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Natural Products Expo West Best of Show 2016

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
June 6, 2016
File under: Healthy Eating, Natural Products, Raw Foods, Snacks, Superfoods, Supplements, Vegan

Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, broke industry records again this year!  This annual springtime event grew by 6.9 percent in 2016 hosting more than 77,000 attendees.

Exhibitors from around the country and across the globe came to Anaheim, California to showcase the newest in natural and specialty foods, organic, health and beauty, natural living, supplements and pet products.

Five vast halls of the Anaheim Convention Center were teeming with over 3000 exhibits from more than 1,800 companies and included over 600 first-time exhibitors.

VegTV has been covering what Vogue Magazine aptly called “Fashion Week of Natural Foods” for 15 years and it never disappoints! This is the place to spot trends in food as well as other types of consumer packaged goods. …read more of Natural Products Expo West Best of Show 2016 here

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Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
June 25, 2014
File under: Fruit, Healthy Eating, Pets, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Summer is now officially here and temperatures have already soared well into the 90’s in many areas of the country.

It is important to keep your pet hydrated, no matter the season however, in the dog days of summer proper hydration is crucial to protect your dog from heat stress and heat related illnesses.

Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. For instance, a darker coat will absorb more heat and an overweight dog will be at higher risk for dehydration. There are many added stresses on the body for the overweight pet, such as an increased risk of diabetes and joint pain.

The summertime heat and humidity only add to this stress; when an overweight dog suffers from the heat, it’s harder for him to cool off by panting. Cats cool themselves by licking their fur and though they do actually sweat through their paws, cats will also begin to pant when they become very overheated. …read more of Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too! here

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Tasty and Refreshing 4th of July Slushy for People and Pets

By Gabrielle Ottavio
June 30, 2013
File under: Pets, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Don’t let your pet miss out on the 4th of July celebrations this year!

The Dog Days of Summer are definitely here and our favorite four-legged fur-people are probably feeling the heat even more then we do.

Frozen slushies make a terrific, super low-fat treat for both people and pets on a hot summer day and your family pet will love these tasty and refreshing frozen slushies.

You can serve these cool and colorful treats with confidence, because they are made with healthful ingredients that will hydrate their canine bodies and help them to keep cool.

It is easy to freeze almost any kind of fruit, however these red, white and blue slushies make a perfect themed dessert for this patriotic holiday.

These refreshing slushies are made with coconut water, seedless watermelon, bananas and blueberries and are a not only a healthy treat for your dog, they are just as good for you. …read more of Tasty and Refreshing 4th of July Slushy for People and Pets 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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Homemade Peanut Butter

By Kirsten Dirksen
March 1, 2010
File under: Nuts, Recipes, Snacks


You may think of peanut butter as more of a childhood staple, but it’s also a great source of protein for adults.

Surprisingly, it may also be a great for weight control: one study found that peanut eaters tend not to overeat their daily calories. As a source of antioxidants, peanuts- according to recent studies- may rival some fruits.

By making your own peanut butter you can be sure to avoid the trans-fats of some commercial brands. Plus, it’s a way to avoid all those containers that tend to pile up if you’re a fan of the spread. …read more of Homemade Peanut Butter here

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