Day 19: Sushi + Seaweed Salad #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 19: Sushi + Seaweed

Vegan Sushi is the best! There are so many ways to make it I’d say it’s another staple in my diet. It’s actually pretty easy to make, and once you make it, you will be making it all the time!
You can’t tell in this picture but I added a steamed sweet potato to one of the rolls..so good! I picked up this seaweed salad from the farmers market and it’s delicious with the sushi, and healthy too, here’s why:

    1. Everybody needs iodine these days, and it’s packed with it. This will support healthy thyroid function.
    2. Full of essential nutrients and minerals (like calcium & iron) that will benefit your hair, skin and nails. Seaweed is a concentrated superfood and beauty food.

#27DaysOfThanks for sushi + sea vegetables and the variety and nutrients it adds to our diet!

See you tomorrow for letter “T.” ♥

Day 17: Quinoa + Quinoa Porridge #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 17: Quinoa

Were any of you wondering what on earth I’d come up with for “Q?”
(For anyone who is new, I’m doing a #27DaysOfThanks series of healthy, vegan foods from A-Z, ending with a vegan Thanksgiving dinner)…Thank goodness for Quinoa! 🙂
Quinoa is a staple grain for my gluten-free diet and there are so many ways to eat it…
I normally always eat fruit first think in the morning, before any cooked foods, but as the weather cools, and if I need a bit more fuel for the day, I will have a bowl of oats, or in this case, quinoa porridge!

 

  • This is simply quinoa cooked with almond milk, a smashed banana and topped with tons more fruit and peanut butter! Yum…

3 Reasons to love Quinoa

  1. Essential grain for a vegan + gluten-free diet because it’s also a complete protein (including essential amino acids).
  2. Quinoa is loaded with antioxidants and minerals. Particularly high in iron, magnesium and zinc.
  3. Low glycemic index, yet still high in the healthy carbs that we need! It’s full of fiber too, which will help with weight loss and keeping a healthy digestive system.

I love having quinoa in a salad too! What are your favorite ways to eat quinoa?

See you tomorrow for letter “R.” ♥

Day 16: Pumpkins #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 16: Pumpkins

I recently made my first ever YouTube video all about the health benefits of Pumpkins + 3 Easy Pumpkin Recipes!

Would you guys like to see more videos like this? What other subjects would you enjoy?

Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Here is a clip from the video…(full video underneath)

Full Video~

See you tomorrow for letter “Q.” ♥

Day 14: Navel Oranges #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 14: Navel Oranges

Navel Oranges make a great healthy snack, you already know that….let’s see if I can tell you something you may not know…
  1. We are in Navel Orange season right now! It goes from mid-November until spring! yea!
  2. They call them “Navel” because at the bottom it looks like a real navel
  3. Navel Oranges are considered to be the best flavored, sweetest and easiest to peel…
  4. As we head into cold season, they will keep your immunity up and give you vitamin C, but did you know they have protein, calcium and fiber too? (I love how nature grows the foods we need most at the time we need them most)
I’m thinking this Friday afternoon calls for a fresh ginger, carrot, orange juice…


Cheers to Navel Oranges!!!

See you tomorrow for letter “O.”

#27DaysOfThanks ♥

Day 13: Mung Beans #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 13: Mung Beans

I loved Mung Beans! I’ve always found them so delicious and full of nutrients, but after researching them a bit further, I am even more impressed…

Reasons to love Mung Beans:

  1. They are so easy to make! These here are sprouted mung beans so they cook in even less time with even more #health benefits.
  2. They fight all kinds of diseases. Research has shown that they suppress the growth of several different cancer cells. They can also prevent a blood infection called Sepsis.
  3. Mung beans can help you live longer and look younger. Phytoestrogens in mung beans can stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin! This will give you healthier, younger looking skin.
  4. They have a low-glycemic index which is safe for diabetics and great to eat when trying to lose weight. They will help you feel full while giving you fiber, protein and energy.

#27DaysOfThanks for Mung Beans and their many health benefits!

Let’s try to eat them more often, okay?

See you tomorrow for letter “N.” ♥

Day 12: Lentils +Lentil Soup #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 12: Lentils

Lentils are one of my top favorite go-to foods. They are so versatile, I try and throw them in as much as possible because they add so much flavor, protein and nutrients to so many dishes.

Lentils make a great substitute for any dish requiring ground meat because the flavor and texture is very similar. Even more healthy than meat, less fat, great protein and added fiber! You can use them to make things like bolognese sauce, meatballs or shepherds pie.

Yesterday, I threw some black lentils in a slow cooker and made a big pot of delicious lentil soup. It was so easy and tasty I can tell it’s going to be one of those staples for the winter… #27DaysOfThanks for lentils!

 

Easy Vegan Lentil Soup

I made this soup in a slow cooker (or crockpot) but you can make it on the stove top as well, just follow the cooking instructions for the lentils, add veggies and cook until tender…

Ingredients:

One bag of any color lentils (I used black lentils this time but green, brown or red work great too)
Carton of veggie broth
Can of diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
1 potato (your choice, I used a gold but sweet would be good)
2 carrots (diced)
3 stalks of celery (diced)
One bag of cut up butternut squash (optional)
2 large garlic cloves
3 bay leaves
spices (I used a dash of cayenne & garlic powder)
Dash of salt/pepper

 Instructions

  • Wash and sort lentils – throw in the pot
  • Wash and chop all veggies – thrown in the pot
  • Add broth, chopped can tomatoes, garlic and spices
  • Put the lid on and you are done!
  • Follow slow cooker instructions or wait a few hours you will know when it’s done…usually 4-5 hours on high, 6-7 on low.

Enjoy a wonderfully nutrient dense delicious hot soup that should last a few days 🙂

Day 10: Reasons to love Jackfruit #27DaysofThanks

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Day 10: Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a sweet tropical fruit that is used in many desserts…but did you know it also makes an amazingly delicious meat substitute? As it cooks it begins to shred and pull apart similar to chicken or pork. When seasoned, it can be used in so many dishes from vegan tuna to tacos.
I’m kind of obsessed with the Jackfruit nachos from Sage Organic Bistro, they are so tasty and would really fool you for being meat…

Here are some reasons to love Jackfruit:

  1. It’s super easy to digest and instantly replenishes, revitalizes and energizes your body.
  2. Super low in calories and a great #lowfat all #natural meat substitute.
  3. Full of vitamins (like B-complex, calcium and folic acid), minerals (like potassium, magnesium and iron) and anti-oxidants (like vitamin A & C).
  4. Full of fiber and helps detoxify the body.
#27DaysofThanks for Jackfruit and the many ways to eat it!
Check back tomorrow for letter “K.”

Day 9: Ice Kreme #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 9: Ice Kreme

Sometimes you need a little ice cream in your life, and by “sometimes” I mean EVERY DAY 🙂

This is a simple to make tasty, vegan treat with only 3 ingredients and it’s healthy enough to eat every day!

Healthy Banana Ice Kreme

  • Frozen Bananas
  • Strawberries (peaches, blueberries, mango or any fruit you prefer)
  • Almond Milk (or Coconut Milk)

Blend together, top with more fruit and coconut!

This treat is great for breakfast because it will give you enough energy to start the day, and it has plenty of protein and minerals too!

Check in tomorrow for letter “J.”

#27DaysOfThanks

Day 7: Ginger + Healing Ginger Tea

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Day 7: Ginger

There are so many wonderful things to say about this special root, I’m not sure where to start…Its not only delicious in so many recipes it is also a super powerful healing aid.

Here are some top reasons to give thanks for ginger:

  1. Soothing to your digestive track; it relieves gastrointestinal distress including upset stomach, gas and nausea. Its safe for pregnant women and very effective in reducing vomiting without any side effects.
  2. The gingerols inside of ginger are very anti-inflammatory, they have been known to reduce pain in injury and arthritis. Consuming ginger regularly can help keep you active and pain free.
  3. Powerful against cancer, its been known to kill ovarian cancer cells and colorectal cells.
  4. Ginger is Immune Boosting, it contains natural antibiotics and can kill bacteria!

I want to let you in on a little remedy that you may (or may not know about) that will knock out anything trying to attack your respiratory system pretty much overnight. This tea is so healing, anti-infalmitory and immune boosting you will be drinking it all winter.

 Healing Ginger Tea

  • For a one cup serving just boil water and a few inches of chopped ginger root.
  • After about 10 minutes pour in your teacup and add 1 tbls. apple cider vinegar, the juice of half a lemon, turmeric powder and/or honey (if you eat it/vegan honey). This has worked wonders for me when I feel a sore throat or cough coming on!

What’s your favorite ginger drink?

P.S. I want to thank @bebe_glow for her shout out today and for all the new followers on Instagram! Feeling blessed by all your support!! ♥

Check it tomorrow for letter “H.”

Day 6: Figs #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 6: Figs

I decided to make a yummy smoothie…

from the ripe figs I picked up this week…it’s been fun thinking up ways to eat them and shoot them with my iPhone, haha! I didn’t realize I would get this much enjoyment out of the process; it’s a trial and error for sure, but learning a lot!
Figs are so sweet and taste great on their own (you can eat the skin too), add them to a salad or throw them in a smoothie.

This one has bananas, figs, dates a small apple (or berries), chia seeds, sprinkle of cinnamon and almond milk.

Some awesome facts about figs:

  1. Eating a half a cup of figs gives you the same amount of calcium as drinking a half a cup of milk!
  2. Fig trees are a symbol of abundance, fertility and sweetness. They are considered a beauty food because of the antioxidants and hydration they provide.
  3. Eating figs can help you loose weight because they are full of fiber and help you feel full and satisfied while giving you energy!

What’s your favorite way to eat figs?

The #27DaysOfThanks series continues tomorrow with letter “G”