Many are saying "Green Is The New Black" with a focus on making the planet more "green" with a larger focus on recycling, planting trees, helping mother earth, and eating real food, hopefully vegan. Having love and compassion for all living things is essential!
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein
Being kind to our bodies and eating vibrant living foods is a wonderful way to bring health, love and compassion into your body! I found an awesome site the other day with a chart showing how to make the perfect green smoothie! The light bulb turned on and I made one instantly. I tried the recipe provided and loved it so much I am sharing my results below! Let me know what you think.
Here it is! A GREEN SMOOTHIE recipe that will boost your system with essential vitamins and nutrients. And it's detox and cleanse-worthy!
Have a great weekend!
This recipe is quick and very simple to put together. It contains ½ cup of brown rice surrounded by a bed of hot spicy salsa! Opt to enjoy this meal with a green smoothie packed with spinach and boosted with spirulina for added protein, we did! Or combine beans for added protein! Best part? This meal is cleanse-worthy and can be enjoyed as a part of the 30-Day Cleanse!
Tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, serrano peppers, and lime are combined together to make a tasty sensation! It allows one to enjoy raw vegetables in one of their finest arrangements, my favorite – salsa!!! Enjoy with rice so no soy sauce or other sauces are needed!!
Eating this meal is like taking your daily vitamins, check it out!
Tomato: Vitamin C, Biotin, Molybdenum, Vitamin K, Copper, Potassium, Manganese, Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, Magnesium, Chromium, Pantothenic Acid, Protein, Choline, Zinc and Iron!
Onion: Biotin, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Copper, Vitamin C, Fiber, Phosphorus, Potassium, Folate and Vitamin B1!
Garlic: Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Copper, Selenium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1 and Calcium!
Cilantro: Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin C!
Serrano Pepper: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron!
Lime: Vitamin C and Folate
Brown Rice: Manganese, Selenium, Phosphorus, Copper, Magnesium and Vitamin B3!
Even being a vegan, bad habits can be picked up along the way. A little "treat" here and another one there and before you know it, a sugar addiction is in progress and unwanted toxins have arrived. I've been known to allow myself a treat or two along the way. I noticed I wasn't feeling as optimal as usual and knew it was related to what I was putting in my mouth. I decided it was time to press "refresh" on my system and embark on detoxifying my body with a 30 day cleanse.
With the items available in most grocery stores, even a health conscious person can fall victim to unwanted toxins. Ridding our body of these toxins 1-2 times a year (or more) is never a bad idea! It allows toxins to leave our body and allows our digestive system to have a nice "holiday"!
What are some benefits?
A 30 day cleanse is optimal 1-2 x's per year, however going 1 day or 1 week is fantastic! The best part is you can start anytime. If you "mess up" don't worry and keep going. I'm on day 6 and already feel amazing!
What do you need to stay away from?
If you decide to participate, please reach out and provide feedback! I'd love to hear! I've already gotten rid of 4 unwanted lbs, have increased energy, am getting more done, and am doing more yoga. I also find I'm more loving and giving, perhaps because I'm being more loving and kind to my body.
I hope you found this helpful. Cheers to a healthier, higher vibrating you!
When I was a kid, my specialty in the kitchen was hash browns. I absolutely loved to make them on the weekends, cover them in Lawry's seasoning salt and wait for them to get crispy brown. Through the years, I still love potatoes and especially hash browns as a treat. This meal takes them to the next level. It's equivalent to Pommes Anna, a classic French dish of sliced and layered potatoes smothered in an extreme amount of melted butter. Take out the cream, butter and fat and you are left with a healthier alternative and a true vegan treat.
This potato cake is easy to make, layer slices of potato with a savory vegan "cheese" blend of nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and place in the oven. About an hour later you are left with a savory treat! I hope you enjoy a meatless meal this Monday, if inclined, give this one a try!
Trying a vegan meal once a week (or more) is a great way to introduce more fruits and vegetables into your diet. See how it makes you feel and if you are inclined, try it more frequently!
To your continued health!
One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a delicious smoothie! Add in a little yoga and I feel refreshed, relaxed and ready to take on the day. Drinking a smoothie at any time of the day is wonderful as it offers a nice break for your digestive track. Not to mention, it's incredibly refreshing when it's warm outside.
This smoothie is not only delicious but is packed with nutrient rich ingredients! With some of the most nutrient dense foods around this smoothie will add a burst of health to your day. Here are some reasons to consider making this shake!
To start the amazing beet is packed with phytonutrients that lead to detoxification, improved digestion, are a steady source and supply of antioxidants, and help with anti-inflammation. Beets are considered to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods around! Slice it up and add a piece to your smoothie today!
To follow, the well-known and oh-so-healthy almonds! Almonds are a great source of protein, a natural source of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants. Almonds promote cardiovascular health, bone health and can assist with controlling the waste line.
Next in line is the delicious, juicy and healthy pineapple! Did you know that 1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks offers 131% of your daily vitamin C! Medical News Today reports "Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which has been used in studies to determine it's effectiveness in alleviating joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth..." Pineapples can help with lowering blood pressure, asthma, combat free radicals known to cause cancer, decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration and so much more! Now I won't feel so bad when I buy two!
Strawberries are not only delicious but also help aid in alleviating inflammation, bad breath, gout and more! Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid and potassium. 1 cup of strawberries is equal to 160% of your daily intake for Vitamin C and is only 50 calories!! Serve me up some more berries!
Now, let's not leave out the mango! Mango can help fight cancer, cleanse your skin, aid in digestion, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes and alkalize the body! It can help keep your cholesterol in check, promote good eye sight by providing 25% of your daily need of Vitamin A, help to prevent heat stroke, strengthen your immune system, can help aid in concentration and memory. Mango is HIGH in IRON! Mango can reduce kidney stones and could possibly be the perfect snack!
Oranges are rich in vitamin C and loaded with health benefits! Oranges have been known to help aid in cancer prevention, prevent kidney stones, reduce the risk of liver cancer, lower cholesterol, boost heart health, can fight against viral infections, aid in good digestion and can assist in alkalizing the body! Read MORE!
Slide me over another smoothie please!
What will you need?
PS - Today is my step-son JJ's birthday! Sending some love his way ~ send some with me if you are inclined! This recipe is a tribute to good health with a focus on healthy digestion. JJ's father and JJ inspire healthy recipes for us all to enjoy! Cheers to JJ on his special day!
One of my all-time favorite treats from the market is Tofurkey Italian Sausage. These sausages are so flavorful and absolutely delicious. We love to fry them up with some onions and garlic and add it to our favorite tortellini with a homemade sauce, it’s one of our favorites. The only part that bothered me was that they contained gluten (wheat) and an abundance of soy. I've been trying to cut back on the amount of soy we take in as a protein source. It can be hard at first as most of the alternative products contain soy. The less soy and gluten we eat, the better we feel.
I found a recipe online a while ago while searching for the ultimate alternative to the Tofurkey Italian Sausage. Each time I performed my search I’d end up on the very same recipe from The V Word – check it out here. A big thank you to Rhea the creative genius who invented this wonderful recipe! The pictures look so tantalizing, it couldn’t be homemade, vegan, soy-free and gluten-free..could it? Yes! It is! I bookmarked the page, bought black eyed peas and placed them away in the cupboard. Months later, I boiled them and remembered this recipe. I couldn’t help but instantly prepare them with eager anticipation. A chance to make my husband his very favorite vegan meal? I’m in!
With some music in the background, I pulled up my sleeves and gave the recipe a try. Mashing the black eyed peas beneath my hands combining the ingredients with love. Forming the beautiful sausages, wrapping and then steaming them for future consumption.
I’m honored to share this sensational recipe with you for you to try at home and share with your loved ones. Bon Apatite! Enjoy!
What will you need?
For the SPICE MIX:
For the SAUSAGE:
**Make your own brown rice flour by taking brown rice, placing it in a blender or food processor, and pulsing until it is fine like flour.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
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