6 Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom & How To Use It

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“So, guess what my mama is growing in our kitchen . . . ” << This was my son’s opening line for a presentation he recently gave at our homeschool co-op, and since the subject of this article is healing mushrooms I’ll …

Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Pierre Van Zylcookies, dessert, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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An old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookie can’t be beat! These vegan oatmeal raisin cookies have perfect, chewy texture. They’re made with wholesome rolled oats, and they’re perfect with a glass of non-dairy milk. The holiday season is often a time for elaborate cooking and baking. It’s my busiest time of year in the kitchen for sure, and I tend to save my most ambitious desserts for November and December. In spite of this, or maybe because of it, I like to take breaks from…

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Cozy Vegan Cauliflower Gratin

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, Vegan

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This cozy vegan cauliflower gratin is pure comfort food with a wholesome twist. Cauliflower is baked with a creamy, cashew-based sauce and crispy breadcrumbs. It’s a perfect dish for sharing and an easy make-ahead option for the holidays. “Gratin” is one of those words that immediately brings coziness to mind. I think of food bubbling out of bakers that have just been pulled from the oven. I think of melted cheese and crisping bread crumbs. I’m transported to winter months and the comfort…

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Classic Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Pierre Van Zylbaking, dessert, Holidays, Pies & Tarts, Soy-free, Vegan

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There’s nothing I love better than a slice of classic vegan pumpkin pie during the holiday season. This version uses cashews for an ultra-creamy consistency and features a traditional, flaky vegan pie crust. I have very positive feelings about pie. I like apple, cherry, pecan, blueberry, peach, chocolate mousse, key lime, and most of the classic pie flavors. But if I had to choose only one pie to eat, it would without a doubt be pumpkin pie. I love all things pumpkin, and…

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Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Pierre Van ZylDessert Recipes, Recipes

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Soft, chewy and rolled in cinnamon sugar deliciousness, these gluten-free snickerdoodles are made with just a handful of simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. There’s no need to chill the dough, break out the mixer to cream butter, or anything like that either . . . they’re super simple to make, naturally […]

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Simmering Stovetop Potpourri For Fall

Pierre Van ZylFeatured, Natural Home

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The air is crisp and golden leaves are swirling outside my living room window, which in my house means it’s time for homemade honey-scented beeswax candles, snuggling under our wool comforter to read, and of course, a pot of spices simmering on the stove. Yesterday I peeled some apples for homemade apple crisp, then tossed the skins […]

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15 Wholesome Vegan Butternut Squash Recipes

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, Small Plates & Sides, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Mildly sweet and nutty butternut squash is one of many reasons that I look forward to fall produce every year. Here are 15 wholesome vegan butternut squash recipes that celebrate this versatile and nutritious ingredient! There’s nothing that makes me more excited for fall cooking than the site of winter squashes piling up at farmers markets. There are many wonderful varieties to choose from, but butternut squash will always be a favorite. Butternut squash is so versatile. As I was rounding up the…

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Tofu Whipped Cream

Pierre Van Zyldessert, Gluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Vegan

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This vegan tofu whipped cream is made with silken tofu, cashews, and maple syrup. It’s a dairy-free, whole foods spin on whipped cream that’s rich in healthful fats and protein. Plus, it’s versatile and easy to make! We’re coming up on the season of festive desserts. From pie to cake to brownies and beyond, it’s the jolliest time of year to bake. With all of that baking comes the need for simple decorations. And while I’m a pretty decent baker, the truth is…

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Miso Butter Brussels Sprouts

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates & Sides, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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These miso butter Brussels sprouts are the best roasted Brussels sprouts I’ve eaten! They’re salty, sweet, and savory, thanks to vegan miso butter and maple syrup. The Brussels sprouts are a perfect side dish for the holiday season or winter gatherings. Here’s what I love about cooking: just when you think you know it all about an ingredient or recipe, you discover something new. I’ve tried Brussels sprouts every which way. I’ve steamed them, sautéed them, shaved them and eaten them in salads…

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John Lost 180 Pounds After Fearing a Heart Attack at 20 Years Old

Pierre Van Zyl

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When John saw photos of himself at 360 pounds, he realized how out of hand his weight had gotten.
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Homemade Vitamin C Gummies

Pierre Van ZylRecipes, Snack Recipes

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  Sweet and tangy, these chewable vitamin C gummies are a delicious way to support the immune system, sleep quality, gut health and more. They’re made with two nutritional powerhouses – collagen and whole food vitamin C – that can be challenging to get enough of unless we make a real (in this case, REAL DELICIOUS) effort.  […]

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Baked Balsamic Tofu

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Sides, Small Plates, Vegan

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Baked balsamic tofu cubes are one of my favorite versatile, everyday plant proteins to keep in my fridge. I use them in salads, bowls, pasta dishes, in wraps, and even as a nutritious snack food. Learn how to prepare this easy and flavorful vegan staple! “This tofu is really good. How did you prepare it?” This is what a friend of mine asked me two Fridays ago, as we dug into simple grain bowls together at her place. The protein in those bowls…

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Do Macros Matter or Should I Focus On Calories?

Pierre Van Zyl

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Yes, macros matter. The right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat supports body function and performance. But calories matter more for weight loss. Registered Dietitian Whitney English breaks it down.
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How Do I Manage Hunger and Cravings When Trying to Eat Less?

Pierre Van Zyl

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Trying to lose weight, but crave certain foods or feel hungry (or hangry) all the time? Follow these tips from Registered Dietitian Whitney English!
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Gluten Free Apple Crumble

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Dairy-free, dessert, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Gluten free apple crumble is easier than pie but just as delicious! Made with almond flour and chopped nuts, this gluten free apple crisp is the perfect fall dessert! Naturally …
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What It Took for This Obese Doctor to Take His Own Health Advice

Pierre Van Zyl

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Kevin turned to food for comfort as he dealt with the death of his father. He chose a healthier path when his sister was diagnosed with cancer.
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8 Benefits of Milk Thistle + How To Use It

Pierre Van Zylhealth, Natural Remedies

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Does your liver need a little extra love? Or maybe you’re wanting to support skin clarity, hormone balance, and strong digestion? Milk thistle has a long history of traditional use for all of that and more.  In this article we’ll dive into the benefits of this powerful yet safe herb, how to use it . […]

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Show Your Liver Some Love With This Savory Milk Thistle Seasoning

Pierre Van ZylCondiment Recipes, Natural Remedies

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Rich in minerals, liver-loving compounds and – most importantly – FLAVOR, this milk thistle seasoning salt is super easy to make and perfect for sprinkling on savory dishes. I love it on roasted meat and potatoes, and it makes a super delish addition to soups, too. Here’s what you’ll need to make it: Milk Thistle […]

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Best Whole House Water Filters of 2021

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home, Reviews

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When it comes to filtering the water we shower, bathe, and brush our teeth with, whole house water filters offer a simple, low-maintenance solution. Of course, with all the options available, deciding on which one to go with is not so simple.  We’ve already covered common harmful contaminants in tap water – including ones that tend to be […]

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Quinoa Pumpkin Salad

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Dairy-free, dinner, Gluten-free, lunch, salad, Vegetarian

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Quinoa pumpkin salad is packed with flavor and so filling! Slightly smoky and sweet roast pumpkin paired with quinoa and veggies all topped with a cilantro lime dressing is the …
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How Can I Calculate My Calorie Needs for Weight Loss?

Pierre Van Zyl

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The basic formula for weight loss is calories in vs. calories out. But caloric needs differ from person to person. Registered Dietitian Whitney English explains how to calculate yours, and offers a few tips to maintain your healthy weight going forward…

Do Certain Foods Cause or Help Prevent Depression?

Pierre Van Zyl

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There’s no direct cause-and-effect between specific foods and depression or anxiety, but your overall diet could be shaping your mood more than you realize. Registered Dietitian Whitney English explains which diets have been linked to these condi…

Easy BBQ Lentils

Pierre Van ZylQuick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates & Sides, Vegan

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These BBQ lentils couldn’t be easier or quicker to make. I prepare them with my naturally sweetened, date BBQ sauce, and I use them as a staple in my vegan meal prep. They’re a super versatile plant protein! Do these BBQ lentils really require a blog post of their own? Maybe not. Maybe a recipe with two ingredients—lentils and BBQ sauce—is self-explanatory. But honestly, I’ve made these lentils at least three times in the mere three weeks since I made homemade date BBQ…

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