Vegan Bytes #49: Do You Know About This Disease Fighting Food?

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.

In this issue...

*Vegan Thoughts: Vitamin B12: Do You Really Need to Supplement It?
*Nutritional Spotlight: Mushrooms Can Cure Cancer... Really!
*Question: "What simple changes can I make to my diet for more energy?"
*Vegan Ebooks Collection: My Favorite Meal Plans and Recipes
*Recipe of the Month: Chinese Vegan Beef with Broccoli
*Book Review: Chloe's Kitchen
*Vegan Product of the Month: Vegan Earth Shoes
*What's New?: What's New With Vegan Nutritionista?

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It's the four-year anniversary of Vegan Nutritionista's birth! In the beginning it was just a concept; I wanted to share all the positive benefits of going vegan with as many people as possible. I've been touched and thrilled over the years to hear from so many of you about how your life is different now with your new lifestyle, and to hear about you passing it along to friends and family members.

This last year has been busy-- I have spent a lot of time going through old pages and updating with new and better information. I also added a few new ebooks to the collection, and have more ideas on the horizon for the coming year.

After listening to what you want, I'm adding three new sections to the monthly newsletter; 1) the book of the month, 2) a vegan product of the month, and 3) a vegan travel section, which will include restaurant reviews and tips on travel. I'm super excited to add more categories to our newsletter and I hope you like it too!

In a few weeks I'm going to change the template of Vegan Don't worry-- it's not going to affect anything you do on the site; searching, posting questions, answering questions, and everything else will be the same. It's just going to look prettier. If you follow me on facebook or twitter, I'll let you know when the changes go live and you can let me know what you think.


How Much Vitamin B12 Do You Need?


When you tell someone you're vegan, you'll usually get the common "where do you get your protein?" and "do you get enough calcium?" questions. If you've done even a little bit of reading on the subject, you know those are non-issues for people who eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Every once in a while you might get a question about vitamin B12 from a more informed person, and answering that concern may not be as straightforward.

On the one hand, vegans do not have a true plant form of vitamin B12 On the other, we do have quite a few foods that are supplemented with B12, and we also have a variety of vegan vitamin B12 supplements.

But, how much vitamin B12 do you need? And, is there truly a risk of developing a vitamin B12 deficiency? Find out now to make sure you are fully protected.


Nutritional Spotlight: Mushrooms and Their Magical Cancer-Fighting Powers

Organic Oyster Mushrooms

Mushrooms don't get a lot of air time in the nutritional circuit. In fact, it's easy to assume that they are just another "vegetable" that doesn't really provide many nutrients. It turns out that there are incredible benefits of eating mushrooms that can help you guard against serious diseases. Don't miss this article if you have the big C word in your family history.


"What are some simple changes I can make for more energy?"


In preparation for summer (and to just be healthier) I'm looking for a few simples changes to my diet that I can make immediately to impact my energy levels and help fuel me during intense workouts.

I've just gotten interested in juicing. Are there big gains made here? If so what would you recommend. Also, what are some things I can incorporate into my daily diet that can help me increase my energy levels? (After reading Born to Run I'm thinking about ordering chia seeds)

I'd like to stay away from supplements and take a more natural route. And help would be great. Thanks.



This is a really common reason that many people have when they decide to change their diets. The fact is, our bodies are not supposed to crash a few hours after breakfast, in the middle of the afternoon, or right after eating a meal. We should have plenty of energy throughout the entire day, and it should decline as we get ready for bed.

Check out these simple dietary changes for more energy and start feeling better today.


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


Vegan Nutritionista Downloadable EBooks

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.

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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 Vegan Bread Recipes for only $7.99!

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

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

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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.

These 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.

Using a Kindle? Get Cut the Cheese on Amazon here.

Just the Menus Ebook Package Deal

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Just the Menus Ebook Package allows you to have both Vegan Nutritionista meal plans, one for the fall/winter and one for the spring/summer at a discounted rate. Download your copy for only $16.99 here.

Menus and Cookbooks Ebook Package Deal

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Menus and Cookbooks Ebook Package allows you to have both Vegan Nutritionista Meal Plans, one for the fall/winter and one for the spring/summer at a discounted rate, as well as The Vegan Bread Box and Cut the Cheese. Download your copy for only $37.99 here.

Vegan Grocery List

This massive, complete vegan grocery list is the only one you'll ever need. Print out copies of it to hang on your fridge, and then mark what you need as you go throughout the week. Download a copy for only $0.99.

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Recipe of the Month: Chinese Style Vegan Beef with Broccoli

Chinese Vegan Beef with Broccoli

When I was a really little kid, I was always really particular about meat and had rules about what I would eat (no bloody things, no pieces of fat or hard things, etc). I think it was the initial stages of me realizing that I was eating living animals that had been cooked, and that didn't match up with my beliefs.

Anyhow, one meat dish that I remember actually enjoying was beef with broccoli. I don't think my mom made it too often, but I remember liking it. On the day I decided to make my own version, it had probably been 20 years since I've even thought about that dinner, although I'd had versions of it in vegan restaurants.

It turns out it's really easy to make your own "beef" with broccoli, especially now thanks to Gardein beefless tips. It's so close to the taste of texture of meat that it actually freaks me out, and thus, I rarely cook or eat it. However, it's amazing for people transitioning out of a meat-based diet into a plant-based diet, and it's fun once in a while for the rest of us.

Check out my recipe for Chinese "beef" with broccoli here.


Book of the Month: Chloe's Kitchen

I received a review copy of Chloe's Kitchen, written by Chloe Coscarelli, the first vegan chef to win Food Network's Cupcake Wars. I have a LOT of cookbooks, and I value all of them in different ways, but I have to say that this book instantly made it to the favorites stack.

Read all about Chloe's Kitchen, and feel free to share your own reviews if you've tried any of her recipes.


Vegan Product of the Month: Vegan Earth Shoes

In this first edition of the vegan products section of the newsletter, I want to share a practical yet totally cute way to veganize your outfits with these vegan Earth shoes. Some months we'll focus on good vegan treats, other months it might be a favorite cooking appliance or amazing toiletry.


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We're in the process of updating the design of our website. I sometimes had a hard time fitting everything I wanted to say into the two columns we used to use, so now we have three columns. And, we'll be transitioning over to a really pretty color scheme. Nothing changes for you; all the content is exactly the same. I hope you like it!


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


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