12 DIY Christmas Food Gift Recipes

The holidays are here and that means two things: gifts and food. So why not unite the two to surprise your loved ones with an awesome Christmas food gift? What makes homemade food gifts such a great idea is that they can save you time and money, while also showing people how much you care.…


Is Your Acai Bowl Healthy? Nutrition, Benefits & Recipes

What Is Acai Berry? You’ve likely seen acai berries on every “superfood you have to try now” list over the past few years, and for decent reason: these purple berries are packed with healthful nutrients and antioxidants. Unfortunately, they’re not particularly easy to get, nor are they technically berries. Native to the rainforests of Central…


Pumpkin Seeds: Nutrition Facts, Health Benefits & Recipes

It’s true that pumpkins really shine in the fall, when their appearance on the doorsteps of homes across America marks the beginning of the season. Special holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving keep them going strong through December. But pumpkins can serve as more than decorations and filling for tasty pies. Pumpkin seeds, in particular, are…


How to Have a Paleo Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is on the horizon and it’s arguably the biggest feast of the year. But if you’re on a Paleo diet, you might be wondering how to stay on point. Stuffing, cranberry, gravy, and other fixtures, after all, might not necessarily be considered “paleo foods.” Thankfully, though, a paleo Thanksgiving isn’t that hard to construct.…


How to Make Vegan Gravy This Holiday Season

Gravy is a holiday staple and there's no doubt it will be on your Thanksgiving table in 2019. People tend to put it on everything, sometimes without even fully knowing what it is. You might even think it is vegan. Gravy, after all, looks and tastes like a seasoned sauce. But if you’re vegan or…


Pumpkin Spice Health Benefits and Recipes

Do you really need a calendar to tell you it’s October, or does the sensory overload do it? Aside from the colorful tapestry woven by fall foliage, the scent of pumpkin spice lattes and taste of pumpkin spice treats do a pretty good job of letting you know what time of year it is. But…



Brussels Sprouts Nutrition Facts, Benefits, Uses & Recipes

Brussels sprouts have struck fear into the hearts of children (and adults) for decades. Just the other week, my mother chastised me when I ordered a dish with a side of Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera while we were out for dinner. When she was growing up, her mother regularly boiled them and served them plain. No…


Durian Fruit: Nutrition Facts, Health Benefits, Uses & Recipes

Durian fruit is a rather unique tropical fruit that is grown in Southeast Asia, where it’s also very popular. There are about 30 varieties, nine of which are produced to eat. The Durio zibethinus species is the only one available internationally, while many others are only available locally. There are a few distinguishing factors of this…


Rutabaga Nutrition Facts, Benefits, Uses & Recipes

What Are Rutabagas? Close your eyes and imagine crossing a turnip with a cabbage. What you might see is a rutabaga (Brassica napus var. napobrassica). In fact, it’s likely that rutabaga is the result of an ancient genetic cross between turnips and cabbage, making rutabaga a centuries-old genetically modified crop. When it comes to rutabaga vs. turnip, the…


Eggplant (Aubergine) Nutrition Facts, Benefits, Uses & Recipes

Are you surprised to have clicked on an article about eggplants only to learn you’ll be reading about aubergines? Just kidding—aubergines are eggplants! These often-confused-for-a-vegetable fruits are a member of the nightshade family of plants, and they're used in a variety of ways. The eggplant (Solanum melongena) is prominent in both Mediterranean-style and low-carb diets. It is…