For women that choose to be conscious about what they eat in order to maintain good health and also want to contribute to a healthier, more sustainable planet, this is clearly the right decision to make. However, there is a lot of false informationcirculating which can mislead women and discourage this very healthy way of living. Common Concerns With Vegan Diets The most commonly asked question about a vegan diet is, can a plant-based diet offer enough protein?This is a genuine concern many women have about plant-based diets due to social acceptance and education, or lack thereof. For some women, it is a hard adjustment to make, especially with society consistently pushing a diet that relies upon animal flesh for protein. It seems like a very drastic measure because this is how we are conditioned to think. We are even taught this as children in elementary school courtesy of the USDAs Food Pyramid Guide . It is interesting that theFoodGuidePyramid, was released by theUSDAin 1992, and then replaced on April 19, 2005, by MyPyramid. Talk about antiquated! Fortunately, we have Virgina Messina,MPH,RD, to keep the public up to date with what she refers to as The Plant Plate for proper nutrition! Virgina Messina, MPH, RD, has put together a very easy to follow infographic that can be used by everyone! This guide is a great tool for new vegans as well as folks that would like to eat more balanced, plant-based foods. Some of the other common questions about vegan diets as it pertains to women are questions about valid sources of protein, the impact of soy on womens hormones, and how we age. These are some of the topics which will be discussed during the interview. Listen To The Interview: In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show , host, June Stoyer, talks to Virginia Messina, co-author of Vegan For Her, The Womens Guide To Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet. Are you hungry? Try some of these delicious and easy to make recipes from Vegan For Her! Please Support Our Friends and Sponsors! Creamy Kale Miso Soup Recipe Creamy Kale Miso Soup Recipe With just six ingredients, a saucepan, and a blender you will be enjoying a delicious, super-healthy soup in 20 minutes! Be sure to use a low-sodium vegetable broth, since the miso has a very salty flavor. From the book Vegan for Her, by Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, with JL Fields. Reprinted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright 2013. Please use certified organic, non-gmo ingredients with this or any recipe. Ingredients 32-ounces (4 cups) low-sodium vegetable broth (low-sodium is very important!) 1 cup coarsely diced yellow onion 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh garlic 1 (14-ounce) package soft (not silken) tofu, pressed and drained 4 cups loosely packed kale (curly and red Russian kale are great in this soup) cup yellow miso Pieces of raw kale, chopped, for garnish Directions Bring the vegetable stock, onions, and garlic to a boil in a large saucepan. Cube the pressed tofu, add it to the saucepan, and bring the mixture back to a boil. Add the kale (torn into large pieces), stir, cover, and simmer on low for 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the misoits okay if it doesnt all dissolve because you will soon be blending it. Transfer the soup from the saucepan to a blender, cover tightly, and blend for 30 seconds to a minute, 3 cups at a time (or to the half-full point of your particular blender). If you have an immersion blender, blend in the pot (cover with a dishtowel to prevent hot splatters). Spoon into a bowl and garnish with a few pieces of raw kale. Yield: 6 servings Note: Never fill a blender more than half full with hot liquid, as the liquid expands. As an added precaution, place a towel over the top of the blender when using hot liquids. Spinach Bow Tie Pasta Salad The creamy green saucefeaturing spinach and tofumakes this vegan pasta salad a nutritional powerhouse! Be sure to chill for the recommended time to ensure a flavorful experience. The Creamy Spinach Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe Ingredients:Please use certified organic, non-gmo ingredients with this or any recipe. 4 ounces Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Whole-Grain Bow Tie Pasta 2 cups vegetable broth Chopped baby spinach leaves, for garnish Directions Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. When finished, drain, rinse in cold water, drain again, and set aside. Begin making the cream sauce by bringing the vegetable broth, onions, and garlic to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the tofu and bring back to a boil. Add the spinach, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked tofu and spinach mixture from the saucepan to a blender or food processor, cover tightly, and blend for 30 seconds to a minute. (If you double and/or increase this recipe, be sure to blend in small batches, 2 to 3 cups at a time.) Store the leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. This will make about 3 cups of sauce. Pour 2 cups of sauce over the cooked, rinsed, and drained pasta. Stir in the salt, dill, onions, and haricots vert. Add a pinch of dill weed, pour into a bowl with an airtight lid, and refrigerate for at least two hours. Once chilled,serve with fresh ground black pepper and garnish with a few chopped baby spinach leaves. Yield: 2 entree servings or 4 side servings
We are being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet For Cats, but Cascadian Nomads only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article. Typist: Bethany Last week I went out in search of cat food that our increasingly weak Gryphon would enjoy eating. He still had interest in eating but baby food was the only thing he would really eat a lot of. Any human food is not a healthy feeding solution for more than a few days, so I needed to find something Gryphon liked. Even some healthy cat treats would have been nice for him. As I read the labels of various nutritious cat foods, I was shocked to see many had disclaimers about how just that can or bag alone was not nutritionally complete and was only part of a balanced diet. If my cat likes one kind of food and I buy a lot of it, I may not be feeding a well-rounded diet? Uh-oh. Emily became a very finicky eater in her senior years and all of Gryphon’s health issues severely limited what we could feed him. I got into the habit of feeding just one kind of food for a very long time. Fortunately, what I had been feeding didn’t have a disclaimer about only being part of a balanced diet but suddenly, feeding my cats seems so much more complex than just dumping a healthy food into the dish a few times a day. Hill’s provides a lot of options for feeding your cat that, even when mixed and matched, takes the guesswork out of feeding your cat a balanced diet. The trio of Hill’s dry food, wet food and cat treats provide a delicious variety of foods without sacrificing nutrition. Cats have a lot of very complex nutritional needs and, as I have learned the hard way over the years, health issues can further complicate cats dietary needs. It’s nice to have a bit of the guesswork taken out of whether or not you’re cats are getting all of the nutrients they need. Plus, my cats have always loved treats. They have often been so sweet while begging for a treat. Yet I am often guilty of feeding dog treats to the cats. Treats like Hills Science Diet Crunchy Creations Grain-Free with Salmon Treats are the kinds of nutrient rich cat treats we need around here. I am always searching for food my cats enjoy eating because I want them to be happy. It is also nice to know that they are eating a well-rounded diet while they purr. Twenty lucky, U.S. resident Cascadian Nomads readers will win a Hills Science Diet Gift Basket with Hills Science Diet Adult Grain-Free dry food 2 lb bag Hills Science Dietwet food variety pack 6 cans case Hills Science Diet Crunchy Creations Grain-Free with Chicken Treats Cat bowl (not pictured) Place mat (not pictured) Enter to win by telling us in the comments below what the cutest thing your cat does when begging for a treat or reminding you it is meal time. Contest ends Friday, November 22nd. Cascadian Nomads will randomly draw and notify the winners but Hill’s Pet Nutrition is responsible for shipping prizes. BONUS: “Like” Cascadian Nomads on Facebook , leave a comment at this post and we’ll enter you into the drawing twice (you’ll have TWO chances to win!) Good luck.