Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
June 16, 2008
Recipe
Banana Oat Waffles

Pamper Dad first thing on Father’s Day with irresistible Banana Oat Waffles… they’re so tasty, he won’t have a clue they’re good for his heart! Oats have a unique protein that is equal in quality to soy protein. Just one cup of oat cereal has 26g of protein in addition to 17g of fiber, which improves cholesterol levels. Don’t have a waffle iron? This recipe is good for making pancakes too.

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana, mashed
2 cups water (or soymilk, almond milk, rice milk)
1/2 cup rolled oats, uncooked
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
vanilla extract, to taste (optional)
2 Tbs. maple syrup (optional)
1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Directions:

  1. Soak the oats in water or non-dairy milk over night.
  2. Mix together the mashed banana and oat mixture.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix, leaving some lumps in the batter.
  4. Cook on a waffle iron, according to the manufacturer’s instructions (Note: The batter also works for pancakes).
  5. Top with fresh fruit and some syrup and give your father a big hug.

For this and other great vegan waffle recipes, visit www.WaffleParty.com!

products
Rudi's Organic Granola

Hearty and wholesome, Rudi's Organic Granolas are made with the finest organic ingredients including fruit, seeds, nuts and plenty of whole grain oats. Rudi's Organic baked goods contain no artificial ingredients, colors or sweeteners, trans fats, preservatives or ingredients that were grown with dangerous pesticides. They are perfect for snacking, and come in four delicious flavors, including: Caribbean Crunch, Cinnamon Apple Orchard, and Orange Berry Grove.

Since 1976, Rudi's Organic Bakery has been selling breads, cookies, doughnuts and other baked goods out of a tiny shop in Boulder, Colorado. They now have a bigger bread line, tortillas and wraps, buns and rolls, English muffins, and granolas. Visit your local whole foods store and look for their products. A supporter of good causes, Rudi's Organics Bakery is generously donating to the Animal Rights 2008 National Conference.

For more information about their products, visit www.RudisBakery.com!

health
Whole Grains Protect the Heart

Starting the day with whole grain cereal reduces the risk of heart failure in the long run. A new study reveals that men who eat whole grain breakfast cereal regularly are less likely to develop heart failure than those who eat it rarely or never.

The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, compared cereal intake and the risk of heart failure among more than 21,000 doctors who took part in the Physicians Health Study I. More than 19 years later, researchers discovered that the risk of heart failure among those who ate whole grain breakfast cereal at least seven times a week was 29% lower than that the risk among those who never ate cereal. The health benefits were associated with whole grain cereal only, not with refined breakfast cereal.

To read the full article, click here!

Inspiration
Healthy Diet, Healthy Body

When Bonnie Sheriff, 26, left Kansas to attend school in California, she chucked her typical Midwestern meat-and-potatoes diet and decided to slim down, going from about 180 pounds in high school to 127 now. The doctoral candidate exercises about three to four times a week and sticks to a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Bonnie used to suffer from asthma, but the lifestyle change made the symptoms disappear, and she now has increased energy and stamina.

Midway through college, Bonnie realized she was making a lot of bad choices based on self-esteem, and her weight used to really drag her down. After she learned how to use ropes at the gym, and decided to eat a plant-based diet, everything changed. "The weight loss was a byproduct of those things," she says. "If I crave something, I'll cook it myself and make it healthier. If I want a bacon cheeseburger, I'll make a vegetarian version at home and I'll burn some calories making it."

Read more about Bonnie, click here!

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