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The Mediterranean Diet and Heart Health

You’ve all heard the Mediterranean Diet being promoted as a healthy diet, but is the diet that is advocated today the same diet they were eating in the 1950’s? Are fish, “lean meats” and dairy really part of a healthy diet? Watch a recent video with Dr. Greger on NutritionFacts.org and learn if the modern Mediterranean Diet really deters heart disease.

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Australia’s Oldest Man Spends His Time Knitting Tiny Sweaters for Rescued Penguins

Alfred ‘Alfie’ Date learned to knit in the 1930s so that he could make a jumper for his new nephew. Flash forward over 80 years, and Alfie’s knitting skills are allowing him to help his country’s wildlife. Amazingly enough, at 109 years old, Alfie is worried about having idle hands, so he is putting his knitting needles to work and creating the most adorable sweaters for penguins! …

Australia's Oldest Man Spends His Time Knitting Tiny Sweaters for Injured Penguins

When Alfie arrived at his new home, an elderly-care village on the New South Wales Central Coast, he was immediately asked if he could put his well-known knitting skills to good use. Around that time in March 2014, Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation requested the help of knitters around the world to make sweaters for penguins who had fallen victim to an oil spill. So naturally, Alfie signed up! …

Too cute not to share. People are willing to help out, and with some adorable results too! Check out the rest of this news article featured on One Green Planet.

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Featured Vegan Recipe

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Featured on Potato Strong’s website this low fat, whole food, plant-based shepherd’s pie is quick, simple and thoroughly satisfying. Feel free to mix up the veggies, trying different combinations and see what you like best. Also, check out the video demo of the recipe.

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Base Mixture
2 cup bread crumbs (or make homemade by drying out some bread, then blending it (with onion/garlic powder))
One finely chopped onion
1 tsp. of seasoning salt (optional)
One 19 oz can of Lentils (rinsed)
1 package Shepherd’s Pie Mix (eg. Club House) – just use onion/garlic powder if you want
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup corn

Mix all ingredients and place in a ceramic dish casserole that has a glass cover. If it sticks a lot to the bottom of the dish and is hard to clean afterwards, try lining dish with parchment paper beforehand.

Topping
8 whipped red, Yukon gold or yellow potatoes with some onion/garlic powder (1 tsp each) (I don’t use vegan butter because I like mine fat free)

Add mashed potatoes on top of the base and bake covered for 15 minutes and uncovered for another 15 minutes or until potatoes start to brown at 375 degrees

Want to add some gravy to finish off the dish? Check out some of Potato Strong’s gravy recipes. There’s a bit of everything, whether you’re in the mood for brown, white bean or a lighter “chicken-style” gravy.

View the original post of the recipe as well as other great low fat, plant-based recipes on Potato Strong’s website.

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Recommended Film: Watermark, 2013

Watermark, 2013

Documentary

Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and photographer Edward Burtynsky

90 minutes

A 2013 documentary, Watermark is a powerful, thought-provoking, and profoundly moving portrait of our relationship with water. This films portrays water in all its’ facets from our need for it, to our extensive use of it, and our presumptuous belief that since it is here it is ours.

The filmmakers illustrate our numerous interactions with water, all around the world, from which it is clear that we are drawn and intimately bound to it. Water is a source of life, nourishment, entertainment, and purification. It is an integral part of our livelihood and ultimately connects us all.

We cannot live without it, but will we be able to truly understand its’ crucial place in our lives, our affect on it, and the consequences of our use of it? Will we learn to respect this gift before it’s too late?

A collaboration between multiple award-winning filmmakers and a renowned photographer, Watermark provides a visually stunning perspective, and a deeper understanding into just how indebted we are to this powerful, life giving force and invaluable resource.

Visit the website and view the trailer for more information about the film.

Also check out Edward Burtynsky’s photographic rendering and remarkable visual narrative of our interactions with water on his website, along with other projects he has been involved in.

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