A Very Vegan Christmas – 6 Recipe Ideas for Christmas Day

Being a vegan during Christmas time can seem a little bit daunting, especially if it’s your first Christmas as a vegan. Gone are the days of roast turkey, seafood platters, cheese, chocolate and many other common foods for Christmas. However, being vegan doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with a lettuce leaf for Christmas lunch, as there are many delicious vegan recipes and vegan alternatives that you can make. Below are six recipe ideas that I’ve sourced that might spark some creative baking for your Christmas feast:

 

 vegan cranberry cheese

Cranberry “Cheeze”

This vegan cheese recipe combines cashews, cranberries and a few other ingredients to make a delicious festive cheese block for biscuits, bread and more.

See the recipe here – Vegan Cranberry Cheese

 

 Baked squash

Pumpkin ‘Roast’

You don’t need to miss out entirely on having a roast dish for Christmas day. Get creative and roast up a butternut pumpkin with a delicious stuffing mixture or combination of other vegetables.

See the recipe here – Butternut Pumpkin Roast

 

 Packed with protein and made with the super food cacao, these Vegan Cashew Cacao Bliss Balls are the perfect energy packed, sweet, healthy treat!

Vegan Bliss Balls

These yummy treats can take the place of a bowl of chocolates or other non-vegan Christmas treats such as Mince Pies. They are made from a combination of raw ingredients like dates, nuts and desiccated coconut.

See the recipe here -  Vegan Bliss Balls

 

 A serving plate with vegan mince pies

Mince Pies

What would Christmas be without some vegan mince pies? These little treats are easy to make and ensure that you won’t be feeling left out at all at dessert time.

See the recipe here – Vegan Mince Pies

 

 

Kale, Quinoa & Roasted Pumpkin Pilaf

If you’re after a salad option that is filling and also attractive to the whole family then this quinoa recipe is for you.

See the recipe here – Kale, Quinoa and Roasted Pumpkin Pilaf

 

 

 

Vegan Gingerbread

Another Christmas dessert that shouldn’t be left out is vegan gingerbread. Whether it’s to make a gingerbread house with the kids or a snack for Christmas day, then this recipe will be exactly what you need.

See the recipe here – Vegan Gingerbread

 

So here are six recipe ideas that might make it to your table on Christmas day. Also don't forget to check out my natural, vegan and cruelty free skincare - the perfect stocking filler

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6 Animal Ingredients That Could Be Hiding In Your Skincare Or Makeup

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Aside from some of the obvious skincare ingredients that are derived from animals such as goat’s milk and milk powder, there are some ingredients that may be in your makeup or skincare that are less common and also derived from animals. You may be consciously choosing cruelty free skincare, which is great, however cruelty free does not mean animal free and many animals can still be harmed for their inclusion in beauty products. Ensure that you only purchase cruelty free and vegan skincare so that no animals have been involved in the production of these products.

Beeswax & Honey

Beeswax is a thick, waxy solution that is extracted from beehives from the honeycomb and honey that they produce. Bees are often selectively bred and their hives can be manipulated to increase production of these ingredients, such as killing and replacing the queen bee or replacing honeycomb with cheap sugar equivalents. These processes disrupt the beehive community and many bees can die as a result. Beeswax is often used in lip balms, lipsticks, face creams and lotions. There are many plant based waxes that can be used as an alternative, such as candalilla wax in my nourishing lip balms and lip scrubs.


Lanolin

You know the greasy build up on your hair when it hasn’t been washed for a week? Imagine that grease build up on sheep’s wool over months and months in humid environments. When sheep's wool is shorn, the wool is washed and the grease rises to the top and that is what is known as lanolin. Often sheep are deliberately left to develop more wool than they can carry to encourage more grease and lanolin production. Lanolin is often used in skin creams, balms and lip balms. An alternative to lanolin in skincare products is vegetable oils or plant based butters, such as those found in my hydrating body scrubs.

Carmine

Carmine is the term used for the red colouring powder that is made from crushing cochineal beetles. These beetles commonly eat a red berry whilst alive and are then crushed into a powder to colour pink or red cosmetics, such as lipsticks and blushes. Opt for skincare products that are coloured with plant based natural ingredients, such as all of the products in my natural skincare range which are coloured with plant based, natural ingredients.

Retinol

Retinol is a common ingredient in anti-aging serums or lotions and for its rich vitamin A content. This product however is extracted from animal by-products such as eggs, dairy, animal livers or kidneys.

Tallow

Tallow is another name for animal fat and is made by boiling the carcasses of animals until a fat layer is formed and extracted. Tallow is often used in moisturisers, lipsticks, soaps and other cosmetics as a moisturising ingredient. It can also be labelled as stearic acid.

Gelatin

Gelatin is a similar product to tallow as it is made from boiling carcasses, bones, tendons and ligaments of cows and pigs or any part of the animal that contains collagen (also an animal derived skincare ingredient). This ingredient is used as a binding and thickening ingredient and can be commonly found in shampoos, face masks, hair masks and more. It is also commonly found in food ingredients such as jelly lollies, marshmallows and a number of desserts. An alternative to this are plant based thickeners such as agar-agar or xanthan gum.

This is not a comprehensive list and there are many more animal by-products that can be found in skincare ingredients. The best way to reduce harm to animals is to choose cruelty free, vegan skincare products like all of those in the Buddy Scrub range.
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What does it mean to become Vegan?

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You may have been hearing more and more about the vegan movement over the past 12 months due to an increasing interest in this way of life. But what does it actually mean to be vegan?

The word vegan refers to people who consume no animal meat or by-products (such as eggs or dairy) and avoid any animal derived clothing, accessories, skincare and more. The word vegan was initially used in 1944 by Donald Watson who was a non-dairy vegetarian and settled on the first three letters and last two letters of vegetarian – ‘vegan’, to separate this way of life from vegetarianism.  

Below are some of the common food or products that Vegans avoid:

  • All animal meat – red meat, poultry, seafood, game meat etc
  • All animal by-products – dairy, eggs, lanolin (oil from sheep’s wool), honey, caviar, beeswax, whey protein powder
  • All animal skins – leather, fur, reptile skin, feathers, wool
  • Animal derived products – goose down jackets/bedding, sheep skin ugg boots, silk clothing/bedding, pearls, ivory, feathered accessories, goat’s milk skincare, makeup using animal products like carmine.
  • Animals for entertainment/experimentation – circus’ with animal acts, zoos, sea life parks, travelling animal acts, purchasing of exotic animals as pets, animal testing, factory farm pet breeding, rodeos, horse/dog racing.

This list is not extensive, however it gives you an overview of the ways in which animals are used and exploited for the human population and how adopting a vegan lifestyle can aid in reducing the harm, torture and pain that comes to these animals.

So why do people become vegan? People can decide to become vegan for several reasons, but there are three common themes for why people make this lifestyle switch.

  • One reason is to prevent animal cruelty and the exploitation of animals for food consumption and other general living needs. Every year, 56 billion farm animals are culled for their meat and this doesn’t include seafood and the many millions more that are culled or abused for their eggs, milk, skin, fur, feathers and more. By switching to a vegan lifestyle, each person can save up to 198 animals from being bred for food or accessories each year, which equates to around 1.4 billion animals per year in America alone that aren't bred for human benefit.
  • Another reason for becoming vegan is the environmental impact. The impact that large scale animal agriculture and fishing is having on our climate, oceans and land is now being well documented. The land required to grow grains to feed the livestock industry is responsible for the destruction of many of our rain forests. Imagine what could be achieved with livestock land if the demand for meat was simply not there? The methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the livestock industry is also higher than all of the car and transport emissions put together. These emissions are impacting our atmosphere and leading to climate change issues. Instead of switching to water saving shower heads or riding to work, you could eat vegan for two nights a week and have a larger impact. By adopting a vegan lifestyle, a more sustainable approach to living and land use can be achieved.
  • A third reason for becoming vegan is for health reasons. There is well documented evidence of the benefits of adopting a plant based diet for overall well being. A plant based diet reduces the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular issues, and is linked to longevity in countries who eat a mostly plant based diet. A plant based diet involves eating vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and nuts without processed food or excessive oil.

Vegans may relate to one or more of the above reasons, or may have additional reasons for their lifestyle choice. However, the commonalities of vegans are the choices they make to avoid animal derived food & products and the exploitation of animals.

Don’t forget that I’m all natural, vegan and cruelty free so if you’re thinking of becoming vegan, then my skincare range is a great place to start! Click here to see my range of cleansers, body scrubs, moisturisers and more!

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San Francisco Pet Stores Can Only Sell Rescue-Animals

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Legislation has recently been passed in San Fransisco to limit pet stores to only be permitted to sell rescue cats and dogs or those from an animal shelter. The legislation also ensures that animals that are less than eight weeks old cannot be sold in pet stores.

This move aims to prevent pet stores from selling animals from large scale and often inhumane breeding operations. It also supports the relocation of animals who are currently in need of a home.

The legislation sets a precedent that will hopefully be adopted across more cities, or even countries. This is a positive step towards addressing aspects of animal cruelty and helping to decrease the likelihood of precious cats and dogs being abandoned and left without a home.

Buddy Scrub supports cruelty free skincare and cosmetics and none of my ingredients or products are tested on any animals, only willing gorgeous gals like yourself.

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