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My clients and friends have asked me about maintaining a healthy routine during trips and travel. To me, healthy and travel are meant to go together! While we can’t predict everything that’s going to happen, and we (sadly) don’t have our Planted Table meals with us, there are endless amounts of resources available for finding delicious plant-based foods abroad. I was lucky enough to get an invite to Spain with my best friend Kelly last month! She and I are both pretty much on the same page when it comes to healthy living, which makes life easier. As a first step, we set up a joint spreadsheet and did our homework ahead of time, and wow, there are tons of plant-based restaurants to choose from in Spain. We had some very memorable meals! Aside from an otherwise seamless experience, I did hit

Happy Fall, Plant-eaters! Here are some essential fall foods that I can't get enough of. There is a gorgeous seasonal transition happening all around us. Things are (somewhat) cooling down and we start to welcome hearty, warm foods. It’s my favorite! Sometimes Fall gives us that helpful little nudge that it is time to slow down. Have you felt that? One of my personal favorite seasonal Fall foods is squash! I also get a lot of questions about its nutritional value. As you have probably noticed, squash is really flavorful! It has a sweet, nutty taste and dense texture with several seasonal varieties. Some are more sweet, some more savory, all of them being incredibly versatile. Honey nut squash lettuce cups, anyone? Squash is not only tasty but it is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. It’s also low in caloric density. Butternut squash,

We are so thrilled to announce that Green America has selected Planted Table as the winner of the 2019 People & Planet Award. The award by the national nonprofit Green America honors exemplary commitment to a green economy. Green America’s People & Planet Award celebrates socially and environmentally responsible small businesses. Planted Table was named “Best of the Green Economy.” "For over a decade, the People & Planet Award has told the story of small green businesses in a powerful way – highlighting their innovation and deep commitment to people and the planet. Award winners have proven that business can be a force for social justice and environmental sustainability," said Fran Teplitz, Green America’s executive co-director. "The award has also injected over $300,000 into the small, green business sector, helping local businesses take their next green steps." Planted Table (San Francisco Bay

I have to admit; I didn’t originally transition to a plant based diet for the animals. I was thinking about my own health first and foremost and how the food was making me feel. But then, as happens with many vegans, you start to have your eyes opened to something that had been closed off for so long. A level of compassion that had been suppressed and disconnected for decades began to slowly rise up and overtake me. I started to remember that the chicken on my plate didn’t just magically appear at the grocery store. It came from a real live chicken, a smart chicken that was tortured in the worst conditions before making it to my plate. Animals feel pain, animals suffer, and they don’t want to die. They are beautiful creatures with a purpose to fulfill in this

I always thought I lived an environmentally friendly life before eating plant based. I used solar power, composted, brought my reusable bags everywhere, but I had no idea that the way to make the biggest difference when it comes to saving the planet, is with your plate. I watched the documentary Cowspiracy, which really opened my eyes to the toll eating meat, especially cows, takes on our planet. Impossible Foods, known for their vegan Impossible Burger, recently commissioned a third-party research firm to survey people in the U.S. about their opinions on vegan meat. The research showed the public’s heightened attention on the environment, especially among younger generations. More people are choosing vegan for the good of the planet, with people aged 37 and under the most likely to do so. Here’s just a few ways eating plant based helps the planet:   1. The

Hi Planted Table readers, it’s Megan here with a little story about my transition to vegan eating. For a long time I suffered from IBS along with acne breakouts, constipation, bloating and carrying excess weight in my mid-section. Super fun stuff! A friend of mine recommended watching Forks Over Knives so, being the documentary lover that I am, I decided to give it a view. It really opened my eyes to a new way of thinking about the food I put in my body. How food can cause inflation, constipation and basically affect everything about our health. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to give this plant-based eating thing a try. I told myself I would eat plant-based for two weeks and see what happens. Well, at the end of two weeks, I felt AMAZING and have never looked back. My skin cleared

Hi Plant Lovers, I have some super easy, yummy recipes for you today! Of course you have Chef Lauren and team to do the heavy lifting when it comes to cooking plant-based meals, so I’m excited to share my favorite plant-milk recipes you can make at home. Why, you ask? First of all, most nut and soy milk cartons are not compostable, and also not recyclable. That’s right, they go right into the landfill. Why else? No additives! You have full control over what goes into your milk (as well as the taste and consistency), meaning

Let’s talk about food triggers. Listen, I’ve been doing this work and eating plant-based for most of my life. One thing I know for sure is this — people get triggered. Food is personal. Food is a life-source. People feel very strongly about their food. I get it. It makes sense. As a Health Coach certified in Eating Psychology, part of the work I do with people is eventually to explore what is behind their triggers. Food habits can be a doorway to deeper healing. So when clients come to me wanting to feel better, improve sleep, have more energy, less pain, less anxiety and ultimately live longer, I share my thoughts around plant foods and their medicinal, nutrient-rich properties. I also review the importance of pH level, and limiting processed foods and acidic foods, like meat. We also discuss how energy is connected

Hello plant-lovers! As you may know, I have the enormous privilege of working with Planted Tables Meals as their Plant-based Wellness Expert. I am beyond grateful and fulfilled by the conversations I have with PT members and potential members, who come to this organization because they want to eat more plants, have a longer healthier life, reduce medications, increase fitness, and reduce plastic waste and care for the environment! We receive lots of thoughtful questions about plant-based eating and I’m excited to share one of them with you today. What about calorie-counting?! Have you ever wondered about this? I am speaking from and my training and education in Mind-Body Nutrition, Eating Psychology and Human Development when I say that at Planted Table, we honor a healthy, mindful eating approach — not a dieting mentality (and I am a weight loss coach)! Intuitive and Mindful Eating