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When: Saturday, April 11, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Go Vegan for a Zesty and Healthy Life
When: Thursday, April 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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When: Thursday, July 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
"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.
Celebrate Deliciously All Year Long
Carpe Diem for a Delectable Easter Meal
And isn't it impossible to imagine celebrating any holiday without the sharing of a delectable meal rich with flavor and bursting with color. While many Americans may have established the long-standing habit of always serving ham for Easter, vegans consider a healthier and more humane option, one with inviting eye appeal, tantalizing flavor, and wholesome satiety. The featured dish focuses on legumes and freshly harvested spring vegetables laced with robust seasonings.
Delve into Some Ideas for a Passover Seder
On every Seder table is the ritual Seder plate. Traditionally, a roasted lamb bone representing the Paschal lamb that the ancients sacrificed for this holiday has its place on the plate. Vegans, however, spare the lamb and roast a beet or a "Paschal yam."
In place of the roasted egg that symbolizes life, they may use a roasted or boiled potato or a mushroom. Horseradish, a bitter herb, represents the bitter life of the Jews in Egypt, while charoset, a sweet tasting mixture of grated apples, chopped walnuts, wine, and sweetening represents the mortar the enslaved Jews used to build the pyramids.
No Lack of Tasty Food at Au Lac
Looking forward to another delicious meal at Au Lac, we brought our friends Joan and Larry to explore the new menu and the new digs. Well, we quickly discovered that digs is hardly the best label to hang on this gorgeous and elegant dining spot. It's breathtaking, yet extremely homey and comfortable in its brilliantly-designed new home.
Because we chose an early dining hour, we were seated immediately without reservations. News of this special restaurant is spreading quickly, and reservations are a must.
No Wonder People Are Confused:
Two Studies Turn Up Conflicting Results
High Protein Diets Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
Boston University School of Medicine has a new study, tracking over 5,000 Framingham residents, and concluding that those with a daily intake of 100 grams in protein had a 40 percent lower risk of high blood pressure. The key to the Framingham studies is that subjects are not provided with a set lifestyle direction on what to eat. Men and women, between the ages of 30 and 54, provided the latest data on high protein diets, totaling over 16,000 daily diet records.
Elevated Blood Pressure Linked to Increased Protein Intake
High protein consumption may increase blood pressure, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Researchers evaluated the diets of 121 patients with type 2 diabetes. Participants were divided into two groups according to blood pressure--uncontrolled (≥ 135/85 mm Hg) or controlled (≤: 135/85 mm Hg). According to a three-day diet analysis, the group with uncontrolled blood pressure consumed more protein and meat than the group with controlled blood pressure. The controlled blood pressure group also consumed a diet higher in carbohydrates. These findings follow previous studies that show the benefits of plant-based diets on blood pressure.
Aunt Nettie Creates a Golden Sunset
There's plenty vegetables you cain't find at the grocers any time o' year, but you sure kin find rutabagas. 'An that's mighty nice when y'all git ta hankerin'.
Now here's my speshul fixin's recipe that makes them rutabagas look like a purty sunset with all them golden colors. 'An you'll git ta see how purty they looks in the bowl! Bet you'll cotton to 'em, too!
Vegan Street Fair in Los Angeles Makes History
Never before has there been an event like this. Never before has there been a vegan crowd like this. On March 1 the vegan community of Los Angeles held the first ever Vegan Street Fair. The streets of Bakman and Weddington in North Hollywood were closed off. Months in advance city permits had to be filed and approved to be able to do this.
Over fifty food vendors were arranged and set-up early that morning. The Board of Health and the Fire Department went through and inspected after set-up and gave their okay. The DJ started blaring music. Crowds were waiting to enter the streets.
Who Decides If Food Additives Are Safe?
In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their plans to all but eliminate trans fats from processed foods, citing a CDC statistic that the elimination of partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply could prevent more than 10,000 heart attacks and thousands of deaths every year. Up until that point, trans fats enjoyed their so-called "GRAS" status: "Generally Recognized As Safe." How did these killer fats get labeled as safe?
Who decides what"s safe? Currently, a "generally recognized as safe" determination is made when the manufacturer of a food substance evaluates the safety of the substance themselves and concludes that the use of the substance is safe. In other words, the company that manufactures the substance gets to determine if it is safe or not. This approach is commonly referred to as "GRAS self-determination." To make matters worse, not only do companies not have to inform the public, they don't even have to inform the FDA. A company may voluntarily tell the FDA they just came up with a new food additive that they've decided is safe, but are not required to do so.
Brenda Davis Receives 24 Carrot Award
Mistress Ginger Pirouettes Around the Kitchen
The book is "an artist's portfolio" that displays the diverse talents of Justin Leaf, a ballet dancer, singer, performer, yoga instructor, dedicated vegan, and animal rights activist. As a seductive, wisecracking entertainer, Justin dresses in drag in a fluffy red wig and dons a wardrobe of ultra-feminine short nighties and brief dresses that show off an attractive pair of legs.
Don't Put Beaver Butt Juice in My Food
Like so many of you, we read food labels to find out what's in the product to make sure it doesn't contain any animal ingredients. Unfortunately, many shelf items don't have a "v" symbol or the word "vegan."
As we have discovered, many products contain ingredients we wouldn't even feed to our pets. In past articles we revealed information like coloring in fruit juice that was derived from cochineal (crushed beetles).
We also wrote about non-dairy creamers that had the audacity to contain dairy.
Macaroons for Passover and the Rest of the Year
After some determined puttering in the kitchen, I was able to present my husband with a macaroon for tasting. He, too, remembered those tasty treats with fondness. After tasting one of my prized macaroons, he totally surprised me and reached for another. My husband, who is not particularly fond of cookies, devoured three of them without pausing! Then he looked up at me and said, "Wow, these are really good!"
Allergy-Free Cook Details the Secrets of Baking
The Allergy-Free Cook Makes Pies and Desserts is another winner for author Laurie Sadowski who knows how to guide beginners and experienced cooks into successful baking in grand gluten-free style. The book would make a treasured gift for people with gluten sensitivity and a fun baking adventure for anyone who just loves to make desserts.
VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights
Taco lover that I am, I snapped up a package of Melissa's Soy Taco--vegan, of course! Loved the look of the package and what it said--"seasoned meatless alternative." Read the ingredients--sounded good--it's made from textured soy protein (non GMO), wheat fiber, and a bunch of seasonings like garlic, onions, salt, and lime juice. Cooked it up with some onions, tomatoes, more garlic, chopped green pepper, and tomato sauce and loved the flavor.
I like to keep ready-made or heat-and-eat soups on hand when I'm on the run and found the PERFECT meal in Back to Nature Tuscan 3-Bean with Kale & Millet Soup and Minestrone with Farro Soup. Both flavors come in 17.4-ounce boxes that can be warmed in the microwave or stovetop. Can't beat that for convenience! The box says 2 servings--well--just right for a tiny appetizer before a big meal. But it was lunchtime, and I was hungry so I ate the whole thing--it makes just a wee bit over one cup.
Vegetarian Diet Could Lower Colon Cancer Risk by 22%
People who eat mostly vegetables could be reducing their chances of getting colon cancer by over 20%, reported the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently. Colorectal cancer, as it is also called, is the second leading cancer killer in the United States after lung cancer. Each year, around 133,000 Americans are diagnosed with this disease; it kills about 50,000 Americans a year. The findings were based on a 7-year analysis of the diets and health of 77,659 Seventh-Day Adventist men and women.
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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