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Date: Saturday, 24 August 2019

Week Without Dairy Day 4: Golnaz Bassam Tabar and Almond Milk! Golnaz finds a vegan diet keeps her in fighting shape when she is competing as a Muay Thai boxer. When she is not kicking butt in the ring, she's kicking butt out in the world through her Authority PR company. Almond Milk: A popular plant-based milk pick, almond milk looks just like cow milk with its own distinct nutty flavour. Low in calories and sugar, high in vitamin E, calcium and often enriched with other beneficial vitamins and minerals, almond milk is a nutritious alternative to animal milk. Great on breakfast cereals, muesli and oats; in coffee, tea and hot chocolate; a base for smoothies; in cooking and baking and for thickening sauces and dressings; or used to make ice cream and yogurt. There are many great varieties of almond milk available to buy, or have a go at making your own: 1 cup natural almonds 4 cups water - Soaked almonds in cold water overnight - Combine the two ingredients in a blender until smooth - Strain milk through fine cloth and squeeze out liquid - Store milk in fridge in a sealed container You can add additional ingredients, like dates or salt, at the blending stage, and vary your water quantity for different milk thickness. Check out the full guide to Dairy Alternatives on our website:

Date: Friday, 23 August 2019

Is veganism just about the food you eat or the products you buy? Hopefully not. Perhaps it is about the love you have... Writer Philip McKibbin proposes a 'politics of love' as an ideology for change, which dovetails nicely with the vegan lifestyle. The future of political action is vegan 😎🌻

OPINION: Many of us are confused about what the word love really means.

Date: Friday, 23 August 2019

Week Without Dairy Day 3: Ironman athlete Josh Howell and soy milk! Josh fuels himself with nutritious vegan food in order to compete in long-distance Ironman triathlons, marathon running and endurance cycling events. When he isn't performing staggering feats of athleticism he puts his energy towards animal activism. Soy Milk: The most well-known milk alternative, soy milk packs the nutritional profile most similar to cow milk. It is rich in protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and B-complex vitamins. Made from the ever versatile soy bean, soy milk contains far less saturated fat than cow milk and no cholesterol. Studies have linked consuming soy milk with lowering cholesterol, fighting heart disease and combating certain kinds of cancer. It can also ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and menopause. Soy milk can taste great on its own, or as a flavoured beverage (watch for added sugar though). It goes terrifically on breakfast cereals, in coffee, and as a baking ingredient for cakes and muffins. Check out the full guide to Dairy Alternatives on our website:

Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019

Week Without Dairy Day 2: Ashlee Spencer and coconut milk! Ashlee is a professional wrestler who competes under the name ₳₴₱₦. She has been meat-free since her teens and went vegan in 2016. Coconut Milk: A very popular milk alternative for good reason, coconut milk is thick, rich and creamy, with many health benefits. Made from the flesh of mature brown coconuts (not to be confused with naturally occurring coconut water), different coconut milk products will have different nutritional content, but all are rich in important vitamins and minerals. Because it can be made to various consistencies, coconut milk has a wide range of uses; in coffee, on cereal, as a base for creamy soups, thick curries, in oatmeal and it's perfect for smoothies and protein shakes. Coconut milk is also a caloric-rich food and high in fat, though it is mostly beneficial fats that have a positive affect on body function when consumed in moderation. Check out the full guide to Dairy Alternatives on our website:

Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019

Docs are the latest product to feel that sweet, sweet vegan sales bump. The future of footwear is vegan 😎🌻

The brand says they "empower rebellious self-expression" for millions.

Date: Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A thought-provoking article about the need to remain diligent as 'vegan' becomes a profit-boosting buzzword. Not all vegan products are sustainable, ethical or healthy. We have to continue to critically examine the food systems we engage with and the practices we support. The future is vegan 😎🌻

The carbon footprint of seemingly virtuous vegan food is not always clear.

Date: Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Tino pai rawa atu, Rosie! This year 12 student is heading to Brazil off the strength of her Simply Healthy e-book, featuring 25 plant-based recipes using organic Northland ingredients. The future of entrepreneurship is young and vegan 😎🌻

Kerikeri teen's trip to Brazil to learn how businesses operate in Latin America.

Date: Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Happy World Plant Milk Day! Each day this week we will feature a local plant-based athlete along with a profile on a plant-based milk alternative. Week Without Dairy Day 1: Bodybuilder Brayden Green - Green Machine Fitness "Vegan" and Oat Milk Braydon is a bodybuilder and CrossFit athlete who has competed internationally. He has been vegan since 2009 and loves to help others grow healthier and stronger through plant-based training. Oat Milk: A fantastic dairy alternative, oat milk has a satisfying creaminess and close approximation to the taste of cow milk. It also packs a good protein hit, lots of fiber, and contains B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and copper -- all important minerals in your diet. Oat milk works great in coffee, smoothies or just drinking straight, and is also a good way to thicken up savory dishes like curries, soups and stews, or baking sweets like cakes and muffins. Plus it's perfect for those with soy or nut allergies. There is a good range of oat milk products available locally, or you can make your own following this simple recipe: 1 cup rolled oats 4 cups water - Combine the two ingredients in a blender until smooth - Pour into a fine mesh strainer and squeeze out liquid - Store milk in fridge in a sealed container You can add additional ingredients for taste, like salt or your favourite sweetener, plus you can strain the milk multiple times to get different consistencies. Check out the full guide to Dairy Alternatives on our website:

Date: Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Tomorrow is World Plant Milk Day -- challenge your friends and whānau to go a week without dairy! And be sure to follow our social media channels as we will have helpful resources, recipes and product info throughout the week to help those taking the challenge. See you tomorrow, bright an early with a splash of soy in your coffee, for the first day without dairy! The future of milk is vegan 😎🌻

August 22 is World Plant Milk Day and to mark the occasion the Vegan Society of Aotearoa New Zealand is challenging Kiwis to try a week of dairy-free eating and drinking, from August 22-29.

Date: Tuesday, 20 August 2019

This is a lovely piece from the Otago Daily Times about a visit to Raglan's Paws Awhile Animal Sanctuary. Who here has volunteered their time at an animal sanctuary before? The future of care is vegan 😎🌻

Ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer at an animal sanctuary for a day? Rebecca Zephyr Thomas visits Paws Awhile in Raglan, and discovers it’s...

Date: Monday, 19 August 2019

Great work everyone who managed to take to the streets for the animals last weekend, and to all who tautoko the action. The future is vegan 😎🌻

Hundreds of protesters and their dogs marched through Auckland CBD declaring "Animals are with us, not for us!"

Date: Monday, 19 August 2019

On August 22 and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to challenge your veg-curious friends and whanau to a week without dairy! Share this image with the people you'd like to challenge, and send them to this link if they would like more info or resources: The future of milk is vegan 😎🌻

Date: Monday, 19 August 2019

Stuff has put together a nice info packet on how various diets affect a person's carbon footprint. (No points for guessing which produces the least emissions...) The future is vegan 😎🌻

Reducing emissions doesn't mean turning off meat altogether.

Date: Sunday, 18 August 2019

The Spinoff puts together a rather thorough rundown of some of the finest locally produced vegan cheese options (despite being pretty weird about the idea of cheese that *doesn't* come from the lactating udder of a different species). The future is vegan 😎🌻

A crack team of Spinoff taste testers munched their way through 34 dairy-free cheese alternatives to bring you this definitive list of the good, the bad and the ugly. Just as some people cannot fathom the concept of vegetarian sausages or almond milk, the idea of cheese that isn’t made from dairy

Date: Saturday, 17 August 2019

Our friends at Doctors For Nutrition and OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health Council tautoko the Ministry of Health's recent promotion of a plant-based diet. Not just in the name of sustainability either, but as an effective measure of improving population health. The future is vegan 😎🌻

The New Zealand Climate & Health Council and health promotion charity Doctors for Nutrition strongly support the new Sustainability and the Health Sector guidance announced last week as it will result in a much healthier population.

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