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Black Bean Chili Chorizo, Hearty, Healthy and Flavorful

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 17, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan

Gourmet ‘Chili Non Carne’ for the Texas Red Aficionado

Chili is a universal favorite and an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd. ‘Chili Con Carne’ means peppers with meat and originated around 1850 with Texas cowboys, who slow cooked the spicy dish over the campfire.

The first known chili cook off took place at the Texas State Fair in 1952 and continues to this day in communities across the U.S.

In the Southwest, the concept and preparation of Chili varies region to region considerably. In New Mexico, chili is more of a stew, made with chili peppers and vegetables, with or without meat. …read more of Black Bean Chili Chorizo, Hearty, Healthy and Flavorful here

 
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Where Do You Get Your Your Fiber?

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
October 5, 2015
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Vegetarians and vegans are all too familiar with the question: Where do you get your protein?

We can finally put to rest the question of whether vegetarians get enough protein thanks to a large study comparing the nutrient profiles of about 30,000 non-vegetarians to 20,000 vegetarians and about 5,000 vegans, 5,000 flexitarians (vegetarian most of the time) and 5,000 pescetarians (no meat except fish).

The average protein requirement is 42 grams a day. The video, Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein features a graph demonstrating that meat eaters get far more than they need and so does everyone else. Vegetarians and vegans average 70 percent more protein than the recommendation every day.

It’s surprising that there’s so much fuss about protein in this country when less than  three percent of adults don’t make the cut, presumably because they’re on extreme calorie-restricted diets and aren’t eating enough food period. But 97 percent of Americans get enough protein. …read more of Where Do You Get Your Your Fiber? here

 
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Acne ~Understanding Root Causes and Eliminating Contributing Factors

By Michael Schwartz
September 17, 2015
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Skin Care

Summer’s has come to an end! Vacations are over and it’s back to full schedule and back to school. Acne is one of the problems that manifest during middle school and high school and can had an adverse affect on a child’s confidence and self esteem.

Acne is defined as skin eruptions; a breakout of pimples usually occurring in or near the oil glands of the face, neck, shoulders, or upper back. The exact medical cause is unknown and certain bacterium can exacerbate the condition.

Acne breakouts occur for many reasons. The skin is the largest eliminating organ as well as the largest consuming organ. Whatever you put on your skin will end up in the bloodstream circulating throughout your body, and if it’s chemicals then you’re corrupting cells, speeding up the aging process and laying the foundation for disease. Diet is another major contributor. …read more of Acne ~Understanding Root Causes and Eliminating Contributing Factors here

 
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Vegetable Protein vs Animal Protein …and the Winner is…

By Tammy Fry Kelly
September 14, 2015
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Most people still really believe that the only way you can get protein is from eating animal products. The common misconception is that vegans cannot be as strong as their meat-eating counterpart is a myth!

Proteins are made up of amino acids. There are nine essential amino acids that our body needs but cannot manufacture itself.  We need to get these amino acids from the food we eat.

When we consume protein, our body breaks down the protein into its components and then assembles the correct strands of protein for the body’s requirements.

It is critical to note that plant proteins contain all of nine of the essential amino acids and contain as much or more protein, calorie for calorie. Plant foods can easily supply all our protein needs. Vegetables are on average, around 22 percent protein by calorie, beans 28 percent, and grains 13 percent.

Animal Protein has in fact been shown many times over to be detrimental to human health. …read more of Vegetable Protein vs Animal Protein …and the Winner is… here

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

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
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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