Monday, August 8, 2011

Flouride-Free?!?

It all began innocenly enough. The other day, one of my college roommates Lucy posted this picture on FB:

Then the questions began, first about the flavor. I have also never seen this particular one before, but Lucy announced that she had to order it off Amazon because she couldn't find any fluoride-free toothpaste locally (she lives in a really small town in Louisiana). Then came a "Why flouride-free?" The answer was one that I wasn't very familiar:

"It softens your teeth, which is why it "cleans" them. But it's not cleaning them, it's removing a very thin outer layer of enamel which, yes, makes your teeth look cleaner. But they won't last as long."



The reasons I try to consciously not ingest or use as little fluoride as possible is based more on what I have learned about he history of fluoride and it's use with subduing populations of people and causing thyroid problems. I believe fluoride is the reason I had a goiter and had to have half my thyroid removed when I was only 16 years old!

Since I haven't read up on the subject in a while, this site pretty much covers most of the highlights in the fluoride controversy: http://www.fluoridealert.org/

After a bit of back and forth conversation Lucy finally asked me: What do you use for toothpaste now? I told her I just make my own, and was due to make some NOW so I would write it down and tell her, but I've been asked this many times so I figured I may as well share it with everyone!

HomeMade Toothpaste Fluoride-FREE

1/2 C Baking Soda
1/4 C Coconut Oil
2 t Spearmint Essential Oil
1 t liquid Stevia






Start by mixing the 1/2 C of baking soda & 1/4 C of Coconut Oil. Coconut oil has great anti-bacterial properties and doesn't taste too bad either. The 2 t of spearmint oil, & 1 t stevia in a bowl, if your coconut oil is liquid! If not or if you are just lazy, use a mini or regular food processor! ;)




This was enough to loosen us the Coconut oil so I transferred it to a bowl for a bit more mixing and to make sure the flavor was good!




I tend to like mine a more minty and sweet in the summer, more refreshing! If you have been using regular minty toothpaste definitely add more spearmint and stevia, if you have been using plain baking soda, don't!


I use a wide mouth 1C mason jar, it has been my favorite toothpaste container! :)




This is more gritty that commercial toothpaste and much better for you since it only has four ingredients!!! It may take some getting accustomed to, but it's well worth it!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Dallas Vegan Bus Tour

I'm a bit behind on this, it happens when you have an snow-pocalypse on top of an ice-pocalypse and are without hot water for FIVE DAYS!!! There was lots of local press coverage from local non-vegan foodies so now for a vegan perspective!

On Saturday January 29, 2011 a fine group of folks joined Steven Doyle and James Scott of Dallas Vegan for the Dallas Vegan Bus Tour! We started the day at 11am in Deep Ellum at the Anvil Pub, they have several vegan options. I started my day with a beer and these: 

Loaded cheese fries made their Va-Va-Vegan Chili!!!

These were both awesome and I will definitely be back soon to have a second and third helping... I did share the Loaded Fries with a friend thankfully!

Our Aftermath:
I think i teared up a bit when the menu said they do not charge extra for the vegan substitutions!!!!!!!!

When we were done with Anvil Pub our chariot awaited:
and we traveled with lots of "hydration":
and a stripper pole & a disco ball! WIN!!!




Our second stop was Sol's Nieto Mexican Grill for a vegan tex-mex buffet!!!

Sorry I really can't tell you exactly what was on the buffet since I was still in a daze from the freaking awesome chili cheese fries! But whatever was served was really good, I have been to this place before and I LOVE the spinach enchiladas with cheddar Daiya!

We re-boarded the party bus and we were off to Bliss, this place has a special place in my heart from their first location because the raw food movement was a big stepping stone on my path to veganism! :) The new location is beautiful! 



We were served wonderful drinks, the only one I tasted was the Gogi Paradise and it was paradise, I feel like it helped me wake up and get through the day!

I am not sure what this is, it's on the regular menu but I snapped a pic when I was leaving the restroom! 

The wonderful sampler platter we were served consisted of raw pad thai, raw margherita pizza (someone please correct me if i spelled that wrong) and two raw vegan sushi rolls.

Bliss was sooo awesome, they were so busy when we showed up that there was no way we could be seated inside so we were served outside on the sidewalk! We didn't mind, the food was great!

Next stop, SPIRAL DINER, I have told my vegan friends lately that I feel like a bad vegan because I have never been... I will be there more often I promise!!!

They served us an awesome spread of three sandwiches:
1. Chopped BBQ San'ich:



2. "Meat"ball Sub:

3. "The Mitch" Tofu Club: 

HOLY CRAP these were all soooooo good!!! "The Mitch" is a MUST TRY!!!

as usual we cleared the table...

and Eddie with http://www.mercyforanimals.org/, with the few leftovers we didn't get to! :)

Next stop: Zen Sushi in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas. They rolled out their vegetarian menu on February 1, 2011. We got a wonderful preview of what was coming... and the veg menu is around 80% vegan!!!




Unbelievably the food was even more beautiful than the restaurant and the just kept bringing out more!





The pot-stickers and the skewers were by far my fav, but I went back for seconds and still cleaned my plate!

The last stop on the tour was a new pizza place that was not even open yet, the oven was functional and they were eager to feed us vegan pizza!!! They are not a strictly vegan restaurant but have lots of vegan options! Il Cane Rosso the oven was beautiful and so was the pizza and the focaccia!







Gotta have a group pic of all the participants of the debauchery!

I did not eat for a full 24-hours after this tour ended, I was quite literally in a food coma, so don't be scared to come to Dallas, the vegan options are growing every day!!!

  Here are a few links to what others on the tour said:



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Seitan in a blanket!

I haven't had much luck with seitan, either store bought or homemade, for some reason I just prefer tempeh. But lately I have been having a crazy craving for spicy sausage wrapped in a dough, not sure if it's just a southern thing, we either call them pigs in a blanket or kolaches. This may very well be my very first intense craving for something from my non vegan days, but the craving has been quenched, thanks to a friend who cooked some seitan sausages for a football gathering on Sunday! The ones he cooked were Field Roast Mexican Chipotle seitan sausages!


My concoction goes as follows, I used pre-packaged pizza dough, pillsbury thin crust to be specific, it was ok, I prefer the frozen homemade pizza dough in the freezer section of Central Market (H.E.B.). I first cut each sausage link into four pieces lengthwise, (they are wrapped in plastic so take that off) then into three pieces so each link makes 12 wedges. I rolled out the pizza dough then cut it into strips, I had to stretch it back out a bit to make it wider for rolling around the sausage & Daiya mozzarella cheese. I uses the mozzarella cause that's what I had, I would generally prefer the cheddar & I heard a rumor today of a pepper-jack flavor coming soon!!! :) ok so back to the wrapping, stretch the dough, place the sausage in the middle, add a pinch of daiya on one side, then roll & place on a cookie sheet! I made a whole batch in a toaster over in two batches. Oh yeah, 400 degrees for 15 mins, or until beautifully golden brown!!!


I'm gonna bet some spicy brown mustard would be awesome to dip these in, but I'm a purist, no dipping these guys for me! Enjoy!

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