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Heloise Offers Vegetarian Lifestyle Hints

Heloise has been a vegetarian since the 1970s

Heloise has been a vegetarian since the 1970s. For a story on her vegetarian lifestyle–what she eats at home and at restaurants, etc, photographed at Central Market on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Helen L. Montoya/San Antonio Express-News.
MySanAntonio.com  |  By Jessica Belasco updated 10:20 pm CST, Tuesday, February 21, 2012  |  Photos: Helen L. Montoya  |  MySanAntonio.com

When I asked Heloise to talk with me about her vegetarian lifestyle, I assume she’ll want to meet at one of San Antonio’s few vegetarian restaurants or at least at a veggie-friendly place.

Instead, she suggests lunch at a downtown steakhouse.

There she could share hints about eating meat-free in the center of the barbecue and Tex-Mex universe.

“People say, ‘You live in Texas, what do you eat?’” she tells me. “I say, ‘Do I look like I’m starving?’”

Before carving meat from her diet in 1973 — not long before she took over her mother’s “Hints From Heloise” column, providing creative uses for baking soda and vinegar — Heloise would have dived into the meaty entrées on the menu at the Bar at Bohanan’s on Houston Street.

“I was a Texas girl,” says Heloise, 60, who was born in Waco and has lived in San Antonio since 1966. “Give me a 16-ounce steak, a baked potato with sour cream and forget the salad.”

Now, Heloise, whose full name is Poncé Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse Evans, bypasses the Frito pie and short ribs on the menu. Instead, she chooses a salad and half a Caprese sandwich made with Roma tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and extra-virgin olive oil. She adds an order of fries to share.

I figure the Reuben and BLT are off-limits, but she points out she could order them without the meat.

Making the change

While she was attending Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, she and her father took a trip to several communist bloc countries, where she encountered her share of mystery meat.

“I’m sure I ate horse,” she says.

Trying to avoid that sort of thing, she ended up subsisting on cucumbers, potatoes, bread, cheese, cabbage, and caviar.

When she got back home, she found herself gradually eating less meat.

“It wasn’t intentional at the beginning,” she says. “I didn’t order the steak. I ate a few hamburgers and it just didn’t sit right.”

She began reading about vegetarianism in Frances Moore Lappé’s 1971 bestseller “Diet for a Small Planet.”

“My mother was Heloise,” she says. “If you’re going to do something, you do the research.”

Truly her mother’s daughter, she found creative ways to problem-solve.

“I can eat anywhere and eat healthily,” she says.

She began ordering the famous burger at the now-defunct Little Hipps sans burger. At first, she was greeted with raised eyebrows, but over time the staff got used to it.

She learned to quiz waiters on possible substitutions and swaps: Can I get charro beans instead of refried? Can I get this entrée with that side?

“If it’s a good restaurant, they don’t blink an eye,” she says. “Most restaurants will do their best to make the customer happy.”

She also orders two or three appetizers or sides instead of an entrée.

“Many times appetizers alone are delicious and, depending on your diet, they’re enough, portion-wise,” she says.

Another hint: Don’t be afraid to go off-menu. Many Chinese restaurants often have tofu available even if it’s not listed.

More choices

Heloise has been a vegetarian since the 1970s. For a story on her vegetarian lifestyle–what she eats at home and at restaurants, etc, photographed at Central Market on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Helen L. Montoya/San Antonio Express-News.

It’s easier to be a vegetarian now than it was 30 years ago, Heloise says. Restaurants offer more options for non-carnivores. Many burger places serve veggie patties. Vegetarian meals are available on airplanes. Even airports have more varied options.

For someone who travels as extensively as Heloise, that’s a big deal.

“Twenty years ago, getting food in an airport was like going on a safari,” she says. “There basically was no healthy food. Now in almost every major airport, you can get a fresh salad, you can get a veggie sandwich, they have fruit cups, portable food you can take with you.”

She sticks to a mostly vegetarian diet — she’ll eat some seafood — partly out of habit, partly to keep her weight down and partly for health reasons: Her mother died at 58 of heart disease.

A lover of Mexican food, Heloise indulges in cheese enchiladas and nachos occasionally, but in general, she finds ways to keep calories and fat down without sacrificing taste. At Mexican restaurants, she suggests, ask for corn tortillas to tear up and eat with salsa instead of chips.

At home, she likes to make a snack she learned about in Mexico: a plate of chilled raw cucumber, carrots, celery, and jicama sprinkled with fresh lime juice and pico de gallo con límon.

She also likes seasoning cucumbers with salt, lots of pepper and — you guessed it — vinegar, either red wine or malt.

Heloise’s hints for fruits and vegetables

DO’s

Store potatoes in a cool, dry place, not in the refrigerator. Keep out of the light as it causes green discoloration. Plastic perforated or paper bags are best for storage.

Freeze avocados if you have too many. Puree them before freezing. Frozen avocados can be stored for up to six months.

Purchase fruit in various stages of ripeness, to always have fresh fruit on hand. For example, purchase a few bananas that are ready to eat and a few green bananas that will ripen in a few days.

DONT’s

Don’t store peaches in the refrigerator until they are completely ripened, because refrigeration stops the ripening process. Once ripened, store them away from vegetables in the fridge. Store them in a bowl lined with paper towels or on the counter with stems up.

Don’t store tomatoes in the fridge, which can change the texture and taste and stop the ripening process. Keep tomatoes out of direct sunlight unless you want them to ripen quickly.

Don’t wash fruits or vegetables with soap or bleach. They can absorb any “washing” solution. Wash with only cool water while gently rubbing with your hands or gently scrubbing with a veggie brush as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration.

2019-10-19T03:05:31-04:00October 19th, 2019|

Uses for Microfiber Cloths

Try these hints for using them around the house.

To help make cleaning easier, manufacturers have introduced wonderful new cleaning products and equipment. I love microfiber cloths because they are so handy and do a great cleaning job. Try these hints for using them around the house.

To help make cleaning easier, manufacturers have introduced wonderful new cleaning products and equipment. I love microfiber cloths because they are so handy and do a great cleaning job. Try these hints for using them around the house:

AUTO

Keep several microfiber cloths underneath the front seat of your vehicle. Use them to dust off the dashboard, radio and steering wheel.

Keep several microfiber cloths underneath the front seat of your vehicle. Use them to dust off the dashboard, radio and steering wheel.

BATHROOM & KITCHEN

Store a couple of microfiber cloths in these locations because they will clean and shine the chrome, spiff up mirrors and are great for wiping off the sink. When the cloths become dirty, toss them into the washing machine.

Store a couple of microfiber cloths in these locations because they will clean and shine the chrome, spiff up mirrors and are great for wiping off the sink. When the cloths become dirty, toss them into the washing machine.

PETS

Freshen up your dog by lightly dampening a microfiber cloth with water and wiping over its fur. If your cat or dog needs to get the gunk out of its eyes, a microfiber cloth will do the job nicely. And if your pet, like Cabbie, my miniature schnauzer, gets a dirty beard after eating, the cloth will remove that food crud.

Freshen up your dog by lightly dampening a microfiber cloth with water and wiping over its fur. If your cat or dog needs to get the gunk out of its eyes, a microfiber cloth will do the job nicely. And if your pet, like Cabbie, my miniature schnauzer, gets a dirty beard after eating, the cloth will remove that food crud.

PLANTS

To take dust off live or artificial leaves, lightly dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe over the leaves. This will also add a bit of moisture to the real plants too.

To take the dust off live or artificial leaves, lightly dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe over the leaves. This will also add a bit of moisture to the real plants too.

COMPUTER

Pet hair, dust, ashes from smoking can migrate into your computer and clog the open holes. Use the hose attachment of your vacuum to remove pet hair and dust from the back of your computer. Clean the monitor case with a slightly damp microfiber cloth. Be sure to also dust the power cords, floor and area around the computer, printer and fax machine too.

Pet hair, dust, ashes from smoking can migrate into your computer and clog the open holes. Use the hose attachment of your vacuum to remove pet hair and dust from the back of your computer. Clean the monitor case with a slightly damp microfiber cloth. Be sure to also dust the power cords, floor, and the area around the computer, printer and fax machine too.

CELLPHONE

Wipe the handset surface with a dampened microfiber cloth to eliminate fingerprints and dust. But if it’s still sticky, mix one cup of water with one drop of mild detergent to wipe off and then rinse area (not the screen) with a clean dampened cloth. Don’t spray anything into the handset or keys.

Wipe the handset surface with a dampened microfiber cloth to eliminate fingerprints and dust. But if it’s still sticky, mix one cup of water with one drop of mild detergent to wipe off and then rinse area (not the screen) with a clean dampened cloth. Don’t spray anything into the handset or keys.

DIGITAL CAMERA

To remove dust, grime and fingerprints, wipe the outside with a microfiber cloth and then carefully swipe over the lens. For a thorough cleaning, take to a professional or use commercial wipes.

To remove dust, grime and fingerprints, wipe the outside with a microfiber cloth and then carefully swipe over the lens. For a thorough cleaning, take to a professional or use commercial wipes.

MUSIC PLAYERS

Wipe the outside with a slightly damp microfiber cloth to clean, but don’t let moisture seep into openings. Do not use alcohol or solvents on this equipment.

Wipe the outside with a slightly damp microfiber cloth to clean, but don’t let moisture seep into openings. Do not use alcohol or solvents on this equipment.

TV SCREENS

First, unplug the power cord. Lift off fingerprints or dust by wiping screen with a microfiber cloth. Use it to clean the remote control too. NEVER apply any solvent on the screen. Lightly vacuum the vents on the rear panel occasionally.

First, unplug the power cord. Lift off fingerprints or dust by wiping the screen with a microfiber cloth. Use it to clean the remote control too. NEVER apply any solvent on the screen. Lightly vacuum the vents on the rear panel occasionally.

2019-10-19T01:07:26-04:00June 15th, 2019|

Bonded Black Cats

Kathleen B. in North Port, FL. sent a picture of her two bonded black cats, both with white feet, snuggling on the chair.

Kathleen B. in North Port, FL. sent a picture of her two bonded black cats, both with white feet, snuggling on the chair.

2019-09-07T03:35:47-04:00August 31st, 2019|

Daisy

Meet Pamela F. In Grenada Hills CA's Daisy. Daisy's a nine-year-old inky Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix. Pamela takes Daisy everywhere, and Daisy's loved by all who meet her.

Meet Pamela F. In Grenada Hills CA’s Daisy. Daisy’s a nine-year-old inky Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix. Pamela takes Daisy everywhere, and Daisy’s loved by all who meet her.

2019-07-13T06:53:14-04:00August 24th, 2019|

Curious Turtle

A restaurant patron in Syracuse, Indiana snapped this picture of a curious turtle scurrying back into one of the many lakes in the area.

A restaurant patron in Syracuse, Indiana snapped this picture of a curious turtle scurrying back into one of the many lakes in the area.

2019-07-13T06:30:15-04:00August 17th, 2019|

Meet Daisy

Meet Daisy. Twenty months old, Daisy's a non-shedding Maltese/Shih Tzu. She's as smart and as cute as she can be, and she believes everyone loves her. Everyone does! The neighbor gives Daisy treats, for a Sit and a handshake.

Meet Sammy. Sammy is the love of Donna’s life. He is eight years old and is a Coca-Poo. We’re guessing a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle? Soulful eyes, regardless.

2019-07-13T06:38:03-04:00August 3rd, 2019|

Daisy May

Marianne M. sent a picture of her gorgeous green-eyed tabby, Daisy May, catching some rays, under the family rocking chair!

Marianne M. sent a picture of her gorgeous green-eyed tabby, Daisy May, catching some rays, under the family rocking chair!

2019-07-13T06:46:47-04:00July 27th, 2019|

Meet Isabella

Meet Isabella. She is smart, gentle, loyal, and especially good looking, Mom Lynda C. can report. Isabella spent Memorial Day in the pool, in Dayton, OH at a family cookout!

Meet Isabella. She is smart, gentle, loyal, and especially good looking, Mom Lynda C. can report. Isabella spent Memorial Day in the pool, in Dayton, OH at a family cookout!

2019-07-25T10:38:38-04:00July 20th, 2019|

Meet Sammy

Meet Sammy. Sammy is the love of Donna’s life. He is eight years old and is a Coca-Poo.  We’re guessing a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle? Soulful eyes, regardless.

Meet Sammy. Sammy is the love of Donna’s life. He is eight years old and is a Coca-Poo. We’re guessing a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle? Soulful eyes, regardless.

2019-07-13T06:16:35-04:00July 13th, 2019|

Jake & Jorge

AJ R. in Pennsylvania sent a picture of his two gorgeous boys, Jake and Jorge. They look cute sitting on the easy chair, but the question is, what happened to AJ's other shoe?

AJ R. in Pennsylvania sent a picture of his two gorgeous boys, Jake and Jorge. They look cute sitting on the easy chair, but the question is, what happened to AJ’s other shoe?

2019-07-13T06:02:46-04:00July 6th, 2019|