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Vegetarians in Paradise
 Vegetarians in Paradise Vegetarian/Vegan Magazine

A Los Angeles Vegan Web Magazine

A Nonprofit Vegan Public Service Publication

Serving the World Vegan Community Since January 1999

By Zel and Reuben Allen

APRIL 2016 Vol. 18 No. 4


Welcome to Vegetarians in Paradise. With each new issue we at vegparadise.com hope to provide you with a variety of information pertinent to the vegan community. For those who visit us from other areas of the country or from distant lands, we offer great diversity and invaluable vegan resources for vegans and vegetarians anywhere in the world.

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    Scintillating Spring Dishes for the Vegan Table
    A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

    When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    Sponsor: Glendale College Community Services
    Where: Toll Middle School, 700 Glenwood Rd., Glendale, CA 91201
    Held in Room 1206
    Cost: $39 plus $20 for food and recipe handouts
    For information and to make your reservation, call 818-240-1000, Ext. 5015

    Make It a Special Homemade Feast for Mom -- FREE
    A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

    When: Sunday, May 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Malibu Library
    Location: 23519 W. Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
    For information and to make your reservation, call 310-456-6430

    Delicious OMG Dishes for Summer Entertaining-- FREE
    A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

    When: Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Castaic Library
    Location: 27971 Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic, CA 91384
    For information and to make your reservation, call 661-257-7410


    Celebrate Passover in Vegan Style

    Passover Stew Nutty Baked Eggplant Vegan Gefilte Fish

    For strict vegetarians, or vegans, the Passover menu consists of a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Is it possible to get sufficient nourishment on this regimen? Absolutely! Nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables will offer more than enough of the important nutrients like protein, fiber, carbohydrates, beneficial fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
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    Eating Less Meat & More Fruit & Vegetables
    Could Save Lives & the Planet
    Fruits and Vegetables

    Millions of lives and trillions of dollars could be saved if people the world over ate more fruits and vegetables and less red meat, according to a new study. Such a shift in global eating patterns would also reduce the planetary burden of greenhouse gas emissions and help halt the worst effects of climate change. The report, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, argues that food-related emissions could fall between 29 and 70 percent by 2050 were the world's population to adhere to certain dietary guidelines established by global health agencies. Global mortality could drop by as much as 10 percent--preventing as many as 8.1 million deaths per year--and between $1 trillion and $31 trillion could be saved.
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    Vegetarians in Paradise Makes
    First-Ever President Endorsement
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    After countless meetings following extensive research, including listening to all of the candidate debates, the Board of Directors of Vegetarians in Paradise has decided to take a bold step we have never taken before, recommending that our readers vote for a particular candidate to be President of the United States. Our choice for this important job is ….
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    Plant Strong Gets "Ripped"

    Rip Esselstyn
    Rip Esselstyn has a fire in his belly. That fire took him from Engine Company 2 fire station in Austin, Texas to become a worldwide ambassador for eating plant-strong. Rip is a member of the plant-strong Esselstyn family that began its dietary adventure in 1984.

    Father Caldwell Esselstyn, MD led the family in this health-saving journey by deciding to follow a plant-based regimen (no animal protein) with no added oil. He, his wife, and family followed this program for the entire year in 1984 before he began his famous life-saving study described in his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. The book became a national bestseller.
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    Aunt Nettie Knows Her Watercress

    Ask Aunt Nettie I like ta say a big welcome ta spring with a mighty nice l'il ole salad made outta watercress an' jes a few other veggies, so's not ta spoil the purty looks o' this special bunch o' greens.

    Now, if'n y'all cain't find watercress at yer market, why arugula makes a fine salad, too. So, there's no need ta fret none. An' if''n there's no fresh arugula, why a nice Greenleaf lettuce all chopped up is jes fine, too.
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    VIPs Go to Pot

    Vegetarians in Paradise

    Vegetarians in Paradise editors Zel and Reuben Allen were seen limping out of the local pot dispensary struggling to carry two large brown paper bags. Reuben was wearing a gray balaclava while Zel was hidden beneath a black burka.
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    118 Degrees Features "Uncooking"

    118 Degrees Tarzana 118 Degrees Tarzana

    We were tickled to learn Chef Jenny Ross was planning to bring 118 Degrees, her all-raw restaurant in Orange County, to its new home in the San Fernando Valley. We offer a cordial welcome to Chef Jenny, her friendly staff, and the charming restaurant that opened in January 2016. Located on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, just a few doors away from the giant Whole Foods Market and its convenient parking structure below, this restaurant offers an impressive menu of delicious raw foods.

    Those curious about the restaurant's name will learn that nothing on the menu is heated above 118 degrees, preserving each food's valuable enzymes and nutrients that heating above that temperature would degrade.
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    8 Healthy Vegan Edible THC Alternatives to Try

    Simply Pure Peanut Butter Hearts of Hemp Growing Kitchen Zoom Ball

    Buying edibles while eating a vegan diet can be difficult. Do you gaze longingly at the cakes, cookies, and brownies that line the shelves of your local dispensary? Baked goods, with or without cannabis, are made with both dairy and eggs, but there are companies within the industry that acknowledge dietary restrictions of consumers. During your next trip to the dispensary, look out for these sympathetic companies and their 100% vegan products!
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    Zel Says Stuff It When It Comes to Apples
    Zel Allen
    While some cooks turn to cakes and cookies made with matzoh meal, we find delicious ways to enjoy fruity treats at dessert time. The Passover Seder can often become a rather large meal, leaving little room for a large dessert serving. Here's a way to turn 4 servings into 8 perfect-size desserts.
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    VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights

    Daiya Dairy-free Blueberry Greek Yogurt This Berry Good Yogurt's Got Culture
    When I tasted a 5.3-ounce carton of Daiya Dairy-free Blueberry Greek Yogurt, I knew I had finally discovered a vegan yogurt I could fall in love with! Seriously, I'm not kidding! I also bought the Strawberry flavor at the same time, and felt the same flavor bliss--it's killer delicious. But the flavor is not the only feature that grabbed my attention--it was the ultra-firm, yet satiny smooth and creamy texture that captured my heart. It was a joy to savor each spoonful that slipped across my tongue and left a wake of ethereal deliciousness. I adore that there's real blueberries and even blueberry juice concentrate in addition to live cultures that make this yogurt a delight to experience.
    Read More Hampton Farms Natural Almond Butter

    Nuts Like Me Love This Nut Butter
    Just got my tongue happily entangled in a swirl of Hampton Farms Natural Almond Butter, the best almond butter I've every encountered. Yeah, I know--everyone raves about this or that being the best, but here's the real deal. First, the almonds are dry roasted and the whole almonds, skins and all, go into the machine that mixes it all up. Those skins are an important feature of what makes this almond butter stand apart. The skins are loaded with antioxidants--that's great for keeping us healthy. Second, and this is my favorite part, is the texture. This almond butter has unabashed, flamboyant tooth to it because it's not finely ground or creamy. In fact, it's just the opposite. This stuff is thick, dark, and coarsely ground, but oooohhhh! Wow! What flavor! What texture!
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    President Of American College of Cardiology Prescribes Vegan Diet

    Dr. Kim Williams
    Dr. Kim A. Williams, the president-elect of the American College of Cardiology, often sees patients who are overweight and struggling with hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. One of the things he advises them to do is to change their diets.

    Specifically, he tells them to go vegan.

    Dr. Williams became a vegan in 2003 because he was concerned that his LDL cholesterol--the kind associated with an increased risk of heart disease--was too high. Dr. Williams wrote about his reasons for going vegan and his belief in the cardiovascular benefits of a plant-based diet in in a recent essay at MedPage Today.
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    Natural Products Expo West Reveals
    What's New in Vegan Food

    Natural Products Expo West
    Visiting the Expo each year, we notice distinct trends reflected in the displays and products of the vendors, many of whom use this show to introduce their new products or gain new distributors and outlets for their wares.

    When we first attended the Expo beginning in 2000, many sellers were not familiar with the word "vegan." Now they not only know the word, but can also assure you that their entire group of products are vegan or that they have added one or more vegan products to their regular line.
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    "Vegetarians in Paradise Diet" Appears
    After 25 Years of Extensive Research

    Cooked Cereal with Chopped Fruit Roasted Butternut Sunset Rose Garden Salad
    Lima Bean SaladRouladen Banana Pancakes

    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.
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    Chef AJ Receives 24 Carrot Award

    Chef AJ Unprocessed

    "It was the first time that anyone, let alone medical professionals, said that what we eat has a profound effect on how we look, how we feel, what diseases we get and what disease we can reverse. Within 6 months of eating a WHOLE-FOOD plant-based diet free of sugar, oil, salt and flour (as opposed to the highly processed vegan junk food diet I had eaten for 26 years) all of the polyps "mysteriously" disappeared.

    The doctor actually accused me of having surgery somewhere else! I knew if I was going to keep eating this way, it would have to taste better than the sprouts I was eating, so I went to culinary school. And the rest is history!"
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    Meatless Monday: an Initiative We Should All Support

    Meatless Monday 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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