Vegan Bytes #44: Are You Eating the Rainbow?

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In this issue...

*Vegan Thoughts: Vegan Thanksgiving and Turkey Farming
*Nutritional Spotlight: Eating the Colors of the Rainbow
*Question: "Does blood type determine diet?"
*Vegan Ebooks Collection: New Vegan Christmas Cookies Ebook
*Recipe of the Month: Chewy Molasses Cookies (Sneak Peak at Vegan Christmas Cookies)
*What's New?: What's New With Vegan Nutritionista?

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Vegan Thanksgiving and Turkey Farming

Feeding Turkeys From My Hands

When you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, whether you're doing your first vegan Thanksgiving yourself, and you're hosting, so you need the best vegan Thanksgiving recipes, or you're going to be the sole vegan at the holiday celebration, you can make it joyful.

It's crucial to remember why you choose not to eat meat, and try to divert your focus away from the turkey. Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and while food and the big meal has become an iconic part of American culture, many people forget the most important part.

I was 11 the last time I ate Thanksgiving turkey, and I can tell you that I've enjoyed the Thanksgivings since then just as much as other people, and maybe even more since I can't remember what it feels like to be so stuffed I can't move after that meal.

I took a little time this year to focus on the turkey farming involved in creating all those turkeys for us to eat, so if you're up for a little philosophy about our food system, check out that article.

For all of you from the United States, I hope you have a joyful Thanksgiving!


Eating the Colors of the Rainbow

Food Color Wheel for Fruits and Vegetables

One of the easiest ways to ensure you're getting plenty of nutrients in your diet is to make sure you're eating all the colors of the rainbow. Fruits and vegetables don't keep their cards close to their chests; you can tell exactly which nutrients are going into your body by just looking at the color of the food you're eating.

If you often find yourself with a plate of different shades of brown and tan food, you need this more than anyone!

Our extensive list of fruits and vegetables walks you through what phytonutrients are in each produce color.

Can you challenge yourself this month to find a way to eat something from each color group every single day? Just remember this... R-O-Y-G-B-I-V.


Question: "Can I be a vegan with O+ blood type?"



I've been on and off as a vegan/vegetarian. My blood type is O positive. I've been told with my blood type I must eat animal protein. It grosses me out to think about it. My doctor says I need more protein and fewer carbohydrates because of my sugar problems. I don't know how to balance the foods out the right way. What do you think; can you help?

-Debbie, Hollywood, CA


This is a pretty common question that we get on Vegan Nutritionista. An entirely new diet program started based around the idea that people with different blood types need to eat different kinds of food...

Uncover the rest of the answer I gave Debbie about being blood type O and vegan.


Do you have a question about veganism? Perhaps it's something you always wondered, or even something other people always ask that you wish you could answer better. Join in the discussion on our site by asking and answering questions, as well as commenting on other answers. It's fun and helpful!


Vegan Nutritionista Downloadable EBooks

Vegan Christmas Cookies: My Top 20 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes

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Last year so many people searched for vegan Christmas cookie recipes on Vegan Nutritionista that I felt I needed to put together a book where they could find them all in one place. I've been baking with my mom since I was able to stand up, and she has some fantastic recipes that I collected and veganized, and then I had testers make sure they are delicious. In it you'll find all your old favorites, like Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Thumbprints, Linzers, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Bombs, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Gingerbread, and of course, Vegan Sugar Cookies (and more!)

Read more about the book on the Vegan Christmas Cookies page, or if you already know you have to have it, download your copy now for only $7.95.

Cut the Cheese: Quit Your Cheese Addiction to Transform Your Life

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This is our most recently created ebook, and it's been incredibly exciting to put together. There is no one particular book on quitting cheese available in stores, and not many people are aware of the physically addictive qualities to dairy cheese. Instead of being sick and fat, you can give up cheese and feel light and free. This ebook also has the very best vegan cheese recipes, so you don't have to eat packaged versions that don't taste quite right anymore.

I asked for the help of several cheese testers, so the recipes are flavor/texture/instruction-tested and approved! Download your copy now for only $9.75.

NEW!!! iPad and Kindle Formatted Cheese Recipes for only $9.99!

Have an iPad? Get Cut the Cheese on iTunes 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.

Learn more about the bread baking tip that's almost too easy here or download your copy for only $7.95 now.

Get iPad/Kindle/Kobo/Reader Formatted Bread Recipes for only $7.99!

To buy The Vegan Bread Box on Amazon,click here.

Or, to buy the The Vegan Bread Box on iTunes, click here.

Vegan Meal Plans for Fall/Winter

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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.

To get Vegan Meal Plans for Fall and Winter on Amazon for $9.99, click here.

Vegan Meal Plans for Spring/Summer

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The spring meal plan book is available and is getting great reviews! It focuses on seasonal spring vegetables like kale, lettuce, carrots, peas, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, and more! Just like in the original Vegan Nutritionista meal plans, the menus include 66 recipes for full dinners for 4 work weeks complete with nutritional information, tips, and many pictures. No repeats! Get your Vegan Meal Plan for Spring/Summer, now for just $9.75.

Soak, Rinse, Boil! Your Complete Guide to Cooking Beans and Grains

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Soak, Rinse, Boil! is a complete guide to cooking beans and grains. Don't worry about picking up endless cans of beans that need to be rinsed to reduce the sodium. Control all your own additives with fresh, homemade beans and grains. This guide teaches how to soak, how to boil, what spices to add and when, and how to store your finished product. Download a copy for only $4.75 here.

*Note* If you are an owner of A Fresh New Vegan You, you have a very similar guide in your ebook already. This is a printable handbook to store in the kitchen near your dried beans and grains.

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Recipe of the Month: Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Vegan Christmas Cookies and Vegan Molasses Cookies

To thank you each for all the support over the years, I wanted to give each of you a sneak peak at one of my favorite recipes in my latest ebook, Vegan Christmas Cookies. You can really taste the spice in this soft molasses cookies, and it's so beautiful with the sparkly sugar on top of a perfect brown cookie.

Every good cookie tray should have a soft, sweet, slightly sparkly cookie like these spice cookies. These cookies are the perfect sweet and spicy combination, and have a really nice soft texture. They're made with blackstrap molasses, which is an unrefined sweetener that maintains its health benefits.

Molasses is filled with iron, calcium, copper, manganese, potassium, and the vitamin B complex. Blackstrap is the darkest and most concentrated form of molasses you can buy, so it has the most intense flavor, but if you can't find it, you can use any type of molasses.

My husband thinks this picture is the absolute perfect cookie picture, and in his words, "How could you not want to eat every one of those?"

I hope you like it!

Makes: 36 cookies
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Baking Time: 10-15 minutes


  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. non-hydrogenated, nondairy butter, softened
  • 1 egg replacement (I like Ener-G egg or flax eggs for this recipe)
  • 1/4 c. blackstrap molasses


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg replacer. I used Ener-G egg replacer, so it called for 2 tablespoons warm water mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoons egg replacer. I whip it until it's foamy and then I whisk again just before adding it to the dough.

With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. It will look curdled at first, but let it keep mixing until the mxiture is combined, about 2-4 minutes. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until the dough forms.

Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.

Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 4 days.

To see the rest of these Vegan Christmas Cookies recipes, check out my newest ebook.


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


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