Tag Archives: Vegan

Best Meal Delivery Service: Home Chef vs Hello Fresh vs Blue Apron vs Sun Basket vs Green Chef

Tired of serving your family out-of-the-box meals every evening? Frozen lasagna and mac ‘n cheese can only go so far before your natives get restless! You want your family to have fresh and healthy meals every night, but are you just too busy to pull it all together? That’s where a booming trend can come to your rescue. Meal delivery services like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Plated are popping up everywhere, and for many families they deliver what they promise — fresh, easy-to-prepare, healthy dishes for all kinds of tastes…

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Vegan vs Vegetarian: Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Pile of veggies

There are many reasons why individuals decide to choose a particular eating style, but it is important to understand the difference between these lifestyle choices. Below we will take an in depth look at what it means to be vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian including differences between them, acceptable and unacceptable foods and reasons why people choose each eating style…

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Veggetti Reviews: A New Twist on Veggies

Veggetti Reviews

We’re all about eating (and growing) our veggies at Earth’s Friends. That’s why when we discovered the Veggetti, we were beyond thrilled to see a gadget that gives a whole new “twist” (pun intended) to how you normally enjoy your vegetables. Pronounced “Veh-geh-tee” (get it, like Veggie but rhymes with spaghetti) the Veggetti is a great entry-level spiralizer that will give you a fresh cut, pasta alternative without the trouble or expense…

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Best Spiralizer: Veggetti vs Paderno vs Kitchen Supreme

Spiralizer Reviews: Veggetti vs Paderno vs Kitchen Supreme

We all indulge in spaghetti every once in a while (maybe more than we should?). Pasta is an indulgent and go-to meal but sadly one that is loaded with carbs, gluten and leaves you feeling full and bloated.Imagine, that you could still enjoy your Italian grandmother’s spicy arrabbiata recipe but with the daily quotient of veggies in just one sitting, because you made zucchini, butternut squash, parsnip or sweet potato zoodles? Turning your vegetables into a healthy, lower calorie  alternative “zoodles” (aka zucchini noodles) is a fun, easy way to create innovative stir fries, salads and vegetable noodles as well as julienned vegetables (and fruits) using a kitchen spiralizer…

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Best Healthy Snack Box: Love With Food vs Naturebox vs Graze vs Urthbox

Healthy Snack Box Review

Save yourself from the afternoon snack attack with a healthier alternative! You’ve probably heard of these healthy food subscription boxes while listening to Pandora. Or maybe you’ve even received a coupon for a free organic snack box in a recent mail package. I’ve tried a couple of them and have been pleased with my experience. So if you struggle with those 2 pm food cravings and find yourself wandering over to the vending machine or craving snacks on the go, then a monthly healthy snack box may be a good idea for you. You could even have your healthy food subscription box shipped directly to your office. Read on to learn more about our top picks, pros and cons and pricing for each…

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Chia Seeds Recipes

Chia Seeds in bowl with fruit

If you ask me, chia seeds don’t really have a taste, but some might describe them as slightly nutty. Either way, they are an easy add in to smoothies or morning oat topper. They can even be used as an egg substitute or, drum roll please… can make the most delicious and satiating breakfast, snack or dessert all on their own. And, without further ado, here are two of my favorite chia seeds recipes for you to try out…

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Gluten Free Brownie Recipe with Black Beans. Surprise!

Gluten Free Brownie Recipe

This gluten-free brownie recipe is quite simple with only 6 natural ingredients, and can be made with only ten minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of bake time. They will have a still-warm delicious taste after cooling for 5-10 minutes. Oh, to boot, one of these muffins has only about 159 calories (but who is counting these days anyhow?) and a whopping 4.2 grams of protein. A dessert with protein (in a non-dairy form), magnesium, iron, and antioxidant rich for fewer than 200 calories? Plus a source of healthy fat to restore what I need for proper muscle recovery and future workouts?

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My Low Sugar But Tasty Protein Smoothie Recipe (Vegetarian & Vegan)

Glas of smoothie at the beach

As a vegetarian, I sometimes find it difficult to get enough protein into my diet. On average I was getting around 20 grams of protein per day by eating what I thought were high protein foods: mostly beans, lentils and nuts. I went to see a nutritionist and she said, “Girl, you are protein starved!” Everything else in my diet was great. I eat mostly whole, organic foods. I have been vegetarian for about five years now and have been a bit more tired than normal of late. So, the nutritionist asked me to keep a food diary for two weeks and her recommendation was to eat more protein. She also shared that it takes about a cup of beans to equal the protein in 1 ounce of meat!! Who knew?!? So unless I plan to eat 4-6 cups of beans each day, I need to look at some other sources for protein in my diet…

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Easy Almond Milk Recipe

Jar of homemade almond milk

So I have a lactose intolerance issue and have been drinking soy milk for close to 15 years in place of cow’s milk. I recently learned from my doctor that ingesting soy for an extended time period and every day (like I was) could lead to larger health issues, including cancer and other bad things. So in my quest to figure out the best option from both a health and financial perspective, I discovered how easy and affordable it is to make your own almond milk! And with commercial Almond Milk manufacturers now in class action suits about how few almonds yet how many chemicals are in their products, I am further encouraged to make my own. So rather than keeping this as my little secret, I thought I would share this how to make your own almond milk recipe with you…

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Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary Recipe

Roasted vegetables

The cozy taste of Thanksgiving can be enjoyed any day with this delightful roasted vegetable with rosemary recipe. It is kind of one I made up along the way from many different inspirations and is highly adaptable to what to have on hand. It’s especially nice in the fall and winter when root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, turnips, parsnips and the like are easy to find at the local farmer’s market or grocery store. As I often tell my friends who have asked for this recipe, “if you like the vegetable, it can likely go into this dish”. The more variety the better for the most health and nutrient-filled meal. FYI – This recipe is Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free…

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