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How you can put those leftover pumpkin seeds to good use

The autumn season is always the turn of the year when I shift from wanting be out and about to choosing to stay in. This is mostly because it starts to get colder outside and afternoon brunch turns into crafting and cooking at home with girlfriends. One seasonal staple in my home has been pumpkins. They were decorative for Halloween, then as they get older they transition into impromptu ingredients for chili or waffles. I even rivaled my mother’s pumpkin bread recipe, a knockoff of one she got from her college bakery. After some yummy dishes, one thing was left: pumpkin seeds. Of course you can save them! Here are a few ways to get the most out of the leftovers. Toast them for a healthy snack Roasted pumpkins seeds are a seasonal snack in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. Save yours and enjoy them all year. Also known as Pepitas, you…

Spice Things Up With This Fall Pantry Chili

Previously posted to the You Poor Vegan blog What is there not to love about Fall? Colorful leaves are falling, the weather is beautiful, my hair is on its best behavior and The Walking Dead is back on! This also means that I can start switching up the style of my dishes to accommodate the weather. Being new to the vegan world has taught me how much I enjoy a savory meal, especially when the temperatures drop and I’m looking for some comfort food to keep me warm and toasty.  One of my favorite Fall meals to cook is chili. It hits all my spots — savory, spicy, and a touch of sweet. What I put in my chili depends on what I have on hand (improv is my thing) and what’s seasonal now that I’ve switched to a plant-based diet. Around the time when the refrigerator is looking bare…

3 huge lessons my vegan friends taught me about cooking healthy

My relationship with meat and animal byproduct is simple: I love it. So anytime I find out another one of my friends is making the change to no animal products, I feel like I’ve lost a soul-sister in eating. However there are a few lessons my vegan and vegetarian friends have taught me that are changing the way I think about cooking at home. Essentially, these changes have made some of my favorite dishes healthier and even tastier!\r\nMushrooms aren’t just a topping in your salad\r\nMushrooms hold superfood status. That means they are loaded with some of the most potent nutrients on earth. Mushrooms in your regular diet means better weight management and a healthier immune system. They also act as a “prebiotic” for the growth of probiotic gut organisms. Not only are they great for your body, but they can be a great addition to a meal or stand alone. A…

Why trainers are saying that nuts are the best post-workout snack

Working out on an empty stomach is a no-no. What goes in before you get busy busting a sweat is just as important as what you use to re-fuel your body after your workout. Two things you’ll probably want your first post-work out snack to be is light and quick. That’s why trainers will tell you that eating nuts is a great way to fill your body’s hunger as well as its nutritional needs after exercise. The top two on trainer’s list are almonds and cashews. While they’re both in the nut family, the two benefit our bodies in very different ways, yet hold the same purpose of replacing some of the energy we lose during a workout.\r\nAlmonds\r\nThey taste great and are a no mess, no fuss kind of snack. They don’t have to be roasted or salted — naturally tasty! This is perfect for on the go gym goers…

The best foods to boost your immune system during flu season

There is a good chance that you or someone you know might catch a cold or the flu as temperatures begin to drop this season. There is no cure for the common cold or the flu, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to help your body resist and fight infections. There are certain foods like berries, cabbage, and ginger that naturally provide the vitamins your body needs to recover when the cold weather gets the best of you. The most important vitamins to consider are vitamins, A, B6, C, and E, and minerals such as selenium, iron, and zinc. Stock up on these foods to be ready to put up a defense against the flu this season.\r\nRead on for 10 foods that will protect you this flu season

3 great things that happen when you give up refined sugar

There’s a chance if you have ever set fitness or weight loss goals that you’ve been hit with this roadblock: sugar. It’s even more likely that you are eating too much of it. The American Heart Association recommends women have no more than 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar each day.\r\n\r\nSo why is sugar on everyone’s bad list? Added sugar is fattening and contains zero nutrients for the body to turn into energy. The fructose and glycerin in sugar have been linked diabetes, heart disease, and obesity to name a few. A sugar-free diet can have some great effects on your immune system and your brain as well as your eating habits.\r\nYou’ll have more energy\r\nResearch shows that high sugar diets can lead to delays in brain functions such as thinking, memory, and learning. Even though glucose is necessary source for the brain and found in sugar, too much of…

Natural herbs & spices that are just as tasty as salt

Too much salt in your diet can get serious with high blood pressure and heart disease. It’s the new sugar as far as wars on food additives go. Sodium is the main element we worry about in salt. Many restaurants in New York City are required to flag menu items with a saltshaker to symbol more than 2300 milligrams of salt. Eating at home could mean you have less control of what your taste buds. It’s hard to find a faux salt as close as potassium chloride that can match the taste of perfect dash of salt. However trading in salt for natural spices can transform your food all while keeping a healthy amount of sodium in your body. Here are a few natural herbs as spices to use as salt alternatives in the kitchen.\r\nBasil\r\nIt’s sweet, peppery, and best served fresh for flavor. You can easily grow basil in your garden…

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