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Vegan Bytes #67- Tricks or [Vegan] Treats!
October 15, 2013

Index: (scroll down to read articles)

*Nutritional Spotlight: Trick: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
*Holiday Edition: Treat: Candy For Non-Animal Eaters
*Question: Trick: "Increased pooping when going vegan?"
*Vegan Ebooks Collection: Tricks: Vegan Nutritionista's Meal Plans and eCookbooks
*Recipe #1 of the Month: Treats: Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
*Recipe #2 of the Month: A Trick AND A Treat: My Tasty and Delicious Vegan Pancake Recipe
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Trick: Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds for Newsletter

I'm a big fan of roasted squash seeds. That's right, we roast up everything from the standard pumpkin to butternut squash, acorn squash, and basically anything that has a seed.

The seeds have amazing health properties that you can't garner by just eating the flesh of the pumpkin, so it's a great idea to eat them as well. Luckily roasting pumpkin seeds is super simple and quick.

You can flavor them with whatever any herbs you like. Most of the time I go with a basic sea salt, but I've spiced them many different ways. Check out my page on roasted pumpkin seeds.


Treat: My Vegan Candy List

In the United States we're preparing for one of my all-time favorite holidays: Halloween. It's such a perfect holiday, whether you're clamoring for the biggest bag of candy in the neighborhood, trying to wear the least amount of clothes that is socially acceptable in your naughty nurse days, or watching the joy on your kids' faces when they dress up in silly costumes, it's fun for all.

It's also one of those holidays that has the potential to make us vegans feel a little left out. I pretty much avoid all candy nowadays, but it's one of those holidays where you might indulge, and so this list of vegan candy options can be incredibly helpful.

I also love to share party ideas and tricks for how to trade non-vegan candy out of your kids' stash without making them feel like they're sacrificing too much, so check out this page on Halloween ideas to read and share.

And Happy Halloween!! Muahahahahah!


Trick: "Increased pooping when going vegan?"



What is going on with my poop?

OK, sorry for asking the gross question, but it's really annoying me, and I'm trying to figure out if what I'm experiencing is normal.

I'm a middle-aged male. I've been a vegetarian for 20+ years, but I've always eaten a lot of dairy, mostly cheese. I started reducing my dairy intake about 3 weeks ago, and I'd estimate that 95% of the food I'm eating now is based around raw fruits and veggies, dried fruit, whole grain bread, legumes, tofu/soy milk, and nuts. I drink 8 cups (more or less) of water per day, 1-2 alcoholic beverages per day, 1-2 glasses of Gatorade per day, 0-1 cups of decaf coffee per day, and 1-2 sodas per week. I've never had any sort of dairy intolerance. I am currently about 30 pounds overweight.

Now I'm in the bathroom 5-6 times a day, and my stool is very loose. Sometimes my stool is not formed at all, and sometimes it's formed but very soft. It seems like there's a lot more coming out of my body than going in.

I'm going to the bathroom so much it's gotten painful. I'm hoping there is an end in sight and that my body will adjust, but it doesn't seem to be happening.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so, how long did it last? Any tips for getting back to a once-a-day, well-formed-poop kind of life without going back to lots of dairy?


What would you have told this anonymous man to do about his new bowel situation? See what I suggested here, and feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments section below.


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


Tricks: Vegan Nutritionista Downloadable EBooks

Vegan Cooking for Beginners

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Vegan Meal Plans for Fall

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.

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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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Menus and Cookbooks Vegan Nutritionista Ebook Package

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Treats: Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes for Newsletter

Yes, you read that right. I decided to combine the incredibly popular pumpkin spice latte coffee drink with everyone's favorite dessert treat.

It was actually really easy to come up with this recipe, and it made such a delicious and decadent treat. And it's healthy... because it's made with vegetables... right?

Try this fun and festive cupcake recipe and let me know what you think.


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


A Trick and a Treat: My Tasty and Delicious Vegan Pancakes

vegan pancakes

When I make pancakes just for my family, I often experiment and make up my own recipes. The problem is that pancakes kind of fall in between baking and cooking, and if you bake, you know you should really not play around with the proportions of established recipes. So, a lot of my experiments result in pancakes that fall apart.

Sometimes my husband will comment, "these are really good, and they stuck together well," and then I have to break the news that I used a cookbook. Whoops.

I did, however, come up with a really good version of a typical pancake recipe that is absolutely perfect for friends you want to convince that vegan food tastes good and could replace their eggy versions easily. It's half whole wheat, and there are ways you could play around with the flours to make it more wholesome, but again, remember what happens to me when I play around.

Let me know what you think of this recipe for skeptic-proof perfect pancakes.


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


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