Monday, September 7, 2015

Inspiration on Finding Ways to Keep Vegetarian & Vegan Eating Healthy and Organic

Spaghetti squash is great substitute for pasta in recipes

Even people who eat healthy on a regular basis get bored. For me, I go through phases where plain water is just plain boring. Depending on the season I mix it up.  For example, in the summer I make diluted green tea with lemon grass with one teabag soaked in 48 ounces of hot water, chill and drink. Personally I find that what I like to drink for hydration depends on the season. This is all in attempt to get at least 60 ounces of water intake per day. Water intake is particularly important if you eat a high fiber diet.

Eating foods that are healthy, but you'd rather not

Another challenge for me is I love vegetables, but I don't like fruit. How do you eat healthy foods that you would rather not eat? I make a point of putting fruit in my green smoothie with vegan protein powder. Or put a bit of fruit in your  daily leafy green salad. If all else fails, cut that apple in half and share it with someone (thanks hubby!!)

Protein

If you don't eat meat you need to make sure that you get enough healthy lean protein. I rely heavily on nuts and seeds. The challenge is finding them in raw form. If you are lucky enough to find huts in raw form, it's important to prepare them properly to avoid digestive problems and a broken tooth!! I soak my raw almonds for 12 hours in cool water. Then rinse them, put them in a food processor to grind them slightly, and spread them on a paper towel to remove some of the moisture.  Next put a thin layer of coconut oil on a cooking sheet, spreading out the almonds in a single layer, and bake at 250° for 20 minutes.  Remove them from the oven and mix them on the baking sheet with a spatula and set to cool. After they cool, I grind them one more time to help reduce the size of the pieces.

Beans and lentils are also a great source of protein.further. I recommend searching on the Internet for healthy gluten-free vegetarian  and/or vegan recipes  to give yourself ideas and inspiration on adding variety.


homemade veggie burgers
The most important thing is to start with healthy ingredients. 

Fruits & Vegetables

Remember, fruits and vegetables with thin skins MUST be purchased organic. Thin-skinned fruits and vegetables absorb pesticides and you don't want to inadvertently ingest something unhealthy or harmful. 

Produce Labels

When reading produce labels remember what the first digit represents:
  • 9 is fine (code for organic)
  • 8 you hate (code for genetically modified aka GMO
  • Four digit label is conventionally grown

Bottom line: preparing your own meals with quality items is less expensive than eating out and healthier too.

READERS:  I would love your feedback on what you do to keep your healthy eating from being boring. Please post comments and share with others.

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