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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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Eight Steps to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
December 16, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Snacks, Weight Control

Brace yourselves, it’s the holidays again and with all the parties and celebrations, there will be food, drinks and more food.  In fact, for Americans fully 51 percent of weight gain each year occurs during the six week holiday period.

It is thought that people gain five to ten pounds over the holidays and research suggests that if you are already overweight, the strikes are against you. …read more of Eight Steps to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain here

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Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Antioxidant Rich and so Delish!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
December 14, 2011
File under: Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Brownies are an all-American favorite treat, probably created at the beginning of the twentieth century in New England.  Brownie recipes traditionally call for lots of fat, as much as a full stick of butter (eight ounces) and squares of unsweetened baking chocolate.

As a fat conscious vegan, my baked goods are made without added fat, so unsweetened cocoa powder is a natural choice. Brownies in my kitchen are made with cocoa and are every bit as moist and rich tasting as any brownie aficionado would expect.

Research has shown that chocolate contains beneficial antioxidants, thought to help prevent cancer, heart disease and stroke.  Chocolate is derived from beans, which contain very high levels of natural antioxidants called flavonoids. …read more of Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Antioxidant Rich and so Delish! here

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Beans and Gas: Clearing the Air

By Michael Greger M.D.
December 12, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Vegan

More than a decade ago, the Quarterly Journal of Medicine published a review entitled: “Vegetarian Diet: Panacea for modern lifestyle disease?

The answer in the affirmative, noted those eating vegetarian have less obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, cancers, kidney disease, maybe less stroke, less age-related vision loss, less diverticulosis, fewer gallstone and of course, less constipation.

After going through the laundry list of benefits, the researchers did identify two drawbacks of a plant-based diet:

1) Risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, which I’ve covered previously

2) Increased intestinal gas production. So on one hand, we have half of the top 10 causes of death in the United States, and on the other, flatulence. …read more of Beans and Gas: Clearing the Air here

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Luscious Holiday Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
November 19, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

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.

There is a better way to make luscious desserts with the rich flavor and texture of traditional favorites, like this scrumptious sweet potato pie. …read more of Luscious Holiday Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie here

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