Healthy Homemade: Vegan Summer Picnic Salad


I’m a mix-all-the-food-together person, as are I believe exactly 50 percent of us, which is why there can never be peace on earth. This salad mixes together everything at the summer barbecue all in a light dressing for colors, textures and flavors galore. Potato salad, corn on the cob, green beans and barbecue are all here, and yes they are all vegan.

As an omnivore who recently tried tofu via the BBQ tofu recipe below, I decided to include it here cause I enjoyed it very much! Omnivores eating a strictly omnivorous diet for the day can use


The Food Matters Project: Roasted Potatoes with Orange Chicken and Romesco Sauce


This post is part of the Food Matters Project, a cooking collaboration among participating bloggers. Each week, we will cook a recipe from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook, which places an emphasis on mindful and sustainable eating. Follow along with us!

This week’s Food Matters recipe was selected by Mireya of My Healthy Eating Habits. The original recipe was for Roasted Potatoes with Chicken and Romesco Sauce–which I altered to make into a spicy orange chicken.

I don’t generally like roasted chicken. Maybe it’s because I grew up eating dry, overdone roasted chicken. Or maybe because I …


Nutrition and Health: Healthy Pancakes

buttermilk oatcakes

Pancakes are too often doused in maple syrup and powdered sugar, and coated with butter.  They are an unarguably tasty brunch food, but usually not the healthiest choice.  I mean, they are called pancakes. Having said that, I was recently introduced to a new and improved healthy pancake recipe.  Buttermilk oatcakes with fruitcompote are high-fiber, butter-free and just as tasty as a syrup-soaked flapjack.  They’re quite simple to make and especially yummy when topped with fresh, seasonal fruit.


Buttermilk Oatcakes with Fruit Compote
Serves 4
Adapted from EatingWell

2 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
1 …


How To: Be A Broke Vegan


Have you heard? Veganism is all the rage these days. It’s how Anne Hathaway got that bangin’ catsuit body, and how former President Bill Clinton saved his life and lost 20 pounds. It’s how I’ve eaten for three and a half years, with a few moments of weakness at fine restaurants and when dessert cravings strike. My mom and I read Skinny Bitch when I was in high school and decided to experiment with a plant-based diet, and we haven’t looked back! These days, it seems lots of conscious-minded friends are also giving veganism a whirl. Even my food hero


Healthy Homemade: Curried Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash

When I told my sister we were having hash for breakfast her response was, “Isn’t that illegal?” So I just want to clear the air and say that the hash I am referring to is a dish of cooked meat that is recooked, usually with potatoes. This particular hash doesn’t have meat – so maybe it’s not a hash at all – but it sounds better than “Pile of Shredded Veggies with Curry.” It may not be the prettiest dish, but it’s a delicious and filling breakfast or post-workout meal. It’s packed with vitamin A, C and good carbohydrates. (Bonus: …


Nutrition and Health Tip: Hidden, Non-Vegetarian-Friendly Ingredients


There are a lot of misconceptions about vegetarianism.

In basic terms, a vegetarian is someone who commits to a diet that does not include meat, poultry or fish. However, vegetarianism is more than simply substituting tofu and soy for meat products. It is a personal choice that might be based on religious, ethical, health or economic reasons. There are some who are more flexible in their food decisions and choose to eat fish on occasion (i.e. pescetarians) and others who are committed to a lifestyle in which they do not consume any animal products (i.e. vegans). Yet, no matter the


Healthy Homemade: Mango-Raspberry Chia Pudding


Chia seeds, like the Chia Pet? If that’s your first reaction to chia seeds, you’re not alone. Most people, myself included, are unfamiliar with the culinary uses of chia seeds. Most of us associate them with that kitschy toy that sprouts green grass. Yet using chia seeds in the kitchen is a whole lot more useful that your little green “pet.” They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and iron, among other nutrients. So yes, they’re pretty great for you.

Chia seeds also form a unique consistency when mixed with liquid, creating a gel that resembles …


How to: Make Fitness Fun

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I remember being 8 years old and playing “Tag” late into a warm, summer evening. Barefoot, I padded through the dewy, emerald glades of my neighbor’s lawn, as I prepared to sprint for the designated safe area.  My heart pounded to the breathless countdown in my head.

Three. Thud. Two. Thud, thud. One. And…GO!

My limbs roared to life, gathering speed beneath me with every stride. I took off flying around the corner, aware that my brother would be in hot pursuit within seconds. The wind whipped through my hair, and I heard the tell-tale rhythm of my brother’s gait


5 Ingredient Feast: Homemade Fruit Ice Cream


Feasting…on dessert? Knowing that it only takes five ingredients to make healthy homemade fruit ice cream, why not?

Here’s the trick: Frozen treats don’t have to be bought at the grocery store, they can simply be made at home by blending a few key ingredients together. As summer approaches and the temperatures start to rise, I always look forward to making these creamy fruit concoctions. It’s easy to express your creativity through these fruit ice creams by testing out dozens of different and unique combinations. Some are tropical, while others are berry oriented. When making your personal fruit ice cream …


The After Life: Five Great Brown Bag Ideas for Office Lunches


Maybe it’s the delicious aromas wafting from the pizza joint or burrito bar next door that are just too tempting, or maybe you’re embarrassed for your cubemates to see your quilted Vera Bradley lunch bag. The fact of the matter is, many of us hesitate to prep and pack at home. News flash, guys and girls: sad, soggy sandwiches are not the only option for your office brown bag lunch!