If you are committed to a healthy eating, vegetarian, or vegan lifestyle, then you know the challenges you face finding good food to satisfy your dietary and culinary requirements. That’s where Happy Cow comes into the picture, by offering the quintessential guide for all things vegetarian/vegan.
Happy Cow Basics
Some view Happy Cow as a restaurant and health food store guide, but website administrators suggest they are so much more than that. In addition to robust location-based searches for restaurants and health food stores, the Happy Cow search results feature important details about the restaurants.
These details include information about the types of food that are served, whether they are simply vegetarian- or vegan-friendly, or if they only serve vegetarian cuisine. It provides information as to whether the establishments are casual, upscale, or fine dining. Happy Cow also includes customer-submitted reviews of the restaurants and businesses.
While the site is most famous as a healthy eating guide, the mission has evolved over time. Today it serves as a guide for a wide range of “Veg” topics. One of the most popular additional features being a search of a different kind, this one for vegan- and vegetarian-friendly B&Bs, health spas, eco spas, retreats, and resorts.
Other Topics Happy Cow Addresses
In addition to food and travel, Happy Cow provides a wealth of information that affects anyone interested in adopting the veg lifestyle – not only the diet. Happy Cow tackles issues that matter to anyone who chooses to life a meat-free life. Some topics addressed on the Happy Cow site include:
Since many people find the path to vegetarianism and veganism through a sense of compassion for the many animals that live on Earth, it makes sense that Happy Cow seeks to shine light on the plight of animals.
More importantly, it serves as a platform to encourage the compassionate treatment of animals and discourage the purchase of items that are derived from animals, encouraging instead a membership that does not use animals (or purchase products that use animals) for:
From animal testing to mills that literally herd animals into deplorable living conditions until they are ready to be shipped off to slaughter for food and all points in between, Happy Cow is committed to the showing the world how poorly these animals are treated and educating others in hopes of spreading the message.
Raw Food Diets
This type of diet not only encourages the consumption of plant-based foods, but it goes even further encouraging you to eat them in their original form using no heat to prepare them. Most raw diets include an assortment of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, sprouts, and seaweed.
The reason this is such a popular diet for many to follow, including a few high profile celebrities, is that a raw food diet allows the highest consumption of vitamins, minerals, vital nutrients, and amino acids.
Health concerns also drive many people to choose a vegan or vegetarian diet for themselves and their families. When properly planned and portioned, a vegan diet can be highly beneficial and healthful. However, you must make sure you get the appropriate levels of certain nutrients, like protein, in order to maintain good overall and long-term health.
Happy Cow provides some direction about vitamins and supplements you might be interested in taking along with healthy recipes that provide a wide range of nutritious benefits to vegetarians.
Sometimes vegans and vegetarians feel like they’re fighting the good fight alone, like they’re the only ones who are committed to the cause of a responsible, healthy diet. That’s why it’s important to see that there are many celebrities and otherwise famous people who share their dietary requirements. Happy Cow has compiled a list of famous celebrities, athletes, and musicians who have chosen to be vegetarians and vegans.
Off the Main Page
In addition to the Happy Cow main website, which provides a wealth of information well worth reading thoroughly, Happy Cow also has an Android Happy Cow App that allows you to find restaurants and health food stores while you’re on the go. Not only do you get the benefit of helpful information about restaurants that serve your culinary needs, but also get to see reviews other members have left to help make the decision even easier to make.
Social media also plays a vital role in the health and success of Happy Cow’s following. If you’re a person more inclined to follow a Twitter feed or like great recipes and recommendations on Facebook, then you should consider taking part in their social media efforts.
How Can You Get Involved?
Happy Cow is a designed as a public service entity, rather than a “for profit” organization. This means that it is largely handled by volunteers and people who donate their time, attention, efforts, and love into making this a great resource for all things veg.
If you’d like to contribute there are many ways you can do so that go beyond monetary donations (though they are certainly appreciated).
- Interested parties can contribute by making Amazon purchases through the Happy Cow link.
- Download and distribute Happy Cow flyers to spread the word.
- Join the community and contribute your own reviews, news, and veg stories.
- Sharing links to Happy Cow from your own blogs and websites.
Happy Cow is a thriving community of people committed to the cause of the compassionate treatment of animals. The fact that this is a community, rather than a business, makes them noteworthy in today’s society.
Joining is simple, and you get so much back from becoming part of this community of like-minded people who share recipes, favorite restaurants, vacation and travel advice, health information, the latest veg news and favorite veg-friendly products. Now you no longer have to worry about choosing between a healthy diet that makes you and your body happy and traveling the world! Today is a great day to bring out your inner Happy Cow!
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