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Serving the World Vegan Community Since January 1999
By Zel and Reuben Allen
JUNE/JULY 2017 Vol. 19 No.7
Celebrate Our Independence with Burgers and Mash
While it's traditional to tuck crisp-fried falafel balls into a pita and slather them with a lemony tahini sauce, you can have fun breaking tradition and enjoy these baked patties in multiple ways--as salad, sandwich filling, mini appetizer patties, or with pasta in place of meatballs.
For this July 4th celebration, feature the patties on a platter and top them with the traditional colors befitting the nation's Independence Day holiday.
To bring out their best flavors and give them the colorful July 4th salute they deserve, dress the burgers with a fluff of Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, a dollop of Sir Kensington's Spicy Ketchup, and dot the top with a few fresh blueberries.
Rocket Your Way to a Star Studded Vegan Barbecue
Though people unfamiliar with the vegan table consider it very limited, it's actually quite the opposite. With so many possible choices of excellent dishes, the host and hostess have the challenge of narrowing them down to just a few special recipes that take advantage of the outdoor grill. The vegan choices for the barbecue can also include succulent hamburgers, steaks, hot dogs, sausages, and shrimp made from plant-based ingredients. But we've departed from the ordinary to offer an extraordinary festive meal. Here's what we've chosen for this year's barbecue menu:
Dr. Lawenda Transforms Health Care
Fortunately four years ago, at the age of thirty-eight, worried deeply about my personal and professional future, I discovered the incredible power of food as medicine. I was blown away by what I was learning. I was amazed to learn that there existed a way of eating, namely a whole food, plant-based diet, in which a person could eat until full, without counting calories or measuring / restricting portion size (no portion control!), yet lose significant amounts of weight, regardless of the amount of exercise as well. This same way of eating, I learned, also REVERSES our most common chronic diseases, including our number one killer, heart disease, and our most costly and complicated disease, diabetes. I was very skeptical learning all of this, especially as it was not part of my years of training. Yet, soon I began to realize how much solid scientific evidence existed that more than substantiated these incredible benefits.
Cruciferous Extols the Brassicas
May 1, 2017 was the official grand opening of Cruciferous, an all vegan dining house that takes an adventurous dive into innovative vegetable plates intended to be shared. In recent years, small plates featuring magnificent vegetable creations seem to be a driving force of Los Angeles restaurants, and no two menus are alike. We've found it impossible to compare them, with each offering fabulous dishes prepared in unique ways. Even non-vegan restaurants have taken a fancy to vegetable plates.
VegNews Names Los Angeles #1 Vegan-Friendly City in America
Discover the Health Film
Health Oganizations Don't Want You to See!
The film's subtitle clearly reveals the message Andersen learns as he travels the country to find that health organizations are ignoring or not recognizing the role that diet plays on health. His efforts to question spokespeople from these organizations take an in-your-face approach reminiscent of Michael Moore interviews. Of course, Andersen's interview attempts by phone and in person are rebuffed by the interviewees who realize they are asked to respond to embarrassing questions. When he queries a representative of the American Cancer Society about their website offering recipes using processed meats (known carcinogens), the person refuses to answer.
Dairy Starts Over by Going Vegan
It's no secret that cow's milk dairy is on a downward slope. According to research firm Mintel, sales dropped seven percent in 2015 and are expected to drop another 11 percent through 2020. That's a drastic decline, and dairy producers have been feeling the pinch. Among those producers was Elmhurst Dairy in Queens, New York.
The old-school operation churned out cow's milk for 90 years. But in keeping with changing consumer demand, current CEO Henry Schwartz (son and nephew of the plant's original founders) decided to start over -- this time, with nut milks.
Enter Elmhurst Milked, a new line of vegan, all-natural nut milks in Milked Almond, Milked Cashew, Milked Hazelnut and Milked Walnut varieties.
Just Veganize It!
Imagine our surprise when we walked over to Costco's book selection and found a stack of Veganize It! books on the table! We realized that "vegan" was now in the mainstream. Kudos to Robin Robertson for helping make "vegan" a common word in the world vocabulary.
Robertson has been hovering over her stove since the 1980s and has generated dozens of vegan cookbooks for a variety of publishers. With Veganize It! she has concocted a stunning book for one of America's most famous publishers.
Research suggests organic food contains:
Going Vegan Clears Kate Hudson's Acne
But when actress Kate Hudson says she struggles with acne, it's just unbelievable. Perhaps it's those Fabletics commercials where she's doing high kicks sans sweat, or the fact that she's the human embodiment of luminizing highlighter. But apparently, she gets pimples--and there's only been one lasting solution thus far: a vegan diet. "When I went vegan last summer, my skin was the best it's ever been--skin tone, pores, everything," Hudson told Vogue.com, adding that she's had a hard time figuring out why her skin randomly breaks out.
Portugal Requires Vegan Meal Option
At All Hospitals, Colleges, Prisons
Portugal just passed a law requiring all public cafeterias to offer at least one vegan option to diners. That mandate applies to all public hospitals, prisons, schools, universities and other public buildings. Within six months, all these cafeterias must provide a minimum of one meal choice that is free from animal products. The law calls it a "strict vegetarian option."
What drove this remarkable change? The will of the people, of course.
Six Things Happened When 19 Nurses
Did a "21- Day Vegan Challenge"
After Joanne Evans, MEd, RN, conducted a presentation on the health benefits of adopting a plant-based vegan diet for her nursing colleagues at Virginia's George Mason University, 19 of them were inspired to try the diet themselves. The nurses decided to collectively eat vegan for 21 days and measure and record how that affected their overall health.
More Doctors Warn Patients to Eat Less Meat
Andrew Freeman, a cardiologist with National Jewish Health hospital in Denver, Colorado, says that doctors often worry that patients will balk at the idea of radically altering what they eat. But that's slowly changing: Freeman, who follows a vegan diet himself, now recommends a "plant-based diet."
A number of mainstream medical groups now endorse vegetarian (or vegetarian-ish) diets, including the American Cancer Society, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and, over protests from the meat industry, the USDA group that issues dietary guidelines. In 2014, the American College of Cardiology elected its first ever vegan president, Dr. Kim A. Williams
Aunt Nettie Smoothes Things Out
with a Special Fruity Cocktail
Well, it didn't take me very long ta blend up some mighty fine fixin's jes perfect fer the July 4th celebration. I wanted ta share a glass o' nice chilled fruits blended up with some coconut milk an ice cubes.
Then ta give this l'il cooler a touch o' holiday spirit, I fancied it up with some plump blueberries an' strawberries a'settin' on top o' the glass. I think its mighty purty and purty darned deeeelicious, too!
VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights
Difficult to Pronounce but Easy on the Taste Buds
A Pouch Full of Tasty Eating
No Fowl in These Savory Strips
Lin Silvan & Robert Jacobucci
Receive 24 Carrot Award
Vegetarians in Paradise takes great pride in presenting its 24 Carrot Award to Lin Silvan and Robert Jacobucci for their efforts in founding and guiding the Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN).
Since its inception EVEN has tabled at Earth Day events, distributed literature, held numerous potlucks, offered free vegan starter kits, hosted speakers in the community, and interviewed prominent vegans.
Vegetarians in Paradise Diet Appears After 25 Years of Extensive Research
Tons of diet books make their debut at the beginning of the year because publishers know the inevitable--so many people have added pounds during the year-end festivities. Most diet books promise a new, slimmed-down you that will be the envy of all your friends.
The number of people staying on these diet plans for any length of time is amazingly low, yet not surprising. Most of these diets fail because people feel deprived by the limited calories and smaller portions that leave them hungry and unsatisfied.
Meatless Monday: an Initiative We Should All Support
If we are judged by the company we keep, we are in good company. Vegetarians in Paradise bedfellows turn out to be an impressive group of organizations interested in public health.
The roster of organizations includes Columbia University Mailman School of Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. They're all on board to promote Meatless Monday, a campaign to improve national health and benefit the environment. We would like to urge our readers to join us in bringing this message to the attention of the public.
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