3 Plant-Based BBQ Tips for July 4th

July Fourth makes two great declarationsAmerica’s independence, and the start of barbeque season! Normally, people dust off the grill and throw any and every piece of flesh over a crackling flame. But is high cholesterol really worth a few ribs? Here are three tips that will help you trade traditional BBQ meat for plant-based substitutes, without losing the satisfaction.

Stone Fruit: Five Favorites for Summer

Cherries, peaches, mangoes, lychees, and blackberries all share a common bond: They are nutritious and delicious “stone fruit” (and make perfect pies!). Their seed is sequestered inside a hard stone, or pit, called an endocarp—while the mesocarp is the juicy edible fruit we all love. The multiple “seeds” in blackberries or raspberries are actually their miniature endocarps holding even tinier seeds inside.

Men’s Health Month: Five Plant-Based Benefits for Men

Time to celebrate the health and well-being of men around the country! Since 1994, June has been set aside as Men’s Health Month (MHM), with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other education and outreach activities.

Plus, the Friday before Father’s Day is Wear BLUE Day (June 16), when corporations, government agencies, sports teams, and individuals wear blue to raise awareness about the need for regular checkups and health education, all geared toward men.

In support of MHM, Veestro brings plants to the table with the following top five nutritional benefits for men.

Plants for the People: Kathy Patalsky

New season, new recipe! We’re diving into summer with our second guest chef in our “Plants for the People” collaboration series. Meet Kathy Patalsky, blogger and cookbook author of Happy, Healthy Life. We sat down with Patalsky to ask her some serious and not-so-serious questions. Read on to find out how a baby chick changed her life, her random yet amazing Italian discovery, and why she’ll be dancing till the world ends.

Protect Our Planet: Plant-Based Goes Mainstream

Satellite imagery of Earth reveals a living planet hued in brilliant blues and greens. Zoom in and you see a lush garden with enough natural resources to support all the inhabitants. But human activity has created climate change and pollution of the oceans, land, air, and food—through industrialization, habitat destruction, farming practices, and even eating habits—rendering this a far-from-perfect world. What footprint are we leaving for future generations? How can we save the planet? 

Veestro’s mantra that plant-based is pleasing for people and the planet is one that’s getting more mainstream exposure and scientific support lately. In a recent editorial at CNN, George C. Wang, M.D., Ph.D,* calls upon global citizens to “go vegan” in order to mitigate environmental impacts harmful to health.

5 Protein-Packed Veggies

For decades, the iconic Popeye has been used by moms to encourage their children to eat spinach so they would grow up healthy and strong. Once again, nutritional science has proven that Mom was right. Roughly 51% of spinach calories are protein. However, spinach is not the only superhero of the plant world. Did you know every whole plant food contains protein? From your breakfast banana to your dinner potato, enjoying veggies packed with protein is easy to do and easy for your body to use.They’re alkalizing, high in fiber, and practically free from cholesterol compared to all animal products, which are devoid of fiber and acidifying to the body.