Healthy Eating Tips

7 Easy and Delectable Vegan Quick Breads

Vegan Three-grain brown bread

Pop this easy Quick Three-Grain Brown Bread into the oven while your favorite soup is simmering on the stove. It’s made with wheat and rye flours, plus cornmeal. Or, serve it with jam to accompany your favorite warm beverage — coffee, tea, or cocoa. more→

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7 Ideas to Help You Snack Healthy

Hummus made with chickpeas

We all grew up hearing that we needed three square meals a day and learning how important breakfast is. Yet, it seems like we have a biological imperative to snack in between those meals. The truth is that snacking is actually a good thing, when you make healthful choices. Snacking allows you to keep your blood sugar in balance, ensures that your body has ample energy to keep going all day, and keeps you from getting so hungry that you over eat or make bad choices when meal time arrives. more→

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Simple Ways to Embellish Brown Rice

Creole Orange Rice recipe

If you’ve made the switch from white rice to brown rice, that’s a great first step (see our Top 10 Benefits of Brown Rice) But why serve just plain brown rice? With just a few added ingredients you can create a stellar rather than so-so side dish. Try these easy ideas the next time you cook brown rice. Creole Orange Rice is inspired by an old New Orleans recipe. It abounds with a symphony of citrus notes  — orange juice, orange zest, and tiny orange sections.  more→

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Chocolate + Fresh Fruit = Easy, Impressive Vegan Desserts

Chocolate Banana Pizza

Chocolate and certain fresh fruits are classic flavor pairings. And you won’t believe how easy the following desserts are to make. So next time you need a great dessert to impress company, choose from among these recipes. The preparation of this Chocolatey Banana Pizza, shown at top, is almost ridiculously easy, consider how impressive the results are. Combining a good-quality pizza crust and chocolate chips with bananas and another fresh fruit is a combination of pure genius and absolute simplicity. more→

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12 Delicious Vegan Dips

Tofu and sun-dried tomato dip

When you need an appetizer in a hurry, nothing could be easier than making a tasty vegan dip to serve with breads, crackers, and raw vegetables. Often based on beans, veggies, tofu, herbs, and other healthy ingredients, these delicious dips are truly guilt-free. The one caveat, though, is that most of these require a food processor. Silken Tofu and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip makes a delicious appetizer, served with whole grain crackers and raw veggies. It’s also wonderful as a spread for sliced fresh baguette. more→

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How to Cut a Butternut Squash Without Losing Your Mind

Coconut butternut squash soup

Don’t you love recipes that say “peel and dice a butternut squash”? With what—an axe? Partially baking makes cutting and peeling a butternut squash so much easier. Just follow the easy steps below. more→

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10 Truly Guilt-Free Wholefood Vegan Cookies

Coconut, almond, and raspberry jam thumbprint cookie

Especially when holidays come around, the sweets come out in full force. And vegan cookies can be just as sugary, filled with white flour, and vegan-buttery as their non-vegan counterparts. If you’d rather avoid those kinds of treats, you need not shy away from the cookies in this line-up. Made with seeds, nuts, nut butters, oats, dried fruits, and other real foods, you’ll be filled with goodness, not guilt! Coconut, Almond, and Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies by Myra Goodman, above, offer an irresistible combination of wholesome ingredients. Enjoy them warm or at room temperature with a cold glass of nondairy milk or your favorite tea. more→

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7 Ways to Make Salads More Tempting for Cool-Weather Meals

Avocado Orange Salad - 3

When winter chill sets in, salad isn’t the first line of comfort our palates crave. And with good tomatoes in short supply (or very expensive), the usual kind of tossed salad doesn’t always appeal, even as a side dish. It’s still important to eat lots of fresh uncooked (or lightly cooked, in some cases) produce, no matter what the season. Here are 7 ways to make that happen, even in the dead of winter!

Sweeten the deal with fruit: Adding winter fruits to salads turns them into instant sunshine on a plate. Oranges, pears, and apples perk up otherwise savory salads. It hardly gets better, or easier than the Avocado and Orange Salad, at top. See the Cabbage, Apple, and Raisin Slaw, below. Or try Mixed Greens with Pears, Cranberries, and Pecans. more→

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