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The Dish on Pasta ~ A Slimmer, Healthier You!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 2, 2017
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Spring Asparagus and Pasta in Curry Cream Sauce

Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press! Carbs have been unjustly labeled a food group to avoid by proponents of the ill-advised Atkins/Paleo style diet.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and ounce for ounce contain fewer calories than either fat or alcohol. Carbohydrates provide energy; they fuel our workouts and provide energy throughout the day. There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.

The difference lies in the fact that commercial processing removes the fiber-rich outer hull and bran in products such as, white rice, white flour, white sugar, white bread, etc. These are some of the foods that are classified as  ‘simple carbohydrates’

Fiber slows digestion and simple carbohydrates are digested very quickly, spiking blood sugar and causing a rush of energy, invariably followed soon after by a crash.

On the other hand, complex carbohydrates release energy slowly and are found in vegetables, nuts, legumes and grains, such as oatmeal and pasta. Unlike simple carbs, these foods are also high in vitamins and minerals. …read more of The Dish on Pasta ~ A Slimmer, Healthier You! here

 
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Vegan Broccoli Quiche ~Perfect for Easter Brunch!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 11, 2017
File under: Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Delicious Quiche: No Eggs, No Dairy, No Kidding!

Eggs are inextricably associated with Easter… however eggs have been colored, exchanged and eaten as an element of the rites of spring long before the Christian era.

Quiche can be a perfect menu item for Easter Brunch and this vegan quiche contains none of the artery clogging saturated fat and cholesterol of the traditional ingredients.

Quiche is thought of as a complex French classic that requires a bit of skill and lots of fatty ingredients. While there are several variations of the basic theme, the rich custard base is a constant.

Traditionally, high-fat ingredients loaded with cholesterol, such as cream, eggs and cheese are baked in a rich pastry shell. Certainly, quiche made in this way would be considered far too heavy in fat, calories and cholesterol for today’s health conscious cook. …read more of Vegan Broccoli Quiche ~Perfect for Easter Brunch! here

 
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Kale, Leafy Green Superfood!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 10, 2017
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Kale, White Bean and Potato Soup

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable and part of the cabbage family.

This dark leafy green vegetable is rich in carotenoids and flavonoids, antioxidants shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Consuming kale provides an abundance of nutrients that support healthy bones, skin, hair and healthy digestion and can also reduce the risk of heart disease. …read more of Kale, Leafy Green Superfood! here

 
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Celebrating a Vegan Passover

By Marilyn Peterson
April 6, 2017
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, 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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How Milk May Contribute to Childhood Obesity

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
April 5, 2017
File under: Dairy Free, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan, Weight Control

 

We’ve known that breastfed infants may be protected against obesity later in life for more than 30 years, but why? It may be the formula.

Giving infants formula based on cow’s milk presents an unusual situation. Cow’s milk is designed to put nearly two pounds a day onto a growing calf, 40 times the growth rate of human infants (see Formula for Childhood Obesity.)

The perfect food for humans, finely tuned over millions of years, is human breast milk. Remarkably, among all mammalian species, the protein content of human milk is the lowest. The excessive protein content of cow’s milk-based formula is thought to be what sets the child up for obesity later in life.

And then, instead of being weaned, we continue to drink milk. The question thus arises, as to whether consumption of a growth-promoting substance from another species throughout childhood fundamentally alters processes of human growth and maturation. …read more of How Milk May Contribute to Childhood Obesity here

 
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