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Vegan Bytes #62- In With the Spring and Out With the Cold
May 14, 2013
Vegan Bytes #62: In With the Spring and Out With the Cold
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Nutritional Spotlight: Strawberries Can Prevent Cancer?
Back in the old days, the grand prize for surviving through the winter were the crown jewels of strawberries. Now we can get strawberries year round, but the ones traveling from thousands of miles away never taste as good as the berries pulled out of the ground closest to your house.
And those are gooooooood (Clark Griswold style).
One of the coolest things I ever learned about food is that each fruit and vegetable gets its color based on the types of nutrients it houses. So, while other red fruits have some different nutrients, the bright red comes from anthocyanins, and that antioxidant powers your body with all kinds of crazy health benefits. The brighter, more fragrant, and more delicious the fruit, the more packed with health benefits they are.
Read here to find out what healthy goodness comes in strawberries.
Vegan Travel: Wayward Vegan Cafe in Seattle
If you're missing any breakfast food from your non-vegan days, you need to find a way to get to Seattle and try out Wayward Vegan Cafe. It's an absolute heaven for people who love diner food, brunch, and menus that allow you to eat pancakes at any time of the day. Not only do they offer just about everything you're used to seeing on regular brunch menus, but everything we ate was really, really good too.
It's located in the University district, right across the street from a vegan pizza shop and Pigs Peace Sanctuary's storefront, in a little vegan triangle. It's also a few blocks from one of the most amazing farmers's markets I've ever seen. Think organic heirloom apples and you'll have an idea of the incredible produce offerings we saw. It's called the University District Farmers Market and it's consistently ranked as one of the best in the United States.
Check out my full review of Wayward Vegan Cafe to see all the goodies we had, including a mock egg sandwich, an amazing Belgian waffle, and amazing hash browns.
"Is pasta vegan?"
What kind of pasta noodles are vegan? Are vegan noodles only the ones that aren't made with egg in the dough?
That's a great question. Most pasta is vegan, but there are a few ingredients you do need to look out for with pastas.
When you're buying pasta in stores, I recommend you get used to checking out the ingredients list. Most regular semolina white pasta and whole wheat pasta is vegan. As a general rule, egg noodles are almost never going to be vegan, unless you can find one that is a "faux egg noodle" pasta.
I only buy pasta made with two or three ingredients-- most of the really cheap stuff has all kinds of additives that just are not at all healthy for you, vegan or not. If you do buy them, watch out for whey and egg whites as hidden non-vegan ingredients in pasta.
Read my full answer here.
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Recipe of the Month: Quinoa Salad with White Beans, Arugula, and Butternut Squash
If you like to eat along with the seasons, this quinoa salad recipe is the perfect one for right now. I just bought the last of the butternut squash from the fall and winter harvest at our farmers' market on the weekend and was able to get the first of the spring harvest of peppery arugula. That calls for a shoulder season recipe like this one.
I cook most nights and most of the time it's not from a recipe but from what is available in my kitchen. And most of the time it's a one-pot wonder where the whole grains, beans, and vegetables all get loaded into one bowl and tossed with a sauce or olive oil. I took inspiration on this dish from a recipe, but I needed to make it a more complete dish and I wanted to change some of the flavors. I loved the recipe that was born enough to share it with you.
It's light enough for a side dish, but filling enough to serve it as an entree. I'd love to know what you think of this quinoa salad, so feel free to send me comments, especially if you subbed in different ingredients and came out with your own take on the recipe.
You can share your own recipes and comment on others by following this link to Vegan Nutritionista.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is an Inspiration
The other night I watched a documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead that hasn't gotten nearly the airtime as some of the more popular diet films, but that has an equally inspiring message.
Joe Cross, the creator of the documentary, had a problem common to many others; he'd spent most of his adult life focusing on his career and neglecting his health. He'd been dealing with an autoimmune disease that caused a skin disorder for years and had gradually, but steadily, gotten quite overweight. The only solution doctors offered him was management of the itchiness through steroids and he decided he wanted to try another option- juicing.
Joe stopped eating junk food and started a 60-day juice fast. For those two months, he drove across the United States juicing and talking to people about food, hopefully getting others interested in changing their diets. I'm pretty sure his Australian accent allowed him to be able to say things to people that might not have gone over well if he didn't seem so charming, like, "how did you get so fat?" and "how much do you weight," as well as, "whose fault is it that you're fat?" Oh snap!
You can imagine what happens in the long run from him eating exclusively fruits and vegetables, but you should watch the film to get all the details.
The inspiring part comes about halfway through the film when he gets a call from a trucker he met along his journey who has the same autoimmune disorder as him and is even more overweight. This man, Phil Staples, is dangerously overweight and incredibly depressed and looking for a way out, so Joe helps him learn the juicing ropes and offers his support any time Phil is in need.
You absolutely have to see the before and after shots of both of these men. It's so incredible what a difference real food makes to the body.
Whenever I watch these types of documentaries, one of my favorite parts is when you start to see light in the person's eyes and a certain tautness and color in their cheeks. People come alive again when they start eating foods that nourish rather than deplete their natural vitality.
My biggest take away is that though it may be "common" to take cholesterol medicine to control high levels, or to develop type 2 diabetes, or even to have heart valve surgery to fix blockages, it's not healthy. Those are all illnesses mostly caused by what we choose to eat. Just because many people have it does not mean we are not sick if we develop it as well. There is no safety in being one of the large numbers of people who are medicated to control problems we can fix with lifestyle adjustments.
Humans do not need to develop high blood pressure and cholesterol as we age, and we have ultimate control over many of these degenerative diseases. We just have to choose that the excuse of "we only live once, why not eat anything we want," is only sentencing us to a lifetime of illness.
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That's all for this month!! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Have a great month!
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