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Vegan Bytes #66- Is the Secret to Abundant Health in Your Pantry?
September 10, 2013

Vegan Bytes #66: Is The Secret to Abundant Health in Your Pantry?

Welcome to the subscriber group! Our newsletter focuses on helping you learn more about veganism and how to apply it to your daily life. Vegan Bytes is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the world of food, answering your vegan nutrition questions, and providing you with ideas on ways to spread your lifestyle beliefs.

Index: (scroll down to read articles)

*Nutritional Spotlight: Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
*Vegan Travel: Budapest, Hungary Vegan Restaurant Reviews
*Question: "Hair loss with a vegan diet?"
*Vegan Ebooks Collection: Vegan Nutritionista's Meal Plans and eCookbooks
*Recipe of the Month: Raw Grasshopper Pie
*Product of the Month: The Best Vegan Hiking Boots
*What's New?: Pick Your Favorite Way to Follow Vegan Nutritionista

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Nutritional Spotlight: Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: Could it Be the Secret to Abundant Health?

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

This month I'm featuring a non-food, non-drink nutritious ingredient. It's one you probably have used for years, and if not, you've at least heard you should. I wanted to spotlight it to remind everyone of exactly what raw apple cider vinegar can help do for our body, and how we can all find ways to add it to our everyday diets.

There are so many benefits to raw ACV, and several of them aren't even food related. Have you used it to clean tough stains around the house or naturally remove warts from your fingers? What about to curdle nondairy milk and turn it into buttermilk for a classic pancake recipe?

Maybe you just don't enjoy the puckering sourness of vinegar itself and could use some good, simple recipes for ACV drink recipes. My favorite is a mix with Concord grape juice and a frozen acai packet, but the one I make most often is my simple apple cider water.

How do you use apple cider vinegar? Do you whip it up in a salad dressing or just drizzle it directly across your veggies? Do you go all out and make the new rage, shrubs? You can use the facebook comments at the bottom of either page and share with us.


Vegan Travel: Budapest's Vegan Restaurants

Budapest Vegan for Newsletter

You may be thinking... Budapest, really? Well, when I was planning our trip months ago, I thought I would have to pack tons of dehydrated food so we'd have something to eat, but it turns out there were actually plenty of vegan options.

It was a good lesson in not making assumptions about anywhere you're visiting, and in doing research. And, this is a happy story for all of us vegans because if Eastern European countries have enough vegans to warrant vegetarian and vegan restaurants, we're all moving in the right direction.

I did a full recap of the places we found that served good vegan options in Budapest here. It was fun to eat there and hopefully it will be fun for you to read. What kind of food do you think we ate in Hungary?


"Hair loss with a vegan diet?"



I followed a vegan diet for about six months and about 25% of my hair fell out. I was not eating vegan junk food but rather loading up on veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes. In addition, I supplement with a vegan multivitamin, additional B-12, flax, etc. I've heard hair loss can occur due to weight loss or stress, but I was not overweight or stressed. Your thoughts?


Hmmm. This is a puzzle to me. Many people who go vegan actually report the opposite-- thicker, fuller, healthier hair and nails. I would definitely recommend talking to a registered dietician or doctor for a better idea of why that might have happened. Read the possible reasons I gave this anonymous poster for why his/her hair might have been falling out.

As you can see above, sometimes people ask me questions that totally stump me. I love the community feel of our group of vegan nutritionistas who jump in and give possible solutions to help solve the problems our readers are having. Please do feel free to add comments to any posting you see on our site.

If we all pay it forward with all the information we have on the subject of plant-based nutrition, we fill the internet with better answers and help encourage more people to try a lifestyle change themselves. You can help answer this question directly here.


If you have any vegan questions and you want some guidance, feel free to send them in by following this link.


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Vegan Cooking for Beginners

Vegan Cooking for Beginners is designed for new cooks and veteran vegans who want quick, cheap, and easy vegan recipes. It has 75 recipes, tons of pictures of the finished meals, nutritional information, and detailed instructions to make every recipe easy to follow. Read more and download a copy for only $7.99 here.

Vegan Meal Plans for Fall

Vegan Meal Plans is a complete meal plan for one month vegan weekday dinners. It includes 64 recipes, pictures, nutritional information, grocery lists, and tips and techniques. Everyone from those beginning a vegan diet to those veterans who want fresh menu ideas love this ebook. It focuses on fresh, local, and seasonal vegetables and uses all normal ingredients-- no fussy or gourmet skills needed. Download a copy for only $9.75 here.

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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: Raw Vegan Grasshopper Pie

Avocado Pie for Newsletter

As the summer dies down and we're getting ready to bring in the cool of autumn, it's a great time to enjoy a raw pie that has a hint of a nice wintertime flavor: mint. My husband is a mint+chocolate fanatic, and I made this pie for him one St. Patty's Day to get us in the green spirit. It's easy, delicious, and relatively healthy as far as desserts go.

Instead of the heavy, milk-based traditional grasshopper pie, try this light, refreshing, healthier vegan version, made with avocados, coconut milk, lime juice, mint extract, and loaded into a raw cacao and date pie crust.


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


Vegan Product of the Month: The Best Animal-Friendly Hiking Boots

Garmont Kiowa

As the heat of summer breaks, the shadows get longer, and the crows start cawing, I love to break out a backpack and pack a lunch for a fall hike. The problem for us animal lovers is that most hiking boots are made with leather.

I get it, it's a long standing tradition to make boots with animal skins, they're durable and weather proof, la la la. But who wants to be responsible for mistreating and skinning alive a sentient being just so they can adorn their feet with the latest trends? Not me.

Enter my list of the best vegan hiking boots that you can easily find on Amazon or in regular shoe stores. This is the most updated list I've found on the internet, but since shoe styles do come and go, if you see that I'm missing an amazing hiking shoe, please post a comment below the article and I can update it for everyone to see.


What's New? Pick Your Favorite Way to Follow Vegan Nutritionista

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That's all for this month!! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Have a great month!


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