The Truth about Carbs and Weight Gain!

The average American diet, heavy in animal products, requires the production of an extra ton and a half of greenhouse gases compared to a plant based diet.1 A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruit and legumes is environmentally responsible and can help maintain a healthy weight.

In recent years, however many diet books have blamed plant foods, which are high in carbohydrates for the obesity crisis. While the theory persists, health care professionals have advised against low-carbohydrate diets for years.

A  study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that consuming a low-carbohydrate diet (less than 47 percent of calories from carbohydrates) is associated with a greater likelihood of being overweight or obese.2 The July 2009 study found that the lowest risk may be in consuming a diet with 47 to 64 percent of calories from carbohydrates. This was not the first study with these findings.

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Summer Salad: Pasta, Baby Spinach and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet; they provide energy and are necessary for proper organ function. There are two types of carbohydrates, simple and complex.

Simple carbohydrates are created when commercial processing removes the fiber-rich outer hull and bran in whole grains that result in products such as, white rice, white flour, white sugar, white bread, etc.

Simple carbohydrates are absorbed and digested very quickly and spike blood sugar causing a rush of energy followed soon after by a crash. This is an unhealthy outcome.

On the other hand, complex carbohydrates release energy slowly and are found in vegetables, nuts, legumes and grains, such as oatmeal and pasta. Unlike simple carbs, these foods are also high in vitamins and minerals.   

Pasta has been criticized in recent years as a leading culprit in the rise of obesity. The fact is that pasta is a healthy carbohydrate and a central component of the Mediterranean diet, widely recommended as an effective regimen for maintaining a healthy weight.

Unlike wheat used to make bread, pasta is made from durum, a hybrid of wild grasses and an entirely different species. Like Kamut, durum is much older than modern wheat and has not been as domesticated. Continue reading “Summer Salad: Pasta, Baby Spinach and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing”

Draw Raves with this Luscious Curried Couscous Stir Fry!

Couscous (KOOS-koos) is widely consumed in the Middle East and a staple throughout North Africa, where couscous is the national dish of countries, such as Morocco and Tunisia.

In the 2008 cult classic, “Pineapple Express,” couscous was described as a food so nice, they named it twice and indeed this quick cooking type of pasta is gaining in popularity.

While the granules may look like grains, couscous is actually a form of pasta made by rolling durum wheat flour (semolina) with salted water to form small kernels. Couscous is a light, tasty and very convenient ingredient, as it cooks in just five minutes. Continue reading “Draw Raves with this Luscious Curried Couscous Stir Fry!”

Celebrate Memorial Day with a Delicious Eco-Vegan Cookout

Memorial Day Weekend officially opens the summer cookout season. All across America, outdoor grills are being readied for the backyard barbecue season’s inaugural event.

Take advantage of the long weekend to prepare healthful, compassionate and eco-responsible meals for family and friends.

This Memorial Day, choose a meatless menu. It can be one of the most important choices you can make for your health and the health of the planet. Continue reading “Celebrate Memorial Day with a Delicious Eco-Vegan Cookout”

Glazed Poppy Seed Bundt ~ No Eggs, No Dairy No kidding!

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous glazed bundt cake? The sheer volume of most bundt cakes make the choice all the more worthwhile. This luscious cake is filed with apple chunks and cranberries, topped with a sweet lemon glaze and calls for Fuji apples. Fuji is a variety that is large, firm and crisp, which makes them perfect for baking.

Poppy Seeds add More than Crunch and Color to Baked Goods

Poppy seeds are a lovely addition to cakes and quickbreads, but they don’t just add color and crunch!  Even the small amount sprinkled on a roll contains some niacin and folate and just one teaspoon of poppy seeds supplies measurable amounts of iron, calcium and zinc. Continue reading “Glazed Poppy Seed Bundt ~ No Eggs, No Dairy No kidding!”

Research Finds Eating Garbanzo Beans Helps Control Weight!

Garbanzo beans, AKA chickpeas are very low in fat and calories. A terrific source of fiber and protein, just two cups of this hearty legume would satisfy the adult daily requirement for protein.

This tasty legume is a versatile and satisfying ingredient in all kinds of dishes. The signature ingredient in hummus, garbanzo beans add flavor and texture to soups, salads, stir-fry dishes and stew.

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Plant Based Products Continue to Dominate New Offerings at Expo West

Tens of thousands of industry professionals, from retailers, brokers and  distributors  to food industry executives and potential investors converged on the Anaheim Convention Center in California in March for the 38th annual Natural Products Expo West.

Generally referred to as, Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event had another record setting year, hosting more than 85,000 attendees. Visitors from all over the world flocked to the show in the newly expanded Anaheim venue, which encompassed the entire Anaheim Convention Center.

Industry pioneers exhibited their latest and greatest alongside a new generation of innovators, shaping the future of healthy products. The show brought together more than 3,500 exhibiting companies that included over 600 first time exhibitors.  Continue reading “Plant Based Products Continue to Dominate New Offerings at Expo West”

There’s More to Coffee Than Just Beans!

Ted Hsieh was on vacation in Kona, Hawaii on a coffee plantation tasting tour when he discovered the delicious tart, fruity taste and benefits of the coffee fruit.

He soon learned that that these coffee cherries contained enough caffeine, electrolytes, and antioxidants to dwarf the other healthy beverages on the market.

Ted was hooked and Kasira Tea was born!  Continue reading “There’s More to Coffee Than Just Beans!”

Welcome Spring with this Delightful Roasted Asparagus Salad!

Roasting asparagus spears takes this spring superfood to new heights that impart unique sweet flavor and a moist, tender texture.

Eating asparagus can help flush excess fluid and salt from the body, and that can help prevent urinary tract infections. That is because asparagus contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which makes it a natural diuretic.

Asparagus is packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals,  An excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate, asparagus is a very good source of fiber, B vitamins, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.

This delicious dish also features ripe avocado, sweet red onion and bite sized grape tomatoes that contain numerous health benefits. Continue reading “Welcome Spring with this Delightful Roasted Asparagus Salad!”

Racquetball Champion Hosts Vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill  

Cody Elkins, vegan advocate and Veggie Grill aficionado

Cody Elkins, a 13 year old student at Paul Revere Middle School in Los Angeles was not the usual Bar Mitzvah candidate. Cody was the second in his in is family to cerebrate this important milestone at Veggie Grill, a growing fast, casual vegan restaurant chain.

Scott Nicholson, Senior Vice President of Operations helped Cody plan the party for 100 guests in late October and it was an enormous success.  Scott enlisted his staff to work the event, preparing Cody’s special customized menu, highlighting many of Veggie Grill’s greatest hits.  As a special treat, Scott brought back Cody’s favorite dessert, a luscious chocolate pudding parfait for his special occasion. Continue reading “Racquetball Champion Hosts Vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill  “