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.
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.
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.
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!”
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”
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
The plant based lifestyle and its approach to health, wellness and disease prevention is the focus of Marie Oser’s Blog. Marie has been a food and health features writer and newspaper columnist for major metros and national publications and has been promoting the vegan lifestyle since 1990. This blog space is where she and guest bloggers share information, the latest research and creative natural solutions to issues affecting our health and wellbeing. Oh! And of course delicious vegan recipes that are rich in antioxidants, low in fat, high in fiber and entirely dairy and cholesterol free!