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2/25/15 4:04 P

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With Jason Maple almond butter it takes the place of peanut butter, sometimes I have it on bread or cracker or an apple anything you would put peanut butter on. Very good :)

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2/20/15 4:28 P

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I have a vegetable steamer that also has a bowl for cooking rice. I love it!

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2/20/15 3:54 P

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Thank you for the suggestion of Jasons maple almond butter. How do you use it? Thank you in advance!

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2/18/15 3:10 P

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I am going to have to get a rice cooker for sure :)

I do like that cream cheese I forgot about that. Thank you :)

This week I tried Jasons maple almond butter very good

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2/16/15 7:50 P

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My favorite go-to snack is celery ribs and tofutti cream cheese or maybe a small apple with or without peanut butter and a big mug of herb tea sweetened with stevia.

In an earlier note folks mentioned rice cookers - we use an 8 cup Aroma brand, bought on Amazon, although you can order it from Walmart too. It comes with a steamer and was pretty cheap at $27.00. It cooks perfect brown rice without having to watch the pot and has a function that switches the cooking to "keep warm" that keeps the rice beautifully if you're out when it beeps done.

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2/10/15 10:02 A

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I agree I think we all have out gate ways foods , the foods that you start eating you can stop even if you are not hungry. I have to keep some food out of my house or I will do the same just eat it all

Good for you to have control :)

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2/10/15 9:40 A

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My weakness is salty & crunchy. I used to buy organic corn chips, because they are organic they have to be good for you. Yeah, right!!!

- My weakness is salty & crunchy - an open bag on the shelf and i would have a couple or a few throughout the day. My addiction. So I stopped buying them so regularly because it was my mindless eating food - the comfort food.

Now I buy them every now and then - i count out the portion and have it with salsa as a treat.

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LLESMEISTER, If you get a good answer for this I'd like to know what it is. My DD has the same problems with my 6 year old GD. She does eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches everyday for lunch, her dad's pizza and some strawberry yogurt but it has to be the right brand. She is very picky. They just keep making her eat a bite of everything before she gets the part of the meal she likes, usually bread. The bites she takes are as small as possible. LOL

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I've noticed our family definitely falls into this--in large part due to the fact that my seven-year-old still hates most vegetables, so she's basically a carb-itarian. It's problematic. She's even picky about her protein. We're vegetarian, but she doesn't really like cheese, she's starting to get sick of peanut butter, she's never liked nuts, and she'll only knowingly eat beans in tostadas. Aaargh! At least she likes yogurt and milk. I do put up the good fight, keep presenting things, etc., but she's as stubborn as I am. As a result, it can be a lot less drama for us to waaaaay over-carb, and my husband is no help, he's a fats-and-carbs-all-the-time kind of guy. We do LOTS better, however, when I plan meals and make a grocery list that includes healthy snacks, and tell K he can't buy anything that's not on the list. :-)

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1/3/15 11:40 P

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I am back to tracking my food and working out. I work out and track my food during the week. The weekend is supposed to be my free days. I ate a TON of chocolate covered Flips. Good thing they are gone now. They're not even that great. I KNEW when I bought them that it was a no-no. emoticon One of my things lately is to avoid processed foods. I've been eating processed sweet junk. I feel so guilty.


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I am getting back in the habit of tracking food. Going to try to eat much more raw again. That is the only way I lose weight on a vegan diet. I am vegan for the animals that is the only reason, so no going back even though I lose weight much easier on a clean meat diet. After 6 years the idea of eating meat again is gross.

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I don't consistently track my food. I also don't consistently lose weight. When I'm eating lots of leafy greens, beans, and other non starchy vegetables, I lose very fast, but it is so easy to still be eating vegan but to go too much in the direction of starchy vegetables, grains, and nuts, and then I either don't lose or I gain a little. So even though I'm not good at following my own advice, I do think tracking is a good idea if you want to lose weight.

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9/20/14 10:00 A

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Try cooking rice in the microwave - of course, it works better with white, but I've had some success with brown rice as well. In your microwave safe container, put in your rice. Rinse the rice till the water is clear. I do this in the container, but you could measure the rice and use a strainer if you want. Add water to the container till it's over the rice by about a knuckle (inch or so). Put lid on, but lift one edge to allow steam to escape. Cook on HIGH for about 11-15 minutes - really depends on amount of rice or microwave. Sometimes it'll boil over and make a mess, but I've never burnt the rice. It comes out wonderful - even better than in my rice cooker!

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9/19/14 5:05 P

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I would love a rice cooker. I am terrible at cooking it on the stove. I can't get it just right so I buy the uncle bens 90 second rice but i know it is not totally eating clean. Love jasmine rice!

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For a quick snack I grab a pkg of roasted seaweed. I too love to make and eat hummus, and if I am at home I'll make up a small platter with veggies.

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9/1/14 3:52 P

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Hummus of any kind with triscuits. Super filling.

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7/23/14 1:40 P

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my favorite snack is spicy hummus with a portion of pita chips and organic carrots. I cannot stand the kind in the bags, the ones you peel taste normal lol.

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I'm new but I love my rice cooker, I only eat Jasmine or Basatmi due to my severe gluten allergy Yes I was tested 14 years ago. this saved my life.

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I have not heard of Vegan Mashup. I will check for it and put it on DVR.
This past weekend I slipped and got into the junk food (chips), so am being good now.
I cook rice in a stainless steel pot and it comes out just fine, but would like to find a rice cooker.
We are thinking of Amazon Prime for books mostly, but also for other things. I buy a lot of stuff on Amazon.

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Vegan Mashup is really cute! I hope they keep rai$ing enough to keep going, because I read they want to stay on public TV and not go to a for-profit network.

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I discovered a product marketed for kids. Kidfresh wagon wheels mac & cheese. It is lower in sodium than other frozen meals and not organic but not bad in a pinch. For you gluten lovers, it has semolina wheat and for you vegans, it has cheese. I added raw veggies and had a great lunch!

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5/15/14 7:05 A

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i love lara bars too. my favorites are key lime and cherry chocolate chip! i take them to work for my snacks. they keep me away from junk food.

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I think this might address the junk food issue. It is a trailer to a movie to be released May 9th. named Fed Up. The trailer has some good information, looking forward to the full release. youtu.be/aCUbvOwwfWM

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My son and DIL love their rice cooker, too. I have to get one emoticon

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Thank you for the great ideas

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4/17/14 10:35 A

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nut butters salt free - if you can afford it use the nut grinder at whole foods - these can be rolled into balls if you add ground nuts and a touch of maple syrup and raw oatmeal
ground walnuts in raw oatmeal with mini vegan chocolate chips by enjoy life - make baggies - this is what I take to the movies :)
bananas in one pocket, single serve dates in another :)
carrots and tahini in a tupperware - do NOT buy baby carrots they are robbed and bastardized of nutritional value, buy a regular pack of carrots and peel and cut on Sundays for week

these are some of my favorites.




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What snack are you guys eating I need some new ideas


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re: rice cooker. Sure would love to share. I have had a Miracle brand purchased from amazon 3 years ago and used twice EVERY week for 3 years. a complete work horse. it is also fully stainless steel for the insert. 3 years ago i gave away everything that was teflon coated in my kitchen. made that move also :). i mostly use one huge cast iron skillet on stove, and this rice cooker on counter board. i don't use the steamer that much. you do NOT need the teflon to learn the secrets of non stick rick you just have to get your ratios of water and rice to a tee dependent on what rices you are using. the cooker comes with a measure cup. I am an amazon shopping junkie. we have four sisters on the same prime (free shipping) so even though their ship free with prime is up to $100 a year you can split it four ways. this gets you two free day shipping. i shop from amazon over 50 times per year which means I don't drive to stores 50 times per year :) or pay shipping to send stuff to my kids in college either :)

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4/14/14 11:57 P

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I absolutely LOVE my rice cooker! I suggest that you NOT go too cheap. I kept buying the Wal-Mart $10 cooker and, after my 2nd one breaking, decided against that. I also suggest that you look for one that comes with a steamer... Who doesn't love multipurpose items? :)

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Does anyone have opinions and advice on a rice cooker? I try to cook rice the traditional way and it never comes out right. Either I overcook or undercook.

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Rebecca,
Yes I have tried the Kind bars, good stuff. I like the LARA BARS ALOT . Has anyone tried LARA bars and if so which are faves??

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I like them as well, for a snack I eat the kind bars the one that is cranberry and almond Excellent and hold you over.

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4/10/14 2:26 P

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I am really addicted to pita or wholegrain tostitos tortilla chips. Anyone have a better alternative??

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Junk food, even vegan junk food, is something I'm willing to admit that I'm addicted to. It's always going to be my weakness, I think. I'm doing well lately. I just wish I liked more veggies. It would be easier when it comes to cooking. I still am not a lover when it comes to cooking... Not so great given my lifestyle choice. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm quite the picky eater.

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For me I have had to make sure I am getting more protein and just not eating avocado all the time. I don't eat anything processed but I find that I have to push myself to try new food and make sure I am getting all the nutrition I need. I also make my lunch and breakfast for the week on Sundays.

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Get a pressure cooker they aren't very expensive at wal mart or target. Then on a day you have off you can cook beans really fast and then freeze or save them in single servings. You can cook rice fast too and steaming veggies on a stove top is pretty quick. You can even buy a veg steamer which does it all for you. The pressure cooker is faster than a rice cooker but a rice cooker can also be used to steam veggies. At night boil water, put old fashioned oats in a thermos and put the lid on they are cooked and warm for breakfast. I have found a few ways to save time like that because I have chronic fatigue and on bad days I just can't cook so having pre made that I just have to warm up on the stove is a lifesaver. Also slow cookers are very cheap and you can make tons of stuff in them. If it's just you make a casserole and then portion it out and eat it for a few days

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i saute a lot with salt free veggie broth - that same salt free veggie broth is going to make its way into whatever I am making, anyway. :). i don't use oil, period. it doesn't add to the taste and just is not necessary. once you make the break you'll get used to it.

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Tina, thanks again. I looked in my TV Guide on the Food Channel and don't see anything listed. I watch it a lot, and have never seen a program regarding Vegetarian Cooking. I will keep checking.

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Tina, thank you so much. Now I know where to look. Our Publix has a natural section also so might be there. I have never used it. Do you use in place of sugar, or sweetner?
Have a great evening. It is cold here in Sunny Florida.

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Agave Syrup can be found in most grocery stores (including Walmart) and is in one or both of these places: where Honey is and/or where sugar is.

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Totally Vegetarian & Vegan Mashup, in my area they are on PBS (I'm in Maine) & on the Cooking Channel there is How to Live to Be 100 (all vegan recipes), I've heard of one called The Jazzy Vegetarian, but I don't know the channel she's on, have not been able to find it yet.
The Happy Herbivore has some YouTube videos.
Hope that helps.

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Where do I find the Agave syrup? Thanks again. I will get this down pat some day. :)

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Good morning to all. Just mopped myself into my computer room. :) I have a question. Does anyone know of a TV Vegetarian cooking show? If so, what station and time. EST.
Thanks a bunch.

I felt good this morning as my scale is moving in the right direction, not a lot, but that is ok. Slow, but sure.
Have a great day.

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The Engine 2 books have some ideas for non-oil salad dressings. I like their 3-2-1 dressing: 3T balsamic vinegar, 2T Dijon mustard, 1T agave syrup. A little lemon with mashed avocado can be good and simple.

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Thank you for posting about getting back into the vegan lifestyle. It 's important not to eat oil. It's great to hear those reminders so I can keep on track in this coming week.

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I am trying to get back into participating with my vegan sparkteams.
Anyways, I couldn't read this whole thread but I did read maybe the 1st 2 pages.

I wanted to point some nutrition facts that I saw some people misunderstanding and referring to incorrectly that may help.
First of all, carbohydrates are extremely important to eat--we cannot survive without them, and we need a bit more of them if we are working out intensely or just regularly. However--and this is the main point I want to make--carbs are in fruits, veggies, beans, etc! There is a big difference between cutting carbs from baked goods, bread, pasta, etc...I barely ever eat bread--maybe a tortilla once a day and sometimes a protein bar with some in it, or pasta a few times a month, sometimes a sweeter than normal treat once in awhile, etc...but the point is to have those kinds of carbs (especially avoid junk food-chips, crackers, etc) in moderation. But to say that you want to avoid all carbs just doesn't make sense.

Second, I don't know if the people who said they're tracking cholesterol on the sparkpeople tracker was a vegetarian, which in that case it would make sense-cholesterol is in dairy, but a vegan diet is the only diet without cholesterol. Cholesterol only comes from animal products.

And to end on a more positive note (although I do not think the above was negative or anything, just clarifying some misconceptions, it could put some people off maybe), I recently purchased the Eat To Live cookbook and found it has some really healthy recipes that are quite easy to prepare and are delicious. It has been helping me a lot, although I think the actual eat to live plan might be a little too extreme for me at this time.

I went back to eating too many vegan snack foods a little while ago, and was really suffering mentally and physically because of them, so now I just try to avoid them as much as possible or make healthy choices and only eat a serving size of them as a treat sometimes. If I am craving something snacky-I'll eat a rice cake with hummus on it or some other kind of savory dip and it does the same trick...



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I'm the same way...too much oil is just gross. I love olive oil (I am Italian :)) but other than olive and seasame oil I really do my best to avoid oil and butter as a vegan is a def no no. Even when I went vegan cold turkey and really focused on being healthier I never missed it. What do you do about salad dressings?

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I love all this talk of no oil. I've thought for many years that I can't eat food cooked in oil—it's always made me feel miserable. (In fact, indirectly that led me to vegetarianism, since I was eating some tater tots from Burger King when I had the "gross, this isn't food" moment when I was 18.)

I haven't had restaurant food cooked in oil for decades. I would still use a little bit of olive oil at home, but stopped (even in small quantities) over the last couple years and haven't missed it in the least. I like oil-free salad dressing (vinegar or lemon juice) and if oil is the only option, I'll eat the salad without—not because I'm watching calories but because I don't like oil in my mouth. I've never said anything about it, because I thought I was just weird. All the positive talk about olive oil, coconut oil, etc. sounded convincing.

I will admit, there's one oil I love and that I use in tiny quantity on my stir fry, and that's sesame oil. I basically brush a thin coat on the pan for flavor. Thoughts?

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Totally agree about the onions. I also like to grill or broil them which is another yummy no-oil way of enjoying them or other produce.

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For me, the dry sauteeing makes absolutely delicious onions. I only add water after the caramalization takes place.

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Wow, great posts about the pitfalls of oil. I'm willing to try sauteeing with water to see if flavors are preserved. I've heard of dry sauteeing onions but have never tried it. Thanks for the insights!

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It's about protecting the endothelial cells. If you are interested in Dr. Esselstyn's eliminating all oil from our diet is in his book "How To Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease". Also take a quick look at www.heartattackproof.com/qanda.htm . Go down to #4 to see:

"4. Why does the diet eliminate oil entirely?

NO OIL! Not even olive oil, which goes against a lot of other advice out there about so-called good fats. The reality is that oils are extremely low in terms of nutritive value. They contain no fiber, no minerals and are 100% fat calories. And above all they contain saturated fat which immediately injures the endothelial lining of the arteries when eaten. It doesn't matter whether it's olive oil, corn oil, coconut oil or any other kind , avoid ALL oil. This is so important I have detailed oil in Chapter 10."

Also check out Dr. McDougall on obesity at www.drmcdougall.com/med_obesity.html

It took a very short time for me to get completely used to oil free food prep and the Happy Herbviore has helped that happen.

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"I guess we're clever monkeys. We can turn anything into a disaster, eh?"

So true! Not sure whether to laugh or cry, though. Ha.

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This is such a emoticon discussion! I actually avoided veganism for quite awhile because I thought it was a bad diet, high in sugar and fat. (Based on what I saw offered in local coffee shops as vegan food.) It is important to realize that there are some saturated fats in plant oils for which intake needs to be eliminated or avoided, IMO (based on research).

I guess we're clever monkeys. We can turn anything into a disaster, eh?

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I totally agree with you about being oil free. I am trying to not use oil and have started using water to sauté my foods and it has been working great.

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Ironically enough, I just ran into this post as I was looking for Labor Day recipes:
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Lojack, I'd say ok as long as you know coconut oil has as much saturated fat as beef. Saturated fat. ugh. I didn't realize that myself until recently.
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I stir fry with water or broth and love the results. But frankly, for me if I've got enuf garlic and onions, I'm happy!
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