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November 21st, 2009 — Nutrition, Vegetarian/Vegan
Red bean soup is my favourite healthy snack or dessert. It stops my craving ‘cos it’s filling and satisfying.
Red beans (also known as adzuki beans) are high in fiber and protein, but low in fat. They are good sources of iron, magnesium, potassium, thiamin and phosphorus.
It is easy to prepare and cook. Any leftover can be stored in the fridge for a few days. Warm it up if you want to eat it hot.
Red Bean Soup
1 cup of red beans
8 cups of water
1/4 cup of sago (optional)
Brown sugar or stevia
1. Wash and soak read beans in water overnight. Drain.
2. Combine red bean and water in a large pot and bring to boil.
3. Reduce heat and let it simmer in the covered pot for at least 2 hours or until the beans are soft or have broken apart.
4. Add brown sugar or stevia according to taste.
5. Add sago and cook for another 10 minutes or until the sago turns from white to transparent.
6. You can serve it hot or cold.
I grew up eating my mum’s homemade red bean soup and still love it to this day!
Red Bean Popsicles
Alternatively, you can make red bean popsicles. When the red bean soup has cooled down to room temperature, stir it first before pouring into popsicle molds. Place the sticks into the mold and freeze.
I love eating these popsicles in hot weather. They are also a great non-dairy alternative to ice-cream.
July 29th, 2009 — Nutrition, Vegetarian/Vegan
Despite the fact that there are vegetarian and even vegan bodybuilders and fitness competitors, you’re probably still
skeptical that men and women can eat AMAZING food on a vegetarian meal plan and lose weight.
With permission from the author, Kardena Pauza, I’m able to share 3 awesome recipes from her Easy Veggie Meal Plans.
1) Strawberry-Mango Smoothie – 385 calories
1 cup strawberries stemmed
1/2 mango peeled
3/4 cup/6 oz Almond milk or Raw almond yogurt
4 Brazilian Nuts (Raw & Soaked)
2 tsp agave or brown rice syrup or Really Raw Honey, or 2-3 Dates
1 medium sized Cucumber
1 tsp NutriBiotic Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder (optional)
Add ½ Cup Water and blend together
Optional: Dash Stevia, water, ice to taste only
Place all ingredients in a high powered blender. Add several cubes of ice if desired and blend until smooth. Continue adding ice until desired consistency is reached. Pour into glass and garnish with mint leaf as option.
2) Breakfast Quinoa – Calories 369, Carbs 46g, Protein 15g, Fat 13g
1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or fresh made almond milk
1 Tbsp raisins
1 med fresh peach
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Stevia or agave nectar to sweeten
Rinse quinoa and combine with almond milk and water. Bring to a slow simmer, then cover and cook for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients and place in food processor or blender and puree slightly. Ready to eat.
3) Portobello Mushroom Burger – 365 Calories
1 Portobello mushroom cap
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
dash teaspoon dried basil
dash teaspoon dried oregano
dash tablespoon minced garlic
1 oz (2 tbsp) sharp cheese or vegan cheese
1 tablespoons bottled teriyaki sauce
1 slices of Ezekiel bread
1 cup of tomato (slices)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Place the mushroom caps, smooth side up, in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so, turning twice. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
Brush grate with oil. Place mushrooms on the grill, reserving marinade for basting. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until tender. Brush with marinade frequently. Top with cheese during the last 2 minutes of grilling.
And remember, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to go vegetarian everyday, but in this day of “agri-business”, “factory farming”, “E.coli outbreaks”, and “industrial agriculture pollution”, there’s a lot to be said about building a better body without meat.
For more of Kardena’s vegetarian recipes and meal plans, check out her Easy Veggie Meal Plans
Let me know what you think of them!
July 28th, 2009 — Nutrition, Vegetarian/Vegan
I hope you had a chance to download and read “10 Vegetarians Foods Not To Eat On A Weight Loss Diet” at Easy Veggie Meal Plans.
In addition, I’d like to point out some more food products that vegetarians tend to overeat when they eliminate meat from their diet.
1. Processed grains esp. wheat
Excessive consumption of processed grains such as cereals, bread, crackers, pasta, cakes, pastries and cookies lead to obesity, heart diseases and high cholesterol. There’s way too much carbohydrates in these processed foods than the body needs and any excess is stored as fat. Vegetables and fruits are better sources of carbohydrates than processed grains.
Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat and other grains. People who suffer from gluten intolerance may experience abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, fatigue, infertility, skin problems and weight gain.
Other grains that contain gluten include barley, couscous, oats and semolina.
Pls see my previous posts on Soy Can Make You Fat! and The Dangers Of Soy
3. Protein powder
I’m not a fan of protein powder ‘cos it contains too much artificial ingredients. I’d rather get my protein from natural food. Beans, nuts and egg whites are great sources of protein for vegetarians. Beans are so versatile and can be prepared in numerous ways. Here are some bean ideas: burrito, salad, soup, burger, dip, falafel, hummus, roasted, bean chilli.
I make dessert from red bean. Check out my healthy dessert/snack recipe for red bean soup.
July 14th, 2009 — Nutrition, Vegetarian/Vegan
If you want to STOP eating meat and start transforming your body with an EASY and SIMPLE to follow vegetarian meal plan, then I have great news for you!
Vegetarian Nutrition Expert Kardena Pauza put together these vegetarian meal plans to help you out.
Go here and grab these meal plans at no cost to you:
–> Vegetarian Meal Plans
Kardena shows you how easy, simple, and convenient it is to live the Vegetarian Lifestyle by telling you EXACTLY what to eat!
Please hurry… these Vegetarian Meal Plans will only be available until Friday, July 17th.Just go here and grab the meal plans for FREE today:
–> Vegetarian Meal Plans
And don’t miss Kardena’s powerful and controversial report… called, “The Top 10 Foods You Must NOT Eat on a Vegetarian Diet“