Diplomacy with Friends, Family and Social Situations

Like any lifestyle change, your decision to begin eating a healthier diet may lead to some difficult or uncomfortable situations. Learning how to explain your dietary choice to others in a non-confrontational manner will help other people in your life adapt to your new eating habits. Since almost every social event involves food, there will… Read more »

Tips on Buying and Storing Whole Foods

Whole foods need to be eaten fresh for the best flavour and nutrition. Natural foods contain no chemical preservatives, so their shelf life is shorter than for refined products. Almost half of all food is wasted in North America so it is also important to develop good shopping and storage habits to help reduce this… Read more »

Best & worst veggie meals

For breakfast Best: Spelt toast with peanut butter, mint jelly & honey. Plain oatmeal with banana slices, lots of fresh fruits, raisin bran with soy milk. Some wicked vegan pancakes from How It All Vegan (cookbook). Toasted bagel with scrambled eggs. Quinoa with cucumber & tomato. Leftover vegetarian Indian thali! Worst: Wheat grass. Lunch Best:… Read more »

Recipes from Costa Rica

by David W. Grossman A few summers ago, I spent several weeks doing some medical research in a small town in Costa Rica called Tres Rios. As a vegan, I was initially somewhat disconcerted to discover that the Ticos had, for the most part, no concept of vegetarianism. However, a “casado” consisting of beans, rice,… Read more »

Eggs and vegan alternatives

Some rely on eggs as a source of protein and vitamin B12, but a plant-based diet can be rich in these essential nutrients, and by avoiding eggs you can have optimal health. Eggs are loaded with cholesterol – about 210 milligrams (70% of the U.S. daily value) for an average-sized egg. Eggs  contain about 4.5g of fat, of which 1.6g… Read more »

Shortcuts to vegetarian cooking

The following tips can save you hours in the kitchen. Preparation & shopping Convenience foods Keep on hand some instant food items such as veggie burgers, hot dogs, cans of baked beans, chili and vegetarian soups. These can be used as a basis for a larger meal. Just add extra vegetables or grains. Buy in… Read more »

Recommended vegetarian cookbooks

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Colourful pasta recipes

Gourmet vegetarian chef, Neela Shukla, has turned her interests to refreshing meals using colourful pastas. Quick Rigatoni Primavera makes 6 large portions 3/4 cup each carrots, asparagus, squash and zucchini, julienned 3/4 cup sliced mushrooms 3/4 cup finely chopped fennel 3/4 cup finely chopped leek 3 cups uncooked rigatoni pasta 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped… Read more »

Vegetarian energy foods for kids & athletes

Vegetarian energy foods for growing kids, active teens, and those with fast-paced metabolisms Book store shelves are stocked with “Eat more, weigh less” nutrition books, but little is written on healthy ways to increase your caloric intake. Enter vegetarian energy foods; vegetarian diets, particularly vegan diets, tend to have low calorie intakes because of their… Read more »

What oil is best to use for cooking?

Written by Ken Fawcett, RNC Unfortunately, the fats and oils best suited for cooking are not those which provide us with the essential fatty acids (EFAs) that we require for health [See Omega 3 on our Nutrition page ]. EFAs are very unstable and will break down into very unhealthy compounds when exposed to light, oxygen, and… Read more »