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Obesity shouldn’t be the new normal!🍔🍗🍦!

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Rose today! She lost 30+ pounds by cutting ALL meat out of her diet – go vegetarian! – and working hard for her biz and around her apartment! Get moving!!😄 pic: R.T.

By Heather Moore

Population growth has taken on a whole new meaning: A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that nearly a third of the world’s population is overweight and that about 10 percent is obese. A global group of researchers crunched the numbers and found that obesity contributed to 4 million deaths, primarily from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer, in 2015 alone.

To put it another way, a recent Vox article estimates that obesity now kills more people than do terror attacks, traffic accidents and Alzheimer’s disease combined. Experts predict that it could also someday account for more cancer deaths than smoking.

That is, unless more people go vegan.

Obesity and obesity-related diseases can largely be attributed to the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods. That’s partly why the population of the U.S., where oversized burgers, chicken nuggets and cheese-laden pizzas reign supreme, has an ever-growing girth. According to the study, which spanned 195 countries, America has the most obese adults, at 79.4 million, and the highest percentage of obese children and young adults. So much for treading lightly on the planet.

Hopefully, these findings will prompt more Americans to eat healthy vegan foods. Researchers have pointed out that our eating habits are the primary problem, not our inactivity. It certainly won’t kill us to move a little more, but we really need to eat a lot less.

Obesity has become the new normal in America, and it’s causing a health-care crisis. Despite what many people want to believe, there is no such thing as “fat but fit.” Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. found that overweight people are much more likely to suffer from heart attacks or strokes—even if they’re “metabolically healthy,” meaning that their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are in the “safe” range.

Double chin up, though! Two new studies show that people can lose weight just by eating plant-based foods. One study of diabetic patients, conducted by researchers with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., suggests that by eating almost exclusively vegan foods, people can lose twice as much weight as those who follow the typical low-calorie diets recommended for diabetics.

After six months, participants who ate almost all vegan foods had also boosted their metabolism and reduced the amount of fat around their muscles, which is significant for those with diabetes.

Another study, carried out by researchers at Spain’s University of Navarra, found that people who eat plant-based foods can almost halve their risk of becoming obese compared with those who eat animal-derived foods.

The study participants — 16,000 healthy adults, who were tracked for an average of 10 years — completed food questionnaires and were scored on the types of food that they ate. Points were awarded to those who ate vegetables, fruits, grains and other plant-based foods and subtracted from those who ate meat, dairy, eggs and other animal-derived foods. Participants who ate the most plant-based foods were the least likely to become obese.

The results of these studies aren’t exactly surprising. Vegan foods tend to be low in fat and calories and high in fiber and complex carbohydrates, which help boost metabolism, so you can burn more calories, making it easier both to shed pounds and to maintain a healthy weight.

So if your heft is weighing heavily on your mind, try this tasty, simple solution: Go vegan!

A quick dinner recipe!🌻

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Pasta and sauce

Recipe and pics by Chef Joey

Here is another quick dinner recipe sure to please anyone in your family. I chose the vegetarian, gluten-free version, which is also vegan, actually. However, with a switch from lentils to hamburger it can be the traditional pasta dish you all know and love.

Ingredients:

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1 box pasta (Penne works great!)

1 small can tomato paste

1 onion

4 cloves garlic

1 cup red wine

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olive oil

salt and pepper

3 large carrots, peeled and chopped

1 ½ cups cooked lentils or ½ pound lean ground beef

fresh basil

Here is how fast and easy this recipe
is:

Take 3 good sized carrots, chop and add 1 cup of water to a food processor and 4 whole cloves of garlic.

Pulse until you have a thick puree.

Add some olive oil to a thick seep pan and sauté on a medium fire until the water starts to evaporate and the carrots become soft.

In the meantime, take a large onion and chop it fine and add to the carrot mixture.

Stir constantly and add 1 cup of water.

As the water reduces – keep an eye on it – add 3 tablespoons of sugar to caramelize the carrots and onions.

As the onions get soft, add 1 cup of red wine (anything works) slowly and stir.

As the sauce starts to smell delicious, add 1 can of tomato paste and another cup of water and stir.

Let this cook for about 20 minutes and add a few basil leaves for flavor.

In the meantime cook your pasta.

This is where you go vegan or carnivore. For meat lovers, add a ½ pound of LEAN ground beef; for vegans, add 1 ½ cups cooked lentils.

When the meat/lentils are warm (5-10 mins) pour the sauce over the pasta. Stir and serve.

Sprinkle with cheese, garnish and add a parsley or basil leaf. ENJOY!

P.S. Don’t forget! You can buy mock “hamburger” at Trader Joe’s…

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This is not a cat bed? Joey loves animals – he built a snug little house in his backyard for the feral cats he feeds and cares for. Shelter in stormy weather.

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Try this yum yum for dessert – vegan icecream! Trader Joe’s is sooo tastee!💜

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Worcester news you can use!

… but first:

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PRESS CONFERENCE!

10:30 am

MONDAY, July 3

Christian Community Church

108 Beacon St.

Rev. Jose Encarnacion

On Monday, July 3, at 10:30 am Leaders and Members of Christian Community
Church will gather to present “Project LOVE BURUNDI” a launch of an extension of their missions abroad work.

LOVE is at the center of the biblical mandate of the Great Commandment
found in Matthew 22:36-40 which is to LOVE God above all things and to LOVE your neighbor as yourself.

At Christian Community Church we are committed to expressing that LOVE through our urban mission work in the city of Worcester but also through our mission’s abroad work globally.

Currently we have global mission works through Project LOVE HAITI and Project LOVE GUATEMALA …

… and now we proudly launch Project LOVE BURUNDI.

This summer, Christian Community Church will be traveling to Burundi, a small country located in the heart of
the African continent.

The purpose of our trip is to establish
a new affiliation with a local Ministry located in the capital. city of Bujumbura, who is doing relief work with various communities in several provinces throughout the country.

Burundi has seen on-off armed violence for more than 40 years since gaining independence in 1962. Its conflict issues, rooted in political and historical tensions between different
social groups, has killed more than 300,000 people, many of them civilians.

Mass killings in 1972 and 1993 are
considered to be acts of genocide.

Although much of the violence has subsided in recent years, extreme poverty, a lack of law and order and
ongoing human right violations, as well as the difficulty of integrating former rebels into state institutions, continue to be major barriers to stability and sustainable peace in the country.

In April 2015, protests began
against the president’s decision to run for a contested third consecutive term. Since then, the security situation
has deteriorated, with more than 400 people killed and 200,000 fleeing to neighboring countries. We will be
connecting with the church with the intent of not only to establishing a new relationship, but also to provide
assistance and assess the needs of the people after years of war, violence, and ethnic conflict.

We are collecting monetary donations, in which 100 % of all proceeds will go to purchasing food, and supporting programs working with children and survivors of sexual exploitation.

For more info: 774-239-6584

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Kids Can’t Fly!

In response to the ongoing tragedy of children falling out of windows, the Kids Can’t Fly campaign educates communities about window falls prevention and promotes the use of child safety window guards.

Falls are the leading cause of injury to children age five and under. It only takes seconds for a fall to occur. Window falls can cause serious injuries, yet they can be prevented. By combining education and engineering, we protect children from dangerous falls.

Kids Can’t Fly Safety Tips:

Lock all unopened doors and windows
Keep beds, furniture, and anything a child can climb on away from windows
Open windows from the top, not from the bottom.

Install child safety window guards

Be sure children are always supervised

Child safety window guards:

Aluminum or steel bars with a maximum four inch spacing that are installed in the window frame.

Designed and tested to withstand 150 pounds of pressure.

Recommended for the second story and above and for the first floor if the window is over 12 feet high.

Not required by law in Massachusetts but are recommended in homes with children age six and under.

Cannot be substituted with window screens, which are designed to keep out insects and bugs but are NOT strong enough to keep a child from falling out.

Operable window guards:

Releasable or removable from the inside without the use of separate tools, a key, or excessive force.

Can be installed on all windows, including those on which fixed window guards cannot be used.

Recommended by the Boston Fire Department because they have a release feature that allows escape in case of an emergency.

Additional information:

Fixed (permanent) guards or window locks can also be used to restrict the window openings to less than four inches. One window in each room needs to be free of these devices in order to allow for emergency escape.

Child safety window guards are NOT the same as burglar/security bars. Security bars are wide enough to allow a child to slip through and should not be used as a safety window guard. Child safety window guards are not designed to protect against intruders.

Window guard availability:

Many local hardware stores and home improvement stores carry window guards

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Cece playing in her new bed, a gift from one of her “aunties”! Thank you, nice auntie! Thank you, good gal pals, for all your support! – Rose T.

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From PETA.ORG

Your Hot Dog Is Made of WHAT?!

I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.

Written by Zachary Toliver

In one episode of the Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made — which is so disgusting that one has to wonder if producers of the show made it as a parody — the mystery of hot dogs is finally revealed … sort of.

From grinding up meat “trimmings” from pigs, chickens, and cows to pumping out brown sludge that’s eventually formed into a phallic-shaped monstrosity, every stage of production leaves watchers wondering how in the world hot dogs are legal to sell — let alone classified as “food.”

Hot dogs are made of “mechanically separated meat,” defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “a paste-like and batter-like meat product produced by forcing bones with attached edible meat under high pressure through a sieve or similar device.”

When they chow down on a hot dog, consumers also get much more than they bargained for — including glass, plastic, metal, bone, rodents, and other miscellaneous objects.

It’s no surprise that the World Health Organization now classifies hot dogs and other processed meats as carcinogenic — in the same category as cigarettes and asbestos.

It takes a liquid smoke bath, a salt-water treatment, and many other flavorings to make consumers forget that they’re eating runny flesh trimmings that — let’s be honest — resemble an alarming case of diarrhea.

Perhaps the most genuine reaction to learning how hot dogs are made came from the legendary Snoop Dogg, who, after watching footage of hot dog production, exclaimed, “Every time I see a motherf*cker at a barbecue with a plate with a hot dog on it, I’m knockin’ that sh*t out his hands.”

Before animals’ body parts are pulverized into paste, they live short, miserable lives.

Mother pigs — who account for almost 6 million of the pigs in the U.S. — spend most of their lives in individual gestation crates that are so small that they can’t even turn around.

In nature, after piglets are born, their mothers clean them and make a nest. But on factory farms, mother pigs are locked inside farrowing crates, which are barely wide enough for them to lie down and nurse their babies. The crates also prevent them from performing any other natural maternal behavior.

Chickens raised for their flesh — called “broilers” by the chicken industry — spend their entire lives in filthy sheds with tens of thousands of other birds, and the intense crowding and confinement lead to injuries and outbreaks of disease.

When still very young, many cows are branded, dehorned, and castrated — all without painkillers. Then cows raised for beef are sent to massive, filthy outdoor feedlots, where they’re fattened for slaughter.

Save animals by leaving this repulsive food off your plate.

You can help animals — including pigs, cows, and others whose body parts might end up in hot dogs — every day by choosing to go vegan.

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TRY THE MOCK HOT DOGS AND MEAT AT TRADER JOE’S IN SHREWSBURY! The grocery store is located on Rt 9 – right over the bridge…

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Are chickens smarter?

By Heather Moore

Are you concerned about animal welfare? Do you believe that “cage-free” eggs and “free-range” chicken are humane options? Then you’ll be interested in a recent Popular Science article revealing that up to 86 percent of hens on “free-range” egg farms incur broken breast bones – largely because “cage-free” birds are about as “free” as the inmates at the county jail.

It turns out that even so-called “cage-free” birds spend much of their time in crowded sheds with no access to the outdoors — they aren’t given the space they need to develop strong bones and muscles.

And farmers manipulate their food and the lighting in the warehouses to force their bodies to produce more eggs than they would naturally.

Eggshells require calcium, so the nutrient is leached from their bones, which become brittle as a result. Both of these factors lead to weak, fragile bones that break easily.

Scientists are looking for a solution to this problem, but I’ve already got one: Stop eating chicken eggs and flesh.

The market research firm Packaged Facts apparently agrees, saying that the food industry can’t ignore animal-welfare concerns and should invest in plant-based meats.

Memphis Meats comes to mind. The Bay Area startup recently unveiled the world’s first chicken strip that was grown in a laboratory. Laboratory-grown meat requires only 1 percent of the land and 4 percent of the water that conventional meat uses, and it produces up to 96 percent fewer greenhouse-gas emissions. Clean meat, as it’s sometimes called, is also expected to help stop the spread of bird flu and other animal-borne diseases, which flourish on filthy, crowded chicken and turkey farms.

This is promising news that will benefit us all — but especially the chickens who would otherwise be confined, killed and devoured.

Chickens aren’t even included in the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act, the only federal law that offers any sort of protection to farmed animals.

They’re often scalded and dismembered while they’re still conscious. And that goes for “cage-free” birds as well as those raised on conventional factory farms.

But many people are beginning to understand that chickens need space and have interests and feelings that must be protected. Hopefully soon, everyone will realize that there’s no good reason to eat them at all.

Chickens are self-aware and have complex social structures, empathy for one another and distinct personalities, just as humans do. Male chickens often strut around trying to impress females and show other males who’s boss.

Sound familiar?

Like us, chickens form strong family ties and mourn when they lose a loved one. When they’re not confined to filthy egg farms, hens will lovingly tend to their eggs and “talk” to their chicks, who chirp back, while they’re still in the shell.

A scientific review published earlier this year illustrates that chickens are a lot smarter than most people realize. They communicate constantly and have at least 24 distinct calls to convey information and warn one another of predators. Researchers have found that they can count, anticipate the future and demonstrate self-control. I can’t say that for some humans I know!

When undergraduates at the University of Adelaide were instructed to train chickens as a way to learn about psychology and cognition, one student commented, “Chickens are a lot smarter than I originally thought.”

So the next time someone calls you a “bird brain,” take it as a compliment. And when you’re grocery shopping, make the smart choice: Opt for healthy vegan foods. If you want something that “tastes like chicken,” try Beyond Meat’s vegan chicken strips or Gardein’s meat-free “chick’n.”

Because no one who believes that kindness is a virtue, as we all say we do, can argue that it’s acceptable to be cruel when we have the option to be kind.

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De-escalating Interactions between the Police and People with Mental Illness who are in Crisis

May 16 – from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Bridge of Central MA

4 Mann St., Worcester

Lead by Sergeant William Chanis, Officer James Hodgerney and Officer Angel Rivera – The Worcester Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

Families, Friends and People Living with Mental Illness will learn:

Overview of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

How the CIT partners with the community

What families, friends and people living with mental illness can expect

The Worcester Police Department is a partner with NAMI Massachusetts Criminal Justice Diversion Project (CJDP) aims to prevent the unnecessary arrest and detention of individuals with mental illness.

The CJDP supports police departments and other first responders in engaging with individuals experiencing mental health crisis, and fosters connections between law enforcement, behavioral health providers, and other community stakeholders.

Parking in back entrance of The Bridge of Central MA

NAMI members will greet you at the door.

Questions: email hannigan01583@charter.net

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At the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Great Brook Valley:

19 Tacoma St., 3rd Floor Conference Room

Refugee Health Groups in ARABIC

Thursday, May 18

At 11 a.m

Important information to keep you and your family healthy!

This group will discuss healthy tips for the summer and summer programs for youth.

Arabic interpreter available

Bus passes provided

Please call Sousn Imam for more information:
508-852-1805 TTY 800-439-0183

This program is sponsored by Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center. This program is funded by the Office of Refugees and Immigrants Massachusetts Refugee Health Promotion Program.

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The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) Class of 2017.

This is a great opportunity for young people…

In its 18th year, YCI is a youth led program focused on creating change through Worcester County through grantmaking in their communities.

High school sophomores and juniors from across Worcester County sit on a youth committee of on average 18 youth, in which they solely decide upon how to distribute funds provided to them of about $20,000 in grants to support community initiatives.

Which programs and how much funding each program will receive is determined by the committee.

Throughout the program, teens enhance and develop skills in leadership, facilitation, negotiation, teamwork, and critical thinking skills.

Committee members are in charge of facilitating conversations, researching community assets and challenges, developing a request for proposals and evaluating applications, and together reaching decisions on how to best utilize their grant dollars.

From the beginning of the program to the end, participants gain a better understanding of grantmaking, redefine their own definition of community, and develop a new passion for work in nonprofits and philanthropy.

This is a great opportunity for any sophomore and junior interested in service, leadership, nonprofits and fundraising, and who is looking to expand their network beyond their school.

We encourage students of all skill and experience level to apply.

We do have limited spots available for this upcoming year and an application and interview are required.

Applications must be received by Friday, June 2.

YCI meets every Wednesday once a week from 4-7pm from September- December at the GWCF office in Worcester.

As the advisor to this program, I am happy to chat and answer any questions! Many thanks for your time and assistance in helping connect YCI with our talented and passionate future leaders!

-Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer
sshugrue@greaterworcester.org

From PETA.ORG:

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An Irresistible New Guide to Vegan Love and Dating!

Have you recently adopted a vegan lifestyle? A new book by Maya Gottfried explores the intricacies of the love-and-dating side of things. This guide explains everything about vegan dating, from whether you should crush on a nonvegan, to where to go on a first date. Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal, With Fashion, Makeup & Wedding Tips is the tool you need to navigate the world of vegan relationships!

Vegan Love is a practical guide for single vegan women who are looking for love, but it’s also a means of support for those already in committed relationships. However, the deeper purpose of the book is key: It will help you develop the skills to give love, compassion, and respect on every level, and this will spill over into your romantic life. Plus, Vegan Love includes guides to shopping for vegan and cruelty-free makeup and clothing.

In the book, author Maya Gottfried discusses the personal health crisis that led her to realize that going vegan would save both the lives of animals and her own. Insights from animal rights filmmakers and authors are featured throughout the text. Some of the bright minds who weigh in include Marisa Miller Wolfson of the film Vegucated, as well as Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough, and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author and host of the Food for Thought podcast.

A Week’s Worth of Vegan Dinners From Trader Joe’s market – on Rt. 9 – Shrewsbury (just over the bridge)🍞☕🎶

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We do our grocery shopping here and love it! Open ALL DAY, 7 days a week. Fun!💋 They’re located in Shrewsbury, Rt. 9, just over the Worcester line, just over the cool bridge! They sell EVERYTHING, including organic, veggie fare – cheap! Plus plants, cut flowers, greeting cards, soaps, lotions, personal care products – all BEAUTIFULLY PRICED! CHECK ‘EM OUT!

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From PETA.ORG:

Whether you’re brand new to vegan eating or a seasoned pro looking for extra inspiration, we’re here to help you find great food.

The wide array of vegan products at Trader Joe’s, for example, makes finding plant-based foods especially easy and convenient.

Check out the sample meal plan we’ve laid out below based on vegan items at Trader Joe’s, where one-stop shopping for an entire week’s worth of dinners is a snap.

Monday: Meatless Meatball Subs

Tuesday: Black Bean and Beefless Crumble Tacos

Wednesday: Sriracha Baked Tofu Stir-Fry

Thursday: Cashew Cream Tomato Pasta

Friday: BBQ Tofu Sliders with Broccoli Slaw

Saturday: Pizza

Sunday: Corndog Muffins

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Monday: Meatless Meatball Subs

Costs approximately $1.85 per serving

These four ingredients will cure your case of the Mondays.

1 pkg. frozen Meatless Meatballs
1 jar Traditional Marinara Sauce
1 pkg. vegan hot dog buns
1/2 pkg. Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds

Prepare the vegan meatballs according to the package instructions.

Add the marinara sauce to a skillet and heat over medium heat until warmed through.

Toast the buns and fill with the vegan meatballs (about 6 per bun). Top with the sauce and vegan cheese shreds and, if desired, toast in a toaster oven for 5 minutes or until the “cheese” melts.

Makes up to 5 subs

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Tuesday: Black Bean and Beefless Crumble Tacos

Costs approximately $3.50 per serving (2 or 3 tacos), not including toppings

Grab your favorite oil and fry up these ingredients.

1 pkg. Beef-Less Ground Beef
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning Mix
1 jar Traditional Marinara Sauce
1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
5 taco shells
1 avocado, sliced
Salsa, shredded lettuce, and vegan cheese (optional)

Prepare the beefless ground beef according to the package instructions and transfer to a skillet. Add the taco seasoning mix and tomato sauce and cook over medium heat until thickened. Stir in the black beans and cook until warmed through.

Fill the taco shells with the beefless crumble mixture, avocado, and any other toppings of your choice.

Makes 5 tacos

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Wednesday: Sriracha Baked Tofu Stir-Fry

Costs approximately $2.36 per serving

Warning: You may get addicted to this Sriracha tofu!!

Oil, for frying
1 pkg. Sriracha Baked Tofu
1 pkg. frozen Vegetable Fried Rice
1 pkg. fresh broccoli florets or baby broccoli

Cut tofu into strips.

Combine all the ingredients in a lightly oiled pan and cook covered for 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Makes 3 to 4 servings

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Thursday: Cashew Cream Tomato Pasta

Costs approximately 65 cents per serving

Your friends won’t believe how easy this dish is to make.

1 16-oz. pkg. penne or rigatoni pasta
1 jar Organic Tomato Basil Marinara
1 cup cashew pieces
1/2 cup almond milk

Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions.

Blend the remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Add the pasta and the sauce mixture to a large saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until warmed through.

Makes 8 servings

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Friday: Tofu Sliders with Broccoli Slaw

Costs approximately $2 per serving

These vegan sliders are the perfect potluck dish.

1 pkg. extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1 cup Organic Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce and Marinade
1 pkg. Organic Broccoli Slaw
3/4 to 1 cup Vegan Spread & Dressing
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
1 pkg. Mini Hamburger Buns

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Coat the tofu with the BBQ sauce and bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 20 to 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through.

In a large bowl, combine the broccoli slaw, vegan spread, sugar, salt, apple cider vinegar, and raisins or dried cranberries, if using.

Toast the buns and layer on the baked tofu and broccoli slaw.

Makes 5 servings

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Saturday: Pizza

Costs approximately $1 per serving, not including extra toppings

This is what pizza should look like.

1 pkg. Regular, Whole Wheat, or Garlic & Herb refrigerated pizza dough
Flour, for dusting the work surface and baking sheet
1 jar pizza sauce
1/2 pkg. Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds (optional)
Toppings of your choice (mushrooms, olives, artichoke hearts, etc.)

Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Knead the pizza dough on a lightly floured work surface and then flatten onto a floured baking sheet.

Spread the pizza sauce evenly on top and add the vegan cheese, if using, as well as your favorite toppings. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

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Sunday: Corndog Muffins

Costs approximately $2.22 per serving

We’ve got a recipe video ready to help you throw these together.

And of course, Trader Joe’s has plenty of other vegan products that aren’t on this list, too — including fresh produce and beverages.

This list is just a template to help you get started, but there are thousands of recipes on PETA.org, if you want to swap anything out. And if you’re ever feeling stuck in a rut, cooking the same foods over and over again, just pop by the PETA Living food page for some new inspiration.

You can go vegan, and we can help you eat all the same foods that you ate before, just without the animal-derived ingredients. Help create a compassionate, sustainable future by always opting for vegan products when you dine out and shop for groceries!

It ain’t Rt. 9…

🎵🎵🎻 to our souls!💛 and … Make your own Easter Yum Yums!🍰

From PETA.ORG:

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Why You Should Celebrate a Cruelty-Free Easter

As Christians remember Christ’s crucifixion as the final sacrifice and celebrate His victory over death in the resurrection, let us resolve to emulate His compassion in our own lives by showing mercy to animals.

There’s no better place to begin than the dinner table. As we break bread, let’s break ties with some of the most violent and ungodly places on Earth — slaughterhouses and factory farms.

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Before they become Sunday’s centerpiece, animals on factory farms are denied everything that God designed them to want and do. They never breathe fresh air, nurture their young, play with other animals, or do anything to live out the biblical concept that “God’s mercy is over all His creatures.”

For example, pigs spend their entire lives in filthy concrete pens, and cruelty is rampant, as witnessed by PETA investigators.

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PETA’s investigation of Belcross Farm, a pig-breeding facility in North Carolina, resulted in the first-ever felony indictments for cruelty to animals by farm workers in the U.S.

PETA’s undercover investigation at Seaboard Farms, Inc. has resulted in the filing of felony cruelty-to-animals charges against a former manager at the facility.

Easter is also no celebration for hens on egg farms, who suffer constant confinement to tiny, filthy wire cages. Male chicks are killed — often through suffocation — since they don’t produce eggs, and female chicks have their beaks painfully seared off to keep them from pecking one another.

Cows on dairy farms are kept continually impregnated, and their calves are snatched away just after birth so that their mothers’ milk can be consumed by humans.

At the end of their short, miserable lives, these animals are crammed into trucks, with little protection from the elements, to suffer the ultimate terror of the slaughterhouse, where workers hang them upside-down and slit their throats.

What You Can Do

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Plant-based foods can be found in supermarkets (editor’s note: check out TRADER JOE’S in Shrewsbury, Rt 9, just over the bridge) and on the menus of many chain restaurants.

Since eating vegan is easier than ever, there’s simply no reason for any animals to end up on our plates!

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Homemade Vegan Easter Eggs!🐰🐰

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There are a variety of places online where you can order vegan Easter candy, and finding vegan chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, or jelly beans — just like those you remember filling your Easter basket with as a child — is no longer difficult. However, if you’re like me and you’ve waited until the last minute to plan for the sugar fest that often comes with the holiday, finding these goodies won’t be quite as easy.

But don’t fear! Those of us who tend to procrastinate — or are just super-crafty — can go the homemade route!

Below is a recipe for basic chocolate eggs, which you can then turn into a variety of designs.

🌷💙Chocolate Eggs💙🌷

1 8-oz. package nondairy cream cheese, softened at room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Decorations, e.g., chopped nuts, unsweetened cocoa, toasted flaked coconut

Beat the nondairy cream cheese in a mixing bowl until it is smooth.

Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until it is well blended.

Add the melted chocolate and vanilla and mix well.

Refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls or egg shapes and roll them in the nuts, cocoa, or coconut.

Store the finished chocolates in the refrigerator.

Makes approximately 5 dozen chocolates

🌷🌼Some “eggs-traordinary” ideas!!🌼🌷:

Roll egg-shaped chocolate in chopped nuts.

If you can find a cute Easter-themed mold, simply fill it with the chocolate and refrigerate.

Allow the chocolate to cool in a thin layer, then cut out your favorite shape with Easter-themed cookie cutters.

Decorate egg-shaped chocolate with dyed coconut. I recommend adding a few drops of food coloring to water and then adding your coconut. Allow to soak for a few minutes in the water, then remove and allow to dry completely before using to decorate.

Use plastic Easter eggs to get your desired shape, scoop out the center, and fill with peanut butter, nuts, or another favorite candy.

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Close the plastic egg and refrigerate until both sides are firm and have joined together.

Cover egg-shaped chocolate with holiday color foils or ribbons.

Cover egg-shaped chocolate with vegan nonpareils or another small vegan candy.

You can shape and decorate the chocolate any way you’d like, so get creative with it!

Enjoy!🐰🐰🐰🐰

Worcester news you can use and a song …

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Instead of meat, feast on these mock-meats! Available at TRADER JOE’S, RT. 9, SHREWSBURY (just over the bridge):

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REC-CITY OF WORCESTER EARTH DAY CLEANUPS – this Saturday!

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Dorrie and CENTRAL MASS KIBBLE CONNECTION! Every Wednesday at the Mustard Seed on Piedmont Street! Dorrie gives out free cat food and dog food to people who are struggling – but have pets they love and care for! And need to feed!

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Jett thinks the world of Dorrie!

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THIS THURSDAY!

A fundraiser to benefit the military veterans of Veteran Homestead!

Get your friends and colleagues together for a FUN night of go-kart racing, food, drinks, music, prizes, networking and of course mingling with our veterans at the Second Annual Veteran Homestead Star Spangled …

… Go-Kart Challenge!💗

Where:
F1Boston
290 Wood Road
Braintree, Mass.

When:
Thursday, 6 April
5 pm to 9 pm

We have only one team available, so act NOW and tickets are also on sale if you don’t want to race – so don’t miss this opportunity and the fastest way to help our heroes, the veterans who are responsible for our freedom.

Compete for a place on the podium and the 1st place trophy or come and cheer on your comrades. Either way, you’ll have a blast and help support our veterans through the great work of Veteran Homestead.

Event Details

There are two ways to participate:

1. WE HAVE ONE TEAM LEFT TO FILL – Sponsor and organize your 4-person team to race in the 90-minute endurance race. We have corporate and individual sponsorships available.

It’s fun and safe and each of your drivers take turns at the wheel of the F1Boston racing kart. You’ll race against as many as 11 other teams all for the glory of supporting our veterans and winning the illustrious 1st place trophy.

2. Buy a ticket and attend the event to cheer on your favorite team, enjoy food and cocktails, music, networking, shoot a game of pool (all included in the ticket price) and of course meet our veterans.

Tickets are $150 per person and all proceeds go to Veteran Homestead.

For more information on Veteran Homestead visit veteranhomestead.org
For more information on F1Boston visit f1boston.com

Your health and animal rights – always in fashion!

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Rise in colorectal cancer in young people should be a wake-up call

By Heather Moore

The new American Cancer Society report showing that there’s been a sharp increase in colorectal cancer in people in their 20s and 30s might just be the kick in the pants that young people need to eat more vegan foods and less red and processed meats, which are linked to colon and rectal cancers.

According to the report, which compared different generations at similar ages, people born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer of those born in 1950 when they were the same age. Experts aren’t sure why the rates have been rising, but they are confident that people can reduce their risk for colorectal cancer by eating lots of fiber-filled fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.

In October 2015, the World Health Organization announced that bacon and other processed meats cause cancer and that red meat, including beef, pork and lamb, is probably also carcinogenic.

Soon afterward, scientists from Oxford University reported that eating one steak a week increases one’s risk of colorectal cancer by more than two-fifths and that people who eat meat twice a week have an 18 percent higher risk than do vegetarians.

This wasn’t exactly new news — a number of previous studies had shown that eating meat could raise one’s risk of colorectal cancer — but it caused an uproar anyway. Some people defiantly insisted that they weren’t going to change their unhealthy eating habits no matter what — a peculiar reaction considering that colorectal cancer can cause abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea and other unpleasant symptoms.

Changing your diet can be daunting — I know. But in the end, it comes down to this: Would you rather undergo surgery, chemotherapy and other costly medical treatments or eat tasty vegan foods? Many physicians believe that colorectal cancer is nearly 100 percent preventable if you follow healthy living recommendations. According to Kim Robien, an associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at George Washington University, “It is absolutely recommended to decrease — if not completely eliminate — processed meat intake to prevent cancer.”

Study after study has shown that ditching meat is an effective way to ward off colorectal cancer. A 2015 Loma Linda University study involving more than 77,000 men and women, for example, suggests that a plant-based diet can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by at least 22 percent.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine asked 20 African-Americans in Pittsburgh and 20 rural South Africans to “switch diets” for two weeks. At the end of the swap, they performed colonoscopies on all of the study participants. Those who had eaten the traditional African-style diet, which includes lots of fruit, vegetables, beans and cornmeal — and very little meat — had less inflammation in the colon and more of a particular fatty acid that may protect against colon cancer, while those who had eaten the typical American diet, high in meat and cheese, showed changes in gut bacteria that are consistent with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Just this month, a study in the journal Cancer Science revealed that Japanese men who eat lots of meat in general, and specifically red meat, are 36 percent and 44 percent more likely, respectively, to develop colorectal cancer than those who don’t eat much — or any — meat.

No matter what your age, race or nationality, you can reduce your risk for colorectal cancer—not to mention heart disease, stroke and other serious health problems—by eating plant-based foods rather than animal-based ones.

And since March is National Colorectal Cancer Month, it’s the perfect time to ditch unhealthy animal-based foods and start eating delicious vegan meals instead.

REC Worcester Earth Day clean-ups … Vegan St. Patty’s Day yum yums … and music 🎵🎶🌹🎵 to our ears!🌸

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From REC:

Saturday, April 8

8 am – 12 pm

We are excited to invite you to join us for this year’s REC Earth Day Neighborhood & Garden Cleanups!

This is truly a community-wide event in which residents come together every year to give Worcester the Spring-cleaning it deserves.

Last year, more than 1,000 volunteers came together to pick up more than 50 tons of trash at over 60 sites in Worcester!!!🌸❤

Let’s do even more this year to make
Worcester cleaner and greener🌻🌺!

WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU❤💛💜❤!

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If you would like to help us coordinate the cleanup of a particular site, we encourage you to sign up as a Site Coordinator.

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Otherwise, please sign up as a Volunteer (or group of volunteers) and we will connect you with a site in your area!

This event is only possible because of your volunteerism and commitment to our city. The REC, along with many partners including city government, non-profits, and businesses provide the materials, pick-up services and logistics.

We look forward to working with you!

Please feel free to contact Pat Barnosky with any questions or concerns
– earthday@recworcester.org – 508-799-9139

Thank you for joining with your neighbors and friends to support the 28th Annual REC Earth Day Neighborhood & Garden Cleanups!

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GO VEGAN THIS ST. PATTY’S DAY!🍻🍏

Irish Cabbage Salsa!

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1 cup shredded green cabbage

1/2 cup diced yellow onion

1 carrot shredded

2–3 green onions chopped

2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. whole grain mustard

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Refrigerate overnight.

Makes about 2 cups

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Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew

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1 large onion chopped

3 ribs celery chopped

2-3 cloves garlic minced

1/2 head cabbage chopped

4 carrots sliced

1-1 1/2 pounds potatoes cut in large dice

1/3 cup pearled barley optional or substitute with gluten-free grain

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds

1/2 teaspoon rosemary crushed

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

6-8 cups vegetable broth

3 cups cooked great northern beans (2 cans, drained)

1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

salt to taste

Place vegetables, seasonings, barley and broth into a large stockpot.

Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, check seasonings, and add more herbs if necessary.

Simmer uncovered for at least 15 minutes before serving.

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