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This exciting e-book, by Judy Pokras, founder and editor of Raw Foods News Magazine, features beverages, brunch, appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts. Recipes range from traditional American favorites like Cranberry Sauce, Apple Pie à la mode, and Squash "Pumpkin" Pie, to global treats such as Anisette Cookies, Thai Coconut Soup and Borscht. You will also find recipes like TV Snack Chips, Mock Scrambled Eggs, Cornbread, Italian Eggplant Bites, Raw Vegan Lasagna, Rice Pudding Ice Cream, and Marinated Portobello Mushrooms in French Onion Soup.
The book includes beautiful photos, tips and info for both newbies and raw foods enthusiasts, and suggestions for holiday menus--including some fun surprises, like the delightfully inventive Surprise Cake!
The Little e-Book of Raw Vegan Holiday Recipes spans the generations, with Judy's version of a salad that was a hit in two New Jersey diners decades ago, as well as dishes sure to charm the kids.
The Little e-Book of Raw Vegan Holiday Recipes makes a sweet gift, available in paperback and Kindle editions.
People who bought this book also bought The Little e-Book of Raw Thanksgiving Recipes by Great American Raw Chefs, published by Raw Foods News Magazine and edited by Judy.
I've started a petition asking the National Restaurant Association's member restaurants to provide fresh, raw, ORGANICALLY GROWN vegetables and fruits in salads in restaurants, and I need your help to get it off the ground.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:
Here's why it's important:
We who are signing this petition want to eat organically grown vegetables and fruits, because conventionally grown ones are loaded with toxins from pesticides and herbicides, toxins that cause disease. We want restaurants to offer more raw vegetable salads with organically-grown ingredients, and organically-grown fruit in fruit salads. When a restaurant makes a commitment to offer (more) organically-grown produce, that restaurant will expand its customer base to include a lot more people.
For those of us not lucky enough to live near raw vegan restaurants, if conventional eateries near us at least have organic fruits and vegetables on hand, we'll be able to have something to eat when we dine out with non-raw-vegans.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a downloadable Wallet Guide to Pesticides in Produce that restaurants can use as a guideline. The EWG issues a new, updated one every spring.
You can sign my petition by clicking here.
There is something seriously wrong with our government for allowing companies to sell toxic products on home shopping channels without specifying what toxins are in them BEFORE people order them. It should not have to be that consumers have no way of knowing about the toxicity before ordering the products, such that once the products arrive, the consumer opens the box and reads the manual where the warning appears. I'm talking about QVC and the Stamina Products Inc. Aero Pilates, and I am furious.
Here is the warning. (If I had known about it beforehand, I never would have ordered the product): "Warning: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm."
That this product is toxic is especially ironic, because this product is sold as a piece of exercise equipment which people buy to have good health. It says on the front of the manual: "AeroPilates: less stress | more heart." Oh, they forgot to say: "More disease."
Declan Joyce, an actor and man about town in Hollywood, is a raw vegan. And, as someone involved in various charities, he had the opportunity to meet Barack Obama at New York City's Waldorf Astoria last September 24, as he told Hippocrates Health Institute's magazine, Healing Our World (HOW).
According to HOW, Joyce and Obama spoke for five minutes and posed together for photos. HOW included one of them in its Volume 34, Issue 1, which was published in December 2013.
When the president asked Declan if he was having any ice cream, Declan replied, "No thank you. I'm a raw vegan." Maybe some day soon President Obama will follow former President Bill Clinton's lead and adopt a plant-based diet.
As RawFoodsNewsMagazine.com has written in our online petition, we wish Barack Obama would hire a raw vegan chef to complement the existing chefs in the White House kitchen. A raw chef could delight guests with tasty, fine dining dishes, making great use of the organic produce the First Lady grows in her organic food garden.
Aside from that, we wish we had been a fly on the wall during Declan Joyce's conversation with Obama. We're most curious to know how the President responded to Joyce's saying he is a raw vegan! The only other details we know of that conversation are what John Petkovic has reported about Joyce in The Plain Dealer:
“I’ve been invited to various functions for various reasons,” he says. “I met Barack Obama in Malibu for a function, and he was like, ‘Declan, I like that name – you know, we might be related, because I’m part Irish.’ He was really charming."
Have you ever eaten at Quintessence Restaurant in Manhattan's East Village? Pioneers in the raw foods movement, they opened in 1999 and have excelled ever since. In fact, they are my favorite raw vegan restaurant (and I am quite fussy!) They use the purest organic ingredients, and their food is creative and inventive, not to mention delicious and healthful.
Winter is a difficult time for restaurants, especially raw vegan ones in northern climates, and Quintessence has mounted an IndieGoGo campaign to help it through this tough time following an economic recession. Have a look at what they write, and please help them as much as you are able to, whether by sharing their message on Facebook and Twitter, dining at Quintessence with friends and loved ones, or contributing to their campaign.
Pure foods advocate Joan Levin writes the following, and we urge you to follow her suggestion:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will soon be voted on by Congress. This trade agreement includes many provisions that could make it impossible for states or the federal government to enact and implement strong rules to label genetically modified foods, or to take other important steps to insure food safety and quality.
Congress will also consider whether to give the president authority under FAST TRACK (the Trade Promotion Act) to allow trade agreements to be made in secret by presidential appointees with minimal opportunity for Congress to have a say in this important process.
What can you do? ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO OPPOSE TPP AND OPPOSE FAST TRACK!
Congress will likely be voting on this immediately after the holiday recess so it is important to do that NOW!
Here is an easy way to do that:
Go to: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Fill in your zip code (or zip+4 if you live in a large metro area)
You will get info about your Representative and a link to send him or her an e-mail as well as a link to his or her website.
Do it now! This could undermine many important laws related to health by removing them from our legislators and placing them under the control of international trade decision-makers.
1. I signed a petition. Isn’t that enough?
That’s great, but nowhere near as powerful as the individual letter, e-mail, or phone call.
2. Should I write my Senator? It can’t hurt, but politically your time is best spent writing your Representative in the HOUSE!
3. Where can I learn more? Here are some links to websites with more information about TPP and FAST Track:
What could be more loving than giving someone a gift basket of ready-made raw vegan food to eat? Assembling a basket is fun, and is sure to put a big smile on the face of anyone you give it to.
Here at RawFoodsNewsMagazine.com, we're passionate about finding ways to help people eat better -- namely raw vegan -- as raw vegan cuisine is so good for our health, not to mention delicious. Short of sending a personal raw vegan chef to everyone on your gift list (very pricey!), or opening a raw vegan cafe or takeout store near those you care about (also very pricey), a gift basket makes an awesome gift!
A raw vegan gift basket provides a big boost to people who are too busy with their families and jobs to have the time to make raw recipes from scratch. And it might even inspire them to embark on a new food lifestyle.
Here are ideas for three themed raw vegan gift baskets you can give at holiday time. We took photos of our ideas to inspire you.
We suggest you include both of Raw One's delicious granolas: Banana-Walnut Cacao Nibs, and Goji-Mixed Berry. Along with the granolas, it's a good idea to include a package of Nutiva Naturals raw cashews, so that your giftee can make cashew "milk," which is more healthful than cow's milk, and only takes a minute. (See the recipe link below for cashew milk.) Into this breakfast basket, we suggest you also include Navitas Naturals Sun-Dried Goji Berries, Sun-Dried Mulberries, and Chia Seeds. The person receiving this gift basket can easily make another flavor of nut milk by blending the chia seeds with one or both types of berries. To round out the Breakfast Basket, add some fresh fruit, like bananas and tangerines (if you're delivering the basket locally), and a couple boxes of herbal or white or green tea. (If you're mailing the basket, depending on how far its journey, make sure the bananas are green, so they aren't too ripe upon arrival, and maybe leave out the tangerines.) Some pretty fabric napkins make a nice finishing touch.
CRACKERS AND SMOOTHIES BASKET
To create this basket, we first lined it with some fun fabric place mats, and put a nice big pomegranate in the middle. We suggest placing the following in it as well: Raw One Turmeric-Nori Flax Crackers, Raw One RawRitos Crackers, Raw One Garlic With a Little Kick Crackers, and Raw One Rosemary-Sundried Tomato Crackers. These crackers are really tasty and you can eat them right out of the box, any time, anywhere. We also suggest adding Navitas Naturals Superfruit Smoothie Mix Blend (made from goji berries, pomegranate and acai). This highly nutritious fruit blend is perfect for using in a smoothie. (To whip up a quick smoothie, the person lucky enough to get your gift basket can blend some of the Superfruit Blend with some frozen, peeled banana slices.) We've also added Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder, which is another nifty ingredient that's easy to add to smoothies, puddings and sorbets, and packs a nutritional punch!
For a snack-themed basket, you can add the following, as we've done: Raw One Cacao-Incan Berry-Hazelnut Biscotti and Raw One Goji-Cherry Pistachio Biscotti (both of them tasty treats); Stephen James Organics Cocoa Pili Nuts and Stephen James Organics Volcanic Pili Nuts (these are addictive!); Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder (great for making chocolate candy and drinks), and Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder (a nutritious mildly sweet powder to add to smoothies, nut milks and desserts). You can toss in a few fresh tangerines and, as a finishing touch, add some adorable fabric napkins. We have also added to this basket ECO Lunchbox's Three-in-One food-grade, mirror finish stainless steel lunchbox.
The bottom line is: Have fun with your gift baskets. Make sure they're chock full of raw vegan foods that are bursting with nutrients, and are either ready to eat, or require hardly any preparation. The idea is to make serving healthy food easy for busy people. Don't forget to add some surprises, like pretty fabric napkins, place mats and handy kitchen gadgets.
Last but not least, here's a recipe for nutmilk that you can print out and include in the Breakfast Basket, and a recipe for a frozen banana smoothie that you can print out and add to your Crackers and Smoothies Basket.
Don't forget to send us photos of raw vegan gift baskets you make for the holidays, and let us know how people liked them! Let us know if you want us to post them with your name and state or country. Happy holidays!
There's an old adage that any publicity is good publicity. And hopefully Jay-Z's recent announcement that he will go vegan for 22 days will draw more attention to vegan (or better yet, raw vegan) as a lifestyle choice and get the conversation going. Jay (whose real name is Shawn Corey Carter) wrote on his website earlier this week that on Dec. 3, the day before his 44th birthday, he would embark on a challenge to go "completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!!" Then he asks readers to let his friend Marco explain the benefits of such a diet. Marco, as it turns out, sells a line of vegan energy bars.
As L.V. Anderson writes for Slate:
"On the surface, at least, Jay Z appears to be endorsing not the environmental, health, and moral benefits of veganism so much as his friend’s line of expensive diet foods.
"Of course, shilling for your friends’ brands is nothing new for pop stars or hip-hop royalty—and I’d rather Hova promote vegan snack bars than, say, a company with a pattern of racially profiling its customers. But given the convenient brevity of Jay’s abstinence from animal products and the underlying commercial aspect of his announcement, I’m skeptical Jay will be a PETA spokesman any time soon."
ABC News notes that Jay-Z's wife, Beyoncé Knowles, will be joining him in the 22-day vegan challenge. We'd like to see a spin on Caryl Churchill's Obie-winning play "Top Girls" (which features a scene involving five historical female characters at a dinner party), in which Jay-Z and Beyoncé arrive late at a dinner party of converts to veganism, which also includes Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and a few other celebrities.
Let the party begin!
Former Vice President Al Gore, who is 66, has become a vegan, according to one sentence in a Forbes Magazine piece by Ryan Mac: "Newly turned vegan Al Gore is also circling." (Mac's article is about Hampton Creek Foods' plant-based egg substitutes and the fact that such people as Bill Gates and environmentally friendly billionaire Tom Styer are company's backers. "Hampton Creek has examined the molecular properties of 1,500 types of plants to find species with the best characteristics for emulsifying into mayo or congealing in a hot pan like scrambled eggs," Mac reports.)
Juliet Eilperin writes in The Washington Post blog "Post Politics": "An individual familiar with Gore's decision, who asked not to be identified because it involved a personal matter, confirmed that Gore opted a couple of months ago to become vegan. Gore's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment." Teacherken writes on Daily Kos: "One could posit that Gore, whose weight had ballooned, took the approach at least in part for health reasons."
We were surprised when former President Bill Clinton became a vegan several years ago, as he was known for eating fast food. Clinton went vegan for health reasons, as Joe Conason reported for AARP the Magazine. Clinton was dealing with heart disease, and his vegan lifestyle helped him to lose the more than 30 pounds he needed to, and has kept the weight off and improved his health, writes Conason.
It shouldn't be as surprising that Al Gore, who served as Clinton's vice president, has gone vegan, because Gore has been passionately pointing out for years how environmental change is needed to prevent global warming. It so happens that going vegan does more to prevent global warming than even switching to a hybrid car, so we are thrilled to hear that Gore is now vegan and congruent with his climate message.
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This site's editor and founder, Judy Pokras, has written for many publications, including The New York Times. She's the author of The Little e-Book of Raw Vegan Holiday Recipes (for the Kindle), The Little Book of Raw Vegan Holiday Recipes (a paperback), and the experimental novel, Artist Girl's Cambridge Daze. Judy is also the editor and publisher of Thanksgiving Recipes by Great American Raw Chefs. and writer, producer, and director of the comedy video Anomalies. When she's not working online, Judy loves to dance to disco, decorate in mid-Century modern, and make her amazing raw vegan chocolate ice cream for family and friends.