Friday, July 29, 2011

Veg Humor

It's funny but true....huh?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Garden Secrets Restaurant

I took a little trip to my home state of Arkansas to visit my parents over the weekend.  While visiting I came across this little gem Garden Secrets.  It is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas and is the only fully vegan restaurant in the state.  

 All I can say is YUM, YUM, and YUM again!!!  The food was so fresh and there was such a variety to choose from.

I ordered the veggie wrap and sweet potato fries, which was out of this world fresh!! 

My carnivore son ordered the southwest chipotle burger....

...and this is what he thought about it.

I couldn't dare leave without dessert.  I had the carob brownie madness which was so decadent and moist.
And super YUM again!!!

The owner of Garden Secret was extremely nice!  I highly recommend if ever in this part of the country it's a must.  I know I will definitely return again.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Alternatives to Cow's Milk

Really the only one that should consume cow's milk is baby cow's.  There are many health issues associated with the white stuff ranging from allergies, sinusitis, headaches, acne, gas, bloating, constipation and high cholesterol to name a few. Not to mention greenhouse gas emissions to antibiotics used in the process.

I have suffered years with chronic allergies, had my share of skin problems and then there was the stomach issues with all the bloating and stomach pain.  So I decided to take it out of my diet to see if things improved and they did. The wonderful thing is there are a variety of alternatives out there to try not just soy milk anymore. 

Here are some alternatives to try:

SOY Milk-Soy milk is the most widely available dairy-free milk alternative.  It is high in protein and fiber.  Soy has a strong, distinctive taste. You can use soy milk in pretty much anything.

Almond Milk-Almond milk like soy milk is high in protein. High in "good fats" and vitamin E.  The drawback for some is nut allergies.  It blends better than soy does into baked goods, coffee, and smoothies. You can pour it onto your bowl of cereal also.

Rice Milk-A good alternative for those with nut and soy allergies.  Rice milk is sweet especially the flavored kind.  Its texture is mostly watery of all the milk alternatives.  Low in protein and does not make a good milk alternative unless fortified.  You can use as a beverage or over cereal if you don't mind the watery texture.

Hemp Milk-Its protein level is between rice and soy.  Its also a watery consistency like rice.  But hemp milk has enough protein for some recipes.

Coconut Milk-Coconut milk is a good source of protein, fiber, high in iron and a multitude of other vitamins, plus a good source of calcium.  Coconut milk is being considered a "good fat" and provides the body energy and helps your metabolism.  Plus it may help blood cholesterol levels by raising LDL "good cholesterol" while not affecting HDL "bad cholesterol".  It contains lauric acid a medium chain fatty acid comparable to the saturated fat in breast milk.  Coconut milk can be used in pretty much everything desserts to smoothies and my fave is over my cereal. YUM!  It tastes so clean and not heavy.  There are more brands out there now its not the same as the canned milk you are use to using in your Thai recipes. 

With all these great alternatives if you are trying to cut sugar go for the unsweetened ones.  Try different ones and see which one's you like best.  Plus see the difference in how you feel once you cut cow's milk out.

I would love to hear how cutting cow's milk has changed the way you feel!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Vegan Strawberry Pudding

Here is a quick and easy vegan pudding:

1 cup of strawberries
7 oz. silken tofu
1/4 cup of agave necter
1 tsp. vanilla

Wrap silken in a paper towel to absorb water and then put in your food processor and pulse until it crumbles.  Then add in your strawberries, agave, and vanilla and blend until smooth.  It's best if you let sit in the refrigerator to really chill good and the strawberry flavor really comes out the longer it sits.  Garnish with some fresh strawberries and serve.  *Optional you can put granola on top*

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

DIY Fruit and Veggie Wash

Here is a quick and easy way for you to make your own fruit and veggie wash at home.  On top of that it is a whole lot cheaper than the store bought stuff.

All you need:

1 spray bottle
1 tbsp. lemon juice (use fresh lemon juice if possible)
2 tbsp. baking soda
3/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup of filtered water

Mix your ingredients in the sprayer bottle, shake and it's ready to use.  Spray your fruits and veggies and let sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off.  Simple right?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Raw Lemon Bars

I don't know about you but it is just too darn hot to even think about turning on the oven.  These lemon bars will definitely cool you off.  Super fast and easy to make.

These lemon bars are a hit with my family and they are great for you to boot.  Full of whole foods that will be great for the little one's as well. 

Raw Lemon Bars

1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup raw almonds
1 cup of dates, pitted (let dates sit in water for about 5 minutes to soften)
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon

In a food processor, combine cashews, almonds, and zest until coarsely chopped.  Add dates and lemon juice and process again until the mixture starts to come together, just slightly balling up.

Press mixture into a 9"x4" loaf pan that is lined with plastic wrap smoothing out the top.  Put in refrigerator about an hour or until firm.  Cut into squares or bars and enjoy!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Kale Mango Salad

I wanted to share this wonderful salad with you.  I had this at one of the yoga retreats that I hosted and everyone went on and on about how great it was!

kale mango salad

1 bunch kale (remove stalks and discard) chop leaves into bite size pieces
1 mango diced
1 lemon juiced
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
2 tsps. honey
Sea Salt
2 tbsps. toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

In a large serving bowl add kale, half of the lemon juice, a little drizzle of EVOO and a little sea salt.  Massage until the kale starts to wilt usually about 2 minutes.  Set aside and make the dressing.

In a small bowl whisk together the remainder of the lemon juice with the honey.  Add in the 1/4 of EVOO until combined.  Pour dressing over the kale and add the diced mango and toasted pepitas.

Toss and serve.  YUM!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Four Desires:Creating a life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity and Freedom by Rod Stryker

“Desire is here to stay. The challenge we all face, and which I intend to guide you through, is to learn how to take into account the full measure of who you are and use the positive force of all four of your soul’s desires to lead you to your best life.”
—Rod Stryker

According to ancient Yogic tradition, your soul has four distinct desires:

• The desire for purpose, the drive to become who you are meant to be
• The desire for the means (money, security, health) to prosper in this world
• The desire for pleasures like intimacy, beauty, and love
• The desire for spiritual fulfillment and lasting freedom

Learning to honor these four desires is the key to happiness, and to a complete and balanced life. But how can you discern what will truly satisfy your desires? How can you increase your capacity to achieve them? What if your desires seem to conflict with one another? Is it really possible to live a spiritual life while also wanting material pleasures and success?

For more than three decades, master teacher Rod Stryker has taught yoga in the context of its deepest philosophy. His course, called The Yoga of Fulfillment™, has helped thousands recognize their soul’s call to greatness and to achieve their dreams. Now, in this wise and richly practical book, he has distilled those broad teachings into a roadmap for becoming the person you were meant to be. It is filled with revealing true stories, provocative exercises, and practices for unlocking your inner guidance. And even if you’ve never done a yoga pose, you can follow this step-by-step process to:

• discover your soul’s unique purpose—the one you came into this world to fulfill.
• recognize the goal(s) you need to focus on at any given time and enliven your capacity to reach them.
• overcome self-defeating ideas and behavior.
• recruit your deepest energies and strengthen your resolve to meet any challenge.
• learn to live with joy at every stage of your growth.

The Four Desires is nothing less than a complete path toward living your best life possible—a life that is rich in meaning and in means, a life that attracts and emanates happiness, a life that is your unique gift to yourself and the world.

Release date:July 26th, 2011

Rod Stryker is widely considered to be one of the preeminent Yoga and meditation teachers in the United States. He leads Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training Programs, intensives, retreats and workshops throughout the country for students of all levels.