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Plant-Based Brilliance

Last week, I was honored to present at the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America’s conference in Arlington, Virginia. While there, I got to spend time with one of my WFPB heroes, Milton Mills, M.D. If you don’t know of him, I suggest watching some of the well-known documentaries like, “What the Health,” “The Invisible Vegan,” “Vegucated,” and, “They’re Trying To Kill Us.” You will be glad you did.

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The Critical Connection Between Vision and Nutrition

According to the CDC, approximately 6.8% of children younger than age 18 in the United States have a diagnosed eye and vision condition. Nearly 3% of children younger than age 18 are blind or visually impaired, defined as having trouble seeing even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Approximately 12 million people 40 years and over in the United States have vision impairment.

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Nutrition Facts Labels – Breaking the Code

Sometimes, on a WFPB diet or if transitioning to a WFPB diet, we do include foods in our diet that have nutrition labels. It could be a bag of frozen vegetables, a can of beans, tomatoes, or artichokes, a jar of olives, a box of pasta, vegetable broth, a loaf of bread, or a jar of pasta sauce. As the holidays approach, it could be a can of pumpkin or a bag of dried cranberries. Sometimes in a pinch for time, we may have a vegan frozen dinner such as enchiladas or a beans and rice dish, a vegan pizza, or a box of vegetable soup.

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Kids’ Food Matters

PBNM is creating something special and plant-based in the dairy state! Edward Bain School of
Language and Art (EBSOLA), nestled in Kenosha, WI, is our pilot site for a school-based 6 Million Seeds project! Dilip Barman, a long-time educator and plant-based chef, created the award-winning “Healthy Snack Program.”

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Empowering Illinois Parents

We are building momentum for the Plant-Based School Lunch option in Illinois Schools!
Here’s the next step to revolutionize what our children eat at school. As part of our ongoing
efforts to promote healthy, sustainable, and nutritious food choices, we invite you to
participate in this mandated change, the first ever at the state level.

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Food As Medicine

Autumn is known for its colorful foliage and crisp, cool air. There’s more to enjoy, though, than just the scenery and change in temperature. As the seasons change, so do our tastes, and pumpkin spice is front and center during this time of year. Aside from the delightful aroma and the comfort it adds to some our favorite dishes, pumpkin spice has a surprising array of nutritional benefits.

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An Apple A Day

October is National Apple Month, and it’s not hard to see why. It is the height of the apple growing season. For some, visiting an apple orchard is a rite of passage into the fall season. Agreed, apple pie, apple cider donuts, BBQ sandwiches, apple butters, and other apple products offered at the apple orchards don’t fit the WFPB lifestyle, but don’t let that stop you from going to the orchard.

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Sage Circle

Food For Thought Here we are…it is September 2023. And what have we accomplished? Well, I can’t wait till the end of the year to tell you. We have accomplished A Lot!I am proud to report we have made tremendous progress since we started the 6 Million Seeds

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Fabulous Fungi

Romans considered them “food of the gods.” Egyptians believed that they granted immortality and only pharaohs could have access to them. Common people were not allowed to touch them, let alone eat them. What was this magical food? Mushrooms!

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