Vegan Bytes #40: What's the Smelliest Vegetable that Works the Hardest for Your Heart?

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In this issue...

*Vegan Thoughts: My Coolest Project, Coming Soon!
*Nutritional Spotlight: Spice Up Your Heart (and Breath) With Garlic
*Question: "Can athletes stay healthy on a vegan diet?"
*Question: "Can vegans eat whole wheat bread?"
*Vegan Ebooks: View our Complete Collection of Ebooks
*Recipe of the Month: Spinach Salad with Mangoes and Almonds
*What's New?: What's New With Vegan Nutritionista?

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My Coolest Project to Date...
I Think You'll Love It

For most of 2011 I have been working on what I consider to be my most helpful ebook yet. I got the idea for it from YOU! There are so many of you reading this newsletter right now and I never write one of these without thinking about who exactly is reading my words. So, those surveys are an incredibly helpful way for me to peer into your eyes.

Not shockingly, many of you reported the same main diet issues, and while some people only dealt with those problems for a short time, it seems that there's one main problem that most people carry with them for a long time. I want to help ease the pain of that problem, if not help you to remove it completely from your life.

Can you think of what I might be referring to? Which food was the absolute hardest to give up?

What I feel makes me uniquely qualified for this particular ebook is that I struggled with giving this one food up, and I remember exactly how it feels. I know that this particular food has physiologically addictive properties that make it not just a matter of having strong will power, but a matter of quitting an addiction. I also know what it's like to be on the other side of the table looking back at my former self, and I know how much better I feel now.

I will be releasing this brand new ebook in next month's newsletter. Not only does it have tons of information on the reasons and ways to quit this addictive food, but it has recipes for alternatives, videos on making those recipes, and some bonus videos. I really can't wait to see how you like it!


Nutritional Spotlight: Garlic

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Garlic is an absolute staple in my household, and most of the meals I make start with a base of garlic and onions. You can only imagine what my breath smells like most of the time!

What's amazing is that garlic is actually touted for its amazing health benefits. It's anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and packed with nutrients that enrich your blood vessels, regulate blood sugar levels, increase iron absorption, and generally work hard for your health. So, maybe the bad breath is all worth it.

Even if you're not as big a fan of its flavor as me, I definitely recommend you check out all the garlic health benefits and think about adding it into your diet a few times a week. That small amount has been proven to prevent two types of cancer!


Question: "Can athletes stay healthy on a vegan diet?"


One of the most common questions we get on Vegan Nutritionista is whether one can work out hard and still be a vegan. I'm not a professional athlete myself, but I do know of several to point to for those who worry about maintaining their energy levels on a plant-based diet. So, there's nothing to worry about!

Learn all about vegan nutrition for athletes, with links to professionals who thrive off their plant-based diet.


Question: "Can vegans eat whole wheat bread?"


If you follow Vegan Nutritionista on Facebook, you might have seen the link to this new question submitted by one of our readers. It spawned more comments than I expected, so I wanted to make sure to include it for all our readers here.

There are a lot of misconceptions about vegans, largely because we are such a diverse, unique community. Some of us are vegan almost entirely because of our ethical beliefs, while others care little about animals and just want to improve their health. Whatever brings you to the lifestyle matters little to me. I'm just glad you're here!

When people look at veganism from the outside, they often confuse it and lump it with other health food movements. For instance, sometimes people assume I don't eat flour, in what appears to be a smashing together of gluten-free and veganism. I think this is where the question about whether we can eat whole wheat bread stems from.

Also, of course, there's the problem of honey, whey, buttermilk, and other hidden ingredients that are often added into breads (unnecessarily, I might add.) Last year I put together an ebook on vegan bread recipes that has been very well received by readers, and I think it's because of the frustration of constantly reading labels and putting loaves of bread back up on shelves. Ever get to the fourth or fifth type and want to spike it back on the shelf? Just kidding, I'd never do that. :)

Read the question and comments about whether vegans can eat whole wheat bread.


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Recipe of the Month: Spinach Salad with Mango and Almonds


We're steadily sitting in the sticky summer months here in North America, and during this time of year I avoid turning on the oven at all costs. If you're doing the same, you might be sick of salads by now, but I offer up a different take on the traditional green salad.

I've been finding nice mangoes at the grocery store now, and you might even be lucky enough to get them locally. I love the soft sweetness of the mango with the crunch of the almonds, and a bed of spinach is a perfect resting ground for this salad.

Check out my easy Spinach Salad with Mangoes and Almonds here.


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