Healthy Eating Tips

7 Simple Meal-Planning Strategies for the Plant-Based Kitchen

Countertop food prep - quinoa and broccoli

Here are some of my tried-and-true meal-planning tips for making cooked-from-scratch meals a daily reality, even after the most exhausting days. You’ll find much more detail on how to accomplish all of these strategies, plus lots more of these kinds of tips in Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas, from which this was adapted (©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  more→

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VegKitchen’s Top 5 Green Smoothies

Green velvet smoothie (kale, banana, and avocado)

Green Velvet Smoothie is a creamy, filling smoothie. Hemp seeds are optional, but they’re one of the best, most concentrated sources of Omega 3s—better (and tastier) than flaxseeds. Shown above, photo by Susan Voisin. more→

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VegKitchen’s Top 6 Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa, corn, and black bean salad

Considered a “superfood” for its superior nutritional profile, quinoa cooks in a mere 15 minutes, and its fluffy texture and nutty flavor and aroma make it extremely versatile. Here are VegKitchen’s most visited and best-loved quinoa recipes. more→

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6 Fabulous Recipes for Chia Seeds

Chia seeds - varieties

Chia seeds are everywhere these days! Known for their abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, these tiny seeds can improve your heart health and cholesterol levels, and can be helpful in losing weight. The gel that is formed around the seed with the help of water has no calories and makes you feel more full. Chia seeds are abundant in antioxidants, as well as complete protein. Here are 6 fabulous and fascinating ways to use this superfood. more→

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Tasty, Versatile Chickpea Recipes

chickpeas in a spoon

Even people who say they don’t like beans often like chickpeas. What’s not to love? Chickpeas are among the most flavorful of the legume family, and add flavor, protein, and texture, to so many kinds of dishes — soups, stews, pastas, salads, and sandwiches. Add them to your repertoire today! more→

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Are You Using Real Cinnamon?

Ceylon cinnamon sticks

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→

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Vegan Desserts Made Easy

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

Serving a tasty vegan dessert can be challenging, but it’s made a whole lot easier by substituting various quality vegan ingredients for the eggs and dairy products usually associated with these comforting culinary creations. Best of all, vegan desserts are delicious and often nutritious. It’s actually pretty easy to bake without using eggs and dairy, once you get the hang of it.

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5 Great On-the-Go Snacks That Are Vegan

green and red grapes

When you’re in a rush out the door, you need snacks that are quick and easy to grab — but when you’re vegan, finding this kind of snack is not always easy. What should you do? What are some good animal-product-free products and foods to buy? What sort of foods should you keep on hand? To help answer those questions, here are five great on-the-go, totally vegan snacks to check out! more→

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