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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD As we continue on with our discussion on nutrients that vegetarians should pay attention to, we finish with Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly those often referred to as fish oils.  There’s a lot of conversation around fish oil and its health benefits, and it’s obviously not a nutrient vegetarians come […]

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Burlap and Barrel is a company you may have seen on Shark Tank. They’ve made it their mission to provide high-quality fresh spices in the most ethical manner possible. Their fair trade spices are sourced around the world from small farmers, improving the livelihood of these families and their communities.

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Zinc is a nutrient that you probably never think of.  We don’t learn about it in health class. There’s not a zinc section on MyPlate. This is because deficiency of this mineral is relatively rare.  However, major sources of zinc come from animal sources, mostly meat, so vegetarians and vegans

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Mocktails have become increasingly popular for their ability to offer delicious, alcohol-free alternatives that are just as satisfying and flavorful as their boozy counterparts. Among these delightful concoctions, the Basil Pineapple Refresher stands out for its tropical flair and refreshing herbal twist. Whether you’re hosting a gathering, enjoying a sunny

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Some of the items mentioned below may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Stuffed peppers are like culinary canvases, ready to be filled with a myriad of flavorful ingredients.  In a world increasingly embracing plant-based eating, vegetarian meals offer health benefits and delicious flavors

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Some links below are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Hey there, fellow food enthusiasts and nutrition aficionados! Today, we’re discussing a nutrient that’s often in the spotlight for vegetarians: iron. Iron plays a crucial role in our bodies, helping with oxygen transport, energy production, and

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Hey there, fellow foodies and vegetarians! Are you craving Dairy Queen but find yourself wondering what options are available for a vegetarian? Well, you’re in luck! In this tasty blog post, we’re exploring the Dairy Queen menu in search of vegetarian-friendly options!  Depending on your location, you may be pleasantly

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Hey there, fellow plant-based foodies! Since we were kids, calcium and its link to bone health were driven into our brains. We were told to drink our milk, so we have strong bones. But does calcium have any other function in our bodies?  And what if we’re vegan? Or lactose-intolerant?

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Navigating dietary preferences can be challenging, especially in multivore families where vegetarians coexist with omnivores. In such households, understanding ingredient labels becomes crucial for maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle while accommodating diverse dietary needs. One common ingredient that often raises questions among vegetarians is corn syrup. Derived from cornstarch, corn syrup

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