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Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish and Hummus

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Here’s a quick treat I’ve been making rather regularly lately. It can be a nice snack that’s sure to tide you over without a ton of calories or fat. Or, with the addition of a half cup or so of frozen mixed vegetables, it makes for a good meal too.

Here’s what you need to whip up the snack version: frozen or fresh Brussels sprouts, horseradish (this grocery store brand has very little sodium and no extra junk in it), and plain (or flavored) hummus.

Heat up the Brussels either in the microwave (I know) or steamed, stir in the horseradish, maybe a bit of Italian seasoning, especially if making as a whole meal with extra veggies, and lastly dollop on some hummus.

The hot Brussels sprouts really bring out the aroma of the horseradish and the cold hummus makes a nice contrast. Really a simple yet satisfying and healthful, low calorie meal or snack. Hope you like it too. :)

Venus and Serena Williams Go Vegan

Monday, January 9th, 2012

As you may know, last year saw the falling off the vegan wagon of some notable celebrities, including Megan Fox, Once Upon A Time star Ginnifer Goodwin, and perhaps saddest of all given his direct influence on people’s diets, The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper.

Of course, there’s also Natalie Portman who reintroduced dairy and eggs into her diet during her pregnancy, but who may well be back on the diet and indeed purported to be planning a vegan documentary based on the excellent book, Eating Animals.

Anyway, I don’t mean to get down on any of these celebs, it’s just we celebrate each new big name due to their being in the public eye and their ability to spread the word, so there’s a tinge of sadness when they leave the fold.

Besides, we still have Mike Tyson and Bill Clinton, who recently endorsed The Blood Sugar Solution, the children’s book Eddie Shapes Up, and Think and Grow Thin.

And now, the good news — especially for her own health — that Venus Williams has gone vegan, and her sister, Serena has followed suit to support her. The reason? Health…

It turns out Venus has Sjörgren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease of the tear and saliva glands, often accompanied by rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, which has left her drained and in pain. Her switch to veganism seeks to leverage its well-known inflammation-fighting prowess. This women’s tennis fan wishes her all the best in 2012! :)

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