Vegan Bytes #52: Are You Waiting For Them Too?

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*Nutritional Spotlight: Tomato is the Ultimate Summer Fruit
*Vegan Travel: Amitabul Chicago
*Question: Why am I tired after eating?
*Vegan Ebooks Collection: My Favorite Meal Plans and Recipes
*Recipe of the Month: Raw Blueberry Tart with Lavender Pastry Cream
*Vegan Product: Which Beers Are Vegan?
*What's New?: What's New With Vegan Nutritionista?

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Nutritional Spotlight: Tomato is the Ultimate Summer Fruit

Benefits of Tomatoes

I wait all year for tomatoes. Sometimes I start trying to remember their sweet, tart flavor somewhere around April, and I start looking down my nose at the grocery store tomatoes around the same time. Those mealy, tasteless grocery store tomatoes are the same ones that convinced children that tomatoes are gross. The ones I wait for are not gross.

This year, I planted about 10 different kinds of heirloom tomatoes in pots on my deck, but to this date, I'm still waiting for them to turn colors. Patience is a virtue... one I'm constantly honing.

I have cheated on my potted plants with tomatoes from the farmers market, and I don't feel guilty about it because they are so insanely good. In addition to tasting so good, there are also a ton of health benefits of tomatoes that should help convince you to eat them when they're in season.


Vegan Travel: Amitabul in Chicago

Amitabul Chicago Vegan

Chicago is one of those cities that enjoys a great selection of vegan restaurants as well as servers in most "regular" restaurants who are very familiar with the dietary restrictions of a vegan. I could certainly happily live in the city, if only for the food.

The first time I visited Chicago, I missed Amitabul, probably because it's not smack dab in the middle of the city with the other attractions. I'm willing to bet that most Chicago tourists go through the same thing. You might check and see that Amitabul gets great reviews, but when you throw it up on your GPS, it's faaarrrr.

Let me be the one to tell you that it's worth it. It's worth taking the toll road or sitting in stoplights-every-block traffic to get there because it's a different kind of restaurant. It's not your typical vegan Asian dinner with fake meat and noodles. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy those meals as well, but Amitabul is just different.

I'm sure I've given away how this review is going to go, so think of it more as a chance to whet your appetite and to add a new place to your list of must-dos. Read about my experience at Amitabul here.


"Why am I tired after eating?"



Six months ago I changed to a vegan diet, and since that time I have found my taste buds are more alive and open to new flavors and I feel wonderful. The silly aches and pains I get now are from too much time spent at my computer.

I have noticed, however, that I sometimes get tired after eating. I thought at first it was from overdoing the carbohydrates like pasta, bread, but now I'm questioning if soy is the culprit, as it's high in tryptophan. I don't overindulge in soy but nonetheless I've noticed a pattern.

I try to alternate with tempeh and seitan when I want a meat substitute but do you recommend any other solutions or advice?

Thanks, Barbara

Read the full question and answer to help improve your energy after eating. You can also comment on the question and help Barbara solve her problem.


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Vegan Meal Plans for Spring/Summer

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The Vegan Bread Box: 30 Simple and Delicious Vegan Bread Recipes

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This is one of our most popular cookbooks. I've found it really difficult to find a vegan bread cookbook on the internet; there are tons of recipes out there, but they're scattered all over different sites and you never know which ones are good. This book has everything from an eggless brioche to a classic whole wheat boule recipe, so you'll never have to go scrounging the internet again. I'm so happy people have gotten so much out of this ebook.

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Recipe of the Month: Vegan Blueberry Tarts with
Lemon Lavender Pastry Cream

Blueberry Tarts

If you've been reading Vegan Bytes for awhile, you probably know I'm a fan of picking my own fruit and buying mass quantities of organic fruit when it's in season and then storing it for the leaner months. It's cheaper than buying frozen fruit out of season and it tastes so much better.

A few days ago I made my annual trip to the blueberry farm and picked up a couple gallons of the pretty little berry. You won't convince me that cooking berries will make them taste better than they are right out of your hand, but I am a fan of playing around with the surrounding components to make something delicious.

When I was driving back, I came up with the idea for this dessert, and it's shockingly simple and not shockingly delicious. Check out this simple vegan blueberry tart with lemon lavender pastry cream and let me know what you think of it.


You can share your own recipes and comment on others by following this link to Vegan Nutritionista.


Product of the Month: Which Beers are Vegan?

Just like how vegans don't necessarily follow the stereotype in the looks department, not all of us follow an incredibly strict vegan diet. I don't like to harp on terms, so I'm open to anything that brings people to a less meat-centric diet. Some people's veganism evolves over time though, and many people end up asking me questions like this.... "is beer vegan?"

This might sound like a crazy question, I mean, c'mon, could there really be meat or dairy or eggs in beer? Well, sometimes there are derivatives of animal products either used in the processing of beer or in the beer itself.

Learn more about vegan beer here.


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