8 Green Picks to Refresh Your Diet This Spring

8 Green Picks to Refresh Your Diet This Spring

I am so thrilled to be partnering with Clean Eating Magazine to regularly bring you tips to on how you can step into a cleaner, greener lifestyle with minimal fuss and maximum flavor.

And right now, well...spring has sprung! This month, I share 8 Green Picks to Refresh Your Diet this season. From innovative ways to pack more plant-based nutrition into your diet (bonus: it helps you slim down for summer), to specific foods to add to your Spring Shopping List - all of these picks help renew our planet and create a healthier food system. Also on the list is a surprisingly easy tip to tackle food waste (one of the biggest culprits) from your produce bin, as well as some next-generation, exciting new foods hitting shelves now. (Insects, anyone?).

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How to Build A Plant-Based Healthy Shopping Cart-Step By Step

How to Build A Plant-Based Healthy Shopping Cart-Step By Step

Can the Right Groceries Change the World? It’s a simple idea. But the truth is, plants hold incredible power to help us fuel an amazing life and a better world. A plant-based diet brimming with a variety of the right foods can help fix flagging energy levels, trim your waistline, reduce chronic inflammation, as well as cut your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. (Reference: Position of the American Dietetic Association: Vegetarian Diets.)

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5 Simple Ways to Add More Plants To Your Diet this Summer

5 Simple Ways to Add More Plants To Your Diet this Summer

You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to fall in love with the power of a plant-based diet this summer. Today’s amazing abundance of plant foods at the grocery store has made it easier (and more delicious!) than ever for you feel good about what you put into your body. Whether you’re just getting started on a plant-based lifestyle or are looking for fresh ideas to inspire you on your journey, here are 5 no-fuss ways to deliciously add more plants to your day.

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No Sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines? Why That May Not Really Matter

No Sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines? Why That May Not Really Matter

In the nutrition and food world, the Dietary Guidelines are the equivalent of our “fashion week." Thus, when it was announced earlier this week that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines won’t include sustainability in their diet recommendations for Americans, it set off a ripple of chatter. (For the first time ever, sustainability was proposed in the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Report earlier this year).

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My Favorite Clean Energy Breakfast: Quinoa Swirled with Almond Milk

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Powerful Plant-Based BreakfastI adore quinoa – it’s a versatile, super quick-cooking, high-protein seed (packing 11 grams of protein per cup!). In fact it is so nutritionally complete, NASA has considered growing it on extended space missions. But many of us overlook quinoa in our morning rush. Instead of your usual bowl of ho hum cereal or oatmeal, try something deliciously different with heaps of comfort and flavor-that will provide clean energy to power you through your morning. While you can whip it up in a snap, it's especially easy if you have leftover cooked quinoa in your in the fridge.

This is one of two plant-based breakfasts I posted on The Oz Blog recently that provide plant based protein to bring staying power to your breakfast. See my first pick, Curried Scramble Tofu With Apricot Toast here on The Oz Blog or here among some other amazing soy recipes I posted for Earth Day this year. Let me know what you think!

 

Clean Energy Breakfast: Quick and Comforting, Quinoa Swirled with Almond Milk

Ingredients 1 cup prepared quinoa (according to package directions) 1/2 cup almond milk (or other milk if you prefer) 1/2 cup fresh berries and sliced mango

1/4 tsp cinnamon or nutmeg

(optional) Drizzle of 1/2 tsp honey or maple syrup

Directions Place quinoa in a small bowl. You can heat up the quinoa and almond milk first to enjoy it warm, or keep at room temperature.

Top with fresh fruit. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. Drizzle honey or maple syrup on top.