Carbohydrates, fiber, Health, Love, sixpence recipes, Uncategorized, vitamin C, Well being

Homemade Greek olives hummus, anyone?

Lemony, delicious, light, filling Greek olives and roasted red pepper hummus. I used:

1 large can of chickpeas
1 cup of olives
2 large roasted red bell peppers
1 tablespoon of garlic, minced
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Sea salt

Blend! This hummus has a strong flavor of olives and lemon. It goes perfectly with bland crackers and veggies.

Enjoy!

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Eat orange

This intense, beautiful color is from mixing 1/4 papaya with 2 large carrots and 4 strawberries. Add 1/2 lemon and some crushed ice, blend everything together, and enjoy in the sun.

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For the endurance athletes: mangoes

Whether you are a long distance endurance runner of a frequent, steady 5K jogger, you are well aware that the energy sustaining your efforts comes mainly from carbohydrates. And while fruit high in fructose and total carbohydrate are to be avoided for those with high level of blood sugar, endurance training requires healthy loads of yummy carbs. Mangoes, among the sweetest, richest fruit out there, are perfect candidates for inclusion in a pre-training meal: in addition to the 28g of carbohydrates, they are a fantastic source of vitamins A, C, and B6, alpha and beta-carotene, and omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. So don’t forget to include half a mango in a smoothie, add some light leafy greens–spinach or kale, some ground nuts and seeds, and enjoy a peak in energy and stamina.

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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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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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