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    • Ziti and "Cheese"

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    •  12/14/2012 7:08:41 PM
    •    I have seen a few vegan mac and "cheese" recipes circulating. I tried one a few years ago when we first changed our diet and it really was not good. I put the idea of ever eating something like that again on the shelf, until now! I was inspired to try again, I pulled out a few ingredients that I have seen used and added my flare. My kids raved about it, I have made it twice since.


      Ziti and "Cheese"

       

       

      Ingredients:

      1 pound whole wheat pasta (I like ziti)

      1/2 cup nutritional yeast

      1/4 bread crumbs

      1 tbsp garlic powder

      1 tbsp onion powder

      1 tsp salt

      1/2 cup plant milk (add more if you want more sauce)

      1 tbsp vegan butter (or any of your choice)


      Directions:

      Cook pasta according to directions. While the pasta is cooking, mix together all the dry ingredients to make the "cheese" sauce in a separate bowl. After draining the water off the pasta, pour in milk and butter  and allow it to melt together. Stir in dry "cheese" mixture. Top with anything or enjoy alone.

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    • Antioxidants

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    •  12/11/2012 1:05:58 AM
    •      ANTIOXIDANT: We have all heard this word, we even know that the more we eat, the better off we are. Does anyone know why?  Is it okay of I shed a little light? I am not a scientist and may not explain with perfect exactness, but I will try to simplify. Knowing this information will empower you and help encourage the desire to consume better foods.

       

      The Statue of Liberty monument.

       

         Let's start by looking at The Statue Of Liberty. She came to us as a beautiful shiny copper statue. Over the years, oxidation caused the statue to loses it shine and become a beautiful blue-green color. No complaints here! This example helps us understand the power of oxidation. The same thing that occurred to The Statue of Liberty, occurs in our cells. When there are too many toxins in our body and not enough antioxidants to combat them, our cells become damaged. Damaged  cells lead to an increase risk of many disease, including cancer, diabetes,and  heart disease. Antioxidants protect our cells, they are our little army guys taking the hit and becoming oxidized so our cells can remain healthy. Consuming antioxidant rich foods, not supplements, has proven to be very effective in lowering risks of disease and also helps slow the aging process. If we can keep our cells healthy and alive as they continue to replenish we increase our health and longevity.


         After comparing many lists and reading quite a few articles, I have compiled my top ten powerful antioxidant rich foods list. These are foods I like to consume, there are many powerful fruits, veggies, and legumes that contain large amounts of antioxidant powers. If you are filling your plates with a lot of colorful produce you are doing great! 

       

      1. Blueberries

      2. Red Kidney Beans (surprised? I was!)

      3.Blackberries

      4. Kale and spinach (leafy greens!)

      5. Pinto Beans

      6. Strawberries

      7. Apple (granny smith or red delish)

      8. Brussels Sprouts

      9. Broccoli

      10. Red Bell Peppers

       

      If some of these foods are not your favorites or you haven't tried them out yet, no time like the present! 

       

      Happy Healthy Cells to You!

      ~ Newbie

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    • Avoiding Holiday Food Pitfalls

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    •  12/4/2012 9:54:17 AM
    •     I don't know about you, but it seems this time of year is just busy. There are so many activities and fun things to do as well as planning and preparing for holiday events. I find that some days, it's two in the afternoon before I have had a decent meal. The trouble starts when the neighbor treats or holiday food samples at the store become my "meals" I feel like when I let that slide it just triggers a downward spiral! The downward spiral, sugar quick highs and fast crashes. I also seem to "need" salty foods after having sugar foods... anyone else notice that? If I can stop myself from the original sugar snack I don't crave salty snack foods and just avoid the whole cycle. 

       

      So then, how do I avoid these pitfalls?

       

         There are a few simple solutions that can easily be incorporated to avoid snacking on those trigger foods.

          The first suggestion is one we have all heard many times, but it is well worth repeating... PLAN AHEAD. It can be as simple writing down a few meal ideas ahead of time to save you time when when you stomach starts to rumble. Or taking some time to chop and prepare healthy on the go snacks bags full of fresh foods. Also,  I am loving my crock pot right now. I can throw in anything from foil wrapped potatoes to veggie broth and a simple variety of fresh chopped veggies that will be ready and warm when I come home after a busy day. Take the extra 10-20 minutes the night/day before to save yourself from  snacking on those holiday treats!

       

          Eat a healthy breakfast!! It is so important to start the day off on the right foot. Plus when we fuel our body with the foods it needs to function properly we get more out of our day! You wouldn't drive your car on empty, you shouldn't run your body on empty. When we don't eat breakfast our body goes into starvation mode and needs a quick pick me up, it knows that sugary foods can give us a quick boost so we start to crave treats.  When you start your day with a healthy meal, it is easier to stay on track for the day.

       

          Finally, eat before you go out, better yet, eat something GREEN!  Even if you are going to a holiday party where they will be serving you a meal, you don't know what healthy options you might have. If you are like me when you are hungry, logic can quickly go out the window when a smorgasbord of food is placed in front of you. Eat something healthy, especially if you are going grocery shopping, this time of year they have displays of not to good foods out everywhere just tempting our hungry stomachs to grab those naughty snack/treats. When we are well fed, we are level headed and able to make better decisions in all aspects. 

       

      Let's make it a goal together to stay on top of the game this Holiday season! I'm in, are you?

       

      Happy Holidays!

      ~Newbie

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    • Cucumber carrot Juice (its so GOOD!)

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    •  12/1/2012 10:37:55 PM
    •  I love my juicer! I am not an avid cleanser,but I love fresh veggie juice. I like to create new juices, sometimes I fail and have to choke them down, luckily I do not share those recipes with you! Last week, I succeeded and have found a new recipe that I LOVE! (and so do my kiddos!)

       

      Before I share the recipe, I wanted to explain why carrots? I was recently reading how drinking raw carrot juice can benefit the skin, hair and eyes as well as internal organs. Carrots are full of vitamin A which aids in the reproduction, division of cells, bone growth, and promotes a healthy immune system. Carrots also contain Vitamin B6 known for helping manage metabolism and keep a healthy immune system. And lastly, another great benefit of carrots is Vitamin C, we all know that this vitamin helps keep our immune system healthy and can help aid int he healing process of any wound or ailment. I know that many veggies in their true whole form will have most of these great benefits I have listed, but carrot juice is so dang delicious and my kids will drink it. I might sound crazy, but I'd trust home made carrot (veggie) juice over vitamin supplements for my kiddos any day of the week! 

       

      Carrots also mix well with other veggies and because they are sweet, they balance the flavor when juicing them with kale or other strong flavored veggies. They also taste great on their own. I have found that many local grocery stores carry large bags of organic carrots, something I had not noticed until recently. I guess they have been there quite a while, but I just wasn't looking.

       

      One more thing, a quick story. My daughter was sick a few days ago, home from school with a head and stomach ache. I busted out my handy juicer and let her sip fresh carrot juice all day. I know there could be a million other reasons she was up and raring to go the next morning, but if its okay with you, I am going to give that delicious carrot juice some of the credit! 


      Carrot Cucumber Juice

       

      Ingredients:

       

      4 very large organic carrots (6 if they are smaller) wash em, not need to peel if they are organic

      1 lemon quartered (it just seems to juice better when cut)

      One large organic hot house cucumber, no need to peel.

       

      Directions:

      I juice them in the order listed above. The cucumber seems to help move any stuck carrot or lemon through the juicer. This should fill a quart jar. I recommend drinking it fairly quickly (but also, if you haven't heard yet, chew it. I know that sounds strange, but if you "chew" the juice it actually helps your body absorb more of the nutrients. The digestion process starts in the mouth, saliva starts the break down process... and on and on. I love chatting, typing, or teaching this good stuff to any one who will listen, read, learn. 

       

      Ps. Juicers are cheap and make a great Christmas gifts, drop a hint to Santa if you are still in need! :)


      Happy Juicing!

      ~Newbie




       

      • Might just be the silly mood I am in, but I could almost hear your post spoken aloud by someone with a very fast pace. You sound very excited! Thanks for sharing your recipe and the goodness behind carrots. Thanks too for wanting to do good things. Keep on keepin' on.
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