Vegan Bytes #05: Vegan Halloween Issue

In this issue...

*Why To Avoid HFCS
*List of Vegan Candies
*Pumpkins-- The Magical Squash
*Caramel Apple Recipe

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What's So Bad About High Fructose Corn Syrup Anyway?

Have you seen those commercials recently where someone suggests to a friend that High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is unhealthy, and then the other person asks why? When the first person can't come up with a reason, the second person says that HFCS has the same calories as sugar and is fine for your health?

Check out the fine print to see who sponsors that ad...

It's the Corn Refiners Association! Evidently HFCS has taken a beating in the public eye recently, and so corn refiners are worried we are all going to come to our senses and boycott food with HFCS in it.

I certainly hope so!

Are you the person who knows HFCS is bad, but can't immediately come up with the reason why? Or are you the second person who has never heard about HFCS? Read all about the negative effects of HFCS on your body and the environment.

Vegan Candy: What Passes

Many people go vegan in an effort to be healthier, and that often means cutting out other foods like refined sugars.

Or maybe you are trying to find some goodies for your children's Halloween celebrations.

The good news is that becoming vegan doesn't mean you have to put an end to sugar cravings forever.

Many candies are made with animal ingredients-- whether they are gelatin, lard, milkfat, or even just sugar refined with animal products. There are however some great candies that are completely vegan.

Keep in mind that a few of these might have High-Fructose Corn Syrup, and they are all made with sugar, so none of them can be called healthy. Here's a list of all the great sugary goods you can eat.

Pumpkins Galore!

Pumpkin is a great healthy holiday vegetable. It's full of fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium. Eating a diet that includes pumpkin will help to decrease your risk of stroke and heart attack by loosening the arteries.

Some studies even show that the fiber in pumpkin helps to curb appetite. High fiber food is essential in a healthy diet.

The seeds inside pumpkins are even more nutritionally valuable. I love to roast them with different spices and store them for snacks, salads, and other dishes.

Pumpkin seeds are full of carotenoids, phytosterols, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, copper, protein, and zinc. Depending on how many seeds you eat, you will have a good amount of all those nutrients in your diet.

They are good for prostate health, bone density, preventing osteoporosis, reducing inflammation in arthritis, improving immune systems, and lowering cholesterol levels.

Roasing pumpkin seeds is easy. After you carve your pumpkin, rinse the seeds under cold water and pick away leftover pulp.

Then place the seeds in a single layer on a cookie sheet and cover with some olive oil. Sprinkle them with salt, or any other herbs you love, and bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes, stirring a few times. Let cool and then store in an airtight container.

Then eat up!

Caramel Apples... No Worms Added

As a little girl, I always gravitated to the red candied apples more than the caramel apples. But, over the past few years, a good friend of mine (whose family owns an apple orchard) has reintroduced me to the caramel variety.

The normal caramel apples are made with butter and condensed milk, but I came across a recipe online that teaches how to make it vegan.

You can share vegan caramel apples at Halloween, as a cute dessert at a cocktail party, or just with your sweetie on a chilly evening. They're super fun to dip and decorate with nuts or candies, and once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy. Check out my vegan caramel apple recipe.

Acai is the new superfood phenomenon in today's market. It's a berry grown in the Amazon that is so fragile and perishable that it can't be transported in whole form to the United States.

Acai (pronounced A-sigh-ee), has been shown to improve energy, digestion, mental clarity, sleep cycles, the immune system, sexual desire, circulation, skin clarity, and visual strength. It reduces inflammation and free radicals, and can fight cancerous cells, and maintain healthy heart function. It's even been shown to alleviate diabetes and prevent heart disease.

Sounds magical, right?

People who regularly drink or eat acai have even crazier stories of what it's done for their health.

The only snag is that since the berry itself is so perishable, we can't just gobble these berries by the handful. Instead, we have to get either frozen pulp or dried berries. I've done a ton of research to pick out what I believe to be the best version of acai (most potent, least refined, most like the natural state).

Sambazon is the best. I like to get the frozen smoothie packs that have nothing but acai berries in them. They are great in smoothies. Acai has a strong berry flavor with a hint of chocolate in the background. Buy organic Acai from Sambazon.

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

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See you next month!


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