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Bring in the New Year with Vegan Hoppin’ John and Southern Greens for Good Luck and Good Karma

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
December 25, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Hoppin’ John is a traditional dish with black-eyed peas believed to bring good luck when served on New Year’s Day.

According to the legend, if you serve black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, you’ll have plenty of pocket change in the New Year. If you serve “Hoppin’ John” with cooked greens you’ll also have plenty of folding money.
Southern Greens and Vegan Sausage

Back-eyed peas are a dietary staple in the American South and southern families often toast with Champagne and a bowl of Hoppin’ John at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

These cream-colored legumes have a slightly smoky flavor, smooth texture and a distinct black dot. Food historians note that “Hoppin’ John” is an American dish with African/French/Caribbean origins. African slaves, who worked the rice plantations, brought black-eyed peas to the US they were growing extensively in the south by the 1700’s. …read more of Bring in the New Year with Vegan Hoppin’ John and Southern Greens for Good Luck and Good Karma here

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Joyous Hanukkah ~Healthful, Planet-Friendly and Compassionate

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
December 14, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

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 Sixteenth.

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.

The first candle, called the Shamus is taller than the rest and is used to light the remaining candles. One candle is lit the first night, two the second, three the third, and so on until all are lit on the eighth night.

Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah …read more of Joyous Hanukkah ~Healthful, Planet-Friendly and Compassionate here

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Cody Elkins throws “Cool” Birthday Party at Veggie Grill in Westwood

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
December 8, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Cody Elkins is vegan and has been for just about his entire life. According to Cody, being vegan is cool, because you are being kind to the planet, the animals and yourself all at the same time!

Some of his favorite foods are Quesadillas made with Daiya cheese and guacamole and Amy’s Kitchen Vegan Bean and Rice Burritos. His favorite ice cream is So Delicious Coconut Chocolate Mint topped with their soy whipped cream.

Cody celebrated his tenth birthday last month at Veggie Grill, the popular vegan eatery in Westwood, California introducing his favorite plant-based foods to his friends.  Cody said, “I wanted to have my birthday party at Veggie Grill to show my friends that healthy food can taste really good.” …read more of Cody Elkins throws “Cool” Birthday Party at Veggie Grill in Westwood here

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How Fatty Foods May Affect Your Love Life

By Michael Greger M.D.
December 2, 2014
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

The food industry, like tobacco companies and other drug lords, has come up with products that tap into the same dopamine reward system that keeps people smoking cigarettes, using marijuana, and eating candy bars. Are Sugary Foods Addictive?.

Recent research highlighted in the video, Are Fatty Foods Addictive? suggests that fat may have similar effects on the brain.

When people are fed yogurt packed with butterfat, within 30 minutes they exhibit the same brain activity as those who drink sugar water.

People who regularly eat ice cream (sugar and fat) have a deadened dopamine response in response to drinking a milkshake. It’s similar to drug abusers who have to use more and more to get the same high. …read more of How Fatty Foods May Affect Your Love Life here

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Vegan Thanksgiving

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
November 18, 2014
File under: Green Holliday, Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Recipes, Vegan

Festive Holiday Roast - Economical, Eco-Responsible, Exceptionally Delicious!

In America, Thanksgiving is the annual harvest festival that brings family and friends together to celebrate abundance and give thanks for life’s blessings.

Eco-conscious consumers can show gratitude to Mother Earth by hosting a meatless meal this Thanksgiving and save money while saving the planet. Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable

This Thanksgiving, be kind to your health, the animals and the earth by making this Festive Holiday Roast. It is so delicious, really easy and fun! You will be amazed to see how cool it is to turn five pounds of tofu into a really tasty meal with 12 generous servings. …read more of Vegan Thanksgiving here

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