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…



Black Rice Nutrition Facts, Health Benefits, Uses & Recipes

Have you been enticed by the appearance of black rice in some of your favorite dishes or on grocery store shelves? If so, you’re definitely not alone. The mysterious, antioxidant-rich grain, also known as the “forbidden rice,” packs a heavy nutritional punch, is rich in anthocyanins (the antioxidant known for giving blueberries a deep-blue hue),…


Do You Really Need a Summer Detox Smoothie?

A detox smoothie sounds like such a great idea. Gwyneth Paltrow totally loves them. The problem, however, is that all of the “detox” regimens and products out there are completely bogus. Every. Single. One. You’ve got green detox smoothies, vegan detox smoothies, heavy metal detox smoothies, smoothie cleanses, and summer detox regimens, all over the…


Cantaloupe vs. Honeydew: How Are They Different?

Surely you’ve been faced with this pressing dilemma before: cantaloupe vs. honeydew. Personally, I wouldn’t pit them against each other in a heavyweight fight. Both cantaloupe (Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis) and honeydew (Cucumis melo var. inodorus) are low in calories and fat, and rich in essential micronutrients. Both of these melons come from the cucurbitaceae…


Zucchini Nutrition Facts, Health Benefits, Uses & Recipes

Zucchini, also called courgette, is a popular summertime food, even though it is used year-round in a number of recipes.  Zucchini noodles are a keto-friendly, low-carb alternative to starchy pastas, but this versatile summer squash can be used in many unique ways. It is a member of the gourd (Cucurbitaceae) family and part of the…