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Monday, March 26, 2012

Vegan Movie Snack

A Snack the Family Will Love!

This snack is really easy to make and is nutritious. Plus, everyone needs a good snack while they are watching their favorite movie. So here we go:

-Coconut Oil
-Sea Salt

Take the (popped) popcorn, raisins, and pretzels and mix them in your bowl. Get a small amount of coconut oil in a dish and melt it.... for those that don't know, coconut oil is solid at room temp. and expands considerably when melted, so be careful with how much you use. After you have melted your coconut oil you can drizzle it over your movie mix. Add some salt to taste (if you consume salt) and enjoy. Experiment with different mixes and enjoy your movies!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Raw Vegan Breakfast

   When trying the raw vegan diet it is important, as with all diets, to eat a healthy breakfast. Loading your body with fresh, raw fruits and a few raw veggies is the best thing you can do in the morning. Most raw vegans drink smoothies in the a.m. because they are quick, tastey, and above all, nutritious.
   Instead of just eating all your raw fruits and veggies in a one after another fashion, smoothies allow you to be creative and mesh things together. It lets you find flavors you enjoy and then exploit them by hiding more nutrients behind it. For example, if you fill a blender with berries and orange juice then added a little spinach, wheat grass, and a carrot your smoothie is still going to taste like the berries and orange juice, but you have added a load more vitamins and minerals to your breakfast with the added extras.
   So when you're not sure of what to eat while on a raw vegan diet, or even just looking for a healthy meal replacement, pull out the blender and have a smoothie! JUST BLEND IT, BLEND IT GOOD!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Raw Vegan Diet

  The raw vegan diet is a great diet if you are looking to regain your health or even just naturally boost your energy levels. Keeping in mind that any diet change should be discussed with your physician first, the raw vegan diet has many positive benefits.
   If you can manage to eat a wide enough variety of fruits, veggies, seeds and nuts your body will bless you for it. But that's the key, eating a variety. You are trying to get healthier, giving yourself an eating disorder is not stepping in the right direction. Along with variety, you should always maintain your minerals and a plant based multivitamin so your body gets any nutrients that you may not be giving it in the form of actual food.
   Does a raw vegan diet sound right for you? I say go for it! All you have to lose is that weight and bad complexion while gaining masses of energy that will seem to flow endlessly at times. Plus, you will discover flavors you never knew existed while trying to find recipes that suit you and your tastes. Don't be afraid to try new things. Maybe blue-green algae? Algae makes a great multivitamin and can easily be added to smoothies.Yummmmm Smoothies!
   When starting to eat a raw vegan diet smoothies are one of the best things you can have. I usually drink one for breakfast, but smoothies are great all day. Grabbing a hand full of fruit and maybe a carrot and some greens and putting it in a blender with some distilled water or juice is really easy for those on the go. Not only does it save time, but that smoothie will give you lasting energy....unlike other products out there that claim to do the same.
   Another good way of still allowing the creativity of "cooking" to continue happening in the kitchen is to purchase a food dehydrator. This will let you and whoever else is joining you on your vegan adventure to keep constructing recipes in more of a "cooking" fashion. On the other hand, "cooking" with a dehydrator takes hours and lots of times entire days to make what some might consider really basic recipes. But, a good blender, and a good dehydrator is all you will ever need for kitchen appliances....next to your fridge or course.
   Layers of flavor are really important to include in your raw vegan diet, so as to not get bored with your food. If you can remember: sweet, sour, bitter, tart, and spicy; and implement them into your food, you shouldn't lose any interest in what you are eating. For those that aren't so creative or good with preparing food, there are a few vegan restaurants out there (some that cater to the 'tastes' of meat eaters) that I'm sure would love your business when you're craving something a little different. Maybe a vegan pizza? Yum!
   I hope that you found this informative and inspiring. Now get out there and start eating those raw foods!