Friday, September 10, 2010

Go animal-free this week-end!

More than 3 million Americans are living the vegan lifestyle. With so many animal-free options out there today, it makes it easy for anyone to give it a try. You would be surpised at how many vegan foods you are enjoying already. Did you know that just one less meat-based meal a week helps the planet, and your diet. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce just one lb. of beef. Is that really necessary? For each hamburger you eat that started out from animals raised on rainforest land, about 55 square feet of forest was destroyed. Is that burger worth it?
Just try it this week end. Breakfast can be cereals, oatmeals yoghurt or a fruit smoothie, with soy milk of course. Then for lunch and dinner, vegetarian meats if you must, but fruits and vegetables are always a great choice. Have a potatoe, some pasta,brown rice, or even peanut butter and jelly. Just start slow. Snack on pretzels, popcorn, raisins, nuts and fresh fruit.
Are you setting a good example for your kids? Its their future. Think about that the next time you pick up dinner. Itsn't it time you made some changes that will impact them and their envirement?
Oh, and don't forget when you are shopping this week- end to buy cruelty-free products. Most of these items can be found in natural stores. Saving the anmimals saves the planet. Not so bad ! You will feel better, and you'll be saving the planet in your own very personal way. Give it a try!

C'mon , have a vegan week-end!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Isn't it time you went green and black?

Ok- so you know you should be drinking more tea, right? Well, start with the green stuff you know is good for you. The main ingredient in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Can you say that? It doesn't matter if you can, all that matters is that you are drinking it because it keeps your metabolic rate up. This helps burn more calories during the day and helps with keeping the abdominal fat off so you can still eat your cookies. Ok, we like that.

Green tea also has loads of antioxidants to help fight aging and ward of diseases. This is good stuff. Are you listening?

Now, green, oolong and black teas all come from the same plant . However, there are different processes that cause the black and oolong teas to lose their green color. Studies have shown that black tea can help in reducing Cortisol levels, which encourages fat storage around the mid section. Black tea also aids in lowering cholesterol and regulates blood sugar. Ok, so now that we have discussed the benefits of these teas, its time to put the hot water on and have a cup!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Did your cookies come out flat?

Ok, so your cookies came out too flat? What did you do wrong? Sometimes it happens. If the butter or vegan spread you used was too warm when you added to the mix, your cookies will come out as flat as pancakes. Sometimes its a good ideas to refrigerate the cookie dough for about 45 minutes before scooping and baking. Ok, there, now try that , and let me know how things went for you the second time around.

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