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One World Cafe March 19, 2012

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Midterms are finally over, you can finally stop stressing over that 10 page paper, and you don’t have to pick up a book for an entire week. But just because your normal schedule is being interrupted by spring break doesn’t mean you should succumb to the temptation of eating fast food and junk food.

Since you are not confined to the Towson area, it’s time to venture out and see what other healthy options are available. One World Cafe, which is located near John Hopkins University, offers an extensive menu with vegan meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My personal favorite are their quesadillas filled with black beans, tomatoes, and cheeses. They even offer a soy cheese quesadilla for people trying to stay away from dairy.

Another appetizing meal is their vegan Red Bean and Mixed Vegetable Jambalaya  made with red beans, meatless sausages, and Cajun mixed vegetables over brown rice. It comes with garlicky greens and jalapeno blue cornbread muffins.

The options are endless at One World Cafe.

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Vegan Meetup Group March 12, 2012

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Eating healthy can be a challenge with all the junk food available everywhere you turn. It’s even harder when all your friends are chowing down on fast food and skittles. Attemping to stay on a strict vegan diet in the Towson area may be hard but it can be so much easier with help from other vegans.

There is a group called the Baltimore Vegan Meetup Group that is people-friendly and  open to anyone interested in talking about a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle including health, food preparation, animal protection, ecology, activism, spirituality, and more.

This is a great opportunity to meet up with people with the same goals and diet as yourself. You might learn new  recipes or even restaurants and shops that have vegan cuisine.

There is a meet up on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.  It’s a fee of $1 per person and you can find out the location by becoming a member of the Baltimore Vegan Meetup Group’s site.

 

Vege-What?

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When you’re trying to learn how to eat healthy you may become exposed to a lot of terms, some may sound familiar others may not. Most people have heard of a vegetarian or vegan even if they can’t give the text book definition of what they are but the average person doesn’t know what a lacto vegetarian or an ovo vegetarian is. It’s helpful to know what all these words mean to be able to classify your own diet.

For starters, there are several different types of vegetarians like lacto-ovo vegetarians, lacto vegetarians, ovo vegetarians, vegans, and raw vegetarians. The most common vegetarian is a lacto-ovo vegetarian which is a person that doesn’t consume animals but does consume eggs, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, greens, legumes, grains, soy products, seitan, nuts, and honey. A lacto vegetarian eats everything a lacto-ovo vegetarian eats except eggs and an ovo vegetarian eats everything a lacto-ovo vegetarian eats except dairy.

Veganism is more than just a diet it’s a lifestyle. Vegans do not eat anything from animals and they try not to use animal products by using cruelty-free toiletries and not wearing fur or leather. A raw vegetarian is a person that doesn’t eat cooked foods.

These are not all the terms out there but this is a start in your quest for healthy eating.

 

What’s for Dinner? How about Zia’s! February 12, 2012

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Since there are so many fake “healthy” dining choices out there, it’s nice to eat at a restaurant where you don’t have to worry about what kind of antibiotics your chicken was injected with or what nice little concoction of pesticides are in your lettuce.  This dining experience is offered in Towson at a charming little restaurant called Zia’s Cafe.

They use locally grown organic produce and their meat, poultry and dairy are all hormone and antibiotic-free. Zia’s offers something for everyone whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or like to chow down on meat.

As of February 1st , Zia’s Cafe is now offering dinner with a brand new dinner menu. Start off with a Mango Avocado Salad with black sesame seeds covered in a beet-vanilla vinaigrette. Try Fish Tacos made with wild-caught flounder, queso fresco, cabbage, avocado and lemon garlic yogurt sauce in a sprouted corn tortilla for an entree. Then finish the meal with a Nutty Banana Smoothy made with organic peanut butter, bananas, dates and almond milk. These are just a few of the mouth watering options on the menu.

Check out  Zia’s Cafe’s Facebook page for daily dinner specials.

Dinner is available  Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday  from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For those of you 21 and over it’s BYOB  (Bring Your Own Beverages) during dinner and there is no corkage fee.