THE EDIBLE WORD features Dylan Richards (Dylan’s Lunchbox host) and our traveling food critics who will be reviewing healthy restaurants, markets, food trucks and more.  
We will be reviewing the best of: Farm To Table, Farm To Fork, Organic, Raw, Vegan, Supporting local Farmers, Supporting Local Fisherman, Fresh Juices, Healthy Desserts, Hormone and antibiotic free Dairy, Grass Fed Beef, Farmers markets, Gluten Free, Healthiest World, Healthy On The Go. 10

The Edible Word: The Squeeze Juice Bar

Founder: Karliin Brooks
Twitter:  @TheSqueezeNY

At The Squeeze juice bar in New York City, owner Karliin Brooks has found the recipe to success that sets The Squeeze apart from other juice bars in the area. The secret is variety, and lots of it. Not only does The Squeeze offer tons of different smoothies and juices, but they offer vegan comfort food that tastes so good you’ll forget that it’s healthy.

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Q & A : Freakin’ Vegan

Here at Birds Nest Foundation, we are always on the look out for easy vegan meals. The vegan lifestyle normally requires a lot of cooking, but thanks to brothers Kurt and Danny Biroc’s delicious heat-and-go  meals, eating vegan isn’t hard! Freakin’ Vegan offers a lot of yummy options such as the vegan pulled porkless slider, broccoli & cheddar cheese, and the vegan chik’n’ veggie pot pie. We talked to Kurt about his innovative and healthy products.

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The Edible Word: 8th Wonder

Co-Founder: Anthony Lepree, Alfred Anthony
Twitter: @8thWonderJuice

If you’re ever in Gramercy, 8th Wonder is definitely the place to go for something quick and healthy. Usually you’d have to sacrifice one for the other, but the owners of the shop, Anthony Lepree and Alfred Anthony, have cracked the code! Their menu includes items such as cold pressed juices that are whipped up and packaged each morning, acai bowls and fresh juices made to order, granola bars, and of course, smoothies!

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Video: New Yorkers’ Matcha Madness

By now, everyone has heard about matcha tea or matcha latte. Matcha, a traditional green tea is taking over cafes in cities like San Francisco, Boston and even New York. There are reports that matcha tea sales have increased to more than 10 billion a year.  We have a café in Brooklyn that has a dedicated a whole menu for people who love matcha. We decided to find out the reasons why people are hooked on it. 

We visited two famous cafés in New York. There are two reasons why matcha tea is making waves. First, some of the health benefits are amazing.  It is believed that matcha is high in antioxidants. It also prevents heart disease and cancer. Studies have shown 2 cups of green tea will speed up your metabolism by nearly 5%. Second, matcha as an ingredient can be used in a lot of products like ice cream, madeleine, Frappuccino etc. 

 Do you want to know more about this hottest trend, matcha? Check out our video


Edible Word visits Brooklyn Seed Expo

When an event takes place that allows you to surround yourself around people with healthy lifestyle habits while sampling vegan treats, it’s wise to jump on the opportunity. The Seed Experience Expo, which took place June 20-21, provided all of those things plus more and we were excited to attend. Located at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, The Seed Experience boasted a variety of vendors who all commit to a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle.

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National Pecan Day

Here’s an interesting fact to start off your day: April 14th is National Pecan Day. As silly as that may sound, there are a few good reasons to celebrate the existence of this nut. Pecan is certified as “heart healthy” by the American Heart Association. Due to being rich in good fats, pecans can reduce the risk of heart disease and lower your cholesterol. What makes them more special is that they’re the only nut trees native to North America.

These quick and simple recipes can turn something as silly as National Pecan Day into something beneficial to your diet. But if you are not feeling fancy, grabbing a handful of pecans is just as good to celebrate this day.

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Perfect food for perfect vision

Many of us use smartphones at night, though we are aware of the fact that staring at the small screens for a long time is not good. We also tend to binge watch television even though we are aware that it’s not good for our eyes. We also constantly stare at some kind screen without taking a break.  Most of us really take our vision for granted.

 Nowadays, however, vision problem in America is serious issue. According to statistics, about 3 millions American are suffering from blindness, about 23 millions have low vision, and about 26 millions are visually impaired. The statistics even suggest that the blindness is estimated to double in 2030.

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Tasty Tuesday: The Art of Spinach

Spinach used to be the go to healthy option for many people; nowadays it’s been replaced by the likes of kale, avocados and quinoa. Not to say that these guys are not just as great and healthy but what about spinach? Did everyone forget about how Popeye would eat a can of spinach right before beating up the bad guy?

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Healthy Granola Bars for Tasty Tuesday

Wednesday, January 21st is National Granola Bar Day! Granola bars can vary in ingredients from marshmallow filled, sugary snacks to healthy, nutty bars of goodness. Let’s celebrate those healthy options in time for National Granola Bar Day. Why not try out the latest health food trends like quinoa and coconut oil in your recipes! 

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Fruitcake? “No thanks, I’m a fruitarian”

                   (Credit: Sunmin Oh)

The holiday season might be over, but if you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough chocolate, cake, and dessert. Why not extend the holiday season cheer with some healthy and delicious raw vegan desserts?! Baking for your friends is hard and you often can’t please everyone, but with these raw vegan desserts, you can cater to almost all of the dietary requirements that walk through your door this post-holiday season.