Veg Week: Hallandale, Pompano, Lauderhill and Fort Lauderdale Show Support for Veg Pledge

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Foregoing meat forever may seem like a daunting task, particularly for your average carnivore. But most people could probably handle seven days without hot wings or pepperoni pizza. Enter Compassion Over Killing's Veg Pledge, a nationwide campaign to go meatless that kicks off on April 21.

As of now, four Broward County cities have issued proclamations in support of Veg Pledge. Plus, Florida Congressman Ted Deutch is on board. The idea is to educate folks on the health, environmental and ethical benefits of plant-based eating.

See also:City of South Miami Passes Meatless Monday Resolution

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Passover Dinner: The Vegan Edition

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"What do you mean you don't eat meat anymore!?" "Is that kosher?"
Chances are this Passover season you will either A.) host a vegan at your table or B.) be that vegan who ends up at this said Passover or c.) Be a vegan who is throwing your own badass Passover feast for an unsuspecting omnivore crowd because, well, WE ARE SLOWLY TAKING OVER YOUR DINING ROOM TABLE! Muahahahahahaha!

Or at the very least, growing in small but steady numbers each year, right?

While it's true a meal that already comes with a set of strict dietary restrictions (avoiding all leavened foods as well as grains, beans and corn) can be further complicated by taking away any animal products, there are easy and delicious ways to eschew certain ingredients in favor of others and still stay true to tradition, sans shank bone. Here are a few recipes to get you going.

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'VEDGE'-Inspired Vegan Feast in Fort Lauderdale This Saturday

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In cities like Philadelphia, there are world-famous, award-winning restaurants focused solely on vegetables. In South Florida, however, we're more about the pork than the pickled hearts of palm.

But in a tribute to our region's ever-expanding veg-curious community, French chef Alex Cheblal is whipping up a 10-course meal this Saturday in Fort Lauderdale based on the cuisine at Vedge (Philly's famous herbivorous eatery).

See also: Green Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale: Plant-Based, Vegan, Delicious

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Joey's Home Bakery: Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Paleo Baked Goods in Boynton Beach

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Joey's Home Bakery in Boynton Beach serves only gluten-free items.
Do you have a gluten intolerance, celiac disease, or diabetes? Do you follow a special diet that restricts you from eating grains or dairy? And do you hate the fact that you can't enjoy your favorite breads, pastries, cakes, and desserts because of it?

Well, bemoan the loss of gluten no more. If you're looking for a place that caters to saying "no" to ingredients like wheat, corn, sugar, milk, and eggs, look no further than Joey's Home Bakery in Boynton Beach.

As Palm Beach County's only fully- dedicated gluten-free bakery, Joey's Home Bakery offers a small storefront where you can purchase or special-order a variety of cookies, muffins, cakes, pies, and breads all guaranteed to be gluten-free. In addition, the bakery has a number of sugar- and dairy-free choices as well as an entire section dedicated to those who follow a vegan or Paleo diet.

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Whole Foods Coral Springs Hosting Vegan 'Healthy Brunch Club' This Sunday

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Brunch is arguably the best invention ever. Breakfast + lunch = genius. Sadly, vegans don't get a lot of midday meal love. Buttermilk pancakes, eggs benedict and bacon are the stuff of most brunch menus.

Luckily, you can stuff yourself with meatless eats this weekend at Whole Foods' Coral Springs' healthy vegan brunch club. For just $15 a pop, you'll get to gorge yourself on goodies like tempeh bacon, herbed bread pudding and a mimosa, to boot.

See also: Vegan Drinks Night Kicking Off at Yard House in Hallandale

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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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Five Places to Eat Healthy in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Put down the beef; pick up the veggie.

We've been hearing about the dangers of the Western diet for quite a long time. Heart disease, stroke, obesity: All can stem from gorging on burgers, fries, and ice cream. And although we know we ought to eat mostly plant matter, we've all had that veggie burger that is strangely reminiscent of cardboard.

Fortunately for South Floridians, the food scene has been changing rapidly over the past couple of years, with a surge in health-centered restaurants. A lot of new joints are using fruits and vegetables in creative ways, and even meatcentric restaurants are offering lighter options and creative veggie dishes. The salubrious fare sprouting up at these wellness hot spots won't benefit just your waistline; it will excite your taste buds as well. From vegan to gluten-free to just plain wholesome food, some nourishing grub can be found at our favorite nutritionally sound eateries. Get a bite.

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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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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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Vegan Meal Delivery in South Florida: DeliverLean with SexyFitVegan Ella Magers

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There once was a day in which people actually cooked for themselves. Unless its for special occasions, that day has come and gone.

Whether it's eating out with friends, picking up some Chipotle on the way home, or pizza delivery, it seems like no one cooks on weeknights anymore -- and it's pretty hard to maintain a special diet without doing so.

If you haven't heard or done so yourself, a number of people have turned to meal delivery services. Easy enough for most people, but vegans, not so much.

Now DeliverLean has teamed up with SexyFitVeganTM Ella Magers to offer daily delivered vegan meals.

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