Monday, December 29, 2014

Lemon Raspberry Parfait

Lemon Raspberry Parfait

Here's to your health! This is a perfect recipe to bring in the new year. It's low calories, guilt free and appropriate for diabetics, and tastes amazing. It's the perfect combination of tart and sweet. I tried many combinations to get this recipe right, and this is the final product. So give it a try and please let me know what you think. 

Lemon Filling
1 cup soy milk creamer
1/4 cup cornstarch
zest of 2 lemons or limes
3/4 cup agave nectar
1 cup coconut milk, regular
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp lemon juice

Raspberry Filling
1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
4 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup 100% apple juice concentrate (or 100% white grape juice concentrate)
1/4 cup agave nectar

Benefits of Raspberries
They are a good source of fiber, iron and vitamin C. They are useful in cases of infectious disease, they help with constipation, kidney failure and liver failure. 

Happy New Year! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I know what you're thinking, but don't be afraid of this recipe. Trust me, I was questioning my sister when she first tried to change up our Christmas dinner by making mashed sweet potatoes instead of regular mashed potatoes. But these are absolutely amazing, and I would take them over regular potatoes anyway! I know you will feel the exact same way once you give them a try.

3 lbs sweet potatoes
4 Tbsp vegan butter
4 Tbsp soy milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp agave nectar

Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:
They help to produce a sensation of satiety, therefore it aids in weight loss. They are a great source of pro-viamin A. Also they help prevent arteriosclerosis, and helps to protect the inner lining of the arteries.

Give this recipe a try for your holiday dinner! Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Tree Salad & Raspberry Dressing

Christmas Tree Salad & Raspberry Dressing

This is a special Christmas recipe that will bring color and nutrition to your holiday dinner, with a delicious taste. It is always a good idea to add more low calorie foods to our christmas dinner, since we tend to eat extra calories during the holiday season. So think of yourself and others and add this delicious salad to your holiday menu. Look at it as gift a gift of health to you and your loved ones.

Raspberry Dressing
1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 1/2 tsp basil
1/2 cup water
2 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp salt

Christmas Tree Salad
1 bunch swiss chard
1 apple, diced
1/3 cup raspberries
2 mandarin oranges, diced
1/4-1/2 cup pecans

Benefits of Raspberries
They are a good source of fiber, iron and vitamin C. They are useful in cases of infectious disease, they help with constipation, kidney and liver failure. 

Benefits of Swiss Chard
It helps to aid in digestion, it is a diuretic, works as a purifier. It is a good source of iron. Also, it is helps with kidney stones. Swiss chard is recommended for people who are obese because it helps with satiety and is a low calorie nutritious food.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stuffing & Gravy

Stuffing & Gravy
The average person consumes a whooping 6,000 calories for Christmas dinner. That is almost the equivalent of 2 pounds, and that is just for the dinner. Here are a couple of great recipes to try out this Christmas, that will be much easier on your waist line. They still have a terrific flavor, but fewer calories. 
So try it and enjoy!

Check out the video of how to make these deliciously healthy recipes! 

Stuffing Recipe:
1 package bread crumbs
5 Tbsp vegan butter
1/2 onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 Tbsp McKay's Chick'n Seasoning
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp thyme

Gravy Recipe: 
1/3 cup vegan butter
1/3 cup flour
1 Tbsp McKay's beef seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 cup water
1 cup soy milk

Benefits of Garlic
It's a great natural antibiotic, helps to lower cholesterol, increases blood fluidity, it is anti-carcinogenic, helps to combat hypertension, and inhibits the formation of malignant tumors. 

Benefits of Onion
Loosens bronchial mucus, prevents arteriosclerosis, and also helps prevents cancer.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint Mocha

Here's a recipe that will knock your socks off! It's the perfect holiday drink to cozy up with in the chilly evenings. This drink is similar to the ones you can buy in coffee shops, only healthier, plus, a whole lot cheaper!

It's quick and simple to make, which makes a perfect treat for you and your friends and family to enjoy. So whip this recipe up and gather around a nice warm fire and sing some christmas carols. 

1 cup soy milk
2 tsp cocoa powder
2 tsp agave nectar
2 drops peppermint oil

Monday, December 1, 2014

Banana Nut Smoothie

Banana Nut Smoothie

Ever wonder what to do with those brown bananas? I have a solution! In this video I show you want to do with growing bananas, and I also make one of my favorite smoothies. Have you ever tried the Peanut Butter Mood smoothie from Jamba Juice? Well, this is it vegan style. 

2 frozen bananas
1 cup soy milk (or other milk alternatives)
2 Tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butters)
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed

Benefits of Bananas:
They are high in potassium, which makes it excellent for fighting heart disease. A diet high in potassium and low in sodium helps prevent arterial hypertension, arrhythmia, stroke and even cancer. Bananas are effective in relieving diarrhea in children and also adults.

Nuts/Nut Butters
Some people are worried that nuts or nut butter will make them gain weight since they tend to be high in calories. When comparing calorie for calorie, nuts are less fattening than meat, sausage, milk fats or refined sweets. 
It's true nuts have a high caloric content, but their oil is composed of mono or polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are easily metabolized and don't tend to be deposited in the body. 
So eat nuts in place of other calorie-rich foods and not in addition to them.