21-Day Vegan Kickstart

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DAY 5: Persia White Shares Her Vegan Story

Welcome to day five! Cooking is a great way to cater to your tastes, but you might be surprised to find out how many options you have when you are dining out. A tip on dining out with friends: If you are unfamiliar with the restaurant, call ahead and ask what they have on the menu that is totally animal-free. Sometimes chefs appreciate the extra heads-up and may be inspired to show off some of their culinary skills. Take it from experienced vegan diners—your specially prepared meal will be the envy of your companions.

Today’s Meal Plan and Recipes

  • Breakfast: Smoothie Day: Green Glamour Smoothie
  • Lunch: leftover DIY from last night or Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Snack: Mango Salsa with Oven-Baked Tortilla Chips or raw veggies
  • Dinner: Kickstart Dining Out: Mexican
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A Message from Persia White

Persia Whiteleft quoteI wasn’t born vegan. I became a vegetarian when I was 12 years old. I started eating a vegan diet nearly 10 years ago. I did it gradually—and it has changed my life. It’s all about a shift in perspective. The more I learned about the beauty of a plant-based diet, the more my mind and heart opened up. Your journey will help change the world. What you eat not only improves your health—it benefits the entire planet.right quote

For a few of my nutrition tips, visit my Kickstart page >

Listen to Persia Perform the Kickstart Song
The March 2010 Kickstart featured a lyric-writing contest. Kent Maurer won the contest with “One Simple Act,” which was put to music and recorded by Persia. Listen to Persia perform “One Simple Act.”

Susan Says: Lycopene is a powerful phytochemical that protects the body against damaging free radicals. Lycopene is a carotenoid found in tomatoes, watermelons, and pink and red grapefruits. It has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease. Lycopene exists in higher amounts in concentrated sources such as tomato soup and tomato sauce.

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