Healthy Kitchen

10 Tips for Shopping at Natural Foods Stores

Chard at market

Most of us are aware of the tried-and-true supermarket food shopping tips — shop the periphery of the store (as that’s where the least processed foods and fresh produce usually are); don’t buy foods just because you have coupons for them; don’t shop when you’re hungry or without a list; and the like. Shopping at natural foods stores can be a nice break from the big box experience, and introduce you to foods your supermarket may not carry. They’re great sources to provide foods for the plant-based diet.  more→

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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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10 Tips for Going Vegan in “Veganuary”

Quinoa burger with sautéed potatoes

What better time of year to make the switch to vegan than in January? That’s how the Veganuary movement got its name. Explore this fantastic organization for resources, recipes, and community, to help you  transition to a plant-based diet.

From the founders:  “There are so many reasons people decide to try vegan. For most, a love of animals is the catalyst. Some people want to feel better about themselves and the impact they make on the world. Others would like to set themselves a challenge, and many combine Veganuary with their ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ and see trying vegan as the healthiest start to the year. Whatever your reason, we’re here to support you. 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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10 Low-and No-Sugar Vegan Holiday Desserts

Gingered winter fruit medley

Christmas cookies, cakes, and pies are hard to resist — even the vegan versions, which can be as sugary as their non-vegan counterparts. What about those who can’t — or won’t — indulge in sugar-filled treats? If that applies to you or any of your guests, you can still indulge in these seasonal, flavorful, and beautiful treats. Gingered Winter Fruit Medley (at top) is simple and pretty combination of winter fruits — pears, apples, oranges, and pineapple, spiced with crystallized ginger — is a refreshing finish to any meal. more→

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