Vegan Bytes #41: Would You Ever... Drink Vinegar?

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In this issue...

*Coming Tomorrow: Cut the Cheese: Quit Your Dairy Addiction to Transform Your Life
*Vegan Thoughts: Karma and The Golden Rule
*Nutritional Spotlight: Drinking Vinegar
*Question: "Does a vegan diet help prevent altitude sickness?"
*Vegan Ebooks: View our Complete Collection of Ebooks
*Recipe of the Month: Vinegar Drinks
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Coming Tomorrow! The #1 Hardest Food to Quit...

What's the #1 hardest food to quit as a vegan?

I've asked and you've answered. While there are other foods that can be hard to quit, we struggle with one more than the rest.


I know it's one of the biggest struggles we go through as vegans, and we need help. We need information, support, and new delicious vegan cheese recipes. We need to understand where our struggle comes from and how we can get over the hump.

And that's just what you'll be getting. I've been working for months on a project designed to help you transform your life by cutting out dairy products. Cut the Cheese: Quit Your Dairy Addiction to Transform Your Life is in its final stages of formatting right now and will be ready for you tomorrow. You'll get a special edition of Vegan Bytes with more information.

Here are my Top 12 Best Vegan Cheese Recipes that are included in Cut the Cheese:

  • Fire Grilled White Bean Quesadillas
  • Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna
  • Perfect Parmesan Cheese
  • Nutritional Yeast Nacho Cheese Sauce
  • Kwik Mac-N-Cheese
  • Fancy Cashew Cheese for Crackers
  • Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Old-Fashioned Mac-N-Cheese
  • Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
  • Elegant French Onion Soup
  • Vegan Fondue
  • NY Style Cheesecake


Karma and the Golden Rule


My third grade teacher had a banner on the wall that reminded us of the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." I looked at it a lot, and once I figured out exactly what it meant, it stuck with me.

I try to treat people as I would want them to treat me, with respect, kindness, and compassion. I make mistakes, but I typically realize the mistakes pretty quickly and work to make up for it.

I'm always impressed when people go out of their way to treat others really well, even when it inconveniences them. And so, when I ran into the owners of Freshies in Edwards, CO, and they went out of their way to help us, I was touched.

We had driven all day, and the sky was just about to open up on us. We read about Freshies through a blog and a Colorado vegan website, and we knew we had limited options for dinner that night. When we opened the door to the store, I thought we were out of luck. It's a little organic grocery store that has some prepared foods, but it was late at night. Most of the produce was covered up and the vegan soups and salads were long gone.

We talked to the owner and he walked us around to show us the vegan options, but there was nothing that resembled dinner, so we thought we'd have to get really creative. After a few minutes of chatting, he offered to make us some sandwiches. We were blown away because he was ready to close and had his wife and son waiting on him, but he took care of us.

He made us wraps with Ezekial tortillas filled with fresh avocados, handmade olive spread, sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and just about any fresh vegetables that he had in the kitchen. While we waited, we chatted with his wife, who was astoundingly nice and treated us like friends. We picked up a few things for our hike the next day; including a Colorado peach cookie and a homemade date-cashew protein bar.

They didn't need to do that. All he was really required to do was tell us he was out of vegan food for the day and to check back the next day. Instead he went above and beyond, and he treated us like he would have wanted to be treated. I think it's a good lesson in compassion that we all can take with us.


Nutritional Spotlight: Vinegar

I've written about raw apple cider vinegar before, but I didn't really learn about all the incredible health benefits until recently. After I had an amazing "shrub," which is basically a vinegar drink, in Boulder, Colorado at Leaf Vegetarian, I had to learn more about vinegar.

Here's my full report on the abundant health benefits of vinegar. You may not love the flavor or smell of it, but I guarantee your body will thank you.


Question: "Does a vegan diet help prevent altitude sickness?"


We recently took a trip to Colorado and went from sea level, landed at 5500ft above sea level, and immediately drove up to 14,000 feet above sea level. We got so many warnings to watch out for altitude sickness, and we even did a few things very wrong (you're not supposed to get off the plane and go to the tallest possible mountain).

But, did we get sick?

Read my adventures and discoveries about high altitude sickness and the vegan diet.


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Recipe of the Month: Vinegar Drinks

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I know, I know, the idea of a vinegar drink sounds just terrible. However, these popular cordials can range in flavor from really strong vinegar smells to hardly any at all. You can even just add a few drops to your favorite juice and get all of the health benefits of raw unpasteurized vinegar.

I got the idea for this article on my trip to Colorado, when we stopped in Leaf Vegetarian in Boulder. We had an awesome meal and I accentuated mine with a ginger shrub. Shrubs are cocktails made with vinegar instead of alcohol, and this one was light and refreshing and had more of a bite than an actual vinegar flavor.

I found a slew of easy vinegar drink recipes and wrote all about them here.


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