Today, I was flipping through my “Vegan Cookbook for Beginners” and found the recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes. Considering that my younger sister has celiac disease I thought this would be an interesting recipe to try out.
When gathering and prepping the ingredients, I forgot to consider cutting the recipe in half. So, if you want only 12 cupcakes instead of 24 make sure to cut the measurements in half.
What the recipe calls for:
(the measurements in ( ) I added to indicate what you would need for half of the recipe)
1¾ cups (½ cup 6 tbsp) of Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
¾ cup (6tbsp) of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 (1) teaspoons of Baking Soda
1 (½) teaspoon of Baking Powder
2 (1) cups of Evaporated Cane Juice (in other words Organic Cane Sugar)
The most common comment and assumption that I received when I first went vegetarian and continue to hear now being plant-based are: “You won’t be getting the amount of protein you need to be healthy without meat” and “You are going to become protein deficient.”
Hearing both things will cause me to either roll my eyes or nod in gratification out of sarcasm, because I have a low tolerance for people who speak on things that they don’t know enough about to pass judgement and make assumptions. But, anyways instead of just taking these comments and assumptions as annoyances I try to educate the ignorance these people speak to me with out of them. Just as I do with people who make these comments I want to share with you my opinions and the little knowledge I have acquired that show you can still in fact get the protein you need on a plant-based diet, if not in a healthier way.
Where to get protein beyond a meat source:
For starters, I would like to say that I find it to be a common misconception that we need massive amounts of protein to be healthy. We in fact actually only need about 18 to 60 grams of protein a day. The amount of protein you need usually depends on your weight and activity level.
What led me to start living a plant based lifestyle? The answer is ethical considerations, which I will explain as I tell you where I started from and how I got to where I am today.
So to begin, I was always that person who would say that they loved animals so much yet would still consume the meat of innocent animals on my dinner plate each night. I used to believe that I could never go without eating meat because I was such a picky eater, I was wrong. I really started questioning my ethics about a year ago after a lot of the YouTubers I watch started talking about veganism in their videos. Watching people talk about the treatment of animals and the whole idea of veganism really touched me. The talk about this life style got me thinking how as kids are parents would teach us that all animals need to be treated with respect, yet would feed us the meat of animals each day without question. This thought didn’t sit well with me and made me cringe at the thought of eating meat for a couple of months. Within those couple of months I honestly avoided meat but would end up eating meat when I went out to dinner with people because I hadn’t told any one how I felt about all of this yet.
On my blog, I will be promoting the benefits of living a plant-based life. I will be sharing recipes, products, and advice related to veganism. On occasion I will share my thoughts and experiences with you as I consciously try to address important issues and topics within the plant-based community.
I wanted to create a blog dedicated to living a plant-based lifestyle, because I have so much passion for this topic that I wanted to create a space for myself that would allow me to interact with others that share the same interest. My enthusiasm for this topic is not just devoted to the food aspect, but to the welfare of animals as well. I believe that all sentient beings deserve to be treated with respect and for that reason animals should not be exploited for our taste buds, pleasure or profit.
In June of 2016, I decided to go vegetarian. After several months of contemplating the lifestyle shift. Once I had learned how animals are treated in slaughter houses, and the negative effects that consuming meat has on our bodies, I decided that going vegetarian was something I needed to do. Over these past six months, I have slowly eliminated all animal products from my diet that includes eggs and dairy. Along with those efforts I have also been making a conscious effort not to buy products that are made from animals anymore. Being new to this community, I figured a blog would help me fully transition into this lifestyle by being able to connect and learn from others.
With this blog, I hope to connect with readers that similarly follow a plant-based lifestyle. I want this blog to serve as a place where I can come together with other plant-based bloggers to share our passion and ideas. I also, want this blog to serve not only as inspiration but informative for people who are considering making the transition to a plant-based lifestyle.