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1-Day Dairy-Free (and Vegan) Meal Plan

Just because you can't have dairy, doesn't mean you have to give up delicious, satisfying food. With all of the great non-dairy and vegan products available these days, you can even enjoy creamy recipes—without the cream. This 1-day 1,500-calorie dairy-free vegan meal plan shows you what a healthy and balanced day of eating can look like when following a special diet. Calcium is an important nutrient that helps to keep bones strong—and can be lacking in a vegan or non-dairy diet.

What Is Jackfruit and Should You Eat It?

If you've been to a grocery store lately, there's a good chance that you encountered a large, green and spiky fruit sitting next to other tropical produce. It's called a jackfruit and it's something you'll be seeing lots more of. The bulbous fruit can be used for both savory and sweet dishes depending on its ripeness. Because of its size, however, it can be an incredibly intimidating food. Not only can it weigh up to 50 pounds, but it has a thick, green rind surrounding the fleshy inside (luckily, it's also available prepped—in a can or in the refrigerated section).

1-Day 1,800-Calorie Vegan Meal Plan

If you want to start eating a vegan diet or just curious what a day of vegan eating would be like, this 1-day 1,800-calorie vegan meal plan is the perfect way to try out a plant-based diet. Even if you're not vegan, eating more plant-based foods is just a good idea all around. There are no animal products in these meal ideas. Instead, you'll fill up your plate with a balance of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes—a healthy approach to eating. Editor's note: This meal plan is controlled for calories, protein and sodium.

A Buyer's Guide to Non-Dairy Milks

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:37

Got (dairy-free) milk? If you're looking for a dairy-free alternative to cow's milk, you're in luck: the number of nondairy "milks" on store shelves is booming. Here's how popular cow's-milk alternatives stack up, cup for cup.

Related: Our Best Dairy-Free Recipes

Cashew Milk

Creamier than cow's milk, but with a sweetness that cashews are known for, this newcomer is like almond milk—low in calories and carbs.

7-Day Vegan Meal Plan: 1,200 Calories

Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 13:01
Following a vegan diet, or even just including more plant-based foods in your routine, can be a healthy and delicious approach to eating. Research has shown that cutting back on animal products and eating more beans, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds is associated with a decreased risk for diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Plus, you may have an easier time losing weight on a vegan diet, thanks to fiber-rich foods, which help you feel full and satisfied throughout the day.

Vegan Substitutes for Baking

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 13:34

This article is sponsored by Silk

Vegan baking can seem tricky. You need to replace eggs, butter, dairy and any other animal-based products in traditional recipes. But once you learn what you can swap in, it becomes easier to bake up vegan treats. These tricks can also work if you're baking for someone with dairy or egg allergies, as well as if you just run out of eggs (happens to the best of us). The caveat? You're best off following a recipe that is vegan to begin with.

9 Vegetarian & Vegan Protein Substitutes

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 13:13

Eating a vegetarian diet is linked with many health benefits—including lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and lower overall BMI. You'll want to make sure you're eating balanced meals and getting key nutrients that can sometimes be lacking for vegetarians and vegans, such as vitamin B12, iron and omega-3s. And whether you've just made the switch or want to shake up your dinner game, you may want some fresh ideas for what to eat. Beyond basic vegetables, fruits and whole grains, we've put together a list of our favorite vegetarian and vegan substitutes for animal proteins.

4 Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet (and a Few Potential Drawbacks)

Submitted by admin on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 13:57

Mention a vegan diet just a few years ago and you might have gotten an eye roll or two. For many folks, the plant-based diet—which excludes all dairy and animal products—once conjured up visions of crunchy granola and Birkenstocks. But no more. While only about 2 percent of Americans describe themselves as vegan, the diet is becoming more mainstream, with celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Beyoncé claiming to be followers (well, at least part-time).