giving asparagus pizza cafe gratitude

September 14, 2016
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in San Diego: Cafe Gratitude

I love San Diego. I’ve been just twice, and seen only 2 or 3 of the enjoyable neighborhoods it has to offer, but my recent return trip cemented in my mind that it’s my kind of city. It has all the ingredients from which to build a healthy lifestyle: endless sunshine, picturesque walking/running paths, and no shortage of healthful spots to dine. I was particularly enamored with Cafe Gratitude, a 100% organic watering hole of epic plant-based proportions. Despite being in town just 4 days, I visited the Cafe twice and walked away sated and happy both times. Continue Reading →

Tempeh lettuce and tomato

August 31, 2016
by Kristine
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Protein on a Plant-Based Diet

I am writing about protein today, which is not a new topic, especially for vegetarians. However, it seems to be a hot topic these days. Starbucks is adding it to their cans of coffee, General Mills is adding it to cereal, and protein powders continue to be (falsely) viewed as a required food group for anyone trying to lose weight or be fit. In reality, most Americans eat plenty of protein without trying too hard or relying on protein-fortified foods or supplements. I could make a compelling argument for why most of us don’t need to worry about beefing up plates with more protein, but luckily dietitian Hope Warsaw has already done it quite handily here.

Instead I thought I’d do a Q&A format with some common questions I hear about vegetarians and protein, including some practical tips for daily food choices. Continue Reading →

Snap Pea, Watermelon, and Edamame Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

August 17, 2016
by Kristine
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A Week’s Worth of Summer Salads

I hate to perpetuate the stereotype that vegetarians eat nothing but lettuce, because honestly the variety of non-lettuce-based meatless dishes is endless. Really and truly most of our meals are built on substantial, hearty foods like grains (quinoa or pasta), legumes (lentils or garbanzo beans), soy foods (tofu or tempeh) and not simply crunchy, watery leaves. But because it’s August, because it’s been warm and sunny, and because I haven’t felt much like cooking, we’ve been relying on salads for dinner more than usual. Continue Reading →

Fish Tacos Vegenation Las Vegas

August 3, 2016
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Las Vegas: Vegenation

There’s a little spot in the middle of Sin City, next door to a restaurant called Glutton, 2 blocks from the intemperate stretch of road that is the Fremont Street Experience, and around the corner from the shameful Heart Attack Grill, that only serves vegan food. On a recent trip to Las Vegas I was drawn to Vegenation like a moth to a flame. Like an ant to a picnic. Like a dietitian to a plate of quinoa pilaf. In a town known for its extravagant buffets and ever-flowing alcohol, I was slaphappy to have a whole entire 3-page menu of healthy food to choose from. Continue Reading →

Glo Bar Bento

July 20, 2016
by Kristine
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6 More Bento Lunches for Summer

My favorite bento lunch box has been getting a lot of use lately. Every day, in fact. You could call it a healthy habit, or a rut. I’ve nattered on about the benefits of this lunchtime strategy in previous posts (here, here and here), so I’ll spare you the soapbox this time. Today I simply have 6 more compartmentalized rectangles to share with you, filled up with all manner of fruit, vegetable, and assorted summer snacks. Continue Reading →