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Pittsburgh East-Suburban

PLANT-BASED NUTRITION SUPPORT GROUP

Next meeting:
Wednesday, February 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Murrysville Community Library
4130 Sardis Road, Murrysville, PA
Open to anyone interested in learning & sharing information about healthy, plant-based food choices.
January meeting recap:
1) Does anyone have the missing sign-in sheet? Please check to see if the attendance sheet is among your handouts from the meeting.
2) Linda Jones brought a carrot cake for tasting. If you are making the recipe, Linda notes that you should cut the ingredients in half.
3) Attendees received information about nuts/seeds and tasted types of nuts. Thank you to Linda for her lead & everyone else who contributed to the meeting!
4) Below are suggested meeting topics. What can you share about these topics for a future meeting?
  • caffeine addiction
  • growing own food
  • wheat grass
  • omega-3's [see January 2016]
  • grains
  • recipes [always appreciated!]
  • diabetes, best foods
  • chia seeds [Feb. mtg.]
  • kombucha [Feb. mtg.]
February Meeting
Which of the following statements are true? Kombucha ...
    1. contains bacteria.
    2. has a significant amount of sugar per serving.
    3. has a number of proven health benefits.
    4.
has negative side effects.
>> Get the answers and taste kombucha at our February meeting!

Ultra long-distance runners often consume CHIA SEEDS because chia provides slow-releasing fuel and retains water. CHIA SEEDS have other health benefits  (to be discussed at our meeting!). In the meantime, here are chia recipes.
From Linda Jones:
Vanilla Chia Pudding
3 T. chia seeds + 1 c. almond milk + 1 tsp. vanilla extract + 1 banana + dash cinnamon
Combine all in blender. Refrigerate overnight.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
1.5 c. almond milk + 1/3 c. chia seeds + 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract + 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder + 2-5 T. maple syrup or 5-9 dates or banana + 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
Combine all in blender. Refrigerate overnight.

From a previous newsletter: Cheesy Caesar Salad Dressing.
Welcoming more chia recipes at our meeting!

In time for Valentine's Day ...
 
Chocolate Truffle Balls
Ingredients:
  1-1 ½  c. pitted medjool dates
  ¼ c. chopped raw walnuts
  ¼ c. chopped raw pecans
  1 c. rolled oats
  ¼ c. nut or seed butter of choice
  2 tbsp. cocoa powder


Directions:
1. In food processor or blender, crumble dates & nuts.
2. Add oats & nut butter.
3. Add cocoa powder, mixing well.
4. See if dough holds together when pinched. If not, add 1-2 more dates at a time, until the dough can be shaped without falling apart.
5. Roll dough into 12-16 balls. Place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet; refrigerate 'til firm, about 30 min. Store in airtight container in refrigerator/freezer.
source: NutritionFacts.org

Also, Valentine's Day Treats from ForksOverKnives.

> ForksOverKnives created an online meal planner (with options for individuals, couples, or families) and are offering a free first meal plan. You can indicate an intolerance for nuts, soy, or gluten.
 
> Dr. McDougall's website has a Recipe Resource page with lots of helpful categories.

> PlantPure Nation has updated their frozen entrees and meal-starter kits, and has a sale on the original versions of the meals.
 
> North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) has a spiffy new website. You can sign up for their newsletter, see vegan recipes, obtain information about the Vegetarian Summerfest at Pitt, Johnstown, July 5-9, 2017, and more.

> Also from ForksOverKnives, The Beginners Guide to Starting a Plant-Based Diet has links to recipes, as well as a catalogue of articles on basic information and useful resources.

> The documentary
Eating You Alive
[the preview is powerful] will be screened Wed., March 8 at the Hollywood Theater, Dormont. The film
"takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information & how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health." Information: Pittsburgh Vegan Meetup. Tickets ($12). Let me know if you want to join an eastern suburbs carpool.

> Susan Greenburg recommends
The Colorful Kitchen ("the woman
has such a great imagination for recipe development"). Here is Hummus Soup.
> HappyCow has lists of vegan-friendly restaurants, lodging, and shops worldwide. Here is the link to Pittsburgh-area offerings, which includes some of my favorite restaurants:
  • Apteka (Bloomfield/Garfield area)
  • Aladdin's Eatery (several locations)
  • B52 Cafe (Lawrenceville)
  • Kaya (Strip District)
  • Mad Mex (several locations)
  • Randita's Organic Vegan Cafe (Aspinwall)
What are your favorite eateries? Let's talk!
[Cost $15; you must register & pay in advance.]
  • Healthy, Plant-Centered Eating: Getting Started, Tues., March 21 & 28; 7-8:30 pm. 
  • Plant-Centered Spring Holiday Meals, Wed., April 5, 7-8:30 pm.

fyi: If weather conditions are nasty, our meeting will be canceled. If so, regular attendees will get an email from me or whoever is leading the meeting that day. If unsure, call the Murrysville Library (724) 327-1102. 
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February 2017
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