All posts tagged: compassion

Introduction to Vitamin B12: Are You Getting It?

Introduction to Vitamin B12: Are You Getting It?. Does Vitamin B12 Matter? There are two types of B12 deficiency: mild and overt. Overt B12 Deficiency: B12 protects the nervous system. Without it, permanent damage can result (e.g., blindness, deafness, dementia). Fatigue, and tingling in the hands or feet, can be early signs of deficiency. B12 also keeps the digestive system healthy. Mild B12 Deficiency: By lowering homocysteine levels, B12 also reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other diseases. Vegans and near-vegans who do not supplement with vitamin B12 have consistently shown elevated homocysteine levels. See the section Homocysteine, B12, Vegetarians, and Disease. B12 is generally found in all animal foods (except honey). The overwhelming consensus in the mainstream nutrition community, as well as among vegan health professionals, is that plant foods do not provide vitamin B12. (Luckily, vitamin B12 is made by bacterial fermentation such that it does not need to be obtained from animal products.) Despite this, some vegan advocates still believe that “plant foods provide all the nutrients necessary for optimal …

a Vegan Valentine’s with the Conscious Cook

I’ve used the same veg cookbooks for the past few years, so needless to say, my dishes are in desperate need of  change.  Plus, I want to prepare a sinfully delicious dinner for my hubby and me on Valentine’s Day!  So, off to the bookstore… After scouring over the veggie cookbook section at B&N, I finally decided on Tal Ronnen’s book, the Conscious Cook.   At just over 200 pages,  this book doesn’t go overboard with page after page of seemingly endless recipes.  I don’t know about most people, but for me, I tend to get lost and become a bit indecisive when I have a 1000 recipe cookbook in front on me!  No doubt, the huge (almost dictionary like) cookbooks are great, but there are times when  smaller is better.  And that’s exactly what attracted me to Tal Ronnen’s, the Conscious Cook. I plan on spending the evening looking over each recipe and putting together a 4-course, vegan gourmet dinner menu for tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day!  I’ll be posting my menu plan with the outcome early next week.  …

Classic Potato Salad (Vegan Style)

Who isn’t a fan of potatoes?  One of the ultimate comfort foods not only taste great, but are low in calories and packed with Vitamin C and B-6. Potato salad may seem like a summer picnic treat, but when it taste this good – it’s hard to wait! Classic Potato Salad And there you have it, a quick and easy recipe for one hearty potato salad!  Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 ½ pounds unpeeled white potatoes 4 strips vegan ‘bacon’ 2 celery ribs, chopped 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish 3 tablespoons mined white onion ¾ cup vegan mayonnaise (I like Veganaise – available at Whole Foods) 1 tablespoon soy milk or soy creamer 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon mustard ½ teaspoon sea salt Fresh ground black pepper, to taste. Cut potatoes into small cubes and add to salted boiling water.  Cook until tender, about 10 minutes.  Drain and set aside to cool. In a large skillet, brown the ‘bacon’ strips and set aside. In a small bowl, add the mayo, salt, pepper, soy milk, mustard …

Vegan eats & scrumptious treats!

Welcome to the launch of the Vegan Hogg! I’m Tracy and I love every animal on this planet but for some reason, I tend to fancy the pig; or what I like to call  The Hogg!  I know that pigs are omnivores, but I like to think otherwise.  Plus, ‘the Vegan Hogg’ just has a certain ring to it…don’t ya think? I will be adding to the site during the next couple of weeks.  I have a major sweet tooth, so you can count on a huge library that will hold all of my favorite vegan pastries, cakes & cookies!  Check back often – I plan on having VeganHogg.com running full-speed early into the New Year.  I will be adding additional categories and pages at a pretty quick pace – subscribing to my feed will ensure you don’t miss a thing! Feel free to email me with any questions/comments.  Thanks for stopping by! Tracy