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WELCOME TO DAY FOUR!
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Kym's advice for day four:
Barbecues and dinner parties: Be prepared & don't starve!
When you first go vegan, dinner parties and barbecues will be a little different. Even if you tell your host that you are now vegan, you might be the first friend that they have that is vegan, so they are not used to catering for vegans. Or your host may not understand that vegans don't eat dairy, eggs etc. They might accidentally put butter on the baked potatoes, or chicken stock in the soup and then all you are left with is bread and salad.
When you first go vegan and you are invited to social gatherings, you have two options:
1. Tell the host that you are vegan, and give them a summary of what a vegan diet is (some people still don't know that a vegan diet excludes ALL animal products)
OR 2. Bring your own food
When i first went vegan I went to a lot of barbecues and dinner parties where all i ended up eating was the garnish, a handful of peanuts and the table cloth! Don't starve yourself, come prepared, whether its just picking up a packet of falafels at the supermarket on the way, or knocking the socks off your guests by preparing amazing chickpea and pumping bites, satay vegetable kebabs ready for the barbecue or a scrumptious cruelty free dessert that you can proudly serve up and explain that it is 100% dairy free and no fellow creatures died or suffered for its production... except that aunty who went into a post lunch food-coma after eating too much cake!
Yep, you guessed it! Plan your first vegan dinner party or barbecue and share your newfound flavours and textures of vegan food!
NEED SOME MORE ENCOURAGEMENT?
Watch this mind-blowing 2012 debate "Animals Should Be Off The Menu" (2 hours) --> Click here
WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN?
Go to this page on Dr Greger's Nutritionalfacts.org website and watch some short videos about the health dangers of meat consumption --> click here
CAN'T BE BOTHERED COOKING TONIGHT?
Check out Vegan ACT's growing directory of Vegan or Vegan-friendly eateries here
Cassie's Recipe for Day Four
Makes 24 Balls
¼ cup coconut cream
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups desiccated coconut
2 cups shredded coconut
½ cup coconut oil
400g dark chocolate (dairy free)
¼ cup coconut sugar
- Line an oven tray with baking paper and set aside.
- Using a food processor, place the coconut cream, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut and coconut oil into the processing bowl and pulse until it stays together in a formed ball, approximately 10 pulses. You may need to add a small amount of warm water depending on the density of your coconut. Adjust accordingly by adding 1 tsp at a time.
- Using a 1/4 cup measure, press the coconut mixture into the cup measure and push firmly with the palm of your hand. Flip the coconut patty out onto the prepared oven tray and repeat until all have been formed. Place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
- Using the double boiler method or microwave on 80% in 30 second increments, melt the chocolate and then allow to come to room temperature, stirring every few minutes.
- Gently place each coconut patty into the melted chocolate, scoop chocolate over and lift with a fork and gently tap on the side of the bowl to drain any excess. Sprinkle with coconut sugar and repeat until all have been coated.
- Place into the refrigerator overnight and then wrap individually and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Click Here for Week One's Advice from Psychologist, Clare Mann
My aim is to give you simple strategies to understand and manage your own emotions, thoughts and self-questioning. Additionally, I’ll provide tips and techniques to have everyday conversations easily and effectively.
Click Here for Week One's Nutrition Tips from Naturopath, Robyn Chuter
Tips of the week: Eat a Rainbow Every Day, Eat Legumes Every Day, Ensure you have a reliable source of vitamin B12, Eat Real Food, Get Up and Move, Get your Green Leafy Vegetables, Know how to answer "the protein question"
QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Congratulations making it through DAY FOUR of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge!