The Michael Pollan lens on transportation

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Can healthy eating principles also foster a healthier transport evironment?

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Is a flexitarian diet right for you?

December 21, 2018 by  
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Going vegan or vegetarian might be a good choice for your health  — as well as the environment — but not everyone wants to take the extreme measure of cutting meat and other animal products completely out of their diet. So, over the past five years, many who want to live a healthy life and/or do their part in the fight against climate change have opted for the flexitarian diet. What is flexitarianism? Flexitarianism doesn’t go as far as veganism or vegetarianism, but it does include some of the same principals. Basically, a flexitarian is someone who has a flexible plant -based diet, which means that meat and other animal products are not a part of their regular diet, but they do eat them occasionally. Usually, people who identify as flexitarians adopt the lifestyle for health reasons or to lessen their environmental impact —or both. Dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner created the Flexitarian Diet to help people get the benefits of eating like vegetarians while still being able to enjoy meat and other animal products in moderation. There are no specific rules in the flexitarian lifestyle—no calorie counting or tracking of macronutrients— and the focus is on what you can eat instead of what you can’t, which makes it all the more appealing to many people. However, there are a few basic principles that Blatner based the diet on: eat mostly plant-based foods (fruits, veggies, legumes and whole grains), get your protein from plants instead of animals, eat natural foods instead of processed foods, limit refined sugar and sweets, and occasionally incorporate meat and animal products. Overall, the goal is less meat, more plants. Related: Look out meat industry— flexitarianism is on the rise What are the health benefits? There are many health benefits when you eat flexitarian. Because most plant-based foods have fewer calories and higher fiber content, this diet can help you lose weight. Eating mostly fruits, veggies, nuts and whole grains can also lead to an increased life expectancy compared to people who regularly eat meat. Studies have shown that a vegetarian diet can lower the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and the reap the same benefits. On the flip side, there have also been studies that indicate eating red meat can lead to an increase of cancer . A flexible eating pattern also tends to lead to a lower body mass index (BMI), a lower risk of breast cancer, and lower blood glucose levels compared to people who eat meat regularly. What are the risks and drawbacks? Because vitamin B12 is only found in animal products, you can run the risk of a deficiency when you switch to flexitarianism. So, you might need a B12 supplement. When you reduce or cut out meat from your diet, you might also have lower stores of minerals that are best absorbed from animal foods, like zinc and iron. However, you can remedy this by eating plenty of nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes. If you aren’t eating fatty fish, you might not be getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, which means you need to up your intake of things like walnuts and flaxseeds. There is also a myth about vegetarianism or flexitarianism that you won’t get enough protein without eating meat. This simply isn’t true. In fact, most people who eat a standard diet eat way more protein than they need to. Plus, you can get the protein you need by eating soy products, rice and beans, and even a peanut butter sandwich. In order to avoid nutritional deficiencies, it is a good idea to carefully plan your meals to make sure you include enough whole foods— and the right amount of meat and animal products— so you are getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals. Related: A third of people in the UK are now eating less or no meat How to get started Starting the flexitarian lifestyle isn’t as simple as eating less meat and magically becoming healthier. Theoretically, you could eat a pop tart for breakfast, chili cheese fries for lunch, and a veggie burger with chips and a soda for dinner, and that would follow the vegetarian or flexitarian “rules”. But, there would be zero health benefits. It’s not just about eating less meat, but also making smart food choices overall. So, in addition to reducing meat consumption, you are also adding nutrient-rich foods to your daily diet, while keeping the processed foods to a minimum. Instead of trying to drastically change overnight, it is better to take steps towards the flexitarian lifestyle. Start by shopping the perimeter of the grocery store ( avoid the aisles ) during your next shopping trip, and load up on fresh produce and nuts. Then, try cut your meat-eating down to two to three days a week. No matter how small the change, it will be a step in the right direction. And, the best part is, you don’t have to say no to your mom’s famous meatloaf at your next family dinner. Via EcoWatch , Healthline Images via Shutterstock

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10 tasty and easy vegan dinner ideas

November 21, 2018 by  
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Choosing to live a healthy, vegan lifestyle can be an easy choice to make, but when it comes to actually following through and cooking those meals every day, it can seem like a complicated, time-consuming task. Not to mention, recipes can easily become repetitive. Cooking plant-based meals doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little planning and a smart grocery shopping strategy, you can make quick and easy vegan dinners every day of the week. Here are 10 dinner ideas to help keep your diet full of nutrients and flavor that won’t require you to spend hours in the kitchen. Creamy vegan one-pot pasta This Asian-style recipe from Vegan Heaven is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Loaded with veggies and seasoned with red curry paste, garlic cloves and coconut milk, this one-pot recipe is super easy to make, and it takes less than a half-hour to prep and cook. This dish is packed with flavor and will save you a ton of time. Vegan Philly cheese sandwich Red bell peppers, sweet onion, chilies, black pepper and spices, along with some vegan cheddar and seitan strips on a hoagie roll create a perfect vegan Philly that you will crave. This recipe is from Healthy, Happy, Life, and it is easy and fun to make. Related: 12 plant-based recipes for a vegan or vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner Vegan Swedish meatballs Just because you are a vegan, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy meatballs! This recipe from Rabbit and Wolves makes a super quick weeknight meal and takes about 20 minutes to throw together. Vegan grilled burritos with black beans, rice, avocado and salsa crema This may seem like a gourmet meal , but you can put it together super-fast, and it is loaded with flavor. The recipe comes from Veggies Don’t Bite, and when your family takes their first bite, they will think you spent hours in the kitchen. Spicy chickpea veggie burgers It can be difficult to make a veggie patty that sticks together, but this recipe from Running On Real Food does the trick. They take about ten minutes to prepare, and you can mix up the spices in the recipe to get the flavor you want. Hearty white bean vegetable soup Who doesn’t love a bowl of hot soup on a cold day? With just a few ingredients, you can make a ton of soup with this recipe from Hello Glow, and it will fill your tummy with veggies. You can also easily mix things up and experiment with different flavors. Related: 10 vegan sources of protein you can grow at home Easy vegan Alfredo pasta This creamy recipe from Rainbow Nourishments features cashews, garlic and onion, and you can use raw zucchini noodles or gluten-free pasta. Just remember to soak your cashews the night before. Hummus pizza with veggies Another recipe from Vegan Heaven, this pizza uses hummus instead of tomato sauce, and has toppings like cherry tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and artichokes. The dough is also super easy to make and has just four ingredients – flour, instant yeast, salt, and olive oil. However, you can also opt for a ready-made crust if you are running short on time. If you are a pizza lover and would like a vegan option with tomato sauce, try this simple vegan pizza from The Minimalist Baker. Vegan no-bake peanut butter energy bites If you need a boost of energy to start your day, or a good snack during the afternoon, try these three ingredient energy bites from Beaming Banana. This sweet and salty snack is addictive and easy to make. Vegan potato pancakes This recipe has simple ingredients like potatoes, onions, flour, and a little jalapeno to spice things up, and they are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, these potato cakes from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken take just a few minutes to make, and they are potato perfection. Via Vegan Heaven , Healthy Happy Life , Rabbit and Wolves , Veggies don’t bite , Running on Real Food , Hello Glow,  Beaming Banana , It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken and Rainbow Nourishments Images via Lars Blankers , Stevepb , Nadya Spetnitskaya , MootikaLLC , agamaszota , PDPics , gate74 , JESHOOTScom , rawpixel and coyot

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The White House Garden is here to stay

October 7, 2016 by  
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The United States is now in the final stretch of its exceptionally long, extremely strange 2016 presidential election . While there is great national anxiety surrounding who will next inhabit the White House, one can take some comfort in knowing that the White House Kitchen Garden is here to stay. While the Garden’s original iteration was rustic in style, the First Lady unveiled a new design that includes cement, stone and steel features that will be difficult to remove without causing controversy. Founded by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009, the White House Kitchen Garden has provided organic produce for the First Family and served as an inspiring symbol of the still-growing Food Movement. Although the White House Garden has avoided the harsh criticism that Republicans have directed towards the First Lady’s school nutrition reforms, it is not without controversy. Within days of the garden’s inauguration, the pesticide industry wrote to the White House to advocate against the garden’s use of organic farming techniques. Related: Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers The National Park Service will continue to maintain the Garden in Obama’s absence while millions of dollars in private funding will help to pay for it. While neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have commented on what they would do with the garden, its new design makes a total demolition much less likely. Wood chip paths have been replaced with a widened walkway made from blue stone while a new cemented archway and stone-paved seating area welcome visitors into the garden. “I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes and dreams we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children,” said Michelle Obama at a formal dedication of the new and improved garden. “I am hopeful that future first families will cherish this garden like we have.” Via Politico Images via the White House and Angela N.

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The United States is now in the final stretch of its exceptionally long, extremely strange 2016 presidential election . While there is great national anxiety surrounding who will next inhabit the White House, one can take some comfort in knowing that the White House Kitchen Garden is here to stay. While the Garden’s original iteration was rustic in style, the First Lady unveiled a new design that includes cement, stone and steel features that will be difficult to remove without causing controversy. Founded by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009, the White House Kitchen Garden has provided organic produce for the First Family and served as an inspiring symbol of the still-growing Food Movement. Although the White House Garden has avoided the harsh criticism that Republicans have directed towards the First Lady’s school nutrition reforms, it is not without controversy. Within days of the garden’s inauguration, the pesticide industry wrote to the White House to advocate against the garden’s use of organic farming techniques. Related: Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers The National Park Service will continue to maintain the Garden in Obama’s absence while millions of dollars in private funding will help to pay for it. While neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have commented on what they would do with the garden, its new design makes a total demolition much less likely. Wood chip paths have been replaced with a widened walkway made from blue stone while a new cemented archway and stone-paved seating area welcome visitors into the garden. “I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes and dreams we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children,” said Michelle Obama at a formal dedication of the new and improved garden. “I am hopeful that future first families will cherish this garden like we have.” Via Politico Images via the White House and Angela N.

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Is Environmentally Responsible Living Too Expensive?

June 1, 2016 by  
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We’re all a little too aware of the glaring gap that can exist between our words and our actions. Whether it’s preaching about healthy eating followed by a midnight cheesecake binge, or judging another mom’s parenting while also…

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Hearth & Market food truck is bringing the farmers market to you

December 23, 2015 by  
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Hearth & Market is a wood fired food truck & mobile farmers market that connects people to organic farms and healthy living. The main goal is to educate people about current food issues to create a dialogue towards better health and happiness, as well as make it easy to access the best organic food possible.  Offering nutrient rich, certified organic produce, Hearth & Market will visit cities across the country to share ‘made to order’ wood fired food prepared in the mobile kitchen and hand crafted food and products to take home and use in home kitchens, along with supplies, education and workshops to help teach people how to ‘do it yourself’ available online store. You can support this new endeavor on Kickstarter now and get some of their products as an early backer. Help Hearth & Market reinvent ‘farm to table’ into ‘farm to food truck’ with new meaning and mobility, as well as an authenticity and quality only experienced in the fusion of city and country. + Hearth & Market on Kickstarter + Heart & Market

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Happy 59th birthday to Colo, the world’s oldest captive gorilla

December 23, 2015 by  
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This week, a very special gorilla celebrated a very special birthday, and you’d better believe she had a special party to go right along with it. Colo has been a resident of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in central Ohio since her birth and she celebrated her 59th birthday on Tuesday, 22 December. She is the oldest gorilla living in captivity on Earth, and she was also the first gorilla baby to be born under human care. Combined with the fact that she is decades past the mean life expectancy, Colo has proven she is one amazing gorilla who has earned the right to party. Read the rest of Happy 59th birthday to Colo, the world’s oldest captive gorilla

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Chevy Volt battery covers recycled as adorable nesting boxes for endangered birds

August 3, 2015 by  
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Electric cars may be better for the planet than we thought. In addition to their potential mitigating effect on climate change , their physical components are proving to be excellent homes for wildlife, such as the endangered scaly-sided merganser. A mohawked duck native to temperate East Asia, the merganser is the most recent species to have benefited from GM’s nesting boxes crafted from recycled Chevy Volt battery covers. Read the rest of Chevy Volt battery covers recycled as adorable nesting boxes for endangered birds

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How To Make a Delicious Caramelized Butternut Squash and Sage For Your Fall Dinner

October 4, 2014 by  
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Fall is here and if you are like us, that means you want to indulge in some delicious, hearty dishes to fight off the chill in the air –  which is why this roasted, caramelized butternut squash with sage is the perfect fall meal. Butternut squash is incredibly healthy and since the recipe even includes the squash seeds , you get the full benefit of all that squash has to offer – including incredible flavor. Read More > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: butternut squash and sage , butternut squash recipes , caramelized butternut squash , fall dinner recipes , fall food , fall food recipes , fall recipes , healthy cooking , healthy eating , healthy fall eating , healthy fall meals , healthy food , squash recipes , squash seed recipes

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