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Eat well and lose weight. Who doesn’t begin the New Year with this goal?

My favorite breakfast is a half of a Daniel 1:8 veggie burger and an egg. I know that may sound crazy, but it is tasty and filling, especially with a sprinkle of Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce. It’s the fuel that gets my day going with a running start.

Few Americans consume the recommended amount of vegetables and whole grains. Beans are especially good for us. Kidney, pinto, black, garbanzo, and lima beans, black-eyed and split peas, and lentils are jewels jam-packed with protein, fiber and necessary nutrients such potassium and folate that aid against cardiovascular diseases and some cancers. Ironically, green beans are not in this list because, although good for us, their nutrient content is more like onions, lettuce, celery, and cabbage.

I discovered the tasty Daniel 1:8 Veggie Burgers this past summer at a local French Market, and now I’m hooked. They are vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free and unlike any other veggie burger I’ve tried. Their ingredients include the organic grains quinoa, amaranth, and millet in addition to roasted artichoke hearts, garbanzo and pinto beans, corn, and roasted peppers.

Daniel 1:8 Veggie Burgers are available through The Eating Well, whose slogan is, “Say No to Food on Drugs.” They also offer a couple of other types of veggie burgers, soups, chili, and deserts in addition to whole healthy meals and even pizza to neighboring communities. Their foods are available through their store in Hillside, Illinois, local farmers markets, and limited delivery options. You can see more about the company on their website at, The Eating Well, info@organiceatingwell.com, or call 708-401-5278.

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(See the U.S. government nutritional guidelines at: http://www.nutrition.gov/smart-nutrition-101/dietary-guidelines-americans).

©2014, Mary K. Doyle

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