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  • Chocolate Brussels Sprouts: Gluten-Free and Vegan


    This twist on Brussels sprouts will have your taste buds screamin'.

    Serve it up to your gluten-free friends and those weird peeps that don't like veggies. After all, they have chocolate in them.

    For more recipes like this, visit our vegan recipes page!

    What You Need

    12 Brussels sprouts

    6 Cipollini onions

    1 cup green tea, brewed

    1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    1/4 teaspoon chili powder

    1 cup macadamia nuts, ground

    1 teaspoon anise seeds

    2 tablespoons raw cacao

    1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

    2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped

    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

    How to Make It

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse Brussels sprouts and soak in a large bowl of water for 10 minutes. Drain water, add onions, green tea, balsamic vinegar and olive oil to the bowl. Gently toss to combine. Add remaining ingredients; continue to toss until sprouts are fully coated.

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  • Vegan Asparagus Frittata

    No need for a greasy morning breakfast at your local pancake house.

    Don that cute little apron and whip up this vegan frittata

    What You Need

    Vegan omelet batter (recipe below)
    2 tablespoons vegan whipping cream (great brands are SoyaToo or Mimicream)
    1/2 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch
    1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon vegan butter
    12 ounces asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces
    1 tomato, seeded, diced
    3 ounces shredded vegan cheddar or mozzarella cheese

    Related: Kim's Curry Tofu Egg-less Salad

    Vegan Omelet Batter

    3 cups (24 ounces) silken tofu
    1/4 cup plain soy milk
    1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    1/4 cup potato starch or cornstarch
    2 teaspoon soy sauce/tamari or liquid aminos
    1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
    1/4 teaspoon turmeric
    Salt and pepper, to taste

    How to Make It

    1) To make omelet batter, blend ingredients together until smooth.

    2) Preheat the broiler. Whisk the omelet batter, cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt

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  • Vegan Sweet Potatoes and Pears Recipe

    Sweet PotatoesAhhh... spring.

    The veggies are fresh, the fruits are ripe and day-drinking in the backyard becomes acceptable again. Try this dish the next time you hit the farmer's market. Bring home a cute guy while you're at it.

    What You Need

    Smashed Potatoes

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    3 large sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
    1/3 cup almond milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    2 tablespoon chia seeds


    2 Bartlett pears, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
    1 teaspoon olive oil

    Related: Heavenly Roasted Pears

    How to Make It

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix smashed potato ingredients until smooth; transfer to a large baking dish. In a mixing bowl, combine pear topping ingredients; gently toss to coat. Pour on top of
    sweet potato mixture. Transfer to the oven and bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven; serve chilled atop grilled vegetables or a salad.

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  • The Dreaded Weight-Loss Plateau Explained

    Question: In March of 2011, I went from meat eater to vegan overnight. Now, I feel incredibly good, my skin glows, and living cruelty-free makes everything so much better. Also, I already lost a fair amount of weight. But since making the transition, I seem to be "stuck" at 65 kg (at 1.64 m) and nothing helps! I work out, don't eat sugar (and no alcohol/coffee) and live mostly on fruits and veggies. Of course, I also keep a close watch at my fat intake. Any thoughts or tips about what's going on?

    Laura Estévez Zelf

    Answer: While it might be a good idea to see a nutritionist and find out what might be going on inside that little body of yours, you could be experiencing something called a weight-loss plateau. I like to call it "the bane of my existence."

    A weight-loss plateau occurs when you stop losing weight despite continuing with your normal exercise routine and maintaining healthy-eating habits. This happens to everyone trying to lose pounds, and often comes as a shock

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  • Vegans and B12

    Think your tired bod and bad attitude are just side effects from stress?

    Think again.

    Allow me to get up in your face as I explain why you should be taking B12 supplements - your health could depend on them.

    Related: The Dangers of Magnesium Deficiency

    The Deal on B12 Deficiency

    As you may know, us vegans are particularly at risk for B12 deficiency. Most sources of this critical vitamin come from meat and dairy, and even the healthiest plant-eating princesses can be lacking it - it's hard to get enough unless you're super diligent. Like a good wingman, B12 has your back when it comes to regulating all kinds of stuff responsible for your mental and physical health: it stimulates red blood cell production, repairs nerve damage, produces energy, and keeps your brain, you know, working.

    Anemia Issues

    So, guess what happens when your body doesn't have enough B12, and, consequently, red blood cells? A little thing called anemia shows up and plays house. What's interesting about anemia

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  • Vegan Stir Fry

    Tofu and Snow Pea Stir-Fry Salad
    Ginger and garlic? Say no more.

    This vegan stiry fry dish has all the flavor and spice a mouth could ask for. Kinda like you, honey.

    What You Need

    1 16 ounce block tofu, pressed, drained and cubed
    14 ounces vegan chicken broth (store bought or made from vegan chicken bullion)
    3 tablespoons rice vinegar
    3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or wheat-free tamari
    3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided
    2 tablespoons tahini or cashew butter
    1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    2 cloves garlic, minced (to give spice to vegan stir-fry)
    1 pound snow peas, trimmed and thinly slivered lengthwise
    2 tablespoons chopped cashews

    Related: Vegan Tempura

    How to Make It

    Place tofu in a medium skillet or saucepan and add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the tofu to a plate or bowl to cool. Cool and refrigerate the broth, reserving it for another use.

    Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil

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  • Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

    The occasional migraine or monstrous zit can
    put a damper on your day.

    But chronic conditions like depression, joint pain and UTIs could indicate symptoms of a much bigger prob: candida.

    Uninvited Guests

    It's called the silent body snatcher for nothin'. Many mainstream doctors just don't feel our pain, since there aren't efficient medical tests to confirm if you've got candida and symptoms of candida can be confusing. Read on, suffering sirens, you are not a hypochondriac - your yeast levels are just outta whack.


    Candida albicans is yeast that naturally occurs in the body. But sometimes it can act like a really bad fashion trend, rapidly growing and taking over. Birth control, overuse of antibiotics and an unbalanced diet can help it divide and conquer, leading to all sorts of problems.

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    Symptoms and Signs

    Feeling foggy? Tummy not happy? Cravings for sweets or booze might not be your naughty side acting out. It could be candida crying out for sugar to eat. Symptoms

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  • Vegan Cashew Stuffed Mushrooms

    Quit your whining about how you can't cook.

    This recipe is easy enough for you but also fancy enough to impress foodies. Give it a go - let us know how it turns out!

    What You Need

    2 dozen button mushrooms, stems removed
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
    1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
    2 teaspoons agave nectar
    2 tablespoons cashews, chopped
    ½ teaspoon orange zest
    Juice of half an orange
    2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

    Related: Easy Bruschetta

    How to Make It

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Drizzle mushrooms with 2 tablespoons olive oil and rub to coat. Combine all remaining ingredients into bowl and mix thoroughly with a fork to combine. Stuff mixture into the mushrooms.

    Bake mushrooms for 30 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside to cool before serving. Serve warm or chilled.

    Want more recipes like this one? Browse through our vegan recipes on the site to find something yummy!


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  • Importance of Vegans Getting Omegas

    When it comes to omegas, you're downright confused.

    What are they? Why are they so important? How much do I really need? Critics of plant-based diets like to drone on about how you can't get all your essential fatty acids from plants. But good news - they're wrong.

    After all, where do other animals get their essential fatty acids? They eat plants. Let's take a look at key omegas, find out where to get them and learn how much we really need.

    Yay for ALA

    ALA is a key omega-3 fatty acid, and it transforms to other essential fatty acids (DHA, EPA) once consumed. ALA provides anti-inflammatory aid, helping the body to internally negate the impact of stressors. The question of how much ALA will convert to the EFAs - DHA and EPA - has long been debated. Recent research shows that a lot of the conversion depends on need - a preggo woman or or a gal of child-bearing age will convert differently than a dude or menopausal woman. How do you get your ALA? Daily doses of flax and chia will do

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  • Best Natural Exfoliators

    It's starting to feel like summer!

    Here in Vegas, it's already pool season. We're busting out the bikinis, wedges and stunna shades for another bonanza of beverages, boys and besties. But the one thing we're not bringing to the party? Dead skin from our winter, pale, pasty faces.


    We know you'd never actually sit in the sun without sunscreen to get a glow, so we're pretty sure you're familiar with the ins and outs of self-tanner. As in, always prep your skin with an exfoliator to remove dead cells and let your polished, fresh skin shine through. Exfoliation also helps to increase circulation and collagen production, while reducing bacteria, blemishes, dark spots, clogged pores, hyperpigmentation, dry skin and aging. Keeping those dead cells around can cause your skin to look dull and lifeless. So not cute.

    Related: Natural Eye Creams

    Hold the Loofa

    But you've got to watch what you're using to get that glow. The problem with most products is that their exfoliating

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