Carnivores or Herbivores – Do Humans Need Meat?

Any vegan or vegetarian, or meat-eater seeking information can find what seems to be scientific-based and scholarly authority for either side of the argument as to whether humans are or are not natural carnivores and thus require the consumption of meat in order to attain and maintain good health. While the traditional view, espoused by generations of meat-consuming scientists, anthropologists and meat-industry purveyors, is that meat provides essentials to human health and that this is supported by the inescapable existence of numerous anatomical traits, this belief is susceptible to many valid arguments that mitigate against its validity.

Those espousing the natural carnivore argument cite both anatomical arguments and those based on evolution, as well as the chemical needs of the human body. The best evidence for a meat-based diet, they argue, includes such allegations as the presence of human teeth that include incisors and canines designed for biting and tearing and ripping flesh, and molars designed for chewing. They even argue that animals with this type of diversity in their mouths are “built” to be omnivores. They also allege that our closest relatives, along side whom we developed from common ancestors, are the chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are, of course, carnivores,

and thus, the argument goes, so must be humans. Physiologically speaking however, chimps are stronger and faster, have larger incisors, and overall are significantly better predators than are humans, but the analogy is still commonly made. And don’t forget that while your average chimp loves a good steak, their primary diet is, in truth, composed more of vegetables, Continue reading

The Oozy, Greasy Grilled American Cheese Sandwich, Vegan Style

Disclosure: We at FindVeganChoices.com have received no free products from Follow Your Heart and and have not been solicited to review their products, and we would receive no benefit whatsoever should anyone reading this post thereafter purchase Follow Your Heart American Cheese Style Cheese Alternative. However, should any visitor to FindVeganChoices.com click on the Griddler link, or any other Chocolate or Books or other links shown on this page, FindVeganChoices.com would then receive a small commission based on a percentage of the sales price of the purchase.

Before becoming Vegan, I was never a really big cheese fan. I loved nice melty mozzarella, like on a pizza or in parmesan dishes, and parmesan topped onto dishes like stuffed bell peppers. I liked cottage cheese, and lasagna with these other cheeses and ricotta, but not too much else. Follow Your Heart American Cheese Style Cheese AlternativeAny stronger cheese, like jack, cheddar, feta, goat, blue etc., literally made me sick. But, what I liked most of all, was plain, bland to most, basically processed, American cheese, and I loved nothing more than a greasy, oozy, crisp on top and soft in the middle, Grilled American Cheese sandwich.

Vegan cheeses have been problematic for me. For my first few years, most I found possessing all of the bad elements of “real” cheese, and none of the good. But lately, Vegan cheeses have gotten much better, and there is a place near home that has really good Vegan “mozzarella” on their pizza, and Gardein has an excellent pepperoni pizza pocket with their version of mozzarella as well.

But, the very best I’ve found so far, is Follow Your Heart American Cheese Style Cheese Alternative, which looks and tastes EXACTLY like American cheese slices. Continue reading

South, a Latin Restaurant in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, WA

Interestingly enough, in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, nestled adjacent to the Alpine Hills of northcentral Washington State, one can find dining choices besides what is normallySouth Latin-Style Restaurant considered Bavaria, or German, faire. In fact, one of the finest restaurants around is an excellent Latin-syle eatery, which also offers Vegan choices, and excellent ones.

South, billed as offering “Fresh, Modern, Latin Food and Drink”, offers dishes in a variety of cuisines, including Cuban, Argentinian, Peruvian, Brazilian, and more, and features a Fresh Salsa bar, with a variety of types of salsas, with varying heat levels.

Many Mexican restaurants and restaurants that offer other Latin cuisines can prepare a Vegan dish, usually based on grilled vegetables, and little more. It’s been my overriding experience that among the two staples of Latin cuisine side dishes, rice and beans, the vast majority of such restaurants use chicken stock in their rice, and in most of their bean dishes as well. Thus, rice is usually unavailable to a Vegan in a Latin restaurant, and the usual situation is that beans are available, but that their only method of Vegan preparation produces a totally bland, unflavored and generally uneatable result. Continue reading

München Haus in Leavenworth, Washington

In the Bavarian-style Village of Leavenworth, nestled adjacent to the Alpine Hills of northcentral Washington State, one can, surprisingly, find vegan options that are so good to merit a trip to this quaint village, even despite the icy, snowy conditions of the mountain roads leading to the village, and its own 14º temperature that I faced this past week. Populated by small hotels,Map of Seattle to Leavenworth, WArestaurants, bars and beer gardens and a plethora of touristy shops, primarily dedicated to the Bavarian culture, one can also find shops dedicated to selling olive oil and vinegar, soaps, taffy, fudge, tea or cheese, as well as those offering locally crafted beers and wine tasting rooms. And they even have restaurants featuring other ethnic cuisines, but more on that note in my next post.

I first traveled to Leavenworth about four or five years ago, and my fondest memory from that trip was lunch at an establishment named the München Haus, billed as a “Bavarian Grill and Beer Garden. Continue reading

The “Is it Vegan” Smartphone App

A company called “Is it Vegan” has produced a nifty Smartphone app that, as per their representations, tells the user wither a food item is or is not vegan. They describe it as “A mobile tool for anyone interested in eliminating animal products from their diet.”

And, it’s FREE!

Its basic use is as a UPC reader – point your Smartphone camera at a product’s UPC code and their software will immediately analyze the product’s ingredients. They say they can find all the product’s ingredients and analyze it all and most important of all, UNDERSTAND it all. Their reference is “We know that ergocalciferol and xylitol are vegan but carminic acid is not.”

Besides getting that quick answer as to yes or no vegan, an analysis of the product’s ingredients is also provided.

Use the instant scan while browsing supermarket isles, to check some old packages you’re unsure of, or even in a friend’s kitchen pantry. Continue reading

Create Your Own Vegan Taste Trunk

Disclosure: We at FindVeganChoices.com have received no free products from Taste Trunk and and have not been solicited to review their products. In fact, we have not personally tried any of their products and are herein below making no specific representations that we have or that any specific item has any special qualities other than generalizations made from product names and descriptions. However, should any visitor to FindVeganChoices.com click on one of the Taste Trunk links below and make an online purchase, FindVeganChoices.com would then receive a small commission based on a percentage of the sales price of the purchase.

From a company called Taste Trunk, comes a great vegan option for a variety of vegan snacks, condiments, soups, teas, and more .

Taste Trunk is an on-line company that gift-packages hard-to-find gourmet brands into beautiful vintage trunks and delivers them direct to the recipient. They have a nice array of pre-made

“Vegan

“Trunks” in a variety of categories, such as BBQ, Chocolate, Gifts for Her, Gifts For Him, Gourmet, Healthy, and more, but they also let customers, including gift-givers, design their own “Trunks”, choosing form various categories including “Vegan”. Continue reading

Novak Djokovic – Vegan or Not?

“[T]he fuel … determines how I play, how I recover and how alert I am on the court. … I attribute a great deal of my professional success to my diet.”

-World’s No. 1 ranked tennis player, Novak Djokovic

Clearly one of the greatest tennis players of all time and currently ranked world No.1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), sanding alone at the top of the list with an all-time record of 30 Masters 1000 series titles plus 12 Grand Slam singles titles, six Australian Open titles, and only the third man to hold all four major titles in one year – the first man to do so in more than 45 years, Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win the upcoming US Open, and he might just be a vegan, depending on who you listen to.

This past week, PETA.org wrote that Djokovic IS a vegan, having stopped eating meat a year ago, and having gone so far with his new lifestyle to have opened his own vegan restaurant, Eqvita, in Monte Carlo. Peta.org describes Eqvita has featuring a “nature-centric” cuisine”, serving such dishes as raw lasagna and a protein bowl that includes “chickpeas, broccoli, mushrooms, green tahini sauce and chef’s special candied carrots”.

But how “vegan” is Djokovic? Continue reading

Morningstar Farms and Their Limited Vegan Options

Back in September of 2012, I wrote about Gardein’s great vegan ribs, and how they made an excellent meatless version of McDonald’s popular McRib sandwich. Well, unfortunately, Gardein chose to discontinue production of their meatless ribs, but after a very long ribless dry spell, a new meatless rib product is now available, and from a very unlikely source.

Morningstar Farms, purveyor of a wide array of vegetarian food items, but little in the subject of Morningstar Farms Hickory BBQ Ribletsvegan, now produces their excellent Hickory BBQ Riblets, a very satisfactory, and maybe even improved, substitute for Gardeins’ product.

For several years, grocery frozen sections have given extremely limited space to meatless products, and the major of that space has generally been given over to companies such as Morningstar and Quorn, who make vegetarian products that include the likes of milk and cheese. In recent weeks, at least in our home area of West Covina, California, local groceries that in the last year or two have expanded their stock of meatless vegan items, primarily Gardein, Boca and Beyond Meat, have now seemed to reverse themselves, and have eliminated much of the selection offered by these companies, while turning over that space to expanded product lines primarily from Morning Star. Continue reading

The Wait is Over – The VeganEgg is HERE!

FTC Disclaimer – we have no business relationship with Follow Your Hear or with Elements Natural Foods Market. I receive nothing free from either of them, and I paid full retail price for my VeganEgg. We receive nothing if a site viewer decides to purchase VeganEggs. We do receive a commission for any sales made through the affiliate product links appearing on this page. The following is an honest review based on facts and nothing more – and specifically free of any monetary interest related to the VeganEgg or Follow Your Heart.

Follow Your Heart VeganEggIt seemed like the promise would never come true – a fully plant-based, animal-product-less product that looks like an egg, that tastes like an egg, and that can be used to cook and bake just like an egg. Well, it is here: From Follow Your Heart, the VeganEgg!

They were available in other areas before here in the Los Angeles area, and the good folks at Elements Natural Foods Market had been trying to get them in for weeks, and yesterday morning, I got the call, “They eggs are in!”. I wasted little time getting there yesterday for my first package, and in the past hour, I cooked my first meal with VeganEggs – a lovely breakfast of hash brown potatoes, a toasted everything bagel, and scrambled VeganEggs.Scrambled VeganEgg with Hash Browns and a Bagel

Wow.

The cooking experience was amazing. They come in a power and you whisk the power into cold water. As soon as you start, they take on the texture and appearance of real eggs. Into a hot skillet they go, to be scrambled up. The only difference between scrambling VeganEggs and real eggs is Continue reading

Vegan Options in Las Vegas

FTC Disclaimer – we have no business relationship with any of the restaurants mentioned in this post and receive no free food and no renumeration whatsoever from them. As a member of the Affiliate Summit Advisory Board, I do receive a free pass to the conference, but that has no connection whatsoever to mentioning the conference in this or in any other blog post. By serving as the ADMIN/Community Leader for ABestWeb.com over the past couple of years, I did represent them at various conferences, including ASW16, and by virtue thereof, the parent company of ABestWeb.com, which is in the process of closing down and which is set to go offline by Feb. 1, 2016, my expenses, including meal expense for myself and for my wife, is reimbursed to me by the parent of ABestWeb.com, but again, that is irrelevant to my reviews of any of the mentioned restaurants. I do receive a commission for any sales made through the affiliate product links appearing on this page. The following is an honest review based on facts and nothing more – and specifically free of any monetary interest related to the entities reviewed.

Along with MrsHound, I spent a full week in Las Vegas earlier this month, the longest single amount of time I’d ever spent there, certainly since becoming vegan, on a single trip. I was there for the annual Affiliate Summit West business conference, Affiliate Marketing’s biggest yearly

get-together featuring somewhere over 5,700 participants. We arrived on Saturday, Jan. 9 and the conference ended Tuesday the 12th. We had intended to return home the next morning, but for various reasons that developed, we decided to stay a few more days, until the following Saturday morning. Thus we were faced with the need for many additional food options that we were not anticipating.

Having been to Las Vegas several times since becoming vegan, we did know of a few excellent places for some of our meals, but we were able to add to our list of eateries that were more than accommodating to our vegan needs.
Animals Belong on Pastures, Not Plates T-Shirt
Animals Belong on Pastures,
Not Plates T-Shirt

$22.99
Buy 2 or more get FREE SHIPPING
Continue reading