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Tasty Vegan Instagram Accounts To Follow

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“Vegan” is the buzzword of the past couple of years. But do you know what it is and why it’s a good option for you and the planet?

A vegan diet is one that is free from all animal-derived products – meats, cheeses, eggs, milk, even honey. If everyone in the world went vegan today, then human-made global greenhouse gas emissions would drop 14.5-15.6%. With climate change being such a huge problem for our planet, any and every reduction in emissions would help greatly in trying to mitigate the damage being done. And, with all the recent studies about red meat and cancer and vegan diets being linked to lower blood pressure and rates of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, why wouldn’t you give it a try?

Even Vegas has gone vegan – it’s becoming quite easy to grab a vegan burger between roulette games. So what are you waiting for? Here are our 5 favorite vegan instagrammers and some of their yummy recipes.

Vegan Richa

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Vegan Richa takes recipes from around the world and turns them vegan, presenting them very clearly with photos or even videos of each step on her blog. One of her recipes that is shared constantly is her Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta Bake. This Italian-inspired casserole is also soy-free and can be made gluten-free by switching out the pasta and breadcrumbs for gluten-free versions. You’ll need:

  • half a head of cauliflower
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 oz pasta
  • marinara or tomato basil sauce
  • vegan mozzarella slices or cashew mozzarella
  • breadcrumbs
  • vegan parmesan
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • Italian herb blend

You’ll coat and bake the cauliflower slices first while cooking the pasta. Then in a casserole dish, layer the pasta, sauce, baked cauliflower, and vegan cheese. Bake at 400F/200C for 20-25 minutes and then enjoy!

Minimalist Baker

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With all recipes requiring 10 ingredients or less and made in 30 minutes max, Dana’s ideas are all perfect. Our fave? Her Creamy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl – 5 ingredients, 5 minutes. You’ll need:

  • frozen dragon fruit
  • frozen raspberries (or your favorite fruit)
  • medium ripe bananas that have been previously frozen
  • vegan vanilla protein powder
  • dairy-free milk

Toss everything in a blender until smooth, add more to taste as you wish, and eat as-is or with some extra toppings like coconut flakes, fresh fruits, hemp seeds, or granola.

From My Bowl

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Who never ate raw cookie dough while baking as a child (salmonella, what’s that?)? Well, thanks to Caitlin, you can enjoy a safe, vegan, and healthy version in her Chickpea Cookie Dough recipe! You’ll need:

  • cooked chickpeas
  • nut or seed butter
  • vanilla extract
  • oat flour or almond flour
  • maple syrup
  • dairy-free chocolate chips
  • salt

Pop all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a blender or food processor until a thick, even dough forms, then fold in the chocolate chips, and dig in! If there are any leftovers, you can keep them in the fridge for up to a week.

Fork and Beans

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Cara’s creations aren’t only delicious, they are also adorable! Perfect for if you have kids or just love food that can make you smile. Who wouldn’t want to munch on a Monster Bell Pepper Salad Cup rather than just a boring salad in a bowl? You’ll need:

  • bell peppers
  • green olives
  • toothpicks
  • cucumbers
  • mini bell peppers
  • lettuce
  • shredded carrots
  • radishes
  • broccoli
  • your choice of salad dressing

Slice the tops off the bell peppers and deseed them to make the cup and stick green olives in the tops with toothpicks to form the eyes. Mix your salad ingredients in a bowl and toss with the dressing. Distribute the salad evenly in the peppers. Add cucumber slices or sliced halves of mini bell peppers for the tongues. Pop the tops back on and they’re ready!

The Vegan 8

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Brandi is also into easy meals – all of her recipes are eight ingredients (not including water, salt, pepper) and NO OIL. For her spicy Vegan Red Pepper Curry Bowl, you’ll need:

  • red bell peppers
  • broccoli florets
  • jasmine white rice
  • onion
  • garlic
  • yellow curry spice
  • cashew milk
  • lemon juice
  • water, salt, and pepper

Roast the bell peppers and broccoli in the oven and cook the rice. In a large pan combine water, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper and simmer until the water is gone. Add the curry powder and cashew milk and heat through. Once it’s cooled, blend the mix with the roasted peppers and lemon juice. Serve with the rice and broccoli.

Food for the Future

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Despite our technological advances and access to information, humanity is still heading for a world food crisis. The agricultural sector is approximately 30 years behind in development when compared to other sectors. Around the world people are starving, and roughly 11%, or 815 million of the population go to bed hungry. Scarily, this is despite the fact that the industry produces more than enough to feed us all.

The global population is only increasing and is expected to reach well over 9.8 billion people by 2050. Demand for food is expected to increase by 60%, and as industries grow and the population increases, so it becomes more difficult to produce.

Starvation is only one cost of the uneven distribution of food. Wastage makes a huge contribution to climate change, and the same population groups that struggle to feed themselves are the ones that will struggle to implement household food security plans. Climate change and soil degradation, urbanization, pollution, and natural resource scarcity are all putting even more pressure on production.

The impending crisis needs to be addressed, food needs to be evenly distributed, waste management needs to be dealt with, and consumers need to be held responsible and sustainable production methods implemented.

Changing The Way Food Is Produced

Whether it is on a local scale or a global one, how food is produced is one of the biggest contributors to climate change that needs to be addressed. Encouraging people to grow food at home using methods that are low maintenance and effective, even in small spaces, enables consumers to save money. In addition, it has been shown to improve health through better access to nutrition and exercise. Home gardeners tend to steer away from harmful chemicals, which in turn is better for the environment, and are more likely to share surplus produce than chuck it away like its store-bought counterpart.

Home grown food gardens can be scaled to include urban farms and community gardens where vegetables are used in greening projects, rather than ornamentals. All of these contribute to less waste, greater health, and a much-improved carbon footprint. Certain communities have even started to supply local restaurants too, and food is traveling shorter distances and being produced in environmentally and health conscious ways. Reducing the carbon footprint is a crucial step in going green, and even if you can’t grow food at home you can do things like playing online slots rather than at a land based casino to help make a difference.

Hunger a global issue
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Opting for Greener Alternatives

On a global scale many large producers are focusing on environmentally conscious farming practices. Much more involved than just crop rotation, which is still a key component, machinery has been developed that eliminates the need to work a piece of land multiple times before planting. The machinery tills, furrows, plants and covers seed all in a single go.

Educating farmers on alternative uses for waste such as cornhusks has already started to reduce the amount of burning taking place. Many farmers practice burning as a method to get rid of waste at no expense. However, the cost to the environment is alarming, and by suggesting alternative methods this practice can be eliminated. Advanced irrigation practices and chemical application processes are all reducing the amount of water being used or getting contaminated.

These improved methods, together with research into alternative protein such as insect protein, which could reduce meat consumption and farming, are positive steps toward a sustainable future for consumers and the environment. Beef and dairy farming contribute significant amounts of methane to the environment, and use large tracts of land for grazing. By using alternatives, land can be more productively utilised and greenhouse gases reduced.

Alternatives such as 3D printing food have also been explored, and this allows for dietary requirement customisation too. Based on age, health, and sex, food can be printed to meet the needs of each individual’s nutritional requirement, supplying sufficient nutrition to each person at a price they can afford without the environmental destruction.

Whichever way the future of food unfolds, on thing is for sure, change is needed, and it is needed now.

Top 10 Foods For Healthier Skin

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Your skin, like many other parts of your body, is the sort of thing that tends to degrade rapidly if you don’t take good care of it. But looking after your skin doesn’t need to be a costly exercise, and you don’t need to spend your casino games winnings on looking good!

These 10 simple, easy to make recipes will give you healthier, glowing skin for longer – after all, as they say – beauty comes from within and you are what you eat! Be sure to keep in mind though; the younger you start taking care of your skin, the longer it will be youthful.

Blueberry Chia Jam

Fruits that are colourful and bright contain antioxidants, and are a powerful skin-rejuvenating ingredient. Capture these fruits, and drain them of their antioxidants to keep your skin beautiful. Or, put some blueberry jam on toast to give your skin a boost.

Rosemary And Olive Oil Almonds

Another thing you need to keep your skin looking good is Vitamin E. Sadly; this vitamin is reduced via contact with the insidious sun and its UV light. A great source in order to replenish the vitamin is almonds, which can be easily bought and consumed at your leisure.

Whole Lemon Spritzer

It turns out that your skin is 30% water, which means that when you lack water, the first thing to show that absence is your skin. Drink a lemon spritzer to ingest some of that much needed H2O, as well as limonene, which sounds like a made-up word, but in fact helps prevent skin cancer. Lemons also have vitamin C, as an added skin glow-inducing bonus.

Grape Bruschetta

If you’ve been reading this list in order, you’ll know that antioxidants are a must, and grapes also have lots of those. Plus, grapes add water to the antioxidant benefits, which was mentioned in number 3, so they pack a double goodness punch!

Carrot and Cucumber Shaved Salad

The aforementioned enemy of your skin, UV light, has yet another enemy. Carrots. Carrots contain beta-carotene, another made-up sounding word, but in fact essential in defending delicate skin against the sun. Shaving carrots into a salad makes the salad look trendy, and likewise drastically increases your sun-skin protecting factor.

Load up on fruit and veg for healthy skin
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Cilantro Lime Marinated Pineapple Stackers

The term stackers refers to putting a toothpick through food items, such as lime and pineapple. So if you had been panicking about preparing this dish, put your mind at ease and simply buy toothpicks. Also, pineapple is perhaps the king of skin fruit, given that it has both vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Edamame and Mushroom Salad

Another of those deceptive at first glance words, mushrooms contain isoflavones, which it turns out are good for skin elasticity, as well as pigmentation. Also, those suffering from acne may find isoflavones help with the affliction.

Chocolate Orange Salted Walnuts

Since the sun cannot be avoided entirely, and it’s actually good for you in smaller doses, the next best alternative is to eat foods that reduce visible damage. Dark chocolate is the answer in this regard, which contains polyphenols.

Turmeric-Marinated Grilled Chicken Tenders

Turmeric helps reduce inflammation in the skin, as well as being a great spice to liven up otherwise dull food. Eat it and watch the unpleasant redness drain away, leaving only youthful skin in its wake.

Tomato Stacks With Yogurt Ranch Dressing

As you will recall, stacks are created with toothpicks, and it turns out virtually anything that can be speared can be in a stack. Point in case; tomatoes. They have the aforementioned vitamin C, which is essential for you and your skin. Add ranch dressing, and you’ve got a skin-boosting match made in heaven.

How Red Bull Got Its Wings

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If you’ve ever needed a pick me up after a late night, or that extra shot of energy, you’ll know all about Red Bull. It gives you wings, after all. Or at least that’s what the marketing tag line says. But you’ve also probably seen Red Bull in a number of other places. Such as plastered all over everything at extreme sporting events.

Red Bull is indeed an energy drink, but it also happens to be one of the most diverse brands in the world. The brand could be called the masters of marketing as they have a finger in dozens of pies, well beyond what would be expected of a simple drink loaded with caffeine.

So, how did this energy drink go from being something we reach for on a slow morning, to something we gulp down when enjoying a marathon gaming session at a casino online? Red Bull did sponsor a Poker tournament, after all, so the connection here is once again clear – this drink improves your performance everywhere! Or so the brand would like you to believe, and sales figures show that many people agree.

A Brief Brand History

Red Bull is a far older company than many assume. It was established in 1987, when Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz was inspired by an existing energy drink called Krating Daeng. The drink was sold in Thailand, but Dietrich felt that, with a little tweaking, it could be introduced to the Western world.

Red Bull spread to Hungary and Slovenia in 1992, but it was not until 10 years later that it found it’s way to the United States, and landed with a bang. Using carefree, tongue in cheek advertisements known for humour as opposed to the straight-faced approach of other brands, Red Bull quickly found a strong foothold.

After initial success, the brand spread its influence to areas well beyond what is expected of an energy drink, sponsoring extreme sporting events, and soon after purchasing a number of sports teams.

Today, Red Bull sells over 6 billion cans a year, and can be seen at everything from hockey games to extreme sporting events such as the world’s highest skydiving event.

Red Bull Marketing Magic

The Red Bull F1 team in action
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Amazingly, the first real marketing ploy that garnered the brand attention was their use of ‘Red Bull Girls’. This involved attractive girls handing out free cans of Red Bull to college students, and was just the start of things to come.

It was soon after that the brand began to appear at extreme sporting events, firmly targeting the urban youth that they had identified as their target market. Initially, sponsoring events was the modus operandi, but they went on to buying up sports teams in the years that followed.

The New York Red Bulls, FC Red Bull Salzburg, Red Bull Ghana, EHC München and many more are all sports teams owned by Red Bull. However, it is their Formula 1 team that is the most popular, and since 2005 they have raced in more than 250 Grand Prix, and are now considered to be in the same league as stalwarts like Ferrari and Mercedes.

Flying High

There is no sign that Red Bull is losing steam, with all indications that the brand will continue to grow. Red Bull employs around 10,410 people, with a staggering £4 billion in revenue generated annually. Red Bull is available in 167 countries and Mateschitz, now 72 years old, is estimated to be worth about £10 billion. Not bad for an energy drink that started out with the Red Bull Girls a decade ago.

So where to from here? Given that rumours are rife that Red Bull aims to purchase a Premier League football team, it seems that the biggest advancements will be in the sporting world. But with 6 billion cans sold annually, it really seems like the brand more or less owns the energy drink industry at this point.