Bethlehem VegFest: 5 Vegan Nutrition Myths

I had a great time talking at Bethlehem VegFest about vegan nutrition myths earlier today.

Above you will find a recording of my talk.

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Tips for a Healthier Barbecue

Summer barbecues do not need to be synonymous with overeating. To survive the season without gaining weight here are some tips for a healthier barbecue.

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Eat Green for Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!  To celebrate, I challenge you to incorporate greener, plant-based foods into your diet.  Eating greens is not only good for your health, but is also better for our environment.  Double bonus!  Here are five easy ways to be greener and eat greener:

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The Most Delicious Spicy Peanut Veggie Noodles

Today is Meatless Monday and I have a super tasty protein and veggie-packed recipe!  This dish is the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spicy deliciousness! With such an amazing flavor you almost forget you are eating vegetables.

INGREDIENTS:

Spicy Peanut Noodle Ingredients

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp Sriacha Sauce (less if desire less spiciness)
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp Fresh Grated Ginger
14oz Extra-Firm Tofu
1 Zucchini
1 Squash
3 Carrots, peeled
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Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam

photo (5)Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam has become a must-have in my refrigerator!  As I mentioned in my last post, Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam is a much healthier alternative to store-bought jam.

I love chia seed jam because it is so easy to make and it’s also healthy!  There is no cooking, no canning, no pectin and only natural ingredients!

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Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam – 3 Flavors!

Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam is a much healthier alternative to store-bought jam. This jam is one of the easiest recipes to make! No cooking, no canning, no pectin and only natural ingredients! This super-easy and very healthy jam is made with just berries, a little natural sweetener (if any) and chia seeds! That’s it! Traditional jam relies on pectin to gel, but this jam gels with the help of chia seeds!

This jam is great on toast, pancakes, waffles, stirred into oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, or for a classic PB&J!

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What a Beautiful Kiwano! (aka the Horned Melon)

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During a recent trip to the grocery store I came across an odd looking fruit that I had never seen before.  I picked it up to explore further and was pricked by its spiky horns.  I had never seen such a fruit and knew I needed to try it!

After taking the kiwano home and researching more I discovered many reasons why my love affair with this exotic fruit should continue.

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Maradol Papaya

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There are two types of papaya commonly sold in grocery stores: Mexican and Hawaiian. Today we are going to talk about Mexican papaya also known as a Maradol papaya or a Caribbean red papaya.

Maradol papaya is very low in calories and contains no cholesterol; however, is a rich source of phytochemicals, minerals, and vitamins! Continue reading →

Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

15 Reasons to Love Dragon Fruit!

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1. SUPERFOOD. One dragon fruit is only about 60 calories and 80% water.  Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, while low in calories and rich in fiber, this fruit is definitely a superfood!

2.  DIGESTION & METABOLISM. Since it is high in fiber this fruit is optimal for digestive health and may aid in weight loss through helping to improve your metabolic rate.  The high fiber content will not only keep you feeling fuller for longer, but will also help to regulate blood sugar levels. Continue reading →

Jicama

6968782942_41a643b4c1_zJicama (pronounced hee-kah-ma) is an edible root that resembles a turnip.  It is part of the legume family and is also known as a yam bean, Mexican turnip, or Mexican potato.  Jicama is in season from December to June.

Jicama has thin brown skin and crisp, juicy, white flesh that is mild in flavor.  It’s flavor resembles a cross between a water chestnut and a pear.
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About Gina
Gina Consalvo-Hassick, MA, RD, LDN, CDE, NCC is a registered dietitian and is actively involved in various food and nutrition communities. She has counseled and assessed a wide range of patients and has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and consulting. Areas of specialization include weight management, eating disorders, and wellness nutrition.
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Gina Hassick,
MA, RD, LDN, CDE, NCC

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