Tasty Recipes That Will Help You Enjoy Eating More Vegetables and Fruits

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Eating vegetables is very important for the well-being of our bodies. Vegetables are healthy, but they can be boring to eat if we don’t know how to cook them. Luckily, a great recipe will help you enjoy eating more fruit and veg.

Here are four tasty recipes that you should try:

Avocado Smoothie Recipe

Avocado is a very healthy fruit that contains lots of vitamins and antioxidants. It’s also full of proteins, thanks to the amino acids it contains. So this URL smoothie recipe will help you enjoy eating more vegetables and fruits because it tastes great and at the same time keeps your body strong and clean from any harmful substances.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado (peeled and seeded).
  • 1 ripe banana.
  • 2 cups cold water.
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon or ginger powder.
  • Some ice cubes (optional).

How to prepare it?

Put all ingredients in your blender and blend them until you get a smooth mixture with no lumps or pieces inside. Serve the avocado smoothie right away or keep it in the fridge overnight if planning to drink it for breakfast the next day.

Baked Eggplant with Tomatoes

Eggplants are healthy vegetables that have lots of useful nutrients for our bodies. They are rich in potassium, fibers, proteins, and vitamins A, C, and K. Potassium is very important for our body cells’ proper functioning while maintaining water levels inside or outside these cells. Fibers help us stay full longer, so we eat less during meals because they prolong digestion time. Proteins are the building blocks our body needs to repair damaged tissues, while vitamins A and C are great antioxidants that clean up the harmful substances produced during metabolism.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium-size eggplants.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped roughly.

How to prepare it?

Slice the eggplants lengthwise so you get about 16 slices out of each one of them. Put salt on both sides, then put them in a colander over the sink and let them rest for about 30 minutes to drain all their bitter juices out. After that time, rinse off the saltwater with cold water and dry the slices with paper towels.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F). In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix them well with your hands until they are blended nicely. Leave the mixture aside for about 15 minutes, so it gets blended properly.

Put parchment paper in a baking tray, then put all eggplant slices in one layer and top each slice with 1 tsp of the mixture you prepared before—Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Don’t forget to turn them over when needed.

Stuffed Zucchini with Basil and Pine Nuts Recipe

The recipe will help you enjoy eating more vegetables and fruits because they are healthy and tasty. Zucchini can be a great substitute for pasta, rice, or potatoes if you want to reduce the number of carbs in your diet. They have lots of fibers inside, so they are perfect for this reason.

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium-sized zucchinis

How to prepare it?

Slice off the top ends of the zucchini then scoop out the middle part with a spoon to get rid of all seeds from them because they can spoil the dish’s taste by being too intense.

In a large bowl, add pine nuts, basil, and some salt and pepper according to your taste. Mix them well, then stuff the zucchini with this mixture you made.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F) and bake stuffed zucchini for 25 minutes.

Spicy Gazpacho Recipe

Spicy Gazpacho is a tasty recipe that will help you enjoy eating more vegetables because it’s delicious but also healthy due to the ingredients used for making it: Tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper, garlic, onion, lemon juice, and olive oil are all healthy foods so you should try this recipe if vegetables are not among your favorite dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 5 tomatoes, peeled and chopped.

How to prepare it?

In a food processor, add all ingredients and process them until you get a smooth mixture, then add some cold water if needed to make it thinner for your taste. Serve the Gazpacho in four small bowls or glasses, then top each with some extra olive oil, black pepper, and parsley leaves for decoration.

Vegetables and fruits are a very important part of our daily life. Well, these delicious recipes will help you enjoy vegetables and fruits much more than you already do. They will keep your body healthy and give you enough energy to finish your day successfully.

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6 Ways To Get More Protein When Following A Plant-based Diet

Following a plant-based diet has its perks, but it also has some hitches. One of its biggest challenges is learning how to get enough protein in meals. Most people know that animal products are rich in protein, but what they may not be aware of is that numerous plant products contain even more protein than meat.

If you chose to reduce or completely cut off your animal product intake, but are confused about where to find foods that are a good source of protein, then this article is for you. Here are 6 ways to get enough protein in your diet if you’re following a plant-based one.

1.   Good Old Peanut Butter and Jam

Remember when your mom made you peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast or lunch at school? If you were thinking the reason is the yummy taste, you’re not wrong, but there’s an extremely nutritious reason behind it as well. Peanuts are an extraordinary source of protein, so munching on some or making a peanut butter sandwich would be a perfect meal. You may go for peanut powder as well if you like peanuts but feel that the butter isn’t your cup of tea.

2.   Soy Products

One of the healthiest and most popular soy products is tofu. What makes tofu so cool is that it doesn’t have a specific taste, but it takes on the taste of whatever you’re adding it to. This means you can choose to add it to whichever recipes you prefer, enjoying a Plant Protein Diet meal that is both healthy and delicious. Another excellent soy product that has been proven to be a great source of protein is edamame. They’re basically soy seeds that you need to boil before you eat, and you can add them to any plate you’re eating. They don’t have a strong taste, but they are slightly sweet and have a bit of a grassy flavor.

3.   Green Vegetables

Green vegetables are some of the healthiest foods out there, and this is wonderful news for vegetarians and vegans. Studies show that green veggies are tremendously nutritious since they contain fiber, a variety of vitamins like vitamin A, K, D, and more, minerals, iron, and protein. They’re best eaten raw for ultimate health benefits, but they’re still healthy if you cook them in any way you prefer. Our bodies absorb nutrients easier though when veggies are cooked, so they’re highly beneficial in any case. Another bonus to green veggies is that they’re very low in calories, so eat as much as you want and you won’t gain a pound.

4.   Use Whole Grain Toast for Sandwiches

Whole grain bread is generally tremendously healthy for the fiber it contains, but what you may not have known is that it’s one of the best foods that contain sufficient amounts of protein. Now if you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with whole-grain toast, you’ll have yourself a perfect protein serving full of the nutritious elements your body needs to stay healthy and active.

5.   Nuts and Seeds

All nuts contain protein, and a good amount of it as well. You can keep a bag of nuts with you for a healthy, tasty snack whenever you get hungry. Both nuts and seeds also contain vitamins, minerals, iron, phosphorus, and more essential elements your body needs to stay healthy and boost its immunity. If you don’t like to eat them on their own, you can always mix them up on your plates or add them to your salads.

6.   All Types of Beans

Whether you prefer green peas, red beans, or lentils, you’ll be getting the protein intake you need from either of them. Legumes would make a great addition to your plant-based diet for more than increasing your protein intake. Beans contain iron, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium, and many other nutrients that are necessary to your body for a high-quality, healthy lifestyle. Another plus about beans is that they don’t have a strong taste, so you can add the ingredients and/or herbs you like to them and they will surely taste amazing.

Meat, milk, eggs, and other animal products are not the only source of protein out there. In fact, there are so many plant products that contain more protein than many animal products. So whether you’re a vegetarian who prefers plant-based foods, or a vegan who chooses to avoid animal products altogether, you will always be able to find the protein supply your body requires in many other foods. Whatever you choose for a lifestyle, the most important thing to do is make sure you stay healthy and safe.

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Top Cooking Hacks To Spice Up Your Vegan Diet

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In recent years, the vegan diet has been on the rise as more and more people are choosing to cut out animal products from their diets. But despite its growing popularity, many people still don’t know how to cook vegan dishes without sacrificing flavor or convenience. And even those who do often find themselves stuck in a rut of eating the same few things over and over again.

Vegetables and Fruits

Vegetables and fruits are, of course, the stars of vegan cooking. Make your veggies and fruits taste delicious by using balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper! As noted by the people behind All About Greens, You don’t need to know all by heart because veggies and fruits are all delicious when prepared the right way. If you’re not sure what to do with a fruit or vegetable, try googling “how to prepare [insert fruit/vegetable here]” and see what comes up. You can add your own personal touch by using spices other people haven’t thought of, and you happen to like them a lot.

For example, you can use additional herbs, as they make vegan food pop. Everyone around the world has their own type of basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano – the list goes on! Once you know which herbs go with which vegetables and fruits, it’ll be easy for you to create new recipes with ease. There’s nothing like adding sage into potatoes or rosemary into the rice.

Vegan Meats

The other star of vegan cooking, aside from fresh produce, is seitan/tempeh/textured vegetable protein. These vegan meats can be transformed into chicken nuggets or chicken fingers with a bit of creativity. Use chickpea flour as the coating for these nuggets because it holds up well in frying.

Cooking vegan meats and fresh vegetables requires a medium to cook them on whenever possible. Avoid oil wherever you can because vegan meats don’t absorb much fat compared to animal meats. Instead of cooking vegan meats in oil, add a small amount (or large) of vegetables and then cook them all together on low heat for an extended period. You can also use parchment paper or tin foil to cook plant-based meals without using oil at all!

To season vegan meats, use spices like turmeric, chili powder, cumin, coriander, cinnamon (yes!), oregano, paprika, garlic powder/granules/salt/pepper mixtures. It’s best to experiment with different combinations on your own since everyone has their own preference!

Quality Substitutes

Flax eggs are a common substitution in vegan cooking because they act as a binding agent, much as regular eggs do. All you need to do is mix 1 tbsp. of ground flax seeds with 3 tbsp. of water, and let it sit for 10 minutes before using it in the recipe. This will allow the mixture to thicken up and have a similar consistency to regular eggs.

You can also find vegan cheese substitutes at your local grocery store, and many restaurants and other food-serving establishments now offer vegan options. Check out your local eateries and find a few dishes you like to make at home.

Substituting plant-based milk for cow’s milk is another simple substitution that can be made easily in most recipes, as both tend to work as a replacement for each other.

General Preparation

You can’t expect to go into the kitchen and whip up a delicious vegan meal without putting some effort into your prep work. Plan and try not to give yourself too much leeway in terms of cooking time, since you’re likely going to be starting from scratch with most recipes. If you have food prepped a few hours ahead of time, you’ll be able to focus on the cooking and won’t have to worry about your dish coming out under or overcooked.

There are a few vegan items that you should always have on hand, even if you don’t think you’ll need them for a specific recipe. Keep nutritional yeast, chickpea flour, and flax meal around, so you can whip up a quick “omelet” or flax eggs in a pinch. You never know when inspiration will strike!

Some recipes might also call for special equipment that only a non-vegan would normally use, such as meat grinders and egg slicers. But who says they can’t be “veganized”? If you’re feeling adventurous, try using alternatives like potato mashers in place of meat grinders and maybe even some kitchen shears instead of an egg slicer. You never know, it might just work!

Dining Out

If you want to go out for dinner but don’t know where or are having trouble finding something on the menu that sounds appealing, consider looking online before you go. There are many vegan apps devoted to helping people find vegan food near them, as well as making it easier to search by cuisine type and dish name.

Another way to save time when searching for a place to eat is by checking out vegan-friendly restaurant manuals first. Lots of restaurants offer them online, and many even have them available in print at their establishment. Restaurant guides make the job of finding veg options much easier because you can order from the entire menu, not just the limited few dishes that happen to be vegetarian or vegan.

Know Your Staples

If you live near an Asian market or have access to an Asian store online, it’s easy to find just about any ingredient used in vegan cooking at a much lower cost than other grocery stores charge. Just be sure that the ingredients are 100% vegan before buying anything just because it’s cheaper. You can also find tofu, seitan, tempeh, and other common vegan ingredients at your local supermarket.

It’s also important to know how to properly store your new vegan groceries, so they last as long as possible. It’s best to keep items like fresh produce in the fridge, whole grains, nuts/seeds, beans/legumes that can stay in a cool dark place or cupboard. Some vegans have even found success storing their pantry goods in paper bags instead of plastic!

There is no shame in asking questions, those on being a vegan or cooking in general. Most people don’t have a lot of veg experience, so reaching out to others for help is always an option!

It’s not always easy being a vegan. The stereotypical vegan diet often gets a bad reputation, and it can be difficult to find restaurants or grocery stores that offer the best options for vegans. But you don’t have to break your budget to eat well as a vegan! With the right hacks and tips, you can make vegan food that’s delicious while still keeping your wallet intact.

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Healthy Hemp Products from Good Hemp

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Not that long ago, the word ‘hemp’ conjured images of beige bags, dodgy jumpers and spliffs. These days, hemp is getting trendy, especially since the recent popularity of CBD products. I have never knowingly bought a hemp product (which is 100% true as, although I frequently bought acid, speed and coke in my younger days, dope gave me a headache and sent me to sleep so I pretty much avoided it where I could) so, when Good Hemp asked me if I wanted to try some of their products, I thought I’d make a rare foray into trendiness and said yes.

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Folkestone Featured in Simply Vegan Magazine

Vegan Folkestone in Simply Vegan Magazine

When I first came to Folkestone in 2011 to study Creative & Professional Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University, it wasn’t exactly heaving with restaurants – vegan, vegetarian or otherwise. Thankfully, Beano’s vegetarian cafe was practically next door to my university and I often went there to eat (you can read my review from 2014 here). Now Folkestone has four dedicated vegan and vegetarian cafes/restaurants with a soon-to-come dairy-free ice cream place called The Cone Zone, which is the best name ever for an ice cream place. In keeping with the ever-increasing popularity of plant-based eating and veganism, virtually all of the other restaurants and cafes that have appeared in the last few years offer not only a wide range of vegan options but many also having a separate vegan menu.

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Erbology Cactus Energy Balls and Tigernut Granola

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I drank cactus liqueur in Gozo once. Actually, it was more than once because after the barman poured us our first shot, he kept the shots coming all night. I only mention this because that is the only time I’ve done anything with a cactus other than have it sitting spikily around the house while hoping remembering to water it once a year is enough to make it not die. Although, reading through Erbology’s info on nopal cactus, and how popular it is in Mexico, a vague recollection of eating a cactus quesadilla in a Mexican restaurant somewhere near Charing Cross is forming in my mind. Still, let’s just say my experience with eating or drinking cactus is limited.

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Caleño Alcohol-Free – All the Gin, None of the Hangover!

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Ah, gin. I’ve never been much of a gin-lover. In fact, I always hated gin. The first time I tried it was in a club in Liverpool (Planet X, to be specific) and I thought it smelt like paraffin. I’m not sure if I thought it also tasted like paraffin as I don’t remember getting as far as tasting it. Anyway, apart from it smelling like paraffin and therefore probably tasting like it too, I always thought gin was solely for drinking in scalding-hot baths in an effort to bring on a miscarriage to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy and not actually for, you know, drinking.

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Fresh Strawberry & Nectarine Mocktail

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I never knew fresh apricots were extinct. I wanted to make the apricot appetiser mocktail from The Virgin Cocktail Garden as it looked simple, with just a few ingredients easily found in the shops. Or so I thought. Could I find fresh apricots? Could I bollocks. I looked online at Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons but I could only find dried and I’d been sure fresh apricots were as easy to find as apples. Google suggested I use peaches or nectarines in place of apricots and so, because I dislike the fuzziness of peaches, I bought nectarines instead. (I have since investigated and found out apricots are in season in the UK from May to September so I’m going to look for them then, even if I don’t want any. It’s become a matter of principle.)

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