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10 Most Tempting Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

 

 

Summer’s just around the corner- if you’re an ice cream lover on a vegan diet, then you’ll love these milk-free homemade ice cream recipes.

10 MOST TEMPTING VEGAN ICE CREAM RECIPES,VITAMIN B12 PATCH

We’ve included a collection of vitamin-rich soy ice creams, a creamy coconut milk concoction, and many which incorporate almond milk for smoothness. Feeling adventurous? Taste test #10: the avocado ice cream finale.

1) Low Calorie Vegan Chocolate Sorbet Recipe

What better way to kick off our non-dairy ice cream dream team than with a rich, chocolate sorbet? You won’t need a lot of ingredients for this one- just the basics: sugar, water, cocoa, salt and vanilla.  Just reach into your pantry, and in 4 hours you can have a decadent guilt-free chocolate dessert.

2) Dairy-free Vanilla Ice Cream

The only machinery you’ll need in order to achieve a thick, creamy consistency is a blender ; a stick-blender can be substituted in a pinch. Vanilla ice cream is a versatile dessert that complements most cake recipes, toppings and fruit compotes. Mix it into your post-workout protein shake for a  satisfying treat.

10 MOST TEMPTING VEGAN ICE CREAM RECIPES,VITAMIN B12 PATCH3) Strawberry coconut milk ice cream

Rich coconut milk ice cream is a flavorful alternative to dairy desserts, and 100% natural. This recipe combines fresh strawberries, coconut decadence and a fudge ripple sauce.

4) Soy yogurt raspberry swirl

These refreshing non-dairy creamsicles are gluten-free, sugarless, low fat and all-organic, but we won’t tell anybody if you don’t. Flavored with bananas, fresh berries and organic soy yogurt, they’re a much healthier choice for diabetics.

5) Triple Almond Vegan Ice Cream

Hey, almond lovers, here’s a three-fer for you: three recipes on one site, all of them scrumptious and made with almond milk. Headlining is a recipe for Rich Chocolate and Banana Almond Milk Ice Cream, followed by Triple Almond Vegan Ice Cream, which is made with almond butter, almond liqueur and chopped almonds; last, but not least, is Strawberry Almond Milk Ice Cream. Combine all three and you’ve got a vegan Napoleon.10 MOST TEMPTING VEGAN ICE CREAM RECIPES,VITAMIN B12 PATCH

6) Root Beer Ice Cream

If you like root beer floats (and who doesn’t?), then you’ll flip for this non-dairy version of the classic all-American treat. Smooth vanilla bean soy milk, a can of root beer, some root beer extract, arrowroot and sugar are all you’ll need to put this together in a flash.

10 MOST TEMPTING VEGAN ICE CREAM RECIPES,VITAMIN B12 PATCH7) Banana Ice Cream

Two ingredients; that’s all you’ll need to whip up this amazingly creamy and delicious frozen dessert. Two ingredients, and they are: frozen bananas, water. No kidding. What’s the catch? It doesn’t keep well, so you’ll have to eat it all and right away. But that shouldn’t take too much convincing.

8) Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This recipe incorporates non-dairy Rich’s whipping cream, which can be found at most markets which sell vegan or “parve” food items. If you crave chocolate mints after dinner, then this one’s for you. Remember to measure the peppermint extract carefully; half a teaspoon could make a world of a difference.

10 MOST TEMPTING VEGAN ICE CREAM RECIPES,VITAMIN B12 PATCH9) Green Tea Ice Cream

Ordering Chinese tonight? A scoop of green tea ice cream with a fortune cookie on the side is a great way to end a meal. This recipe owes its strong flavor to match green tea powder, which can be found at most health food stores.

10) Avocado frozen yogurt

Dare to be different. The avocado adds a subtle, buttery flavor to soy yogurt, lemon juice and almond milk. Experiment with different flavors of yogurt; the recipe featured here uses strawberry and peach.

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6 Must-Eat Foods for Die-Hard Vegans

On Becoming Vegan: Avoiding Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Others

8 Rockin’ Meatless Grill Recipes for Memorial’s Day

Sources:

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/desertrecipes/r/chocolatesorbet.htm

http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/dessertsbeverages/r/vanillaicecream.htm

http://healthy-recipe-group.fitsugar.com/Sweet-Strawberry-Ice-Cream-Chocolate-Sauce-15658248

http://www.fitsugar.com/Raspberry-Yogurt-Popsicles-Recipe-8960299

http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2011/04/28/vegan-almond-milk-ice-cream-3-recipes/

http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/how-now-brown-cow/

http://www.dailyunadventuresincooking.com/recipe/raw-banana-ice-cream-recipe/

http://kosherfood.about.com/od/kosherfrozendesserts/r/Mint-Chocolate-Chip-Ice-Cream-Parve.htm

http://veganalects.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/green-tea-ice-cream/

http://www.fitsugar.com/Vegan-Avocado-Frozen-Yogurt-14662947

6 Must-Eat Foods for Die-Hard Vegans

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

 

 

What are some meatless meals that have protein and vitamin B12? Here are some nutritious food choices for vegans.

6 MUST-EAT FOODS FOR DIE-HARD VEGANS,WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Are you a committed vegan?

Anybody who has ever cried during Walt Disney’s Bambi has probably flirted with the idea of converting to veganism, a diet which mindfully excludes eating, wearing or utilizing any product which is derived through the slaughter of animals.

Who hasn’t fantasized about growing their own organic vegetables, tossing out their leather sneakers in favor of a pair of cruelty-free recycled-material loafers, and living off a steady diet of barbecued tofu sandwiches, mixed bean sprouts and Matcha green tea?

Many of us have tried being vegetarian for at least a day; some of us for even longer.

What eventually makes or breaks your commitment to the vegan lifestyle is the inevitable need to maintain the same nutritional balance that you had back in your meat-eating days…

Namely, you need to replace the iron, vitamin B12 and protein that you used to get from meat, fish, milk, and eggs, and find new plant-based foods which meet the same nutritional needs.

On Becoming Vegan: Avoiding Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Others

Vitamin B12 and veganism

Vegans who neglect to include sufficient amounts of vitamins such as B12 in their diets often end up with vitamin B12 deficiency, chronic fatigue, and increased risk for heart attack and severe neurological damage.

A good preventative measure is to take regular supplementation, such as iron pills and a vitamin B12, in addition to including the following 6 vegetarian-based nutrients:

#1 Vegan Protein: Beans, soy products, nuts and seeds

The dilemma about not getting enough protein in a vegan diet has nothing to do with availability. Most foods, vegan or non-vegan, have adequate amounts of protein in them.

Vegetables, beans, grains and nuts are rich in protein. Particularly healthy protein sources are almond butters, tempeh (mock meat), quinoa, lentils and kidney beans.

But in order to obtain enough amino acids, you must include a variety of protein foods in your diet, as none (except for the soy products) are single whole sources of complete protein.

6 MUST-EAT FOODS FOR DIE-HARD VEGANS,WWW.B12PATCH.COM

#2 Vegan Vitamin B12: Soy milk, fortified cereals

A majority of the foods which are rich in vitamin B12 are animal-based: lean beef, chicken, organ meats, eggs, fish and dairy products.

Don’t skimp on vitamin B12; your body needs it to produce red blood cells, maintain the nervous system and convert food into energy.

Vegan milk substitutes often have vitamin B12 added in order to prevent vitamin B12 deficiency. But don’t become too complacent; B12 levels can plummet steadily without your realizing it. Make certain your doctor gives you a vitamin B12 blood screening at every checkup, and become familiar with the basic symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.

B12 Deficiency: Don’t Ignore the Symptoms

6 MUST-EAT FOODS FOR DIE-HARD VEGANS,WWW.B12PATCH.COM

#3 Vegan Iron: Dark leafy greens, beans, raisins and fortified breads

Iron is essential for collecting oxygen produced in our lungs and distributing it to the rest of the body.

Of all the vitamin deficiencies, the most common is caused by low iron levels, affecting up to 20 percent of women. Iron sources obtained from meat are the most easily digested, but vegan sources are available.

The highest sources of iron in the vegan diet include:

  • soybeans;
  • blackstrap molasses;
  • lentils;
  • spinach;
  • quinoa.

6 MUST-EAT FOODS FOR DIE-HARD VEGANS,WWW.B12PATCH.COM

#4 Vegan Omega-3 fatty acids: Walnuts, flaxseed, wheat germ, supplements

The richest sources of omega-3′s are in seafood, particularly mackerel, trout and tuna.

Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly derived from Linolenic Acid, and are vital for brain functioning, boosting the immune system, promoting heart health and imparting general feelings of well-being.

Vegan foods which are high in omega-3 fatty acids are:

  • flax, soy and canola oils;
  • hemp, sesame and pumpkin seeds;
  • nuts, such as walnuts and Brazil nuts;
  • wheat germ and wheat germ oil

6 MUST-EAT FOODS FOR DIE-HARD VEGANS,WWW.B12PATCH.COM

#5 Vegan Zinc: Legumes, seeds, grains, brewer’s yeast and green veggies

Zinc is important for helping our bodies fight infections, produce new cells and utilize protein, carbohydrates and fats.

Foods which provide the most zinc nutrients are shellfish, meat and milk, but there are many plant-based sources as well.

To get enough zinc in a vegetarian diet, include plenty of:

  • whole grains, including cereals and breads made with whole grains;
  • nuts and seeds, especially pumpkin seeds;
  • brewer’s yeast;
  • beans and lentils;
  • wheat germ;
  • dark green vegetables

6 MUST-EAT FOODS FOR DIE-HARD VEGANS,WWW.B12PATCH.COM

#6 Vegan Iodine: Iodized salt, seaweed

Vegetarians are more likely to not consume enough iodine, as some or the richest sources of iodine include many seafoods.

According to one study, 80% of vegans and 25% of vegetarians do not consume sufficient amounts of iodine.

Make a point of using iodized salts, and try incorporating toasted seaweed into your diet. Or better yet, learn how to make vegan sushi, complete with nori sheets, avocado, cucumber slices and compressed tofu.

6 MUST-EAT FOODS FOR DIE-HARD VEGANS,WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Also read:

Vegan Dieters at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease, After All

B12 Deficiency can really Get on your Nerves

Natalie Portman Chooses B12 over Veganism

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eatingwell/foods-to-eat-if-skipping-meat_b_861059.html

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/top-ten-protein-sources/

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm

http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/articles/omega-3-vegetarians-vegans.php

http://www.vegetarian-diet.info/zinc-vegetarian-diet.htm

Are Vegans in France Responsible for Breast-fed Baby’s Death?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

March, 2011- In northern France, a vegan married couple faces trial after the death of their baby due to vitamin B12 deficiency; their daughter, who was exclusively breast fed even at the age of 11 months, became ill back in March of 2008 of vitamin deficiency. Morguefile, http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/48424Now the couple may face charges of neglect for refusing to include animal products in her diet.

Sergine and Joel Le Moaligou called an ambulance when they noticed that their baby daughter Louise seemed pale, unfocused and drained of energy, but by the time the emergency team arrived their daughter was already dead.

Most 11-month-olds weight approximately 8 kg (17.6 lbs), but at the time of her death Louise weighed only 5.7 kg (12.5 lbs).

Police believe that vitamin B12 deficiency lowered the baby’s resistance to infection and ultimately caused her to die of pneumonia.

Read Pregnant Moms and Low B12 Levels: Let ‘em Eat Steak!

Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products such as lean red meat, fish, eggs and dairy foods.  B12 is essential for neurological development and production of red blood cells. The vegan diet specifically excludes all foods which are rich in vitamin B12, so a special effort must be made to include vitamin B12 supplements such as injections.

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include:

  • Fatigue, loss of energy
  • Irritability
  • Aggressiveness
  • Depression
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Altered taste perception
  • Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
  • “Brain fog,” unclear thinking
  • Dizziness

Left untreated, vitamin B12 deficiency could lead to serious neurological damage or pernicious anemia.

While the infant Louise was fed milk, a rich source of vitamin B12, the fact that her vegan mother refused to eat animal products nor feed her animal products meant that she was deliberately neglected of this essential vitamin, say police.

The deputy prosecutor of the trial had this to say about the mother’s involvement in the death of her child: “The problem with a vitamin B12 deficiency could be linked to the mother’s eating habits.”

In addition to shunning animal products, the Le Moaligou family also eschews traditional medicine in favor of home-made remedies found in their collection of self-help books.

At her 9-month checkup, Louise was already suffering some of the symptoms of B12 deficiency, in addition to bronchitis and rapid weight loss; her parents were advised to admit her into a hospital, but refused, opting instead for non-traditional medical practices such as applying cabbage leaves, mustard and camphor. Parents also preferred to wash their baby with dirt and clay in lieu of soap and water.

The French couple, who also has a 13-year-old daughter, may face 30 years if found guilty.

Sources:

The Guardian, Times Live, RFI

Oprah Pledges 7 Days to Vegan Challenge

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Oprah Winfrey is taking her farewell season to new heights with her latest “Vegan Challenge.”

Only days after stunning her afternoon TV talk show audience with her highly anticipated revelation of a half-sister, Oprah Winfrey is once again making headlines. This time, it’s all about going vegan.

Recently Oprah announced that she and the rest of her 378-member Harpo staff would be taking a seven -day vegan challenge.  Promoting the new vegan diet book by author Kathy Freston, “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World,” Oprah’s February 3, 2011 aired the results, including a shocking expose on a beef processing plant.

Her explanation for taking the Vegan Challenge- To raise awareness of animal cruelty and to demonstrate how living free of animal products can improve your health.

Kathy Freston’s book encourages getting your protein from whole grains, beans and lentils. Recipes featured on her show included a blueberry-banana-broccoli shake, Pumpernickel bread, veggie burgers and a new ingredient: Daiya, a cheese substitute derived from tapioca, arrowroot and peas.

And the results of the 7-day Vegan Challenge?

  • Out of the 378-crew, approximately 300 were able to complete the 7-day vegan diet.
  • Collectively they lost 444 pounds.
  • Many volunteers reported having digestive difficulties adjusting to the vegan entrees, being unaccustomed to following a diet rich in legumes.
  • Video editor Rich shared his success story- after 10 years of migraine headaches and chronic acid indigestion he has lost 11 pounds during the one-week challenge and has never felt better.

Unlike vegetarianism, which permits the eating of eggs, fish and cheese, the vegan diet is entirely plant-based; in addition to eschewing all foods which are even remotely derived from any animal source many vegans also shun leather goods and fur.

Considering going vegan? Proceed with caution; the typical vegan diet lacks Vitamin B12, a crucial nutrient which aids in red blood cell production and various neurological functions. A Vitamin B12 deficiency could lead to pernicious anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, memory loss and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Sources:

http://www.examiner.com/oprah-in-national/oprah-recommends-vegan-diet-recipes-cookbook-veganist-by-kathy-freston

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/24781094/ns/today-entertainment/

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