This delicious spread is great for holidays, parties, or any time you want a tasty treat that’s naturally nutritious. You can spread this on crackers, bread, or even top your veggies with it. The combination of onions, mushrooms and walnuts, blended together, is absolutely perfect. Even the kids will love this dish!
3 Tbs. oil
½ lb. mushrooms, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts
salt & pepper (to taste)
1 Tbs. water
parsley, kale, lettuce, or garnish of your choice
Sauté mushrooms and onion in oil for 10 minutes over medium heat.
Pour into blender or food processor, adding walnuts, seasonings, and water.
Blend until smooth. Garnish and serve.
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Vegan Eating for Kids
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Selenium intake reduces diabetes risk in men, according to a recent study. Researchers at the University of Montpellier, France, studied 1,162 healthy men and women aged 59 to 71 for nine years. Men who had high levels of selenium in in the blood were half as likely to develop dysglycemia, a pre-diabetic state associated with insulin resistance.
"The reason we observed a protective effect of selenium in men but not in women is not completely clear, but might be attributed to women being healthier at baseline, having better antioxidant status in general and possible differences in how men and women process selenium,” said lead researcher, Tasnime Akbaraly.
Selenium can be obtained from plant foods and nuts, especially Brazil nuts, which have extremely high content of selenium, 544 micrograms per serving. According to the Dietary Reference Intakes guidelines provided by the Institute of Medicine, adults over 19 years of age should aim for 55 micrograms selenium per day (pregnant and nursing women require less).
On March 20th, a thousand communities throughout all 50 U.S. states and 31 other countries welcomed spring with colorful events to celebrate Meatout, the world’s largest grassroots diet education campaign. This year marked Meatout’s 25th anniversary!
Outreach activities included leafleting, information tables, exhibits, lectures, video screenings, feed-ins, cooking demonstrations, festivals, walks, and more. Visitors pledged to “kick the meat habit” on March 20th (first day of spring) at least for a day, and explore a healthy, compassionate plant-based diet. Caring Meatout supporters distributed about 79,000 colorful handouts, each offering a free Veg Starter Guide and invitation to join Meatout Mondays.