Today is World Vegan Day, a day that aims to create awareness about a vegan lifestyle: without extremism, sharing instead good habits and tips for a more conscious everyday life. Let's find out what it entails, and how we can incorporate some small habits into our daily lives, to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
Fall is the perfect season to introduce some small changes in our routines, or to try something different and new: maybe a new habit, or new foods. Veganism is a lifestyle that, besides diet, affects all aspects of daily life. It has to do with the awareness of our own impact on the planet, with the aim of reducing it through everyday choices that involve, but are not limited to, food.
Let's see below some positive habits that we can adopt, to moderate our environmental impact and make ourselves more aware of our actions and the cost they have for the planet.
Choose vegan cosmetics
Preferring vegan cosmetics is a choice that can have a positive impact on the planet. Vegan cosmetics do not contain animal derivatives in the ingredients list, and their production does not involve suffering or exploitation of any animal. It is the most comprehensive expression of cruelty-free cosmetics. The market offers many variations and suggestions of vegan cosmetics to create your new 100% vegan hair & body routine, and Sendo is proudly among them.
Tell me how you dress and I'll tell you who you are
Many everyday fabrics, such as silk or wool, but also leather, clearly have animal origins. This means that their production has at some point involved, if not death, certainly some degree of animal exploitation in order to obtain the raw materials used for industrial yarns. If we choose not to contribute to these practices, we can choose plant-derived fabrics, such as linen and cotton, and buy from brands and companies that produce respecting animals, with a sustainable supply chain, which uses common resources in a conscious way.
The most sustainable choice? Buy less (and better)
At the heart of vegan living is respect for resources and the environment. Which is why an attentive eye for sustainable choices is always at the heart of a vegan lifestyle. Probably the most sustainable habit, and also the easiest to put into practice in our everyday lives, is to buy less. Buying fewer items helps to create less clutter, therefore less waste, and to put ourselves in a more conscious relationship towards the purchase, favoring local realities, with a philosophy closer to our own.
The Vegan diet
In addition to these three cornerstones of the vegan lifestyle, there is obviously the best known: a diet that excludes any animal-derived ingredient. Being vegan involves a very specific dietary choice, which excludes eggs, cheese, meat and also honey. But contrary to what one may think, the vegan diet can be quite varied and tasty, with the right intake of macronutrients for our health. In recent times, in fact, it has been embraced as a style of eating by many athletes as well.
In order to follow a vegan diet we can replace animal derived ingredients with the alternatives available on the market today, or with other ingredients containing the same macronutrients.
In the Mediterranean diet, many traditional dishes are already vegan, without any need to eliminate or replace ingredients during the preparation.
Even modifying non-vegan recipes can be easy and fun, and today we want to give you an example, with a great autumn classic, loved by all and comfort food par excellence... we are talking about apple pie.
The vegan apple pie according to Sendo
The ingredients for a perfect apple pie are very few, for the vegan version are even less!
- 350 g of 00 flour, or semi-whole if you prefer
- 1 pot of vegetable yogurt, soy or coconut or almond, choose what you prefer
- 3 Golden, Fuji or your favorite apples
- 1 sachet of baking powder for cakes
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 150 g of sugar, even better if brown sugar
- 130 ml of vegetable oil (olive oil, sunflower oil, your choice)
- Peel of 1 lemon, even better if untreated
- Optional: icing sugar to decorate
Before starting to mix the ingredients, it is a good idea to turn on the oven and set it to the right temperature, in our case 180° in static oven.
Now we proceed to wash and peel the apples. After cutting them in half, remove the core and cut them into thin slices.
Lay them in a bowl, add the cinnamon and mix until everything is evenly sprinkled.
In another container pour the vegetable oil, vegetable yogurt and sugar, and mix with an electric or manual whisk, until you reach a uniform mixture.
Then add the sifted flour, baking powder and grated lemon zest.
Once our mix is blended, add the apple slices and stir everything together.
It's time to bake! Oil and flour a round baking pan, about 22 cm in diameter, pour our mixture and level it carefully. If we want, we can decorate our cake: we keep aside a few slices of apple and distribute it all around, creating the shape that we desire.
Then we proceed to bake, in a static oven at 180° for about 40 minutes.
Once baked, let it cool and, if you want, sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar for decoration.
And that's it. Now we just have to taste it!
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