Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Tips: All Treats, No Tricks

Halloween is a fun day for children. Annnnd adults. We get to wear costumes, go through haunted houses, gather at Halloween themed parties, and for the little ones, trick-or-treat for candy.

Most people realize that overloading on candy is not the best option, but often feel trapped by the notion that Halloween revolves around delicious, sweet confections. We usually think of Halloween as trick-or-treating for kids, but adults are not immune to Halloween snacking either. These tips will help you prepare you and your child for a ghoulishly fun Halloween evening/week/weekend without the ghastly sugar highs and upset stomachs.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Chipotle Pumpkin Soup with Roasted Corn

I'm currently writing to you from the mountains of Colorado, staring out the window at a picturesque fall scene...colored leaves. Crisp cool air. Mountain backdrop with snow capped peaks. Divine fall beauty. 

Inspired by my surroundings, and my fabulous sister's request for pumpkin soup during my visit, this chipotle pumpkin soup with roasted corn simply feels like fall. Thankfully. To say I was nervous making this soup is an understatement. The results of my last attempt while visiting turned out less than optimally. This time I came armed with a mission: create a great tasting soup (and lots of other vegan goodies for her!) using the few, very few, spices she has. This way, she can re-create the goodness and I won't have to hear about how I stocked her place with foods and ingredients she can hardly pronounce, let alone use.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ginger Tofu and Glazed Eggplant

Lately, if I'm not eating something fall infused (pumpkin, apple, squash, warm cinnamon), I'm eating an Asian dish. Call me crazy (or maybe), but Asian inspired dishes calm me heart, soul, and center. And with the last few busy weeks between Veg Fest festivities and getting pumped to see my sister in Colorado this week, I've been needing a little centering.

That and they can be really freaking fast. Like this complete meal with scrambled ginger tofu, glazed eggplant, and brown rice.

Monday, October 8, 2012

What's the deal with 'natural' flavorings?

If I asked you to choose between a product that has 'natural' flavorings and one that has 'artificial' flavorings, most of us would choose the 'natural' flavoring option. Rightfully so, it does sound healthier. But is it??

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Save the Ta-tas. Chocolate Cherry Smoothie.

This October in light of all the breast cancer awareness merchandise and save the lid campaigns, I decided it was time to encourage real breast cancer prevention...with good, wholesome nutrition. 

See, the National Cancer Institute estimates that 50-75% of all cancers are lifestyle driven, meaning that what you eat, how often you exercise, and whether or not you smoke eventually takes it's toll. Or doesn't take it's toll.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Give yourself a break!

We're constantly pushing to lose 5 pounds, get stronger, stay this, do that. Stop it! Give yourself a break, even if just for a day and I'll tell you why...