Vegan Red Cabbage Slaw

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Ingredients

1 organic small red cabbage
3 organic carrots
5 organic radishes
1 cup organic almond slices
2 tablespoon vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon
2 tablespoon organic olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of organic ground cardamom
1 tablespoon organic maple syrup
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions
Step 1
Quarter cabbage, and discard core. Shred cabbage and carrots. Slice radishes thinly. Transfer to a large bowl.

Step 2
In a small bowl, stir together mayo, lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup, and ground cardamom. Season with salt and pepper. Now, pour mixture in with cabbage, and toss to combine. Just before serving, sprinkle cabbage with the almond slices.

Vegan Salad: No lettuce Required

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Who says, you need lettuce to make a salad? I know, but I won’t mention who for the sake of his reputation. A salad doesn’t need lettuce in order for it to be considered a salad. A salad can be a combination of any fruit, vegetable, or grain.

This particular salad I’m showcasing doesn’t have any. It’s just a simple organic salad I put together at work. It has tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, peaches, apples, and a baked sweet potato. Most of these items, came from my local farmers market. It’s important that everyone go out and support their local farmers market.

It’s really an awesome feeling meeting and buying foods from the actual growers. Plus, the freshness and flavors of the fruits and vegetables are amazing. There’s also dairy farms, turkey farms, organic bakery’s, honey farms, fresh eggs, wine, wild fish and so much more.

Grocery store foods are highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Buying from local family owned farms the food is generally grown organically while using methods that minimizes the impact on the earth, and the food is fresher and healthier. Please go out and support your local farms.

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Here’s a picture of everything before it was cut up. There was no reasoning behind selecting these items. They were randomly selected with only one goal in mind, “I’m not paying for another city lunch!” Buying lunch in Manhattan can be very costly, so I try to bring in my lunch as much as I can. Plus, its healthier preparing and cooking your own meals.

Find out below where you can locate your local farmers market. Go out and support them!

Other Reads:
Farmers Market in NYC: Grownyc.org
My Farmers Market
Find Your Local Farmers Market Here

My #1 Tip for Eating Healthy

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My number one tip for eating healthy would be to substitute one processed meal either breakfast, lunch or dinner for a raw food meal. Take my lunch here for instance, it’s a bowl of organic, raw vegetables, and fruits. It has vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Eating processed foods can decrease your body’s ability to function efficiently. According to Dr. Campbell, (author of The China Study), a diet that consist of processed foods are suggested to be related to the development of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, aging, shorter lifespan, psycho-behavioral conditions, cancer and many more illnesses. Processed foods like refined sugars, white flour, processed meats, packaged foods, flavored noodle mixes, packaged mac and cheese, soda and other processed foods are notorious for containing questionable levels of phosphate-laden ingredients as well as genetically engineered ingredients, which are destructive to your health.

According to the American Heart Association, we down about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day; that’s why diabetes and obesity are high amongst American’s.

I recommend eating a diet that consist of mostly plant-based with whole grains, nuts and fruits. These foods are rich in fiber, omega-3’s, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and so much more vital nutrients our body needs to be healthy. After changing my diet, I can honestly say, I feel wonderful. The biggest change was my energy level especially, after eating my meals. I didn’t feel bloated, lethargic, or groggy. Instead, I felt refueled and ready to tackle the rest of my day.

The main idea is to stay away from anything unnatural or processed. I think by adding a raw meal into your daily diet will help to propel you to make wiser choices. By doing so, you’ll have more energy, and the most important one of all, your body is getting the proper nutrients it needs.

If you can, stick to organic foods. Since organic standards ban the use of artificial food dyes, genetically engineered foods, and additives it’s safer. Now I don’t buy everything organic. I definitely follow the, Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen list. According to their website, the Dirty Dozen generally have the most pesticide residues when grown conventionally because they’re more prone to pesky bugs. I also shop at my local farmers market.

The EWG also recommends peeling fruits and vegetables or removing outer layers of leafy greens. That is also a great way to cut back on pesticide intake. That said, certain fruits and veggies might be more important to buy organic than others.

Be selective and do your research.

Update – Weekend Raw Food/Juice Cleanse

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My vegetables I juiced for the second half of my Saturday. Its very green. I juiced kale, apples, a broccoli stem, rainbow chard, celery, lemon, ginger, and some curly parsley. I kept more of the lemon peel on for more zing this time around.

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My juice this morning held me pretty well. I started drinking it after 9:45am and finished some time after 11:00am.

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My Blender Bottle was very helpful because I was able to tug my juice all over town today without a spill. It snaps tightly so there’s no spillage at all. I love this bottle. I also had an organic apple around two o’clock so that kept me going until just now. I was feeling hungry so I decided to juice. This will hold me over until later. I did a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s run today, so I’m stocked for the week ahead.

Thanks for the support!