Healthy Eating Tips

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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5-Ingredient Vegan Recipes for Busy Days

Kitchen counter tools

We all have days when we just can’t deal with making anything complicated. Or weeks when we didn’t do much shopping and hardly any pre-planning — it happens to everyone from time to time. There are days when it’s all we can do to stop ourselves from reaching for the take-out drawer. There’s nothing wrong with keeping a a meal really simple — even when not under duress. Here are five 5-ingredient recipes (salt, pepper, and water don’t count) that will make those “too tired to cook” days a whole lot better. more→

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VegKitchen’s Favorite Avocado Recipes

Mango, avocado, and arugula salad recipe

I fully admit, I’m an avocado addict. Yes, they’re loaded with nutrients, including folate, vitamins B, C, K and E, fiber, niacin, potassium and more. They’re a great source of good fats and fiber. But I really love them for how they taste, and their mouth feel. Based on reader enthusiasm, here are a few of our favorite ways to feature avocados in easy recipes. more→

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6 Tips for Keeping Your Family Healthy During the Holidays

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

The temptations and treats of the holidays can have a significant impact on the entire family’s waistline. From cookies and candies to large meals and sugar-filled punch, holiday celebrations often focus on food and encourage overeating.

Don’t let the joy of the season leave you feeling bloated and lacking energy while your children battle upset stomachs. Instead, practice mindful eating and utilize these tips to keep you eating healthy during the joyous season. more→

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5 Great Sweet Potato Recipes for Fall and Winter

Curried sweet potatoes with chard and chickpeas recipe from Wild About Greens

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A (beta carotene) and many valuable minerals and antioxidants. And aside from being a great source of nutrients, they’re delicious and incredibly versatile. Here are five of VegKitchen’s most popular sweet potato recipes. Make sure to explore our Sweet Potatoes category for many other selections. more→

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6 Offbeat Veggies Worth a Try

Cider-braised Brussels sprouts

In my experience, I’ve found that those who like vegetables are particularly fond of the tried-and-true varieties. Broccoli, carrots, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and corn occupy the top rung; “second string” vegetables include cauliflower, green beans,  greens, squashes, and such. If those in your household are open to new vegetable adventures, here are a few that you may not think of buying regularly, but which might add fun and variety to the everyday repertoire.

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