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VZ 286: Are Fritos Vegan? (And Other Surprisingly Vegan And Non-Vegan Foods!)

12/9/2018
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Surprisingly Not Vegan Back in 2014 we did an episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast called “Foods that Seem Vegetarian But Are Not”. This topic recently had a lot of activity in our closed Facebook group, the Peas and Carrots Society so we decided it was time to take a second look. This time around we […] The post VZ 286: Are Fritos Vegan? (And Other Surprisingly Vegan And Non-Vegan Foods!) appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:29:21

VZ 285: The Mise En Place Mindset

12/2/2018
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What the Heck is “Mise En Place”? Listeners of the podcast may recall that I completed the Forks Over Knives Online Cooking course earlier this year. If you haven’t checked out my review of the course, you can hear it in Episode 274: 5 Big Take-Aways from the Forks Over Knives Cooking Course. One of […] The post VZ 285: The Mise En Place Mindset appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:24:48

VZ 284: 7 Amazing Benefits of Gratitude

11/25/2018
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The Benefits of Gratitude When was the last time someone did something kind for you that was unexpected yet greatly appreciated. Some examples might be: Your kids or spouse helped you with a task without you having to ask Someone let you into their lane during a traffic jam so that you didn’t miss your […] The post VZ 284: 7 Amazing Benefits of Gratitude appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:31:44

VZ 283: Talking Turkey with Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary

11/18/2018
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A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Farm Sanctuary…Website Around this time of year for the past few years, Larissa and I head out to the Farm Sanctuary website to sponsor a turkey through their Adopt A Turkey Project. An estimated 46 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone so […] The post VZ 283: Talking Turkey with Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:30:38

VZ 282: 8 Simple Vegan Turkey Substitutes That Don’t Suck

11/11/2018
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It’s That Time of Year Again! Yes, the holiday season is officially upon us! So many holiday traditions are based around amazing food, and being meat-free doesn’t mean that you need to miss out. In fact, there are so many meatless alternatives to the traditional “holiday roast” and meat-based sides these days that you might […] The post VZ 282: 8 Simple Vegan Turkey Substitutes That Don’t Suck appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:29:24

VZ 281: 10 Easy, Powerful Food Combining Tips that Actually Boost Your Health!

11/4/2018
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How I Stumbled Across the Idea of Combining Certain Foods for Health Recently, while doing some research for one of our podcasts, I came across an article that mentioned the health benefits of combining turmeric and black pepper. I had recently begun incorporating turmeric in some of my cooking after learning about its health benefits […] The post VZ 281: 10 Easy, Powerful Food Combining Tips that Actually Boost Your Health! appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:32:38

VZ 280: Health Benefits of Chickpeas and Vegan Chickpea Recipes That Aren’t Hummus!

10/28/2018
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When most people think of chickpeas they likely think of good-for-you, great-tasting hummus, without knowing exactly how healthy they are. Read on for to learn more about chickpeas, including their nutritional value, health benefits, and recipe ideas. What are Chickpeas? The chickpea is a member of the legume family. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are high […] The post VZ 280: Health Benefits of Chickpeas and Vegan Chickpea Recipes That Aren’t Hummus! appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:38:29

VZ 279: Cage-Free vs. Free-Range vs. Pasture-Raised Eggs : Demystifying Egg Labeling

10/21/2018
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Demystifying Egg Labels As we’ve discussed many times on the show, food labeling needs a BIG TIME redo. Trying to decipher labels at the grocery store can be an exercise in frustration. Many companies intentionally try to mislead consumers, and the egg industry is no exception. Cage-free vs. free-range vs. pasture-raised? What do they all […] The post VZ 279: Cage-Free vs. Free-Range vs. Pasture-Raised Eggs : Demystifying Egg Labeling appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:34:47

VZ 278: Holistic Healing – Delicious Healing with Dr. Tumi Johnson

10/14/2018
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What is Holistic Healing? “Holistic healing” is still somewhat of a mystery to many people. Essentially it is an approach to health and wellness that considers humans as a “whole,” and seek to restore balance by taking into consideration all of the internal and external factors that affect us. Dr. Tumi Johnson – Holistic Medical […] The post VZ 278: Holistic Healing – Delicious Healing with Dr. Tumi Johnson appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:51:20

VZ 277: CBD Oil – What is It? Is it Legal? What are the Benefits and the Risks?

10/7/2018
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CBD Oil I’d heard about CBD oil but hadn’t really done much research into it until our dog, Cosmo, developed issues with his leg which may require surgery. As we do with any major decision (and some minor ones!), Larissa and I are doing a lot of research about his condition, including treatment options, before […] The post VZ 277: CBD Oil – What is It? Is it Legal? What are the Benefits and the Risks? appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:24:05

VZ 276: Fake Meats Are Making Some People Very Angry! Here’s Why

9/30/2018
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Yes, Fake Meats are Making Some People Very Angry! Fake meats, yes they are actually making some people very angry! Why? I was really curious about this after having read some angry comments on a Tweet where someone shared a picture of a vegan brisket. While most of those comments were simply irrational people just […] The post VZ 276: Fake Meats Are Making Some People Very Angry! Here’s Why appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:23:39

VZ 275: Vegan Athletes on The Rise! Crushing the Competition on a Plant Based Diet

9/23/2018
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The Number of Plant-Based Vegan Athletes is Growing! Recently there seems to be an explosion of the number of vegan athletes who are grabbing headlines by crushing the competition in their respective sports and who cite their vegan plant-based diets as significant competitive edge. In this episode of our podcast, we’re going to discuss this […] The post VZ 275: Vegan Athletes on The Rise! Crushing the Competition on a Plant Based Diet appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:33:57

VZ 274: 5 Big Take-Aways from the Forks Over Knives Cooking Course

9/16/2018
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I Graduated from The Forks Over Knives Cooking Course! About 90 days ago, I started a new adventure by taking the Forks Over Knives Cooking course. I will admit I was a little nervous since I was not the primary cook in the house, but I knew we needed to improve our overall cooking skills. […] The post VZ 274: 5 Big Take-Aways from the Forks Over Knives Cooking Course appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:26:43

VZ 273: Vegan Clothing – The Latest and Greatest!

9/9/2018
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When we first became vegetarians 5 years ago, vegan clothing was VERY different than it is today. The offerings were very slim and, quite honestly, not that attractive. Back in episode 180 of our podcast (Nov 2016) we published an episode titled, “All about Vegan Fashion”. However, over the years, much like the trends we’ve […] The post VZ 273: Vegan Clothing – The Latest and Greatest! appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:34:18

VZ 272: 10 Simple Meal Planning Tips

9/2/2018
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School has started already and for families with school-aged kids life just got a LOT busier. Trying to find a balance between work, school, and home lives can leave little time for meal planning, which can lead to fast food stops or expensive restaurant trips. Way back in 2014, we did an episode called “Meal […] The post VZ 272: 10 Simple Meal Planning Tips appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:34:21

VZ 271: IBS and the Low FODMAP Diet for Vegans and Vegetarians

8/26/2018
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IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) can but challenging enough to manage in itself but as a vegan or vegetarian it can be even more challenging. In this episode, we discuss IBS, why IBS can be particularly challenging for vegans and vegetarians, and how an approach called the low FODMAP plan can help you manage IBS. Please […] The post VZ 271: IBS and the Low FODMAP Diet for Vegans and Vegetarians appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:26:23

VZ 270: Vegan Trader Joe’s

8/19/2018
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Trader Joe’s is a popular store for many folks within our Vegetarian Zen community. Why? Maybe it’s because of the great Vegan Trader Joe’s offerings! In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we share our very first legit visit to Trader Joe’s. We say “legit” because we were on a mission to do our […] The post VZ 270: Vegan Trader Joe’s appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:36:10

VZ 269: 8 Things You Can Do To Help Animals in Need in Your Community

8/12/2018
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This episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast is all about how you can help animals in need in your community. If it’s just not feasible to adopt or foster a pet, there are still many ways you can help animals in need. Today, we share 8 ways you can help! Please note that some of […] The post VZ 269: 8 Things You Can Do To Help Animals in Need in Your Community appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:28:12

VZ 268: The Peas and Carrots Society Presents – 5 Favorite Vegan Cookbooks

8/5/2018
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Recently, one of our Peas and Carrots Members, Michelle Wilkinson, asked, “If you could only recommend one vegan cookbook for families that want easy fast recipes, what would you choose?” Meal planning can be challenging in general but learning to cook healthy vegan meals for you and your family can take time and money. Because […] The post VZ 268: The Peas and Carrots Society Presents – 5 Favorite Vegan Cookbooks appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:30:09

VZ 267: 9 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety Naturally

7/29/2018
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If you are like most people, you can experience a fair amount of stress and anxiety on a daily basis. Whether it be from your job, your kids, your spouse, or just what’s going on in the world today. We all deal with a certain amount of stress and can use some help to manage […] The post VZ 267: 9 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety Naturally appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

Duration:00:34:07