Now that spring has officially arrived, it's time for a truly fresh and healthful meal. This beautiful salad is tasty and easy to prepare. Watercress is a superfood; it’s an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B6, C, E and K, as well as fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, and more.
¾ lbs. watercress (about 6 cups loosely packed), coarse stems discarded
1 ¾ cups fresh spinach, large stems discarded
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted & cut into ½ -inch bits
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted & cut into bite sized pieces
¼ cup torn fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup torn fresh mint leaves Raspberry Dressing:
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 ½ Tbs. sesame oil
¼ cup raspberry vinegar
¼ cup fresh raspberries
1-2 Tbs. raw sugar
2 dashes Tabasco or hot sauce
salt & pepper (to taste)
Place the salad dressing ingredients in a blender and mix to a smooth consistency.
Gently toss all salad ingredients together in a bowl.
Add just enough dressing to coat, then serve immediately.
Twenty-five years ago, Gardein founder and president, Yves Potvinc, had a simple dream to make the world a better place: use the power of vegetables to create a healthy fast food. He has succeeded! With so many varieties of Gardein meat alternatives, there’s literally something to satisfy everyone’s taste preference! Gardein products symbolize his life-long passion and pleasure bringing healthy, innovative and convenient plant based meat-like foods to people everywhere. Delicious vegan varieties include Classic Style Buffalo Wings, Tuscan Breasts, Santa Fe Good Stuff, BBQ Pulled Shreds, and many more.
According to a new study, daily consumption of watercress reduces breast cancer risk. Researchers at the University of Southampton examined blood samples from breast cancer survivors after eating 80 grams (3 oz.) of watercress. Findings reveal that phenethyl isothiocyanate, the active anti-cancer ingredient in watercress, stops the accumulation of a key protein in cancer cells which otherwise drives the formation of a new blood supply to nourish a growing tumor. In previous work, researchers at the University of Ulster found that watercress can increase the ability of cells to reduce DNA damage which could otherwise trigger tumor formation.
Watercress, a member of the cabbage family, contains 15 essential vitamins and minerals, has more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than cow's milk and more iron than spinach.
There have been numerous big-budget documentaries in the past few years promoting a plant-based diet, and now, it looks like a vegan comedy is finally on its way.
A Los Angeles-based independent film company, Cola Kat Productions, has green-lit a family-friendly feature film, called World’s Littlest Brat, with the goal to promote animal rights awareness, environmental sustainability, and ocean conservation. The movie focuses on a vegan environmentalist and his quest to stay positive despite his negative surroundings. Our sources tell us that Meatout Mondays is even mentioned in the script!
The cast and crew will enjoy donated vegan food from Amy's Organic Kitchen, Mrs. May's, and Millennium Products. The film’s writer/director, Kathy Kolla, has been a vegan for more than ten years, and is garnering much praise for this current project.