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Tasty Vegan BBQ – Culinary Fireworks for Vegan Fare!

Summer Grillin’ Extravaganza

We vegans and macros love our veggies something fierce, and there’s no better time to show off our creative cuisine than the Fourth of July!  One of the best aspects of plant-based barbeque is firing up original recipes that are sure to please every palate.  This year, the nighttime fireworks won’t be the only thing attracting “Ooo’s” and “Ahh’s.”  We’d like to help make your grillin’ gathering a dazzling success, so, just to tempt your palate and get your creative juices flowing, here are four outstanding recipes featuring favorite summer fare.

Corn is a strong source of fiber, this wonder-veggie also helps to prevent digestive ailments. The antioxidants in corn also act as anti-cancer agents and prevent Alzheimer’s and heart disease! This yummy recipe for Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salsa is excellent as an appetizer on crostini or with chips and can be used as a topping on meat for non-vegans. It’s also very low in fat!

  • 2 large ears of corn, shucked
  • 1 cup(s) chopped seedless cucumber
  • 3/4 cup(s) black beans, rinsed
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Place the corn on the grill and char lightly on all sides. Cool slightly, cut the kernels from the cob, and place in a medium bowl. Toss in the remaining ingredients, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes. Serve over slices of toasted bread.

 

Pineapple is a good source of vitamins that can help in losing weight and boosting energy levels. The top health benefits pineapples offer are Vitamin C which is important for the body’s immune system and may help to prevent infection, manganese to regulate blood sugar and is needed for brain and nerve function, vitamin B which aids in metabolizing fats and protein as well as fiber which helps with the digestion of food and reduces the feeling of hunger by making you feel full. Studies indicate that fiber may play a big role in preventing diabetes and heart disease.

We found a scrumptious recipe for a simple dessert that will please all who simply love flavor and great taste combinations.

Grilled Pineapple with Coconut

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp dark rum
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 or 5 slices fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Preparation:

Whisk together the agave nectar, rum and lemon juice in a wide dish. Add the pineapple and coat well. Allow the pineapple to marinate for at least one hour in the refrigerator. Lightly grease your grill and fire up to a medium heat. Coat the pineapple with coconut on both sides, pressing the coconut into the pineapple to get it to stick.

Grill on both sides for about 8 to 10 minutes. Yummy to the tummy! Feeling good and satisified!

So Much Good Stuff

We found so many recipes to choose from we figured we would entice you with a couple of pics and share the links to find those recipes and more.

Cilantro Lime Marinated Veggie Kabobs w/ Barley Kale Salad

http://naturallyella.com/2012/08/03/cilantro-lime-marinated-veggie-kabobs-with-barley-kale-salad/

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Chargrilled Eggplant

http://galaxy59.hubpages.com/hub/Vegetarian-and-vegan-barbecue-food#

 

grilled eggplant

 

Fire it Up!

The summer season offers yet another fantastic opportunity to whip-up some mind-blowing vegan munchies that’ll give meat-eaters a taste of what they’ve been missing out on. Let your friends and family feel like Lucky Lincoln’s and Joyful Jefferson’s with the best vegan barbeque this side of the Revolution! As ol’ Uncle Sam would say, “It’s your patriotic duty as citizens of this great nation… to totally veg-out!”

Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to stay healthy while enjoying an incredible vacation! Join us in 2014 for our 11th tasty all-veggie voyage!

 

Food For Thought: Advantages of Macro and Vegan Diets

Ponder This

It certainly goes without saying that the typical Western diet could use an upgrade. A diet heavy in meat, dairy products, eggs, and various highly fatty, preserved and processed foods can be linked to high cholesterol and a host of health problems and concerns. But what are the alternatives?

The famous author and activist Michael Pollan put it simply:

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

That’s good, sound advice, but what do plant-based diets offer in terms of health and wellness? As it turns out, a lot! Let’s take a look at two popular plant-based diets you may be interested in trying, or exploring further, with a roundup of some of the amazing health benefits for each.

Maximizing Your Health with Macrobiotics

macro diet

The word “macrobiotic” is derived from the Greek “macro” meaning “long,” and “bio” meaning life. The macrobiotic diet has shown itself to be a possible treatment, and even a cure, for a host of medical illnesses, possibly even cancer. It’s worth noting that this dietary lifestyle, which is by and large high in fiber and complex carbohydrates, and low in fat, is similar to the diet recommended by the American Cancer Society. The macrobiotic approach and philosophy seeks to balance your perspective on food, nutrition and healing.

The Basics

• Organic food is vital in macrobiotics, and organically grown food decreases pesticide exposure, which is associated with cancer and infertility. Also, low fat, high fiber food helps lower the risk diabetes, as well as colorectal, ovarian, and prostate cancer.

• Wholegrain cereals and flour are rich with vitamin B. A diet rich in whole grains decreases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. A wholegrain diet also helps maintain healthy bowel functions and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria.

• Consuming algae regularly improves overall health. Algae is nutrient-rich and dense in minerals, vitamins, proteins, amino acids, chlorophyll, and fiber. The iron, calcium, and magnesium in algae helps maintain strong bones and a healthy blood system. It also helps reduce anxiety and sleep disorders.

• Nuts help lower the risk of heart disease. Nuts are rich with fiber, omega 3, vitamin E, and selenium, and also contain many antioxidants and phytonutrients that can help boost the immune system. Omega 3 essential fatty acids,also known as “good fats,” helps lower LDL—low density lipoproteins—or “bad” cholesterol.

Vegging-Out with Veganism

avocado vegan plate

Partaking in a vegan diet lowers the risks of high cholesterol and blood pressure and has been shown to prevent a variety of diseases, some of which include colon, breast and prostate cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts, arthritis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. It’s also been noted that a vegan diet can assist in weight loss, heighten energy levels, promote healthier skin, hair and nails, and offer relief from migraines and allergies— even reduce body odor and bad breath!

Take a peek at just a few of the benefits from an all-vegan diet:

• Potassium balances water and acidity in your body and stimulates the kidneys to eliminate toxins. Diets high in potassium have shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. There are a lots of yummy fruits and vegetables high in potassium such as dried apricots, figs and coconut, avocados, spinach, mushrooms and sweet potatoes.

• Many researchers believe that antioxidants help protect your body against forming some types of cancer. When we are eating kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts and onions we are increasing the anti- oxidants in our bloodstream.

• A diet high in grains, nuts, and dark leafy greens is full of Vitamin E. New research shows Vitamin E can fight Alzheimer’s disease, and that Vitamin E levels can diagnose Alzheimer’s. You must get enough of this important vitamin to prevent the illness. New exciting research shows that it’s possible to prevent Alzheimer’s with Vitamin E. The more Vitamin E you have in your blood, the better. Your Vitamin E levels will predict if you will get Alzheimer’s.

• Plant-based foods provide phytochemicals, which help to prevent and heal the body from cancer, boost protective enzymes, and work with antioxidants in the body.

Choices, Choices, Choices…

Both of these dietary lifestyles offer their own intrinsically unique advantages and guidelines. Identifying your body’s specific needs first should act as a compass in guiding your dietary decisions. As always, it’s best to gather the opinions of trusted health professionals before embarking on your veggie voyage to improved health.

Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to stay healthy while enjoying an incredible vacation! Join us in 2014 for our 11th tasty voyage!

Sources –

www.macrobiotics.co.uk

http://digitaljournal.com/article/347704#ixzz2XEwbqxuo

www.medigenicslongevitycenter.com/2012/09/macrobiotics-as-alternative-medicine

www.emmamedu.hubpages.com/hub/17-Super-Health-Benefits-of-a-Macrobiotic-Diet-Foods

http://www.nursingdegree.net/blog/19/57-health-benefits-of-going-vegan/

Indulge in Your Taste for Travel – Vegan Style!

Good Looking Vegetables

In spite of the progress being made these days, there are still quite a few challenges that vegans face while traveling. While trekking from town to town and dining out along the way, sometimes you’ll find that you’re the only vegan in the group. Often times the only available vegan options are sadly underwhelming, and eventually you begin to wonder if people even know what a healthy head of lettuce looks like!

While not every city on this big, beautiful globe of ours can brag a culture that’s up-to-snuff on the riches of a plant-based diet, there is a way for vegans and non-vegans alike to peruse the world together and enjoy dazzling entertainment, savor world-class vegan fare and receive the remarkable opportunity to learn about the rewards of going all-veggie from the world’s leading health authorities. Allow us to give you a little nudge in the right direction: We’ve created an all-vegan floating city of our very own!

Ahh…Plant-Based Paradise

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A truly one of a kind avenue for vegan travel, Holistic Holiday at Sea is an island of friends that fosters a supportive community of open-minded and welcoming individuals who are zealous for healthy, happy living. Voyage across the shimmering Caribbean Sea to exotic destinations, and sink into luxury. With full relaxation and pampering of your mind, body and soul, you’ll soak up the sun, the sights, and plenty of inspiration to help you live your best life through natural health. Choose from a host of educational lectures, workshops, and private consultations by leading natural health authorities on board, to inspire your journey—at sea, and at home.

At Holistic Holiday at Sea, you can revel in all of this and more while:

  • Dining on personally prepared all-natural, energizing vegan and macrobiotic food

 

  • Lounging in saunas and sunbathing poolside

 

  • Awakening your mind and body through daily guided yoga, meditation and integrative relaxation classes

 

  • Strengthening your physique through a variety of thoughtfully instructed fitness classes at the beautiful on board fitness center

 

  • Expanding your palate and culinary repertoire thanks to inspirational, instructional and interactive cooking classes

 

  • Opening your eyes to the bountiful benefits of plant-based living through mind-blowing lectures, seminars, and panels hosted by world-renowned doctors, authors, scientists, athletes, and chefs

 

  • Enjoying nightly concerts, parties, and vegan social events where you’ll make new friendships for life

 

  • Exploring exciting ports of call in beautiful Philipsburg, St. Maarten, historic San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the private island paradise of Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

 

Take the Plunge with Us in 2014!

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Holistic Holiday at Sea offers a truly unique opportunity to experience a plant-based paradise on the trip of a lifetime. Not a vegan or a macrobiotic life-styler, or worried that your meat-loving partner will be looking for a lifeboat? Well fear not, carnivorous comrades! Non-vegans will enjoy the exquisitely prepared food just as much as their vegan counterparts, and will delight in the rich and varied flavors of the fresh, plant-based bounty. Having witnessed a fun, wide-open, and enticing new approach to food and healthy living, we’ve received numerous testimonies about family members adopting a healthier diet back home, and, in many cases, investing themselves fully in a plant-based lifestyle. “A tree is known by its fruit,” a cause is known by the effect.  While attending our annual sea-faring festival of vegan travel, non-vegans can witness the brilliant benefits of a plant-based diet while better understanding the scientific repercussions of eating animal products. Come reap the rewards of plant-based nutrition with us in 2014 as we continue to help change lives and hearts for the better!

 

Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to stay healthy while enjoying an incredible vacation! Join us in 2014 for our 11th tasty all-veggie voyage!

 

Does a Plant-Based Diet Leave Your Body Deserted of Nutrients?

Myths, Misunderstandings & Miscommunications

The words “vegan,” “macrobiotic” and even “vegetarian” can sometimes carry a negative connotation such as diets lacking in real sustenance, deprived of nutrition and dispossessed of any real value. However, these fears are generated more from the concerns of a misled public and not from the decisions of well-educated individuals serious about health.

Continuously faced with questions like “But where do you get your protein from,” vegetarians and vegans alike can experience frustration.  The dominating confusion surrounding protein and its function in our diet is extremely common, despite the fact that these amino acids can be found and eaten almost ubiquitously (most amply in lentils, beans and quinoa.)  In fact, many researchers posit that too much protein is actually harmful for your body, a rarely discussed perspective in Western culture.

American society is slowly making strides toward understanding, accepting and accommodating plant-based diets, but there’s still a lot of hubbub around the vegan/macro grub. While many of us are informed and passionate about dietary nutrition, it never hurts to regroup and ground ourselves with up to date research.   Simply following a plant-based diet does not necessarily mean that you are eating healthy. The challenges of finding nutrient-rich food options may lead us to rely more heavily on carbs or processed foods to sustain and fill us.  Other times we may unknowingly eat foods which are normally healthy, yet were unfortunately grown, harvested or produced in an unwholesome manner. As Lily McCann pens in KwikMed.org’s article ‘Avoiding Common Vegetarian and Vegan Dietary Deficiencies’:

“In essence, all vitamins and minerals necessary for the human body to be healthy and vibrant can be found from natural, non-animal sources; however certain nutrients are more difficult to source due to the production methods of modern food.

The best way to avoid encountering dietary deficiencies when eating a vegetarian or vegan diet is to consume an abundant amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and nuts. Eating a balanced and varied diet consisting of foods which are naturally abundant in vitamins and minerals will give your body a high level of nutrition.”


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The Dirt on Dietary Deficiencies

Are you absolutely positive you’re not nutritionally deficient? Thanks to KwikMed.org, here’s a brief rundown on commonly lacking, yet highly necessary nutrients in plant-based diets and all food regimens –

  • Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is one of the most common deficiencies that can occur from eating a vegan or vegetarian diet. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in rich, non-depleted soil, and consequently it is absorbed into the food chain when animals eat the grass etc.

The best way to avoid a vitamin B12 deficiency is by taking whole food supplements that have been tested for safety and efficacy.

  • Zinc

Zinc is a vital mineral for the immune system, neurological system, and skin. A Zinc deficiency is linked to numerous health conditions as the immune system is not able to function correctly and consequently cannot fight off infection as it should.

Zinc can be found in a whole host of natural plant based foods, and adapting your diet to include many more of these foods will certainly assist in raising zinc levels. Nuts, whole grains, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, lentils, swiss chard, beans, tahini and tofu all contain high amounts of zinc.

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids

There is often a large amount of confusion surrounding omega 3 fatty acids. In fact, a considerable number of people, vegetarian or not, are deficient in these vital nutrients. Omega 3 fatty acids play a key role in the nervous system, fighting infection and inflammation. They also help to lower blood pressure, treat depression, and prevent heart disease.

Flax seeds are considered to be one of the best sources of omega 3 in a vegetarian diet, containing many other fantastic health benefits as well. Walnuts are another great source of omega 3 fatty acids that can be added into your diet to keep omega 3’s at a healthy level.

  • Iron

Iron is essential for a healthy body as it is an integral part of hemoglobin, which helps transport oxygen around the body. Vegetarians and vegans need to be especially careful to ensure that they are consuming an iron rich diet. As well as monitoring iron intake, it is important to ensure that you are getting enough vitamin C in the diet, as this aids the body to absorb and use iron effectively.

There are an abundance of plant-based sources of iron, including lentils, tofu, potatoes, beans, spinach, kale, quinoa, green beans, oats and many other plant-based sources.

  • Calcium

There are an abundance of excellent plant-based sources of calcium available, though many people are simply not eating enough of them on a regular basis to ensure an adequate calcium intake.

Some of the calcium rich plant-based food sources include soybeans, broccoli, bok choy, grains, rice milk, tahini, beans, almonds, okra, mustard greens, and tempeh to name just a few.

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends and engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry.  2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources –

http://www.kwikmed.org/avoiding-common-vegetarian-vegan-deficiencies/

 

 

Wonderful Ways to Work-out During the Winter!

Now that the chilly season is in full swing we become more apt to stay inside, enjoy our hot meals and warm beverages, lounge in our snuggliest of blankets and allow ourselves to accidentally pack on the pounds. Now, there’s nothing wrong with keeping cozy, but we’re not grizzlies with a penchant for hibernating. It’s certainly worth your while to not let the winter-time blues get the best of you. We’re here to help promote some healthy, and FUN, exercises to keep you in shape. Cue the corny “Rocky IV” training montage!

Jogging:

Running or jogging is a perfect way to let your energy loose while staying warm. Whether you’re pumping-it through the snowy forest, down a trail, around the neighborhood or on a treadmill, this full-body exercise is an ideal way to shed the calories from all of those yummy winter-wonderland sweets.

Cross Country Skiing:

What could be more fun than gliding across snowy dunes on a sunny day? Improve your cardiovascular system in a way you may have never tried before, and if this is the case, be sure to start off slow. Give yourself time to enjoy the landscape and feel the weight slide right off of that gorgeous plant-eating body of yours!

Yoga:

Don’t let your flexibility and dedication go to waste! There are many, many forms of yoga that are impeccable for any time of year, but especially during the winter when your joints and muscles have a tendency to lockup. Whether you attend a local yoga studio, practice to a DVD at home or follow your own tried n’ true routine, yoga will keep your limbs warm and limber, not to mention set your body to balance and your mind at ease.

snowshoeing

Snowshoeing:

Strap on a pair of snowshoes, because you’re in for a fantastic treat-of-an-exercise! Hiking in the snow ideally targets your leg muscles, but this workout inevitably triggers your whole body to kick in gear. It’s important, however, that you pick your trails carefully and purchase comfortably, appropriately fitting snowshoes so as not to form sores or irritation. Just like jogging and skiing, this activity allows you to savor the sites while testing mind-over-matter. Endurance is the word, so stay tough and hang in there – This workout could be just what the doctor ordered!

Ice Skating:

An absolute classic winter activity, you can revel in this exercise at any age, not to mention the whole family can get in on the fun! Like snowshoeing, you’ll want to make sure you own a pair of well-fitting skates. If you’re lucky enough to have a lake or natural setting to skate nearby, make the most of it! If not, seek out a local rink and glide into a good time. A roller-skating rink can do the trick just as well.

Helpful Tips –

  • It’s good practice to schedule your workouts:

“Until you’ve mastered cold-weather fitness, start your workout at half your usual warm-weather distance; if you normally run four miles, start with two. Warm up indoors for five minutes before heading out. Running in place or jumping rope makes it less likely you’ll strain a muscle… Even if you thrive on early-morning workouts, on extremely cold days consider exercising later in the day, when temps are highest.”

  • Don’t ignore signs of sickness, and don’t allow yourself to get cold:

“Don’t ignore the warning signs that you may be cold. Symptoms of frostbite include numbness, loss of feeling or a stinging sensation. If you suspect frostbite, get out of the cold immediately and slowly warm the affected area. Avoid open spaces and paths near water to reduce exposure to biting winds, and get out of damp clothes as soon as possible, even if you cannot shower immediately, and change into dry clothes… Wear sunscreen, especially if you exercise near snow, which reflects sunlight. Even though the sun isn’t beating down on you with heat, it can still cause sunburn… Wear fewer, thinner layers of clothing you can peel off, rather than one single, heavy layer; cool down gradually after your workout by taking off a layer at a time. Choose breathable fabrics to avoid sweat build-up that makes you feel colder. A good choice for a breathable, wind-repellent fabric includes Gore-Tex.”

 If you’re unable to enjoy any of these outdoor winter activities, it’s also always great to join a gym and to have a workout buddy to keep yourselves mutually motivated and regular. Be sure to consistently get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of water, cook-up a wide variety of veggies and stay warm until the Spring shines through.

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources –

http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/946579/10-fitness-tips-for-winter-workouts

http://healthyvoyager.com/simple-winter-workout-ideas/

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Recipes to Warm Up Your Winter!

Now that we’ve passed the New Year we are well into the winter season. Depending on your location, it can be mighty frosty outside. Even if it’s not, we’d like to offer you some deliciously tasty vegan winter recipes that are guaranteed to satisfy your stomach and put a smile on your frigid face! Not to mention a hearty fall harvest offers up some of the most flavorsome veggies of the year. With the changing of the seasons, our taste buds eavesdrop on our body’s biological conversations and start begging for the specific seasonal fare. We’d like to help ease the tension and placate that persistent pining with the following recipes!

Produce and Palatable Portions

After some digging around, we came up with the following list of savory n’ sweet suggestions for your winter fare. Happy cooking!

1. Butternut squash
If you’re looking to scratch together some awesomely savory soups or stews, tryout this quick recipe! –

Coat 1 cup cubed butternut squash with 1 tablespoon melted Earth Balance buttery spread, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a couple dashes of salt; roast for 30 minutes at 350F.

2. Winter greens
Kale and collards, chicory and chard… These are a few of our favorite things! The author of this recipe had a bag of mixed baby greens leftover from their local farmer’s market Thanksgiving-run and decided to flash sautée them. –

In a hot skillet with 2 tablespoons canola oil sauté 2 tablespoons diced onion, 1 clove garlic smashed (fish it out later), 2 cups mixed greens, 1 teaspoon thyme and 1/4 cup white wine. Sauté for 4-7 minutes on medium high heat.

3. Potatoes


There’s nothing like fine red potatoes. Perfect for soups, as well as for breakfast fare, this recipe is dynamite! –

Place 2 large potatoes, chopped, in a hot skillet with 1/4 cup canola oil, cover and reduce to medium heat and cook for about 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup diced onion, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, mix well, cover and cook for 3 -5 minutes. Remove cover and finish cooking until potatoes are crispy. Salt to taste.

For more on these delectable vegan recipes, as well as a slew of others, click here.

4. Tofu and Vegetable Soup with Cellophane Noodles
A perfect way to warm your bones and calm your soul, you’ll love the way the aroma from this recipe will fill your home. Or perhaps your snuggly cabin! –

Soak mushrooms in 10 cups boiling-hot water in a bowl, keeping them submerged with a small plate and turning mushrooms over occasionally, until softened and cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid from caps back into bowl and reserve liquid, then cut out and reserve stems from mushrooms. Quarter caps.

Transfer mushroom liquid and stems into a 5-quart large heavy pot and bring to a boil. Trim cilantro sprigs from stems and reserve sprigs for garnish. Add stems to pot with remaining stock ingredients. Gently boil, covered, for 30 minutes, then drain through a fine mesh sieve into a large heatproof bowl, pressing down hard on solids. Discard solids and return broth to pot (you should have 8 cups broth).

Make soup:
Meanwhile, soak noodles in cold water to cover until softened, about 5 minutes, then drain in colander and transfer to a bowl. Coarsely cut into 3-inch lengths with scissors.

Stir in soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine, sugar, and salt to broth and season with salt to taste. Add mushroom caps and bring to a simmer.

Rinse and drain tofu, then cut into 3/4-inch cubes. Add cabbage and tofu to broth and simmer 10 minutes, gently stirring occasionally. Add noodles and peas and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and serve immediately.  Mmmm, can you smell that savory fragrance yet? Read more here!

5. Sautéed Broccoli Rabe
Not only is broccoli wholly healthy for you in a wide variety of ways, its unique flavor is easily adaptable to fit a range of yummy recipes. These instructions recommend blanching it to remove any bitterness and blending in some garlic and olive oil. –

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add broccoli rabe. Cook 5 minutes until just tender, then drain well in a colander.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until pale golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add broccoli rabe and toss with garlic until heated through, 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
More information concerning directions can be found here !

6. Hot Cereal with Quinoa, Oats and Flax

So, we’ve covered some piquant options, now it’s time for a sweet treat! A flavorful blend, this recipe makes for a delightfully warm way to start your morning! –

Place the quinoa in a small saucepan with 1½ cups of water. Bring to a boil and cover. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the center of each quinoa seed is almost translucent. Stir in the oats, flax, dates, ginger, cloves and salt. Cook 5 to 10 minutes more, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the oats are cooked through. Stir in the brown sugar and nuts, serve immediately.

Find out more here !

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources –

http://main.kitchendaily.com/winter-recipes/vegan/

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2011/12/15/3-easy-winter-vegan-vegetable-recipes%E2%80%A6

 

 

Swipes Lovin Wipes

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Lovin’ Never Needs to be a Labor

Hell hath no fury like a woman ignored, and when it comes to intimate cleanliness, Swipes, Inc., is speaking up boldly, yet thoughtfully clear. Testifying a hygienic solution to those, well, somewhat messy, intimate moments from a woman’s perspective, Swipes offers cleanliness where other options end up making ‘clean-up duty’ a less-than-romantic hassle.

It’s no secret that personal cleanliness is a no-brainer, especially when it comes to sex. Where tissue paper, towels and baby wipes successfully kill the passion, Swipes offer refreshingly simple solution.  Efficiently hygienic, all-natural, entirely biodegradable, septic-safe, compostable and flushable, Swipes covers all bases and intimate places! As safe for you as they are for the environment, and made with pure water, aloe and vitamin E, Swipes are alcohol and chlorine-free, providing gentle cleanliness with a soothing cucumber fragrance, or, for those more subtle opportunities, an unscented option as well.

 

Free Samples Gifted On Board!

Along with the other special gifts which we’ll be providing our passengers, thoughtfully arranged on your bed will be two Swipes per room on our 10th Anniversary cruise in 2013.

“Necessity, it has been said, is the mother of all invention – and nothing has ever been more necessary than the creation of a wipe designed specifically for adult needs. And, besides, just knowing you have a solution to that age-old problem might just make intimacy happen a little more often.”

That being said, we’re proud to carry Swipes products on our cruise, but rest assured – When the boat starts a’rockin’, we won’t come a’knockin’!

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry.  2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources –

http://www.swipes.com

Macrobiotics –Symmetry in Mind, Body and Soul

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To properly enjoy the full benefits of your macrobiotic lifestyle, be sure to note the necessity of symmetry and steadiness in your diet. One can easily become out of balance with oneself by taking in foods that are dynamically off balance with your yin and yang stability. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to regain regularity through your nutrition, and many of them taste delicious!

Find Your Balance

“Foods should be consumed in their most natural state and processed foods are not recommended. Other excluded foods are fatty meats, most dairy, sugars, coffee, caffeinated tea, stimulating beverages, alcohol, chocolate, refined flour, very hot spices, chemicals and preservatives, poultry, potatoes, and zucchini… Excluded foods are considered to be extreme, over stimulating, or too concentrated and therefore not capable of achieving balance.”

Macrobiotics engages the Eastern mindset of utilizing foods to obtain and maintain a finely tuned balance of yin and yang with dietary pairings of sweet, salty, sharp, sour and bitter individualities of taste. Generally, it is instituted that yang-foods are salty, hot and aggressive, whereas yin-foods are sweet, cold and passive. Barred foods are those that possess toxins, falling heavily on either far-side of the pairing gamut, endangering one’s Zen-food balance.  So, it’s not that a macrobiotic diet is strict, per se. It simply relies on the basics of quality, quantity, regularity and equilibrium.

Health Benefits Experts Cannot Deny

The scientific health facts concerning a macrobiotic lifestyle are profound, as Zelman notes:

“A well-managed macrobiotic diet can be nutritionally sound. The ADA approves of carefully planned and monitored vegetarian diets for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancybreastfeeding, childhood, and adolescence. The macrobiotic diet is low in fat and high in fiber. Because of all the soy products, it is also rich in phytoestrogens, which may reduce the risk of estrogen-related cancers, such as breast cancer. There is no scientific evidence that a macrobiotic diet will reduce breast cancer, however eating a diet low in fat, high in fiber, and rich in plant foods containing phytochemicals may offer disease protection.”

Macrobiotics calls for a lifelong commitment to gradually accruing health benefits, and one of the many gifts in maintaining this dietary rubric, along with spiritual calm, increased awareness and heightened bodily function, involves fortification from common, yet serious ailments. But a beginner’s journey, just like their diet, should be well and evenly paced.

“The macrobiotic diet focuses on foods typically lacking in most American diets. Eating more natural foods, whole grains, vegetables, and beans could be beneficial to most people. Adopting it, however, may prove to be much more difficult because it often requires major lifestyle changes. If you’re interested in trying a macrobiotic diet, start slowly. First, incorporate just a few concepts, such as eating less unprocessed foods. Then add more whole grains and so on.”

 

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

 

Sources –

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/macrobiotic-diet

We’re Thankful That It’s Finally Thanksgiving!

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 ‘Tis the Season for All Things Tasty – So, Toss that Turkey!

While the Thanksgiving holiday can prove a bit tricky for those of us adhering to a vegan or macrobiotic lifestyle, especially for newcomers, there’s a cornucopia of ways to squash your worries and have your taste buds sing with gratitude! Don’t get vexed over pleasing your carnivorous family members and friends, and never give up hope on discovering and creating deliciously inventive dishes! There are numerous recipes that bring out the full flavors of the seasonal harvest without resorting to eating a plain bowl of kale and an ear of corn (although that does sound pretty delicious!). After a little hunting of our own (for recipes, that is), we’d like to offer some tasty tips to help turn your holiday gathering from ‘turkey-terror’ into a festive ‘fresh-veggie feast’!

Don’t Let the Fowl Fluster You

Take a gander through the follow scrumptious seasonal vegan recipes, courtesy of Integrative Nutrition and Veg Kitchen, that’ll even have your non-vegan friends and family gobbling it up!

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry.  2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources –

http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/celebrate-a-vegan-holiday.aspx

http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/vegetarian-thanksgiving/

http://blog.integrativenutrition.com/2012/11/105-healthy-recipes-for-every-holiday-menu

Eating Well with Hilary – Hilary Brown, That Is!

The ‘World’s Best Veggie Burger’ – Seriously!
We’re more than just a little excited to be serving Hilary’s Eat Well “World’s Best Veggie Burger” on our 10th Anniversary Cruise! I know what you might be thinking… ‘I hate eating meat substitutes,’ or ‘I already have a veggie burger brand I love, and out of all the other disappointing versions there’s no way this one could be better.’ Well ladies and gentlemen, we’d strongly urge you to think again, and we’ll prove to you why!

Having scratched together the mouth-watering recipe back in 2005 as a creation for her own restaurant, Local Burger, and with special attention paid toward common food allergens, Hilary Brown cleared the table of all of the synthetic ingredients, leaving only the wholesome, the natural and the delicious to cook up something satisfyingly special. What are the ingredients used, you might ask? A delightful mix of quinoa, sweet potato, millet, onion, sunflower seed oil, arrowroot and a dash of other naturally beneficial gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO-free, corn-free, egg-free, soy-free, yeast-free and nut-free addition.

The ingenuity doesn’t stop with the burgers, folks. Along with a fantastic blog, the Hilary’s Eat Well website also features a fantastic recipe-generator where visitors can browse through recipe suggestions by checking off their dietary preferences, including gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO-free, corn-free, etc. We know, you’re starting to love Hilary already!

More Than Just About Burgers

What truly struck us the most about Hilary’s Eat Well was the organization’s dedication to quality, taste and global consciousness.

“This company brings Hilary’s creations to people who want to live healthy and sustainable lives while eating food that is easy to prepare and that tastes great! We at Hilary’s Eat Well™ promise that we have made every effort to ensure all ingredients in our products supports a healthy body, world, and economy. It is food you can feel good about, because it loves you back!”

Whether it be their delicious burgers or tasty Veggie Bites, the commitment and enthusiasm toward healthy eating remains the same. Their certifications as vegan and gluten-free, winning Ashley Koff and Non-GMO Project approval, the Naked Food Award, as well as Woman Owned Business recognition only gives us a few more reasons to be proud and very excited to have their food on board!

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry.  2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources –

http://www.hilaryseatwell.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLJFPB451tM&feature=plcp

 

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