Mother Nature can't make up her mind.
The weather has been unpredictable as seasons are changing, and guess what that does to your bod? Yep, our immune systems tend to go haywire when the outside environment goes from cold to warm (and then back to cold, then warm again - we're really not sure what season it is).
Your internal temperature adapts to keep you healthy, but often not without getting tired on you first. Here's what you can do to beat the (your) system and stop sickness in its tracks:
Easy Does It
When you feel that tickle in your throat, slow down mama - you're moving too fast. Your body is fighting a foreign invader, so it can't meet those deadlines, burn fat in spin class or even look remotely pretty on that second date (seriously, stay home). To avoid being out of the game even longer, try to cut your schedule in half. Cancel or postpone things to conserve energy to bounce back fast. Easier said than done, you're thinking. Yeah. But a day or two of downtime is better
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Read More »from Vegan Cookbook Review: Healthy Voyager's Global Kitchen
Ever tried being vegan on vacation?
I'll be the first to admit that trying to avoid cheesy happy hour apps can feel like kicking a bad habit.
Remember those spicy meatballs you ate while vacationing in Rome? The tamales you couldn't get enough of on your honeymoon in Mexico? We all have those dishes that seem totally off-limits once we go vegan, but the latest cookbook we're digging says it ain't so.
The Healthy Voyager's Global Kitchen Cookbook (from our very own Carolyn Scott-Hamilton) includes 150 plant-based recipes from around the world. With vegan versions of international dishes (and additional versions for gluten-free, diabetics, low fat and other restricted diets), we're pretty stoked we can now act like cultured gals when our hoity-toity neighbors come over for dinner.
Ever wanted to veganize empanadas? Tiramisu? Crepes, pupusas or chana masala? Me too. Each chapter is devoted to a specific region and includes recipes for that country's most
Read More »from Vegan Tempura
This vegan tempura calls for a few simple ingredients and a dipping sauce that will make your mouth water. Enjoy!
What You Need
Peanut or coconut oil, for frying (or preferred high-heat oil)
1 cup of flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 cups of seltzer water
Salt, to taste
2 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon ginger, grated
Related: Crunchy Stir-Fry Salad
How to Make It
To make the tempura: Slice vegetables into thin or small pieces (about an inch or so) and combine batter ingredients until well incorporated.
Pour about 1 inch of oil on the bottom of a frying pan or wok and bring up to medium heat. Once oil is hot but not smoking, dip the vegetables in the batter, making sure they are well coated. Fry them until they are lightly brown, a few at a time, and do not crowd the pan. When they've cooked, place them on a paper towel-lined
Read More »from Is Sleep Deprivation Ruining Your Health?
If you've ever been at risk for a concussion as a result of nodding off into your computer screen, chances are you're not getting enough shut eye.
Been there, huh?
Sleep. It's something we all require and yet insufficient R&R is a fast-growing public health problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the amount of sleep required to stay healthy varies with each individual, the facts are simple - sleep should be considered one of the top priorities on the I'm-keeping-this-bod-healthy scale, and very often it's just not.
But, Really, What's the Big Deal?
The health effects of sleepless nights are aplenty, including the onset of chronic diseases, like diabetes, hypertension and depression, as well as a higher risk for cancer.
Plus, too little sleep makes you feel terrible. Ever try getting excited about life while running on two hours of sleep? Yeah, it's kinda hard. And, if that's not enough, consider this: A lack of sleep can take you from looking
Read More »from Vegan and Gluten-Free Brownies
Vegans know their sweets.
After all, you learn a thing or two trying to make dairy-free desserts that don't taste awful. Courtesy of Angela Liddon, this recipe puts boxed brownies to shame.
What You Need
1 1/2 tablespoons ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, whisked
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown rice flour
1 cup whole almonds, ground into a flour/meal & sifted (or substitute 1 1/2 cups almond flour)
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (or cornstarch may work)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Earth Balance (coconut oil also works, but I didn't like the flavor as much)
1 cup organic cane sugar (or just use white sugar)
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup non-dairy chocolate, divided
1/4 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
Related: Blueberry Banana Bundt Cake
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment and grease all sides. In a small bowl, whisk together the
Read More »from Best Cooking Oils
You're becoming an expert in the kitchen.
But that skillet full of grease? Honey, you know better.
There are a gazillion fancy types of oils out there now. Let's set the record straight on which oils to cook with and learn how to use them properly to benefit -- not harm -- your health.
Quality over Quantity
Buy oils of the organic, extra-virgin and cold-pressed varieties. Organic oils have zero pesticide residues, which is great for you and the planet. The process of cold-pressing locks in awesome natural flavor, scent and nutritional value. Extra-virgin oils have the most delicate taste because they are minimally processed. Stay away from refined, fine or pure oils. And always remember to use all oils in moderation -- they'll still wreak havoc on your weight if you go overboard.
Hot Oil in the Kitchen
Coconut oil is where it's at when cooking with heat, especially in the oven. Sustainable, stable, affordable -- and it smells like a tropical vacation. For you frugal gals, coconut
Read More »from Vegan Recipes: Coconut Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate fondue vegan recipes aren't any less delicious than regular ones.
This one has chocolate, coconut, almond and cinnamon. "Hooray," says your sweet tooth.
What You Need
12 ounces semisweet vegan chocolate chips
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons Barlean's Berry Greens Powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon stevia
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
Fruit, such as strawberries and pineapple, chopped into cubes
Related: Mint Chocolate Mousse
How to Make It
Combine all ingredients (except fruit) in a slow cooker. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Serve in a fondue pot or serve in your slow cooker set to low heat with a variety of fruit on skewers for dipping. Add extra almond milk to thin out the fondue if desired.
Want more recipes like this one? Browse through vegan recipes on the site to find something yummy!
Read More »from Metabolism-Boosting Foods
Promises, promises. Why do I believe?
Yeah, they're lyrics from a bad '80s song. But they also sum up diet fads oh-so-perfectly.
When you hear or see the phrase "metabolism booster" you're not wrong to be a Cynical Susie. In terms of foods, beverages and supplements that promise to boost your metabolism, many don't even begin to deliver healthy, long-term results. However, there are certain foods and nutrients that do play a key role in enabling the body to burn a little faster.
Rev Your Engine
Now before you get all giddy, read the next sentence. The following foods (as presented to Dr. Oz last month) will only be effective when combined with a quality diet and active lifestyle. If you're doing the work and not being a lazy, these ingredients may help get your cellular engines humming along at a faster clip. I call these dietary winners "metabolism optimizers." Drum roll, please:
1. Organic Raw Cacao
What it is: At first glance, "cacao" looks a lot like "cocoa." That's
Read More »from Dryer Sheets Are Often Coated in Beef Fat
Fresh-smelling laundry is amazing.
But those chemical-laden dryer sheets you've been using? Not so awesome. You're going to want to lose your lunch when you read this, but conventional dryer sheets are usually coated in beef fat.
Yep, those little sheets contain a dose of tallow (stearic acid derived from animal fat), aka the little secret ingredient manufacturers are determined to keep you from knowing about.
Beef fat is what they use to keep your clothes soft, but you won't find it on any ingredients list on a box of dryer sheets. That's because the conventional cleaning products industry has fought vigorously to keep their formulas government-protected trade secrets, covered by intellectual property laws that let them hide whatever they want. So unless you want your body coated in lard from the residue on your clothes, sheets and towels, just say no to dryer sheets.
Related: What Should I Buy? Bleach Alternatives
Do You Smell That?
To mask the smell of
Cauliflower, when cooked properly, is nutritious and deliciousWe're talking about cauliflower, of course. Try this recipe when that hankering for mashed potatoes threatens to send you into carb-overload.
What You NeedRead More »from Garlic "Mashed Potatoes" Cauliflower
1 medium head cauliflower
1 tablespoon vegan cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon vegan chicken bullion (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish
3 tablespoons vegan butter
How to Make It
Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.
Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well. Do not let cool, and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.
In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, nutritional yeast, garlic, bullion and pepper until almost smooth.