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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The other night, Oma, Papa, Noah and I all shared a slice of delicious vegan chocolate cake! I bought it from Planet Organic but have made the same cake for Dan's birthday last year and also ordered it from Planet Organic, for Noah's first birthday party last summer! It is incredible and anyone who likes chocolate cake, vegan or not, will LOVE this cake! It's delicious!!! The icing especially is incredible...mmm! So if you're in the area and feeling like a small slice of indulgence (without the tempting leftovers), stop at Planet Organic for their vegan chocolate cake! *NOTE: Ask the staff there if they have any special events coming up where they offer discounts because today they had 10% off your entire grocery bill!!! Plus free coffee and cosmic cookies! WHOOHOO!
The last time I made a vegan chocolate cake was for Valentine's Day! I wanted to make something special for Dan and I thought that something chocolaty would be decadent!!! Topped with strawberries, the chocolate cake that I made was quite romantic and we enjoyed every last bite! A little went a long ways and we had leftovers that I wish we had shared with friends because we ate a LOT of cake that week!!!!
Unfortunately I didn't take pictures but I have the recipe for this vegan chocolate cake if anyone is feeling in the mood for some baking! It's from The Kind Diet! The recipe calls for coffee which you can add or not add if you don't want that slight espresso taste...I don't drink coffee (I'm a tea lover), but I do enjoy the odd coffee/chocolate combination taste in a good quality dessert...so when I made this cake at Valentine's Day, I did put coffee in it! I think that I will make the cake for Noah's birthday this year instead of ordering one and I obviously won't add the coffee!!!!
So here is the recipe for Alicia Silverstone's Chocolate Coffee Cake (she calls them brownies):
Makes 8" or 9" Square Pan
Preheat the oven to 325'F. Oil a square baking pan
3/4 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cups of brown rice flour (I used spelt flour)
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. of baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. of baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of maple sugar
3/4 cup of almond milk
3/4 cup brewed coffee (optional)
1/2 cup of canola oil
1/2 cup of toasted walnuts * I never knew how AMAZING toasted walnuts were and what a difference it really makes to toast them first....but you MUST do it because they are delicious and add an extra deliciousness to this cake/brownie!
*To toast walnuts, spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and place in the oven that's been pre-heated to 350'F . Toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes. While they are toasting, stir a couple of times. The walnuts are ready when they are slightly browned.
1 1/2 cups of dark chocolate chips (non-dairy)
1/2 cup of Earth Balance butter
Sift the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the sugar and stir.
In a separate bowl, stir together the almond milk, coffee, and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir to mix well. Stir in the toasted walnuts.
Pour the mixture into the pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
Once the cake has completely cooled, make the icing. Melt the chocolate chips and butter together in a double broiler until completely smooth. *I didn't have a double boiler at the time so I took Alicia's suggestion and put the two ingredients into a stainless steel bowl that was placed over boiling water.
Pour the warm icing over the entire cake, smoothing it out over the surface. Chill in the fridge until the glaze has set, about 1 hour. Cut into pieces and serve! I served ours with strawberries and it was amazing!
Unfortunately because I made this for Valentine's Day, I didn't take a picture (we ate it too fast!!!), but if you make it, please send some pics in so that everyone can see how delicious it looks!!!! I will take pics the next time we make this...maybe Mother's Day?!!!! (I'll get Dan to make it for me!!)
Friday, April 23, 2010
I found it hard to narrow down my choice for a favorite food which starts with the letter C because there are just so many! I love cucumbers, cinnamon (which I am slightly obsessed with), chia seeds, coconut, chamomile, cocoa, COSMO COOKIES (recipe in one of Ally's past posts)...really there are just so many!
What made my mind up was the decision to make Roasted Chickpeas which are a delicious and nutritious and easy snack! My friend Nikki always has these to snack on and I've always been interested in making them...and now I finally have! I can't believe it took me so long to make these because they are DELICIOUS! I feel like I'm eating chips or something when I eat these! But I feel great after!!!
Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo Beans are so cute and versatile! They are amazing in stir-frys, salads, hummus, and by roasting them, you get a satisfying snack!
Be creative with the spices and seasonings you choose to marinate them in...I chose spicy and savory this time but I hear that they taste amazing sweet (think cinnamon and maybe something crazy like a splash of brown rice syrup)!!!
One cup of Chickpeas has 269 calories, 4 grams of Fat (0 grams of saturated and 0 grams of Trans Fats), 11mg of sodium, 45 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of dietary fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein. Chickpeas are also a good source of Folate and Manganese as well as containing iron!
Really this recipe is so easy you can do it while multi-tasking the other zillion things that you have to do! *I am currently writing this blog while my chickpeas are in the oven!!!!
So here is my Roasted Chickpea Recipe:
1 - 14ounce can of organic chickpeas/garbanzo beans
2 tbsp. olive oil
sea salt to taste
chili flakes (to your liking)
1 tsp. of cumin
(be creative and add any seasoning that sounds appealing to you!)
Pre-heat the oven to 450'F/230'C. Pour the chickpeas out of the can and drain through a strainer. Place chickpeas onto a towel and pat dry. Place the chickpeas into a bowl and pour the olive oil and spices in as well. Mix with clean hands. Pour onto a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes (check several times because you want them to be browned and crunchy but not burnt)!
I hope that you enjoy this recipe and let me know if you experiment with different flavors and how they work out for you! BTW...I just ate the entire bowl of chickpeas while writing this!!!! Haha!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
My hubby is studying for an exam so I have to write a quick post, but I wanted to say HAPPY EARTH DAY to everyone!!!
I had the privilege of spreading my passion for the Earth with the children I work with today at school. I brought in an amazing book that I found called We are Extremely Very Good Recyclers - the characters were created by Lauren Child. This children's book is so amazing! I read it to the kindergarten class and they LOVED IT! They all got really into it and then we had a great discussion about the environment and it was really wonderful! The book is about a boy and his younger sister who wants to 'throw away' things that she doesn't need or want...her brother teaches her about recycling and then they get their school involved in recycling and they end up planting a tree! I really recommend this book!
After the book, we took the kiddies outside and played some reduce-reuse-recycle games and face-painted the Earth, 'Happy Earth Day', hearts and animals on their faces! It was so much fun! The weather was gorgeous and it really was so amazing to share something that I am passionate about with the kids! I really hope to encourage the schools I work in to start composting programs and recycle plastics!
Within our family, I started celebrating Earth Day early by going to Hot Yoga and using my stainless steel water bottle (no plastic), and I went for a long walk with Miss Maggie (our dog)...after a healthy breakfast, Noah and I went to Dan's Farm and brought our veggie scraps to feed the goats and rabbits!
This one goat 'Danny', gets so excited when he sees us coming and today he actually jumped the fence and tried to follow us when we were leaving!!! I had to 'save the goat' and put him back into the barn :( I wish that we could have a goat named Danny! Noah and I enjoyed a picnic together and this evening, Dan took Noah and Maggie to the park while I blogged and took a lil' break!
There are so many ways in which we can make this World a better and safer place to live. By cutting back on your intake of dairy and meat, you are reducing your ecological footprint and the demand for such products. You are also taking a stand for what's right and saying that you won't consume a product that is from an animal that was treated in an inhumane way. We can't place blame on industries for having all these products because we as consumers are creating the demand for such products. Every time we buy something that's better for our bodies and better for our planet, we are increasing the demand for a healthier tomorrow. I have to believe that every small change will lead to big change. I choose to believe that by spreading awareness and the word about health and ways in which we can be friendlier to our planet, we will be paving the path to CHANGE. My husband just reminded me that whenever we buy a product, it's like casting a 'vote' for that product. Let's choose better products to support! Here are 5 ways in which we can all make small changes that will really lead to big results!
1. Drive less. Walk or ride your bike to work or around town one more time than you usually would! Enjoy the scenario and the feeling that you will get by knowing that you are not only being active, but you are also reducing your ecological footprint and inspiring others to do the same! * Please watch "Crude", which is an eye-opening documentary about Chevron's oil debauchery in South America. It really pays to become aware of the products we choose.
2. Buy local, organic produce! When you support local farmers, your produce is the freshest and has retained the highest amount of nutrients then products that come from overseas. When you turn your back on pesticides and genetically modified foods, you are taking a stand saying that you are CHOOSING to eat REAL, fresh foods. If everyone does this, the usage of pesticides and herbicides and genetically modifying food will dwindle (this is my hope). When you buy local produce, it hasn't taken a truck, freight, huge amounts of oil to arrive at your dinner table. It's the way to go!
3. READ! Take time out of your day...15 minutes even to read books that enlighten and interest you. Books about being green, books about good and healthy food, fitness and relationships. This will all help us to feel our personal best and make the best decisions. When we feel good about ourselves, we are more likely to really focus on making the best choices to protect our planet and the people and animals that live here.
4. Don't use plastic! Plastic is harsh on our bodies since it's laced with chemicals (even when it says BPA-free, there are other toxic chemicals that are still present in the plastic), and it's hard on the environment as doesn't break down easily. One of the best wedding presents that Dan and I got was from Ally and she gave us these amazing Pyrex glass storage containers! It makes me feel so safe knowing when I store leftovers, baked goods, our lunches or dinners, in these containers, the food will not be absorbing gross chemicals! The bonus is that you can actually SEE what you put into the fridge or onto your shelves...everything looks more exciting and prettier when you can see what's inside!!!
5. Don't be afraid to post something that you believe strongly in! I have decided that if I inspire one person to make a small change, then I have done what I set out to do! I am not afraid of what people might think because all that matters is that I share what I believe in and what I am passionate about! I find inspiration in so many of my friends, family and complete strangers! My really good friend Delaney introduced me to this site: http://www.care2.com/
Delaney is one of those amazing, beautiful people that is just so sweet and passionate about the lives of animals and the environment. She inspires me always and together we have cried and laughed over many shared stories. I now frequently sign petitions, watch and read different documentaries and stories to increase my awareness so that I can be a part of spreading the word on the good and not-so-goods out there!
Lastly, I would like to share 5 documentaries that I really feel passionate about and think that you would benefit by watching them!
2. America the Beautiful
3. Food Inc.
5. Flow: For the Love of Water
Happy Earth Day Everyone!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I have been wanting to do Bikram Yoga for a long time. I tried a free trial a year ago with my hubby and have done it here and there in the past and LOVED it but it's just too expensive for our budget right now :( My friend Nikki is getting married May 15th and we thought it would be fun to do the 2-week pass at this newish location leading up to her big-day! We kept meaning to do it but we both lead very busy lives...so finally this week we decided that it was now or never! We are both the highly motivated, competitive, determined type and so when we signed up for the 2-week pass we decided to do it everyday for 2 weeks to see what changes and effects it has on our bodies, minds and souls! The only time that worked for both of our schedules was the 6am class!!!! BRUTAL! Especially since Noah has me up throughout the night still....anyways, because we had committed to each other, we didn't back out and yesterday morning we met at the studio at 5:45am! We completed our first class leaving a pool of sweat and feeling energized for the day! I was surprised by how much energy I had despite the lack of sleep I had. I did have a slight headache during the day because of all the water I lost...for those who haven't tried Bikram (aka hot yoga) before, it's a 90 minute class, in which you complete a series of 26 exercises, each of which is performed twice. The room that you perform this type of yoga in is HOT! Ideally it is 105'F with 40% humidity! The first time I tried Hot Yoga, I didn't think that I would like it but I was wrong! So I have completed two 6am Hot Yoga sessions in a row now (yesterday and today), and I am determined to keep up this 2-week trial to really see the full benefits! So far, I am really enjoying the benefits that include, increased flexibility, increased energy and a heightened sense of true appreciation and gratitude! I'll keep you posted about how the rest of this 'journey' goes!
I am writing this journey not to necessarily encourage you to try Hot Yoga specifically...just to try something new that you've been interested in for some time! Following through is something that hasn't always been easy for me and I'm really proud of myself and the commitments I've made and achieved over the past year!
You are the most important person, and when you take care of yourself and your dreams, only then can you fully appreciate, love and take care of everyone around you!
BERRIES! By far, my favorite fruits are berries! I have loved raspberries since I was a child and grew to love blueberries a few years ago...my current love affair with berries is centered around blackberries! OH MY! If you haven't had them heated, dusted with homemade (or Natures Path Hemp Granola), cinnamon, coconut, wheat germ and almond milk....you are missing out!!!! That is my comfort late-night snack!!!! It's almost crisp-like...mmm! Delicious! Right now I buy my blackberries from a local farm which has them frozen from last summer! They are local and not sprayed with pesticides...the added bonus is that they end up being more economical then berries you would buy at a large grocery store (and tastier)...
Since berries are so sweet naturally, you don't need to add any sweeteners to them! One cup makes the perfect snack or dessert! Noah LOVES all berries but especially frozen blueberries when he is teething! They instantly calm him and don't have artificial or high amounts of sugars like popsicles. He also loves the smoothies that Dan and I make!
Making a smoothie is the perfect idea for those picky eaters because you can hide so many amazing superfoods in one cup!!! I add any or a combination of the following to our family's smoothies: spirulina, chlorella, flaxseeds, chia seeds and Udo's 3-6-9 oil.
The following recipe is a fun way to indulge (without the guilt), in a very-berry dessert!
Berry Kanten (recipe from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone):
1 pint fresh or 1 cup of frozen and thawed berries of choice (one or a combination of your favorite berries)
4 cups of apple juice (or any juice you like)
1 tbsp. of fresh orange juice
Pince of sea salt
3 generous tbsp. of agar agar (a sea vegetable which makes liquids set like Jell-o)
A few drops of ginger juice (squeeze the juice from freshly grated ginger)
Slice the berries thinly, and arrange them in an 8"x 8" heatproof glass dish or baking dish.
Combine the apple juice and orange juice in a saucepan over med-heat. Add the salt and agar agar. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often to make sure the agar agar doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot. Simmer until all the agar agar has dissolved. Stir in the ginger juice and pour over the berries.
Allow the kanten to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate, uncovered, until chilled and set, about 2 hours. The kanten is now ready to serve or may be covered and kept in the fridge for up to 4 days.
*If you would like to turn this into a fruit 'pudding', increase the agar agar to 4 tbsp, let the kanten set completely, and then whiz it all in a blender with 1 tbsp. of tahini.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Today is the first day (A) so I will talk about a food that starts with the letter A! For each day that follows, I will concentrate on a new food beginning with the next letter of the alphabet! The last day of this series (Z), just happens to fall on May 15th...the day we potentially find out our immediate future (Dan getting accepted). At the end of the day, we really believe that what's meant to be will be and we have done everything we can and now it's really out of our hands. So we have faith, we have family, our health and food!!! So life is good!
I also want to give a shout out to my beautiful, smart and amazing sister-in-law Ally who also may find out on May 15th if she gets into the University of Manitoba med-school (May 15th is the first day that the first applicants find out...so really you can find out anytime after that date)...she is one of the most dedicated, hardest working individuals I have ever met and I am so proud of her and inspired to do better always!
So if you can, say some prayers for Dan and Ally and wish them luck! Really, we're proud of them always and know that when it's meant to be, they will make two amazing doctors who will without a doubt, bring their passion of health into their practice and influence many people to be their best and healthiest!
A is for Avocado!
Avocado used to be a fruit that I despised! I grew up eating a pretty bland diet and had never really had a huge variety of foods so my taste buds were beginners when it came to experimenting. I still remember how much I despised avocado when my friend Amy gave it to me for the first time years ago! I remember thinking that it was way too fatty and I would never enjoy it!!! How wrong was I?!!! Over the course of experimenting, I fell in love with avocado and it's a love that Noah and I both share! Between the two of us, we eat between 1/2 and 1 avocado/day! My husband used to be in love with avocados too until a trip to Mexico a few years...one minute he was devouring some delicious guacamole and the next he was in the hospital! Allergies can develop at any time in your life (scary), and Dan, who never had an allergy growing up, is now allergic to avocados and kiwi!!! Poor guy!
Avocados are loaded with monounsaturated fats, specifically oleic acid which is great for a healthy inflammation response. I notice personally when I eat avocados daily, that my skin looks clearer and much more vibrant than when I fall off the 'avocado band-wagon'! Avocados are rich in the detoxifier glutathione which helps cleanse the body of oxidized fats (oxidized fats are dangerous)! Avocados also contain Potassium which is used to aid in kidney, heart and adrenal function. Potassium is also used to treat high blood pressure and water balance in the body (good for exercisers). Avocados also contain chromium which helps control blood sugar levels by helping insulin to work efficiently.
Mostly it seems to be recommended to eat 1/4 avocado/day. I eat between 1/4-1/2 on average. The high good fat that's in avocados, leaves you feeling really satisfied and healthy after eating some!
There are many ways in which you can turn an avocado into something even more magnificent! I love making home-made guacamole and using that on anything and everything!
Jayanna's Insanely Delicious Guacamole:
5 Avocados, halved, pit and skin removed
3 cloves of garlic
1 red onion, chopped into small pieces
1 roma tomato, chopped into pieces
Place the first four ingredients into a food processor and pulse until they make a chunky yet smooth guacamole. Scrape into a bowl and squeeze a lime over. Mix and serve immediately. Leftovers should be placed in an airtight container in the fridge. Even though the avocados will brown, they are still safe to eat for up to 3 days! *If you don't have a food processor, no worries! Just mash all the ingredients in a bowl to the consistency of your liking!
I also just made this 'chocolate pudding' using avocados for Noah a month ago. It was a great success! Another parent told me about this and then I searched around for a yummy recipe! This is so decadent and rich that you only need to have a little taste!
'Chocolate' Avocado Pudding (I got this recipe from the following website - http://www.greenandcrunchy.org/2009/11/raw-vegan-chocolate-avocado-pudding-scrumptious/
-one ripe avocado, pit-removed
-2-4 tbsp. raw organic cacao powder (regular cocoa powder or carob powder would work too)
-1 tsp. of vanilla
-sweeten according to your tastes: a splash of agave, or 1/2 dozen soaked dates, or drizzle with pure organic maple syrup
EXTRAS: Chia seeds, hemp hearts, berries, sliced bananas...be creative!
Noah loves his with hemp hearts or berries! MMM!
Monday, April 19, 2010
I spread lentil hummus on my bun and topped it with ketchup, mustard, cucumbers, tomato, spinach and avocado! It was so creamy and all the flavors complimented one another so well! It was ridiculously filling and I was left feeling soooo satisfied after the busy day we had!
Really the burger is enough to fill you up but if you're having family over and you want to let go and enjoy yourself and eat over a longer period filled with goodness and great conversations, then add the yam fries and steamed greens! Enjoy!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I believe that you can definitely get enough protein in your diet without consuming supplements! In fact, I think that you should rely heavily on getting 90% of your nutritional needs met by eating whole foods. I just posted my favorite supplements that I find have given me added energy and benefits that make taking them worth it!
That being said, I eat a lot of my protein (vegan based), from whole foods. Here are a list of foods which contain protein for vegetarians/vegans: Beans (black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans), Edamame Beans, Tofu, Hemp Hearts, Wheat Germ, Protein Powders (Hemp, soy or brown rice), quinoa, nuts and seeds.
Here is the nutritional information for some of these:
Hemp Hearts (a favorite of mine which I sprinkle on anything and everything! I put them on my salads, oatmeal, greens, veggies, yam fries, stir-frys...you name it!
Nutritional Value for 5 Tbsp. (I eat about 1 tbsp. with my meal/snack and probably consume about 3-5 tbsp./day)
20 grams of protein
5.9 grams of carbohydrates
25.9 grams of fat *only 2.7 grams is Saturated Fat and there is 0 grams of Trans fat. From this there is 19.6 grams of Polyunsaturated fat (good fat) - broken down to 14.9 grams of Omega 6 and 4.7 grams of Omega 3. 3.5 grams of Monounsaturated Fat.
Wheat Germ (Wheat germ is so inexpensive and you won't notice it at all when you add it to your dishes, whether it be salads, soups, stews, oatmeal, etc. I add Wheat Germ into Noah's pasta sauce or the brown rice noodles to boost the nutritional value! The nutritional value is per 100grams but I would say that I sprinkle 1tbsp. over my dishes/time).
Nutritional Value per 100 grams:
28 grams of protein
10 grams of fat *1.5 grams is Saturated and 0 grams is Trans Fat
47 grams Carbohydrate
14 grams Fibre
Relatively high in thiamine, vitamin E and trace minerals.
Tofu *there is much debate over whether tofu is good or bad. Some males are terrified away from tofu because of the higher estrogen levels but what my doctor said was that you would have to consume TONS to really have your hormonal levels affected. Keep in mind that people in China and Japan have and continue to consume tofu daily in their diet. I personally am scared only when a product is genetically modified! So my family (including the two males that live in our house!), eat tofu which says on the label non-GMO and Organic, to ensure that we are getting the best quality. We eat tofu and/or soy products probably 3-4 times per week and from what I have read, that is absolutely fine!
Nutritional Value per 100 grams:
10 grams of Fat *1.5 grams is Saturated, 0 grams is Trans Fat
4 mg Sodium
16 grams Protein
Nutritional Value per 100 grams *I find it hard to eat just 100 grams/serving!
7 grams of Fat
140 mg Sodium
9 grams of Carbohydrates
4 grams of Fibre
2 grams of Sugar
12 grams of Protein
4% Vitamin A
20% Vitamin C
Nutritional Value for 1 cup, cooked without salt:
4 grams of Fat *0 grams is Saturated and 0 grams is Trans Fat
11 mg Sodium
45 grams Carbohydrate
12 grams Dietary Fibre
8 grams Sugars
15 grams Protein
Generally speaking, 25% of the calories found in beans come from Protein. 5% of the calories found in beans come from unsaturated fat. 70% of the calories found in beans are from complex carbohydrates.
Quinoa *I love quinoa so much! It has a mild nutty flavor and is so easy to make! It cooks in less than 20 minutes! Fantastic! It really tastes amazing hot or cold (as a salad).
Nutritional Value for 1 cup of cooked quinoa:
4 grams of Fat *0 grams of Saturated and 0 grams of Trans Fats
13 mg of Sodium
39 grams of Carbohydrates
5 grams of Dietary Fibre
8 grams of Protein
Nuts and Nut Butters (such as organic almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter), provide protein but also are high in calories and fat. I probably consume between 1/2 to 1 cup of nuts and seeds (mostly pumpkin seeds and walnuts) per week.
I hope that the above nutritional break-downs helps a little. I really can't answer the question generally as to how much protein you should consume each day as there are a lot of factors that go into determining this (such as activity level - intensity, body weight, goals - weight-loss/gain/maintenance, etc.), but I can say that from what I've learned, the best is to try and balance each snack and meal with a protein, carb, and fat.
Personally, I don't sweat about calories or serving sizes because I am just aware and try my best to be mindful and to listen to my body. If I'm feeling a little tired or taking longer to recover from my run/work-outs, I increase my protein and I usually find that my energy levels increase and my recovery times are a lot faster! I feel better when I eat several smaller means opposed to three meals. I just listen to my body - a process that wasn't always that easy! Of course I still have goals that I want to meet and I definitely don't think that I know it all or have reached every goal set...but I'm in a happy place which makes me feel proud and I just want to share my experience and passion with anyone/everyone!
Some advice I've learned about eating protein!
*Cooking protein can make it more acid-forming (our bodies are happiest when in an alkaline-state). You will benefit the most from food that is the least altered by processing and cooking.
*It's really easy and more economical to buy dried beans. If you are going to buy a can of beans, look for products that don't add salt and are organic!
*When we eat food, our body converts protein into amino acids for use. Protein isn't utilized directly. In his book The Thrive Diet, Brandan Brazier says
"We can help our body speed the regeneration process and be more efficient in the fabrication of new cells by eating foods rich in amino acid-one-step foods. This way, the body does not have to expend energy to convert protein into amino acids. Greens have the highest percentage of amino acids per ounce of any food".
*Foods that are rich in Amino Acids include, quinoa, hemp, leafy greens (eg. include spinach, chard, kale, dandelion greens, lettuces), all kinds of seeds (eg. chia seeds, hemp, flaxseeds).
*There really is so much variety to choose from when eating protein-rich, vegan friendly whole foods! The best part is that every time you incorporate these foods into your meals and eliminate meat or dairy, you are being so much friendlier to our Environment because it takes a lot less energy and land to grow these foods then it does to raise animals for consumption...not to mention the cruel and inhumane treatment that animals are often subjected to.
Enjoy and if you have any feedback or more information, please comment!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
-Preheat oven to 350F
-In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients
-In a separate bowl, stir together oats, flour, flax, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt
-Slowly add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Add chocolate chips
-Drop by spoonful onto parchment lined or silicone mat
-Bake at 350F for 15 minutes
-Cool on a cooling rack