Archive for Vegan Lifestyle Tips

Essential Oil Spotlight: Wild Orange

Cold pressed from the peel of the orange, Wild Orange Essential Oil (citrus sinensis) is one of my absolute favorites. And yes, I realize I say that about a lot of oils…but it’s always true! I have many favorites, and Wild Orange is a must-have in any essential oil collection. It has an invigorating and energizing aroma, and it is a powerful cleanser. It’s incredibly versatile – and inexpensive! Read on for a few ways to use this remarkable essential oil.

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Book Recommendation: Artisan Vegan Cheese

Once in a while, I come across a “must-have” vegan book. The current selection: Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner. I’m obsessed with the cashew chevre – pictured above crusted with coarse sea salt and mixed peppercorns.

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Ten Ways to Enjoy Button Mushrooms

Last week, I shared a video from Dr. Michael Greger of Nutrition Facts that educated us on the benefits of eating mushrooms daily to protect against breast cancer. Read on for a few quick and easy ways to enjoy them!

1. Add them to a tofu scramble. Make sure you use organic tofu, as soybeans are often genetically modified.

2. Top a salad with them. They’ll be great raw or cooked, your choice! I like to saute them and put them on top of spinach with a simple lemon tahini dressing, sprinkled with raw slivered almonds.

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Mushrooms vs. Breast Cancer

Based on current data, 12.4% of women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetimes. This estimate is based on a report published annually by the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. This means that each of us has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The good news?

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Five Easy Healthy Living Tips to Start Using Today

Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated, overly time consuming, or expensive. Start moving toward a healthier you with these five quick and easy healthy living tips.

1. Start the day with a smoothie. Smoothies – made the right way, with fruits, veggies, and no added sugar – are a quick and easy way to start the day. My favorite elixir is awesome and simple: put a couple of handfuls of spinach or kale, two celery stalks, a handful of cilantro, half an avocado, a fresh squeeze of lime juice, and about half a frozen banana, a small green apple, or a few fresh strawberries in a high-powered blender with about a cup of filtered water or coconut water, and blend until smooth. Voila! You have a tasty, nutrition-packed smoothie to kick off the day.

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Five Ways to Use Basil Essential Oil

Did you know that the essential oils of common kitchen herbs are 50-70 percent more concentrated than the raw herbs? I recently received a bottle of basil essential oil in my monthly order, and it is AMAZING! Most of us have used basil, an aromatic annual herb of the mint family, in our cooking, but the oil from this plant can be used for more than just a great red sauce. Read on for five ways to use this remarkable essential oil.

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Five Best Vegan Cheeses

Every vegan has heard it a million times, and some of us have said it ourselves: “I could never be vegan – I can’t live without cheese!” Well, sure you can, but there is a scientific reason that people often feel addicted to cheese. As explained by Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, dairy cheese produces mild opiates known as casomorphins when it is digested. No worries, though! The quality of vegan cheeses on the market these days is absolutely stellar. Even though I make a lot of my own vegan cheeses from scratch, there are a few commercial brands that I absolutely adore. Here they are – in no specific order!

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Five Quick and Easy Vegan Breakfasts

Getting a good breakfast can be a challenge, especially during a busy work or school week. I usually start each day with a glass of lemon water, followed by a reasonably healthy and filling breakfast about an hour later. Here are my five favorite go-to vegan breakfasts.

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Ten Ways to Use Nutritional Yeast

When I first joined the vegan community, I kept hearing about this mysterious stuff called nutritional yeast. I found it in the bulk bins at my local grocery store, and I bought a few scoops of the flaky, yellow substance. The next step: learning what the heck to do with it!

First of all, what exactly is nutritional yeast?

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Why Vegan?

Per the Vegan Society, “veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” It isn’t just a diet, it is a lifestyle choice. And it seems like being vegan is the en vogue thing right now! From Hollywood types to Olympic athletes, people all over the world are turning to veganism as a way of life. Wonder why? Here are five compelling reasons to embrace a vegan lifestyle.

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