It’s the start of a new year! How was 2013 for you? Did you quit smoking or complete a 21-Day Vegan Kickstart? Did you improve your diet, and kick your diabetes medications to the curb? Hopefully everyones new year is starting off healthy and happy! 2013 was a big year for health-conscious people so let’s keep the good habits rolling into 2014 and beyond. Below is a few of the noteworthy events and major trends from 2013:
5 Healthy Trends
- Vegan Fast-Food Options: In February, Chipotle launched its plant-based Sofrita in the Bay Area. Due to popular demand, the test launch rapidly increased to include all of California. By October, the Sofrita had reached the East Coast! Also, Subway jumped on the vegan fast-food bandwagon and debuted a falafel sandwich at select East Coast locations. Additionally, Dominos dipped their toes into the vegan international market, by releasing a vegan pizza in Israel.
- The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart: The global Kickstart programs reached a total of 300,000 participants! Kickstart Japan was recently added to the lineup of international Kickstart programs. All of the programs help reverse the problems of meat and dairy products with plant-based recipes and resources.
- Plant-Based Thanksgiving: After the release of the turkey-friendly movie Free Birds, The New York Times featured more than 600 vegetarian and vegan recipes in their Thanksgiving recipe database.
- Healthy School Lunches: P.S. 244Q in Queens, N.Y., won the grand prize in this year’s Golden Carrot Award with their all vegetarian school cafeteria menu.
- Meatless Monday: Meatless Monday marked their 10th anniversary! With schools, city councils, restaurants, and hospitals across the globe participating in Meatless Mondays, the program is more popular than ever.
4 Vegan Celebrities
- Just in time for Thanksgiving, Al Gore transitioned to a plant-based diet; this helped improve his health and the environment.
- Tia Mowry went public with how a vegan diet helped her get healthy, and start a family!
- For Jay Z’s 44th birthday, he and Beyoncé adopted a 22-day vegan diet. They frequented vegan restaurants, uploaded photos to Instagram, and promoted plant-based recipes. They started the diet as an experiment, but hopefully they’ll like it so much they’ll decide to put a ring on it.
- Santa Claus is vegetarian! At the prompting of his elves, Santa made the switch to a vegetarian diet so his belly no longer shakes like a bowl full of jelly.
2 Innovative Food Inventions
- Treeline Cheese launched a hard nut cheese now available at grocery stores and restaurants across the country. Made of cashews and entirely plant-based, it is tangy, creamy, and cholesterol free.
- The first in-vitro burger debuted this year in the U.K. While meat is still an unhealthful food item, this advancement does remove the slaughter of animals and allows for the potential removal of the artery-clogging components.
1 New Book
- Power Foods for the Brain: The book, released in February, discusses how food is used to combat memory loss.
Tip of the Day
Choose whole grains like oats to replace high calorie pastries; you can save calories and spare yourself excess fat, sugar, and sodium. For a delicious, seasonal breakfast, try making breakfast bars with canned pumpkin, cinnamon, dried cranberries, and walnuts.