Healthy Kitchen

Luscious Pistachio Smoothie

Pistachio smoothie

This smoothie brings back happy memories of eating gobs of pistachio ice cream with my cousins at Jones Beach. Pistachio was always one of my favorite flavors. The texture is smooth and thick like an old-fashioned milk shake. Pistachios contain large amounts of antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin E and lutein compared to other nuts. They are also lower in calories than other nuts and are loaded with flavor and healthy fats. Contributed by Helyn Dunn, from  Helyn’s Healthy Kitchen.
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Velvety Chocolate Mousse

velvety chocolate mousse from practically raw desserts by amber shea crawley

For some of you, avocado pudding is probably old news, but for others of you, this might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Avocado creates a silken texture that you have to taste to believe (and I promise you won’t notice any avocado flavor). From Practically Raw Desserts * ©2013 by Amber Shea Crawley. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press.


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Pecan Shortbread Cookies

pecanshortbreadcookies

These crisp on the outside, tender on the inside cookies were a consistent favorite among my recipe testers. With only four ingredients, you could practically make these with your eyes closed! From Practically Raw Desserts *©2013 by Amber Shea Crawley. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press. more→

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Mindful Eating Tips

Summer fruits in bowls

Even though eating is an essential part of day-to-day life, few people actually take the time to enjoy their meals. The health care providers at One Medical Group share some tips on how to make the most of meals so that eating nourishes your body and mind. For many of us, busy lives mean eating wherever we can: behind the wheel, in front of a computer, around a conference table—just about anywhere except the dining table. more→

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Natural, Healthy, and Fun Mother’s Day Gifts

fruit basket of apples, oranges, pears While it’s good to tell and show your mom that you love her every day, Mother’s Day is the day when you must walk the walk and go above and beyond. The hard part isn’t deciding to shower your mom with affection and proof that you think she’s amazing. The hard part is deciding how to shower your mom with affection and proof that you think she’s amazing. more→

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Vegan Issues to Discuss for a Long-term Relationship

Colorful fruits and veggies

When you’re about to take your relationship to the next level, and one of the two partners is a vegan, here are some questions to ask as you’re considering a long-term union:

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Blackberry Lettuce Smoothie

Blackberry Smoothie detail

This refreshing smoothie with the offbeat combination of lettuce and blackberries is from The New Green Smoothie Diet: Going Green Never Tasted so Good,* by Hilary Greenleaf, reprinted with permission. more→

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5 Ingredients Every Vegetarian/Vegan Should Have Around the House

Quinoa varieties - red, tan, and black

When you switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet, you are making a significant lifestyle change. You will need to learn about vegetarian protein options and develop meal plans to receive the most balanced diet. You will also need to adjust your finances to account for the slight increase of your grocery bill. Fresh produce and some of the premium ingredients for the vegetarian or vegan diet can cost more than processed foods. more→

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