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Why Vegans Should Support Jay-Z & Beyonce Going Vegan

Yesterday Jay-Z posted on his website stating that him and wife Beyonce are going vegan for 22 days as part of a challenge. He asked for suggestions on vegan food spots and clarified that he doesn’t know what will happen after 22 days. Maybe he will go back to eating meat, maybe he will stick with a full plant-based diet. I was thrilled when I read this news. Two extremely high-profiled and influential celebrities are trying veganism. That should be applauded!

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Except many vegans didn’t feel that way. I found myself reading comments such as  “So is whore Beyonce going to give up fur?” or comments such as, “I don’t believe those fur hags are really going vegan.” As an ethical vegan (and very clearly I’m for animal liberation, given the name of my blog), of course I understand that fur is not vegan and yes, I do wish they would stop wearing animal skins. But veganism is not about perfection. I wore leather. I ate meat. I went to the zoo. Any step towards compassion should be celebrated. I was taken aback reading all of the judgmental comments when really, the vegan community should be welcoming them with open arms. Veganism is not an exclusive club. By being pessimistic, you’re only discouraging people from joining the cause and in turn, hurting animals.

I’ll be cheering on Jay-Z and Beyonce during their plant-based challenge and I hope you will join me!

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How You Can Be Vegan and Not Eat Tofu

You can definitely be vegan even if you think tofu is gross! The vegan police aren’t going to come after you. There is a perception that all vegans love tofu by default, but that is simply not true. If you don’t like tofu, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t be vegan.

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I have vegan friends who can’t stand tofu, but yet are enjoying their vegan lifestyle to the fullest. When I first became vegan, I wasn’t a big fan of tofu either. How in the world was I supposed to like something that tastes just about like nothing? The nice thing about tofu is that you can prepare it in many different ways. You can stream it, fry it, stuff it, scramble it, marinate it, bake it… the list goes on for ages. Tofu is very versatile and it picks up the flavors of other things. Before dismissing, make sure you’ve tried the different ways to prepare tofu. Now that I’ve learned the ropes of how to prepare tofu, I love to cook with tofu.

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Tried every imaginable way to prepare tofu and still think it’s gross? That’s fine! Not all vegans have to like tofu. Actually, some vegans are allergic to soy and they are doing just fine. Vegan foods sans tofu: whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds. Quinoa and chickpeas are also great sources of protein. Hint: if you buy in bulk, you’ll also save some money. And of course, don’t forget to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

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There are plenty of mock meats out there to enjoy. Gardein, Boca, Tofurky and Field Roast all make great mock meats. This Enchilada Bake recipe, as well as this Gardein ‘Chicken’ Scaloppini recipe are two of my favorites. Don’t forget about seitan (as long as you’re not gluten sensitive) and tempeh for non-tofu products too! I love this vegan Philly cheese steak made with seitan, and this vegan tempeh Reuben sandwich recipe.

The key to being vegan is variety and as long as you eat a variety of foods, it’s hard not to get enough protein in your diet. I’ve found that I actually have more options since becoming vegan and even if you think tofu is gross, you’ll still be able to enjoy the many benefits of veganism.

If you don’t like tofu but are a vegan, what do you eat? Leave a comment below!