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Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon. Are you in the mood for some comfort food?

Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon

Of course you are; it's January. In the interest of resolutions and energy, you might, however, be leaning towards something with vegetables — perhaps even a vegetarian dish? I have a proposal for you: Fresh baby spinach and chickpeas seared with ginger, garlic, and onion in a creamy coconut milk sauce, finished off with a healthy dash of lemon. But it doesn't stop there. No — this spicy, tangy dish of greens was designed to be served over a sweet potato. It's a mess of color and vegetables: Green, tender spinach draped over a big, hot sweet potato. This isn't by any means an especially difficult or even original meal; there are scads of recipes out there for greens braised in coconut milk.

Poured over the sweet potato this is powerhouse vegan comfort food, with loads of flavor and solid sustenance from the chickpeas and sweet potato. Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon serves 4 as a main dish or 6 as a side (Images: Faith Durand) Becoming Vegan/Being Vegan- What is Veganism. Vegetarian & Vegan Information. It can be very difficult to switch to a meatless way of eating, so you should know what you're getting into before you get into it.

Vegetarian & Vegan Information

Examine the pros as well as the cons, but know that becoming a vegetarian involves more than just not eating meat. There are all types of vegetarians - those who give up all dairy products including eggs and cheese, and those who simply eat fruits and vegetable and nothing else. The choice is up to you when you are thinking about becoming a vegetarian, but before you throw away that cottage cheese, realize that you will need to do other things that will meet the nutritional needs that your body will be denied without that serving of cottage cheese. You may want to start off slow and work your way towards totally becoming a vegetarian. All the words like vegetarian or vegan. The Health Benefits Of A Vegan Diet. Out of all the diets championed by health experts these days, veganism can seem like the most intimidating.

The Health Benefits Of A Vegan Diet

The name almost sounds like a religion. And perhaps that’s fitting: Many vegans cite ethical reasons for why they only eat plant-based foods. Health & Nutrition, Raw Food Videos. Protein in the Vegan Diet. By Reed Mangels, PhD, RD From Simply Vegan 5th Edition Summary: It is easy for a vegan diet to meet recommendations for protein, as long as calorie intake is adequate.

Protein in the Vegan Diet

Strict protein combining is not necessary; it is more important to eat a varied diet throughout the day. Some Americans are obsessed with protein. Vegans are bombarded with questions about where they get their protein. Athletes used to eat thick steaks before competition because they thought it would improve their performance. How much protein do we need? So, in the United States it appears that vegan diets are commonly lower in protein than standard American diets. Table 2 shows the amount of protein in various vegan foods and also the number of grams of protein per 100 calories. It is very easy for a vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein. What about combining or complementing protein? Vegan for 30 Days.

Author’s note: As some readers have rightfully pointed out, “going vegan” is not just a matter of diet.

Vegan for 30 Days

This post, and the experiment it describes, pertains only to animal use as it relates to food. This is the second experiment in two months that has made a dramatic difference in how I live and how I feel on a day-to-day basis. Last time I stripped my life of unnecessary and unused possessions, and this time I stripped it of animal foods. I ate 100% vegan for 30 days, primarily to see what effects it had on my health and my self-discipline when it comes to eating.

I found I took to it very easily, and my body felt like it had been waiting for me to make this change for a long time. What I discovered It wasn’t hard. Fruits & Veggies-Vegan Health Guide. Fruits and vegetables are a significant part of the New Four Food Groups.

Fruits & Veggies-Vegan Health Guide

A healthy vegan or vegetarian diet relies on fruits and vegetables to provide much of the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed every day. Quick Page Summary: It's important to eat plenty of fruits (at least 3 servings) and vegetables (at least 4 servings) every day. Fresh, raw produce is usually the best choice, but there's benefits to cooked, canned, and frozen, too.

When you can afford to do so, buy organic produce, as it has the best flavor and the most nutrients; if you're on a tight budget, purchase organic produce if the conventional alternative is typically high in pesticides—like peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes.

Daily Recommendations According to the Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), the following are the daily recommendations for fruits and vegetables. Each fruit and vegetable is unique.