So many reasons to try an occasional meat-free meal: Save money, help the planet, add variety to your life. Sound good? This pasta dish is made with delicious and wholesome vegan ingredients for a meal you can feel really good about eating. If non-GMO soy products aren’t available, this dish is just as delicious made with extra veggies and sauce in place of vegan “cheese.”
The simmering of soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger transport us to the far eastern corner of the globe – which is exactly how these Asian-inspired lettuce wraps so graciously honor the Chinese New Year. You’ll find all those familiar flavors sautéed into mixed veggies and protein-packed tofu. Whether you’re celebrating this momentous day or gearing up for a socially slammed weekend of your own, this low-carb dish is a light and delicious way to kick things off.
Getting enough protein can be tough when you’re a vegetarian, especially if you’re on the strict side and fish, eggs or dairy (in addition to beef and chicken) are on the list of foods you don’t eat. Being a vegetarian athlete or active person makes things even trickier because your daily protein needs are going to be higher than those of someone who does not exercise regularly. Although the recommended daily intake of protein varies depending on your age, gender and weight, it’s said active individuals should aim for about a gram of protein per pound of body weight daily.
Oh no! It’s almost 6 p.m., you haven’t even thought about dinner and the hungry crowd on the couch is getting restless. Luckily, all you need is 30 minutes to throw together this simple stir-fry, loaded with veggies and whatever protein (chicken, shrimp or tofu) you have on hand. Serve it with steamed rice or noodles, and you’ve got a nutritious, filling meal your family will love.
Whether you’re a vegan, a vegetarian or an occasional plant-based diet devotee, variety is the spice of life. Beans plus brown rice, tofu sautéed with veggies and eggplant casseroles are tasty, but eating them too regularly can lead to boredom. The result: You get tempted to jazz up your diet with treats such as high sugar, high fat soy ice cream or sugary, starchy cookies that contain only empty calories.
When it’s time to vary up your usual meals and snacks, we have a cornucopia of plant-based suggestions that will make your tummy and taste buds happy:
What’s hot in dieting: Intermittent fasting. In contrast to standard fasts, however, that usually involve drinking only juice or even sipping only water, the newest variation on fasting involves a 5:2 approach: Eat your normal diet five days a week, then cut your calorie intake dramatically two days a week, usually 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men. Think it sounds do-able? Read on to learn more.
The stores are filled with bikinis and beach blankets, and visions of summer vacations are distracting everyone from kids at school to seasoned office workers. Just one problem: For many of us, those winter comfort foods like mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie have resulted in too many bulges for bikini bliss. If winter weight gain is preventing you from anticipating beach season, then relax. We’ve got the skinny on how to slim down and achieve your best body for summer fun:
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