The 2014 Happy Holiday Season Has Arrived!
Take this time to really reflect on what life is about. Enjoy family and friends, share your heart with those who matter most. Make new traditions. Reflect on experiences. Share the love of plant-based cooking!
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” — Dalai Lama
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson
Holiday Hemp Harvest Ⓥ
Excellent leftover idea included
1-cup quinoa, cooked
1-cup lentils, cooked
Fresh ginger root, peeled
2-cups fresh brussels sprouts
1-cup fresh green beans
2 fresh carrots
1 head cauliflower
Coconut oil (for roasting veggies)
Pepper (to taste)
Salt (to taste)
4-6 tablespoons hemp seeds
Try this leftover idea:
Nutritional yeast is specifically cultivated as a food crop for use as a nutritional supplement and to add flavor to foods. It’s an inactive yeast so unlike baking yeast, it doesn’t make food rise. And it’s not the same as Brewers Yeast, which is a by-product of making beer.
A Vegan Staple: Called many names, including Nooch, Hippie Dust, Nutritional Yeast.
Portobello Tomato Nooch Soup Ⓥ
You may or may not find nutritional yeast at your typical grocery store, but you should be able to find it at your local natural food store – It's also available in bulk depending on your local store.
Is nooch already a staple in your diet? If so, how do you use it?
If you are new to nooch, give it a try and share how you use!
Please leave your feedback below!
Partial information has been referenced: eat2run.com
"It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got" – Sheryl Crow
Country music tells stories and are truthful songs about life written by country people. Country can be defined in many ways no matter where you live. We have this beautiful land all around us, from fields, mountains, water, air and sky just to name a few. Take some time to really appreciate everything you have right in front of you and all around you. Then... reflect back and write your own country song. You have the ability to live amazing, feel amazing and be amazing!
LIVE simply. Dream BIG. BE grateful. Give LOVE. LAUGH lots.
To Succeed in life, you need three things: A wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone – Reba Mcentire
As the seasons change, so do our senses for warmer, earthier foods.
Our five senses interact to influence our experiences with food and beverages. Things such as bonfires, fireplaces, apple trees, pine cones, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin help create these feelings of coziness and comfort. During the colder, damp, winter months, try exploring more foods with a bitter taste. For example, arugula, dandelion greens, beet greens, beets, carrots, apples, cranberries, pears, squash, millet, quinoa, chickpeas, red lentils and soaked almonds or cashews. Get into more spices, like cardamom, cayenne, curry powder, allspice, and turmeric as well as chamomile, jasmine, and peppermint tea. These foods are chock full of health benefits.
How about an EARTHY, RAW VEGAN PUMPKIN HEMP SPREAD?
Pumpkin and hemp seeds - the perfect pair providing a smooth texture with a subtle crunch. Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E. It's also a good source of B-complex group of vitamins and a rich source of minerals. Hemp seeds are often classified as one of nature's perfect foods, and a health powerhouse in the following ways:
Depending on choice of sweetener, you can either mix everything in a bowl by hand or use a blender. If you use syrup, a blender is best.
This simple, raw vegan spread is so easy to make, extremely healthy and tastes delicious with so many things, including:
VitaFiber™, by BioNeutra™ is a natural, certified organic, low calorie prebiotic fiber (syrup or powder) for human digestive health.
NATERA™ Hemp Seeds, by Naturally Splendid® are exceptionally pure, plump and nutritious. A rare source of complete protein, they contain all 20 known amino acids including the 8 essential and 2 semi-essential amino acids our bodies need for optimum health.
Turmeric: Much more than just a spice. It has incredible powers and is packed with loads of health benefits.
Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. This entire database of 1,585 ncbi-hyperlinked turmeric abstracts can be downloaded as a PDF at our Downloadable Turmeric Document page, and acquired either as a retail item or with 200 GMI-tokens, for those of you who are already are members and receive them automatically each month. (The Mind Unleashed)
Incredible reasons to eat turmeric everyday
Tips for adding turmeric into your daily life:
While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen,chemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium comes even remotely close to turmeric’s 6,000 year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine. (Ref: Natural Health, Natural Medicine)
Fresh root or dried powder?
Turmeric's earthy, exotic aroma and flavor make it a delicious addition to many dishes. Found in the dried spices at grocery stores and some specialty markets carry the fresh root. Swapping fresh root for dried in recipes is possible.
Cost Savings Tip: Buy bulk when purchasing the power.
Fresh herbs and spices are almost always more desirable than their dried counterparts, and turmeric is no exception.
Fresh turmeric is less bitter than dried turmeric.
The general rule of thumb for converting dried herbs or spices to fresh in a recipe is 1-to-3, so 1 teaspoon of dried spice is equal to 3 teaspoons -- 1 tablespoon -- of fresh.
References: Livestrong, Natural Health-Natural Medicine, The Mind Unleashed
Who ya gonna call?
Even after 30 years, Ghostbusters is still watched by generations old and young today. I thought it was a great opportunity to celebrate this forever loved film, as well as share some interesting facts about Twinkies, as we know they are far from healthy!
Remembered for its witty one-liners. Some favorites include:
"Twinkies are brain food", spoken by Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters.
The Twinkie was used by Egon in an analogy to explain to the rest of the Ghostbusters how extreme the current psychokinetic energy, or P.K.E., levels were during the first Gozer incident. Twinkie would represent a standard amount of P.K.E., the surge Egon was tracking would equate to a Twinkie that was thirty-five feet long and weighing approximately six hundred pounds.
With over 30 ingredients, many unpronounceable...Twinkies are far from brain food.
"33 grams of sugar and 9 grams of fat per serving, it'd be doltish to expect they'd provide any real nutritional benefit. But it does come as a surprise to any unsuspecting snacker that the little tubular treat would contain any animal derivative at all. A representative from Hostess confirmed with The Huffington Post that Twinkies are not a vegetarian food."
Twinkies...What? Huh? WOW!
TIP for plant-based eating: READ THE LABELS
Do a close-read on product ingredient lists, as foods like refried beans, potato chips and even orange juice contain animal products beyond milk and eggs.
Sources: Huffington Post, WebMD Archive, Twinkie, Deconstructed-by Steven Ettlinger.
Owner of BEVEGAN® Grassroots Health. Board Certified Holistic Health Coach. AKA Miss Bellevue Vegan. Plant-Based Health Consultant. Vegan Athlete. Outdoor Enthusiast. Outdoor Gear Reviewer. Author. Cotopaxi Local Ambassador. Animal Lover. Dreamer. Believer.
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