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Enlightened Super Bowl Chili, Texas Red with a Twist

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
February 2, 2012
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Photo: Juan Carlo

Pizza, salsa and chips are typical Football Munchies, but there’s something special about a hearty bowl of spicy chili on Super Bowl Sunday.

Chili is a universal favorite, an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd and can be made in advance. This is especially true in Texas, where the dish was born well over a century ago.

Chili Con Carne means pepper with meat, traditionally a dish of well-seasoned beef, slow cooked with chili peppers and other spices. Records discovered by Everrette DeGolyer (1886-1956), a Dallas millionaire and chili enthusiast, indicate that chili was concocted around 1850 by Texas cowboys.   …read more of Enlightened Super Bowl Chili, Texas Red with a Twist here

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Scrumptious Superfood Smoothie

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
January 19, 2012
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Superfoods are, by definition nutrient dense and calorie sparse. Flax seeds are a bona fide superfood and may look tiny, but they are potent! Flax is an ancient plant and the best plant-based source of omega 3 fatty acids on the planet.

Studies have shown many diverse health benefits associated with omega-3s like reducing the risk of heart disease[1] [2]and stroke and flax contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Great for the heart – Good for digestion!

Flax is very rich in phytoestrogens called lignans, which have been shown in numerous studies, to block hormone-dependent cancers, such as breast[3] and prostate cancer[4]. …read more of Scrumptious Superfood Smoothie here

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Optimum Nutrition

By Michael Greger M.D.
January 5, 2012
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Supplements, Vegan

In my videos, Golden glow and Produce, not pills to increase physical attractiveness, I review new research suggesting that consuming dark green leafy vegetables will improve healthy appearance of Caucasians,* because of the deposit of carotenoids in the skin.

Taking those same phytonutrients in pill form, however doesn’t work. We should strive to get most of our nutrients from plants, not pills. The balance of scientific evidence suggests that the healthiest way to eat is a vitamin B12-fortified diet of whole plant foods.

For optimum nutrition, we should be sure to include in our daily diet not only an array of whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruit, and as many vegetables as we can eat, but also specifically dark green leafy vegetables, berries, and white (or green) tea.

Attention should also be paid to these nutrients: …read more of Optimum Nutrition here

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Tempeh Teriyaki, Delicious and not just for Vegetarians!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
January 2, 2012
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

photo: VegTV


Tempeh is a delicious soyfood that is nothing like tofu.  These tender cakes of cultured soybeans have a chewy texture and hearty consistency that even meat–eaters enjoy.

Tempeh is made from cooked fermented soybeans and may be made exclusively with soy or combined with grains, such as brown rice, barley, millet or rye.

Sold in the refrigerated case in Health Food Stores, tempeh is also found in Japanese groceries and some supermarkets. Tempeh  is typically vacuum-packed and can be frozen right in the package.

Like all soyfoods, including tempeh in your diet has many health benefits and is a tasty alternative to beef or poultry products, replacing them one to one in any recipe. …read more of Tempeh Teriyaki, Delicious and not just for Vegetarians! here

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3 Tips for a Heart Healthy, Eco-friendly Hanukkah

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
December 17, 2011
File under: Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights celebrated by Jews around the world and begins in accordance with the Jewish calender, which is primarily based on the lunar cycle causing the dates to fluctuate each year.

Therefore, the first day of Hanukkah can fall anywhere between November 28th and December 26th.

Hanukkah is an eight-day festival marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles in a menorah that commemorates the rededication of the temple in ancient Jerusalem.

A menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches. A different candle is lit to mark each consecutive night and is the primary ritual on Hanukkah.

1. Hanukkah decorations can deplete the budget and degrade the environment. Avoid plastics and other synthetics labeled as polyester and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Purchase products made with renewable materials and look for alternative fibers such as cotton, hemp, bamboo and jute. …read more of 3 Tips for a Heart Healthy, Eco-friendly Hanukkah here

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