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Vegan Survival Guide Giveaway

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usulaEvery year, hundreds of books cross our desks here at PETA and the PETA Foundation. Some, such as those that promote hunting, do not meet good ends. Ahem. But others are so informative and entertaining that we want to give a copy to everyone we know. And that’s why we’re offering Prime readers a chance to win The Vegan Survival Guide: Boost Your Mental and Physical Health by Ursula Escher, with Gene Wei, DOM.

Growing up in meat-loving Brazil was not easy for Ursula. As a child, she had an aversion to animal-based foods and would often refuse to eat them (and was sometimes punished as a result). Being vegan was virtually unheard of in that place and time, and Ursula recounts having little more than rice, pasta, carrots, and bread with margarine to eat—not exactly the makings of a nutritionally sound diet. “I was basically malnourished throughout my childhood,” she says.

This experience lead Ursula to educate herself about the link between nutrition and health, and the result is The Vegan Survival Guide, a terrific resource that will help vegan veterans and newbies alike choose foods that are not just “good enough” but that provide optimal benefits for both body and mind. Ursula gives readers the lowdown on which foods can help boost your immune system (hello, chickpeas), detoxify your body, support brain function, and more. She explains how to choose the right oils and sweeteners (did you know that agave is a good source of calcium?) and how to identify foods that may contain potentially harmful GMOs or pesticide residues (and when it’s OK to save a little money and choose conventionally grown products).

All of this nutrition know-how really comes together in the recipes. Each one is jam-packed with information about the ingredients and their health-promoting properties as well as helpful tips on how to tweak the recipe to suit the reader’s individual needs. For example, the Garlic Cashew Broccoli Stir-Fry includes three zinc powerhouses—cashews, broccoli, and maple syrup—and the immune system superstar garlic, and there is a tip on how to make the recipe gluten-free. The Mix and Match Breakfast Muesli includes a raw variation along with charts listing the vitamin C content of various fruits and the zinc content of nuts and seeds, so that you can build the best immune-boosting breakfast. Other recipes that I’ve earmarked to try include Chocolate Granola With Raw Seeds and Nuts (yes, please), Green Tea Cold Noodles, and Peaches and Cream Chia.

Ursula has graciously given PETA a copy of The Vegan Survival Guide, and snagging it couldn’t be easier. Simply post a comment by April 30 telling us your favorite vegan superfood. By commenting, you’re acknowledging that you’ve read and you agree to the terms of our privacy policy and contest terms and conditions.

And if you don’t win, don’t worry: You can pick up a copy of The Vegan Survival Guide on Ursula’s website.

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  • Amanda says:

    Avocados are definitely my favorite superfood.. guacamole and black bean chips are my snack of choice.

  • I am in love with firm tofu, specifically over red bell peppers, pineapple, brown rice, and sweet and sour sauce. Or tempeh. Yum

  • Lori says:

    I love all these foods, but if I have to pick a favorite I guess I will go with berries. They can be a dessert, a snack, on a salad, in oatmeal, etc. Yum! Yum!

  • Eunice says:

    Definitely in love with chia seeds – egg replacers, thicken up my vegan protein shakes, or even just chia seed pudding, yum!

  • Eunice says:

    Definitely in love with chia seeds – egg replacers, thicken up my vegan protein shakes, or even just chia seed pudding, yum!

  • Marie Muckey says:

    I love them all but my favorite is oatmeal, I will eat it anytime of the day!

  • Raymond Stone says:

    In it to win it! Thank You!

  • Ana says:

    Raw cacao is great for smoothies and desserts. It’s definitely one of my favorite superfoods.

  • Nichole Perez says:

    I ABSOLUTELY eat a bowl of oatmeal EVERY MORNING.

    Sometimes I mix in chia seeds, peanut butter, cranberries, dried cherries, raisins, or dark chocolate –

    But I start off every morning with a bowl of oatmeal.

  • Stacy S. says:

    I love bananas, so much can be done with them. I really enjoy making banana ice cream with them, Yummy. Vegan and proud. :)

  • Hailey Terrell says:

    My fave vegan superfood is green juice – a concoction of a few different foods, but one glorious end result! Spinach, cucumber, romaine, celery, broccoli, a pear. Mmmm! It’s the key to craving healthy foods all day long! :)

  • tilly says:

    My favorite vegan superfood is to get a block of raw tofu mash it up into chunks add olive oil nutritional yeast and tomatoes cut into chunks and pressed garlic and then salt and pepper to taste. Just stir it up and eat. YUM

  • Crystal Plummer says:

    Blueberries are my favorite vegan superfood. I’m fortunate to live in Maine where they are abundant! :)

  • Amanda J. says:

    Kale! Kale, kale, kale, in every possible way!

  • DanielleinDC says:

    Hmm, KALE!

    I also love tofu.

  • CJ says:

    Best superfood ever it baby spinach – I add a handful to almost everything I eat.

  • Dan says:


  • Justine Cantrell says:

    Organic wheatgrass juice!!! <3

  • Daisy Soto says:

    I love kale: you can juice it, put it in smoothies, salads and cook with it.

  • Bryan says:

    I’d have to say oranges or bananas, I eat a few of each a day!

  • jan says:

    I love nuts. they are my favorite on the go snack

  • Florence Mims says:

    Avocado is definitely the super food for me. It always makes me feel energized and I love the flavor soooo much.

  • Lois says:

    My very favorite food is fresh made pico de gallo salsa. It is so versatile, with chips, on boca pattys, mixed into my black bean soup, or with an avocado, and so much more!!

  • juli says:

    I keep finding more superfoods to LOVE! But my favorite this week is Cauliflower! Love it roasted with sweet potatoes or thrown in soup and smoothies as a thickener!

  • Middy says:

    Beans! Black beans, red beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, and every bean in between. Add some avocado and whole grain rice, and I’m ready to head to chow town.

  • Ann says:

    a tie between SWEET POTATOES & LENTILS!!
    eat them alone or together with some aduki beans as a stew!

  • Holly says:

    Ooo favorite would be avocado’s, if my kids don’t get to them first! They go so fast in our house.

  • Jenny B. says:

    Spirulina, dulse, chlorella, chia seeds, and herbs. Can’t choose just one! :)

  • Adrien Beatty says:

    I would have to say avacado and beans!

  • Flax seed is number one….

  • Brenda Greaves says:

    Berries – blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, eat them very morning for breakfast !

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