Jordan St. Clair-Jackson

Hemp Seeds: Nutrition, Benefits, & Recipes

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are a fantastic addition to any healthy diet, packed with easily digestible protein and a multitude of nutrients. Rare among plant-based foods, they provide complete protein with all 10 essential amino acids. That makes them quite valuable to vegans and vegetarians. Learn more about this in Hemp Seeds Boost Vegan Nutrition.

More good news —hemp seed is very rarely an allergen, unlike many other nuts and seeds. And unlike flaxseeds, you need not grind them to reap their benefits. Compared with chia seeds, another popular superfood, hemp seeds don’t cause stomach upset. Another unexpected perk: Hemp is an eco-friendly crop that’s naturally pest- and weed-resistant, which means that it can be grown without pesticides and herbicide. more→

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7 Common Superfoods for Women of Any Age

Fresh spinach in a bowl

Women today are more conscious of their health and food intake. They watch what they eat more carefully now than ever. But you need not buy expensive and unproven superfoods and supplements, when there are so many common foods that can benefit your health. You may have some or most of these in the pantry or fridge already! Here are 7 of these common superfoods for the benefit women of any age, whether their goal is weight loss or simply to feel healthier and look better.

Spinach: This leafy vegetable is packed with essential nutrients that women of any age need. It has loads of vitamin K, magnesium and calcium. The combination of these three slows down the deterioration of bones ones you get older. It also contains folate which is a type of vitamin B. Here are some healthy and delicious spinach recipes. more→

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5 Simple Ways to Use Baked Tofu

Orange-Glazed Tofu and Broccoli

I’ve long considered marinated baked tofu a great product and have wondered why it has taken so long to make its way onto supermarket shelves. Finally, it’s getting there! As always, it’s easy to find at any natural foods store, usually shelved alongside the tofu tub varieties. If you’re unfamiliar with baked tofu, it’s a firmer, chewier, more flavored variety. It comes in cellophane-wrapped packages (usually 8 ounces), and is ready to eat as is or to combine with other ingredients in hot or cold dishes. Here are 5 simple ways to use baked tofu, a fantastic product that’s great to have on hand. more→

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VegKitchen Monday Menu, February 13, 2017

Pizza veggies

February is in a word, ugh. We’ve had it by now with weird winter weather, short days, colds and flu. Let’s remember that spring is just over a month away, and let’s brighten our meatless Monday with a fun meal. These nifty and super-easy Pizza Veggies could be the answer to getting your picky eaters to eat their vegetables! Potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and portobello mushrooms replace crust as surfaces for your marinara sauce and melty vegan cheese. You can add more vegetable toppings, or not. You can make these pizza veggies with one kind at a time, or more. We tried all of the above, and they all were great!

If you like this idea, go to our new Vegan Food Hacks page on Facebook for a daily dose of super-easy plant-based deliciousness. more→

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Maya Kaimal Indian Simmer Sauces & More

Maya Kaimal Indian simmer sauces and naan chips

I can whip up decent Asian-style dishes, but I never got the hang of making authentic-flavored Indian dishes at home. It’s not all that difficult, as demonstrated by the brilliant Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen. The truth is that I’m just too lazy to deal with roasting and grinding and mixing and measuring all the myriad spices that add up to those amazing flavors.

For me, making a curry has always meant dumping curry powder into something or another, and If I’m feeling really ambitious, adding some ginger. And while that’s not terrible, doing so doesn’t give the dishes the deep, complex flavors of Indian cuisine. more→

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10 Warm Salads for Winter

Mediterranean potato salad1

Eating produce all year round — both cooked and raw — is one of the healthiest habits on earth. Salads take care of the latter, but they’re not exactly crave-worthy in the winter when most of us would rather have warm foods like soups and stews (or starchy comfort foods).

Something that works like a charm to make cool weather salads more enticing is adding something warm or even piping hot to them. And in some cases, serving them warm altogether. Here are 10 seriously delicious warm winter salads that will keep you eating your veggies all season, and coming back for more! more→

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VegKitchen Monday Menu, February 6, 2017

Quick Quinoa paella

I could never figure out this Groundhog Day thing — the groundhog comes out on February 2, sees his (is it ever her?) shadow, and that means 6 more weeks of winter. Everyone is sad. But if you look at the calendar, there are literally 6 more weeks of winter, so what’s the big whoop? I can always pretend late winter away by starting to serve more spring-like meals as soon as we turn the page to February. Case in point, this week’s Monday Menu featuring Quick Quinoa Paella. There’s something decidedly un-wintery about it, yet it uses seasonal ingredients and will warm and satisfy you in a hurry. more→

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Calorie myths: Why counting calories won’t improve your weight or health

Healthy Ingredients

Counting calories is one of the first places most people look when trying to lose weight. If you are one of those people, you really ought to read 7 common calorie myths that people generally don’t realize.

In recent times the word calories, has become synonymous with weight loss. We are constantly told that weight management is a simple case of energy balance and calorie counting. more→

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