Day 16

Many members of our extended community have been vegan for 20, 30, or even 40 years!

So, to support the challenge, we asked: What are your favorite vegan hacks?

Here are some quick home cooking tips:

  • Nutritional yeast, also known as nooch, can be sprinkled on almost anything to add a cheezy flavor while boosting your B vitamins and trace minerals. Try it on popcorn!

  • Known as aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas can be used as a replacer for either eggs or egg whites in a variety of recipes.

  • Himalayan black salt, also known as kala namak, has an eggy taste and smell that can make a tofu scramble taste more like a traditional breakfast.

  • Seasoning is the spice of life! Pre-mixed seasoning blends and bottled sauces make it easy for novice cooks to get the flavor profiles of their favorite dishes.

  • Liquid smoke or smoked paprika adds a richness and depth to savory foods.

For more home-cooking tips, check out these 10 Vegan Kitchen Tricks to Make Your Life Way Easier from the TryVeg program of our friends at Animal Outlook.

And here are some hacks for being vegan on the go:

  • Nuts and fruits are your friends! Get in the habit of keeping nuts in your backpack or grabbing an apple on your way out the door in the morning, and you'll always have a vegan snack at hand.

  • Chips & salsa, hummus & pita, PB&J, and other "accidentally vegan" lunchtime pairings can often be found at small markets where it might not seem like vegan options are available.

  • Use an app like Happy Cow or an online list to locate vegan restaurants or just Google "vegan food near me" to find a place to eat.

  • If you're stuck with a group at a restaurant with no vegan entrees, disclose your dilemma to the waiter, who can ask the chef to create something for you.

Shout Out

Feminist philosopher Lori Gruen authored Ethics and Animals, which we consider to be the best overview of all of the ways that people have thought about our relationships with animals.Vegan for more than 40 years, Lori argues that everyone is already entangled in relationships with nonhuman animals and, thus, we all are obliged to think about what kind of relationships we want those to be: exploitative relationships of power and control, or relationships of mutual care? Meet Lori in a recent episode of our talk show, In Context.

Further Inspiration

Check out this article: Their Bodies, Our Selves: Moving Beyond Sexism and Speciesism by VINE cofounder pattrice jones.

Recipes of the Day

Since packing your own snacks is a vegan hack, check out these 30 easy recipes for on-the-go snacks like energy bites, granola bars, and trail mix. And, since nooch is one of today's featured hacks, check out this recipe for Vegan Cheez-Its that get their cheeziness from nutritional yeast.

Further Inspiration

Catch Up on Briefings

Get to meet the members of our multi-species community. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for an inside look into the daily adventures at the sanctuary.

Join the V2V Forum

Share your experiences with other challenge participants and get expert advice from longstanding vegans here.

Follow Us on Social Media

Get to meet the members of our multi-species community. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for an inside look into the daily adventures at the sanctuary.

Join our Book Club

The VINE Book Club meets monthly to discuss books of interest to animal advocates who work within an ecological awareness of the linkages between animal exploitation and other forms of injustice.Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

Stay in the loop! We host many in-person and virtual events year-round. Make sure you don't miss out! Check them out here.


We want to do so much more than we have been able to, but to do that, WE NEED YOU. Find out ways to get involved, and sign up here.

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Youtube