VZ 282: 8 Simple Vegan Turkey Substitutes That Don’t Suck

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It’s That Time of Year Again! Yes, the holiday season is officially upon us! So many holiday traditions are based around amazing food, and being meat-free doesn’t mean that you need to miss out. In fact, there are so many meatless alternatives to the traditional “holiday roast” and meat-based sides these days that you might […]

VZ 281: 10 Easy, Powerful Food Combining Tips that Actually Boost Your Health!

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How I Stumbled Across the Idea of Combining Certain Foods for Health Recently, while doing some research for one of our podcasts, I came across an article that mentioned the health benefits of combining turmeric and black pepper. I had recently begun incorporating turmeric in some of my cooking after learning about its health benefits […]

VZ 280: Health Benefits of Chickpeas and Vegan Chickpea Recipes That Aren’t Hummus!

When most people think of chickpeas they likely think of good-for-you, great-tasting hummus, without knowing exactly how healthy they are. Read on for to learn more about chickpeas, including their nutritional value, health benefits, and recipe ideas.  What are Chickpeas? The chickpea is a member of the legume family. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are high […]

VZ 279: Cage-Free vs. Free-Range vs. Pasture-Raised Eggs : Demystifying Egg Labeling

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Demystifying Egg Labels As we’ve discussed many times on the show, food labeling needs a BIG TIME redo. Trying to decipher labels at the grocery store can be an exercise in frustration. Many companies intentionally try to mislead consumers, and the egg industry is no exception. Cage-free vs. free-range vs. pasture-raised? What do they all […]

VZ 276: Fake Meats Are Making Some People Very Angry! Here’s Why

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Yes, Fake Meats are Making Some People Very Angry! Fake meats, yes they are actually making some people very angry! Why? I was really curious about this after having read some angry comments on a Tweet where someone shared a picture of a vegan brisket. While most of those comments were simply irrational people just […]

VZ 275: Vegan Athletes on The Rise! Crushing the Competition on a Plant Based Diet

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The Number of Plant-Based Vegan Athletes is Growing! Recently there seems to be an explosion of the number of vegan athletes who are grabbing headlines by crushing the competition in their respective sports and who cite their vegan plant-based diets as significant competitive edge. In this episode of our podcast, we’re going to discuss this […]

VZ 274: 5 Big Take-Aways from the Forks Over Knives Cooking Course

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I Graduated from The Forks Over Knives Cooking Course! About 90 days ago, I started a new adventure by taking the Forks Over Knives Cooking course. I will admit I was a little nervous since I was not the primary cook in the house, but I knew we needed to improve our overall cooking skills. […]

VZ 272: 10 Simple Meal Planning Tips

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School has started already and for families with school-aged kids life just got a LOT busier. Trying to find a balance between work, school, and home lives can leave little time for meal planning, which can lead to fast food stops or expensive restaurant trips. Way back in 2014, we did an episode called “Meal […]

VZ 271: IBS and the Low FODMAP Diet for Vegans and Vegetarians

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IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) can but challenging enough to manage in itself but as a vegan or vegetarian it can be even more challenging. In this episode, we discuss IBS, why IBS can be particularly challenging for vegans and vegetarians, and how an approach called the low FODMAP plan can help you manage IBS. Please […]

VZ 270: Vegan Trader Joe’s

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Trader Joe’s is a popular store for many folks within our Vegetarian Zen community. Why? Maybe it’s because of the great Vegan Trader Joe’s offerings! In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we share our very first legit visit to Trader Joe’s. We say “legit” because we were on a mission to do our […]