Tillerson’s nomination is just one more example of how Trump’s government will put corporate profits and political favors above people and the planet.
Leave the honey, royal jelly, and beeswax on the shelf. Vegan products can do all the same things while giving busy bees a break.
So many options, so little time. Yum!
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Moscato Lemonade using @GalloFamily Moscato! #MoscatoDay
Get ready for your new go-to summer drink. Seriously I’m in love with this easy recipe for Moscato Lemonade! It’s not too sweet and not too tart and in my opinion just perfect! Light and refreshing and perfect for sipping on a hot summers day. I sliced a lemon and rinsed some fresh raspberries to go in the lemonade. If you wanted to get crazy you could muddle the raspberries and make a raspberry moscato lemonade.
Moscato Lemonade using @GalloFamily Moscato! #MoscatoDay
Gallo Family invited me to host a Moscato tasting party in honor of National Moscato day. Four years ago, they established the holiday to celebrate the deliciously sweet wine varietal that has everyone talking. Bursting with sweet flavors of peach, honey, and ripe citrus, Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato is a deliciously sweet wine that you’re sure to love. We invited a few of our friends over to enjoy the three different varieties of moscato they produce. As well as enjoy my delicious recipe for Moscato Lemonade. I also served up a few appetizers to balance out the tasting!
Gallo Family Moscatos #MoscatoDay
Let’s talk about the three different types of Moscato.
- WHITE MOSCATO BURSTS WITH FRUIT FLAVORS– Delightfully sweet, this white wine is often simply referred to as “Moscato”. Hints of peach, honey, and ripe citrus make this a refreshing sunny day beverage. We suggest serving chilled to bring out the grape’s full taste. Consider a spring lemonade mix when hosting a pool party or backyard barbecue. For dinner, pair with spicy Asian takeout or Mexican dishes. If dessert is your family’s style you cannot go wrong with this vino. 2. SPICE UP THE NIGHT WITH A GLASS OF RED MOSCATO– If you’re looking for a medium bodied red, never fear. Red Moscato maintains peach and citrus elements with a bright berry finish. We think of this as our “cheese and wine” pairing, and if you are on the same page as us definitely try it with a Gorgonzola. Just like its sister varieties, Red Moscato is great for spicy foods and is best served chilled. 3. PINK MOSCATO WILL ROSE TINT ANY MEAL- There’s always someone who’s a little different in every family. Our Pink Moscato is just that – a bit different. It share’s the fruit flavors of white and red, but adds a hint of berry and orange. For when you’re feeling fun and fancy free, this rose-colored wine is best served cool. Pair it with your favorite ice cream sundae for a delicious and sweet treat.
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The Gallo Family Vineyards collection of wines offers a variety of fruit-forward, approachable styles at affordable prices, including: Moscato, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pink Moscato, White Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Red Moscato, White Merlot, Sweet Red, Hearty Burgundy, Sweet White Blend and Riesling. (Suggested retail price: $4.99 for 750-ml bottles, $8.99 for 1.5-liter bottles, $5.99 for 187-mL four-pack.) Use Store Locator Tool the to find Gallo Family Vineyards collection near you!
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Everyone had a great time at our Moscato tasting and enjoyed the Moscato Lemonade. I hope you’ll consider hosting your own Moscato party on Moscato Day with Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato as your beverage of choice! Or of course make my refreshing Moscato Lemonade recipe.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
1 bottle Gallo Family Moscato
3 cups Simply Lemonade
1 lemon, sliced
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
Ice for serving
In a large pitcher combine Gallo Family Moscato with 3 cups simply lemonade. Add in half the sliced lemons and raspberries. Mix well.
Place ice in glasses. Pour moscato lemonade in each glass and garnish with lemon and raspberries. Enjoy immediately.
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Lina’s animal rescue in Coka, Serbia has tried desperately to keep her shelter open despite lack of funding.
There are approx 30 dogs being cared for and they have been without food now for a few days.
FIVE of these dogs are READY FOR TRAVEL to be adopted ( all required testing, vaccines, certificates are completed).
Due to lack of funding and the recent loss of electricity ( and no help in sight) the founder is struggling to find a solution and may end up opening the gates in the hopes that these dogs may have a better chance on the streets.
I have been a dedicated supporter for approx 2 years and have been impressed with the dedication, knowledge, high level of integrity and enormous level of care given to these unfortunate animals.
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So, A Vegan Walks Into Panera Bread…
by Sarah Von Alt – March 3, 2016
If you’re new to vegan eating, finding things to eat when you’re on the road or short on time can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Luckily, many of your favorite chains offer delicious plant-based options. Here are some of our favorite vegan offerings at Panera Bread:
• Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie
This sweet treat is loaded with pomegranate and beet juices, coconut milk, chia seeds, and fresh blueberries!
• Steel Cut Oatmeal With Strawberries and Pecans
The name says it all.
• Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
This soup of savory black beans simmered with veggies and spices is seriously good and can be served in a bread bowl!
• Chicken Soba Noodle Salad With Peanut Sauce
Wow! With savory soba noodles, Napa cabbage, spinach, and cilantro tossed in orange miso dressing, this bowl is divine.
*Don’t forget to skip the chicken!
• Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich
This sandwich comes with cilantro jalapeño hummus and is packed with fresh veggies, including sweet peppadew peppers.
*Hold the feta and swap the bread for sourdough, ciabatta, or a French baguette!
• Classic Salad
Looking for something a little lighter? Try this simple salad of mixed greens, romaine, tomato, cucumber, and red onion served with balsamic vinaigrette.
• Vegetarian Garden Vegetable Soup
Served Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, this tomato broth-based soup is loaded with sliced zucchini, yellow beans, cauliflower, Swiss chard, barley, and more.
*Don’t forget to pass on the pesto.
• Mediterranean Quinoa Salad With Almonds
This refreshing mix of kale, cucumbers, quinoa, toasted almonds, Kalamata olives, and more comes tossed in a flavorful Greek dressing.
Pushing for more animal-friendly menu options is a great way to make vegan eating easier for you and the millions of Americans who are moving away from meat.
25 Best Vegan Food Finds at Target | VegNews
Wednesday Feb 10 2016
Posted by ThomasSTL
Tofu, hummus, almond butter, and an entire produce section means there’s something for every vegan at Target.
In our recent Ultimate Vegan Tour of Target, we spent hours parading down the aisles, trying on shoes and overcoats in the women’s department, tossing a few balls in the sports section, and sniffing lotions in the beauty area. We left that day with a bounty of vegan goodies such as cruelty-free clothing, a plethora of leather-free shoes, Nerf balls, essential oils, and eco-conscious detergents, but one thing noticeably absent from that tour was the food department. Now, however, it’s all about the grub as we returned to the big-box store to squeeze all the snack bags, tap a slew of produce, and freeze in the refrigerator section while squinting to read every label we thought might be vegan. After hours of in-store research, we give you our top 25 vegan food finds from a Target near you.
- Chocolate Almondmilk by Silk
Just because kindergarten is a distant memory doesn’t mean we can’t whip out the bendy straw and chug some chilled chocolate milk.
Golden Fishless Filet by Gardein
With a little vegan tartar sauce and a beer, these convincing fried fish filets are why Friday nights were invented.
The Curry Tiger Burrito by Sweet Earth
These meatless meat makers rolled up their artisanal creations into a frozen, handheld burrito that’s bursting with flavor.
Veggie Loaf by Amy’s Kitchen
Going vegan means falling in love with loaves again. This one—found in the freezer aisle—is reason to swoon.
All Natural Creamy Almond Butter by Simply Balanced
Nut butters are the glue that keep vegan life balanced. Even better? This one’s organic and palm oil-free.
Snickerdoodle Bunny Cookies by Annie’s Homegrown
While fresh-baked are best, Annie’s Homegrown are a great quick fix when you’re itching for cookies. Just remember to pay for the empty box when you get to the register.
Biscoff European Cookie Spread by Lotus
When our Trader Joe’s Speculoos stash gets low, we fill up on its separated-at-birth European sister at Target. Same crushed up creamy cookies, different label.
Dry pasta and veggie kits by Modern Table Meals
For those times when your crisper drawer is empty, these all-in-one kits of dried pasta and veggies with international spices save the day.
Miso Soup Bowls by Annie Chun’s
This easy cold-weather lunch is slightly reminiscent of our carefree college days of feasting on styrofoam containers of soup, but with less junk.
Trilogy Kombucha by Synergy
This fermented (and, therefore, slightly alcoholic) beverage used to be available mostly at health food stores, but finding it at Target means that kombucha has exploded—often literally—into the mainstream.
Hummus by Sabra
On a cracker, celery stick, or spoon, we’ve never met a hummus we didn’t like. But this one with pretzels or pita is especially great.
Tofu by Nasoya
Whether you press it, bake it, or eat it raw, Target’s refrigerated section is where to find affordable tofu.
Just Mayo by Hampton Creek
Vegan startup Hampton Creek’s most popular product recently stuck it to the big guys—namely the American Egg Board, Unilever, and the FDA. Just(ice) is served … on toast with tomato, lettuce, and coconut bacon.
These were one of our first accidently vegan discoveries, and the best way to experience nostalgia is by eating one crunchy hippie chip at a time.
Gluten Free Rolled Oats by Bob’s Red Mill
If your gut hates gluten but your body loves breakfast, this classic morning staple is a must-have.
Veggie Sticks by Sensible Portions
Free from the eight major allergens, these crunchy sticks get their red, green, and yellow colors from beets, spinach, and turmeric.
Chicken-Free Strips by Beyond Meat
These versatile strips have helped us turn a side salad into a filling entrée with loads of protein per serving.
Roasted Coconut Chips by Danielle
The gorgeous artistic packaging drew us in, but the toasted sweet and salty coconut chips kept us reaching for more.
Organic Alphabet Soup by Amy’s Kitchen
The little pasta noodle letters floating in organic tomato broth taste extra delicious for us word nerds.
Habanero Chickpea Snacks by Biena
Two “hots” make these spicy dried chickpeas really pop.
Hot sauce by Cholula
Tapatio fans avert your eyes because no vegan taco is complete without a squirt of this hot sauce classic.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar by Bragg
This pantry staple makes for a killer salad dressing while acting as a belly-balancing probiotic.
Elderflower Lemonade by Belvoir
Made with real British elderflowers, this UK import is the fanciest belle on our list … and the epitome of sophistication at Target.
The produce section
We chose all the vegetables because honoring only one would be akin to picking a favorite child, and that’s just bad parenting.
Okay, this may not be a food product but the store sells two models of “the vegan dream machine,” plus all the frozen berries, almond milk, and fresh bananas you need to make stellar smoothies.
Source: 25 Best Vegan Food Finds at Target
BREAKING: Ben & Jerry’s Announces Four New Vegan Ice Cream Flavors!
February 3, 2016
In the Summer of 2015, Ben & Jerry’s announced that in 2016, they would launch a new line of dairy-free ice creams. While the initial announcement was that they would begin their line of almond milk ice cream by releasing one beloved flavor, the popular ice cream company has surprised their fans with news that they’re releasing not one, but FOUR flavors!
The drool-worthy flavors are none other than Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Coffee Caramel Fudge, and P.B. & Cookies. It’s going to be tough trying to decide which one to try first!
While many were shocked at Ben & Jerry’s choice to release a dairy-free line, the fact is consumer demand for milk alternatives is on the rise. People are becoming more concerned about their own health and are also coming to realize the impact that their food choices have on the planet and animals. As a result, they are actively looking for alternatives that can not only replace the traditional animal products they grew up with– but also surpass them in taste and quality as well. With the entire market for dairy-free milks projected to reach $1.7 billion by this year, it seems like a total no-brainer that Ben & Jerry’s would come out with an awesome product to meet this rising opportunity.
“Americans, on average, drink 37 percent less milk today than they did in 1970, according to data from the USDA. That’s an astounding fact. What are they consuming instead? Plant-based alternatives like almond, soy, and coconut milk!” said Nil Zacharias, Co-Founder of One Green Planet. “If you stop to think about how consumer trends in the food space have been experiencing a monumental shift in recent years, it is pretty clear why Ben & Jerry’s would make this move.”
WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital treats nearly 4,000 ill, injured and orphaned wild animal patients from over 200 species every year. In our hospital, we see too many animals injured in avoidable ways, including animals admitted with injuries and issues resulting from the holidays.
Below are three easy ways you can keep the holidays safe for wildlife!
Although it may be tempting to share your carbohydrate-rich treats with the animals like ducks or other animals that enjoy them so much, you’re not helping the animals by feeding them.
Like human children offered candy instead of vegetables, birds that eat bread fill up on calories with no nutritional benefit. This leads to obesity (in birds too!), and poor nutrition that can cause potentially-fatal metabolic health problems.
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Containing the nutritious fiber known as pectin, apples are an incredible food for your brain and body. They have been linked to a lower body weight, lower cholesterol, an improved mood, and improved heart health. A fun fact you might enjoy is that the tarter the apple, the more antioxidant it contains, so go with those Granny Smiths a little more often! All apples are great source of Vitamin C, potassium, and help keep you full longer than sugary drinks and processed foods. Just try to choose organic since they’re the number one item on The Dirty Dozen list for foods highest in pesticides.
Not only are avocados low in pesticides, but they’re absolutely full in nutritious benefits. From B vitamins to Vitamin E, protein, fiber, and potassium, avocados improve your health in more ways than one. They can help prevent sugar cravings, lower stress, add…
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I sensed it the moment I stepped inside Sweet Earth Natural Food’s 35,000 square foot facility in Moss Landing, California. It was almost instant, undeniable and omnipresent. I’m not referring to the smell of spicy hickory and sage smoked “Benevolent Bacon” and burritos lingering in the air (although, that was great too). What I’m talking about is a positive vibe that encapsulates the place and the people that work there. I wondered, was it the quintessential California location? After all, Sweet Earth is located along an idyllic stretch of Highway One on the California central coast, one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, with the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean merely a stone’s throw away.
Or was there more to it?
Sweet Earth’s website proclaims that the most important ingredients are ones they don’t list on the package, “sweet vibes,” “rolling surf,” and “pure…
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Cinnamon is one of my feel-good foods. The scent reminds me of fall, my favorite time of year, and brings back memories of making apple pies with my mom, and celebrating the holidays.
While I’ve always been a fan of its flavor and aroma, as a nutritionist, I’m also thrilled to spread the news about cinnamon’s health benefits. For example, one teaspoon of cinnamon packs as much antioxidant potency as a half cup of blueberries, and cinnamon’s natural antimicrobial properties have been shown to fight strains of E. coli, as well as Candida yeast. Also, while technically not sweet, “sweet spices” like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger have been shown to boost satiety and mimic sweetness, which allows you to cut back on sugar in nearly anything, from your morning cup of joe to a batch of homemade muffins.
HEALTH.COM:20 Filling Foods That Help You Lose…
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TORONTO – Two major chocolate manufacturers claim that the world is at risk of facing a chocolate shortage.
Bloomberg reported that Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut AG (BARN), the world’s largest chocolate maker, predict that by 2030, the global demand for cocoa will outpace supply.
“Because of disease, drought, rapacious new markets and the displacement of cacao by more-productive crops such as corn and rubber, demand is expected to outstrip supply by an additional 1 million tons every decade for the foreseeable future,” said the report.
Similar predictions have been made in previous years. In 2010, John Mason, the executive director and founder of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council said that in 20 years, chocolate will be like caviar as “it will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it.”
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The world’s biggest chocolate maker says the world is running out of chocolate.
The Washington Post reported that chocolate maker Mars, Inc. said that chocolate deficits are becoming the norm.
This means that the world is eating more chocolate than they can produce. The company reportedly said they expect the deficits to grow.
“Already, we are in the midst of what could be the longest streak of consecutive chocolate deficits in more than 50 years,” The Washington Post reported.
More than 70 percent of the world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa, a region that has greatly decreased production, according to the report.
In addition, chocolate sales keep growing around the world, especially in China, according to the report.
Read full story: The Washington Post
As colorectal cancer gets more aggressive, treatment with grape seed extract is even more effective
By Garth Sundem in In the Lab · January 16, 2013
When the going gets tough, grape seed extract gets going: A University of Colorado Cancer Center study recently published in the journal Cancer Letters shows that the more advanced are colorectal cancer cells, the more GSE inhibits their growth and survival. On the other end of the disease spectrum, GSE leaves healthy cells alone entirely.
“We’ve known for quite a while that the bioactive compounds in grape seed extract selectively target many types of cancer cells. This study shows that many of the same mutations that allow colorectal cancer cells to metastasize and survive traditional therapies make them especially sensitive to treatment with GSE,” says Molly Derry, doctoral candidate in the lab of Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, investigator at the CU Cancer Center and professor…
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Eating enough fiber is essential for helping to promote your digestion, improve your blood sugar levels, control weight and prevent chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. So, fiber is so important to good health, but the truth is that most Americans get less than half the recommended daily amount of fiber. Experts recommend 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams for men daily, while the average American consumes only around 15 grams. How to add more fiber to your diet? Here are some simple guides:1. Eating more plant foods, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This is one of the healthiest ways and the most recommended method to get your fiber, as these foods also provide the essential nutrients your body needs. The Huffington Post Canada listed 14 high-fiber foods:
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By now, you probably already know that overdoing it on sodium can lead to high blood pressure and up your risk for stroke. But giving up salt can be tough. One way to slash your intake right away is to check labels on processed foods, and avoid fast food restaurants, the menus of which are often chock full of sodium bomb after sodium bomb. But you can also chip away at your salty total with a little bit of kitchen creativity. Many recipes rely on salt as a way to improve the aroma, reduce bitterness, and balance out the flavors of a dish. But real food whizzes know there are plenty of substitutes that add just as much flavor—and provide some health benefits, too.
HEALTH.COM:13 Foods That Are Saltier Than You Realized
We went to a few of our favorite chefs as well as some registered dietitians to find…
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MUSE School CA was founded by environmental activist Suzy Amis Cameron (aka wife of James Cameron) and her sister Rebecca Amis back in 2006. Since then, kids have been encouraged to “live consciously within themselves” and with solar panels across the school, classrooms built with recycled materials and 160 raised boxes for planting produce on site, the school has been doing the same. Now, getting rid of meat for good is the next eco-friendly move.
“Each year since I’ve been here, we’ve eliminated one or two days of meat to the point where now we’re just serving one meat meal a week,” said Kayla Webb, who started working at the school three years ago when it served organic meat at lunch for students and staff every day of the week. “Starting next year, it’s going to…
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