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Celebrate Earth Day with Rose Scented Chocolate Almond Brownies

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 21, 2014
File under: Climate Change, Environmental Impact, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Since 1970, Earth Day has become a global event that promotes environmental protection. For vegans, every day is Earth Day.

There are many good reasons to choose a plant-based lifestyle, with compassion for animals and concern for health and for the environment being cited most often.

Plant based-eating, AKA the vegan diet is an easy and economical way to reduce your environmental footprint. Research published in the journal Earth Interactions, was one of the first to report that the average American diet requires the production of an extra ton and a half of greenhouse gases compared to a vegan diet.[4]

Science has weighed in with a mountain of evidence associating meat-centered diets with numerous debilitating health conditions. From heart disease and hypertension to obesity and diabetes, the plant-based diet has been shown to prevent and even reverse disease. [1] [2] [3]

Being aware of the link between all living things and what we put on our plate, our health and the health of the planet helps us to make smart choices. Issues of health and sustainability are inextricably linked and for the thinking consumer, the answer lies in the content of our plate! …read more of Celebrate Earth Day with Rose Scented Chocolate Almond Brownies here

 
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Celebrating a Vegan Passover

By Marilyn Peterson
April 7, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Recipes, Vegan

The eight-day festival of Passover celebrates the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery. The Passover Seder is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of the holiday in early spring and includes six foods displayed on the ceremonial Seder plate that symbolize the Hebrew struggle and escape from Egypt.

Except for the honey, which is easily replaced with agave nectar, four of these foods are vegan. For the vegan, a roasted beet is used to signify the blood of lamb sacrifice at the Temple.

Vegans can choose to contemplate compassion for the unnecessary sacrifice of animals and substitute the roasted beet, reminiscent of blood.  For the hard-boiled egg, a symbol of new beginnings after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, the vegan can use roasted turnips or parsnips. Bitter herbs, such as horseradish and salted water for dipping parsley, celery leaves or boiled potato are also part of the Seder plate.

Religious Jews do not mix or eat meat and dairy at a same meal.  Of course this is not an issue for the Jewish vegan since they don’t eat meat or dairy at any meal. …read more of Celebrating a Vegan Passover here

 
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Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 22, 2014
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Natural Products, Organic, Shopping, Vegan

Every year, since 1981 manufacturers distributors and retail buyers of natural, organic and healthy products converge at Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products trade show in the country.

That first year there were 3,000 attendees and 234 exhibitors. This year more than 2,600 exhibiting companies played to an audience of over 67,000 industry members.

Companies from the US and around the world displayed all manner of food, beverage, supplement, beauty, household and pet products demonstrating the phenomenal growth of the global natural products industry.

Among industry veterans, there were 635 first-time exhibitors.  Many Natural Products Expo West first-time exhibitors are ‘home cooks,’ passionate moms and nutrition-focused athletes who have launched their own products. …read more of Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event here

 
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Louisiana Stuffed Potatoes and Cajun Cream Sauce for Mardi Gras

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 1, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Mardi Gras is actually a season that begins with festivities on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany continues through midnight on Fat Tuesday, which always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras is a weeks long celebration of parties, music, picnics, parades and excitement that gives revelers the opportunity to satisfy indulgences before Lent.

When we think of Mardi Gras, loads of plastic beads come to mind. The tradition of parade float riders toss (throwing) trinkets to the crowds began in the 1870s. Throws often include doubloons, beads, cups, stuffed animals, homemade trinkets, toys and more! …read more of Louisiana Stuffed Potatoes and Cajun Cream Sauce for Mardi Gras here

 
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The Dish on Pasta – Healthy Carbs that Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 16, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Recipes, Vegan

 

Pasta has been unjustly criticized in recent years as a leading culprit in the rise of obesity. It has been attacked as a (gasp!) carbohydrate, a food group to be avoided by ill-advised proponents of the Atkins style diet.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and ounce for ounce contain fewer calories than either fat or alcohol. In Italy, where pasta is eaten at least once a day, people enjoy one of the lowest rates of obesity in the world, 8.5 percent as compared to 30.6 percent in the US.

The fact is pasta is a healthy carbohydrate and a central component of the Mediterranean diet, widely considered to be one of the best lifestyles for maintaining a healthy weight.

Unlike wheat used to make bread, pasta is made from durum, a hybrid of wild grasses and an entirely different species with different a type of gluten.  Like kamut, durum is much older than modern bread wheat, which has been domesticated to a far greater degree. …read more of The Dish on Pasta – Healthy Carbs that Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down here

 
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