Blog Posts by One Green Planet

  • A Healthy All-Day Menu to Bring Zen into Your Life

    THE ZEN BREAKFAST: CHAMOMILE GINGER LEMON RAW ENERGY BARS


    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup cashews
    • 1/2 cup walnuts
    • 1 1/4 cup dates or dried apricots
    • 2 tbsp whole flaxseed
    • 1 tbsp dried chamomile
    • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
    • juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract

    Preparation:

    1. Place nuts, dried fruit, and flaxseeds into a food processor and blend until chopped up and combined. Add in rest of ingredients until thoroughly fused.
    2. Form into whatever shapes that you prefer.
    3. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator. Should last for a few weeks, but I honestly don't see how they would not all be devoured by then…

    THE ZEN LUNCH: ROASTED BUDDHA BOWL




    THE ZEN SNACK: RELAXING GREEN TEA AND MANGO SANDWICH BITES




    THE ZEN SOUP: ROASTED GARLIC, MISO AND GREENS SOUP



    THE ZEN DINNER: KELP NOODLES IN PEANUT MISO SAUCE





    THE ZEN DESSERT: CALMING GREEN JUICE SORBET




    Enjoy more vegan, dairy-free, meatless summer recipes by One Green Planet on Yahoo! below:

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  • The Healthy Way to Incorporate Tofu in Your Diet


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    Benefits of Tofu

    Tofu is a nutritious, versatile, convenient, and flavorful addition to any diet! Although some questions remain about the potential health benefits and risks of soy products, the latest research suggests that moderate consumption is healthful. Learn how to make tofu at home by reading this article.

    Here are some benefits:

    1. Tofu is nutritious! It's a great source of plant-based protein, calcium, magnesium, and iron; it's cholesterol-free; and it's low in fat/saturated fat. Soy consumption has also been shown to help prevent disease recurrence in breast cancer patients, ward off high blood pressure, help alleviate hot flashes in menopausal women, and reduce LDL (or "bad") cholesterol levels.
    2. Tofu is versatile! Use silken tofu in smoothies, pies, and vegan ice cream recipes, or try firm tofu in scrambles, stir fries, as a pizza topping, or on the grill.
    3. Tofu is convenient! Readily available at nearly all major grocery
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  • Summer Soups that Can Be Made in Less Than 5 Minutes!


    Image Source: Raw Asparagus Soup

    Raw soups make a great appetizer or light summer meal, and are an excellent way to use a variety of seasonal produce. From avocados to mushrooms to zucchini, there's something for every palate in this lineup of fresh, tasty raw soup .

    Got a blender? Then you can make super tasty, healthy soup in a flash. "Blender" soups are nutritious, delicious and satisfying.

    Replacing the cream in smooth textured soups is really quite easy. Instead of cream, you can use unsweetened nut milk as a base, enhanced by either raw cashews or ripe avocado.

    In the height of summer, cool blender soups, such as a fresh gazpacho are just perfect. To make this easy, chilled soup, place some fresh chopped tomatoes, a bit of red-wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar, a few fresh garlic cloves, a dash of extra-virgin olive oil, dash of ground cayenne pepper and some cilantro in a blender. Add a few other fresh veggies that you love, such as: green or red peppers,

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  • It's Drunkytime, Hello Margarita Ice Cream!



    Summer is the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen with cool, refreshing eats. Even if turning on the oven is the last thing you want to do in a heatwave, you don't have to go without dessert. The ice cream maker is an incredibly useful kitchen tool in the summer for churning out a vast array of frozen desserts without breaking a sweat. Skip the usual chocolate and vanilla this time and opt for an unforgettable treat: margarita ice cream! This drink-inspired dessert is served in a salt rimmed glass and garnished with a slice of lime for the full sweet, salty, and tart experience of the cocktail. Since alcohol and salt are the two main ingredients in a margarita and also happen to melt ice cream, orange extract is used instead of triple sec so the tequila, flavor, and creaminess needn't be diluted.

    Margarita Ice Cream

    Makes 1 pint

    Ingredients:

    • 1 15 oz can coconut milk
    • ⅓ cup agave nectar
    • ⅓ cup lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon lime zest
    • ¼ cup tequila
    • ¼ teaspoon orange
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  • Why You Should Start Your Day with a Chia Pudding



    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 and ushering it out.

    This low-caloric chia treat is not only a wonderfully energizing breakfast, but also a perfect dessert after a healthy dinner. With their amazing water-absorbing capacity (and no heat required), chia seeds are perfect thickeners in raw puddings and sauces. Chia seeds can also make a great addition to morning smoothies like Chia Coconut Smoothie, Cranberry Chia Smoothie or a Breakfast Parfait. To learn more about health benefits on chia seeds, and recommended products, read this

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  • A Porridge that Can Make You Smart. For Reals!

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    If you're going through a particularly stressful time in your life and need all the help you can get to boost your immune system, this is the recipe for you. Students, professionals, researchers - if you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen or do a lot of reading, you need to make sure your brain is getting the nutrients it needs!

    Millet is a seed, though it looks more like a grain you might easily confuse with couscous. When cooked, it soaks up liquid to become wonderfully plump - a perfect texture for a comforting bowl of porridge. Millet has many health benefits: it is rich in vitamin B and C, selenium, zinc, iron, potassium, manganese and dietary fiber, all of which you need to be full of energy and to have a healthy digestive system. It is a highly alkaline food, so it's very healthy for you!

    Oh and did we mention it's gluten-free? For more awesome gluten-free recipes, visit here.

    The dried figs provide a hefty dose of

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  • 6 Crazy Simple Food Tips that Will Make Your Skin Glow

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    Acne is a common nuisance that affects about 85% of teenagers and about 50% of adults. Waking up and finding a big, red spot on your face can really put a damper on your day, leaving you less confident to strive for success. While there is overwhelming evidence for the role of diet in acne and skin health, most dermatologists continue to recommend drugs before considering nutrition. As a result, most people have no idea just how powerful a healthy diet can be at improving skin health.

    With that said, what can you do to get that clean and clear, glowing and healthy skin with nutrition alone?


    1. Reduce your refined sugar intake. Duh, you knew that, but more importantly, learn tricks that can help you balance your sweet cravings.
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    High sugar intakes are a large problem we face as a society, even "healthy" beverages have more sugar than you think. Not only is it a factor for just about any chronic disease, especially diabetes, obesity and heart

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  • This Healthy Treat Can Change Your Life: Raw Nutter Butter Ice Cream


    Image Source: Raw Desserts for the win

    This easy raw food recipe is the light of our lives and fire of ours loins. OK, we don't completely know if we have loins, but this ice cream is absolutely delicious. We promise you, if you make it, you will be pleased with yourself that you did and won't even believe how much like "real" ice cream it tastes like, in fact it's way WAY tastier, fresher and healthier.

    This recipe uses the creamy texture of bananas for its base and almond butter to give it a rich, milk-like flavor. Bananas are also a feel good food, and helps to improve your mood!

    Effortless Nutter Butter Ice cream


    Ingredients

    • 3 frozen bananas
    • 4 tablespoons raw almond or cashew butter. Here is are the easiest and best recipes for cashew butter and almond butter.
    • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or favorite sweetener
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    Instructions
    1. Process the mixture in your food processor (or blender) until creamy and set aside in a medium bowl.
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  • The Ultimate Light and Refreshing Lunch: Meet the Thai Tofu-Vegetable Wrap


    Image Source: Healthy Tofu Recipes

    Filled with baked tofu strips, crisp fresh vegetables, and a creamy, zesty sauce, these wraps make a yummy lunch or a light supper. You can add more vegetables, if you like. For an even quicker version, you can use a package of ready-made baked marinated tofu, although we highly recommend making the tofu at home, as it's healthier and economical.

    This recipe is vegan and if you would like it make it gluten-free, use gluten-free flatbread.

    Thai Tofu-Vegetable Wrap Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 8 ounces extra-firm tofu, cut into strips. To make your own tofu, use this recipe.
    • 2 tablespoons wheat-free tamari, divided
    • Salt and ground black pepper
    • 3 tablespoons cashew butter. To make cashew butter at home, use this simple recipe.
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon natural sugar
    • 1 teaspoon chili paste, or more to taste
    • 1 cup shredded lettuce
    • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
    • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
    • 1/4 cup
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  • 5-Minute Delicious Raw Summer Soup: The Mango Butternut Squash



    The combination of mango and butternut squash is cooling on the body and provides that extra *oomph* that is needed to beat the heat and humidity of summer. Our favorite thing about mango (besides how delicious it is) is that it is so versatile. It can easily be used by itself, as a natural sweetener, an emulsifier in a dessert, the base for a delicious dressing, or that-special-something in a savory dish such as this. In fact, here is a list of some of the BEST healthy mango recipes EVER!

    Okay, this is such an incredible raw soup. -- it's tasty, it's light and filling, AND, it takes about 5 minutes to make.

    Note: If raw butternut squash seem unappealing you could steam the squash beforehand to break it down a bit.

    Ingredients.

    • 1.5 Cups of raw chunks of butternut squash, peeled and seeded (steamed optional)
    • 3 Cups of orange juice (fresh-about 3 oranges)
    • 1 Cup of mango (or just 1 mango)
    • 1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg and/or Cinnamon
    garnish
    • Banana slices or mango cubes
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