So Cal: Nékter Juice Bar, a healthy Breakfast and Snack Choice for the Person on the Go

While in San Diego, I got a chance to visit Nekter Juice Bar to grab some grub.   Preparing for a day of Comic Con, I needed to take the kids for some nourishment.  One can easily do six to seven miles in a day.   The kids got the Acai bowls.  If you are admitted unhip person.  Heck, I may be unhip for using the expression, “hip” then let me explain the acai bowl.

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It is a Brazilian dish made of frozen and mashed açaí palm fruit. It is served as a smoothie in a bowl or glass, and is commonly topped with granola and banana, and then mixed with other fruits.  At the San Diego location, bowls were about $9 each.

As for me I ordered, the vegan ice cream.  They offer four choices.  I selected the orange twist which sort of reminds you of a creamsicle.  The other selections include chocolate haze, monster cookie dough,  and peanut butter swirl.  Let me warn fellow weight watcher smart points folks that 180 calorie serving is high in smart points.  Nevertheless, the handcrafted coconut milk based delight doesn’t disappoint.  The vegan ice cream priced between $4 and $6 bucks.

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There are locations in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Porter Ranch, Thousand Oaks and more.

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The Most Beautiful Vegan Celebs of 2019: Kyrie Irving and Alex Morgan

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Looktothestars.org- The time has come for PETA to crown the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2019, and this year’s titles are going to two athletes at the top of their games: co-captain of the U.S. women’s national soccer team Alex Morgan and NBA point guard Kyrie Irving.

“Alex Morgan and Kyrie Irving are saving animals not only by keeping them off their plates but also by showing the world what they can do on vegan fuel,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “They’re living proof that the future of professional sports is vegan.”  READ MORE

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Jay-Z Invests In Black-owned Vegan Company, Partake Foods

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Hip-hop’s first billionaire, Jay-Z, is putting his fortune to good use with a recent $1 million investment in a Black-owned vegan company called Partake Foods, reports Black Enterprise.

ormer Coca-Cola sales director, Denise Woodard, started the company in 2016 after her daughter was diagnosed with a variety of food allergies. She states on the company’s websitethat after leaving several grocery stores frustrated and mystified because there were no allergy-friendly snacks on the shelves, she decided to do something about it and create her own.   READ MORE

Ziggy Marley’s Vegetarian Cookbook

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It can be difficult to find vegan recipes that offer the unique flavors of black cultures, but now there is a list of the top vegan cookbooks by black authors that highlight the need for diversity in these recipes and show that vegan cuisine can appeal to everyone.Ziggy-Marley-and-Family-Cookbook-e1556222796861-248x300

High on the list is the “Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook,” with the subtitle “Delicious Meals Made With Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen: There is no one better to teach home cooks how to make delicious Jamaican plant-based foods than Ziggy Marley, the eldest son of reggae icon Bob MarleyREAD MORE

Beyonce to Launch a Vegan Delivery Meal Service

In 2013 Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z, decided to try a vegan challenge. The diet stuck and now Beyoncé is turning her 'Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream' New York Premierevegan passion into a business.

The singer has teamed up with her trainer Marco Borges to launch a new vegan meal delivery service called  22 Days Nutrition. The name was inspired by the belief that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit. Bey has added a day.

“The program’s philosophy is based on the concept that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit and on the 22nd day you are well on your way to forming new habits,” says a statement. The meal plan is targeted to those who want to lose weight, cook less or simply “experience a whole new way of eating.”

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/508351/tasty-delights-beyonce-launch-vegan-meal-delivery-service/#sthash.agZIEYiy.dpuf

Vegan Herbed Buttermilk Biscuits

In the minds of many bread lovers, when you’re talking biscuits, you already have our full attention. So add a little to spice, or should I say herbs and spices, to our lives with these Vegan herbed buttermilk biscuits. It’s truly a show-stopper.

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Yield: 12 biscuits

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stems
4 tablespoons vegan margarine, cold
3/4 cup cold soy milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice

For recipe directions click here 

Recipe from Vegalicious.org.

Veggie Chili Recipe

This is just a simple recipe that I concocted over the years using Morning Star veggie crumbles.  For this recipe, I am going toVeggie chili double what I would usually use as a single woman with no kids.  If you are entertainng or have a family of at least for this should work.

 Ingredients.

  • 2 bags of veggie crumble
  • 2 cans of diced tomato
  • 1 Can of corn
  • 1 can of Black beans
  • 1 to 2 Habernero pepper ( If you don’t like it spicy, omit)
  • 1/4 of chopped Vidalia onion or whole small yellow onion chopped.
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder.

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot.  Let Cook on stove on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.  Unlike meat, veggie crumbles are quickly permeated with flavor.   Serve and enjoy.  This should serve 4 to 6 people.  I enjoy this with cornbread as a side.

Recipe by MCCN Editor Crystal A. Johnson

7-Eleven Now To Offer Vegan Choices Alongside Their Big Gulps

Being vegan just became seriously mainstream. 7-Eleven, home of gluttonous (late night) food options, is introducing a new vegan menu at 8 of its Manhattan locations. That’s right—along with your Big Gulps, you can now find artichoke spinach noodles, vegetable lo mein and two types of dumpling—for only $6. READ MORE

Healthy Alternatives to a Traditional Holiday Feast

A vegetarian or vegan menu option could potentially cut the holiday calories in half, while pleasing non-meat and dairy eaters. Every holiday serves up traditional dishes such as turkey, ham, roast or anything dairy-based. An alternative holiday dinner offers the opportunity to tweak old traditions while creating new ones.

Meatless Alternatives

The first alternative that must be made is the meat dish—be it turkey, ham or beef. Certainly Tofurkey is the natural choice as a substitute. Tofurkey is a brand name substitution for turkey made from tofu and can be purchased at most grocery stores. A vegetarian meatloaf is also a great tasty option. Another alternative for meat can be stuffed squash. Here are some more suggestions for an alternative main dish: READ MORE