Contributed by Cristina West, of An Organic Wife. Is your cinnamon fake? There’s a good chance that yes, it is. Go check the label on your cinnamon right now. If it says Cinnamomum cassia, just cinnamon (with no explanation), or has a country of origin anywhere other than Sri Lanka, your cinnamon is not real. more→
If you’ve gone vegan or are lactose intolerant (which a majority of humans are, logically — we’re not calves, after all!), it’s heartening to observe the growth of nondairy alternatives to milks and cheeses. There are a number of the latter that give you that nice melted quality that makes pizza, mac ‘n cheese, and quesadillas so yummy. If you’re missing the sharper flavor and pleasantly hard, dry texture of artisanal style cheeses, fortunately, those options are expanding, as well. more→
Don’t wait a moment longer to resolve to get fit — any day is a good one to start working toward 10,000 steps a day (or more!). I’m a huge fan of the Fitbit Zip Wireless activity tracker. * The Fitbit keeps me honest about my daily activity and I almost always try to find a way to achieve my ten to twelve thousand steps a day. It makes a fantastic gift for the walking enthusiast in your life, and a great investment in your own health and fitness. more→
VegKitchen is mostly about recipes, plant-based health and kitchen tips … and more recipes. But once in a while — especially during the holidays — the spirit of giving is upon us, and for the vegans, cooking enthusiasts, and avid readers in your life, here are a few books and other gifts ideas recommended by VegKitchen. more→
Recently, I was sent the EZ Tofu Press * to try out. As I mention in all the reviews here on VegKitchen, I only review products that I personally like and can recommend, and that I feel would make life in your plant-based kitchen easier and more enjoyable! more→
A 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→
I recently had that pleasure of attending a screening of Vegucated at a theatre right near my home town that included a Q & A with the filmmaker, Marisa Miller Wolfson. Though I’m absolutely sure that watching the film on DVD at home or streaming it instantly on your computer would be a great, seeing it with an audience and the director herself enhanced the experience. It was fun to see how the audience reacted to it (quite positively) and the kinds of questions that were asked. more→
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.