Blog Posts by One Green Planet

  • 6 Easy Breezy Meatless Summer Salads

    Spring Salad: Edible Flowers and Dandelion GreensHearty meatless salads are a great option for packed lunches, picnics, cookouts, and even quick weeknight summer dinners. Loaded with nutritious and filling ingredients like beans, lentils, sweet potatoes and quinoa, these salads are also super-versatile.

    Stuff these tasty salads in a pita, make a sandwich or wrap, or serve over greens. Whip up one of these delicious recipes and you've got plenty of lunch options for the week!

    The recipes below are delicious as written, but many can also be customized based on what's in season, what's in your pantry, or what's on sale at your local market. You can also try this easy 5-step guide to make meatless salads.

    1. Sesame Tofu + Broccoli Salad
    This warm sesame dressing is so satisfying, and even seems like a comfort food -- surprising, for a salad! You can prepare the dressing ahead of time, and the best way to warm it up is to put it in a bowl, and submerge it in hot water.


    2. Rainbow Salad with Umeboshi Dressing
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  • 9 Eco-friendly Materials that You Can Easily Start Using Today!

    Why You Should Buy Products Made of these 9 Eco-friendly MaterialsFrom plastic bags and bottles to forest-guzzling paper mills, everyday products are wreaking havoc on our environment in more ways than we'd care to count. Fortunately, people are becoming increasingly aware of this. The necessity for sustainable and earth-friendly materials is becoming increasingly evident, and consumer demands for "eco" products are rising as a result. Nowadays, eco-friendly products are being made from a vast array of materials. Some of these materials are all-natural, some are organic, and others are environmentally friendly by means of production. So which ones should you be looking for? We're glad you asked! We've made a list of eco-materials for conscious consumers just like you. You'll be amazed at the range of products each one has to offer!

    1. BAMBOO


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    Bamboo has existed as an alternative material for millennia. This amazingly strong and versatile plant is a naturally eco-friendly resource. It requires no pesticides or herbicides, and relies on natural

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  • 15 Greatest Veggie Burger Recipes for Your 4th of July BBQ!

    ONE GREEN PLANET shares the greatest veggie burger recipes ever -- ranging from baked to grilled!



    It's just not July 4th without a burger on your plate. What better way to celebrate this time of year than to change things up a bit by serving some veggie patties in stead of their meaty counterparts? Veggie burgers are versatile, easy to prepare, and SO much healthier than their meaty counterparts.


    You are probably thinking a veggie burger is a burger, so why not get some frozen ones from the store? There are some pretty good options in the market and here is a great article that compares six popular, commercially available veggie burgers based on calories, total fat content, fiber, and protein. However, when you make your own, you can customize the list of ingredients, and the combinations are only limited by your imagination. The compilation of recipes below speaks to the versatility and adaptability of the veggie burger. From beans to broccoli, there's something here for everyone!

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  • Manage Your Addiction to Sweet, Salty and Savory Foods with Healthier Alternatives



    If you are looking to make healthier food choices, understanding cravings is an essential component of staying on track. The key to understanding cravings is listening to your body. The first important distinction that needs to be made: Is your body telling you it needs something, or is your mind telling you it wants something?

    Giving Your Body What it Needs


    In a seeming paradox, most Americans are overweight, but undernourished. How can this be? Poor food choices, namely in the form of over-consumption of processed foods, is largely to blame. It's easy to over-consume processed foods because most of them have been stripped of fiber and water - two substances that help you feel full. But all the potato chips and pints of ice cream in the world aren't going to provide your body with the micronutrients and health-promoting antioxidants it both needs and wants.

    What your body really needs is leafy greens and other vegetables, plant-based protein sources, and healthy fats

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  • Ultimate Guide to Eco and Fair-Trade Coffee and Tea Essentials (with Recipes!)

    The global market for coffee and tea is forecasted to reach 10.57 million tons (23.3 billion pounds) by 2015. Both producers and consumers have an opportunity to minimize their impact on the environment. From the way the plants are grown, processed, packaged and shipped to they way they are prepared and consumed, we all can make a difference, one coffee bean or tea leaf at a time. Here are the essential products you will need to green your daily beverages.

    1. Fair Trade Coffees



    The best thing you can do to green your morning cup of joe is purchase fair trade coffee, preferably organic and shade-grown. Not only are you looking out for the environment, you are also ensuring that farmers are safe from harmful pesticides and get a fair price for their product. Here are the 9 Best Fair Trade Coffees. While you are at it, read this article that discusses all things coffee and includes some deliciously healthy coffee-based recipes for all you coffee lovers!

    2. Fair Trade Teas

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  • 5 Plant-based Foods for Healthier Hair

    5 Foods for Healthier Hair
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    You know what people notice first about a person besides the emotion they hold in their eyes? Well, their laugh and their smile. But most also look to the mop on top to assess the health of individuals they meet. Beautiful, strong, lustrous, shiny, bouncy, and thick hair says much about a person's vitality and the level of their self care. Many of us willingly abuse our locks with dye and other chemicals in the name of beauty, and then try to undo the damage using even more toxic substances like artificial pomades, conditioners, and processed oils. And with the summer season finally upon us, it's prime time to replenish our strands and prepare them for the long hot days ahead; days filled with excessive heat, light, humidity and water (both chlorinated and salt!). While maintaining proper hydration and following a well balanced, plant heavy diet can do wonders on its own, there are a few foods that are particularly fab when it comes

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  • 8 Amazing Ways to Use Coconuts This Summer (With Recipes!)

    Gluten Free Coconut Lime Loaf
    Nothing says summer quite like the sweet taste of coconut. Just one whiff conjures up visions of white sands, clear turquoise water, and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Maybe it's the inescapable association with suntan oil, its prominent place in piña coladas, or just its tropical origin. Either way, coconuts practically scream relaxation, happiness, and sweet indulgence! But luckily for all the coconut-lovers out there, recent research suggests that this tropical treat may not be such an indulgence after all.

    Health Benefits:
    Coconut has been used in traditional cultures for thousands of years, both as an important source of nutrition and to treat a variety of diseases and health problems. Only recently has modern medicine begun to confirm coconut's amazing health-promoting properties. Coconut oil and coconut water have been found to have some of the following benefits:

    • Antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
    • Anti-cancer properties
    • Cardiovascular health benefits
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  • Healthy Alternative Recipes for 10 of Your Favorite Snacks & Treats!

    Does healthy food have to be boring? We think not. Do yummy treats always have to be full of processed ingredients that are terrible for you and provide almost zero nutrition? No way!

    That's why we've put together these recipes, which use healthy swaps and alternatives to make 10 of our favorite treats more nutritious.

    Don't be afraid to try clever swaps like dried fruit and beans in cookies, peas in guacamole, and tofu in ice cream! These healthier versions are just as delicious as their fat- and calorie-laden counterparts.

    1. Chocolate HEALTH Cookies

    A chocolate addiction is not so bad, if you can find healthy ways like this to eat it!

    Ingredients:

    • 10 Medjool Dates, soaked
    • Soaking water
    • 15 oz. can Salt-Free Garbanzo Beans (aka chickpeas)
    • ½ cup cocoa powder
    • 1/3 cup organic peanut butter
    • 1 1/2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
    • 4 packets Sweetleaf Stevia
    Preparation:
    1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
    2. Pit the dates and put them into a bowl. Press the dates down into
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  • 15 UNBELIEVABLE Raw (No-Bake) Dessert Recipes for Summer

    Raw Desserts: A Great Choice!
    In addition to being incredibly tasty, raw (no-bake) desserts can also be some of the healthiest and most planet-friendly options in the warm summer months. Here are a few reasons we think raw desserts are a a great choice!

    1. Raw desserts often feature a short list of whole, unprocessed ingredients like nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
    2. They get their sweetness from dried fruit, raw agave nectar, and other natural sweeteners. No refined or artificial sweeteners here!
    3. They are no-bake! Great for the warmth of spring or summer, and also for energy conservation, you can avoid cranking up the oven to 350 when making a raw dessert.
    4. Most raw desserts are gluten-free and vegan!
    Are you ready to try a raw dessert yet?! Here a collection of our favorite recipes:

    1. Raw, Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Ingredients: For the cupcakes:
    • 1 cup walnuts (not soaked)
    • 1 cup dates
    • 2 cups grated raw carrots, squeezed well through cheesecloth or with paper towel to
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  • 25 Cool Summer Vegan Dessert Recipes. Hell Yeah!


    When you think of summer desserts, ice cream certainly comes to mind. A sweet scoop melting down the side of your cone; a bowl piled high with creamy ice cream, fresh fruit, and perhaps a dollop of whipped cream.

    Ice cream is, indeed an amazing summer dessert. Check out our vegan ice cream recipe roundup for some stellar recipes. But there's more to summer desserts than ice creams. What about popsicles and fudgesicles, shakes and sorbets, raw puddings and pies, grilled fruit, and fruity cupcakes? Now we're talking!

    Check out these mouthwatering vegan recipes that you and your loved ones will surely enjoy!

    FRUIT-BASED:

    1. Grilled Cherries and Vanilla Bean Walnut Cream
    Recipe by Victoria Huff

    If you haven't tried grilled fruit yet, now is the time to do it! On their own, fruit and grilling are so quintessentially summer. Put together, they may be an unexpected combination, but that marriage is actually pretty amazing. Like salted caramel, the savory/sweet combo wins

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