Global Diet and Lifestyles

This week we brought on Deepa Deshmukh to talk about her experience as a plant-based nutritionist. Deepa has a unique background that includes training in food science and nutrition. She is one of only a handful of dietitians nationwide, who are Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM). She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDCES) and holds a certificate in Adult Weight Management.

The Perfect Spur-of-the-Moment Day Trip

The past two years of the pandemic have been difficult for us to navigate through – us or family members getting COVID, remote learning, job layoffs, financial strains, working from home, minimal social engagement with others, cancellation of activities we have always looked forward to like festivals, concerts, and travel, and confusion regarding mandates. Thankfully COVID today is not the threat it was two years ago. Classrooms reopened. People are able to find work, and many are returning to the workplace. Festi-vals and concerts are happening once again in 2022, and many are feeling more comfortable traveling.

Kids in the Kitchen – Why I’m Vegan

Anuragini Barman has been vegan since before conception. She lives in North Carolina and is one of the Kids in the Kitchen who put on a whole food, vegan, plant-based cooking show every other month (somanycooks.com/kids) demonstrating their love and knowledge of cooking and nutrition. She loves animals, the outdoors, reading, writing, math, and homeschool.

Really? Eat More Weigh Less Event

Presented online with several Cooking Demonstrations, our four cooks, detailed the “HOW” of daily eating on a whole food plant-based plan, getting specific by giving participants recipes and demonstrations for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Batch Cooking Chickpeas in the Instant Pot

This week, we wanted to showcase some of the easy and cost-effective batch cooking recipes you can do with chickpeas and an Instant Pot. Chickpeas are a flavorful and nourishing addition to any meal;

Food Without Fighting: Kids Do Eat Vegetables!

Raising your children to be vegan or just to eat more vegetables can be both challenging and a bit scary. Is it safe? How will my children get all the nutrients they need to grow? How do I introduce new foods to them? Dietary habits formed in childhood often carry over into adulthood, so it is important to establish healthy eating habits early in life. Benefits include a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, fewer inflammatory markers found in the blood, and less exposure to antibiotics found in animal products compared to children who eat meat

Celebrate with Oatmeal

January is National Oatmeal Month. But wait, you say – it’s December. Yes, but this notice will give you plenty of time to stock your pantry for your upcoming January oatmeal adventure. 

Nothing is more satisfying than to cozy up to a warm bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal is a comfort food (yeah, a healthy comfort food!) that is nourishing and delicious. This heart-healthy breakfast food is a good source of fiber, molybdenum, and manganese, which both offer antioxidant protection, stabilize blood sugar, and more. 

It is a great way to brighten up the start of the day during the cold, dreary weather. 

Dodging the Dangers of Emulsifiers

I started my whole food plant-based journey about two years ago, after a stretch of paleo style eating that included eggs and very few other animal products.  What turned the tide for me? I had a major health scare that included brain surgery and clear messaging from my neurosurgeon that I needed to eliminate animal products, oils, and chemicals from my diet if I wanted a chance at healing my brain.

Winter Squashes – Versatile and Delicious

Fall and winter tend to gravitate to more hearty foods, including soups, stews, casseroles, and pastas.  Winter squashes are also a favorite this time of year.  Some varieties like acorn, spaghetti, and butternut are available year-round. Other types are available from late summer to mid-winter. Winter squashes are a part of many cuisines from all over the world. Think of Italian risottos and Indian curry dishes. In Japanese cooking, kabocha squash is simmered in ginger and soy sauce.  Native American dishes can include a combination of squash, beans, and corn.

The Joy of Cooking with Color

As a cardiovascular nurse in a hospital, I see day in and day out what a devastating impact the Standard American Diet (SAD) has on people’s lives. Along with the SAD comes a dramatically increased risk of standard American chronic diseases and disease risk factors