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Kicking in the New Year: Vegan Style!

Hats off to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) for encouraging people to consider a test-drive of a vegan diet!   So often, there are folks who are interested in changing their behavior and their consumption patterns, but they lack the support system to effect this change.  Well, give it a whirl, folks: PCRM makes this test-drive short and sweet!  Only 21 days long and powered by an on-line…

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Warm beverages

As the temperature drops in some parts of the world…. it’s about that time to start a higher consumption of warm beverages.   Sure there are so many pre-made and made-for-you options in retail outlets, but warm beverages made at home are even more heart-warming! Here’s a list of a few warm beverages you can easily whip up for your guests, friends, relatives, and loved ones: 1. Hot chocolate! This…

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Fall harvest

It’s that time of year again where the markets are overflowing with fall harvests! What better time of year to enjoy squashes than now?! Here’s my personal opinion and run down on some of the most popular squashes: 1. Summer squash: lovely, but it’s the end of the season, really, so, forget yellow squash and zucchini for now! 2. Delicata squash: oh yes, these can be eaten with the skin…

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Vegan White Chocolate Chips

For many people, the most difficult transitional item to replace in a vegan diet is cheese.  Thankfully, the market is chock full of many substitutes.  However, perhaps one of the most noticeably absent, yet-to-be-artfully-replaced-as-a-vegan-version sweet food items is white chocolate!  Oh where oh where can it be? The on-line vegan merchants certainly have versions, like Pangea’s own Vegan Sweets brand of white chocolate chips (http://www.veganstore.com/809.html),  an imported version from Vegan…

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Pumpkin penchant

It’s that time of the year again: pumpkin season!  What better thing to do than to eat this nutritious vitamin A/beta carotene powerhouse whenever possible?!  Not only is it loaded with antioxidants, it is low in calories, high in fiber and potassium, and a good source of many other important vitamins and minerals. Getting tired of pumpkin pie?  Is that possible?  Here are some suggestions on how to incorporate pumpkin…

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Dining

Calorie Counting and Ingredients

Isn’t it wonderful to know how many calories are really in that dish served up at chain restaurant x in NYC?  Yes, it’s great for people to think about how many calories they’re eating.  However, I would love to see this go one step further.  Obviously, for these “chain” restaurants in NYC to include calorie contents for their menu items, they must first list and insert ingredient amounts into some…

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