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A Kinder Diet: The Reason Behind a Vegan Lifestyle

Written By  Go Vita

A desire to prevent animal cruelty is the main reason people choose a vegan lifestyle. Bonus: a plant-based diet will improve your health!

Veganism is defined as avoiding all forms of animal cruelty, and excluding all animal-derived products, such as food, drink and clothing, as well as less well-known items, like isinglass (obtained from fish bladders), used to filter some alcohol. Veganism is becoming increasingly popular around the world. This is partly due to the increasing awareness of some questionable modern farming practices, such as chickens being caged from birth to death. Vegans may also wish to avoid animal products because of their environmental impact. For example, beef farming is thought to contribute to increases in methane emissions; plus, animal farming may be a cause of deforestation.

Health Benefits

Veganism is also growing because of its positive impact on human health. For example, a reduced intake of meat, particularly processed meats like bacon, is linked to a lower risk of heart disease and obesity, while eating more fruit and vegetables is strongly associated with a reduced risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and with improvements in kidney function. Due to its higher fibre intake, a vegan diet will also moderate blood sugar, which lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Both vegetarian and vegan diets are associated with being able to lose weight more easily and, importantly, to sustain that weight loss. Even better news –people following a vegan diet report that they do not feel deprived or hungry, as the natural side effect of eating more fibre on a vegan diet improves satiety. And, provided your food choices are organic, a vegan diet helps to avoid the antibiotics, hormones and chemicals that are routinely used in modern farming.

A kind diet

Taste Sensations

Nor does avoiding meat, chicken, fish, eggs and dairy products mean a limited or boring diet. A vegan diet can include a wide variety of healthy foods – apart from an array of fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, and grains, there is a wealth of alternative vegan food products available, including vegan cheese, nut butters, vegan meat options based on tofu, tempeh and seitan, calcium-fortified plant milks, sprouted and fermented plant foods, and flavour some condiments.

For example, Niulife offer Cocomino Fysh Sauce, a tasty and healthy alternative to fish sauce that is FODMAP-friendly with no preservatives, gluten or MSG, along with their Organic Coconut milk powder, a 100% natural and plant-based alternative to dairy milk, and Organic Coconut Ghee, all of which look, smell and taste exactly like conventional fish sauce, milk and ghee – your meat-eating friends will not even notice the difference. Plus, there is Niulife’s famous not-soy sauce, Original Coconut Amino Sauce, made from fermented coconut blossom nectar and spices, If you’re transitioning to a vegan diet, Niulife offers this helpful tip: always look for products which can be substituted in the same quantities as the original product, as this makes life much easier when following a recipe.

Information presented is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace advice or treatment from qualified healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to treat or diagnose. Always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have any allergies or diagnosed conditions, or are taking prescription medications, always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements.

The following nutritious vegan recipes have been created using Niulife Fysh Sauce as the hero ingredient, and each is also 100% plant-based and super healthy!

INGREDIENTS
 
  • 6 soft shell corn tacos
  • ½ avocado

 

Slaw

  • ¼ red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 spring onions, sliced
  • •juice of 1 lime
  • •pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon sesame or olive oil

 

Cauliflower

  • 2 cups of cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • ⅓cup filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, plus 1 teaspoon extra for serving
  • 4 tablespoons Niulife Coconut

 

Sweet Chilli Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Niulife Cocomino Fysh Sauce Taco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut yoghurt
  • ¼ lime, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon lime zest
  • •pinch each chilli, cumin and coriander
  • ½ garlic clove, minced
METHOD
 
  1. Slaw: Combine cabbage, spring onion, lime juice, salt and oil in a bowl. Allow to rest for 30 minutes to soften the cabbage.

  2. Cauliflower: Whisk together tapioca flour, water and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds to form a batter. Heat coconut oil in a frypan over medium heat. Dip cauliflower pieces in the batter and cook until golden brown. Add sauces and, an extra teaspoon of sesame seeds into the pan and mix until cauliflower is coated.

  3. Sauce: Combine coconut yoghurt, lime juice, lime zest, cumin, chilli, coriander and garlic in a small bowl.

  4. Heat tacos in a frying pan over medium heat, about 30 seconds on each side. To serve, place taco on a plate, top with slaw, avocado,
INGREDIENTS
 

2 cups mashed sweet potato

2 cups cooked Organic Road White Quinoa

2/3cup Organic Road Rolled Oats

2 chia ‘eggs’ (2 tablespoons of Organic Road chia seeds soaked in 6 tablespoons of water to form a gel)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 lime juice

• salt and pepper

2 teaspoons paprika

• gluten-free bread crumbs to coat

METHOD
 
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180oC. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Combine the sweet potato, quinoa and oats. Add the chia, oil, lime, salt, pepper and paprika and stir.
  3. Using approximately 1½ tablespoons of mixture for each patty, roll mixture into balls and coat with breadcrumbs, then press down on prepared tray.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Flip patties after 20 minutes, then cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until golden
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