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Arthur Prelle How to Go Vegan

How to Go Vegan

Arthur Prelle How to Go VeganIt’s all the rage these days to forgo all animal products in favor of raw totally plant-based diets. Different from being a vegetarian, which still allows dieters to consume foods and goods that come from animals like eggs, honey, and wool, being vegan means abstaining from all animal products or byproducts, including but certainly not limited to sugars refined with animal fats, anything dairy-based, meat broth-based soups, and much more. Veganism has come into vogue lately as documentaries like Fed Up have explored the ugly underbelly of the food industry in the United States and turned up some stomach-turning truths about how foods are processed and manufactured.

The dawn of social media, particularly the likes of Instagram, has also made the community of raw, healthy eaters even more enticing both for the good of the environment and for the body. Naturally, given how much meat and other animal products Americans consume regularly, you may think it’s nearly impossible to be an American vegan, but a little bit of forethought can go a long way in making veganism an invaluable experience of mindful and healthful living. Here are some starting tips:

Load up on local veggies | Best diet practices indicate that even non-vegans should make vegetables the star of their meals. They’re less calorically dense and fill up a tummy on fibers and water so that there’s less room for unhealthful stuff like junk foods. As you meal prep and hunt on Pinterest for good recipes, always plan around your vegetables. Invest in spices, herbs, olive oils, and balsamic vinegars to add flavors from across the globe to your veggies of choice. Before you know it, your cravings for meat will be gone in favor of some flavorful greens!

Research Plant-based proteins | A major concern of those aspiring to veganism is how they’ll take in the appropriate amount of protein, given that the main sources of protein for Americans are meat- or egg-based. Rather than reaching for cheese or a hard-boiled egg when you need protein, opt for something in the bean, legume, or nut family. From soybeans to almonds, these foods are chock-full of proteins in that they have a lot of the nutrients needed to sprout into a full-grown plant someday. As you transition, ensure that there are beans spilling out all your cabinets.

Read the Labels | Unfortunately, shoppers are wont to conflate labels like “vegan” or “gluten-free” with “healthful,” and that’s not necessarily the case all the time. Packaged vegan foods can often be laden with extra fats that make them just as damaging to your arteries as non-vegan foods. Don’t let your guard down just because a food item claims to have no animal products in it. Continue to seek out vegetables above all else.

Get in your iron and B-12 | Dieticians warn vegans about some proteins that humans truly cannot get except through meat. Make sure that your new diet contains some precious metals and minerals. B-12, for example, helps our bodies break down foods, but we get it exclusively from meats. Humans’ main source of iron is usually red meats. You can usually be crafty about finding supplements or fortified cereals and nut milks that will help you reach your daily recommended dosage of these invaluable substances.

Arthur Prelle Healthy Summer Desserts

Healthy Summer Desserts

Arthur Prelle Healthy Summer DessertsMaple Berry Parfait: This parfait is a simple and attractive way to enjoy seasonal berries. The maple syrup sweetens the fruit in a delicious, healthful way.

Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream: This dish is as classy as it is simple. The balsamic vinegar brings out the flavor in the strawberries, and the ricotta cheese is cool and lightly sweet.

Sorbet: This unbelievably simple sorbet uses only three ingredients with marvelous results. The recipe suggests strawberries, but you can use any fruit you like. I’d recommend making a double recipe and storing some in the freezer for later. Bonus: for a dairy-free option, you can simply replace the yogurt with silken tofu.

Sautéed Grape Napoleons: If you’re really looking to impress, this sophisticated dessert uses crispy phyllo dough, tangy goat cheese, and sweet port to create a delicious, complex dish.

Cherry-Hazelnut Cake with Streusel Topping: This cake is fantastic for coffee with friends or an afternoon picnic. It’s sweet, hearty, and absolutely satisfying.

Grilled Bananas: If you’re having a barbeque, slap a couple of bananas, halved the long way, on the grill before closing up shop. The caramelized bananas are surprisingly sweet, easy, and about as healthy as you can get. The recipe here suggests using creme fraiche and fresh berries to garnish, but you can throw on nuts, balsamic vinegar, or anything else you like.

Chocolate Raspberry Tofu Pie: This decadent pie gets its rich, silky texture from tofu–but no one will need to know. Easier than it looks and healthier than you’d expect, this is a great pie for family get-togethers.

Blueberry-Lavender Pops: Who knew ice pops could be so classy? These pops use plain yogurt for an almost ice cream-like texture, and sweeten almost entirely with fruit and honey. The recipe makes ten, so you can have them in the freezer for whenever you get a craving for something cold and sweet.

Chocolate Mousse Pie: If you’re craving chocolate, chef Bobby Deen’s chocolate mousse pie is only 244 calories per slice. By using dark chocolate and low-fat milk, it stays light while maintaining a delicious, rich, chocolate cake. Plus, you don’t have to bake it! A great way to impress guests.

Cantaloupe-Balsamic Sorbet: Because you can never have too many types of sorbet. This creamy dish is slightly more complicated than the previous one (although still incredibly easy!) but it makes up for the extra five minutes by being unbelievably low calorie and delicious.

Thai Fruit Salad: For something delightfully different, this simple tropical fruit salad combines mango, pineapple, coconut milk, and just a little bit of hot sauce to create something sweet and slightly spicy.

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Change your House to Lose Weight

Believe it or not, your house might be working against your efforts to lose weight! Certain furniture arrangements or common household items may be discouraging you from being active, or worse yet, actively encourage sloth! If you plan on losing weight this spring and summer, you might want to clean out your living space and make sure it’s conducive to your weight loss goals.

Your plates and bowls might be too big. Instinctively, we fill our plates when we prepare meals and visually decide on an appropriate serving. If you have incredibly deep bowls or dinner plates twelve full inches in diameter, you’re probably regularly doubling or tripling recommended serving sizes. Go for smaller bowls, plates, and cups to encourage more prudent eating habits.

All your furniture encourages sitting. If every piece of furniture is angled towards a TV, your house is designed to encourage sloth — enter the home, sit down. This isn’t necessarily “bad,” but it does reduce your inclination to move. Rearrange your furniture so that you can exercise while you watch TV or stand while you’re working on your computer. These little opportunities add up over time.

Your exercise equipment is hard to get to. It’s not uncommon for exercise equipment like dumbbells, stationary bikes, and weight-lifting contraptions become nothing but expensive clothing hangers in time. If you want to make sure your surroundings encourage activity, fitness, and weight loss, make sure all your equipment is easily accessible and somewhere you see it all the time. If your bike is hidden in the back of your garage under mountains of miscellany, you’ll always find reason not to ride it. But, if you remove most of the impediments to exercising, you’ll find yourself doing it more often.  

Your food is visible and unhealthy. Most people keep their produce in the refrigerator and their junk foods in the cabinets, often overflowing onto counters and kitchen tables. Human brains put the vast majority of its sensory trust in our vision, so if all you see all day is chips and candy, your brain is going to internalize it and crave that. Luckily, this switch is super easy. Keep your fruits and veggies on the counters and visible, and reduce your junk food store to fit in a cabinet. That way, when you feel snacky, the first items in site are healthful and low-calorie.

You don’t get enough sun. For reasons both physiological and psychological, sunshine makes you want to get out and be active! If you spend most of your time in dark and cool spaces, your body takes that as a cue to stay still and conserve heat — that is, wrap up in a blanket and fall asleep to Law and Order. To encourage your body to be more active, set the thermostat in your house a little higher and make sure you let in plenty of sunlight.

These little tips cost next to nothing but could alter your lifestyle enough to ensure that you’re always looking for ways to be active and encourage yourself to be the best you possible.