Tag: vegan

8 vegetarian recipes for family dinner that pack in the protein.

Reducing meat is one of the hardest shifts I’ve ever made in my family’s eating. Even though I’d been a vegetarian through college, I had no idea at the time how to go meatless healthfully. (My youthful diet of pizza, pasta, and more pizza wouldn’t quite cut it for my family.) After some practice, though, I figured out how to make meals like these eight high-protein, vegetarian recipes  that taste delicious and provide my kids with exactly what they need to stay healthy and energetic. You know, so that they can grow up and subsist on pizza, pasta, and more pizza when...

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The best nail shades of the Pantone spring 2015 colors. Also the most affordable way to stay on trend.

We’re digging our way out of the snow yet again this weekend, and I, for one, am soooo ready for spring. For the moment, however, looking at Pantone’s cheery palette of spring 2015 colors will have to do. As much as we’d love designer handbags in all these shades, nail polishes is a far easier — and less expensive — way to stay on trend. Plus you won’t be paying off your credit card bills when the next seasons’s colors are released. I’ve compared all the Pantone 2015 colors from Aquamarine to Marsala from all of our favorite nail polish brands to track down the most perfect match for each...

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Faux leather handbags as luscious as the real thing

Years ago, we discovered the wonderful faux leather handbag designs of Crystalyn Kae, and became fast fans. Our love of her work was only solidified after the breaking news that lots of faux leather handbags contain high levels of lead, but hers were not among them. Still, it’s been a while since I’ve checked in with her shop and wow, there are some great new handbags out for fall, including a Women’s Hobo Bag which comes in seven cool colors.   One of the benefits of vegan leather is that it’s way lighter than real leather, water-resistant, and can be more durable...

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NOURI bars: Healthy snack bars from a small company on a big mission to help end hunger.

It’s a good thing when a new snack bar helps you feed your own children healthfully, but it’s even better when it also helps you feed a hungry child. NOURI is a new snack bar company with a big social mission to help end hunger. For every bar that you buy, the good folks at NOURI donate a portion of the proceeds to their charity partners actively working to get meals into the hands of children in need. NOURI healthy snack bars are pretty tasty, but contributing to this effort makes them even sweeter. NOURI healthy snack bars come...

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5 delicious juice recipes for busy school mornings. (Psst, they’ve got veggies in them too.)

Now that we’re heading back to school, even with hectic mornings, I’d still like some healthy fruits and veggies to keep my kids alert, focused and energized while they’re in class. One of my favorite ways to sneak those dark leafy greens into their diet is in these homemade juice recipes with veggies in them. (Just don’t tell my kids about the veggie part.) Here are five of my favorites which are especially helpful if we end up running out the door with granola bars in our hands. Because let’s be honest, it happens. These recipes should be made with a juicer, not a...

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Vegetarian Father’s Day recipes for a bacon-free feast

This just in: Not all dads eat bacon. I mean, my own dad and the father of my kids do—like, they really eat bacon—but plenty of men are vegetarians and vegans. Or Kosher. Or they just don’t like it. So since all dads deserve to eat well on Father’s Day, I want to celebrate them too, with a menu complete with Vegetarian Father’s Day recipes. It’s even got hearty vegan recipes thrown in for good measure. Hearty Vegetarian/Vegan Mexican Dinner A Mexican feast for Father’s Day means tacos and I’m dying over these amazing vegetarian tacos at Wild Greens and Sardines. As the title...

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Pop Karma gourmet popcorn will spoil you for every other popcorn for life.

So let’s talk popcorn. Specifically, gourmet popcorn. More specifically, White Truffle Cheddar organic popcorn from Pop Karma. Or wait–you talk a minute, because my mouth is still full. A friend recently sent me some of this stuff from NYC’s illustrious little downtown gourmet popcorn shop and holy…I could not stop eating it. For real. And I say this as someone who tends to opt for Junior Mints at the movie theater. The flavor is absolutely perfect–and sophisticated enough that you can give it as a gift to your mom or your boss or yourself. And keep it from the...

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Bubbly Babies: A gentle, vegan shampoo for kids

With a second grade mermaid in my house who hates showers but loves her long hair, I often find myself at sea when selecting a shampoo and just found it with a wonderful new 100% vegan shampoo for kids. Most baby shampoos aren’t qualified to care for big kid hair, but many of the big kid shampoos aren’t gentle and safe enough for tender areas that will soak in the bath for an hour after washing. The Bubbly Babies products from Oh My DeVita Baby, however, have been working wonders for us. The shampoo comes either lightly scented with Calendula (my pick)...

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6 fantastic charoset recipes for your Passover seder

Charoset, a deliciously sweet spread made of fruit and nuts served at Passover seder, is one of the most popular—and meaningful—foods of the holiday. More than that, charoset is as wonderful on any table as it is at the seder, stirred into yogurt, swirled into oatmeal, or even spooned over ice cream, as you would a fruity chutney. Check out these 6 charoset recipes and you’ll understand exactly what I mean, even if you don’t celebrate Passover. The Apple Cinnamon Charoset with Candied Walnuts (above) from Shiksa in the Kitchen is one of my new favorites. It must have something to...

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6 easy muffin tin recipes too irresistibly cute and delicious to refuse

Cutesy food isn’t my thing, but I’m a sucker for easy muffin tin recipes. Real kid- and grownup-friendly food portioned in just the right size is just too fun to resist, especially when the mini factor can make dinner more appealing to picky eaters. Give one of these 6 tasty recipes all baked in muffin tins a try, and you’ll see: Make it small and they will come. Always a sucker for the unconventional, I’ve got to start with the Mini Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taco Bowls (above) from Keepin it Kind. Kristy use the underside of the muffin tin...

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Healthy snacks for kids: Our favorite homemade granola bars for any diet

At the beginning of the school year, the web is brimming with recipes for healthy snacks for kids. I love kicking the year off with tons of lunchbox and after-school inspiration, but spring is about the time when I run out of steam. These easy homemade granola bars—with nut-free, gluten-free, and even vegan options—are the delicious new ideas I need to get through the rest of the school year. No-bake Biscoff Granola Bars (above) from Cooking and Beer had me at Biscoff. (You know, the airplane cookies?) Though they are also packed with good stuff like flax seeds and raw...

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The easiest homemade pudding recipes, plus 7 of the best ever pudding desserts.

Pudding desserts are my favorite sweets for this time of year when I’d rather be on the run in the warming weather than at home baking, but it’s not hot enough yet for ice cream or popsicles. Having a go-to homemade pudding recipe and lots of ideas for easy pudding desserts is key for me, because keeping my family’s sweet tooth happy is a critical part of parenting. To start, ditch the instant pudding pack and learn how to make pudding from scratch. Trust me.   Homemade Pudding Recipes Classic vanilla and chocolate are particularly easy to make, and...

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A chic play mat that matches your living room more than it matches a neon explosion

There are many times I’ve considered permanently covering the floor in butcher paper to protect it from the ketchup and rice that always miss my kids’ mouths at mealtime. Same goes for those days my son paints on his easel. Although I’ve considered sacrificing a few old patchwork quilts sent to us as baby gifts, I another option is the chic, wipeable new Posh Play Mat.  Unlike most kids’ play mats that come in juvenile patterns, the Posh Play Mat is made with PVC-free faux leather (so no carcinogens) and embossed with a faux reptile pattern that’s very Fashion...

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5 deliciously detoxifying smoothies to kick off a healthy new year

After feasting  for Thanksgivukkah, snacking on treats  for Santa, and indulging cocktails to ring in the new year, I think it might be time we start on those New Year’s resolution with some detoxifying smoothie recipes. It’s cliche, I know, but eating healthy after weeks of indulging feels good. If you’re with me, you’re going to love all five of these smoothie recipes. If you’re skeptical, give just one a try; the best thing about these nutritious drinks is that they really are delicious, too. This Five-Ingredient Detox Smoothie from Minimalist Baker is packed with fiber, antioxidants, and immune boosting nutrients....

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7 eggnog recipes for everyone (even people who think they don’t like eggnog)

Sure, there are lots of reasons why you might not like eggnog. It’s made with raw egg (which makes it hard to share with the kids), can be overly sweet, and tends to be heaaaavy. But I’ve got 7 reasons to love it, even if you think you don’t. As an eggnog fan, I’m out to prove that there’s a nog for everyone. So for every eggnog complaint, I’ve found a delicious eggnog recipe solution. These recipes are, uh, the cream of the crop. So whip out the blender and get ready to cheers with nog this December 25th,...

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Sweet and safe: an allergy-free gingerbread house kit

Food-allergy suffers and vegan families, fret no more at Christmas! You, too, can experience the joy (and balancing act!) of gathering around the table to assemble a candy-covered gingerbread house. This year, an allergy-free bakery in Orange County, California, will save you the extensive labor and time of whipping up your own allergy-free, vegan gingerbread and icing. They’ll send you the pieces, and you and kiddo get to assemble the sweet abode, safely and simply. How cool is that? Sensitive Sweets Bakery is a dedicated gluten-free, nut-free bakery in Fountain Valley, California. Lucky for everyone not local to Sensitive Sweets, the...

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Shoes that grow with your baby. Really!

Don’t even get me started on the hassle of shoe shopping for kids. The second my son started walking last month, I knew we were in for a new pair of shoes every couple of months, just like I had done for his older brother. But then I discovered a new shoe brand that expands along with your tot’s ever-growing tootsies and I’m smitten. The idea behind Shupeas, a new collection of expandable baby shoes that fit sizes 3 to 24 months, is pretty genius. Thanks to some strategic straps and Velcro, you are able to custom fit the...

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Natural gummy bears are yummy bears.

It’s awesome that so many people are eating in a more mindful fashion, making organic and sustainable choices as they are able, but that’s also made food a lot more complicated — and limiting. Allergies and dye-avoidance issues mean giving up some food items, and even categories, you (or your kid) really like (and on some days, really feel you need). And when that means you have to say no to candy? That’s just plain sad. The folks at UK-based confectionary Goody Good Stuff are working magic to get you candy you can say yes to. They’ve rolled out a...

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Is honey safe for babies? This one is.

Back when my oldest was a little baby, I remember a frantic phone call from my mom reminding me not to give the baby honey. Little did she know that I’d already been warned oh, four hundred times by all of my pregnancy and new mom books. But recently I was introduced to a special vegan honey that’s safe for kids of all ages. Bee-Free Honee is made from apples and a little bit of cane sugar and has a syrupy, slightly tart taste that really is good, even if it does taste different than the real thing. It...

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Gluten-free gourmet cookie mix for those of us who’d given up on cookies

I’ve been gluten-free for coming up on a couple of years, now, and while I’ve learned to bake a few essentials, I’ve mostly given up on cookies. Because gluten-free cookies–by and large–suck. And I love to bake, but I’m certainly not going to spend hundreds of dollars on specialty flours and xantham gum and stuff. So when my package of Purely Elizabeth cookie mix arrived, promising gluten-free, vegan, organic goodness… I was already imagining exactly how “delicious” that would be (hint: not very). Sure, the ingredient list is impressive (including my new favorite superfood, chia seeds), but… gluten-free cookies...

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