Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
March 31, 2008
Recipe
Banana Chia Muffins

It’s spring! Time to eat healthier and fresher. Give your body more nutrition with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Add new ingredients to your diet, like the super-food chia. Chia seeds originated in Mexico and South America, and boast high concentrations of protein, fiber, Omega-3, antioxidants, and calcium. Try them blended into smoothies or sprinkle them on salads or cereal.

Ingredients:

1 Tbs. chia seeds
3 Tbs. water
1 cup flour
1/2 cup pastry flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 bananas, mashed
crystallized ginger or chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add chia seeds to the water and let sit while you prepare the rest.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Combine wet and dry mixture, and the chia seeds, stirring to blend. If desired, stir in the crystallized ginger or chocolate chips.
  5. Bake at 350º for about 15 minutes or until tested done with a toothpick.

For great veggie recipes, visit www.GoDairyFree.org!

book
Vegan Bites: Recipes for Singles

Banish fast food and takeout forever! Vegan Bites: Recipes for Singles features sumptuous sit-down meals that can be created with just a few simple ingredients and minimal effort. The book provides guidelines for daily eating, sample menus, tips for smart shopping, recommendations for basic kitchen equipment and gadgets, and much more. It will give you inspiration without perspiration!

The author, Beverly Lynn Bennett, provides more than one hundred easy-to-make recipes that encompass a wide variety of foods and cuisines with selections for every skill level and schedule. Beverly is an organic vegan chef, writer, and animals friend who lives and works in Eugene, Oregon. She pens the award-winning column "Dairy-Free Desserts" in VegNews magazine and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Living and Eat Your Veggies: Recipes from the Kitchen of the Vegan Chef.

For more information and buy your copy, visit www.BookPubCo.com!

health
Chia: the New Superfood

Chia seeds are best known for providing the fast-growing greenery on little clay "pets," but it's time to start thinking of them as a supergrain. According to a new study published in an issue of Diabetes Care, supplementing conventional diabetes therapy with chia significantly reduces cardiovascular risk factors in people with well-controlled diabetes.

The tiny grain is very high in fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin C and magnesium. Chia contains more omega-3 fatty acids than flaxseed, more fiber than bran and more protein than soy, according to a new study. The researchers reveal that just one 3.5 oz. serving (1/4 cup) of chia provides as much calcium as three cups of milk, has as much omega-3 fatty acids as 28 oz. of salmon and is higher in antioxidants than blueberries.

Chia was even featured on the Oprah Winfrey show -- Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and author, explained that "Chia is as chockfull of fiber as other whole grains, but it packs in even more vitamins and minerals ... more magnesium than about 10 of those heads of broccoli." Chia seeds are available in several online stores and some health food stores.

To read the full article, click here!

Inspiration
Meatout in Memphis

Thanks to caring people around the world, Meatout 2008 was a huge success, with activities taking place in all 50 U.S. states and 28 other countries! Throughout March, Meatout supporters educated their communities, publicizing the benefits of a healthy, plant-based diet and asking others to "kick the meat habit (at least for a day) and explore a wholesome, nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains."

Among the many great events was outreach in Memphis! The Food Awareness Resource Tools group got active in March to inspire and educate others, giving away veg information and free samples of meat-alternatives. On Meatout day (March 20th), the group publicized Meatout along a busy street with signs. Founder Vaughan Dewar even helped obtain an official proclamation signed by the Memphis Mayor proclaiming the entire month of March Meaout month!

Special thanks to the Food Awareness group and all of the other caring people who helped make this year’s Great American Meatout a smashing success!

To learn more, visit www.FoodAwareness.org!

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