Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vegan Caesar Salad with Kale

Who doesn't like a plate of nice, crispy, cold Caesar salad topped with croutons and sliced kalamata olives? I know I do! Since I become vegan, I had a really difficult time finding good vegan Caesar dressing in the bottle. In general I don't like store bought, bottled dressings of any kind. And that's how this one happened.

 There is a lot different versions of vegan Caesar dressing recipes out in the virtual world, some are more healthy and some not as much. This one is not that bad, it contains Nayonaise - type of vegan, soy-based mayo (spread), that has 35 calories and 3.5 gram of total fat in one tablespoon. Nayonaise is made by NaSoya. I like to use it in creamy dressings, like this Caesar dressing or ranch and french dressing.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Kale and Chickpea Salad

Kale is quickly becoming one of my favorite dark green, leafy vegetables. I know for a fact, next year I will definitely be growing kale on my roof top deck garden. Meantime I've been buying it at the local farmers markets, where I know for a fact that it is organic, and grown without pesticides. Kale is one of the vegetables on the list of 12 vegetables that you should be buying organic. According to Environmental Working Group 2011 report, kale is among the foods on which pesticide residues have been most frequently found. 

Kale is a nutritional standout in three basic areas: antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, much-needed macronutrients, like fiber and omega-3 acids, and cancer-preventive nutrients. In addition to the above, according to our Food Rating System, kale is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin C, and manganese; a very good source of copper, tryptophan, calcium, vitamin B6, and potassium; and a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin B2, protein, vitamin B1, folate, phosphorous, and vitamin B3. If you would like to get more information about kale and it's full nutritional value visit WHFoods website, where you can find tons of useful information.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Power of Coconut Oil

Few years ago I bought my first jar of unrefined extra virgin coconut oil. I am huge fan of anything coconut, after I opened the jar, I literally wanted to take a big sip of it. It had a delicate aroma of coconut, just like an island beach vacation... As I later learned coconut oil has endless benefits for human health and nutrition. Nearly one third of the world depends on coconut to some degree for their food and economy. Coconut itself is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Coconut oil on the other hand possesses healing properties far beyond of any other dietary oil.

The health benefits of coconut oil include stress relief, managing cholesterol levels, increased immunity, wight loss, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, helps with proper digestion, metabolism, skin, hair and dental health.It's the presence of lauric acid, capric and caprylic acid in coconut oil that has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti fungal and antibacterial properties. Helps human body dealing with viruses, bacteria causing diseases, like herpes, influenza or even HIV.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Veganism in a Nutshell

I stumbled upon this Australian website called Vegan Voice , unfortunately due to a personal reasons the couple that published the site decided to stop the publication of the website as well as the magazine. This powerful article published on Vegan Voice was written by PETA's (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) Bruce Friedrich. I am taking the liberty to post this great essay on my blog. I hope it will inspire you to start a better and cleaner and more compassionate life, like it inspired me. This article is pretty lengthy, but it's worth the time. I promise.

(by PETA's Bruce Friedrich, published from Vegan Voice, Australia)

There are probably as many reasons to be a vegan as there are vegans. The five we hear most often at PETA are human rights, the environment, human health, animal welfare, and animal rights. I’ll address them each in a moment, but first, let me tell you why I became a vegan.

In 1987, during my first year of college, I read Frances Moore Lappé’s book Diet for a Small Planet. Basically, Lappé argues that cycling grains, soy and corn through animals so that we can eat their flesh or consume their milk and eggs is vastly inefficient, environmentally destructive, and contributes to poverty and starvation in the developing world.

After reading Lappé, I wondered how I could claim to care about the environment, how I could claim to care about global poverty, if I kept eating meat, dairy products, and eggs. It also occurred to me that animals are made of the same stuff as humans—flesh and blood, and that they suffer just as we do. I grew up in Minnesota and Oklahoma, and it always saddened me to see trucks loaded with turkeys, chickens, pigs or cows driving through the bitter Minnesota winter or the sweltering, arid Oklahoma summer, taking the animals, through all weather extremes, to what I knew would be a gruesome death. Taken together, the arguments were simply overwhelming. I decided to become a vegan.
Back to those top five reasons we hear for going vegan: a vegan diet is, without a doubt, the best choice for our health, the only sustainable choice for the environment, and the only choice that expresses in a positive manner who we are in the world—compassionate people, compassionate toward people and toward other animals.
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