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Challenges Houstonians to “Take A Veggie Break” with at Least One Meat-Free Day Each Week

HOUSTON, Nov. 1, 2012 – Houston-based Green Seed Vegan restaurant located in Houston’s historic Third Ward is celebrating World Vegan Month in November by helping to change the way people think about food!

While Green Seed Vegan owners Matti Merrell and Rodney Perry serve up real vegan food – no soy, tofu or GMO’s – they are also realists who understand that not everyone is going to embrace a vegan lifestyle. To that end, Green Seed Vegan is more about educating consumers on the health benefits of a plant-based diet and getting folks to incorporate more vegetables, fruits and unprocessed natural foods into their everyday meals.

“Many of our customers are not vegan or vegetarian,” says Merrell. “They’re curious about the food and more interested than ever in exploring lifestyles that are centered around health, wellness and improving the quality of their lives.”

Merrell transitioned to a plant-based diet after gaining the “Freshman 15” in college, and co-owner and partner Perry chose to become vegan after his poor eating caused significant health issues that were eventually solved by a major shift in diet. The two started Green Seed Vegan with the first ever vegan food truck in Texas and opened the restaurant last year after raising more than $13,000 from online donations on Kickstarter.com, a community-based funding platform for creative projects.

To celebrate World Vegan Month, Green Seed Vegan encourages Houstonians to pick one day a week to “TAKE A VEGGIE BREAK!” and will be giving away free juice samples all month long. Suggestions for taking a veggie break include:

MEATLESS MONDAY – take a break from the hamburger lunch with one of Green Seed Vegan’s yummy alternatives, such as the Dirty Burque, a buckwheat patty made from scratch — like everything else — and naturally gluten-free, with chunks of vegetables and fresh herbs and spices, topped with avocado, peppery arugula, raw white onion, a tangy spread of egg-free mayonnaise and a New Mexican-style green chile sauce.
TEMPEH TUESDAY – for the “Iron Man” or “Iron Woman,” tempeh is a more natural tofu substitute with lots of iron, which helps to maintain the health of red blood cells so that the body can deliver oxygen-rich blood to the hardworking extremities—maximizing efficacy and therefore athletic performance. Just ask regular customer Arian Foster!!!
WHEATGRASS WEDNESDAY – alkaline-forming foods, such as wheatgrass, balance the body’s pH. An acidic environment adversely affects health at the cellular level and people with low body pH are prone to fatigue and disease. And because acidity is a stressor, it raises cortisol levels, which results in impaired sleep quality. To help muscles recover after exercise and to lower cortisol levels, consuming highly alkalizing foods, such as those rich in chlorophyll is highly recommended.

THIRSTY THURSDAY – A good juice cleanse before the weekend helps the body to remove toxins and restore vital nutrients, minerals and vitamins that enhance organ function and promote overall better health. Green Seed Vegan’s fresh juice and elixir bar makes for the perfect new happy hour tradition.

PHYTONUTRIENT FRIDAY – Phytonutrients (quinoa, spelt, and nuts) are plant compounds that offer health benefits independent of their nutritional value. They are not essential for life, but they can help improve vitality and quality of life. For example, a phytonutrient found in tomatoes improves blood vessel elasticity and thereby enhances blood flow through the heart. This enhances athletic performance.

World Vegan Day marks the start of World Vegan Month, the 1st of November every year – celebrating the coining of the term, ‘vegan’ and the founding of The Vegan Society in November 1944.

Green Seed Vegan is a plant-based eatery and elixir bar serving fresh pressed gourmet sandwiches, chlorophyll-rich live foods, cold pressed juices, and super immune building fruit blends (aka smoothies). Located at 4320 Almeda Street in Houston, Green Seed Vegan is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and also offers full-service or drop-off catering services, food-truck catering and to-go dining options for lunch and dinner. Contact info: eat@greenseedvegan.com or 713-487-VEGN.

More info can be found at www.greenseedvegan.com; http://www.facebook.com/greenseedvegan; https://twitter.com/greenseedvegan

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