Nutrition

Juices vs. Smoothies: Which is best?

pineapple, apple, and leafy greens smoothies

Which gives you more benefits, smoothies or juices? Smoothies are easy to make, with the whole leaf and accompanying fruit or fruit being used, resulting in a beverage that’s filled with fiber. On the other hand, the essence of a lot more greens and fruits can go into one serving of juice, making it a more potent source of all the nutrients and enzymes present in the produce that’s used. Let’s take a look at the benefits of juicing vs. making smoothies. more→

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Frequently Asked Questions About Maca Root

Maca-Oatmeal hot cereal

What is maca root, exactly?
Maca is a root vegetable (alternatively referred to as a tuber) that’s a distant cousin of the radish family. A member of the species Lepidium meyenii, it’s grown in the mountains of Peru and Bolivia. Maca’s benefits have long been valued by indigenous cultures. More recently, its use as a superfood has spread worldwide, and its popularity is growing exponentially. more→

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6 Delicious Heart-Healthy Foods

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Contributed by Sameer Ather, MD, PhD. Heart disease and stroke affect men and women alike all over the world, deadlier than all cancers combined – according to the latest findings in the medical field. Of course, such terrible illnesses can be prevented if we cut down smoking and drinking alcohol and if we manage to get enough sleep. Exercise is also mandatory to keep our hearts in shape and lower the risk for cardiovascular diseases, and specialists can’t emphasize the vital importance of daily physical activity enough. more→

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34 Best Plant-Based High-Fiber Foods

34 Best High Fiber Foods

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Ahiflower Omega-3 Supplement Giveaway

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There are no shortages of omega-3 supplements for vegans, but our friends at Ahiflower have agreed to give away a 3-month supply of Ahiflower oil omega-3 supplements to six different winners.

If you’d like to read more about Ahiflower, check out why Ahiflower may be replacing flax as our go-to vegan source for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

To enter, just leave a comment below and let us know that you want a chance to win! Get an extra entry just by sharing this giveaway on social media (and tagging VegKitchen). Hurry, because this contest ends on October 18, 2016.

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A Vegan Diet Supports an Active Lifestyle

Healthy snacks

Excerpted from Vegan Fitness for Mortals by Ellen Jaffe Jones. A smattering of studies compare the performance of vegan and vegetarian athletes to meat-eating athletes. In a study done at Yale, meat-eating athletes had half the endurance of the vegetarians, even when the vegetarians were sedentary. The study concluded that a diet free of animal flesh is conducive to endurance. more→

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Protein: Not a Problem in a Plant-Based Diet

Quick Vegan Mixed Beans Chili

[Reprinted from The Book of Veganish by Kathy Freston & Rachel Cohn ©2016, by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books, a member of Penguin Group U.S., a Penguin Random House Company.] As you move toward a plant-based diet, the main concern you will hear from family and friends who aren’t vegan or vegetarian is, “But how will you get enough protein?”

I hear that all the time and I get it, because protein is such a major buzzword these days—we seem to have an obsession with it in our culture. You’ll hear it from the high-protein, low-carb gang, and even dietitians and doctors who mean well. more→

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6 Healthy Foods and Drinks that Could Damage Your Teeth

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You nosh on fruit and veggies thinking you’re making healthy choices for your body—but you may not know that some of these foods are damaging to your smile. Although fine in moderation, when consumed in excess, these culprits could gradually tarnish those pearly whites. more→

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