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English: Bleu Ribbon Veggie Burger at Red Robi...

English: Bleu Ribbon Veggie Burger at Red Robin for Glenn’s birthday: veggie burger, steak sauce, onion straws, tomato, lettuce, bleu cheese crumbles, chipotle mayo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How do you control an old urge while trying to maintain a vegetarian or vegan diet? We all get urges for a sandwich, hamburger, hot dog, egg salad, etc. The good news is there are great vegetarian or vegan products on the market today that can satisfy our strongest urges. Veggie burgers have come a long way. There are so many types on the market that are made with different base products. Try a variety to find which you like best. You can also use a Portobello mushroom cap as your burger (see recipe below). Load it up with your favorite sides, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, etc. There are also hot dog products that are great tasting and would fool the best taste buds. Sandwiches can be made with a variety of non meat cold cuts and non diary cheeses. Load them up with onion, tomato, lettuce and you have a great sandwich. I use extra firm tofu to make an egg salad (without eggs) that is yummy. You make this egg salad with turmeric (see recipe below)I love crunchy so I mix in carrots, celery, onion, etc.

Do not eat these foods everyday! They are processed foods, Use them when your urge is strong. Then go back to a diet mainly made up of nature produced foods. Enjoy food and enjoy your health.

The Dirty Dozen

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Green, yellow and red bell peppers from the ca...

Green, yellow and red bell peppers from the capsicum annuum plant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not the movie but the top 12 foods with the largest pesticide footprint. The author says people that switch these 12 items to organic versions can reduce their toxins by 80%. Some of these are shocking. We don’t even think about them. The dirty dozen are:

a) Apples
b) Celery
c) Strawberries
d) Peaches
e) Spinach
f) Nectarines (imported)
g) Grapes
h) Sweet Bell Peppers
i) Potatoes
j) Blueberries
k) Lettuce
l) Kale/Collard Greens
m) Others include:
i) Fatty Meats
ii) Milk
iii) Coffee
iv) Wine
v) Chocolate