Happy Vegan Easter

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I’ve always loved Easter, but… it’s not the most vegan-friendly holiday. Let’s change that! Here are some ideas to start new Easter traditions in your home.

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Painting “Eggs”

I’ll be honest here – I painted eggs with my mom the first 22 years of my life. It was a fun tradition. Then I went vegan. But just like with food, we don’t have to miss out on activities because we won’t support an industry we know to be cruel. So here are just a few of the fun things you can do instead of painting real chicken eggs.eggnots

  • EggNots – These ceramic eggs are dyeable, last forever for a sweet keepsake, and are made in the USA. On their website you can purchase 6, 12, or 18 packs, dye kits, and more.
    • If you’re on a budget (or in a hurry to purchase) you can definitely find ceramic eggs at craft stores. I’ve also heard they’re available at some Dollar Stores.
  • Wooden Eggs – Fun to paint with acrylics, or beautiful as-is. Pick them up at craft stores or on A
    mazon.
  • Papier-Mache Eggs – If you’re crafty and have time, you can make these adorable papier mache eggs. They can even be filled with treats.

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Easter Baskets 

  • Plastic, Colorful “Grass” – I am moving away from single-use plastics – I’ve purchased glass straws and LOVE them -so I’m not a big fan of the shiny, plastic grass that gets immediately thrown away after the holiday (although my mom probably kept that stuff for years in the attic with the rest of the decorations). The good news is you can find recyclable,paper grass at craft stores in the party section, or at natural food stores for Easter.

 

  • Chocolate & Treats – There are so many cruelty-free goodies out there, don’t stress about what to gift in the Easter basket! You can find vegan chocolates at grocery stores, but here are some extra-fun options to order:
    • Sjaaks – Chocolate bunnies & eggs
    • Rose City – Gourmet chocolate miniatures
    • No Whey – Chocolate bunnies & eggs

 

Games 

  • Hiding Eggs – Again, if you’re trying to stay away from the plastic eggs, why not use those ceramic or wooden ones you already painted, and let the kids trade them in for treats?

 

Snacks

My favorite part of any holiday (and basically every day)! Here are some healthy, and less healthy, options to choose from.

  • Watermelon – Use those adorable bunny-shaped cookie cutters on slices of watermelon! It’s too cute, I can’t even handle it. Cube up the rest with some of easterfruityour other favorite fruits.

 

  • Easter Bunny’s Garden – Simply your standard veggie platter with hummus for dipping.

 

  • Potato Angels – A fun alternative to deviled eggs. Use small round potatoespotatoangels and boil or bake until tender. Cut in half and slice a thin piece off the bottom so they’ll stand upright. Scoop out the middle and mix with whatever you want – this could be traditional deviled egg ingredients (like mustard and mayo) or vegan cheese and green onions.

 

  • Cupcakes – My mom and I always made cupcakes for Easter, topped with green icing, and coconut shreds dyed green to look like grass, with jelly beans to look like Easter eggs. Fun, and easy to make vegan! Surf Sweets and YumEarth, both available at natural foods stores, have vegan jelly beans. Jolly Rancher and Warheads also have some vegan jelly beans.

 

 

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Join us at V-Grits for Easter Dinner! We’re celebrating Friday, March 23rd. Our menu includes sweet-glazed ham, savory mushroom pot pie, glazed carrots, macaroni salad, cheesy scalloped potatoes, jello salad with marshmallows and pretzels, and cadbury-style creme eggs.

Get your ticket here: www.vgrits.com/vegan-supper-club/

 

 

Happiness & hummus,

Chef K

Starbucks is Caving for Vegans

Finally, Starbucks is bumping up the vegan options so we can have more than black coffee! This coffee chain is starting to get the memo – vegans are everywhere, and we’re spreading! 😉 Just this past August, Starbucks decided to give into the 96, 000 requests (vegans ain’t subtle) for almond milk to be added to their string of vegan milk options, including soy milk and coconut milk. Almond milk isn’t just for vegans, though! Their house-made Almond milk also won over health fanatics, having only 3 grams of sugar in comparison to 2% cow milk’s 12 grams of sugar – and also just because… dairy. *Shudders*

Starbucks wasn’t finished helping out us plant eaters just yet, though. They recently just launched their very first grab-and-go vegan breakfast option! The new menu item uses a combination of steel cut oats, quinoa, chia seeds coconut milk, tropical fruit compote, almond slices and coconut shavings for the perfect healthy morning treat! The breakfast option has hit 600 locations around New York. Hopefully we’ll see them in Starbucks’ scattered across our veg-friendly city of Louisville soon! Until then, check out this handy list of vegan Starbucks finds!

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Signing off for the Sentient,

Sammi

Elevate Your Eating

Okay so, despite what you may have seen on the food truck, the healthier side of veganism you read all about in the China Study and saw in Forks Over Knives does exist! Within the past few weeks, V-Grits launched our new Elevate line to showcase the energizing, plant-based food from the earth that makes our insides sing! We introduced this line in The Weekly Juicery locations across Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati. As of right now, the Louisville location is inside the Heine Brothers just off Brownsboro Road, and The Weekly Juicery is soon to open a new spot in Nulu! Within a few months, you’ll also find our Elevate line in our very own cafe, where you’ll get the chance to Elevate or Indulge! Elevate is mostly raw, gluten free, oil free, peanut free, soy free, corn free and fully organic aside from spices and salt. But don’t stress, V-Fans, these new healthy meals are still packin’ our classic V-Grits punch of flavor!

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Our Raw Pad Thai is oodles of fork-licking zoodle goodness! We use zucchini noodles, carrot noodles, bell pepper, cabbage, almonds and cilantro with an additional ginger almond dressing for an extra creamy kick! Not to mention, this menu item also has 11.7 g of protein and 10.2 g of fiber!

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Zoodles come in all shapes and sizes, so we use thick sheets of zucchini noodles for our Raw Zucchini Lasagna! In between the zoodles are layers of creamy cashew ricotta and savory sundried tomato marinara. We top it with our tree nut parm for a salty finishing touch. Our Raw Lasagna has a whopping 18.7 g of plant-based protein, 11.5% of your calcium for the day, 96.5% of copper for the day, and 76.5% of B12!

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Greens are good for the soul! Especially a dish of our Raw Greens of Greatness. A big bowl of greens might sound a little intimidating, but we mellow kale, cabbage and broccoli with cool cucumbers, crunchy pepitas and a zesty avocado lime dressing! These Raw Greens of Greatness have 81% of your vitamin C intake at just 90 calories!

Our Spicy Chickpeas & Cool Cukes have it all: raw and cooked, spicy and cooling. Citrusy kale and red bell peppers are topped with curry spiced chickpeas and fair-trade mineral rich volcano rice, alongside creamy cool cucumbers and tomatoes with a tangy lemon tahini dressing. This dish is loaded with 741 g of potassium, 10.9 g of fiber, 43.5% of B12, and 13.6 g of protein!

Last but not least, our Quinoa Sunshine will have you feeling powered up and beaming with light! Fresh veggies and quinoa are paired with a flavorful orange sunbutter dressing. This rainbow of plant-based goodness has 8.8 g of protein and 136% of your vitamin C intake! Wowza!

Stop by your local location of The Weekly Juicery, check out our Elevate line, and let us know what you think!

Signing off for the Sentient,

Sammi