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Three Ways to a Heart Healthy and Eco-friendly Hanukkah

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 25, 2013
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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Hanukkah is the winter 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, which can fall anywhere from late November to late December.   This year the first candle  will be lit at sunset on Wednesday, November 27th.

The eight-day festival is marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles in the menorah and commemorates the re-dedication of the temple in ancient Jerusalem. A menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches in which a different candle is lit to mark each consecutive night, the primary ritual on Hanukkah.

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

 
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Delicious Curried Vegetable Bisque, Quick and Easy

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 21, 2013
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes

I have been making soymilk in my own kitchen for more than a decade and for me, there is nothing that compares to the flavor of fresh, delicious homemade soymilk.

Not even the premium refrigerator brands, such as Silk and Soy Dream come close to the flavor and texture of my homemade soymilk.

I have always used an automatic soymilkmaker and with my new SoyaJoy G4, I can make almost half a gallon of soymilk in about 20 minutes.  And it is heavenly!

Making creamy-rich soymilk that blows away anything you could buy is easy and economical; I simply add presoaked premium Laura Beans to the SoyaJoy canister with water and press start. It’s as easy as making coffee!

I generally soak soybeans overnight. If I don’t make milk in the morning, I just drain the beans and set them aside in a covered container in the refrigerator for a day or so until it is more convenient.

I have just discovered that I can make really amazing soup in my new SoyaJoy, equally effortlessly. …read more of Delicious Curried Vegetable Bisque, Quick and Easy here

 
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A Dozen Delicious Vegan Holiday Dishes

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 12, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Recipes, Vegan

Whether you are a longtime vegan, part-time vegetarian or health conscious cook accommodating guests, these plant-based dishes will fetch rave reviews. These dishes are low in fat, rich in antioxidants, entirely dairy and cholesterol free and can be made in advance.

Appetizers: Asparagus appetizer

Great Pumpkin Soup

Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos

Chilled Asparagus Creamy Dill Dressing

Cold Sesame Noodles Schzewan …read more of A Dozen Delicious Vegan Holiday Dishes here

 
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Demystifying Food Addictions

By Kristina Diener
November 7, 2013
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Weight Control

With nearly 300 pounds crushing her barely five-foot frame, Mary Jo, a 49-year old Bookkeeper from St. Louis understands her enemy is herself.

“I cannot blame my problems on fattening food. I have tried everything from diets and devices to surgery. I can’t simply eat something – I have to devour everything!”

According to recent statistics, weight directly impacts employment… for women, that is. Gallop Iceland interviewed 2000 Icelanders regarding diet, exercise, illness, stress, quality of life and work related issues and concluded that overweight women simply are not hired for employment.

This does not, however seem to apply to men. Oprah’s famous statement,  “My personality is not in my thighs,” apparently does not apply to female employment applicants!

It is estimated that seven million American women suffer from an eating disorder, with one in 200 American women with anorexia. Anorexia is considered the worst form of eating disorder, because of the high prevalence of death. …read more of Demystifying Food Addictions here

 
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Homemade Sweet Potato Chews for Your Pet

By Gabrielle Ottavio
September 4, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Pets, Recipes, Vegan

Organic dog treats are easy to make and really economical.  For the cost of a few potatoes,  you can make homemade treats for your dog that are fresher and healthier than those bought off the shelf, which can often contain preservatives and additives.

Dogs love treats and you can be confident that these delicious chews are as good to eat as they are good for them.  Sweet potatoes are a true “super food” and have so many health benefits that your dog should eat them often. …read more of Homemade Sweet Potato Chews for Your Pet here

 
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