Join us for a Vegan Thanksgiving Celebration

by admin on October 28, 2014

Hey, Family!

It’s going to be 80 degrees in DC today, so it seems a little strange to be writing about Thanksgiving right around the corner, but here we go…!

Each year the Vegetarian Society of DC, the nation’s oldest ongoing vegetarian society, hosts an All-Vegan Life-Affirming Thanksgiving Celebration on Thanksgiving Day, with about 350 people in attendance.

This year, I’m happy to be the guest speaker for the event, and I’m extending a personal invitation for you to join us!

There will be an all-vegan buffet-style feast, live musical entertainment, door prizes, and a great gathering of people who are vegan, omnivore, and everything in between. So if you’re looking for a delicious, compassionate, and festive way to enjoy Thanksgiving, this is it.

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The Life-Affirming Thanksgiving Celebration will take place on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, 12-4 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. You can learn more and get tickets here.

There’s an early-bird price going on now, but it ends this Saturday, November 1st. This event sells out every year, so if you want to go (or want to tell your DC peeps about it), don’t wait.

And if you’re wondering if you can join us and go to your relative’s Thanksgiving afterwards–absolutely! Many of us do it every year.

I hope to see you there! Have a wonderful week, family.

Much love,
Tracye

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Hey, Family!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in full swing and I want to highlight two videos about three simple foods that can help prevent breast cancer in the first place–both are from my favorite nutrition website, NutritionFacts.org.

The first video, “Preventing Breast Cancer By Any Greens Necessary,” which I’ve talked about before, is about a study of more than 50,000 African American women and the effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on breast cancer risk.

In the study, collard greens and carrots were found to be the most protective veggies against breast cancer. This research is so important because black women are more likely to be diagnosed with a harder-to-treat form of breast cancer that can result in earlier death. Eating your veggies can help you prevent that from ever happening.

The second video, “Can Flax Seeds Help Prevent Breast Cancer?,” is about the effect of flax seed consumption on breast cancer risk in women in general.

The study found that eating just a teaspoon a day of flax seeds can help prevent the risk of ever getting breast cancer. Flax seeds are the most concentrated source of plant lignans, which directly protect against the growth and spread of breast cancer cells.

So, be sure to add some flax seeds in your morning smoothie or sprinkle some on your daily salad.

And here are two dishes for spicy collard greens and my friend Saundra Woods’s carrot salad to help you eat more of these cancer-fighting foods (both recipes are from my book). Enjoy!

Spicy Collard Greens

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4~5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 bunch collard greens, bottom stems removed

¼ cup halved sun-dried tomatoes (7~10 tomatoes)

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos

Dash cayenne pepper

Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic and sauté until translucent. Cut the collards lengthwise into thin strips. Add the collards to the skillet, stirring to make sure all the strips are coated. Cover and let the collards break down, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and seasonings, stir, and cook for another 5 minutes. Makes 4 to 5 servings.

Carrot Salad 

2 cups grated carrots

3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

3 tablespoons raisins

2 celery stalks (including leaves), chopped fine

1 apple, cored and sliced

1/4 cup diced fresh pineapple

3 tablespoons Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise (egg- and dairy-free mayonnaise)

Place all ingredients in a bowl and gently stir until well blended. Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Talk to you next week!

Much love,

Tracye 

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Join ‘The Lusty Vegans’ this Wed 10/22

by admin on October 21, 2014

Hey, Family!

If you’re in DC this Wednesday, Oct 22nd, I hope you’ll join my friend and vegan chef Ayinde Howell and co-author Zoe Eisenberg for a fabulous 4-course vegan dinner, talk, and book signing celebrating the release of their new book, The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and the People Who Love Them.

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The event will be at Eatonville Restaurant in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, Oct 22nd, as part of their fabulous Food and Folklore Series hosted by Michon Boston. You can get all the details and tickets here.

The Lusty Vegan is the first vegan guide to tackle the very real romantic issues that arise when vegans and omnivores fall in love. I caught up with Ayinde while he was on a plane somewhere over Texas and asked him a few questions about the new book:

**Why did you write The Lusty Vegans?

AH: There are a lot of us Lusty Vegans–vegans who are worldly and want to be more than a label. We are the folks who are compassionate and want to talk about more than being vegan, and thus hang out with more than just vegans. A likely by-product is that we may fall in love with non-vegans and that road needs a map. This book is for those couples.

**What’s one of the biggest challenges for vegans dating omnivores?

AH: Not respecting each others choices, whichever the choice may be. If you don’t, that will begin to fester and drive a wedge in the relationship.
**What’s your best advice to handle it?
AH: Understand what you are getting into and be patient. Be happy in your choices in food and in love–and that will guide how you handle any situation.
**On the flip side, what’s one of the biggest challenges for omnivores who date vegans?
AH: Understanding the world of veganism and what it means, all the way down to the shoes. Literally…you can’t wear leather shoes. Womp.
**Womp, indeed! What’s your best advice to handle that?
AH: With a sense of humor. And honesty. Can you handle it?
**And last but not least, what are your 3 favorite dishes in the book?
AH: Devil’s Pot Pie, Hearts of Baltimore Crab Cakes, and Strawberry Shortcake With Biscuits.
Sounds de-lish! So, DC fam, I hope to see you this Wednesday. (And if you’re not in DC, check out the book; it’s available everywhere.)
Have a great week!

Much love,

Tracye 

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Doing this will make cooking a lot easier

by admin on October 9, 2014

Hey, Family!

Before we dive into today’s topic, I want to thank Berryripe.com for naming By Any Greens Necessary as one of the Top Vegan Blogs of 2014!

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Now onto how you can make cooking a lot easier.

There’s a French term called mise en place (sounds like ”Me zah plahs”) that means “putting into place” and it simply refers to getting all of your ingredients ready and in place before you start cooking.

And that means pulling everything you’ll need out of the fridge and cabinets, then washing, chopping, measuring, and organizing all of your ingredients on the counter first. Then you start cooking.

Here’s an example of mise en place for my Broccoli Ginger Stir-fry that I make at least once a week:

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Everything’s all laid out and ready to go. And that’s especially important when making stir-fry because it cooks so quickly. Here’s how this delish dish looks when it’s done:

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Now what most of us do instead of mise en place is just start cooking, then go back and forth to the fridge, the cabinets, the sink, and the cutting board, looking for ingredients, and washing, and chopping as we go. We may think that’s faster, but in reality, it wastes time and adds unnecessary stress to the cooking process.

So I encourage you to start practicing mise en place instead. It may seem strange and counterintuitive at first, but the more you do it, the more second nature it will become. And the more smooth and zen-like your cooking experience will be.

And by the way, here’s the recipe for my Broccoli Ginger Stir-fry. icon smile Doing this will make cooking a lot easier

Have a great week, family!

Much love,

Tracye 

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by admin on October 1, 2014

Hey, Family!

Last week, 168 of you entered for a chance to win a FREE 3-day juice cleanse, courtesy of our friends at South Block Juice Company.

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Amir, South Block’s owner, selected one winner at random from all the emails you sent in. And the winner is…

Kristine Louis of Washington, DC. Congratulations!!! 

South Block is also offering 10% off their juice cleanse to all of my readers for a year. Just give them promo code “By Any Greens Necessary” when you place your order online or in person. (Currently, the cleanse is only available for in-store pick up at their locations in DC and VA.)

Thanks again to South Block Juice Company for being so generous and juicy!

And speaking of juicy, today is World Vegetarian Day! The first day of October officially marks the kickoff of Vegetarian Awareness Month, started by the North American Vegetarian Society back in 1977. Omnivores who pledge to go veg can win cash prizes and everyone can download free veg resources.

Today also happens to be the day after my birthday. Yep, I turned 48 yesterday, and I’m feeling awesome and grateful! 30 years of vegan will do that for ya! icon wink

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Have a great week, family!

Much love,

Tracye 

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Win a Free 3-day Juice Fast by Sept 29

by admin on September 23, 2014

Hey, Family!

Autumn has officially arrived, and it’s the perfect time to mirror the changing of the seasons around us with an internal cleanse.

I actually got a head start and did a 3-day juice cleanse last week, which was provided gratis by South Block Juice Company, based in DC and Arlington, VA. (I’ll tell you why I liked it in a moment.)

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But first, in the spirit of the season, South Block has graciously offered to give my lovely readers (that’s you) a chance to win this 3-day juice cleanse for FREE!

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It’s a total of 18 bottles of 1-pint juices in 6 cleansing combinations. The “blockstar” sunglasses and thermal carrying case come with it, along with detox teas.

To enter, all you have to do is email freecleanse@southblockjuice.com with “By Any Greens Necessary” in the subject line by Monday, September 29, 2014, and they’ll randomly pick a winner, whom I’ll announce right here next week. You can learn all about the juice cleanse here.

And for those of you who don’t win, not to worry. South Block is also offering 10% off their juice cleanse to all of my readers for the next 12 months. Just give them promo code “By Any Greens Necessary” when you place your order. Currently, the cleanse is only available at their brick and mortar locations in DC and VA. So for non-locals, if you’re traveling to the area within the next 12 months, be sure to order some juice online and pick it up when you get to town.

Now, onto the reasons I liked this cleanse:

1) I didn’t have to make the juices myself!!!

2) The juices are cold-pressed (not pasteurized), so they taste very fresh and delicious.

3) The cleanse worked. I was eliminating the entire 3 days. icon smile Win a Free 3 day Juice Fast by Sept 29

4) The Caveman Mylk was my favorite…cashew milk with spices–divine! I’ll definitely be making this a regular.

What I would do differently:

1) Customize my cleanse to get more green juices. I got the standard 3-day juice cleanse, and the carrot and beet juices were a bit sweet for me. (I diluted them with water and the other green juices.)

2) Do a longer cleanse. I felt calm and energized by the third day and could have easily kept going. I kinda knew I would feel that way. :)

So there you have it, fam. Now go get your cleanse on! Remember, you must enter by Sept 29th for a chance to win the free cleanse. And you get the 10% discount for an entire year.

Thanks again to South Block Juice Company for being so generous and juicy! I’ll talk to you next week.

Much love,

Tracye 

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DC VegFest is this Sat, Sept 20th!

by admin on September 17, 2014

Hey, Family!

DC’s biggest vegan festival, DC VegFest, is this Saturday, September 20th!

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It’s presented by Compassion Over Killing (one of my favorite organizations) at Yards Park in DC from 11-6.

It’s a FREE slice of vegan heaven all day long, featuring 40+ vegan food vendors, so you can eat some of EVERYTHING! It’s our world, vegan foodies. Come hungry!

There’s also lots of vegan everything else there, too, including great speakers, live music, products from soaps to shoes, and activities for the kids.

My sister, Marya, and niecey-bop, Mara, (below) have been helping to organize the kids area for years, so I know firsthand that your little ones will love it.

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In fact, my family and I have been involved with DC VegFest since it’s humble beginnings 17 years ago, either as volunteers, coordinators, or speakers. This year, I’m honored to serve on the inaugural Host Committee to help promote the event with some great folks. (At the media party with Busboys and Poets owner, Andy Shallal, below.)

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So come on out, bring your veg-curious family and friends, and join 10,000+ people. And if you’re not in the DC area, but know some folks who are, spread the word. It’s gonna feel like a great big family reunion!

And one last tip: get there early, if you can. The first 1,000 people get a free swag bag filled with lots of vegan goodies.

Here’s a sneak peak at mine:

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I’ll see you there!

Much love,

Tracye 

 

 

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Hey, Family!

We’re having a party and you’re invited!

The African American Networking Group of the Vegetarian Society of DC (of which I am a proud member) is having an Old-School Summer Dance Party on Saturday, June 28th and we’d love to see you there.

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It’s a fundraiser to support our vegan education activities throughout the Washington, DC area. So if you’re in DC (or have friends and family who are), come join us!
Here’s all the info:
What:  Old-School Summer Dance Party
When: Saturday, June 28th, 8-11:30 PM
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St SW WDC 20024 (metro accessible & free street parking)
Featuring:
~ Old-school music by DJ Mixxed
~ Delish vegan refreshments
~ Door prizes
~ A line dance lesson (just for fun)
~ And just a good ol time!
Tickets are $15 in advance online or $20 at the door.
If you have any questions, just call our Old-School Party team member David Banks at 202-299-0369 or email aangevents@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!
Much love,
Tracye 

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Hey, Family!

My favorite nutrition website, NutritionFacts.org, just did a video review of the largest study in history of people who eat plant-based diets, which compared their nutrient intake to that of people who eat meat- and dairy-based diets.

And the results can finally put to rest that age-old question: “Where do you get your protein?”

The study shows that the average vegan gets 70% more protein than the recommended daily allowance–just like omnivores do. 

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So now you can slay that protein question for good. Plant foods provide more than enough protein each day.

But, wait, there’s more! The video goes on to show that the real nutrient deficiency in this country is not protein, it’s fiber.

Less than 97% of Americans get enough fiber in their diet, despite the fact that fiber protects against the leading causes of illness and death in this country, including heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and obesity, as well as the risk factors for these conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood glucose.

And fiber is only found in plant-based foods–the usual suspects like beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and veggies. No animal-based foods contain fiber–no meat, dairy, or eggs.

So, if we’re really concerned about each other’s diet and health, the real question should be whether we’re getting enough fiber.

For tips on how to increase your fiber intake without the extra gas, check out my post “Is all that fiber giving you gas?”

And to start adding more whole grains to your plate, check out “How to cook 7 great whole grains.”

Have a great week, family!

Much love,
Tracye 

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Hey, Family!

This week, The Huffington Post ran an article testing the Ninja and the Vitamix blenders to see which one makes the best green drink…and by “best” they mean the one that looks and tastes most like juice.

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They also tested which one makes the best milkshake…and here they were looking for light and airy as opposed to thick and rich.

Why did they test these two blenders? The price. Here’s what they said:

The Vitamix has long been the kitchen appliance that serious home cooks have yearned for. It’s what professional chefs have in their arsenal to quickly smooth out soups, make sauces, and juice produce. Sadly, not many of us can play with a Vitamix because of the steep price tag — they normally run anywhere between $450-$750. And any other blender is pretty much a joke when compared with the power of the Vitamix. (Hamilton Beach doesn’t stand a chance here, guys.)

The Ninja, which came out in September of 2013, was advertised as the home cook’s answer to the wonders of the Vitamix at a fraction of the price. This blender, starting at $199, depending on the model, claims to perform as well — if not better — than the Vitamix. We had our reservations and felt that it was time to put this claim to the test. We compared the Ninja Ultima and the Vitamix 5200.

I highly recommend reading the full article here, which is complete with fun visuals, but here’s what they found:

With those two essential blender tasks complete, we came to our final assessment of the two brands. There were a few key differences:

  • The Vitamix is substantially quieter than the Ninja — though that does not mean it is quiet by any means.
  • The Vitamix is easier to disassemble. The lid of the Ninja is definitely childproof and sometimes feels like it is adult proof.
  • The Ninja’s dual stage blade part makes pouring the contents of the pitcher a little precarious.
  • The Vitamix is bit faster in blending, but we’re talking about mere seconds here.

Our conclusion: If you are a stickler for noise and ease (and have the bank roll), the Vitamix is better suited for you. If not, the Ninja will make you sufficiently happy.

I personally have been using a Vitamix for years and I bought it refurbished for around $300-plus.

So tell me, which blender do you prefer? Go to the blog here to share your comments for everyone to see. Or if you’re already on the blog, just click on Comments below.

You can also go to my Facebook page to see all the comments about which blender folks love the most. I don’t know if this battle will ever be won. icon smile The Battle of the Blenders: The Ninja vs. The Vitamix

Have a great holiday weekend, fam. I’ll talk to you next week!

Much love,
Tracye

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