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More Peas Please!

You may have noticed in my post below that I added peas to my quinoa pilaf. I love peas! They are great fresh but frozen is my go to. Easy, inexpensive, rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants and super satisfying. I was thinking about how you never hear of them as a “super” or healthy vegetable. I’m not sure why??? They may be a bit higher in calories than some green vegetables but they are packed with protein and much more filling than most. Read this for more……ENjjoY! and thanks for following! XOXOXO
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Benefits of Raw Foods

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Raw Basics

Adding more raw foods to your diet can create many health benefits. Including normalized weight, increased energy, glowing skin, stronger hair and nails, better digestion and elimination……… and on and on and on

I believe we can eat our way to a healthy body and glow into our later years. We need more raw foods and plants in our diet, super-foods, exercise, meditation or religious practice, positive attitude, love and compassion. It will amaze you how eating a plant based diet with 70% raw foods will effect not only your body, but your soul. Within weeks you will see your health, looks, and attitude dramatically improve!

Raw foods are high in vitamins, phytonutrients, minerals and enzymes. Eating raw produce will keep your body in an alkalizing state, which is good for the mind, body and soul.

Simple steps to increase raw fruits and veggies!

  • Start your day with a huge glass of lemon water for hydration, a blast of vitamin c and to get your metabolism moving.
  • Make breakfast a green smoothie. Add in chia seeds, ground flax seed or raw vegan protein powder and as many super foods as you like. Aim for 2 to 1 ratio vegetables to fruit.
  • Have a huge chopped salad for lunch topped with raw nuts.
  • Have another green salad for dinner followed by cooked plant based protein, whole grains and vegetables.

Super Foods

  • Goji berries-antioxidants, phytonutrients
  • Greens Plus
  • Chlorella-green algae with 15 grams of protein in one tablespoon.
  • Spirulina-b vitamins, omega 3’s, protein and enzymes
  • Cacao- antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, potassium…said to enhance physical and mental ability. Yummy!!!
  • Fermented foods – increased antioxidants, enzymes and natural probiotics
  • Chia seeds- pure protein, omega 3’s and fiber

Strawberry Kombucha Daiquiri

 

Juice from 1 lime

1 cup strawberries

1 cup kombucha

1 tablespoon agave or 1 teaspoon stevia

A few mint leaves

Ice

 

Mix in high-speed blender and enjoy! XO

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Balancing your PH is definitely key in maintaining great health, preventing disease and getting your glow on!

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Stop Everything!!! Bacon Seaweed??? Tastes like bacon and more nutritious than Kale??!!!! Have you heard about seaweed that tastes like bacon???? I’ve used it for years in a SLT sandwich! I use dulse which is a very nutritious sea plant that is strengthening for the blood, adrenals and kidneys. Perfect when you are feeling like you need a little boost! You can buy the dulse at Whole Foods, health food stores or Asain Markets. I mix 1 tablespoon olive oil with a few drops of liquid smoke or hungarian smoke mixture. Pull the dulse apart and brush lightly with the smoke mixture. Heat in a hot cast iron skillet until the leaves turn a little green in color. Use in place of bacon in your favorite recipes! I also throw a small piece of kombu seaweed in everything I boil. Remove before eathing and you will still get all of the many health benefits. ‪#‎Eathealglow‬! OH and I usually add onions and avocado just because!
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The Wonders of Tofu

Tofu sometimes gets a bad wrap but it has done wonders for my health and possibly my skin. I always buy local, non-GMO tofu (and tempeh) from Twin Oaks.  Tofu is high in protein, low in calories and contains iron, calcium, omega 3’s, selenium and isoflavones. The isoflavones help reduce cholesterol and mimics estrogen, helping to minimize the symptoms of menopause. It is also connected with reduced risk of certain cancers (unless you have estrogen related breast cancer in your family). Another benefit is its ability to improve the tone and moisture of your skin helping you to achieve that glow!! Just look at Shania Twain!!!

When I started eating tofu regularly about 6 years ago my hot flashes disappeared and I just felt better. Now, if I don’t have it for a couple of days I get cranky.

The other wonder of tofu is that you can make it taste like anything!!! It is an open pallet. I love making mock buffalo chicken, simple Asian stri-fry’s, ricotta “cheese”, marinated and grilled, salads, and even in sweets.

When I master little videos I will do a demo of 3 quick and very different ways to prepare tofu. Hugs, peace, love & tofu!! X

 

 

Health Benefits of Tofu

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Tofu is rich in protein, iron, vitamin E and calcium. It is inexpensive, and easy to cook with. It can be transformed into ricotta cheeze, tuna-less salad and is a great substitute for chicken in most dishes. It contains isoflavones that reduce bad cholesterol levels in our body preventing cardiovascular diseases. It is a great source of selenium a mineral needed by the body for the proper functioning of the antioxidant system. It helps to prevent colon cancer and prostate cancer in men. According to studies women who eat tofu regularly are 60% less likely to have “high risk” breast tissue. It is helpful in reducing hot flashes as well as risk of loss of bone density in menopausal women. It also reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

And lastly, but certainly not least it slows down the aging process! It helps the skin to retain its elasticity and tones the facial muscles. It is rich in keratin, which helps keep hair healthy and prevents hair loss.

Thinking about how much I love Tempeh!

Tempeh may be the most versatile and delicious form of plant protein. It is fermented soy-beans that have been formed into a cake. Some come mixed with grains or seeds. It’s delicious steamed, crumbled and used in patties or stir fried with your favorite seasonings. I love it with coconut oil, garlic, onion, braggs aminos and some citrus zest and juice.

One serving has about 170 calories and 16 grams of protein. It is a filling super-food. Among it’s many health benefits are the following:

  • Helps to reduce cholesterol
  • Increases bone density
  • Reduces menopausal symptoms (I can vouch for this one!)
  • Provides faster muscle recovery

The fermentation increases it’s many health benefits, and also increases hyaluronic acid in your skin to keep it tight, moisturized, firm, strong and glowing!

Tempeh is also rich in pantothenic acid with helps to increase energy, slows down aging and reduces gray hair. It’s full of vitamin B-6 which helps to make melatonin for healthy sleep and increases brain health. It contains riboflavin which also increases energy and creates the liver detoxification enzyme glutathione.

So definitely add more tempeh to your healthy plant based diet. Eat Heal Glow!! XOXO

OK Here goes!!! This is my first official blogpost. I have been veganizing Rachael Ray’s Food now for 118 days. I am having lots of fun and creating lots of new recipes. Yesterday I watched Julie & Julia, loved it!!! Feeling inspired I committed to starting my own blog about my Rachael Ray Challenge and all things healthy.

It’s Sunday February 16th and I am in my basement/office/studio next to the fire. Tonight I am making lots of vegetables and something with tofu. Tomorrow, back to my Rachael Ray dinners.

I’m keeping this short and using as a test page! Please let me know if it works!!! Thanks! Love & hugs to you! XO

 

Made some roasted veggies yesterday and created 4 different dishes. Enjoy!!!

 

Roasted Veggies Four Ways

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Veggies:

1 butternut squash cut in half and seeds removed

4-5 parsnips cut in large pieces

6-8 carrots

2 large onions cut in quarters

2 shallots whole

3-4 cloves garlic

4-5 sweet potatoes skins on

¼ cup melted coconut oil

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400F

Roast the veggies for about 30 minutes until tender. The parsnips and potatoes may take a bit longer. You want them to be nicely browned.

 

#1 Arrange on a platter, serve with a balsamic glaze or a light tahini dipping sauce.

 

#2 Cut the parsnips, carrots and onion into large chunks and serve over a salad of mixed greens. Garnish with warm walnuts or pecans, diced dried apricots and dress with sweet fig vinegar.

 

#3 Pulse the veggies in the food processor until mashed but still a little chunky. Sautee 1 diced Vidalia onion and 2-3 stalks of diced celery in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large pan. When soft add 4 cups of veggie or chicken-less stock, 1 piece of kombu and a kefir lime leaf (optional). Season with cumin, red or green chili paste, salt & pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and add 3-4 cups of the veggies. Add 2 cups of coconut milk and heat through. Adjust seasonings and enjoy!!!

 

#4 Mast 2 cans, or 4 cups of black beans. Stir in 1 -2 cups of veggies. Add 1/3 cup finely chopped onion, 1 tablespoon cumin, 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter, 1 teaspoon braggs amino acid, 1 tablespoon hamburger seasoning, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, ¼ cup of nutritional yeast, 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds, 2 tablespoons of organic ketchup or tomato paste, 1 teaspoon Trader Joe’s South African Smoke seasoning or liquid smoke. Mix together (mixture should be thick). Refrigerate for 20 minutes and form into patties. Coat lightly with corn meal, and cook on a frying pan with a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil. Serve on a whole wheat bun with avocado, sliced onion ketchup and mustard. Enjoy!!!