Vegan Pad Thai Made Easy

Barbara's Vegan Pad Thai Made EasyMy eldest daughter does not enjoy preparing meals.

She is a snacker.

I think she may even forget about eating until she is too hungry.  This is often because she doesn’t want to take the time to make anything.  She likes it to be ready.

This post is dedicated to her.  I want to show her that it is possible to make something delicious, filling and healthy that does not take much time.  And it isn’t soup!Continue Reading

How to Detox The Easy Way

beautiful girl enjoying the summer sunThe calendar says that Spring is here.

Spring is a good time to do some detoxing to improve your health, boost your metabolism and help renew your energy.

“Why?” you ask.

Gently cleansing your body has the following benefits:

  • boost your metabolism
  • give your body a rest to allow it to repair itself
  • remove toxins and wastes from your body
  • improve your blood sugar levels

I know that there is a negative stigma attached to doing a cleanse or detoxing so I thought that I would make a few simple suggestions.Continue Reading

Mexican Cauliflower

Mexican Cauliflower

Let me tell you about cauliflower and why you may wish it include it in your diet on a regular basis.

Being a member of the cruciferous family, it has some amazing health benefits.

  • Fights cancer – contains sulforaphane which is known to kill off cancer stem cells
  • Improves blood pressure – again that sulforaphane is involved to help with this
  • Anti-Inflammatory – contains Indole-3-Carbinal which works to keep inflammation down in the body
  • High in Vitamins & Minerals – contains lots of Vitamin C as well as Vitamin K, protein, magnesium, Vitamin B6 & much more
  • Good for your Brain – contains Choline (B vitamin) which is known for helping with developing brains
  • Good for your Digestion – high in fiber and also that sulforaphane (love this stuff!) protects the lining of your stomach by keeping bacteria under control
  • Detoxifies – super high in antioxidants (when eaten raw) as well sulforaphane (there it is again) assists with detoxification

All of this plus (I think) cauliflower tastes delicious!Continue Reading

A High Vibrational Salad

Food has energy.  Some food more than others. The more energy or Life Force that a food has, the more our body will absorb this energy and help us feel more vitality than before.

Read more about the concept of food and energy at The Tapping Choice where I wrote a guest post.

Foods that have a high vibration are:

  • Organic foods-develop very high vibrations. Pesticides have a very low life force energy.
  • Freshly picked ripe fruits and vegetables-learn to grow your own food
  • Sprouts-learn to make simple sprouts here-mung bean, alfalfa, radish, broccoli, clover
  • Edible flowers and weeds
  • Sea vegetables and algae
  • Plant sprouts-buckwheat, sunflower, pea shoots, wheatgrass

So I decided to prepare a salad that could help raise your vibration and leave you feeling energized.  Ready?Continue Reading

Cacao; Friend or Foe?

cacaoI had planned to write this article earlier in the week about the difference between cacao and cocoa but after doing a little research to ensure that I did indeed have my facts straight, I came across a few articles that made me stop and think.

These articles were quite clear in their proclamation that cacao, raw or not, is toxic to our body; that we are being misled about it’s health benefits.

I felt uncomfortable reading this information.  I have always believed that raw cacao is extremely beneficial to our body.  I was not sure if I could talk about cacao and it’s ‘dangers’.Continue Reading

5 Great Ways to Turn Your Salad into a Delicious Meal

IMG_0792I love to eat salad.  I really do.

When I make a basic salad, I think about including different types of vegetables; root vegetables (carrots, onions), round vegetables(broccoli, cauliflower) and leafy vegetables(lettuce, parlsey).  I also consider different colours of the rainbow.  Having a variety of types and colours of vegetables ensures that I will ingest a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Many people tell me that eating a salad is just not enough for them.  It doesn’t fill them up.   I think that it would help by making the salad the main thing, rather than the ‘side’, if you know what I mean.  Get a large dinner plate and pile it high with your favourite things.

I am also told that in the winter time (which is now in my part of the world) they don’t ‘feel’ like having salad.  I have a suggestion for that.Continue Reading

Stuffed Avocado with Curry Sauce

stuffedavocado3Oh yeah!  This is so tasty you will want to make it all the time.  I made a few variations of it over the Christmas holidays and thoroughly enjoyed them.

Avocado may be high in fat but it contains healthy fats that are good for you.  The fat in avocado contains oleic acid which has been known to reduce inflammation.

Other benefits of avocado:Continue Reading

Curbing Carbs

veggie-platter

A friend recently mentioned to me that he has transitioned to a whole-foods, plant-based diet over the last year.  He is very happy with the change but finds himself reaching for snacks in the evening that he would rather not eat.  It seems that he is craving bread, chips, etc. and knows that these are not the best choices for his body.

I wrote a post in October with suggestions to ‘Outsmart Your Food Cravings’.

I would like to add a couple of things regarding carbs.Continue Reading

Cheer Me Up Green Juice

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Cheer Me Up Green Juice

So yesterday I shared with you that I had some fresh turmeric and I made a yummy sauce/dip/dressing with it.

Today, I made fresh green juice.

Before I tell you about that, I would like to give a warning on the staining ability of fresh turmeric.  Avoid making things in a plastic vessel; use glass or stainless steel and ensure that you are using a cutting board and try not to get any on your counter tops.   My sink is enamel and unfortunately it was a bit stained.  But I used oxygen bleach and let it soak overnight and now it is good as new.  I recommend using gloves when handling the root if you want to avoid the smoker’s look.  I munched on several pieces while I was making that sauce yesterday.  I was trying to figure out how to describe the flavour.  Well, my teeth were an attractive yellow.  Really.  My toothbrush is now yellow too.  The price of good health. 🙂

The juice I made today was really delicious and fresh-tasting.

I used the following veggies:

  • parsley (a whole bunch)
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • lemon
  • carrot
  • fresh turmeric

The whole thing became a bit frothy with that much parsley but that didn’t bother me.  I simply gave it a stir and loosen it all up.

This juice has many, many benefits among which are

  • digestive tonic
  • immune system booster
  • brain food
  • anti-aging drink
  • effective anti-depressant; hence the name of the juice

I really liked the flavour of this juice.  It was light and fresh and easy to drink.  My husband found it a little strong but I did not.  He prefers it sweeter.  Likely adding an apple or two or more carrots would have pleased him.  I prefer to use less or no fruit in my juices.   We definitely all have different palates, so experiment with other vegetable combinations and decide what you like best.  A friend mentioned that she juiced the turmeric with carrot and orange and really enjoyed it.

Happy Juicing!

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Cheer Me Up Green Juice
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Recipe type: Juice
Cuisine: Vegan
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Serves: 20 ounces approximately
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 pieces of fresh turmeric (a couple of inches long)
Instructions
  1. Wash all vegetables.
  2. Cut cucumber and carrots into narrower pieces to fit your juicer.
  3. Cut lemon in pieces.
  4. Alternate all vegetables through your juicer. .
  5. The parsley will cause some froth so divide it up as evenly as you can. Avoid putting it through all at once.
  6. Serve immediately.

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My First Time Using Fresh Turmeric

20150121_151643_471_2Yesterday was Produce Day at my house.  What a great day it was.  I love it when my fridge is full of beautiful organic produce.

I ordered fresh turmeric root for the first time.  The picture above is what it looks like.  It looks very similar to ginger but has a bright orange flesh inside.  The taste is difficult to describe.  It is not spicy like ginger but it has quite a strong flavour.  But not as strong as dried turmeric and not as bitter.  I like it and I encourage you to try it.

Turmeric is most known for its’ anti-inflammatory properties.  It is so powerful that it matches and often surpasses the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs….without side-effects.

Some other benefits of turmeric are:Continue Reading