Four “100 Calorie” Snacks To Try

1. 25 Strawberries

Strawberries are packed with a fair amount of fiber and high levels of antioxidants. They support the immune system, assist with blood sugar regulation, help with weight management, and improve heart health! On the plus side? They’re super yummy and healthy for your body.

2.  11 Cashews

Consuming cashews are a great way to increase levels of iron and magnesium. Magnesium plays an important role against high blood pressure, while supporting healthy muscles and bones. This snack might not be as yummy as strawberries, but they do miraculous things for your body. If you already love to eat cashews, way to go!

3. 1/2 Avocado

Did you know that avocado is actually a tree that originated from South Central Mexico? They contain an abundance of nutrients like Vitamin K, Potassium, and a load of “heart-healthy” fatty acids. Use it as a spread on your whole wheat bread, you just might like it.

4. 3 Cups of Popcorn

Air-popped popcorn is the healthiest, if you’re looking for an alternative. However, popcorn is very rich in fiber, which, if you didn’t know plays an important  part in your digestive system.

Disclaimer: Not all popcorns are created equally. Some do contain unhealthy oils packed with a lot of artificial flavors, and fats.

Tiffany Haddish Partners With Lawry’s For Limited-Edition Seasoned Salt

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It looks like Tiffany Haddish will be making her way into your kitchen just in time for the holiday season. The Girls Trip actress has partnered with Lawry’s seasoning company for a limited-edition Tiffany Haddish Seasoned Salt. Tiffany will be the first celebrity to ever appear on one of the McCormick company’s bottles.

As a person who loves to cook and enjoys making one of her favorite childhood dishes, Joyful Greens, Tiffany details how the collaboration came about with Lawry’s.

“I brought over one of my favorite homecooked dishes, Joyful Greens, to a party with some celebrity friends. I love to cook and have always used Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, especially in my greens. Everyone at the party loved it,” she said. “After Lawry’s saw me prepare it on TV, they sent me a personalized bottle with my name, photo and the ‘She Ready!’ tagline! Of course, I was excited to share, and everyone kept asking where to buy it.”

The limited-edition 16 oz. bottles are available for purchase in limited quantities on Amazon.com and McCormick.com. The product will be sold as a two-pack for $13.50.

Vice President of North America Marketing Excellence of McCormick & Company, Inc. Jill Pratt says, “We are thrilled to work with Tiffany Haddish for the first limited-edition Lawry’s Seasoned Salt! Her genuine love of the product and passion for cooking made the partnership a perfect match. After seeing her fans’ reactions asking to buy the very same one-of-a-kind gift Tiffany received—we knew we had to create something special.”

Mya Launches Her Very Own Vegan Wine

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Grammy award-winning recording artist Mya has always looked absolutely amazing. One of her secrets to her all natural glow is her vegan diet. Many wine manufacturers are still using animal-based fining agents and there are only a select few vegan options when it comes to choosing a good wine. Mya has decided to launch her own vegan wine, The Planet 9 Fine Wine by Mya.

The product is now available on her online shop for shipping to select US states.

Planet 9 has a red cabernet sauvignon with plum infusions. Planet 9 and many other vineyards and wineries are beginning to switch over to plant-based fining agents due to increased consumer awareness and the mistrust of animal products.

Mya hopes that her wine promotes the vegan message specifically to fans who aren’t too familiar with the lifestyle. Hopefully, her consumers begin to do their own research on the vegan lifestyle and its benefits after seeing how its impacted her life.

Mya told The Root,  “Some of the pros of veganism? Let’s start with clarity in the mental space, even spiritual connection with the rest of the world, environmentalism, it takes about 25,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.”  She created an online vegan transition guide for people who are unsure of switching over.

“[Veganism is] a lifestyle, it’s not just about diet, it’s about your home décor, your fashion, what you are driving, what you are wearing, all kinds of things. Everything that you already are used to and love, there is a vegan version. Or you can organize your meals, it’s a beautiful thing.”  – Mya

So, who’s trying to get fine like wine with Mya?

Send your thoughts on veganism and let us know some of your favorite vegan brands and alternatives!

Beyonce Challenges Fans To Join Her Vegan Lifestyle

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After snapping back from having twins, and rejoining the lineup at Coachella as a headliner, Beyoncé delivered an almost two hour jaw dropping performance which included several dance breaks and outfit changes. For two weekends in a row, Beyonce left many fans wondering, how does she do it? Well, right before Coachella, Beyoncé adapted a vegan lifestyle created by the 22 Days Nutrition meal planner. Beyoncé, along with her husband Jay-Z, partnered with exercise physiologist Marco Borges, to create a program that allows everyone to have access and information about plant based life styles. Now, Queen Bey wants you to eat healthier too, “We want to challenge you as we challenge ourselves to move towards a more plant-based lifestyle and acknowledge you for standing up for your health of the planet.” The Beyoncé vegan diet includes: Support from food coaches, daily recipes, and unique plans for your life, and nutrition info on every meal and grocery delivery in select areas. According to the website, the trio believes that “optimum health shouldn’t be something that is reserved for a select few, but is a right for all. Everyone deserves the opportunity to live their best, happiest life.”

“Last year, we came to realize that people needed regular guidance and support. And so it is with great joy that we are launching this meal planner. The 22 Days Nutrition Meal Planner allows you to discover delicious meals, plan your week, shop and cook all on the same platform. Everything you see will meet Marco’s expert nutrition guidelines (the same guidelines Beyoncé and Jay-Z follow) and be personalized for you and your family. The meal planner takes the guesswork out of healthy eating and makes it easy. With support from food coaches seven days a week, recipes that fits your unique lifestyle, grocery delivery across much of the US and so much more, we have found a way to democratize health and better nutrition.”

Will you be joining the Queen on this vegan journey?

Black-Owned Vegan Company Uses Amazon To Make Healthier Lifestyle Accessible To All

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As the vegan lifestyle continues to grow and more people are choosing a healthier diet, it is refreshing to see the wide variety of choices now being made available to those who have opted for clean eating.

As a way for the option of a healthier lifestyle to be made accessible to everyone, Claude Tellis and Kareem Cook, the founders of VeganSmart, a company that develops and sells plant-based protein powders and shakes, decided that working with distribution giant Amazon was the perfect way to provide quality products to underserved customers and introduce VeganSmart to Amazon’s extensively large customer base.

“It’s not fair that my mom from the Bronx, NY can’t walk around the corner and buy nutritious meals the same way a rich family on the Upper East Side of New York can,” says Cook.

According to Black Enterprise, after partnering with Amazon, other retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, and Costco wanted to be involved as distributors as well. 

“As a business owner you have to be forward thinking in order to ensure your company’s success,” said Tellis. “When other small businesses were avoiding Amazon, we knew working with them would allow us to reach wider customer base and attract potential retailers.”

After finding out that 86 million people are pre-diabetic (even with a $38 billion growing healthy food industry) largely due to the lack of access to clean and healthy food option, Tellis and Cook saw Amazon’s reach, its [Amazon] Prime membership, and its commitment to value as a great fit for their partnership.

With 70% of the over 1,200 verified purchasers giving the product a 5-star rating, VeganSmart ranks high in their search engine allowing the company to fully focus on fulfilling their mission.

The Smollett Family Release ‘The Family Table’ Cook Book

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The Smollett siblings are most known for their acting and musical talents but they have another side of creativity, cooking! Today Jussie Smollett announced on his Twitter that he and his siblings wrote a book about the bomb food they ate as broke ass youngsters!

The Smollet’s have appeared on the Food Network for their Smollett Eats series, where the fans got a peek into the siblings’ food-loving lives. Before the family became multi-dimensional stars in their own right they traveled the U.S and moved coast to coast 12 times. No matter where they were the one thing that remained constant was their family feasts. This is a perfect cook book to enjoy with your family. A family that eats together stays together. The book is written by Jussie, Jazz, Jake, and Jurnee and it is available everywhere! You will find delicious recipes which include:

  • Crispy Beef Lettuce Wraps
  • Potato Crab Au Gratin
  • Brown Butter Lamb Chops
  • Honey Sriracha Chicken Skewers
  • 7th Ward Gumbo
  • North African Chicken Stew
  • Cast-Iron Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Head over to Amazon.com to purchase your copy!

 

Three Refreshing Smoothie Recipes You’ll Love This Spring

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With spring in full swing and temperatures on the rise, it’s now the perfect time to try those cool and refreshing drink recipes you’ve got saved to your Pinterest board!

In an effort to ensure that my body is receiving the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants needed to function properly throughout the day, I’ve been using fruit and vegetable smoothies as a way to pack several health benefits into one glass. Now, I’m no health expert, but I can assure you that incorporating these delicious beverages to your diet will definitely strengthen your immune system, promote weight loss, and give you that clear, radiant, and dewy skin you’ve always wanted.

Below are a few of my favorite smoothie recipes that I wanted to share with you, so get your blenders ready!

Going Green Smoothie

1/2 cup of water (some use coconut water OR almond milk instead)
1 cup of green grapes
1/2 cup of pineapple
1/2 banana (peeled)
2 cups of spinach
1/2 cup of ice

* Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth.

Tropical Mixed Fruit Smoothie

* I did purchase this particular combination of frozen fruit from Sam’s Club, which comes in a package of 6-1 lb. bags, so specific measurements are not available. Smaller bag also available at Walmart.

Pineapple chunks
Sliced strawberries
Peach slices
Mango chunks
Orange juice (some use almond milk instead)
* Spinach (optional)

* Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth.

Raspberry Smoothie

1 1/2 cups of apple juice (some use almond milk)
1 banana
1 1/2 cups of frozen raspberries
3/4 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon of honey

* Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth.

Here Is A Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Taco Recipe To Help Your Lifestyle Journey

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With Beyonce’ recently announcing her vegan diet in preparation for the Coachella festival and the VegFest heading to Brooklyn this summer, now is the perfect time to indulge in a delicious vegan recipe. After all, Beyonce’ did invite us to join her, didn’t she?

If you’re a fan of spicy food, this Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Taco recipe is perfect for you. First introduced to vegan buffalo tacos by following musician Keisha Epps on Instagram, the moment I saw it, I knew I had to find the recipe.

 

After searching Pinterest, I came across ThisSavoryVegan.com, a website dedicated to easy, creative, and tasty vegan dishes. “Whether you’re dabbling with a vegan diet, a life long vegan or no where near either – this is the place for you. There’s no discrimination here at TSV,” says founder Rene.

Check out the recipe below and be sure to head over to ThisSavoryVegan.com for other amazing recipes!

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Taco Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

FOR THE CAULIFLOWER:

1/2 head cauliflower (cut in bite-sized pieces)
4 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
3/4 cup buffalo sauce (separated)
pepper to taste

FOR THE TACOS:

8 taco-sized flour tortillas
1 head romaine lettuce (chopped)
1 avocado (pitted and diced)
vegan ranch to taste
cilantro or green onion (diced, optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.

2. In a large bowl combine cauliflower, olive oil, garlic powder, chili powder, pepper and 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce. Stir to combine. Spread evenly on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.*

3. Five minutes before the cauliflower is done cooking, heat up the remaining buffalo sauce in a saucepan or in the microwave.

4. Remove cauliflower from the oven and place it back in the bowl. Add remaining heated buffalo sauce and stir to combine.

5. To assemble tacos, load each tortilla with romaine, avocado and cauliflower. Drizzle with ranch and top with cilantro or green onions.

Recipe Notes:

  • For crispier cauliflower, after cooking for 20 minutes, turn oven to broil and cook for an additional 2-5 minutes.

VegFestUK To Launch In Brooklyn This Summer

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Veganism, defined by The Vegan Society is “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose”.  As with all lifestyles, interpretations and practices vary per person veganism included yet at least one thing is clear: the consumption of animal products including meat, dairy, eggs and honey is avoided.

Although ‘going vegan’ can be approached by some as a fad diet or quick path to weight-loss, the lifestyle as a permanent change is becoming more and more mainstream.  Whether people are ditching meat to reduce their carbon footprint or aiming to raise their level of physical health, it is reported that veganism now surpasses vegetarianism in popularity.

In the UK, VegfestUK has reigned supreme among vegan festivals and an organizer set out to carry that energy across the pond and deliver the first ever Black vegan festival in New York City. Being organized by Grassroots Artists MovEment, abbreviated G.A.ME, the nonprofit organization will ensure the festival addresses the socio-economic and political disparities in Black and Latino communities and how access to vegan options are effected.

The free event is scheduled to take place Saturday, August 11 2018 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and organizers anticipate a crowd. Created by Omowale Adewele, Black VegFest was started after seeing few Black or pOC speakers on veganism and once Adewale notice the lack of multi-cultural influences and broad discussions around intersectionality.

“To see yourself is a wonderful feeling. It breeds hope, euphoria and positive vibrations to see another Black vegan. Black Vegfest is an event to nurture and support first year vegans and provide opportunities and new realities for veteran vegans.” states the BlackVegfest website.

Adwele who is an international speaker on veganism hopes that BlackVegfest provides a platform and solution for the lack of representation. Calling for presentations from POC and women, white vegans are not excluded. The website interjects that support from white vegans, especially those with significant platforms and resources is welcomed and wanted.

Exhibitions at the festival will cover topics ranging from animal rights, food and agriculture and race, sex and gender politics.  For more information on this inaugural event, click here.

Beyonce Is Back On Her Fitness With A Plant-Based Diet

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Following the gradual release of Instagram posts showing the mother-of-three getting back into shape, Beyoncé revealed today (Friday, March 2) that she is returning to a plant-based diet ahead of Coachella next month (Apr 18). After withdrawing from her scheduled performance last year for the safety of her pregnancy with twins, Rumi and Sir (now 8 months), Bey is back in full effect.

The Lemonade superstar snapped a pic of avocado toast fit for the Queen, topped with red peppers and red onions, followed by the caption, “44 days until Coachella!! Vegan Time!!”

The Bey Hive knows this isn’t the first time their Queen has gone vegan, after trying it out with hubby, Jay-Z, for 22 days straight in 2013. In 2015, she wrote the forward to exercise physiologist, Marco Borge’s book, The 22-Day Revolution.

Borge books explains that it takes 21 days to change a habit. So, dieters would need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days to see results and change their lifestyle (meaning the Formation singer is pulling double duty by starting a full 44 days before Coachella). The diet also suggests avoiding soy and gluten. To accompany the book and aid devotees in their weight loss efforts, Beyoncé also launched a prepared food line with Borges that year.

“I thought … I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that,” the 36-year-old has said of the diet.

“What I discovered was increased energy, better sleep, weight loss, improved digestion, clarity and an incredibly positive feeling for my actions and the effects it would have on those around me and the environment.”

Mrs. Carter also released pics of her rehearsal, where she’s decked out in red Ivy Park and toned-up abs.

“I am not naturally the thinnest,” Beyoncé explained on Good Morning America. “I have curves. I’m proud of my curves and I have struggled since a young age with diets and finding something that actually works, actually keeps the weight off, has been difficult for me… I felt like my skin was really firm, a lot tighter than when I deprived myself of food and got the weight off fast… The weight stayed off.”

Needless to say, we’re all looking forward to Bey’s fit and fantastic Coachella appearance and the possibility of new material included in her set.

Kelis Swaps Million Dollar Home For Sustainable Farm Lifestyle

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Kelis trading her glamorous California residence for a greener landscape. The musician revealed in an interview with Architectural Digest that she is listing her $1.9 million Los Angeles home to purchase farmland.  This move aids in the Kelis’ goal of an all around healthier lifestyle.

Kelis’s Glendale home via Unlimited Style Real Estate Photography

Her upscale home spans 3,850 square feet and includes a heated pool, 5 bedrooms and two fireplaces. Kelis moved into the home attracted to the old Hollywood feel. Kelis has resided in the home since 2012 and now with two sons, she’s positioning herself to take control of what they consume.

“The backyard was so glamorous, and really, for me, that felt great. It was so nice for entertaining, and I pictured all the things I could do back there” says Kelis.

Kelis’ sons, Knight and Shepherd, eight and two years old respectively, motivated the star to make the switch to a simpler life. 

“Now that I’ve got these two boys, I want to control a little bit more how we eat. We’re buying a farm, so that’s why we’re moving: so that we can grow everything and sustain everything that way.”

 Kelis has formal training from Le Cordon Bleu as well as her own sauce brand Bounty and Full.  With one cookbook My Life On A Plate under her belt, the “Bossy” singer is sure to enjoy direct access to fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Ayesha Curry and Chef Michael Mina’s International Smoke Will Open In Houston

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California chef Michael Mina and Food Network host Ayesha Curry will bring their grill-obsessed restaurant International Smoke to Houston.

International Smoke is set to debut at CityCentre next year, making Houston the third location for the restaurant, according to a press release. It’s a collaboration between the James Beard Award-winning Mina, who operates a number of restaurants in California and beyond, and Curry, an actress and host of Ayesha’s Homemade. According to Eater San Francisco, the first outpost of the restaurant will open next week, and another is set to arrive in Waikiki next year.

According to a press release, the restaurant will bring “global approaches on fire, grilling, and smoke” to Space City. The restaurant project began at Mina’s Test Kitchen, where Chef Hugo Ortega opened Mi Almita back in August. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of CityCentre,” Mina said in a statement. “Our International Smoke menu highlights global flavors that are balanced out by pairing an array of spices with delicious meats, seafood and fresh produce. I’m excited to share these bold and dynamic dishes with the people of Houston.”

International Smoke is expected to open in early 2018. Stay tuned for an official opening date.