Bleat and two veg – how can you hate vegans because of what they eat?

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Consumerwatchfoundation.com editor Leigh G Banks introduces our new Slovak writer and her amazing healthy eating recipes…

Leigh writes: In this shameful old world many people hate others for being different … different religion, different colour, creed, different beliefs.

And back in the hedonistic 60s and 70s happy hippies – including me – were hated for having long hair and wearing funny clothes.

But the last 60 years been a very strange trip indeed. And we’ve ended up here – in the hi-tech, high-profile, high-fashion era of the robotic social media police, driverless cars and drone delivery ‘men’. And now people hating others for that very fundamental of life, FOOD.

Yep, this world of big mistake Wikipedia, Trumps Fake America and the moronic Mass Media, now hates people for what they eat.

Well, that’s something to chew over isn’t it!

But let’s get this right, in this, or any other era, vegans are not a race, gender, sexual orientation or differently-abled group.

No! They simply don’t eat animals!

I’m not a vegan but I don’t like meat (except for McDonalds and kebabs). It’s not a moral stance, I just don’t like the look of it, the texture or the taste. I think it has something to do with the liver-ish pipes I was forced to eat as a child in our working-class terrace in the back streets of Manchester.

It also has something to do with the gristle and two veg I faced school detention over if I didn’t eat it.

I think I was traumatised into not liking meat – like if you have been in a car crash, you would prefer not to partake in another one!

But in the liver-and-let liver world we should be getting back to, the moral aspect is important to vegans.

They are simply happier to know that no animal suffered in the preparation of their meals. And of course there are factors like environmentally-friendly farming practices.

But veganism doesn’t mean your diet will be healthy, unless you make sure it is. 

For instance, chips are vegan, but if that’s all you eat – well, it’s a fair bet you’ve had your chips, literally. 

Vegan comedian, Romesh Ranganathan, has said the reason people hate vegans is because ‘they know it’s the right choice’.

He said: “People hate vegans and the reason they hate vegans is because they think we’re humourless, they think we think we’re better than non-vegans, they think we’re always banging on about it, and all of those things are true.

“I am better than you if you’re not vegan. In terms of my ethical decisions, I am so much better than you. I’m better for the planet, I’m better for the animals. There’s nothing worse about me apart from I’m slightly irritating to have round for dinner.”

The video ends with Ranganathan comparing vegans to Avengers – ‘they’re gonna save the world… why would you hate that?’

But let’s face it, vegan diets are known to help people lose weight and help maintain a healthy heart.

Veganism may offer some protection against type 2 diabetes and certain cancers too.

The lack of meat or dairy in a diet makes it easier to consume less saturated fat.  

We’re meant to eat at least 30g of fibre a week, but a lot of people in the UK don’t get enough. That’s because fibre is only found in plant-based foods. If your diet contains a lot of meat and dairy, you’re less likely to get what you need.

Selene Nelson, who is a vegan and writes about food and travel, says that interest in ‘healthy, eco-friendly meals will continue to skyrocket’.

So, with all this in mind, the consumerwatchfoundation.com has decided to take the bull by the horns and plant ideas about healthy eating by publishing some stunning Slovak vegan recipes by our new writer The Lazy Vegan!

This is her story:

Let’s create a new Slovak tradition – with a vegan twist

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose –  The Vegan Society

My name is Maura and I was born in a small village in The Netherlands. When

I was seven years old my family and I moved to Slovakia.

I love Slovakia and it has become my true home.

In 2016 I decided to try out veganism, mainly for health reasons.

I wanted to explain to people why it is so great to be vegan and how beneficial it can be for your health, the animals, and the environment.

But people didn’t understand … they thought it was bad for you to be vegan. They didn’t believe me and didn’t want to believe what I told them.

Of course, I don’t blame anybody – I also used to eat meat and thought it was totally

normal. It’s because we are raised this way.

Our parents tell us to eat meat because they were told to do so by their parents.

In commercials they tell us milk is good for our bones and dairy products contain a lot of protein.

But why do we believe everything they tell us?

Why don’t we look at the facts…

We eat meat, eggs, and cheese every day. And in fact we don’t know exactly what it does to our bodies.

Do we really need to consume products like this on a daily basis? Foods full of cholesterol, unnecessary hormones, and saturated animal fats?

It’s the 21st century. Do we still need to kill animals to satisfy our needs?

 I don’t think so.

I had an idea to create an Instagram page to inspire people to try some vegan meals and to show the Slovak people they can eat an abundance of fresh and tasty food without harming the animals.

One thing I really like to do is recreating traditional Slovak meals that often contain meat and dairy and turning them into vegan meals.

For example dukdtové buchty or bryndzové halusky with ‘bacon’ and many others – but first let’s start with beetroot salad, a real traditional favourite.

You can check out more of my recipes here on the consumerwatchfoundation.com – they are in English and Slovak!

RECIPE ONE:

Vegan beetroot salad:

Ingredients:

  • 3 beetroots (cooked)
  • 6 gherkins
  • 1 large cooked carrot
  • 100g peas
  • 1 tbsp of vegan mayonnaise or vegan yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp of tahini
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of vinegar
  • 1 tsp of dried dill
  • a pinch of pepper
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp of water

–      Cut the beetroot, gherkins and carrot into small cubes (1×1 cm)

–      Combine all the ingredients instead of the vegetables and mix them together in to a sauce.

–      Next add the vegetables and mix

–      Place the salad in to the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

–      Enjoy.

      Slovak translation:

Vegánsky šalát z červenej repy:

ingrediencie:

• 3 červené repy (uvarené)

• 6 uhoriek

• 1 veľká uvarená mrkva

• 100 g hrachu

• 1 polievková lyžica vegánskej majonézy alebo vegánskeho jogurtu

• 1 polievková lyžica tahini

• 1 polievková lyžica citrónovej šťavy

• 1 lyžička octu

• 1 lyžička sušeného kôporu

• štipka čierneho korenia

• štipka soli

• 3 lyžice vody

– nakrájajte červenú repu, uhorky a mrkvu na malé kocky (1×1 cm)

– zmiešajte všetky ingrediencie (okrem zeleniny) vytvorí sa omáčka.

– pridajte zeleninu do omáčky a zamiešajte

– šalát nechajte odstáť v chladničke na 20-30 minút.

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