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What is the difference between vegan and vegetarian?

The word ‘vegetarian’ has been around since the mid-1800s, but the word ‘vegan’ was only created in 1944.  These plant-based diets will be the hottest trend in 2018. It has taken the world a long time to wake up and see the benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets.

What is the difference between vegan and vegetarian? A vegetarian doesn’t eat animal flesh but may consume other animal-based foods like eggs and dairy. Vegans avoid all products with any connection whatsoever to animals, even honey. For some vegans their rejection of all things animal extends to hair and beauty products made with animal ingredients such as lanolin from sheep, cleaning products that have been tested on animals and shoes or clothes made with leather or wool.shutterstock_611209634 (2)

Following a vegan or vegetarian diet has many health benefits but it is important to make sure the nutrients found in animal products are replaced with quality substitutions. A nutritionally balanced vegan or vegetarian diet would include a variety of plant-based proteins, sources of iron, calcium, and vitamins B-12 and D.


Here are a few tips to keep in mind when following a vegan or vegetarian diet:

. Eat a variety of plant-based foods to ensure you are getting a variety of nutrients

. Stock a vegetarian/vegan-friendly pantry and fridge so healthy options are at hand with things like healthy cereal, beans and legumes or healthy treats to keep you satisfied.

. Eat fresh, whole foods as much as possible to reap the maximum nutritional benefits

. Have a supply of vegan, good quality snacks to satisfy your hunger in between meals like the healthy, organic granola bars by MadeGood which can also serve as vegan gluten free desserts.

childs knapsackMadeGood Oat Bars, Granola clusters or Minis and Crispy Squares are the perfect healthy treat to stick in your gym bag, purse or lunch bag for a quick snack on-the-go.  At 90 calories and only 7 grams of sugar, they fit into everyone’s lifestyle. MadeGood products are made in a dedicated peanut and nut free facility using trusted suppliers who can supply certified allergen-free ingredients. Gently processed to maintain nutrients, they are free from the eight common allergens – soy, wheat, fish& shellfish, dairy, egg, sesame and nuts. These healthy treats are also made from organic granola or rice and contain non-GMO Project Verified ingredients.  MadeGood vegan oat bars have a serving of vegetables added and they are certified as gluten free snacks.

So whether you are vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, MadeGood is the perfect, delicious snack for you!

Author: Karen Gilman is a Registered Holistic NutritionistTM and the founder of When not working with families with vegetarian children, you can find her blogging about food or in the kitchen baking up healthy treats for her family.

How Does a Vegan Diet Affect the Earth?



A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes is good for our bodies. It’s also good for the Earth. Choosing plant-based foods over animal products, like foods eaten by those following vegan and vegetarian diets, puts less of a strain on water and land resources and makes a strong environmental case for changing your diet?

How does eating meat degrade the environment?shutterstock_101290747 (1)

  • To produce one gram of protein from beef requires five times the amount of water that it takes to produce one gram of pulses which are rich in plant based protein.
  • The livestock business is a huge source of greenhouse-gas emissions and also contributes to environmental pollution when animal waste, antibiotics, hormones, fertilizers and pesticides seep into aquifers and reservoirs.
  • Animal feed requires vast amounts of land to grow – land that could be used to grow food for human consumption. The quest for cheap grazing land has lead to deforestation in many countries.

To reduce your impact on the Earth:

  • Consider going meatless a few days a week: whole grains, beans, legumes and even vegetables are protein alternatives that will provide you with many essential nutrients as well as fiber.
  • Choose organic food  like organic granola which will reduce your personal exposure to chemical contaminants and support farming practices that encourage soil and water conservation in addition to reducing pollution.
  • Grow your own food! Nothing tastes better than garden-fresh produce that you nurture, pick and prepare yourself!  But when you can’t grow your own, find healthy treats like organic oat bars.

Choose MadeGood for your on-the-go snacking options.

We carefully select dried fruits and whole grains to make a tasty and healthy granolaGranola Minis-010 bar.  We use pure sunflower oil that is low in saturated fat and has no trans-fat to help you eat and live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.  With one full serving of vegetables from six different sources, our vegan granola bars are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which can help contribute to healthy digestive and immune systems. Our organic granola and other ingredients reduce the need for pesticides and herbicides.  All MadeGood oat bars are made in a facility free from the most common allergens; peanut, tree nut, soy, dairy, egg, fish, shellfish, gluten, and sesame.  And they are all gluten free snacks.

What about dessert?

Dessert can represent a challenge for vegans as they live a diet that reflects the ethical values.  Most desserts are rich in gluten, dairy or other ingredients with animal by-products but at MadeGood we don’t believe that vegans should have to pass on dessert.

At MadeGood all our products are certified gluten free by the Gluten Intolerance Group, and certified vegan by  We only include ingredients that are ethically sourced and adhere to internally recognized industry standards for non-GMO, vegan, organic, and gluten free products.  This represents our promise to you that we will only use the highest quality ingredients.

Take our Chocolate Chip Bars, Minis and Squares.  They’re made in a dedicated facility free from all the common allergens, including peanut, tree nut, soy, dairy, egg, fish, shellfish, gluten, and sesame, and are a great choice for vegan chocolate and a gluten free diet.

If you are vegan, we know that your choice to be vegan was an important decision for your health and your conscience.  You can rest assured that including our vegan MadeGood products will make a tasty and nutritious dessert for you and your family.

You can rest assured that our MadeGood healthy granola bars are Allergy Friendly® and Earth Friendly!

Author: Karen Gilman is a Registered Holistic NutritionistTM and the founder of When not working with families with vegetarian children, you can find her blogging about food or in the kitchen baking up healthy treats for her family.