Shana Paluba

Kaffree Roma Roasted Grain Beverage — a Review

Kaffree roma roasted grain beverage review

Are you a coffee lover who just can’t handle any amount of caffeine? Do you like the idea of sipping on something hot and soothing, but just aren’t enamored of tea? Kaffree Roma might be just the alternative you’re looking for. It’s an instant beverage made just the same way as instant coffee — a spoonful or so stirred into a cup of hot water. Made of roasted barley and malt barley with a bit of chicory and rye, it’s not meant to imitate coffee so much as to be a comforting, caffeine-free cousin to it. more→

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9 Surprising Health Benefits of Cucumber

fresh cucumbers

Cucumbers immediately bring to mind the idea of coolness and refreshment (as in “as cool as a … ) but their high water content and occasional seediness seems to imply that they’re not stellar in the nutrition area. While it’s true that cucumbers don’t rank high in nutrient density, their high water content actually contains some valuable substances (notably silica) that make them better for you than you might have thought: more→

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6 Health Benefits of Carrots

Baby carrots

Carrots are the second most popular vegetable in the U.S. after potatoes, but somehow, their benefits seem to be underappreciated, as rarely are they referred to as a “superfood.” Yet, carrots have significant health benefits. Fortunately, they’re abundant, familiar, inexpensive, and versatile, whether you use them in salads or cooked dishes, or just snack on them raw. Here are a few benefits of making them part of your daily repertoire. Carrots are known to: more→

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6 Car-Friendly Healthy Vegan Snack Ideas

Dried fruit varieties

Road trips are fun and exciting. They offer the freedom to stop anywhere and take in the beauty of nature, or sample urban culture. They create memories that become part of a family’s shared history. What kind of food to take on the road is an important aspect of planning. You and your family or travel companions may be tempted to stop for fast food, but of course, that’s not the best choice. Light, natural, and preferably vegan snacks can be prepared and carried easily. If you’re health- and budget-conscious, it’s nice to have some of your own food handy in the car, especially on long stretches of highway. For spring break or summer travels, here are 6 vegan snack ideas to keep you and the kids happy and energetic throughout your trip — and not make too much of a mess in the car! more→

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Allergies 101

Allergies have been on the rise for the last few decades. Whether seasonal conditions like hay fever or allergies to food and environmental elements, this chronic condition is more than just inconvenient. This graphic gives some information on the impact of allergies and tips on combating them, balancing traditional and natural remedies. more→

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Fruit and Yogurt Ambrosia

Fruit and Yogurt Ambrosia

Bowls of nondairy yogurt, dried and fresh fruit, and granola can be a quick light lunch or nutritious snack. It’s great for kids — especially young children who balk at dishes in which ingredients are “touching.” But if they decide for themselves what’s touching what, they don’t seem to mind a mixed dish. When my kids were young and had friends over, they created patterns in their yogurt with the other items, and often asked for seconds. This is great for adults, too. Why let kids have all the fun? Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Easy Brown Rice with Mushrooms

Brown Rice with mushrooms

Vegetable broth, garlic, mushrooms, and a bit of scallion make this brown rice side dish a treat in its own right, and not just a bed of grain for other dishes. This serves 6 as a side dish. more→

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7 Easy No-Bake Vegan Truffles and Energy Balls

Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles

If you’re looking for sweet treats that are easier on the budget than buying energy snacks and fine chocolates, try these easy recipes. They taste like candy, but feel like sustenance! Abbie Jaye, AKA Chef AJ contributed the decadent Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles, above — so easy to make, and they contain only 5 ingredients. more→

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