A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Are you a vegetarian or vegan and struggle with finding meals, appetizers, and sides for Thanksgiving? Thanks to Christine Byrne (Buzzfeed Staff), here are 37 delicious vegetarian recipes! Click the link for recipes. Here’s a sneak peak for what the site offers recipes for! Sounds delicious to me!

Appetizers:

  • Sweet Potato Carrot Latkes
  • Truffled Mushroom Deviled Eggs
  • Pear, Shallot, Delicata Squash Soup
  • Mashed Potato Fritters
  • Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, and Gruyere Tartlets
  • Honey crisp Apple and Parsnip Soup

Salads:

  • Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
  • Delicata Squash Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Pomegranate Seeds
  • Wild Rice, Farro, and Tangerine Salad
  • Roasted Carrot Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Crispy Garlic Chips
  • Ginger pear and Parsnip Salad

Sides:

  • Slow Roasted Green Beans with Sage
  • Cauliflower with Brown butter, Pears, Sage, and Hazelnuts
  • Horseradish Chive Mashed Potatoes

Condiments:

  • Vegan Mushroom Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce with Cinnamon

Mains:

  • Winter Squash Bowl
  • Butternut Squash Lasagna and Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Pretzel Cashew Crusted Tofu with Sweet Onion Chutney
  • Caramelized Tofu and Shredded Brussels Sprouts

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Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/vegetarian-dishes-for-thanksgiving

 

Spending Millions To Prevent GMO Labeling

On November 5th, Washington State will either approve or reject a law that would require manufacturers to display labels that contain genetically modified foods. If this law passes (Initiative 522), Washington would be the first state in the US to require GMO labeling. Large food companies like Monsanto and DuPont teamed up to raise almost 22 million to promote anti-labeling!

The Grocery Manufacturers Association = the biggest donor for promoting anti-labeling, making up half of the 22 million raised.

PepsiCo Inc = spent $2,352,965 against I-522

Nestle = spent $1,528,206 against I-522

Coca Cola Company = spent $1,520,351 against I-522

General Mills, Inc. = spent $869,270 against I-522

ConAgra Foods, Inc = spent $828,251 against I-522

What do you think about GMO labeling? Is it right for US citizens to know where their food is coming from?

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To read more, visit: http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/big-food-spending-millions-to-prevent-gmo-labeling

Turn Your Halloween Candy Into A Nutritious Treat!

The average American eats 24.7 pounds of candy each year. Most candy contains high quantities of sugar with nothing but calories and no nutritional value. Here’s a quick little breakdown of Halloween candy calorie content that might make you rethink opening that wrapper this year …

Starbursts: 8 pieces = 160 calories — instead you could be eating one medium apple with 1 tbsp. of peanut butter!

York Peppermint Patties: 3 miniatures = 150 calories — instead you could be eating 3 cups of air-popped popcorn with 1 tbsp. of Parmesan cheese

Brach’s Candy Corn: 19 pieces = 140 calories — instead have a 6 oz. low fat yogurt with half a cup of blueberries and you will still be saving 20 calories.

Reese’s King Size Peanut Butter Pumpkins: 2 cups = 350 calories — instead try eating a nutritious meal of 6 oz. of grilled chicken, 1 cup of green beans, 2 tsp. of butter, 1 small tossed salad with 2 tbsp. of low-fat dressing,

Caramel Apples: 1 apple = 250-350 calories — instead you could be eating a whole meal of 2 oz. of tuna fish with 2 tsp. of light mayonnaise, with one 4 inch pita with 1/2 cup of spinach. This all could be served with an apple and 1 oz. of baked tortilla chips!

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate: 3 snack size bars = 190 calories — Instead you could be eating 10 baby carrots and 2 tbsp. of hummus and save yourself 20 calories.

Tootsie Rolls: 6 pieces = 140 calories –instead reach for a whole grain English muffin with 1 tablespoon of fruit spread and you will still be saving yourself 10 calories!

Skittles: 1 regular pack = 250 calories — instead you can eat an entire meal of 1 egg, 1 slice of whole wheat toast with 1 tsp. of butter, and 1 cup of strawberries.

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Traffic Light Labeling

A new system is in place at Massachusetts General Hospital to improve customers health by choosing healthier food options. A color coded system for nutrition labels was implemented for their customers to make healthier choices. Even though most restaurants and fast food chains have postings of nutrition information on their menus, such as calories, fat, and sodium content, there still seems to be some confusion on reading labels and what it means for someone’s health. Having a system like this hospital has adapted, seems to improve customer’s knowledge of what the healthiest choices are based on a red, green, or yellow “traffic light” system.  Green being the healthiest, yellow less healthy, and red with little or no nutritional value. A way the hospital is keeping track of this is by having the cash registers record each purchase as a green, yellow, or red item in order to see if there is an increase in making healthier choices.

Although this system may not show directly if customers are more aware of nutritional knowledge, it can potentially show if the customers will make healthier choices based on the “traffic light” labeling.

I think this is an excellent idea to try! It gives customers an eye-opener of what foods are actually more nutritious than others without looking at the label. The hospital has done the thinking for the customers already and when someone is on a time limit, it’s a quick way to make a healthy choice. What do you think about this? Should restaurants or food stores start implementing a system like this?

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Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131017173904.htm

Can We Really Call This “Stuff” Food?

I was just on http://www.buzzfeed.com (awesome website by the way!) and happened to come across a link to 12 fast food items that have a disgusting amount of ingredients.

Here’s a quick breakdown for you..

  1. Dunkin Donuts pumpkin pie donut — around 50 different ingredients (you may want to rethink your “sweet tooth” on this one!)
  2. Burger King french toast sticks — 82 different ingredients (think again when you’re craving a breakfast food, you’re better off making your own french toast!)
  3. McDonald’s filet-o-fish — 101 different ingredients (think you’re making the right choice by choosing fish? Think again…)
  4. Taco Bell’s Doritos loco taco — 72 different ingredients (if only they advertised all the ingredients on this new product in their commercials.. maybe it wouldn’t be so popular!)
  5. Subway Italian sub — 95 different ingredients (we might think that we’re making a healthy choice going with Subway.. I mean come on, Jared Fogle lost so much weight from eating sandwiches from here!)
  6. Starbucks birthday cake pop — 60 different ingredients (what a great present to give someone for their birthday… a cake pop filled with massive amounts of ingredients.. enjoy that for a birthday present why don’t ya!)
  7. McDonald’s chicken Caesar salad — 69 different ingredients (hmm… who knew a salad could have SO MANY ingredients?!)
  8. KFC pot pie — 208 different ingredients!! (but it’s not fried…)

So, you might want to think again when you go into a fast food restaurant! Even though something may be lower in calories or look like a healthier choice, look closer at the ingredients listed on a food product. Do your research. This is your body, your child’s body. We only get one body to live in. Why wouldn’t we feed it the nutrients it needs? Don’t give in to temptation and advertisements. Stick to simple, fresh, wholesome foods. We don’t need all of this “fake” food to survive.

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#1 Increased Cancer Risk..Obesity

The number one increased risk for cancer is obesity.. yes you heard that right!

Having lean muscle and less fat tissue is the goal to decreasing your risk for cancer. Limit how much processed meat and red meat you eat and make most of your meals revolve around vegetables! When it comes to exercising, make sure you regularly work out– at least 3 times a week to reduce your risk.

Obesity is associated with increased risks of esophagus, pancreas, colon, breast, endometrium, kidney, thyroid, gallbladder, as well as other cancers. Obese people most likely have increased levels of insulin in their blood which may promote tumor growth. Fat tissue also produces excess amounts of estrogen. One study estimated that if current trends continue, obesity will lead to approximately 500,000 additional cases of cancer by 2030.

What does this mean to you and your family? What kind messages can dietitians, nutritionists, and those in the health industry do to prevent this?

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Exposing Children to Veggies

Parents may have a hard time getting their children to eat vegetables, but just remember that when we are born, we have a blank palate and need to be exposed to different tastes. The foods a child is repeatedly exposed to will shape their preferences and habits. If a child is rejecting a certain vegetable, don’t worry because children may need 10-15 different exposures to accept a new food. Also, exposing your child to a garden can be a positive experience– both in learning where their food comes from as well as encouraging healthier eating. Adding vegetables to a certain dishes, like soups or casseroles, is also always a good way to “sneak” in some vegetables that kids might enjoy.

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