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My ‘Traditional’ Vegan New Year’s Day Meal Already Has Me Freaking Out

My ‘Traditional’ Vegan New Year’s Day Meal Already Has Me Freaking Out


The Daily Meal’s overeager copy editor accepted the challenge to eat an entirely plant-based diet for January. He’ll be checking in weekly with an update on his suffering, er, progress, along with tips and tricks for any readers intrepid enough to try #veganuary for themselves.

The first hurdle for most New Year’s resolutions comes right away, on New Year’s Day itself. New Year’s Eve is usually such a production that we tend to think of it as the capstone of “the holidays,” but if you’ve made any sort of vow for your next trip around the sun, you’ve got some decisions to make as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

And since I’ve promised to be vegan for at least the first month of this year, I faced a surprising challenge the moment I woke up somewhat hungover in the wild new world of 2018: superstition.

I’m convinced that one reason so many resolutions began at the new year is because, for most people, the holidays are ruled by family. In many cases, this is nearly literal. If Grandma decides she’s going to cook the same dishes she cooks every year for Christmas dinner, then woe be unto the foolish whelp who dares to question her prerogatives as hostess. If Uncle Pete brings a fifth of whiskey to the family poker game each year, you should be prepared to have your chops busted mercilessly while you try to explain to him that you’ve quit drinking. It’s pretty hard to make any lifestyle changes around family.

Family. (via GIPHY)

This actually worked out perfectly for this semi-reluctant soon-to-be vegan over the past week while I visited family in Northeast Ohio. Casseroles abounded, cheese flowed like water, and I, uh… I definitely haven’t quit drinking. But I made one crucial mistake: I mentioned my upcoming veganism out loud. Which news was uniformly met with laughter, mild consternation, and the query: “What’re you gonna eat on New Year’s?”

Like many families, mine has some particular New Year’s food traditions, passed down through generations. You see, it is believed that eating certain foods can make or break my luck and prosperity for the entire year.

My parents both hail from the Midwest, where apparently cabbage or, even better, sauerkraut can pass as “greens” during the winter, and these are traditionally eaten in the belief that each leaf consumed represents the money you’ll earn in the next year. (My personal experience indicates there is actually a 1:1 correlation, as my modest pile of annual kraut has led to fairly meager earnings.) I grew up in the South, where collard greens serve the same function. (I’m not sure what everyone would have eaten had the United States not chosen green ink for its currency in 1861, but whatever.)

My parents also added black-eyed peas to our annual meal, since that’s what the Romans do in the Rome that is North Carolina. There’s a cockamamie story about black-eyed peas earning their lucky reputation by keeping starving Confederates alive during the siege of Vicksburg, but that seems like a lousy precedent for good luck — the town starved itself half to death in support of a completely hopeless and wicked goal, and everyone would have been better off if Mississippi had seen the black-eyed peas in its future and decided that defending slavery was a stupid idea. The more plausible story, since we’re dealing with plausible things here, is that someone decided each legume represents a coin coming your way. Again, I’ve noticed a direct correlation, and I believe that black-eyed peas have been solely responsible for me being able to do my laundry each year of my adult life.

One problem: All of these foods taste better cooked with fatback, bacon, or ham in their traditional preparations. I’m not sure my luck will even manifest if I eat a vegan version. (Man, missing out on all this money is gonna make it even harder to afford $9 avocado toast at By Chloe.) My vegan friends have suggested one pretty cool move to mimic some of the rich flavor, at least: black cardamom, which tastes deliciously smoky if you soak and simmer it with your beans.

But fake fatback only hints at my main problem — the most widespread traditional New Year’s food requires a bigger piece of pig. Pork is a January 1 staple all over the United States, so it’s an essential reference to both my Yankee and Tar Heel roots.

But pork doesn’t look anything like money, so what makes it so auspicious? My grandfather assures me that it’s because “pigs root forward” — I guess people used to spend a lot of time watching pigs root — and this behavior symbolizes a future-oriented outlook. Also, pigs have a reputation for being totally fat and reasonably content — so OK, sure, I guess one way to achieve happiness is to find something that looks like it’s happier than you are and then kill it.

My role model for 2018. (via GIPHY)

There’s no getting around this if I’m going to have any luck or any laundry money for 2018. So I decide to chuck a Hail Mary and aim for the most traditional, most North Carolina-est thing I can think of: I’m making vegan pulled pork barbecue, and I think I’ve got a plan.

My home state is famously devoted to barbecue, but the thing about the Eastern N.C. barbecue I grew up with is that it’s actually simple as heck. It basically tastes like pork, smoke, vinegar, and peppers, so I’ll try to cover up the lack of oink with more of the last three.

I picked up some strange dried vegan “chicken” strips at May Wah Vegetarian Market in Chinatown recently. They’re cheap, and they keep forever on the shelf, and though they taste like basically nothing, the have a semi-convincing meaty texture when rehydrated. I slice them about as thinly as possible to render a shredded pork analog. I stuff this porkpile into an old salsa jar, then add black cardamom, some granulated mushroom bouillon (another Chinatown purchase) for umami, white vinegar, a bit of vegetable oil, some mustard seeds, and a lot of crushed red pepper.

I appeal to the ghost of Dean Smith to bless this barbecue and let it marinate while I run to the grocery store for materials for the rest of my menu: black-eyed peas in the form of rice-less hoppin’ john for coins, and both cabbage slaw and collard greens for dollar bills. I don’t intend to take any chances with my finances.

Unfortunately, my local grocery store doesn’t have collards or green cabbage — so much for my dreams of prosperity. I grab some broccoli rabe because it looks and tastes a lot like another Southern staple, mustard greens, and some purple cabbage for the slaw because, uh… maybe it’ll bring some purple 500-euro notes my way this year? A boy can dream.

I cook my “pork” up in a pan and slap it on a bun with some slaw. It doesn’t taste quite like the pork barbecue of my youth — but I mean, it isn’t pork, and it is pretty tasty. My greens and hoppin’ john are similarly satisfactory, and my dinner guest is also pleased.

This might be my first #veganuary lesson: Food just tastes good, and there are lots of flavors you can access in all kinds of ways. Purists might scoff, and it has yet to be determined how this will affect my prosperity for 2018, but I’ve got the first day in the books without having eaten any critters.

And I feel pretty lucky — maybe lucky enough to get me through this month. Now it’s time to do some more careful grocery shopping.


Tweaking My Vegan Diet For The New Year

Although I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year, this year I decided to examine my food choices. My health is usually my primary concern when deciding what to eat, but I have decided that there is a bit of room for improvement in my diet. Hence, I give you this list of dietary tweaks which I will be striving for this year.

1. To eat “G-BOMBS” everyday and to have more salads as my main meal.

I was watching Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak on PBS last night. He is so charismatic and convincing. If you’ve read my post entitled “Kale Is The New Beef” you already know that I’m a big fan of Dr. Fuhrman and his Nutritarian diet plan. Dr. Fuhrman loves the idea of eating salads as a main meal and suggests putting a sign taped to your refrigerator door to remind you to eat accordingly. I plan to follow his advice and to eat more salads, especially for dinner.

Dr. Fuhrman also suggests eating “G-BOMBS” every single day for optimal health…

My diet is lacking in the berry department, so I will follow Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and try to eat some berries every single day. I am pretty good with the rest of the suggested daily foods.

2. To add many more raw foods into my diet.

Since conducting my interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, I have been reading more about the benefits of following a raw vegan diet. Flooding your body with an abundance of nutrients from raw live foods seems to me like it could only be a good thing. A very good thing! I have no desire to go completely raw at this time, but I have decided to add many more raw foods into my diet for the New Year. This plan is consistent with having big salads for dinner, as per Dr. Fuhrman’s suggestion.

3. To use my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer more often.

My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is so easy to use and clean, but I tend to get lazy causing me to skip the fresh pressed juices. This is not a good idea because juicing is a great way to supplement your diet. Your body easily absorbs the nutrients from juicing and it is easy on your digestive system. Oh yes, I am definitely going to juice more often this New Year! I love a simple vegetable juice, and my “Hot Beets” juice really packs a punch!

4. To add more of a variety of cruciferous vegetables into my diet.

Although I eat a lot of kale and raw red cabbage shreds in my salads, I think that I could use more of some other types of cruciferous vegetables in my daily diet. I am going to try to eat more broccoli, bok choy and brussel sprouts this year.

5. To add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies.

I have a jar of Spirulina sitting in my house, but I haven’t been supplementing with it enough. Apparently, it is a major superfood with many health benefits including supporting cardiovascular health, eye and brain health and boosting energy and immunity. Therefore, I plan to add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies on a more regular basis this year.

6. To eat more sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables provide a wealth of trace minerals and I have been told by some nutritionists that they also support thyroid health. I love to cook with kombu and my favorite use of kombu is in my recipe for Brown Rice Udon Noodles In A Bowl Of Hot Dashi. I will continue to cook with kombu, but I also plan to eat some more arame this year. Alicia Silverstone has a simple recipe for “Arame, Carrots and Onions” in her book The Kind Diet and I am going to start making it more often.

7. To limit my intake of vegetable oils.

In keeping with the recommendations of Drs. John McDougall and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., I am going to further limit my intake of vegetable oils. The good doctors state that too much oil is unhealthy for the heart and that there are better ways to get healthier forms of fat, including walnuts, ground flaxseeds, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

8. To eat more raw naturally fermented foods.

Raw naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut containing live active cultures and enzymes are probiotic and good for the gut. My favorite snack is Toasted Sourdough Rye Bread With Avocado And Raw Sauerkraut. My favorite brands of raw naturally fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut are Real Pickles and Bubbie’s.

9. To have more homemade miso soup.

Miso is also a healthy fermented food. Miso soup is simple to make and studies have shown that it is incredibly helpful in preventing breast cancer. I just ordered the South River brand of certified organic Three-Year Barley Miso from Goldmine Natural Foods which I will use to prepare my miso soup.

10. To add a greater variety of grains to my diet.

My current staple grains are brown rice and quinoa. I think it would be a great idea if I started eating other grains regularly such as amaranth and millet instead of just my old standbys. I’m gonna’ do it!

11. To cut down on my vegan snack foods.

Although I absolutely love my vegan snack foods such as Lucy’s Cookies, Rice Dream “Ice Cream” pies and pops and Sweet and Sara marshmallows and treats, I do not need to eat so many. Therefore, I will cut down on these snacks as part of my plan to tweak my dietary choices for the New Year. However, I will continue to make my homemade healthy “ice cream” with my Yonanas machine and to indulge in Vegan Divas baked goods every now and then. A girl has still gotta’ live!

12. To stop ordering white pasta and eating white bread at restaurants while dining with my non-vegan friends.

I would never dream of eating white pasta and white bread at home but somehow, I find myself eating these empty foods when I am at non-vegan restaurants with friends. Negative comments always seem to be made by others when I order just a salad or steamed veggies, so I think I eat the white stuff out of peer pressure. I am going to stop! Are they cutting out meat for me? No, they are not! I will no longer compromise my health for anyone.

13. To drink a cup of matcha green tea every day.

The benefits of matcha green tea are numerous. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants since the entire tea leaf is ingested, as opposed to other teas which are made by merely steeping the leaves. A traditional ceremony is often performed for the preparation and drinking of matcha tea. My goal to drink one cup a day is a good one!

This concludes my list of the ways that I will try to tweak my vegan diet for the upcoming year. I hope that I gave you some beneficial ideas. Please have a Happy New Year and many more!


Tweaking My Vegan Diet For The New Year

Although I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year, this year I decided to examine my food choices. My health is usually my primary concern when deciding what to eat, but I have decided that there is a bit of room for improvement in my diet. Hence, I give you this list of dietary tweaks which I will be striving for this year.

1. To eat “G-BOMBS” everyday and to have more salads as my main meal.

I was watching Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak on PBS last night. He is so charismatic and convincing. If you’ve read my post entitled “Kale Is The New Beef” you already know that I’m a big fan of Dr. Fuhrman and his Nutritarian diet plan. Dr. Fuhrman loves the idea of eating salads as a main meal and suggests putting a sign taped to your refrigerator door to remind you to eat accordingly. I plan to follow his advice and to eat more salads, especially for dinner.

Dr. Fuhrman also suggests eating “G-BOMBS” every single day for optimal health…

My diet is lacking in the berry department, so I will follow Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and try to eat some berries every single day. I am pretty good with the rest of the suggested daily foods.

2. To add many more raw foods into my diet.

Since conducting my interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, I have been reading more about the benefits of following a raw vegan diet. Flooding your body with an abundance of nutrients from raw live foods seems to me like it could only be a good thing. A very good thing! I have no desire to go completely raw at this time, but I have decided to add many more raw foods into my diet for the New Year. This plan is consistent with having big salads for dinner, as per Dr. Fuhrman’s suggestion.

3. To use my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer more often.

My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is so easy to use and clean, but I tend to get lazy causing me to skip the fresh pressed juices. This is not a good idea because juicing is a great way to supplement your diet. Your body easily absorbs the nutrients from juicing and it is easy on your digestive system. Oh yes, I am definitely going to juice more often this New Year! I love a simple vegetable juice, and my “Hot Beets” juice really packs a punch!

4. To add more of a variety of cruciferous vegetables into my diet.

Although I eat a lot of kale and raw red cabbage shreds in my salads, I think that I could use more of some other types of cruciferous vegetables in my daily diet. I am going to try to eat more broccoli, bok choy and brussel sprouts this year.

5. To add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies.

I have a jar of Spirulina sitting in my house, but I haven’t been supplementing with it enough. Apparently, it is a major superfood with many health benefits including supporting cardiovascular health, eye and brain health and boosting energy and immunity. Therefore, I plan to add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies on a more regular basis this year.

6. To eat more sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables provide a wealth of trace minerals and I have been told by some nutritionists that they also support thyroid health. I love to cook with kombu and my favorite use of kombu is in my recipe for Brown Rice Udon Noodles In A Bowl Of Hot Dashi. I will continue to cook with kombu, but I also plan to eat some more arame this year. Alicia Silverstone has a simple recipe for “Arame, Carrots and Onions” in her book The Kind Diet and I am going to start making it more often.

7. To limit my intake of vegetable oils.

In keeping with the recommendations of Drs. John McDougall and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., I am going to further limit my intake of vegetable oils. The good doctors state that too much oil is unhealthy for the heart and that there are better ways to get healthier forms of fat, including walnuts, ground flaxseeds, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

8. To eat more raw naturally fermented foods.

Raw naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut containing live active cultures and enzymes are probiotic and good for the gut. My favorite snack is Toasted Sourdough Rye Bread With Avocado And Raw Sauerkraut. My favorite brands of raw naturally fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut are Real Pickles and Bubbie’s.

9. To have more homemade miso soup.

Miso is also a healthy fermented food. Miso soup is simple to make and studies have shown that it is incredibly helpful in preventing breast cancer. I just ordered the South River brand of certified organic Three-Year Barley Miso from Goldmine Natural Foods which I will use to prepare my miso soup.

10. To add a greater variety of grains to my diet.

My current staple grains are brown rice and quinoa. I think it would be a great idea if I started eating other grains regularly such as amaranth and millet instead of just my old standbys. I’m gonna’ do it!

11. To cut down on my vegan snack foods.

Although I absolutely love my vegan snack foods such as Lucy’s Cookies, Rice Dream “Ice Cream” pies and pops and Sweet and Sara marshmallows and treats, I do not need to eat so many. Therefore, I will cut down on these snacks as part of my plan to tweak my dietary choices for the New Year. However, I will continue to make my homemade healthy “ice cream” with my Yonanas machine and to indulge in Vegan Divas baked goods every now and then. A girl has still gotta’ live!

12. To stop ordering white pasta and eating white bread at restaurants while dining with my non-vegan friends.

I would never dream of eating white pasta and white bread at home but somehow, I find myself eating these empty foods when I am at non-vegan restaurants with friends. Negative comments always seem to be made by others when I order just a salad or steamed veggies, so I think I eat the white stuff out of peer pressure. I am going to stop! Are they cutting out meat for me? No, they are not! I will no longer compromise my health for anyone.

13. To drink a cup of matcha green tea every day.

The benefits of matcha green tea are numerous. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants since the entire tea leaf is ingested, as opposed to other teas which are made by merely steeping the leaves. A traditional ceremony is often performed for the preparation and drinking of matcha tea. My goal to drink one cup a day is a good one!

This concludes my list of the ways that I will try to tweak my vegan diet for the upcoming year. I hope that I gave you some beneficial ideas. Please have a Happy New Year and many more!


Tweaking My Vegan Diet For The New Year

Although I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year, this year I decided to examine my food choices. My health is usually my primary concern when deciding what to eat, but I have decided that there is a bit of room for improvement in my diet. Hence, I give you this list of dietary tweaks which I will be striving for this year.

1. To eat “G-BOMBS” everyday and to have more salads as my main meal.

I was watching Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak on PBS last night. He is so charismatic and convincing. If you’ve read my post entitled “Kale Is The New Beef” you already know that I’m a big fan of Dr. Fuhrman and his Nutritarian diet plan. Dr. Fuhrman loves the idea of eating salads as a main meal and suggests putting a sign taped to your refrigerator door to remind you to eat accordingly. I plan to follow his advice and to eat more salads, especially for dinner.

Dr. Fuhrman also suggests eating “G-BOMBS” every single day for optimal health…

My diet is lacking in the berry department, so I will follow Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and try to eat some berries every single day. I am pretty good with the rest of the suggested daily foods.

2. To add many more raw foods into my diet.

Since conducting my interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, I have been reading more about the benefits of following a raw vegan diet. Flooding your body with an abundance of nutrients from raw live foods seems to me like it could only be a good thing. A very good thing! I have no desire to go completely raw at this time, but I have decided to add many more raw foods into my diet for the New Year. This plan is consistent with having big salads for dinner, as per Dr. Fuhrman’s suggestion.

3. To use my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer more often.

My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is so easy to use and clean, but I tend to get lazy causing me to skip the fresh pressed juices. This is not a good idea because juicing is a great way to supplement your diet. Your body easily absorbs the nutrients from juicing and it is easy on your digestive system. Oh yes, I am definitely going to juice more often this New Year! I love a simple vegetable juice, and my “Hot Beets” juice really packs a punch!

4. To add more of a variety of cruciferous vegetables into my diet.

Although I eat a lot of kale and raw red cabbage shreds in my salads, I think that I could use more of some other types of cruciferous vegetables in my daily diet. I am going to try to eat more broccoli, bok choy and brussel sprouts this year.

5. To add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies.

I have a jar of Spirulina sitting in my house, but I haven’t been supplementing with it enough. Apparently, it is a major superfood with many health benefits including supporting cardiovascular health, eye and brain health and boosting energy and immunity. Therefore, I plan to add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies on a more regular basis this year.

6. To eat more sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables provide a wealth of trace minerals and I have been told by some nutritionists that they also support thyroid health. I love to cook with kombu and my favorite use of kombu is in my recipe for Brown Rice Udon Noodles In A Bowl Of Hot Dashi. I will continue to cook with kombu, but I also plan to eat some more arame this year. Alicia Silverstone has a simple recipe for “Arame, Carrots and Onions” in her book The Kind Diet and I am going to start making it more often.

7. To limit my intake of vegetable oils.

In keeping with the recommendations of Drs. John McDougall and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., I am going to further limit my intake of vegetable oils. The good doctors state that too much oil is unhealthy for the heart and that there are better ways to get healthier forms of fat, including walnuts, ground flaxseeds, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

8. To eat more raw naturally fermented foods.

Raw naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut containing live active cultures and enzymes are probiotic and good for the gut. My favorite snack is Toasted Sourdough Rye Bread With Avocado And Raw Sauerkraut. My favorite brands of raw naturally fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut are Real Pickles and Bubbie’s.

9. To have more homemade miso soup.

Miso is also a healthy fermented food. Miso soup is simple to make and studies have shown that it is incredibly helpful in preventing breast cancer. I just ordered the South River brand of certified organic Three-Year Barley Miso from Goldmine Natural Foods which I will use to prepare my miso soup.

10. To add a greater variety of grains to my diet.

My current staple grains are brown rice and quinoa. I think it would be a great idea if I started eating other grains regularly such as amaranth and millet instead of just my old standbys. I’m gonna’ do it!

11. To cut down on my vegan snack foods.

Although I absolutely love my vegan snack foods such as Lucy’s Cookies, Rice Dream “Ice Cream” pies and pops and Sweet and Sara marshmallows and treats, I do not need to eat so many. Therefore, I will cut down on these snacks as part of my plan to tweak my dietary choices for the New Year. However, I will continue to make my homemade healthy “ice cream” with my Yonanas machine and to indulge in Vegan Divas baked goods every now and then. A girl has still gotta’ live!

12. To stop ordering white pasta and eating white bread at restaurants while dining with my non-vegan friends.

I would never dream of eating white pasta and white bread at home but somehow, I find myself eating these empty foods when I am at non-vegan restaurants with friends. Negative comments always seem to be made by others when I order just a salad or steamed veggies, so I think I eat the white stuff out of peer pressure. I am going to stop! Are they cutting out meat for me? No, they are not! I will no longer compromise my health for anyone.

13. To drink a cup of matcha green tea every day.

The benefits of matcha green tea are numerous. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants since the entire tea leaf is ingested, as opposed to other teas which are made by merely steeping the leaves. A traditional ceremony is often performed for the preparation and drinking of matcha tea. My goal to drink one cup a day is a good one!

This concludes my list of the ways that I will try to tweak my vegan diet for the upcoming year. I hope that I gave you some beneficial ideas. Please have a Happy New Year and many more!


Tweaking My Vegan Diet For The New Year

Although I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year, this year I decided to examine my food choices. My health is usually my primary concern when deciding what to eat, but I have decided that there is a bit of room for improvement in my diet. Hence, I give you this list of dietary tweaks which I will be striving for this year.

1. To eat “G-BOMBS” everyday and to have more salads as my main meal.

I was watching Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak on PBS last night. He is so charismatic and convincing. If you’ve read my post entitled “Kale Is The New Beef” you already know that I’m a big fan of Dr. Fuhrman and his Nutritarian diet plan. Dr. Fuhrman loves the idea of eating salads as a main meal and suggests putting a sign taped to your refrigerator door to remind you to eat accordingly. I plan to follow his advice and to eat more salads, especially for dinner.

Dr. Fuhrman also suggests eating “G-BOMBS” every single day for optimal health…

My diet is lacking in the berry department, so I will follow Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and try to eat some berries every single day. I am pretty good with the rest of the suggested daily foods.

2. To add many more raw foods into my diet.

Since conducting my interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, I have been reading more about the benefits of following a raw vegan diet. Flooding your body with an abundance of nutrients from raw live foods seems to me like it could only be a good thing. A very good thing! I have no desire to go completely raw at this time, but I have decided to add many more raw foods into my diet for the New Year. This plan is consistent with having big salads for dinner, as per Dr. Fuhrman’s suggestion.

3. To use my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer more often.

My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is so easy to use and clean, but I tend to get lazy causing me to skip the fresh pressed juices. This is not a good idea because juicing is a great way to supplement your diet. Your body easily absorbs the nutrients from juicing and it is easy on your digestive system. Oh yes, I am definitely going to juice more often this New Year! I love a simple vegetable juice, and my “Hot Beets” juice really packs a punch!

4. To add more of a variety of cruciferous vegetables into my diet.

Although I eat a lot of kale and raw red cabbage shreds in my salads, I think that I could use more of some other types of cruciferous vegetables in my daily diet. I am going to try to eat more broccoli, bok choy and brussel sprouts this year.

5. To add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies.

I have a jar of Spirulina sitting in my house, but I haven’t been supplementing with it enough. Apparently, it is a major superfood with many health benefits including supporting cardiovascular health, eye and brain health and boosting energy and immunity. Therefore, I plan to add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies on a more regular basis this year.

6. To eat more sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables provide a wealth of trace minerals and I have been told by some nutritionists that they also support thyroid health. I love to cook with kombu and my favorite use of kombu is in my recipe for Brown Rice Udon Noodles In A Bowl Of Hot Dashi. I will continue to cook with kombu, but I also plan to eat some more arame this year. Alicia Silverstone has a simple recipe for “Arame, Carrots and Onions” in her book The Kind Diet and I am going to start making it more often.

7. To limit my intake of vegetable oils.

In keeping with the recommendations of Drs. John McDougall and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., I am going to further limit my intake of vegetable oils. The good doctors state that too much oil is unhealthy for the heart and that there are better ways to get healthier forms of fat, including walnuts, ground flaxseeds, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

8. To eat more raw naturally fermented foods.

Raw naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut containing live active cultures and enzymes are probiotic and good for the gut. My favorite snack is Toasted Sourdough Rye Bread With Avocado And Raw Sauerkraut. My favorite brands of raw naturally fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut are Real Pickles and Bubbie’s.

9. To have more homemade miso soup.

Miso is also a healthy fermented food. Miso soup is simple to make and studies have shown that it is incredibly helpful in preventing breast cancer. I just ordered the South River brand of certified organic Three-Year Barley Miso from Goldmine Natural Foods which I will use to prepare my miso soup.

10. To add a greater variety of grains to my diet.

My current staple grains are brown rice and quinoa. I think it would be a great idea if I started eating other grains regularly such as amaranth and millet instead of just my old standbys. I’m gonna’ do it!

11. To cut down on my vegan snack foods.

Although I absolutely love my vegan snack foods such as Lucy’s Cookies, Rice Dream “Ice Cream” pies and pops and Sweet and Sara marshmallows and treats, I do not need to eat so many. Therefore, I will cut down on these snacks as part of my plan to tweak my dietary choices for the New Year. However, I will continue to make my homemade healthy “ice cream” with my Yonanas machine and to indulge in Vegan Divas baked goods every now and then. A girl has still gotta’ live!

12. To stop ordering white pasta and eating white bread at restaurants while dining with my non-vegan friends.

I would never dream of eating white pasta and white bread at home but somehow, I find myself eating these empty foods when I am at non-vegan restaurants with friends. Negative comments always seem to be made by others when I order just a salad or steamed veggies, so I think I eat the white stuff out of peer pressure. I am going to stop! Are they cutting out meat for me? No, they are not! I will no longer compromise my health for anyone.

13. To drink a cup of matcha green tea every day.

The benefits of matcha green tea are numerous. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants since the entire tea leaf is ingested, as opposed to other teas which are made by merely steeping the leaves. A traditional ceremony is often performed for the preparation and drinking of matcha tea. My goal to drink one cup a day is a good one!

This concludes my list of the ways that I will try to tweak my vegan diet for the upcoming year. I hope that I gave you some beneficial ideas. Please have a Happy New Year and many more!


Tweaking My Vegan Diet For The New Year

Although I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year, this year I decided to examine my food choices. My health is usually my primary concern when deciding what to eat, but I have decided that there is a bit of room for improvement in my diet. Hence, I give you this list of dietary tweaks which I will be striving for this year.

1. To eat “G-BOMBS” everyday and to have more salads as my main meal.

I was watching Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak on PBS last night. He is so charismatic and convincing. If you’ve read my post entitled “Kale Is The New Beef” you already know that I’m a big fan of Dr. Fuhrman and his Nutritarian diet plan. Dr. Fuhrman loves the idea of eating salads as a main meal and suggests putting a sign taped to your refrigerator door to remind you to eat accordingly. I plan to follow his advice and to eat more salads, especially for dinner.

Dr. Fuhrman also suggests eating “G-BOMBS” every single day for optimal health…

My diet is lacking in the berry department, so I will follow Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and try to eat some berries every single day. I am pretty good with the rest of the suggested daily foods.

2. To add many more raw foods into my diet.

Since conducting my interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, I have been reading more about the benefits of following a raw vegan diet. Flooding your body with an abundance of nutrients from raw live foods seems to me like it could only be a good thing. A very good thing! I have no desire to go completely raw at this time, but I have decided to add many more raw foods into my diet for the New Year. This plan is consistent with having big salads for dinner, as per Dr. Fuhrman’s suggestion.

3. To use my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer more often.

My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is so easy to use and clean, but I tend to get lazy causing me to skip the fresh pressed juices. This is not a good idea because juicing is a great way to supplement your diet. Your body easily absorbs the nutrients from juicing and it is easy on your digestive system. Oh yes, I am definitely going to juice more often this New Year! I love a simple vegetable juice, and my “Hot Beets” juice really packs a punch!

4. To add more of a variety of cruciferous vegetables into my diet.

Although I eat a lot of kale and raw red cabbage shreds in my salads, I think that I could use more of some other types of cruciferous vegetables in my daily diet. I am going to try to eat more broccoli, bok choy and brussel sprouts this year.

5. To add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies.

I have a jar of Spirulina sitting in my house, but I haven’t been supplementing with it enough. Apparently, it is a major superfood with many health benefits including supporting cardiovascular health, eye and brain health and boosting energy and immunity. Therefore, I plan to add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies on a more regular basis this year.

6. To eat more sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables provide a wealth of trace minerals and I have been told by some nutritionists that they also support thyroid health. I love to cook with kombu and my favorite use of kombu is in my recipe for Brown Rice Udon Noodles In A Bowl Of Hot Dashi. I will continue to cook with kombu, but I also plan to eat some more arame this year. Alicia Silverstone has a simple recipe for “Arame, Carrots and Onions” in her book The Kind Diet and I am going to start making it more often.

7. To limit my intake of vegetable oils.

In keeping with the recommendations of Drs. John McDougall and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., I am going to further limit my intake of vegetable oils. The good doctors state that too much oil is unhealthy for the heart and that there are better ways to get healthier forms of fat, including walnuts, ground flaxseeds, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

8. To eat more raw naturally fermented foods.

Raw naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut containing live active cultures and enzymes are probiotic and good for the gut. My favorite snack is Toasted Sourdough Rye Bread With Avocado And Raw Sauerkraut. My favorite brands of raw naturally fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut are Real Pickles and Bubbie’s.

9. To have more homemade miso soup.

Miso is also a healthy fermented food. Miso soup is simple to make and studies have shown that it is incredibly helpful in preventing breast cancer. I just ordered the South River brand of certified organic Three-Year Barley Miso from Goldmine Natural Foods which I will use to prepare my miso soup.

10. To add a greater variety of grains to my diet.

My current staple grains are brown rice and quinoa. I think it would be a great idea if I started eating other grains regularly such as amaranth and millet instead of just my old standbys. I’m gonna’ do it!

11. To cut down on my vegan snack foods.

Although I absolutely love my vegan snack foods such as Lucy’s Cookies, Rice Dream “Ice Cream” pies and pops and Sweet and Sara marshmallows and treats, I do not need to eat so many. Therefore, I will cut down on these snacks as part of my plan to tweak my dietary choices for the New Year. However, I will continue to make my homemade healthy “ice cream” with my Yonanas machine and to indulge in Vegan Divas baked goods every now and then. A girl has still gotta’ live!

12. To stop ordering white pasta and eating white bread at restaurants while dining with my non-vegan friends.

I would never dream of eating white pasta and white bread at home but somehow, I find myself eating these empty foods when I am at non-vegan restaurants with friends. Negative comments always seem to be made by others when I order just a salad or steamed veggies, so I think I eat the white stuff out of peer pressure. I am going to stop! Are they cutting out meat for me? No, they are not! I will no longer compromise my health for anyone.

13. To drink a cup of matcha green tea every day.

The benefits of matcha green tea are numerous. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants since the entire tea leaf is ingested, as opposed to other teas which are made by merely steeping the leaves. A traditional ceremony is often performed for the preparation and drinking of matcha tea. My goal to drink one cup a day is a good one!

This concludes my list of the ways that I will try to tweak my vegan diet for the upcoming year. I hope that I gave you some beneficial ideas. Please have a Happy New Year and many more!


Tweaking My Vegan Diet For The New Year

Although I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year, this year I decided to examine my food choices. My health is usually my primary concern when deciding what to eat, but I have decided that there is a bit of room for improvement in my diet. Hence, I give you this list of dietary tweaks which I will be striving for this year.

1. To eat “G-BOMBS” everyday and to have more salads as my main meal.

I was watching Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak on PBS last night. He is so charismatic and convincing. If you’ve read my post entitled “Kale Is The New Beef” you already know that I’m a big fan of Dr. Fuhrman and his Nutritarian diet plan. Dr. Fuhrman loves the idea of eating salads as a main meal and suggests putting a sign taped to your refrigerator door to remind you to eat accordingly. I plan to follow his advice and to eat more salads, especially for dinner.

Dr. Fuhrman also suggests eating “G-BOMBS” every single day for optimal health…

My diet is lacking in the berry department, so I will follow Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and try to eat some berries every single day. I am pretty good with the rest of the suggested daily foods.

2. To add many more raw foods into my diet.

Since conducting my interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, I have been reading more about the benefits of following a raw vegan diet. Flooding your body with an abundance of nutrients from raw live foods seems to me like it could only be a good thing. A very good thing! I have no desire to go completely raw at this time, but I have decided to add many more raw foods into my diet for the New Year. This plan is consistent with having big salads for dinner, as per Dr. Fuhrman’s suggestion.

3. To use my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer more often.

My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is so easy to use and clean, but I tend to get lazy causing me to skip the fresh pressed juices. This is not a good idea because juicing is a great way to supplement your diet. Your body easily absorbs the nutrients from juicing and it is easy on your digestive system. Oh yes, I am definitely going to juice more often this New Year! I love a simple vegetable juice, and my “Hot Beets” juice really packs a punch!

4. To add more of a variety of cruciferous vegetables into my diet.

Although I eat a lot of kale and raw red cabbage shreds in my salads, I think that I could use more of some other types of cruciferous vegetables in my daily diet. I am going to try to eat more broccoli, bok choy and brussel sprouts this year.

5. To add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies.

I have a jar of Spirulina sitting in my house, but I haven’t been supplementing with it enough. Apparently, it is a major superfood with many health benefits including supporting cardiovascular health, eye and brain health and boosting energy and immunity. Therefore, I plan to add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies on a more regular basis this year.

6. To eat more sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables provide a wealth of trace minerals and I have been told by some nutritionists that they also support thyroid health. I love to cook with kombu and my favorite use of kombu is in my recipe for Brown Rice Udon Noodles In A Bowl Of Hot Dashi. I will continue to cook with kombu, but I also plan to eat some more arame this year. Alicia Silverstone has a simple recipe for “Arame, Carrots and Onions” in her book The Kind Diet and I am going to start making it more often.

7. To limit my intake of vegetable oils.

In keeping with the recommendations of Drs. John McDougall and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., I am going to further limit my intake of vegetable oils. The good doctors state that too much oil is unhealthy for the heart and that there are better ways to get healthier forms of fat, including walnuts, ground flaxseeds, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

8. To eat more raw naturally fermented foods.

Raw naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut containing live active cultures and enzymes are probiotic and good for the gut. My favorite snack is Toasted Sourdough Rye Bread With Avocado And Raw Sauerkraut. My favorite brands of raw naturally fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut are Real Pickles and Bubbie’s.

9. To have more homemade miso soup.

Miso is also a healthy fermented food. Miso soup is simple to make and studies have shown that it is incredibly helpful in preventing breast cancer. I just ordered the South River brand of certified organic Three-Year Barley Miso from Goldmine Natural Foods which I will use to prepare my miso soup.

10. To add a greater variety of grains to my diet.

My current staple grains are brown rice and quinoa. I think it would be a great idea if I started eating other grains regularly such as amaranth and millet instead of just my old standbys. I’m gonna’ do it!

11. To cut down on my vegan snack foods.

Although I absolutely love my vegan snack foods such as Lucy’s Cookies, Rice Dream “Ice Cream” pies and pops and Sweet and Sara marshmallows and treats, I do not need to eat so many. Therefore, I will cut down on these snacks as part of my plan to tweak my dietary choices for the New Year. However, I will continue to make my homemade healthy “ice cream” with my Yonanas machine and to indulge in Vegan Divas baked goods every now and then. A girl has still gotta’ live!

12. To stop ordering white pasta and eating white bread at restaurants while dining with my non-vegan friends.

I would never dream of eating white pasta and white bread at home but somehow, I find myself eating these empty foods when I am at non-vegan restaurants with friends. Negative comments always seem to be made by others when I order just a salad or steamed veggies, so I think I eat the white stuff out of peer pressure. I am going to stop! Are they cutting out meat for me? No, they are not! I will no longer compromise my health for anyone.

13. To drink a cup of matcha green tea every day.

The benefits of matcha green tea are numerous. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants since the entire tea leaf is ingested, as opposed to other teas which are made by merely steeping the leaves. A traditional ceremony is often performed for the preparation and drinking of matcha tea. My goal to drink one cup a day is a good one!

This concludes my list of the ways that I will try to tweak my vegan diet for the upcoming year. I hope that I gave you some beneficial ideas. Please have a Happy New Year and many more!


Tweaking My Vegan Diet For The New Year

Although I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year, this year I decided to examine my food choices. My health is usually my primary concern when deciding what to eat, but I have decided that there is a bit of room for improvement in my diet. Hence, I give you this list of dietary tweaks which I will be striving for this year.

1. To eat “G-BOMBS” everyday and to have more salads as my main meal.

I was watching Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak on PBS last night. He is so charismatic and convincing. If you’ve read my post entitled “Kale Is The New Beef” you already know that I’m a big fan of Dr. Fuhrman and his Nutritarian diet plan. Dr. Fuhrman loves the idea of eating salads as a main meal and suggests putting a sign taped to your refrigerator door to remind you to eat accordingly. I plan to follow his advice and to eat more salads, especially for dinner.

Dr. Fuhrman also suggests eating “G-BOMBS” every single day for optimal health…

My diet is lacking in the berry department, so I will follow Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and try to eat some berries every single day. I am pretty good with the rest of the suggested daily foods.

2. To add many more raw foods into my diet.

Since conducting my interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, I have been reading more about the benefits of following a raw vegan diet. Flooding your body with an abundance of nutrients from raw live foods seems to me like it could only be a good thing. A very good thing! I have no desire to go completely raw at this time, but I have decided to add many more raw foods into my diet for the New Year. This plan is consistent with having big salads for dinner, as per Dr. Fuhrman’s suggestion.

3. To use my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer more often.

My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is so easy to use and clean, but I tend to get lazy causing me to skip the fresh pressed juices. This is not a good idea because juicing is a great way to supplement your diet. Your body easily absorbs the nutrients from juicing and it is easy on your digestive system. Oh yes, I am definitely going to juice more often this New Year! I love a simple vegetable juice, and my “Hot Beets” juice really packs a punch!

4. To add more of a variety of cruciferous vegetables into my diet.

Although I eat a lot of kale and raw red cabbage shreds in my salads, I think that I could use more of some other types of cruciferous vegetables in my daily diet. I am going to try to eat more broccoli, bok choy and brussel sprouts this year.

5. To add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies.

I have a jar of Spirulina sitting in my house, but I haven’t been supplementing with it enough. Apparently, it is a major superfood with many health benefits including supporting cardiovascular health, eye and brain health and boosting energy and immunity. Therefore, I plan to add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies on a more regular basis this year.

6. To eat more sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables provide a wealth of trace minerals and I have been told by some nutritionists that they also support thyroid health. I love to cook with kombu and my favorite use of kombu is in my recipe for Brown Rice Udon Noodles In A Bowl Of Hot Dashi. I will continue to cook with kombu, but I also plan to eat some more arame this year. Alicia Silverstone has a simple recipe for “Arame, Carrots and Onions” in her book The Kind Diet and I am going to start making it more often.

7. To limit my intake of vegetable oils.

In keeping with the recommendations of Drs. John McDougall and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., I am going to further limit my intake of vegetable oils. The good doctors state that too much oil is unhealthy for the heart and that there are better ways to get healthier forms of fat, including walnuts, ground flaxseeds, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

8. To eat more raw naturally fermented foods.

Raw naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut containing live active cultures and enzymes are probiotic and good for the gut. My favorite snack is Toasted Sourdough Rye Bread With Avocado And Raw Sauerkraut. My favorite brands of raw naturally fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut are Real Pickles and Bubbie’s.

9. To have more homemade miso soup.

Miso is also a healthy fermented food. Miso soup is simple to make and studies have shown that it is incredibly helpful in preventing breast cancer. I just ordered the South River brand of certified organic Three-Year Barley Miso from Goldmine Natural Foods which I will use to prepare my miso soup.

10. To add a greater variety of grains to my diet.

My current staple grains are brown rice and quinoa. I think it would be a great idea if I started eating other grains regularly such as amaranth and millet instead of just my old standbys. I’m gonna’ do it!

11. To cut down on my vegan snack foods.

Although I absolutely love my vegan snack foods such as Lucy’s Cookies, Rice Dream “Ice Cream” pies and pops and Sweet and Sara marshmallows and treats, I do not need to eat so many. Therefore, I will cut down on these snacks as part of my plan to tweak my dietary choices for the New Year. However, I will continue to make my homemade healthy “ice cream” with my Yonanas machine and to indulge in Vegan Divas baked goods every now and then. A girl has still gotta’ live!

12. To stop ordering white pasta and eating white bread at restaurants while dining with my non-vegan friends.

I would never dream of eating white pasta and white bread at home but somehow, I find myself eating these empty foods when I am at non-vegan restaurants with friends. Negative comments always seem to be made by others when I order just a salad or steamed veggies, so I think I eat the white stuff out of peer pressure. I am going to stop! Are they cutting out meat for me? No, they are not! I will no longer compromise my health for anyone.

13. To drink a cup of matcha green tea every day.

The benefits of matcha green tea are numerous. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants since the entire tea leaf is ingested, as opposed to other teas which are made by merely steeping the leaves. A traditional ceremony is often performed for the preparation and drinking of matcha tea. My goal to drink one cup a day is a good one!

This concludes my list of the ways that I will try to tweak my vegan diet for the upcoming year. I hope that I gave you some beneficial ideas. Please have a Happy New Year and many more!


Tweaking My Vegan Diet For The New Year

Although I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year, this year I decided to examine my food choices. My health is usually my primary concern when deciding what to eat, but I have decided that there is a bit of room for improvement in my diet. Hence, I give you this list of dietary tweaks which I will be striving for this year.

1. To eat “G-BOMBS” everyday and to have more salads as my main meal.

I was watching Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak on PBS last night. He is so charismatic and convincing. If you’ve read my post entitled “Kale Is The New Beef” you already know that I’m a big fan of Dr. Fuhrman and his Nutritarian diet plan. Dr. Fuhrman loves the idea of eating salads as a main meal and suggests putting a sign taped to your refrigerator door to remind you to eat accordingly. I plan to follow his advice and to eat more salads, especially for dinner.

Dr. Fuhrman also suggests eating “G-BOMBS” every single day for optimal health…

My diet is lacking in the berry department, so I will follow Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and try to eat some berries every single day. I am pretty good with the rest of the suggested daily foods.

2. To add many more raw foods into my diet.

Since conducting my interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, I have been reading more about the benefits of following a raw vegan diet. Flooding your body with an abundance of nutrients from raw live foods seems to me like it could only be a good thing. A very good thing! I have no desire to go completely raw at this time, but I have decided to add many more raw foods into my diet for the New Year. This plan is consistent with having big salads for dinner, as per Dr. Fuhrman’s suggestion.

3. To use my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer more often.

My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is so easy to use and clean, but I tend to get lazy causing me to skip the fresh pressed juices. This is not a good idea because juicing is a great way to supplement your diet. Your body easily absorbs the nutrients from juicing and it is easy on your digestive system. Oh yes, I am definitely going to juice more often this New Year! I love a simple vegetable juice, and my “Hot Beets” juice really packs a punch!

4. To add more of a variety of cruciferous vegetables into my diet.

Although I eat a lot of kale and raw red cabbage shreds in my salads, I think that I could use more of some other types of cruciferous vegetables in my daily diet. I am going to try to eat more broccoli, bok choy and brussel sprouts this year.

5. To add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies.

I have a jar of Spirulina sitting in my house, but I haven’t been supplementing with it enough. Apparently, it is a major superfood with many health benefits including supporting cardiovascular health, eye and brain health and boosting energy and immunity. Therefore, I plan to add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies on a more regular basis this year.

6. To eat more sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables provide a wealth of trace minerals and I have been told by some nutritionists that they also support thyroid health. I love to cook with kombu and my favorite use of kombu is in my recipe for Brown Rice Udon Noodles In A Bowl Of Hot Dashi. I will continue to cook with kombu, but I also plan to eat some more arame this year. Alicia Silverstone has a simple recipe for “Arame, Carrots and Onions” in her book The Kind Diet and I am going to start making it more often.

7. To limit my intake of vegetable oils.

In keeping with the recommendations of Drs. John McDougall and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., I am going to further limit my intake of vegetable oils. The good doctors state that too much oil is unhealthy for the heart and that there are better ways to get healthier forms of fat, including walnuts, ground flaxseeds, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

8. To eat more raw naturally fermented foods.

Raw naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut containing live active cultures and enzymes are probiotic and good for the gut. My favorite snack is Toasted Sourdough Rye Bread With Avocado And Raw Sauerkraut. My favorite brands of raw naturally fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut are Real Pickles and Bubbie’s.

9. To have more homemade miso soup.

Miso is also a healthy fermented food. Miso soup is simple to make and studies have shown that it is incredibly helpful in preventing breast cancer. I just ordered the South River brand of certified organic Three-Year Barley Miso from Goldmine Natural Foods which I will use to prepare my miso soup.

10. To add a greater variety of grains to my diet.

My current staple grains are brown rice and quinoa. I think it would be a great idea if I started eating other grains regularly such as amaranth and millet instead of just my old standbys. I’m gonna’ do it!

11. To cut down on my vegan snack foods.

Although I absolutely love my vegan snack foods such as Lucy’s Cookies, Rice Dream “Ice Cream” pies and pops and Sweet and Sara marshmallows and treats, I do not need to eat so many. Therefore, I will cut down on these snacks as part of my plan to tweak my dietary choices for the New Year. However, I will continue to make my homemade healthy “ice cream” with my Yonanas machine and to indulge in Vegan Divas baked goods every now and then. A girl has still gotta’ live!

12. To stop ordering white pasta and eating white bread at restaurants while dining with my non-vegan friends.

I would never dream of eating white pasta and white bread at home but somehow, I find myself eating these empty foods when I am at non-vegan restaurants with friends. Negative comments always seem to be made by others when I order just a salad or steamed veggies, so I think I eat the white stuff out of peer pressure. I am going to stop! Are they cutting out meat for me? No, they are not! I will no longer compromise my health for anyone.

13. To drink a cup of matcha green tea every day.

The benefits of matcha green tea are numerous. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants since the entire tea leaf is ingested, as opposed to other teas which are made by merely steeping the leaves. A traditional ceremony is often performed for the preparation and drinking of matcha tea. My goal to drink one cup a day is a good one!

This concludes my list of the ways that I will try to tweak my vegan diet for the upcoming year. I hope that I gave you some beneficial ideas. Please have a Happy New Year and many more!


Tweaking My Vegan Diet For The New Year

Although I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year, this year I decided to examine my food choices. My health is usually my primary concern when deciding what to eat, but I have decided that there is a bit of room for improvement in my diet. Hence, I give you this list of dietary tweaks which I will be striving for this year.

1. To eat “G-BOMBS” everyday and to have more salads as my main meal.

I was watching Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak on PBS last night. He is so charismatic and convincing. If you’ve read my post entitled “Kale Is The New Beef” you already know that I’m a big fan of Dr. Fuhrman and his Nutritarian diet plan. Dr. Fuhrman loves the idea of eating salads as a main meal and suggests putting a sign taped to your refrigerator door to remind you to eat accordingly. I plan to follow his advice and to eat more salads, especially for dinner.

Dr. Fuhrman also suggests eating “G-BOMBS” every single day for optimal health…

My diet is lacking in the berry department, so I will follow Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and try to eat some berries every single day. I am pretty good with the rest of the suggested daily foods.

2. To add many more raw foods into my diet.

Since conducting my interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, I have been reading more about the benefits of following a raw vegan diet. Flooding your body with an abundance of nutrients from raw live foods seems to me like it could only be a good thing. A very good thing! I have no desire to go completely raw at this time, but I have decided to add many more raw foods into my diet for the New Year. This plan is consistent with having big salads for dinner, as per Dr. Fuhrman’s suggestion.

3. To use my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer more often.

My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is so easy to use and clean, but I tend to get lazy causing me to skip the fresh pressed juices. This is not a good idea because juicing is a great way to supplement your diet. Your body easily absorbs the nutrients from juicing and it is easy on your digestive system. Oh yes, I am definitely going to juice more often this New Year! I love a simple vegetable juice, and my “Hot Beets” juice really packs a punch!

4. To add more of a variety of cruciferous vegetables into my diet.

Although I eat a lot of kale and raw red cabbage shreds in my salads, I think that I could use more of some other types of cruciferous vegetables in my daily diet. I am going to try to eat more broccoli, bok choy and brussel sprouts this year.

5. To add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies.

I have a jar of Spirulina sitting in my house, but I haven’t been supplementing with it enough. Apparently, it is a major superfood with many health benefits including supporting cardiovascular health, eye and brain health and boosting energy and immunity. Therefore, I plan to add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies on a more regular basis this year.

6. To eat more sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables provide a wealth of trace minerals and I have been told by some nutritionists that they also support thyroid health. I love to cook with kombu and my favorite use of kombu is in my recipe for Brown Rice Udon Noodles In A Bowl Of Hot Dashi. I will continue to cook with kombu, but I also plan to eat some more arame this year. Alicia Silverstone has a simple recipe for “Arame, Carrots and Onions” in her book The Kind Diet and I am going to start making it more often.

7. To limit my intake of vegetable oils.

In keeping with the recommendations of Drs. John McDougall and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., I am going to further limit my intake of vegetable oils. The good doctors state that too much oil is unhealthy for the heart and that there are better ways to get healthier forms of fat, including walnuts, ground flaxseeds, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

8. To eat more raw naturally fermented foods.

Raw naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut containing live active cultures and enzymes are probiotic and good for the gut. My favorite snack is Toasted Sourdough Rye Bread With Avocado And Raw Sauerkraut. My favorite brands of raw naturally fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut are Real Pickles and Bubbie’s.

9. To have more homemade miso soup.

Miso is also a healthy fermented food. Miso soup is simple to make and studies have shown that it is incredibly helpful in preventing breast cancer. I just ordered the South River brand of certified organic Three-Year Barley Miso from Goldmine Natural Foods which I will use to prepare my miso soup.

10. To add a greater variety of grains to my diet.

My current staple grains are brown rice and quinoa. I think it would be a great idea if I started eating other grains regularly such as amaranth and millet instead of just my old standbys. I’m gonna’ do it!

11. To cut down on my vegan snack foods.

Although I absolutely love my vegan snack foods such as Lucy’s Cookies, Rice Dream “Ice Cream” pies and pops and Sweet and Sara marshmallows and treats, I do not need to eat so many. Therefore, I will cut down on these snacks as part of my plan to tweak my dietary choices for the New Year. However, I will continue to make my homemade healthy “ice cream” with my Yonanas machine and to indulge in Vegan Divas baked goods every now and then. A girl has still gotta’ live!

12. To stop ordering white pasta and eating white bread at restaurants while dining with my non-vegan friends.

I would never dream of eating white pasta and white bread at home but somehow, I find myself eating these empty foods when I am at non-vegan restaurants with friends. Negative comments always seem to be made by others when I order just a salad or steamed veggies, so I think I eat the white stuff out of peer pressure. I am going to stop! Are they cutting out meat for me? No, they are not! I will no longer compromise my health for anyone.

13. To drink a cup of matcha green tea every day.

The benefits of matcha green tea are numerous. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants since the entire tea leaf is ingested, as opposed to other teas which are made by merely steeping the leaves. A traditional ceremony is often performed for the preparation and drinking of matcha tea. My goal to drink one cup a day is a good one!

This concludes my list of the ways that I will try to tweak my vegan diet for the upcoming year. I hope that I gave you some beneficial ideas. Please have a Happy New Year and many more!


Tweaking My Vegan Diet For The New Year

Although I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year, this year I decided to examine my food choices. My health is usually my primary concern when deciding what to eat, but I have decided that there is a bit of room for improvement in my diet. Hence, I give you this list of dietary tweaks which I will be striving for this year.

1. To eat “G-BOMBS” everyday and to have more salads as my main meal.

I was watching Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak on PBS last night. He is so charismatic and convincing. If you’ve read my post entitled “Kale Is The New Beef” you already know that I’m a big fan of Dr. Fuhrman and his Nutritarian diet plan. Dr. Fuhrman loves the idea of eating salads as a main meal and suggests putting a sign taped to your refrigerator door to remind you to eat accordingly. I plan to follow his advice and to eat more salads, especially for dinner.

Dr. Fuhrman also suggests eating “G-BOMBS” every single day for optimal health…

My diet is lacking in the berry department, so I will follow Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and try to eat some berries every single day. I am pretty good with the rest of the suggested daily foods.

2. To add many more raw foods into my diet.

Since conducting my interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, I have been reading more about the benefits of following a raw vegan diet. Flooding your body with an abundance of nutrients from raw live foods seems to me like it could only be a good thing. A very good thing! I have no desire to go completely raw at this time, but I have decided to add many more raw foods into my diet for the New Year. This plan is consistent with having big salads for dinner, as per Dr. Fuhrman’s suggestion.

3. To use my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer more often.

My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is so easy to use and clean, but I tend to get lazy causing me to skip the fresh pressed juices. This is not a good idea because juicing is a great way to supplement your diet. Your body easily absorbs the nutrients from juicing and it is easy on your digestive system. Oh yes, I am definitely going to juice more often this New Year! I love a simple vegetable juice, and my “Hot Beets” juice really packs a punch!

4. To add more of a variety of cruciferous vegetables into my diet.

Although I eat a lot of kale and raw red cabbage shreds in my salads, I think that I could use more of some other types of cruciferous vegetables in my daily diet. I am going to try to eat more broccoli, bok choy and brussel sprouts this year.

5. To add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies.

I have a jar of Spirulina sitting in my house, but I haven’t been supplementing with it enough. Apparently, it is a major superfood with many health benefits including supporting cardiovascular health, eye and brain health and boosting energy and immunity. Therefore, I plan to add Spirulina to my juices and smoothies on a more regular basis this year.

6. To eat more sea vegetables.

Sea vegetables provide a wealth of trace minerals and I have been told by some nutritionists that they also support thyroid health. I love to cook with kombu and my favorite use of kombu is in my recipe for Brown Rice Udon Noodles In A Bowl Of Hot Dashi. I will continue to cook with kombu, but I also plan to eat some more arame this year. Alicia Silverstone has a simple recipe for “Arame, Carrots and Onions” in her book The Kind Diet and I am going to start making it more often.

7. To limit my intake of vegetable oils.

In keeping with the recommendations of Drs. John McDougall and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., I am going to further limit my intake of vegetable oils. The good doctors state that too much oil is unhealthy for the heart and that there are better ways to get healthier forms of fat, including walnuts, ground flaxseeds, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.

8. To eat more raw naturally fermented foods.

Raw naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut containing live active cultures and enzymes are probiotic and good for the gut. My favorite snack is Toasted Sourdough Rye Bread With Avocado And Raw Sauerkraut. My favorite brands of raw naturally fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut are Real Pickles and Bubbie’s.

9. To have more homemade miso soup.

Miso is also a healthy fermented food. Miso soup is simple to make and studies have shown that it is incredibly helpful in preventing breast cancer. I just ordered the South River brand of certified organic Three-Year Barley Miso from Goldmine Natural Foods which I will use to prepare my miso soup.

10. To add a greater variety of grains to my diet.

My current staple grains are brown rice and quinoa. I think it would be a great idea if I started eating other grains regularly such as amaranth and millet instead of just my old standbys. I’m gonna’ do it!

11. To cut down on my vegan snack foods.

Although I absolutely love my vegan snack foods such as Lucy’s Cookies, Rice Dream “Ice Cream” pies and pops and Sweet and Sara marshmallows and treats, I do not need to eat so many. Therefore, I will cut down on these snacks as part of my plan to tweak my dietary choices for the New Year. However, I will continue to make my homemade healthy “ice cream” with my Yonanas machine and to indulge in Vegan Divas baked goods every now and then. A girl has still gotta’ live!

12. To stop ordering white pasta and eating white bread at restaurants while dining with my non-vegan friends.

I would never dream of eating white pasta and white bread at home but somehow, I find myself eating these empty foods when I am at non-vegan restaurants with friends. Negative comments always seem to be made by others when I order just a salad or steamed veggies, so I think I eat the white stuff out of peer pressure. I am going to stop! Are they cutting out meat for me? No, they are not! I will no longer compromise my health for anyone.

13. To drink a cup of matcha green tea every day.

The benefits of matcha green tea are numerous. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants since the entire tea leaf is ingested, as opposed to other teas which are made by merely steeping the leaves. A traditional ceremony is often performed for the preparation and drinking of matcha tea. My goal to drink one cup a day is a good one!

This concludes my list of the ways that I will try to tweak my vegan diet for the upcoming year. I hope that I gave you some beneficial ideas. Please have a Happy New Year and many more!