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Racquetball Champion Hosts Vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill  

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 20, 2018
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Vegan

Cody Elkins, vegan advocate and Veggie Grill aficionado

Cody Elkins, a 13 year old student at Paul Revere Middle School in Los Angeles was not the usual Bar Mitzvah candidate. Cody was the second in his in is family to cerebrate this important milestone at Veggie Grill, a growing fast, casual vegan restaurant chain.

Scott Nicholson, Senior Vice President of Operations helped Cody plan the party for 100 guests in late October and it was an enormous success.  Scott enlisted his staff to work the event, preparing Cody’s special customized menu, highlighting many of Veggie Grill’s greatest hits.  As a special treat, Scott brought back Cody’s favorite dessert, a luscious chocolate pudding parfait for his special occasion.

Guests enjoyed a delicious appetizers that included Buffalo wings, Crispy Cauliflower and Tempura Green Bean Stacks.  Cody’s custom menu offered many of Cody’s personal favorites such as the Santa Fe Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Guests were delighted to try the the Sonora Bowl, the Masala Bowl, the Mediterranean Salad and the popular, Savory Kale Caeser.

Photos: Marc Blackwell, @blackwellphoto

Cody was born into a vegetarian family and went vegan at 2 years of age when his mom made the vegan life shift.  Cody enjoys educating his peers about the benefits of a healthy and compassionate vegan lifestyle and his Bar Mitvah project was the perfect example of that.

Cody spoke at his school about the connection between going Vegan and saving the planet.  He also shared his thoughts about his veganism in his Bar Mitvah speech at his Synagogue.

Cody is frequently asked about his vegan lifestyle by his non-vegan peers. One if the more frequent questions are about his sources of protein, and when he gave his talk he was sure to include the availability of protein in plant foods, comparing them with animal products.  Watch Cody’s Talk

Cody is also an accomplished athlete! He is a world champion racquetball player, one of the finalists for Great Vegan Athlete of 2017 and is the youngest Great Vegan Athlete listed on the site

Cody has been able to combine the best of both worlds fueling his passion for racquetball with his favorite restaurant, Veggie Grill.

Cody is very proud to have hosted his vegan Bar Mitvah and is confident that he has influenced his guests to think more about what they eat and how it affects their health and the environment.

Cody hopes that he has also sown the seeds of compassion that may one day take root and inspire them to go vegan.  You can follow Cody @whatcodyeats on instagram and @vegansportskid on Twitter.

Marie Oser is a best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV. Her latest book is The Skinny on Soy.  Follow Marie on Facebook and Twitter


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Crockpot Cookery ~ Vegan Basque Stew

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
January 27, 2018
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Vegan Basque Stew

Coming home to a fully cooked one-dish supper was once only possible if someone else cooked the meal for you. Having a slow cooker means that with a minimum of time and preparation you can have a delicious meal waiting at the end of the day.

Meals made in a crockpot are easy to assemble and especially useful for dishes that improve with long simmering.  Stews are an obvious choice, as flavors deepen and sauces thicken during slow cooking. You need only to adjust the seasonings before serving. …read more of Crockpot Cookery ~ Vegan Basque Stew here

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Cauliflower Ranks Among CDC’s Top Powerhouse Vegetables

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
December 23, 2017
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Superfoods, Vegan

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, highly nutritious vegetables that include broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, arugula, boc choi and collard greens among others.

Cruciferous vegetables are an excellent source of beneficial biological compounds. These delicious superfoods are rich in antioxidants, contain high levels of phytochemicals, essential vitamins, minerals and healthy fiber. Cruciferous vegetables are also the best source of phenolic compounds, which confer strong antiseptic and antibacterial benefits. …read more of Cauliflower Ranks Among CDC’s Top Powerhouse Vegetables here

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Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah – Recipe, Vegan Potato Latkes

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
December 11, 2017
File under: Dairy Free, Environment, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Perfect Potato Latkes

Hanukkah, the winter festival of lights is celebrated by Jews around the world and begins this year when the first candle is lit at sunset on Tuesday, December twelfth this year.

An eight-day festival marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles commemorates the rededication of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. The menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches in which a different candle is lit to mark each consecutive night, the primary ritual on Hanukkah.  …read more of Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah – Recipe, Vegan Potato Latkes here

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Are Intact Whole Grains Better? What About Fruits and Veggies?

By Michael Greger M.D.
November 26, 2017
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan, Whole Grains

Fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and dark green leafy vegetables lead the pack. Each of the top five so-called powerhouse fruits and vegetables are greens. If we blend them up in a smoothie, soup or sauce we’re taking food with the most nutrition and breaking cells and dumping that nutrition into the bloodstream.

Chewing is good, but blending is better in terms of digestive efficiency and nutrient absorption.

But, if we take in all that nutrition and it doesn’t all make it down to our colon, might we be starving our microbial selves? Why are intact grains, beans and nuts better than bread, hummus and nut butters?

No matter how well we chew, intact food particles make it down to the colon where they offer a smorgasbord for good bacteria. If grains, beans and nuts are finely ground into flour or paste, we may be leaving our gut flora high and dry. Would the same be true for fruits and vegetables? …read more of Are Intact Whole Grains Better? What About Fruits and Veggies? here

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