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Concerned about getting enough calcium and nutrients on a vegan diet? Medical experts share advice how to get plant-based calcium and  which supplements are advised (like B12).  We’ll learn about a variety of grains and how to prepare themplant-based protein sourcesnatural  sweetener options, and even alkaline-forming foods.

Eat Like a Rainbow!

      Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet: why do we always hear “Eat like a rainbow?” Each fruit and veggie offers a different assortment of phytonutrients (nutrients from plants).  By eating a diet packed with a variety of fruits and veggies, we can get a complete range of these powerful plant compounds that [...]

Eating Green Can Protect Your Bones – Harvard Says Plants Prove Better Source of Calcium than Dairy

Harvard University’s School of Public Health has created its own “Healthy Eating Plate.” The Harvard plate supports more plant-based calcium foods such as dark leafy greens (especially kale) and beans instead of relying primarily on dairy products. The Harvard plate also promotes the consumption of whole grains, plant-based fats, and vegetables. We’re glad to see support from Harvard for plant-based sources of calcium!

Dr. Joel Fuhrman: The Powerful Health Benefits of the Pomegranate

    This article was contributed by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  Dr. Fuhrman is a best-selling author, nutritional researcher and board certified family physician specializing in nutritional medicine.  Learn more by visiting his website at DrFuhrman.com and his blog at Diseaseproof.com, and following Dr. Fuhrman on Facebook andTwitter.     One of the oldest known fruits, found in writings and artifacts [...]

Shiitake Mushrooms and Phytonutrients

These chewy, brown morsels are full of phytonutrients – plant-based compounds that deliver positive health effects. Numerous scientific studies have shown that shiitake phytonutrients can help regulate our immune system, improve our cardiovascular health, and protect us from cancer. Read on to learn more about these delicious and healthful shiitake mushrooms!

Basics for a Plant-Based Diet: Get to Know Your Grains

Are you new to a plant-based diet? Or maybe just looking for some new plant-based recipe ideas? Let’s get to know our grains! Whole grains can add depth and texture to create super yummy plant-based recipes. You may find that changing up the grains can add a whole new flavor to some of your favorite recipes!

Supplementing A Plant-Based Diet

Guest blogger Sue Taggart of Ad Infinitum teaches us about nutritional supplements. “The first thing to remember when taking a dietary supplement of any kind is just that they are supplements to your diet, not substitutes for healthy eating.”

Vegan Sugar and Other Natural Sweetener Options

    Sugar comes from a plant… so isn’t all sugar vegan? Afraid not!   Learn what makes sugar classified as “vegan” and introduce some other plant-based sweetener options.   Vegan sugar is classified as “vegan” because it doesn’t use animal bones (bone char) to filter the impurities. YUCK! Many white and brown sugars do [...]

Amazing Asparagus!

Spring has sprung! And that means the return of asparagus, one of our favorite spring veggies. Asparagus is a very special veggie – it gets 50% of its calories from protein! Guest blogger and Nutrition Educator, Kimberly Hanley, is sharing her thoughts about this vitamin packed vegetable.

Did You Know That Many Plants Actually Contain Calcium?

Many of us grew up thinking that cow’s milk was the only source for calcium. Medical evidence now suggests that plant-based sources of calcium are better for our health. We can meet our calcium needs on a plant-based diet. Read more to learn which plants contain calcium!

Nuts: A Heart Smart Protein

  We know that nuts have a high protein content, but did you know they can also decrease your risk for heart disease?  According to the Harvard School of Public Health, eating a handful of nuts several times a week can reduce your risk of cardiac disease by 30 – 50%.  The FDA even allows [...]

Alkaline Foods vs. Acid Foods

  According to Dr. Ragnar Berg, a Swedish nutritionist and Nobel Prize winner, we should be eating about 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods at each meal. Why does it matter?  Dr. Berg’s research suggested that disease cannot live in an alkaline environment.  He was the first scientist to discover the importance of [...]

Flax Seeds – Tiny Seeds That Pack a Powerful Nutritional Punch

Flax seeds are amazing. These tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch. Two common varieties are the brown and golden flax seeds, and the nutritional content seems to vary slightly depending on the variety.  According the nutritional information from the Nature’s Path brand of organic brown flax seeds, two tablespoons contain 4 grams of protein,  5 [...]