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Dr. Fuhrman’s Tips for a Healthy 2013

By Aurelia d’Andrea   If you’ve pledged to make 2013 your healthiest year yet, you’re in luck. The key to shedding those extra pounds and boosting energy levels can be found at one easily-accessible place: Your plate! “For excellent health, your diet must be rich in micronutrients–vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals,” says Dr. Joel Fuhrman, [...]

Dr. Greger’s Tell-All About Good Foods: Nutrition in a Nutshell

Michael Greger, M.D., noted nutritionist, author, public speaker, and director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture of the Humane Society of the United States, learned about the healing power of food as a child. This discovery would later propel him into a medical career focused on the relationship between nutrition and health. His passion for nutrition inspired him to found the information portal NutritionFacts.org, a virtual encyclopedia of nutrition information and current research data with a new video daily!

Simple Pleasures…

Summer is a time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life… to slow down, to savor the sweetness of a cherry, the zing of fresh mint on my tongue. Yum! What a joy it can be to eat fresh and simple foods. It is these simple pleasures that make it so easy for me to follow a vegan diet!

Healthy Eating, Healthy World: A Must Read!

What a read! Healthy Eating, Healthy World by J. Morris Hicks makes the case for a startling revelation: by sustaining ourselves on a plant-based diet we are also sustaining the Earth. “To feed a person the typical Western diet (heavy with animal products) for a year requires 3.25 acres of arable land. To feed one vegan requires about one-sixth of an acre. Thus, with a vegan diet, you can feed about twenty people with the same amount of land that is required to feed one person with the typical Western diet.”

Yummy Plants Butternut Squash Soup Featured in the So Delicious Recipe Contest!  Please Vote for Us… Thank you :)

Vote for the Yummy Plants recipe in this week’s So Delicious® Dairy Free SO Much to Love Giveaway! You can vote once a day, and you’ll be entered to win daily prizes each time. And… if the Yummy Plants recipe gets the most votes, you’ll also be entered to win a great weekly prize!

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!

Vegan on a Budget: Tips for Creating Delicious and Affordable Vegan Meals

For students and vegans on a budget, we have some tips from Ellen Jaffe Jones to help you follow a vegan diet and eat your greens in a way that leaves some green in your wallet as well. Thanks Ellen for sharing these tips with the Yummy Plants community!

Think Differently:  The Transformation of Robert Cheeke from Farm Boy to Bodybuilder

Bodybuilder, motivational speaker, and author, natural bodybuilding champion Robert Cheeke pushes himself to exceed expectations, to excel in all he does. At 15, he was a self-described “skinny farm boy” from Corvallis, OR. Today, through his hard work and determination, Robert has become a role model for all of us, bodybuilder and non-bodybuilder alike. Robert Cheeke’s achievements and his site have been featured in numerous publications including the Montreal Gazette and the New York Times.

Christy Morgan, aka “The Blissful Chef,” Shares Her Joy of Cooking

Christy Morgan designs elegant, healthful, vegan meals. The vegan macrobiotic chef and author of the cookbook Blissful Bites discovered the benefits of a vegan diet while she was working in Hollywood as a fashion designer about nine years ago. Christy enjoys sharing her food knowledge and expertise with others. “I like to empower people to transform their lives through making changes in their diets. It’s also gratifying to bring back the tradition of learning to cook for ourselves and passing on recipes like our grandparents did with our parents.”

Dr. Fuhrman’s 2012 Health Getaway

Do you enjoy reading the health tips that world renowned nutritarian Dr. Joel Fuhrman shares with the Yummy Plants community? Imagine a whole week of classes and seminars with Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Health Getaway at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island, FL from August 19 – 25! The getaway is designed to teach participants how to live a healthy lifestyle and provide tools to continue living a healthy, nutritarian lifestyle upon re-entry at home.

Mimi Kirk: Young on Raw Food

Mimi Kirk is 73 years old, but you would never guess from her appearance. The author and raw food expert credits her raw vegan diet with keeping her youthful looks and energy. Learn more about Mimi and watch her prepare her special recipe for raw vegan “Cheezy Cheese Sauce.”

Going Vegan with Ellen

We’ve found a terrific resource by vegan celebrity Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen has launched a vegan lifestyle section on her website entitled “Going Vegan With Ellen.” Ellen’s answers to the question “Why go vegan?” are simple and straightforward: (1) Do it for the planet (sustainable living), (2) do it for the animals, and (3) do it for yourself (health benefits galore). The website includes recipes, tips, and more!

Souley Vegan

Home of authentic vegan soul food, the southern atmosphere of Souley Vegan is cozy and chic, and all food is soley vegan! The entire restaurant is free of meat and dairy. Tamearra Dyson, owner of Souley Vegan, has a goal to provide southern style dishes in a family atmosphere with a healthy twist.

Vegan Diets on the Rise Among Celebrities

Jump on the Plantwagon!  Hollywood life has always been about the newest and hippest trends, and now it’s taken celebrity eating habits by storm. Vegan diets are now becoming a more common option to maintain a healthy weight, help the animals, and help the environment. Some like celebrity Alicia Silverstone have gone on to write [...]

Travel the World Vegan-Style with The Healthy Voyager!

The Healthy Voyager is a web, radio, and TV series that shows us how easy (and fun) it is to follow a plant-based life at home and abroad. Created by Carolyn Scott-Hamilton in 2006, The Healthy Voyager offers travel tips, healthy lifestyle tips, product reviews, and recipes!

Vegan Fusion Hosts a Vegan Holiday Workshop in Asheville, NC

Do you need vegan Thanksgiving recipes? Vegan Fusion’s 2-day Holiday Feast workshop will be 10/22 and 10/23. Award-winning author and founding chef of Blossoming Lotus, Mark Reinfeld will be teaching basic techniques in vegan and raw food preparation on a 60-acre farm outside of Asheville, NC!

Get Vegucated!

A new film is challenging the way people think about vegan lifestyles. Vegucated is a documentary following three omnivores who have agreed to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks in hopes of gaining a healthier lifestyle. Three New Yorkers, all from different backgrounds, experience different challenges in adopting a healthier lifestyle. The film is [...]

The 16th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival

The Boston Vegetarian Society is presenting the 16th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30, at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston. This celebration of vegetarian food brings together natural food providers, speakers, and chefs in an effort to educate people about vegetarian living. Hope you can make it!

Accidentally Vegan: Veggie Fajita Frozen Burrito by Evol Foods!

This week’s Accidentally Vegan feature is… Veggie Fajita Frozen Burrito by Evol Foods! Thanks to Jessica Earhart of Iron Betty sweets for sharing. Jessica says, “These super yummy vegan burritos can be found at your local Whole Foods, Giant Eagle and most other grocery chains. These are hands down the best frozen prepared foods I have had, and I am ecstatic that they are vegan! ”

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!