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Beat 7 traps for healthy kids

Jess Parsons | April 7, 12 at 12:26 AM | Food

Read More: children, diet score, dietary guidelines, family, fruits, vegetable

How do you and your kids rate on the 4-Leaf scale?  Modern life can make it very hard to keep to a simple and healthy diet for your family. Once you're in the know, you can at least avoid...

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. - Book review

Jess Parsons | March 26, 12 at 01:46 PM | Health

Read More: dr antonia demas, Dr Attwood, dr campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish, Esselstyn, Healthy food, heart, heart attack proof, moderation, plant-based diet, vegan recipes

Last time I reviewed an exciting book by this man’s son (Engine 2 Diet, Rip Esselstyn).  This book is more technical but in its way, just as exciting. Dr Esselstyn Jr doesn’t waste any time.  He starts with a...

Six Clean Energy Sources Need More Power - Mad Like Tesla Book Review

Jess Parsons | March 19, 12 at 01:59 PM | Green

Read More: consumption, energy, environment, nuclear, solar, space, technology, wasteful

2012 is the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.  Mad Like Tesla, by Tyler Hamilton, salutes people dedicated to finding cleaner alternative energy sources.Nikola Tesla was an extremely quirky inventor full of mad ideas about the world -...

Eco-friendly packaging - an investment in our future

Jess Parsons | March 12, 12 at 05:10 PM | Green

Read More: environment, fast food, green, packaging, reusing, waste

The winner! Last year I was lucky enough to win a beautiful set of eco-friendly bamboo party ware from Friendlypak in New Zealand.  This substantial set arrived packed in their own compostable product - popstarch.  By the faint fragrance,...

Happy Vegan Birthday!

Jess Parsons | March 5, 12 at 09:24 PM | Food

Read More: birthdays, Healthy food, vegan entertaining

I’m a vegan with two young vegan children.  We all love having parties and being invited to them, but of course it’s never a party without food.  So how do you keep the party spirit when not everybody in...

Frugal Vegan Transformers - Beyond Leftovers

Jess Parsons | February 22, 12 at 03:56 PM | Food

Read More: cooking, frugal, health promoting foods, kids, soup, vegan

Save time and money in your vegan kitchen!  You know you don't want to forget your lurking leftovers - that means mess and waste.  You can munch them yourself for lunch or serve them at the end of the...

5 Productive New Year's Workouts

Jess Parsons | January 1, 12 at 02:44 PM | Health

Read More: fitness, frugal, garden, healthy body healthy mind, kids, New Year's resolution

Resolved to have a fitter New Year?  Here are some holiday workouts that leave you with more than just an endorphine rush. Caution:  Don't try all of these workouts in one day without medical advice. Try on all the...

Christmas wrapup - frugal and ecofriendly

Jess Parsons | December 17, 11 at 03:32 PM | Green

Read More: environment, frugal, holiday, kids, money, waste

My three (almost four) year old daughter loves to paint.  She brings her paintings home for me and tells me all about them. You get the picture.  She can draw people and things, but she's still a creative abstract...

Make your own vegan holiday chocolates

Jess Parsons | December 14, 11 at 01:01 AM | Food

Read More: chocolate, frugal, home cooking, sugar, vegan, vegan Christmas

Vegan specialty chocolates are expensive!  Making your own chocolates from molds is so easy I'm not sure I should share the secret.  Especially because we're trying to eat less sugar. In less than 1/2 hour you can have a...

Real Food Part 2: Eating Less Sugar 5 Ways

Jess Parsons | December 7, 11 at 04:51 PM | Food

Read More: addictions, American Heart Association, coffee, dr mcdougall, Dr. Michael Klaper, health, juicing, money, snacks, sorbitol, stevia, sugar, tea, vegan, whole grains, xylitol

The Real Food series helps you eat more real food in the real world.  In Part 1, we ate more whole grains.  Now let's learn how to do what we know we should - eat less sugar. What's so...

Use it up! Stevia - naturally sweet

Jess Parsons | November 28, 11 at 04:46 PM | Health

Read More: glycemic response, health, home gardening, homegrown, stevia, sweetener

I'm still working on the last Use It Up challenge, (gluten free baking mix).  I missed a golden opportunity to use some of this baking mix when I baked 40 plus mini chocolate chocolate chip vegan cupcakes for the...

Your Thanksgiving Turkey - now in living color

Jess Parsons | November 23, 11 at 08:32 PM | Animals

Read More: animal cruelty, animal feed, animal suffering, education, factory farms, holiday, turkey, vegan

I grew up with turkeys on my dinner plate or as cartoon figures drawn around five little fingers.Like any animal, there's always so much more to learn!Like the Native Americans (Indians), turkeys are another victim of colonial naming confusion...

Happy Vegan Thanksgiving - Frugal Vegan Stuffing

Jess Parsons | November 21, 11 at 01:55 PM | Food

Read More: Christmas, family, frugal, garden, holiday, home cooking, Thanksgiving, vegan recipes

Just in time for Thanksgiving and early enough to plan for Christmas - my other easy "use it up" bread crusts recipe:  Yummy Vegan Stuffing.Not for the birds!  This is the dish to take to your family Thanksgiving so...

Real Food Part 1: Hate Whole Grains? Here's help!

Jess Parsons | November 15, 11 at 12:05 PM | Food

Read More: dr mcdougall, family, fat, fiber, kids, nutrition, refined food, sugar, whole grains

First, watch Dr John McDougall: Lowfat foods vs whole foods Whether you're seeking a healthy weight or just plain good health, you need to find your way to whole foods.Whole Grain HealthFats Your body needs some fat.  Not lots...

Eat More Fruit and Whole Grains - Frugal Vegan Fruit Pudding

Jess Parsons | November 8, 11 at 08:40 PM | Food

Read More: frugal, fruits, garden, home cooking, vegan recipes, whole grains

I like to cook with what I have.  And this healthy fruit pudding can be made with practically anything.  Of course, I used my garden-fresh organic rhubarb.  With this recipe, I also transformed the bread end collection from our...

Planting for Summer - the toilet rolls rocked!

Jess Parsons | November 6, 11 at 02:21 PM | Green

Read More: frugal, fruits, garden, organic, vegetables

The summer squash seeds love their free biodegradable planters and showed their appreciation with big green leaves.And the beans we planted at Small Poppies were going bonsai for lack of soil depth in that cute little decorated pink tub...unlike...

More Vegan Waffling - Sticking to it

Jess Parsons | October 30, 11 at 02:01 AM | Food

Read More: breakfast, free, frugal, home cooking, vegan, vegan recipes

Our waffle maker had made its last wholewheat vegan waffle, but I got lucky with Freecycle with another waffle maker in great condition.  Guess who was pleased with herself?Try... But then I tried to use it.  This waffle maker was...

Free Eco-friendly Seed Planters - from the trash!

Jess Parsons | October 27, 11 at 11:47 PM | Green

Read More: environment, free lunch, frugal, garbage, garden, green, kale, parsley, recycling, reusing, sprouts

My winter parsley and kale are rapidly going to seed as the sunshine hits the garden.  I cleared the kale and made a whole crock pot of soup.  If I want juicy tomatoes, tender squash, lettuces, a cucumber or...

Welcome Summer! Easy Frugal Fatfree Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Jess Parsons | October 17, 11 at 12:52 PM | Food

Read More: fatfree, frugal, fruit, home cooking, New Zealand, simple, vegan dessert

I couldn't resist the bargain - $3 for 8kgs of overripe bananas!  A sign as clear as a robin that warm weather is here in New Zealand.Time to make some freezer space for banana ice cream makings.  Whoops, no...

15 years vegan - Food++

Jess Parsons | October 15, 11 at 03:51 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: dr mcdougall, food shortages, plant based diet, vegan

Going vegan means avoiding animal foods and other animal products.  But it doesn't stop there.  This change changes you.I went on a vegan diet for my health (translated: "to lose weight") - these days that's called a plant-based diet. ...