Healthy Eating Tips

10 Delectable Vegan Desserts Made with Vegetables

vegan cranberry-carrot cake

If you can’t get your family (or yourself!) to eat enough vegetables, you can try sweetening the deal — literally. By incorporating the orange-fleshed fall/winter veggies — carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, and winter squash into these vegan cakes, pies, muffins, and cookies, you’ll be adding a dose of vitamins A and C to your desserts, and a host of antioxidants and fiber. But you and yours won’t taste any of those — just some lovely sweet flavors that will please everyone.

Cranberry-Carrot Cake (at top) is festive and luscious, but with a minimum of fat and a plethora of fresh fruit (and a vegetable!) in the batter, not the least bit guilt-inducing. It’s a nice alternative to pumpkin pie as a Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert. more→

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Tips for Easing Your Holiday Meal Prep

Three sisters stew recipe

In this insanely busy world, most people — even Grandma — would be daunted by the prospect of preparing an entire Thanksgiving or Christmas feast for a crowd. And with so many dietary preferences to accommodate — vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free — holiday meal prep can start to feel overwhelming. Whether you’re going to be a host or a participating guest, here are some tips that will help simplify your holiday meal prep so that you can feel festive rather than frazzled when the company starts to gather. Need ideas for what to make? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our full list of Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes to mix and match. more→

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You’ll Love These 10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes

Vegan mock chicken soup

Vegans need comfort food just as much as anyone else. Salads and smoothies are great, but during sad or difficult moments, or when you’re under the weather, they just don’t do the trick. Warm and soothing, comfort foods also contain just the right amount of nostalgia — and love. Take this this simple, tasty Mock Chicken Noodle Soup; it recalls a comfort food from my childhood — minus the poor bird. There’s a Yiddish proverb that goes: “Worries go down better with soup.” How true! more→

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10 Great Butternut Squash Recipes for Fall & Winter

coconut butternut squash soup with fresh kale and onion garnish and cornbread side

There are lots of colorful, beautiful varieties of winter squash on the market in the fall and winter. I love to look at them, and they make festive centerpieces for the seasonal table. But when it comes to choosing one to eat, I go for butternut almost every time. Sure, it’s not as pretty to look at as some of the others, but for flavor, texture, and versatility, it can’t be beat. It’s especially good in soups, and you’ll find three tasty choices following. First, we highly recommend you visit How to Cut a Butternut Squash Without Losing Your Mind. Then you’ll be set for these 10 great ways to use this classic cool-weather vegetable. more→

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Pink Himalayan Salt + Matcha Green Tea Powder = Super Salt

Matcha tea and pink Himalayan salt

Even though we do need some salt, too much isn’t healthy. We need to be careful how much salt we put into our bodies. I know some people who don’t use salt at all and just take what they need from whole foods. However, a pinch of salt brings out the flavor of foods. more→

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ACV Ginger Switchel: A Delicious Detox Tonic

Maple Ginger Switchel

Switchel: it’s the insanely easy to make, inexpensive and delicious detox tonic your health can’t afford to miss out on. Not only can drinking switchel improve your digestion, reduce inflammation and clear up your skin, but this ACV tonic – and other apple cider drinks – is full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and electrolytes that instantly invigorate your entire body. Contributed by Yuri Elkaim, author of The All-Day Fat-Burning Diet. more→

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7 Fresh Summer Desserts You Can Make in Minutes

Skillet peach crumble

If your sweet tooth is craving something yummy, you’ll love these 7 desserts that highlight summer’s lush seasonal fruits. They’re all flavor, with no added guilt! Skillet Peach Crisp, above, is a great way to highlight delicious summer peaches. This quick dessert can be enjoyed shortly after you make it — no baking or chilling required! more→

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5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Vegan

Veggie beet and carrot burgers with avocado

Save the cows. Eat more beans. No, you can’t have eggs! If you’re like me, I’m sure that you’ve heard the different taglines and watched all of the movies about how great it is to be a vegan. As a vegan who has enjoyed a plant-based diet for over three years, I can easily admit that it has been one of the most fulfilling decisions that I have ever made while also proving to be among the most difficult. more→

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