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Plant Based Products Dominate at Expo East 2018

 

 

VegTV was on the floor of the Baltimore Convention Center checking out the latest and greatest plant based products at the 33rd annual Natural Products Expo East again this year.

Plant based products were everywhere as producers respond to consumer demand for a holistic path to wellness, fueling demand for food, beverage and supplement products that promote sleep, hydration and mental clarity.

There were activities for the attendees like yoga and breakfast networking events and lectures. We covered a talk by Dr Raphael Kellman, author of The Microbiome Diet, where he spoke about the importance of prebiotic and probiotic interaction in the gut microbiome.

A short video tease: How your microbiome affects your weight 

The number of vegans in the U.S. increased by 600 percent in three short years recently and cannot be any longer characterized as a passing diet fad. The vegan lifestyle is not just about food and beverages, it encompasses supplements, balms, face and body care, shoes and clothing.  Continue reading “Plant Based Products Dominate at Expo East 2018”

Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah Recipe: Vegan Potato Latkes

Perfect Potato Latkes

Hanukkah, the winter festival of lights is celebrated by Jews around the world and begins this year when the first candle is lit at sunset on Sunday, December Second, this year.

An eight-day festival marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles commemorates the rededication of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. The menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches in which a different candle is lit to mark each consecutive night, the primary ritual on Hanukkah.  Continue reading “Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah Recipe: Vegan Potato Latkes”

Tofu Teriyaki with a Kick! Recipe: Spiced Tofu Teriyaki

Of all the wonderful soyfoods available, none is better known or less understood than tofu. While characteristically bland, its very lack of flavor makes tofu so adaptable, easily absorbing a rich marinade or the flavor of other ingredients.

Most tofu is water packed and some are vacuum packed or aseptically packaged. Texture is an important component when choosing the right tofu for a particular dish.

When making a stir fry or where the tofu will be handled a lot, it is alway best to choose the firmest tofu available. For me, super firm tofu is the only choice. It not only holds up best. It has a degree of density that imparts a chewiness that cannot be duplicated.  Continue reading “Tofu Teriyaki with a Kick! Recipe: Spiced Tofu Teriyaki”

Vegan Thanksgiving, Healthy, Compassionate and Eco-Responsible!

Awesome vegan holiday recipe

In America, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Holiday Season as across the country family and friends gather to enjoy an extravagant feast. For vegetarians and vegans, attending this annual event can be challenging and often opt to host their own gathering.

Vegans live eco-responsibly because they avoid animal products of any kind.  We can all show respect for the planet by hosting a meatless meal this Thanksgiving and actually save money in the process. Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable

This Thanksgiving, be kind to your health, the animals and the earth by making my Festive Holiday Roast. This is my one of my favorite vegan holiday recipes. It is so delicious, really easy and super fun! You will be amazed to see how cool it is to turn five pounds of firm tofu into a really tasty meal with 12 generous servings.  Continue reading “Vegan Thanksgiving, Healthy, Compassionate and Eco-Responsible!”

Antioxidant-Rich Pumpkins, Superfood Symbol of Autumn

Pumpkins are the gourd that most symbolize Autumn

Winter squash are some of the oldest known vegetables in America. Among these hearty winter vegetables, pumpkins have become symbolic of the season and go hand-in-hand with Halloween and then again Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins are a delicious fruit to include in the diet and have a characteristic orange rind with orange flesh that is incredibly rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Very nutritious, pumpkin is low in calories and an excellent source of vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin and carotenes. Continue reading “Antioxidant-Rich Pumpkins, Superfood Symbol of Autumn”

So Your Child Wants to Go Vegan…

If your child wants to be vegan, rejoice!

The protein myth is a public relations gimmick perpetrated by the Dairy Council and various other beef, pork and poultry  councils. Despite their official sounding names, they are actually public relations machines for the animal agriculture industry and not government agencies.

These organizations are also the source of the incorrect assumption that a vegan diet is somehow lacking and that if you don’t drink milk you will weaken your bones.

Consequently, when a child or teen declares that they will not eat animal products or drink cow milk, many parents are unduly concerned.  Continue reading “So Your Child Wants to Go Vegan…”

Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Nutritious, Delicious and Vegan!

Pumpkin Walnut Brownies

It’s that time of year when all things pumpkin are popping up everywhere and my Pumpkin Walnut Brownies are a great choice to usher in the baking season. Moist, delicious and rich in healthful antioxidants these delicious  brownies are a heathy tribute to American’s favorite treat!

It is thought that brownies were probably introduced at the beginning of the twentieth century in New England. Brownie recipes traditionally call for lots of fat… often a half cup of butter, four ounces of  baking chocolate and four large eggs, all of which contain high levels of saturated fat and of course  eggs and butter are also high in cholesterol.

As a health conscious vegan, excess dietary fat is an issue of some concern, as most vegan desserts seem to contain high levels of fat.  In my kitchen, this is just not necessary.  Continue reading “Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Nutritious, Delicious and Vegan!”

Sweet Potato Proteins vs Cancer

 

Sweet potatoes are considered a superfood. They are one of the healthiest and most inexpensive vegetables on the planet. (And one day, perhaps, even off the planet, as NASA has chosen the sweet potato for space missions.) A study at the University of Washington aimed to identify which vegetables provided the most nutrients per dollar.

In my video, Anti-Cancer Potential of Sweet Potato Proteins, you can see a graph of affordability versus nutrition for different foods. The healthiest foods, like dark green leafy vegetables, may also be the cheapest, and the highest nutrient-rich food scores per dollar were obtained for sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are not just packed with nutrition but may also have special cancer-fighting properties. In 1931, a unique protein was discovered in sweet potatoes. It turns out that 80 percent of the protein in sweet potatoes is a type of protease inhibitor with potential anticancer effects. These proteins were originally tested against leukemia and appeared to suppress the growth of leukemia cells in a petri dish. Continue reading “Sweet Potato Proteins vs Cancer”

Dairy-Free and Delicious Butternut Squash Soup

Nothing warms you up like a hearty and satisfying bowl of delicious soup on a chilly day and our Butternut Squash Soup is as colorful and rich-tasting as it is filling and flavorful.

Butternut squash is loved for its mild, creamy, orange-yellow flesh and sweet, nutty taste. Good-quality butternut squash should be firm, smooth-skinned and heavy for its size.

Low in calories, rich in fiber and with almost no fat, butternut squash is loaded with antioxidants, such as beta carotene and contains more than 350 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A in just one cup.

This luscious squash is also a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful antioxidants that can also protect vision. Continue reading “Dairy-Free and Delicious Butternut Squash Soup”

Luscious Holiday Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie

Enlightened Sweet Potato Pie

Holidays are the time when we showcase our best dishes to share with family and friends. Thanksgiving’s bountiful theme usually means preparing a number of dishes and guests who make dessert are always appreciated.

Generally, desserts are the source of excess calories and fat even more unnecessary for a feast with filling dishes, such as stuffing and potatoes.

There is a better way to make luscious desserts with the rich flavor and texture of traditional favorites, like this scrumptious sweet potato pie. Continue reading “Luscious Holiday Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie”