Check Out Dr. Greger at NutritionalFacts.org For Some Great Information on Nutrition and Health!

Do you have some questions about nutrition?  With all the information out there…and most of it contradicting, where do you go for advice?  Check out Dr. Greger at NutritionFacts.org for some great information on nutrition and health!

You can check out his blog here as well as many short videos you can watch and learn very important information.  If you are looking for information on Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer (many types), etc…as well as information on foods like cheese, juice, chicken, cocoa, etc. you have to check out NutritionFacts.org.  Dr. Greger touches on different age related issues, he talks about issues that are hereditary and others that can be prevented with diet.  Here is a video about Plant Based Nutrition…check it out here:

Please take the time to check out this wonderful website…and do your own research.  you owe it to yourself as well as all of those you love!!  This website is a great go-to site to do much of your own research!!

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Big Food Companies are Influencing our Nutrition AND our Government!

First the potato was on the hot seat, some people wanting to take them off the menu at schools because the carbs “cause” obesity.  Then they turn on the pizza and fight to make pizza a vegetable because of the 2 tsp of tomato sauce on each slice.  Check out this graphic my husband passed along to me…very interesting to say the least.  This shows who is in charge!!  We really need to take a stand and cut our spending on certain foods to help these food giants control our food system!!!  Wake up people….this is very real and it is happening in our backyards!!

Check it out:

Conglomerate American Food Infographic

Source: Frugal dad

What do you think now???

 

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My First Vegan Thanksgiving Success!!

How’d you do on Thanksgiving day?  Most of us (me including) over indulge and stuff ourselves until we feel sick.  My Thanksgiving day was a success….a Vegan success!!  Yep. I stayed on track…which was a bit of a challenge!  I honestly did not even miss the turkey, the stuffing, and all the other fat laden dishes.

I was in charge of bringing the mashed potatoes, so vegetable broth and Earth Balance was used.  I also made a crock full of chili…red bean chili with a kick (the kick was because I accidentally added cayenne pepper instead of chili pepper…luckily I realized  before I added too much)!!  My favorite was my kale salad!  I had many people ask me why I wasn’t eating the “normal” foods…and others asking me if that was all I was going to eat…but it wasn’t necessarily unpleasant.  After having 2 small bowls of chili and 2 servings of kale salad as well as a wee little bit of mashed potatoes, I was full for the rest of the day…NO JOKE!!

This mornings breakfast was a cinnamon bun smoothie and a piece of toast with a little peanut butter.  I have recently found some fantastic recipes and am especially grateful for all of you who are talented in the kitchen.  I love making new recipes, but am not real good at experimenting!!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving…and throughout the entire holiday season!!  Try some great vegan recipes…they really are not as intimidating as you think!  :)  Your body will love you for it!!

Three Bean Chili

1/4 cup vegetable broth                                                       1 tbls olive oil

1 med onion, chopped                                                          3 cloves garlic, minced

1 med red/orange or green pepper, diced                        1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes                                                  2 28 oz cans red beans, rinsed

2 tbls chili powder                                                                 1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp ground mustard                                                        1/2 tsp salt

1/4-1/2 tsp pepper                                                                  cilantro to taste

In 1/4 cup broth  and the oil in large pot, simmer until onion is soft.  Add garlic and bell pepper, simmer 3 more minutes.

Add remaining ingredients (except cilantro) and mix until well incorporated.  Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and cover.  Cook for another 10 minutes.  Remove cover and let simmer another 15 minutes.

Serve with cilantro and non dairy sour cream and/or non dairy cheddar cheese.  YUM!

Sweet Kale Salad

2 tbls fresh lemon juice                                                 1 tsp agave

4-6 kale leaves, cut into strips                                      salt and pepper to taste

Any fruit or veggies of your choice…I added cranberries and pine nuts.

Combine lemon juice and agave with salt and pepper.  Pour mixture over kale and mix well. Keep mixing, as you mix, massage the kale leaves…this will soften the leaves and make it easier to eat as a salad.  YUM!!

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Chia Seeds~Nutrient Powerhouse Packed in a Tiny Seed!

Chia Seeds~Nutrient Powerhouse Packed in a  Tiny Seed!! Chia seeds may promote Cardiovascular and Digestive health.

I had heard about these little guys for some time now but had actually never tried them.  I just happened upon them at the grocery store the other day and decided I should try them.  They really are rather tasteless so they will be masked in any food you put them in.  And Yes, these are the same little seeds you see advertised every holiday season as Chia pets!!  Dr. Oz talked about these little guys and the greatness of them for weight loss, especially for those who are over age 50!  Give them a try…you will LOVE them!

The best part about this little seed is how very nutritious they are!  Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids (more than salmon), Phosphorous, Calcium (more than milk), Magnesium (more than broccoli), Antioxidants (more than blueberries), Fiber (more than flax seed), Protein (biologically complete), Iron (more than spinach), Potassium, Zinc and more.  Chia seeds are Gluten free, Kosher, Trans fat free, Sugar free, Non GMO, Low Glycemic index, Great for weight loss, Meets a vegetarian/vegan standards for diet, Low in saturated fat, Low in carbohydrates, Excellent for hydration AND Cholesterol free!!!  All this in an amazingly small grain.

*Chia seed was one of the main components of the Aztec diet for over 3500 years.  Aztec warriors subsisted on chia seed during their battles and hunting expeditions, eating as little as a small handful added into water.  It is a high energy food and all you need it water.  Omega 3 Chia Seeds were selected because of they are highest in omega 3, antioxidants, fiber and other necessary nutrients.  Omega 3 Chia Seeds have soluble fiber that forms a gel that slows the absorption of sugar/carbohydrates into the blood stream.  This makes it a low glycemic food.  ~This was taken right from my container of chia seeds from the brand name Omega 3 Chia Seeds!

You really ought to try these amazing little guys!  Add them to cereal, yogurt, any baked goods, burgers,  pizza, soups, salads, smoothies….basically anything that you eat.  When added to soups,  smoothies or any other drink you can watch as these little seeds become hydrated and “gel” making your soup or smoothie thicker.

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