The China Study is a fascinating book on health and nutrition and its connection to your health and many diseases that are prevalent today. The authors, T. Colin Campbell, PHD and Thomas M. Campbell II, conducted a nationwide study in China, with over 200 skilled professionals researching and studying the effects of diet and nutrition as it relates to your health.

One thing this book failed to discuss was the role that high fructose corn syrup consumption plays on the nationwide epidemic, diabetes. However, the real link between diabetes is a diet high in animal fat from meat and dairy.

I found this book entertaining, insightful and full of good research that challenges special interest groups (meat and dairy industry) and the government, revealing to the masses what eating animal products is doing to your body and health. This isn’t a cookbook or the next best fad diet. It is a book that delivers shocking results about the relationship between what you eat and disease. Do you really want to take medication to lower your cholesterol after you shove down a fat cheeseburger?

Read this book for solid nutritional information for anyone who wants to eat and live healthy.

The Freegan Vegan
Eat Smart…
Eat Green

Author Jennifer McCann designs colorful and fun looking bento-style lunch boxes that any picky eater would be tempted to try…and love!

But, talk about one of the most boring cookbooks ever! Vegan Lunch Box Around The World is a book of text, hardly any lovely pictures which I am used to seeing in cookbooks. There are only a few pages of color photos in the middle of the book. When I try out a new recipes, I want to see a snap shot of what each dish should look like. OK, I am really critical, and it’s only pictures. Really, though, this book is loaded with a tone of great tasting vegan recipes for any lunch box, child or adult!

Now, what I loved about the book was the variety in recipes. You can find recipes by regions of the world and go to those recipes based on the types of foods you enjoy. This book is a collection of dishes from all six continents, from Germany to Trinidad, including many regional American favorites. Each recipes also focuses on balance and nutrition, combining colorful ingredients to make your lunch box pop!

This is a straight forward bento-style lunch box recipe book that is good to have on hand for anyone with children. The recipes are great for adults too! And, they are not just for lunch. Try making them for dinner. I like that each recipe lists allergy information for those with gluten, wheat, soy, nuts and corn allergies. Recipes are also labeled ‘Quick & Easy’ for dishes that are quick to prepare and ‘Kid Friendly’ for those dishes that have been kid tested and kid approved. Make a bento-style lunch box.

The Freegan Vegan
Eat Smart…
Eat Green

American Greetings

Yes, veganism is hitting mainstream! Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills on Little Santa Monica has a vegan cupcake. The red velvet is absolutely out of this vegan world, and marked with a red “V”. If you are local, you must visit and try one for yourself!

The Freegan Vegan
Eat Smart…
Eat Green

     

 I’m always looking for great vegan restaurants in my local area. My daughter’s piano teacher told me about the Golden Mean Cafe’ in Santa Monica, CA. I dragged my husband with me, as he is my partner in crime when it comes to new finds. Actually, I like to try what he orders, and vice versa.

Our server spouted off several specials, all sounding delicious. I was told prior to going to order the Lean Mean Veggie Burger with the works (added tempeh bacon, vegan cheese and avocado). The burger is made from beans, grains and veggies. My dish came with a side salad of spinach, black beans and yams dressed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette. Absolutely delicious and I would return just for this dish alone.

My husband ordered one of the specials, which was a sweet corn tamale cake garnished with a red sauce and soy cheese accompanied with a couscous side salad that was light and fresh tasting. I loved his too and would go back for this dish as well.

We decided to take home a slice of the top 3 cakes in the  picture. I love chocolate, and as this cake was delicious, I found myself loving the coconut iced cake even more. How could that be?! All 3 desserts were to die for! There are gluten-free desserts too!

Golden Mean Cafe serves up soup, salads, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, shakes, pastries and several appetizers and entrees. The cafe  is quaint and has a very comfortable and eco-friendly atmosphere using warm tones and cozy cushions.

Check out their website for location and hours and plan your visit this week.

The Freegan Vegan
Eat Smart…
Eat Green