This morning I made a really yummy new juice combo I couldn’t help but share here! My method was simple: toss the veggies and fruit in my Vitamix and strain using a nut mylk bag. I’ve definitely been known to overload the Vitamix, but actually just a few whirls on low was all it took to get everything moving!
Sweet Beet Green Juice (Serves 2)
1 Head of Romaine
1 medium apple
1/2 mediu, knob ginger
1 large beet
1 cup parsley
Make green juice in a blender using my method or using a juicer. Enjoy!
Tomorrow I’ve got some super exciting news to announce . . .stay tuned and see you here tomorrow!
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By Andrew Watt
The best way to keep our children healthy is to make healthy living part of our whole family’s lifestyle. Growing bodies need special attention and may have different nutritional needs than other family members. That’s why it’s our job as a family unit to work out a health plan we can all stick to.
The food we eat is a vital part of how we stay healthy. Getting at least five portions of fruit and vegetables into our bodies is crucial, but how is it done when family members have different tastes and needs? In our family, we try to be inventive with meals and get the kids involved in the preparation. If they have helped to make a dish they are far more likely to eat it, so it’s great to teach them how to toss a salad, chop vegetables for a stew and make a simple stir-fry. Not only will they eat more vegetables but they will also learn valuable life skills of which they can be proud.
Most children are quite happy to run around given the slightest opportunity, especially in the open air, so we try to get our little ones (and ourselves!) outside as much as possible. A walk to the local park, a cycle ride or a game of Frisbee all count as exercise and they are all free and great fun too!
For more structured exercise, you could try getting the kids to join a sports team or dance class, or even go horseback riding once a week as a family. Andrew Watt, who works for lifeinsurance.org.uk says: “We all know how important it is to look after our bodies, not just ourselves, but for our families when it comes to health.”
Mental and Emotional Health
Mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health, so make an effort to look after each other! The more nice things you can do for others the better you will feel, so set an example to the children.
We try to encourage our kids to do a good deed for someone else every day by keeping a record and awarding small prizes such as extra hugs or staying up ten minutes later at bedtime for every child who manages to do a good deed every day for a week.
What do you do to help your family stay healthy?
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I recently wrote a blog on Vegansaurus! in response to articles suggesting you can’t be a healthy high raw vegan. My post, entitled “Eating raw will not ruin your life!” offers insights into how I think about high raw foodism in the overall context of a healthy vegan lifestyle. Some of you lovely readers eat high raw diets, so I thought you might be interested in jumping in on the discussion happening over there.
To read the article and get involved in the discussion about high raw veganism on Vegansaurus!, click here.
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When Lantern Books asked me submit a piece to the anthology Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat (Lantern Books, March 2013) I was thrilled to put to paper some of the many ways that Carol J. Adams’ work has impacted my life and activism career, and to share how my relationship with my brother Asher grew due to our mutual love of Carol’s book The Sexual Politics of Meat and shared commitment to veganism.
The anthology, edited by the fantastic Kara Davis and Wendy Lee with a foreword by Carol J. Adams, features 21 pieces by women artists, feminists, vegans, chefs, professors, and writers from all backgrounds. All proceeds from the anthology go to the wonderful vegan multimedia collective for change, Our Hen House. Jasmin Singer of Our Hen House and I actually share a section in the book entitled “Fish and Frog,” and I recently did a piece for Our Hen House’s online magazine that relates to my essay in Defiant Daughters, which you can read by clicking here.
Here is the description of the book Defiant Daughters from Lantern Books’ website:
One writer attempts to reconcile her feminist-vegan beliefs with her Muslim upbringing; a second makes the connection between animal abuse and her own self-destructive tendencies. A new mother discusses the sexual politics of breastfeeding, while another pens a letter to her young son about all she wishes for him in the future. Many others recall how the book inspired them to start careers in the music business, animal advocacy, and food. No matter whether they first read it in college or later in life, whether they are in their late teens or early forties, these writers all credit The Sexual Politics of Meat in some way with the awakening of their identities as feminists, activists, and women. Even if you haven’t read the original work, you’re sure to be moved and inspired by these tales of growing up and, perhaps more important, waking up to the truths around us.
My chapter, entitled “Brother Knows Best,” includes the ways in which my coming out as vegan and queer were interconnected, and how Carol J. Adams’ The Sexual Politics of Meat helped me recognize these interconnections. It also discusses the ways in which my friendship with my brother Asher and our mutual commitment to helping animals helped me through it all. Here is an excerpt from my piece:
Unlike his hand-me-down t-shirts and jackets that ended up in my closets, my brother’s vegetarianism fit me well, and I made it my own. When he went off to college, Asher granted me access to his bookshelf, which included his treasured science fiction and war books, french novels, and dog-eared copies of classics we were made to read in high school. Many of his books collected dust in his absence, but when I reached the end of high school, one precious book on his shelf shifted everything in my world: The Sexual Politics of Meat.
The red cover immediately stole my attention. A striking image of a woman in a sexualized pose, with portions of her body demarcated as cuts of meat, was both familiar and disturbing. Its cover offered an immediate opportunity to consider the connection between the consumption of women and animals.
Reading the book at age seventeen, I realized that it was hypo-critical for me to be vegetarian and not vegan, since I believed so deeply in animal welfare and human welfare (my primary reasons for abstaining from animal flesh). I knew that eating cows was out of alignment with my ethics after my brother helped me to see how meat comes at the price of animal suffering, but this text illuminated an entirely new way of understanding how animal agriculture of dairy products reveals the ways in which females are particularly exploited.
Understanding the mechanisms of privilege and power that reinforce the eating of animals helped me recognize how I, a woman coming into my non-normative sexual orientation, related to the animal agriculture industrial complex. As I uncovered universal truths about the connections between oppression toward women and animals, it was in no way coincidental that I came out as a vegan and a lesbian the year I turned eighteen.
Thank you for reading! I am so honored to have been a part of this collection; the other writers are incredibly talented and truly carry the torch of Carol’s work, more than 20 years after The Sexual Politics of Meat was first published. I hope you’ll check out the book when it comes out in March. You can pre-order by clicking here. Additionally, you can “like” the book’s Facebook page and stay tuned for excerpts posted by other contributors in anticipation of the launch.
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Today’s Our Hen House episode features lots of amazing interviews (Jasmin’s family! Vedge owners and more!), and I was lucky enough to be one of them!
I love Jasmin and Mariann and it was fantastic to meet up with them for groothies, the green smoothie at HipCityVeg alongside Courtney.
Click here to listen to the Our Hen House podcast and our interview (which begins around 28 minutes in).
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These New Year’s Eve inspired chocolate molasses muffins were born of a desire to make a rich, hearty chocolate muffin including the iron-rich goodness of molasses to celebrate a brand new year! I am grateful to be on this vegan adventure and grateful to be sharing this superb recipe! These muffins are gluten-free, soy-free, and delicious. Will they become a NYE tradition?
Gluten-Free Chocolate Molasses Muffins (Makes 16 muffins)
1 tbs molasses
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup oat flour
1 cup gf all purpose flour
1 tsp acv
1/2 cup applesauce (or 1 medium apple vitamixed)
7 drops stevia
1/4 cup xylitol
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup nut mylk
1/2 cup warm water
2 tbs ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin tins. Add ground flax seed and hot water to liquid ingredients. Mix dry ingredients. Add liquid to dry.
Add mixture to tins or greased muffin tray. Bake for 25-28 minutes. Enjoy, and happy 2013! Thank you for reading!
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