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6 Healthy Plant-Based Fats and Their Benefits

Avocados on a table

While there are good arguments for reducing bad fats (trans fats, saturated fats) from the diet, there are several sources of plant-based fats that have numerous health benefits. Read on for more on how to get these 6 healthy fats into your daily repertoire.

What Are Healthy Fats?
Fats aren’t totally evil! While there are some fats that should be avoided — like trans fats and saturated fats — there are also good fats that are a must for overall health. These healthy fats are mostly those coming from vegetables.

Plant-based fats are polyunsaturated, containing Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that our bodies need, since they’re not capable of manufacturing them. Since we cannot get off eating bad cholesterols even though how hard we try to, These polyunsaturated fats will help achieve a more balanced fat content. more→

Manhattan “Glam” Chowder (Vegan Clam Chowder)

Vegan clam chowder

At last, a satisfying vegan clam chowder! Manhattan clam chowder is the red, tomato-based soup found on diner menus all over the city. Mushrooms bring the perfect texture and flavor to this vegan “glam” chowder, a version of the iconic New York City soup. Nori and Old Bay Seasoning cleverly replace the seafood flavors. From NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple, copyright © 2017 by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment. Photos by Jackie Sobon. Used by permission. more→

NYC-Style Street-Cart Pretzels

NYC-Style street-cart pretzels recipe

Soft street-cart pretzels have been sold on the streets of New York City since at least the 1820s, and now, here’s a recipe you can make at home. Today, they’re still sold from ubiquitous metal carts found all over Manhattan and always offered with mustard. From NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple, copyright © 2017 by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment. Photos by Jackie Sobon. Used by permission. more→

3 Important Supplements for Vegan Bodybuilding

Berries and cherries

Excerpted from Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness: The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet by Robert Cheeke, the world’s most recognized vegan bodybuilder: For vegan bodybuilders, the second most popular question after “how do you get your protein?” is “What supplements do you take?”

There were periods of my vegan bodybuilding life when I didn’t use any supplements at all and made incredible gains. But I do use supplements today, and I will share with you my favorite supplements and the most popular bodybuilding supplements for athletes, explaining what their function is and how they can benefit vegan athletes and competitive bodybuilders. The following is a list of common bodybuilding supplements and their functions or roles in contributing to health and athletic success.  more→

Ready-to-Eat Vegan Spreads You’ve Got to Try

Sesame kingdom spreads

It can be fun to make tasty spreads when the mood strikes, but sometimes that mood doesn’t. That’s when these delicious ready-to-eat vegan spreads come in handy. Just add fresh bread, whole-grain crackers, or healthy chips. Here, we’re going to sample sesame spreads, artichoke pesto, vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, and guacamole. more→

6 Ways to Use Veggie Burgers (Other Than on a Bun)

Vegan meatball sub dinner

In our Vegan Food Hacks kitchen, we’re fans of using veggie burgers in “meaty” recipes, since many brands are made with grains, beans, pea protein, and vegetables. In contrast, many meat substitute products are based on soy protein isolates, which aren’t as good for you. Here’s a listing of some of the best veggie burger brands, only one of which is the textured soy protein variety.  Please note; not all veggie burgers are vegan — some contain egg or dairy, so read labels!

We find store-bought vegan veggie burgers incredibly useful and versatile. Of course, they’re still great served on whole-grain buns with your favorite condiments, but consider some of these other cool ways to use them as a meal starter. more→

What are Carbohydrates and Why Do We Need Them?

pesto pasta with potatoes and green beans

Excerpted from Questioning Meat by Robin Schaper, reprinted by permission. What are carbohydrates, and what are carbohydrate foods? Why do we need carbohydrates? And what is the difference between good and bad carbs? We’ll answer these questions, but first, a distinction: We all need plenty of good carbs. Meat and other animal-based food contains hardly any carbohydrates, while plant-based food are rich sources. more→

Vegan Philly Cheesesteak & Salad Dinner

Vegan Philly Cheesesteak dinner

I’ve always wanted to try making vegan Philly cheesesteak, but something always stopped me. The problem has been that most of the recipes I’ve looked at use seitan in place of you-know-what. And while otherwise I have no quibble with seitan, it just seems like pure gluten served on bread is redundant.

Occasionally, a recipe will swap in portobello mushrooms, which do have that meaty umami thing going on. But for me, this would make it a portobello mushroom sandwich. While undeniably tasty, not exactly what I’d call the ideal vegan cheesesteak. more→

5 Ways to Prevent Food Waste in Your Kitchen

freshworks produce saver

Tackling food waste starts in your kitchen! Up to 40 percent of the food purchased in the U.S. is wasted. It’s easy to blame supermarkets and restaurants that toss out mass quantities of spoiled, imperfect, or uneaten food, but even small amounts of food waste coming from home kitchens have a big impact. Here are some simple tips for preventing food waste.

The average person throws out more than 20 pounds of food per month. The forgotten leftovers in the refrigerator and over-ripe bananas on the kitchen counter contribute to greenhouse gas emissions in the landfill – not to mention the amount of land, water, and other resources it took to produce that food in the first place. To highlight what a huge global problem this is, see more about the issue in Wasted Yet Wanted. more→

Immune-Boosting Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

Immune-boosting Spicy Thai Coconut Soup is a super tasty recipe —it’s also easy to make, vegan, and gluten-free. For those of you who don’t like spicy, the chillies are optional. When you’re eating the right foods to support your health, food is your medicine. And when it comes to boosting your immune system, nature provides some powerful ingredients to help us fend off those seasonal bugs. 

Contributed by Ursula Escher, from The Vegan Survival Guide: Boost Your Mental and Physical Health – Your Guide to Functional Veganism* reprinted with permission © UEscher Publishing. more→

5 Kitchen Essentials That Make Meal Prep Easier

Berry smoothie in blenderHave you ever wondered how much time you spend in preparing meals? If you’re like me, I wouldn’t want to spend most of my time in the kitchen. Here’s a list of 5 essential kitchen tools that make meal prep easier! Cooking is more likely to become a pleasure instead of a chore.

Food Processor
One of the home appliances you can’t do without is the food processor which truly makes cooking life easier. It allows you to do a variety of things such as slicing or chopping vegetables, shredding, grating and pureeing, all in just one machine. more→

Instant Vegan Taco Filling

Instant vegan taco filling

This instant vegan taco filling (delicious for sloppy joes, too), has just two ingredients; three if you count the little bit olive oil used for heating. And it’s so tasty that it may have you standing at the stove sneaking tastes out of the skillet before it makes its way into tacos.

This clever taco hack uses good-quality vegan burgers, which are already packed with flavor and good ingredients (especially if you steer clear of those made mainly texurized soy protein, a kind of plant-based junk food). We used Amy’s California Burger for this batch (main ingredients are vegetables), but we’ve also tried it with various Dr. Praeger varieties. Here’s a great rundown on some of the best vegan store-bought veggie burgers. more→

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