Where do Vegans get their protein from?!

Where do Vegans get their protein from?!

As all of us vegans can attest to: one of the top questions you will (yes, “will” not “might”!) hear is along the lines of “Wait, so where do you get your protein from?!”

Now, you have to give it to them, the meat industry has spent billions on advertisement, and have succeeded, at promoting flesh foods to be protein-filled health and power houses. But it seems as though each and every person is shocked, if not in disbelief, when you tell them you are getting the same exact amounts of protein as them… just without the harm.

So the go-to belief when someone would be asked to compile a list of protein-filled foods would more than likely consist of the following:

  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Red Meat
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Fish: Salmon, Cod, Shellfish etc.

HOWEVER, a vegan would give you this list, and no, they aren’t lying to you!

  • Nuts: Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds, Pistachios, Cashews etc.
  • Soy Products i.e. Soy Milk
  • Beans: Navy Beans, Black Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Fava Beans, Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Leafy Green Vegetables: Kale, Spinach, Peas, Green Beans, Lettuce, Broccoli
  • Grains: Quinoa, Buckwheat, Wheat etc.
  • Tofu

The catch about following a vegan diet, however, is the responsibility that comes with it! Clearly, you will not be getting the correct nutrient levels if you aren’t basing your diet on wholesome, plant based foods. By this I mean, if you are only eating “junk food” such as fries, chips, sweets etc. (yes, this can technically be a vegan diet) then you clearly will have insufficient protein levels, not to mention other nutrients as well!

The reason this rumor about not consuming enough protein stems is because many flesh foods do in fact have more amounts of protein, but what people don’t understand is that you don’t eat meats 24/7, whereas on a vegan diet you are constantly consuming at least one of the things on the above list, thus causing protein levels to even out!

If the above list should teach you one thing, it’s that there are so so many misconceptions about veganism that keep being spread about. Everyone I have come across, for example, has told me “Why are you doing it, isn’t it really unhealthy?” NO it’s the exact opposite. Eating nothing but plants and whole foods to fuel your insides cannot have a single detrimental effect as eating dead, rotting flesh can.

These inconsistent rumors about veganism can only be dwindled through articles such as this one, as well as through word of mouth. Each time I correct my friends’ misconceptions I know that they will alter their ideas on a cruelty-free diet accordingly!

Don’t forget how powerful word of mouth really is! Let’s make the Vegan community in Singapore as big as possible. Slowly but surely, with the proper education we can stop the ignorance and misconceptions associated with veganism such as the “protein myth”.

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Is Veganism Really that Big?

Is Veganism Really that Big?

It’s no surprise that Veganism is a lifestyle gaining more credibility each and every day. A big part of that can be thanks to the countless celebrities jumping aboard the bandwagon each and every day.

We all know, while normal people go vegan on a small scale, the chain effect it creates is nowhere near the size of the one a famous person would. Simply put, their popularity and platform goes a long way. For them to voice that something is wrong with animal consumption, really allows for implanting that life-changing doubt in people’s brain. (Yep the world has come to this)

Endless celebrities have been going vegan, probably the biggest right now being: Ellen DeGeneres, Joan Jett, Woody Harrelson, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Peter Dinklage, Stevie Wonder, Sia, Pamela Anderson, and Liam Hemsworth to name a few.

*Update: We have just added Ne-Yo to our list as he shared about going vegan on social media! Yayy! 🙂

Below you’ll find a handful of these celebrities’ claims and ideals on why they decided to make the moral lifestyle change and why they continue to instil it every day.

Miley Cyrus

Famously the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus and receiving her break on Disney’s Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus has imprinted her name in the spotlight. Since 2014 this star has been vegan and active when it comes to any form of injustice. Knowing that her platform affects many, she constantly posts pictures of animal cruelty, her faux fur outfits, as well as pictures of her pets of course!

“Be the voice of those who can’t say …..’Stop.’ Who can’t say ‘that hurts.’ Who can’t say ‘I’m so afraid to die.’ Be the voice of the animals!”

Ariana Grande

This famous red head first got her spotlight break about 7 years back on Victorious only to branch off as an independent singer in the world of stardom. With over 20 Million views on her social media, the star’s life-changing decision to go vegetarian, and then vegan a few years after, has affected many. Ariana knows how to use her voice, as she has endless tweets to voice her cruelty-free cause from:

“Ultimately, no one wants cow tit pus in their food, do they?”

“I’ve eaten organically since I was little, and always kept meat minimal, but today marks my first day as 100% Vegan!!!! Joyous Day.”

“I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person.”

Liam Hemsworth

With him first appearing with Miley Cyrus on “The Last Song” movie 7 years ago, both starts have come to make vegans hearts melt with their relationship. Liam revealed that he went vegan in 2015 and has not regretted it! When asked about it, the kind-hearted actor said the following:

“There are no negatives to eating like this. I feel nothing but positive, mentally and physically. I love it. I feel like it also has a kind of a domino effect on the rest of my life.”

Pamela Anderson

Aside from everyone else on this list, actress and model Pamela Anderson has been devoted to the cruelty-free lifestyle since she was a teen. With her face and voice showing up for endless PETA campaigns to advocate animal rights, Pamela has ensured her name on this list of Vegan Celebrities:

“Confining marine animals to tanks and separating them from their families and their natural surroundings, just so people can watch them swim in endless circles, teaches us far more about humans than it does about animals – and the lesson is not a flattering one.”

“I’m sure you agree that animals should not be abused – whether they’re cats or dogs or chickens – and that stopping this abuse should be your number one priority.”

Ne-Yo

Even more so, singer and songwriter Ne-Yo has just recently decided to go Vegan! Luckily, an uncovering, truth documentary What the Health was able to get him thinking. He was able to acknowledge where there was fault and adjust his life accordingly. Let’s all take a piece of advice from this guy!  He followed by going to social media to say the following:

“Thanks to the What the Health documentary, I’m officially going to be vegan, completely vegan…I ain’t messing with that meat no more.”

All in all, these celebrities are all beginning to understand how powerful their comments can be, and they’re using this power for the right reasons! Hopefully, as more celebrities and nameless people jump aboard this moral lifestyle choice, others who have never thought twice about the topic will begin to follow suit. As each celebrity has commonly said: There is no possible fault or down side to making the change!

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I quit my job and set up EVERYDAY Vegan

I quit my job and set up EVERYDAY Vegan

Yup, I took the plunge and quit my job.

Up until recently, I was a recruiter covering Finance and Risk in the financial services industry. My clients were from international banks in Singapore and Hong Kong.

I didn’t know it back then, but I had FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Success. I gave up blogging on SGVegan…halted product reviews…just so that I can focus on my career.

Over the course of 15 months in my previous company, FOCUS led to:

  • “Best Rookie Singapore” 2016 award
  • Promotion + 20% salary increment
  • #2 in the Singapore office billings (after the boss)

But I was unhappy.

Money can bring happiness…until the tipping point is reached.

The tipping point for me came right after returning to the office from my wedding leave.

It suddenly dawned on me that whilst I treasured the relationships that came about during the course of my work, deep down…I was really unhappy.

I had a poisonous relationship with my job.

Thus, with the support of my newly wedded husband, I made the decision to embrace my passion and thus, EVERYDAY Vegan is born. Yes! 🙂

For your daily dose of morning inspiration quotes and lunchtime “Did you know” facts, like and follow Everyday Vegan’s Facebook page / Instagram.

EVERYDAY Vegan is a local vegan business, started by SGVegan to bring quality products into Singapore. The first product line is from Psoria-Gold. These products are preservative free + scientifically proven (published in medical journals) to improve skin appearance!

It shows great results for these conditions:

  • Acne / Rosacea
  • Injured skin (Wounds, cuts, scrapes, lacerations)
  • Inflamed skin
  • Red scaly skin / Psoriasis / Eczema
  • Sunburn
  • Scar reduction and hyperpigmentation

Made from aloe vera, this natural gel uses an active ingredient curcumin (from turmeric) which has shown fantastic anti-inflammation results clinically without any animal testingEveryday Vegan Products.pngEspecially for our blog readers: EVERYDAY Vegan will retail these products at a 20% pre-launch discount** (free shipping yay!):

  1. Daily Facial Wash @ S$26.88 (U.P. S$33.60)
  2. Curcumin Gel @ S$99.68 (U.P. S$124.60)
  3. Face Moisturiser @ S$39.20 (U.P. S$49)
  4. Face Mask @ S$54.88 (U.P. S$68.60)

Simply send us the total amount via our PayPal (paypal.me/everydayveganshop) and drop us a Facebook message or email us @ everydayveganshop@gmail.com to confirm your payment is received and we will reach out to arrange delivery. 🙂

Support us so we can bring you more quality vegan products. Let’s make being a vegan in Singapore more accessible for everyone.

Everyday is awesome when you are vegan!

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*Developed by a certified Singaporean dermatologist in the US, Dr. Madalene Heng, MD, FRACP, FACD, FAAD who has more than 140 scientific publications.

Dr. Heng is a strong proponent of the use of naturally derived curcumin as complementary treatment of skin, and believes that skin health is achieved by not only making important product choices, but lifestyle choices as well.

Back in 2011, Lilou Mace interviewed Dr. Heng during her Juicy Living Tour. In it, Dr Heng shared an least known fact that 99% East Asians are lactose intolerant – she diagnoses them with dark circles around their eyes, heavy eyelids or having large pores on the cheeks surrounded by enlarged oil pores called Sebaceous Hyperplasia.

From https://www.psoria-gold.com/lilou-mace.html

**Pre-launch discount is valid till 31 August 2017.

Winners for Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

Winners for Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

Thank you everybody for taking part in this major giveaway of good quality Green Tea and Coffee, that is mixed with Buckwheat for that extra health benefit! 🙂

I have just conducted a lucky draw for those of you who have taken part in this giveaway. As mentioned, those who followed SGVegan gets an extra chance in the draw.

All winners are drawn by hand. Courtesy of the boyfriend, so all’s fair, heh heh.

Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (60s)

  1. V&N
  2. rhea84diblog
  3. SK
  4. Sharon Lim
  5. Masitah

Roasted Buckwheat Coffee (30s)

  1. Vivien Wong
  2. May

Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea Can (2x 6cans)

  1. Bernard Koh
  2. Diana

All winners, please drop me an email @ sgvegan.wordpress@gmail.com to confirm that you will be able to meet up in person. This will be a mass meet up so I will appreciate if you can meet up to pick up your won item. To make it easier, meet ups can be scheduled anytime during 1-5 February 2016 @ Clarke Quay MRT, 6.30pm or Clementi MRT, 7pm

I will reply your email with your preferred timing and location with an acknowledgement email containing my contact details. Please be on time as I will not be able to wait for you. All unclaimed prizes by 5 February 2016 will be donated.

For those of you have not won, here’s an additional little sweet treat 🙂

I will be giving away the 10 sample packs, containing a sachet of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and a sachet of Roasted Buckwheat Coffee. Photo as seen at the bottom of the featured image above. Simply email me @ sgvegan.wordpress@gmail.com stating your preferred timing and location to pick up during the scheduled meet ups from 1-5 February as above.

Have a great Sunday everyone 😉 and do take part in the Instagram giveaway I am currently conducting till 17 Feb 2016 where you get to win your choice of either lavender/lemongrass/rose geranium natural shower gel here!!

Green Pea Cookie, a successful Kickstarter campaign

Green Pea Cookie, a successful Kickstarter campaign

During World Vegan Day last year on 1 November, I had a mini gathering for friends during which we sampled some green pea cookies from Green Pea Cookie.

Green Pea Cookie packets

The Green Pea Cookie team launched a successful Kickstarter campaign on the 3rd of February​ 2015 to increase their exposure in the US and Singapore market and raise funds for operations. In a mere 7 hours of campaign launch, the Green Pea Cookie team managed to raise a campaign target of $5,000​. Till date, Green Pea Cookie has raised over $26,000​, gained over 850 backers ​and have a total of 35,000 cookies pledged​. The campaign is also a Kickstarter Staff Pick and we have been featured in US media such as Huffington Post and various US based vegan food blogs.

Here is the team:

Green Pea Cookie Co-Founders
Green Pea Cookie Co-Founders (From left to right: Tan Ying Quan, Larissa Russell, Fiona Lee)

Green Pea Cookie is founded by 3 co-­founders, Tan Ying Quan, Fiona Lee and Larissa Russell (above). Ying Quan, aged 24, is currently a Year 4 NUS undergraduate studying Human Resource Management. Fiona Lee, aged 23, recently graduated from NTU with Bachelors in Accountancy and Marketing. Lastly, Larissa Russell, aged 23, is currently working as an analyst in a technology startup called Visually in San Francisco. Larissa is also the only American in the team while Ying Quan and Fiona are Singaporeans.

The idea for Green Pea Cookie first started when Ying Quan went on the NUS Overseas College Program (NOC) in Silicon Valley in year 2014, a one year entrepreneurial program where he worked for Visually as a growth hacker. In June 2014, halfway into the program, Ying Quan asked his parents to bring over some Green Pea Cookies from Singapore during their visited because he wanted to share some Singaporean delights with his colleagues. To his surprise, he watched as his colleagues devoured the box of cookies in just one afternoon.

Green Pea Cookie

To most of us here in Singapore, Green Pea Cookie is a festive cookie that makes its appearance during Chinese New Year. However, most people in US have never heard of the Green Pea Cookie and they were surprised to hear that the cookies were made from roasted green peas. They were fascinated by the use of vegetables in making cookies.

To reach a bigger audience, the Green Pea Cookie team made the recipe Vegan and offered a Gluten-­Free option. This provided them the chance to reach out to the masses in the US with a novel and great tasting guilt-­free snack. The cookies are sweet and savory, slightly crunchy throughout and creamy at the same time.

Green Pea Cookie Background

Recently, in August 2015, the Green Pea Cookie team has brought the world’s happeaest cookie back to Singapore, setting up their local operations to handcraft each cookie to perfection locally. The Green Pea Cookie team has also launched their online shopping cart on the 11th October 2015, shipping Green Pea Cookie throughout Singapore and US.

My thoughts (Summarised from those of us at the gathering):

Having had other vegan green pea options, I found the Green Pea Cookies a tad sweet, and not as finely grinded that I experience a “melt-in-the-mouth” taste.

However, the Green Pea Cookie team has done a fantastic job behind the marketing. You experience a sense of happiness when you put a piece of “Peater” in your mouth. Peater is the name the Green Pea Cookie team named their original green pea cookie.

Green Pea Cookie Peater

This does brings a sense of justification to the price of the Green Pea Cookies, although I do hope the Green Pea Cookie team will improve their box packaging as the plastic pack is sealed manually with a clip.

I wish the Green Pea Cookie team success in the year 2016 ahead! 🙂

Online:
There are 36 cookies per box.
One box of Green Pea Cookies = $14
Four boxes = $56
Eight boxes = $112

At events (e.g. PasarBella – A Farmer’s Market), both boxes and packs of cookies are sold:
There are 10 cookies per pack.
One box of Green Pea Cookies = $14
One pack of Green Pea Cookies = $4

You can find Green Pea Cookies on their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

10 Tips For Hosting a Plant-based Dinner

10 Tips For Hosting a Plant-based Dinner

Hi everybody, I met Angela in 2013 and she interviewed me for her blog, Vegeasian sometime in December. I’ve reproduced the post here on SGVegan, so if you are interested you can check it out here. 🙂
Angela has been away from the SG veg scene for a year as she took up a job opportunity in China. She has since returned to Singapore. For those of you who have been following Vegeasian, Angela is putting that on hold for the moment. Please subscribe to SGVegan with your email address as Angela will be blogging on SGVegan for the time being as she sets up her English tutoring website, http://www.learnenglishfast.co.

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(Thanks Amanda for the opportunity to write in your really useful blog! )

A few months ago (actually more than that), I was invited by Amanda to cook a plant-based dinner for her and her bf. I had a few tuition assignments at hand but I said yes. All of us were busy, so I decided to just keep it simple. Granted, things are slightly easier for me because I blog about vegetarian/vegan food and I mostly cook at home (www.vegeasian.com). But don’t feel like you have to slather all your food in butter, salt and alcohol to make vegan food slightly palatable. Here are some tips I learnt from hosting a plant-based dinner.

SGVegan_dinner
Photo credit: Kevin Curtis. Source: unsplash.com
#1 When in doubt, just bake. Baked potatoes, Baked sweet potatoes. Baked asparagus. Baked anything sounds delicious. What I did was baked mushrooms with onions and vegan cheeze. (It’s easy to make, really. Recipe is available here. Just stab the potatoes/sweet potatoes/mushroom lightly a few more times to make sure the steam can escape.

#2 Anything with chocolate is a good combination. Just buy some fruit (Strawberries are a good choice) and melt some dairy-free chocolate in the oven. Dip the fruit in the chocolate. Dessert done.

#3 No time to cook? Find a local bakery and buy their vegan breads. Sunshine multigrain bread is a good vegan option. Amanda has also written a very useful article about some vegan bread options and you can read it here.

#4 Use vegetable broth. It adds a depth of flavour to everything, from stir-fries to soups to curries. It’s amazing how the basic ingredients- onions, celeries and carrots can produce such umami goodness. It’s all vegetables, not meat. It won’t take hours to cook. I promise. Cooking time- 20 minutes.

#5 Do some prep in advance. It pays in returns. When I first hosted the dinner, I just prepped on the day of dinner(So last minute, I know!) . We all cooked for about two hours in total, all hot and sweaty. We ravenously finished our dinner in 15 minutes. You don’t want that. What you want is to pop some prepped food in the oven, wait for 10-15 minutes and the guests eat in peace. And talk more important stuff.

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Photo credit: Chelsea Francis. Source: unsplash.com
#6 Use store-bought ice cream for a quick dessert. Brownice (www.brownice.com) (Sorry folks, only available in Singapore!), Rice Dream (www.tastethedream.com) or Coconut Bliss are all plant-based ice cream brands. But if you can’t find a dairy free ice cream near your house, don’t fret. Sorbets (not to be confused with sherbets, which contain cream) are also naturally dairy-free. Add some roasted chopped almonds, chocolate and/or cherries to your ice cream. Place the newly minted ice-cream in the freezer. Your friends will not hesitate to think it is homemade because you can’t buy it anywhere outside. But you don’t have to tell them the truth. Shh.

#7 Use quick blended sauces. Pesto, roasted red pepper sauce and instant peanut sauces  are fast and easy to make and can be great additions to pastas. Recipes for these time-saving sauces  can be found here.

#8 Youtube is your best friend. Search for vegetarian (You can easily make it vegan if you omit the dairy and egg) or vegan dinners and you will find a plethora of ideas. Or better still, veganise your favourite recipes!

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Photo credit: Emanuel Feruzi. Source: unsplash.com
#9 Read up on vegan blogs.Vegan food bloggers spend a lot of time trying and testing new recipes. Their amazing food photography might trigger some creativity sparks in your brain. Check out OhSheGlows, Vegangela, Post Punk Kitchen or local blogs such as HungryAngMo, MoreThanVeggies and VeganAsh for starters.

#10 Lastly, if you are still clueless on what to do, just hit up a conversation with a vegan blogger on Twitter and shoot your question. Vegan bloggers don’t bite. I promise. They will be so excited that someone is finally going to try making their grassy food. (Just kidding)

What creative ideas do you have for hosting a vegan dinner? Let us know in the comments below. (For those in Singapore, I’m excited for EarthFest that begins tomorrow, how about you? By the way, walk-ins are fine even without tickets. If you happen to see me or Amanda, just say hi!)