Tips for Eating Out on a Plant Based Diet

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Restaurants can prove to be a challenge when it comes to sticking to a plant-based diet. Take a look at any menu, and I’m sure you’ll find cheese in just about everything.

Don’t worry – you won’t be stuck eating at home alone with your cat while your friends are dining out. There is something on the menu for you to eat. Sometimes, it will take a little creativity.

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Why Should You Choose a Plant Based Diet?

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Regardless of what dietary path you follow, we can all agree that consuming more whole, plant-based foods means you are getting more nutrients, antioxidants and fiber – and that, of course, has benefits for your health. A plant-based diet emphasizes the quality of the food you eat rather than just the omission of animal products.

Let’s look a little deeper though, as to why a plant-based diet is a good choice.

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What is a plant based diet?

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The New Year is upon us, and that inevitably means resolutions. Folks are looking for ways to improve their overall health and fitness, and dietary changes are usually top amongst the list.

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about whole food, plant-based diets, especially as more and more top athletes have adopted a plant-based lifestyle.

So what exactly is a plant-based diet?

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin-SpiceIt’s that time of year again…pumpkin spice abounds! Supermarket shelves and coffee shops offer every concoction imaginable. the problem is – most of those spicy fall like treats are far from healthy. So, with that in mind, I came up with this recipe. Healthy and delicious. :)

Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
2 T ground flax
2 T hemp seeds
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3 T almond milk
1/4 tsp salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all the wet ingredients. Add spices and dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Spoon batter into lined muffin pan.
Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
*These make great mini-muffins, just adjust the cooking time to 12-15 minutes.

*optional add-in ingredients: pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, pecans

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Vitamix Personal Blender – Discount

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Looking for a high speed blender designed for tight spaces and people on the go – that is built to last?

Look no further than the Vitamix S3o.

Vitamix® Introduces the S30, a Versatile, Portable Machine Offering High-Performance Blending

Vitamix, a world leader in professional-grade blending equipment for home and commercial use, presents the S30—the first high-performance, personal blender from the brand trusted by consumers and professional chefs alike.

Featuring the versatility and durability that are synonymous with the Vitamix name, the S30 offers a sleek, compact design that allows users to easily create smaller batches and individual servings and streamlines everyday kitchen tasks. Equipped with two perfectly sized containers for individuals and small families plus a lightweight base, the S30 makes it simple to quickly blend and take recipes to go.

The small but mighty S30 boasts a powerful 790-watt motor, metal drive system and the signature laser-cut, stainless-steel blades—a staple of Vitamix machines. The result is a smoother blend, even with tough ingredients. The machine also gives users control over blending, with a Variable Speed Control and a Pulse feature to effortlessly create a variety of textures.

Designed to perform like no other, the efficient S30 comes with two unique, shatter-resistant, BPA-free containers. Users can choose the right one for the task at hand, making it simple to prepare individual servings of smoothies and juices, quickly chop vegetables, grind grains and produce smaller batches of soups, sauces, vinaigrettes, frozen desserts and more. An interlock ensures the container is securely in place before starting the machine. The 20-ounce double insulated beverage cup quickly blends single-serving recipes and becomes an instant travel cup—perfect for most cup holders—with a flip-top lid.  Its double-insulated material maintains temperatures while on the go. The 40-ounce container offers fast processing, a mess-free pour and the versatility to create single and double servings of favorite Vitamix recipes.

The removable blade base on the S30 makes it safe and easy to extract thicker creations, like peanut butter and dips. For added convenience, both containers, as well as the tamper and blade base, are top rack dishwasher-safe.

“We have created the ideal machine for the on-the-go fitness enthusiast, the home chef who wants to produce small batches of sauces or dips, and the family who wants to make their own personal blends with minimal clean-up,” said Karen Haefling, vice president of marketing, Vitamix. “With the introduction of the S30, we’re redefining the personal blender by combining convenience and portability with the power and versatility Vitamix machines are known for. The S30 is adaptable enough to help create every meal of the day, yet small enough to accompany you anywhere.”

Because of its smaller stature, the S30 can conveniently be stored in or under kitchen cabinets and the containers fit easily on refrigerator shelves. This machine is also perfect for the gym, office, vacation home, business trip… or anywhere there is a need for personal blending.

Use coupon coupon code 06-008081 to save $25 at check out.

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Garlic Press Review

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I recently received this garlic press to try out – it came at a good time actually, since my garlic press was on it’s last leg. I’ve been using the Zyliss brand for many years. It’s worked out great, but the outer coating was starting to peel off, exposing the aluminum…and honestly I’d prefer not to use anything aluminum. Thankfully, the Orblue Propresser Garlic press is stainless steel.

I use a lot of garlic when I’m cooking and I’m not a fan of crushing or chopping it by hand, I prefer to use a press instead. Just a personal preference.

Here are the good points with the Propresser:

  • Easy to use. No need to peel the cloves.
  • Easy clean up.
  • Heavy Duty Stainless Steel. Very durable.

Overall, I am impressed. Given how solid this item is, I doubt that I’ll have to purchase a new one for a very long time.

Now…for the health benefits of garlic:

This info comes courtesy of Worlds Healthiest Foods –

With their unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, allium vegetables—such as garlic—belong in your diet on a regular basis. There’s research evidence for including at least one serving of an allium vegetable—such as garlic—in your meal plan every day. If you’re choosing garlic as your allium family vegetable, try to include at least 1/2 clove in your individual food portion. If you’re preparing a recipe, we recommend at least 1-2 cloves.

Garlic is a wonderful seasoning to add aroma, taste, and added nutrition to your dishes. We often recommend using raw chopped or pressed garlic in many of our dishes to take advantage of the benefits derived from garlic. However, if you cannot tolerate raw garlic, you can add chopped garlic to foods while they are cooking. It is best to add it towards the end of the cooking process to retain the maximum amount of flavor and nutrition.

  • You can increase the health benefits you receive from garlic by letting it sit after you’ve chopped it or crushed it. If you give your chopped/crushed garlic time to sit before changing its temperature (through cooking) or its pH (through the addition of acidic food like lemon juice), it will give the alliinase enzymes in garlic an opportunity to work on behalf of your health. For example, in the absence of chopping or crushing, research has shown that just 60 seconds of immediate microwaving will cause garlic to lose some of its cancer-protective properties. Immediate boiling of whole, intact garlic will also lower these properties, as will immediate addition of a very low-acid ingredient like lemon juice.
  • Some of garlic’s unique components are most durable in food (versus processed extract) form. Allicin—one of garlic’s most highly valued sulfur compounds—stays intact for only 2-16 hours at room temperature when it is present in purified (extracted) form. But when it’s still inside of crushed garlic, allicin will stay viable for 2-1/2 days.
  • Garlic may help improve your iron metabolism. That’s because the diallyl sulfides in garlic can help increase production of a protein called ferroportin. (Ferroportin is a protein that runs across the cell membrane, and it forms a passageway that allows stored iron to leave the cells and become available where it is needed.)
  • In addition to being a good source of selenium, garlic may be a more reliable source as well. Garlic is what scientists call a “seleniferous” plant: it can uptake selenium from the soil even when soil concentrations do not favor this uptake.
  • The cardioprotective benefits of garlic may partly rest on the production of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas. Our red blood cells can take sulfur-containing molecules in garlic (called polysulfides) and use them to produce H2S. This H2S in turn can help our blood vessels expand and keep our blood pressure in check. Interestingly, some processed garlic extracts cannot be used by our red blood cells in the same way and do not seem to provide the same level of cardioprotection that is provided by garlic in food form.
  • While still in its very early stages, research suggests that garlic consumption may actually help to regulate the number of fat cells that get formed in our body. 1,2-DT (1,2-vinyldithiin) is one of the unique sulfur compounds in garlic that has long been recognized as having anti-inflammatory properties. But only recently have researchers discovered that some of our fibroblastic cells (called “preadipocytes”) only evolve into full-fledged fat cells (called “adipocytes”) under certain metabolic circumstances involving inflammatory system activity. 1,2-DT may be able to inhibit this conversion process. Since obesity is increasingly viewed by researchers as a chronic state of low-grade inflammation, the inflammation-related benefits of garlic’s 1,2-DT may eventually be extended into the clinical area of obesity.

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Improve your Nutrition, Improve your Health

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Improve your nutrition, improve your health.

Sounds simple enough, right?
Unfortunately that’s not always the case. With the loads of mis-information floating around the internet combined with the outright lies the food industry has been feeding us for decades, navigating the waters of healthy eating can be rough to say the least. One of the biggest problems that I see are the millions of fad diets…low fat, low carb, high protein, high fat, calories counting, point counting, etc. Everyone looking for not only a quick fix, but a way to justify their bad eating habits.

You’ve heard it before – “diets don’t work.” But when you’re faced with contradictory information online and physicians that have little to no training in nutrition, you may be left feeling lost and confused about how exactly to take charge of your health and make the lifestyle changes that are necessary for optimal weight and good health.

The good news is, there’s no reason to go it alone. I have developed several programs to help you set your course. Everything from a basic introduction to more personalized long term programs that guide you every step of the way. My aim for you is not a short term quick fix. Instead,  I will teach you in a relatively short period of time, how to make changes that will last a lifetime.

Figuring out healthy eating and living often takes a bit more than simply counting calories and exercising a few times a week. A healthy lifestyle is something that is a part of who you are – not just something you do once in awhile.

The food you eat can make you energized and healthy or it can make you fatigued, unhealthy and overweight. By learning good nutrition and cooking techniques, you will have the tools to create the lasting change you want.

You will learn what true healthy eating really is. You will never need to count calories or points, weigh your food, or track and log every bite.

Put you health as you number one priority. When you are committed to that, everything falls into place.

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