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whole food plant based diet

Does Heart Disease Run in the Family?

Just Wondering: Am I Destined for Heart Disease? When I was growing up I saw my grandfather and other family members suffering from heart disease and I wondered: does heart disease run in the family? My mother told me it did. High blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks---all symptoms of heart disease---ran in my family, according to mom. In her defense this had been the prevailing wisdom. Anyone who has visited a doctors office will have filled out the lengthy bundle of paperwork before their visit that asks them this very

10 Simple Ways to Enjoy Watermelon

Watermelon is a wonderfully delicious fruit that is full of energy, nutrients, and hydrating water. Summer may be ending soon, but I am still finding watermelons on sale and so wanted to share some of my family's favorite ways to enjoy this fruit while its still in season. Here, illustrated with our family photos, are our top 10 favorite ways to eat or drink watermelon. Simply Sliced: It's too simple not to include in our list. Our number one most favorite way is simply to slice the watermelon in half and then to cut

RECIPE: Irish Garden Stew (100% Plants, Vegan, WFPB)

Traditional Irish roots and herbs combine in this recipe for a tasty and nutritious 100% plants, vegan soup. When I developed this recipe I was looking to make a dinner that would help connect my family and I to our Irish heritage. Irish Stew is Ireland's official National Dish and is at the front of most every list of traditional Irish fare. While traditional Irish Stew is known to contain older sheep, this recipe places the Irish garden's bounty as the centerpiece. Potatoes, carrots, rutabaga, parsnip, onion, barley, and

The Medicinal Uses of Bananas

Every part of a banana plant has multiple medicinal and nutritional uses.  For thousands of years people have been cultivating bananas and using their medicine. Most modern medicines have their origins in nature's plant pharmacy. Why not skip the unnecessary artificial chemicals and pricey prescriptions and go straight to the source. While most known for its sweet and creamy fruits, there's so much more to love about the amazing banana! This article will introduce you to numerous simple ways you can use all the parts of a…

10 Health Benefits of Bananas Backed by Science

Bananas are a fruit prized for their health benefits. The creamy fruits are a staple food in our house because they are delicious, versatile, and one of the most affordable sources of nutrition at the market. Here are the top ten evidence-based health benefits of bananas that will have you reaching for more of the sweet and creamy fruits. 1. Bananas Are A Perfect Package of Energy Bananas are an amazing nutrient-rich source of healthy energy, pure hydration, plant fiber, and nutrients. They also come in a perfect package…

Plant-Based Protein is Easy to Find

Plant-based protein is easy to find! If you are concerned about how to get enough protein in your diet, you're not alone. Americans have been obsessed with protein after being bombarded with messages that protein is hard to find. Decades of marketing by the meat and dairy industries have ingrained the idea that meat and milk are "protein" foods, while failing to mention that fruits, vegetables, and other plant foods contain protein too! To help ease your nutrition worries, here's some simple charts that show common…

RECIPE: Garden Sushi Cups – Vegan Sushi

Garden Sushi Cups Recipe Add variety to your vegan sushi repertoire. This simple tasty vegan sushi recipe contains 100% whole plant foods that you can grow in your garden. Garden Sushi Cups are heart-healthy, low-fat, low-sodium, dairy-free, gluten-free, and full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Read more about how to make this easy and nutritious plant-based recipe the whole family will love. Kid-Approved Plant-based Recipe This recipe was probably my fourth grade students favorite recipe of the year. The students…

Anthony Yen Abandoned the Standard American Diet to Save His Heart

When Anthony Yen was diagnosed with Heart Disease, he went back to the diet of his Chinese parents to save his heart. Yen came to the United States in 1949 and began to eat the way Americans eat. Yen was a businessman who owned several oversees manufacturing plants and he ate a diet typical of other businessmen. Yen enjoyed fatty foods like fried chicken, pork chops, roast beef, and chocolate mouse. The fat-rich diet caught up to him in his 50s when he experienced chest tightening and unusual sweating while dancing with his…