New Vegan Takeaway Shop! Penn Station, Mitchell

We are an all vegan takeaway shop, everything that is sold is vegan, and the food that we sell is marketed to takeaway with the packaging we have.
Our packaging that we source is entirely plant based, is compostable, will decompose in 30-90 days if it goes to landfill, but is also recyclable. For example, the sandwich wedges are not plastic; they are made of corn starch.
We don’t have a grease trap yet and as such we are under strict conditions to what we can and can’t prepare on site so most of our food is brought in from suppliers. We also have to have minimal washing up which means we are not able to provide crockery etc. for customers and why we have the packaging.
We are planning on expanding as we have room out the back, so in a few months we will have dinners, functions, movie nights, and activities offered out the back.
Our menu is constantly expanding and when we have been able to get the right equipment we will offer a wide range of vegan food products!
On Friday’s we will offer take home packs so you can pick up a meal and take home to heat up; these will range from lasagnes, curries, risottos, sausage rolls, and pies!

Truckload of one-day-old chicks buried alive in ‘clean-up’ after crash on Burley Griffin Way – 5 April 2018

BREAKING: BURIED ALIVE

*Truckload of one-day old chicks buried alive in ‘clean-up’ after crash*

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING CONTENT MAY BE UPSETTING

In the early hours of Easter Monday a truck carrying 108,000 one-day old chicks in containers crashed on Burley Griffin Way as it headed to a poultry facility in Tabbita. Most of the containers were thrown from the truck as it crashed down an embankment. Yass Valley Council were reportedly in charge of the ‘clean up’ that lasted until around midday the next day.

At around 4pm concerned citizens attended the site in case any birds had been left behind. As they approached, they could hear plaintive but feeble chirping. When they reached the site, a scene of utter devastation met their eyes. The area was scattered with thousands of little bodies both living and deceased. Everything in the area, including the living and dead chicks, had been bulldozed into piles of debris, with live chicks left to suffocate and die in the wreckage. Rescuers then worked for over 5 hours digging the babies out of the mounds by hand.

The accompanying footage makes clear that the actions of those involved in the transport of these animals and the so-called clean-up showed complete disregard for the thousands of lives affected. This kind of hideous occurrence epitomises the cruelty and suffering inherent in animal agriculture and the consumption of animals, and animal products.

There is more to come so please follow Vegan ACT for updates! If you have any enquiries please message us directly through the group, page, by calling on 0417 464 675 or emailing contact@veganact.org.au

Original facebook post:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/VeganACT/permalink/2034563186818255/


Pre-Purchase Billie Dolphin Picture Book by Tusk Books!

By Nicole

Following on from my picture book ‘Ella’, my second book ‘Billie’ is now available to pre-purchase through a crowdfunding campaign at www.igg.me/at/billiepicturebook. This eye-opening story draws attention to the human-made perils for dolphins and other marine wildlife. You can help raise awareness and spread the word about the many issues faced by dolphins and other ocean wildlife. Billie sets off to find the biggest wave and soon encounters issues such as pollution, huge driftnets, dolphins in captivity and whaling. Make sure you check out the crowdfunding site for sample pages from the book. Thanks for your ongoing support.

Are nuts and seeds too high in fat to include in my vegan diet? By Linda Smillie APD

Pine & Pistachio Nuts

I recommend nuts and seeds to the majority of my vegan clients. Nuts and seeds are energy dense foods rich in bioactive macronutrients, micronutrients and phytochemicals.  Some vegan health professionals advise restricting dietary fat, including fat found in whole plant foods such as nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut and avocados. Many vegans restrict or completely avoid these foods for this reason. Is the avoidance of healthful fats really necessary for the average vegan? It is true that there is good evidence for the use of very low-fat plant-based diets for people with severe coronary artery disease however there is little evidence to suggest that such diets should serve as the gold standard for vegans. Some of the most long-lived, healthy people in the world consume diets that often exceed 35% fat (such as the Mediterranean). The Mediterranean and many Asian diets are traditional plant-based dietary patterns that include nuts and are reputed for their beneficial effects on health.

Nuts and seeds are an excellent source of healthful fats, including essential omega 3 fatty acids which are known to improve blood flow, enhance immune function and reduce inflammation. They are rich in minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium and zinc, and are important sources of vitamins, especially vitamin E and folate. They are good sources of plant protein. Nuts and seeds are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants which favorably alter inflammation, oxidized LDL and endothelial function. Nuts and seeds have a low carbohydrate content and thus have the lowest glycemic index of any whole plant foods.

The research on nuts and seeds and human health is overwhelmingly favorable. Their consumption is associated with a reduction in heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, overweight, macular degeneration, dementia and gallstones. Consumption of nuts has been positively associated with longevity. Maximum benefits are associated with intakes of about 30-40g per day. Because nuts are high in healthy fats they are high in calories so try not to graze on nuts if you are concerned about your weight. A 2013 report in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that daily nut eaters were less likely to diet of cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.

Eat a variety of nuts and seeds, as each variety has a unique nutrient profile. Include omega-3 rich varieties such as chia, linseeds, hempseeds and walnuts. Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, a mineral which functions as an antioxidant and has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Tips to include more nuts and seeds in your diet:

  • Snack on nuts and/or seeds
  • Add nuts and seeds to salads and stir frys
  • Add nuts and seeds to smoothies
  • Add ground nuts such as flaxseed meal or LSA to your porridge or smoothie
  • Use nut butters such as peanut butter, almond butter (preferably no sugar and salt)

By Linda Smillie APD

www.actapd.com.au

Vegan ACT Trivia Night Fundraiser for A Place of Peace – 17 February 2018

Thank you to everybody who supported the fundraiser for A Place of Peace Sanctuary last night, we had a blast and together we raised $1100 to go towards caring for the animals ❤️👏 Please check out their work and continue to support them!

Congratulations to winning team “Hail Seitan” who walked away with a prize of cookbooks, The Cruelty Free Shop vouchers and a tasty cake mixes and the honour of being crowned the (dark) royalty of trivia! 🤘 Team “Hey You #1” came in at a close second 😉

Some of those who helped make the evening come together: Euan our amazing trivia host; Billie, Andrew and Tamsin from Billie Dean Deep Peace Trust/A Place of Peace Sanctuary who expertly co-organised the event with Vegan ACT; Francine, Steffi, Ali, Gareth, Lyndel and Coffee Room who donated food; our prize donors The Cruelty Free Shop Braddon, The Fish Shack, Gentle Heart Publishing, Big Stinky Dog, Coffee Room, Vegan ACT and participants who donated through both purchasing tickets and other donations on the night, and everyone who shared or promoted the event. I’m sure I will have forgotten someone, please tag them in the comments!

Vegan ACT is completely volunteer run and a registered non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting veganism in our region in so many different ways, and we rely on this wonderful community to make these fundraisers a success and you always deliver – thank you! 🙌
Please get in touch if you would like to help with future events via contact@veganact.org.au

Oxygen Nutrition @ Canberra Airport – New 10% Discount for Vegan ACT Cardholders!

Oxygen is Canberra’s all-in-one provider of premium, low cost health foods and sports nutrition products. Oxygen boasts Canberra’s largest variety of vegan products for gym and fitness at Australia’s lowest prices. Oxygen specialises in healthy products that bridge the gaps in our daily diet so their clients can feel great, think clear and progress to their health and fitness goals.

We’d loved to extend a 10% discount to all vegan act cardholders, noting that there are a small handful of products excluded (heavily reduced products and sale items). this discount should be applicable to around 95% of our product ranging.

https://oxygennutrition.com.au/collections/animal-free-products

Vegan ACT Brunch @ Bitten Goodfoods – 13 January 2018

Thanks everyone who attended the first Vegan ACT brunch for 2018! It was lovely meeting up with you all. The food was nice, as were the surroundings. Pleasant company, friendly service and a bit of shopping afterwards.

Bitten Goodfoods is about 85% vegan. Apart from maybe one (usually) omni option, anything else is vegetarian. They have some really interesting products in the shopping area, some I haven’t seen elsewhere. There are some animal products in the fridge and on the shelves but a lot of it is vegan-friendly, and much of it is organic.

Thanks also to Bitten Goodfoods for welcoming us and putting two vegan specials on for us. They also carry a range of Pana Chocolate’s desserts.

Latest Poultry Place Newsletter – April 2018

update77Poultry Place TurkeysClick here for the latest update from a Poultry Place: April 2018

A Poultry Place is a no kill sanctuary which offers a safe, permanent home to rescued and unwanted domesticated poultry (roosters, chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese).
www.facebook.com/apoultryplace

A Poultry Place Newsletter Archive:

April 2018, February 2018November 2017October 2017, August 2017July 2017June, 2017, April 2017, March 2017, December 2016, November 2016, September 2016, July 2016, May 2016March 2016January 2016December 2015October 2015August 2015June 2015March 2015December 2014November 2014October 2014September 2014July 2014June 2014May 2014March 2014January 2014December 2013November 2013September 2013July 2013

You can always make a financial contribution to the running costs of A Poultry Place anytime via direct deposit to the following bank account BSB 012925 Account 484228991 or by contacting the human via freechook@bigpond.com

See Bede’s recent TEDx Talk here.  You can also watch Bede being interviewed and read more about his sanctuary here.

Photos from Inaugural World Vegan Day Lunch @ Parliament House – 4 November 2017

Original Post:

Come to a special celebration of World Vegan Day in the Great Hall Of Parliament House in the nation’s capital, Canberra! One of the most significant buildings in Australia and the political heart of the nation. This is the first time such an important vegan event is being held in Parliament House and the Parliament House Executive Chef has created a world class vegan menu featuring Indigenous and gourmet plant produce. To toast the celebration there will be a fine vegan Sparkling Pinot Rose from Goodwill Wine. Please refer to the beautiful menu below.

There will be a display of Vegan Kids Magazine and Cruelty Free Super information, raffle prizes, and inspiring videos from animal sanctuary charities from around Australia.

Thought provoking speakers will include Joey Carbstrong, Greg McFarlane from Vegan Australia, Dr Anthony Hadj and Melissa Vanderhorst. Our MC for the occasion is Ron Prasad.

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=307058

Here’s a lovely article about the event!

Australia’s Parliament House to Host ‘World Vegan Day’ Lunch!

Photos from 1000 Eyes Cupcake Challenge with Joey Carbstrong! – 5 November 2017

Original Post:  In a world full of people who couldn’t care less, be someone who couldn’t care more”

Join Vegan ACT and Joey Carbstrong changing the hearts and minds of our fellow Canberrans on the 5th of November

At the 1000 eyes cupcake challenge members of the public are offered a FREE cruelty free cupcake if they take the time to view footage of Australian farming practices and have a chat with us about ending animal suffering and making the change to a vegan lifestyle. I mean, who could say no to free cake??

Joey is a vegan educator, animal liberation activist and inspirational speaker who we are excited to have joining us for this event and look forward to hearing about all his experiences and activism around Australia. Check out his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/joeycarbstrong/

Please contact Laila via messenger if you can donate cupcakes or have any questions

Flash Sale on Vegan ACT Memberships!

EOFY FLASH SALE ON MEMBERSHIPS – GET SWEET DISCOUNTS AT LOCAL BUSINESSES 😍
Further details below or purchase here:  https://veganact.org.au/memberships/

Support the vegan advocacy and community building work of Vegan ACT by becoming a card-carrying member of our organisation, in return you will also get a discount card which will get you a discount at the awesome, local, vegan-friendly businesses listed below.

MEMBERSHIP SALE PRICING
For the next couple of weeks our membership prices are:
– Individual Membership $20, usually $25
– Concession Membership $16 usually $20
– Family Membership (2 cards) $32, usually $40
– Lifetime Membership $236, usually $295
– Lifetime Family Membership $384, usually $480

If you are up to date with your membership, please feel free to purchase a membership online to have your current discount card extended by 1 year for the sale price. Any questions? Email contact@veganact.org.au

Did you know Vegan ACT is a completely volunteer run not-for-profit organisation which conducts regular outreach, social & educational events, community fundraising, sanctuary support and more? You do now! Help us by donating, purchasing a membership or product from our online store https://veganact.org.au/shop/ Or even better, volunteer with us! Get in touch at contact@veganact.org.au or come along to one of our many volunteering opportunities all shared through our official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VeganACTpage/

A Vegan ACT membership card entitles the holder to a 10% discount (unless otherwise stated) on Vegan items ONLY from the wonderful businesses listed below.  Click here to join!

Please respect these wonderful businesses by only buying Vegan items and not using your discount to purchase non-Vegan things (even for a friend). Anyone who insists on using their cards for non-Vegan items risks having their cards revoked.

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We thank these businesses for their support and recommend them to members and non-members alike.

To offer Vegan ACT members a discount and have your business promoted here please write to contact@veganact.org.au

Where do you get your protein? by local accredited dietician/nutritionist, Linda Smillie (BSc, Grad Dip Nut Diet)

Rowena’s IYATO Salad (Click image for recipe)

A well planned vegan diet can easily supply your daily protein needs. Legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, plant-based milks and vegetables are all good sources of protein. However a vegan diet can also fall short in protein if it relies too heavily on fruit (like in some raw vegan diets) or incorporates too many vegan processed foods (confectionary, crisps, biscuits, refined foods).

Protein needs are very individual and are related to factors such as body mass, activity and age. Protein needs are greater if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There are also some medical conditions that increase your protein needs. Speak to a health professional if you need help working out your protein requirements.

An average weight male will need a minimum of 60g protein per day. Let’s take a closer look at the protein content of some common vegan foods and see how easy it is to achieve this goal.

Food Protein (g)
Tofu (firm) ½ cup = 100g 13
Tempeh ½ cup = 100g 19
Lentils ½ cup cooked 7.8
Chickpeas ½ cup cooked 6.3
Edamame ½ cup 10
Kidney beans ½ cup cooked 7
Soy beans ½ cup 15
Sanitarium Vegie D’light Vegie Roast (120g serve) 20g
Falafels – 3 (50g) 7
Almonds 30g (25 nuts) 6
Cashews 30g (25 nuts) 6
Peanut Butter 1 tbsp 4.5
Hemp seeds ¼ cup 13
Chia seeds 1 tbsp 2.5
Tahini 1 tbsp 3.6
Pumpkin seeds ¼ cup 10
Flaxseeds ¼ cup 7
Soy milk 1 cup 9
Rice Milk 1 cup 1.5
Protein enriched Rice milk 1 cup 3.7
Almond Milk 1cup 1.5
Soy yoghurt 200g tub 3.6
Coconut yoghurt 170g tub 1.4
Amaranth 1 cup cooked 9.4
Oats 1 cup cooked 6
Quinoa 1 cup cooked 8
Brown rice 1 cup cooked 4
Kamut 1 cup cooked 12
Millet 1 cup cooked 6
Vegetables and fruit per ½ cup 0.5-2

Note that there is a large variation in the protein content of plant-based milks. Soy milk contains the most protein at 9g per cup however most other plant based milks are poor sources of protein. Some plant milk are enriched with protein . (Look out for future updates on both soy and plant based milks)

So in order to achieve his minimum 60g of protein per day, our average male could aim for:

BreakfastChia breakfast pudding 2tbsp chia seeds + 1 cup protein enriched rice milk + 2 tbsp flaxseeds/flaxmeal + cinnamon + 1 serve fruit

Lunch:  Quinoa Salad 1 cup cooked Quinoa + ½ cup edamame beans + 1 cups salad vegetables + drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice

Dinner:  Dhal 1 cup cooked lentils + 1 cup cooked brown rice + 1.5 cups cooked vegetables

Snacks:  30g almonds + 1 serve fruit + 1 slice sourdough bread with ¼ avocado

Total protein = 70g/2000 calories

Protein Powders

It is better to get your protein from whole foods as they contain other key nutrients such as iron, zinc and calcium. If you rely on protein powders to reach your protein target it can be harder to meet your requirements for these other vital nutrients. However, there may be times where a protein powder may be useful. Vegan athletes, growing teenagers or elderly vegans may find a protein powder can help meet their higher protein needs. Vegan protein powders are based on plant proteins such as pea, soy and rice. Such supplements provide between 15 and 25g protein per serve.

 

Written by Linda Smillie – Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist.  BSc, Grad Dip Nut Diet

I am a Canberra based dietitian who specialises in plant based diets and gastroenterology. If you are new to plant based eating or a long term vegan I can help make sure you are getting all the essential nutrients you need to optimise your health. I practise at Waramanga and Garran. Email me at smillielinda@gmail.com for more details.

Escape the Race (Free BBQ) – 7 November 2017

https://www.facebook.com/events/198005757408626/

137 racehorses have died on Australian racetracks since the 2016 Melbourne Cup and many more die each year as ‘wastage’. For more info about why horse racing is not okay please visit www.horseracingkills.com

Lots of peeps showed up to enjoy a free vegan BBQ*, hosted by Animal Liberation ACT, as we said ‘Nup to the Cup’ at Glebe Park in Civic on Tuesday 7 November between 1:30-4pm.

Enquiries please message Animal Liberation ACT or email info@al-act.org

Videos from Candle-Lit Vigil For the Chickens – 4 November 2017

Local activist Laila recounting her experience with liberating birds as unique and important as the 200,000 chickens who live out their short brutal lives at Parkwood Eggs in Macgregor ACT.

Save chickens – ditch eggs

Joey Carbstrong speaking at the Chicken Vigil held by Vegan ACT and Animal Liberation ACT for the chickens of Parkwood Eggs, and all chickens affected by the egg industry

https://www.facebook.com/events/1530595323699408/

Original Post:

200,000 hidden lives: Let’s bring them to light.

In the Belconnen suburb of MacGregor, around 200,000 curious, intelligent hens live out their lives in sorrow-filled, windowless sheds. When these hens reach 18 months old, with egg production dropping, they are sent to slaughter and replaced – with young chickens who are subjected to the same process.

Join us in shining a light on the lives of chickens, and imploring Canberrans to help end the harm and exploitation of chickens by choosing not to consume eggs or any animal products at a candle-lit vigil held by Vegan ACT & Animal Liberation ACT on Saturday the 4th of November.

 

Get your Vegan Card for discounts galore (Local Vegan Business!)

Vegan Card is an Australia-wide discount card that is owned and run by one of our own, Tracey Lofthouse. It started in 2012 with the aim of helping vegans find small vegan-friendly businesses and get access to products more easily, and help vegan and ethical businesses grow and survive against the ‘big guys’. It wrapped up in 2015, and Tracey started it up again in 2016 with the same objectives. Vegan Card has close to 45 businesses all over Australia offering discounts from 5-25% on thousands of goods and services (you can find almost anything you need), and is adding to them all the time. There are plans afoot to expand overseas.

You may remember seeing the official re-launch at the Living Green Festival in 2016. Well, the Vegan Card has been back for almost a year already and the new financial year’s Card will be available for purchase very soon! Or you can buy one now for the remainder of 16/17 at a greatly-reduced price. The Card is available all-year around, so you can buy one anytime. The price decreases every month.

In Canberra you can use your Card at The Cruelty Free Shop, As Nature Intended and Dickson Health Foods, but Tracey is in discussions with several more businesses. There are currently 25 online businesses that can deliver to pretty much anyone in Australia, and local businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and various other towns and cities so you can use your Card when you travel. Like the Facebook page and keep your eye out for announcements as new businesses are added.

If you like supporting small and vegan businesses with the added bonus of getting discounts, check out the Facebook page and Website to see where you can use the Card, and how to obtain one.

If you are a vegan running your own business or know of a vegan business-owner who might be interested, please drop a line to tracey@vegancard.com.au, or message Tracey via the Facebook page.

Website:  http://www.vegancard.com.au/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/VeganCard/

Photos from ALACT Protest Against the Kangaroo Kill – 31 May 2017

Animal Liberation ACT’s protest to oppose the kangaroo killing in Canberra was held in the City from 4.30 – 6 on Wednesday May 31.

The aim of the protest was to bring the ongoing atrocities of the kangaroo kill in Canberra to the public, and to raise awareness about the significant acts of violence being perpetrated on an iconic and gentle native animal and their young.

If you would like to read more go to:  http://www.al-act.org/issues/native-animals/kangaroos

and:  http://www.al-act.org/campaigns/13-stop-the-roo-cull

Please spread the word about this issue!