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Chill Out with Quick and Easy, Dairy-Free and Delicious Nice Cream

By Sherry Brooks
August 24, 2015
File under: Dairy Free, Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

No treat is as satisfying on a hot summer day as ice cream. This creamy frozen delight can cool the body and soothe the soul, however ice cream is very high in calories, fat and saturated fat and can put a considerable crimp in your diet.

No worries! You can enjoy rich tasting ice cream even if you are going for a great beach body or eating a heart-healthy, cruelty-free, or raw, plant-based diet. If you find that hard to believe, check out my nice cream.  Made with only one ingredient, you can make nice cream in a few minutes in your food processor or power-blender.

Peel and slice at least six medium ripe bananas. Place them in a plastic freezer bag and freeze.  Blend frozen fruit just until smooth into a creamy, rich textured soft serve.  You can also place in a plastic container and freeze your “nice cream for a dessert the consistency of grocery store ice cream . . . all for a fraction of the cost!

Get creative: You can blend in a touch of maple syrup, Earth Balance vegan spread, and sea salt – then stir in chopped pecans for Butter Pecan Nice Cream. Add raw cacao powder to make Chocolate Nice Cream and you can then stir chopped vegan marshmallows and almonds in for Rocky Road Nice Cream. …read more of Chill Out with Quick and Easy, Dairy-Free and Delicious Nice Cream here

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California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
August 15, 2015
File under: Agriculture, Food Production, Water


Some scapegoat almonds, while ignoring the cow in the room.

California is experiencing one of its worst droughts on record. The Golden State is home to an agricultural industry with more than 400 commodities and produces nearly half of the vegetables, fruits and nuts gown in the country.  Across the nation, US consumers regularly purchase several crops that are produced exclusively in California.

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the agricultural industry in the Golden State is the largest in the country ($46.4 billion for its output in 2013). California agriculture is also responsible for 69 percent of the nation’s commercially available fruits and nuts.

Only about four percent of California’s water footprint is the result of individual use, however California residents have been asked to be very vigilant and cut back drastically on household water use.

According to a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) a stunning 80 percent of California water goes to agriculture, so if we really want to talk about drastic conservation, perhaps we should look at our food choices. …read more of California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water? here

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Party for Less

By Sherry Brooks
August 3, 2015
File under: Entertaining, Party Food, Recipes, Saving Money, Vegan

Connections with others are truly important. Celebrating over a lovely meal is a great way to keep those connections thriving; however, entertaining can take a bite out of the budget.

Tips to entertain with style, affordably

Send electronic invitations for free with easy management of RSVPs at or Guests shine when they are meeting new people so encourage invitees to bring a friend or two along.

Think natural . . . natural colors and natural foods. Use fabric tablecloths or a roll of tan craft paper. Have children color on the paper or write guests’ names at each place.  Instead of flowers, consider green cuttings from trees and shrubs in several small vases or canning jars. …read more of Party for Less here

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Prevent Cancer Costs by Preventing Cancer

By Neal Barnard M.D.
July 9, 2015
File under: Diet, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating

A new report shows that global spending on cancer drugs reached $100 billion last year – a 10.3 percent increase from 2013. Experts predict that, at this rate, spending on cancer medicine will reach $147 billion by 2018.

But, we could potentially save billions by halting the rise of lifestyle cancers. Approximately one-third of cancer cases are preventable, according to the World Health Organization. And the American Institute for Cancer Research states that a healthy diet and other lifestyle changes can prevent an estimated 340,000 cancer cases per year.

Physicians Committee doctors and dietitians released a list of six dietary recommendations to help individuals lower their cancer risk. Read the recommendations below to learn how you can help improve your health. After all, prevention is the best form of treatment! …read more of Prevent Cancer Costs by Preventing Cancer here

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Dog Goes Vegetarian, Loses 50 pounds

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
June 24, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Pets, Vegan, Vegetarian, Weight Control


Travis Oser 13 Year old Vegetarian Labrador Retriever

People choose what they eat based on their belief system, which can include health, environmental, cultural or religious ideals; decisions that carry over to what they feed their family and their pets.

In addition to health, ecological and religious concerns, vegetarians and particularly vegans are repulsed by meat consumption and driven by compassion for animals, non-violence and economics.

Oftentimes the more distance we place between ourselves and anything the more objective we become. People sometimes choose a vegetarian lifestyle for one reason, health, religion, or animal rights and later connect with other reasons for doing so along the way.

A 2006 report from the National Research Council stated that a vegetarian diet as long as it contains sufficient protein and is supplemented with Vitamin D is healthy for dogs. Commercial dry food products provide the high levels of protein, …read more of Dog Goes Vegetarian, Loses 50 pounds here

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