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January '12
The VegNewsletter arrives in your inbox once a month and clues you in on vegan news, dining, recipes, product reviews, culture, giveaways, and all the other good things in life.

In This Issue
Fresh Start
V in the News
What's Up at VegNews
What's Hot on VegNews.com
Event Showcase
Recipe: Portabello Benedict
Review: Vegan Body Wash
VN Store Blowout Sale
February Preview


The Get Fresh Issue
In our January+February 2012 issue, we give you several healthful ways to kick off the new year. We share 31 tips for optimal health, inspiring stories of a vegan diet changing five people's lives, and Beyonce's trainer's exclusive tips. Plus, a Grecian getaway, vegan béchamel sauce, and map of must-eats in the heart of San Francisco's vegan mecca are waiting for you.


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 Fresh Start

The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on all the amazing things that happened last year. Bans on shark finning, vegan restaurants and food trucks taking over, and influential plant-based films changing people's diets made 2011 a winner for veganism. At VegNews we are equally excited about the new year—so much so that we've already made predictions of what we think will be the biggest news stories of 2012. Here's to a fresh start!

 V in the News

Native Foods Café To Open 15 New Locations
The popular Southern California vegan restaurant chain has announced plans to open 15 new locations in 2012. Cafés scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012 include Boulder, Newport Beach, San Diego, Santa Monica, and an additional city that has not been announced. Sales from the chain rose 16 percent in 2011, which allowed Native Foods to move forward with an expansion. VegNews editors chose Native Foods as the 2011 Restaurant of the Year, which currently has 12 locations in Chicago, Portland, and Southern California.  

US Airports Ranked for Healthiest Foods
The nonprofit organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recently ranked airports all over the United States based on how many healthy meal options were offered. Topping the list for the third year in a row was Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, with San Francisco International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport ranking in the second and third place, respectively. PCRM scored restaurants in each airport based on how many low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrées were available. Click here for the full report. 

Vegan Bodybuilders Featured in NY Times
In the Sports section of The New York Times, writer Mary Bilon explored the recent trend of bodybuilders who bulk up on a strictly vegan diet. The community of vegan bodybuilders such as Robert Cheeke, Jimi Stiko, and Kenneth Williams is growing, compared to virtually zero vegan competitors in the early 80s and 90s. The bodybuilders and nutritionists interviewed believe that a disciplined vegan diet can be better than a traditional diet of meat and dairy.

 What's Up at VegNews

Healthy Vegan Eating Twitter Chat
While vegan eating can be decadent (hello, vegan doughnuts), we asked a panel of vegan nutritionists and whole-foods cookbook authors to share their tips for a healthy plant-based diet. Join us on January 31 at 6pm PT for our monthly Twitter Chat as we get healthy in 2012. Never participated in a Twitter Chat before? Don't worry. We have a handy guide to explain it all. Join us at the hashtag #VegNewsChat. VegNews editors will be hosting the chat, and you don't need to have a Twitter account to enjoy the discussion.

 What's Hot on VegNews.com

You know what's hip? The internets. Here are our top five picks for hot VegNews.com stories you should check out right this minute.

1. VegNews Vegan Starter Kit If your New Year's resolution (or that of a friend/co-worker/mom) is to go vegan, we put together some must-have tips to get you started.

2. 20 Must-Eat Vegan Dishes in San Francisco VN editors list our favorite eats in the Mission District, home to the VNHQ and San Francisco's most vegan friendly neighborhood.

3. 5 Simple Diet Swaps After a few indulgent few months of eating, a little guidance of what foods to eat right now is always helpful. VN Managing Editor Elizabeth Castoria offers some healthy, delicious ideas. 

4. Gluten-Free Spring Rolls Global Vegan columnist Robin Robertson shares a gluten-free version of spring rolls filled with tofu and fresh vegetables.

5. Must-Know Vegan Nutrition for Winter When the temperatures drop, it's easy to snuggle up under a blanket and only eat soup. Here are other healthy foods that will keep you in top shape through the cold winter months.

Bonus! Year in Review:
10 Best Vegan Books of 2011
10 Best Vegan Cookbooks of 2011
2011’s Top 10 Vegan Trends

 Event Showcase

Vegan For Life Book Signing
President and co-founder of Vegan Outreach and vegan dietitian Jack Norris will be signing copies of his new book Vegan for Life on January 11 at Book Passage bookstore in San Francisco. At the signing, Norris will be speaking about vegan nutrition and answering audience questions.

Fresh & Fast Vegan Meals Cooking Class
Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg, the sister team behind Spork Foods, will be offering a Fresh and Fast Weeknight Meals cooking class in Los Angeles on January 21 and 22. Broccoli Au Gratin, Blue Ribbon Chili, and Crispy Chocolate Marshmallow Squares are just some of the dishes that will be demonstrated.  

Fancy Desserts Class
At the Fort Worth location of Spiral Diner, on January 30, instructors Sara Tomerlin and Lindsey Akey will be teaching a Fancy Desserts class and showing how to make treats such as cinnamon rolls, pie, cookies, and cheesecake. They will take you step by step through the process of making each item.

 Get Cookin'

Vegan Portabello Benedict


Some VN staffers are lucky enough to have eaten this Portabello Benedict at the Ravens Restaurant at The Stanford Inn, a vegan bed and breakfast in the heart of Mendocino, CA. Ravens' chef Sally Owens has kindly shared the recipe with VN readers. After one bite of savory portabellos covered in a rich, vegan Hollandaise sauce, you’ll swear off all non-brunch meals. Served on top of an English muffin with slices of tomato and steamed spinach, this dish will brighten all your brunches.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

What You Need:
For the Marinated Mushrooms:
1/2 cup white wine
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 to 6 Portabello mushrooms, de-stemmed

For the Hollandaise Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup silken tofu
1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup vegan margarine, melted

For the Benedict:
4 to 6 English muffins, sliced in half and toasted
2 tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick
6 to 8 cups spinach, tightly packed, steamed
1 Marinated Portabello Mushroom recipe
1 Hollandaise Sauce recipe
Paprika, for garnish

What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the mushrooms, in a large mixing bowl, combine wine, garlic, mustard, oil, salt, and pepper. Coat each mushroom with marinade and place on sheet tray.

2. Cook mushrooms gill-side up for about 20 to 25 minutes. Rotate tray and cook for another 10 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Slice mushrooms thinly and set aside.

3. For the Hollandaise sauce, using a high-speed blender or food processor, purée oil, tofu, lemon juice, turmeric, salt, pepper, and cayenne. While processing, add melted margarine and continue blending until mixture is smooth.

4. On a plate, place toasted English muffins. Top with 1 slice of tomato, a handful of spinach, several sliced portabello mushrooms, Hollandaise sauce, and paprika. Serve warm.

Looking for more brunch bites? Try out a few of our favorites:
Spiced Banana Pancakes
Strawberry-Ricotta French Toast
Broccoli Quiche

 Product Review

100% Pure Beauty Products

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While some beauty products are so heavily scented you end up smelling like you bathed in gallons of perfume, the subtle key lime scent of 100% Pure Key Lime Hydrating Body Wash is a refreshing way to wake up in your morning shower. With no synthetic fragrances or harsh chemicals, this vegan body wash won't dry your skin out (especially helpful when it's 12 degrees outside). 100% Pure also offers skincare, makeup, and hair care products that are cruelty-free.

 VegNews Holiday Blowout Sale


Cookies for Santa may already be gone, but the gifts are still coming! Our Holiday Chocolate Box, Peppermint Soy Candle, and Candy Cane Lip Balm are now 25% off! The chocolate box is stuffed with tantalizing treats such as Irish Cream, Marzipan Pistachio, Hazelnut Crisp, Coconut Cream, Peanut Butter Truffle, and more. VN staffers are so obsessed with the sweet smell of the peppermint soy candle that we light it daily just to feel like it's still the holidays. And with the winter winds upon us, the candy cane lip balm is great for keeping your pucker perfectly smooth. Don't miss out! We have a limited supply left, so treat yourself today.

 February Newsletter Preview

Satisfy your between-issues cravings with this complimentary supplement, featuring exclusive product reviews, musician, artist and event spotlights, slammin’ recipes, giveaways, plus the lowdown on how veganism is bettering the world—one delicious bite at a time.


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