Healthy Facts – April 2014 Recipes

Healthy Vegan Recipes

Quinoa Black Bean Patties
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Baked Hash Brown Potatoes in Cheesy Sauce
Key Lime Pie

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I just got back from going to NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST in Annaheim, CA. It’s a huge natural products expo show. I went with a knee injury so I rented a scooter! Expo West

I ate lots of new products and I was excited to try some really good products from Follow Your Heart (best vegan cheese probably- blue cheese dressing, ranch, etc.) Teese is another really nice vegan cheese sauce that I have tried in Chicago. Good consistency. Great taste. Soy Feta and Soy Bleu were good vegan cheeses from Gardein’s 4 chicken sliders in a box- paired with follow your heart chipotle mayo, arugula and tomato were- so so yummy!! Gardein’s fake fried fish paired with follow your heart tartar sauce- again – so decadently yummy.
Vegetarian Plus and Sophie’s Kitchen are 2 favorite freezer product lines for vegan seafood and meals ready to go. Vegan shrimp, crap and salmon…yeah! Tried a lot of the vegan canned tuna this year which was great to see!
Another really fun product were these little bottles of syrups like Kola, root beer, cherry, etc and you add a little to sparkling water for a “healthy cola” (Organic Fair) I liked those.

Tons of chia products, drinks, mixers, etc.. Tons of gluten free and vegan everything. 60,000 people go to this show so it’s a bit of “madness and mayhem”! It’s very encouraging to see more vegan products and the improvements for the ones we’ve had. There are more tasty reasons to save the environment through conscious eating than ever before! Here is what the makers of Silk say: We’ve always believed that plant-based foods like Silk are about more than health—they’re good for the planet, too. So we decided to do a little research and see just how big a difference swapping out milk for Silk could make. It all began with two studies—a “life cycle assessment” and a “water footprint”—comparing the environmental impact of a half-gallon of Silk Original soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk to a half-gallon of conventional U.S. dairy milk. We took a close look at the agricultural inputs, water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of consumer use and disposal. Then we totaled it all up and got some pretty good news.

  1. Producing one carton of Silk uses 77% less water than producing one carton of typical dairy milk.
  2. Producing a carton of Silk generates 47% fewer greenhouse gases (GHGs) than producing a carton of typical dairy milk.2

If you haven’t had a chance to try Califia Farms almond milk… wow- that’s delicious, and Whole Foods agrees as they all handed me this brand for my last series of classes. Yumm!

Let your meat-eating friends know- There is no sacrifice involved with flavor and taste anymore… For our planet’s sake, we need to spread the news about delicious vegan options available at health food stores everywhere. It’s all win-win-win to lovingly feed our friends and neighbors foods that spring from soil, peace and sustainability.

Love yourself today with some fruits and veggies.

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Easy Rice and Kale

rice-kale-recipe I came home from 4 nights away to nothing in the fridge but some kale!! A girl has got to eat… new recipe time :-)

1 cup brown rice
2 cups water plus 2 Tbls. extra water
1 bunch kale, chopped
2 tsp. McKay’s vegan chicken seasoning
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic salt

rice kale salsa Lightly coat a covered casserole dish with coconut oil. Add rice, water, seasonings and stir. Add chopped kale on top, cover and bake for 65 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with salsa and beans if desired.

Healthy Facts – March 2014 Recipes

Healthy Vegan Recipes

Cream of Tomato Soup, By: LuAnn Bermeo
Cheesy Sauce
Veggie Nachos
Raw Cookie Dough

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So you want to eat a big, fat, juicy burger??

bananagirl   WARNING: This video has some swearing in it. If you are offended by the “F” word used a few times, please don’t watch it. If you are offended to watch a lovely young lady in a bikini talk to you, don’t watch it. If you want to know what is in a hamburger- take a look at this video.
Dr. Michael Klapper is a born and raised Illinois ‘boy’ whom I greatly admire. His short video here doing the anesthesiologist rounds before surgery really was a life-changer for me. I’ve seen it a hundred times, but why hasn’t the rest of the world??? What do you think??? (Post comments on Facebook)

Kim’s Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup

From my dear friend Kim Ovaert: “I just made this soup and thought it was really good!”

12 carrots
6 cups un chicken broth
1 1/2 ” of fresh ginger (I grated it)
one small onion
2 garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste

Cut carrots and onion and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil (optional), salt and pepper.

Bake at 375 until soft roasted (approx 35 min)

While the vegetables are roasting bring stock to a boil with the ginger and garlic. Time this so you can just add the roasted mixture when they are finished. Simmer for a few minutes then use your stick (immersion) blender (or transfer to a blender), blend and serve.


Join our ‘Loving Army’, please…..we need YOU!

blog photo Have you heard Howard Lyman’s story of being put on the stand in Texas when he was being sued along with Oprah by the Cattleman’s association?? Well the prosecuting attorney tried to make fun of Howard for being a vvvv..vegetarian. (snicker, snicker) Howard told his own attorney not to worry, that he would be able to handle this question. And, he did handle it. Howard looked seriously at the jury and with all the passion of a man who has survived most of his friends and many family members said, “I will not apologize for that which has saved my life.”

The subject was never brought up again in the trial. Can we also be so brave as to watch our friends and family continue to make choices that will harm them?? Can we be so brave as to take GOOD care of ourselves in a toxic environment of junk and misinformation? We need YOU to be part of this ‘loving army’ as Howard called it!! It’s so much more satisfying to enjoy and love food when the food is loving you right back ;-)

Happy Valentine’s Day Friends! Love.

P.S. My food plan today: a big smoothie with kale, cranberries, pineapple, water and some chia seed. Lunch, whole wheat pita halves, warmed and stuffed with steamed broccoli, cauliflower, peas, avocado, BBQ sauce, a little vegan mayo and grated red cabbage- Leftovers… YUMM! Afternoon snack could be a mango or apple. Dinner will be (take out) a thin, crispy no-cheese pizza with tons of veggies and walnuts too… Maybe some air-popped popcorn sprayed with bragg’s, nutritional yeast, and chili powder. A little dark chocolate if I want… hey How lucky can a former guilt-ridden bad food eater be? This is livin’!

Bladder Support Smoothie

It’s always good to freeze blueberries and cranberries in season so you have them on hand. Simply bag them, freeze and rinse before using. This good smoothie will give special support for your urinary tract and bladder.

3/4 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 banana, frozen or fresh
1 leaf of Kale or collards, can tear leaf off stem or not, depending on your preference and blender
5 fresh or frozen strawberries
1 pear, ripe and cored
Water to blend (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 Tbls. chia seed (optional)

Blend the 1st 5 ingredients with a little bit of water at first. Add water in smaller amounts and keep blending. (Adding the bulk of the liquid last helps the blending process best)
Stir in chia seed if using.

Drink and enjoy!

Carrot Ginger Soup from Louise Hay

Passing along a nice recipe from self-love guru Louise Hay. Enjoy :-)

Carrot Ginger Soup

2 Tablespoons earth balance butter (I would use less or none)
2 green onions, sliced
1 dozen medium carrots, peeled and sliced
4 cups vegetable or un-chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger or powdered ginger
2 tablespoons lemon juice

In a large saucepan, melt butter and sauté the green onion, ginger, and cumin for about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, and sauté for a few minutes. Add the broth, and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low, and simmer carrots until tender, about 30 minutes.Transfer soup to a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Add lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. For a change, add a cup of orange juice instead of lemon juice.

I make this soup in large batches and freeze the rest in portion-size containers for a quick snack at any time.
Be well!


Healthy Facts – February 2014 Recipes

Healthy Vegan Recipes

Banana Pancakes
Triple Berry Sauce
Creamy Cashew One Pot Dinner

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