Launch of Wollemi Ethical Store & Cafe – 12 April 2019

https://www.facebook.com/Wollemi-Ethical-Store-Cafe-291490848247639/

Media Release:

New Ethical Store & Cafe Launches In Civic Wollemi Ethical Store & Cafe will launch Friday April 12, 2019 offering free coffee all day as well as giveaways and competitions throughout the day. Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/589147244929420/

Located at 16-18 Mort Street, Civic (with the entrance accessed off Cooyong Street) the store and cafe offers only products which are fair trade, handmade, organic, eco-friendly, sustainable, vegan, cruelty free or a combination of these.

The cafe serves delicious plant-based meals and treats, ethically sourced coffee and organic beverages.

Director and owner Dr Karen Rees is excited to officially launch the business which is an accumulation of her life’s passions.

“It’s not easy to make good choices and probably impossible to always get it right, but it’s worth trying. I am trying to help people make those ethical choices a little easier by only serving plant-based food and selling products that are aligned with my own ethics,” said Rees.

Canberrans are invited to enjoy a free coffee at the launch and peruse the store which offers a variety of organic natural fibre clothes and accessories, organic and natural skincare, handmade and locally sourced homewares, babywear and much more.

Wollemi Ethical Store & Cafe is currently operating in a soft opening phase, serving coffee and food from 7.30am – 2.30pm, however an all new exciting menu will be launched on Friday April 12 at the official launch of the business.

Naked Foods Woden – New 10% Discount for Vegan ACT Members!

A word from Naked Foods:  We offer one of Australia’s most comprehensive ranges of bulk natural and organic food for unprocessed, unpolluted clean eating. A Cool, clean-eating zone, the store is a bare, naked warehouse with exposed beams, raw surfaces and fresh and friendly staff that greet you with that natural healthy glow. Naked Foods Organic Health Foods stocks the very latest and highest quality natural organic ingredients in bulk and at bulk prices, without all the unnecessary packaging. From Celtic Salt, Chia Seeds and Inca Berries to Maca and Mesquite Powder. There’s a Naked nutritionist to advise you on how to select natural, organic foods to maximise your nutrition.

New 10% Discount for Vegan ACT Members!
– cannot be used on Naked Monday or in conjunction with any other offers
– can only be used at Naked Foods Woden (not the online store)
– can only be used on vegan products
– must present Vegan ACT membership card at checkout

Vegan ACT Fundraiser Raffle Winners Announced! – 27 July 2018

Vegan ACT is a completely volunteer run not-for-profit organisation whose core purpose is to promote and support ethical veganism in the Canberra region. Fundraising is a crucial aspect to ensuring our ongoing ability to support the local community.

Massive thank you to the awesome businesses and organisations that have generously donated prizes!

Tusk Books
The Fish Shack
Little Oak Sanctuary
Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe
Veganarchy Baking
TASTE A CURRY
The Cruelty Free Shop
As Nature Intended
Whisker Woods Sanctuary

 

Sweet Bones: The Cookbook

SWEET BONES: THE COOKBOOK
After Emily and Russell met, they travelled and ate their way across the world and dreamed of one day opening their own venue. In 2012, their dream became a reality with the opening of their cafe and bakery, Sweet Bones.

With dishes inspired by family recipes, pot luck dinners and original recipes from their kitchen, the Sweet Bones cookbook is a testament to the diversity and creativity of modern, vegan food.

Cookbooks are also available for purchase directly from Sweet Bones Bakery + Cafe.

https://sweetbonescompany.com/store/

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/


Billie Dolphin Picture Book by Tusk Books (based in Canberra)!

On Saturday, 19 August 2018, local author Nicole Godwin as launched her latest picture book, ‘Billie’ at the Belconnen Library in Canberra.

Join Billie the dolphin on this perilous adventure, as she sets off to find the biggest wave — the hugest of huge, the giant of giants — a wave that makes her feel happy, safe and free.

Billie travels the ocean, saving new friends from pollution, drift nets, whaling and much more.

This eye-opening picture book draws attention to the human-made dangers for dolphins and other marine wildlife. It highlights the urgent need to act now to protect and conserve our oceans.
www.tuskbooks.com

‘Billie’, by Nicole Godwin author & Demelsa Haughton Illustration

To buy Billie go to:  https://tuskbooks.com/shop/

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

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

Latest Poultry Place Newsletter – March 2019

Poultry Place Turkeys

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.

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.

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/

Veganarchy Bakery and Deli (Civic) and Market Stalls (Kingston and Handmade)

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100% VEGAN BAKERY & DELI IN CANBERRA. ADDRESS: 33 EAST ROW, CIVIC ACT. MONDAY – FRIDAY. 7:30AM – 3:30PM

Veganarchy is a small independent business based in Canberra, Australia. Gabrielle bakes all of the delicious cupcakes + other yummy treats, fresh and on request using organic + fair-trade ingredients where possible, she can cater for all your special events: birthdays, morning + afternoon teas, for offices events, engagements, weddings, movie marathons, really… just any time you can think of to eat sweets.

Like most small businesses, Veganarchy started as a hobby, with Gabrielle spending hours baking, tweaking and taste testing at home. Recognising an opportunity to cater for vegans and allergy suffers in Canberra, Gabrielle quickly progressed to offering up tasty treats for donation at local shows, and holding quarterly fund raising events to raise money for animal welfare organisations. From this, Veganarchy Sweets and Eats was born.

With 10 years of vegan baking under her belt Gabrielle has developed an extensive catalogue of sweets. Focusing on making quality vegan baked goods that will rival any counterpart. Veganarchy caters for cafes during the week, attends markets on most weekends, and takes as many personal orders as humanly possible!

Until May 2018 Gabrielle operated the whole business on her own (with some help for markets) and Veganarchy Sweets ‘N’ Eats is a dream come true and complete labour of love for her.

The goal of opening a vegan bakery + deli in Canberra Australia has finally been achieved and you can find Croissant D’Or by Veganarchy 5 days a week 7:30am – 3:30pm at 33 East Row Civic. Croissant D’Or opened 1978 and for 40 years has been a Canberra institution, when the opportunity arose to take over the shopfront Gabrielle decided in was important to merge the brands and expand her menu further into French Patisserie products.

While recipes for the perfect Croissants, Danishes, Petit Fours and Macarons are being finalised you can still stop in for sweets: cupcakes, muffins, cookies, cheesecake, raw snickers, donuts, and brownies; and savoury foods: an ever changing selection of toasties, pies, pastries, bagels, burgers and salads. In the near future Veganarchy’s deli selection of vegan cheeses, meats and prepared foods will be available.

Veganarchy still supplies wholesale to cafes and showcases products at markets to extend their reach proving that no animals need to be harmed to make a delicious moist cake, a melt in your mouth cookie or slice. Check the Market page for upcoming dates.

https://veganarchy.com.au/