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💚Vegan Product💚
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Until a few years ago tofu was unheard of in India. Interestingly, it has been around since the last 2000 years when a Chinese cook accidentally discovered it. And now, we see more than just blocks of tofu here, product diversification is taking matters to a whole new level, with herbed tofu, smoked tofu, vegetable tofu, already in our midst – all from desi companies. And last month I discovered this tofu fries, with a cute little ‘Go Vegan’ sign. This is by a company called Briyas, I picked it up from Big Basket online. This product is quite versatile, everything tastes good with it. Structurally, these are tofu sticks coated with yummy spices as the first layer and breadcrumbs as the second and outer layer.
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Speaking of tofu, I am quite eager to share something interesting today. Have been doing research around the connection between plant-based foods and depression for an upcoming project and to cut a long story short, hit upon the astounding work by Dr. Neil Nedley, very senior internal medicine practitioner, who actually has a program to help people reverse depression on a planned plant-based diet!
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Briefly, what I learned from Dr. Nedley’s talks is that what we put into our bodies gets transmitted to neurotransmitters and that’s where nutrition plays a crucial role. He explains there are two substances very important in combatting depression: Omega 3 and Tryptophan with Carbs. For Omega 3, chia seeds, flax seeds, spinach, green soy beans, walnuts are good to boost the brain. Getting tryptophan that comes with carbs into the brain is equally important. He makes the interesting point that meat has tryptophan but with protein and fats, and not the requisite quantity of carbs. These carbs produce the serotonin, which are the precious neurotransmitters that we want in order to keep the brain healthy. So he says tofu, pumpkin seeds, whole wheat, gluten flour has a lot of tryptophan with carbs to produce the serotonin.
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So there – tofu – there goes another benefit!
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#tofu #tofurecipes #plantbasedmedicine #healingwithfood #foodasmedicine #nutritionaltherapy #brainfood #veganproducts #vegansofindia #vegansofinsta
💚Vegan Product💚 . Until a few years ago tofu was unheard of in India. Interestingly, it has been around since the last 2000 years when a Chinese cook accidentally discovered it. And now, we see more than just blocks of tofu here, product diversification is taking matters to a whole new level, with herbed tofu, smoked tofu, vegetable tofu, already in our midst – all from desi companies. And last month I discovered this tofu fries, with a cute little ‘Go Vegan’ sign. This is by a company called Briyas, I picked it up from Big Basket online. This product is quite versatile, everything tastes good with it. Structurally, these are tofu sticks coated with yummy spices as the first layer and breadcrumbs as the second and outer layer. . Speaking of tofu, I am quite eager to share something interesting today. Have been doing research around the connection between plant-based foods and depression for an upcoming project and to cut a long story short, hit upon the astounding work by Dr. Neil Nedley, very senior internal medicine practitioner, who actually has a program to help people reverse depression on a planned plant-based diet! . Briefly, what I learned from Dr. Nedley’s talks is that what we put into our bodies gets transmitted to neurotransmitters and that’s where nutrition plays a crucial role. He explains there are two substances very important in combatting depression: Omega 3 and Tryptophan with Carbs. For Omega 3, chia seeds, flax seeds, spinach, green soy beans, walnuts are good to boost the brain. Getting tryptophan that comes with carbs into the brain is equally important. He makes the interesting point that meat has tryptophan but with protein and fats, and not the requisite quantity of carbs. These carbs produce the serotonin, which are the precious neurotransmitters that we want in order to keep the brain healthy. So he says tofu, pumpkin seeds, whole wheat, gluten flour has a lot of tryptophan with carbs to produce the serotonin. . So there – tofu – there goes another benefit! . . . #tofu  #tofurecipes  #plantbasedmedicine  #healingwithfood  #foodasmedicine  #nutritionaltherapy  #brainfood  #veganproducts  #vegansofindia  #vegansofinsta 
🍬Sweet Somethings🍬
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This Diwali, in the new Layout I shifted residence to, my good neighbor came calling with savories to greet me on the festival. She said she was sorry she couldn't get anything sweet for me coz they had bits of dairy in them. Then she looked at me almost pleadingly and asked, "thoda sa bhi nahi chalega?" (you won't have sweets even with a little bit of dairy?). Well, it didn't take me much time to decide that I will return her gesture with a vegan sweet dish! So I made this for her - Sabja Seeds Payasam dyed with my most favorite natural dye - The Beetroot.
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Sabja or Tulsi/Basil Seeds has, in my experience, been the Indian equivalent of Chia Seeds. It looks similar to Chia and behaves pretty much the same way when inside a plant milk - just swells up by absorbing the milk. What's more, it is local, it is inexpensive, and has always been around us (remember the black thingies in the Falooda). However, it differs in its nutritional profile from the Chia, both nutritionally dense in their respective ways.
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So this recipe is another easy peasy one I make once in a while - First I put all the dry ingredients in a bowl - that is, jaggary powder, almond bits, cashew bits, raisins, and the Sabja Seeds. Then I pour on them my favorite plant milk, coconut, of course, along with the dye that I extract from steamed beetroot. Finally, sprinkle with cardamom and leave it overnight in the refrigerator for everything to "come together." This time I copied my favorite sun design as garnishing. The video (on swiping right) gives a sense of the consistency I kept it at, I like Payasam to be more runny than dense. Therefore, the consistency can be adjusted with the quantity of seeds. This is definitely a fresh take on Payasam that we have traditionally grown up with!
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My good neighbor and her son took a serving of the Sabja Seeds Payasam and the lady said, "sawd hai" (it is tasty). Her son agreed.
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#sabjaseeds #basilseeds #coconutmilk #kheer #payasam #plantfueled #vegandessert #veganfoodshare #bangalorevegans #vegansofinstagram
🍬Sweet Somethings🍬 . This Diwali, in the new Layout I shifted residence to, my good neighbor came calling with savories to greet me on the festival. She said she was sorry she couldn't get anything sweet for me coz they had bits of dairy in them. Then she looked at me almost pleadingly and asked, "thoda sa bhi nahi chalega?" (you won't have sweets even with a little bit of dairy?). Well, it didn't take me much time to decide that I will return her gesture with a vegan sweet dish! So I made this for her - Sabja Seeds Payasam dyed with my most favorite natural dye - The Beetroot. . Sabja or Tulsi/Basil Seeds has, in my experience, been the Indian equivalent of Chia Seeds. It looks similar to Chia and behaves pretty much the same way when inside a plant milk - just swells up by absorbing the milk. What's more, it is local, it is inexpensive, and has always been around us (remember the black thingies in the Falooda). However, it differs in its nutritional profile from the Chia, both nutritionally dense in their respective ways. . So this recipe is another easy peasy one I make once in a while - First I put all the dry ingredients in a bowl - that is, jaggary powder, almond bits, cashew bits, raisins, and the Sabja Seeds. Then I pour on them my favorite plant milk, coconut, of course, along with the dye that I extract from steamed beetroot. Finally, sprinkle with cardamom and leave it overnight in the refrigerator for everything to "come together." This time I copied my favorite sun design as garnishing. The video (on swiping right) gives a sense of the consistency I kept it at, I like Payasam to be more runny than dense. Therefore, the consistency can be adjusted with the quantity of seeds. This is definitely a fresh take on Payasam that we have traditionally grown up with! . My good neighbor and her son took a serving of the Sabja Seeds Payasam and the lady said, "sawd hai" (it is tasty). Her son agreed. . . . #sabjaseeds  #basilseeds  #coconutmilk  #kheer  #payasam  #plantfueled  #vegandessert  #veganfoodshare  #bangalorevegans  #vegansofinstagram 
🌿Fruitful Goodness🌿
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You know it is Mosambi season in Bangalore when your online grocer sells 3 kilograms to you for Rs.99/- (around a dollar and a half). I love to enjoy this fruit with a sprinkling of pink salt, thereby adding some minerals to the already delicious and highly nutritious sweet lime!
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#whatveganseat #bangalore #mosambi #himlayanpinksalt #buylocal #eatlocal #eatplantsnotfriends #plantbasedliving #veganfruitlover #vegansofig
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On Sept. 6, last week, history was made in India when the highest law making body of the country ruled to strike down a colonial law that criminalized consensual homosexuality (Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code). The hearing happened over 4 long days and the judgement was nearly 500-pages long. Some of the observations were so profound that I thought, am I dreaming! One of them is this acknowledgment that the human mind is an evolving entity where definitions are fluid, as we grow up the evolutionary ladder, we become more and more inclusive, setting ourselves free from the limitations we ourselves have collectively created.
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We have had heated debates in the country over Article 377 IPC since many years now as a result of which prejudices have been formed, hatred has been instilled, people have been harmed, many have suffered; last week's judgement also had a tone of atonement where it noted, “Section 377 has travelled so much that it has been destructive to LGBT community. It has inflicted tragedy and anguish, which are to be remedied.”
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I also deeply appreciate how our judges have taken matters in their hands: "The majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights... Constitution is a dynamic document, having the primary objective of establishing a dynamic and inclusive society.” Onward!
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#section377 #section377verdict #lgbtindia #indiapride #prideindia #lgbtqindia #transrights #equalrights #equalrightsforall #inclusiveness
🌈 On Sept. 6, last week, history was made in India when the highest law making body of the country ruled to strike down a colonial law that criminalized consensual homosexuality (Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code). The hearing happened over 4 long days and the judgement was nearly 500-pages long. Some of the observations were so profound that I thought, am I dreaming! One of them is this acknowledgment that the human mind is an evolving entity where definitions are fluid, as we grow up the evolutionary ladder, we become more and more inclusive, setting ourselves free from the limitations we ourselves have collectively created. . We have had heated debates in the country over Article 377 IPC since many years now as a result of which prejudices have been formed, hatred has been instilled, people have been harmed, many have suffered; last week's judgement also had a tone of atonement where it noted, “Section 377 has travelled so much that it has been destructive to LGBT community. It has inflicted tragedy and anguish, which are to be remedied.” . I also deeply appreciate how our judges have taken matters in their hands: "The majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights... Constitution is a dynamic document, having the primary objective of establishing a dynamic and inclusive society.” Onward! . . . #section377  #section377verdict  #lgbtindia  #indiapride  #prideindia  #lgbtqindia  #transrights  #equalrights  #equalrightsforall  #inclusiveness 
🍬Sweet Somethings🍬
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Fridays are days to stock up on sweets. My Mini Coconut Laddoos are among the simplest, quickest, and most delicious sweets I love to make. I simply cook grated coconut in half a spoon of cold pressed coconut oil for a few minutes until a nice aroma comes out and then add jaggery powder as per desired sweetness. Then I cook for a couple of minutes more, add cardamom, and while the mix is still hot, loosely roll into balls of desired size. 🤗🌟
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#sweettooth #coconutladdoo #coconutsweets #mithai #lovesweets #vegancoconut #veganaf #vegansweets #indianvegansweets #indianveganfood
🍬Sweet Somethings🍬 . Fridays are days to stock up on sweets. My Mini Coconut Laddoos are among the simplest, quickest, and most delicious sweets I love to make. I simply cook grated coconut in half a spoon of cold pressed coconut oil for a few minutes until a nice aroma comes out and then add jaggery powder as per desired sweetness. Then I cook for a couple of minutes more, add cardamom, and while the mix is still hot, loosely roll into balls of desired size. 🤗🌟 . . . #sweettooth  #coconutladdoo  #coconutsweets  #mithai  #lovesweets  #vegancoconut  #veganaf  #vegansweets  #indianvegansweets  #indianveganfood 
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This is a snapshot of my compost bin at day 25. I began my composing journey recently, primarily out of the drive to stop a part of the waste generated at my household from ending up into the choking #landfills. This is another baby step towards #sustainableliving and a contribution towards a #cleanenvironment.
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I also wanted to show to myself that composting is no rocket science, it can be done anywhere I live, it is only a matter of knowing how to do it with some experimentation thrown in, and all about forming a habit.
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And of course, the outcome of composting will be channeled into my work-in-progress organic-vegan garden! That's a perk!
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I read a lot and watched many videos about composting to zero down upon the composting equipment and process that suits my needs. I got this composting bucket from StoneSoup.in. I love this product, it has a number of holes punched in it for the OXYGEN to enter, it is portable - which is a very important consideration for me, very sturdy, and I am sure I can re-use it many times over. And this bin is the only equipment I need for composting.
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Every alternate day over the last 25 days, I have been filing this bucket, with a layer of waste paper. On top of that, my vegan kitchen wastes. This is followed by a layer of dried brown leaves. And I have been giving this concoction a good churn. Here's the principle behind composting:
- Paper is the material that absorbs MOISTURE because excess of it will cause rotting to happen.
- Kitchen wastes are the source of NITROGEN.
- Browns are the source of CARBON.
- The principle is that the nitrogen and carbon will combine with the oxygen over the next 45-60 days to turn the mix into enriched soil or compost.
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I will need to churn it every few days, check for the moisture level, and for any tendency to rot. So far, the process has amazed me, 25 days later, this mixture does not have any unpleasant smell!!. In fact, it has already begun to smell a little like raw earth.
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I feel so very joyful doing this. Fascinating experience!
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#composting #noplanetb #compostbin #composter #organiccompost #vegancompost #veganliving
💚 This is a snapshot of my compost bin at day 25. I began my composing journey recently, primarily out of the drive to stop a part of the waste generated at my household from ending up into the choking #landfills . This is another baby step towards #sustainableliving  and a contribution towards a #cleanenvironment . 💚 I also wanted to show to myself that composting is no rocket science, it can be done anywhere I live, it is only a matter of knowing how to do it with some experimentation thrown in, and all about forming a habit. 💚 And of course, the outcome of composting will be channeled into my work-in-progress organic-vegan garden! That's a perk! 💚 I read a lot and watched many videos about composting to zero down upon the composting equipment and process that suits my needs. I got this composting bucket from StoneSoup.in. I love this product, it has a number of holes punched in it for the OXYGEN to enter, it is portable - which is a very important consideration for me, very sturdy, and I am sure I can re-use it many times over. And this bin is the only equipment I need for composting. 💚 Every alternate day over the last 25 days, I have been filing this bucket, with a layer of waste paper. On top of that, my vegan kitchen wastes. This is followed by a layer of dried brown leaves. And I have been giving this concoction a good churn. Here's the principle behind composting: - Paper is the material that absorbs MOISTURE because excess of it will cause rotting to happen. - Kitchen wastes are the source of NITROGEN. - Browns are the source of CARBON. - The principle is that the nitrogen and carbon will combine with the oxygen over the next 45-60 days to turn the mix into enriched soil or compost. 💚 I will need to churn it every few days, check for the moisture level, and for any tendency to rot. So far, the process has amazed me, 25 days later, this mixture does not have any unpleasant smell!!. In fact, it has already begun to smell a little like raw earth. 💚 I feel so very joyful doing this. Fascinating experience! 💚 #composting  #noplanetb  #compostbin  #composter  #organiccompost  #vegancompost  #veganliving 
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There are some things that our ancestors did well and one of them was to grow their own plant foods and exchange the produce amongst each other through the informal barter system. Perhaps it was possible at that time when the population of the Earth was far less and human lives were far less complicated. But I don't see why we can't lead uncomplicated lives again... we ourselves have made it complicated, so we can reverse it too I think. Mohandas Gandhi famously said that there is enough on Earth for everybody's need, but not enough for everybody's greed... what if we all became self-sustaining small units, what if we stopped hoarding and started sharing... then we might perhaps not have masses of people getting displaced and trees getting cut due to "development" projects or orangutans becoming homeless due to something as extraneous as processed cooking oil...
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I have of late seen and met inspiring people attempting to literally go back to the basics and in doing so, some have begun to grow their own plant foods. I have seen and felt the joy it brings them and I thought I deserve to give myself the chance to grow my own garden too. So in the past few weeks I set out to prepare the land, till it, irrigate in, plant in it seeds... Now I am waiting 🤔 waiting 🤔 waiting 🤔 for the first glimmer of greens to emerge from the soil... All set to harvest vegetables from my own organic-vegan garden 💚
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#vegangarden
🌱 There are some things that our ancestors did well and one of them was to grow their own plant foods and exchange the produce amongst each other through the informal barter system. Perhaps it was possible at that time when the population of the Earth was far less and human lives were far less complicated. But I don't see why we can't lead uncomplicated lives again... we ourselves have made it complicated, so we can reverse it too I think. Mohandas Gandhi famously said that there is enough on Earth for everybody's need, but not enough for everybody's greed... what if we all became self-sustaining small units, what if we stopped hoarding and started sharing... then we might perhaps not have masses of people getting displaced and trees getting cut due to "development" projects or orangutans becoming homeless due to something as extraneous as processed cooking oil... 🎋 I have of late seen and met inspiring people attempting to literally go back to the basics and in doing so, some have begun to grow their own plant foods. I have seen and felt the joy it brings them and I thought I deserve to give myself the chance to grow my own garden too. So in the past few weeks I set out to prepare the land, till it, irrigate in, plant in it seeds... Now I am waiting 🤔 waiting 🤔 waiting 🤔 for the first glimmer of greens to emerge from the soil... All set to harvest vegetables from my own organic-vegan garden 💚 . . . #vegangarden 
🍬Sweet Somethings🍬
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Hello sweet toothed friends! Meetha khaa lo, have something sweet, meet my Seviyan!
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I make Seviyan a few times in the year and this one is made of coconut milk. I love to use coconut milk because coconut milk has this very impressive tendency to thicken to the desired consistency when it cools post preparation! If you think there is an undesired coconutty smell, then NO, my Seviyan smells only of fragrant cardamom.
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Seviyan is this much adored easy-to-make sweet dish of India where vermicelli is cooked in milk. Sugar is added along with generous amounts of dry fruits such as almond, cashew, raisin, and pistachio. In the end, ground cardamon is sprinkled for fragrance.
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#seviyan #kheer #indiansweets #sweetdishoftheday #sweetdish #coconutmilk #vegankheer #indianvegansweets #vegansofinsta #veganinindia #veganindiansweets
🍬Sweet Somethings🍬 . Hello sweet toothed friends! Meetha khaa lo, have something sweet, meet my Seviyan! . I make Seviyan a few times in the year and this one is made of coconut milk. I love to use coconut milk because coconut milk has this very impressive tendency to thicken to the desired consistency when it cools post preparation! If you think there is an undesired coconutty smell, then NO, my Seviyan smells only of fragrant cardamom. . Seviyan is this much adored easy-to-make sweet dish of India where vermicelli is cooked in milk. Sugar is added along with generous amounts of dry fruits such as almond, cashew, raisin, and pistachio. In the end, ground cardamon is sprinkled for fragrance. . . . #seviyan  #kheer  #indiansweets  #sweetdishoftheday  #sweetdish  #coconutmilk  #vegankheer  #indianvegansweets  #vegansofinsta  #veganinindia  #veganindiansweets 
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This isn't a graphic video, I am unable to watch graphic content, so I won't share them either. This is a story, and I like hearing stories.This is an experiential first hand account of an ex-butcher. The world is made of various kinds of living beings with their real stories, isn't! The good man here makes three very important points that more and more of the world should know:
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1) He explains how he had become a "desensitized" young adult in order to carry on with butchery. He was conditioned to look at sentient animals as "commodity" and "cost per kilo." In the second video (swipe right), he talks about how his little daughter inspired him to change.
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2) He makes a shocking revelation that "quite a lot of cysts and tumors" are found inside the carcasses and that it is "impossible" to cut everything out. Such meat gets packed and land up on the shelves after weeks and months of the packing for consumers to buy
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3) He makes another very critical point and this is my favorite. He debunks the myth that it is "masculine" to eat meat. He says "if you want to say you are manly and strong, you should be sticking up for these animals."
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 #Repost @shesscarlett (@get_repost)
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#stories #story #conditioned #compassion #compassionate #compassionforall #compassionoverkilling #masculinity #masculine #bekind
🌻 This isn't a graphic video, I am unable to watch graphic content, so I won't share them either. This is a story, and I like hearing stories.This is an experiential first hand account of an ex-butcher. The world is made of various kinds of living beings with their real stories, isn't! The good man here makes three very important points that more and more of the world should know: . 1) He explains how he had become a "desensitized" young adult in order to carry on with butchery. He was conditioned to look at sentient animals as "commodity" and "cost per kilo." In the second video (swipe right), he talks about how his little daughter inspired him to change. . 2) He makes a shocking revelation that "quite a lot of cysts and tumors" are found inside the carcasses and that it is "impossible" to cut everything out. Such meat gets packed and land up on the shelves after weeks and months of the packing for consumers to buy . 3) He makes another very critical point and this is my favorite. He debunks the myth that it is "masculine" to eat meat. He says "if you want to say you are manly and strong, you should be sticking up for these animals." . . .  #Repost  @shesscarlett (@get_repost) . . . #stories  #story  #conditioned  #compassion  #compassionate  #compassionforall  #compassionoverkilling  #masculinity  #masculine  #bekind 
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It doesn't take much to indulge in self love. Reducing oneself to numbers is so so antithesis to self love.
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Thanks for this priceless nugget of wisdom, Farah @farahfreshfit!
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#Repost @farahfreshfit (@get_repost)
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#spiritualvegan
❤️ It doesn't take much to indulge in self love. Reducing oneself to numbers is so so antithesis to self love. . Thanks for this priceless nugget of wisdom, Farah @farahfreshfit! . #Repost  @farahfreshfit (@get_repost) . . . #spiritualvegan 
💚Vegan Product💚
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Nutriva is among the newest local plant-based companies to enter the Indian market. The company has launched itself with two protein-packed products: Almond Milk fortified with pea protein and Buttermilk made of peanut yogurt. They mention that peanuts are sourced from local farmers. That's really cool.
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So I have been checking out consumer reviews of both products and probably this is the first product I have come across where the reviews seem to be 100% positive. Which is great. Buttermilk is such an integral part of India as a coolant and a digestive and you can imagine how much dairy people consume in the form of buttermilk. So it becomes important to find sustainable and kind plant-based alternatives, and Nutriva has done it. I sampled the peanut buttermilk and found it extremely appetizing and refreshing.
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My mum who is fondly known for her freestyle innovative stunts in the kitchen suggested let's make Kadhi with the peanut buttermilk. So I followed the simple Kadhi recipe at the SHARAN website (https://sharan-india.org/recipes/vegan-kadhi/) and the result was so so good!
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Kadhi is a popular Indian dish, made from yogurt and chickpea flour, and seasoned with condiments such as mustard, cumin, red chilly, asafoetida, bay leaves, cinnamon, fresh ginger and coriander... I added boondi to it. People like to eat kadhi with rice or rotis.
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The taste of a well-made Kadhi is pleasantly sour and aromatic. The Nutriva buttermilk lends itself perfectly to Kadhi coz it is already so aromatic and flavorful with some of the very same condiments. Bravo Nutriva! @nutrivaofficial
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#veganbuttermilk
💚Vegan Product💚 . Nutriva is among the newest local plant-based companies to enter the Indian market. The company has launched itself with two protein-packed products: Almond Milk fortified with pea protein and Buttermilk made of peanut yogurt. They mention that peanuts are sourced from local farmers. That's really cool. . So I have been checking out consumer reviews of both products and probably this is the first product I have come across where the reviews seem to be 100% positive. Which is great. Buttermilk is such an integral part of India as a coolant and a digestive and you can imagine how much dairy people consume in the form of buttermilk. So it becomes important to find sustainable and kind plant-based alternatives, and Nutriva has done it. I sampled the peanut buttermilk and found it extremely appetizing and refreshing. . My mum who is fondly known for her freestyle innovative stunts in the kitchen suggested let's make Kadhi with the peanut buttermilk. So I followed the simple Kadhi recipe at the SHARAN website (https://sharan-india.org/recipes/vegan-kadhi/) and the result was so so good! . Kadhi is a popular Indian dish, made from yogurt and chickpea flour, and seasoned with condiments such as mustard, cumin, red chilly, asafoetida, bay leaves, cinnamon, fresh ginger and coriander... I added boondi to it. People like to eat kadhi with rice or rotis. . The taste of a well-made Kadhi is pleasantly sour and aromatic. The Nutriva buttermilk lends itself perfectly to Kadhi coz it is already so aromatic and flavorful with some of the very same condiments. Bravo Nutriva! @nutrivaofficial . . . #veganbuttermilk 
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My beetroot can cast a web... of good health and vitality, of course 😁
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#plantstrong
❤️ My beetroot can cast a web... of good health and vitality, of course 😁 . . . #plantstrong 
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I found this as a merchandise on Amazon.com, so cute! The quirkiness of this statement aside, it is true I can't please everyone. I am trying to live my own truth and I am grateful for all those minds I connect with 💛😉
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#selflove
🥑 I found this as a merchandise on Amazon.com, so cute! The quirkiness of this statement aside, it is true I can't please everyone. I am trying to live my own truth and I am grateful for all those minds I connect with 💛😉 . . . #selflove 
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The Buddha Bowl has become very popular lately and I too can't resist it. I love it for the simple reason that it is so damn easy to put together and also is a mad free style bowl. I think the original Buddha Bowl had a formula, now everyone who loves it has gone berserk with it. The idea of the Buddha Bowl is to pack a variety of nutrients into one bowl and have it as a meal. So that means going all out making your own combinations.
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However, what I discovered over my tryst with the Buddha Bowl is that it is a good idea to evolve one's own method to the madness depending on one's preferences. Mine comprises four essentials. I need to have a carb base (in this case, hidden below is a base of soft-boiled chick peas), something chewy (here I have turmeric n soy sauce coated pan-fried tofu), something creamy (AVOCADO slices unmistakably), and fourth are some tongue ticklers (here I have pineapple sticks, and grated carrot with lime juice and chilly-coated groundnuts). I also threw in some brinjal and potatoes from a left over curry.
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The big secret is, nothing was planned, I had these ingredients lying around. That's the beauty of Buddha Bowls.
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#veganbuddhabowl
🥑 The Buddha Bowl has become very popular lately and I too can't resist it. I love it for the simple reason that it is so damn easy to put together and also is a mad free style bowl. I think the original Buddha Bowl had a formula, now everyone who loves it has gone berserk with it. The idea of the Buddha Bowl is to pack a variety of nutrients into one bowl and have it as a meal. So that means going all out making your own combinations. . However, what I discovered over my tryst with the Buddha Bowl is that it is a good idea to evolve one's own method to the madness depending on one's preferences. Mine comprises four essentials. I need to have a carb base (in this case, hidden below is a base of soft-boiled chick peas), something chewy (here I have turmeric n soy sauce coated pan-fried tofu), something creamy (AVOCADO slices unmistakably), and fourth are some tongue ticklers (here I have pineapple sticks, and grated carrot with lime juice and chilly-coated groundnuts). I also threw in some brinjal and potatoes from a left over curry. . The big secret is, nothing was planned, I had these ingredients lying around. That's the beauty of Buddha Bowls. . . . #veganbuddhabowl 
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This is Radha. She is helping me set up an organic-vegan garden. But that is not why I post today. Today, it is about Radha and the amazing woman that she is. R had 7 years of formal education after which she had to drop out because her parents did not have money to send her to school. She was married off early coz still some parents think that girls are a burden on them. Till about a year ago, R was getting beaten up by her husband on almost a daily basis. Reason: NO REASON. Patriarchal violence, that's it. She tolerated it (as many women in patriarchy do) until one of her employers counseled her to hit back. R took the advice and did it. She laughed and told me that the day she raised her hands, the beating stopped.
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I told her, you know you could have lodged a complaint with the Police, the domestic violence laws are pretty strong in our country. R said, "Didi (elder sister), all that is a waste of time. You just have to give it back. I understood this after taking the beating for three long years."
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I feel that R has a strong point. The oppressor is only as strong as the victim will allow. In patriarchal systems, women are not given this education. They are taught that the husband is God and the woman has to accept him unquestioningly. Sometimes all that it takes to break this myth is when the woman herself says, enough is enough, I will not be trampled upon.
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Today, R is an empowered woman. This is a wonderful example of everyday feminism. Previously, the husband used to usurp her income to buy alcohol. Today, R has learnt to keep her income in a safe secret government scheme that earns her an interest even. I asked her, what will you do with the savings? She said, "Educate my daughter, she can study till how much she wants."
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After note: I told her, I want to do a story about you for people to read, do you understand what a ‘story’ is? She said, "Yes, you want to write about me," and went back to her weeding. Amazing cool woman.
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#everydayfeminism
♀ This is Radha. She is helping me set up an organic-vegan garden. But that is not why I post today. Today, it is about Radha and the amazing woman that she is. R had 7 years of formal education after which she had to drop out because her parents did not have money to send her to school. She was married off early coz still some parents think that girls are a burden on them. Till about a year ago, R was getting beaten up by her husband on almost a daily basis. Reason: NO REASON. Patriarchal violence, that's it. She tolerated it (as many women in patriarchy do) until one of her employers counseled her to hit back. R took the advice and did it. She laughed and told me that the day she raised her hands, the beating stopped. . I told her, you know you could have lodged a complaint with the Police, the domestic violence laws are pretty strong in our country. R said, "Didi (elder sister), all that is a waste of time. You just have to give it back. I understood this after taking the beating for three long years." . I feel that R has a strong point. The oppressor is only as strong as the victim will allow. In patriarchal systems, women are not given this education. They are taught that the husband is God and the woman has to accept him unquestioningly. Sometimes all that it takes to break this myth is when the woman herself says, enough is enough, I will not be trampled upon. . Today, R is an empowered woman. This is a wonderful example of everyday feminism. Previously, the husband used to usurp her income to buy alcohol. Today, R has learnt to keep her income in a safe secret government scheme that earns her an interest even. I asked her, what will you do with the savings? She said, "Educate my daughter, she can study till how much she wants." _________________________ . After note: I told her, I want to do a story about you for people to read, do you understand what a ‘story’ is? She said, "Yes, you want to write about me," and went back to her weeding. Amazing cool woman. . . . #everydayfeminism 
I guess all adult vegans of this generation were not born #vegan. We just did a little thinking for ourselves. That's all. ☺️❤️
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Source: @animalsabove
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#animallivesmatter
I guess all adult vegans of this generation were not born #vegan . We just did a little thinking for ourselves. That's all. ☺️❤️ . . . Source: @animalsabove . . . #animallivesmatter 
🥑Avocado Love🥑
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Where there is Avocado, there is Guacamole!
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Guacamole has been my life-saver over the last few weeks I just spent in intensive sifting, sorting, and de-cluttering my life. I had resolved not to give in to the temptation of takeaways or resort to online food delivery apps. The period where you are systematically eliminating stuff from your life can be very physically and mentally exhausting and I was determined to fuel my body with nutritious food to stay focused and energetic.
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The Guacamole of Spanish origin reminds me of our very loved desi "Baigan ka Bharta," where smoked brinjal is mashed and mixed with various herbs, tomato, and onion. Guacamole is pretty much the same, even easier as you don't need to smoke any ingredient. Simply mix the creamy smooth avocado mash with finely chopped onions, tomato, coriander leaves, and garlic and season with lemon juice and salt and mmmmm guacamole is ready! It can be eaten with whatever you please – toast, buns, roti, kulcha, paratha, pasta, tacos, crackers, potato wedges!
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#veganguacamole
🥑Avocado Love🥑 . Where there is Avocado, there is Guacamole! . Guacamole has been my life-saver over the last few weeks I just spent in intensive sifting, sorting, and de-cluttering my life. I had resolved not to give in to the temptation of takeaways or resort to online food delivery apps. The period where you are systematically eliminating stuff from your life can be very physically and mentally exhausting and I was determined to fuel my body with nutritious food to stay focused and energetic. . The Guacamole of Spanish origin reminds me of our very loved desi "Baigan ka Bharta," where smoked brinjal is mashed and mixed with various herbs, tomato, and onion. Guacamole is pretty much the same, even easier as you don't need to smoke any ingredient. Simply mix the creamy smooth avocado mash with finely chopped onions, tomato, coriander leaves, and garlic and season with lemon juice and salt and mmmmm guacamole is ready! It can be eaten with whatever you please – toast, buns, roti, kulcha, paratha, pasta, tacos, crackers, potato wedges! . . . #veganguacamole 
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While we love to take over the wheel...
...(swipe right) back seat driving is also fun.
~July & Pilou
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#rescuesarethebest
🐕🐾🐕🐾 While we love to take over the wheel... ...(swipe right) back seat driving is also fun. ~July & Pilou . . . #rescuesarethebest