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  • The Yummiest Vegan Bars, Bites and Balls

    The Yummiest Vegan Bars, Bites and BallsThe Yummiest Vegan Bars, Bites and Balls

    Bars, bites and balls are so versatile! Here are 4 quick reasons we love them:

    1. They're great any time of day: for breakfast on the go, an energizing afternoon snack, or a wholesome dessert option.
    2. Many bars, bites and balls are easily customizable for variety or personal preference. Swap mesquite powder for the raw cacao, goji berries for the raisins, or walnuts for the pecans. It's your call!
    3. They're allergy-friendly! Many recipes are naturally gluten free or can easily be so by using gluten free oats and other ingredients.
    4. They're raw-friendly! Many home-made bars, bites and balls are raw or have a raw option.

    Ready to whip up some of your own? From Healthy Oat Squares to decadent Nanaimo Bars, we've got a recipe for every taste!

    Bar, Bite and Ball Recipes

    1. Goji Energy Bites
    2. Cacao Mesquite Superfood Balls
    3. Protein Balls
    4. Healthy Oats Squares with Coconut and Dates
    5. Cinnamon Raisin Bars
    6. Lemon-Coconut
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  • Must-Have Appliances for the Vegan and Raw Food Kitchen

    Must-have Appliances for the Vegan and Raw Food Kitchen

    Both new and long-time vegans will definitely agree that the right appliances make cooking and baking easier and more enjoyable. Take cashew cream for example. Soaked, blended cashews make an amazing base for frosting, dips, raw desserts, and sauces…but a high-powered blender or food processor is a must!

    The right appliances allow you to whip up new, creative ideas at home instead of buying everything pre-made, ultimately saving money and allowing you to customize recipes to your preferences. Check out the guide below to help you find the right appliance for your needs and budget!

    Juicers: juicing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs give you a nutritional boost and allows you to mix together your favorite combination of produce.

    Breville makes a line of high quality juicers that fit various kitchen needs. The least expensive, at about $150, is the Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain. It's a compact juicer designed to save counter space. The deluxe

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  • Tips for a Happy, Healthy and Green 4th of July

    Tips for a Happy, Healthy and Green 4th of JulyTips for a Happy, Healthy and Green 4th of July

    Political and religious freedoms aside, we have an incredible number of choices, options, and alternatives in the decisions we make each day. And from food to furniture, our choices reflect our values. We can vote with our feet, vote with our voices, and vote with our wallets.

    So whether you're camping, picnicking, gardening or grilling for the 4th of July, be sure your choices reflect your values. Be sure they respect the planet, animals, your health, and other human beings.

    These days, making eco-friendly choices is not difficult or even inconvenient. So check out all these great ways to keep your Independence Day green, healthy, and FUN!

    Camping

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    Whether you have the holiday off from work, or simply opt to take a long weekend, the 4th of July is a perfect time to go camping! Check out the guides below for some great tips on staying healthy, happy, and "green" in the great outdoors.

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  • Guide: How to Make Your Own Deodorant

    Guide: How to Make Your Own DeodorantGuide: How to Make Your Own Deodorant

    For many years deodorant has been the bane of my existence. As a teenager I learned that there is a strong connection between the aluminum in deodorant and Alzheimer's disease. As a result, I was committed to using only natural deodorants. I have tried every stick, spray, roll-on, and crystal I could find. The result? Disappointment. I hate to say it, but I never found a product that worked for longer than an hour. In my frustration I found my way back to using conventional deodorant, stressing with each application about what I was putting into my body.

    Then I heard from a friend that if you didn't use deodorant for a period of time your body will naturally adjust to it and you wouldn't need to use it. Let's just say I tried that for a week and it was a failed experiment. And gross.

    After searching around the internet, I discovered there are a ton of DIY deodorant recipes that use natural ingredients like baking soda, corn starch, and coconut oil. I have tried several

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  • 5 Tips for Choosing Organic Food

    5 tips for choosing organic food

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    The growth of the organic food market has been steadily increasing over the last two decades. According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010. Among all organic food sold last year, the highest sales growth was organic fruits and vegetables, up 11.8 percent from the previous year. While the demand for organic food continues to increase, many individuals wonder if choosing organic is indeed better for their health, environment, and economy compared to choosing conventional-particularly as organic food often carries a higher price tag.

    Organic Food Defined

    In 2002, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) established an organic certification program to help regulate how organically-labeled food would be grown and processed. Under the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP), organic food must be grown and processed using

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  • Old-Fashioned Montreal-Style Bagels

    Vegan bagels MontrealOld-Fashioned Montreal-Style Bagels

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    An homage to the famed Montreal bagel, and not unlike the traditional New York variety, these cruelty-free bagels are boiled before they are baked. The boiling step is what makes these bagels truly authentic: locking in the moisture, adding the beloved chewiness, and enhancing the flavor by allowing the yeast to develop more complexity over the full length of cooking (as compared to the faster turnaround of just baking). Without that crucial boiling step, these bagels would simply be bread. Luckily for our waistlines, these bagels are smaller than their gargantuan grocery store counterparts - because you won't want to stop at just one! With a delightfully chewy interior and a characteristic hint of sweetness, they're a little irresistible. They can be dressed up or down with great success: heavenly simply toasted with a pat of non-dairy butter or hummus - resplendent as the foundation for a delicious sandwich. Or enjoy them fresh,

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  • 10 Amazing Vegan Fashion Finds

    10_Amazing_Vegan_Fashion_Finds10 Amazing Vegan Fashion Finds

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    I don't know about you guys but in my neck of the woods summer is officially here and the heatwave is on. When heatwaves like this hit, for me it's all about finding ways to stay cool and hey what better way to stay cool then with some breezy summer fashion. This months ten vegan fashion items are all about keeping you both ultra stylish and ultra cool.

    1. Lebedev Dress

    With it's fun pin stripe, comfy but chic shape and ultra modern open back this Lebedev Dress from Popomomo just screams cool & breezy. I also think it's the perfect summer dress that can go from day tonight and well a girl always needs a dress like that. The Lebedev Dress is made in the USA from organic cotton and can be found over at ethical & eco-friendly online boutique Mission Savvy.

    2. Vintage Inspired Bathing Suit

    Stylish, whimsical and head turning Fables by Barrie's vintage style bathing suits are perfect for a fun day at the beach. Each

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  • Sci-Fi Sausage: In Vitro Meat Coming Soon to a Menu Near You

    in-vitro meatSci-Fi Sausage: In Vitro Meat Coming Soon to a Menu Near You

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    With the world population expected to top more than nine billion by the year 2050[1], accompanied by an ever increasing rapacious demand for meat on the global market, scientists are looking for low-carbon ways to feed a hungry world. According to a new study from the Oxford University[2], they may find it in lab grown meat. In vitro meat has been a scientific daydream for decades, but the technology is finally catching up with the vision. Cultured, commercial ground beef and sausage may be in supermarkets and on menus as soon as 2016.

    According to the Oxford study, artificial meat could be produced with up to 96% lower greenhouse gas emissions, 99% lower land use, and 96% lower water use than conventional meat. With in vitro meat we could drastically reduce the severe environmental impact of animal agriculture, and abolish the need to raise and exploit animals for food.

    It is a bitter pill for animal advocates to

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  • Simple Tips for the Beginner Cyclist

    cycling beginner tipsSimple Tips for the Beginner Cyclist

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    Do you remember the first time you ever rode a bike? Maybe you fell and freaked your parents out. Or maybe you made a break for it as soon as you got the hang of it. (Just for the purpose of freaking your parents out.)

    Maybe you never had the opportunity or felt the desire to learn, until now. Which is where the following tips and links might come in handy.

    I remember my first ride like it was yesterday: my steed was (what seemed to be at the time) a snazzy green two-wheeler. My parents were helping me keep my balance at first and finally let me find my own way to frantic pedaling freedom as soon as I stopped wobbling dangerously.

    Riding a bike is addictive. It's healthy. And provided you do it safely, it's a great way to commute to and from work, and even to do your grocery shopping without having to worry about dropping a month's worth of your hard-earned cash on pumping gas into your hungry, hungry hippo of a car.

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  • Summer Project: Clean Your Kitchen (and your body will thank you!)

    clean your kitchenClean Your Kitchen (and your body will thank you!)

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    Summer is upon us and with new season comes the idea of light, clean and fresh living. Additionally, there's some time available to take on some new projects. So what better project to undertake then a cleaning your kitchen? Now, I could go on and on about the kinds of foods you should be stocking your cupboards with or how to prepare healthy meals to get you ready for swimsuit season. However, did you know that what you are cooking and storing with is just as important? You might be surprised to know that many of the items we use on a daily basis can be causing us harm. You may be eating the purest, most organic foods but if you are cooking with or storing foods in any of these items, you might be rendering your healthy foods useless. I've compiled my top 5 items that should be added to your toss pile in order to keep you and yours as healthy as can be!

    • Non-Stick Pots & Pans - The most important health factor that should be
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