Homemade Vegan Cheese; Who Knew?!

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Remember we talked about the importance of healthy gut flora and how to improve your digestion a while ago?

I gave you several tips on how to do this and encouraged you to be diligent about caring for your digestive system.

Well, my good friend, Steph Jackson, shared some wonderful recipes with me on how to make your own vegan cheese.  It is more of a cream cheese, but cheese none-the-less.Continue Reading

The Miracle of Vitamin C Part II

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My previous post was full of information regarding the importance of Vitamin C.

When looking to increase  your Vitamin C intake, consider the following foods:

Foods High in Vitamin C
Camu Camu powder- 1 teaspoon=720mg
Chili peppers- 1/2 cup=107.8mg
Red bell pepper -1 cup=190mg
Kiwi – 2 fruits = 137.2mg
Broccoli – 1 cup= 132mg
Cauliflower -1 cup=127.7mg

Other excellent sources of Vitamin C are cabbage, sprouts, parsley, strawberries, citrus fruits and rose hips.

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The Miracle of Vitamin C Part I

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Vitamin C has long been known to be beneficial to our body.

Vitamin C is

  • A powerful antioxidant.
  • It prevents free-radical damage that contributes to aging and degenerative and age-related disease, including cancer and cardiovascular disorders.
  • Vitamin C keeps other antioxidants (such as Vitamin E and A) potent by preventing them from being oxidized.

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Tasty Eastern Dippers

We had guests for dinner on Saturday and I wanted to try something different for an appetizer but not too different.  I tend to try out recipes, that I have not made before, at a dinner party.  Do you do that too?  It must be a faux pas but I figure this way you are under a little pressure to do it right and usually it works out quite well.

I was thinking along the lines of a falafel but I wanted to keep it raw.  Our guests are not raw foodies or even vegans but they do enjoy plant-based foods and I knew that they would be open to something new.

I do not like raw chickpeas, so I thought that I would use soaked sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.  These are super easy on the digestion.  I basically took a general falafel recipe and switched it up a little.  This is something that you could bring to an upcoming cocktail party.

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12 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays, Cold & Flu-Free

winter-scene-background-3-739931I know that many of us have a lot to be thankful for as we prepare to celebrate the holidays with our friends and family.

During this special time together, we want to reflect the best of our health and well-being.  We can do this by enhancing our immune system to make it very difficult for viruses and bacteria to stay in our bodies.

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Fabulous Benefits of Flax

Linum, Leingewächs, LeinsamenFlax is a plant native to the Mediterranean that has been used as a food item for over 5,000 years.

Flax was brought to North America with the early colonists and was first planted in the United States.  In the 17th century, it was planted in Canada, which is currently the major producer of flax seeds.

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Flax seeds are shaped like sesame seeds but are a bit bigger.  The colours available are usually a dark brown but can also be this light amber colour that you see in the photo above.  The flavour of flax seeds is warm and earthy, with a nutty edge.  To make sure that you are able to get all of the benefits of the flax seed, eat it ground rather than whole.Continue Reading

3 Reasons To Read The Ingredients On Packaged Foods

reading-food-labels Are you worried about the ingredients that are in the packaged foods that you buy?

Why would you want to read the ingredients?

Here are 3 good reasons:

  1. You have the power to make informed choices regarding your health.
  2. You can save money.
  3. You can avoid unnecessary illness and disease.

You’ve Got the Power!

Reading the ingredient list on packaged foods means that you know what foods  are going in to your body.  You know if this sauce has 17 ingredients, half of which you are unable to pronounce or if there are only 4 ingredients that are all organic and are foods that you may already have in your fridge at home.  You can decide what is right for you.Continue Reading

Asparagus Guacamole

This dip is very simple to prepare and tastes delicious with crudités, flax crackers or corn chips.

An unexpected adventure for you to enjoy.

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Ingredients:
Remember to choose organic ingredients as much as you can.

1 bunch asparagus (approx. 1lb), washed and chopped
3 cloves garlic (or to taste…more or less)
1 avocado
1 lemon or lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Procedure:

  • In a food processor,  process the asparagus and avocado until the mixture is fairly smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and process to a smooth consistency or keep it chunky, whichever you prefer.
  • Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or so, before serving.

Adventurous Variations:
-Add 1/2 cup, minced, fresh basil
-Add 1/2 cup, minced, fresh dill
-Add 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes

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Asparagus Guacamole
Author: 
Recipe type: Dip
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1½ cups
 
Remember to choose organic ingredients as much as you can.
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch asparagus (approx. 1lb), washed and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic (or to taste...more or less)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon or lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process the asparagus and avocado until the mixture is fairly smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process to a smooth consistency or keep the dip chunky whichever you prefer
  3. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or so, before serving.

5 Reasons to Eat Asparagus

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Do you enjoy fresh asparagus?  I do!  And now is the time to be eating it!  Right now it is widely available in my local community.  I have a friend who brings me fresh asparagus every week.  Yummy!

Why is it good for us?

  1. Rich in protein- 1 cup of asparagus is only 24 calories but half of the calories are derived from protein.
  2. Excellent source of folic acid- 263 micrograms/cup.  The optimum daily intake is 400-1200mcg.  Folic acid is beneficial in a variety of body process but one of its most important roles is that folic acid works closely with Vitamin B12 in the production of genetic material.  This is why the folic acid levels of pregnant women is closely monitored.
  3. High in many vitamins- excellent source of Vitamins C, A, K, B6, B2(riboflavin) and B1(thiamin)- all of these needed to maintain a healthy nervous system.
  4. Good source of dietary fiber– as well as niacin, phosphorus, potassium and iron
  5. Historically used to treat arthritis and rheumatism– According to  ‘The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods’ by Michael Murray N.D., ‘asparagus has unique phytochemical antioxidants as well as inhibitors of the COX-2 enzyme, which produces inflammatory compounds.  Ultimately, this means that asparagus can benefit those with arthritis.  Yay!

Of course there are those who are not fond of asparagus because their urine has a strong odour soon after eating asparagus.  Well this is just an indication of how well it works as a diuretic.  Another yay!

I enjoy finely chopped asparagus added to my salads and also marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette with olive oil.

Here is a different recipe to try…Asparagus Guacamole

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Barbara’s Breakfast Delight

What a delicious way to start the day! 

Serves 1

Ingredients:
Do your best to have all organic ingredients.
1 large apple, grated
1 large pear, diced ( or another apple, grated)
1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
1 handful raisins
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon (or more)
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated

Procedure:

  • Wash and prepare the fruits as suggested
  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Enjoy with someone or eat it all by yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventurous Variations:

-if you find ginger too strong, grate it and then squeeze the juice out
-add a handful of shredded coconut
-add a handful of juicy pineapple
-use cranberries instead of raisins
-add a tablespoon chia seeds or hemp seeds
-add a small handful of chopped nuts

 

Barbara's Breakfast Delight
Author: 
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: Serves 1
 
Do your best to have all organic ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 1 large apple, grated
  • 1 large pear, diced ( or another apple, grated)
  • ½ lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 1 handful raisins
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon (or more)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
Instructions
  1. Wash and prepare the fruits as suggested
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. Enjoy with someone or eat it all by yourself!