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Vegan Bytes #55- How to Eat Like a Professional Athlete
October 10, 2012

Vegan Bytes #55: How to Eat Like a Professional Athlete

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.

*Nutritional Spotlight: Is the Old School "Apple a day" Expression True?
*Holiday Link: Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween as a Vegan
*Vegan Travel: Plant Restaurant in Asheville, NC
*Question: "Can my dogs eat a vegan diet?"
*Vegan Ebooks Collection: Vegan Nutritionista's Meal Plans and Cookbooks
*Recipe of the Month: Spicy Raw Flax Crackers
*Book of the Month: The All-Pro Diet, by Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons
*What's New?: What's New With Vegan Nutritionista?

(links above take you to the mini article below in the newsletter, which has links to the full article)

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Nutritional Spotlight: It's Apple Season!

Health Benefits of Apples

Last weekend we went to a local apple orchard and pumpkin farm to honor Christopher Columbus in a proper, traditional way. Apple picking season had just ended, but we were still able to pick up a few pecks of apples and we could roam through the pumpkin patch to pick several kinds of pumpkins, hubbard squash, and butternut squash.

This farm even had dig-your-own peanuts and potatoes, which we city people found fascinating. Have you ever seen the inside of a raw peanut shell? The shell is lined with squishy, white stuff that eventually forms the skin over the actual nut.

I find it really difficult to find local farms that grow completely organic apples, so we chose this particular farm because they use integrated pest management and therefore use minimal spray on their plants. IPM takes advantage of the positive benefits of certain bugs rather than wiping away everything that moves like the conventional pesticides. It's a more holistic way to farm and keeps your soil more fertile and plants more sustainable for the long run.

If you have kids, one of the best things you can do to encourage them to eat healthy food is to take them to farms so they can see where food comes from. Our bodies thrive on food taken directly from the earth or picked off a tree, and when you witness (or take part in) that process, you feel accountability for the food itself. You're less likely to take a bite of an apple and then throw it out if you picked it yourself and know how much work it takes to get that apple. You're more likely to select things that are home grown than something grown in a box.

And of course, we all know there are tons of amazing health benefits that you get from eating apples, such as lowered blood sugar, reduced risk of developing cancers, and lowered cholesterol levels.


Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween as a Vegan

Dogs Dressed for Halloween

My second favorite holiday is Halloween (Fourth of July wins top honors), probably because I love costumes and makeup and scary movies and candy. I know, I know, I'm not a child anymore so I really should move on to a grown up holiday like Thanksgiving or President's Day or something. But I don't wanna!

Halloween can be one of those daunting vegan holidays where you get anxious thinking about how to find the compassionate twist to the day, but I've come up with a few tricks to making it work for everyone. Click here to go to the page on Vegan Nutritionista dedicated to vegan Halloween celebrations.

There's also a comments section at the bottom where I'd love to know how you celebrate as a vegan, including any Halloween recipes, your favorite decorations, cute vegan costume ideas, and any ideas on trading your kids for vegan candy at the end of the night. Please share your ideas to help new vegans come up with easy ways to make the holidays just as good as when they used to eat Milky Ways.


Vegan Travel: Plant in Asheville, NC

Chickpea Sandwich Plant Restaurant Asheville Vegan

We spent a few days before Christmas last year enjoying our free time and sampling most of the vegan food Asheville had to offer. It was a perfect mix of relaxing and eating for us.

An absolute stand-out that we couldn't eat at just once was Plant. It actually ranks among my top five favorite vegan restaurants of all time, and tops our personal category for best mid-range vegan restaurant. Everything we had was stunning, both aesthetically and for our taste buds.

It's a perfect restaurant to review for this month's newsletter because in another article I talk about eating shiitake mushroom bacon (can you figure out which article?) and that delicious "bacon" came from Plant.

Read my full review of Plant Restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina here.


"Can my dogs eat a vegan diet?"



"Question: I have been researching a vegan dog food and wonder if you think it is healthy. I am vegan and it bothers me each time I put money toward the purchase of dog food. I posted a comment about turning my dog into a vegan dog on the Youtube site where Earthlings was shown, and surprisingly got the response that it would abuse to my dog to make her be a vegan dog. I do not want to cause harm to my dog's health but am really interested in knowing more about having a vegan diet for my dog.?"



Learn the answer to whether it's safe and healthy to feed your dogs vegan food 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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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 Salsa Flavored Flax Crackers

Dehydrated Raw Flax Crackers

One of the many vegan recipes we made for our weekend trip to the mountains was this one for raw flax crackers. I'm a big fan of the boxed versions, but I didn't have time to get to the grocery store and was curious if I could make my own that would taste just as good.

I learned a few things. First of all, dehydrators are awesome! Especially if you know how to use them properly, which I have to admit I didn't (check out the full article to see the secret I learned to good dehydrating)

Second of all, I can absolutely, definitely make them taste just as good, and it was easier than I ever expected. And lastly, it's fun to make your own because you can experiment with flavors and textures and find what works perfectly for you. I have visions of flavors like maple cinnamon, nacho cheese, garlicky kale crackers, and much more.

If you don't have a dehydrator, you can still play along. In the article I teach how to use your oven to accomplish the same thing. Read all about my flax crackers recipe and feel free to comment at the bottom of the page. I'd love to know your favorite raw cracker flavors and any other tricks to making them taste fantastic.


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


Book of the Month: The All-Pro Diet by Tony Gonzalez

A few weeks ago the Atlanta Falcons were playing on Monday Night Football and one of the announcers was discussing why their tight end, Tony Gonzalez, is still so good at a relatively older age (for the NFL). He said that it's because of Tony's lifestyle and his "outstanding diet." My husband gave me a high-five and we continued watching the game.

What I didn't think about at the time is the number of people who would google, "tony gonzalez diet" to figure out what he actually eats, perhaps because they would like to look and perform like arguably the best tight end in the history of the league. The next day I saw just how many people found this page on Vegan Nutritionista and how many went ahead and bought the two books I reference in the article, The China Study, and Tony's own book, The All-Pro Diet.

I take so much joy in thinking of the thousands of NFL fans who might have been encouraged to get off the couch and the meat/dairy and start eating a plant-based diet, solely because an announcer brought Tony's diet to their attention.

Recently Jon Gruden mentioned that Arian Foster (running back) is a vegan. Too bad Arian doesn't have a book yet to help advance the cause. If you have a football fan in your family or group of friends, tell them all about Tony Gonzalez's outstanding diet and maybe together we can bring even more people to a more compassionate lifestyle.


Pick Your Favorite Way to Follow Vegan Nutritionista

Vegan Nutritionista is constantly growing and changing, and if you signed up for this newsletter a long time ago, you might not have read our new information. Our blog page keeps you up-to-date with new articles on the site.


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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