suitable for a vegan

Samhain Cinnamon Apple Crisps

Hi everyone, hope you’re all well. I’ve just finished cooking up a batch of my own homemade Apple Crisps and thought I would share this wonderful and super quick recipe with you. Not only is this speedy snack great for Samhain/Halloween,  it contains ingredients used for protection etc, can be used as an offering for your God or Goddess, is a healthy variation to supermarket bought crisps AND is suitable for vegans/vegetarians, did I already mention they are super quick to make? Without further ado, let’s get started!

You will need:

  • 1 whole apple.
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • A dash of brown sugar. ( You can use white sugar but I prefer brown as it produces a lovely thick syrup texture and has a gorgeous coffee flavouring to it ).

How to make:

  • Cut your apple into thin slices. Not too thin or they will burn and not to thick or they won’t turn into crisps!
  • Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  • Place your apple slices onto your tray and start to add your toppings. Use as much as you wish.
  • Cook your apple slices in the oven on gas mark 4/ 180°C / 350°F for fifteen minutes. ( A few of my crisps did burn, so depending on how thin you cut your apple and how powerful your oven is, feel free to change the time and settings ).

Ingredients used in Witchcraft:

  • Cinnamon: Associated with the elements of fire and the sun. Magikal uses are - good luck, love, money, passion, peace, prosperity, protection, psychic development, success and wisdom.
  • Apples: Scared to many Goddessses including Aphrodite. Magikal uses are - fidelity, fertility, marriage, beauty, vanity,wisdom, the soul, the afterlife and immortality.
  • Brown Sugar: Healing, love and sweetness.

That’s all there is to it! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and your finished product. Please do not remove the source and have a safe, happy and blessed Samhain. Let me know how your Apple Crisps turn out!

Cyrena xx

Image is not mine and was found on Our Kitchen Stories.

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Fitness Witchery: Essential Supplements

What’s up, my witches!? A lot of people have been asking for some fitness magick. I figured I could start with an easy to incorporate supplement guide for fitness witchery. I’m not a medical professional and do not claim that these suggested supplements are the end-all-be-all. Before you take any herbs or supplements, always check with your doctor about possible drug interactions and indications. All supplements should be taken in the dosage indicated for maximum benefit and to prevent overdose. (please note that minerals and fat soluble vitamins aren’t utilized by the body quickly and it’s likely you can overdose.)

In this post I wanted to go over the supplements I take to enhance my practice. I believe in getting the most out of your food but sometimes supplementation is necessary. These supplements aren’t synthesized by your body (except for vitD but we’ll get into that after) and you may be deficient.

The first supplement is probiotics. Probiotics are live neutral or beneficial bacteria and yeasts that maintain balance in the gut microbiome. Probiotics living in the gut boost immunity and strengthens the guts mucosal barrier while assisting digestive health. The amount of living probiotics in a supplement affect it’s strength. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and yogurt (when indicated). Probiotics are more beneficial when taken with a prebiotic food such as one with soluble fiber. Magickally benefits: probiotics enhance physical and spiritual energy through symbiotic energy exchange. Think of it as billions of tiny beings offering up their energy to aid you because it’s also beneficial for them.

The next supplement up, Omega-3s. Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that come in the form of DHAs, EPAs, and ALAs. In a nutshell, DHA and EPA are found mostly in animal sources. ALA is plant sourced. There are plenty of vegetarian/vegan suitable sources such as flaxseeds, walnuts, algae, and sacha inchi (inca nuts). Omega 3s are essential in balancing out inflammatory Omega 6s (which are also essential but the typical diet consumes too much Omega 6). Omega 3s have also been linked to boosting mental acuity and energy. Magickal benefits: Omega 3s aid in boosting psychic ability and intuition. They also help boost your mind and energy for spell work. Take omega 3s with a meal for maximum absorption.

The next supplement is Magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral. It is utilized by the body and is an electrolyte used to regulate muscle and nerve functions. Magnesium helps muscles relax and if you experience ‘twitching’ while falling asleep, this supplement will help. Magnesium also helps with better quality of sleep and calms the mind. Magickal benefits: boosts healing magick during fitness and helps you to connect to a higher energy.

Vitamin D is the next supplement. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. Vitamin D is synthesized when the sun converts a precursor in our skin into vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) which is then converted into calcitriol in our livers. Vitamin D is tauted to boost our immune system, our energy and enhance our mood (in the deficient). It has been recognized that many people (especially those in northern countries) are deficient in this vitamin due to lack of sun exposure. Magickal properties: Boosts healing magick and spells utilizing the sun. Also boosts emotional energies for spells that require it (such as love spells and banishings).

Next is Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin. It is utilized by the body to aid in the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates for energy. Being water soluble, it is expelled from the body frequently and if excess amounts are taken. Vitamin b12 is essential to me because I am vegetarian and its hard to find a food source. Most ‘vegetarian’ sources have been fortified with the vitamin. Vitamin b12 is said to boost energy, especially in those who are deficient. Magickal properties: ENERGY! Take vitamin B12 is you need a serious energy boost to spells or daily life.

Finally, my favorite supplement: Protein! Protein is macronutrient made up of chained amino acids. Proteins can catalyse biochemical reactions in our bodies. It is essential to building muscles in our body. Some people believe the calories consumed by our bodies trying to digest proteins speed weightloss. Proteins also keep us full and energized throughout the day. As a vegetarian, I get most of my protein through whey protein shakes, yogurt and eggs. Magickal properties: add strength to a fitness spell. Protein can also help us hold more energy for casting.

Thank you for taking the time to read the first part of magickal supplementation! If you’d like more posts about fitness witchery or have any questions/concerns, feel free to message me! Stay blessed everyone!

Black bean, avocado & sweet potato salad with lime dressing
Author: Sara @ Don’t Feed After Midnight
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 small sweet potatoes (approximately 700g), peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 400g cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 240g can of sweetcorn, drained
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, cubed
  • 2 handfuls of chopped fresh coriander

For the dressing:

  • The juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instruction

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C.
  2. Place the sweet potato in a large mixing bowl and add a tablespoon of olive oil, the paprika and the cayenne pepper. Mix well to ensure that the potatoes are evenly coated then transfer onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast for approximately 30 minutes until soft.
  3. Place the black beans, the sweetcorn, the avocado and the chopped coriander in a large salad bowl and tip in the roasted sweet potato chunks.
  4. Prepare the dressing by mixing the lime juice with the olive oil, the agave nectar and seasoning to taste with sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to mix. Serve with warm wholemeal pitta bread.

  Notes Suitable for vegans

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Healthy Banana, Oaty Chocolate Chip cookies 🍪

REALLY SIMPLE RECIPE
(Makes 6)
Only 70 calories per cookie, all natural sugar, suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Ingredients:
½ cup of oats (50g)
¼ cup of chocolate chips (25g)
½ of a banana
1tbsp honey (optional)

Method:
1) Mash banana into oats (+add honey, if you wish)
2) Add chocolate chips
3) Scoop mixture into 6 even servings and flatten onto baking tray using spoon
4) Bake at gas mark 6 for 20 minutes
5) Allow cookies to cool slightly before serving :)

Quick and Easy! (I’ll be using this one at Uni)

I have a client with a cat and they only feed him vegan cat food, the main ingredient is potatoes…..I feel so guilty every time I feed this poor cat. He’s not in good health. He’s chubby (plant matter causes weight gain in cats), had to have all his teeth pulled, vomits frequently (that’s not just some super common cat quirk, cats aren’t supposed to vomit all the time. This happens because of chronic digestive inflammation which is caused by consuming too many plant products), and he’s prone to UTIs. He’s also on medication for his liver. He’s 13 and I could see a 13 year old cat having maybe one or two of these problems (I work in feline veterinary medicine, we see a lot of senior cats) but all of these combined is bad news. I know they love animals but they’re slowly killing their cat and in the meantime he’s probably very uncomfortable if not in actual pain. Cats are unbelievably good at hiding pain and discomfort, but even then this cat doesn’t seem to be having a good time. I just feel so bad for him.

The food is marketed as cat/dog food and that alone is a red flag, cats and dogs are anatomically extremely different. A dog is closer to a human than it is to a cat. The entire feline digestive system is set up for meat, not plants. It’s like putting the wrong kind of gasoline into your car and expecting it to run just fine. I mean if there were a fortified dairy cheese that had all the nutrients humans require, would you be fine eating only that? No, because your digestive system is not set up for cheese. It would make you extremely ill and eventually kill you.

The topic of “should we even have pets” is another discussion entirely but the cats who already exist should be cared for to the best of our ability, including an appropriate diet. I once had a “vegan” guy suggest that we should euthanize all carnivorous animals because of the lives it would save. Like… if you assume direct responsibility for an animal, you have to do your absolute best to uphold their health. That includes feeding them meat if they’re a carnivore. We shouldn’t be breeding any new animals but we have a duty to take care of the ones who currently exist. I’m just so baffled that people who claim to love animals would completely ignore an animal’s biological needs. Shouldn’t we as vegans know that the source of nutrients is just as important as the nutrients themselves? That just because you’re getting X amount of ABC nutrients doesn’t automatically mean they’re coming from the right place? Maybe someday we will reach the point where science can create a vegan cat food that functions exactly in their digestive system as meat does. But we’re not there yet. You can’t blend up a bunch of potato, throw some synthetic taurine in there, and say it’s suitable for a cat. Ugh. I know there are vegans who will argue with me on this but if you’re not okay with feeding meat to a carnivore, then just don’t have a carnivorous animal.

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emmawatson Feel free to check out the @the_press_tour if you’re interested in information about sustainable fashion 💚💚💚 Paris photocall for the @wearethecircle, which is out in France on 12th July 🇫🇷⭕ Dress by @louisvuitton, embroidered by hand in Atelier Vermont in Paris. The silk lace was handmade in Caudry, a small French town that specialises in lace production, in an atelier that is certified by ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’, which is a recognition to reward French companies for the excellence of their traditional skills, and aims to preserve traditional savoir-faire that is in danger of disappearing. The lace is made from Oeko-Tex 100 certified materials, which means that they don’t contain toxic substances.
Shoes made in Italy by @santoniofficial, whose HQ is powered by 4,000 solar panels. Santoni also runs a school where young people can learn the craft of shoemaking.
@fernandojorge uses small workshops in central São Paulo to manufacture all his pieces. His motivation is to stimulate the local craftsmanship and emphasise the quality of “Made in Brazil”. Bag made in a family-owned factory in Alicante, Spain by @m2malletier. The factory was opened in 1981 by shoe designer Jaime Romero and his wife, together with 3 of his sons. Today, 25 artisans from the local town of Sax work in the factory, and have all been working there for at least 15 years. Everything is handcrafted using skills and traditions which have been passed from generation to generation.
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For skin, the organic concealer/foundation ‘Un’ Cover-Up in colour 22 by @rmsbeauty was used with the @janeiredale Active Light Concealer under the eyes. Silicone-free Bronzer by @vitaliberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals.
For eyes, the Ecocert certified @antonymcosmetics Natural Eyeliner Pencil in Brown and Organic Nosiette Eyeshadow were used. For brows, Jane Iredale Pure Brow Gel was used and @herbivorebotanicals Coco Rose Tint in Coral, which is suitable for vegans, was used to tint the cheeks. Lips are lined with Jane Iredale Lip Pencil in Crimson before @iliabeauty Arabian Knights was added.
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My favorite healthy vegan pancakes - hclf suitable!
In a blender, place ¾ cup oatmeal and blend. Add ½ banana, ½ cup non-dairy milk (I love to use vanilla soy milk) and brown sugar until the batter is sweet enough for your taste and blend again. Use a non-stick pan with low-medium heat and cook them until golden brown on both sides.
Follow my other IG @sabrinafruitbat for more food pictures and weight loss/fitness updates :)

For those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today, please keep in mind that while Guinness is working to remove Isinglass from its production process, at the moment it still isn’t vegan. You can find some really similar dark stouts which are suitable for vegans at Barnivore.com.

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Best lunch today thanks to my friend Katie! I love introducing friends to The Flame Tree Cafe in Dundee. 😁 Not only is Flame Tree vegan-friendly, it’s also suitable for dogs since they have two tables outside. 🐾 It was perfect for us today! I ordered my favourite falafel wrap with carrot lentil soup and she ordered the vegan BLT. Delicious as usual! So glad I was able to watch Smash for the week. I hope I can see y'all again before I move to Spain! 🐶💕

anonymous asked:

I have a weird question and I wish I was a troll but I'm really not. Any tips for a vegan who is allergic to most fruit, all kinds of nuts and almonds in ANY form (like lethally allergic) and also sensitive to anything soybased? i feel like I eat the same meal every day.

Well, I have severe (lethal) nut allergies, so I can empathize on that front. I’m assuming that you’re looking for milk and meat-replacement substitutes that are nut and soy free, first of all. 

Even though I enjoy my soy milk as much as the next vegan with a nut allergy, my actual favorite is flax milk. This is becoming more widely available in larger chain supermarkets. It comes in plain unsweetened, original, vanilla, and a bunch of others. They also produce flaxmilk yogurt products as well, for when you have that craving. This company is free from any cross-contamination with any kind of nut as well. Outside of flax milk, there’s widely available rice milk and coconut milk, both free from nuts (the latter brand uses quality control measures to prevent cross-contamination, and I’ve never had a problem). I never really got to love the taste of coconut, but hey, some people really dig it! All of these have sweetened and unsweetened varieties (some of them have chocolate, added protein, etc.) but you have to figure out which one tastes the best to you! Yes, this might mean dumping a bunch of money into plant milks, but there’s worse things to spend your money on :)

Now I assume you want to discuss meat-replacement products, because those are also big offenders in the realm of nuts and soy. Fortunately, the vegan product seitan is made of wheat gluten and excludes soy and nuts. You can either purchase this product commercially (Uptons Naturals is my personal favorite) plain to cook into other products, or in a variety of flavors for many different types of dishes. Another meat replacement, said to mimic pulled pork or chicken, is jackfruit. This can be purchased either packaged and ready to cook, in cans, or depending on your location, the actual whole fruit (hopefully this is one fruit you aren’t allergic to). Each of these can be treated just like soy-based meat replacements in meals (and I personally love the texture of seitan more than most meat replacements, and leagues more than tofu). Once again, these products are also all nut-friendly. 

Many people write off vegetables as adequate meat-replacement products, and they’re right; vegetables are simply not calorie-dense to a high enough degree to adequately fuel the average human being. However, for the occasional recipe, or just the feeling and flavor of a meat substitute, mushrooms and eggplants  are some of the first go-to options. There are many other vegetables that can substitute for meat as well; it really depends on the seasoning. Get to know your spice cabinet well! 

For other staples, I say worship beans and legumes. Vegans say it again and again, but it’s true. Get the large cans of chickpeas, great northern beans, cannellini beans, pinto beans, Lima beans, kidney beans, baked beans, navy beans, refried beans, broad beans, and more. They all have different textures and flavors, believe it or not, and you can read more about them here for ideas on what you can cook with them, or what to expect when you try to taste them. The links I’ve provided for the certain bean types include meals that you can make with that kind of bean, or a suitable vegan product including the bean in question. Beans replacing ground beef is a pretty common and easy substitute, especially in Mexican food (which is full of variety, if variety is what you’re looking for). 

Other meal bases that don’t have soy or nuts include lentils, rice, quinoa, and pasta! Lentils come in many varieties, such as red, green, and brown, and each of them can be cooked in different types of dishes. Similarly, there are many types of rice, their flavors and qualities varying depending on which variety you choose and what type of dish you want to cook it in. Quinoa is becoming more widely available in common supermarkets, and cooks up to serve as a fantastic meal base, either chilled or warm! As for pasta, there are more than a dozen different shapes and styles of pasta, so depending on your mood, you can have any of these shapes or styles of pasta serve as the base for your meal. Noodles expand outside of just pasta, however, and there are ramen, rice, and udon noodles commonly used in Asian cooking that are vegan friendly as well.

A lot of vegans also seem to hoard nut-butters by the jar, so if you want to join that camp, feel free to try Sunbutter for a nut-free nut-butter alternative. Tahini, made from seasame seeds, can often give the same effect as nut-butter, and is used in the creation of hummus or other spreads. Depending on where you have available to shop, there are other nut-free nut-butter alternatives that are free from soy, such as spreads made from peas

How about desserts? Well, I have you covered there too. For extremely allergen-friendly desserts, there’s Wink Desserts, which have an allergen-free ice-cream product made from peas. Still craving a heartier ice cream that is nut and soy free? Try rice-milk ice cream or coconut ice cream- both of them taste pretty good! 

Divvies produces desserts that are nut free and vegan. Regarding soy, some of their products contain soy, some of them do not; be sure to check the ingredients before ordering. For a brand that is completely allergen friendly, check out Enjoy Life Foods, whose products are friendly to people afflicted from the top 8 allergens. From individual candies and treats, to baking necessities such as chocolate chips and baking chocolate, to allergen-friendly on-the-go bars, Enjoy Life Foods is a must-visit for any allergy sufferer or vegan! Since they have their own factory, there is no risk for cross-contamination of peanuts or tree nuts. 

Many vegan desserts that are homemade require cashews for a creamy element, or a base made of crushed nuts, but I promise, there are recipes out there! All you have to do is google the product you want to make, and add in the words “vegan” and “nut free” following your dessert of choice. A perfect topping for a batch of vegan and nut-free brownies you make yourself is coconut whipped cream- yum!

As for your fruit allergy, since I don’t know specifically what fruits you are allergic to, my best advice is to continually rotate between the fruits that you are not effected by. There are so so so many fruits out there- it may be hard to find some that you enjoy very greatly that you are not allergic to, but fruit is not necessary to the foundation of a healthy, well-balanced vegan diet. 

I feel as though the high variety of options provided above should give you a good idea of how to start so your meals have some variety. Mix and match all of the options described to create different meals time and time again. Regularly check out food blogs as well, or buy vegan cookbooks; very few meals are actually based around soy-based substitutes or nuts, as the focus is on whole-food staples, such as legumes, beans, and cereals. 

Of course, please do not take my advice as that of a medical professional. I’m merely offering guidance on alternate sources to get similar/equivocal sources of calories and protein that satisfy the guidelines this ask presented me with. 

This post is dedicated to anyone who is vegan with food allergies, and for all the carnist rhetoric they have to hear time and time again! 

And to those people that claim vegans discriminate against people with allergies and intolerances, saying that they cannot become vegan- fuck off! We exist! We’re right here! Don’t use us in your petty excuses, especially when the only truth is you’re a lazy, sadistic asshole that values your tastebuds over the life of sentient creatures. 

In addition to this being a baby-masterpost of soy-free and nut-free vegan living, please, if you’re a vegan with allergies, don’t hesitate to reach out! There are other vegans with allergies of all kinds and combinations out there to give you tips on how to live with a tasty and diverse plant-based diet. We support you and believe in you, because you’re doing something that’s hard enough without the threat of death at the back of your mind. Keep up the amazing work! 

(Never forget that if you’re ever in doubt, speak with your primary care provider or a nutritionist to ensure that your diet is adequately providing the appropriate calories, macronutrients, and micronutrients, for your particular state of life)

-Admin Samantha

anonymous asked:

You are good at doing headcannons. How about 2p face family head canons with 2p fruk?

Aha just my favorite fam and thank you

Btw James and Allen are kids in this


- Oliver is a hockey/baseball mom

- Oliver is in charge of feeding everyone

>If Françios was in charge they’d be eating cheese

> yes just cheese

- There is no such this as a no dessert night

>even if Oliver gives them a “no dessert” punishment 

> oops his hand slipped and he just gave them cookies

- Françios lets Oliver dress him up so they match

>He does it for Oliver’s happiness

- Oliver tries very hard to make food suitable for Allen’s vegan diet

> Françios keeps telling Oliver not to stress over it but Allen is always really happy so

> Cupcake man can’t choose

- James taught Françios and Oliver how to ice skate

- Françios and James can be seen sleeping together

>Françios has his arm around James

>he protec

-Allen likes to play pranks on James 

>James attacks Allen in return for the favor

- Both kids are scared of Thunderstorms 

> They hide under Françios and Oliver’s bed

>When the adults find them the cuddle them and help them get through it

- Everyone gets their cheeks kissed by Oliver at least 4 times a day

-James and Allen set up dates for Oliver and Françios 

>Oliver and Françios both get teary eyed and give them presents in return

Bean Salad

Serves 1

Ingredients:

¼ red onion (white are way too powerful and not as sweet)

1 and a half vine ripened tomatoes, you can use about 6 cherry tomatoes or baby plum, but ive found vine taste the best

½ of a 400g tin of mixed beans, drained

½ of a bell pepper

A glug of cider vinegar (any fruit based vinegar will do, I’ve used red wine vinegar before, just not malt)

A little olive oil

a pinch of salt and pepper.

Method:

Simply cut up all the ingredients to your liking and mix in a bowl with the vinegar, olive oil and seasoning.

This is a very quick and easy recipe but it is definitely filling. and also suitable for vegans. I eat it regularly.

“What is candle magick?”

The Short Answer:

Candle magick is any form of magickal spell or working in which lit candles are employed to provide strength, energy, and focus to a spell or magick working. These spells don’t always use candles as the sole tool of the spell (for instance, many candle spells also involve crystals and deity invocations), but the candles are always one of the central focuses of the spell’s workings.


The Long Answer:

Beginner or “novice” Witches and apprentices often struggle with the most basic aspects of Witchcraft and magick; what do these terms mean, and how do I understand them and use them in my own Craft? In such an arcane (literally “little known”) field as Witchcraft this is especially intense, because knowledge of our practices and methods have been hidden, crushed, suppressed or persecuted for many centuries by those around us who fear that which they do not understand. 

Thus, the ways of Witches are constantly being relearned and reinvented, uncovered and reinterpreted, so that the practice of our ancestors is different to that which we perform today, and the practice of our descendants shall be similarly different from our own. This does not mean that our new practices, or our reworked older practices, are lesser though! If anything it makes them more potent, seeing as they are more suitable for the world in which we live today than perhaps an older spell that relied on a time when the fastest means of transport was a galloping horse.


“How does candle magick play into this?”

One of the oldest elements of magick that has been reinvented in the modern day is that of the magick of candles. Candle magick is an ancient art that has been present since the development of tallow candles (see below), in which we use the presence of the tamed flames within our Circles to provide fuel and power to the spells we weave. 

Everyone has a different means of doing so, but the main features of modern candle magick are as follows:

  • Colour: Modern Witches utilise different colours for different effects. Red is usually associated with powerful emotions, especially love and lust, whilst blue may be associated with sleep, calm or oceans. Research what colours you’ll need, but if colours don’t matter to you it’s entirely acceptable to simply use a generic white candle for everything.

  • Size: The size of a candle doesn’t just affect it’s burn time, but also its flame size. Fatter candles possess fatter wicks, that will burn with a larger flame but will consume the candle faster. Balancing time with power is an important skill, and should consider what you’re using your candle for - if it’s just to burn overnight until it goes out, use a tealight. If you want it to last all day as you perform a sabbat or ritual around it, use a large votive candle that’s rated for at least 48 hours (so that no more than half is used on a single day).

  • Shape: Candles come in a variety of shapes, but choosing between tapers (free standing, thin towers), votives (free-standing squat candles that thin out towards the bottom), pillars (traditional free-standing candles), jar candles (literally in a jar) and others can impact your spell. Research what shapes work best for you - I mostly use pillars or tealights!

  • Fragrance: Some Witches choose specific fragrances for specific effects, such as jasmine for money or ylang-ylang for healing. Others don’t use smells at all, and find that they simply distract from the focus upon the spell. Whilst I admit I am the latter in this situation, preferring to burn incense if I desire pleasant aromas in my workings, scent is a common feature for Witches to focus on and I’d suggest you research what scent you need for what effect if that’s something you desire. 

  • Sustainability: An issue that has been plaguing more and more Witches and other practitioners of candle magick in recent years has been that of how to source candles in a manner that’s sustainable for the environment. Common candles used and their positives and negatives will be discussed below. This aspect doesn’t necessarily affect the spells themselves, but is of significance rather to the Witch who casts them.

Choosing the appropriate combination of the above is important, not least to the magick but also to yourself! Find a combination that works for you!


“What candles are sustainable to use?”

  • Paraffin is cheap, readily available, and produces little to no smoke. It’s also easily obtained in a variety of colours and fragrances. However, paraffin wax is made of petrochemicals, substances produced from crude oil, and as a result is unsustainable in the long run. 

  • Palm oil is the most widely used non-petrochemical wax. Whilst it’s also almost as cheap as paraffin, and relatively smokefree, it’s also produced by cutting down vast numbers of palm trees. Whilst these trees are usually farmed, and so are relatively renewable, the land cleared for palm tree logging is extensive and often linked to habitat destruction. All jelly candles are made with palm oil.

  • Soy is one of the vegetable waxes, and whilst it’s cheaper than some other substances it’s more expensive than paraffin or palm oil candles. It also requires far less habitat destruction to grow than palm oil, but is also grown on cleared land, and it encourages the production of extensive monocultures of soy plants that can cause difficulties for many species of insect, other arthropods, and the animals that feed on them. It produces more smoke than paraffin wax, but is not massively smoky. It can be easily dyed and perfumed, and is widely available for purchase in good candle shops and speciality stores.

  • Bee’s wax is probably the most expensive kind of widely produced commercial candle, and it’s also the most smoke-producing (though it still produces little smoke). However, it’s also one of the most sustainable kinds of wax because so long as the bees are kept healthy, it doesn’t harm them to take some of their wax (and good beekeepers know how much is too much to take and will limit their harvest). It’s an animal wax, which means it’s not suitable for those vegans who don’t use insect products, of course, and it can be between three and five times the price of a similarly sized paraffin candle. It’s also difficult to colour, and has a lovely fragrance of its own but this can make it difficult for people to find scented bee’s wax candles. It can be produced without requiring large factories or clearing a huge amount of land, and placing bee hives in an area is actually very beneficial for the local land (provided the bees are an appropriate species for the region of course).
     
  • Tallow is an animal product made from the fat of mammals like cows and pigs. This makes it very smoky, and unsuitable for vegans or vegetarians. It also has a rather unpleasant smell. However, it is the most traditional form of candle, so those who are highly focused on traditional practices may wish to use it, and tallow is really very cheap because few people in the modern day buy it. It’s not particularly sustainable, since animals take a lot of land and energy to produce, but since the animals are killed anyway it’s better to use the product than simply throw it away. 


In conclusion, candle magick is a simple, cheap means of providing focus power to your spells. It’s a highly useful form of Witchcraft, and one I hope you find useful. And that’s a basic introduction to candle magick! I hope it helps you!

– Juniper

Vegan Substitutes for Meat

Here is a list with some alternatives/substitutes suitable for vegans. They are divided by type. If you have any product to add feel free to message me and I’ll update the list. Each one has a direct link to the corresponding websites so you can check the ingredients and where those are available. 

  • GF: Gluten Free
  • SF: Soy Free


General Alternatives

  • Vegetable Spring Rolls | Health is Wealth
  • Thai Spring Rolls | Health is Wealth
  • Vegetable Egg Rolls | Health is Wealth
  • Potsticker | Health is Wealth
  • Veggie Munchees | Health is Wealth 
  • Ground Crumbles | Boca
  • Vegan Prepared Foods | Amy’s
  • Asian Ground Round Lettuce Wraps| Yves 
  • Organic Soy Tempeh | Tofurky (GF)

Vegan Alternatives to Chicken

  • Chik’n Veggie Patties | Morningstar Farms®
  • Garden Veggie Nuggets | Morningstar Farms®
  • Chicken-Free Buffalo Wings | Health is Wealth
  • Vegan Chicken-Free Patties | Health is Wealth
  • Vegan Chicken-Free Nuggets | Health is Wealth
  • Spicy Chik'n Patties| Boca
  • Original Chik'n Nuggets| Boca
  • Original Chik'n Patties {Non-GMO} | Boca
  • Spicy Chik'n Patties{Non-GMO} | Boca
  • Original Chik'n Nuggets{Non-GMO} | Boca
  • Smart Strips Chick'n | Lightlife  
  • Meatless Smoked Chicken Slices | Yves
  • Heart’s Desire Meatless Chicken Strips | Yves
  • Lemon Herb Chicken Skewers | Yves
  • Tofurky® Chick'N Pot Pie | Yves
  • Mandarin Crispy Chick’n | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Seven Grain Crispy Tenders | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Chick’n Scallopini | Gardein (Non GMO) (GF)
  • Teriyaki Chick’n Strips | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Marinara Chick’n Filets | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Crispy Chick’n Patty | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Chipotle Lime Fingers | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Chick’n Sliders | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Barbecue Wings | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Grilled Strips | Beyond Meat (Non GMO)
  • Southwest Style Strips | Beyond Meat (Non GMO)
  • Lightly Seasoned Strips | Beyond Meat (Non GMO)
  • Ground Chicken | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Chicken Drumsticks | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Chicken Tikka Masala | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Ginger Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Half Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Kung Pao Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Orange Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Teriyaki Chicken Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Thai Curry Chicken Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Meat/Beef

  • Nate’s Classic Flavor | Nate’s
  • Nate’s Savory Mushroom | Nate’s
  • Nate’s Zesty Italian | Nate’s
  • Hickory BBQ Riblets | Morningstar Farms®
  • Veggie Loaf Whole Meal | Amy's 
  • Gimme Lean Beef | Lightlife
  • Smart Ground Original | Lightlife
  • Smart Ground Mexican | Lightlife
  • Vegan Grain Strips With BBQ Sauce | Yves
  • Vegan Grain Meat with Sweet Chili Thai Sauce | Yves
  • Meatless Ground Round Original | Yves
  • Meatless Ground Taco Stuffers | Yves
  • Meatless Breakfast Patties | Yves 
  • Meatless Roast without the Beef Slices | Yves
  • Heart’s Desire Meatless Beef Strips | Yves
  • Roast Beef Style Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Ground Beef Style | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Chorizo Style | Tofurky
  • Meatless Veggie Meatballs | Amy’s
  • Beefless Ground | Gardein (Non GMO) (GF)
  • Beefless Slider | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Meatless Meatballs | Gardein (Non GMO) 
  • Breakfast Patties | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Beefless Tips | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Szechuan Beefless Strips | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Meatless Meatloaf | Gardein (Non GMO) 
  • Beefy Crumbles | Beyond Meat (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Feisty Crumbles | Beyond Meat (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Celebration Roast | Field Roast
  • Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute | Field Roast
  • Quarter Loaves | Field Roast
  • Classic Meatloaf | Field Roast
  • Ground Beef | MATCH® (Non GMO) (GF) 
  • Vegan Black Pepper Steaks | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Korean Sesame Beef Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Kung Pao Beef Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to SeaFood

  • Golden Fishless Filet | Gardein (Non GMO) 
  • Crab | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • New England Style Crab Cakes | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Fish Fillets | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Shrimp | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Thai Lemongrass Fish Fillets | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Tuna Rolls | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Pork

  • Smart Bacon | Lightlife
  • Meatless Canadian Bacon | Yves
  • Ground Pork | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Stuffed Pork Chops | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Citrus Sparerib Cutlets | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Ham Roll | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Turkey

  • Smart Deli Turkey | Lightlife
  • Meatless Ground Turkey | Yves
  • Meatless Deli Turkey Slices | Yves
  • Tofurky® Feast | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Roast & Gravy | Tofurky
  • Savory Gravy | Tofurky
  • Savory Stuffed Turk’y | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Holiday Roast | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Turk’y Cutlet | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Turkey Roll | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Whole Turkey | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Slices

  • Smart Deli Bologna | Lightlife
  • Smart Deli Ham | Lightlife
  • Smart Deli Pepperoni | Lightlife
  • Smart Dogs | Lightlife
  • Smart Dogs Jumbo | Lightlife
  • Tofu Pups | Lightlife 
  • Veggie Brats Classic | Yves
  • Veggie Brats Zesty Italian | Yves
  • Meatless Pepperoni | Yves
  • Meatless Deli Salami Slices | Yves
  • Meatless Ham Slices | Yves
  • Smoked Ham Style Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky  
  • Pepperoni Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Italian Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Bologna Style Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Hickory Smoked Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Peppered Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Oven Roasted Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Hot Dogs | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Jumbo Hot Dogs | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Breakfast Links | Tofurky
  • Deli Slices | Field Roast

Pre Made Vegan Pizzas

  • Tofurky GF Pesto Supreme Pizza | Tofurky (GF)
  • Tofurky Pepperoni Pizza | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Italian Sausage Pizza | Tofurky
  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza | Amy’s  
  • Rice Crust Spinach Pizza | Amy’s
  • Single Serve Non-Dairy Rice Crust Cheeze Pizza | Amy’s
  • Single Serve Rice Crust Roasted Vegetable Pizza | Amy’s
  • Cheeze Lover’s Pizza | Daiya  (Non-GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Margherita Pizza | Daiya (Non-GMO) (GF) (Soy Free)
  • Fire-Roasted Vegetable Pizza | Daiya (Non-GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Mushroom & Roasted Garlic Pizza | Daiya (Non-GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Pizza Pizzaz | Tofutti (Non-GMO

Vegan Burger Alternatives

  • Spicy Indian Veggie Burger | Morningstar Farms®
  • Black Bean Chipotle Veggie Burger | Gardenburger®
  • Veggie Medley Veggie Burger | Gardenburger®
  • Original Vegan | Boca
  • Vegan Burger {Non-GMO} | Boca
  • California Veggie Burger| Amy’s
  • Smart Patties Black Bean Burger| Lightlife 
  • Smart Patties Original Burger with Quinoa| Lightlife 
  • Meatless Chicken Burger | Yves
  • Quarter Pound Veggie Burger | Amy's 
  • Meatless Beef Burger | Yves 
  • Roasted Garlic and Quinoa Burger | Morningstar Farms®
  • Organic Five Grain Tempeh | Tofurky  (GF)
  • Black Bean Sliders | Gardein (Non-GMO)
  • Garden Veggie Burger | Gardein (Non-GMO) (GF)
  • Chipotle Black Bean Burger | Gardein (Non-GMO) (GF)
  • Ultimate Beefless Burger | Gardein (Non-GMO)
  • The Beast Burger™ | Beyond Meat (Non-GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Hand-Formed Burger | Field Roast 
  • Stuffed Mushroom Burgers | MATCH® (Non-GMO) (GF)

Vegan Sausages & Hot Dogs

  • Meatless Hot Dog | Yves
  • The Good Dog | Yves
  • Tofu Dog | Yves
  • Original Meatless Jumbo Hot Dogs | Yves
  • Tofurky® Sausage & Veggie Quiche | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Kielbasa - Gourmet Sausages | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Italian Sausage - Gourmet Sausages | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Beer Brats - Gourmet Sausages | Tofurky
  • Artisan Tofurky® Chick'N and Apple Sausages | Tofurky
  • Artisan Tofurky® Spinach Pesto Sausages | Tofurky
  • Artisan Tofurky® Andouille Sausages | Tofurky 
  • Veggie Sausages | Amy’s
  • Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage | Field Roast
  • Sausage Links | Field Roast
  • Frankfurters | Field Roast
  • Italian Sausage | MATCH® (Non-GMO) (GF)
  • SoyBoy

Oh yeah, if anyone cares;

I emailed Anastasia Beverly Hills asking if any of their products are suitable for vegans- I was having trouble finding anything online, so yeah. Their packaging shows they are cruelty free, but unfortunately that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s free of animal byproducts (which I find dumb but anyway~)

They said everything is cool except for the following three products (which contain beeswax):

  • Brow Duality
  • Beauty Empress
  • Brow Fix/Brow Fix Primer (product name seems to vary depending where you are - it’s the colourless waxy pencil)

So yay for pretty eyebrows (and other stuff- their contour palette looks interesting).

EDITED TO ADD (I reblogged it with this, but the original post is what’s being reblogged so yeah): As tumblr user croakboard mentioned, “Many of their strictly eyeshadow palettes like the Maya Mia and Tamanna ones have carmine, though, but usually you can look on someplace like sephora’s website if they come out with other palettes and you want to know if they are vegan.”

Always remember to ask about insect ingredients as well when messaging companies!!! “Vegan-friendly/suitable for vegans” can sometimes be understood as “animal-derived”, so companies will sometimes fail to mention if there is carmine/honey/etc in their products.

anonymous asked:

Do you know of anything that could replace honey including the antibacterial qualities? Most other vocalists use honey to keep their voices healthy but I can't seem to find a suitable vegan replacement. I looked at the website of that Bee Free Honee thing you recommended but it didn't say anything about it being antibacterial.

Apple cider vinegar and garlic both have some antibacterial properties (from the research that I have done, anyways, these seem to be the two best options)

-Admin Samantha

Vegan hair care from Lush. 😍 Not all their products are vegan (some have honey) but they don’t test on animals. 🙌 Some bottles have the vegan symbol on the front, others have “suitable for vegans” on the back. Just ask the lovely Lush people to help you find what you need. These aren’t overpowering either. I can’t stand strong fragrances! 😅 (at LUSH Dundee)

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fenugreek microgreens harvested today 🐰

crunchy, slightly bitter leaves that goes well with spicy food (or in salads and wraps) and best eaten young. grows rapidly, all year round in almost any condition! fenugreek is also an excellent green manure / nitrogen fixer and suitable for crop rotation!

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