Can we say enough good things about coconut water? If you’re a follower of this blog, then you’ve read our internet version of ‘singing praises’ to the stuff. As you saw in the title, this drink has multiple uses. Sometimes we can get a little carried away on these warm summer nights, back yard parties, and veggie-q’s (yes, that’s how we refer to barbeque parties here in the office!) and we end up feeling like coconuts are knocking us on the head. You may have guessed that I’m talking about hangovers – the lovely dehydrated state of regret that we sometimes find ourselves in. Instead of reaching for the ibuprofen, why not grab a glass of nourishing, electrolyte rich coconut water that hydrates your body? Coconut water is fat free, naturally sweet, and loaded with essential minerals (or electrolytes) such as potassium and sodium that help re-balance our electrolyte levels and make for a fully charged you! Coconut water is especially good for dehydration. Since alcohol robs our body of water, replenishing with coconut water is the perfect solution.
As mentioned before, coconut water also makes an excellent sports drink for the same reasons listed above. When we exercise we end up using our electrolytes and water, and drinking coconut water is a perfect way to replenish yourself to optimal functioning.
Coconut water has many other beneficial properties outside of being a hangover remedy. In fact, drinking coconut water regularly encourages bowel movements, boosts immune function, helps to prevent bacterial and viral infections, and helps our thermoregulation during the warmer months as it keeps the body cool.
Living in Canada, which is clearly not tropical, it can be hard to access fresh coconuts year round, so we recommend trying Coco water, which can be purchased at Shopper’s Drug Mart starting on July 26th. Coco the natural drink has no additives and is the closest thing you can get to drinking straight from a coconut. Also, try drinking through a glass straw if you’re going to sip from a coconut directly to avoid any toxins that come from cheap plastic.
So go ahead, indulge in some coconut water – it’s ever so good for you!
- 2 cups coconut water (Coco the drink)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp ginger juice (from freshly grated ginger)
- 1 tsp coconut nectar
Stir together in a tall glass and sip with a glass straw!
It’s probably safe to say that summer is the favorite time of year for most of us. It means swimming, sun tanning, not having to bundle up in layers of clothing to go outside, and most importantly – cold treats! This week on the blog we’re going to look at summer treat options: vegan style!
The sound of your neighborhood’s ice cream truck likely floods you with childhood memories of sticky, sweet, cold goodies. Most of those treats however, are loaded with highly processed sugars, syrups, dairy products, and even fillers containing gluten which aren’t really that great for you. The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives that actually provide your body with some nutrients.
To start with, let’s look at some dairy alternatives so that you can still enjoy cold creamy treats without the nasty side effects of consuming cow’s milk*.
Ice cream can be made with any milk alternative, but we highly recommend coconut or other nut milks given their creamy consistency. Using a dairy alternative as a base, you can add any flavor you like and completely customize your ice cream. Try chocolate chips, nut butters, fruits, cocoa powder, or even just honey. Check out the bottom of the page for a delicious ice cream recipe!
It’s a common misconception that you need an ice cream maker to make your own ice cream. Whereas having an ice cream maker might make the process a little easier, it’s not too difficult to do without one – it just takes a bit more dedication! Once you have mixed your ingredients together, put them in a freezer safe bowl and place your mixture in the freezer. Every hour the mixture needs to be stirred so that it freezes into a fluffier, more ice cream like consistency. An ice cream maker simply does the mixing for you. You can also pour your ice cream mixture into popsicle molds for delicious healthy popsicles!
You can also try making a sorbet, which is super simple and tasty, consisting of only three ingredients: fruit, sweetener (honey, agave, rice syrup), and lime juice. This can also be frozen into popsicle form. Again, compile your ingredients, blend, and freeze! It’s that easy.
I fully sympathize with not having the time to make frozen goodies yourself, so if you’re at the store and looking for something cold and nutritious, what should you choose?
We highly recommend Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss coconut ice cream. It’s free of major food allergens (although this varies slightly with different flavors) including dairy, soy, and sugar, yet it’s creamy and tastes amazing. Coconut Bliss can be purchased at most health food grocery stores. Luna and Larry’s also makes ice cream bars if you’re looking for something to enjoy on the run.
So there you have it- 3 alternatives to unhealthy summer treats that do not involve processed sugar or dairy ingredients!
As promised above, check out this delicious recipe below for coconut mango ice cream!
*What’s wrong with consuming cow’s milk? A few things come to mind: it has high artificial hormone and antibiotic levels, it can suppress your immune system, and it makes the body acidic. This is a big topic and will be explored in detail in another blog post soon, we promise!
Tell us your favorite summer treat and you’ll be entered to will a coupon for a free tub of Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss ice cream!
Coconut Mango “Ice Cream”
What’s In It?
- 3 cans of organic coconut milk
- 3⁄4 cup maple syrup
- 1⁄4 cup rice syrup
- 2 tablespoons grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 cups of chopped mango
How It’s Made
1. Combine coconut milk, maple syrup, rice syrup, ginger, mangoes, vanilla extract and salt in blender. Process mixture until well blended. Pour into large mixing bowl.
2. Pour mixture into ice cream machine or food processor and turn on, occasionally scraping sides of bowl, until creamy and somewhat firm.
This non-dairy ice cream is a treat suitable for any and all types. With no sugar, preservatives, or colours, it allows the natural exotic flavours of mango and coconut milk to come out.
If you know me by now, I’m always looking for how I can incorporate eco-minded and eco-friendly products into my lifestyle as much as possible. From eating well to having eco-conscious products in my home, I find myself constantly on the look-out for products that compliment my values. It makes the experience of filling your home that much more fulfilling and rewarding, which brings me to one of my favourite brands I’ve ever worn, Po-zu.
I’m a big fan of going barefoot or wearing barefoot shoes whenever I can. But living in wintery cold conditions for the past few months calls for a good pair of boots. After reading Po-zu’s philosophy and actually wearing their boots, I am proud to say that I support their brand and product. I am also so thankful that companies like this exist to fit into my lifestyle of eco-conscious living.
A Little Background on Po-zu
Po-zu is footwear that’s not only eco, but made from plant-based fibers, which to me, is wonderful (as you know how much I promote a plant-based lifestyle!) Po-zu is based out of the UK with one thing on their mind: a good feelin’ foot.
What truly stood out to me was their philosophy: “Maximum comfort – Minimum waste”. Although Po-zu and I specialize in different industries, I feel like I can relate to this philosophy as well. For me, food and nutrition has to make you feel comfortable, happy, nourished, and knowing what you’re getting is from pure and trusted whole food sources. Since I could relate with Po-zu, it made me feel closer to their brand’s mission.
5 Reasons why I love Po-zu Boots and how they fit in with my Food Philosophy!
1. Every piece of the shoe was hand-crafted
I believe that every meal you make and eat should be hand-crafted by you, too. Not only will it taste better, but you know everything going into it.
2. They are ethically-crafted and sourced from natural materials
Po-zu claims they are “shoes with a good sole”. Likewise, every ingredient that you buy and put into your body should be ethically minded and sourced naturally, too.
3. They are super comfortable and making walking and standing so easy!
Thanks to their “foot mattress”, your feet feel so much rested and relaxed. It’s perfect for when I am going to the farmers market.
4. They look good!
Simple: If your food doesn’t look good, you won’t want to eat it.
5. Foot Mattress made from 60% coconuts!
Close to 60% of my recipes (more or less) use some form of coconut; whether it’s as coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut aminos, or coconut sugar – I am obviously a lover of all things coconut!
I love knowing that my philosophy for my passion in life (healthy food) aligns with the products I wear as well.
Do you have products that you love using or wearing because of their ethical background? Do share and talk about it – that’s what make these products more of an experience to enjoy!
The blender is the perfect place to take advantage of all your nutrients and superfoods. Also using herbs in your smoothies is a great way to drink your tea with a little more oomph. Why not make your tea into a meal, and have your meal heal your body! It can help combat infections and keep your body warm, revitalized and charged over the winter months! Start with an herbal tea as the base. Using warming spices or immune enhancing herbs like ashwaganda, reishi, shilajit, echinecea etc. These all help to build the immune system. Or you can make a homemade version of a Chai tea (not black tea based), instead using rooibos and warming chai spices like cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.
These spices will not only help to warm your body, but they are also good for digestion and help to nourish your organs. Also nothing say’s valentines day like a little chocolate & cinnamon!
Then you can start adding in superfoods like goji, cacao, chia and coconut – watch this chocolate smoothie video to see me make my fave smoothie! Also, superfoods like chocolate just make you feel good…and sexy!
Or opt to keep your hot chocolate simple and basic – see basic the recipe below.
Chocolate Chai Mint Smoothie Elixir
2 cups steeped herbal tea: Chaga Chai tea (can be warm or room temp)
1 scoop Sun Warrior powder (chocolate or vanilla)
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp goji berries
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp coconut nectar
1 tbsp coconut oil/butter
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp ormus super greens
1 tbsp Chia seeds
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until warm, smooth and creamy. Serve and enjoy!
Chaga Chai Tea:
1 tsp chaga
1 tsp rooibos
2 cinnamon sticks
6 cardamom pods
1 tsp dried ginger powder
Steep these herbs in a pot filled with water for 10 minutes. Strain through a steeper and cool your red, liquid goodness.
Set aside and use in the base of your smoothie or enjoy as is.
Basic Blended Hot Chocolate
1 1/2 cups rice, almond hemp milk
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp maple syrup, coconut nectar or other sweetener
1 tsp cinnamon
(for extra protein, add in one scoop of Sun Warrior).
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until warm creamy. Serve and enjoy!
Want more info on Chocolate!
Loaded with antioxidants (to help prevent illness)
Contain chromium (to help balance blood sugar),
Tryptophan (excellent mood enhancer),
Serotonin (the feel good chemical)
Fiber (digestive system – nobody wants to be backed up)
Manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C
For some more delicious and protein-packed recipes, check out the Warrior Way which will guide you down the path toward weight loss, enhanced health, and a fitter, happier you. SunWarrior’s celebrity chefs and fitness experts will lead you through meals and mold your body with exercise routines. Their clear and well-defined guidance will let you learn those skills and own your transformation into the Warrior you want to become.
As one of my 11 Kitchen Cupboard Staples, coconut oil has so many different uses around my house. Here are 10 reasons why you should keep it in your kitchen… and your bathroom!
- It can be put into smoothies for awesome energy both pre and post workout. For example, I use it in my delicious chocolate super smoothie
- It can be spread on sprouted toast or used anywhere butter would be used in baking. Put it in a muffin recipe, like this one (perfect timing for these ones!)
- It can be heated at a high temperature for stir frying, baking, broiling.. and it won’t destroy its nutrients. It’s great for making pad thai, or baking yam fries (see recipe below)
- It’s very shelf stable. As long as it’s sealed tight, it will stay in the cupboard or fridge for over a year. Keep in mind if it’s in the fridge, it will be solid and will need about 30 minutes to soften. Don’t worry about this though, it can go from liquid to solid continuously and still won’t go rancid
- It’s great in raw recipes, pies, cakes, and triple-coconut chocolate chip cookie sandwiches
- It can be used as a moisturizer on chapped skin and lips, cracks in feet and hands, elbows, or use post-shaving for some seriously smooth legs!
- Use in your hair and scalp treatments. It’s super nourishing and fantastic for split ends. For more green beauty advice, check out this post
- Great face moisturizer, it prevents wrinkles, and it’s great for acne and eczema
- Use it as an after-sun soother, on burns, dry and dehydrated skin. It has a mild natural SPF, great for day to day use! (It is not a sunscreen, but it does help)
- My new favourite: it’s the best makeup remover ever. It takes everything off in one or two wipes, and nourishes your delicate eye area
These are just the external benefits…to find out more on how coconut oil helps your internally read this!
If you’re new to using coconut oil, try this easy yam fry recipe and let me know what you think! (I promise your fries won’t taste like coconut )
Garlic Oregano Yam Fries
2-4 medium yams or sweet potatoes
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2-4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1 tsp dried rosemary
Sea salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350F. Cut yams into wedges or chunks. In a bowl, combine the garlic, pumpkin seeds, oregano, coconut oil, basil and sea salt
- Add the yams, stirring with your hands to make sure all of the pieces are covered with the mixture
- Spread the yams on a baking tray lightly oiled with coconut oil. Bake for about 35 minutes, or if you prefer them crispier, leave in oven for an extra 10 minutes
Yams are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates – providing your body with long lasting energy. These delicious “fries” taste amazing on their own or in combination with a salad, veggie burger or quinoa. Remember, don’t peel away the skin if they are organic; the skin is loaded with fiber and other nutrients!
You can get more delicious knowledge by checking out Marni’s Cleansing with Superfoods e-book, available here: http://www.marniwasserman.com/ebooks/
Last week me and my assistant Abby took on our own recipe testing challenge: making an ice cream cookie sandwich. Something we have been drooling over and talking about for weeks and something I have never made before nor have I eaten in a long time. The last time I had a cookie sandwich I think I was at a baseball game, or some kind of theme park and was most likely under the age of 10. So this was an exciting challenge to take on.
We found a cookie that we wanted to use as our base in a gluten free recipe book “The Gluten Free Vegan” By Susan O’Brien. Although most of the ingredients were totally up to par, we still made our own adjustments. Using three kinds of coconut ingredients these cookies could not fail to please our palette. The flour base we used was an all purpose flour from Cuisine Soleil a gluten free Canadian bakery that specializes in allergy free flour blends. This particular flour was a blend of tapioca, chickpea, brown rice flour. This gave the cookie a unique nutty flavour and allowed it to hold together. When it comes to gluten free baking it’s important to have the right blend so that your cookie doesn’t fall apart. Gluten free cookies will always be more crumbly and dense – but they can still taste amazing.
Since we had never made this recipe before, we weren’t really totally sure how much the cookies were going to spread. So we plopped a whole bunch of cookies onto the tray and did batch number one.
They didn’t spread very much. So when there isn’t enough surface area, the bottom takes on the heat and starts to burn + all the chocolate chips shifted to the bottom which also caused them to burn. These cookies were too small and top heavy to make into cookie sandwiches so we put them on top of coconut ice cream for a small treat before the next batch.
For the second tray (of the same batter) I decided to press the cookie dough down flat so that they would form wider and larger cookies. Now we have a great cookie to work with to make the perfect cookie sandwich!
So the big question…What are the THREE types of coconut used in this recipe?
Note that this cookie is not only gluten free, but it is vegan, nut free, naturally sweetened with low glycemic sweeteners and full of superfood ingredients!
Coconut Cookie Chipwich
1 cup virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut nectar
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tablespoon gound chia + 3 tbsp water (equals 1 egg)
2 1/2 cups Cuisine Soleil All purpose gluten free flour mix
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl combine the coconut oil with coconut sugar and nectar and mix well.
3. Once the mixture is fully combined, add the vanilla and chia mixture and stir.
4. In another bowl, put in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix well.
6. Add the chocolate chips and stir together.
7. Scoop even balls of cookie dough on baking tray and press down to flatten.
8. Bake for 15 minutes until bottoms are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
I may not have fully expressed the full realm of what is taking place at the end of next week. I have known about it for nearly two years, you’ve probably heard bits and pieces but I have yet to give you the full story or my version of it!
My fiance Ryan, is headed to the North Pole in April. That’s right you heard me, the North Pole! I know this may sound a little extreme but if you know Ryan (or get to know him) you would very quickly learn that this is a boy who likes to do things that the average person just wouldn’t do. I mean, how many people would willingly choose to trek to the North Pole? I am not going to spend my time here explaining why he is doing this or what his race entails for those details you can look in his website Ryans Race.
What I will say though is this. He is doing this race for his own personal feat, but with a greater plan. When he gets back he not only wants to integrate this into his line of business, events and motivational speaking. But he also is passionate about raising awareness around childhood obesity and health. This is the ultimate goal!
There are a number of reasons why this race is so extreme. Its not only about the fact that he is going to be -40 degrees whether or that he will encounter a polar bear or fall through ice, I mean there are much worse things – like eating dehydrated food-like substances out of a package and snacking on broken pieces of refined candy and milk chocolate all day long. Yup, that’s right. That is what the other racers (all of 8 of them) will be consuming day in and out during the race. Ideally he needs foods that will dissolve easily in his mouth as he is going to be in below freezing temperatures. This is the rational for providing refined “junk” if you will, as the main source of energy as part of the race. But this was no roadblock for me as I was determined to find the equivalent amount of nutrients for Ryan using wholesome alternatives!
There was no way that the man I am about to marry is going to sabotage his body (after building it up for 5 years) for one month on junk food. So we made sure to get in touch with the race organizer and confirm that Ryan can provide his own food and fuel for the days of the race. Luckily this wish was granted – not that I would have it any other way!
My full wish would actually be that everyone on this race would be on these very same foods. If only there was full comprehension of the immense super powers of the foods Ryan will be consuming, I am positive the others would want to be on the same stuff. As Ryan will be building up and nourishing his body with living, pure, wholesome plant based energy. This will not only provide what he needs while he treks through this race, but will also ensure that he will recover and adapt sufficiently to the extreme measures he is about to endure. I can’t say the same thing for all the dehydrated, over-salted, highly sugared processed food that is actually supplied on this race.
Ryan is going to be burning approximately 12,000-14,000 calories, and this needs to be replaced by quick, easy to burn high energy foods and needs to consume approximately 10,000-12,000 per day to replenish his body. With these sources of incredible slow burning carbohydrates, essential fats and plant protein sources, Ryan will be nourishing his cells, organs and brain all at the same time.
It’s too bad there is no prize for winning this race. It is just about accomplishing getting to the North Pole, which as you can imagine is a feat in itself. But as the winner of this race, (which I know Ryan is striving for and won’t accept anything less), I will be thrilled to say that he did it on the world’s best superfoods!
On that note, I want to deeply thank all of these companies for supporting, sponsoring and supplying Ryan with the best foods I could have imagined for him to be consuming on this crazy amazing adventure of a lifetime!
Here is the menu of what Ryan will be eating during the race.
Goji Berries: the goji berry is one of the most nutrient rich food on hearth, packed with protein, essential amino acids, vitamins A and C and trace minerals.
Cacao Nibs: cacao contains a rich supply of antioxidants, magnesium and is pure energy!
Chia: chia is incredibly rich in omega fatty acids and are an excellent source of dietry fiber. It is bioavailable and provides long lasting energy.
Maca: maca root is a stress fighting adaptogen to increase stamina and combat fatigue. It is packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Ryan will be munching on this all day as a trail mix. He will also add it into his morning breakfast for a super fueled start to the day!
Sha Sha Bread Co:
Special high-energy bread: ShaSha himself is formulating a special sprouted high energy grainy bread for Ryan to consume.
Sprouted Buckwheat Snacks: delicious bites of high energy nutrients, fiber and protein.
Ryan will eat this throughout the day as snacks or in the morning as breakfast.
Sun Warrior Protein:
You didn’t think I would let Ryan leave town with out a bag or two of this now, did you?
This pure, raw, sprouted plant based protein will supply Ryan with his essential protein for the day. He will put this into his morning vegan cereal with water.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying these incredible high energy snacks you must get your hands on some. They can be found at most health food stores if not order directly from their website.
They are dried shredded strands of coconut covered with cinnamon and organic cane sugar (or tamarind or sea salt). This will be Ryan’s main source of fuel as it is loaded with calories. Just so you have an idea 1 pound of coconut will provide Ryan with 3000 of calories! This is when coconut functions at it’s best!
These little packets of contain an array of nutrients, including 1,000 mg of immune supporting vitamin C,* 7 B vitamins to enhance energy naturally, loaded with electrolytes to refuel and replenish the body during any and every workout.
These will be added to Ryan’s water to sip on throughout the day. Keeping him hydrated and keeping his immune system strong!
Endangered Species dark chocolate
This is one of the creamiest most delicious organic dark chocolate bars I have ever tried. It is pure chocolate at least 72% of goodness. So instead of broken pieces of Kit Kat and Crunch Bars, little bits of Endangered Chocolate will be mixed into his daily goodie bag. It will be easy enough to melt in Ryan’s mouth on demand, to provide a good source of sugar along with much needed antioxidants.
This is one of Ryan’s absolute favourite snacks. I don’t even think he would last the month without them. He can pretty much stuff the entire bar into his mouth. Halvah is made from pure sesame seeds which are loaded full of calcium, healthy fats and protein. These will be broken up to munch on through out the day.
Ryan of course needs GREENS on this race and Amazing Grass has offered to supply Ryan with Superfood Greens. This will give Ryan energy, antioxidants, boost his immunity, keep his mind clear and infuse his cells with pure green goodness.
Manitoba Harvest will be kindly giving Ryan Hemp Pro 70 which is their only water soluble protein concentrate. This will fuel his body to enhance muscle development, speed up recovery and optimize his overall well being. It is also loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and all 10 amino acids. Ryan can add this directly into water to shake it up on the go!
Big Tree Farms
This company will be supplying Ryan with dehydrated coconut water. He can add this directly into his water as well for an incredible boost of electrolytes and nutrients.
So there you have it, the array of amazing treats and snacks that will be infused into Ryan’s body everyday for 1 month. I just hope he doesn’t come home sick of chocolate, goji berries and coconut as these are staple ingredient in our everyday life!
I will surely be letting you know how his trek goes when he gets back. There will be lots of stories to share! But if you want to track Ryan while he is on his race, please check into
RYANSRACE every couple of days to see where he is in the great north! Feel free to contact me to wish me luck as well, as this race is just as much about me as it is Ryan!
You want to know the secret…it’s coconut. A modern day Pad Thai with pure wholesome ingredients and natural condiments. I would have to say it’s been at at least 6 + years since I have eaten a traditional Pad Thai, loaded with low grade oil, fish/oyster sauce and sugar – those ingredients are long gone from my diet. So the time has come to re-create my own version.
Let’s talk about how Coconut plays a role in my version of a Pad Thai. A new line of favourites have made their way to the organic, raw, veggie market place. That is Coconut Secret’s Amino Acids, Vinegar and Nectar. (You can order them in Toronto HERE!) They are raw low glycemic, gluten free and highly nutritious, oh… and make your meals and recipes thrive with unique flavour. Each one has it’s own versatility and use. Coconut Aminos, can replace traditional soy sauce and even natural soy sauce like tamari. I do love tamari, but it is nice to replace it once in a while. Coconut vinegar can be used for salad dressings and sauces basically anywhere that balsamic, brown rice, apple cider vinegar or any acid would be used. Now the Nectar which has truly become one of my new favourite ingredients is amazing to naturally sweeten desserts, pancakes, sauces, dressings, stirred into yogurt or a smoothie. It is light and has a gooey texture that is slightly addicting. They can all be used individually, but I decided to use them all together in a tangy sweet and savoruy Pad Thai sauce, that is truly like no other! As you may or may not know Coconut it’s recognition as a super ingredient, as it it is loaded with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to find out more benefits look here.
So that takes care of the sauce…but the base of my pad was none other than one of my other favourite ingredients, kelp noodles. These can be found at several health food stores or restaurants in your local area. They come in a package and need to be soaked to be enjoyed. I took them one step further and threw them into my wok to soak up flavour and soften even more into my delicious Thai sauce. I had only ever eaten them raw before this, and now, I might just reconsider when and where I use rice noodles over kelp noodles! They are extremely light and easy to digest, they have no calories (not that I care), very little flavour and will adapt to any recipe you choose to use them with. So your options are really limitless.
Then I loaded this dish with a combination of veggies that just seemed to work. Sweet potatoes taste good in anything so those went into the pan. There always has to be some green veggies with my meal – so broccoli and kale it was for this one. I am not big on tofu and use it probably once a month if that, but when I do, it’s got to be sprouted and organic – I take no risks when it comes to Soy and GMO’s. Wildwood has a great brand that I actually enjoy. To be honest, Ryan is the one who loves tofu – so the addition was really for him. I am more of a tempeh fan Then I topped everything off with some home sprouted mung beans, loaded with fiber, enzymes, protein and just bursting with crunch -to liven up each bite!
So there you have it. The secret is out. Now I encourage you to make this and report back to me!
Veggie Pad Thai
2 tbsp coconut vinegar
5 tbsp coconut aminos
4 tbsp coconut nectar
2 tbsp almond butter
3 tbsp grapeseed oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp ginger, grated
2 cups of yams, cut into thin chunks
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
1 bunch of kale, chopped
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 block of sprouted tofu, cut into cubes (can also use tempeh)
1/2 cup sprouted mung beans
1 package of kelp noodles, rinsed and soaked in water with 1 tbsp lemon juice or 1 package of brown rice noodles
1. In a small bowl, combine the coconut vinegar, aminos and nectar, almond butter and 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil. Set aside.
2. In a wok, satuey the tofu, garlic, ginger, scallions and yams in 2 tablespoon grapeseed oil for several minutes, stirring to prevent them from sticking.
3. When yams are soft, stir in the broccoli and allow to soften.
4. Pour the sauce and the kelp noodles into the wok, stir to combine and cover for a few minutes to meld together.
5. Add in the chopped kale and allow to wilt for a few minutes, while still remaining green.
6. Gently stir the noodles into the vegetables and sauce to combine. Remove from heat and serve.
Garnish with mung bean sprouts and chopped scallions.
You can get more delicious knowledge by checking out Marni’s Veggin’ Comfortably e-book, available here: http://www.marniwasserman.com/ebooks/
Super Bowl Sunday is coming up fast. Although I don’t participate in any part of this event – I can offer some assistance as to how this night can be made that much healthier. We know this is the biggest day for business for fast foods, delivered foods and processed over sugared and over salted snacks. But wouldn’t it just be easier to make your own, to serve and have something healthy to munch on? If your man will be in another room watching the game, take it upon yourself to supply your home or his party with some healthy all in one bowl snacks!
Here are some suggestions:
Make a Trail Mix – (recipe below)
Kale Chips – make at least 4 batches or more. They will win over any “sour cream n’ onion” chip lover, anyday!
Guacamole – with some homemade corn tortilla’s
White Bean Dip – with some crispy crackers
Salsa – with corn chips
Coco Bliss Balls – because they look and taste better than Timbits! I promise
Super Bowl of Trail Mix
1 cup almonds – heart healthy
1 cup cashews – makes you happy, who doesn’t love a cashew
1 cup pumpkin seeds (loaded with zinc – great for prostate health) may as well take advantage while a whole bunch of men will be eating them!!
1 cup raisins or Goji Berries (or both) – some natural sweetness, fiber and antioxidants
1/2 cup hemp seeds – omega rich healthy fats
1 cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips – it’s not complete without some chocolate
1 cup coconut flakes – added texture, flavour and crunch
1/4 tsp sea salt – (optional) to balance out the flavours
Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl and serve. Refill when done!
Got other ideas?
What are you planning on having at your party?
Well not really, you just have to tell me how much you love coconut bliss and why? The word needs to get out about how delicious and amazing dairy free, soy free and gluten free ice cream is. There are many varieties of this fabulous ice cream and I want you to try it! Some of their flavours include: naked coconut, vanilla bean, chocolate mint, hazelnut fudge, cappuccino, cherry amaretto, pineapple coconut and a few more!
But first I am going to give you a little intro as to why coconuts are so good for you, as I feel most people still don’t understand the power, pleasure and possibilities of coconuts on their health and their happiness! (Yes that’s right, coconuts make you happy and so does ice cream!)
First off, let’s just discuss how passionate the owners of these amazing pints are. Luna and Larry both share a love for ice cream – but not just any kind of ice cream COCONUT ICE CREAM.
They have spent years perfecting their perfect blends and take pride in using the best quality ingredients, did you know that their coconut milk is brought in by boat from an organic family farm in Thailand? The land where coconuts thrive and are in abundance!
Did you also know that coconuts are not a nut…they are a Drupe (or hard pit) surrounded by fleshy skin.
Many doctors, naturopaths and nutritionists (including myself) believe coconut oil to be one of the healthiest oils for human consumption and great for your heart too!
Here are a few facts on Coconut Oil (from Luna and Larry)
- coconut milk meat and oil contain lauric acid, which is naturally antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-fungal
- coconuts are excellent for your immune system, and good for your skin (which is why it is the base of so many moisturizers and cosmetics)
- coconut milk is made from coconut meat
- coconut oil may even help you to lose weight!
So even though coconut oil is a Saturated Fat – it is not like the saturated fats in animal products that contain cholesterol and promote heart disease. Those are long chain fatty acids and they are harder for our bodies to break down, so we are more likely to store them as fat.
Health experts for year have told people to stay away from saturated fats, but coconut oil is different. It has no cholesterol and contains medium chain fatty acids which we can easily break down and use for energy. Studies now show that coconut oil may actually reduce the risk of heart disease by raising “good” HDL cholesterol and help yo lose weight by speeding up the rate at which your body burns fuel.
So if all of this information hasn’t sold you yet, then maybe winning a FREE PINT will prove just how delicious and fantastic Coconut Bliss is.
Be one of the 5 people (and must be Canadian) that I will select to win a pint.
Why you LOVE coconut Bliss…
Why you want to TRY Coconut Bliss…
Then I will choose accordingly and you may be a lucky WINNER!