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Recipe: Tempeh Fried Quinoa. Easily assimilated protein & dietary fiber.

Tempeh is a traditional soy product originally from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and fermentation process that binds the soybeans into a cake form. The fermentation process reduces the phytic acid in soy, which in turn allows the body to absorb the minerals that soy provides making it the healthier alternative to tofu.

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B is for Bananas and Beets

Chances are you are already a banana eater, unless you have shied away from them because of negative ads you may have seen on  the Internet making them seem unhealthy. On the flip side, you probably “don’t like” beets, so you are nowhere near close to eating enough of them for optimal health. Let’s vow to change our attitudes toward bananas and beets, and start consuming them more often! Here’s why:

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Goji Water

I had forgotten how much I love goji water! I recently ended up with a surplus of goji berries, and didn’t want them to go to waste. I gave some to Michelle and she made raw, vegan goji berry bites, and I made goji water! As you may have guessed, goji water is easy to make, and the health benefits are outstanding!

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Nutrients needed for energy

Nutrients needed for energy

There are 5 nutrients needed for energy (especially when it comes to getting the most from your workouts) that are often overlooked. They are the keys that unlock optimal sports nutrition, and we tend to take them for granted. Being aware of their importance will remind you to choose foods and supplements that will support your fitness goals and your best health.

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Recipe: Winter Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seeds. Loaded with B vitamins, Calcium, Iron, and Zinc.

Pumpkin seeds are a great addition to this winter squash soup not only as a thickener, but for their health benefits. They are loaded with all of the B vitamins and also contain other essential nutrients including calcium, potassium, and iron. Additionally, they are a well documented source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for growth and development, and also benefits the immune system, and speeds up wound healing.

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Roasted Beet Muhammara

Muhammara is native to Syria and is traditionally made with red peppers. This recipe uses an alternative ingredient: beets! Beets have a gorgeous red color and are naturally good for lowering cholesterol, boosting energy, fighting inflammation and cancer, and helping in detoxification.

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It is time to stop asking vegans where they get their calcium and protein from.

I am always surprised when I tell someone I don’t eat dairy or meat that they still ask: “Where do you get your calcium and protein from?” or “Do you eat a lot of beans and rice?” My answers nowadays: “I get those nutrients from almost every single piece of food I put in my mouth. Virtually all foods in nature have calcium and protein as part of their make up” and “I love beans and rice and eat many varieties of both fairly regularly, but maybe not anymore often than you do.”

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Don’t overlook Olive Leaf for nutrition, inflammation, blood sugar & immune support.

If you know about olive leaf, most likely you have heard of it as a natural supplement for treating Candida, and supporting the immune system. Oleuropein, is the component of olive leaf that has been shown to fight against a wide variety of  bacteria, yeasts, and fungus. To take this a step further, within the oleuropin, there is a compound called elenolic acid that loves to breakdown viruses. Calcium eleolate, one form of elenolic acid, is keen to fight bacteria and parasites.

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Tabouli Salad. A great way to get a good dose of Parsley. Lots of chlorophyll, vitamin K, and iron.

I love Tabouli salad! Especially the traditional Lebanese preparation. It has so much delicious parsley, and so many wonderful health benefits! If you are looking for more ways to get greens into your diet, this is a very delicious way to do it. Parsley is green and high in chlorophyll, so we know it is good, but check out how good!

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Eat Lentils! High in soluble & insoluble fiber & iron. Recipe: Curried Lentil & Tomato Soup!

Lentils have an extremely high nutritional value and are very easy to cook. They are one of the few legumes that do not need to be soaked prior to cooking. They are very high in both soluble and insoluble fibers which help with digestive issues, heart health and blood sugar regulation, among other things. Lentils are also high in iron, which can help improve energy levels by replenishing lost iron stores.

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Choosing a plant based protein

Individual or isolated plant based proteins are poorly suited for human use as relied upon by many picky or uneducated vegans or vegetarians. Most lack one or more of the essential amino acids, or simply contain so little of one of them that it is as if the amino acid were absent. Hemp protein is a good example of this. It is a wonderful food, which should be included in your diet, but don’t rely on it as a primary protein source.

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Berry Benefits

“A little work, a little play, all adds up to a berry nice day”. This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite childhood cartoon characters, Strawberry Shortcake. Berry benefits are very real, so my updated version of this saying would be something like this: “A little work, a little play, make sure to eat your berries every single day”.

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Coconut Recipe: Tullum?

Here is a simple recipe that I grew up with in Trinidad and Tobago, which is packed with iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber. No one is exactly sure how Tullum came to be or even how it is spelled. I have heard it said that this treat came about in the old days of poverty and sugar cane plantations, and the name is African in origin, maybe as long ago as the 18th century.

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Butternut Squash & Carrot Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash is good source of Vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium and Magnesium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese. And Carrots are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Manganese. Enjoy eating this deliciously healthy soup!

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Discover that Dandelions are not weeds. They are beautiful flowers, herbs, and food.

It’s that time of year again when commercials for gardening, home improvement, and weed killing are widespread. Currently, a TV commercial is airing that highlights how to deal with those “pesky dandelions”. I beg to differ, and that is what has inspired this post.

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