Healthy Eating Tips
Almonds are packed with lots of nutritional benefits, and being a mild-flavored nut, they’re incredibly versatile, too. Almond butter makes a perfect soup base; they’re delicious as part of pilafs and noodle dishes, and are a great choice for healthy dessert treats. Here are some of our favorites, starting with this tasty and nourishing Simple Quinoa Pilaf with Peas and Almonds.
Maca powder, a superfood that’s derived from a root native to Peru, has numerous health benefits. Maca is best used without cooking or baking it. The easiest way to use maca powder is to add anything from a teaspoon to a tablespoon to smoothies or protein shakes. The malty flavor works particularly well with chocolatey flavors, as in this Mocha Maca Banana Smoothie, shown above; but it also goes well with fruitier flavors, as in Strawberry-Vanilla Maca Smoothie. more→
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→
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→
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→
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! And here’s how to make your own Fresh Ginger-Lemon Tea (which is actually an infusion, not really “tea.”) more→
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→
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.