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Three Ways to a Heart Healthy and Eco-friendly Hanukkah

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


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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Typhoon Haiyan, Extreme Weather and Climate Change

By Sherry Brooks
November 19, 2013
File under: Climate Change, Vegan

On November eighth when the category-5 super typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, its devastating power and the sheer force of winds near 195 mph left incalculable loss, heartbreak and total devastation in its wake.

With thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless, Typhoon Haiyan has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land.

The devastation is immense. The death toll is nearing 4,000 and number of injured has reached almost 13,000. Entire communities have been flattened and nearly 2 million people displaced.

We desperately want to help. Countries around the world have pledged relief aid for those affected by the typhoon. If you are like me, you may have noticed that the frequency and ferocity of catastrophic weather seems to be on the rise …read more of Typhoon Haiyan, Extreme Weather and Climate Change here

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A Dozen Delicious Vegan Holiday Dishes

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
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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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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Delicious Vegan Menu for a Labor Day Cookout

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
August 26, 2013
File under: Barbecue, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Labor Day marks the last official holiday weekend of the summer. More than three-quarters of American families own at least one barbecue grill and most summers-end celebrations this weekend will include an outdoor get together.

Fruits, vegetables and legumes are some of the most luscious and colorful of foods and certainly the most healthful.

Every plant-based meal you eat will reduce toxic emissions into the air and ground water as well as the level of saturated fat and cholesterol in your bloodstream.

Grilling is a great way to entertain and an opportunity to grill fresh vegetables and fruits that are bursting with flavor this time of year. Thick slices of eggplant, zucchini and ears of corn brushed with olive oil and fresh herbs are enticing and easy. …read more of Delicious Vegan Menu for a Labor Day Cookout here

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