Healthy Eating Tips

Top 10 Benefits of Green Smoothies

Kale and banana smoothie

The benefits of green smoothies are many and varied — they’re easy to digest, keep you hydrated, increase your energy, get your skin glowing, and more. They can include spinach, lettuce, kale, and collard greens.

For the more advanced green smoothie drinker, you can also add parsley, dandelion greens, watercress — really, any leafy green veggie your palate can handle, and enjoy. Bananas, apples, pears, avocado, and mango are great companions in these beverages. Here’s a brief introduction to the many advantages of drinking green smoothies on a daily basis. more→

Classic Eggless Vegan “Egg” Recipes

vegan snacks

It’s easier than ever to enjoy eggless vegan “egg” recipes — classics you thought you’d have to give up once you went plant-based. When it comes to dishes that taste like vegan “eggs,” substitute tofu and chickpea flour for surprisingly egg-like results. Here are some of our favorites. These are also great for those with egg allergies, or who are watching their cholesterol.

Deviled Tomatoes (at top) are filled with a combination of chickpeas, nutritional yeast, and vegan mayo, adding up to a fairly egg-like flavor and consistency. Similar idea, also based on chickpeas — Thug Kitchen’s Deviled Chickpea Bites, which will bring your buffet table into the twenty-first century. Going one step further, Baked-In presents Vegan Deviled Eggs that not only approaches the taste of a deviled egg, but looks exactly like one, too! And Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes similarly presents Ultimate Genius Vegan Eggs. more→

10 Terrific Cauliflower “Rice” and “Couscous” Recipes

Cauliflower Spanish Rice recipe

Here’s a selection of cauliflower “rice” recipes (and a few cauliflower “couscous” recipes as well) that are easy, tasty, and just happen to be vegan. Cauliflower “rice” and “couscous” are clever ways to get a nutritious vegetable into your regimen, and good for anyone who avoids grain foods for any reason. It’s also a good way to disguise vegetables for your picky eaters!

Some people simply have trouble digesting grains; others argue that cauliflower rice is more Paleo-friendly than real rice, possibly forgetting that cauliflower is a cultivated crop and wasn’t available when our distant ancestors were doing cave painting and hunting with spears. They didn’t have food processors back then, either. more→

10 Best Hiking Snacks (that happen to be vegan)

Trail mix

When it comes to the best hiking snacks, whether for a day trek or a longer backpacking trip, you want to choose foods that increase your energy and endurance. They should also be sturdy enough to hold up to a variety of temperatures, and stay fresh without refrigeration. And it wouldn’t hurt if they’re tasty and fun to eat, too! Here are 10 nutritious, totally vegan snacks for hiking — a fun mix of homemade and store-bought. more→

5 Kitchen Essentials That Make Meal Prep Easier

Berry smoothie in blenderHave you ever wondered how much time you spend in preparing meals? If you’re like me, I wouldn’t want to spend most of my time in the kitchen. Here’s a list of 5 essential kitchen tools that make meal prep easier! Cooking is more likely to become a pleasure instead of a chore.

Food Processor
One of the home appliances you can’t do without is the food processor which truly makes cooking life easier. It allows you to do a variety of things such as slicing or chopping vegetables, shredding, grating and pureeing, all in just one machine. more→

How to Cut 7 Tricky Vegetables

This useful infographic shows you tips for how to cut 7 tricky vegetables: artichoke, cassava, sweet corn, kohlrabi, beets, spaghetti squash, and celeriac. A well-prepared vegetable is a tasty and nutritious thing. Eating a wide variety is a great way to keep mealtimes interesting while looking out for your health. There are some weird and wonderful vegetables to choose from, how can you eat them when you’re not even sure how to slice them?

You know the feeling. You’ve bought an interesting to add variety to your evening meal. But faced with an artichoke, celeriac or squash, you don’t know where to begin! These vegetables don’t come with instructions, and if you don’t know what you’re doing you could end up in a mess. more→

Vegan Substitutions Guide

vegan substitutions in supermarket

If you’re new to plant-based cooking, you may be looking for a guide to vegan substitutions to swap into favorite non-vegan recipes. Thankfully, there are plenty of products vegans can use in place of animal ingredients that will make vegan cooking a breeze. Let’s cover how to replace animal ingredients with vegan ingredients.  more→

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipes

Juicy pineapple smoothie

On our popular page featuring apple cider vinegar and weight loss, many readers are seeing the results of adding ACV to their daily regimen, not only for possibly losing pounds, but improving energy and well being. The biggest complaint about ACV? Many readers don’t enjoy its flavor when mixed with just water. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make apple cider vinegar drink recipes that are not only tolerable, but actually quite tasty!

Whether you want to try apple cider vinegar drinks for detox, weight loss, or general well being, you’ll want to use the raw, unfiltered, organic kind of ACV, a fantastic probiotic. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the many benefits attributed to this super-ingredient. You might also like our round-up of 12 apple cider vinegar recipes. more→

10 Warm Salads for Winter

Mediterranean potato salad1

Eating produce all year round — both cooked and raw — is one of the healthiest habits on earth. Salads take care of the latter, but they’re not exactly crave-worthy in the winter when most of us would rather have warm foods like soups and stews (or starchy comfort foods).

Something that works like a charm to make cool weather salads more enticing is adding something warm or even piping hot to them. And in some cases, serving them warm altogether. Here are 10 seriously delicious warm winter salads that will keep you eating your veggies all season, and coming back for more! more→

Eating for Good Karma

Quinoa-Maca breakfast bowls

Good Karma eating is as simple as can be: comprise your meals of plants instead of animals, and most of the time choose unprocessed plant foods, meaning that they got from the garden or orchard or field to your kitchen with minimal corporate interference.

This way of eating gives you good karma in two ways. The first is self-explanatory: by eating foods of high nutrient density and avoiding the animal products and processed foods your body can have trouble dealing with, you’ll reap the rewards of improved health. The second is a bit more mystical: you do good and you get good back. more→

How Prepping Your Meals Ahead for the Week Keeps You Healthy

Chopping vegetables

We’ve all been there. You get home late after that less-than-productive evening meeting, and throw open the fridge, hoping that food will have magically appeared there somehow in the last ten hours. Or maybe you have a pantry stuffed with healthy staples—all of which need to be cleaned, cut, and cooked before they’re fit to consume—and all you can think about is sinking down into the couch for the next three hours. more→

Celebrate Global Pulse Day with Delicious Bean and Lentil Dishes

Greek Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu "Feta"

Today, January 18, 2017 is Global Pulse Day, a worldwide event building on the movement that began with 2016’s International Year of Pulses. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) wants to inspire us all a fresh look at a group of ancient food crops known more commonly as legumes. Get in on the global action with hashtags #GlobalPulseDay and #LovePulses if you want to share this or your own posts on social media! more→

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