Here’s a recipe that’s sure to help you fight disease and stay healthy. Its ingredients are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as fiber and omega 3. Everything from the brown rice to the sunflower seeds offers health-promoting benefits. Try this recipe using organic ingredients. You can also add fresh sweet corn when available - the kids will love it!
1 cup brown rice, uncooked (2 cups, cooked) 1 sweet onion, diced 1 zucchini, diced 1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper, diced 1 tomato, diced 1 avocado, peeled & cubed 1-2 shiitake mushrooms, diced ¼ cup sunflower seeds (toasted or raw) 1-2 Tbs. virgin coconut oil Seasonings of your choice (salt, pepper, onion powder,
garlic powder; any combination of herbs & spices)
Cook rice according to package instructions (about 45 minutes).
Keep all vegetables raw and serve on rice, or sauté the veggies gently as follows:
Heat up about a tablespoonful of coconut oil in a large skillet.
Sauté onions for a couple of minutes, then add mushrooms, zucchini, peppers & tomatoes.
Sprinkle with seasoning and sauté a few more minutes until vegetables are a little softer (keep them in the pan until rice is ready).
When rice is ready, add to the skillet with the vegetables and mix thoroughly.
Serve desired portions of the mixture on a plate and top with avocado and sunflower seeds.
Nothing’s more satisfying than eating a delicious snack that happens to be good for you too! Brown Rice Snaps, made by Edward & Sons, are crisp, whole grain crackers. They taste great right out of the package or you can top them with your favorite spread to make perfect hors d’oeuvres. They’re available in many varieties, some with little or no oil
and some with certified organic brown rice. Varieties include Tamari Seaweed, Tamari Sesame, Onion Garlic, Unsalted Sesame, Vegetable, Toasted Onion, Salsa, and Black Sesame. Brown Rice Snaps are wheat-free, gluten-free, kosher, vegan and low in sodium and fat.
A new study out of Georgetown University has found that a vegan diet not only controls diabetes, but reverses it! Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body’s ability to produce and use insulin. Almost 8% of Americans have diabetes.
Researchers examined differences in diets, comparing a high-fiber, low-fat, vegan diet and the more commonly used American Dietetic Association (ADA) Diet. Results confirmed that a low-fat vegan diet can have a positive impact. The vegan group saw a 59% greater decrease in their fasting blood sugar levels and needed less medication to control their blood sugars while the ADA group needed as much medicine as before. Vegans also lost twice as much weight on average as the ADA group.
Finally, cholesterol levels were lower in the vegan group.
Similar results were reported by Neal D. Barnard, M.D. and his colleagues which concluded that a low-fat vegan diet improves glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Likewise, in a 2006 study published in the journal Diabetes Care, 43% of people with type 2 diabetes who ate a low-fat vegan diet reduced a need for diabetes medications.
Michael Lanfield uses the internet to reach people and get them involved in good causes. As a DJ who’s also a dedicated environmentalist, conservationist, animal activist and vegan, he combines his love of music with his passion for the earth. He often conducts creative vegan outreach events, as seen in the photo of him dressed as a banana (left).
While creating a network in cyberspace called Ambient New World (where you can find and download relaxing music), Michael joined Facebook to help raise awareness about environmental and animal cruelty issues. His Facebook group helps coordinate demonstrations, benefit parties, distribute flyers, sign petitions and have group discussions on such topics as the environment, animal abuse, veganism, the media, multi-national corporations and government.
Michael will also be spreading the message of compassion in honor of World Farm Animals Day, which takes place on October 2nd (Gandhi’s birthday). A worldwide observance, World Farm Animals Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the 55+ billion animals who are killed for food every year. Michael is hosting a screening of the documentary Fowl Play, a powerful film exposing the reality of the egg and poultry
industries. Click here to find out what other events are taking place around the world.