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. Read More→Print This Post
Weighing yourself regularly can help you to lose or maintain weight, and has been shown to be a great incentive to keep you eating sensibly and striving for an ideal weight. Once a week works better for some, as small weight fluctuations from day to day can be discouraging. Others find it helpful to do a daily weigh-in. It comes down to doing what works best for you as an individual. First thing in the morning is the best time to weigh yourself. A healthy, plant-based diet plus regular exercise plus getting real about my weight has proven a successful formula for me! Read More→Print This Post
Commercial 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.Print This Post
Sometimes the smallest things can make life in the kitchen easier and more fun. Take for example the Nut Chopper by Progressive International. Chopping nuts isn’t a big deal, right? But here’s how I did it before they sent us a sample of their handy dandy Nut Chopper to try out: I took a bunch of nuts, placed them on a paper towel, covered them with more paper towel, and then beat them into submission with a mason jar. Read More→Print This Post
As a huge fan of salads of all kinds, I can’t believe that I lived this long without a salad spinner. So when Progressive International sent me their collapsible salad spinner to try out, I was interested, but not not exactly excited.
After one try, though, I was sold! I might never have put a salad spinner on a list of “must-have” kitchen gadgets, but I think I’ve changed my tune. I’m thinking about all the paper towels I wasted blotting delicate leaves or pressing liquid from kale. It’s especially important to remove dampness from salad greens so that they don’t wither upon contact with dressing; it’s even more crucial to make sure that raw kale is nice and dry before massaging it for use in salads, or for making kale chips. This does a really splendid job with kale. Read More→Print This Post
Contributed by fitness trainer Adam Steer, ShapeShifter Yoga. “Back in the day” I got to spend most of my time out on the slopes or on the gym floor working with my clients. But as I’ve gradually changed my focus to helping people all over the world by bringing my knowledge to the internet, I’m spending way more time than I’d like in front of a computer screen.
1. Avoid “Desk Jockey Syndrome”
But — knock on wood — my body seems no worse for wear. And that’s surprising, because most of the “desk jockey” clients I work with are plagued by the typical aches and pains associated with sitting all day. Read More→Print This Post
Turmeric is often referred to as the queen of spices, as its medicinal powers (healing, antioxidant, cleansing) have long been valued. Its bright yellow hue adds a ray of sunshine to Indian curries, and its warm flavor is beloved by many. I’m not one of them. Its kind of woodsy, odd flavor puts me off, and if I use it at all, it’s quite sparingly. So it came as somewhat of a shock to me how much I loved the samples I received from Tumeric (yes, it’s spelled without the “r”): The Elixir of Life. In fact, I was crazy for the flavor, and soon became hooked. Read More→Print This Post
I’m not generally a “bar” person, so bars reaaaalllly need to be good to motivate me to want another. Keen-wäh Decadence Bars definitely pass the “I want more” test. What’s most amazing is that these rich-tasting bars are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and valuable omega-3s. At their heart, they are made of quinoa, whose nutritional profile is stellar. Who knew it could translate into something so desserty and delectable? Read More→Print This Post