Healthy Eating Tips
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→
Tossing out your junk food and replacing it with organic fruits and veggies can be costly—especially when you’re looking for specialty items that are vegan/vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, etc. Luckily, there are many ways to find coupons and discounts so that your next trip to the grocery store is as healthy and cost effective as possible. more→
Here are some easy ways to prepare common summer veggies—flash-in-the-pan side dishes that enhance their already vivid flavors. Use organic vegetables whenever possible, though to save money, consult the Environmental Working Group’s list of Clean 15 produce that is safe to use in conventional form. Formal recipes aren’t needed! Use what you’ve got, make as much as you need, and keep these ideas in mind for making easy accompaniments to meals all year round. more→
Moving to college is a big step and a lot of great things happen while you’re there. Making friends, gaining independence, joining teams and finding a subject that you’re passionate about is easy – what’s hard is staying healthy.
Most college students have very little money to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables, and while there are lots of sports teams, there’s also a lot of late nights partying or cramming in the library. It’s hard to eat clean when buying fast meals from convenience stores and stocking up on coffee and energy drinks. Fortunately, you can avoid a life filled with nothing put pasta and tomato sauce by following these tips. more→
We all know that a home-cooked meal is worth its weight in nutritional value. Compared with takeout, your home creations probably use less fat and cooking oil and have better portion sizes—two things that can help with healthier eating and weight management.
But it’s hard to convert to home cooking when you’re not used to it—especially when, after a long day, ready-made food seems like such an easier and quicker option. Still, there’s a lot you can do to save time and take advantage of your energy when you have it, so that cooking will be easier and simpler. Here are a few changes to make in your kitchen today to get healthy, fresh food on your plate faster. more→
Are you ready for your hot date tonight? Don’t worry, I haven’t hacked into your social calendar—I am referring to the naturally sweet and energy-dense fruit. Dates are packed with fiber, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, and K. Here’s your guide to dating with ease. Excerpt from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French Way with Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Season © 2015 by Rebecca Leffler. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment.