Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015

Happy #EarthDay2015!!!

This year's theme for Earth Day is "It's Our Turn to Lead" and I take that theme to heart! If you haven't read My Story: Becoming Tasty Kaiti's, you may not know that I went vegan for health reasons. I still want to eat the food I used to be able to but instead, I make a vegan version of it. Not only is this good for me (and for people who want to make a difference in their health but don't want to sacrifice taste), it's good for the environment!

DID YOU KNOW:
  • Approximately 39 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of veggies. VS The 1,850 gallons needed to produce A pound of beef. 
  • AMERICANS consume about 4xs more animal protein than the GLOBAL AVERAGE.
  • By using grain produced for the livestock industry for human consumption, approximately 840 MILLION people could be fed!
(Information from MeatlessMonday.com)

Eating more plant based foods is also a great way to give back.  What do I mean by that? Well... you can GO GREEN and limit your food waste by composting and giving back to the earth... There is an old Native American tradition: when you take something from the Earth, you must put something back. Whether this is planting a tree for Earth Day, composting or planting some veggie scraps that will regenerate, not only are you helping the earth but you are saving the green in your wallet by growing what you'll eat. 

There is such a stigma attached to vegan food that when I went grocery shopping with a friend recently she was shocked to see me grab some of the same foods she does. "YOU CAN EAT THAT?!" Yes, a lot people eat vegan food without realizing it sometimes... Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, rice, pasta, hummus, salad, stirf-ry, canned veggies, popcorn, potato chips, french fries... YUP! I can eat all of that... And, what's more have you seen the recipes I have on here!?

I can eat stuff that looks and tastes like "THE REAL THING" but with a few modifications I make it so I don't break out in hives and swell up like Violet Beauregard in Willy Wonka/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! :-) Don't believe me? TASTE THIS!


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