Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday Tips.

pictures from the weekend.

really, no dairy? when people hear i've given up dairy, the first thing they tell me is, "i could nevvvvver give up dairy?" to that i say, WHY? giving up dairy freed me up and opened me up to a whole new world of cooking, eating, and taking care of animals. i have to say, if i would make one change only, it would be to give up dairy. the second thing i hear them say to me is, "Where do you get your calcium?" as if calcium only comes from dairy! i like this question though because i get to tell them the truth. i get calcium from vegetables such as greens like kale, okra, bok choy, broccoli, and fruits like prunes, apricots, oranges, and beans such as quinoa, oats, chickpeas, and buckwheat flour. i also eat nuts loaded with calcium like almonds, walnuts, tahini, hazelnuts, and flaxseeds, and we eat tofu and edamame, soy yogurts and soy milk. we get plennnnty of calcium:) (and the right kind.) did you know that excess amounts of protein actually cause your body to leach calcium out of the bones? this could lead to fractures and osteoporosis. did you also know that a man or woman eating the standard American diet gets too much protein every day? i'm sure you did the math on that one. just another reason to go veg!

but what about my cheese? and ice cream? and cup cakes???? what about them? if you've never had a vegan cupcake or vegan pancakes than you are seriously missing out. one of my favorite breakfasts to cook my family are gluten free pancakes with applesauce instead of an egg and home made RAW fruit syrup made from organic strawberries and dates. seriously, writing this right now makes me want to go make this. and sides like cheesy chickpeas are delicious and my kids pop them in their mouths like they are sugar cubes. cheesy chickpeas are made by tossing 1 can drained and rinsed chickpeas, with 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons *nutritional yeast flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. it's that easy. and they are so darn good. 

so maybe you don't want to give up dairy completely but you want to back off of it a bit. that's a great place to start! your tummy, skin, and the number on the scale will thank you. here is a recipe that will knock your socks off. this would be great to bring to a BBQ or make for someone you really love. don't make it for someone you don't really like, because chances are if they eat this they will be coming around a lot  more to eat the food you make;) wink wink. 

Cole Slaw.

1/4 cup cashews (soak these in water for an hour or more before blending these in your food processor.)
2 tablespoons chopped white onion
1/2 cup water
5 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper

1 (14 ounce) bag of cole slaw mix.

blend all ingredients in food processor for at least 5 minutes. scrape down sides often until completely smooth. mix with bag of cole slaw. let this sit for about an hour and chill until ready to serve. 

this cole slaw is better than any cole slaw i've ever had. i craved cole slaw when i was pregnant with dune and lars. i wish someone had told me about this awesomeness then! 

*nutritional yeast flakes- these flakes are used in recipes to make mock cheese. somehow these little flakes taste just like cheese. i make cheese by blending soaked cashews and nutritional yeast flakes. they are also loaded with vitamin b12, which is crucial to a vegan. b12 is the most important b vitamin when you are a vegan. when they checked lars' blood last week at the hospital after finding out he was a veg. kid, they told me his b12 level was awesome. that made this vegan mom very happy to say the least:) 

some things may sound very weird, and possibly gross at first. but don't let that stop you from trying. like i tell graycen, if she chooses not to try something, than she could possibly be passing up her new favorite food. she always decides to try it, and always likes it! if you've been eating the same way for 20, 30, 40 years, than sure, some of this sounds strange. but, food is different than 40 years ago. and sadly, most chain grocery stores just don't offer enough of the good stuff, nor the education behind it. and if you have small kids, NOW would be the time to look at your plate and find out what it all means to you. 

so this week, eat something yummy. eat food that gives something back to you, not in the form of a stomach ache, head ache, high blood pressure, or mood swings. think i'm kidding? i'm not. 

remember every bite you take is doing something to you. might as well have your food work for you, and not against you. and for the sake of your children, do them a favor and tell them to eat their veggies. that is, after you've had a big heaping plate of your own. 

1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 

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