Eating to Live on the Outside: Lotus Vegan Restaurant

Hey, it’s Friday, time for Eating to Live on the Outside. This week, via the Internet, we’re visiting Lotus Vegan Restaurant, in California. And quite frankly, its looks REALLY good!

Tons of cool stuff, like sprouts, beets, lentils, pineapple and avocado. I love avocado! Alright, here’s ALL the stuff I liked. Take a look:

Fresh Rolls

  • Rice noodles, Romaine lettuce, basil leaves, beans, carrots, sprouts and vegan house sauce; pretty good, rice noodles are iffy, you could ditch them, but everything else is cool.

Vegetable Soup

  • Thai vegan soup, with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, Napa cabbage, onion, zucchini and celery; might be salty, but LOTS of great stuff!

Hot & Sour Vegetable Soup

  • Savory sour soup with lemon grass, Kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, broccoli, cauliflower, Napa cabbage, carrots, zucchini and celery; again with the salt, but sounds yummy.

Cucumber Salad

  • Sliced cucumbers, red onions, bell peppers and dressing; sounds good, I’d order the dressing on the side.

Thai Salad

  • Fresh greens, grilled tofu, Romaine lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and light peanut dressing; same deal, dressing on the side.

High Protein Salad

  • Garden fresh greens, edamame beans, avocado, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and peanut dressing; sounds good to me!

Garden Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, Napa cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, beets, cucumber, bean sprouts, grilled shiitake mushrooms, tofu, silvers noodle and seasoning; no noodles for me, otherwise its cool.

Dinner Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes and cucumbers; no problems here!

Mystery Stir Fried Vegetable

  • Tofu, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, red bell peppers, celery, bean sprouts, onions, zucchini and seasonings; yeah, the fried part stinks, but all the veggies are awesome.

Lentil Loaf

  • Grilled lentil with brown rice, onions, bell peppers and seasoning; the rice is iffy, but it’s interesting.

Spicy Eggplant

  • Chinese eggplant, sautéed in chili sauce, onions, bell peppers and basil leaves; the sautéed part is bad, but I can deal with it.

Spicy Mint Leaves

  • Fresh mint leaves and chili, sautéed with garlic, onions and bell peppers; same thing here.

Sweet & Sour

  • Sautéed pineapple chunks with cucumber, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and sweet and sour sauce; again, same deal.


  • Broccoli sautéed with Thai vegan gravy sauce; I love broccoli.

Cashew Nuts

  • Roasted cashews sautéed with onions, bell peppers, carrots, green onion, celery and water chestnuts; I’m digging it.

Lentil Burger

  • Lentil patty made with brown rice, onions, red bell peppers and cilantro; the rice might scare you, but lentils are really good. The bun is a concession.

Mushroom Burger

  • Lentil loaf with mushrooms; again, the bun might be a turnoff.

Grilled Veggie Burger

  • Sautéed zucchini, eggplant, red bell peppers, mushrooms and onions; I really like zucchini!

Lentil Wrap

  • Avocado, lentils, lettuce, tomato, alfalfa sprouts and whole wheat lavash; the bread might scare you, but avocado is rock star.

Fajita Wrap

  • Sautéed onion, eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini, lettuce, tomato and pepper; again, the wrap and sautéing might worry you.

The curry looks good too. Provided you stick with the vegetable options and not the mock duck. Also, try ordering a bunch of sides. I like the steamed veggies and lentil loaf. But overall, my pick is the High Protein Salad.

In the end, Lotus looks very doable. I dig it, my kind of place. But what do you think? Check out Lotus’s menu and let know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside.

Image credit: Lotus Vegan Restaurant

Q & A: Men, Soy Does Not Lower Testosterone

Soy gets a bad rap, people associate it with being a hippie and tree hugging, even though soy is a very healthy food, like edamame beans, but there is this silly notion that eating soy lowers testosterone and is bad for men. Not true. From his member center, Dr. Fuhrman talks about soy and manliness:

Question: My husband and I just started your plan, but recently my mother-in-law said that I was hurting my husband by making him eat more soy. She said that soy is not good for men because it contains phytoestrogens. Is what she is saying true? She cited an article in Men's Health that mentioned lower testosterone and sperm counts.

Dr. Fuhrman: Totally untrue, that is a biased, meat-promoting article written to bash soy. Men's magazines are not the place for reliable information about complicated health issues. If soy did lower testosterone it might be good because the high-meat American diet causes an excess of testosterone, leading to higher prostate cancer risk. Nevertheless this is not true anyway. See this study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Eating to Live on the Outside: Saf

It’s Saturday, time for another pseudo trip to far off locations to sample the local delicacies and this week Eating to LIve on the Outside heads across the pond to the United Kingdom to grab a bite to eat at Saf a veggie restaurant boasting plant-based, botanical yum-yums. Sounds good!

Now, let’s imagine I’m really in London, sitting at table and about to order something. I better pick something fast! Okay, before the waiter comes over. Here’s a quick list of things I might order, some are better than others:


  • Wasabi pea powder, fleur de sel and black sesame; I love edamame beans, but I’d ask them to hold the salt.

Vegetable Maki

  • Parsnip rice, shitake mushrooms, avocado and shiso & shoyu; I’d ditch the sauce.

White Bean Hummus

  • Fresh harissa, mint oil and crostini; not great because of the oil and bread, but I might consider it.

Saf Nachos

  • Sprouted crisps, avocado, salsa, tapenade, cashew sour cream and coriander; I’m okay with the crisps and hooray for avocado.

Greens & Flowers Salad

  • Baby lettuces, herbs, radishes, flowers, sprouts and citrus miso dressing; just go easy on the dressing.

Baby Kale and Avocado Salad

  • Pea shoots, sweet pepper, avocado, baby kale, lemon oil and candied pecan; same deal here.

Chopped Asian Salad

  • Smoked tofu, raddichio, watercress, pumpkin, seeds, yuzu juice and wakame seaweed; lots of great stuff here.

Tom Kha Soup

  • Coconut-lemongrass broth, baby corn, tofu, oyster mushrooms, coriander and chili oil; it might be salt, so ask first, but otherwise it looks cool.

Swiss Chard Rolls

  • Mung beans, water chestnut, Thai vinaigrette, pickled cucumber and seaweed salad; I dig it, but order the dressing on the side.

Shitake Dumplings

  • Wood ear mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, tofu, carrot and caramelized black vinegar; sounds tasty.

Hey, not too bad for my first “trip” to the London. Saf looks great. So if I really had to order something, I’d go for the Greens & Flowers Salad, Baby Kale and Avocado Salad or the Chopped Asian Salad, either one of these has enough veggies to satisfy me.

To be totally honest, if I was in London you’d probably find me hanging out in a few pubs too. Cut me a break! I’m young and single. But enough about me do me a favor. Read through Saf’s menu and tell me what you’d bloody order! Peace.

Image credit: Saf

Eating Soy as a Kid Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

New research in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention found women who ate soy as a child may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer later in life. The study involved 1,600 Asian Americans with or without breast cancer, revealing those women who consumed soy regularly as a child, once a week or more, were 60% less likely to develop breast cancer and regular soy consumption as an adulthood was linked to 25% less risk of breast cancer, compared to women not eating soy; Reuters reports.

Soy is a super food! Previous reports suggest soy helps lower cholesterol and improve artery health of stroke patients and another study showed soy foods reduce the risk of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive tumors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative tumor, which are associated with breast cancer.

I’ve been on a soy bean kick lately, although the farting makes Yoga interesting. Soymilk is cool too and, despite the obvious conflict of interest, even cows drink soymilk!

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