Posts tagged #vegan

Practical ways to eat plant based!

Maybe you want to start eating plant-based, but you are having some trouble getting started.  You may feel that you just don't have the time for all the prep necessary to lead a plant-based lifestyle. Well, most of us don't have the time. I love preparing new and different foods, but there are those days where I barely have any time to breathe. So here are my go to quick foods to eat plant-based:

Amy's kitchen frozen foods

Amy's kitchen is my go to frozen food brand. This a vegetarian line made with all natural ingredients - some of the products are organic and some all vegan. Their food is delicious and I am obsessed with their indian line. During winter, when it's cold out, I find myself craving spicy indian fare... So instead of going to an indian restaurant and eating potentially unhealthy food, I grab an Amy's kitchen Vegetable Korma. It reminds me of my trip to india, it is satisfying, and so good for you! Amy's kitchen uses non-GMO ingredients.

Maya Kaimal Coconut Curry

 I am completely obsessed with this coconut curry and always try to keep it stocked at home because it can turn any boring rice or quinoa into an amazing meal in seconds. Usually I will roast an eggplant in the oven and then will eat with this curry and naan bread. It is soooo yummy and it is done in under thirty minutes. I find it in the freezer section of my fresh thyme store. If your store doesn't carry it, I suggest you ask for it. It is amazing! If you always have some quinoa prepared in the fridge (you can just prepare a batch over the weekend, then you can add veggies and quinoa and voila! Amazing meal!

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a great quick meal. I prefer buying my local brand called Baker Mills and having it cook overnight in a slow cooker. I add water apples and raisins and just leave it overnight to cook. It makes a satisfying breakfast every morning. But if having it cook in the slow cooker is way too much of a hassle for you, then go for a few packets of instant oatmeal. It may not be as healthy as the steel cut counterpart, but it makes for a quick, on the go, plant-based meal. 

Foragers

Want to drink green juice, but just don't have the time nor the will to make some? But, still think that the brands sold in the supermarket are full of sugar? Think again. Foragers greens on greens is a great choice and very low in sugar. They have other great juices and nut milks like their matcha almond milk. I love this brand and the CEO worked at Odwalla with my hubby. So I gotta support our friends :) 

Hearty Veggie and Brown Rice Salad Bowl

I am not a big Starbucks fan, but their stores are everywhere (even inside the Louvre!) and their hearty veggie bowl is tasty and completely plant-based. I highly recommend you buy it if you are in a rut and looking for something quick and plant-based. I really, really like it!

Other great places to grab a quick plant-based bite:

Other amazing options for plant-based faire on the go are: Native Foods (try their Thai meatball bowl), LyfeKitchen (try the ancient grains quinoa bowl), true food kitchen (this restaurant belongs to Dr Weil and has some amazing fare), and the omnipresent Chipotle (try their sofritas bowl with brown rice and beans - I love it!).

 

Good Luck and Stay Plant-based!

 

 

 

 

Best Raw Pumpkin Pie Recipe for Thanksgiving

I love pumpkin pie. It is the one thing I look forward to all year.... However, I do not love the effect that dairy and flour has on my body. Since banning both these bad boys from my diet - after all I do not have to gain 1000lbs in a year like a newborn calf - I had to find alternatives to this holiday staple. The best recipe I have found is Mathew Kenneys' pumpkin pie with shortbread crust. If you are unfamiliar with Mathew Kenney, he is a gifted chef that finds way to make raw dishes taste better than regular ones. In fact, if you are every in Santa Monica, CA his restaurant, M.A.K.E., is a must visit. I went and I think I ate for hours. I didn't want to leave. HIs food is... delicious.

Anyway, here is his recipe that I am following and giving my family. This recipe is Bella approved - meaning my one year old ate it and loved it!

Crust:

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups cashew flour
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp maple sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

To make the crust: In a dry vitamix container make a flour out of the shredded coconut. Make it as fine as possible. In a food processor combine coconut flour, cashew flour, and remaining ingredients for curst. Process till mixture can be pressed between fingers. Press into a 9 inch tart pan.

Filling

  • 1/2 cup cashew flour
  • 3/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted.

To make filling: Blend all ingredients in a vitamix except for the coconut oil. Slowly blend coconut oil till the mixture is well combined. Pour mixture into prepared crust and put in the freezer till it is hardened. Then you can keep it in the fridge.

Enjoy and have a healthy and turkey-free Thanksgiving! Turkeys will thank you for that!

Lasting Energy with a 'Raw Vegan' version of the Bulletproof coffee

I love coffee so when I heard of bulletproof coffee I was beyond myself. Bulletproof coffee's inventor David Asprey claims that his concoction can give you long lasting energy ( he claims up to 6 hours), can assist weight-loss by helping users engage in a form of "intermittent fasting" which triggers ketosis (a metabolic state triggered by a lack of carbs that makes your body burn fats), can kill cravings, and can boost cognitive function. Ok so the list seems a little too good to be true, but I thought that the idea of mixing healthy fats and coffee a very interesting one. 

60% of your brain is made up fat. So good fats are an important fuel of cognitive function. The original bulletproof coffee uses grassfed butter and coconut oil to boost the intake of omega-3 fatty acids and butyrates. Both of these reduce inflammation in humans and are said to prevent cancer and control hunger. Bulletproof coffee also uses special coffee beans said not to contain mycotoxins (which apparently is a fancy name for coffee mold). This claim seems bogus to me though as coffee growers have utilized a process known as "wet processing" since the 1980s to rid their beans of mold. 

But, that is besides the point. I was in NYC last spring when I saw a sign for bulletproof coffee. I really wanted to love it. I mean, it seems that the drink is a silver bullet. I remember proudly holding my first cup of bulletproof coffee in a beautiful NYC morning.... Then, I took my first sip.... My initial happiness quickly turned into disgust. I gagged. It was so gross. The fatty buttery taste was a turn off for me. However, the experience did teach me something: Blending coffee with butter made it really creamy... I thought it could be a great way to substitute my morning latte. That is, if I could ever find something less gross than butter to blend it with. 

Then I got home and I had a tub of Artisana coconut butter staring at me. If you are not familiar with it, Artisana is a very serious company that delivers a fully raw and delicious product. I love coconut butter and oil and try to use it as much as I can. Coconut butter contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which are burned for energy and don't usually go for fat storage. Coconut butter stimulates your metabolism and helps you burn more fat. In fact, American farmers tried to fatten their cows using coconut oil. But, what happened was the exact opposite! 

So, I decided to blend the coconut butter I had at home with my coffee. The result: sensational! A creamy coffee that gives me longer lasting energy than my usual cup with a much more vibrant ingredient than butter. I highly recommend you try it! The recipe and a short video of this easy recipe is below:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Artisana coconut butter packet  (or use 1 tbsp of coconut butter)
  • 8oz of coffee (I use high quality beans from Ipsento. Their beans are of high quality and direct trade!)

Directions:

Place both ingredients in the blender and blend away. Drink right away and enjoy the energy!