Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
August 28, 2006
Recipe
Creamy Chocolate Cheesecake

Feel better about indulging in a rich, decadent dessert with this cholesterol-free Chocolate Cheesecake. It’s a treat for your mind and body. Rather than using heavy cream and cheese, this recipe contains soymilk and tofu, which are made from high-protein soybeans that contain all eight essential amino acids. Enjoy it knowing it's low in saturated fat, high in polyunsaturated fat, and absolutely delicious!

Ingredients:

1 block of Silken Tofu (drained)
1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust
1 cup chocolate soymilk
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut block of tofu into small chunks and put into the blender.
  2. Add soymilk, sugar, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder and blend well until smooth. If you'd like, add chocolate chips.
  3. Once all are combined, pour into the pie crust and bake for 35-60 minutes in a preheated oven at 350º or until the top appears solid.
  4. Chill for 1-2 hrs before serving. Garnish with soy whip or other non-dairy whipped topping.

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product
Silk Soymilk

The road to a healthy and compassionate lifestyle has never been smoother. Silk soymilk is delicious and nutritious, whether you enjoy it at home or on the road. Silk products are full of the good stuff you want – nutrition and taste – not additives. Made from organic and natural soy beans, Silk offers a variety of ultra-tasty soy products, like rich Chocolate Soymilk, fruity soy smoothies, and French Vanilla Creamer. Loaded with protein, antioxidants, 11 essential vitamins and minerals, Silk has a refreshing, creamy taste. Try it with your cereal, in your coffee, when you cook, or drink it by itself. Silk is now available in convenient 8.25-ounce individual servings, so you can grab them on-the-go. Give it a try!

For nutritional and product information, visit www.SilkSoymilk.com!

health
Benefits of Cocoa

According to Dutch researchers, cocoa can lower blood pressure and risk of heart disease by 50 percent. The 15-year study study, recently published in Archives of Internal Medicine, examined cocoa's relationship to cardiovascular health in 470 Dutch men aged 65 to 84 years. Men in the group with the highest cocoa consumption were half as likely as the others to die from cardiovascular disease. Their risk remained lower even when considering other factors, such as weight, smoking habits, physical activity levels, calorie intake and alcohol consumption. The men who consumed more cocoa were also less likely to die of any cause.

The researchers concluded that it was not just the lower blood pressure that corresponded to lower overall risk of death but credited antioxidants and flavanoids found in cocoa. Flavanoids are a class of healthy antioxidants found in plant-based foods. They boost the functioning of cells, which lessens risks of heart attacks, cancer, and lung diseases.

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Inspiration
Innovative Ideas

Suhas Gopinath, a life-long vegetarian, is proof that young people can make global changes. At age 17, he became the youngest CEO in the world, launching his own multi-national corporation. Gopinath dreamed of becoming a vet as a kid, but at 14 he became fascinated by the Internet. His interest started with the creation of his own web page but soon turned to the development of a new company. In 2000, Gopinath started Globals Inc., an IT service company that now boasts 11 offices worldwide, more than 400 employees, and profits of more than $1 million a year.

Not only innovative in business, Gopinath has a lot to say about social issues as well. He spoke at a young leaders’ conference last year about the importance of viewing the world as a global community without political borders. Gopinath is just as passionate about animal rights. He recently sat down with PETA to discuss his views on business, animal rights, and what young people can do to revolutionize both.

To find out more about how Suhas helps animals, click here!

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