Healthy Kitchen

12 Days of Vegan Christmas Cookies and Bars

Unbaked fig bars by Gena Hamshaw

Unbaked Fig Bars by Gena Hamshaw have all of the chewiness and sweetness of traditional fig cookies, but they’re made with wholesome almonds, oats, and real dried figs. Truly perfect for the holiday!

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8 Easy, Amazing Vegan Appetizers -VegKitchen’s Favorites

Smoky vegan cheddar cheez recipe

For winter gatherings, my favorite food theme for entertaining is a delicious vegan appetizer buffet with wine, cocktails, and/or mocktails. After that, who needs dinner? You can then skip to coffee/tea and light desserts. Here are 8 tasty dips and finger foods, our absolute favorites from VegKitchen’s vast array of Vegan Appetizer Recipes. Choose 5 or 6 of these and serve with your favorite beverages. Above, Smoky Vegan Cheddar Cheez. You’ll find the way to the recipe with the 4th link below, along with its spreadable version. Photo above by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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6 Tasty Recipes for Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts with chard

In Chard with Brussels Sprouts and Red Peppers, halves of Brussels sprouts look pretty mingled with any variety of chard, and they taste wonderful together, too. Substitute kale, collards, escarole, or broccoli rabe, depending on what’s available. more→

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The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Produce Guide

Contributed by Garrick Dee Tan, from  Juicing with G. Not all fruits and vegetables are created equal as certain produce will contain more pesticide residue than others. Foodmatters.tv calls this the contamination scale. That’s why the Environmental Working Group created the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen to educate consumers about which ones have the most and least amount of pesticide to help you shop smarter. more→

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5 Reasons Why You Should Drink Ginger Lemon Tea

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Are you searching for a way to give your immune system a boost? How about a drink that can relieve stress? Well, if you’re holding a cup of ginger lemon tea in your hand, then you’re on the right track! Sweet, spicy and one of the best drinks to have during the winter, ginger lemon tea is power-packed with some incredible health and body care benefits too! more→

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7 Appetizing Recipes Featuring Olives

Spinach or arugula and olive pizza

Mixed Olives and Spinach Pizza is a simple twist on traditional pizza, and a generous dose of baby spinach or arugula makes it healthier. Do try finding the pepperjack or other spicy vegan cheese, which gives this a bit of a kick. more→

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6 Easy and Tasty Slaws

Tri-Color Coleslaw

Tri-Color Coleslaw combines massaged kale with both green and red cabbage. It goes with just about every kind of meal, and you can vary it each time with different dressings. You can also add a little dried fruit or apple for a sweet twist.
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Natural Alternatives to Sports Drinks

Vegetable juices, tomato, carrot, cucumber and beet

Excerpted from Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition by Brenda Davis, RD and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD © 2014 The Book Publishing Co. Reprinted by permission. Although the value of sports drinks is hotly debated within scientific and athletic communities, most experts agree that for the average active consumer, hydrating with water is preferable. For inactive consumers, sports drinks can serve as one more source of empty calories. However, such drinks can play a useful role in refueling and rehydrating endurance athletes or people who participate in intense activities that last for more than an hour. more→

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