This smoothie has a couple of unique ingredients, but they are readily available at your natural foods market. Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry found in the Amazon Rainforest. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and omegas. Baobab (pronounced bay-o-bob) is a tree native to Africa and it produces a “super fruit” especially high in vitamin C and electrolytes.
My husband has perfected this jalapeño hummus recipe at our house. It is so easy to make, and even though the garbanzo beans are from a can, this hummus tastes so fresh. We use it all week long. On crackers, veggies, sandwiches and wraps, it adds just the right kick to any meal or snack.
This spiced pumpkin bread is perfect as a breakfast treat or mid-day snack. The inspiration was adapted from the pumpkin spice bread recipe in “The Joy of Vegan Baking” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. The recipe uses an egg replacement since it is vegan, but can be adapted by using 3 eggs in place of the flaxseed.
You don’t have to be a vegan to to appreciate delicious foods that don’t contain animal products. Reducing the dependance on animal ingredients is good for you and the planet. Below are two different ways to make excellent vegan dessert toppings, frosting and whipped cream, for all of your holiday dishes. The whipped cream is less sweet than the frosting.
This breakfast smoothie is built with a busy day in mind. If you know you will need extra energy, for extended lengths of time, requiring extra brain power and focus, this is the kind of smoothie recipe to follow to optimize your day.
We have 2 versions of our pumpkin muffins recipe for you. Michelle gave us the base, and Melanie decided to make these on a whim for company one weekend without shopping for the exact ingredients beforehand. So we have indicated the substitutions she used in parenthesis. This is a super easy recipe and the muffins are delicious either way.
What is the difference between kefir and yogurt? Yogurt is produced by a fermentation process using bacteria, and kefir is produced by a fermentation process using bacteria and yeast. If you have ever tasted any kind of kefir, you notice it is in more of a liquid state compared to yogurt, and has a kind of a bubbly sensation similar to champagne.
This is a fun dessert if you are having company over. These paleo fruit tarts are very easy to make and great for kids or adults. If you do not have individual tart pans, just make one large tart. Make sure to make this ahead as it needs to sit in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours before serving.
This vegan potato dill salad is a great alternative to the traditional cream based potato salads typically found at summer BBQ’s. The cucumber makes a nice, refreshing addition! Remember that the reason that potato salad is susceptible to bacterial growth is because potatoes have a PH that bacteria thrive in, especially at room temperature. So don’t think that just because this is a vegan version that you can safely leave your salad out in the sun.
Keep these three “A” words in mind when choosing ingredients for a post workout smoothie: Anti-inflammatory, Anti-oxidants, and Alkalize. Always reach for greens and plants for the alkalize portion (that is why we choose plant protein vs animal protein post workout). Herbs and omega oils give you powerful anti-inflammatory action, and super fruits will give you the most antioxidant protection, whether the whole food or a concentrate is used.
Kelp noodles are a great way to add sea vegetables to your families diet without anyone cringing about what they are eating. Kelp noodles are raw and a great alternative to traditional pasta. Kelp, and all sea vegetables, have a wide array of nutrients including iodine, 21 amino acids, and over 70 minerals. This is a quick and easy recipe with a lot of flavor.
Fruit salads offer a nice change of pace all year long. This is a quick, easy and healthy snack, breakfast main course, or side dish. Any combination of fruit and nuts can be used. You can choose fruits based on color to suit a party theme or season. Chia seeds are a rich vegan source of Omega-3’s, fiber and protein. They can be added to any salad, smoothie, etc. for a great nutritional boost! Use our Chia Fruit Salad recipe as inspiration for your own.
Have you jumped on the bone broth bandwagon? Bone broth has become trendy and popular in food circles lately, but you may be surprised to learn that this food has traditionally been used as a health tonic for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, and other cultures.
Have you heard the word alkaline often? I have been hearing it more and more. I’ve seen the same massage therapist since I was 14 years old who is also a Naturopathic Physician (so I get lots of great advice when getting a massage!). She has always spoke about the body being alkalized and how she believes that prevents cancer in her opinion. I felt that I had a pretty alkalized diet (lots of greens, not much meat, no sugar or caffeine) so I was on the right track there. That’s about all I knew!
This stew is great year round, but especially yummy in the winter months. Escarole is a variety of endive that is slightly less bitter. It is high in vitamins A, K and folic acid. The great thing about this stew is that you pretty much throw everything in the slow cooker and let it cook all day!