Is Soy Good Or Bad For You?

Dangers? Benefits? So much drama over a little bean!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Thai Tofu Laab: tofu loaded with greens & herbs"][/caption]In my post on Friday, I mentioned one of my current favourite cookbooks called Japanese Cooking: Contemporary and Traditional that features a fair amount of soy in its recipes - perhaps a bit controversial in some health-conscious circles. But unless you've been diagnosed with a soy allergy or intolerance, being anti-soy is unnecessary: soy is safe and has a number of notable health benefits.

Over-eating soy? Over-eating almost anything is going to catch up with you eventually, but the problem with soy arises when people eat too many processed soy products, not good quality foods containing whole-beans. The fact is that everyone - vegan and non-vegan alike - who eats processed food is eating some soy - it's used as a filler and binder and protein element in so many foods, including most of

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Exploring Cookbooks + A Book Giveaway!

I've been trying out more recipes from my extensive book collection - new and old. My breakfasts were getting dull, so I've upped the variety there... and at every meal!

Apple Pie Pancakes

I usually go with Banana & Brazil nut pancakes from Ani's Raw Food Essentials, but without access to a dehydrator and a hankering for something different, I found these marvellous cake-pie hybrids from Sarah Kramer's La Dolce Vegan! and put sliced banana and date syrup on top. Epic nom. They were rather huge and filling. Next time I'd make tiny pikelet-sized cakes.

Lemon Cranberry Poppyseed Muffins

Another recipe from Sarah Kramer's La Dolce Vegan!. I'm more of a raw/flourless cake fan, but I made these for a friend who had a birthday last week. He doesn't like chocolate, but likes orange and poppyseed cake, so I went with something similar, yet different! Lemon and cranberry is a great combination of flavours. The recipe only called for

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My Favourite Travelling Vegan Anthropologist

The second interview of the new My Favourite Vegan series is the first vegan I ever met: Nicole, who has been vegan for around 10 years now! In fact, I'm pretty sure I never even heard the word "vegan" until I stumbled across her Livejournal back in ye olden days when LJ was still sexily Russian-spam-free and cool...

I always admired vegetarians, and intended to go veg as soon as I could figure out how, and Nicole went a looooong way to helping me figure that out! Although I never really did until I went vegan. There were too many ethical compromises as a vegetarian, whereas veganism was consistent, healthier, and actually turned out to be easier...

Anyway!

Nicole has been travelling for many years, and currently resides in Canada! A long way from ye olde home...


Okay let's get this mofo on the road!!

How long have you been vegan?

Since February 2002! (And I went vegetarian before that

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Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products - Part 3: What I Use + DIY Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe + Hair Dye!

This is part 3 of a 3-part series about Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products. Check out Part 1: Top 6 Things to Avoid and Part 2: Top 6 Things to Look For.

What I Use

In This Photo

Most of the products are organic or primarily organic ingredients - which tends to be the case when buying vegan bathroom products.

Black container - homemade deodorant: recipe below!
Red container - baking soda - for hair and teeth
Jason Powersmile toothpaste - in most vegan shops
UV Natural Baby sunscreen SPF30+ - common in health shops internationally
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from the health shop - face/body/hair moisturiser, and contrary to popular belief, this oil does NOT encourage sun damage - it has an SPF of up to 8, depending on the quality!
Alba sea salt body scrub - or it was until I refilled it myself with salt, essential oils, and more coconut oil! Alba stuff is

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New Feature: My Favourite Vegan + Spaghetti & Tofu Balls recipe + Book Giveaway!

In my new My Favourite Vegan feature I'll be seeking out and interviewing interesting vegans from all walks of life. If you would like to be included, please get in-contact with me! n00bs and long-term vegans are all welcome. :)

My first Favourite Vegan is Sarah from Stuff About Stuff. Sarah has a great new vegan parents feature at her blog. I was her first interview subject, and she's already up to #7! Sarah has also shared her favourite recipe: Spaghetti with Tofu Balls! Yummy.

And finally the start of my book giveaway! I'm starting with a copy of The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More! Check out the details below...

My Favourite Crafty Mum Vegan

How are parents and children important in the vegan movement?
When people see healthy vegan children and even healthy pregnant ladies they will start to question the myths that it's not safe for these stages of life. The vegan

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