What do you get when two of our all-time favorite people—Oprah Winfrey and Alicia Silverstone—tackle the topic of America’s addiction to cheaply raised, unhealthy animal products? An episode of Oprah that’s both a chilling reality check and a charming hunger-inducer.
Oprah’s never been one to shy away from the hard-hitting issues, and on yesterday’s show she took a critical look at modern factory farming methods. Viewers were given a glimpse of modern farming methods and were, no doubt, shocked to see footage of chicks tumbling down a chute—as though they were nothing more than paper clips on an assembly line—and adult chickens, belly up, struggling to breathe in jam-packed, stench-filled sheds. But, never one to leave her audience without a solution to an issue, Oprah invited the vivacious and lovely Alicia Silverstone to the show to teach viewers about delicious, satisfying vegan alternatives to meat-laden and dairy-drenched foods.
While Alicia set to work making mouthwatering recipes from her cookbook, The Kind Diet, she also revealed that her acne, insomnia, and asthma all vanished when she went vegan. If I weren’t already dining on a cruelty-free diet, those facts combined with Alicia’s recipe for Artichoke, Mushroom and Leek Crostinis would have been enough to get me to try it out. So tell us: Was it the food or the health benefits that finally convinced you to try a vegan diet?
Written by Karin Bennett