Study Says Fruits and Veggies May Make You Happier

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Everyone knows you should eat the rainbow, but it's not always easy to choose tomatoes and kale over cheese and pasta. Comfort foods feel so, well, comfortable.

But as it turns out, the stuff you grow in a garden may actually make you happier than the alternative. A recent study conducted by the University of Warwick's Medical School found both high and low mental wellbeing were consistently associated with fruit and vegetable consumption.

More fruits and veggies may equal happier humans.

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Field Roast's Chao Slices the Best Vegan Cheese You'll Ever Have

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Chao melts like actual cheese. Here's proof.
There's no question that grain-meat maker Field Roast is one of the superstars in the meatless market. The Seattle-based company (with a distribution center in Miami) has made major waves, earning nods from Ellen Degeneres, the New York Times, Saveur, and others.

Its products (sold at Whole Foods, Milam's Market, and elsewhere) run the gamut from sausages to deli slices to hand-formed burgers, and its newest additions are three varieties of Chao Slices -- the company's first entry into the cheese-alternative niche. In a marketplace overflowing with dairy-free products, this is the best by far.

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Temple Kitchen: Try the Curry Favor Hot Pot With Coconut Milk and Edamame

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From the multicolored walls to the rainbow-hued food, South Miami's Temple Kitchen is a colorful feast for the senses. And their menu, a vibrant, eclectic assortment of plant-strong creations, is everything a health-conscious eater could ask for.

The Curry Favor hot pot ($11), specifically, is a delightfully comforting, creamy alternative to your standard Subway or Jimmy John's midday meal. With eggplant, edamame, and coconut milk, it's fresh and filling.

See also: Temple, a Plant-Based Eatery, Now Open in South Miami

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Vegan Thanksgiving in Miami: Whole Foods, Bunnie Cakes, and Potluck Eats

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How cute is this turkey cake?
If you're not into meat, butter, or cheese, a Thanksgiving table can be tough to navigate. The Brussels sprouts are cooked in bacon; the mashed potatoes are loaded with butter; the turkey is, well, a turkey.

But for the plant-based eaters, Short Order has dug up some options for yummy, pre-cooked Thanksgiving meals, so you can show up to a feast armed with delicious additions. From raw pies to cupcakes to Gardein "turkey" feasts, Miami offers a whole host of options for the big day. And that's something to be grateful for.

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Chef Cesar Zapata's Waldorf Salad

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that's all about expanding belts and big portions. From the stuffing to the gravy to the mashed potatoes, it's all about the rich and filling. Greens are usually nowhere to be found -- other than buried in a casserole.

But salad makes an excellent (and underrated) addition to any Thanksgiving menu. This Waldorf salad by Chef Cesar Zapata of the Federal is the perfect way to sneak some much-needed greens into your family's dinner selections.

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Jugofresh Offering Vegan Pies for Thanksgiving

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Sadly, store-bought, traditional pumpkin pies are not vegan-friendly. Nor are they particularly healthy, unless you consider sweetened condensed milk some kind of vitamin supplement. Luckily though, Jugofresh has both health-conscious Miamians and meatless eaters covered when it comes to Thanksgiving desserts this year.

Chef Paco has whipped up four options for pre-order ahead of Turkey Tofurky Day. All raw, the options include key lime, chickpea cookie dough, pumpkin and coconut carrot.

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Which Wich, Sandwich Shop With Vegan Options, to Open Two Miami Stores

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Because everyone makes it to Miami (eventually), the über-popular nationwide sandwich chain Which Wich is opening two local locations in the 305 -- one slated for December, the other for early 2015.

The sammie shops are known for their unique ordering system. Customers use red Sharpies to mark up preprinted menus on paper bags, plus do a little doodling while they're at it.

And though Which Wich's bread isn't vegan (bummer), it does use a whole host of vegan-friendly ingredients and offers add-ins that can be used to make a Bowlwich or a Lettucewich, so the meatless masses have more than PB&J as a lunch option.

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Ten Best Vegan Candies for Halloween

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It's Halloween week, which means there are bowls and bags and towers of candy greeting you everywhere you go -- much of it laced with eggs and butter, which is totally worse than razor blades. (Kidding!)

Luckily, there are plenty of "accidentally" vegan sweets out there -- more than you probably imagined. Here are the ten best to stock up on, so you don't feel left out of this week's sugar smorgasboard.

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Five Best Vegetarian Dishes to Try Before the Month Is Over

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October is a festive month in Miami, full of celebratory eats and drinks. Beer for Grovetoberfest, candy for Halloween -- pumpkin spice lattes as often as possible.

And the 10th month is also all about vegetarian awareness -- as good a time as any to start eating your veggies. October is almost over, but there's still time to bask in meatless yums before the 31st arrives.

Here are five veg dishes to try before the month is through. No matter what your everyday food habits, everyone could use a little more multicolored cuisine.

See also: How to Navigate the Holidays as a Vegetarian

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This Halloween, Hail Seitan With the Vegan Black Metal Chef

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Before the milquetoast ministrations of Thug Kitchen, there was a plant-based Prince of Darkness: the (faux) leather-clad culinarian known as the Vegan Black Metal Chef.

The horrifying herbivore drew more than two million YouTube views for the first episode of his online cooking show, where recipes are roared, screamed, and sung to the tune of original black metal music. With lyrics like, "Seitan, I release you from this prison and summon you upon my altar," what's not to love?

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