Summer Is For Grillin’ And Chillin’… Vegan Style!

Summer is for grillin’ and chillin’…and don’t forget: when you grill Vegan Style you get all the great flavor with none of the cholesterol and saturated fat!

And you also get none of the heterocyclic amines (HCAs), chemicals that result when you cook meat at high temperatures, and that the National Cancer Institute says cause cancer.

Here are some great links on vegan BBQing:

Eating healthily is soooo complicated—or is it?

You can focus on Dr. Fuhrman’s GBOMBS: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds. (Dr. Fuhrman is author of the bestselling Eat to Live and other excellent diet/health books.)

GBOMBAnd check out the Environmental Working Group‘s lists of Clean 15 and Dirty 12:

Clean 15 – Foods that tend to be relatively free of pesticides, so you don’t have to buy organic.

Dirty 12 – Foods that tend to be heavily treated with pesticides, so … Continue reading

Tuesday 5/17: Show Up for the Animals at HSUS Humane Lobby Day

The Humane Society’s annual Humane Lobby Day in Michigan is a fun and interesting event. This is a great opportunity to tell your state legislators about issues affecting Michigan’s animals such as what changes are needed to protect animals from puppy mills and gas chamber euthanasia. Don’t be worried if you have never participated in this sort of event before, as there will be plenty of people with lobbying experience to help out.

If you need a ride or would like to offer a ride to the event, please use the comments section on our Meetup site to … Continue reading

Monday 5/23: Living Vegan Social Club (Kalamazoo)

Living Vegan is a social group where we come together informally for fun times and fun discussions. Need a recipe? A vegan fashion tip? Tips for dealing with non-vegan family/friends? You’ll get it all at Living Vegan! We also have plenty of fun discussions on non-vegan topics like movies, TV, gardening, photography, and science fiction. And sometimes there’s a pool game or two!

We hope you’ll join us for our next get-together on Monday, May 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tropical Smoothie Cafe (4315 West Main, Kalamazoo) Event is free (except the cost of your … Continue reading

Saturday 5/14: Living Vegan Social Club (Kalamazoo)

Living Vegan is a social group where we come together informally for fun times and fun discussions. Need a recipe? A vegan fashion tip? Tips for dealing with non-vegan family/friends? You’ll get it all at Living Vegan! We also have plenty of fun discussions on non-vegan topics like movies, TV, gardening, photography, and science fiction. And sometimes there’s a pool game or two!

We hope you’ll join us for our next get-together on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at Fourth Coast Cafe (816 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo) Event is free (except the cost of your … Continue reading

Saturday 5/7: Learn to Cook Vegan With Chef Paul Vugteveen! (Hastings)

chef paulPlease join Chef Paul Vugteveen at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute on Saturday May 7 to learn about vegan cooking.

Vegan diets offer a variety of health and environmental benefits, and interest in them has grown rapidly in recent years. Chef Paul Vugteveen will highlight several vegan recipes, including how to make vegan cheese and meat alternatives that can be used in favorite recipes.

Date: Saturday, May 7

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Thursday 4/14: Supermarket Shoparooni! (Kalamazoo / Oshtemo)

Join us for another Vegan Kalamazoo Supermarket Shoparooni!   We’ll be walking through Meijer (West Main St.) checking out all the cool vegan foods and talking about how you can use them. We’ll be exploring:   *fruits and vegetables  *whole grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts  *plant based milks and yogurts  *condiments, herbs, and spices  *ethnic selections  *frozen / convenience foods    We’ll also be discussing low-oil, and oil-free cooking, cooking healthy for kids (our leader, Katie, has three), and any other topics you wish to bring up!   We are so fortunate to have Katie Alkema leading this event. Not … Continue reading

Thursday 3/31: Managing Type 1 Diabetes Using a Plant-Based Diet (VK Healthy Eating Series)

“Let food be thy medicine,” said Hippocrates more than 2,000 years ago—and health-conscious people continue to do just that. Vegan Kalamazoo is inaugurating its Healthy Eating discussion series with a truly special event. Professional chef Paul Vugteveen will share his personal account of being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at the age of 25, and how that diagnosis has been woven into all of his food choices, eventually leading him to a whole foods, vegan diet. Among other topics he’ll be discussing

· Brief comparison of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

· What the Glycemic Index is and … Continue reading

Saturday 4/16: Living Vegan Social Club (Kalamazoo)

Living Vegan is a social group where we come together informally for fun times and fun discussions. Need a recipe? A vegan fashion tip? Tips for dealing with non-vegan family/friends? You’ll get it all at Living Vegan! We also have plenty of fun discussions on non-vegan topics like movies, TV, gardening, photography, and science fiction. And sometimes there’s a pool game or two!

We hope you’ll join us for our next get-together on Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at Fourth Coast Cafe (816 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo) Event is free (except the cost of your … Continue reading

Tuesday 4/19: Managing Type 1 Diabetes Using a Plant-Based Diet (Vegan Kalamazoo Healthy Eating Series)

Let food be thy medicine,” said Hippocrates more than 2,000 years ago—and health-conscious people continue to do just that. Vegan Kalamazoo is inaugurating its Healthy Eating discussion series with a truly special event. Professional chef Paul Vugteveen will share his personal account of being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at the age of 25, and how that diagnosis has been woven into all of his food choices, eventually leading him to a whole foods, vegan diet. Among other topics he’ll be discussing

· Brief comparison of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

· What the Glycemic Index is and … Continue reading