A Vegan Dream Come True: Fast Food Across America Veganized

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I get it. There are vegans who will only eat organic sprouted tofu on top of a quinoa kale salad sprinkled with non-gmo goji berries. More power to them. However, from my personal experience, the vast majority of vegans I know love junk food and many have expressed a longing for (convenient) vegan fast food (evidenced by the incredible success of the new¬†Amy’s Drive Thru¬†[@amysdrivethru]¬†in Northern California … open 11.5 hours a day/7 days a week and the line is consistently around the block).

So, ThankTank Creative, in conjunction with MeatyVegan.com, presents the following famous fast food franchises … veganized.

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Avacados BurgerKing DrMcD KFC LittleCaesars PIzzaHut TacoBell VeganDonuts

“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be. If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it. Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it.”

~ Willy Wonka (from Charlie and the Dark Chocolate Factory)

Go vegan.

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Kids Need Healthy Food!

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Remember what your mom said:

“Eat your vegetables.”

Of course, as a father of two vegan babies, we never have to say this because … well, that’s pretty much all they eat. Vegetables, fruit, rice, brown rice pasta, and so many¬†more plant-based foods are the entirety of their every meal and I wouldn’t want it any¬†other way.

Not sure how many parents of a two-year-old boy can say their kid hangs out in the refrigerator looking for broccoli. Or grapes. Or hummus. Or guacamole. Ours does and the 11-month-old baby is right behind him.

Raising kids vegan gives them an enormous head-start on a healthy future and it also is a compassionate reminder that animals are not food.

Animals are not food.

There are a growing number of organizations committed to ensuring that kids have access to plant-based meals (you should check out what PlantPure Nation is up to with their PlantPure Pods). Another organization near (geographically) and dear (I am friends with the Executive Director) to me is the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.

I met Amie Hamlin years ago at the whole-foods, plant-based Friday Dinner held in nearby Brooktondale, New York. She is an incredibly committed and passionate woman who is helping to bring plant-based foods to all¬†public schools in New York (if you’ve heard about this on the news recently, Amie was behind it). We all want a healthy future for our children and the Coalition is making this happen … one school at a time.

The Coalition’s vegan recipes have been distributed to 25,000 schools nationwide and their Wellness Wakeup Call program is heard by tens of thousands of students around the country every day! And today (8/28/15) is a very important day to the organization.

Giving is Gorges.

The Coalition for Healthy School Food is teaching healthy plant-based cooking and nutrition classes in Ithaca and New York City and today is Giving is Gorges day in Ithaca. In the Ithaca classes, students cook vegan entrees that will be on their school menu for lunch that week. Kids, teachers, and parents love the program. Some teachers and parents are surprised to see the kids eating the food they make.

And the kids agree that the international recipes from different cultures are delicious. Today, your donation can help the Coalition for Healthy School Food raise additional funds. The group with the most donations (greatest number of donations) will get an additional $500! Please help them get this! Click here to find out why they had to tell kids to stop eating vegetables, and to donate.

Please share and Go Vegan.

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WIN FREE @BeyondMeat! #FindtheChicken

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It’s no secret that I love BeyondMeat. It started with their chicken and has since expanded into their beef (specifically The Beast and the Beastly Sliders). I’ve gotten to a point where I am coming up with recipes just to incorporate one of their products.

I’ve been lucky enough to try them all at this point. All flavors of the chicken strips, the chicken tenders and poppers, the meatballs, beefy crumbles, the sliders, and The Beast. NOW is your chance to try some yourself by entering to win THREE FREE coupons for any of their products.*

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Entering is so easy. All you have to do is click this link to ThankTankCreative.com and then click OUR WORK from the top menu and browse through our designs. Scroll through them until you find the chicken with the 2-digit number across its breast, then use the form on the bottom of the ThankTank Creative website to enter (simply fill out the few fields and insert the 2-digit number in the subject or message box and click SEND). By the way, we are vegan so we never spam.

That’s it!

We will randomly draw one lucky winner on September 1st from all who enter and mail you the coupons! *

Go Vegan.

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* No purchase necessary. Limited to U.S. residents only. One winner chosen via random.org.

WE HAVE A WINNER: Natalie from Colorado won three BeyondMeat coupons! Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered!

#Periscope and the #Vegan Community 

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Few things in life can compare to watching Leslie Durso make a homemade marinara sauce while being accompanied by her own personal guitarist; live from her Southern California home. 

Or listening to Jason Wrobel belt out rock tunes or sing happy birthday to a fellow vegan at a vegan restaurant. That man can sing. 

Or maybe you’re into watching Eco-Vegan Gal’s Whitney Lauritsen as she walks her dog, takes questions, and provides virtual hugs along the way to anyone tuning in. 

Or perhaps, live from London, you fancy watching the Fat Gay Vegan miss his bus.  

All vegan. All live. And all in the palm of your hand. 

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s Periscope. The new app from the people who brought you Twitter. Downloaded free, and accessed on your smartphone or tablet, Periscope provides voyeuristic access to thousands of live broadcasts from around the world. 

While the individual broadcasting transmits full audio and video (oftentimes with mixed quality results), the viewer (you) can send short chat-style messages to have read (or ignored). While I’ve done one broadcast from the desk of ThankTank Creative (working on a logo design) and got pretty good reviews (@ThankTankCr8), for the most part, I just watch and interact. 

So far in the vegan community, Periscope has found a nice niche in cooking demos, Q&A sessions, community support, and live events. Some of the known names in the vegan world worth watching include:

  • @lesliedurso
  • @jasonwrobel
  • @ecovegangal
  • @tesschallis
  • @joyfulvegan
  • @wtfveganfood
  • @jlfields
  • @veganyakattack
  • @fatgayvegan
  • @thesexyvegan
  • @abigailcoopertv

While any one of these would be entertaining, nothing can compare to the NEW weekly broadcast that showcases the very best of what Periscope has to offer.  

The new, innovative game show from the always-entertaining Brian Patton of The Sexy Vegan fame, called: “Flex Your Foodie.”

Using Periscope’s live streaming video platform, your host Brian Patton, vegan chef and cookbook author asks food trivia questions during his outrageous weekly game show. 

To make the show even more legit, Brian broadcasts from his garage in California. 

Ranging from easy to mind melting, his questions cover everything from corn dogs to cookies, noodles to nasturtium, and everything in between. The first viewer to type the correct answer into the comment box wins prizes from amazing vegan companies like Beyond Meat, Follow Your Heart, Eat Pastry and more!

A quirky, fast paced, highly dramatic battle of brains (and thumbs) ensues every week, while the host sweats his balls off in this non climate-controlled garage ‚ÄĒ complete with game show sound effects and broadcast-quality title graphics. 

Not only can viewers win awesome prizes but they learn all kinds of rare and interesting food facts. So even the losers are winners! For the most part I just try to trip Brian up with my own distracting comments. He has yet to block me but I’m sure it’s coming. 

To tune into “Flex your Foodie,” just download the free Periscope.tv app to your mobile device, create an account (sign in with your Twitter account), and follow: @thesexyvegan.

“Flex Your Foodie” goes live every Thursday at 7:45 p.m. PDT, and runs about 15 minutes. 

Do you have a favorite Periscope user? Are you broadcasting vegan content? Let me know in the comment box below and, as always …

Go vegan

Oklahoma Farmers Eat Drone

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[BARTLESVILLE, OK] The Greater Bartlesville Police Department is investigating claims that two Oklahoma pig farmers shot down and ate a drone being utilized by a film crew as part of an ongoing expos√© investigating¬†factory farms and the health risks of “open sewage lagoons,” that surround them.

“Apparently, these two believed¬†the drone was ‘trespassing’ and they shot it down with their .22,” said Deputy Gregory Smalls. “And once they downed the drone, they proceeded to cut it into pieces, bread it, deep fry it, and eat it.” The exact details of the report are¬†closed at this point as the investigation is ongoing.

Drones have been used in the past to gain access to appalling conditions on factory farms. One such filmmaker made news recently for uncovering sewage lagoons in North Carolina where nearly 1,000 local residents are forming a class action suit against Smithfield Farms claiming they are contracting deadly diseases by breathing the contaminated air sprayed from these lagoons.

Deborah Johnson, chief executive officer of the N.C. Pork Council, said it is “alarming to see farmers who work hard every day to comply with regulations and laws operating their farms be targeted with actions like this.” Really?

The filmmaker, who also directed the documentary Speciesism, commented about the sewage lagoons by stating they are “among the most bizarre and disturbing environmental phenomena that I have ever confronted in America.” You can watch the video of Mark Devries’ footage here.¬†In the¬†video, the drones capture shocking aerial footage of several massive facilities that supply pigs for Smithfield Foods.

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In a recent radio interview on KTOK, Oklahoma’s News Source, one of the Oklahoma pig farmers commented: “… that thing [drone] was scaring up some of our hogs and we don’t want¬†no scared hogs. So, hell yeah, we shot it down and ate it. Tasted like chicken.”

The investigation is ongoing and details will be posted here as they become available.

Go vegan.

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