Vegan Recipes

Diet, Nutrition, Vegan Diet
Now, it’s time to put all of the information from our vegan article series to good use and try some vegan recipes. This section gives you a sampling of some of the recipes you can prepare on a vegan diet. Feel free to adapt and change them as you see fit. People’s tastes differ and you may also want to change things around depending on your mood or what you have on hand. Keep a cooking journal for your vegan recipes so you can keep track of what you liked and didn’t like about each of them. That way, if you prepare something you like, you can replicate it. If you didn’t quite like it, you can make adjustments the next time. VEGAN RECIPES: APPETIZERS BRUSCHETTA A classic Italian dish…
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Create A Vegan Meal

Nutrition, Vegan Diet
Just because someone is a vegan does not mean they will be naturally thin and super healthy. This is because it is still possible to have too many calories as a vegan, despite the wealth of nutrient dense foods to choose from. So, every effort needs to be made to create a vegan meal that is balanced and nutritious. This can be a challenge, especially if you are first starting out as a vegan. One reason for this is because certain vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin B12 and Iron, are more easily found in meat products. In addition, Iron is more readily absorbed in the body when paired with meat. NUTRITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS This section will cover some of the challenges when trying to create a vegan meal. It is…
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Vegan Cooking Basics

Vegan Diet
In previous articles we reviewed some of the common ingredients that are usually included in vegan foods, how to stock the pantry and also how to find hidden ingredients in foods that vegans should not eat. The next step is to actually learn some vegan cooking basics. Even if you already know how to cook I would recommend reading this article anyway because there could be things in here you don’t already know. To receive the proper instruction, you really should cook with someone who knows the vegan cooking basics so you can learn from them. Or better yet, you can take some cooking classes. Search around your area to see if you can find a vegan cooking basics class that can give you a good introduction to some of…
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Creating A Vegan Pantry

Nutrition, Vegan Diet
Setting up your vegan pantry is an essential step to being able to easily create meals on a whim. For people who have been vegetarians all their lives, setting up the pantry will not be a struggle. However, if you’ve just recently converted to a vegan, you’ll probably need to start from scratch. You may have some ingredients on hand, but most of your pantry may not be vegan friendly. Of course, this list will not include perishable items such as fruits and vegetables. However, even some perishable items, such as certain brands of tofu, soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, etc can be stored on the shelves and not in the refrigerator because of the special packaging. STEP ONE: TAKE INVENTORY The first step to building a vegan pantry…
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Vegan Cooking Ingredients

Vegan Diet
Vegan cooking is certainly an art. As illustrated in a previous article, ingredients such as milk, buttermilk, eggs, and butter are almost essential for certain recipes. With that said, there are a lot of vegan cooking ingredients that many chefs find essential. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common. SOY PRODUCTS ARE POPULAR VEGAN COOKING INGREDIENTS Soy is probably the most versatile plant out there, especially when it comes to creating healthy and protein rich vegan meals. Here is a list of some of the soy products that are out there: • Soy milk This is readily available and can be found in several different flavors, such as vanilla and chocolate. • Tofu Tofu comes in different levels of firmness such as extra firm, or soft. • Tempeh…
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What Is Vegan Cooking?

Diet, Nutrition, Vegan Diet
Many people on our modern society are concerned with multiple issues. Because health and the environment are two very big issues some turn to vegan cooking as their personal solution. People want to eat well and lessen their environmental impact. Threats of global warming and obesity are two of the biggest concerns. Some people decide they want to tackle both at the same time. Making the choice to become a vegan is a decision that is made just as much for health reasons as well as environmental and ethical ones. Vegan cooking is simply food that is prepared within the vegan specifications so that it supports that lifestyle. SO, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE VEGAN. ANYWAY? Vegan is a subset of vegetarianism. There are several different types. Some vegetarians…
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Health Benefits of Red Tea

Diet, Vegan Diet, Weight Loss
Move Over Green Tea and Black Tea, There is a New Tea in Town - Red Tea Discover Why More & More People Are Swearing By the Benefits of Red Tea Why Green Tea Is Making You Fat ... And Why You Should Be Drinking Red Tea Instead Discover the Amazing Weight loss & Health Benefits of Red Tea By Elizabeth (Liz) Swann Miller A common mistake made by many dieters is not taking into account what they drink. The truth is the fluids you consume can have just as big an impact on your waistline – and your health – as the foods you eat. Of course, that means for dieters who are serious about losing weight - no more soda and no more alcohol … But what about…
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Thyroid Medications

Health, Thyroid, Vegan Diet, Womens Health
The Pros and Cons of Current Thyroid Medications The standard treatment for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and other forms of slow thyroid is to supplement with one of the synthetic thyroid medications. The most commonly used one is the levothyroxine, sold under various brand names and in generic form. Common names to look out for include Levothroid and Synthroid. This medication is supposed to mimic the natural thyroid hormone T4, in the hope that the thyroid will naturally produce T3, even more essential than T4 for many bodily functions, and restore the body back to balance. However, there are a number of pros and cons in relation to the current oral thyroid medications being used to try to treat slow thyroid, medically referred to as hypothyroidism. (Think of the rhyme HYPO=slow, so…
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Do You Have A Vitamin Deficiency

Diet, Nutrition, Vegan Diet
Many people consider vitamin deficiencies as a thing of the past. Unfortunately, the truth is that the majority of America’s population has a vitamin deficiency of some sort. This is mainly due to poor diet. You may eat well, but there are other factors (such as health conditions and age) that can have an impact on your body’s ability to absorb vitamins in your food. Vitamin deficiencies can alter our bodily functions and its processes at the most basic cellular level, including enzyme function, digestion, water balance, new signaling, and metabolism. It is vital for our body’s function, development, and growth that we resolve these deficiencies immediately. Vitamin deficiencies can lead to diseases, such as osteoporosis from a lack of vitamin D and calcium. As well as low iron counts…
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All About B Vitamins Part 2

Diet, Nutrition, Vegan Diet
In part 2 of this article about B Vitamins we will continue our discussion to include Vitamins B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. Vitamin B5 – (Pantothenic acid) This essential nutrient creates and absorbs fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. It has a wide variety of uses, including acne, yeast infections, alcoholism, baldness, ADHD, asthma, allergies, depression, dandruff, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, MS, insomnia, celiac disease, cystitis, colitis, osteoarthritis, nerve pain, PMS, chronic fatigue syndrome, dizziness, and skin disorders. Food Sources There are many foods which are great sources of vitamin B5 including eggs, legumes, avocados, meat, legumes, and yogurt. Vitamin B5 has several health benefits and practical uses, mainly: the metabolism. It’s great for energy, as the carbs released by the body are broken down into converting energy. It’s…
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