Why would anyone go vegetarian?

When I was 16, I once considered changing my diet to vegetarian. It sounded like a great and healthy idea. I started off by telling my dad, who was the cook in our household,to stop giving me meat for dinner. Being a household that relied heavily on meat as the biggest part of our meals, I felt hungry all the time. The lettuce and tomato for lunch also didn’t cut it, I constantly felt hungry and underfed… so naturally, I gave up.

A few times over the years I’ve considered trying a vegetarian lifestyle again but I was always reminded of how starved I felt when I tried it in High school. About 2 years ago my friend told me that her family will no longer eat meat. Later I started doing Yoga and saw a lot of yogis eating vegan or vegetarian meals but still… I was afraid to try it because of my teenage experience.

It was only when I moved to Busan that I met a vegatarian, who doesn’t shout his beliefs at me, who told me about how he became all vegan.  His journey took over 10 years. He first started cutting out certain meats, then fish, dairy and eggs until he ate only vegan foods. This sounded like a better way towards eating vegetarian.

Cutting out a whole food group at once has never sat well with me, but doing it slowly, over time can work, especially that it now gives me time to experiment with healthy dishes to see what works best for me, instead of deciding to eat only lettuce and tomato …

Salad in a class Detox smoothie

The first time I tried this smoothie the idea of it made me think of  how Micheal in GTA 5 shivered after drinking his green juice. In the end my first green detox smoothie wasn’t even half as bad as I had thought.

The recipe I will share with you today is one that I’ve come to love and enjoy drinking before heading out to gym. The combination of cucumber and parsley, leaves a fresh taste in your mouth while the pineapple gives it a sweet and sour element. You can add some ice if you like but to me the frozen pineapple makes it cold enough especially during winter months

It is also an easy way to get your greens in without having to chew it

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Ingredients

1 Slice of pineapple (frozen and cut into pieces)

1/2 Cucumber (small)

1/2 cup fresh Spinach

Bunch of parsley(small)

Juice of 1 lemon

1 Cup of water

Note: You can add 2 packets of stevia if you want something sweeter

Throw it all in a blender and blend…. et voila!!!!! Garnish with some parsley, pineapple or mint

What is your favorite Detox Smoothie?

Paleo Chicken Fingers

Once upon a time I went paleo for a while and discovered a few great recipe’s One of my absolute favourites are Paleo Chicken Fingers. Its a basic coated chicken finger with some honey, olive oil, spices and almond flour. Its really easy to make. You simply pop it in the oven and within 30 minutes its ready to munch

These chicken fingers are garlicky sweet with a pinch of pepper and super filling. They also tend to melt in your mouth, having the coating makes them nice and tender. My husband absolutely loves it. You can make them on their own as a snack or add some sweet potato chips or other vegetables.

You need some olive oil and honey to dip the chicken in, then mix almond flour and garlic pepper together. First you dip the chicken fingers in the honey oil mixture and then pop it in the flour mixture until coated thoroughly. Place it on a baking tray and bake in the oven at 150 degrees for 30 minutes. The oil in the mixture will crisp the almonds.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 chicken breasts cut into strips.
  • 1 Cup Almond flour
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt, garlic pepper, paprika

Mix the almond flour,salt, garlic pepper and  paprika in a bowl. Mix the Honey and Olive oil in a separate bowl.

Dip the chicken strips in the honey mixture. When covered dip it in the dry mixture. Cover well. Lay the covered chicken pieces in a baking dish and bake until golden brown or until well done. ( 30 minutes at 150 degrees)

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5 Delicious Paleo desserts

Most of these are really easy and relatively low cal. During family holidays its always hard to stay healthy during all the festivities and with all the food laying around. Don’t get me wrong, I love normal old fashioned cake, but with so many unhealthy dishes it might be a good idea to make one or 5 of them that are healthier. Some of the recipe’s aren’t strictly Paleo as Paleo doesn’t call for the use of sugars. In addition if you’re not on a Paleo diet but want to try some of the recipe’s as a healthier option you can most definitely try it.

Pumpkin pie

Its really easy to make and sometimes I even mix equal amounts of pumpkin and sweet potato (yams) to get a pie higher in carbs for the days I do high intensity training and need some more carbs. This recipe is both Paleo and vegan friendly.

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INGREDIENTS

  • Crust:  1 1/4 Cups Walnuts or Pecans

  • 1 Cup of Chestnut or Almond Flour

  • 1 Egg White

  • Sprinkle of salt. (I like to add in a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon here)

    Filling:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin Puree (Roast your leftover pumpkin and blend it) or use 1 full can.
  • 2/3 Cup of Walnuts1/3 Cup Cashews
  • 3 Eggs and 1 Egg White
  • 1/4 Cup Honey + 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup (Or for indulgence, go for 1/2 cup Maple and reduce the water to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Spice Mix: 1 tsp Ginger, 1 tsp Allspice, 1 tsp Nutmeg, 1/2 tsp Cloves, 1/2 tsp Cardamon, 1/4 tsp salt
  • Vegans Omit the eggs and water, Add 1/2 cup Soy/almond milk and 2 TB cornstarch and 1 tsp Arrowroot.

Full instructions at wholefoods.heartspacedundee.co.uk

Raw Apple Pie with Paleo Whipped Cream

Who doesn’t like apple pie. With this Paleo inspired recipe you can keep the calories down, for those on a calorie restrictive diet(not necessarily just for Paleo followers), while getting your daily dose of apples. An apple a day keeps the doctor away…

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INGREDIENTS.

For the Crust

  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw macadamias
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon each cinnamon, ground cloves and ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Filling

  • 6 apples, peeled  (cut 1 of the apples into ½ inch chunks, thinly slice the other 5). I used Pippin apples but Granny Smith or other baking apple would work just fine.
  • 1 cup of pitted dates that have been soaked in apple juice for 30 minutes, then drain the juice into a small measuring cup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 medium orange, seeded, peeled and pulled apart into segments

Full instructions at nutritionyoucantrust

Strawberry Cheesecake (non-dairy and Paleo)

Who doesn’t love a diet where you can still have cheesecake, even if it is dairy free.

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INGREDIENTS

The crust
The filling
Garnish

Full instructions at the healthy foodie

Paleo Brownies

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INGREDIENTS
  • 57 grams (1/2 cup) finely ground almond flour
  • 50 grams (1/2 cup) Dutch-process cocoa powder* (see note above)
  • 85 grams (1/2 cup) coconut sugar or evaporated cane juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, homemade or grain-free store-bought
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 113 grams (about 2/3 cup) chopped dairy-free dark chocolate or chips, melted
  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 85 grams (1/4 cup) honey
  • 3 large eggs (about 150 grams out of the shell)

Full instructions on glutenfreebaking.com

Snickers Pie

(Raw, Vegan, Gluten + Grain Free, Refined Sugar Free)

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INGREDIENTS
Crust
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 c nut of choice (I like cashews and almonds best, with walnuts shortly behind – you can even MIX nuts if you’re CRAZY)
  • 1 c unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Caramel Layer
  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked in boiling water for 10 min and then drained
  • 3 tsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp unsalted almond butter
Nut Butter Mousse
  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 3/4 c peanut butter, almond butter or nut butter of choice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
Additions
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate of choice, for drizzling (optional)

Full instructions at sproutedroots.com

 

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5 Delicious Paleo inspired recipe’s for everyday use.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Kebab

One of the easiest recipes ever. All you need is some chicken breast cut into cubes and streaks of bacon. Spice with some salt, pepper and any of your other favourite spices. Wrap the bacon around the chicken breast cubes and bake until the bacon is crispy. This wonderful recipe and picture is from ifoodbloggger.com, check out their blog for more awesome ideas.

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Paleo Taco Pie

Another really easy and equally delicious recipe at Paleoleap.com.

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INGREDIENTS

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour;
  • 1/4 cup butter, or clarified butter, melted;
  • 1 tsp salt;

Pie Filling Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef;
  • 1 tbsp Paleo cooking fat;
  • 1/2 onion, chopped;
  • 1/2 cup homemade barbecue sauce; OR any of your favourite sauce.
  • 1 cup lettuce, chopped;
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced;
  • 1 avocado, chopped;
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste;

Pecan chicken

This is one of my favourite recipe’s and my husband also loves it. It’s quite fast to make and you can add any side dishes you like. This recipe and picture is from Sally’sbakingaddiction

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 chicken breasts cut into strips.
  • 1 Cup Almond flour
  • 1/2 crushed pecans
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • paprika, parsley and dijon mustard

Mix the almond flour, pecans, paprika, parsley, mustard and salt in a bowl. Mix the Honey and Olive oil in a separate bowl.

Dip the chicken strips in the honey mixture. When covered dip it in the dry mixture. Cover well. Lay the covered chicken pieces in a baking dish and bake until golden brown or until well done.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Vegan, Paleo and low cal. Recipe Here, also from Paleoleap.com

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 or 2 butternut squashes (1 is good for about 3 good portions); ( can also go 1/2 and 1/2 with sweet potatoes.
  • 1 or 2 cans of coconut milk, depending on the number of squashes you prepare. (you’ll find it in most grocery stores and at your health food store, look for organic without any other ingredient except maybe guar gum);
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste;
  • Any fresh or dried herb you’ve got laying around;

Banana Muffins

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Full recipe here, recipe and picture from thankyourbody.com

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 ripe organic bananas, mashed
  • 4 organic cage-free eggs
  • ½ cup organic almond or coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil, melted (where to buy)
  • 1 teaspoon organic real vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground organic cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground organic nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground organic clove
  • ¼ teaspoon ground organic ginger
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Optional: 1-2 Tablespoons organic honey or maple syruP

Personally I always just use the banana’s, 1 egg, almond flour and honey and it tastes great all the same 🙂 If the mixture seems dry I usually just add more banana.

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