It’s Hard to be Vegetarian – 84 Percent Relapse

It’s Hard to be Vegetarian – 84 Percent Relapse

Plant based diets are easier than ever to follow these days. Awareness is at all time high, many prepared foods cater to vegetarians and vegans, and restaurants offer high quality plant based options. The social acceptance and even encouragement of … Continue reading

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Can You Guess What Cut of Meat This Is?

Can You Guess What Cut of Meat This Is?

The answer is fake meat. What you are looking at is Seitan, the step-brother to soy-based tofu. Unlike tofu, seitan is made from gluten. Yes, that same gluten that many Americans are shunning today. Seitan has been used as a … Continue reading

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Coconut, Yogurt and Other Innovations at the Natural Food Expo

Coconut, Yogurt and Other Innovations at the Natural Food Expo

We are in Anaheim California for Expo West, a natural food trade show that seems to be growing in popularity from year to year. Besides various educational sessions, the big draw is the expo hall where hundreds of food companies … Continue reading

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So You’re Eating Healthy. Stop Bragging About It

So You’re Eating Healthy. Stop Bragging About It

This is a guest blog post by Sheah Rarback, RD Providing unsolicited advice is usually a bad idea. If you are reading this column, come to me as a client or marry me, you get my advice. I do not … Continue reading

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Your First Recipe with Nutritional Yeast – Easy Pesto Casserole

Your First Recipe with Nutritional Yeast – Easy Pesto Casserole

This is a guest blog post by By Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, LDN. Nutritional yeast does not have the most appealing name and some people may confuse it with the type of yeast you use to make bread (baker’s yeast) … Continue reading

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4 Nutrition Myths it’s Time to Debunk

4 Nutrition Myths it’s Time to Debunk

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Lee, MS RD. Many might think that as a dietitian, I just tell people what to eat and what to stay an arm’s length away from. I’ve been thought of as a food … Continue reading

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News for Meatless Monday: Vegetarians are Skinnier

News for Meatless Monday: Vegetarians are Skinnier

photo: quirkycookery.com Plant based diets are correlated with lower BMI (body mass index) according to an interesting study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Data was collected from over 70,000 participants over 5 years (2002-2007) … Continue reading

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Chain Restaurant Nutrition: 12 Easy Ways to Less Unhealthy

Chain Restaurant Nutrition: 12 Easy Ways to Less Unhealthy

One of our readers recently emailed us with a problem many of us face as part of the American workforce: “I’ve recently lost weight, got healthy and I don’t eat processed foods. I’m in a new job and my co-workers go … Continue reading

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RD reviewed: Healthy Finds at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

RD reviewed: Healthy Finds at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

This is a guest post by Jackie Topol, MS, RD, CDN, a clinical dietitian at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Last week I attended the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, which boasted a wide variety of new products out on the market. The two-day … Continue reading

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Oranges, Bugs & Bees? Why Your Fruit May Not Be Vegetarian or Vegan

Oranges, Bugs & Bees? Why Your Fruit May Not Be Vegetarian or Vegan

Oranges are one of nature’s best snacks. Fruits and veggies are often assumed to be vegan & vegetarian friendly, but this is not always true. So what vegan or vegetarian unfriendly ingredients lie in your oranges? Here is an example … Continue reading

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