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Health Benefits of Chia, Flax, and Hemp Seeds

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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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Better Beans: A Review

Better Beans uncanny refried black beansA few weeks ago, I was sent the whole line of Better Bean Company products to sample. Lucky me, since I love beans! Not that beans ever really went away, but they do seem to be making a comeback in a bigger way; as the subtitle of Kathy Hester’s Great Vegan Bean Book* puts it, they’re “the kindest protein in town.” Indeed, they’re a superb source of protein, low in fat, high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and blessedly uncontroversial as foods go.  more→

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Progressive International Dressing Shaker

progressive international Salad dressing shakerCommercial salad dressings, even the “natural” brands, are often ridiculously expensive and high in fat. Making salad dressing at home is so easy, but I often get lazy about it because several items need to be messed up and then washed — bowl, whisk, measuring cups, spoons. And then I need to find a clean bottle with a tight lid to pour it into. Now, the Dressing Shaker* that Progressive International sent to VegKitchen to sample throws all my excuses to the wind.

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Hot Cereals for Breakfast

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Though cream of wheat or oatmeal are fine choices as hot cereals, there is a world of grains to explore for breakfast, from tiny whole grains to cracked, rolled, and ground grains. Explore the hot cereal section of most any natural foods store and see what appeals to you. If these grains are new to you, buy them in packaged form so you can follow specific instructions for cooking. more→

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Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran

Main Street Vegan by Victoria MoranIn many a glowing description of a non-fiction book, especially a prescriptive one like a self-help book or a cookbook, the reviewer will compliment the author by saying that reading their words feels like having a cup of tea with a friend. I can go one better and say that spending time perusing the pages of Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World* truly is like having a cup of tea with a friend — because its author, Victoria Moran, is a friend of mine, with whom I’ve had actual cups of tea (okay, coffee in my case). And she brings the same warm, witty voice she is blessed with in person to her latest book.  more→

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The Myth of Plant-Based Protein Deficiency

A recent study published in Global Environmental Change shows by cutting meat and dairy consumption by 25 percent, we could reduce two greenhouse gases by 80 percent. This is a big, honking deal. So if you’re thinking about moving to a more plant-based diet, welcome aboard and thanks for helping the environment. more→

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10 Low-Cost Ways to Go Green in the Kitchen

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Who doesn’t want the benefits and enjoyment of excellent health? It can’t happen without a healthy planet. Day by day, begin building the kitchen habits that protect the air and water that goes in our bodies and the land that produces our food. Here are ten tips for a more earth-friendly kitchen. more→

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