Nutrition

VegKitchen’s Top 10 Tips for a Healthier You in the New Year

Vegan Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

At the start of every new year, we all make resolutions to get healthier, happier — and usually, thinner! Let’s do away with resolutions that are all too easy to break and instead adopt healthy habits that will become second nature and do what dieting can never achieve. Here are our top 10 tips for healthy living that you can incorporate into your routine this year. more→

Essential nutrients for vegans and where to find them

Vegan salad with falafel, hummus, vegetables. View top on gray concrete background. Vegan Food Concept.

It’s a longstanding belief that plant-based eaters must take vitamin supplements to gain all of the nutrients for vegans and their dietary needs. Fortunately, with modern access to a wide range of whole foods, that misconception about nutrients for vegans is far from true. From the outstanding omega-3 content of chia seeds to the iron in spinach, a thoughtful vegan lifestyle is synonymous with nutritious health. Check out our roundup of nature’s most abundant whole foods and how they can nourish your body with vital vitamins and minerals. Here are the top essential nutrients for vegans and where you can find them—without the supplements! more→

The One Tonic: Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon, Rooibos Tea & ACV

Ginger-lemon, rooibos, and turmeric tonic

Here on VegKitchen, reader come in droves for our posts on ginger-lemon tea, rooibos tea, and apple cider vinegar. These teas, infusions, and tonics are awesome in and of themselves, and if you’re anything like me, you want all of them as part of your regimen!

But how many beverages can a person squeeze into one day added to all the plain water we’re supposed to drink? My solution was to invent the “one tonic,” which combines all of these amazing ingredients in one bracing beverage. And this combo of ginger, lemon, turmeric, rooibos tea, and apple cider vinegar is indeed bracing! If you like these flavors separately, you’ll love them together. more→

Juices vs. Smoothies: Which is best?

pineapple, apple, and leafy greens smoothies

Which gives you more benefits, smoothies or juices? Smoothies are easy to make, with the whole leaf and accompanying fruit or fruit being used, resulting in a beverage that’s filled with fiber. On the other hand, the essence of a lot more greens and fruits can go into one serving of juice, making it a more potent source of all the nutrients and enzymes present in the produce that’s used. Let’s take a look at the benefits of juicing vs. making smoothies. more→

Frequently Asked Questions About Maca Root

Maca-Oatmeal hot cereal

What is maca root, exactly?
Maca is a root vegetable (alternatively referred to as a tuber) that’s a distant cousin of the radish family. A member of the species Lepidium meyenii, it’s grown in the mountains of Peru and Bolivia. Maca’s benefits have long been valued by indigenous cultures. More recently, its use as a superfood has spread worldwide, and its popularity is growing exponentially. more→

6 Delicious Heart-Healthy Foods

Whole Grain flour

Contributed by Sameer Ather, MD, PhD. Heart disease and stroke affect men and women alike all over the world, deadlier than all cancers combined – according to the latest findings in the medical field. Of course, such terrible illnesses can be prevented if we cut down smoking and drinking alcohol and if we manage to get enough sleep. Exercise is also mandatory to keep our hearts in shape and lower the risk for cardiovascular diseases, and specialists can’t emphasize the vital importance of daily physical activity enough. more→

34 Best Plant-Based High-Fiber Foods

34 Best High Fiber Foods

Ahiflower May Be the Best Omega-3 Source for Vegans

white-flower-on-ahiflower-shrub

Ahiflower is a new source of daily omega-3 fatty acids, which we know most of us can use. Having only been vegetarian a short time, I have (regrettably) taken fish oil and krill oil supplements in the past, as well as flax seed oil. And, here was Ahiflower, a new omega-3 supplement. And folks, It’s difficult to make omega-3 fatty acids sexy these days.

Yet, I think Ahiflower did make omega-3 fatty acids sexy again. Or, at least they’re setting a new and very high standard for these essential fatty acids. Here are the full benefits of Ahiflower compared to the alternatives. It gets somewhat technical (lots of good health info!), so I’ve gone ahead and broken it down to the most important points, without all the numbers. more→

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