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The Dish on Pasta ~ A Slimmer, Healthier You!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 2, 2017
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Spring Asparagus and Pasta in Curry Cream Sauce

Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press! Carbs have been unjustly labeled a food group to avoid by proponents of the ill-advised Atkins/Paleo style diet.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and ounce for ounce contain fewer calories than either fat or alcohol. Carbohydrates provide energy; they fuel our workouts and provide energy throughout the day. There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.

The difference lies in the fact that commercial processing removes the fiber-rich outer hull and bran in products such as, white rice, white flour, white sugar, white bread, etc. These are some of the foods that are classified as  ‘simple carbohydrates’

Fiber slows digestion and simple carbohydrates are digested very quickly, spiking blood sugar and causing a rush of energy, invariably followed soon after by a crash.

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. …read more of The Dish on Pasta ~ A Slimmer, Healthier You! here

 
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How Milk May Contribute to Childhood Obesity

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
April 5, 2017
File under: Dairy Free, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan, Weight Control

 

We’ve known that breastfed infants may be protected against obesity later in life for more than 30 years, but why? It may be the formula.

Giving infants formula based on cow’s milk presents an unusual situation. Cow’s milk is designed to put nearly two pounds a day onto a growing calf, 40 times the growth rate of human infants (see Formula for Childhood Obesity.)

The perfect food for humans, finely tuned over millions of years, is human breast milk. Remarkably, among all mammalian species, the protein content of human milk is the lowest. The excessive protein content of cow’s milk-based formula is thought to be what sets the child up for obesity later in life.

And then, instead of being weaned, we continue to drink milk. The question thus arises, as to whether consumption of a growth-promoting substance from another species throughout childhood fundamentally alters processes of human growth and maturation. …read more of How Milk May Contribute to Childhood Obesity here

 
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Best Vegan Breakfasts, Tasty and Satisfying

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
October 4, 2016
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Finding the right kind of healthy, simple and  delicious breakfast to keep you full and flying high until lunch without piling the on the pounds is a wonderful trick to have up your sleeve.

Some breakfasts, such as cold cereal can digest too quickly and leave you feeling light-headed and flighty by mid-morning. Adding a handful of raw nuts to your morning cereal bowl helps, but you will most likely still burn out before lunch.

Traditional breakfast foods, such as eggs, bacon and hash browns are so heavy that they bog you down, can make you sleepy and certainly don’t promote a healthy lifestyle. …read more of Best Vegan Breakfasts, Tasty and Satisfying here

 
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Awesome Chocolate Fudge Bars – Easy and Delicious!

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
August 13, 2016
File under: Dairy Free, Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Many of us grew up eating frozen fudge bars and loved them!

However, as we left childhood behind and committed to the invigorating, slimming and delicious plant based diet, fudge bars were left behind, as vegan fudge bars are practically non-existent.  There is one brand I am aware of that costs about $1.50 a bar and that is if you can find them.

Don’t give up yet … it’s really easy to make your own frozen bars at home in just five minutes at a cost of only about fifty cents a bar.

A typical packaged fudge bar contains unhealthy ingredients, such as, dairy products, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), alkali processed cocoa, carrageenan, artificial flavors and a host of other additives.[1] …read more of Awesome Chocolate Fudge Bars – Easy and Delicious! here

 
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Hot off the Griddle ~ High Protein Strawberry Banana Pancakes With No Added Fat!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 6, 2016
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Pancakes are delicious, quick to the table and really easy to make!

It seems that pancakes have been with us for a very long time.

The ancient Greeks and Romans ate pancakes that were sweetened with honey and in the Elizabethan era pancakes, made from a flour and egg batter were a popular breakfast food flavored with spices, rosewater, sherry and apples.

With origins in the Middle Ages, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day falls on the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, a day of feasting before the beginning of Lent. Traditionally lots of pancakes were eaten as a way to use up eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of fasting during Lent.

There is evidence of pancake cookery from the Stone Age. Analysis of grinding tools from about 30,000 years ago suggests that pancakes were among the first foods that humans learned to cook. …read more of Hot off the Griddle ~ High Protein Strawberry Banana Pancakes With No Added Fat! here

 
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