Vegan Drinks Night Kicking Off at Yard House in Hallandale

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Veganism can be a lonely affair. Sitting at the lunch table, you and your kale salad can feel pretty isolated alongside everyone else, with their pork rinds and turkey sammies.

Hence the introduction of Vegan Drinks Night, a kickoff event for the brand-spankin'-new MeetUp group, Very Vegan Miami. The event is going down at the Yard House in Hallandale Beach on Saturday, March 22, and we got all the the dirty details.

See also: Chef Seth Kirschbaum of Sublime and Darbster Raising Funds For New Vegan Restaurant

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Healing Through Food: My Organic Juice in Boca Raton

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So far this year, we've reported on the growing number of juice bars, the booming trend of cold-press juicing, and followed one food blogger through a three-day cleanse. To add to the healthy-wave, My Organic Juice in Boca Raton is the latest cold-press juice company to open in the area, an all-organic company that uses only local produce to make each of its 13 drinks.

Not quite ready to try juicing? If you're feeling down, sluggish, or just a little off, it might be something to consider. For My Organic Juice vice president, new recipe specialist, and health guru Chelsea Silverman, juicing wasn't always an everyday thing either.

See Also: The Ten Best Juice Bars in South Florida

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Thanksgiving Horror Stories: Pig Abuse, Dead Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys

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Turkey gets pardoned. Sentenced to death anyway.
Today, NBC ran a story about pig abuse at an Oklahoma farm that supplied animals to Tyson Foods. An undercover video shot by Mercy for Animals in September or October of this year shows workers "kicking, hitting, and throwing pigs and slamming piglets into the ground." The video, a public relations nightmare for Tyson, prompted the food giant to terminate its contract with the farm and take possession of the remaining animals. Gary Mickelson, a spokesman for Tyson Foods said, "We're extremely disappointed by the mistreatment shown in the video and will not tolerate this kind of animal mishandling."

So, does this story have a happy ending? Of course not! This isn't the only time Tyson's farms were caught in the act of animal abuse.

See also: Where to Buy Local, Free-Range Turkeys

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Save a Life With a Vegan Thanksgiving, Watch Peta2's "Thanks!" Video and Enter to Win a Tofurky Roast

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Will it be turkey or tofurky this Thanksgiving?
Ah, Thanksgiving and the holiday season is upon us. Of course that includes the Big Meal, the one and only day of the year where Americans and Canadians celebrate the tradition of the annual harvest by eating all day long.

Because the main highlight of this festive pig-out session happens to be a dead, roasted turkey, it is simultaneously one of the most loathed days for vegetarians and vegans everywhere. With all the talk about vegans lately, we're sure you have a few family members that have made the compassionate decision to go animal-free for Thanksgiving -- and you're now tasked with preparing an entire meat and cruelty-free menu just for them. No problem. Just follow these simple guidelines, and you'll be able to whip up a meatless holiday dinner for a tasty -- and peaceful -- celebration.

To help, this Thanksgiving Peta2 -- the youth division of the world's largest animal rights group -- has compiled a check-list for shopping, and will also be awarding one lucky family with a free vegan tofurky roast.

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Amber's Raw Plant Based Vegan Snacks, Made From Locally-Sourced Veggies

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Amber Fitzgerald with her husband at the Boca West Green Market.
The joys of the fall seasonal green markets -- even the best of the full-time, year-round markets -- are upon us once again. It's a chance to sample the best foods, fruits and vegetables fresh from harvest. Or try a new treat by South Florida's very own local artisanal chefs.

That includes newcomer Amber Fitzgerald, creator of Amber's Raw Plant Based Organic Food out of Delray Beach. Fitzgerald began selling her hand-made raw vegan snacks, kombucha, salads and lunches at the Boca Raton West Green Market just a few months ago and has already earned herself a reputation for making some of the best kale chips you'll ever sample.

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Get Your Daily Dose of Blue-Green Algae With Spirulina Pond Yum! Vegan Popsicles

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Pond Yum popsicles are made with fresh, live Florida-grown spirulina.
When you think of algae -- or, yes, pond scum -- does a healthy and delicious dessert come to mind? Well, thanks to Florida-based Hero Pops, it should.

The creation of Vero Beach resident Michael Haggerty, a new line of vegan-vegetarian popsicles known as Pond Yum! aren't just another bland, boring health-nut treat you need to be forced into trying. Aside from delivering a dose of superfood, they're also surprisingly delicious -- and a great way to get you (and your kids!?!) a daily serving of phytonutrients.

How? The main ingredient that makes these naturally bright green pops extra-special: fresh, locally-grown spirulina.

Pond Yum is a unique product, the world's first popsicle to use flash-frozen, live and locally-grown blue-green algae, also known as the superfood spirulina.

See Also: Pond Scum Is Good For You! Hippocrates Heals With Blue-Green Algae and Spirulina Supplements

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RawStock 2013: Vegans Unite Saturday at Hippocrates Health Institute

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A couple enjoying Rawstock 2012 at Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach.
This weekend, don't miss a day of peace, love, music -- and raw vegan eats -- during Rawstock 2013. This Saturday, November 2, Hippocrates Health Institute, South Florida's own alternative health institute, will be celebrating its annual health and wellness event where wheatgrass, raw food, and holisitic health rule.

See Also: Why Wheatgrass is the World's Most Nutritious Food

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Raw Food Guru Melanie Haraldson Shares Her Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl Recipe

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Raw Juce holistic health and nutrition coach Melanie Haraldson.
A few weeks ago Clean Plate Charlie told you Boca Raton would be welcoming a new, all-organic, cold-pressed juice bar and raw food lunch stop. Known as Raw Juce, this week the store will be celebrating its opening week, so we caught up with Melanie Haraldson, Raw Juce's very own "raw food guru."

As the store's holistic health and nutrition coach, Haraldson works with customers looking to implement a healthier way of life by providing nutritional counseling and support through a series of detox and cleansing programs using Raw Juce. She even shared her favorite raw food recipe with us: how to make a nutrient-rich chia seed breakfast bowl.

See also: Raw Juce Opening in Boca Raton

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Raw Vegan Chef Dina Lauro on Chunkie Dunkies: Cookies That Are Good for You

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Chunkie Dunkies were created in South Florida by raw vegan chef Dina Lauro.
Like so many people, Dina Lauro wasn't satisfied working the 9-to-5 grind in a boring, dead-end career. At 38 years old, she decided to quit and pursue her dreams. And, lucky for us, her dreams produced something most of us wish for daily: junk food that's actually good for you.

See Also: Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach

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Boca Raton Swami Juice Delivers Cold-Pressed Juice To Your Door

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Swami Juice offers detox juicing and cold-pressed juice delivery based in Boca Raton.
When was the last time you had a fresh, cold-pressed juice? That's right: When you actually had the time (and money) to cut, clean and prep all that natural, organic produce, whip out that expensive Norwalk juicer (we wish!), then patiently wait while as it macerates and drains all that fresh juice. Lunch at Starbucks, instead? Yeah, that's what we thought -- it's been awhile.

But what if you could order up a day's worth of juicing -- or better yet -- have it delivered to your door, any time you feel like it? That's basically the deal offered up by Swami Juice in Boca Raton. The small, start-up juicing company is all about grass-roots values, neatly packaged into 16-ounce glass bottles filled with nutrient-dense juices produced by a hydraulic cold press that extracts the highest yield of vitamins, minerals and enzymes from the fruits and vegetables.

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