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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Food labels, Health, Science-based nutrition, Uncategorized, Well being

Nutrition and child brain function: why rave about simple, raw foods

An illuminating and rich read on the impact of improper nutrition on child behavioral and psychiatric health. A young mother recently told me that her son’s friend, still in middle school, eats a bag of skittles and a diet coke for lunch–packed by his parents.

It’s critical to know what goes into our bodies and in the bodies of our loved ones; pharmacology alone is not a proper response to the multitude of symptoms children are being diagnosed with.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22928358

a propos of dyes, artificial additives, and killer lunches, here’s Skittles:

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http://www.dyediet.com/2011/06/12/candy-and-snacks/skittles-taste-the-rainbow-of-dyes/

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The Vegan Glutton is back in green

Hi Everyone! After a long yet much needed break from social media–a break I’m sure we all need at times, The Vegan Glutton is back! And with some exciting news.

The past month has brought about many changes, good changes, but the most exciting part  is living in a house full of wonderful friends who share my love of animals. We now have a saint bernard, a jack russel, a lab mix, a snake, a chinchilla, and 3 cats! It’s actually quite peaceful despite the sound of it, but also extremely fun. Understandably, I have been pretty busy meeting all of my new buddies-human and non-human, and this has only made me an even more passionate vegan.

Of course, plenty of cooking went on while I was taking my little vacation from blogging, and I will be sharing some easy and affordable recipes in the days to come. But for starters, I thought I’d reveal a recent favorite, which I have been enjoying almost every morning. It is very green, very yummy, very fiber, vitamin A and C, and iron-rich.

5 cups of kale;

2 cups of spinach

1 large green apple, chopped

1 1/2  cups of almond milk.

Tadaaa! Filling, yet light, super yummy, and pretty quick to make. Be sure to puree it well for a smoother texture. Gorgeous green!

Cheers!

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Beauty, Carbohydrates, carotene, Carrots, edamame, Fats, fiber, Health, hummus, magnesium, potassium, sixpence recipes, soups, Uncategorized, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, vitamin C, Vitamin K, Well being

What is in Brussels sprouts?

Along with brocolli, kale, cabage, and collard greens, Brussels sprouts are a member of the Brassicaceae family. Usually steamed, boiled, or even fried for consumption, brussels sprouts are commonly associated with that very specific, powerful smell that can take over your kitchen and give your children an extra argument to run and hide at the prospect of dinner.

Fortunately, there is much more to the smelly offenders than just the notorious aroma. Brussels sprouts contain huge amounts of vitamins K, C, and A, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, B vitamins, fiber, and a decent amount of carbohydrates. They are now well known for their anti-carcinogenic properties, although some of those are lost during exposure to high temperatures.

Today, I am mixing brussels sprouts with broccoli, red potatoes, and carrots, for a vitamin, fiber, and carb-dense and very delicious smelly cream soup.

I used:

1 lbs of brussels sprouts;

3 large red potatoes;

1 large stem of broccoli;

4 carrots;

salt and pepper;

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil;

a tiny bit of rosemary;

1/3 cup of almond milk.

Simply boil the veggies until soft, place them in a blender with the rest of the ingredients, and blend until you reach a creamy, thick consistency. Very very easy, very delicious, very wholesome. It’s good to be vegan. Enjoy! I did–with some edamame hummus  and crackers on the side –a great source of protein :). After swimming and lifting some weights, this is amazing recovery food.

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Amino acids, Beauty, Health, Science-based nutrition, Super foods, Uncategorized

On complete protein: food combinations, essential amino acids, and vegan sources

I have emphasized here the importance of understanding the specific nutritional benefits as well as limitations of a vegan diet. In 9/10 cases, we vegans get asked about protein consumption and supplementation. Although the majority of these questions target the apparently drastic decision to remove animal products from our diets, such as the commonly thought of as primary protein sources milk, cheese, and meat, some of these inquiries relay a better informed nutritional concern: what protein do we get?

Common vegan sources of protein are likely well known to all vegans. Some leafy greens, beans and nuts, are a regular component of most vegan diets. But the regular intake of protein-rich foods is not a sufficient condition to ensure adequate protein intake.

I’ve said this about fats, and it’s valid for protein: not all protein is created equal. Guaranteeing complete protein availability through food requires some combinatorial skills.

The links below outline, for vegans and vegetarians alike, complementary sources of different types of proteins. Be sure to combine protein-rich foods to supply your body with the full range of micro nutrients.

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php

http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/foods/Vegetarians.htm

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Squash and carrots cream soup with basil and croutons

Crazy fun and exhausting Sunday: I ran intervals during the peak of the heat today, and followed interval training with an unplanned and thoroughly enjoyable river swim. I am still recovering from yesterday’s weight lifting work out which went on for about 2 1/2 hours! I need to end all this with some yoga. But before I do–I wanted to share some of the yumminess that fueled this weekend’s endeavor: my delicious, very simple, and even more affordable squash and carrots cream soup. 

The squash was freshly picked from my neighbor’s wonderful little organic garden; 

you need:

1 extra large squash

4-5 large carrots

2 cups of almond milk

salt and black pepper

1 tbsp of olive oil

fresh basil to taste.

Boil the squash and carrots until soft, and put them  in a blender with the milk, spices, basil and olive oil. Blend until creamy. Enjoy with some croutons or even purple corn chips. It’s DELICIOUS! And easily a sixpence recipe 😀

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Beauty, Carbohydrates, edamame, Fats, fiber, Health, hummus, sixpence recipes, Super foods, Uncategorized, vitamin C

Edamame, roasted red pepper, and olives hummus

Today I had a fantastic strength training work out, which had been long overdue. After I caught up with the smith machine, a high-protein, high-varb treat was in order.

For this one, be sure to have the right food processor, and switch settings as needed so as not to overheat the motor for the blades. My blender found the making of this hummus a tad too difficult.

you need:

4 cups of edamame, roasted

5-6 cups of chickpeas (I prepared enough hummus to last me for several days)

3 tbsp of garlic

the juice from 2-3 limes

1 cup of kalamata olives

2 roasted red peppers

salt

olive oil

This amazing little treat has over 70 g of protein, is carbohydrate and fiber-rich, and ensures a healthy amount of Vitamin C! Enjoy it. Very filling and delicious.

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