Are you thinking of exploring a more plant-based diet? Here are 7 benefits of plant-based diets for seniors — the new, doctor-prescribed and research-approved trend that boosts health and helps you enjoy a longer life and more vibrant lifestyle.
What Is a Plant-Based Diet?
A plant-based diet is not simply a diet of vegetables. It is impossible to get all your necessary daily nutrients from just vegetables, and it is essential that seniors eat a well-rounded diet.
Instead, plant-based meals consist of avoiding anything that either once had a face, or came from something with a face. Avoid animals and their by-products, including meat, eggs, or dairy, and substitute them with fruits, vegetables, tubers or starchy foods, and whole grains. The diet also requires the abstinence of sugar and oil. more→
Farro is a nutty, hearty ancient grain well-loved in Italian cuisine. It’s perfect in pilafs and substantial salads like this farro asparagus salad, embellished with other spring-y veggies. it takes a good 30 minutes to cook, much like brown rice, but you can look for quick-cooking farro, which cuts the cooking time in half. Serve as a side-by-side entrée with a warm or cold bean dish. Leftovers are excellent for the next day’s lunch for home or work. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
It’s easier than ever to enjoy eggless vegan “egg” recipes — classics you thought you’d have to give up once you went vegan. With a few clever products and simple recipes, you can enjoy animal-free, surprisingly egg-like dishes. Here are some of our favorites. These are also great for those with egg allergies, or who are watching their cholesterol.
Deviled Tomatoes (at top) are filled with a combination of chickpeas, nutritional yeast, and vegan mayo, adding up to a fairly egg-like flavor and consistency. Similar idea, also based on chickpeas — Thug Kitchen’s Deviled Chickpea Bites, which will bring your buffet table into the twenty-first century. Going one step further, Baked-In presents Vegan Deviled Eggs that not only approaches the taste of a deviled egg, but looks exactly like one, too! And Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes similarly presents Ultimate Genius Vegan Eggs. more→
Sautéed Tofu with Green Veggies is a simple tofu dish I’ve been making for years. Tofu is sautéed in a skillet until it becomes golden and crispy, then combined with very lightly cooked veggies. The dish is then served with a choice of sauces, depending on your inclination — either a rich peanut sauce or teriyaki marinade. This is good served with brown rice or quinoa. more→
As far as holistic health trends go, Ayurveda has been popping up everywhere in recent years. There are even Ayurvedic health drinks and recipes being offered in some of the trendiest restaurants. It’s no surprise that this ancient Indian system of medicine is becoming more popular.
Ayurveda takes a truly holistic approach toward the entire human body and mind. It seeks to balance a person, rather than treating illnesses after they manifest. Though it can do that, too. With how popular and versatile ayurveda is, it’s tempting to just throw a bunch of Indian herbs into your cooking and hope it helps. But there’s a rich philosophy behind Ayurveda that will help you make the most of Ayurvedic herbs. more→
Mapo Tofu is one of the easiest Chinese dishes to throw together, even when you’re too tired to cook. Since it’s a stew instead of a stir-fry, you don’t have to concentrate the entire time. It’s full of flavor, with ginger, mushrooms and tofu in a spicy red sauce. Recipe and photo reprinted with permission from The Easy Vegan Cookbook by Kathy Hester ©2015, published by Page Street Publishing.
Dim sum can be hard to find once you go vegan, but not if you make your own. With store-bought wrappers these vegan Asian Steamed Dumplings are amazingly easy and cheap to make in an Instant Pot. Be aware that some brands contain egg, but you can always find vegan ones at Asian markets. Believe it or not, this filling is so flavorful you won’t even need a dipping sauce, but you can use soy sauce or tamari, if you’d like. This makes 12 dumplings, or 2 per serving. Recipe and photos by Kathy Hester, from The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot © 2017. Published by Page Street Publishing, reprinted by permission.
What is vegan wine? When and why is wine not vegetarian or vegan? Many wine drinkers, even those who are vegetarian or vegan, may be unaware that animal ingredients are often used in the wine clarifying process. Whitecliff, the only vegan winery in the Hudson Valley, has been an industry leader in encouraging all wineries to use non-animal-based ingredients in the wine clarifying process (rather than the fish parts, egg whites, and gelatin that are commonly used).
While these animal ingredients don’t per se end up in wine products, it’s good to know that Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, along with a select number of others, pride themselves on making only vegan-friendly wines. Established in 1979, the winery is owned by Yancey Stanforth-Migliore and her husband, Michael Migliore, president of the Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association, and managed by their son, Tristan Migliore. more→
Happy spring! For everyone who has slogged through this winter of discontent, just reaching this date feels like a huge relief. Let’s celebrate the arrival of spring by enjoying a very green meal. Triple Jade Stir-Fry is inspired by the dish of the same name served in western Chinese restaurants. “Triple Jade” refers to the three green veggies used — green beans, broccoli, and zucchini. Serve over hot cooked rice or noodles, or on its own. more→