Have you made your New Years resolution yet? Did you know that according to a Nielsen Survey the #1 resolution for 2015 was to “stay fit & healthy”? Let’s make that our only resolution for 2016. It will be an attainable goal.
To keep your immune system healthy & to keep up your energy to exercise & keep fit, how about adding a post script to that resolution; add 2 – 3 vegetarian or vegan meals to your menu each week. To help you with this, this post is about some new websites I have found. They are a treasure trove of recipes for those vegetarian/vegan meals.
The Vegetarian Times website is a great place to start. They advertise themselves as “the worlds largest collection of Vegetarian Recipes “. My favorite link on this site is Mexican Cuisine. I am a big fan of Mexican food! There is also a section on Specialty Diets which includes: dairy free, gluten-free, low-calorie, low-fat & vegan recipes. When you explore this website you will find video’s which show you how to prepare specific items like tofu, how to make bread & yogurt, Veg 101, healing foods & more. Fantastic site. Book mark it for future use.
Speaking of vegetarian Mexican Cuisine, take a look at this site: Martha Stewart Tex-Mex Vegetarian Recipes. At the top of this page you will also find pictures of an array of vegetarian options from appetizers to the main course. I liked the Vegetarian Lunch Sandwich section. I don’t like to eat lunch because I find it difficult to stop what I am doing & decide what to eat. This is a good resource for me & my husband is grateful for it too 🙂
The name of this website caught my eye: The Veggie Queen. ABOUT JILL NUSSINOW: “I wear many hats but they’re all related to great food that includes vegetables and other plant-based cuisine. I’m a vegetable and plant-food cooking expert, in vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eating. My specialty is vegan pressure cooking.” She has a section about using a pressure cooker for “fast food”: Pressure Cooking Basics. It certainly is faster & it does not alter the taste of the food. I prefer the “slow cooker” myself, but that is because I have more time to spend cooking these days. When I worked full time the pressure cooker was my best friend. Most of her recipes on this site are prepared without the pressure cooker.
Another good website blog for vegan meals is Straight Up Food- Healthy Eating You Can Live With. “This blog is full of recipes and information on how to eat a plant-based diet that is free of added salt, oil and sugar” I love her Baked Oatmeal with Apples & Raisins. Cathy Fischer is a chef & a teacher. Her blog is very informative. Spend time looking at her articles. She & I don’t agree on everything but that is okay, we learn from exploring other’s ideas.
The Veggie Queen & the author of the above blog both work at Dr. John McDougall’s Health & Medical Center. If you don’t know his story then click on the link to read about him. He was one of the first doctors to explore & write about the benefits of a vegan diet. His story began in 1965. I have all his books & one of his cookbooks. I use his guidelines but add in some things I just can’t seem to do without; olive oil being one. His diet is all about carbs, veggies & no added fats. I know patients who have gone to his clinic for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus & MS. Under his care they are all leading very healthy lives. There is a lot to say for his approach.
The Plant Based Emporium. This site is also SOS (sugar, oil & salt) free. I like the way the recipes are presented by seasons. My favorite is: Breakfast of the Gods & Goddesses. Start breakfast with a salad! Very interesting & a healthy way to begin your day. The only problem I have with these sites that don’t use oil is their use of non-stick pots & pans. I don’t think they are a healthy option unless they are in prime condition & used at low temperatures. I can use stainless steel without the use of oil without a problem. I use water. Look at their Cooking Tips. I use parchment paper on my stainless steel baking sheets. I like it better than oiling the sheet plus it is an easy cleanup!
T.Colin Campbell, Center for Nutrition Studies. Dr. Campbell wrote The China Study. Lots of good recipes. My dinner tonight will be Best Pea Soup from this website. The recipes are in categories such as soup, salad, desert, meals etc. Easy to find what you need. Dr. Campbell’s approach is nearly the same as Dr. McDougalls.
Country Living: 72 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes Even Meat-Eaters Will Love. You will find meatless meals, sides & snacks. I use portobello mushrooms for “burgers”. They have a “meaty” texture so meat lovers will enjoy them. Try the recipe: Stuffed Portobello Burgers. I also found 27 Delicious New Ways to Prepare Sweet Potatoes on this site. Good time of the year for dishes with sweet potatoes. They can be the main dish or a side. I like them cold too. They are great to take on picnics or to put in lunches.
Last on my list: New Years Drinks Without Alcohol Recipes. Some of these recipes do contain added sugar but can be considered a treat for your New Years Celebration. If you are at an important event & they are toasting the New Year in with Champagne then join in if you would like to. One drink with friends & family at New Years is not going to hurt you. It is more important to enjoy your evening with the people you care most about rather than worry about one alcoholic drink.
In case you have decided to add weight loss to your New Years Resolutions, here is a good article that I read this morning about how to spot a fraudulent diet add. Here is what to look for from The Federal Trade Commission:
The Truth Behind Weight Loss Ads. Claims to watch out for include:
- Lose weight without diet or exercise! Getting to a healthy weight takes work. Take a pass on any product that promises miraculous results without the effort. The only thing you’ll lose is money.
- Lose weight no matter how much you eat of your favorite foods! Beware of any product that claims that you can eat all the high-calorie food you want and still lose weight. Losing weight requires sensible food choices. Filling up on healthy vegetables and fruits can make it easier to say no to fattening sweets and snacks.
- Lose weight permanently! Never diet again! Even if you’re successful in taking weight off, permanent weight loss requires permanent lifestyle changes. Don’t trust any product that promises once-and-for-all results without ongoing maintenance.
- Just take a pill! Doctors, dieticians, and other experts agree that there’s simply no magic way to lose weight without diet or exercise. Even pills approved by FDA to block the absorption of fat or help you eat less and feel full are to be taken with a low-calorie, low-fat diet and regular exercise.
- Lose 30 pounds in 30 days! Losing weight at the rate of a pound or two a week is the most effective way to take it off and keep it off. At best, products promising lightning-fast weight loss are a scam. At worst, they can ruin your health.
- Everybody will lose weight! Your habits and health concerns are unique. There is no one-size-fits-all product guaranteed to work for everyone. Team up with your health care provider to design a nutrition and exercise program suited to your lifestyle and metabolism.
- Lose weight with our miracle diet patch or cream! You’ve seen the ads for diet patches or creams that claim to melt away the pounds. Don’t believe them. There’s nothing you can wear or apply to your skin that will cause you to lose weight.
- Acai Berry Supplements in the “News”. More and more, scam artists are exploiting people’s trust in well-known news organizations by setting up fake news sites with the logos of legitimate news organizations to peddle their wares. In particular, sites claiming to be objective news sources may describe a so-called “investigation” of the effectiveness of acai berry dietary supplements for weight loss. These sites are a marketing ploy created to sell acai berry supplements.
- Tainted Weight Loss Products. In the last few years, FDA has discovered hundreds of dietary supplements containing drugs or other chemicals, often in products for weight loss and bodybuilding. These extras generally aren’t listed on the label — and might even be sold with false and misleading claims like “100% natural” and “safe.” They could cause serious side effects or interact in dangerous ways with medicines or other supplements you’re taking.
- The Skinny on Electronic Muscle Stimulators. You might have seen ads for electronic muscle stimulators claiming they will tone, firm, and strengthen abdominal muscles, help you lose weight, or get rock hard abs. But according to FDA, while these devices may temporarily strengthen, tone, or firm a muscle, no electronic muscle stimulator device alone will give you “six-pack” abs.
- Where to Complain: Report fraudulent weight loss product claims to the FTC. You also can contact your state Attorney General.
See you here in 2016 with new subjects & new ideas!