First let’s get clear about what we are talking about. The term plant-based diet is one that emphasizes vegetables, beans, peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. There are different types of plant-based diets: vegan with no animal products such as meat, eggs or dairy; lacto-ovo vegetarian with no meat but including dairy products and eggs; and lacto-vegetarian with no meats or eggs but including dairy products. You can also eat a plant-based diet without going completely vegetarian. Some people call themselves “pescatarian” if their plant-based diet includes fish or “flexitarian” if they occasionally eat animal products. While vegetarian diets are usually defined by what they exclude, think of what they include—lots of vegetables, grains and fruit. The whole foods plant-based idea does not require complicated instructions – just start to eat more whole, unprocessed foods that come directly from plants.
One word comes to our mind around the holidays – indulge. Whether your guilty pleasure is green bean casserole or pecan pie, we all have something that we may give in to because it’s the holiday season. However, these choices may have consequences when it comes to our digestion, which can mean gas, bloating, and discomfort. Plus our digestive systems may need a bit of a boost to help us break down the quantities of food we can tend to eat during the holiday season.
The holidays are upon us and this year I’ve decided to buy gifts that will be used regularly, not just pretty things that will be taken out of the closet or off the shelf occasionally (I’ve been giving a lot of costume jewelry in recent years). It just so happens that I and many of the people in my life LOVE food and cooking. And most of them are very interested in eating fabulous food that is also healthy and nutritious. It’s funny how those two concepts go together for so many people, although that’s not to say we don’t also enjoy our indulgences!
Here are some gifts for those healthy foodies in your life that will be sure to be enjoyed almost as soon as they’re out of the box!
It’s that time of the year to eat, drink and be merry! But that doesn’t mean we have to kiss our waistline goodbye or sacrifice all the good work we’ve done for the other 11 months of the year to put good food into our bodies. Especially when our routine is thrown off by holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be tough to stay mindful and disciplined about our health, but the good news is that there are ways to do it and to still ENJOY the season. At The Tasteful Pantry, we’re all about loving our food, both in terms of taste and its effect on our bodies. After all, what good is it to eat delicious food then feel awful afterwards? Below are some tips from our Registered Dietitian Lea on how to survive your holiday parties with your health in tact. Scroll all the way down for our helpful infographic on steps you can take before the party, as well as these steps below on what to do at the party.
This recipe by Will Frolic for Food looks amazing AND healthy, and is perfect for Hanukkah! We love anything involving squash, not only for its nutritional properties and fiber content, but for that slightly nutty flavor that immediately brings to mind images of cozying up around a fire when it’s cold outside. Top these donuts with some melted chocolate and powdered sugar for a decadent dessert, or have them with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast!
Just a quick post to say THANK YOU to all of our readers and sharers. We have loved sharing our knowledge, love and tastes with you and look forward to being a resource to help you expand your taste buds and lifestyle in a wholesome and delicious way.
We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with scrumptious and nourishing food, family and fun!
-Jennifer & Lea
Are you getting ready to hit the road or the air for your annual Thanksgiving travel? I don’t know about you, but thinking about it makes me tired…and wired at the same time, between the traffic and the crowds and the luggage and the kids. It’s pretty much a given that chaos will be a constant companion during holiday travels. But that’s ok, as long as we prepare in advance. And if you or your family have dietary restrictions, preparing in advance is a MUST.
School and work lunches don’t have to be boring! Sandwiches are the perfect transportable lunch – a compact collection of the components of one meal, all in a hand-held format. And there’s a lot of opportunity for creativity with them – from the fillings, toppings and sauces, to the bread or outer wrapping that holds it all together. Here are some creative ideas for sandwiches, with options for various dietary restrictions!
Did you know that 1 in every 13 children has food allergies? That’s roughly two per classroom in the US. These include severe allergies to nuts, which can result in anaphylaxis and death if not treated. That’s why when one child has a severe nut allergy, their families aren’t the only ones affected. Their communities and their schools are also affected due to the risk of cross-contamination. As a result, many schools are now nut-free – that means no more PB&J sandwiches, trail mix or honey-roasted peanuts in lunch boxes. But fear not, we’re here to help!