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Changing the Foodscape: 5 Perspectives from Industry Insiders

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You probably don’t think about the foodscape when you’re grocery shopping, snacking at home, dining out or ordering in.

But, in every place you interact with food, the foodscape is influencing your decisions—and steering you away from healthy options.

These influences are baked into the very environment of society. Restaurant signs, billboards and banners advertising new specials scream from the sides of the road as you drive through your town or city, offering cheap, fast food and drink in sizes ranging from ...

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12 Things I’ve Learned from Being Plant Based for 12 Years

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August 2021 is my 12-year “veg-versary.”

It’s been an interesting journey.

I first dipped my toes in the veg-curious waters as a teenager who thought going vegan would be a great way to lose weight—because we all hear vegans are thinner, right?

(We won’t go into what a silly reason that was, since I wasn’t overweight…)

That lasted about two weeks before I decided it was too hard and defaulted to a rather clueless form of vegetarianism. I had no idea what vegetarians really ...

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5 Plant-Based Messaging Tips to Clarify Consumer Confusion

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It’s a crazy world out there on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus. Plant-based brands are aiming for more differentiation while consumers are calling for ever more information about the food they eat.

The tricky part? Answering that call without making consumers so confused that they throw up their hands and default to familiar choices.

It’s time to change the paradigm of confusion that has so long dominated the marketing conversation surrounding food. There’s a need for clear, easily understandable information at the ...

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7 Things Plant-Based Brands Can Learn from Captain Vegetable [CASE STUDY]

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The plant-based movement could learn a thing or two from this classic Sesame Street “hero.”

If you’re of the older millennial generation, you probably remember a certain classic Sesame Street skit featuring an unusual superhero. He emerges, we’re told, from “his secret garden somewhere in New Jersey.” He has a theme song. He wears a costume (with a cape). And, like Superman, he has his own logo emblazoned across his chest.

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Conquering the Kitchen: Best Bean Cooking Techniques

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Nutritious Plant-Based Protein at a Fraction of the Cost

Looking for an inexpensive, healthy way to get more protein your diet? Beans are the key!

Beans (and lentils) are the star players when it comes to plant-based protein. And if you learn to cook dried beans instead of relying on canned, you can save a ton of money. For example, a can of organic, no-salt added beans at my local co-op is $2.49 and yields about 1 3/4 cups ...

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Conquering the Plant-Based Kitchen: Cooking Whole Grains

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Reaping the Benefits of Whole Grains Every Day

Whole grains are a staple of plant-based diets, but if you’ve ever wound up with a pan full of gummy rice, you know cooking them the right way is essential if you actually want to enjoy what you’re eating.

No worries, we’ve all been there! (Ask me about my adventures with buckwheat, for example…) Fortunately, cooking whole grains isn’t hard once you know the right amount of water to use, the optimal length of ...

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