Archive for October, 2009

Nutrient-Packed Grocery List

Posted in Meal Ideas, Veganism on October 30, 2009 by Christina

It’s hard deciding what to pick up at the grocery store that’s healthy. So I went through the whfoods.com site’s “essential nutrients” section and handpicked nutrient-packed vegan-friendly food ideas for the next time you’re out grocery shopping.

So…Here’s some healthy vegan food ideas if you’re wondering what to pick up at the store:

  • all natural fruit juice (w/ vitamin C)
  • guacamole
  • peanuts (for choline)
  • apricots
  • cabbage (preserved cabbage eaten with asian vermicelli is delicious)
  • strawberries
  • tofu
  • watermelon
  • soybeans
  • papaya
  • almond milk (vanilla flavoured is also delicious)
  • brazil nuts (one a day is great for proper intake of selenium)
  • olives

And if you’re feeling snackish or craving “junk” food:

  • baked chips
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Christina’s Breakfast Bruffins Recipe

Posted in Breakfast, Recipes, Vegetarianism on October 19, 2009 by Christina

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tspn salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • almost 1/4 cup flax seed (grind before putting into batter)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Combine all ingredients – dry ingredients first, wet ingredients second, then mix in blueberries.

Spoon batter into muffin pan. Aim for 2/3 full for each cup to make 12 muffins.

Bake at 400 degrees Celsius for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick can be inserted into the middle and come out clean.

These muffins are high in antioxidants from the blueberries and omega 3 due to the flaxseed and olive oil. So far, I’ve been told they are more of a healthy bread in muffin form and are not too sweet, which I personally think is good for breakfast. If you like sweeter muffins, I suggest adding more sugar.

Also, table salt seems to mix better than sea salt.

Christina's Breakfast Muffins

Fish oil in “juice”

Posted in Veganism, Vegetarianism on October 19, 2009 by Christina

Picked up a carton of juice that stated it contained omega 3’s Was very surprised to see fish oil from anchovies and sardines in the list of ingredients. Really shows that vegans and vegetarians need to carefully peruse the ingredients list before purchasing items at the grocery store.

Meal Ideas

Posted in Meal Ideas, Veganism, Vegetarianism on October 19, 2009 by Christina

“Isn’t it boring eating the same thing all the time as a vegetarian?” is a question that I get a lot.

Not at all. In fact, here are some tasty meat-free meal ideas inspired by today:

  • baked japanese pumpkin
  • pan-friend vegetable dumplings
  • rice noodles with preserved veggies and broth (I have a recipe for this that I may post at a later date)
  • diced melon
  • apple juice mixed with hints of pear & vanilla (available from most major grocery stores)

Yogurt & Vegetarianism

Posted in Vegetarianism with tags , , , , , on October 15, 2009 by Christina

If you are vegetarian due to still eating dairy products, bear in mind that many yogurts contain gelatin which as mentiond in the previous post, is made from the connective tissues of animals. 99% of the yogurts that I have looked at in grocery stores contain gelatin. Luckily, I did find a great tasting gelatin-free (and organic!) yogurt by the name of Liberte.

Instant Noodles & Veganism

Posted in Veganism with tags , , on October 15, 2009 by Christina

Instant noodles often appear to be free from animal substances but this is often not the case, when you take a closer look. For example, Ichiban noodles that are not even meat-flavoured such as “Miso” or “Original” flavoured, still either contain beef stock or hydrolyzed gelatin. Beef stock is essentially made from boiling the bones and meat from cows while hydrolyzed gelatin is made from the connective tissues of animals.