When veganism is seen as just another diet fad, it benefits no one

A painting of a gray bunny rabbit next to a red brick wall, chewing on carrot leaves with a piece of lettuce nearby.
A painting of a gray bunny rabbit next to a red brick wall, chewing on carrot leaves with a piece of lettuce nearby.
‘The Rabbit’s Meal’ (1908). Credit: Henri Rousseau/Barnes Foundation via Rawpixel

CW: Disordered eating (specially orthorexia) is discussed in detail

I wish that I had come to veganism because of my love for animals, my care for the environment, and my hope for a better, kinder future. But I didn’t. I came to veganism because I thought it would be an easy way to lose weight and, in my mind, make my deeper body image and eating issues go away.

During my first visit home after starting college, I had a regular checkup and my doctor told me to “make sure I didn’t gain any more weight” when I went back to school. On the same visit home, others made comments about my weight as well. As my freshman year went on, I replayed those voices in my head as I picked up habits like skipping meals, weighing myself daily, and obsessively going to the gym in my dorm building. …

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Golden vegan St. Lucia buns (aka lussekatter) made by yours truly

Hello lovely people,

As always, hope you are all staying well and safe. ❤️

This past weekend was St. Lucia Day, a Swedish holiday meant to bring about hope and light during the darkest time of the year. During a year that has been so difficult and unforgiving, this day was a reminder for me that it is possible to hold two things at once; to hold grief and hope and see that both are important and true.

To honor the holiday, I veganized this recipe for St. Lucia buns — a delicious, lightly sweet saffron bun—with the help of oat milk, Tofutti sour cream, vegan butter, and flax eggs and the result was delicious. These gorgeous buns are a traditionally made and eaten during the winter holiday season, but can really be made anytime you’re in need of something comforting. …

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Double rainbow over Brihuega lavender fields in the province of Guadalajara, Spain. Photo: Juan Lopez Ruiz

Hi Tenderly pals!

Just wanted to start off by saying how grateful I am that you (yes, you!) are here and decided to open this newsletter and check out some things from Tenderly and beyond this week. Putting together this newsletter has been a bright spot for me lately, so I’m thankful for your interest and support!

From tofu pie to a delicious gift guide to stunning nature photos, here’s what I recommend checking out this week:

  • I grew up eating A LOT of silken tofu chocolate pudding, so this recent story really spoke to me. Blending silken tofu up in order to create a creamy dessert is one of those things that sounds like only a vegan could love. …

Five tamales verdes and two strands of red Christmas lights floating on a white background.
Five tamales verdes and two strands of red Christmas lights floating on a white background.
Illustration: Arabella Breck

What better way to show love than through food?

While many of us are going to be spending the holidays physically separated from loved ones, these small businesses can help us still show our care for those who also love delicious food.

And if you don’t know a vegan food lover to send one of these gifts to, why not treat yourself to vegan brie, chocolates, tamales, babka, or any of the other delicious items on this list?

1. Masa Madre

The vegan babka from this Mexican Jewish artisanal bakery comes in delicious flavors like hot chocolate, cinnamon churro, and pistachio cardamom and can be shipped nationwide for a delicious gift. …

A background type pattern design consisting of orange slices, popcorn, and snowflakes on a blue background
A background type pattern design consisting of orange slices, popcorn, and snowflakes on a blue background
Illustration: Arabella Breck

These crafts can easily be made using items you have at home

Whether you’re looking to cut down on costs, waste, or trips to the store this holiday season, these crafts are perfect for you and easy to try. From garlands to greeting cards to stockings, you can make any of these crafts using items you likely already have around the house. If you try out any of these crafts, tag us in your pics on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

1. A modern pomander ball

Pomander balls were a classic holiday craft for my family, but I have to admit they’re really not that aesthetically pleasing. Pomander balls are basically just whole oranges stuck with whole cloves, but if you can get same heavenly smell—with a cuter, more modern look—if you slice the oranges and dry them out in the oven, sprinkling the slices with ground cloves on both sides. …

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The ultimate tree hugger (Photo: Sergey Gorshkov)

It’s Wednesday, folks!

Hope you’re staying well and enjoying lots of warm and comforting meals at home ❤️ I’m dreaming about/plotting to make butternut squash soup, potato leek soup, and maybe even some vegan broccoli cheddar soup. If you have a soup you’re dreaming about right now, I am definitely not opposed to getting some recipe recommendations in my inbox!

Aside from soup recipes, here are a few things I recommend taking the time to check out this week:

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Friendship goals!!! (Photo via @champy_and_morris on Instagram)

Hi friends,

Hope you’re all staying as well as possible these days. Is it just me or does it seem like everything is in flux right now? Seasons are changing, the year is quickly ending, and it feels like each day brings some new challenge we must learn to adapt to.

Not to pile onto all the changes, but there is a small change to our newsletter starting this week… I (Arabella!) am going to be taking over writing for a while. …

The text “10 Vegan Gas Station Snacks You Need to Try” overlaid over a fruit hand pie, Oreos, pretzels, and Swedish Fish.
The text “10 Vegan Gas Station Snacks You Need to Try” overlaid over a fruit hand pie, Oreos, pretzels, and Swedish Fish.
Illustration: Arabella Breck

If you’re going on a road trip soon (or if you just get the munchies during a long commute), review the 10 vegan gas station snacks you need to try for snackspiration!

Designers and brands are developing leather alternatives that are better for the animals and the planet

A pineapple with round sunglasses on it, on a white background.
A pineapple with round sunglasses on it, on a white background.
Photo: Heather Ford via Unsplash

Over the years, animal rights activists have pushed the fashion industry to stop using animal products like leather and fur and seek out alternative materials. Unfortunately, most faux leather goods sold today are made from plastic-based fabrics, usually derived from petroleum. Both in manufacturing and disposal, these products are not particularly eco-friendly. On top of that, most plastic-based leathers do not stand up to wear and tear, eventually ending up in landfills where the plastic could take up to 1,000 years to decompose.

Plastic-based vegan leather is not sustainable or environmentally friendly, but neither is “real” leather. Raising animals for leather and turning animal skin into leather are processes that require massive amounts of resources like water, land, food, energy, and toxic chemicals. …

And that’s a good thing!

A plate of tofu scramble that’s been dished out of a bigger platter.
A plate of tofu scramble that’s been dished out of a bigger platter.
Photo: Shutterstock

According to a recent article from the Washington Post, the sales of tofu have skyrocketed during the pandemic. For those of us who rely on a regular tofu supply, this will not come as a shock as there have been frequent “tofu shortages” in grocery stores since March of this year.

“We’ve struggled for years to figure out how to get more tofu into people’s mouths in the U.S.,” Jay Toscano, executive vice president of sales for the nation’s top tofu brand, told the Washington Post. “In the past, if we’d had 2 percent growth in sales from one year to the next, we’d be high-fiving each other. …

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Arabella Breck

queer writer + editor from the southwest, living in the midwest.

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