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Vivi the Supervegan – The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 5 – Interview with Tina – Vegan Mum and Author

Vivi the Supervegan – The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 5 – Interview with Tina – Vegan Mum and Author

In this episode I talk to Tina about her brand new book ‘Vivi the Supervegan’. We also chat about her vegan journey, what prompted her to go vegan, and what the new term ‘glegan’ means! If you are enjoying the show and content on this […]

How to Teach Your Child’s School About Veganism – The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 4 – Interview with Laura from Primary Veducation

How to Teach Your Child’s School About Veganism – The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 4 – Interview with Laura from Primary Veducation

In this episode I talk to Laura from Primary Veducation in the UK. Laura is the UK’s first Teaching and Learning Consultant for Vegan-Inclusive Primary Schools and has had some massive wins for the vegan community in the UK. She gives me some great advice […]

Bare Brush Review, Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Bare Brush Review, Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Going vegan is one of the best things to do for the planet. Mother Earth is in crisis, and we all need to do as much as possible to reverse the damage.

I recently read a report from the United Nations that stated the meat and dairy industry uses 83% of farmland, accounts for 58% of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions but only 18% of food calories. The report also noted that around one million species are at risk of extinction, with much of the blame put on animal agriculture, saying that the meat industry has a “particularly heavy impact”.

Our society’s demand for meat and animal products has resulted in animal agriculture decimating rainforests and arable land, massive pollution, ocean dead zones, species extinction due to habitat destruction and much more.

Source – Vegan Australia .org

The average Australian uses 500 litres of water a day. To make one kilo of beef, a farmer needs to use 14,000 litres of water. That’s a lot of our most precious resource for just one meal. To put it into perspective, protein rich vegetables need about 300 litres per kilo.

The single best thing you can do for the environment is to go vegan, but there are also other small changes we can make to reduce our impact.

I especially love discovering new ways to reduce our plastic waste. According to Ocean Conservancy, “every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate our marine environments. ” Here is a list of 50 simple ways to go green at home, and number 20 on the list is to ditch your plastic toothbrush.

Did you know that each year over 30 million toothbrushes go into landfill? We’re told to replace our toothbrush every 3 months, and with over 20 million people in Australia that’s a LOT of plastic waste.

Source – unknown

One simple way to reduce your impact is to switch to a bamboo brush. We recently tried Bare Brush, an Australian company passionate about the planet, sustainability and sparkly clean teeth!

Their Bare Bio Toothbrush is created from 100% biodegradable, sustainably sourced bamboo in Asia. We ordered ours online and they arrived in recycled and compostable packaging.

Bare Brush

One of the things I loved, after the excitement of unwrapping the cute little parcels, was that each brush is colour coded. Often bamboo toothbrushes are one colour so easily get mixed up. Bare Brush come in a range of vibrant colours so we can always tell between them.

Bare Brush

I recently went to a talk about low-tox living, and was horrified to hear of the amount of chemicals in regular toothpastes, and also the plastics and BPAs used in bristles and tooth floss. (Quick tip – avoid those micro-bead toothpastes like the plague!)

Bare Brush have BPA-free nylon and bamboo infused bristles, which are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. They are also soon releasing their own natural toothpaste.

Bare Brush

You can order Bare Brush products online in their shop, with free shipping for orders over $50. You can buy single brushes, or bulk and family packs.

What’s your favourite way to reduce waste at home? Let me know in the comments if you have any great tips and tricks.

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Vegan Fast Food in Australia – What Can I Eat at Maccas?

Vegan Fast Food in Australia – What Can I Eat at Maccas?

Have you ever heard the saying ‘Always trust a junk-food vegan? They’re in it for the animals.’ True story – and luckily there’s a LOT of vegan fast food out there, and all the big players have upped their game when it comes to providing […]

Our First School Dilemma – The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 3

Our First School Dilemma – The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 3

In this episode I talk about our first school dilemma (before our boys had even enrolled!) You can subscribe to the show on iTunes so you never miss another episode. You can also subscribe to our newsletter below to receive our monthly updates. If you […]

Is it safe to feed a child a vegan diet? The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 2

Is it safe to feed a child a vegan diet? The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 2

In this episode we speak with Amber from Newtown Nutrition to discuss the recent headlines in the news about a malnourished vegan toddler.

Amber is an  Accredited Practicing Dietitian based in Newtown, Sydney, who offers personalised face to face and Skype consults to people of all ages both within and outside Australia. 

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Show notes:

You can find Amber on her blog at Green Minded Nutrition.
Articles debunking the soy myth – Soy Foods Cancer Risk
Read more about The Farm Study
Type of B12 mentioned in the interview – Cyanocobalamin
Read more information about vitamin B12 for vegans
You can read more of Amber’s advice in this article on raising vegan children.

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The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 1 – Welcome to the show!

The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 1 – Welcome to the show!

In episode one I introduce myself, and let you know what to expect from the show and how to join our community. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes so you never miss another episode. You can also subscribe to our newsletter below to […]

Vegan Activism – The Cube of Truth

Vegan Activism – The Cube of Truth

The Cube of Truth is a form of street activism, born right here in Australia in 2016 with thousands of events now taking place globally each year. It consists of a group of activists holding TV screens or tablets, showing standard practices in the meat, […]

Vegan Prawn Crackers – Easy Vegan Recipe

Vegan Prawn Crackers – Easy Vegan Recipe

This vegan prawn crackers recipe has shown me once again that there is literally nothing that cannot be eaten on a plant-based diet. I was always a fan of the crispy snack brought out at the start of Chinese meals, but have since discovered it’s more the texture of the snack rather than the flavour I loved the most. Do the originals even taste of prawn anyway? Who knows, but the beauty of these vegan prawn crackers is that you can add any flavour you like, making them perfect for any style of meal.

Vegan prawn crackers

If you were wondering why cutting prawns out of your diet was a great idea, you can read this article from Animals Australia on what really goes on in the prawn industry. Prawns themselves are treated horrendously, while the fishing practices used are decimating our oceans and killing millions of ‘collateral creatures’ such as turtles, octopus, sea horses and more each year. You may have heard the statistic already, but it’s frightening to know that if we continue on our current trajectory, scientists predict a collapse of our oceans by 2050.

The simplest way to reverse this future is to stop eating seafood. You can also sign this petition to stop prawn cruelty. But seeing as you’re here on my website I’ll assume you’ve already converted to a plant-based lifestyle and move quickly along to the super simple recipe…..

Vegan Prawn Crackers

We had some rice paper sheets left over from making Vietnamese rolls one night, so hubby threw some in a frying pan and voila – giant prawn crackers ready to go! It really is that simple – here it is step by step

Vegan prawn crackers

Ingredients
Rice paper
Oil
Salt/pepper/herbs to season

Method
1. Pour about half a centimetre of oil into a frying pan and heat until very hot.
2. When the oil is at temperature, carefully drop the rice paper in and leave for 5-10 seconds. You will see it crisp up straight away. When ready, carefully take the cracker out of the oil and place on kitchen towel.
3. Season with herbs/spices of choice. We used sea salt and pepper for a quick snack, other spices you could use would be paprika, garlic flakes, dukkha spice, Japanse sesame seeds – the options are endless.

Tips
For best results season straight out of the pan while hot, this way the spices will stick evenly and not fall off.
We used the large rice paper circles and made giant crackers, but you could cut the paper up beforehand to make smaller bite-size pieces.

Vegan prawn crackers
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If you love Chinese food and are in Sydney, don’t miss Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Restaurant in Pitt Street, one of our favourite vegan restaurants in Sydney.

Vegan in the Vineyards – Vegan Wine Australia – the Tamar Valley

Vegan in the Vineyards – Vegan Wine Australia – the Tamar Valley

We just came back from a 3 month trip to Tasmania, where we had the chance to taste some incredible vegan wine. Australia has some of the best wines in the world, but unfortunately many vineyards choose to use animal products in the manufacturing process, […]