Healthy food, especially healthy vegan food, usually has a reputation for being bland, thin, and, well, tasteless-which couldn't be farther from the truth. Vegan meals can be just as rich and savory as non-vegan meals, and the added bonus here is that no matter what you add to your salad, sandwich, cake, or whatever to give it substance, it's bound to have tons of nutritional benefits.
There are tons of ingredients out there that will turn a regular vegan meal into a decadent, delectable dish.. Check out some recommendations below, and feel good knowing that by adding these simple ingredients to your meals, you're feeding your body with nothing but healthy (and tasty) vegan food!
1. Cacao nibs
Cacao beans are the source for all chocolate and cocoa products, and it's always best to go straight to the heart of any ingredient. Raw cacao nibs are a great alternative to vegan chocolate chips because they're rich in antioxidants, and just one ounce contains four grams of
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There are many myths out there surrounding vegan eating. People think vegan food is bland, strange, lacking protein, difficult to find, and on and on. Now, Green Monsters, the time has come to dispel these myths. The good news is that so many vegan products are on supermarket shelves these days that no one should shun the vegan diet because of the fears mentioned above. To ensure a happy vegan belly, you'll firstly need to load up on fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. In addition, you'll need to stock up on some basic essentials; we've put together a list to help you do just that!
1. Kick Ass Condiments
The first step to stocking your vegan kitchen is ensuring that you have plenty of condiments. The right condiments are key because they have the ability to add wonderful spices and flavors that will make your veggies, plant-based proteins, grains, and legumes sing. To that end, venturing away from your normal supermarket aisles into the international
- One Green Planet | Shine Food – Fri, May 31, 2013 10:51 AM EDT
Your alarm goes off at a ridiculously early hour and you can't wait to get that caffeine fix into your body. How many times have you said to yourself ? "I need caffeine to function" and if you don't have it, your body certainly lets you know. Which makes total sense. Caffeine is a stimulant; it helps you to have less physical fatigue and increases your mental alertness - which is a benefit that helps us function.
So why would you want to give your caffeine fix up and what would you replace it with?
Maca root, also known as Peruvian Ginseng is a powerful plant that is part of the radish family and is native to Bolivia and Peru. Maca has been cultivated for thousands of years in Peru and continues to be used as a root vegetable and as a medicinal herb. Since maca has a strong, powerful taste it is best when mixed in smoothies, energy bars, desserts, yogurt and it is delicious in chocolate. This root vegetable is rich in plant sterols, contains significant amounts of minerals
- One Green Planet | Shine Food – Thu, May 30, 2013 10:40 AM EDT
5 Homemade Natural Energy Drinks to Fuel Your Workout
Need a good natural post-workout recovery drink? Skip those artificially colored energy drinks and pasteurized, highly-processed, refined juices in bottles and tetra packs. Instead, prepare your own fresh, all-natural, and truly nourishing high-octane sports drink! They are easy to make and loaded with nutrition and will keep you from binging after a long and tiring workout.
All you need is a large sports bottle and an insulated lunch box to carry along your smoothies or juices. Don't forget to put an ice pack inside your insulated lunchbox to help keep your freshly made drink cold for hours.
Here are some amazing recipes (all are vegan!) to get your started.
1. THE COCOLINA - A Coconut Spirulina Energy Drink Coconut water is Potassium-rich and nature's best isotonic drink. Spirulina is a protein-rich algae that contains 8 essential and 10 non-essential amino acids, potassium, energy giving B vitamins such as B1, B2, and B6, and magnesium, a mineral essential for energy.
- One Green Planet | In The Pantry – Wed, May 29, 2013 1:58 PM EDT
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Ch-ch-ch-chia! We know, we know. We're all sick and tired of that one. But it's fun, yeah?
We all recall those crazy clay animals sprouting afros of green in the 80's right? Not only is chia a fun memory from our youth, but the seeds of those wigs and fur coats are super great to eat and are jam-packed full of nutritional neat-o! Chia is a member of the mint family and is a fast-growing herb, with white, blue, and purple flowers that produce these super-powered seeds that we now cultivate and devour. Gluten free and fiber-full, chia seeds boast the highest omega-3 content in nature, and also contain high levels of tryptophan, the amino acid precursor of serotonin (the happy chemical!). They're also a good source of iron, magnesium, calcium, and folic acid, and thanks to their ability to absorb liquid like a sponge, they make for a great vegan egg replacer and binder in baking, and also help flush toxins out of the body during digestion by adhering to the bad stuff in the digestive tract
A gluten-free diet can undoubtedly help those who suffer from celiac disease, which damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. In addition, some people suffer gluten sensitivity or discomfort when eating bread, pasta, baked goods, cereal and a wide range of processed foods that contain gluten (a group of proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley), even though they have not been diagnosed with celiac disease. According to estimates, 18 million Americans have some degree of gluten sensitivity. Snacking can be difficult when you can't eat gluten. Or should we say, used to be difficult? Thanks to these gluten free snacks, you can feed all of your snack attacks. Rest assured that these brands are certified gluten free, and, even more importantly, delicious.Read More »from Yummy Gluten Free Crackers, Chips and More!
1. Back to Nature
Back to Nature makes gluten free rice crackers that are thin, crispy, and nutty. Their crackers are made with only a few ingredients and baked to bring out their incredible
Well, ice cream certainly comes to mind. A sweet scoop melting down the side of your cone. A bowl piled high with creamy vegan ice cream, fresh fruit, and perhaps a dollop of whipped cream.
Ice cream is, indeed an amazing summer dessert. But it already had its moment in the sun! Check out our vegan ice cream recipe roundup for all the great recipes.
Now we're free to explore (and enjoy!) all those other cool, refreshing, light, and downright delicious summer desserts! Popsicles and fudgesicles, shakes and sorbets, raw puddings and pies, grilled fruit, and fruity cupcakes. Now THIS is a mouthwatering collection of recipes!
Share these recipes at an end of summer cookout, or keep them all to yourself. Either way, enjoy!
- Grilled Cherries and Vanilla Bean Walnut Cream
- Grilled Apple Pie with Vanilla-Coconut Whipped Cream
- Classic Rhubarb Crisp - A Summer Tradition
That is, until you develop a pile of beets, zucchini, or corn that no normal person or family could ever. possibly. consume.
Then you start cursing those fruitful plants, secretly wishing for hail, drought, or a pack of squirrels to come and put you out of your misery.
Aside from pawning off unwanted veggies onto friends and neighbors, there are also plenty of creative ways to make use of summer's bounty. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for some of the season's most prolific producers:
- Beet-root Chocolate Frosted Cupcakes
- Love Potion: Red Beet, Pear, Orange, and Apple Smoothie
- Beet Chips
- Grilled Beet Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries
- Sesame Roasted Beets and Greens
- Golden Beet Ravioli with Sundried Tomato and Italian Herb Filling
- Braised Red Cabbage with Beets
- Freekeh Salad with Beets, Cilantro and Lime
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A crisp graham cracker. A gooey, toasted marshmallow. And a bite of rich, melty chocolate. S'mores couldn't be simpler…or more addicting. Try eating just one of these decadent campfire treats!
There are a few extra considerations for vegetarians, vegans, and those of us with allergies and intolerances, but nobody needs to sit out! Gluten free and vegan products are now widely available - especially online. You're just a few clicks (or a trip to your local natural foods store) away from delicious vegan s'mores!
Graham Crackers: Many mainstream brands of graham crackers contain honey, and a few even contain milk, but there are several great vegan options available! An added bonus: many vegan varieties have a shorter, more wholesome ingredient list. The following crackers are vegan-friendly:
- Health Valley Amaranth Graham Crackers
- Sweet and Sara Graham Crackers
- Jo-Sefs makes several flavors of gluten-free, vegan cookies that work
Loaded with nutritious and filling ingredients like beans, lentils, sweet potatoes,quinoa, and tempeh, these salads are also super-versatile.
Tuna-free, mock chicken, or egg-less salads are reminiscent of some classic favorites, while bean, grain, and quinoa-based versions are a great starting point for plenty of creative new combos.
Stuff these tasty salads in a pita, make a sandwich or wrap, or serve over greens. Whip up one of these delicious recipes and you've got plenty of lunch options for the week!
The recipes below are delicious as written, but many can also be customized based on what's in season, what's in your pantry, or what's on sale at your local market. Here are 13 great options!
Tempeh, Tofu, and "Mock" Salads:
- Tempeh "Tuna" Salad
- Tuna(free) Salad Sandwiches
- Mock Chicken Salad
- Minced Tempeh Salad with Lemongrass,