Warm Fig and Spinach Salad

  Keeping with the fig theme this is one of my favourite go to salads. It’s so easy to put together and so quick! The recipe is from Honestly Healthy Cleanse but basically consists of red onion fried in sunflower oil and cider vinegar. Steamed green beans and figs gently warmed in the same pan as the red onion. Serve on a bed of spinach and top with pine nuts or sunflowers seeds

Fig and Date Smoothie 

  This is so delicious especially if you crave something sweet as the combination of dates and figs does mean it’s high in natural sugars but sometimes that’s what your body needs! It’s best to go for fresh figs as they are lower in calories and carbohydrates but then they are lower in soluble fibre than dried figs but still a great source of soluble fibre. They are also rich in minerals, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and vitamins K, A and E.

1 cup cashew milk or other non dairy alternative

1 small banana

1 fresh fig (or 2 if small) (Plus one to chop up for the topping)

2 dates (chop some for the topping if you like)

1tbs pumpkin seeds

1tbs sunflower seeds

1tbs baobab fruit powder 

Blend and enjoy! 

Blackbean and Avocado Salad

  You have probably realised by now that I’m into the simple stuff! Sometimes you just have to look in the fridge and cupboards and see what might go together! This is simply spinach leaves, tomato, cucumber, avocado, black beans and sweet corn with coriander and chilli and lime dressing. Mango would work well with this too! 

Courgetti with sesame and pumpkin seeds

  I invested in a spiraliser recently, bit of an impulse purchase as it happens but it makes excellent courgetti and this one is easy to use. This is a simple lunch of courgetti topped with pumpkin seeds toasted with tamari and agave. I lightly fried the courgette in coconut oil first but only for a minute or so. They can be eaten raw but I prefer them this way. I added a sprinkle of black sesame seeds too for extra taste and protein. 

Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Mushroom and Edamame

  

This is so quick and easy to make.  Be careful when cooking the noodles as they can have a tendency to go a bit soggy! Fry the mushrooms in sesame oil, cook the edamame and then add to the noodles and mushrooms. Spring onions would go well with this. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Make a dressing with mirin, brown rice vinegar, tamari and toasted sesame oil.  Mix together and enjoy! 

Check out My Post on OneGreenPlanet.org: Habits and Tips from Healthy, Successful, Longterm Vegans

(JUST ABOUT) VEGAN

imageHi Folks! I’ve missed you all! As you may have noticed, I haven’t been around here as much lately. That’s because I’ve had the awesome opportunity to do some writing for OneGreenPlanet.org. Since this unfortunately means that I have a bit less time to post here, whenever possible I’ll be sharing links to my articles there so you can see what I’m up to.

That said, I hope you’ll pop over and check out my new article about how to happily and healthfully maintain a (just about) vegan diet long-term, and I also encourage you all to leave your own tips and tricks in my comments section. Happy eating!

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Almond Seeduction Bars

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al·mond ˈä-mənd: the fruit of a small tree of the rose family with flowers and young fruit resembling those of the peach; its ellipsoidal edible kernel used as a nut.

se·duc·tion
si-ˈdək-shən: something that interests and attracts people.

Almonds

Health enthusiasts have had a love affair with almonds for years. How about you, have you been seduced by the charm of almonds yet? If not, let’s talk about why almonds should be a part of your healthy diet.

Throughout history, almonds have been revered by many cultures as “the best fruits of the land”. Romans considered them a sign of happiness, fertility and romance. Newlywed couples were showered with almonds for good health and fortune. Today, Jordan almonds (candy-covered almonds) are a classic wedding candy. A staple at Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern weddings, the sweet sugar coating of Jordan almonds sweeten the bittersweet taste of the almonds, just as marriage is meant…

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Coconut Cherry-Almond Chia Pudding

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Coconut Cherry-Almond Chia Pudding

Before cherries are gone for the year, I thought I’d share this quick and very easy recipe for chia seed pudding. When cherries are in season, and I can find good tasting organic ones, there’s really no other fruit I’d prefer to eat. So when I recently found organic cherries at my local supermarket, and they were good, I had to grab a couple of bags. Besides popping them in my mouth and eating them alone, I’ve been adding them to a variety of things—oatmeal, smoothies, salads, and chia pudding.

Organic Cherries

My son LOVES chia pudding, and I give it to him without any added sweeteners (maple syrup or honey), just fruit. After buying it a few times at local cafe’s and restaurants, I decided it was not only cheaper, but also healthier to make my own chia pudding at home. And, it’s so easy! I often make chia pudding plain or…

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