Kale Yeah!

Kale…perhaps one of the greatest foods on the planet, so let’s talk about it.  It can be eaten a million different ways & it is soooo good & good for you.

Let’s start with the health benefits:

1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.
2. Kale is high in iron. 
3. Kale is high in Vitamin K.
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants.
5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food.
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. 
7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C.
9. Kale is high in calcium.
10. Kale is a great detox food.

So maybe now you’re thinking…ok, but I don’t like kale. (If that’s the case, there might be something wrong with you.)  Here are some amazing ways to eat/drink kale.

1.  Drink it!  My favorite way to drink it is what I like to call a Reece Cup smoothie.  Throw all of this in the blender:

  • A bunch of kale: 2 or 3 or 4 handfuls
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 or 2 Tbsp. of peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Any other fruits or veggies you want to add (you probably won’t be able to taste them, but they add healthy fillers to give you a bigger, more filling drink)

2.  Have a salad.  Yes, kale is good raw & it’s really crunchy.  Here are some links to tasty kale salads:

      Kale and Cabbage Goddess Salad                       

3. Kale Chips…Kale Chips…Kale Chips!!!  They are delicious & satisfy the need for crunchy chips.  The recipe below looks yummy, but they are also good with just olive oil & sea salt.  

4. Hummus

Kale and Sundried Tomato Hummus on Grilled Sourdough

5. Kale Fried Rice

6. Throw it in a soup…this one’s a no brainer…just throw it in the soup.

7. Still not convinced…here’s a link to more recipes.

Top 10 Ways to Prepare Kale

Eat Kale!

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Being Vegan is Delicious

When you hear the word vegan, some people automatically assume that means boring food.  So here are some of my favorite yummy foods to prove to you that being vegan is not only good for me & the planet, but it tastes good too!

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A quick & easy meal…Vegan Boca burger on wheat bread with romaine lettuce & avocado and a side of seasoned sweet potato fries.

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Garlic green beans, wheat berries with sea salt (a personal favorite) and roasted chickpeas (another personal favorite).

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Pizza!!!  A spinach crust with red onions, tomatoes, chickpeas, roasted red peppers & green olives.

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Salad with everything I can fit on the plate topped with a crumbled tofu marinated in lemon juice & finished off with my homemade salad dressing.

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Homemade whole wheat spinach tortillas topped with black beans & brown rice, tomatoes, black olives & avocado.

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Mulit-grain wrap with a black bean spread, diced tomatoes & avocado.

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Green split pea soup & an almond butter sandwich…not much to look at, but tastes yummy.

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Sweet potato, quinoa, kale salad.

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Edamame with kale fried rice.

Adventures in Veganism

Today I got brave…tofu…I tried it for the very first time.  Was it what I expected?  I don’t know…it was different, but somehow familiar.  I figured if I’m going to do this vegan thing, I need to expand my horizons and try new things.  Some will be good & some will be bad.

So, I bought tofu about a week ago & decided it was time to go for it.  After searching Pinterest at great lengths, I decided to bread it & fry it in olive oil.  It helps that I just got some fantastic new garlic olive oil from Galena Garlic.  I was pleased with the result, but next time (that’s right, there will be a next time), I will season more.  Maybe dipping in some kind of sauce would be good. 

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I shall continue to experiment & vow to be open to suggestions from more experienced vegans, or maybe just more experimental vegans. 

Happy eating & share your food ideas.

To Veg…or Not to Veg?

For a long while, I’ve teetered on the edge of becoming a vegetarian.  There was a time in my teens that I gave up all meat but fish & chicken.  I’ve always found my reasons not to do it…none of them valid.  I’ve consumed less & less meat over the past couple of years & even less in the past month.  I’ve recently discovered that eliminating dairy from my diet has caused a great deal of my stomach discomfort to disappear.  I can eat raw broccoli again with no pain.  ( I love broccoli.)

So…this weekend, I watched “Forks over Knives”.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  It is eye opening to say the least.  I must admit that none of it was unexpected, but the correlation between illnesses & animal products is insane.  To think that one might prevent cancer by avoiding animal products is amazing.  I have the power to keep my body healthy by what I consume.  

The conclusion I have come to is this…I will choose to put healthy food into my body.  I may consume meat on special occasions, such as Thanksgiving, but as far as the rest of the year goes…I declare that I will not be a meat eater.  For now, I will allow myself eggs & very limited dairy.  We shall see how it goes.  I’m not sure that I’m prepared to call myself a vegetarian.  I don’t think it’s quite fair to those who truly are, but I will refer to myself as a 364 vegetarian. 

Forks Over Knives

Pumpkin Fun

It all began with 3 pumpkins…we chose the 2 who would be cut & carved

into Jack-o-lanterns.  We cut & drew & scraped & cut some more

until we had 2 Jack-0-lanterns.  (The 3rd pumpkin was spared.)

For the 1st time, Nattas created & carved his very own.

Now the problem remained…what would we do with the guts?

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From the stringy guts…I made bread…whole wheat pumpkin gut bread.

Here’s how:

2 cups pumpkin guts (chopped up really small)

3 cups whole wheat flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. mutmeg

2 cups sugar

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup water

1 cup applesauce

Optional: 1 cup of nuts, raisins, or whatever you like.

Mix dry…mix wet…mix together…bake in 2 loaf pans at 350 for about an hour.

Sliced into 12 slices per loaf…139 calories, 1.2 g fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 117 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 2.3 g fiber, 3.2 g protein.

I roasted the seeds with cinnamon & brown sugar.

Here’s a link to a recipe.  Their’s look prettier than mine.  I used olive oil instead of butter & only about 2 Tbsp.

http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/6064/cinnamon-roasted-pumpkin-seeds.aspx

So…happy pumpkin carving to you all!

Something Sweet

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I’m always in search of something new & healthier to satisfy my sweet tooth.  Today’s find is Green&Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate.  Unlike the dark chocolate I would usually buy…this has a nice smooth flavor…not bitter.  This makes me happy!