Healthy Eating Tips
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→
For some people, myself included, there isn’t enough salad in the world. Others won’t touch them with a ten-foot pole. We all know that eating at least some fresh raw veggies on a daily basis is a good thing. And even for salad devotees, cold weather is kind of a disincentive — soup and warm foods become more crave-worthy.
So what to do about that, and about eaters to whom even the word “salad” is a turn-off? Be sneaky, that’s what. These simple preparations don’t even have the word “salad” in their titles, so no one will be the wiser. Take for example Asian-Flavored Quinoa Wraps, above. Filled with plenty of raw carrot, arugula, and avocado, they’re definitely salads in disguise. more→
With more varieties of fruits becoming available year-round, it’s tempting to bring them home — only to have them sit on the table or in the fridge. Rather than ponder how in the world to cut up healthy treats like coconut, pomegranate, passion fruit, pineapple, mango and others, this visual guide will have you prepping them like a pro. And as a bonus, see the end of this graphic for a few more clever hacks that will help you make the most of your fruits. more→
The holiday season is a time for celebrating the ones you love, giving back to your community and eating—and for many people, that means a lot of meat. As with many traditions, just because it’s what everyone does year after year, doesn’t mean it has to continue. In this case, discontinuing the traditional meat consumption during the holidays, or prepping your big holiday meal sans a ham or turkey, is a smart way to deviate from the norm without losing any of the excitement or charm of the season. more→
If you can’t get your family (or yourself!) to eat enough vegetables, you can try sweetening the deal — literally. By incorporating the orange-fleshed fall/winter veggies — carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, and winter squash into these vegan cakes, pies, muffins, and cookies, you’ll be adding a dose of vitamins A and C to your desserts, and a host of antioxidants and fiber. But you and yours won’t taste any of those — just some lovely sweet flavors that will please everyone.
Cranberry-Carrot Cake (at top) is festive and luscious, but with a minimum of fat and a plethora of fresh fruit (and a vegetable!) in the batter, not the least bit guilt-inducing. It’s a nice alternative to pumpkin pie as a Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert. more→
In this insanely busy world, most people — even Grandma — would be daunted by the prospect of preparing an entire Thanksgiving or Christmas feast for a crowd. And with so many dietary preferences to accommodate — vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free — holiday meal prep can start to feel overwhelming. Whether you’re going to be a host or a participating guest, here are some tips that will help simplify your holiday meal prep so that you can feel festive rather than frazzled when the company starts to gather. Need ideas for what to make? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our full list of Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes to mix and match. more→
Vegans need comfort food just as much as anyone else. Salads and smoothies are great, but during sad or difficult moments, or when you’re under the weather, they just don’t do the trick. Warm and soothing, comfort foods also contain just the right amount of nostalgia — and love. Take this this simple, tasty Mock Chicken Noodle Soup; it recalls a comfort food from my childhood — minus the poor bird. There’s a Yiddish proverb that goes: “Worries go down better with soup.” How true! more→
There are lots of colorful, beautiful varieties of winter squash on the market in the fall and winter. I love to look at them, and they make festive centerpieces for the seasonal table. But when it comes to choosing one to eat, I go for butternut almost every time. Sure, it’s not as pretty to look at as some of the others, but for flavor, texture, and versatility, it can’t be beat. It’s especially good in soups, and you’ll find three tasty choices following. First, we highly recommend you visit How to Cut a Butternut Squash Without Losing Your Mind. Then you’ll be set for these 10 great ways to use this classic cool-weather vegetable. more→
Even though we do need some salt, too much isn’t healthy. We need to be careful how much salt we put into our bodies. I know some people who don’t use salt at all and just take what they need from whole foods. However, a pinch of salt brings out the flavor of foods. more→
Switchel: it’s the insanely easy to make, inexpensive and delicious detox tonic your health can’t afford to miss out on. Not only can drinking switchel improve your digestion, reduce inflammation and clear up your skin, but this ACV tonic – and other apple cider drinks – is full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and electrolytes that instantly invigorate your entire body. Contributed by Yuri Elkaim, author of The All-Day Fat-Burning Diet. more→
If your sweet tooth is craving something yummy, you’ll love these 7 desserts that highlight summer’s lush seasonal fruits. They’re all flavor, with no added guilt! Skillet Peach Crisp, above, is a great way to highlight delicious summer peaches. This quick dessert can be enjoyed shortly after you make it — no baking or chilling required! more→
Save the cows. Eat more beans. No, you can’t have eggs! If you’re like me, I’m sure that you’ve heard the different taglines and watched all of the movies about how great it is to be a vegan. As a vegan who has enjoyed a plant-based diet for over three years, I can easily admit that it has been one of the most fulfilling decisions that I have ever made while also proving to be among the most difficult. more→