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  • 7 Unique and Healthy Vegetarian Side Dishes for Your Holiday Meals

    'Tis the season for healthy and indulgent eating. If you are looking to spice up your usual holiday dinner menu with a vegetarian twist, check out the following list of side dishes that are unique, delicious and would be a hit among both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

    Vegan Quiche
    Yes, it is possible to cook a quiche and keep it vegan! This super-easy recipe can be adapted in many different ways to include your favorite combination of vegetables.

    Tomato Fennel Soup
    Cold weather is the best excuse to eat soup. Spice up the classic tomato soup with fennel and other spices. A great accompaniment to any holiday meal and also the perfect in-between mini-meal you can enjoy in the middle of a cold winter day.

    Butternut Squash, Coconut And Lemon Grass Soup
    Use the seasonally appropriate butternut squash in this zesty soup that will brighten the dreariest of cold winter days and add a splash of color to your holiday dinner table.

    Ginger And Curry Rassam

    Add to this year's holiday menu

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  • Act like a Morning Person to Prevent Alzheimer’s

    By Debbie Mandel,

    A new Alzheimer's study makes a startling assertion that sleeping late might predispose a woman to Alzheimer's. The study from the California Pacific Medical Center and published in the Annals of Neurology explains that women with weaker circadian rhythms and who are less physically active or become more physically active late in the day or evening are more likely to develop dementia or mild cognitive impairment than women who live in a natural rhythm. This means women who are more physically active earlier in the day have a better prognosis.morningperson

    "We've known for some time that circadian rhythms, what people often refer to as the "body clock," can have an impact on our brain and our ability to function normally," says Greg Tranah, PhD., the lead author of the study. The road to prevention for many people who override their natural rhythm due to technology overload, an unstructured day, or who seem to have an owl's disposition for late night activity

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  • By Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Expert (

    It wasn't until I permanently removed over 50 pounds and developed a taste for baked sweet potatoes plain and simple that I questioned the wisdom of creating a casserole that was topped with toasted white lumps of melted gooeyness.

    Seriously, why would you want to mess up something so naturally sweet as the sweet potato with mini-marshmallows?

    Marshmallows date back to the ancient Egyptians. Back in the day, around 2,000 B.C., the Egyptians combined the sweet sap of the root of the Marsh-Mallow plant with honey creating a candy fit for their gods and the Pharaohs.


    In the 1920's and 30's, once available only to the wealthy, marshmallows became a mass produced item. Recipe booklets from Jell-O and Knox Gelatin reflected this happening. Marshmallows were included in recipes on just about every page: Banana Fluff, Lime Mallow Sponge, Cocoa Tutti Fruit and Paradise Pudding. (Source: How Products are Made Volume 3). By

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  • Spice Up Your Winter Cooking: Ginger and Curry Leaf Rasam by Vikas Khanna

    By Vikas Khanna

    It's the moment of truth in one's life: you see something so profound that it leaves a permanent impression on your mind. For me it was everyday food rituals.

    I learned to cook at my Biji - my grandmother's side. It takes many years to understand the intricacies of the spices used in Indian cooking. The interlacing of the whole and ground spices requires a good deal of practice to get just right.

    Spices are virtually indispensable in culinary art. Spices tease our senses with their enticing aromas, colors and their distinctive flavors, and have been the catalysts of some of the greatest adventures in human history, over which fortunes were made, nations discovered, and fates met.

    The history and culture of Indian spices is probably as old as civilization itself and is an integral part of Indian Cuisine, which relies on varied use of spices, herbs, and seasonings to create unique tastes and aromas. Ginger and Curry Leaf RasamGinger and Curry Leaf Rasam

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  • Warm Yourself Up This Holiday Season with Homemade Vegan Quiche

    By Lissa Coffey,

    According to the Ayurvedic calendar, here in the Northern Hemisphere November through February is Vata season, when the weather is typically cold and dry. To balance Vata, it is best to eat warm, cooked foods. Vatas also crave creamy goodness, and it is particularly comforting at this time of year no matter what your dosha is!veganquicheveganquiche

    I'm vegan… well, 99% vegan, I can't pass up a good pastry every now and then! And I love a good quiche. That egg-y texture and cheese-y tang totally satisfies the taste buds and makes for a complete meal. Yet I struggled finding a quiche that that met my criteria of being vegan, and yet still yummy. So I made one up myself! (As you do when you're an Ayurvedic vegan and a Vata to boot.)

    Read more: Easy Vegan Recipes To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

    Quiche is fantastic because it can be for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The leftovers are quickly reheated. Whether you have a crowd to feed, or it's just you, it won't last

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  • Remembering 9/11 With Our Children

    By Mallika Chopra,

    Hmm... I just read this op-ed on CNN by Mike Milhaven entitled "How do I tell my kids about 9/11?"

    Quite frankly, I was shocked that his kids are 9 years old, and neither he nor his wife have talked to their kids about that day!

    Tara is 9 years old. I was 5 months pregnant on 9/11. My dad, my mom and my brother were on planes when all the news hit. We thought my brother was on a plane. I will never forget my father, hysterical on the phone, while my aunt and I tried to track down my brother. Our family was spared. So many were not. That experience shaped so many of us and our sense of security. It shaped the world my 9 year old has grown up in.

    When Tara was about 3, she asked me "Mommy, what's a bomb?" It was just after bombings took place in Europe. My husband and I were watching the news, not realizing that she was paying attention. I clearly remember holding her, and having a conversation with my 3 year old about how sometimes when

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  • What Is Your Intent To Serve Others?

    Just last month on June 25, I had the opportunity to lead a public group meditation at Union Square in San Francisco. Over 250 people were present, and for ten minutes we sat in silence with our eyes closed amidst the chaos and flow of tourists, shoppers, cable cars and traffic (WATCH VIDEO BELOW).

    For the people who couldn't be physically present at the group meditation in San Francisco, we had also invited people from all over the world to meditate at the same time as we were at 12:45PM on Pacific Coast Time. On our online event page, we had people from Egypt, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and many other places from a diverse list of geographical locations RSVPing to show their commitment to meditate for ten minutes at the exact same time.

    RELATED: Learn How To Meditate

    Coincidentally, all of us were meditating in San Francisco during the same weekend as the annual SF pride parade, and a mere day after the state of New York ruled in favor of

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  • 6 Yoga Poses To Find Serenity In Your Busy Life

    By Mallika Chopra,

    In need of some inner peace and enhanced energy in your life? Yoga is a practice that brings together mental clarity, renewed energy, physical challenges, and also a sense of serenity.

    There is no doubt that yoga helps with strength, flexibility, breathing, and endurance. But, traditionally, yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice.

    Read More: Intent 101: How To Start A Yoga Practice

    Yoga poses are intrinsically powerful for their ability to open up your body's energy to a higher level. Next time you are feeling a bit stretched with too many things to do, try to take a few minutes to sink into a yoga pose for relaxation.

    World-renowned yoga teacher, Tara Stiles, recommends the following poses for serenity (click on the name of yoga pose to learn more):

    Pigeon Pose

    Standing forward bend

    Seated forward bend

    Here's a great video by Tara to help you unwind after a long, stressful day:

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  • From Sunscreen To Food Safety: Summer Health And Wellness Tips

    By Jamie Wheeler,

    Everyone looks forward to summertime picnics, beaches, boating, and barbeques. However, summer brings unique health challenges that can affect family fun. Avoid some of the pitfalls of the season by following these helpful tips.

    Food Safety

    One of the nicest things about summer is sharing homemade food with family and friends. But frequent handling and exposure to heat carries dangers of bacteria-related illnesses and viruses. Here are some ways to lessen your exposure:

    · Wash your hands and use clean containers and utensils. Dirty hands, work surfaces, and utensils can all contaminate your food.

    · Keep mayonnaise-based foods cold. Bacteria grows very quickly in warm weather when mayonnaise is mixed with food.

    · Do not prepare foods more than twenty-four hours in advance. The longer a cooked food sits, the more the danger increases for bacteria growth. Foods that need to be cooked more than 24 hours ahead of time should be

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  • Ten Super Staycation Ideas For Kids And Adults

    By Jamie Wheeler,

    Five Fun Flings for Kids:

    1. Backyard Campout

    Equipped with their imaginations and only a few inexpensive supplies, your kids (and perhaps a friend or two) can go on an adventure. Small tents are inexpensive (many under $50). A couple of flashlights, some comic books, board games, and snacks will make your little ones giggle and feel ever so adventurous!

    Read More: 11 Camping Forget-Me-Nots

    2. Surprise Jar of Fun!

    With your children, come up with a variety of low-cost activities that they want to do this summer. Everyone, ideally, should agree that the choices are plausible and fun! Let each child, and adults, if you wish, take turns choosing a random slip. Here are a few ideas to add to your own:

    · Science Museum (most cities have wonderful, interactive, hands-on museums).

    · Spa Day! Backrubs, home manicures and pedicures, massages, comfy robes, scented candles.

    · Make-your-own pizzas and board games night

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