New Years Resolution – Keep Doing Keto, But With One New Rule

I think I’ll get a head start on my New Years resolution, even before January

When I go back to last year, my lifestyle has been completely different. This year I’ve started doing Keto and my life has turned upside down. So happy to be doing this now. But, of course I have a resolution and I will not wait until January to make it a habit. I am starting right now.

I will be living to inspire others to do Keto. This year has been all about me, but I am dedicating 2019 to all the people around me and encourage them to start Keto and discover its benefits.

Can’t wait!

15 Raw Food Recipes for Your Post-Thanksgiving Cleanse

The last thing anyone wants to think about before the holiday feast is staying healthy. Certainly the holidays are a time for enjoying food, family, and friends without too much thought to how your body is going to react to it all the morning after. Still, why not show your body the love it deserves in between Holidays this season as well?
Raw foods are excellent choice when trying to detox. Raw foods give moreenergy,are jame-packed withnutrition, and are recommended byexperts and popular outlets alike.The only question is, where do you start?
Right here is a good choice! Weve put together a list of fifteen delicious raw food recipes for your post-Thanksgiving, pre-Xmas detox, courtesy of theFood Monster App!
1. Kelp Noodle Chili Salad

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Kelp Noodle Chili SaladbyNikki Stokes is a quick, easy and delicious way to start using kelp noodles. It takes barely 10 minutes to pull together, and you can be soaking any remaining sea taste out of your kelp noodles while you chop your veggies, so its efficient as well.
2. Carrot Ginger Soup with Curried Raisin Relish

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Nikki and Zuzanas Carrot Ginger Soup with Curried Raisin Relishis vegan, gluten-free and suitable for those following a plant-based as well as raw vegan diet and of course anyone who just want to eat more healthily. The combination of carrots and ginger creates a comforting combination in this satisfying soup just the right treat during a cool fall season.
3. Creamy Beetroot and Avocado Soup

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Olivia Budgens vibrantCreamy Beetroot and Avocado Soupis naturally silky, creamy and extremely fulfilling and satisfying. The deep rich color represents the high content of antioxidants that the beetroot contains. This dish is raw which means that all these antioxidants (along with the enzymes, vitamins and minerals) havent been destroyed by heat and your body will be able to efficiently recognize, absorb and utilize them.
4. Healthy Raffaello (Coconut-Almond Truffles)

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Lucie JavorskasHealthy Raffaello (Coconut-Almond Truffles)are made of wholesome, natural ingredients and will get you hooked before you can say coconut. The almonds wrapped in soft, creamy and sweet coconut dough are crazy addictive!
5. Banana Bread Energy Bar

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Julie Van den KerchovesBanana Bread Energy Bartaste like heaven and really boost your energy levels!
6. Raw Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

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These Raw Cauliflower Mashed PotatoesbyOlivia Budgenmake a perfect and healthy side dish to dollop onto your plate of fresh food. Enjoy at your holiday festivities, or at any other time cause theyre just that good!
7. Enchiladas With Chunky Salsa, Cheesy Sauce, and Spicy Nut Meat
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You wont believeEmily von Euws Enchiladas With Chunky Salsais raw and vegan. A salsa and walnut taco meat, spiced with cumin, and coriander, is wrapped up in tomato-corn tortillas and covered in a creamy cashew cheese sauce.
8.Raw Zucchini Pasta With Creamy Avocado-Cucumber Sauce
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Pasta lovers will be impressed withRachael Campbells refreshingRaw Zucchini Pasta. Prepare noodles by cutting zucchini julienne style or spiralized. Then, make a creamy, non-dairy sauce using avocado and cucumber.
9. Zucchini Lasagna With Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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ThisZucchini Lasagna With Sun-Dried Tomatoesis so artsy and colorful!This is a classic raw food staple; every raw food chef has a version of this recipe. ByRaw and Radiant: 130 Quick Recipes and Holistic Tips For A Healthy Life.
10. Raw Lasagna With Cashew Cheese and Pesto
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Whether you eatRachael Campbells Raw Lasagna With Cashew Cheese and Pestoflat or as a rollatini, it is sure to be a crowd favorite. The layers you see include a simple cashew cheese with garlic, rosemary and lemon and then a pesto of sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli.
11. Raspberry Macadamia Coconut Chia Pudding

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Anett Velsbergs Raspberry Macadamia Coconut Chia Puddingis so beautiful and so yummy, you wont even think about how healthy it is. Coconut chia pudding is layered with creamy macadamia butter, raspberry pure, and fresh berries. This decadent breakfast is sweet, a little tangy, creamy, and refreshing. This may be ideal for breakfast, but it also makes a great afternoon or midnight snack for when youre craving something sweet.
12. Sweet and Sour Cucumber Carrot Noodles

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Diana Johnsons vibrantSweet and Sour Cucumber Carrot Noodle Bowllooks gorgeous and tastes even better. The noodle base is filling, with great crunch and texture and the chickpeas add a meaty texture. A drizzle of homemade sweet and sour dressing adds another layer of flavor. This refreshing dish is perfect for the transition from cool weather to warmer days.
13. Raw Zucchini Pad Thai

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Spiralized carrots and zucchinis make the perfect noodles inChantelle Zakariasens Raw Zucchini Pad Thai. The zucchini is soft, the carrots have just a little bit of bite to them, and its all topped with a creamy, spicy sauce that youll want to put on everything. This is a light, flavorful meal thats great for lunch or a light dinner.
14. Black-Eyed Pea Collard Wraps with Pickled Vegetables and Ginger Peanut Sauce

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Erin Beccias Black-Eyed Pea Collard Wraps with Pickled Vegetables and Ginger Peanut Sauceare perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Colorful pickled vegetables and black-eyed peas are wrapped in dark green collard leaves for a meal that will catch everyones eye. Pickling the vegetables adds tanginess, but its not necessary the wraps are amazing as they are, too.
Walnut Taco Meat

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Process some soaked walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, a chunk of onion, a little cumin, and a clove of garlic until well combined but chunky. Use it on a bed of lettuce and veggies to create araw vegan taco salad fromChrista ClarksWalnut Taco Meat roll it up in chard leaves and top the rolls with homemade vegan sour cream to make rich and filling enchiladas. This mixture is also delicious stuffed inside mushrooms and dehydrated for an hour or two.
Still cant get enough smoothies? Check out5 Different Ways to Get Started with Raw Foods! If youd like to have the recipe close by while youre blending yourself a yummy smoothie, you can just download the Food Monster App. All of these recipes are there, including other breakfast recipes, like theseAmazing Vegan Breakfast Recipes That Youll Want to Wake Up Early For!

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Fruit Powder Market 2017 Size, Share, Trends, Growth, Regional Outlook And Forecast to 2021

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We look at healthy snacks for school and liquid lipsticks for mums on the school run

ONLINE searches for healthy snacks for school rose 700 per cent this week. Even if you look after your health, everybody loves a treat.
There is a way to snack healthier instead of munching on crisps or chocolate. We look at new snacks on the market which are perfect for adults and kids and pay lip service to some liquid lipsticks.
with Jane Atkinson
Bepps are black-eyed pea puff snacks think Wotsits but healthier
Half the calories of regular crisps, with organic ingredients, no gluten and a donation to charity with each pack…these sound great, and they are.
Bepps are black-eyed pea puff snacks think Wotsits but healthier.
They come in sweet chilli, cheese or, my favourite, sea salt and black pepper.
Contains 91kcal a pack with 3.6g of fat. (1.20 a bag,
The Curators have created four new varieties that are tasty, tender and filling pieces of beef
Jerky can sometimes be a bit rubbery and too dry. But The Curators have created four new varieties that are decent, tasty, filling pieces of beef with great flavours and are more tender than your normal jerky.
The sweet and smoky has a barbecue marinade. It has 37g of protein and 3.3g of fat per 100g with just 75 calories per 30g bag.
Scrummy! Its not cheap, but its worth it. (2.50,
Munchy Seeds has sweetened pumpkin and sunflower seeds up
I love pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Munchy Seeds has sweetened them up with salted caramel pots and snack packs, which also include a bit of coconut.
Contain 33g of fat per 100g and 273.5kcal per 50g. (2.49 for 120g,

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The only problem with a long-wearing lippy like theMaybelline SuperStay Matte Ink is getting it off

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Has a smooth matte finish and was not drying at all. The only problem with such a long-wearing lippy, is getting it off.
The strongest colour but hardest to remove! Still, my favourite of the three.
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15 Post-Thanksgiving Vegan Breakfast Ideas

After a day full of delicious holiday foods, the last thing youll want to do is cook breakfast. Chances are youre all cooked out! However, if you plan one of these amazing festive recipes for the morning after your Thanksgiving festivities, you may be looking forward to making breakfast even more than Thanksgiving dinner! Theyre full of holiday flavors, and absolutely delicious. Check out these dishes shared by our amazing bloggers that we found on our Food Monster App for all of your breakfast or brunch inspo!
1. Simple Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes

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Mmmm, sweet potatoes for breakfast! TheseSimple Stuffed Breakfast Sweet PotatoesfromCrissy Cavanaugh seriously couldnt be an easier recipe yet it feels like the fanciest thing you could ever eat. Warm sweet potatoes dripping with almond butter and stuffed with your favorite granola hello, can it be morning all day?
2.Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Waffles

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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle WafflesfromSara Grandominico are so soft and perfectly sweet and spiced! Healthy, grain-free, and naturally sweet. The banana flour gives such a great thick, dense, almost chewy texture. So perfect for waffles.
3. Buckwheat Apple Pie Pancakes

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Whats better than apple pie? How aboutBuckwheat Apple Pie PancakesfromHolly Bertone? These pancakes are made with buckwheat, which is actually gluten free. They are also vegan. And they taste like apple pie. Can you think of anything better than eating a stack of these on a crisp, autumn morning? Theyre also perfect to serve your holiday guests for breakfast or brunch.
4. Quinoa Breakfast Bowls with Cinnamon Apples and Agave

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This amazing Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Cinnamon Apples and AgavefromJamie Bevia is kind of like oatmeal, but better, and will keep you full until lunch! Packed with flavor and vitamins, it makes for the perfect way to start the day. This makes a great breakfast on the weekends when you have a little more time. You cant rush perfection. Sprinkle with some slivered raw almonds or anything that excites you in the morning!
5. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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If youre looking to manifest your affinity for pumpkin, youve met your match with these veganPumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese icing fromGabrielle St. Claire! Pumpkin pure is mixed in the dough and both the dough and filling are infused with pumpkin spice for extra fall flavor. Pour on a heavy drizzle of cream cheese icing and get ready for the most delicious, seasonal breakfast youve ever had.
6. Savory Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

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ThisSavory Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl recipe by Amy Height is super yummy. Like, extra super yummy because of how easy it is to make. A savory way to enjoy complex-carbohydrate rich sweet potatoes for breakfast.
7. Nut and Fruit Breakfast Loaf

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Breakfast breads are easy to make and the ingredients can encompass anything youre craving or have on hand! If youre looking for an effortless morning go-to thats packed with everything from nuts, oats, carrots, to cranberries, you need this recipe for aNut and Fruit Breakfast LoaffromGabrielle St. Claire.
8. Apple, Pecan, and Cinnamon Overnight Oats

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Such a classic combo, but for good reason! The cinnamon adds a lovely warming spice, making this flavor combo perfect for the colder months. Youve got to make theseApple, Pecan, and Cinnamon Overnight OatsfromSophie Parker!
9. Pumpkin Oat Pancakes

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Pumpkin, oats, spices in pancake formYes please. To make it even easier, you can literally throw everything into a blender and blend your way to some perfect pancakes. This is the epitome of lazy fall breakfasts, my friends. They are also gluten and oil free, with a no sugar option!? Yessir. This simple recipe forPumpkin Oat PancakesfromNicole Dunai is perfect for those mornings when you crawl out of bed, plop your feet into some fuzzy slippers and need a meal that makes you feel all snug and cozy on the inside.
10. Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potato with Coconut Date Crunch

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Sweet potato for breakfast? Yes, please! In this recipe forBreakfast Stuffed Sweet Potato with Coconut Date Crunch fromLena Pfetzer, tender sweet potatoes are stuffed with a super creamy vanilla oatmeal, a two-ingredient raspberry jam, and an addictively crunchy toasted coconut date crunch. Drizzle with peanut butter and top with seasonal berries as a finishing touch.
11. Apple Pie Streusel Muffins

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A fluffy & moist muffin embedded with soft chunks of apple and topped with a crunchy, sweet streusel topping! This recipe forApple Pie Streusel MuffinsfromTaavi Mooreis amazing!
12. Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

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ThisPumpkin Pie Overnight Oats recipe fromDanielle Joy tastes exactly like pumpkin pie! Its topped with a homemade pumpkin butter that takes less than 2 minutes to make. Pumpkins are very low in calories, and they support the immune system. Pecans are rich in magnesium a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. They also contain healthy fats and lots of fiber.
13. Kale, Sweet Potato and Tempeh Breakfast Hash

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Breakfast hashes make for a filling breakfast, but theyre often served with eggs. For a plant-based alternative, you can use tempeh, which not only provides a good source of protein, but also helps make the dish heartier. And, if youre short on time, you can always microwave the sweet potato instead of baking it, which will cut down your cooking time by about 15 minutes. Try thisKale, Sweet Potato and Tempeh Breakfast Hash fromPlant Protein Recipes That Youll Love!
14. Sweet Potato Date Muffins

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TheseSweet Potato Date MuffinsfromCora Matheson are wholesome and filling, yet delectably sweet and moist using whole grains and minimal ingredients. They combine the dynamite combination of sweet potatoes and dates which will be sure to make your next breakfast or snack a real sweet treat.
15. Sweet Potato Waffles

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With all the sweet potatoes that are going to be on our grocery lists this season, we want to include them in as many meals as possible including breakfast! TheseSweet Potato WafflesbyStephanie Davies will allow you to enjoy this awesome ingredient like never before.
Still need more Thanksgiving ideas? Weve got plenty! Check out our Ultimate Thanksgiving Guidefor all the plant-based Thanksgiving recipes you could hope for, from appetizers to desserts and everything in between.With theFood Monster App, you can take these recipes also on the go with you. With over 10,000 recipes right in the palm of your hand, youll always have something delicious and new to try. Its available for bothAndroidandiPhone, and can also be found on InstagramandFacebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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A style blogger reveals the skin-saving essentials she keeps stocked at all times

The life of a fashion and beauty blogger means a constant influx of sleekly packaged products (someone has to try them all), but have you ever wondered which onesactually earn a permanent spot in her skin-care rotation?
Because space in her beauty cabinet is prime real estate, we tapped Samantha Wennerstrom, editor and founder ofCould I Have That?, to let us take a closer look at the everyday products she keeps on her vanitystarting with drinkable beauty supplement Aethern.
A new addition to her routine, Aethern has Wennerstrom hooked on its glow-boosting effects, thanks to ingredients like bioactive collagen peptides and hyaluronic acid delivered in the drinkable elixir. I love knowing that Im supporting my skin from the inside out, Wennerstrom says.
So if you feel like your beauty routine is made up of a mish-mash of gifts from friends and last-minute emergency finds you picked up at the drugstore, listen upthese are the skin-savers youre going to want to stock up on.
Scroll down to take a peak inside her beauty cabinetand find out which products are her must-haves.

What is your daily beauty routine like?
In the morning I take my Aethern supplement with some orange juice, splash my face with cold water, use my True Botanicals products, and typically weigh on the light side with makeupChantecaille tinted moisturizer, Dior mascara, and some Laura Mercier concealer.
Why are these products your must-haves?
Since I started using Aethern, I definitely felt like I had more of a healthy glow to my skin and experienced zero breakouts while taking the supplement. I was amazed to see all the healthy ingredients, some of which I know Im deficient in, so it was a no brainer. Im already addicted and see this being a mainstay in my daily routine!
I use True Botanicals Clear Cleanser and Renew Face Mist every morning. Every other cleanser I try seems to dry my skin out. This one is gentle but gets the job done.In the shower I use Le Labo The Noir body wash. I love the smell of it, and my husband and I both use it.
I loveSupergoop! Unseen Sunscreen because it doesnt clog my pores or feel heavy under my makeup. But whenever I do have blemishes I use Osmia Spot Treatment. I finish off my beauty routine with my custom blend scent by Heretic Parfum.

What are your main priorities when shopping for beauty products?
My main skin concerns are anti-aging, dryness, and the occasional adult acne. So I want products that support those concerns while also beingsafe and clean, but also effective.
How often do you switch up your products?
I like finding products I love and sticking to them, switching things out too often tends to irritate my skin. Ive been using the True Botanicals line now for over a year. I cant say enough amazing things about it.
How does your beauty routine support your overall wellness?
I try to take a hot bath once a week and add essential oils and epsom salts, depending on what Im needing. It does wonders for my overall health, skin, and well-being. Plus, I get the best sleep after a good soak which does everything for my complexion and energy.


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Vegan Mini Chain Whole Heart Provisions Opens 3rd Location in Harvard’s Smith Campus Dining Center

A new vegan restaurant has opened in Harvard University, bringing vegetable-centric bowls and brunch to the Smith Campus Dining Center.For the grand opening of the third location, free t-shirts with the pun, Eat Kale Beet Yale were given away.
Local news source The Harvard Crimson reports that the new dining spot isWhole Heart Provisions, a Massachusetts-based mini-chain. The restaurant emphasizes healthy eating with veggie bowls that are served over the customers choice of a bed of grains or greens. On Sundays, it serves vegan brunch options like pancakes, tofu huevos rancheros, a beet pastrami reuben, and seared avocado tacos.
The Harvard Square location marks the third restaurant opening for Whole Heart Provisions co-founders, Rebecca Arnold and James V. DiSabatino. The duoopened the first location in Alston, Massachusetts in September 2015, followed by a second one in Central Square this past spring. It was Harvard that approached the duo about the prospect of opening an on-campus location. While the pair had reservations about opening another restaurant, the look of the campus center convinced them to take Harvard up on the offer.

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I think its just looking at the future,DiSabatino said, referring to the restaurants primarily whole foods, plant-based menu.A hundred years from now are we going to be eating less meat or more meat as a society? I think its pretty clear its going to be less, because the planet kind of depends on it.
Harvard is looking to plant-based cuisine as the future of food as well. Last June, chefs from Harvard University Dining Services participated in the Humane Society of the United States Forward Food vegan cuisine training course.Many of [our chefs] wereclassically trainedin a style where meat was the center of the plate and the core, defining flavor. Forward Food gives them an opportunity to explore new recipes, techniques, and ingredients, said David Davidson, managing director of Harvard University Dining Services.
This isnt the first time the Ivy League university has welcomed a local, veg-forward chain; vegetarian chain Clover Food Labalso has a location in Harvard University Science Center. According to Eater Boston, the vegan Impossible Burger wasadded to the Harvard location of Clover in September 2017 prior to being added to other menus.
Across the nation, campuses areoffering plant-based culinary training programs, adding new vegan dishes to menus, andopening newdining optionsin order to meet the student demand for vegan food. According to leading foodservice provider Aramark, 80 percentof diners, including college students, are interested in trying more plant-based options.

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Cooking Eggplant: What Mistakes to Avoid

Autumn is definitely the best season for cooking eggplant because you can find it anywhere, in all shapes and sizes. But why limit your enjoyment of this veggie for that time of year? You can find it in supermarkets all year and you can take advantage of so many nutrients, like B1, B3, B6, and K vitamins, fiber, and potassium. This veggie is also excellent because its extremely versatile and the options for cooking it are many.
I was never that much into eating cooked veggies; I preferred them fresh any day of the week. To me, cooked veggies seemed like they lost their beautiful texture and fresh flavor and somehow turned to mush. This was all until recently, when I became more adventurous with what I ate, adventurous as opposed to my previous diet. Cooking eggplant was one of my priorities, but I did not get it right. At first.
Of course, as with any food, its good to do a little research before cooking eggplant, because believe us, you want to accentuate its flavors as much as possible. There are some mistakes you could make, and you could end up with a bitter eggplant dish. Like I did.
When in a dipping mood, please try to make some delicious baba ganoush spread.
The benefits of eating cooked eggplant
And that would be a shame, because not only can eggplant be tasty and with an amazing texture, but its also pretty healthy eating in my or anyone elses book. One cup of cubed and cooked eggplant only has 35 calories, but its rich in fiber, minerals like copper, manganese, and potassium, but also B1, B3, B6, and K vitamins.
It also contains phytonutrients with antioxidant activity. Thanks to them, eating eggplant helps protect brain cell membranes. It also lowers the risk of heart disease because those antioxidants keep your bad cholesterol levels low.
If you cook the eggplant right, its creamy and earthy and makes one hell of a dip or puree. Its also excellent in roasted and grilled dishes.
How to avoid mistakes when cooking eggplant
1. By choosing the right one
Its always tempting to go for the bigger, glossier eggplants in the market for purely aesthetic reasons. These are good for making eggplant parmigiana or baba ghanoush. But there are sweeter varieties like the chubbier Thai one or the slender Japanese one. These are better for stir-fries. So, think of a dish and then pick the eggplant variety accordingly.
Also, you need a ripe eggplant to be able to take full advantage of the flavor! How do you know if its ripe? Check out the skin. If its firm and shiny, then its good for cooking. If its a bit squishy, then look for another one!
Eggplants should feel heavy in your hand when you pick it up and it should also have a shiny skin and a green stem.
When you buy eggplants, make sure they feel heavy and that their skins are shiny.
2. Be careful when using fat or oil to cook it
Eggplant has a spongy texture, which means its prone to absorbing oils and fats, so it could end up soggy in the end, with a very oily taste. Thats what I went through multiple times until I found out what the solutions are! You can coat the eggplant pieces with eggs and breadcrumbs to form a barrier between the oil and the veggie. Or treat them with salt to remove some of the moisture. You could also coat them with oil and broil them until theyre brown and crispy.
Dont cook it in too much fat, because you could have a greasy and disgusting dish on your hands.
But that doesnt mean you should be afraid of using oil or fat to cook your eggplant. Because it soaks up the fat, it needs a bit more oil to be cooked on the surface. Just follow the instructions in the recipe and you should be fine.
Eggplants have a spongy texture, so be careful when you cook them with fat.
3. Dont overpower it with the other ingredients
When youre cooking with eggplant and cheeses or sauces, its essential not to drown your star veggie in the other ingredients, because eggplant has a very nice flavor. And the goal here is to enhance it, not obscure it. What good would it do to get just another dish that tastes like melted cheese, sauce, and not much else?
Use seasoning, condiments, and other ingredients to enhance its flavor. Eggplant goes well with soy sauce, tahini sauce, lentils, pine nuts, cumin, tomatoes, chickpeas, ginger, or garlic. The goal here is to experiment, and there are a lot of recipes out there with great ideas. Here are some.
When you cook eggplants with cheese sauces, make sure not to lose the veggies flavor.
4. Know when to remove the skin
If you have a huge eggplant, it could be older and have a tougher skin. In this case, its a good idea to peel it. Smaller, younger eggplantshave tender skins which means you can keep them on for more texture and flavor in your dish.
To make the most out of your eggplant, use it in a hearty casserole!

This turmeric pumpkin quinoa oatmeal is the perfect post-Thanksgiving breakfast

Whether your Thanksgiving spread includes the classics like cranberry sauce and green bean casserole or is a bit more experimentalwith tofurkey and avocado acorn squash, chances are it still ends with a delicious pumpkin pie. The morning after your feast, cravings for that sweet, beloved dish may lingerand Remy Park, AKA, the force behind the stunning blood Veggiekins, came up with a way to not only breakfast-fy it, but make it into an adaptogenic(read: stress reducing)energy booster.
Im normally a smoothieperson but when the weather starts to get cold, there are mornings where I cant justify eating something frozen, says Park. So instead, she created this cozy breakfast thats brimming with superfoods.
Start with the basea blend of quinoa and oats. I like to add quinoa to my oats because it brings a little more texture, protein, and a really nice nutty flavor, says Park. Then, the spices: Park choose the pumpkin spice blend not for its seasonal ubiquity, but because of its warming properties: Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice encourage circulation in your body, which can help keep you warma bonus on a cool winter morning. To top it all off, Park tossed in two powerful adaptogensmesquite and maca which can help banish brain fog and get your morning off to a sharp start.
The best part is that you can begin with Parks base and customize to your liking by switching up the spices, swapping the sweetener, or playing with the supplements you add.
Want to try it for yourself? Keep reading to get the recipe.
Veggiekins blogger Remy Park. Photo: Remy Park
Adaptogenic turmeric pumpkin pie quinoa oatmeal
Serves 2
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened vanilla nondairy milk
1/3 cup pumpkin pure
3-4 Tbsp molasses (or other sweetener)
1 tsp pumpkin spice blend (or equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg and clove)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp turmeric
Pinch of black pepper
1 tsp mesquite powder
1 tsp maca powder
Pecans (optional) for garnish
1. Combine ingredients on stovetop in a pan and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce to simmer and let cook for about 15 min or until quinoa is cooked and liquid is mostly absorbed, stirring occasionally. Top with pecans.
If youre looking for more breakfast ideas,try these no-bloat recipes with gut-boosting benefits or this surprisingly healthy chocolate granola.

Avoid The Risk Of Foodborne Diseases, aka Food Poisioning

Avoid The Risk Of Foodborne Diseases, aka Food Poisioning
Every year about 130-K Americans gets sick, are hospitalized and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases, commonly known as food poisoning, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The risk of picking up foodborne bugs at home can be reduced by following 10 food safety recommendations.
The common sources of infection are:

foods that have been incorrectly stored
not cooked properly
cross-contaminated by other foods.

Keep hands clean
Hands should be washed with soap and water before and during food preparation. This should be repeated after touching raw foods (meat and vegetables) and after contact with any other possible source of contamination.

Stay out of the Kitchen when sick
When gastroenteritis strikes, avoid preparing meals for yourself or for friends and family.

Put Leftovers straight into the Refrigerator
Do not keep any cooked foods or dishes at room temperature for more than 2 hours before putting them in the refrigerator.

Keep yourRefrigerator clean
If foods spill inside, clean up immediately with a suitable detergent.Refrigerators should be cleaned fully as often as necessary and at least once a year.

Check Refrigeratortemperatures
The coldest part of aRefrigerator should be kept at a temperature between 33 and 39F. Check the door seals to ensure they are airtight.
Use separate Chopping Boards
Keep one chopping board for raw meat and fish, and another for cooked foods and clean vegetables. Once foods are cooked, do not reuse the same dishes or utensils to carry or handle raw ingredients.

Do not keep Ready-to-Eat dishes too long
Recommendations suggest that pre-prepared deli products, ready-to-eat dishes, cream-based cakes or highly perishable foods that are not pre-wrapped and which do not have a use-by date should be kept for no more than 3 days.

Cook ground Meat thoroughly
Protect young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems from harmful bacteria by cooking ground meat products thoroughly. A ground meat patty served rare may still harbor harmful bacteria.

Avoid raw Meat, Fish and Dairy
Children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are strongly advised to avoid raw meat and fish (carpaccio, ceviche, sushi, etc.) and unpasteurized dairy products. With fresh produce buy and eat only Organic, wash thoroughly.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively
Paul Ebeling