Happy Almost Easter, Kind Lifers!
Spring has sprung and, for those who celebrate, Easter is just around the corner! Easter is a celebration of rebirth and renewal, so it is only right that we should be conscious of how we can help foster a rebirth and renewal of the Earth on this holiday as well! Between all of the chocolate and egg dyeing, and classic lamb or ham roasts, traditional easter celebrations can be harmful to both our planet & the creatures that inhabit it. So, I have put together this little guide full of ideas to help you plan a vegan & harm-free celebration!
Everyone from child to adult can enjoy the activity of dyeing lovely pastel easter eggs. There are plenty of alternatives to still enjoy this celebratory craft without using real eggs.
- Paint or dip-dye some ceramic eggs (a company called Eggnots makes these) or wooden eggs that will last.
- Marshmallow Eggs (marshmellows) are also really fun to dip dye!
- For your easter egg hunt, instead of buying and using plastic eggs check out these paper easter eggs that you can paint or papier-mache!
Another consideration when filling up your Easter basket or easter eggs is ethical chocolate. Many chocolate brands are sourcing cocoa from farms and plantations that exploit workers and use child labor, and can also include incredibly harmful ingredients like palm oil or milk. If you are unsure whether the brand of chocolate you are buying is ethical, you can check that it is recommended by the Food Empowerment Project! This fantastic California-based nonprofit organization has launched a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor in cocoa production. They compiled this handy list of vegan chocolate companies that do not source cocoa from regions where the worst forms of child labor are common.
Before we get too sad about one more thing we can’t have, I have good news! All of my favorite chocolate companies on the list are all on the recommended ethical list If your favorite company isn’t on this list or isn’t recommended by FEP, reach out to them and urge them to make their practices sustainable and to get on FEP’s recommended list!
Lagusta’s Luscious chocolate easter assortment is yum, and best to order in advance as they sell out super quickly. We loved the Matzo Toffee, Maple honeycomb, Chocolate Nougat (Bunny), English Cream Egg, Riesling Rosewater caramels, Peanut butter egg, “Milk” Chocolate marble egg, miso + Black sesame caramels!
Another simple way to get your sweets in on Easter is to bake some vegan treats to celebrate with your loved ones like these:
- decadent vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and Jelly Donut Cupcakes,
- vegan ‘rolo‘ eggs, chocolate/date filled but in an egg shape
- one kind lifer wrote she makes pumpkin chocolate bread in the shape of an egg, sounds yum!
- vegan sugar cookies shaped like eggs, decorated and colored with natural colors and vegan sprinkles! yum!
- The “Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe” cookbook has a really delicious-looking recipe for French Toast Coffee Cake! Yum!
If you are looking for cruelty-free vegan recipes to make for a celebratory Easter dinner for your family or friends, my book has great recipes to check out. Or you can try this Seitan in Balsamic Wine Reduction, or King Oyster “Scallop” recipe from the blog!
A perfect Easter to me is spending time making a lovely kind brunch, taking a walk enjoying all the flowers and pretty trees in bloom and especially smelling fresh jasmine in the air, working on the veggie garden and maybe dyeing some vegan marshmallows as a fun alternative to eggs (way yummier, too!), and maybe visiting an animal sanctuary enjoying beautiful, kind moments with the wonderful animals, Of course, visiting adorable rescued bunnies on Easter is festive, but you can also love on the cows, turkeys, sheep, chickens, and all the other cute rescue farm animals! I hope these ideas inspire your celebrations.
What’s Wrong With Eggs?
In our family, we don’t buy eggs largely because of how commercial chickens are treated. More than 325 million egg-laying hens are forced into laying nearly 100 billion eggs every year.
These smart and curious birds live in tightly-packed, dark, and dirty conventional factories, which are notorious for their inhumane treatment of the birds, whether it’s depriving them of space, light, and natural interactions, or damaging their bodies with unnecessary hormones and antibiotics.
Even if the eggs are “organic” or “pastured,” the birds still aren’t given the kind of life that all creatures fairly deserve. In The Kind Diet I discuss eggs in detail, and mention that that is no legal definition of “free-range” eggs, and the only certifications that are upheld are the “Certified Humane Raised and Handled” (and it must say exactly that on the package!) or “Certified Organic”, which only upholds some of the relatively humane standards. I’ll stick to the marshmallows and wooden eggs, thanks!
But that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the Easter fun. In fact, by avoiding eggs you can have a much sweeter and lovelier celebration that honors the spirit of this fun holiday.
I hope you plan some fun, sustainable celebrations, and that everyone has a wonderful holiday! HAPPY SPRING!