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 vegansRead More
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.
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?Read More
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.Read More
My third, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step: 4 Fruits a Day.
Fruit is a healthy source of vitamins, fiber, and natural sweetness. It can be a delicious treat any time of day, convenient for on-the-go snacking or an impressive healthy dessert. With a rainbow of colors and flavors to choose from, fruit provides endless recipe possibilities. My Chef's Guide will help give you new ideas on cooking fat-free, no-sugar-added recipes. Plus, tons of vegan recipes and videos to get you inspired.Read More
My second, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step: Add Some Beans. Beans are a healthy source of plant-based protein, loaded with heart-healthy fiber, and provide other key nutrients like iron and calcium. Canned beans are still one of the cheapest proteins on the market, making healthy eating both affordable and convenient. My Chef's Guide shows you how to cook the ultimate beans, by adding fat-free, oil-free flavor. Plus, tons of vegan recipes to get you inspired.Read More
My first, 5-minute “Get Healthy” Simple Step: Get Your Greens
Green vegetables are fundamental to healthy eating. They are low in calories but high in nutrition. They are packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants, satisfying fiber, healthy Omega-3 fats, calcium, and plant-based protein. They also offer a wider variety of flavor, texture, and tons of cooking options. Eat them raw in a salad, wilt some spinach in your soup, steam some broccoli for your stir-fry, drink a green smoothie as an on-the-go breakfast. Stew some collards, roast some Brussels, braise some chard…you get the idea. Bottom line: Keep it simple.
Here’s my Ultimate Chef’s guide to Greens – how they taste, what to do with them, and why you need more.Read More
Cheese is an unhealthy food, high in saturated fat, salt, and cholesterol. Americans are eating more every year, and it's challenging to find dairy-free alternatives. With cashews, tofu, and pumpkin purees, you can replicate the same rich, creamy flavor of your favorite cheese. Here are my Chef's Tips on how and when to use these plant-based vegan options. Plus, answers to your common questions about soy, nut allergies, and GMO's.Read More
Sugar, Chocolate, and Cheese are three of the most common food addictions that many of us struggle to overcome. Dr. Neal Barnard lays out the science for why it's not a lack of willpower that makes it so difficult to stay healthy. Eating a plant-based, vegan diet can help you overcome these food addictions. Delicious, dairy-free, vegetarian recipes free of refined sugars offer a satisfying solution to let go of the guilt and shame of food addiction.Read More
Allyson S. is a 27 year old woman who adopted a plant-based diet for health reasons. She didn't have a major heart attack, wage a battle with cancer, nor receive a diagnosis of hypertension or high cholesterol. Rather, Allyson began a vegan diet for many of the subtle struggles so common to us all: low energy, poor sleeping, acne, and those "extra few pounds" we'd like to shed. Read this interview with her, as she shares her story with open honesty. 7 Take Away Tips and delicious recipes will help you on your own healthy-eating journey.Read More
True transformation must involve permanent change, yet often our goals for weightloss and healthy eating fall victim to old, addictive habits. A recent story about The Biggest Loser contestants' struggles and a podcast on Plant Yourself with Howard Jacobson sparked a connection. How can a plant-based vegan lifestyle help you break the addiction and embrace permanent transformation?Read More
One of the first concerns you might have about adopting a vegan diet is “Where will I get my protein?” While we often think of animal products like chicken, beef, eggs, and seafood as our steady supply of protein, the truth is that vegetarian foods have plenty of protein. Beyond beans and lentils, even strawberries have protein. Here are answers to some of your most common plant-based protein questions.Read More
What Does a Vegan Eat? What’s the Difference between Vegetarian and Vegan? How do vegans get protein? Find answers to your basic questions about eating a plant-based diet, from what foods are included to advantages of eating less meat. Get links to the best healthy recipes for breakfast, dinner, and dessert. Whether you're a beginner cook, just trying to adopt Meatless Mondays or an experienced Quinoa chef, this is an essential, helpful resource.Read More
Quinoa is an ancient grain that has been grown in the Andes of Peru and Bolivia for over 5,000 years. However, recent demand for this healthy source of vegetarian, plant-based protein have skyrocketed it to "Superfood" fame. You might have some questions like: Is it gluten-free? Is red quinoa different? How do I cook it? Let this be your quinoa guide with some delicious vegan recipes to get your started.Read More
Eating soy in its most whole forms, like edamame and tofu, has been shown to improve heart health. Here are 8 delicious healthy soy recipes, loaded with vegetarian plant-based protein. Plus, a guide to help you make the best choices when it comes to soy nutrition.Read More
With the hearty-est of holidays soon upon us, I thought it might be fun to test our heart health knowledge. Here's a quick 7 question quiz to find out -- are you a Rock Steady Heart Health Expert? Or are you Still Pumping to Learn More? Answer these FAQ's to find out how a plant-based vegetarian diet can help you take control of your nutrition.Read More
A new study finds that a diet high in fiber during adolescence is linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer later in life. The teenage years are also a great time to get started in the kitchen, and I offer three levels for young cooks to practice their healthy eating.Read More
One of the most frequently asked questions I hear regarding my vegan diet is “Where do you get your protein?” Here are 4 reasons why you'll love this healthy vegetarian proteinRead More
On Thursday, January 7, 2016 the federal government released its new dietary guidelines. Does anybody care? Here are 5 lessons we can learn from these new guidelines, empowering us to be wiser consumers and healthier eaters.Read More
As 2015 comes to a close, let us remember all of the diet fads that have graced our lives…and now we can put to rest. While Gluten-free, Coconut Oil, Juice Cleanses, a Glass a Day, Paleo, and Clean Eating sound appealing, they have little science to support their claims. It’s best to let these fizzle out with the corked champagne.Read More
Equinox Gym put out a call for their employees and members to submit a Cycle for Survival Battle Cry against cancer. I make my Battle Cry every day in the kitchen. It is the rrrrrrip of kale leaves, the pop, pop, pop! of quinoa, and the ssssizzzzle of caramelizing onions. As a personal chef, my job is to create delicious food. It is also my duty to make it nutritious.Read More