Taking care of your heart

Taking care of your heart

Taking care of your heart

The news regarding heart health used to be all about cholesterol. This made sense since the plaque that sticks to the inner lining of arteries leading to the heart is primarily cholesterol. These fatty deposits accumulate, causing blood vessels to narrow; eventually, these oxygen-delivering arteries can become entirely blocked. Without oxygen, the heart cannot carry on. The same process in the brain results in strokes.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death. Large studies, such as the EPIC Oxford Study, in which 44,561 adults were followed for a dozen years, showed that vegetarians were 32% less likely to […]

Heart healthy (and palate pleasing) for Valentine's Day

Heart healthy (and palate pleasing) for Valentine’s Day

Heart healthy (and palate pleasing) for Valentine\'s Day

This African stew is loaded with good-for-your-heart veggies and just enough spice to jump-start your metabolism. (Karen Schneider photo) Although I don’t follow a vegan diet, I do explore vegan cooking and have discovered that, more and more, I really do like making and eating this type of food. As I fill up on more veggies and indulge in fewer breads and sweets, I’m convinced I feel lighter, more energetic and even sleep better.

Because February is American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day will be celebrated this Wednesday, this is the perfect opportunity to remind everyone to care for your […]

Cauliflower & Black Bean Tacos (Vegan option)

Cauliflower & Black Bean Tacos (Vegan option)

Cauliflower & Black Bean Tacos (Vegan option)

Taco night is THE BEST. It’s one of my go-to ‘clear-the-fridge’ meals. Get some veg in there, cook up any kind of beans or lentils and a quick salsa or dressing.

This lovely combo of turmeric-roasted cauliflower and simple refried beans is from Sonja and Alex’s (of A Couple Cooks) new cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking *. It’s a beautiful book packed full of everyday vegetarian recipes (perfect for my uni meal planning!). When I was on their podcast last year , we realised how closely our food philosophies aligned (i.e. no faddy diets, no ‘quick fix’ crap. Just delicious, vibrant […]

What Is Jackfruit? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Trendy Meat Substitute

What Is Jackfruit? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Trendy Meat Substitute

What Is Jackfruit? Here\'s Everything You Need to Know About the Trendy Meat Substitute

Unless you’re a connoisseur of exotic fruits, you’ve probably never heard of jackfruit . Originating from Southeast Asia, Brazil, and Africa, jackfruit is a tree-borne, tropical fruit. When ripe, it has a sweet taste similar to that of a pineapple; when it’s just off the tree, its flavor is blander, like a potato.

Jackfruit is having a bit of a moment: according to last month’s Upserve State of the Restaurant Industry Report , it saw a 131% increase in popularity in 2017, and some researchers have hailed it as a “miracle” crop due to its ample nutritional content. But what, […]

Vegan Diet Health Benefits — Truth or Myth?

Vegan Diet Health Benefits — Truth or Myth?

Vegan Diet Health Benefits — Truth or Myth?

Pixabay/anestievVegetarian and Vegan diets have their differences, but both agree that a daily intake of fruits and vegetables is beneficial for their practitioners. Vegan diet is shaping up to be among the top trends of 2018, but there are those who still question whether it is as legitimate as it claims. This article will debunk and confirm some of the most famous myths about veganism.

The concept that animals should not be exploited for food or any other purposes started way back in the 1940s.

The lifestyle, which ended up being called veganism, means staying away from meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, […]