Healthy Eating Tips

What is a Vegan Diet?

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

What is a vegan diet, and how is it different from a vegetarian diet? Sometimes called a plant-based diet, vegans avoid all animal products in the diet, including eggs, dairy product, and even honey. Vegetarians avoid meat, fowl, and seafood;  For most vegans, ethical factors weigh in equally, if not more so, as health and environmental issues. Concerns for animal welfare and the embracing of a more compassionate lifestyle means that many vegans won’t wear leather or wool. In general, any products that are animal-derived or that contain animal byproducts are avoided. more→

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Healthy Vegan Snacks, Appetizers, and Dips

Deviled tomatoes

VegKitchen offers an array of easy, healthy vegan snacks, appletizers, and dips for the grazing pleasure of adults and kids alike! Here is our listing of tasty and nutritious treats, from everyday to celebratory, many of which are based on vegetables, grains, and other whole foods. Photo by April Jones depicting The Best Vegan Nachos (see recipe listed below). more→

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The Best Way to Become Vegan

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No matter what your reason is for wanting to become vegan, the transitioning process may be challenging. However, saying farewell to your traditional diet and lifestyle, incorporating a new plant-based diet, and embracing a new lifestyle might be exciting and extremely rewarding. Whatever your purpose is for choosing to be vegan, educating yourself and being prepared is the key. more→

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Add Variety with Dried Fruit

Dried fruit varieties

Concentrated sources of natural sweetness and nutrients, dried fruits deserve a prominent place in the family snack pantry. All are excellent sources of dietary fiber and are filled with natural sugars, which, when added to cereals, baked goods, and trail mixes (or just eaten on their own), coax the palate to appreciate natural, rather than refined sweetness. Dried fruits are rich in minerals, notably iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. They contain varying amounts of vitamins A and C, depending on the fruit. more→

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Top 10 Benefits of Green Smoothies

green smoothie diet coverGreen smoothies have many health benefits (and we’ll discuss those in detail later on), but here’s a brief introduction to the many advantages of drinking green smoothies on a daily basis: more→

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Creating a Plant-Based Pantry

Healthy plant-based foods

So many people have asked me how to set up a plant-based (vegan) pantry that I decided this subject merits a permanent place on VegKitchen. Whether you are a newcomer to a vegan/vegetarian diet, or someone who wants to have a greater variety of healthy ingredients at hand, this list can serve as your handy guideline. more→

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Great Meals with Great Grains

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Chewy, moist, creamy, hot, sticky steamy, rolled, wrapped, stacked; whole grains are sweet, easy, versatile, nutritious, delicious, high-fiber, low fat, filling, satisfying, and energizing! more→

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10 Gluten-Free Grains for Everyone

Amaranth - ancient grain

Amaranth is a tiny, slightly nutty flavored ancient grain. The Aztecs believed it held the secret to long life and vitality and celebrated holidays by eating toasted amaranth. It’s a complete protein, has more iron than most grains, and is also a great source of many other minerals.Whole amaranth is delicious on its own or cooked in combination with other grains in pilafs, and in warming morning porridges with oatmeal, dried fruits, and coconut. more→

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