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  • Vegan Oatmeal Recipe: Cherry Almond Steel Cut Oats

    I was not a big fan of oatmeal as a kid. I wanted French Toast every morning or Mom got a very mouthy know-it-all in a side ponytail. As health became a matter of the heart, I started to rethink my relationship with oatmealBut, I still thought it sucked. It was just so bland and boring and so not French Toast. This vegan oatmeal recipe one comes from

    Cherry Almond Steel Cut Oats

    Serves: 4

    What to Buy

    2 cups organic unsweetened almond vanilla milk
    2 cups water
    8 ounces frozen dark sweet cherries
    1 cup whole steel cut oats
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 cup sliced almonds

    How to Make It

    In a medium pot, bring almond milk and water to a boil. Chop the frozen cherries. After water has come to a boil, stir in the oats, cherries, brown sugar and salt. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until liquid has absorbed.

    Remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla

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  • Vegan Recipe: Jicama-Apple Coleslaw

    jicama apple colelsaw

    We heart coleslaw. Just reminds us of the good 'ole days when Mom didn't know her limits with boxed Franzia wine and Dad bragged about his maturing gut while ya'll feasted on backyard BBQ classics. Mom may still be oblivious to her alcohol limits, but luckily you've grown up and figured out that the store-bought crap was cramping your style.

    Here's a healthy slaw treat to add to your plate. Great as a summer side or as a salad for a quick snack. Makes: 6 servings

    What to Buy: 1/2 cup Vegenaise non-dairy mayonnaise 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons evaporated cane sugar 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped 3/4 teaspoon sea salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 large Jicama bulb, peeled and cut into 3-inch matchsticks 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch matchsticks 1 large Granny Smith apple, cut into 3-inch matchsticks 1 cup red cabbage, chopped
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  • Vegan Chocolate Mousse

    Carolyn "The Healthy Voyager" Scott-Hamilton Turns Three Ingredients into a Tasty Dessert

    I love a good challenge. So when the gals at HBD gave me three ingredients and said make us a good recipe. I said, Bring it on. The players? Avocado, mint and strawberry. The result? A delicious vegan chocolate mousse dessert that persuaded me to skip dinner altogether.

    I have made raw vegan chocolate mousse in the past with avocados so I immediately thought of mint chocolate pudding. And what's better in chocolate pudding then chunks of strawberries?! Umm, nothing. This recipe is also gluten free with a low glycemic index, and can be made raw (sub raw cocoa powder and raw agave). A decadent summertime dessert suitable for all special diets!

    Hat Trick: Chocolate Mint Mousse

    Serves: 2

    What to Buy:
    1 pitted and peeled avocado
    3 tablespoons cocoa powder
    1/3 cup agave nectar
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon

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  • Vegan Chili Recipe

    A Weight Watchers Adaptation Turns Into a Signature Family Chili

    My mom knows her chili. She may not know how to sew heirloom quilts, drive over 50 mph or tell the difference between north and south, but once you've had her chili, you'd think she has all the answers.

    Originally adopted as a Weight Watchers recipe, my mama played with this hearty soup for years - adding a touch of this here and a dollop of that there - until it became one of her signature dishes and a family favorite. Now I can't even bring leftovers to work without everyone grabbing a spoon. My girlfriend even made it the main dish at her bridal shower (Her fiancé must have enjoyed sleeping with her that night).

    I think the world of my mother. I feel like you can even taste her passion for life and quirkiness in this dish.

    Just make sure you prepare enough to go around.

    Deb's Chili

    Yield: 6 Servings

    What to Buy:
    2 tablespoons grape seed oil
    1 medium onion, finely diced

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  • Vegan Grapefruit Sugar Cookies

    These gluten-free treats use garbanzo bean flour, applesauce and potato starch.

    What You Need

    2/3 cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks at room temperature
    1/4 cup sugar
    Egg substitute for 2 large eggs
    3 tbsp. chunky applesauce
    2 tbsp. freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice
    2 tbsp. grapefruit zest
    1 1/2 tsp. gluten-free almond extract
    1 1/4 cups potato starch
    1 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
    1 cup tapioca flour
    2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
    1 tsp. sea salt
    3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. cinnamon

    How to Make It

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a large mixing bowl, combine Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks and sugar until fluffy. Add in egg substitute, applesauce, grapefruit juice, peel and vanilla extract.

    In a separate bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix to combine. Add to wet mixture; mix until smooth, approximately 2 minutes. Using your hands, form batter into golf ball-sized

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  • Wheatgrass 101

    grassgrassIt's time to take some shots.

    No, we're not talkin' top-shelf tequila or Jager bombs. We're talkin' wheatgrass, baby.

    Amazing Grass

    One part of my daily routine is a shot or two of wheatgrass. The benefits of this magic elixir compensate for the odd taste of the juice. (Beauty is pain, gals.) If you've always turned up your nose at those little cups with the pukey-green goop, you might want to give it a whirl. Wheatgrass is one of the most nutritious substances known to man. It does all kinds of amazing stuff for your bod, your brain, and, more importantly, it can often cure a mean hangover. Hallelujah to that!

    If you need more convincing, here are some of the wonderful reasons to get your wheatgrass on:

    Antibiotic. Wheatgrass helps rid your bod of unfriendly bacteria and balances you out with good germs.

    aminoaminoAmino Acids. With 12 amino acids, wheatgrass contains all eight essential amino acids (those ones your body can't make naturally).

    Appetite Suppressant. As a natural appetite

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  • Problems with the Paleo Diet

    cavemencavemenCavemen are making a comeback.

    Droves of modern-day Bam-Bams are considering a return to their evolutionary "roots." We're talking about the Paleo Diet - a plan that proposes going way back to the paleolithic age for dietary advice.

    Paleo Basics

    What did we eat in the days after dinosaurs? Fresh fruit, nuts, vegetables, lean meats and seafood were "in," and refined grains, refined sugars and trans fats were "out" (because they hadn't been invented yet). In the Paleo diet, dairy is also a no-no, as are all types of grains. The reported health improvements attributed to this kind of diet -- improved sleep, reduced bloating, better blood sugar -- do make nutritional sense. But there seem to be very few logical reasons (or long-term studies) provided for omitting nutrient-dense seeds and ancient grains, like hemp, chia, einkorn, millet and rices.

    Fad or Not?

    Read further and Paleo can start to look a lot like other fad diets: There's a promise of short-term weight loss and health

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  • Poverty, Yoga, and Hope

    rags to richesrags to richesSometimes we meet people who remind us to stop whining about our lives.

    Amidst unemployment, factory farming, poverty, global warming and all the other awful stuff going on in the world, there are still people who believe change is possible.

    Paige Elenson is one of those people.

    Africa Yoga Project

    In 2007 Paige moved to Africa where she created the Africa Yoga Project, an organization that employs local Kenyan youth to teach yoga classes in their own communities. In a country where millions live on less than $2 a day and unemployment rates are at nearly 50 percent, this is no small feat.

    The project takes youth from a life in the slums (literally), to a life of empowerment and liberation. Paige teaches lifestyle tools, such as adopting a vegan diet and learning power yoga, to more than 3,000 students per week -- at no cost to them. Most of these individuals are struggling to survive, living in unstable environments and have little food to eat.

    kidskidsNew York to Nairobi

    A native New

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  • Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

    clockclockYou're depressed, moody and just can't get yourself out of bed.

    It's not time for a visit from your monthly friend, things are great at work and your boyfriend is behaving. So what's going on?

    Winter Blues

    You may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that strikes when Old Man Winter rears his ugly head. SAD affects women more than men, and it can start in the teens or early adulthood. People who live in areas where winter is long and days are short are at greater risk, as are those that have a family history of SAD. Thanks, Mom!

    It's rare, but some people even experience SAD in the spring and early summer. (And no, we're not referring to the sinking feeling you get when you don a bikini for the first time in eight months.)

    sunsunSAD Symptoms

    Symptoms of SAD are very similar to those of depression, but they usually build up slowly in the fall and winter months. Common symptoms include:

    - Feeling sad, grumpy or anxious

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  • Natural Beauty is Hot

    beautybeautyIt's time to give the mainstream beauty a piece of your mind.

    For more years than we can count, they've been telling us we're not good enough. Our skin's not tight, our teeth aren't white and our you-know-whats most certainly need to be bigger.

    But that's OK - they've got a product, pill or procedure that will help.

    As a result of this assault on natural beauty, our culture has a fanatical obsession with youth. We're fighting aging with the same fervor that we're fighting poverty, drugs or terrorism.

    What does this war-like approach to obliterating imperfections with products do to a modern gal? It makes loving herself a tough nut to crack.

    Slow Beauty

    You've heard of the Slow Food movement. Now we'd like to introduce you to Slow Beauty - the idea that joy, spontaneity, love, authenticity and inner peace are the hallmarks of beauty. Shel Pink, founder of SpaRitual and pioneer of the Slow Beauty movement, is inspiring women to slow down, shed the self-doubt and make lifestyle

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