Northwest Veg
January 2011
Vol. 53
"How good it is to be well-fed, healthy, and kind all at the same time."
--Henry J. Heimlich

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» Tickets on Sale for 'Forks Over Knives'
» 2011: The Year to Volunteer!
» NW VEG Events and Bites
» Sellout Crowds for 'Forks Over Knives'
» New World Veg Update
» On Resolutions
» Recipe of the Month: Vanilla Almond Granola
» Support our Business Partners
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Tickets on Sale for 'Forks Over Knives' Jan. 7-13

Forks Over Knives is a powerful new documentary that shows how transitioning to a whole foods, plant-based diet can improve the nation's health by reducing obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and a number of types of cancer. The film's producers have chosen Portland for an early premiere of Forks Over Knives beginning January 7 at the Regal Fox Tower Theater located at 846 SW Park Avenue. We hope to attract large audiences to the film as the more people who attend the Portland premiere, the more theaters nationwide that the film will open in on March 11.

Northwest VEG is helping to promote the film as it is a great outreach opportunity to highlight the benefits of eating more healthy plant-based food. Many Northwest VEG members will be attending with friends and family.

For more information on the film and its screening in Portland, visit


2011: The Year to Volunteer!

If giving back through volunteering is among your New Year's resolutions, Northwest VEG has a role for you to fill! Whether you are looking for a one time, short-term commitment or a longer term position, there's a good chance we have a match for your interests, skills, and goals.

Check out all of our volunteer opportunities!

NW VEG Events and Bites

There are many fabulous events going on in January in the local veg scene. To begin with, all are welcome to join Northwest VEG for our monthly potluck being held on Sunday, January 16 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. The potluck will be followed by a presentation given by Dr. Richard Heitsch of Integrated Medicine Group titled "The Basics of Health and Diet." And speaking of great food, our monthly dine-out will be held on Saturday, January 8 at Green Wok restaurant.

We are also excited to announce a screening of the film The Economics of Happiness on Friday, January 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., a new vegan potluck being held in Longview, Washington on January 21 and a "Preparing Whole-Food, Low-Fat Meals" demo by local veg celeb and cookbook author Wendy Gabbe Day on Thursday, January 27 at the Vancouver potluck.

Check out more info on these exciting events

Sellout Crowds for 'Forks Over Knives' PDX Events

The preview screening of Forks Over Knives in Portland on December 9 sold out just days after it was announced. The day before the screening, more than 270 people packed the hall with standing room only for a talk given by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, co-author of The China Study and one of the researchers featured in the Forks Over Knives documentary. These events were both sponsored by Northwest VEG as a way to help build interest in the upcoming nationwide premiere of Forks Over Knives in Portland on January 7.


New World Veg Update

Here's an update on our Portland friends, New World Veg! Remember they're the ones launching the amazing website in search of veggie business owners all over the country? According to cofounder Barnet Love, "We've got some big dreams. Creating this directory is a huge project... and it's all about creating a community for us veggies!" New World Veg will also be fundraising for nonprofits, hosting online cooking classes and talks by famous authors, providing discounts on veg products, and lots more.

They haven't launched yet, but they're already picking up quite a bit of steam. Barnet says, "We've only done a little marketing in seven states, but so far we've received interest from twenty seven states and three countries: Canada, England, and-believe it or not-Iceland!"

Log on to and sign up for more information. Let's show them some support!


On Resolutions

New Year's resolutions are about unobtainable idealism; at least they are for me. I list what I wish for in my life without thought to the realities of limited time, energy, and motivation. Plus, as soon as I say "eat healthier," invincible cravings for tater tots (they're vegan!) and dark chocolate sprout up persistently until the seconds-long resolution is forgotten completely. "Eat less sugar" means I'll eat nothing else for the next few days.

Instead of resolutions for 2011, I am taking stock of 2010. Looking back, I will make a list of what my resolutions would have been had I been able to see into the future. Hindsight is 20/20 vision, right? However, it's not just about accomplishments, and it's certainly not about shortcomings; it's more about what I actually did in 2010, what I actually attempted and practiced during the last 12 months.


Recipe of the Month: Vanilla Almond Granola

It's so fun and easy to make homemade granola! Especially without all of the added fat and sugar. This granola is perfect with non-dairy milk, on top of fresh fruit and non-dairy yogurt, or by the handful!
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut shreds (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water*
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
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