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ZENBASSADOR OF THE WEEK
IG’s @thebeatrixkiddo

6/24/16

This week’s top fan showed some serious Benevolent Bacon love on IG with her BBLTA shown here!  @thebeatrixkiddo has an awesome IG site, where she definitely keeps it real.  Check out her awesome #vegan inspirations and honest to goodness lifestyle >> https://www.instagram.com/thebeatrixkiddo/.

Thanks tbk – it’s been fun getting to know you this week 🙂

Much love,

The Sweet Earth Team


Want to be considered for Zenbassador of the Week? Be sure to hashtag #SweetEarthFoods in your social media posts and we’ll find you! Also, feel free to email us at ZenFarmer@sweetearthfoods.com and check us out on all of our channels as @SweetEarthFoods!

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400 Parts per Million… What Does it Mean?

6/24/16

Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide exceeded 400 parts per million this year.  That’s the latest milestone in the steady climb of the scorecard for global warming.

As a food manufacturer, I have no idea what “400 ppm” really means, but I do hear the scientists saying two things:

  1. We reached this level one year sooner than they expected
  2. Stabilizing this steady climb at 450 ppm can help avert a global temperature increase of about 4 degrees Fahrenheit

I don’t need to know what it means, but I do need to know the consequences. And, more importantly, we all need to know how to help. We’ve changed our light bulbs and we’re seeing more & more electric vehicles and solar installations, but the easiest way to help is with our forks. The devastating environmental impact of eating animal protein is well documented. And, long-gone are the “sacrifice” days where eating vegetarian equated to terrible food … when you weren’t sure if you were eating the product or the package it came in!

At Sweet Earth, we keep track of the contributions we’re making toward stabilizing the carbon in the atmosphere on our Eco Clock.  It’s our way of encouraging you to do the same … where ever you can, swap the ground beef for a Teriyaki Veggie Burger; skip the chicken burrito for a Peruvian or enjoy a delicious BBLT (that’s aBenevolent Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato sandwich!).

So, fire up your fork, push aside the animal meat and let’s do our part to help avoid that 450 ppm ceiling.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/13/carbon-dioxide-levels-in-atmosphere-forecast-to-shatter-milestone

 

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5 Essentials for a Vegan Meal Prep

Featuring Sweet Earth Seitan, Veggie Burgers & Savory Grounds

6/24/16

bio-pic2-200x300My name is Kim Capella aka @pbeechie in internet world. I share my unique vegan meals & recipes on Instagram as well as my blog, The Coconut Diaries. I wasn’t always vegan, though! I started my social media after losing 65 pounds through healthy eating and staying active; however, I transitioned to veganism a year ago after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After transitioning, I found my health radically improve. I am now educated about the ethical and environmental aspects of veganism, and I would never “go back”! I also share my meals on Youtube and address common concerns relevant to other new vegans or people who are just curious. One frequent question is “how do I make a vegan meal prep?”

Tackling the task of a vegan meal prep for the week can certainly be intimidating! Even I was extremely overwhelmed by the idea when I began. You may find yourself asking – How do I make sure I get enough protein? What if I don’t get the right nutrients? How can I keep it interesting every week? Will it even have flavor?! Rest assured; vegan meal prep can be very simple all while maintaining wholesomeness and tasting great!

From experience I’ve found that the best way to prepare well-rounded vegan meals and still remain simple is to break the meals down into five essential food targets. Each week while planning, just choose your favorite item from each group, then put the five groups together! Of course, you need to multiply the servings of each food to create enough meals for your week. Below you can read about each of the five groups I use and why each group is important for the overall meal.

5 Essentials for a Tasty, Nutritious Vegan Meal Prep

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1) Main Protein Source – Essential since humans need .8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. Plant proteins offer the benefit of getting protein, but they also come with the additional benefit of containing antioxidants, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals. [Sweet Earth Seitan, Veggie Burgers, Savory Grounds]

2) Bean/Legume – Essential as a secondary source of plant-based protein – 1/2 cup contains 7 grams of protein, the same amount as in 1 ounce of chicken, meat, or fish. Additionally essential for their high soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They are digested slowly, which helps keep blood glucose stable and curb fatigue. Finally, beans are high in vitamins and minerals such as folate and iron. [Edamame, Chickpeas, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, White Beans, Black Eyed Peas]
3) Leafy Greens/Vegetables – Essential for the nutritional firepower! Leafy greens are brimming with fiber along with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant-based substances that help protect against heart disease and diabetes. [Brussel Sprouts, Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Asparagus, Green Beans]
4) Grain/Complex Carbohydrate – Essential to provide the body with fuel for physical activity and proper daily function. It is the most effective fuel for a healthy brain and nervous system. Complex carbohydrates are also high in dietary fiber for better digestion and prevention of certain types of cancer. They keep the metabolism revved up and help the body burn fat more efficiently than protein. [Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Rice, Quinoa, Barley, Kamut, Amaranth, Millet, Corn, Peas]
5) Sauce/Flavor – Essential so that the dishes never get “boring” in flavor! Changing flavors keeps things interesting. [Sriracha, Mustard, Soy Sauce, Salsa, Nutritional Yeast, Curry Simmer Sauce, Vegan Pesto, Balsamic Vinegar, Guacamole, Tomato Paste, Vegan BBQ Sauce, Spices]

Vegan Meal Prep

So go ahead! Choose your favorite plant-based food item from each group, then get to meal prepping! Feel free to use more than one leafy green or vegetable for extra nutrients. The flavors you choose are not limited to this list; use whatever you love most! With a week or two of practice, your meal prep is complete in under an hour. Hopefully you’ll see how quick and effortless it is to meal prep balanced, delicious vegan meals that make your busy week a lot less stressful.

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ZENBASSADOR OF THE WEEK
Melissa Lindenmuth Guarino

6/17/16

This week’s most awesome Zenbassador is Melissa Guarino!

Melissa wrote in a few weeks ago with some Sweet Earth Love and anchored her Zenbassadorship this week with this featured photo of her freezer over-flowing with Zen Farmers!

From Melissa:

I love bold deliciously flavored foods. I bought my first Sweet Earth burrito on a whim. I was looking for an alternative to ween myself off of overly processed frozen foods in my diet. I have tried eating healthy but I hate bland food. I never thought it was possible to eat healthier while satisfying my foodie palate until I had my first Big Sur burrito! I am now addicted to Sweet Earth foods. I eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. Since eating their foods, I have lost 10 pounds! Thank you for making the best frozen foods on the planet. You have found a loyal customer!

Thank you Melissa, we love taking care of awesome fans like You!

Love,

The Sweet Earth Team

 


Want to be considered for Zenbassador of the Week? Be sure to hashtag #SweetEarthFoods in your social media posts and we’ll find you! Also, feel free to email us at ZenFarmer@sweetearthfoods.com and check us out on all of our channels as @SweetEarthFoods!

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BEST VEGETARIAN ENTREE

The Moroccan Tagine Takes Home Best Bite Award!

6/17/16

Delicious Living announced its annual Best Bite award winners today – and we are super excited the Moroccan Tagine was awarded Best Vegetarian Entree for 2016!

One of 12 exciting entrees launched in May, The Moroccan Tagine is a hearty stew featuring the flavors and spices of Morocco, garbanzo beans, sweet potatoes, red peppers, curry seitan, bulgur, almonds, raisins, cinnamon and clove.

Check out all 12 entrees here > http://bit.ly/artisan-bowls.

Available at Target   ‪#‎TryAll12‬ ‪#‎PlantPowered‬

Download a $1 Off Coupon here > http://www.sweetearthfoods.com/find-us-and-offers/#offers

 

ENJOY!

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ZENBASSADOR OF THE WEEK
Jessica!

6/10/16

This week’s top Zenbassador is all about a hurculean effort on Pinterest!  Jessica won our Passport to World Flavors pinning contest by creating a board you just have to see!  Each pin is inspired by the culture of origin behind one of our Sweet Earth entrees.

As Jessica said, “I dream of the day I can travel the world. I want to Pretend I’m French, Japanese or Caribbean for a week. Load up my suit case & fly to paradise. I want to meet new people, learn the language, try all delicious foods and blend in with the locals, inspired by the Sweet Earth Food dishes I would like to try.”

Check out her winning board here >> https://www.pinterest.com/JayLaHuNniiBuNz/passport-to-world-flavors/

 

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Watch the Sizzle!

6/7/16

Many thanks to organictilapiafarming for this awesome Instagram clip!

Have fun posting photos and clips of your favorite Sweet Earth foods and earn some sweet rewards! Simply hashtag #sweetearth and we’ll find it – and if it’s as awesome as this clip, we’ll feature it here on our blog and our social media channels!

Have fun and #EnjoyLife!

Hickory and sage plant based #sweetearthnaturalfoods #fakebacon is yummy #vegan #benevolentbacon #crueltyfree , kids love this stuff especially if they have never had real bacon 😆 #plantbasedsubstituteforporkbacon

A video posted by Mylife&myAquaponics&smoothies (@organictilapiafarming) on

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ZENBASSADOR OF THE WEEK
@BearUncaged!

6/3/16

Check out @BearUncaged on Instagram and enjoy the ride!

This week’s top Zenbassador caught our eye months ago, crafting his awesome Instagram Board as ‘ThickManDown’ – one guy’s out-front, visual chronicle of weight loss and body transformation – on a whole lot of Sweet Earth foods!   ‘ThickMan has recently taken it too another level, changing his IG handle to ‘BearUncaged’ and we’ll let him tell you why :

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Want to be considered for Zenbassador of the Week?   Be sure to hashtag #SweetEarthFoods in your social media posts and we’ll find you!  Also, feel free to email us at ZenFarmer@sweetearthfoods.com and check us out on all of our channels as @SweetEarthFoods!