Vegan & Vegetarian

Looking for recipes highlighting fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seeds, peanuts and peanut butter? Find them all here, along with plant-based eating tips that follow the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Why This Culinary Dietitian Loves Peanut Milk

As someone who loves efficiency, if I can find a product that works fabulously as a culinary ingredient and a stellar source of nutrition, it’s love at first sight. As the first peanut milk ever to hit the market, Elmhurst’s Milked Peanuts is a powerful plant-based beverage that serves up six grams of protein per cup, with a peanut lover’s dream taste.

Calling all Smoothie Lovers: Enter Magazine’s Cook-Off to Win Prizes

With spring in full bloom and summer right around the corner, there’s no better time to dream up a new smoothie recipe. And fortunately, this year we have the most delicious new addition to your afternoon pick-me-up or breakfast drink – peanut milk!

Here’s How to Build a Healthy & Tasty Power Bowl

At some point in your life, you’ve probably heard the term, “balanced meal.” If you’re unsure of what that really means, why it matters and how to create it, keep reading.

How to Meal Plan if You Hate Meal Planning

Do you hear the phrase “meal planning,” and think “stressful” or “time-consuming”?

I did too.

As a registered dietitian nutritionist and as a person who values eating well, I realize the benefit of meal planning – it helps make the workweek less stressful, it’s economically efficient and it ensures we eat nutrient-dense meals all week long. But is it worth giving up a large chunk of our weekends?

How to Create No-Stress Grocery Lists, Plus 3 Short-Cut Meals

After you've read "How to Meal Plan if You Hate Meal Planning" and you’re ready to hit the grocery store, there is one essential item to bring with you (aside from your money!) – The List.

Here are some of my suggestions to help you become a grocery list pro:

Can You Get Enough Protein From Plant Foods?

To make sure we get enough protein everyday, it is important to consider quality and quantity. When we think of protein, the first foods that come to mind are typically chicken, beef and maybe eggs. But what if you opt to get your protein from plants instead of animal sources? A diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, beans, soy foods, and nuts and seeds can provide enough protein.  

Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

It’s no secret that many Americans fall short when it comes to eating the recommended five daily servings of fruits and veggies, despite the health benefits. Many of us know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables. So, why aren’t we getting enough? Here are some common barriers to fruit and veggie consumption, and strategies to help you add more produce to your plate.

Grain Bowls Are in Your Future – And That’s a Good Thing

The food trends list are out detailing what's hot, what's not, and what you're likely to see and eat in the near future. Air frying and plant proteins are definitely in, while spiralized vegetables are on their way out. But one trend that isn’t going away anytime soon has as much to do with the food as the vessel that it’s served in. Meals served in bowls continue to be a popular trend, and grain bowls are the new black.

Conserve Water with What You Eat

Forty states are expected to have water shortages over the next ten years. U.S. communities are starting to face both quality and supply issues, unrelated to drought, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). America’s agriculture sector accounts for about 80 percent of U.S. water consumption, according to the USDA.

And peanuts are the most water efficient of all nuts, using only 4.7 gallons of water to produce one serving (1 ounce) compared to almonds, for example, which use 80.4 gallons per ounce. Worldwide peanut production contributes to just 1 percent of the global water footprint, which is the measure of water used to produce goods and services.

    

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