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How to Make Homemade Soy Milk

How to Make Homemade Soy Milk

Learning how to make homemade soy milk is simple, and easily lends itself to a “system”. Whether you drink it daily or use it occasionally for baking, spending $2+/box is not necessary.

What’s the Easiest Way to Make Nut Milk? Ditch the Nut Bag…

What’s the Easiest Way to Make Nut Milk? Ditch the Nut Bag…

No matter which milk you are preparing, it will need to be strained. And every recipe I read calls for using a nut bag. Either I’m doing it wrong (likely) or they left out the part where working the milk through the nut bag is akin to doing laundry on a wash board down in the creek.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Deciding to make homemade dishwashing detergent took months of consideration. Actually making it took less than 15 minutes.

How to Dry Herbs

How to Dry Herbs

While I ran around the kitchen trying to decide which blender or chopper would get the leaves off the stems, my daughter sat on her stool, playing with the parsley. I asked her to please “play” over a bowl. Once I’d assembled my tools, I realized I didn’t need them.

I’m Sorry I Threw Away the Candy…I Mean, You’re Welcome

I’m Sorry I Threw Away the Candy…I Mean, You’re Welcome

‘Tis the day after Halloween, the pre-season expo event that kicks off Holiday Candyfest. And while the neighborhood outside seems clear of bad guys and boogeymen, the real monster is sleeping off the sugar hangover in the warmth of my children’s bedrooms.

The Relationship Between Diet and Breast Cancer

The Relationship Between Diet and Breast Cancer

If breast cancer is a disease, we assume that drugs will be the key to healing. But examining the relationship between diet and breast cancer might offer significant insight to prevention, which is the ultimate goal.

What to Do with Green Tomatoes? Make Pickles!

What to Do with Green Tomatoes? Make Pickles!

Every year as I prepare my garden for winter, I wonder what to do with green tomatoes. There is a special place in my heart for the little guys that work hard till the end, only to be defeated when the first frost declares “times up!”

How to Make Homemade Hot Pepper Sauce

How to Make Homemade Hot Pepper Sauce

End of season peppers are a dime a dozen. Found in your own garden or local farmer’s market, there are enough hot peppers this time of year to set the roof (of your mouth) on fire. Here’s a simple recipe for homemade hot pepper sauce.

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Learning how to make homemade laundry detergent is the easiest thing since sliced bread. And it's cheaper. My faithful brand-name (Tide) costs over $.50/load (the estimated load/box is for a small scoop, but if you wash a full load, it amounts to half of that! Like...

Easy Homemade Vegan Yogurt: No Equipment Required

Easy Homemade Vegan Yogurt: No Equipment Required

Make your own non-dairy, gluten-free (even soy-free!) vegan yogurt without a machine, thermometer or hard-to-find ingredients. This inexpensive and simple technique will bring yogurt back into your diet.   I haven't eaten much yogurt since we went vegan several years...

Three Delicious Varieties for Homemade Vegan Whipped Cream

Three Delicious Varieties for Homemade Vegan Whipped Cream

Three Delicious Varieties for Homemade Vegan Whipped Cream Homemade vegan whipped cream is so easy. No need to purchase processed food filled with fooling chemical flavors! Take your pick of my favorite recipes! Store-bought whipped creams, vegan, dairy or otherwise,...

Why and How to Grow Sprouts in Your Kitchen

Why and How to Grow Sprouts in Your Kitchen

Learn how to grow sprouts in your kitchen. One of the cleanest  and highest quality sources of protein are sprouts. With high amounts vitamins A, B, C, E, K, they contain more calcium than cow's milk and all of the essential amino acids. Like the "incredible, edible...

Eat Well, Live Well. And Don’t Apologize for Either!

Eat Well, Live Well. And Don’t Apologize for Either!

Let’s start with a riddle: A heavy-set man walks in to his doctor's office carrying a bucket-o-chicken in one hand, and a Mountain Dew in the other. He has high cholesterol, high blood pressure, poor circulation and eczema. He walks out with prescriptions for a...

Preserve Garden Herbs for Fresh Summer Flavor All Year Round

Preserve Garden Herbs for Fresh Summer Flavor All Year Round

Gardening is a metaphor. You take the time to roll up your sleeves, get a little dirty, tend, water, and nurture your investment, wait patiently for Mother Nature to do her thing, and she will (usually) give back ten-fold. As the summer draws to a close, now is the...

Now Selling Personal Empowerment With Each Order? Yeah! Chick-fil-A!

Now Selling Personal Empowerment With Each Order? Yeah! Chick-fil-A!

Now Selling Personal Empowerment With Each Order: Yeah! Chick-fil-A A food-lethargic nation briefly awoke from slumber this week to rally for or against gay marriage. The passion and conviction that drew us all to action demonstrates that indeed, we are well aware...

He Who Owns the Youth, Gains the Future

He Who Owns the Youth, Gains the Future

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it" -Adolf Hitler. I hate to quote an evil psychopath, but it's time we all woke up to the fact that mass marketing messages have hijacked our science and nutritional health. Look at...

Eat a Rainbow: Win a Pot of Gold

Eat a Rainbow: Win a Pot of Gold

It's really not that hard. Eating whole and healthy food can be just as simple as making a box of macaroni and cheese. And creating cuisine that loves, nourishes and heals the body elevates mealtime to a whole new level. It's a spiritual endeavor that connects us to...

Too Much of a Good Thing: The Dangers of Sugar

Too Much of a Good Thing: The Dangers of Sugar

I miss the 80's. Listening to Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar On Me on my Walkman as I lay slathered in suntan oil sipping a Big Gulp was teenage perfection. But we all have to grow up, and it seems that a lot of us never did. According to the USDA, Americans consume 52...

Vegan Man: Confessions of a “Mad Man”

Vegan Man: Confessions of a “Mad Man”

Log in: Don Freeland A few weeks ago, my wife of forty years told me that she no longer had interest in eating meat. CRAP! Though Kate said she’d be happy to fix meat for me whenever I asked for it, I must admit I was mad.  Sharing love for the same food has long been...

We Are In a Race Against Time! Why Be Sustainable…

We Are In a Race Against Time! Why Be Sustainable…

Looking at an aerial view of planet earth is breathtakingly beautiful. The fact that we have the ability to launch into space and take pictures is awe-inspiring. With the rapid growth of technology, it seems that human intelligence has no limit. But if you contemplate...

Want Healthy Kids? Stop Feeding Them Bad Food!

Want Healthy Kids? Stop Feeding Them Bad Food!

Bad food isn't a reward for good kids. Healthy kids require healthy food.... Hey, parents, we need to start a fight. Well, maybe more like a war. I've personally avoided it for a long time. I'm very, VERY busy, you see, and I was hoping someone other than me would...

What Are We Feeding Our Kids? American Food is Poisoned!

What Are We Feeding Our Kids? American Food is Poisoned!

American food is poisoned and it's time for us all to start waking up! I just watched Robyn O'Brien's TEDx speech on cleaning up our food supply and Ann Cooper's on school lunches. If you can, make time and listen. Here's a synopsis of talking points, and I've located...

Dimentia, Alzheimers and Mad Cow Disease

Dimentia, Alzheimers and Mad Cow Disease

New research has shown that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by an infectious pathogenic protein called a prion, which forms plaque in the brain. Prions are also responsible for Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD), which is the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.

Acne and Diet

Acne and Diet

According to Dr. Cordian, author of the Dietary Cure for Acne, acne is “a disease of Western civilization” due to consumption of high-glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates such as refined sugars, grains, vegetable oils, and other processed foods.

My Love Affair with Swiss Chard

My Love Affair with Swiss Chard

  Login: Kristin Meier I’ll admit it. Swiss chard is my favorite vegetable.  It is a super food, packed with nutrients, taste, and colorful beauty. Swiss chard is one of the most nutritious vegetables, being rich in vitamins K, A, C magnesium, manganese,...

HVH Plays Mr. Mom for the Super Bowl

HVH Plays Mr. Mom for the Super Bowl

It's Super Bowl weekend and the Hot Vegan Wife (HVW) is in San Francisco on an overdue, five-day girls retreat. What’s a Dad to do for four hungry kiddos? The easy answer would be eat out every meal, order-in delivery, or make mac’n’cheese 3x a day.But no, I’m better...

Do I Need a Vitamix? A Tale of Four Appliances

Do I Need a Vitamix? A Tale of Four Appliances

I've only heard about juicing through my yoga practice. It is widely believed that going on a juice fast delivers macro-amounts of micronutrients directly to your bloodstream, while letting your digestive tract take a rest. But my digestive system doesn't get tired...

If the Light’s Too Bright, Wear Sunglasses

If the Light’s Too Bright, Wear Sunglasses

This is Cord...I just published Cordelia's post, Music Monday: Another Week of This? She's a light in my life, one of many, and we were talking about how hard it can be to deal with reality.She shared with me that she wanted to celebrate the winter snow this...

Music Monday: Another Week of This?

Music Monday: Another Week of This?

David Ryan Harris: Be Beautiful  Thoughts from my head as I woke up this morning: ...How is it Monday already? ......I do the same thing everyday, how boring! .........Life would be better if my day didn’t start at 7a.m.Like many of you, most of my...

Why I am Vegan

Why I am Vegan

The final aspect of my being vegan is purely selfish. I like feeling healthy. I like eating whole and unprocessed foods, and being able to look at each meal and know exactly what’s in it. I know that what I eat becomes what I am.

Music Monday: I’m Lucky to Know You!

Music Monday: I’m Lucky to Know You!

Lucky to Know You by Blue Merle on Grooveshark.We encounter many people through out our lives.  From childhood to adulthood we build and break bonds between hearts.  Creating these relationships and learning from them helps us grow. I think we form...

Dear Vegan Mother: I’ll Meet You Halfway

Dear Vegan Mother: I’ll Meet You Halfway

Fine. I'll Wake Up (50%) VeganWhy did the tofu cross the road? | To prove he wasn’t chicken.Two years ago when my mother declared that the family shall be vegan for the forty days of lent, I wasn’t exactly psyched. I was twelve; do I need to explain? This meant that I...

Confession: My Mom is Vegan

Confession: My Mom is Vegan

  By Kyle Towner Having a vegan mom can be fun at times, but also stressful at others. Some days I come home and find that my mom has cooked a really good meal for dinner, and others I come home to: “eat the leftovers, I’ll see you at nine”. The leftovers can be...

Vegan Goes Wild

Vegan Goes Wild

I’m coming up on my second vegan birthday, and Waking Up Vegan was born a year ago on Wednesday. So I’ve got some celebrating to do, and maybe some presents to wrap.

Music Monday: Shut Up and Listen

Music Monday: Shut Up and Listen

Log in: Cordelia McLellanThis Will Destroy You: "They Move On Tracks of Never-Ending Light" They Move on Tracks of Never-Ending Light by This Will Destroy You on GroovesharkThe switch in our brain seems eternally oriented to on; we are constantly processing...

Eat Clean: Avoid the Dirty Dozen

Eat Clean: Avoid the Dirty Dozen

It’s true that organic foods can seem like a budget blower, but there are choices when it comes to your investment. Here’s where to start.Living a healthy lifestyle takes commitment and attention. For some, the journey begins with forgoing a drive-thru meal and...

My Mother’s Wisdom

My Mother’s Wisdom

I called my mom yesterday because my teenage boys are fighting, and I'm having trouble knowing what to 'do' about that, (besides whine and ask them "Why are you doing this to ME?").  I have to share her response with you. It was awesome. Colleen, We all come into this...

Kale is the New Beef

Kale is the New Beef

Kale is the new beef?!?   Jill Ettinger from Organic Authority wrote the excellent article, 7 Reasons Kale is the New Beef.  According to environmentalists, meat production is one of the greatest contributors of global warming. The most environmentally conscious thing...

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Things got a little crazy today at lunch when we ran out of peanut butter.  As I am sure you know, it’s a never-ending chore keeping the pantry and refrigerator stocked with the daily “necessities.”  Peanut butter is a big one in our house, so I...

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