Shana Paluba

Build Your Own Smoothie

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This colorful chart (© Live Love Fruit ) gives you a great visual on how to build an array of delicious, nutritious smoothies that blend nondairy milks or juices, fresh fruits, green veggies, nuts butters or seeds, and super foods. Experiment with quantities and consistencies to suit your particular taste, and vary them from time to time, according to season and what you have on hand. Aside from good ingredients, you’ll also benefit from a good blender if you’d like smoothies to be part of your daily routine. more→

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Pomegranates: Health Benefits and Uses

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Classified as a berry, the pomegranate is native to Persia and is one of the oldest known fruits. used for food as well as medicinally for centuries. Its prime season in most parts of the world is September through January. This slightly tart yet sweet berry takes some effort to prepare and eat — as basically, it’s a collection of lots of seeds, but with all of its health benefits, you may find it worth your while. Besides the whole, fresh fruit you can purchase pomegranate juice, and even pomegranate oil.  more→

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5-Ingredient Vegan Recipes for Busy Days

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We all have days when we just can’t deal with making anything complicated. Or weeks when we didn’t do much shopping and hardly any pre-planning — it happens to everyone from time to time. There are days when it’s all we can do to stop ourselves from reaching for the take-out drawer. There’s nothing wrong with keeping a a meal really simple — even when not under duress. Here are five 5-ingredient recipes (salt, pepper, and water don’t count) that will make those “too tired to cook” days a whole lot better. more→

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5 Great Sweet Potato Recipes for Fall and Winter

Curried sweet potatoes with chard and chickpeas recipe from Wild About Greens

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A (beta carotene) and many valuable minerals and antioxidants. And aside from being a great source of nutrients, they’re delicious and incredibly versatile. Here are five of VegKitchen’s most popular sweet potato recipes. Make sure to explore our Sweet Potatoes category for many other selections. more→

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6 Offbeat Veggies Worth a Try

Cider-braised Brussels sprouts

In my experience, I’ve found that those who like vegetables are particularly fond of the tried-and-true varieties. Broccoli, carrots, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and corn occupy the top rung; “second string” vegetables include cauliflower, green beans,  greens, squashes, and such. If those in your household are open to new vegetable adventures, here are a few that you may not think of buying regularly, but which might add fun and variety to the everyday repertoire.

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VegKitchen’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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The nicest thing you can do for the mom in your life is to make her a tasty and healthy brunch. But if you wish to get her a little something as well, here are a few of our favorite recommendations for books and products that make great gifts. From handcrafted vegan chocolate to cookbooks to kitchen tools, have fun exploring this list of affordable and useful gift ideas.

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Limiting sodium — a sensible and healthy practice

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One teaspoon of table salt has 2,325 mg of sodium, which is more than the amount that anyone should have per day. We do need some sodium in order for nerve and muscle function, and to conserve the level of fluids in the body. But when there’s too much sodium intake, it can cause havoc in a number of ways.


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How the size of dinner plates affects portion control

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Believe it or not, the size and color of your plates have a lot to do with portion control. Most of us really do eat with our eyes, so to speak. If you’re given a large plate or bowl do you only fill half of it? Most of us would fill the entire thing, and once it’s in front of us, we feel compelled to to eat it all. If, on the other hand, you use a smaller plate or bowl, you’re likely to eat — and be satisfied with — that portion. more→

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