Nutrition

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    A blood test is the only way to find out what your vitamin D level is. Following the results of this simple test, even people who take a multivitamin may find out that the vitamin D in their system is below optimum levels.
        

    By Craig Gustafson
  • Party Time

    Ack, the holidays: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, even the Super Bowl... The months-long celebration is often met with dread. What a shift from childhood days when the Christmas countdown began in, well, June and couldn’t arrive soon enough.

    Top chefs give their best tips for how to entertain friends and family the healthy, natural way.
    By Amanda M. Faison
  • Get Cooking!

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  • Vegan Crab Cakes


    Serves 6 to 8


    Crab cakes:
    2/3 cup Veganaise
    10 ounces extra-firm tofu
    ¾ cup celery, chopped
    ¾ cup onion, chopped
    1¼ cup oyster mushrooms, chopped
    3 slices whole wheat bread, processed to crumbs
    1 teaspoon dulse (seaweed)
    1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon black pepper

    Tartar sauce:
    2/3 cup Veganaise
    1 tablespoon yellow mustard
    ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    ¼ cup dill pickles, chopped
    ¼ teaspoon dried dill
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Grind Tofu thoroughly by hand until it resembles rough crumbles. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Portion the mixture into 1/3 to 1/2 cups, and form into cakes by using a measuring cup or large spoon.

    Place cakes on baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with tartar sauce and wedge of lemon.

    For tartar sauce, combine all tartar ingredients in a bowl and mix until well incorporated. Serve on the side.

    Contributed by Art Eggertsen, vegan chef and founder of ProBar

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  • In Season: Grapefruit

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  • Stop Trying to Lose Weight

    These days, we’re fed so many conflicting messages about how to stay slim and fit—Hollywood beach bodies and celebrity diets abound. But the secret to maintaining a healthy body weight doesn’t lie in deprivation or fly-by-night fads.

    Shedding the pounds is easy when you avoid these weight-loss traps.
    By Katie Arnold
  • Party Time

    Ack, the holidays: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, even the Super Bowl... The months-long celebration is often met with dread. What a shift from childhood days when the Christmas countdown began in, well, June and couldn’t arrive soon enough.

    Top chefs give their best tips for how to entertain friends and family the healthy, natural way.
    By Amanda M. Faison
  • Focus On: Calcium

    Why You Need It: Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is essential for muscle contractions, a healthy nervous system, blood clotting, hormone secretion, and, of course, strong bones.

    By Kristen Bjornsen
  • Immunity Superstars: The 10 Best Foods to Fight Off Colds and Flu

     

    You've loaded up on tissues for the winter. But a smartly stocked pantry and refrigerator can prevent those sniffles in the first place.
    by Kate Hanley