Thursday, June 25, 2015

Corn & Edamame Salad

Who doesn't love a fresh salad? I do, especially with vegetables that are in season. Since corn is in season this makes the perfect recipe. It's yummy in my tummy! It's nice and simple, just the way I like it. So take a look at the video and give it a whirl!

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5 ears of corn
1 1/2 cups edamame
2 tomatoes, diced
3 Tbsp green onion, chopped
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lemon
salt to taste

The corn can either be boiled or roasted. The roasted corn gives it an extra special flavor.

Benefits of Edamame
It's a great source of fiber and soy protein.
Soy protein may help reduce insulin resistance, kidney damage, and fatty liver in people with diabetes, according to a study in rats. A new study from Chinese university of Hong Kong indicated that soy protein containing isoflavones (phytoestrogens) significantly reduced overall cholesterol and LDL "bad" cholesterol, and raised HDL or "good" cholesterol, especially in men. Isoflavones also appear to work with certain proteins in soy to protect against cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Benefits of Tomatoes
Tomatoes help protect against prostate cancer, enhance the immune system, and are an anti-carcinogen.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Orange Dreamsicle

Orange Dreamsicle

Did you know orange is the 3rd favorite flavor in the world? Only following behind chocolate and vanilla of course. This delicious yet simple orange drink is a dream indeed, but it gives so much more than just tickling your tastebuds.

There are so many benefits of oranges. The most commonly known benefit is the vitamin C that it contains. That's why our moms always told us to reach for an orange when we were feeling sick, since it helps. The vitamin C helps to protect the cells by neutralizing the free radicals.

It helps to prevent cancer. Something that has touched all of our lives in one way or another, whether it was you personally, a family member, friend, neighbor, or someone else. Since they are rich in citrus limonoids it helps to fight against skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon cancer.

Kidney stones? Drinking or eating oranges regularly helps to prevent kidney disease and reduces the risk of kidney stones.

What about orange juice? Well, you still get some of the benefits of oranges, but the best thing about having the orange whole is all the fiber it contains. Eating a diet rich in fiber helps relieve constipation by stimulating digestive juices.

High blood pressure? The flavonoid hesperidia helps to regulate high blood pressure and the magnesium in oranges helps maintain blood pressure.

Eye health! That's right the rich orange color is also rich in carotenoid compounds which are converted to vitamin A to help prevent macular degeneration.

Ladies it helps to prevents wrinkles as well. They're full of beta-carotene which is a powerful antioxidant protecting the cells from being damaged, and protects the skin from free radicals and prevents the signs of aging.

With so many more benefits it would be beyond beneficial to drink up this recipe! So get to it.

4 oranges, peeled
4 cups ice
3 Tbsp coconut milk
1 cup soy milk
1/4 cup agave nectar

Blend and enjoy!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Taco Salad

Taco Salad
Most kids are not huge fans of vegetables. I remember multiple occasions sitting at the dinner table for what seemed like hours, just because I was refusing to eat my vegetables. Sometimes I would put the vegetables in a napkin and put it in my pocket, then ask to go to the bathroom, where I would flush them down the toilet or put them behind a step that was removable. Ew, which means they rotted away back there! Anyway, I have a point to all this. 
Potlucks are just that, lucky or unlucky. I remember a specific potluck at our church when I was little, because it was when I realized I could like vegetables. My mom made me get some type of vegetable for lunch and dinner, just like all good moms do. Well, one time at potluck my mom gave me salad. Yuck! (Now I love salad, but think as a kids for a minute...yuck.) This salad was different though. It had your typical lettuce, tomato combo, but it also had chips in it. Kids love chips! Some type of veggie meat was in it as well, but I focused on the chips as I prepared to eat it. 
Yummy! Taco salad! Genius. This potluck recipe was lucky indeed, and it helped me to enjoy eating my vegetables as a kid. Now I can still enjoy it as an adult as well. After my first encounter I would always eagerly look to see if the taco salad was part of the potluck. I was always bummed when the lady didn't make the taco salad, because that meant I had to eat the regular boring vegetables, or stink them in a waded up napkin. 
Now I'm the lady who makes taco salad for potlucks. Your kids will thank me someday. 

1 head of lettuce
1 tomato, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 cup tortilla chips, crushed
1 package (12-14 oz.) veggie beef
1/2 packet taco seasoning
1/4 cup veganaise

Here's everything you'll need.