News for August 22, 2011

News Today includes stories about Smoothies, Bill Clinton, Dolphin With Prosthetic Tail, PETA Porn Site, Snapperfest, Meatless Mondays, Fruits and Vegetables, Portobello Sliders Recipe, Chipotle, Breakfast Tacos, and Runaway Cow.

Beat the Heat With a Healthy Summertime Smoothie

Nothing says refreshment quite like the summertime smoothie. These blended concoctions are a great way to cool down and power up, especially in the summer heat. The downside? Many commercially available smoothies you might find at your local convenience store contain refined sugars, artificial colorings and flavorings, and other unwanted, highly processed ingredients. However, it’s easy to make your own smoothie and include delicious healthful ingredients that will give you sustained energy, powerful nutrition and sweet relief from that summer heat.

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Why Bill Clinton Went Vegan

After years of struggling with heart disease, former President Bill Clinton has recently begun to follow an almost exclusively vegan diet.

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Dolphin With Prosthetic Tail Gets Ready For Waves Of Publicity

Tourists who visit Hollywood are often disappointed when they discover that the celebrities they love aren’t exactly walking up and down the street.

That’s not the case in Clearwater Beach, Fla., where visitors are guaranteed to see at least one celebrity: Winter the dolphin, the star and subject of the upcoming movie, “Dolphin Tale,” which stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr.

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 PETA Plans A Porn Site

PETA knows how to raise eyebrows. The animal rights group’s memorable campaigns have entailed everything from celebrities posing nude for its anti-fur campaign to scantily clad women having an erotic moment with their vegetables to support veganism.

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 Snapperfest 2011: Does Turtle Event Torture Animals?

Looking for something to do this Saturday? How about a festival where each competitor allegedly yanks a snapping turtle’s head until the animal’s neck can be wrapped around the contestant’s fist?

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Meatless Monday: Forty Years Of Hope, Great Eats And Chez Panisse

You don’t need to have eaten at Chez Panisse to be shaped by the restaurant which celebrates its 40th anniversary this week. You don’t even have to like Alice Waters, the woman who started it — snarkmeister Anthony Bourdain doesn’t.

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How to Get All Your Fruits and Vegetables for $2.25 a Day

How often have you heard or read, “Healthy food is expensive”? I hear this assumption a lot, as it’s frequently pegged as one of the causes of America’s obesity crisis. Fruits and vegetables, in particular, are mentioned as overly pricey and inaccessible for many people. Which, when we’re talking about health, is a problem.

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Portobello Sliders Recipe

Don’t just throw another boring frozen vegan burger on the grill this summer. Instead jazz up your Barbecue with fun and tasty, portobello sliders! These little burgers are fresh and juicy, and perfect on the grill!

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Chipotle Beans Cause Concern

Chipotle will be changing its menus to identify their pinto beans as non-vegetarian after Maxim senior editor Seth Porges, who does not eat pork, tweeted to the world about his disgust on discovering their covert ingredient: bacon. Although the porcine additive is nothing new, many customers of the chain were unaware of it since there is no mention of the beans containing bacon on the menu. However, Chipotle’s policy has always been to verbally recommend their black beans to diners requesting a vegetarian option. Chris Arnold, communications director for Chipotle, told the website Consumerist, “The menu panels have been redesigned to reflect [the] change, and the plan is to deliver them to restaurants along with other changes to the menu boards over the next several months.”

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Weekday Vegetarian: Breakfast Tacos with Pico de Gallo

Even though I’m an early morning person, I don’t like to get cooking too soon in the day. I’m a devotee of toast, and that is what I have to eat most mornings. It’s different during the summer though, when my days aren’t so hectic and I can take a bit of time to develop an appetite and make an appetizing and slightly more ambitious breakfast. I especially like making breakfast when we have company, as we have had for the past week, when everyone gets up at their own time and breakfast usually turns into something closer to brunch.

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 The Cow Who Captivated a Nation  

It may sound like the storyline of a Disney movie, but a cow in Germany has been successfully hiding out in the woods for nearly four months after running away from a Bavarian farm, where she was being fattened for slaughter.

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About James Lucas


James has been a graphic designer for over 18 years and owns Wave Hound Surf Shop. James started Doylestown Movie Fans, who meet once a month to see movies at the County Theater in Doylestown, PA. He and his wife Chris started Bucks County Vegan Supper Club in 2009, whose members meet once a month to have a vegan potluck dinner. They are currently working through the Veganomicon cookbook, which inspires experienced and recent vegans to try new recipes. James is proud to support Farm Sanctuary and The Surfrider Foundation.

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