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Farm Animal Rights Movement
December 26, 2011

Serving Size 1/4 cup - Makes 8 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 215
From fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 14g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 14mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g

Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 1%
Iron 10%

* % Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Chocolate Pots De Crème

The holidays are perfect for celebrating and trying something new! So ring in the New Year by indulging in this deliciously decadent dessert with a unique twist. Adding mystery and subtle complexity, this dish has an unusual combination of ingredients you might never have thought of using together. Fortunately, the author of Speed Vegan did in this recipe – definitely unique, but also creamy, rich, chocolaty, and sweet.


1 can (14 oz.) regular coconut milk
5 oz. bittersweet dark chocolate*, coarsely chopped
1/4 - 1/2 cup basil leaves, coarsely torn
2 Tbs. agave nectar or maple syrup
1 tsp. orange zest
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
dash of crushed peppercorns

* You can also use 4.5 oz. of 100% baking chocolate, but add an additional Tbs. of agave/maple syrup and an additional tsp. of vanilla extract


  1. In small pot over medium heat, bring coconut milk to a simmer.
  2. Put chocolate in blender or food processor and pour the hot coconut milk over it. (CAUTION: hot foods expand in a blender/food processor; make sure top is on tight before blending).
  3. Add basil, agave/maple syrup, orange zest, vanilla extract, and pepper and blend until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  4. Strain through fine-mesh sieve (you can skip this step but will have small flecks of basil in the final dish, so do strain to make it super smooth.)
  5. Divide among small cups; cover and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.

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Soyatoo! Soy Whip

Here's a fun and easy dairy-free indulgence you'll want to bring to your year-end celebrations! Soyatoo Extra Creamy Whip is a delicious topping for desserts, fruit, hot cocoa, coffee, and more. It's made of organic soy milk and 100% vegetarian organic fats, so it’s easy on the figure with its low fat content, and it's free of cholesterol and lactose. Look for it in your local natural foods store.

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Diet & Diabetes

The more closely people eat to a vegan diet, the lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study published in the medical journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases.

Researchers at Loma Linda University tracked 15,200 men and 26,187 women across the U.S. and Canada who were free of diabetes. Participants were grouped as vegan, lacto ovo-, pesco-, semi-, or non-vegetarian.

After two years, researchers found that vegans and vegetarians had a lower risk of diabetes than non-vegetarians. Vegans were found to have a 70% reduced risk for diabetes and vegetarians have a 53% lower chance of developing the disease.

To read the full article, click here.

Talents to Help Animals

Derek Goodwin is a photographer, media-savvy artist, and vegan who puts his talents toward helping animals.

In 2006, he went to the Burning Man festival and was inspired by the amazing artworks and abundance of creativity among the participants. Derek says: "I realized the potential that bringing a vegan message to the event could have and in an epiphany came up with the concept of a veggie-powered school bus that would be a vehicle for doing education and outreach about veganism – the Vegan Bus."

Most recently, Derek co-founded a non-profit organization called Evolvegan that will help fund the Vegan Bus and his other projects. He says, "It is the culmination of all of my dreams and schemes." Their mission is to use art, performance, and media to increase public awareness about the connections between dietary choice, personal health, cultural ethics, and globally sustainable ecology.

Find out more about Derek's photography & non-profit work at!

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