Vegetarian & Vegan Hoopers

A group dedicated to hoopers follow a vegetarian and vegan diet to discuss relevant issues among us, share receipes, and tips. *You do not have to be a vegetarian or vegan to join.

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The Truth About Juicing

Started by SaFire*. Last reply by Jamie Shaffer Apr 12. 6 Replies

Honey Help

Started by Allyssa. Last reply by MeowAllieCat Mar 4, 2013. 11 Replies

Does dining out have to be a drag?

Started by Kelly Dotson. Last reply by MeowAllieCat Mar 4, 2013. 9 Replies

cage-free/ free-range eggs

Started by katie ely. Last reply by MeowAllieCat Mar 4, 2013. 10 Replies

What do vegans eat for lunch?

Started by Becca Boo. Last reply by Allyssa Nov 1, 2012. 9 Replies

Complete Proteins

Started by Sophia. Last reply by Winter Sep 10, 2012. 6 Replies

Introduce Yourself

Started by Mrs. Skittles of Sparkle & Burn*. Last reply by JazzyHoopz Sep 9, 2012. 69 Replies

Lack of energy

Started by Becca Boo. Last reply by Becca Boo Feb 2, 2012. 11 Replies

Tomatoes & Slavery

Started by Peace&Honey. Last reply by Renee Jul 14, 2011. 1 Reply

Vegan/Veggie Friendly Footwear

Started by Tracy A-B. Last reply by Courtney R Apr 25, 2011. 4 Replies

parmesan cheese

Started by katie ely. Last reply by Sara Durán Apr 21, 2011. 4 Replies

Vegan Hoop Makers

Started by Deya Lish Feb 1, 2011. 0 Replies

Brown Bag Vegetarian Style

Started by Moregan Kira. Last reply by Camille Dec 9, 2010. 13 Replies


Started by Mrs. Skittles of Sparkle & Burn*. Last reply by spin gypsy of Centric Hoops* Aug 26, 2010. 27 Replies

Protein rich vegetarian dinners

Started by Jo Mondy of LiveLoveHoop. Last reply by Erika "Pixie" Radcliffe Aug 15, 2010. 6 Replies

Veg*n Quotes

Started by Mrs. Skittles of Sparkle & Burn*. Last reply by The CircularPhile Aug 7, 2010. 4 Replies

Nutritional yeast

Started by OrganicHoop. Last reply by The CircularPhile Aug 7, 2010. 19 Replies

The Vegan Bus is Going to August Wildfire

Started by Deya Lish. Last reply by Gwyneth Catlin Aug 2, 2010. 1 Reply


Re: Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas by Renee

Thanks for the recipe, I LOVE chickpeas, but I have only had them on a salad , I have not tried them any other way , but I will now....thanks again.

Re: Vegetarian Indian Cooking Basics by Renee

"Onions  -  Your favorite onion and particularly the regular yellow onion."
Hmm actually, Indians never use yellow onions, or white ones. Pyaz (onions) are usually the small red ones. They are hard to find in American grocery stores, so most people buy the them from a local Indian market, We purchase ours in ten pound sacks.
Of course, you can use whatever onion you prefer with great results, but I only mentioned it for authenticity sake.

Two things that were not in the list, and are far more essential to everyday Indian cooking than cloves, cinnamon, or cardamom is Asafoetida (hing) and Ghee (clarified butter) The smell of hing is pretty powerful, and is the odor that you probably most associate to an Indian market, but can not identify. It is made from the resin of a plant, gives a wonderful sulfurous taste much like onions and garlic, without using them, and is therefore a favorite among Jains. To use hing, get your oil, or ghee, nice and hot, and then before you add your mustard or cumin seeds add a pinch of it to the hot oil. The aroma changes immediately into something else. It really is a staple ingredient in our home cooking. Especially when cooking Dal.
And here are some of the hindi names of the most common spices that you will most like...

Re: Vegetarian Indian Cooking Basics by Renee

Hi Carol, Mustard oil is used throughout India, some regions use it daily, and others for special dishes. Like Sarson Ke Sag in Punjab. It has quite a flavor to it, and we do use it in our household, but usually in addition with other oils. When we fry the usual onion, garlic, ginger mix, we use a high heat mellow tasting oil, like Safflower, and add a teaspoon or two of mustard oil with it. Kinda the same way people use other high flavor oils, like sesame.
It is a personal taste, and sometimes we make a dish like aloo gobi, with it, and then maybe the next time we leave it out. It is totally up to you, Indian cuisine is very forgiving, and rarely are there "set" ingredients as in baking. A woman making palak paneer in north india, will make a very different tasting palak paneer than a woman in the South..but both are still identified as the same dish. So have fun, and don't worry.
You just should make sure that your mustard oil is food grade. Mustard oil is used in India for other things as well, lamp oil, squeaky door hinge fixer.. you name it. You can get a bottle from your local indian store that is safe to cook with for about $3.00.

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Comment by dawn ann gregory on November 12, 2011 at 10:46pm

I follow a mostly raw diet also.  I eat all raw at home and then make exceptions when I eat out.  I find that incorporating green juices or green smoothies is necessary for me. 

I can share my typical routine which is very simple:  I have a green juice made with a cucumber, celery, bunch of kale/chard/collards, pear or apple, lemon, and ginger in the morning.  I take chopped up strawberries, banana, dates, and pecans for a mid-morning snack.  Usually arugula, tomato, avocado salad with lemon juice for lunch, then some sort of raw cheese made with nuts, pesto, and tomato for dinner.  Sometimes I eat a late lunch and skip dinner.  I always make sure to have some sort of dessert in the house like raw cashew-coconut-carob cupcakes or raw chocolate truffles.  I supplement with cell food and B12. 

I transitioned overnight.  Fast food one day, raw the next.  It was really hard and a shock to my system, but worked for me.  Some recommend starting with raw desserts or trying to do raw only until dinner and having a cooked dinner. 

Adapting to non-raw foodists isn't as difficult for me as adapting to non-vegans.  I will eat vegan food that isn't raw when I go out or to a friend's house.  The most difficult is probably family events (my family is cattle ranchers on one side, meat and potato people on the other).  Some people will see your results and want to change their own diet, others will feel threatened by it - I just take it in stride and try not to get overly frustrated or upset. Just lead by example!

I hope that helps, Glenna - even though you didn't ask me I thought I might be able to chime in ;)

Comment by Glenna Frey on November 12, 2011 at 6:23pm

So, Halo and Amelia, can you please share the basics of eating raw?  How did you transition?  How do you adapt to others in your life who don't eat raw?


Comment by Halo on November 9, 2011 at 8:23am

It only continues to get better... I've been raw for about a year and a half now and I feel amazing all the time!

Comment by Amelia "Fyrefly" Greenwood on November 9, 2011 at 2:49am

Yay for raw :) I've only been raw for about 3 months but loving it!

Comment by Halo on October 27, 2011 at 6:36pm
Amelia, I am raw vegan.
Comment by Amelia "Fyrefly" Greenwood on October 26, 2011 at 6:46pm
Any hoopers out there follow the 80/10/10 diet?
Comment by JennyZ on August 19, 2011 at 1:38pm
Hi ALL ! includes all organic animal~free gourmet cuisine from Sept 15 - 19th in the beautiful Poconos mountains of PA .....HoopHeaven :)
Comment by Louzilla on August 19, 2011 at 1:24pm
To the new vegetarians and vegans... if you have any questions or need help or advice with anything at all, don't hesitate to message me! Much love to you.
Comment by Laura DiFilippo on August 11, 2011 at 7:36am
thats so awesome sophia!! i also recently went vegan after wanting to do it for awhile...i finally had the will power to commit and im so happy :)
Comment by Sophia on August 10, 2011 at 9:39pm
hey! I'm new here and I just decided to become a vegan! This is something I've been wanting to do for a while and I'm pretty excited :)

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