EAT A VEGAN MEAL


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Each year, the average American consumes 175 pounds of meat and poultry, almost double the global average. Eating less red meat may do you a favor: It can lower your risk of cancer and heart disease. “Learn to love big heaps of vegetables,” says Mark Bittman New York Times food columnist and author of VB6.

To achieve that feeling, Bittman says to try meatless proteins, such as lentils, edamame, garbanzo beans and tofu. He also recommends roasting six sweet potatoes. “The more you cook and have stuff around, the less you’ll depend on junk.”

He’s right! Once you prepare your meals ahead of time, the less likely you will make bad food choices. I think salads are super easy. Every weekend I spend over $70 dollars on organic vegetables and fruits. Apples alone I spend about $10 dollars. Between me and my three children, we go through apples quickly. Salads are great for lunch and dinner. They’re easy to make and can be very filling. Just pile on the fruits and vegetables and don’t forget your plant-based protein. You can’t go wrong!

Here’s one of my favorite recipes with garbanzo beans:

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Ingredients:
1 bunch of kale
1 Tbsp of olive oil
3 chopped garlics
1 chopped onion
1 cup chopped cranberries
2 cups garbanzo beans
1 red bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions:
Heat olive oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. Add chopped onions, garlic and red peppers. Cook until onions are slightly translucent. Add kale, garbanzo beans and cranberries then, sauté for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and peppers. Toss in almonds.

Yield 4 servings

The idea here is to eat more plants, especially leaves. Plants are a great source of vital nutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, and minerals. And eat as many different kinds of plants as possible. They all have different antioxidants and so help the body eliminate different kinds of toxins.

Sources:
January 2014 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Kale food facts: High Vitamin K and Anti-Cancer properties
Plant-Based Research

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8 thoughts on “EAT A VEGAN MEAL

  1. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you! I love this post. I have been eating vegan and gluten free since long before it was this easy to do but it has always been easier for me to go without eating than to participate in the suffering and murder of others in order to eat.
    I have to add after many years of hearing it from my Mom and Grandfather that I DO understand and recognize that when the people have a right relationship with the other living beings that hunting and killing for food is not always murder but can be sacred, loving, and reciprocal.

    Factory farming does not fall under that rubric tho-and that is where most food in America comes from.

    So no insult intended to any non-vegetarians by my sharing this but I hope everyone will consider eating more vegan meals both for health, financial savings and compassion.

    Our ancestors outside the arctic did not eat nearly as much meat as modern society. The three sisters were sacred at least in part because they are good for you:-)

    • Thank you for that, and, for reblogging this post. Factory farming is very scary and severly unhealthy. It’s really unfortunate that the FDA and USDA don’t have our health as their number one priority. Big corporations has been dictating our health for decades. It’s really up to the American people to make choices with their forks and eating vegan is the right vote.

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