The Complete Guide to Plant-Based Milk

Swapping out cow’s milk for lactose-free vegan milk made from plants is probably the easiest change you can make for animals and the planet. Vegan author Carol J. Adams even features this switch as Daily Action #1 in her book Protest Kitchen. These milks are made from a wide range of beans, nuts, seeds, and grains. Boxes, bottles, cartons, and cans of plant-based milk can be found in grocery stores across the world, and new flavors and brands are showing up on the shelves all the time. I regularly stock my fridge with vanilla, chocolate, unsweetened, and plain flavors depending on what taste I’m craving and what I plan on cooking or baking. You can even make your own plant milks at home by soaking unsalted nuts like almonds and cashews, seeds, or grains in water overnight, blending them, and straining the mixture through a cheesecloth.

But maybe you don’t know what plant-based milk to try, or if plant-based milks can stack up to the nutrition in cow’s milk. What vegan milk should you use for what in the kitchen? What are the environmental impacts of different plant-based milks? Is soy bad for you? Read on to answer these and other questions!

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VegHead Profile: Rachael Moore

Rachael Moore graduated from Dickinson College in the summer of 2018, and for the year before that she was our house “mom” at the Treehouse, or Center for Sustainable Living, at Dickinson. I had a chance to visit her last July at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, during their field day, and see her passion for agriculture in action. I think of her as a huge proponent for self-care and wellness, as well as a master of aesthetic sustainability. Read on to learn how being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes changed Rachael’s relationship with food and our food system, what’s on her travel bucketlist, and the experience that turned her towards vegetarianism.

Quick Facts:

Name: Rachael Moore
VegHead Status: Vegetarian + Conscious Consumer
Age: 23
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Muncy, Pennsylvania, USA
Current Location: Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Occupation: I work as a Research Technician. I’m assisting a group of researchers in studying organic and conventional agriculture, and I think I’m pretty lucky to wake up and do it every day!
Companion Animal(s): I have a cat named Ginger. She was 4 months old and living as a barn kitten when I adopted her. Living alone can be lonely and she has been an exciting addition to my apartment.

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VegHead Profile: Nesri Olhaye

Nesri and I went to the same high school in Germany together, and she was vegan before I even knew I was going to be! She’s originally from Ethiopia and is active in her school’s Muslim Student Association. In this VegHead Profile, Nesri tells us why we need to visit Ethiopia and read her favorite books on social justice, and gives us a glimpse into her travels through her photos.

Quick Facts

Name: Nesri Olhaye

VegHead Status: Vegan

Age: 22

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Current Location: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Occupation: Graduating Senior at University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) double majoring in Religious Studies and Psychology with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies

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Easy DIY Vegan Deodorant

New to making Do-It-Yourself (DIY) body care products? Here’s a great one to start with.

I just finished my first week of my last semester in college, and I had A LOT going on.

A new set of classes, a re-energized push to get myself to the gym a few days a week, and moving into my own apartment on campus. I had packages to pick up, groceries to grab at stores, and I even put down a deposit for my first car (yikes!). I sweat a lot when I’m this active, so I definitely need a strong and odor-busting deodorant. But it’s also really important to me that my body care products are never tested on animals, are vegan (though I am sometimes open to beeswax even though it’s not technically vegan), and preferably are packaged in reusable or biodegradable packaging. So here’s my solution: A quick and easy DIY vegan deodorant! This recipe hits all of my requirements AND takes less than five minutes AND requires only three ingredients:

Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, & Cornstarch

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VegHead Profile: Liz Bodenman

I met Liz the fall of my sophomore year here at Dickinson College, when she was just starting out as a freshman. I was (and am) always looking out for fellow vegans, and Liz not only chooses to leave animals off her plate, she’s an all-around sustainability super star and world traveler with a passion for doing good. Keep reading for her easy veggie and lentil curry and to see her hanging with wild gorillas!

Quick Facts

Name: Liz Bodenman

VegHead Status: Vegan

Age: 21

Pronouns: She/Her/Her’s

Hometown: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Current Location: Bremen, Germany

Occupation: Student of International Studies & German with a concentration in Sustainability

Companion Animal(s): Dog named Frodo Baggins, cat named Ginger

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5 Ways You Can Start Helping Animals TODAY

“Be the change you want to see in the world,” said Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist and one of my biggest sources of inspiration. What change do you want to see in the world? I know I want to encourage the growth of a world rooted in kindness, compassion, and respect for all living beings. I want to minimize as much as possible the harm I inflict on others. So what actions can I take to foster these changes? I can start by helping a population without a voice – animals. Here are 5 ways you can join me in creating a better world for all creatures great and small.

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The Ultimate Guide to My Go-To Breakfast: Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble: The cruelty-free alternative to scrambled eggs.

Whether you’re a vegan, a vegetarian, someone interested in adding more plants to your diet, or just a curious eater open to trying new things, this savory and warm dish is easy to make for an energizing and filling breakfast. I’ve also enjoyed it as a quick way to make lunch or dinner. It’s flexible and you can adapt it to the amount of time you have, any food that might be reaching its expiration date, and your tastes.

But wait. Why not just eat eggs? It’s not like the chicken who lays the eggs is hurt or killed, right?

For the vast majority of egg-laying hens, life is miserable. Most chickens now live in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), or factory farms, where they are confined to cages in enormous windowless sheds. The average natural lifespan of a chicken is 15-20 years. A hen in the egg industry is generally slaughtered around 2-3 years because her egg-laying productivity begins to fall. When farms need to restock their egg-laying hens, they have fertilized eggs hatch. Of course, around 50% of those eggs will hatch male chicks, who are useless to the egg industry. 7 billion male chicks are killed globally every year, with about 200 million of those in the US.

So yes, unless you’re sourcing your eggs from your own backyard where you are positive the hens that produce your eggs can roam freely and live out their lives even when they stop laying those eggs, purchasing and consuming eggs supports animal cruelty and mass slaughter. But thankfully there’s a wide range of plant-based alternatives to bake and cook with!

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VegHead Profile: Trevor Price

I think of Trevor as my vegan grandchild – I was a big influence on Rachel’s decision to cut out meat from her life, and Rachel had a crucial conversation with Trevor on animal exploitation that started him on his path to veganism. I’ve never actually met Trevor, but Rachel and him have been friends for years, and the three of us had a pretty active group chat for a couple months. He’s currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) at Suffolk University. Here are Trevor’s recommendations for vegan eats in Boston, his favorite cookbook, and what made him decide to leave animals off his plate.

Quick Facts

Name: Trevor Price

VegHead Status: Vegan

Age: 20

Pronouns: He/They

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Current Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Occupation: Barista; Student at Suffolk University

Companion Animal(s): My Siamese cat Boots

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6-12 January: The Green Collar Economy and Feminists: What Were They Thinking?

So as part of this blog and as a way to become a better advocate for human rights, animal rights, the planet, and overall to just become a more informed human being, I’ll be sharing a book and a documentary or film every week, or maybe every two weeks once I’m busy with my last semester at Dickinson College. This week I’ve chosen The Green Collar Economy and the Netflix documentary Feminists: What Were They Thinking?

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VegHead Profile: Rachel Imlay

For my very first Veghead Profile, I’d like to introduce you to Rachel, who I first met our freshman year of high school in Stuttgart, Germany. She had a major impact on my high school experience and opened my eyes to a lot of social justice issues, like those of the LGBTQ+ community and women. She’s a vegetarian world traveler with a degree in Politics and International Relations from Kingston University in London. Here she recounts why she transitioned to a meat-free lifestyle, gives a handy tip on reusable facial wipes, and tells us what’s next in her life.

Quick Facts

Name: Rachel Imlay

Veghead Status: Vegetarian

Age: 20

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA/Stuttgart, Germany? I grew up all over cause I was a military kid!

Current Location: Colorado, USA, soon to be Australia!

Occupation: Retail Worker/Professional Avoider of Adult Responsibilities

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