The Vegetarian Resource Group Blog

BEING VEGAN AT A THEME PARK

Posted on July 12, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Raven wrote in response to this previous Vegetarian Resource Group blog/Faceook posting:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2015/05/19/being-vegan-at-a-theme-park/

I had a great experience at Universal Orlando with vegan food. Better than Disney, which I didn’t expect. Disney was still good. But I found everyone at Universal going above and beyond to accommodate me. It was so sweet and appreciated. Amazing staff!

Hard Rock Cafe made me a veggie fajita and the manager answered all of my questions, she let me know the fries were fried with the meat. At the 3 broomsticks in Hogsmeade I was able to get a completely vegan meal and everyone was very nice about helping to accommodate me. The pumpkin juice at each cart is veggie (if you eat sugar). Moes has burritos that are vegan, they have tofu and veggies. This location doesn’t offer the free chips and salsa like other Moe’s locations. Check their website for all the ingredients list and their FAQ uses the term “vegan” so the company gets it.

I went to one of the Irish restaurants (Finnegan’s maybe?) with my family and I couldn’t eat anything on the menu, so the chef came out and offered to make me a salad with potatoes (cooked in oil) served with oil and vinegar dressing (which I really enjoy, but others may find bland). Mythos restaurant made me a vegan risotto that was delicious! Probably my favorite meal. My hotel was very sparse. At Cabana Bay I only ate salads with oil and vinegar (I think?). Because we had a car I also went to a grocery store and bought non-perishable snacks, so I had some fruit and a protein bar every morning. There may have been more; I just can’t remember though. I know we went to Buba Gump (which if I was with other vegans I would normally just avoid cause duh! fish is in everything) and they tried very hard to find vegan food. I think they offered a salad with veggies, and I passed and ate at Moe’s again instead. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I imagined it would be. I went in August of 2015.

VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP VEGAN THAI DINNER IN BOSTON AT MY THAI VEGAN CAFE

Posted on July 12, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Sunday, October 16, 2016, 6 PM

The Vegetarian Resource Group will host a vegan Thai dinner at My Thai Vegan Café in Boston on Sunday, October 16, 2016 during the
annual meeting of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Meet VRG advisors Reed Mangels PhD RD, Catherine Conway MS RD, Debra Wasserman, and vegetarian dietitians from around the country. All are welcome.

MENU:
Tom Kha, Thai Coconut Soup with tofu
Thai Mango Salad
Nam Prik Kaeng Kari with tofu (Yellow Curry) and brown rice
Pad See Ew. Wide rice noodles with Chinese broccoli and vegan gluten.
Fruit cocktail for dessert or other fruit
Tea and cold water

This will be a plated sit down dinner.

TO RESERVE: Send $30 person (includes tax and tip) (Under eight is half
price) with names of attendees to The Vegetarian Resource Group,
P.O. Box 1463,
Baltimore, MD 21203.
Call (410) 366-8343.

You can also pay at www.vrg.org/donate and write Boston Dinner in the Comments. Refunds after September 30th only if your seat can be replaced.

Hope to see you there!

THE CHICAGO DINER

Posted on July 11, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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By Sasha Keenan

Since 1983, The Chicago Diner has been Chicagoland’s 100% vegetarian comfort food hub, serving up vegan shakes and juicy plant-based burgers. All menu items are vegan or can be made vegan, and many menu items are available gluten free.

The first thing I noticed when I walked into The Chicago Diner was the stylish yet grungy ambiance. With brick walls, dim lighting, and a giant red marquee that reads ‘Meat free since ‘83,’ it was obvious to me that I had found myself in a hipster haven. Every customer looked relaxed and happy with giant plates of mouthwatering food in front of them.

My waitress was bubbly and helpful, and it was clear to me that she knew the menu well. Since I had a tough time narrowing my options down because everything sounded delicious, she was happy to give me a few recommendations. I ended up ordering a strawberry milkshake, Cajun black bean burger, and a cinnamon roll.

The vegan milkshake with soy based ice cream came out within five minutes in an old fashioned soda fountain glass topped with non-dairy whipped cream and a cherry. I was thrilled to find it tasted as good as it looked, if not better. It wasn’t overly sweet and tasted like fresh strawberries as opposed to strawberry syrup. Although I tried my best to enjoy the milkshake slowly, I would be lying if I didn’t admit it was gone within minutes.

My burger was ready within 15 minutes, and was also an impressive sight: a crispy black bean patty topped with onion, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, jalapenos, (vegan) “cheddar,” and creole mustard and paired with waffle fries. While the burger was not reminiscent of a meat product like some of the other menu items are intended to be, it brought together a perfect combination of flavors and textures.

I certainly saved the best for last. I’ve always loved vegan cinnamon rolls, and Chicago Diner blew me away with theirs. First of all, it was giant, but I’m not complaining because that meant I was able to bring some home for later. The outside was slightly crispy, the inside irresistibly gooey and flavorful, the whole roll slathered with creamy frosting. The leftovers tasted just as good.

My meal was on the pricier side, but I did order a lot of food. Overall, The Chicago Diner’s prices are reasonable considering the quality and portion sizes they offer. While The Chicago Diner is the perfect place for herbivores to indulge, even meat-eaters would be thoroughly impressed by this gem of a restaurant.

For more info on The Chicago Diner, see http://www.veggiediner.com/

For information on other vegetarian/vegan restaurants, see http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php

SPEAKING OF VEGAN PODCAST

Posted on July 11, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Speaking of Vegan is a podcast covering all things vegan and has generated over 5,200 listens (some several hundred listens per episode, and growing!). They interview all sorts of movers and shakers in the vegan world, from leaders in the vegan movement, chefs, athletes, and authors, to entrepreneurs and animal rights activists.

They would love to continue to spread the vegan message and get the word out about their podcast.
See: www.speakingofvegan.com

Portable Vegan Foods for Endurance Sports

Posted on July 08, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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We received a question from a reader about portable vegan foods they could carry and consume while doing endurance sports. Here is our response:

Hello Neil,
Thank you for contacting The Vegetarian Resource Group! We are happy to help with your inquiry about portable foods for endurance sports.

*In our July 1999 issue of The Vegetarian Journal, Heather Hedrick, MS, RD wrote a short article titled “Velo Ventures for Vegans” detailing meal plans for vegan cyclists. See:
http://www.vrg.org/athlete/VeloVenturesForVegans.pdf

*Dr. Enette Larson-Meyer, PhD, RD wrote a book called “Vegetarian Sports Nutrition.” There is a short review of the book on our blog, but I do recommend purchasing it so you can learn to customize your meal plans to your specific needs.

You can purchase the book through The Vegetarian Resource Group website here — http://www.vrg.org/bookstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=79

*Here are some links on our website that contain information for vegetarian athletes —
SPORTS NUTRITION GUIDELINES FOR THE VEGETARIAN
http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/athletes.htm

VEGAN BACKPACKING
http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2013issue2/2013_issue2_vegan_backpacking.php

TEEN ATHLETES
http://www.vrg.org/teen/#athletes

A REVIEW OF VEGETARIAN SPORTS NUTRITION BY D. ENETTE LARSON-MEYER
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/06/29/review-of-vegetarian-sports-nutrition-by-d-enette-larson-meyer/

http://www.vrg.org/bookstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=79

*JAKE’S JERKY

Jake’s Naturals, a new natural foods company has recently introduced a new vegetarian jerky. Jake’s Authentic Smokehouse Vegetarian Jerky is made from organic ingredients and is vegan. For more information go to http://www.jakesjerky.cc
Other vegan Jerky’s:

PRIMAL SPIRIT FOODS – PRIMAL STRIPS MEATLESS VEGAN JERKY
http://www.primalspiritfoods.com/

TURTLE ISLAND TOFURKY JERKY
https://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Tofurky-Peppered-2-Ounce-Packages/dp/B000LKXRI6

VIANA ORGANIC VEGAN JUMBO SNACK SAUSAGE
http://thevegetariansite.com/cgi-bin/miva?Merchant2/merchant.mv+Screen=PROD&Store_Code=S&Product_Code=SnackSausage&Category_Code=meat+alternatives

STONEWALL’s JERQUEE
https://store.veganessentials.com/stonewalls-jerquee-p75.aspx

LOUISVILLE VEGAN JERKY
http://www.lvjco.com/

Please make a donation to The Vegetarian Resource Group by visiting www.vrg.org/donate. We are a non-profit organization so we rely on your support to provide free resources, complete research projects, and to do community outreach!
*DISCLAIMER: The contents of this email/website and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or consult a healthcare professional.*

Wellness Festival to be held in Baltimore City Saturday July 9, 2016

Posted on July 08, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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There will be a wellness Festival this Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Hanlon Park, located at the corners of the 3300 Block of North Hilton St. and Liberty Heights Ave. in Baltimore, Maryland. The purpose of the event is to introduce the community to alternative, holistic, spiritual, and complimentary health and wellness practices that supports a healthier lifestyle. The focal point of the event is a meditative walk for Peace around the Ashburton Reservoir that is located at the center of the Park. We want everyone to walk and pray for peace in Baltimore City.

Contact:

Brenda Boyd, CAO
TuTTie’s Place
PH: 410.466.5373
bboyd@tuttiesplace.org
www.tuttiesplace.org

Organic Veggie Meals Delivered to Your Home or Office

Posted on July 08, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Trifecta Nutrition delivers organic veggie meals to your home or office.

http://trifectanutrition.com/vrg

Use coupon code TRYVEGAN for 30% off your first order.

THE GREEN BOHEME IN ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Posted on July 07, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

By Sierra Young

The Green Boheme, located in Roseville, California is the only raw vegan restaurant in a hundred mile radius. That being said, it has gone beyond exceeding my expectations for my first raw vegan restaurant experience. The venue, although small, was charmingly rustic. On Monday nights, chef and owner Brooke Preston hosts Dine & Demos where she explains the process of making the audience’s dinner and its nutritional value. The raw vegan meals are made with foods not exceeding 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

Everything is made with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and seasonings that are organic, soy free, gluten free, grain free, and refined sugar free. The restaurant offers fresh pressed juices, smoothies, all day breakfast and lunch/dinner options, coffee, drinks, and desserts. I tried an enchilada with cashew cheese sauce and “sour cream” with a side of jicama rice and a nut and seed “bean” mix. The dehydrated corn wrap was stuffed with portobello mushrooms, avocado, and salsa. Its shocking resemblance to a typical enchilada astounded me. The meal is not what I pictured as a raw vegan enchilada.

As a fan of any restaurant that serves breakfast all day, I also tried the fruit stuffed, yogurt topped crepe. The “crepe” was also made with a dehydrator. Although the accuracy of the flavors was satisfying, my only concern was the lack of variety of fruits inside, as I only had strawberries and blueberries. I finished my meal with a chocolate pie. The chocolate mousse was so appetizing and the nut crust topped off the texture.

I am excited to return to my new favorite restaurant and try a matcha latte or a “BLT.” Check out the rest of their menu and more information on their website: http://thegreenboheme.com/

Vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the USA and Canada can be found at www.vrg.org/restaurants

The Vegetarian Resource Group will be Tabling at the Richmond VegFest in Virginia

Posted on July 07, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The Vegetarian Resource Group will be having a booth at the Richmond VegFest in Virginia on Saturday, July 9th between noon and 6 PM. Stop by and say hello!

For information on the event, visit:
https://www.veggiefest.org/

Vegan Snacks for a Runner

Posted on July 06, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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By Christiana Rutkowski

As an athlete, it is imperative to fuel your body correctly. Athletes have often been compared to cars. For a car to run efficiently, it needs adequate fuel. And the better the fuel, the better the car runs. The same applies to athletes, especially to runners—running requires energy, focus, and consistency. If runners are not supplying themselves with adequate energy, nutrition, and fuel, they will not be able to perform to the best of their abilities. Not getting enough calories and a lack of nutritious food can result in fatigue, inability to perform, injury, sickness, and other detrimental consequences.

As a runner myself, I know that when I have not eaten enough prior to a run, I definitely feel it. I often feel lethargic, unmotivated, very sore, or experience intense fatigue when I have not consumed enough calories. There is so much to say about nutrition for athletes and runners, but to keep it simple, I will touch on a few snacks that are great not just before a run, but after as well, and throughout the day to keep you satisfied, energized, and content.

Some snack ideas that provide nutrients, calories, and keep you satiated include:
• Toast with any of the following: nut butters, avocado, fruit, jam, jelly, or hummus
• Bagels with nut butters, vegan butter, or vegan cream cheese
• Fruit smoothies with additional items like ground flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp seeds, dates, non-dairy yogurt, or vegan protein powder
• Oatmeal with fruit (fresh or frozen), maple syrup or agave, seeds, cinnamon, and nuts
• Trail mix
• Banana with peanut butter
• Whole grain cereal with almond milk (or other non-dairy milks)
• Nutritional bars such as Clif bars, Lara bars, D’s Naturals No Cow bars, and other vegan options (or homemade—check out websites like Oh She Glows and No Meat Athlete for recipes)
• Dried fruit
• Fruit (fresh or frozen) by itself
• Vegetables such as carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, celery, grape tomatoes, and broccoli with hummus
• A pita wrap with vegetables like bean sprouts, tomatoes, bell peppers, shredded carrot, broccoli slaw, spinach, mixed greens, cucumber, shredded lettuce and hummus, as well as avocado
• Juice such as orange juice, apple juice, and grape juice
• Non-dairy vegan yogurt with granola and fruit
• Dates with peanut butter
• Peanut butter and jelly/peanut butter and banana sandwich

Above are just some of many vegan snack options that can be included in an athlete’s/runner’s diet. Not only are they all incredibly tasty, but they are also very easy to pack and carry around in a bag on-the-go as well. Some snacks may require an insulated lunch bag or an ice pack to keep them cool.

Some of my personal favorite snacks to eat before running (and that make me feel best, especially if it is very early in the morning) are either ½-1 Clif bar, dates (preferably Medjool) with peanut or almond butter, fruit (usually bananas or apples), cereal with sprinkled ground flaxseed and almond milk, and/or bagels/toast with peanut butter and banana slices.
If you’re anything like me, I like to eat every 2-3 hours and I snack a lot. To make it convenient, I always bring a snack with me wherever I go. It isn’t hard to pack some trail mix, a banana, an energy bar, other fruit, dried fruit, or things like pretzels and rice cakes. Simply keep some non-perishable items in places like your backpack, your purse, your car, or anywhere else you can easily get access to some food.

The good thing about all of these snack ideas is that they take very little prep and require no fuss. They also are all, for the most part, inexpensive and very easy items to find in your grocery store. I personally am the biggest fan of Clif bars, Clif Builder bars, and D’s Naturals No Cow bars. They’re dense, tasty, and easy to take around.
Make sure to include foods in your everyday diet that provide a variety of micronutrients and macronutrients to help you feel your best and train your best.

For more information, see:
http://www.vrg.org/teen/#athletes
http://www.vrg.org/athlete/

The contents of this posting, our website and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgement about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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