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Veggie Mess! 10 Must Try Recipes Shared By Popular Vegetarian Bloggers

Veggie Mess! 10 Must Try Recipes Shared By Popular Vegetarian Bloggers

Vegetarian eating is one of the healthiest ways to nourish yourself. All that fiber, all those vitamins and minerals… it does a body so much good!

Whether you’re a tried and true veggie, or just looking to lose a few pounds, give your digestive system a break, or do a little something to take the strain off the environment, there are lots of good reasons to try your hand at vegetarian cooking.

If you’re a veggie connoisseur, but just happen to be stuck in a recipe rut, or you’re new to exploring the vegetarian world and you’re stumped beyond baked potatoes for dish ideas, here are some great vegetarian recipes from a sampling of the best veggie (and a couple of vegan) food bloggers.

May they inspire you, entice you, and help you on your way to a healthier life with a lighter conscience.

1. Curry Garlic Sweet Potato Fries with Miso Gravy

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    If curried sweet potatoes wasn’t exciting enough for you, how about some tangy, miso gravy for dipping them in?

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    An ultimate in savory excellence, this recipe is full of umami and entirely meat product-free.

    2. Veggie Naan’wich with Feta and Chickpea Mash

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      Because naan is amazing and somehow gets even better when it’s enveloping soft feta and creamy chickpea mash.

      If you haven’t had naan before, it’s a delicious, fluffy, heavenly Indian bread traditionally served with curries. It’s great for dipping, spreading and rolling up other ingredients into. This recipe is an inventive take on the latter option.

      3. Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Overnight French Toast

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        Overnight french toast casserole involves “throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pan the night before, letting them sit in the fridge overnight, and then baking them off the next morning.

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        Not a lot of effort for a luscious, seasonal breakfast idea.

        4. Three Layer Upside Down Apple Pecan Breakfast Cake

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          Another great vegetarian breakfast option if you’re thinking something merging between breakfast and dessert, crisp apples and toasty pecans make for an unforgettable combination.

          Upside down or right side up, you’ll enjoy shovelling this one in.

          5. Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

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            Not quite so dessert-y, but, definitely a little sweet and more decadent than your average cereal bowl, this zucchini bread oatmeal will infuse a little extra spring in your step as you make your way to the kitchen in the morning.

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            6. Hearty Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Salad

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              If there’s one thing vegetarians are known for, it’s salads. But if there’s one other thing they’re known for, it’s coming up with the most imaginative, varied and, yes, even hearty salads you could ask for.

              Golden butternut squash and crisp apples make this salad just that.

              7. Baked Black Bean Taquitos

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                Mexican fare is a great playground for vegetarian dishes.

                The variety of options with protein-packed beans and lots of exciting spices make such playful and satisfying dishes that even a borderline carnivore won’t miss the meat.

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                8. Savory Oat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

                  This unique recipe for savory oat bars featuring earthy olives and robust sun-dried tomatoes will have you thinking outside the rectangle. Or at least thinking new within it.

                  9. Soup of Celeriac, Sweet Onion and Fresh Mint

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                    Alkalizing and soothing for the body, this creamy, filling soup boosts the immune system while surprising in flavor with its balance between mild roasted root and bright flavored mint.

                    10. Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Lentil Balls

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                      And to top it off, another great vegetarian recipe that boosts the immune system and provides necessary nutrients.

                      Lentil balls add easily digestible plant protein and fiber that will help you feel full and satisfied, but not like you just ate a cow. Because you didn’t.

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                      Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                      How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                      How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                      When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                      So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                      1. Exercise

                      It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                      2. Drink in Moderation

                      I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                      3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                      Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                      4. Watch Less Television

                      A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                      Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                      5. Eat Less Red Meat

                      Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                      If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                      6. Don’t Smoke

                      This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                      7. Socialize

                      Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                      8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                      Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                      9. Be Optimistic

                      Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                      10. Own a Pet

                      Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                      11. Drink Coffee

                      Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                      12. Eat Less

                      Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                      13. Meditate

                      Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                      Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                      How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                      14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                      Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                      15. Laugh Often

                      Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                      16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                      Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                      17. Cook Your Own Food

                      When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                      Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                      18. Eat Mushrooms

                      Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                      19. Floss

                      Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                      20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                      Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                      Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                      21. Have Sex

                      Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                      Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                      [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                      [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                      [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                      [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                      [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                      [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                      [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                      [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                      [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                      [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                      [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                      [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                      [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                      [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                      [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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