Nutrition

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→

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→

A Vegan Diet Supports an Active Lifestyle

Healthy snacks

Excerpted from Vegan Fitness for Mortals by Ellen Jaffe Jones. A smattering of studies compare the performance of vegan and vegetarian athletes to meat-eating athletes. In a study done at Yale, meat-eating athletes had half the endurance of the vegetarians, even when the vegetarians were sedentary. The study concluded that a diet free of animal flesh is conducive to endurance. more→

Protein: Not a Problem in a Plant-Based Diet

Quick Vegan Mixed Beans Chili

[Reprinted from The Book of Veganish by Kathy Freston & Rachel Cohn ©2016, by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books, a member of Penguin Group U.S., a Penguin Random House Company.] As you move toward a plant-based diet, the main concern you will hear from family and friends who aren’t vegan or vegetarian is, “But how will you get enough protein?”

I hear that all the time and I get it, because protein is such a major buzzword these days—we seem to have an obsession with it in our culture. You’ll hear it from the high-protein, low-carb gang, and even dietitians and doctors who mean well. more→

6 Healthy Foods and Drinks that Could Damage Your Teeth

Fresh lemons on table

You nosh on fruit and veggies thinking you’re making healthy choices for your body—but you may not know that some of these foods are damaging to your smile. Although fine in moderation, when consumed in excess, these culprits could gradually tarnish those pearly whites. more→

Cooking Oils Ranked: Which is the Healthiest Oil?

olive oils

Who would have known that there are so many types of cooking oils out there? You may have thought that olive, sunflower, coconut, palm, and all of the other variants were impressive, but the list doesn’t stop there. The fact is that more and more types of oil are crafted for specific needs. Oil doesn’t always have the best of reputations, often being associated with fats and all the damage that frying can cause to our health. But there are ways you can use cooking oil without fearing that your cholesterol levels will go through the roof. more→

Kale is the New Spinach

Festive kale with fennel and cranberries

Kale, a dark leafy green vegetable, that’s become a favorite in recent years, is packed with vitamins and minerals. Its health benefits are indisputable,as one of the foods richest in vitamin A, vitamin K, beta carotene and even calcium.

Kale is one of the oldest cultivating vegetables on earth and until the Middle Ages it was one of the most popular vegetables in Europe. Kale has been cultivated for well over two thousand years. more→

Wheatgrass for Healthy Living

Fresh wheatgrass juice

Ancient civilizations and communities were always fascinated with their continued search for wonder plants and medicinal herbs. Wheatgrass is one such extract which in its natural form, is found to be extremely beneficial for human health and vitality. Not just for its health benefits, wheatgrass in the recent times has largely been advocated for holistic well being. more→

Great Reasons to Juice & Blend

5 fresh fruit and vegetable juices

Juices and smoothies are a fantastic way of boosting the intake of nutrients into your diet. I like to think of them as nutrient vehicles. This excerpt is from Juice + Nourish: 100 Refreshing Juices and Smoothies to Promote Health, Energy, and Beauty by Rosemary Ferguson, © 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Photo at top by Nassima Rothacker. Available wherever books are sold.  more→

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