fine & Raw Chocolate
three-pack in one sitting.
CHOC-O-METER: 7 With flavors of bread pudding and
marshmallow, this devilishly dark and subtly
sweet bar employs Peruvian lucuma for a
sumptuous superfood boost.
GINGER SPICE CHOC-O-METER: 7
Sunbiotics
Packed with billions
of vegan probiotics,
Sunbiotics’ chocolate is
also prebiotic-enhanced
and features ginger oil
and yacon root for a
spicy-sweet punch in one
uniquely addictive bar.
CHOC-O-METER: 6

KARMA MELLOWL BAR


Yes Cacao
Botanical ingredients such as
turmeric, Ginkgo biloba, and
Lion’s Mane mushroom blend
harmoniously with familiar
ingredients like maca and sun-
dried cane sugar, to improve
cognitive function and satisfy
your sweet tooth.
AZTEC CRUNCH
CHOC-O-METER: 5
Lulu's Chocolate
With hints of maple and floral
essences, super-smooth
Ecuadorian chocolate is liberally
sprinkled with crunchy, raw cacao
nibs in a dark bar perfect for those
who love a little textural variety.
CHOC-O-METER: 8

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vegeats

W
hen you’re enjoying food that
is as beautiful and nourishing
as your surroundings, you take
your sweet time. And that’s how it is at
the Ravens, a culinary oasis in the shade
of redwood, cypress, bull pine, and grand
fir trees where there’s an unmistakable
synergy between nature and nutrition.
Created in 1996 by entrepreneurs Jeff
and Joan Stanford as both a physical and
philosophical extension of their Stanford
Inn—the only vegan eco-resort in the
United States—the restaurant offers a
gourmet dining experience in fabled
Mendocino, CA. Guests tend to linger as

Rustic Luxury
they soak up the ambiance and eagerly
share photos of exquisitely plated entrées
on social media.
Although its menu is influenced
by international haute cuisines, the
restaurant is as unpretentious as its
mountain lodge décor, with a homey vibe
Mendocino
Farm to table is only a few steps enhanced by hardwood floors, pine-

San Francisco
away at the Ravens restaurant in paneled walls, and spacious windows
charming Mendocino, CA. offering sweeping views of the forest and
Pacific Ocean. There’s something about
by MARK HAWTHORNE
the spectacular sylvan scenery here that
Los Angeles
stirs the appetite, and the Ravens doesn’t
disappoint.

Epically epicurean
The decadence begins when your server
brings you a complimentary amuse-
bouche—just a tantalizing little morsel
from talented chef Sadhana Berkow to
prime your palate. If you’re lucky, you
might enjoy radish slices topped with
creamy kale sauce (a house specialty) or
a dab of Kalamata olive pâté on toasted
crostini. As you peruse the menu, decide
which of the flavorful greens you’ll
try: culinary savants should opt for
the massaged kale salad topped with
plump raisins, cauliflower ceviche, and
avocado tartare, impressively layered
into a stunning tower. Crowd favorites
among the array of tempting small-plates
include a rotating selection of sushi,
Food: Daniel MacDonald; Inn: Rex Gelert

tamari-maple glazed tofu, and tacos with


barbecued trumpet royale mushrooms
and fresh pineapple.
Innovative dishes are fueled by the
resort’s on-site, certified organic garden,
where edible flowers distract insects from
the produce (no herbicides or pesticides
are used here), and a combination of

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biodynamic and French intensive methods always help you pair a selection with your
(using compost, not manure) help grow meal for a genuine gastronomic experience.
multiple varieties of lettuces, cabbages, For those with a taste for something
beets, carrots, spinach, strawberries, distilled, the mixologist at the Inn’s full
raspberries, and greens. You’ll find no bar—the Ravens Nest—is ready to blend,
mock meats at the Ravens; the kitchen is stir, or shake your favorite cocktail using
out to prove that seasonal produce, grains, top-shelf spirits.
nuts, and herbs are all you need to create
food that is as succulent as it is nourishing. Holistic hospitality
The Ravens’ principles may be best The Ravens—so named because of the
exemplified by the signature Sea Palm and two birds who took up residence on the
Root Vegetable Strudel, a whimsical entrée property as the restaurant was being 10 Reasons
that pairs baked phyllo-wrapped sea palm
and root vegetables with pickled plum and
built—also offers a breakfast menu that
you will dream about long after you return to Visit the
wasabi sauces. Other savory showstoppers
are the ravioli filled with spinach and
home. Begin with fresh-squeezed orange
juice and your choice of organic coffee or
Stanford Inn
The Inn’s plant-based ethos doesn’t
herbed ricotta, tamales stuffed with local tea, then get ready to be dazzled by chef-
end at the restaurant door. The
butternut squash and Serrano chilies, prepared waffles, French toast, pancakes,
award-winning, environmentally
and the tangy Thai red curry—an artful chilaquiles, country potatoes, and
friendly haven fully reflects a deep
combination of garden-fresh vegetables portobello benedict. And the fresh-baked
vegan ethic—from the organic
and tofu in a fragrant coconut-milk scones and muffins are a must.
bedding in the guest rooms to the
water bottle fill-up stations to the
Dining at the Ravens is a revelation sweet potato dog treats throughout
the resort. Here are 10 reasons
in plant-based pleasures. a stay at the Stanford Inn is the
perfect recipe for restoration.

1
sauce served over Jasmine rice. Almost But don’t just come to eat. With 41 guest
Cozy wood-burning fireplace in
everything on the dinner menu either is or rooms, an indoor lap pool, a solarium,
every room for chilly evenings
can be made gluten-free, and the servings and a wellness center, the Stanford Inn
are deceptively filling, so save room
for dessert.
is deeply committed to providing a true
eco-resort experience. A stay here is both 2 Private decks overlooking the
gardens and Pacific Ocean

3
Indeed, sumptuous sweets are reason tranquil and invigorating, and guests
Complimentary desserts as part
enough to dine at the Ravens, and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to
of “Afternoons at the Inn”
can tuck into a delectable assortment indulge in the many spa options, including
that includes pastries, tortes, custards,
and housemade ice creams. For a truly
facials, yoga classes, tai chi, and Ayurvedic
treatments, to take their relaxation to the 4 Custom picnic lunches for those
on the go

5
lavish treat, try the Frangelico-infused next level.
Companion animals are always
crème brûlée, which has all the distinctive Designed as the ultimate vegan
welcomed
tastes and textures of its dairy-based getaway, the rustic-yet-luxurious Stanford
counterpart. Or go old-school and order
the banana split crafted with chocolate,
strawberry, and vanilla-rum coconut ice
Inn by the Sea is a seductive getaway for
body and soul. You’re not likely to find a
more animal-friendly escape anywhere
6 Bouganvillea-covered
greenhouse enclosing a
saltwater swimming pool

7
creams and served with softly whipped (a portion of the garden crops are grown
Acupuncture, massage, and
coconut cream finished with a dusting of specifically for the deer and other foraging
facials at the spa
toasted coconut. This gooey confection, critters), and dining at the Ravens is a
framed by two generous chunks of
bittersweet chocolate-almond bark, is
revelation in plant-based pleasures. Take
in the surrounding beauty, take your time 8 Yoga and cooking classes led
by seasoned experts

9
even more delicious than the sundaes you over carefully crafted courses, and take an
Bike rentals to explore charming
devoured as a kid. omnivorous friend for what could be a life-
Mendocino (“Mendo” to
As for libations, almost everything on changing experience.
the locals)
the Ravens’ expertly curated wine list is
produced by certified organic vineyards
or using sustainable, traditional farming
practices. If you wouldn’t know a vin gris
Mark Hawthorne is the author of A Vegan
Ethic: Embracing a Life of Compassion Toward
All and is thrilled to live just across the county
10 Electric car-charging stations
at no cost

from Vin Diesel, relax: your server can line from Mendocino.

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Paradise
Fitness junkies, please stand
up! Yoga Kai blends yoga and
stand-up paddle-boarding in
the glittering blue bay of Ala
Moana Beach Park. “Kai” is the

Island
Hawaiian word for ocean, and
this 90-minute class will work
your core and bring your om to Although not fully vegan, the
the open water. Before heading Downbeat Diner is a local
out, load up on sunscreen favorite for its funky retro vibes
without oxybenzone to save Hawaii’s beloved city of Honolulu (hello, red vinyl booths), live music,
Hawaii’s precious coral reefs. is ripe with plant-based eateries a full bar, and greasy-spoon fare
yogakaipaddleyoga.com and rejuvenating experiences. served until midnight. Try the Loco
Get ready to say ahhh-loha! Moco, a veganized Hawaiian plate
lunch featuring hearty scrambled
by ZOE EISENBERG
tofu, a savory veggie patty, and
creamy tahini gravy. Don’t miss
happy hour for half-priced apps like
seitan wings smothered in spicy
barbecue sauce.
downbeatdiner.com

Venture to the North Shore,


Looking to send your tastebuds on a
and swing by The Beet Box
trip? The brunch menu at internationally
Cafe, known for its crispy Beirut
inspired Vegan Hills brings you the
burger—a fresh spin on falafel—
Balinese plate, a spicy mélange of
and unique açaí bowls like the
fried rice, tempeh sausage, and tofu
Green Room, a vibrant blend of
scramble, and lunch can transport you to
local bananas, velvety almond
India with aromatic ayurvedic dahl. Time
butter, crisp kale, and spirulina.
it right and sign up for an elite “world
Although technically vegetarian,
tour” dinner, a flight of five country-
the sleek industrial space serves
specific courses like delicate Oyster When it comes to
vibrant, colorful food, you’ll be plenty of vegan options, and
Mushroom Escargot (France) or buttery
spoiled for choice at The Beet Box Cafe. breakfast runs all day long.
brown Dolce Tiramisu (Italy).
thebeetboxcafe.com
veganhills-hi.com

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What’s a balmy day in paradise without
a frosty ice cream cone? Banán doles
out banana-based soft-serve from three
locations, and locally inspired flavors
include Roots—a fusion of beets, ginger,
lemongrass, and turmeric—and Chocolate
Mac (think dairy-free macadamia Nutella).
Visit its truck at the bottom of Diamond
Head after a long hike, or swing by the
“beach shack” on Waikiki’s busy strip.
Part grocery store, part deli, and
bananbowls.com
all delicious, University Avenue’s Looking to give your body some time
Down to Earth is every off, too? Laka Skin Care and Spa, in
Honolulu vegan’s main hangout. the heart of Honolulu, offers a peaceful,
Stock up on organic produce and chic setting and uses vegan, cruelty-
tangy tofu musubis (a locally free products including the botanical-
loved rice-and-seaweed snack The perfect blend of urban based Blissoma. Indulge in a Hawaiian
traditionally layered with Spam), sophistication and seaside Lomi Lomi massage or sit back with a
grab a slice of veggie-topped jade-stone facial, a rejuvenating ritual
pizza loaded with cheese, or sit escape, Honolulu has specifically designed to release stress
down with a robust Black Bean something for everyone: using smooth, warm stones.
and Beet Burger. lakaspa.com
downtoearth.org
white-sand beaches,
electric nightlife, serene
spas, outdoor adventure,
and vegan food ranging
from gourmet raw to
late-night diner fare.

Looking for authentic eats? 'Ai


Love Nalo in rural Waimanalo is More than your average juice bar,
worth the 40-minute drive outside Blue Tree Café dishes up everything
the city. This charming eatery, from quinoa macaroni and cheese to
Small yet elegant, Peace Cafe whose name means “food provided hearty kale salads. Save room for the
offers a lighter take on vegan with love,” sits inside a converted decadent espresso fudge brownie (it’s
comfort food. Try the famed BBQ gas station and offers plant-based gluten-free!) with a glass of ice-cold
Tempeh plate heaped with crunchy takes on local staples like Kaukau housemade almond milk. For more
coleslaw and warm cornbread, L ’au—a mix of jewel-toned wholesome fare, try the Tropic Aina,
or the Heart & Seoul bibimbap Okinawan sweet potato, taro, and a juicy blend of locally sourced kale,
with local tofu. After the meal, buttery ulu (breadfruit) drenched in basil, pineapple, and passion fruit.
Photos: courtesy of each establishment

order a mochi cake in flavors such a rich coconut sauce. bluetreejuice.com


as Kinako Chocolate or Matcha ailovenalo.com
Berry with a scoop of luscious
housemade avocado ice cream. Zoe Eisenberg (@ZoEisenberg) is a Hawaii-
peacecafehawaii.com based writer and the co-author of The Lusty
Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto
for Vegans and the People Who Love Them.

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Fire&
Iceland
Reykjavík might be small in
size, but veg travelers will find
that the city abounds with
plant-based offerings.
by Ryan Ritchie

Top left: Christian Barrette; top right: Jeffrey Donenfeld; bottom left: Gló

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T
he Icelandic capital of Reykjavík
is quiet, but that’s not a bad thing.
Just ask the approximately 122,000
people who call the city home (and the
231,000 others who live in the surrounding
region), all reveling in their “less is more”
approach to life, especially during winter,
when a good day might offer six hours
of sunlight. In fact, Reykjavík can be so
peaceful that travelers accustomed to
bustling metropolises, skyscrapers, traffic
jams, and crime might ask themselves,
and raspberry. Even though dairy’s on the
“Where is everybody?”
menu, too, every beverage at Joylato can be
Unlike so many American cities where
prepared with almond, rice, or soy milk, so
people rush to get to work, Reykjavík
order your scoop along with a Icelandic Sea wraps, hearty soups, and housemade
doesn’t come alive until the sun comes
Salt Caramel Latte, Mayan Hot Chocolate, veggie burgers. Portions are small by
out at approximately 9 o’clock in the
or the perfectly spicy housemade Indian supersized American standards, but the
morning. This laissez-faire approach to
Chai Latte. food tastes fresh and is probably the size we
mornings makes an 8am walk feel like a
Anyone wanting to see Reykjavík at actually should be consuming. And though
ghostly 3am urban crawl, and finding a
its wildest should head out late on Friday selections change weekly at vegetarian
cup of “morning” coffee before lunchtime
and Saturday evenings, when many clubs restaurant Garðurinn, you’ll likely discover
can be tricky, especially if you’re looking
and bars have throngs of people lined up Arabian coconut soup, vegetable korma,
for Starbucks (or any American fast-food
waiting to escape the cold and warm up on nut loaf, vegan risotto, chocolate cake,
eatery)—they don’t exist here.
the dance floors. And, because these clubs and fresh-baked cookies. Order coffee
Still, what Reykjavík intentionally lacks
and bars stay open well into the morning or soda with your meal, and enjoy the
in multinational chains, the city more than
hours on weekends, a pre-party visit to tranquil setting.
makes up for with brightly colored homes,
Reykjavik Chips, an all-French fry eatery, No trip to Reykjavík is complete without
a vivacious weekend nightlife, and some
is a must. Don’t let the sauce selection a visit to the city’s only 100-percent-vegan
of the most naturally beautiful landscapes
overwhelm you; just choose the Vegan eatery. Kaffi Vínyl is exactly what it sounds
on the planet. And what becomes evident
Satay, grab a table, and listen as slightly like: a quirky café with a large collection
while strolling down Laugavegur, one of
drunken locals detail their debaucherous of records that customers can spin while
Iceland’s main thoroughfares, is that slowly
evening plans. eating. Veggie burgers may not be all that
but surely, veganism is taking over a city
best known for its seafood-based cuisine.
Slowly but surely, veganism is taking over a
Icelandic eats
To witness Reykjavik’s veg leanings city best known for its seafood-based cuisine.
firsthand, walk the main street to find
Indian, Italian, French, Icelandic, and Latin At Burro, the Latin American-inspired exciting at some establishments, but the
American-inspired restaurants that serve menu includes plant-based treasures black bean-quinoa patty in the Ludvig
plant-based options. At Nepalese Kitchen, such as vegetable ceviche, tofu tacos, burger—which comes with pickles,
a note on the menu invites vegans to let and almond milk ice cream. The eatery— blueberry jam, grilled pineapple, and spicy
their preferences be known. The menu’s decorated with hanging plants and vivid kimchi sauce—can’t be missed. Neither
“Vegetarian Special” section features pops of color—is housed in a building can perusing the vinyl, and throwing on
plant-based options, including the hearty plastered with glowing neon signs, and “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” while waiting for
and healthy Kajoo Special Majaa (cashews above it on the third floor is where guests your meal. If you have a sweet tooth, Kaffi
with red peppers, ginger, tomato, garlic, find Burro’s sister venture, Pablo Discobar. Vínyl offers your best chance in the city
and onion) and a warm bowl of Nepalese Even if pink flamingos and disco balls of finding chocolate coffee cake, rainbow
Above, left: Burro; above, right: Kaffi Vinyl

Vegetable Rasdar (mixed-vegetable balls aren’t your idea of fun, the punny name cake, or cashew cheesecake.
with garam masala) to keep you cozy during alone merits at least a pop-in.
those frigid Icelandic winters. At ice cream With four locations in Reykjavík, fast- Nature abounds
shop Joylato, a sandwich board bearing casual Gló is helping to expand veganism Nature lovers needn’t leave Reykjavík to
the word “vegan” calls out to passing in the city. Its menu—which boasts a experience the great outdoors; a plethora
herbivores, and reels them in with a diverse huge array of organic options—changes of ponds, mountains, geothermal pools,
selection of creamy coconut milk-based at each location, though you can expect and one spectacular skyscraping view
flavors such as salted caramel, chocolate, an ample selection of customized bowls, are available within city limits. If you’re

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to hear some say they’ve never been.
Starting at approximately $60, entry to
The Blue Lagoon isn’t cheap, but there
are options within reach that are more
affordable and boast more local flavor.
At Laugardalslaug—Reykjavík’s largest
and most popular thermal spa—guests
can enjoy pools, hot tubs, a steam
room, a playground with a water slide,
and two beach volleyball courts for
approximately $10. Or, at Vesturbæjarlaug,
visitors can dunk themselves in the
meandering around Laugavegur—or pretty
pool or one of six hot tubs with healing
much anywhere in the city center—you’re
properties—the hottest of which reaches a
only a short walk from Reykjavík Harbor,
steamy 113 degrees.
the best spot to see Mount Esja. The 3,000-
foot volcanic peak is said to be more than
Radiant Reykjavík
3 million years old, and is one of the most
Reykjavík is one of the most gorgeous
popular hiking regions in Iceland, but
regions in the world, but the city is also
visitors are warned to stay away during
home to a few human-made attractions
winter months, as Iceland’s harsh, cold
that’ll make you want to stay out past
climate can be dangerous for unseasoned
your bedtime. The first is the aptly named
hikers. The good news? A selfie from
Lebowski Bar, an Americana bar and
the harbor with the vivid mountainous
restaurant with a post-war aesthetic that
backdrop of Esja is perfectly safe.
feels like time-traveling back to a steroid-
A 10-minute walk from Esja is Tjörnin
pumped 1950s. A neon sign complete with
pond, where swans, ducks, and geese frolic
blinking bowling balls and pins, black-and-
freely. Visitors can get close enough to touch
white tiles, salacious pin-up photos, and
the birds—but please don’t. Instead, take
kitschy renderings of The Dude might have
a video of the birds loudly “talking” to each
you feeling like you just took a strong pull
other. It’s totally free, and one of the more
from a vegan White Russian.
memorable experiences in town.
Mere feet from Lebowski Bar is the
The Blue Lagoon is to Reykjavík what
Chuck Norris Grill, where humorous
Disneyland is to Los Angeles. Located
references to the American actor’s tough-
approximately 45 minutes outside of the
guy persona (“Chuck Norris can win a game
city, the unique geothermal pools are
of Connect Four in only three moves”)
raved about by tourists. Ask the locals,
Turn up the heat adorn the dining area and bar. If you’re into
though, and you might be surprised
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VGD\b karaoke, Gaukurinn is the place to watch
with eager locals belt out American showtunes.
For a quieter evening, head to Le Bistro,
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truffles Speak Easy order a pot of tea, and watch the bustling
Forgot to pack your Icelandic streetlife on Laugavegur.
Shop all truffles, snacking
chocolate, power bites and hot cocoa dictionary? No problem. Reykjavík’s spectacular beauty
at nicobellaorganics.com comes alive during winter, when the
Ég er vegan island of Iceland truly becomes a land
I’m vegan of ice and snow. And with enough thick
Hefur þú soymilk? coats, scarves, and full-body underwear,
Do you have soy milk? anyone can venture into the cold for an
Ég borða ekki fisk experience unlike any other on the planet.
I don’t eat fish Add a plethora of veg-friendly eateries
serving cuisines from around the world,
Ertu með tofu?
and you have yourself a living, breathing
Above: Lebowski Bar

Do you have tofu?


winter wonderland.
Getur þú gert þetta án mjólkur?
Can you make this without dairy? Ryan Ritchie is the VegNews.com features
editor who sang “Gin and Juice” at Gaukurinn.

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Nature Fix
Escape the city and explore
Iceland’s epic natural beauty.

Adventurous travelers often shudder


at the idea of a guided tour, but
to see some of the most stunning
nature on the planet, it’s worth
climbing aboard a heated bus
and playing tourist on an all-day
excursion with one of Reykjavík’s
many tour companies. Highlights
of the popular Golden Circle
tour include:

Geysir Hot Spring, a spunky 50 Compton Road, Wantage, NJ 07461 /SkylandsSanctuary.org


geothermal spring with towering
streams of piping-hot water at Meet me on tours!
regular intervals throughout the day. Saturdays & Sundays
Gullfloss waterfall, one of the 11:15 am & 2:00 pm
many dazzling features of the wide,
glacier-fed Hvita river. Prepare April 8 - November
to be awed.
Thingvellir National Park,
a rugged, wild expanse that gives
visitors a glimpse deep inside wide
rifts in the earth’s crust.
The Secret Lagoon, a natural hot
spring where water temperatures
average 104 degrees and nude
showering before taking a dip
is mandatory.
The Northern Lights, also known Only 54 miles from NYC!
as aurora borealis, are often—but
not always—visible in winter, and
many tour companies offer a free
return visit if your first trip yields
no results. call: 973-721-4437

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health
VegNews nutritionist Julieanna Hever, RD,
is on call for your health questions.

Sexual
Healing
This Valentine’s Day, the
secret to getting in the mood is
to focus on what’s in your fridge.

Q&A SEXUAL SWAPS


Can foods really act as aphrodisiacs, For a real (and lasting) turn-on,
or should I be boosting my sex life try these simple swaps on for size.
another way? Cooking a romantic To ensure you’re To optimize blood
Ah, aphrodisiacs—they sound like magic. dinner for two? Skip getting the flow to vital organs,
the mock meats and proper amount of omit artery-clogging
Health gurus and witch doctors have sworn
incorporate plenty energy-promoting coconut oil.
by everything from bananas to coffee to of beets and leafy vitamin B12, swap Instead, sauté with
mustard to help get things swinging. But as greens—their high fortified foods for vegetable broth,
alluring as the concept sounds, it has also levels of nitrates supplements—this blend dressings and
can help open blood can help increase sauces with silken
been argued that aphrodisiacs are merely
vessels and improve virility and lead tofu, and bake with
folklore. The same system that provides blood circulation to all the to a more robust fruit purées.
and nourishment to our hearts and brains also right places. sex drive.
circulates throughout our sexual organs—so
a healthy vascular system is the real key to a
long-lasting, romantic romp. To keep things
flowing throughout all your body parts, reduce
Some Like it Hot
Want to get things hot both in the kitchen
your intake of saturated fat-laden foods such
and the bedroom? Chili peppers release
as coconut and palm oil and load up on whole endorphins, quicken our pulses, make
grains, nuts, and fresh vegetables for a dose of our lips kissably plump, and stimulate
fiber. Aphrodite had nothing on veganism! our nerve endings. Be safe out there!

My favorite way to feel sexy is to reconnect with


Julieanna's myself by slowing down, exercising, being in
nature, or listening to music loudly while dancing
Feel-Good Tip my heart out!

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5 Ways to Boost
Your Sex Appeal Great Adventure
to India
Following these five tips in the kitchen
will help bring out your sexiest self
in the bedroom.

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per day, plus more when temperatures are • Dine at the best veg eateries in India
high or when you’re exercising.
• Explore streets and back alleys of Delhi

3 Move more Exercise offers a bounty


of health benefits, including pumping
blood and lymph through your system (a
• Stay at a Maharajah’s palace
• Meander through colorful bazaars
good thing during sex!) and nourishing • Take a rickshaw through bustling city streets
your cells.
• Learn Indian history and culture

4 Care about carotenoids


Consuming this class of
phytonutrients—found in red, orange, and
• Bicycle in a national park teeming with wildlife
• Visit an animal sanctuary
yellow fruit and vegetables—has been • Have dinner with a local family
shown to bring a healthful rosiness to the
face, improving attractiveness.
• Savor traditional snacks, desserts, and teas
• Stay in a picturesque village
5 Choose chocolate Dark chocolate not
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advice
Resident know-it-all Marla Rose
solves all of your tough conundrums.

Resolution Veg
Question: My 2018 resolution is to
go vegan. But where do I start?

This is the best news I’ve heard all year! Going vegan can
broaden your palate, your social circles, and your world. And Shop Savvy
Next time you’re at the grocery store, heed
you’ve already made the first step by setting the intention.
this advice, and you’ll be on your way to
These simple tips will guide you through the next phases. optimizing your vegan-at-home experience.
Shop the perimeter of the
such as “New Vegan Support” and grocery store. You’ll find the most
“Vegan Beginners 101” for instant vegan variety in the produce and frozen
community. If you’re able to, you sections (and you’ll avoid the more

1 Reduce kitchen friction


Master a few plant-based
dishes, and you will be far less
tempted to return to old familiar
habits during this transitional time.
should also attend a local veg fest—
they’re invaluable resources for
incredible vegan food, companies,
organizations, and artists.
processed stuff).
Shop at multiple stores in an
effort to lower your grocery bill.
Sometimes Whole Foods is best for fresh
broccoli, while Trader Joe’s has very
Hit up your local library for vegan affordable nut butters.
cookbooks, and enjoy the process
Buy in bulk whenever you can.

3
of experimenting with new foods.
Why pay for unnecessary packaging?
And be sure to subscribe to VegNews Be a marathoner
My go-to bulk items are nutritional yeast,
for a regular fix of the best veg Resolutions can fail us
cashews, and oats.
recipes around! because they reinforce a
black-and-white, failure-or-success Stay aware of what you already
mentality. The fact is, we live in a have so you don’t let food go
profoundly non-vegan world and bad. And if you’re forgetful like I am, do like
I do and snap a photo of your pantry before

2
mistakes happen, especially during
Find support our first plant-based year. Veganism you head to the grocery store.
Nothing is more critical is a joyful marathon, though—not Stash a few vegan snacks in
to a successful vegan a stressful, sweaty sprint. If you trip your car or your office so you have
transition than aligning with people up, just dust yourself off and get something to nosh if you wind up in a
who support you, so seek out veg back on track. Don’t let perfect be situation that isn’t vegan-friendly.
meet-ups and Facebook pages the enemy of the good.

Marla says ... “If you have a rough day, a bowl of popcorn with extra
nutritional yeast is medicine for the new vegan’s soul.”

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Keep Cool Food Lover’s
Tour of Thailand
The annoying news? When you go vegan,
there will be people who’ll try to project
their own discomfort regarding their diets
onto your newfound veganism. The great with VegVoyages
news? You don’t need to let it ruin your day.
October 8–19, 2018
Be straightforward. If people are
uncomfortable with you being vegan, they If you love food and adventure, don’t miss this
may show it in a variety of ways. Passive- extraordinary journey to Thailand with VegNews.
aggression (is there someone in your life An intimate group of readers will experience sumptuous
who forwards you every negative article
about veganism?), insensitive “humor” (I am
vegan cuisine, the famous Phuket Vegetarian Festival, and
not humorless, but do I need to hear another the vibrant culture of this enchanting Asian country.
bacon “joke”?), and exclusion might all be
signs that your new lifestyle has gotten

Trip highlights...
under someone’s skin. Nip it in the bud
with honesty. “I noticed you made another
comment about my veganism. Why does • Dine at Thailand’s best vegan restaurants
it bother you?” may be scary to say, but it
opens the door to communication. • Meander through bustling produce markets
Stay calm. Nothing reinforces the • Eat your way through a vegetarian festival
stereotype of vegans being a bunch of • Explore the backstreets of Bangkok
kale-fueled maniacs more than getting in
an angry confrontation with someone who • Take vegan Thai cooking classes
has pushed your buttons. As a veteran of • Wander through an all-vegetarian market
many encounters with people determined
to undermine my convictions, I can say that
• Savor a vegan BBQ on the Maeklong River
there is nothing that bothers a would-be • Visit an all-women vegetarian monastery
adversary more than remaining calm and
collected while discussing your points.
• Travel by gondola through peaceful canals
Make peace with yourself first. Once • Learn Thai history and culture
you truly believe that there is no decent • Visit a wildlife rehabilitation center
reason for people to be put out by your
veganism—and no reason not to feel proud
• Island hop and snorkel in the Andaman Sea
of this decision—any self-consciousness
will begin to fade. After 23 years of being
vegan, I still get the occasional obnoxious Just
comment. You know how much this matters
to me? Not at all. Every day, I am filled with $2,995
gratitude that I get to live in alignment with per person
my values.

Marla Rose is the co-founder of


VeganStreetMedia.com, and her veganism
VegNews.com/vacations
is one of her favorite parts of herself.

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fashion &
beauty
VegNews Beauty Editor Aurelia d’Andrea
dishes the latest in vegan style.

Detox Deluxe
The new year is all about renewal,
so why not begin with your skin?
THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR 3/ Formulary 55
is the ideal time to do a deep
3 Rosehip & Clay
clean in every area of our lives, Facial Mask
including skincare routines. The Detox ingredients: French white
newest generation of detoxifying and pink clay, comfrey root
personal-care products is sourced 1 This dusty-pink powder is
from plant-based ingredients that transformed into a face mask
are good enough to eat (green that smells like roses and
tea, burdock root), and others that tightens pores to the point of
are so earthy (activated charcoal, invisibility. The glow it gives lasts
pink clay) that believing in their for days, and the packaging is as
cleansing properties requires a leap pretty as your face will be after
of faith. But take our word for it: your first treatment.
these 100-percent vegan products
don’t just hold the promise of a
clean slate, they deliver it.
4/ Pacifica
4 Happy Essence
1/ Skinerals Luminous Green Tea Hydro Mist
Detox ingredients:
Citrine Facial Cleanser
Green tea, coconut water
Detox ingredients: Activated
This super-fruity spritz perks up
charcoal, white tea
tired skin, giving it a dewy glow
Surprise! This fresh-smelling
that makes you look as if you just
organic cleanser comes out
went for a long, vigorous walk
of the bottle black, thanks to
in nature. Keep a bottle in your
activated charcoal, and works by
desk drawer and give yourself
gently pulling impurities from the
a post-work pick-me-up before
skin, leaving it soft and spotless.
heading out to your weekly
We love that it’s pH-balancing
5 vegan meet-up.
and helps guard against
acne breakouts. 2

5/ Inlight Firm + Tone Oil


2/ Yllo Turmeric Scrub Detox ingredients:
Detox ingredients: Ginger, burdock
Turmeric, sea salt Fans of this phytonutrient-rich
Mix this vivid yellow powder oil swear it helps get rid of
with a bit of water and use as a cellulite. We’re sold! What’s
Aurelia d’Andrea: Sophia Pagan

quick scrub or a 20-minute mask. more, the organic, cold-pressed


Either way, turmeric’s potent oils are “activated” through
disinfecting properties will help quantum mechanics, and while
undo the damage that urban living From golden lattes we don’t know what that means,
(pollution, late nights out on the to detoxifying face we really do love the way this
town) does to your skin. masks, turmeric stuff makes our skin feel.
really can do
almost anything.
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love
& dating
VegNews Senior Editor Jasmin Singer (thinks she)
knows a thing or two about love, and is baring all.

I used to have this


rusty old bike.
It sat in my Manhattan apartment with flat
tires and broken brakes, and every single

Shifting
day, I would wonder if that weekend would
be the one I’d get it fixed and ride it down
the Hudson pathway. The bike became a
permanent fixture in my tiny apartment,
situated confidently between a fake potted

Gears
plant and an overflowing shelf that housed
my collection of vegan cookbooks. At some
point, it doubled as a coat rack, which was
all the justification I needed to keep it when
roommates would not-so-lovingly suggest I
throw it into the river. The day came when
I was moving to another apartment, and so
I decided it was time to give the bike away
to someone on Facebook who refurbished
old things. He sent me a photo of it a week
Before you open your heart to later, and lo and behold, there it was: shiny
someone else, you might want and new and in perfect working order. And
to make sure you’re all tuned- to think of all the bike rides I could have
enjoyed, if only I had acted sooner.
up and ready for the ride. In order to show up in relationships
as the partner I want to be, I, too, require
regular maintenance to be in good
working order. Do my gears shift without
pushing too hard? Is my chain jammed,
keeping me from moving forward? Are
my brakes working? Admittedly, I have
spent my share of relationships—teeny
tiny ones and great big gigantic ones—not
bothering to get a tune-up. I’ve entered into
relationships knowing that my tires were
flat; I was depleted and not going anywhere
anytime soon. In retrospect, all I needed
to do was get some air, and I would have
been just fine.
Whether you are single or in a
relationship, focusing on your own
working parts—and fixing the ones that are
Jasmin Singer: Derek Goodwin

broken—needs to be paramount. Unless


you can self-propel, you cannot in good
conscience offer someone else a ride. Fix
what’s broken, get a new paint job, and
don’t use your handlebars as a coat rack—
you’ve got to be true to yourself.

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1 4
Here are five proof-positive ways to improvement, and doing my best to eat a
get yourself in good working order. diet that’s wholesome and unprocessed—
which is pretty much exactly how I want my
Spend time alone. relationships to be.
And I mean actually alone. Shut
down your Instagram feed and put Have hobbies.
your phone on “do not disturb.” As I, for example, am a passionate and
scary it as may sound, the only way to remarkably untalented tap-dancer (I’ve
be fully ready to be in a relationship is even created head-turning vegan tap shoes
to regularly spend time by yourself, and by having taps put on gold-toed Oxfords).
to fall a little in love with you. Go on a There is something about banging my feet
picnic, find a serene spot somewhere, around and making a lot of noise that I
and spend your afternoon journaling, find primally satisfying. I know full well
doodling, and breathing deeply that there’s no way I could possibly heed
… by yourself. someone else’s needs if I’m not meeting

In order to show up in relationships as the

25
partner I want to be, I, too, require regular
maintenance to be in good working order.

Get spiritual. my own first (unless their needs involve


And I don’t (necessarily) mean the organic dark chocolate—then we could
traditional route of finding Buddha make a deal).
or joining a “manifesting” meet-up.
Sometimes, spirituality can be gleaned Repair your bike.
by being still while in nature, or through These days, I have a bright-orange bike
exercise. I find my most meditative with fat tires and an air pump on a holster
moments happen while running, (no flat tires for me!), and I ride it all the
sometimes while listening to mediocre time. It also doubles as a room divider or art
’80s rock. When we are in our bodies and installation in my studio apartment, and its
not allowing our thoughts to spiral, we prominent placement is a good reminder
can be open to a deeper connection within to keep things tuned up so that whenever
ourselves. Those grounded moments can exciting opportunities present themselves,
come in handy later, like when we need to I am ready for the ride. There are ocean

3
center ourselves during a lovers’ quarrel sunsets to see, sweet smoothies to sip, and
about who drank the last of the coconut relationships to be bettered. Get out that
creamer without replacing it. wrench, lovers.

Be healthy.
I’m talking about in all the ways, both
xo,
physically and emotionally. Though you
needn’t invest in a ThighMaster, having
regular routines that prioritize your well-
being means you are treating yourself
as the worthy warrior you are. The Law
of Attraction is most certainly real: if you
are a workaholic with no time for your
self-betterment routines, you won’t wind
up attracting anyone, because that would- Jasmin Singer (jasminsinger.com) is the
be person will also be too busy working senior editor of VegNews, the author of the
to meet you. I find R&R by sitting in a memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough,
jacuzzi, reading books that advocate self- and the co-host of the Our Hen House podcast.

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Southern
Comfort
When Jenné Claiborne
first went vegan in
2012 while working
at New York City’s
legendary Peacefood Café, she was
struck by how her long-standing
stomach pains were instantly
alleviated. Health quickly joined
ethics as leading motivators for
living a plant-based life, and like
that, the Georgia native was on a
mission: to veganize all the Southern
comfort foods she’d enjoyed as a
child. Six years later, Claiborne’s first
cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul,
represents her delectable successes.
Jam-packed with vegan soul food-
inspired dishes such as Peach-Date
BBQ Jackfruit Sliders, Coconut
Collard Salad, and Cream Cheese
Pound Cake, the 100-recipe feat—a
culmination of Claiborne’s years as
a vegan chef and award-winning
blogger—features recipes trialled,
tinkered with, and perfected in her
very own kitchen. So come hungry,
because this is one cookbook that,
like Claiborne herself, has a whole lot
of soul.

Claiborne’s
brown sugar-pecan
cinnamon rolls get the
Southern treatment
thanks to a smearing
of sweet potato cream
cheese frosting.

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Let’s Cook Our top
Love to cook? Don’t miss today’s latest picks!
and greatest cookbooks that make
whipping up a plant-based feast a breeze.

Real Food, Really Fast The Plant-Based


Oakland-based food Solution
photographer Hannah Author Joel Kahn, MD—
Kaminsky is on a mission to “America’s Healthy Heart
disrupt your take-out rut with Doc”—debunks the notion
budget-friendly recipes that that consuming “free-range”
can be made in less than 10 animal products are the key
minutes—quicker than it takes to better health by presenting
for a pizza to be delivered! a 21-day plan with recipes
Must-make: Hash Brown drawn from his Detroit-area
Waffles, Sausage Gumbo restaurant, GreenSpace Café.
Burgers, and S’mores Must-make: Lemon Poppy
Baked Alaska Breakfast Cookies, Sesame
Ginger Miso Bowl, and Kale
and Mushroom Gratin

Power Plates The Main Street Vegan


Each of the 100 one-dish Academy Cookbook
recipes in Food52 author Gena Lauded speaker Victoria
Hamshaw’s cookbook contains Moran and seasoned culinary
just the right combination instructor JL Fields recruited
of healthy fats, complex dozens of plant-based coaches
carbohydrates, and plant- to compile this 256-page
powered proteins to make a guide with inspiring recipes
complete vegan meal. and tutorials for helping vegan
Must-make: Smoky Red Lentil newbies navigate the world of
Stew with Chard, Falafel Bowls compassionate living.
with Freekeh and Cauliflower, Must-make: Pepperoni Pizza
and Spinach and White Bean Puffs, Sicilian Orange Salad,
Gnocchi and Crisp Mocha Peanut
Butter Bars

The How Not The Dirty Vegan


to Die Cookbook Cookbook
The cookbook companion “Clean eating” gets down
to Michael Greger, MD’s and dirty with holistic chef
bestseller of the same name, Catherine Gill’s new cookbook
Opposite: Sydney Bensimon, Harmony Books, © 2017

this collection of more than that aims to break through


120 recipes draws from the veganism’s hippie-granola
good doctor’s expansive stereotype with recipes for
knowledge of using animal- “vegan junk food” made from
free foods to treat and healthful ingredients.
prevent disease. Must-make: Baked Macaroni
Must-make: Superfood and Cheese, Roasted Brussels
Breakfast Bites, Spaghetti Sprouts with Sweet and Tangy
Squash Arrabiata, and Curry Drizzle, and Amazing
Two-Berry Pie with Pecan- Apple Pie
Sunflower Crust

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Get Digital
Look no further for the very best vegan happenings
in social media, blogs, podcasts, and more.

From My Bowl Lisa Lorles Naturally.jo


Miami-based yoga enthusiast Caitlin Filipino-Canadian student Lisa Lorles The 16-year-old Peruvian blogger known
Shoemaker makes wholesome plant- shares everything from healthy vegan only as “Jose” might be one of the most
based living look easy in this beautiful recipes (such as avocado-chickpea followed (and talented) vegan teenagers
lifestyle blog. Complete with tips on sandwiches and pesto pita bakes) to on Instagram—and one look at this
oil-free cooking, recipe e-books, travel toning workout routines with more than feed proves it. Naturally.jo’s stunning
guides to vegan hotspots, and kitchen-tool 340,000 YouTube followers. The 22-year- photos are bound to impress, thanks
recommendations, From My Bowl makes old incorporates her nutrition to on-trend pastels, galaxy-inspired
a more healthful life (filled with mango- education into her “What I Eat In a Day” smoothie bowls, and berry-loaded raw
zucchini blondies and cheesy breakfast segments, providing informative and cheesecakes. With more than half a
pizza) deliciously attainable. healthy facts on the different dishes she million followers, Jose is one young artist
frommybowl.com whips up for busy school days. you should be following now.
youtube.com/lisalorles instagram.com/naturally.jo

Vegetarianism: Shine With Plants Nutriciously


The Story So Far The Chicago-based mother known publicly Curated by German couple Lars and Alena
as “Fabiola” gives followers a glimpse into Schowalter, Nutriciously is full of tips and
In this special series from The Vegan
her vegan, health-centered family tricks perfect for those ready to embrace
Option podcast, British radio producer
life, with regular appearances from her a whole-foods diet and lifestyle. Look for
Ian McDonald takes listeners through
husband and adorable 16-month-old always-evolving information on a wide
a 15-part backstory of veganism,
daughter Chelsea. Expect eye-popping raw range of topics, from meal-planning 101
with episodes featuring leaders
fruit and vegetable creations, motivation to and how to build muscle to simple recipes
such as Maneka Gandhi and John
stay grateful, and even snapshots of baby perfect for new vegans—including
Wilkins, examinations of famous
Chelsea attempting yoga … which is about risotto and black bean burritos.
historical figures from Ancient Greece
the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. nutriciously.com
to the French Revolution, and visits
instagram.com/shinewithplants
to historic relics in India and France
where veganism unfolded.
theveganoption.org

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Hit List
Ever wonder what VegNews editors are obsessed
“Food a
t its bes
t!”

with? Here’s a look at the media we can’t get enough


of (when we’re not reading VegNews, that is).

“I’m currently devouring Clean Meat: How


Growing Meat Without Animals Will
Revolutionize Dinner and the World, a
refreshingly provocative book that details the full
scope of how lab-grown meat—or, meat without
the animal—is the only way forward for animal
welfare, human health, and the planet.”
—Jasmin Singer, Senior Editor

“Lately, I’ve been getting endless kitchen


inspiration from VeganMexicanFood.com—
t s mar ket
a recently relaunched, comprehensive English- •
roo


and Spanish-language website created by Chicanx
activist lauren Ornelas—that showcases amazing
ne
plant-based recipes that remind me of home, st ge
• great sa

while delving into issues of decolonialization.” • Baltimore / DC Area •


—Richard Bowie, Associate Editor 443.535.9400 • greatsage.com

“I love starting my mornings by listening to the Live


Planted Podcast on my walk to work, as host
Alyssa Girgash interviews a diverse selection of vegan Winter
artists, bakers, professional athletes, and movie
directors on subjects ranging from zero-waste
living to body image and self-love.”
Warmth
—Sarah McLaughlin, Editorial Assistant

“As we enter a new year, it’s the perfect time to


become more mindful of our food choices and
eating habits. That’s why I can’t put down best-
selling author Lani Muelrath’s The Mindful
Vegan, filled with enlightening ways to find
peace and balance around what and how we eat.
—Colleen Holland, Publisher

“Garden Plate, a vegetarian food app, is filled


with beautiful photos and easy-to-make recipes such as
Coconut Blueberry Bars and Scrambled Zucchini, which has
helped me tremendously since moving to a new place with a
tiny kitchen. Creative, simple plant-based meals are a
cinch now, and I don’t have to eat out all the time!”
Edward & Sons Trading Co., Inc. VEGAN
—Aruka Sanchir, Editorial Assistant Convenience Without Compromise®
TM (805) 684-8500 • edwardandsons.com ©

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The Brooklyn-based craft
chocolatiers at Eat Chic specialize
in small-batch, nut butter-filled
chocolate cups, and the company’s
array of stunning gift boxes has us
completely enamored—just in time
for Valentine’s Day. Fillings range
from peanut butter and sea salt to
lemon-poppy seed-cashew butter,
and each cup is artfully topped with
ingredients like candied orange,
rose petals, and crushed nuts.
Chilly weather won’t keep us from ice
eatchicchocolates.com
cream sundaes, especially when they’re
delivered straight to our door! Thanks to
Daily Harvest—a New York company
specializing in frozen, ready-to-blend fruit

Veg
packs—organic superfood sundaes
made with nutritious (cauliflower,
chickpeas, zucchini) and delicious
When struck with a craving for (cacao, almonds, coconut)
savory, salty bar food, we’re ingredients are just a quick
reaching for bananas and
feeling totally satisfied. Our
secret? The new ‘Nana Chips
from Bubba’s Fine Foods.
Low-sugar green bananas
Picks
Searching for today’s hottest
blend away. The result? A
mouthwatering, healthful
ice cream treat in flavors
like Chocolate Hazelnut and
Strawberry Cheesecake that
are transformed into Blazing vegan products? Look no further. you can enjoy in seconds.
Buffalo, Macho Nacho, and Count on VegNews editors to daily-harvest.com
Grand Garlic Parm chips made taste and test all products we
with simple ingredients such
as olive oil, garlic, mustard,
recommend to our readers.
and onion—and are gluten-free illustrations by RUBY ROTH
and paleo-friendly, to boot.
Safe to say: this is one snack
we’re bananas for.
bubbasfoods.com
The squeezable, portable yogurts of our
childhoods have officially made a dairy-
free comeback. California vegan cheese
company Kite Hill crafts their traditionally
cultured Strawberry Banana and Wild Berry
yogurts with reduced-fat almond milk, real
fruit, and live active cultures and seals them
right into kid-friendly tubes. We’re packing Lightlife already won us over
them into our little ones’ lunch boxes, and when it made all of its products
throwing a tube or two in the freezer for a completely vegan in 2017, but
frozen snack in between deadlines. now, with its brand-new Veggie
kite-hill.com Deli Slices, we’re completely
hooked. The company’s seitan
slices get a vegetable boost
from kale and white beans or red
peppers and chickpeas, making
them a perfect addition to our
post-workout snack wrap.
lightlife.com

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and
Santa Margherita’s sustainable, vegan
Prosecco Superiore just may be the key to
success for a hot date. Made from aromatic
Italian Glera grapes, this crisp sparkling
wine is complex, boasts hints of sweet
pineapple, and pairs perfectly with a king
oyster mushroom risotto or a vegan cheese
board. Even better? The eco-friendly brand
The ’90s are roaring back with a also offers a vegan rosé and pinot grigio.
vengeance, and the trend we’re santamargheritawines.com
most excited about just so happens
to be Fabio-approved. Pop culture
mainstay I Can’t Believe It’s
Not Butter is appealing to plant-
based crowds with It’s Vegan—a VegNew
super-smooth, dairy-free buttery
Approv s
ed
spread we’re happily smearing on
blueberry pancakes, using to bake
flaky pastries, and melting over air-
popped popcorn. Believe it!
icantbelieveitsnotbutter.com

This time of year, our New Year’s


resolutions have us loading up
on tons of leafy green salads and
nourishing soups. And with Kelly’s
Croutons, we’re actually looking
forward to every meal. The family-
run California company combines
sourdough bread, organic cultured
vegan butter, fresh garlic, and cheesy Organic. Raw. Free of refined
cashew parmesan for flavorful, sugar … and completely delicious.
crunchy croutons that’ll test your The adorable sandwiches from
restraint. No soup to be had? Colorado’s artisanal NiceCream
Eat them by the bag! Sammies are as tasty as
We’re not lying when we say one of our kellyscroutons.com they are wholesome. Cocoa or
new healthy snacks is a cheesy, bacon- salted-vanilla vegan ice cream is
flavored dip, thanks to NuCulture sandwiched between raw cookie
Foods’ Bacony Chipotle spread. dough or brownie batter, hand-cut,
Made with wholesome ingredients and then individually wrapped
like cashews, coconut oil, lime, and for an indulgent dessert you
nutritional yeast, this creamy dip won’t be able to resist.
nicecreamsammies.com
packs a punch of probiotics, and
is our go-to for crudites, avocado
sandwiches, and a bold twist
on macaroni and cheese.
nuculturefoods.com Lovers of breadcrumb topped
macaroni and cheese, rejoice!
Kelly’s also sells its trademark
croutons in Just Crumbs form.

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Lisa Marie, the velvety-voiced crooner
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of chart-topping hits (2016’s “On Your
Side” has racked up more than 23 million
views on YouTube). But even with those
accolades, Origliasso has another way
of measuring success: social change. In
between speaking at marriage-equality
rallies, volunteering with marine
conservation organization Sea Shepherd,
and sauntering down the red carpet with
her girlfriend (Orange is the New Black star
and fellow vegan Ruby Rose), Origliasso
found time to share her vegan love checklist
with us.

Jessica’s Date Night


Must-Haves
Sweet sentiment
No date is complete without chocolate—
especially around Valentine’s Day! I have two
favorites: VEGO’s Whole Hazelnut Chocolate
Bars and Treat Dreams—I am obsessed
with their vegan cream eggs.

In the mood
Music sets the mood for exactly how I want
to feel. At the moment, H.E.R., The Internet,
and SZA (a rumored vegan) are all on
rotation.
Jessica Origliasso: Michael Kovac

Eye love it
My go-to date-night look is a striking cat
eye. I’m obsessed with Urban Decay’s
range of vegan products. I use their
Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen
and Troublemaker mascara.

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Very Valentine's
One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories
is singing karaoke in New York City with
Ruby seven years ago. We had an epic battle
with a group of amazing Broadway singers
who had just come off stage from a show—
and we won!

Fancy femme
When I dress up for an evening out, my go-
to is a Shrimps faux fur coat paired with
cruelty-free shoes and a beautiful, leather-
free Stella McCartney handbag.
Compas sionate Resort
Lasting lust
I get in the mood by sprinkling some Moon on the Mendocino Coast
Juice Sex Dust—a blend of mushrooms
and herbs that provide energy and vitality—
into my morning smoothie.

Compassionately comfy
Most nights in my home are Netflix nights
spent on the couch with my girlfriend (we’re
currently watching Racing Extinction) and
our three rescue chihuahuas. To stay comfy,
I throw on my favorite “Vegan Forever”
tee from Earth Forever and cuddle with my
little family.

Love, actually
Before I go out on a date, I get grounded
and focus on self-love. Becoming vegan
helped me to become proud of the person
I am, while valuing the importance of
self-awareness. It has taught me about Eco-Luxury Accommodations
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Top row, left to right: @panaceas_pantry, @mari.linni, @foodie.yuki; Middle row, left to right: @myberryforest, @swoon.food, @vanelja; Bottom row, left to right: @shakeforshape, @vanelja, @purelykaylie

Pretty in Pink
Rose-hued breakfast bowls, ice cream, and everything
in between are just the latest vegan food trends that are
sweeping the internet. Our social media feeds are teeming
with blush-colored foods, and we’re totally tickled pink!

82 VegNews JANUARY+FEBRUARY 2018