Beets from the Farmers' Market were the base for this very pretty hummus, worthy of bringing to an event such as wedding or a baby girl shower.
Beets are the sweetest and most colourful root vegetables. A great source of potassium, folate and vitamins A and C.
Whole foods bring vitamins and minerals to the table which have been created in "harmony" by nature as an important resource for the body to draw the amounts needed at the time they are needed.
Two people eating the same beet with the same micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) will
not absorb the exact same amount. Nature provides the plate and our body makes the decisions reading nutrition in harmony together.
T. Colin Campbell (Professor from Cornell University, Centre for Nutrition Studies) has written a new book called "Whole" which addresses our reductionist view when it comes to nutrition. The societal focus on a single macronutrient (protein, fat or carbohydrate) and individual micronutrients to deliver the magic bull...
People who consume a Whole Food Plant Based diet are often asked questions specific to diet. Questions arise for several reasons, mainly curiosity or concern and often skepticism that a diet consisting entirely of Plant Based Whole Foods provides the adequate nutrients required to sustain healthy bodies.
When it comes to the most popular inquiry;
Where do you get your protein?
It is important to not only understand the answer for the sake of your own good health but to equip yourself with the correct knowledge to answer the question capably and succinctly, to hopefully dissuade further debate.
The building blocks of protein are amino acids. There are 20 standard amino acids of which 10 are essential for human health.
There is no question that protein is a very important nutrient. Protein is essential to the development of healthy cells and bodies. Our bodies do not make our own protein so we must consume protein to make protein.
This fact, which is both valid and widely accepted i...
When you completely have replaced fats and animal proteins in your diet with an abundance of whole grains, starches, vegetables, legumes and fruits. There is a realignment of the tastebuds which occurs for most people.
An interesting by product of the WFPB Lifestyle is that breakfast no longer means breakfast food. The body craves more of the exact same as it has been consuming. It does not tire of the same but craves the same. A great reason to consume whole foods which deliver the best available nutrients for the body to draw upon when and as needed.
Savory breakfast meals are as enjoyable in the morning as they are for evening. There are even online discussion boards, Facebook Groups specifically aligned for Plant Based Savory breakfasts. People show off their broccoli breakfast and potato stews. It's a secret society to which we proudly belong.
Sure you could have a bowl of Oatmeal, add some fresh fruit (sour cherries my fave) and be satisfied. Often we crave loads of vegetables and e...
The Whole Food Plant Based diet has changed our lives in more ways than ever could have anticipated. It has changed our bodies to be slimmer, healthier, stronger versions much like our decades younger selves, only better. It has changed our meals to be more economical, delicious and energizing that ever before. The physical feelings evoked from nourishment delivered from a belly full of whole grains, starches, vegetables, legumes & fruits are proof positive that there is no lack of nutrient available to our bodies.
There is a massive amount of evidence as to The Whole Food Plant Based Diet and how it relates to health.
So why doesn't everybody know about " The Whole Food Plant Based Diet"?
The answer is simply because there is no additional money to be made by encouraging and promoting people to consume a variety and abundance of Plant Based Whole Foods as the entirety of their diet.
Our food value system as it relates to consumer spending is driven by mo...
I hate salad. It's true. People give me odd looks when I tell them, especially non plant based friends.
What do you eat?
About a million things actually.
Sweet Potatoes are a staple in our house. There has been some debate among various Plant Based Medical Experts as to which is healthier the Potato or the Sweet Potato.
Sweet Potatoes and steamed greens topped with balsamic vinegar is my healthy go to cleanse meal. Simple and pure, the energy it gives to the body when consumed is almost comparable to a "high", a nourishing vegetable high.
Layered salads are becoming an obsession quickly. Even though there is much on the agenda today this recipe was coming together in my mind.
I'm not really a recipe Blogger, my passion is to educate but do feel recipes can be the best way to showcase how whole food plant based meals come together. The sweet potato in this recipe were cooked in an oil less fryer. You can use the oilless fryer with no oil at all even though they recommend a TBSP....
This salad is an excellent example of a balanced Whole Food Plant Based Meal. It has been adapted from a Mason Jar Lunch get together and made family size. Two were made, one to be enjoyed after golf as nobody wants to cook after walking 18 holes in the heat. the second will stay in the refrigerator until Fathers day, Saturday.
TIP: Make several at a time as they can keep in the fridge (dressing stays on bottom) for several days ready to go when needed.
A balanced Whole food Plant Based meal includes 50% or more of the dish made up from whole grains (spelt pasta) or vegetable starch (white kidney beans) and the remaining portion a variety and abundance of green and yellow vegetables or fruits. (cucumber, broccoli slaw, green grapes, green apples, romaine)
Carbohydrates and starches are quite important to the equation, they allow the body much needed energy and replace the calories removed from consuming animal products (meat, fish, fowl, dairy, eggs).
Show me a Whole Food Plant Based eater and they typically LOVE to show off their vegetables. When you see them laid out ready to go into a dish it's quite remarkable actually.
The thing is when you remove a major element from your diet such as "Animal Products" an entire world of food possibilities seep in to fill the gap.
Cooking Whole Food Plant based can be easy quick and simple or labor intensive.
That's much like regular old style cooking. The basicrecipe for cooking Whole Food Plant Based is super simple.
WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED 101:
1) Choose from a Range of Colourful Vegetables, Legumes and Leafy Greens.
2) Cook without oil either in a fat free sauce or sauce with bits of water at a time.
3) Add to a Whole Grain Base which takes up 50-60% of your plate.
The key is that you are consuming a VARIETY of whole foods. That way your body can have whatever resources it requires when needed at that exact time. It may not need extra "zinc" all the time, every day etc.
Cauliflower Wings could be the greatest dish in a Plant Based kitchen to serve to non Plant Based guests. Once you have tasted these wings, if you've ever tasted the meat version, you'll know what the others were missing. Serve this to your family or your boyfriend or your girlfriend as a Friday night treat.
Cauliflower is a GORGEOUS vegetable. We crave cauliflower and after the major price scare last season when we paid $10.00 for a head, it feels most decadent to serve.
To prepare cauliflower. remove the outer leaves andtrim the stalk at the bottom. Wash under cold water with a gentlescrub. Remove the florets by hand taking care to keep them flower like. We want to make them appear like wings in size and resemblance.
The celery and carrot rice was my husbands' idea. We simply used a bowl of steamed organic short grain brown rice and mix in the carrots and celery roughly chopped. No oil, no cooking. Just chunky, heart crunchy rice.
We topped all in a nice dilly ranch sauce. No dipping req...
Eating a whole food plant based diet can either cost a little or a lot. What I have learned from living this way is that the simplest of recipes, created from what you already have in house can make the best of dishes.
Potato are a cornerstone of a whole food plant based diet which is high in carbohydrates and low in oil. The balance scientific evidence within human nutrition and related chronic disease points to the humble potato as the SECRET ingredient to health.
This is contrary to what beliefs and opinions exist through various food marketing vehicles and related messaging.
Potato carbohydrates do not cause weight gain (if you leave the oil out) in fact they accelerate weight loss when consumed in abundance. Many people who embark upon a WFPBD (whole food plant based diet) resist eating potato until they try it and the pounds fall off while they feel full and satisfied. The proof is in the doing.
Potatoes have been proven to be sustainable in that you can eat them everyday and never t...