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SIMPLE WAYS TO LIVE AS HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE

SIMPLE WAYS TO LIVE AS HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE

As you probably know by now, I love finding simple and convenient ways to live as healthy as possible. Life can surely get in the way of practicing self-care, sometimes, so it’s up to us to find and keep the motivation to make our health a priority.

EASY PLANT-BASED SHOPPING AT KROGER

EASY PLANT-BASED SHOPPING AT KROGER

If you live in Michigan, you have probably visited Kroger a time or two. With some 120+ locations across Michigan, Kroger stores can be found in suburban and metro areas, alike. Good thing because plant-based shopping is super easy at Kroger!

NORTHERN MICHIGAN VEGAN GETAWAY

NORTHERN MICHIGAN VEGAN GETAWAY

Like many Michiganders, going up north evokes some of my fondest memories. The shimmering blue waters of Grand Traverse Bay, the sweeping green landscapes, and the sweet taste of fresh cherries are unforgettable. The trip provides the opportunity to unplug and truly get away without even leaving the state.

THE BEST OF VEGAN AT TRADER JOE’S

THE BEST OF VEGAN AT TRADER JOE’S

Would you be surprised if I told you that this national market, known best for its Mandarin Orange Chicken frozen entrée, is actually a mecca of vegan delights? Indeed, if you’ve never ventured into one of Michigan’s eight locations, it may be time to pencil it in.

WHITE BEAN MAC & CHEESE CASSEROLE

WHITE BEAN MAC & CHEESE CASSEROLE

Hi friends! Luna and Nate here from the Cooking Up Vegan food blog. We’re excited to work with VegMichigan and give you this exclusive new recipe! Say hello to your new favorite comfort food, White Bean Mac and Cheese Casserole. This gooey, cheesy, creamy, protein-packed, dairy-free version will leave you so happy and wanting more.

TALKING WOMEN’S HEALTH FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

TALKING WOMEN’S HEALTH FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

With the start of March also brings Women’s History Month! In acknowledgement of the many exceptional women who have changed the course of history for the better through their intellect, innovation, bravery, and compassion, this is a good month to discuss some information about optimizing women’s health. In this month’s article, I will discuss several of the most common conditions affecting women today, the recommended guidelines for screening for these conditions, and my own recommendations about how we can help prevent these conditions. 

A VEGAN’S GUIDE TO ANN ARBOR, DEARBORN, AND DETROIT

A VEGAN’S GUIDE TO ANN ARBOR, DEARBORN, AND DETROIT

Metro Detroit is full of an overwhelming diversity of food, especially vegan food. In metro Detroit there are three cities that really stand out for their culinary endeavors – Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Detroit. This guide will explore great vegan food in each city as well as a few things to do in between meals. The hardest part is deciding where you’re going to eat first.

VEGAN GETAWAY TO WEST MICHIGAN

VEGAN GETAWAY TO WEST MICHIGAN

The west side of the state is full of enchanting small towns lined with charming shops and fresh produce stands with a lovely feeling in the air to slow down and enjoy the views of Lake Michigan. Over the last few years, it has also become increasingly easier for vegans to not only enjoy West Michigan’s beautiful environment but also, the food.

HOW I SIMPLIFY PLANT-BASED MEAL PLANNING & COOKING

HOW I SIMPLIFY PLANT-BASED MEAL PLANNING & COOKING

Whenever things get busier in my world, it takes a little extra effort to maintain a healthy diet. I’m sure it’s the same for most of you, as well. It can be challenging to eat healthy plant-based when our schedules fill up and we spend less time at home, but there are ways to make it work. For this month, I thought I would share what I try to do to simplify a relatively healthy, plant-based diet on a busy schedule.

CREAMY CHEESY TOMATO SAUCE PASTA

CREAMY CHEESY TOMATO SAUCE PASTA

For this pasta dish I had a blast creating a recipe using Good Catch’s Fish-Free Tuna. I had never tried a plant-based seafood substitute like this before but I could easily see so many different uses for it.

MAKING 2021 OUR YEAR FOR BETTER SLEEP

MAKING 2021 OUR YEAR FOR BETTER SLEEP

Now that we’ve started this brand new year, we get a clean slate! Many people out there are still feeling the effects of 2020 but I hope this year is a new beginning for us all with better things ahead. I also hope this will be your healthiest year yet. At the end of each year, I try to take time to reflect and set intentions for what I hope to achieve in the upcoming year. One significant, health-related goal on my list this year is to find out how I can get better sleep.

SWEET & SPICY WINTER VEG & TEMPEH (ONE PAN)

SWEET & SPICY WINTER VEG & TEMPEH (ONE PAN)

We ALL love a meal we can cook in only one pan. So, this is just that! Quick and easy cooking, quick and easy clean up, delicious delicious flavor. Not to mention the health benefits of the winter veg and the protein kick from the tempeh.
Win. Win. Win. !!!

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS

Many of us are accustomed to thinking of farms as serene, placid, and peaceful settings. From a young age, children are taught to accept the illusion of farms as small family farms once were, with few animals, one or two farmhands, rolling green pastures, and a classic red barn that comfortably houses the animals, but this is a far cry from reality for the vast majority of the animals consumed today. 

WRAPPING UP 2020: A SEND OFF TO A VERY UNUSUAL YEAR

WRAPPING UP 2020: A SEND OFF TO A VERY UNUSUAL YEAR

We have finally made it to the end of 2020. It has been a pretty difficult year and most of us have been through a lot of challenging stuff. Most people are just trying to maintain a positive outlook right now and do the best we can to ride this out. After the year we’ve had, I think that is good enough. For December, I have a few suggestions for incorporating healthy habits into the holidays. My hope is that we remember to do our best to take care of ourselves, but most importantly we enjoy the many great things about the season and stay hopeful for better things to come in 2021.

PUMPKIN APPLE DESSERT PIZZA

PUMPKIN APPLE DESSERT PIZZA

Here is a new and delicious way to enjoy some of the best flavors fall has to offer. The butternut squash, baked apples, and pumpkin will keep you cozy from the inside out.
This recipe is super simple to make, as it requires only one bowl and two baking trays, and there are only two ingredients you need to prep. Plus, it gives you an excuse to warm yourself by the oven as the days get colder and colder.

BRACING FOR WINTER: TIPS TO HELP GET THROUGH THE HARD MONTHS

BRACING FOR WINTER: TIPS TO HELP GET THROUGH THE HARD MONTHS

Welcome back, VegMichigan friends! I can’t believe it’s November already and the holiday season is right around the corner! In November, we also see the start of the cold, dark, long, wintery months. Ugh. All around us, our animal friends are instinctively busy preparing to endure the upcoming season. This poses an interesting question for humans: should we also be doing something to prepare ourselves for winter? Let’s discuss why bracing for winter is so important.

VEGAN CHEESY QUINOA BAKE

VEGAN CHEESY QUINOA BAKE

This dish is easy, cheesy, so good, and very versatile. I chose to eat it with tortilla chips but it would also be great on a salad, in a wrap, or just by itself. This is a great and interesting way to get all the excellent nutrients quinoa has to offer! Did you know quinoa is known to be a superfood?

CHANGING OUR LIFESTYLES TO OPTIMIZE OUR MENTAL HEALTH

CHANGING OUR LIFESTYLES TO OPTIMIZE OUR MENTAL HEALTH

Hey, VegMichigan friends! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the warm Fall days and our beautiful Michigan scenery. Warm days in October always feel like a gift from nature. I hope you enjoyed last month’s post about “The Blue Zones”. This month, I want to talk about mental health.

THE MOST FLAVORFUL TOFU MARINADES

THE MOST FLAVORFUL TOFU MARINADES

Tofu, tofu, oh tofu. It might look boring at first but in reality, the blank slate of tofu offers the cook endless flavor possibilities! Because of this, having a few go-to marinade recipes in your back pocket gives you the power to turn this flavorless block of soybeans into a super delicious and protein packed meal.

DIY VEGAN MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE

DIY VEGAN MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE

This recipe is about as Pure Michigan as it gets: gooey fudge that melts in your mouth and rich chocolate coats your palette as you bite into this perfect plant-based fudge. 
With only five ingredients, you are going to love this vegan DIY Mackinac Fudge. The texture is similar to fudge made with dairy and the flavor is phenomenal. Don’t worry, you will not be using those long paddles or folding your fudge for hours over marble. This recipe is straight from the double boiler to cool. 

CREATING OUR OWN “BLUE ZONES” IN TODAY’S MODERN WORLD

CREATING OUR OWN “BLUE ZONES” IN TODAY’S MODERN WORLD

This month, I wanted to write about some health and wellness specifics that are super important. Recently, I re-read the book The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner, and I want to use some principles from his book to guide us through this post. Dan spent years doing research on five areas around the world where people are known to live exceptionally long, healthy lives. He discovered nine common patterns that we will begin to discuss throughout this post.

3 SIMPLE AND HEALTHY NICE CREAMS

3 SIMPLE AND HEALTHY NICE CREAMS

We all know this summer has been hot, hot, hot and if you are anything like me, you have been craving cool, refreshing treats often. I love to eat my favorite store-bought ice creams just as much as anyone but unfortunately, these ice creams quickly end up on the waistline and I don’t feel good about eating them nearly as often as I crave a treat. Enter nice cream. This is the solution to all of your ice cream cravings.

WELCOME TO DR.  JAMIE’S HEALTH CORNER

WELCOME TO DR. JAMIE’S HEALTH CORNER

Hey, veg-friends! I’m Dr. Jamie and I’m super excited to be able to have this new place to contribute some inspiring, motivating, and educational content every month for VegMichigan supporters. I thought I would use this first month to introduce myself and write a bit about my personal mission.

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