VZ 107: Is Danger Lurking In Your Kitchen Cabinets?

How to Choose Healthy Cookware

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll be taking a look at different types of cookware. More specifically, we’ll examine why non-stick pans are really a bad idea, and offer some other, healthy cookware options. Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in […]

VZ 106: Vegetarian Cookout with Vickie and Larissa

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we’re getting ready for a Fourth of July vegetarian cookout.  We’ll talk about all the great foods you can grill BESIDES meat, as well as some strategies for going to cookouts away from home. Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! […]

VZ 105: Why Aren’t There More Vegetarian and Vegan Men?

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  Today’s episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast is a listener request. Rachel asked us if we would explore the topic of vegetarian and vegan men. Here is what she said: I have an idea for a future podcast. I think a lot of vegetarians and vegans are women.  Why aren’t there many guys who […]

Simple Ways to Make Pickled Vegetables

Tasty and Tangy...Peter Piper Would Approve

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  I’m nearly 44, but pickles are a relatively new like for me.   When I was but a wee one, I had a bad pickle experience.  I HAD to have a pickle.  But, my mom said, you’re not going to like it…it’s sour. Nope, I was going to eat a pickle.  One big bite…followed by […]

VZ 104: Resource Guide – How to Find In-Season Produce

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  We talk often about eating “in season” to help you save money and find the freshest foods, but how do you know what is in season in your area? In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll be offering some resources to help you figure out what’s available to you and when. Thanks […]

VZ 103: Food and Stress – How to Eat Properly to Stress Less

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll be talking about stress.  We’ll discuss some foods that can exacerbate stress levels and which foods may give you some relief. Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our podcast and listen on iTunes, please consider […]

Stress Less Smoothie Recipe

stress less smoothie recipe http://www.vegetarianzen.comWondering why this green smoothie is called “Stress Less”?  Not sure how drinking a delicious smoothie may help you to chill?  Let’s take a look:

Potassium in bananas and avocados helps to reduce blood pressure.

Soybeans and dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and chard contain magnesium, which can help to combat headaches & fatigue (which can either be direct result of stress, or can make stress worse).

The Omega-3 fatty acid contained in flax seeds can actually help to keep stress hormone levels low.

Healthy doses of Vitamin C will keep your immune system strong and allow you to cope better with stress.  This smoothies packs a Vitamin C punch with dark leafy greens and strawberries.

VZ 102: How to Save Money When Following a Plant-Based Diet

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we revisit a topic we first discussed back in episode 70.  We’ll be discussing the cost of following a plant-based diet: whether it is more expensive than an omnivore diet, and some things you can do to eat plant-based for less. Thanks for tuning in to this […]

VZ 101: Attack of the Vegan Snacks!

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we’ll be snacking, vegan-style.  We’ll talk about pre-packaged snacks and ones you can easily make at home.  Yum!! Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our podcast and listen on iTunes, please consider leaving us a […]

Quick Tip Tuesday: How to Juice Like a Pro — Prep Once, Juice All Week

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Juicing is easy.  Pop some healthy fruits and vegetables into your juicer (we use this awesome Omega VRT350) and in less than five minutes you’ll have a nutritious, satisfying drink.  What takes more time is what comes before and after…prepping your produce and cleaning the juicer.

By batch-prepping at the beginning of the week, you can drastically cut your daily juicing time.  All you need is a storage container (or several) to hold all of the produce you’ll be using for the week, and space in your refrigerator to keep it.

Only prep as much produce as you will use in the next 3-4 days.  After this time, you’ll really start to lose freshness and nutritional value.

Basic prep goes like this: wash all produce well and lay out on kitchen towels to dry.  Remove any wilted leaves from greens, and cut out any bad spots on other items.

For some juicing ingredients, there are additional steps you can take:

  • Greens – no additional prep necessary
  • Carrots – cut thick ones in half lengthwise
  • Celery – no additional prep necessary
  • Cucumbers –  cut in half lengthwise
  • Tomatoes – cut larger ones in wedges
  • Ginger, turmeric – no additional prep necessary
  • Citrus (other than lemons) – cut in half or quarters; peel
  • Lemons – cut in half lengthwise
  • Blueberries – no additional prep necessary
  • Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries – keep separate and do not wash until ready to juice
  • Apples, pears – cut in wedges, remove seeds; squeeze lemon juice over them to prevent browning (or cut them fresh each day)
  • Pineapple – cut off rind; cut fruit into spears or chunks (yes, you can juice the core too…just not the rind)

For more info on juicing, check out these related posts and podcast episodes: