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Heart Healthy Zesty Fajitas

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
October 11, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Vegan

Photo Credit: Juan Carlo

Southwest Cookery is a zesty blend of Native American, Mexican and Spanish culinary styles with complex flavors that have been evolving for centuries. Often referred to as “Tex Mex” this home-style cuisine is evolving still to accommodate a more health conscious eater.

Fajitas originated on the Texas trails as a cowboy snack of grilled meat and vegetables wrapped in a flour tortilla.

Fajitas are a popular innovation for what is essentially a “make it yourself burrito” and our Fajitas have been enlightened for the health conscious cook.

These Zesty Fajitas are made hearty and healthy with chunks of seitan and potatoes Portobello mushrooms and fresh vegetables. …read more of Heart Healthy Zesty Fajitas here

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5 Strategies to Combat Snack Attacks

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
September 25, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan, Weight Control


Living a healthy lifestyle is not an accident.  There are strategies, alternatives and options that can help you to regain control of your life.  The simple, concise and compelling reality is that you are what you eat and that losing weight only happens when you burn more calories than you consume.

So, if it is all that simple, why are so many of us struggling with maintaining a healthy weight? A combination of factors, not the least of which is what we choose to eat, will often make it more difficult to achieve results. And when we don’t see the desired result soon enough, we tend to lose interest and often give up.

When a “snack attack” strikes, we are likely to reach for whatever is close at hand, so it is a good idea to stock up on convenient items that are satisfying without lots of calories and fat. …read more of 5 Strategies to Combat Snack Attacks here

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Kale with a Capital K: Vitamin K, Critical for Bone and Blood Health

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
September 13, 2010
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Most people are not aware of Vitamin K and there are only a handful of researchers around the world who study this important vitamin.  Long known for its critical role in blood clotting, Vitamin K is also important for forming and maintaining strong bones.

A report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that many of us might not be getting enough of this essential nutrient. Not getting enough vitamin K can cause serious problems with blood clotting, causing the blood to take longer to clot. This can increase the risk of excessive blood loss and death from injuries.

The Nurses’ Health Study included more than 72,000 women who were followed for ten years. Researchers in this study looked at the role of vitamin K in preventing hip fractures and found that women who consumed more vitamin K in their diets had 30 percent fewer fractures.2 …read more of Kale with a Capital K: Vitamin K, Critical for Bone and Blood Health here

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Quinoa: The New Cool Carb!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
September 6, 2010
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Quinoa (keen-wa) is a delicious and easy to digest grain that has been grown in South America for thousands of years. The Incas revered quinoa for its strong nutritional properties and called it the “food of the gods.”Quinoa is not a true cereal grain and takes its culinary classification among grains such as, amaranth and buckwheat.

Quinoa is gluten-free and while generally referred to as a grain, is in fact a seed that looks a lot like a small, flat sesame seed.

Like soy, quinoa is very high in lysine, an amino acid not often found in vegetables and is an abundant source of complete protein, which means that it contains all nine essential amino acids. This versatile grain is also high in calcium and iron and a good source of phosphorous, vitamin E and several of the B vitamins. …read more of Quinoa: The New Cool Carb! here

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Permanent Weight Control: The Healthy Alternative

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
August 16, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan, Weight Control


For many people “dieting” is a constant battle. Most believe that in order to lose weight they must reduce calories dramatically. That often means starving until the diet is no longer tolerable. Undoubtedly, the weight comes right back and then some. Very low calorie diets are doomed because they lower the body’s metabolic rate, which makes losing weight even more difficult and often leads to bingeing.

Today, many popular diet plans are based on a high protein, low carbohydrate regimen. This type of fad diet has been around in one incarnation or another for decades. The focus here is to consume flesh foods and other products, which contain high levels of animal protein such as beef, poultry, fish and dairy, while avoiding carbohydrates.

In contrast, the plant-based regimen recommended by cutting edge medical and nutrition professionals is rich in complex carbohydrates and far lower in protein than the typical western diet. The hallmark of healthful plant based cooking is that it is very low in fat, high in fiber, rich in valuable phytonutrients and entirely dairy and cholesterol free.

Obesity is a health problem of epidemic proportions and the high fat cholesterol loaded Western diet is suspect. …read more of Permanent Weight Control: The Healthy Alternative here

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