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Veganism – An Effective Weapon Against Diabetes

So what does a vegan diet have to do with the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes? This article shares some surprising research study results showing the superiority of veganism in preventing diabetes and in reducing the need to take medications.

“A+” Ideas for School Day Breakfasts

With just a little planning, you can ensure that your kids’ dietary needs are met with a nutritious and delicious meal that’s also quick and easy. Here are some “A+” breakfast ideas to help your school-aged kids start the day off right.

Start Your Day with a Smoothie

Fresh fruit is a great food to start the day with, whether cut up in some way or liquefied. Smoothies are at once soothing and invigorating, luscious yet low in fat. They also offer a concentrated source of nourishment for children and teens (and indeed anyone) whose morning appetite is sluggish.

Organic Fruits and Vegetables: The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15

Organic may be best but we can’t always afford the high price tag. What produce should you absolutely buy organic and what can you safely buy off the usual supermarket produce shelf? Here’s the list!

Popsicles: A Summertime Favorite

A bonus of our pop-making hobby is that our kids have learned a lot about nutrition. We talk about what ingredients we’ve chosen and why. They also love to help us “shop for pops,” and making them together is a family affair.

Summer Tryst: Falling in Love with Books (and other productive things) when School is Out

Getting children engaged in the summer in ways that cultivate stimulation for the mind helps them establish good habits and spend their time well learning while having fun. Here are some activities that might break up the mundanity and even encourage mental growth.

Summertime Meal Solution: Bagged Salads

Our hectic schedules can often conflict with our desire to eat healthier foods. Sometimes even the thought of putting together a simple salad can seem daunting. But with the help of bagged salad greens, you can create summertime meals in minutes.

Fourth of July Riot Grrrrrill: How to Veganize Your Barbeque

Vegetarians are sometimes at a loss for what to put on the grill. I know this is a crazy thought but how about – vegetables? Grilling brings out so much flavor in vegetables that you don’t even need to dress them up too much.

When Your Child Wants Non-Vegan Foods

Even though we may provide our children with vegan substitutes, they are still tempted by pizza, milk chocolate and other treats their friends have and often want to try them. What’s a parent to do?

Top Bad to the Bone Foods

A key part of having a healthy skeleton is ensuring that you eat the right foods that bolster your body with calcium, starting in infancy and moving through your life. Here are some of the top foods that are “bad to the bone”.

Vegans, Insects and Rodents

A VegFamily reader asks: “I am considering becoming a vegan but have a question. How do vegans handle insect control? I live in an area that has a lot of insects and rodents I really can’t just ignore them in my house. What do vegans do?”

Layered and Luscious: Vegan Lasagna

We think lasagna is one of the all-time favorite comfort foods. Cathe Olson shares five of her favorite lasagna recipes – traditional, spinach, vegetable, butternut squash, and lima vegetable – plus a delicious vegan substitute for Parmesan cheese you ca make yourself!

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