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Farm Animal Rights Movement
October 31, 2011

Serving Size 6 Tbs. - Recipe makes 10 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 96
From fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 489mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g

Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 3%
Iron 2%

* % Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Spooky Black Bean Hummus

It’s Halloween! Express your creativity through fun, tasty food and share it with all of the ghosts and ghouls you encounter tonight! This Spooky Black Bean Hummus is the perfect party snack, great for dipping chips, pita, and fresh veggies. With just 10-minute prep time, it’s super quick and easy to make.


2 cloves garlic
2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans, drained & rinsed
2 Tbs. tahini
3 - 4 Tbs. lime or lemon juice
1 tsp. cumin
1/8 -1/4 tsp chipotle pepper (to taste)
3 Tbs. unsweetened soy yogurt (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
For Design: additional plain soy yogurt or tahini


  1. With food processor running, drop in garlic cloves and process until finely chopped.
  2. Add black beans, and process until pureed.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (use the lesser amounts) and process until smooth; taste and correct seasonings, adding more as needed.
  4. Spoon hummus into serving dish, smoothing the top.
  5. Using a pastry bag and either soy yogurt or thinned tahini, pipe on design; place a plastic spider into the web, or make one yourself from black olives.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

This fun recipe came from Susan V's amazing Fat Free Vegan Blog!

Clif Kid Twisted Fruit

Looking for a healthier alternative to Halloween sweets? Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit tastes just like candy, but it's packed with wholesome natural ingredients. Each piece equals one serving of fruit! Organic Twisted Fruit is real fruit twisted into a fun rope shape that's easy to slip into a backpack, a lunchbox or take anywhere kids are on the move. They're bursting with luscious berry flavor!

For product and nutritional information, visit!

Dairy is Scary

If you're thinking of sipping on a glass of cow's milk to wash down your Halloween goodies, you may want to reconsider. Milk-drinking has been touted for building strong bones in children and preventing osteoporosis in older persons. However, clinical research shows that dairy products have little or no benefit for bones. A review published in Pediatrics showed that milk consumption does not improve bone integrity in children.

Similarly, the Harvard Nurses' Health Study, which followed more than 72,000 women for 18 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk. While calcium is important for bone health, studies show that increasing consumption beyond approximately 600 mg per day—amounts that are easily achieved without dairy products or calcium supplements—does not improve bone integrity.

You can decrease your risk of osteoporosis by reducing sodium and animal protein intake in the diet, increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, exercising, and ensuring adequate calcium intake from plant foods such as kale, broccoli, and other leafy green vegetables and beans.

To read the full article, click here.

Vegan Ghost Story

Abbie Rae Harris has inspired many people with her unique blog, HorrayVegan. She even set out to scare folks with her ghost story! On her blog, she posted her experience with a haunted desk in her house. She says, "I think the moral of the story is that vegan food can fix nearly everything."

Check out her blog to read her ghost story, browse some great vegan recipes, and take advantage of her recommended links to resources.

Read Abbie's ghost story at her Hooray Vegan Blog !

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