Veg Resources

This informative resource page is a companion to “A Plant-Based Diet: Why It Matters”
a presentation given by longtime VSSJ volunteer Sadhna Sachdev. She gave a fantastic virtual overview of what a plant-based diet is, how easy it is to go plant-based, and why this diet matters. The presentation is now up on VSSJ’s YouTube! Click here.

You can benefit from her extensive research – ENJOY!

All-in-One Web Resources

  • Vegan Kit (User Guide/Starter kit) 
  • Starter Kit
  • When you sign up for vssj’s mailing list your first email is a PDF of a Veg starter guide with lots of helpful resources.
  • The Vegetarian Resource Group  Meal Plans listed under Vegan Nutrition, Vegan in a nutshell, raising teens and kids, nutrition information, athletes, religion, history, seniors, jobs, travel, User submitted videos, guides and handouts, environment, animal welfare, recipes, food delivery service, restaurants, businesses, Ingredient information
  • VegResources  starter guides, pledge programs, mentor programs, plant-based doctors, vegan products and stores (clothing, shoes etc), dating, jobs, why Vegan, recipes, eating out tips, nutrition info, current news
  • VegEvents  worldwide event Calendar
  • VegMealDelivery Meal Delivery services
  • Veg Groups  Helps people stay of go vegan

Cooking & Baking Recipes- Web Sites (50% vegan, gluten free, nut free) (gluten free, grain free)  (options for gluten free, grain free, nut free, oil free)  (raw and cooked)  (traditional American)

Dedicated Baking Recipes- Web Sites

Minimalist Baker

Chocolate Covered Katie

Unconventional Baker    (low carb/glycemic, gluten free)

Local Restaurant Guide

Vanilla Bean

Happy Cow


All About Protein For Non-Athletes & Athletes

  • Daily protein requirement / Plant- vs Animal protein

Vegan Or Animal Protein? The Science Shows Which Is Better

  • Do Athletes Need More Protein?

Does more exercise mean more protein?


Vegan-Friendly International Cuisines


Cooking Tips

  • Soaking Legumes, Grains, Nuts, Seeds

  • Egg Substitutes in Baking

  • Baking with lower-Glycemic flours, sugars, grain-Free legume & nut flours

  • Spelt flour

  • Sugar substitutes

  • Vegan Cheese without Nutritional Yeast

  • Nutritional Yeast Substitute

Holiday Meals Helpline

  • Thanksgiving Helpline

(833) 4-VEGTHX November 23 to 25 to get help veganize your Thanksgiving menu


Vegan Travel, Cruises, Camps


Food Sources of Specific Vitamins & Minerals

  • Calcium: bone health, cardiovascular, muscle, nerve, hormone, and cellular communication systems
  • Collard greens, turnip greens, kale, mustard greens, bok choy, chia seeds, navy beans, tempeh, soybeans, chickpeas, okra, almonds, broccoli, swiss chard,  beet greens, broccoli rabe
  • Iron: Oxygenation and energy/Metabolism
  • Legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans, peas) tempeh, tofu, leafy greens, mushrooms, palm hearts, oats, quinoa, various nuts and seeds, coconut milk, dried apricots. Figs, raisins.
  • Vitamin K: K2: bone and cardiovascular health
  • Various vegetables and fruits, for example leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables
  • Zinc: Sense of smell and taste. Wound healing, immunity, regulating inflammation, learning, eye health, digestion/metabolism, fertility
  • Google search specific nuts, seeds, legumeslike beans, chickpeas, lentils, and peas; tempeh and tofu for specific nutrients
  • Omega-3: Brain health, heart health, joint health, metabolism, anti cancer and anti-inflammation
  • Chia seed, hemp seed, walnut, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, purslane, zucchini, summer squash
  • Iodine: growth in pregnant women, children, brain function, energy/metabolism, hormonal balance
  • Wakame or Nori seaweed* (measure out), iodized salt.
  • Selenium: Reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection
  • Nuts and grains: brazil nuts, cashews, couscous, sunflower seed/butter, whole wheat pasta/pita/tortilla/bread, chia seed, mushroom, pearled barley, soybean, tofu, oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, pinto bean, soy milk
  • Viamin D: bone health, immunity, neuromuscular system, and cell growth. May be generally preventative of disease.
  • Sunlight, fortified foods, D supplement. Many Americans deficient
  • B12: Important for cardiovascular health, brain function, and energy
  • Fortified foods, Nori seaweed*, B12 supplement.  No longer found in today’s sterilized produce

* Kelp and Hiziki seaweed appear to have exceedingly high Iodine and contaminants respectively

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