NEW YORK SENATE PASSES GROUNDBREAKING BILL REQUIRING VEGAN OPTIONS IN ALL HOSPITALS
If signed into law, bill S1471 would require all New York hospitals to provide plant-based meal and snack options to patients.
by NICOLE AXWORTHY
JUNE 6, 2019
The New York State Senate recently passed a landmark bill that would guarantee hospital patients a plant-based option at every meal.
Bill S1471—introduced by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried—requires New York hospitals to make available plant-based meals and snacks to patients and ensures that hospitals list the vegan options on all written materials and menus.
“The New York Senate’s passage of S1471 is an important step that could soon help hospital patients across the state understand the power of a plant-based diet to fight obesity, diabetes, and heart disease,” Susan Levin, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition Education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
In September, California passed similar legislation which requires hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, and other state facilities to provide at least one plant-based meal option.
In 2017, the American Medical Association issued a resolution that calls on all hospitals across the nation to improve the health of patients, staff, and visitors by providing plant-based meals.
Last year, vegan Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams worked with New York City health officials to launch The Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program at medical system NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue that focuses on plant-based nutrition instead of prescription medication to treat and prevent illness—an initiative which spurred all 11 of the NYC Health + Hospitals to adopt Meatless Mondays in January.
Source: New York Senate Passes Groundbreaking Bill Requiring Vegan Options in All Hospitals | VegNews
ORGANIC CHICKPEA PUFFS VEGAN WHITE CHEDDAR
I’ve been meaning to try these puffs, when lo and behold they’re staring me right in the face at Starbuck’s coffee shop just after I had a discussion with the barista about when they’d be getting vegan products in. Guess she didn’t know she had these either, or maybe she thought I was talking strictly about sandwiches and sweets.
It didn’t matter.
I was shocked and delighted when I saw the very product I had posted on Facebook as my next vegan product to try. So the HIPPEAS came to me. Nice!
For years nobody used white cheddar as a cheese flavor – even dairy white cheddar went out of style. Sounded too racist or something. It’s like white American cheese, it was the best American cheese (when I was still eating dairy cheese), but you couldn’t say it, and practically nobody uses it in their restaurants. American cheese is yellow/orange. Period.
Half my family comes from Vermont, so I’m familiar with Vermont flavors.
Puffs are puffs. Vegan puffs are like animal-based puffs. Only Better. More texture without losing its puff appeal.
The white cheddar tasted remarkably like dairy white cheddar flavor – actually more dairy-like than the real dairy cheese flavor. Those old style orange cheese puffs never did taste like real cheese to me way back when I ate them every now and then – at somebody else’s house.
I don’t believe I ever did buy them for myself. I would buy these HIPPEAS ORGANIC CHICKPEA PUFFS for myself.
Since they don’t yet make them in larger bags, other than snack size, I’d have to buy a case for entertaining guests. Maybe it’s better that way. Everybody gets their own small bag.
Nice job HIPPEAS. Will look forward to trying the other flavors. Maple Glaze and Happening’ Hickory are up next.
Order online at amazon.com.
Also visit their website for more flavors and intel: http://hippeas.com
SWEET POTATO FRIES
Baked not fried, gluten-free, sweet potatoes, platter style. Served with a dip of ketchup and Red Beet Horseradish. Perfect combo!
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