Shana Paluba

Progressive International Produce Keepers: A review

Progressive international produce keeper

If you frequent farm markets, grow your own produce or belong to a CSA, especially throughout the summer, the produce that comes into your kitchen might overflow from you refrigerator’s produce drawers. But that’s a good thing! Summer as well as most of the fall are the perfect seasons for indulging, or even over-indulging in the season’s generous bounty of produce.  more→

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VegKitchen’s Top 5 Green Smoothies

Green velvet smoothie (kale, banana, and avocado)

Green Velvet Smoothie is a creamy, filling smoothie. Hemp seeds are optional, but they’re one of the best, most concentrated sources of Omega 3s—better (and tastier) than flaxseeds. Shown above, photo by Susan Voisin. more→

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6 Fabulous Recipes for Chia Seeds

Chia seeds - varieties

Chia seeds are everywhere these days! Known for their abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, these tiny seeds can improve your heart health and cholesterol levels, and can be helpful in losing weight. The gel that is formed around the seed with the help of water has no calories and makes you feel more full. Chia seeds are abundant in antioxidants, as well as complete protein. Here are 6 fabulous and fascinating ways to use this superfood. more→

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Health Benefits of Chia, Flax, and Hemp Seeds

Chia seeds - varieties

Chia, hemp, and flaxseeds seem to be everywhere these days! This trio of tiny seeds offers an abundance of health benefits, not the least of which are the valuable Omega-3 fatty acids. These seeds aren’t just for those following plant-based diets, but anyone who wants to boost their intake of nutrients. Read on for a brief introduction to these small but mighty super foods, their comparative benefits, and some ways to use them in your daily fare. more→

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Sweet and Spiced Glazed Nuts

Glazed and spiced mixed nuts

Deliciously glazed and spiced nuts are a tasty finger food at special occasion, or as an everyday snack. Use any combination of your favorite nuts — peanuts, almond, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, cashews, etc. more→

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VegKitchen’s Top 8 Vegan Wraps and Sandwiches

Asian flavored quinoa wraps recipe

VegKitchen’s pages offer a number of tasty recipes and ideas for vegan sandwich and wraps, perfect for lunches at home or to take to school or the office (or even as quick, casual dinners). Here are the ones that have proven most popular with readers — most views, comments, and in general, going most crazy over them when we share on our Facebook page. Keep this list handy, and it will be a long time before you wonder what to have for lunch! Of course, for the mid-day meal, you can rotate these with some of our delicious salads and/or leftover soups as well. Another tip: You can turn any of the wraps below into sandwiches, and vice versa. more→

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Build Your Own Smoothie

Build your own smoothie info graphic

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

Pomegranate

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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