Spring is almost here, and what a great time to start adding in more cooling, refreshing foods, especially if you’ve been cooped up all winter. While getting back outdoors sounds appealing, spring is the season when pollen and other irritants fill the air, triggering allergies for many people. To ward of sniffles and sneezes, try drinking a glass of green juice daily, or even a few times a week. Packed with nutrients, it’s an easy (and delicious!) was to flood your immune system with supportive nutrients so you’re armed when allergens start to fly.
Everyone’s buzzing about Brussels sprouts, but these little balls of veggie joy can be a bit bitter if they’re not done right. To tone down the taste, think small. Baby Brussels sprouts have a milder flavor than the full-sized version, and oven roasting with the right seasonings makes them an especially irresistible dish. In this recipe, they’re tossed with smooth olive oil, bright lemon juice and a dash of kelp seasoning, which is a tastier and lower-sodium alternative to salt.
Being a vegan (or vegetarian) doesn’t mean you are condemned to boring breakfasts for the rest of your life. In fact, this Eggplant Bacon will have you beggin for more! Smoked paprika and tamari add a hint of flavor reminiscent of your carnivorous days, but without the guilt and all the healthy benefits of a plant based diet. Read more →
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.”
At the top of the comfort foods list (right next to mac ‘n’ cheese and mashed potatoes) is a dish you may have loved as a kid: pot pie. But making one usually means pulling a preservative-packed, frozen concoction from a box—not something that makes you very happy today. Here’s an alternative to letting a favorite dish live on in your memory. These mini pot pies are fresh and easy to make, filled with tasty veggies and topped with a homemade, gluten-free crust.
The sea is teeming with nutritious treasures, but pasta isn’t one you’d expect. Kelp noodles—made from a type of edible brown seaweed—are loaded with minerals, low in carbs and easy to eat (just open the package, rinse and serve!). Plus, a heaping helping has just six calories, making these mild-tasting ribbons the perfect addition to salads, soups or stir fry dishes if you’re dieting or looking for a lighter meal. In this raw recipe, they’re tossed with a tangy dressing, fresh veggies and crunchy seeds with a hint of fiery flavor from smoked paprika. If you’re a kelp noodle newbie, it’ll be love at first bite.
When it comes to dessert, it’s OK to be greedy. Make this single serving of chocolate pudding to spoil yourself with something sweet after a long day of sticking with a tricky diet. Your taste buds won’t know it’s anything other than a little bowl of bliss, but your body will thank you for the extra protein, fiber, antioxidants and omega-3s.
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