The Well-Intentioned Eater

How to eat healthy. An introduction on how to become vegetarian or vegan. Quick and easy meals without meat. A Global Animal exclusive.

The Well-Intentioned Eater: A Step In the Right Direction

(ANIMAL WELFARE/VEGAN CLOTHING) I know I usually talk about food, but this week I decided to branch out a bit. I needed to get my boots repaired and it got me thinking. We all know about the cruelties animals endure for fur fashion, but what about leather? Like Khloe Kardashian and other anti-fur supporters, I never wear fur. There are so many other things I could be wearing instead, and if I really want the look and feel of fur there are plenty of faux options. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Sowing Your Wild Oats

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) When I was researching the Olympic athletes and their diets, one food I kept coming across was oats—more specifically oatmeal. I like oatmeal for breakfast, but I always thought I should be eating more protein and less carbs in the morning. So if I'd like something other than my breakfast smoothie, I'd usually cook some eggs with turkey bacon. But as it turns out, the Olympians have a healthier and more compassionate option. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Olympian-Inspired Veggie Burgers

(CELEBRITIES/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Gracie Gold is Sochi's "It Girl" of the 2014 Winter Olympics. She's being touted as America's best hope for a medal in the women’s “short form” competition and last week helped Team USA win the bronze in women's free skate. Now the pressure's on for the 18-year-old to do it again—preferably in gold or silver.  As far as I'm concerned, she's already a winner, and so is the veggie burger she inspired me to make. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Eat Like An Olympian

(CELEBRITIES/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) Watching the Olympic athletes compete in Sochi does two things to me: motivate and make me feel like a complete slug. Who wouldn’t want figure skaters Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner’s strong, lean legs or the stamina of snowboarders Jamie Anderson and Hannah Teter? And have you seen five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller’s abs?! I know they work hard for it, and let's face it, keeping fit is their job. But it doesn’t mean we can’t pick-up a few tips from them a long the way. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Sweet & Savory Veggie Snacks

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) If you're craving something salty or sweet but know chips or cookies will probably leave you feeling bloated and just kind of ick, then you need to try this healthy alternative—chickpeas. I've always loved adding them to my salad, and I could probably eat my body weight in hummus, but they were never my go-to for snacking until I roasted them. It's so simple. Just add your favorite flavors, mix, bake and voila…a tasty, low-fat treat! — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Score Big With Healthy Super Bowl Tips

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) Super Bowl Sunday is just days away and honestly, until recently I didn't have a clue as to which football teams were even playing. But now that I know, I think it's pretty cool this year's match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos is making history—Global Animal style! In the Super Bowl's 48 years, this is only the third time that both teams in the game have animal nicknames—Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts in 2007 and Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons in 1999. Fun trivia aside, for me, Super Bowl Sunday is usually all about watching the Super Bowl ads, the half-time show, and the food! — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Diet Noodles, It’s A Miracle!

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN RECIPES) I was watching a cooking segment with celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito. He was promoting his new book The Pound A Day Diet, and two of his dishes included what he called "Miracle Noodles." He touted them as 100 percent fiber noodles, important to any diet because fiber has no calories and makes your metabolism work harder. I was definitely intrigued. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Vegan Diva Delights

(MEATLESS MEALS/VEGAN RECIPES) Since I’m usually on the lookout for healthy and meat-free meal ideas, I was happy to give The Vegan Diva’s Cookbook a try. The cookbook is by Fernanda Capobianco, owner of the Vegan Diva’s Bakery in New York City. As you’d expect, it’s full of healthy, cruelty-free fare, but what might surprise you is how informative and creative it is. It's not only loaded with great tips on healthy eating, but there’s also a resourceful list of ingredients to use in lieu of the animal products we're accustomed to cooking with, like eggs and butter. — Global Animal
Maple Syrup Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Vegetarian Recipe

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Sweet & Savory Brussels Sprouts

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) Brussels sprouts were never my favorite as a kid, and not so much as an adult either. I couldn't get past their bitter taste. Then the cruciferous vegetables started sprouting up at trendy restaurants everywhere, so I decided to give them another try—and I’m very glad I did. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Healthy Diet Tips For 2014

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) Happy New Year! I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I do stop to think about the things I’d like to change and make better. This year there’s probably more than I’d like to admit, but even so I’m very hopeful. Eating healthier and more compassionately this year has usually been on the top of my list. But as 2013 comes to an end, I think I've finally got a better handle on things. I’m not saying my eating habits are perfect, but I’ve definitely made some healthy, positive changes—ones I plan to carry into 2014 and hopefully continue to improve on. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Vegan Burgers

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) My hunt for the perfect vegetarian and/or vegan burger continues. My excursion to Burger King was definitely a slam dunk, but I’d like to find a meat-less version I can grill-up at home. Since Burger King uses Morning Star, I thought I'd try something different. Quorn’s Vegan Burger had been recommended to me a while back, so I decided to finally give it a try. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Cannellini, The Other White Meat

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN RECIPE/VEGAN RECIPE) Cannellini beans are a perfect vegetarian and vegan staple. I discovered the high protein legumes at a tapas restaurant last week and was completely inspired. I had never tasted cannellini before—to be honest I’m not really a big fan of beans—but these were delicious, so I decided to find out as much as I could about them. I really like the texture of the cannellini beans and the way the flavors from the vegetables and spices complement them. Even though I couldn't quite figure out the restaurant's recipe (just give me some time), I combined all of my favorite ingredients and came up with this one. Personally, I think it's just as good. Why not try it for yourself, or experiment with your own favorite flavors and let us know what you come up with? — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Apps For The Holiday

(MEATLESS HOLIDAYS/VEGETARIAN-VEGAN RECIPES) Well, I made it through my first turkey-free Thanksgiving and survived. More than survived, it was delicious. I had all of my Thanksgiving favorites—stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes—and didn’t miss the turkey one bit. This got me thinking. With Hanukkah upon us and Christmas only a few weeks away, we have lots of parties and family gatherings coming up. Is it possible to stay healthy and meat-less throughout the holiday season? Thankfully, with so many healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes out there, the answer is YES!

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Gobble, Gobble

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN THANKSGIVING) Lets talk turkey—or in this case, let's not! This week, Elana's Meat-Free Monday gave us lots of delicious vegan recipes for our Thanksgiving Day meal, but for some of us, Thanksgiving just isn’t the same without the turkey. It's part of our holiday tradition—family, good friends, and eating way too much pie, sweet potatoes, stuffing and turkey. But keeping a meat-free holiday in mind, I decided to venture out and find a turkey substitute. And as it turns out, there are quite a few vegan and vegetarian options to choose from: Tofurky, Quorn, Gardein, Vegetarian Plus, and Field Roast. — Global Animal

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