Blog Posts by One Green Planet

  • Let's Get Herby! Learn the Art of Adding Herbs in Your Meals

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    Herbs are nature's beautiful and beneficial gift to us. They're great additions to gardens for colorful accents and scents, but they also provide a stellar performance in the kitchen -- they add tons of flavor when incorporated into recipes, and they also make for great natural remedies to help alleviate physical discomforts like headaches. When used for detoxing or health reasons, however, different herbs have different cleansing benefits, so it's important to learn about what the ones you are using will do for your body.

    • Herbs such as turmeric and ginger, when paired together, are powerhouses when it comes to improving your digestive system. Ginger calms queazy stomachs while soothing digestion, and throwing turmeric into the mix will help cleanse your liver at the same time, as that organ is an integral part of digestion because it produces the bile that helps break down fats. Turmeric on its own also helps regulate metabolism and
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  • Forget Portion Control! Make These Single Serve Healthy Treats

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    Single serve recipes are a great idea for anyone, but are especially useful if you're, well, single (and loving it!). If you like to bake or are craving a treat, but figure it's probably not a great idea to have an entire cake sitting on the counter...just for you...you're probably right. Desserts are great for sharing, but if you're in your own company and craving a sweet treat, single serving recipes are ingenious! There are some definite advantages to making a single serving cake, muffin, donut or other tasty treat:

    1. It's OK if you eat the whole thing! No worries about portioning out and freezing slices of some massive dessert or pawning it off onto friends.
    2. Variety is the spice of life. Make just a serving of what you're craving and you won't feel like you have to keep eating it until it's gone...even if you get tired of having it around.
    3. Along those lines...waste is very unlikely. You make a serving, you eat a serving. Perfect!
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  • Move Over Eggs, Here Comes the Summertime "Tofu" Scramble!

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    This recipe is so simple, it's curried tofu with some summer squash, shredded carrot, onion and few extra tidbits & viola - a vibrant & flavorful tofu scramble that exudes the essence of summer. For the best results, make the tofu at home, here is the best recipe.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
    • 1/4 yellow onion, finely diced
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1/2 zucchini, cut into 1/2 moons
    • 1/2 yellow squash, cut into 1/2 moons
    • 1/2 carrot, grated
    • 3 whole sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
    • 1/2 block of extra-firm tofu (about 6 oz.) pressed & drained
    • 2 tsp. curry powder
    • 1/4 tsp. cumin
    • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • pinch of sea salt
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 cup baby arugula

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté onion in grapeseed oil for about 3 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic & saute for about 30 seconds.
    2. Add zucchini, squash,
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  • 10 Easy Ways to Include Superfoods in Your Diet



    These days, people seem to randomly pick any edible natural substance and label it a "superfood" just to make it sound more marketable. The reality is most of these so called "super" foods hardly have any "super" qualities, and will not provide you with any additional "super" health benefits or powers!

    This doesn't mean that the term "Superfoods" should be broadly dismissed as nothing but an overused buzz word, with little or no meaning. In fact, the word superfood has a very specific meaning and refers to a food that is extremely high in antioxidants. When measured by weight, the more disease-fighting, wrinkle-preventing antioxidants packed into one food - the more "super" it is. In today's toxic world, superfoods can play a key role in maintaining good health and vitality.

    To find out some of the amazing ways in which you can include superfoods like goji berries, chia seeds, carob, cacao, hemp, mesquite and cinnamon in your diet, check out the following recipes:

    1. Goji

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  • 5 Awesome Dairy-Free Foods Packed with Calcium




    Most Americans believe that the best source of dietary calcium, an esteemed nutrient for its ability to build strong bones, is from dairy. For many, it may seem like a no-brainer to include dairy in a healthy diet, but the science now shows that dairy is unnecessary for adequate calcium consumption. In fact, new research from the Harvard School of Medicine concluded that milk may not be the best source of dietary calcium. The good news is that non-dairy sources of calcium are abundant. Calcium is naturally found in many foods besides dairy products. Plus, many foods are now fortified with calcium, including plant-based milks and yogurts, cereals, tofu, and snack bars.

    Calcium requirements are dependent upon age; the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults age 19 - 50 is 1000 mg. That number increases to 1200 mg for women beginning at age 51 and for men beginning at age 71.

    Here are 5 plant-based/non-dairy sources of calcium that will help you stay healthy!

    1. Chia

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  • Everything You Will Ever Need to Know About Dairy-free Milk Alternatives



    If you have decided to ditch the dairy in your diet, your body will thank you. Between 30 and 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, and the consumption of dairy products has been linked to everything from increased risk of ovarian and prostate cancers to ear infections and diabetes. Fortunately, plant-based milks provide a convenient and healthful alternative to cow's milk. And if you are currently making the transition to a dairy-free diet, you will find that going dairy-free has never been easier. Soy, almond, hemp, coconut, and rice milks, among others are taking over supermarket aisles and can replace dairy in everything from your morning cereal to baked goods and desserts! There are dozens of brands of plant-based milks and hundreds of options to choose from to meet everyone's individual tastes and nutritional needs.

    Check out some top plant-based milk options below:

    1. Almond Milk



    Almond milk doesn't taste anything like dairy milk, offering its own unique

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  • Want to Eat Superfoods? Read This!



    What if you could eat a food that would give you super powers? Well, we're sorry to say that such a food has yet to be discovered, but superfoods might just be the next best thing.

    A superfood is a food that is extremely high in antioxidants; the consumption of superfoods has been linked to a wide rage of health benefits. Being full of free radical destroyers called antioxidants, they have been shown to fight cancer and slow the aging process. They are loaded with phytochemicals, which are linked to everything from keeping your heart healthy to keeping your immune system strong. These powerhouses of nutrition have even been shown to have energy enhancing, metabolism boosting, and waistline shrinking abilities.

    When measured by weight, the more disease-fighting, wrinkle-preventing antioxidants packed into one food - the more "super" it is. To measure antioxidants, an "ORAC Scale" (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is used and it tells us, scientifically, just how healthy a

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  • The World’s Healthiest Onion Rings


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    This recipe uses coconut flour and it makes the BEST and healthiest onion rings in the world . Don't believe us? Well, they taste amazing AND they are gluten free, grain free, low-carb, vegan, and less than 130 calories for the entire gigantic plate full. Here's a nutritional comparison

    Regular Onion Rings
    Serving size: large portion
    Calories: 720
    Fat: 41 grams

    vs.

    The World's Healthiest Onion Rings
    Serving size: large portion
    Calories: ~127
    Fat: ~7 grams (healthy coconut fats!)


    Recipe:

    Note: How much coconut flour you'll need really depends on the size of the onion. This recipe uses a medium onion and 1/3 cup of coconut flour, but there was quite a bit leftover. But use the full 1/3 cup regardless because it is much easier to dredge when you have that extra bit of coating. If you don't want to risk wasting a tablespoon of coconut flour, just start with 1/4 cup and go from there.


    Makes 1 large serving

    Ingredients:

    • 1 large onion, sliced and separated into rings
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  • 5 Finger Lickin' Indian Recipes that Are Meatless and Dairy Free!


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    Ethnically-inspired dishes are a great way to experiment with new foods, spices, and flavors, and to shake up your meal routine. Indian dishes, in particular, are known for their intoxicating blend of spices and hearty ingredients, making them a great choice for cooking novices and culinary experts alike.
    Another great thing about Indian cuisine is that it features some of the most plant-powered dishes around! With staples like lentils, chickpeas, potatoes, cauliflower, and other vegetables, some of your favorite Indian dishes are probably already vegetarian, if not vegan/dairy-free.

    Aside from meat-based dishes, the main ingredients to watch out for, both in Indian restaurants and in your own cooking, are "ghee" and cream. When cooking at home, simply substitute a vegan margarine or plant-based oil (e.g. olive or canola) for ghee in recipes. When dining out, be sure to ask your server what type of oil or butter is used in preparation.

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  • Hemp Seeds: Why and How You Should Be Eating This Superfood



    Humans have been using hemp for thousands of years, and for good reason too--it's extremely versatile. Used for clothes, beauty products, paper, food, milk, pet products and more, hemp lives up to the definition of a superseed.

    Although hemp is breaking away from it's negative reputation for being associated with the Cannabis plant, it's important to know that it's not relatively close to being like marijuana--it is bred with much lower levels of the psychedelic chemical THC than the drug is. Our favorite way to use hemp is, of course, in its edible form: as an oil, a fiber and a seed. Hemp seeds especially carry tons of nutritional benefits and can be used in numerous amounts of recipes.

    Health Benefits
    :

    This list is a long one! There are so many health benefits to hemp seeds that it would be foolish not to run out to the store this instant to buy them!

    • A 1.5-tablespoon serving of hemp seeds contains five grams of protein, 86 milligrams of magnesium, 10 percent daily value of
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