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One of the greenest things you can do in your kitchen is to invest in good-quality cookware and tools and then maintain them with care so that they last a long time. Here’s how to keep your cooking equipment sparkling clean and in tip-top condition—without using harsh chemicals.
We're pretty proud over here at VT headquarters: our September 2014 article "The Gleaners" was just nominated for a Nook Readers' Choice Newsstand Award. Not sure what gleaning is? Read the story here to learn more about this food-waste-fighting movement—then vote for us!
Love NYC's Cinnamon Snail? The super-popular lunch truck, which we highlighted a few years ago in a roundup of all-veg carts, trucks, and stands, just launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a new food truck—raising more than $28,000 of their $82,000 goal in just four days.
A round-up of VT editors’ favorite newsworthy links: Jay-Z and Beyonce pledge to go vegan for 22 days. The power couple is looking for meal ideas—guys, VT has oodles of plant-based recipes that'll keep you super-satisfied (lasagna, pizza, tofu scramble, chili, and more!).
A new study finds that eating a protein-packed breakfast can herb curb appetite and leave you satisfied till lunchtime. Not sure what to make? Check out our high-protein breakfast story (complete with protein heavy hitters and easy-peasy recipes) from October.
A round-up of VT editors’ favorite links this week: A new study conducted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church finds being vegetarian may help you live longer. San Diego Unified becomes the latest school district to approve Meatless Monday in school cafeterias. Los Angeles Unified, the country's second largest school district, went meatless on Mondays a few months ago. A+, California!
The Emerald City is about to get a whole lot greener this Earth Day as the Bullitt Center officially opens today, April 22, 2013, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood near downtown Seattle. The commercial office building, which will be home to the environmentally focused nonprofit Bullitt Foundation and other tenants, is already being called the greenest in the world for its unprecedented innovations in environmentally friendly construction and design.
Keep it up, bean lovers: New research suggests that a high-fiber diet may lower your risk of stroke. (The American Heart Association recommends at least 25 grams a day, but most people don't get nearly that amount.) Just 7 grams more a day can make a big difference—that's the equivalent of a serving of whole-wheat pasta and two servings of fruits or veggies.
A round-up of VT editors’ favorite links this week: California didn't do it (yet), but Whole Foods will! By 2018, Whole Foods will require all foods containing GMOs to be labeled. (In the meantime, buying organic and looking for the Non-GMO Project label will help you steer clear.)
A round-up of VT editors’ favorite links this week: A new study finds following a Mediterranean-style diet rich in olive oil or nuts reduces the risk of stroke by 30 percent. In case you're wondering: participants consumed at least four tablespoons of olive oil—or a handful of nuts—every day for five years.
My liquor collection has always been a mess. As a guest, you needed to know that there was gin somewhere to make a gin and tonic, and finding matching highball glasses was such a chore that I often served cocktails in juice glasses. More often than not, I just served wine and sparkling water when I had people over, which was a shame because I had a pretty good assortment of beverages at any given time.
A round-up of VT editors’ favorite links this week: Celeb chef Tal Ronnen will open a new vegan restaurant in Los Angeles next month! (He's the guy who whipped up Oprah's three-week vegan cleanse menu.) Expect Mediterranean-inspired small plates paired with "farm-to-glass" cocktails. And maybe this scrumptious-sounding beet-and-tofu tempura he described in a 2010 VT interview? Fingers crossed.
A round-up of VT editors' favorite links this week: Eat colorful vegetables to help prevent the development of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease (a neurodegenerative disease that affects muscle movement). Think sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and broccoli—veggies with an abundance of good-for-you carotenoids.
The average American creates a whopping three pounds of landfill-bound garbage every day. This sobering statistic was enough to inspire Amy Korst, a teacher and longtime vegetarian based in Pacific City, Ore., to go trash-free for a year. In her new book, The Zero-Waste Lifestyle, she describes the inevitable challenges she faced (like, say, figuring out what to do with empty medicine bottles and kitty litter) and offers simple ideas for anyone to try at home. Here, five of our favorites, plus a recipe for Korst's DIY cleaning solution.
This year around holiday-time, a kind co-worker gifted me a delightful miniature Christmas tree in a tiny cardboard planter adorned with a big red bow. With high hopes, my little tree rode in my passenger seat home from the office with me and has been sitting pretty on my entry way console ever since. Each day on my way out the door and each evening on my way back in, he greets me with the comforting, woodsy scent of cypress and a silent plea: “Replant me, replant me!”
A round-up of VT editors’ favorite links this week: A new study finds eating more fruits and veggies makes you happier and more energized. We're talking seven to eight servings a day. Might we suggest knocking off a few of those servings with VT's Herb-Roasted Winter Veggies? [Science Daily]
Of all the romantic symbols associated with Valentine’s day, the most indulgent might be lingerie. The word alone conjures images of lace, frills, and bows, but the ancient Greeks and Romans wore fashioning simple, utilitarian garters and corsets millennia before Victoria’s Secret entered the scene. Though the French word “lingerie” originally meant “things made of linen,” today, much of it is made from silk, which requires the killing of silkworms to harvest the thread from their cocoons. This Valentine's day, why not slip into something a little bit kinder.
A round-up of VT editors’ favorite links this week: A new study finds eating blueberries and strawberries three times a week may lower a woman's risk of heart attack. That's 'cause the beloved fruits contain heart-healthy antioxidants called anthocyanins, also found in grapes and wine.
For someone who claims immunity from technology dependency, my mobile phone’s trip through the wash was a real reality check. Hoping to revive it, I tried the bury-your-phone-in-rice thing, which worked for roughly two seconds before the truth set in: My phone was really dead. Since then, I’ve learned there isn’t much hope of resuscitating a completely drowned mobile phone, but there are all sorts of sleeves, bags, cases, and covers to protect our precious gadgets from the occasional tumble or spill. These five accoutrements offer protection with an eco-friendly edge.