Amino acids, Beauty, Carbohydrates, drinks, fiber, Health, potassium, Raw, Smoothies, Uncategorized

Drinks, anyone? :)

One aspect of raw veganism that I especially like is the beauty of just about anything you can prepare. And it’s not enough that blending all the gorgeous natural colors and flavors of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts gives you delicious medley of aroma and texture; in those colors live unaltered nutrients ready to fuel a healthy, fit, happy lifestyle.

And on this Friday night, I thought what better thing to do than share some of this beauty in the festive mood of the upcoming weekend.

Just to boost the joyous spirit a bit, I offer you a shot. Greenish, sweet, very aromatic, rich in vitamins C, A, K, as well as iron, water, fiber, and some carbohydrates. For this beauty, take about 3 cups of kale, 1 large kiwi, and a large slice of water melon. Add some mint for even more flavor and…enjoy!

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If, however, you are in the mood for a more girly kind of drink, I think a pinkish, sweet, rich cocktail just might do the trick.

This cocktail is bursting with vitamin A, amino acids, and antioxidants, is quite fruity, with a hint of fresh lime.

Blend together a mixture of cherries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries.

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Add a cup of chopped up mango, a cup of almond milk, a little bit of kale, and the juice from one fresh lime.

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The perfect refreshing deliciousness in PINK!

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Finally, one of my favorites–quite the filling, potassium and fiber – rich, creamy treat. Add one banana to 4-5 cups of kale, 1/2 cup of ground almonds, a pinch of flaxseed, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1 cup of spinach. I would have this nutritious smoothie before, as well as after a strength work out any day.

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I hope you are enjoying a lovely Friday night and looking forward to a great weekend. Cheers!

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Amino acids, Carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, Raw, Smoothies, Uncategorized, Vitamin A, vitamin C

Papaya-berry-kiwi-grapefruit smoothie

This is a definite favorite–perfectly balancing sweet and sour, it is best served chilled, ideal in the summer heat.

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You need:

1/4 of a large papaya;

1 kiwi

1 cup of raspberries

1 cup of blueberries

3-4 strawberries

1/3 large red grapefruit

2 cups of spinach

1 cup of almond milk.

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Beautiful.

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Carbohydrates, fiber, manganese, potassium, Raw, Science-based nutrition, Smoothies, Uncategorized, Vitamin A, vitamin C

Why a RAW vegan?

In this blog, I have put strong emphasis on the consumption not simple of vegan foods, but, with small exceptions–of a raw vegan diet. Of course, this has its exceptions, be it for diversity or nutritional advantage (i.e., better absorption of micronutrients in steamed or boiled carrots and asparagus). So why the insistence on eating raw? Isn’t this restrictive and is it a fad?

Well. Let me start wit the first of the aforementioned concerns: eating raw is restrictive. But is it? The primary arguments to advance this view are most commonly related to cravings or satiety. And since the average diet consists at least somewhat of cooked or processed foods, be it vegan or not, our taste and notion of food has long been associated with this sort of modifying food ingredients. What we forget, however, is that processing, weather through exposure to heat, chemicals, what have you, alters the texture, flavor, or color of foods by altering their structure. Of course, this does not happen without alteration and frequent loss of nutrients, changes in digestability (hence nutritious value), among others. Wat this means is that, in 9 out of 10 cases, you lose nutrients by processing foods. And although feeding your body cooked meals will leave you feeling full, it will also frequently leave you feeling malnourished–you will be lacking some of the necessary nutrients that you did not consume with modified foods. This, among other factors, gives birth to cravings. Craving particular flavors or foods can be indicative of the underlying causes of cravings (and there are plenty). One way to avoid perpetuating the cycle of introducing impoverished nutrition sources only to create cravings which are in turn temporarily satisfied (but in the long term–exacerbated) by similarly inadequate foods is to consume intact, raw, unaltered, and diverse ingredients.

Of course, this might just be a whim of mine, a preference. Or not? See this comprehensive review and summary of multiple studies (check out the list of references, too!)of the advantages of eating raw (and vegan ;)).

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/13/9/1422.full

Food for thought!

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Have I convinced you? After reading this wonderful article, mix 2 cups of spinach with 2 cups of mixed berries, add one fresh cucumber, a tiny bit of almond milk, and enjoy a soury, very refreshing end of the day drink :).

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Berry-spinach-banana smoothie

Carrying 20 pounds of fresh, beautiful fruit in the summer heat has never been more worth the trouble. A bounty of ripe, fresh, glowing raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, mangos, kiwis, bananas, plums, and papaya. Reward yourself with a delicious, frosty fruity drink, rich in iron, vitamins A, B, C, and K, potassium, antioxidants, and protein.

Mix a cup of blueberries

2 cups of raspberries

4 large strawberries

1 banana

2 cups of spinach

1/2 cup of flaxseed

juice from 1/2 lime

1 cup of almond milk

ice.

Well worth the summer walk!

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Roasted red pepper and tomato salad with hearts of palm and capers

I hope you are enjoying the end of a busy day with some vegan gluttony! My end of the day snack is a juicy, savory, crunchy and very fresh summer salad made with hearts of palm, capers, olives, roasted red peppers, fresh yellow peppers, and the mandatory tomatoes, all tossed in aged balsamic vinegar. Vitamins C, A, B, fiber, healthy fats, and numerous minerals, tasting fantastic. Have a wonderful night, and thank you for stopping by.
Photo: I hope you are enjoying the end of a busy day with some vegan gluttony! My end of the day snack is a juicy, savory, crunchy and very fresh summer salad made with hearts of palm, capers, olives, roasted red peppers, fresh yellow peppers, and the mandatory tomatoes, all tossed in aged balsamic vinegar. Vitamins C, A, B, fiber, healthy fats, and numerous minerals, tasting fantastic. Have a wonderful night, and thank you for stopping by.
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Celebrating 3000 views scrumptiously

Thank you to everyone who stopped by, followed, and provided feedback during the first two weeks of this blog. It is the Vegan Glutton’s 2 week anniversary, and the14th day since I became vegan. Also today, The Vegan Glutton reached and went over 3000 views, which, in my mind,  calls for celebration with a fitting delicious raw desert– almond and coconut bananas with berry, mango, and kiwi sauce.

For the sauce, put 2 cups of fresh blueberries, 1 kiwi, and one mango in the blender, and blend into a thick creamy substance.

Cover two cold bananas with the sauce, and sprinkle with raw diced almonds and shaved coconut with maple syrup.

Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and…devour. This sweet and crunchy desert has antioxidants, potassium, vitamins A and C, essential amino acids, fiber, and carbohydrates.

Thank you for your support.

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