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18
Aug

Hudson Henry Granola: Maple, Pecans and Coconut

The Hudson Henry Baking Company of Palmyra, Virginia makes an award-winning granola handcrafted with incredible ingredients:  rolled oats, maple syrup, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, pecans, brown sugar, organic coconut, sliced almonds, and sea salt.

Awarded the Sofi Gold (the Oscars of food awards),  the Hudson Henry (the names of the two sons of the founders of the company) Maple, Pecans, & Coconut Granola is everything you want in a granola:  flavor, flavor, and more flavor along with real ingredients, low in sugar (5 grams per serving), low in sodium (65 mg per serving), and high in protein (3 grams per serving). Read more »

16
Aug

Side Dish: Rebel Green Potatoes

Anything with the word “rebel” appeals to me so when I was shopping last week, a container of Organic Girl “Rebel Greens” caught my attention. Upon closer look, the container also said ” “not kale. not sorry.”  Chuckle, Chuckle.

Someone at Organic Girl has a good sense of humor and has decided to address the elephant in the room:  kale, that dark green leafy vegetable known for being a powerhouse of nutrients that also tastes like a dose of bitter.    The dilemma is often how to get the greens and enjoy the meal. After all, eating is supposed to be pleasurable and satisfying, right? Read more »

14
Aug

Tell Me What Mother Doesn’t Grieve For Her Child?

Earlier this month a story was circulating about an orca whale who gave birth to a calf only to have it die about 30 minutes later. The mother whale carried the baby calf on her nose for weeks while she swam miles and miles along the Pacific Ocean off the northwest coast of Canada in what most animal behaviorists say was a form of grieving. That the calf was the first one born since 2015 (the whales have been tracked because of their dwindling population) makes the loss more heartbreaking for environmentalists who are trying to save the mammals from extinction by repopulating the seas, which have been depleted, with salmon. Read more »

12
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 6)

The sixth installment of where to find great tasting and nutritious plant-based food in Asheville, North Carolina continues with both local restaurants (Nine Mile and Addissae), a chain (Mellow Mushroom), and Asheville’s own community food co-op (French Broad Food Co-Op) offered as vegan dining choices.  All offer various options whether you’re looking for ingredients to make a delicious meal, ready-made dishes, take-out or in-house dining. So explore and enjoy Asheville’s plant-based dining scene. Read more »

10
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 5)

Asheville has an abundance of dining options including speciality places where plant-based devotees can enjoy a melt-in-your-mouth doughnut or a creamy, rich chocolate truffle, a piece of moist dark chocolate cake, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, chocolate chip cookies, homemade pies, freshly made soft pretzels, and more. Scroll through these culinary destination hot spots and then make some plans to taste the flavors of Asheville. Read more »

8
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 4)

The Asheville dining scene for plant-based or vegan eaters has never been better.  Years ago, I could write about the vegan options in virtually any town or city in one or two posts but not for Asheville, a city known for tolerance, compassion, and a deep respect for personal choice.  It’s not that Ashevillians eat less animal products then the rest of the population (they probably eat just as much, if not more); the vegan-friendly approach has more to do with tolerance, accommodation, and a desire to please the people sitting at a table in their restaurant.

This is the fourth installment of vegan dining options in Asheville and there’s still two to go. Enjoy. Read on and taste what Asheville has to offer in plant-based dining on your next visit. Read more »

6
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 3)

Some people think of vegan cuisine as lots of salads or food trying to imitate other food, which is true to an extent but vegan cuisine is actually just as varied as standard American cuisine. There are healthy vegan options (i.e. whole grain, low oil, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds) and some very unhealthy vegan options (i.e. white bread, processed foods, fried foods) so choose wisely. Being a vegan doesn’t necessarily mean being healthy.

The list of vegan dining options in Asheville continues in this third posting which includes restaurants with vegan options.  With the exception of one restaurant (Bean Vegan Cuisine), all the restaurants listed below cater to all types of eaters. Whether you’re following a plant-based diet or not, consider each meal an opportunity to nourish your body with the healthiest options available. Read more »

4
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 2)

The vegan dining scene in Asheville is hoppin’ thanks to a large group of committed chefs, restauranteurs, bakers, juicers, and talented people who want to bring wholesome, nourishing, and delicious plant-based food to Ashevillians and those who visit this western North Carolina city. Below is a continuation of the list of vegan-friendly dining options: Read more »

2
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC

Dining out is often a challenge for vegans unless you’re in a major city so my expectations for Asheville – a city of about 100,000 in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains – were relatively low although many people refer to Asheville as “the Portland (Oregon) of the South” which generally means vegan-friendly.

I thought maybe there would be a half-dozen good options but it turns out there are dozens of dining options for vegans in Asheville. What sets this western North Carolina city apart from other small cities is not the number of vegan restaurants (because there are only a few of these) but how many restaurants offer vegan options or are willing to make vegan options off menu, especially if you hand your dinner selection over to a chef with only a mandate to make the dish plant-based. Read more »