Plant-based Ground Beef

Here’s a great alternative to ground beef. Let me introduce you to Beyond Beef. A Plant-based version of real beef. All the ingredients are made from plants. It’s also soy-free and gluten-free. As you can see, it’s Non-GMO Project Verified, which basically means this product was not made with any genetically modified organisms. The ingredients are pure, just as Mother Nature intended them to be.

Take a look at the ingredients below. There are no meat byproducts, soy, or artificial preservatives.

INGREDIENTS:

Water, Pea Protein Isolate*, Expeller-pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Apple Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Pomegranate Fruite Powder, Beet Juice Extract (For Color).

All plants ingredients! Where can you buy this and many other plant-based foods? Whole Foods Market! Plus, it’s just in time for the July 4th holiday. Get your grills out and grill up some plant-based burgers or make the family a nice meatless meatball and spaghetti dinner. They won’t know the difference.

Be safe and healthy, and have a Happy 4th of July.

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Malic Acid in Your Granny Smith Apples

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Granny Smith apples are a crisp, tart delicious apple. They contain more malic acid, which is responsible for their distinctive “sour” taste than any other apple. I think the Granny Smith’s are the best tasting apple to juice with. The tart flavor adds a wonderful dimension to juices, there’s also a slight hint of sweetness in them that’s perfect for green juices.

Granny Smith apples is a key ingredient in the Gerson Therapy because the acid is super beneficial, as it stimulates the metabolism and helps to detox heavy metals. Katheryn Alexander, a Gerson practitioner in Australia, also explains how tart apples enhance the other ingredients in the juices:

“Sour apples are higher in potassium malate and higher in pectin (good for chelating heavy metals), they can also extract higher amounts of nutrients from the pulped vegetables due to their higher acidity, so you end up with a more nutrient-rich juice.”


Granny Smith apples are also delicious in apple pies. They add an amazing tart and sweetish taste when combined with other sweet apples.

Resource:
Gerson Therapy
Vegan Apple Pie

Papaya: My New Obsession

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Papaya’s are my new obsession at the moment. I go through these fazes with fruits and vegetables all the time. Right now it’s papaya. It is extremely healthy for you. Just one whole papaya has 168.08 mg of vitamin C, and a whopping 2622.00 International Units of vitamin A.

According to whfoods website, papayas may prevent a number of health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, aging and cancer. To read more about these health benefits click here.

Papaya alone will not prevent those diseases. It’s the other foods along with papayas that will determine your faith. I’m all about eating foods that will nourish my body. Especially, the ones that has anti-aging benefits…lol! I want to age gracefully and healthy. Who doesn’t? Those kinds of foods are whole foods and plant-based.

I quote from the book Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by, T. Colin Campbell, PhD:

“The foods you consume can heal you faster and more profoundly than the most expensive prescription drugs, and more dramatically than the most extreme surgical interventions, with only positive side effects.”

This book is phenomenal. The only diet now that can promise you and me that, is a whole food plant-based diet. I highly recommend reading it, and Healthy Eating Healthy World by, J. Morris Hicks, and The China Study by, Dr. Campbell again.

These three books will transform your outlook on food, nutrition and your life forever. There is much to be gained from reading these books. They are clearly written and powerfully true with scientific researches to support each claim. You will be able to comprehend and implement the changes into your life, and benefit from them.

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Some photos of how I incorporate papayas in my diet. It’s all plant-based foods.

My Healthy Breakfast Trio

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Oat meal with 3 tsp of wheat germ added and bananas. My favorite antioxidant powerhouse smoothie with spinach, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, OJ and ice. Lastly, my fresh lemon water. Simple, yet packed with an adequate amount of my daily natural vitamin intake.

The additional wheat germ will give me more fiber on top of the oats, vitamin B, folate, niacin, calcium, zinc, and iron.

Bananas are packed with potassium, fiber, vitamin C and B6, and manganese.

My spinach berry smoothie has: antioxidants, vitamin C and K, fiber, folate, omega-3, copper, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, vitamin A, iron, vitamin B6, B3, B2, B1, E, protein, selenium, choline, calcium, phosphorus, and manganese.

Spinach is so rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s also concentrated in health promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids that will provide you with powerful antioxidant protection.

Legumes are very important in human nutrition because they are higher in protein than any other plant food and the quality of the protein they contain is high as well. Soybeans contain more protein than beef and soy products, such as soy meal and soy flour, and are often used to improve the protein content of commercially prepared foods such as pasta and bread. Because of their protein and iron content and relatively low cost, legumes are excellent meat substitutes for vegetarians and others who choose to cut back on or avoid animal foods for health or economic reasons.

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Why should beans be an important part of your diet?

Here are the top 10 reasons why beans should be incorporated into our diet:

10) Beans are an inexpensive source of vegetable protein.  They’re cheap.  Good source of protein.  And they’re not meat-based.

9) They are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber.  Dietary fiber is so good for our insides.  In a previous article, entitled “Why we need dietary fiber”, the many benefits of fiber are outlined.

8) They are a good source of vitamins and minerals.  Beans are an excellent source of thiamin and folate.  A good intake of folate is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in some individuals.  Beans are also rich in magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese, and are a good source of potassium, riboflavin, vitamin b6, and contain some calcium and selenium.

7) They are naturally low in sodium.

6) Beans are naturally low in…

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Day 9: Dinner w/Roti and Juicing

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For dinner tonight I juiced organic carrots, spinach, celery and beets. The health benefits for juicing your veggies are endless. It’s the best thing you can do for your body. Drinking green juices daily is the optimum way to consume your vegetables.

Your body can receive enzymes from fresh vegetables and fruits. However, once vegetables are cooked at 118 degrees, they loose their enzyme content. Drink your veggies, it’s best!

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I also had some of my curry vegetable dish I made on Sunday. I was in the mood for a roti so I made one. I’m actually getting better at it. Roti is an Indian bread. I ran out of whole wheat flour do I ended up using the regular one.

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I was in a cooking frenzy tonight because I also sautéed bok choy and string beans with garlic and olive oil.

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I took these pictures after I started eating so it doesn’t look the prettiest. However, it tasted great!

Day 5: Breakfast and Lunch

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Breakfast this morning consisted of my usual as you can see 7 whole grain bread with peanut butter, my berry/spinach smoothie, organic grapefruit, and a cup of organic white tea. This was very filling although it doesn’t look like much.

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I decided on Indian food for lunch today. My favorite Indian restaurant is Agra. The food is authentic and amazing. There’s also a business lunch special that’s very reasonable. I got the curry vegetable dish (eggplant, carrots, potato, and cauliflower), 2 potato samosas appetizers (I ate one before I took the pic), curry cabbage, and basmati rice. I went a little off my diet today. I had white basmati rice and I shouldn’t have. I tried to get brown but they didn’t have. It’s not the worst thing. I figured it was Friday, so why not!

Plant-Based Diet for Beginners: How to Get Started

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Getting started with a more plant-based diet

Replace one, or better yet, two to three days of your week’s meals to vegetarian options.  Food: The Meatless Monday campaign is gaining nationwide momentum as even celebrity chef and meat-lover, Mario Batalihas signed on. Simply cut back on your meat intake, starting on Mondays. The site has resources, recipes, and a growing online community.

Education on Environmental Impact: Read Mark Bittman’s New York Times article, ‘Considering the Meat Guzzler‘ to see how reducing your meat intake equates to swapping your SUV for a Prius.

Add healthy meat alternatives
Tempeh, edamame beans, tofu, and seitan (wheat gluten) add texture, fiber, and healthy protein to your meal. Make sure to get organic soy products, as most commercial soy beans today are genetically engineered to feed cows.

Food: Skip frozen soy nuggets and opt for fermented soy products. Like tofu, tempeh will take in any flavor you give it. Traditionally eaten in Indonesia, you can marinate it like you would fish, letting it soak in flavors of sesame oil, tamari, and ginger, and sautéing it. Its texture makes a great meat substitute.

Soup lover? Add miso paste to make soup – it’s got live cultures beneficial for digestive health. It offers a great savory, chicken soup substitute, and even makes a great wintertime breakfast as part of the macrobiotic diet.

One product I love is Lightlife Smoky Tempeh Strips. Three slices are just 100 calories with 8 grams of protein, and they taste great in salads or sandwiches for a veggie BLT.

Legumes all the way
High in fiber, carbs, and protein, legumes are generally feel-good foods for satiety, balancing blood sugar, maintaining weight and energy.

Food: Hummus makes a great spread on toast, layered with cucumbers, sprouts, and tomatoes. Look for flavor varieties like cilantro or mint at your farmer’s market, rather than the same ol’ at your supermarket. Make your own with herbs, steamed red bell peppers, nuts, or fresh edamame.

French lentils are easy to cook, high in iron, and protein. Trader Joe’s sells a handy, pre-cooked and ready-to-eat version that I love over greens with avocado, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Stir it up
Smoothies are a delicious high-protein alternative to a heavy, egg-centered breakfast. What other drink offers fiber, antioxidants, protein, and healthy fats in one meal? Here’s a vegan protein smoothie recipe from plant-based triathlete, Brendan Brazier (pictured, right)

Food: Just blend a cup of frozen, ripe banana with any other fruit and fill with almond milk and apple juice. Throw in a handful of kale or spinach, a tablespoon of almond butter, one of hemp protein, and blend for a green smoothie. For extra sweetness, include a teaspoon of agave nectar or maple syrup, better yet: dry dates. Trader Joe’s sells a good quality, cheap hemp protein.

Know your labels and meat sources
CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) are the worst kind of polluters with methane emissions and runoff that pollutes bodies of water. The animals are also grown in cruel conditions, and contain a high dose of hormones and antibiotics.

Food: Choose organic, free-range chicken, beef, and eggs when you choose to eat them. Look for a humanely-raised label too. Support restaurants that purchase these kinds of products and as much as you can, skip the rest. 

Tip: Next time you’re sorting through dozens of egg brands, choose Glaum for their humanely-raised, vegetarian-fed, AND cage-free eggs. 

Tip #2: On the go, grab a burrito from Chipotle — Mexican food priding itself in hormone-free and free range meat.

Education: The Meatrix is a fun, clever, animated short film that goes a long way in explaining some key concepts about factory farming.
 
Choose your fish wisely, if at all
Fish gets a lot of health hype for its omega-3 fatty acid content. But at this rate, worldwide supply for seafood like tuna and salmon won’t keep up with demand. Farmed fish is a recent development that is not recommended. Some fish like tuna is high in mercury, and should only be eaten once or twice a month. Make sure to ask where your fish comes from and stick to wild varieties. Give props to sustainable seafood restaurants that make their sources public.

Food: Include a handful of seeds and nuts on a daily basis for healthy fats: hemp and flax seeds; walnuts, almonds, and cashews, nut butters, and avocados.

When eating fish in or out, refer to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood chart to help guide your decisions. They also have an iPhone app.

Give tilapia and sole a try. At places like Whole Foods Market, you can ask at the counter where they come from.

Eat low on the food chain. Experiment with anchovies and sardines: they reproduce quickly, have low risk for mercury content, and offer plenty of omega 3 fatty acids and flavor to any salad, rice, or pasta dish.

If you have access to wild salmon, make it an occasional part of the menu. It’s high in omega fatty acids and delicious. Avoid farmed salmon.

Think of sushi as a treat and support sushi joints with sustainable menus

Avoid eating shrimp, it’s a bottom feeder that can be high in ocean contaminants. Shrimping practices like trawling ravage ocean life. 

Education: watch The End of the Line film.

Get involved
Eco-conscious foodies are popping up all over through blogs and online communities. Even Michelle Obama’s now tackling child obesity and planting an edible garden. Follow Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life blog — a fun new space to learn all about the vegan lifestyle and connect with veg “flirts” and “superheroes.” You can go shopping with Alicia, too — here’s hergrocery list. Join a local Meetup to learn how to cook farm-to-table meals. Keep your eyes out for uplifting foodie films like FRESH screening in your local community.