Nutrition, Education, and Motivation that remind us why Plants-Rule.  Supporting a plant-based, whole-foods diet with scientific evidence.  A chef's passion for ingredients with the realistic practicality of a home cook.  These articles offer insight into the benefits of a vegan diet with the humor to support a balanced healthy lifestyle. 

St. Patrick's Day Irish Menu: 6 Healthy, Plant-Based Vegan Recipes to Celebrate

Classic St. Patrick's Day food often involves Corned Beef, cheesy potatoes, fried sausages, and some sort of fake green dyed milkshake.  Getting back to the roots of Irish cooking, this healthy, plant-based, vegan menu uses simple staple ingredients:  cabbage, turnips, potatoes, kale, mustard, dill.  These 6 plant-based, oil-free recipes mean you can still celebrate the holiday without suffering a food hangover.  

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Is Your Resolution in Need of a Rehab? 4 Tips to Reset your Goals

Is your Resolution in need of a Rehab?  Healthy changes take time, and the road to wellness involves many challenges.  With advice from Lori Bumbaco (RDN, CSO, LDN, Oncology Dietician at the Cancer Wellness Center) and Chrissy Gonzalez (Sage Yoga Instructor), here are 4 tips to help you realign your goals.  Learn how to reset Compassion, Intention, Support, and Expectations for your plant-based, healthy lifestyle.

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How to Protect Yourself from a Bad Diet: 5 Practical Tips, Professional Advice, and Action Plan

Here are 5 Practical Tips to help protect you from a bad diet.  This guide will help you sift through overwhelming options from the health and fitness industry so that you make healthy, sustainable changes.  Use the simple Action plan and Professional Tips as reminders of the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle.

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The Best Podcasts and Movies for Healthy Plant-Based Vegan Lifestyle: 2017 Holiday Travel Edition

With the holidays soon approaching, maybe you have a long ride in the car coming up or a couple of airports to navigate.  Here is some plant-based entertainment.  These are some of my favorite podcasts, movies, and articles with a healthy, vegan theme.  Let them support inspiration, motivation, and support for your vegetarian lifestyle.

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Spice Essentials Guide: Chef's Tips for How to Use Spices for Delicious, Healthy Cooking

This is my Essential Chef's Guide to Spices.  For a healthy way to create delicious flavor, spices are key.  This guide includes tips on basic flavors, how to check for quality, advice for beginners, and the ultimate exotic blends.  Use this for your plant-based, vegan, and vegetarian recipes to cook incredible food.

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All Things Pumpkin: Healthy, Plant-Based Vegan Recipes using Whole Pumpkin, Canned Pumpkin, and Seeds

Pumpkin Spiced Everything has started to pop up, sparking the Fall obsession for the fall squash.  Besides just fancy coffee drinks, pumpkin starts popping up in cookies, breads, and even pasta sauces.  Tis the season.

At Plants-Rule, we're happy to jump on the Pumpkin Bandwagon.  We just don't need any of the usual companions of refined sugars, flours, and oils.  Instead, this is your whole foods, plant-based vegan recipe collection.  Enjoy all of these oil-free pumpkin dishes as part of your healthy diet.  This is your guide to All Things Pumpkin

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How to Make the Ultimate Salad: 4 Chef's Tips for Delicious, Healthy Flavor

The ultimate best salad has a delicious balance of color, texture, and flavor.  I've got 4 simple Chef's Tips to help improve your salad game.  Tons of photos guide you in making healthy, plant-based, vegan salads.  Find a huge collection of recipes for oil-free and fat-free dressings.  Plus, tips on gluten-free, nut-free, and low-calories options.  This is your essential guide to Salads

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Essential Kitchen Tools: Chef's Small Gear for Healthy, Budget-Friendly, Plant-Based Cooking

What are the best tools to get you started with healthy, plant-based eating?  These are the 10 essential kitchen gadgets chef's use to make cooking faster, easier, and more fun.  All affordable, at under $50, they will help save you time and money.  Whether you're an experienced vegan or a beginner trying gluten-free vegetarian recipes, get you kitchen stocked with this equipment and you're ready to get cooking!

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Can We Fight Cancer with Food? Tips from Lori Bumbaco, Plant-Based Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist

Can We Fight Cancer with Food?  Lori Bumbaco, is a Plant-Based Registered Dietary Nutritionist who works specifically with oncology patients.  Her easy advice will help you embrace a healthy diet focused on all of the delicious fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and you can eat.  Essential for beginner vegans

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The Ultimate Portobello Mushroom Burger: Chef's Tips on How to Make this Healthy, Plant-Based Oil-Free Recipe

Beefy and steak-like, hearty Portobello mushrooms make an easy go-to meat substitute for healthy, plant-based burgers.  In this recipe, they soak up a quick, oil-free Dijon marinade.  A toasted wheat bun, grilled onions and mushrooms, and spicy baby arugula make this the ultimate recipe.  Chef's tips, photos, and video show you how satisfying and delicious fat-free, vegan grilling can be. 

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Is 90% Good Enough? What we can learn from the Reducetarian Approach and Blue Zones about Vegan Diets

Sometimes the idea of a 100% vegan diet can seem so overwhelming that it detracts us from the big picture.  The all-or-nothing approach might appeal to some, especially those of us who thrive off of extremes and set boundaries.  However, the totally plant-based lifestyle is foreign to our traditional Standard American Diet, and it may repel someone curious about a vegetarian lifestyle.  New science and recent discussions beg the questions:  

Do I really need to go 100% vegan?  

Is 90% good enough?

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Get Grilling! Healthy Plant-Based, Vegan Recipes and the Gear for Dad

Grilling is a basic way to add healthy, low-fat flavor to your plant-based, vegetarian cooking. I've got the essential Grilling Tools, perfect  for Father's Day.  Plus delicious, oil-free, Plant-Based Vegan Recipes to put those new toys to work.

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Ark of Taste: Part of the Slow Food USA Movement to Preserve Unique Ingredients from Extinction

The Ark of Taste is part of the Slow Food USA movement specifically focused on preserving those foods that are in danger of extinction.  Over 3500 items in their catalogue feature unique vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and animals that tell story about the history of a food and the region.  These foods add diversity, delicious flavor, and beautiful color.  Healthy, plant-based, oil-free recipes show you how to cook some of these heirloom ingredients.

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4 Simple Steps for a Healthy Life: Easy, Practical Advice for Small Change Toward a Plant-Based Diet

Here are 4 simple things you can do to instantly make your life healthier.  These easy, practical changes will help motivate you towards a plant-based lifestyle.  This sets the foundation for a healthy, vegan diet so that you can continue to change into the person you want to be.

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Passover Recipes for a Healthy, Plant-Based Vegan Dinner

Passover is a traditional Jewish holiday, honoring the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt.  It is a multi-day celebration that usually falls at the beginning of April, on the 15 day of Nisan in the Jewish calendar.  Passover is meant to celebrate the Jewish freedom from enslavement, and much of the food around this holiday is also served as a reminder to be free of that enslavement.  Here are some healthy, plant-based vegan recipes to honor the Jewish Passover celebration:

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Indian and Italian Cuisines: 6 Things you Already Know about Italian Food Can Help you Understand Indian Cuisine

When it comes to Indian cuisine, it can be quite confusing.  Many of us simply aren’t used to 5 different types of Masala, and a typical Indian menu can be quite overwhelming.  However, many of us can understand the basics of Italian cuisine.  We’ve heard that Italian food is marked by regional specialties, pasta is a big deal, dishes focus on a few key ingredients, and an Italian grandma guarantees you will be well-fed.  Here are 6 similarities between Italian and Indian food traditions.  You can use what you know about Italian food to understand some of the basics on Indian cuisine. 

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Step Four: Ditch the Oil, An Easy Change Towards a Healthy, Plant-Based Life

My Fourth, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step:  Ditch the Oil

Oil is pure fat, full of empty calories that our bodies naturally crave.  Cutting oil from your diet can mean easy weight loss, without calorie counting or deprivation.  Here are my Chef's tips on how to use oil-free cooking techniques like roasting, grilling, and steam-saute to create delicious, fat-free recipes that are packed with flavor and nutrition.  Plus nutrition tips look at some of the common myths about oil's benefits.

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