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  • Vegan Blueberry Banana Bundt Cake


    CakeDid someone say cake?

    This vegan bundt cake recipe puts other desserts to shame. Just make sure you share...



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    What You Need

    Cake

    Earth Balance Buttery Spread (for greasing pan)
    1-1/2 cups, plus 2 teaspoons Gum-Free and Gluten-Free Baking Mix, for dusting
    1-1/2 cups Gluten-Free Whole Grain Mix
    1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal + 6 tablespoons warm water
    1 cup vegan granulated sugar
    1 cup packed vegan brown sugar
    1/2 cup unsweetened, natural applesauce
    1 very ripe banana, mashed
    1/2 cup orange juice
    1/3 cup safflower oil
    2 tablespoons plain coconut milk yogurt
    2-1/2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract

    Blueberry Mixture

    3-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
    3 tablespoons vegan granulated sugar
    2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

    How to Make It

    Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a

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  • Sites for Vegan Products


    Vegan DiscountNothing quite compares to the sweet smell of a sale.

    But let's be real: Groupons for greasy food joints or discounts at nail salons that clearly aren't savvy to your natural-girl needs? They probably aren't worth much to you.

    Vegan girls want cool stuff too!

    Agreed. In the spirit of helping you score, we rounded up some sites that will cater to your every vegan girl need. Now you really don't have any excuse to ditch your healthy ways. You're welcome. Now get shopping:

    Vegan Coupons. If you're going to be on Facebook all day anyway, why not do something productive? Vegan Coupons (on Facebook and Twitter) offers the best vegan deals that are scouted from various sources. They round up links to giveaways, discounts and free stuff, pretty much on a daily basis. Just like them on Facebook for access to cool stuff.

    Time to Veg Out. As one of the very few group-buying sites for vegans, Time to Veg Out definitely has our vote. Whether it's half-off a magazine subscription to Vegetarian

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  • Do You Have a Gluten Intolerance?


    Hold the GlutenSo, your friend has a gluten intolerance, huh?

    Oh, and your mom was just diagnosed with celiac disease? And your co-worker's wife's sister's BFF thinks her digestive issues might be linked to ... what was that?

    Oh, gluten.

    Feel like everyone you know these days has an issue with gluten? Sure, it's a bit of an exaggeration, but the truth is celiac disease (CD) -- an autoimmune response to gluten -- currently affects 1 in 133 people.

    Why Is Gluten the Bad Guy?

    Here's the short of it: When people with CD eat foods containing wheat, rye, barley and triticale (i.e. gluten!), their immune systems cop an attitude and create a toxic reaction that causes damage to their small intestines, making them feel downright awful. We're talkin' cramping, depression, migraines, skin rashes, vomiting and more bathroom trips than you care to learn about.

    Related: Is Wheat Making You Fat?

    Hold the GlutenDon't Be So Sensitive

    As for gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity, the digestive system is again left unhappy,

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  • Navy Bean Dip


    white beansEasy and spicy, this appetizer proves that simple can definitely be delish...

    Serves: 4

    What You Need

    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 cans navy beans, drained and rinsed
    2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
    1/4 tablespoon chili powder
    Sea salt and black pepper to taste

    Related: Brussels Sprouts Guacamole


    How to Make It

    In a medium-sized pan, saute the onions in olive oil over medium heat, until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for another minute, stirring constantly.

    Add the beans, basil and chili powder. Cook for another 5 minutes.

    Purée entire mixture in blender on low speed. Season with sea salt and pepper.

    Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve chilled with crackers and crudités.

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  • Eggplant Fries: Vegan and Gluten-Free



    EggplantThese gluten-free, vegan fries are the perfect finger-food appetizer to impress your friends...

    Serves 2-4

    What You Need

    1 tsp. coconut oil
    2 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar

    1/3 cup green tea, brewed and chilled
    Juice of 1 fresh lemon
    1/3 tsp. sea salt
    Leaves of 5 fresh thyme stalks, finely chopped
    1/4 tsp. paprika
    1 large eggplant
    3 tbsp. ground flax seeds

    Related: Sweet Potato Pancakes

    How to Make It

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, balsamic, green te
    a, lemon juice, sea salt, thyme and paprika; mix well to combine. Set aside.

    Slice eggplant into 1/3 inch "fry-like" slices. Dip each eggplant slice into balsamic mixture to coat. Place eggplant slices onto a baking sheet or roasting pan. Sprinkle with flax seeds and toss lemon wedges on top.

    Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; set aside to cool for 2 minutes.

    Serve warm with fresh tomato sauce, pesto or hummus for dipping. Enjoy.

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  • TMJ Treatment: Home Remedies that Actually Work



    stress stressWhy does my face hurt?

    You already know that stress is the culprit of all kinds of bad stuff: weight gain, headaches, mineral deficiencies - the list goes on. But now you've got another reason to chill out: TMJ.

    Yep, chronic pain in your neck and upper back, migraines or ear problems might be coming from this condition -- and your stress levels, diet or lifestyle habits could be to blame.

    Stats and Stuff

    According to TMJ.org, "Temperomandibular Joint Disorder is characterized by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues and limitation in jaw movements."

    TMJ affects over 35 million people in the US each year - the majority of whom are women in their childbearing years. In fact, women outnumber men a whopping 9 to 1. Lucky you.

    TMJ Symptoms

    If you have TMJ, you know that jaw pain is only one of many irritable symptoms. Other problems can include sore cheek muscles, a clicking or popping noise in the jaw, difficulty opening your mouth all the way, teeth grinding, sore shoulders,

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  • Is Your Food in Season? How Eating Seasonally Will Keep You Healthy and Skinny


    veggiesveggiesYour mother always told you to eat your fruits and veggies.

    As a healthy-eater, you might be quick to get holier-than-thou. But have you ever considered the time of year or where you live when planning your meals? That banana could cost a lot more than the buck you paid for it.

    Seasons Greetings

    Eating for the seasons -- whether it's winter, spring, summer or fall -- can change the way you feel and even slim you down, sister. Whatever reason you have for choosing a healthy lifestyle, you owe it to the planet, your conscience and your dress size to explore what eating seasonally could do for you. Here is some food for thought:

    Freshness. If you take into consideration what time of year it is when choosing veggies or fruits, you are able to buy produce picked at its peak. The peak harvest time is when that beautiful tomato is at the height of its creation. Right then, it's the perfect fruit. The location of a farm in relationship to you will determine how fresh it is, too. Produce

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  • Best Natural Deodorants

    Run to music.It's not your fault. The deodorant you bought bragged about its all-natural ingredients. You read the label expecting your aloe-filled pit pores to smell like a lavender field in Provence. So, how come you smell like a plumber in 90-degree heat?

    Deodorants and anti-perspirants are very different. Anti-perspirants actually stop the body's natural process of sweating and prevent your pores from releasing toxins. Your underarms are the gateway to your lymphatic system and their job is to fight infections. So taking small steps, such as using a deodorant, can help protect you from any potential health risks. But, most deodorants on the market (even natural touting products we all love) have dangerous chemicals that are not really talked about.

    The two biggest culprits are:

    Aluminum. Some studies have found a link between Alzheimer's disease and aluminum. A 1993 World Health Organization "Public Health Report" cited autopsies that found high concentrations of aluminum in

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  • Best Veggie Burgers

    Fast Food Burger

    For meatless eaters, finding the best veggie burgers can be tough. Add a healthy dose of mustard, Vegenaise and homemade BBQ in between those toasted buns, and it'd be tough to notice that your thick, juicy lunch came from the garden. But, unfortunately, new evidence is showing that not all veggie burgers are created equal. Some are bad to the bone … and not the good kind.

    Though you may not have recalled the waitress asking if you wanted any toxic chemicals with your fries, there's a chance you ordered it. Before you devote yourself to an air diet, here's what you need to know about the latest food villain: hexane.

    What is hexane?A neurotoxin derived from petroleum.

    How is it harmful? Hexane is listed as a "hazardous air pollutant" by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is linked to skin disorders and complications in the nervous system. However, studies have been inconclusive and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate it.

    What's it

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  • Vegan Pudding Recipe: Cranberry Hazelnut Rice Pudding


    puddingpudding
    Think hazelnuts are a splurge?


    While they may be higher in calories, they're also a great source of oleic acid, an omega-9 that helps to reduce blood pressure and prevent strokes or heart attacks. So chill, darlin'. Enjoy your puddin'.

    Related: Vegan Chocolate Mousse Recipe

    What You Need

    Substitute for 2 eggs
    1 (13.5-ounce) can light (or "lite") coconut milk
    ¼ cup stevia
    2 cups brown rice, cooked
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    Zest of 1 medium orange
    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon allspice
    1 cup dried cranberries
    ¼ cup hazelnuts, toasted and ground

    How to Make It

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, combine egg substitute, coconut milk, stevia, brown rice, vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon, allspice and cranberries; mix well. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Cover with foil.

    Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove foil, stir and place back into the oven (uncovered) until liquid is absorbed and

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