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EASY HEALTHY VEGAN BLACK QUINOA, BERRY AND CHIA SEED ENERGY BAR TOPPED WITH CRANBERRIES AND DARK CHOCOLATE RECIPE

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • 12 dates
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 bits of dark chocolate

This energy bar is rammed with goodness! Not only is it the quinoa a complete protein, meaning that it contains all of essential amino acids the body cannot synthesize from other sources, but it also has the highest iron content of any grain! Additionally it is rich in essential amino acids and vitamins A, B2 and E and is an excellent gluten free alternative to other grains. I get mine from the wonderful people at Real Foods. The dates and berries are full of vitamins and dietary fibre and keep the whole bar stuck together. And well, the chocolate is a little happiness booster, filled with antioxidants and caffeine to get you pumped up and ready to go :)

And the best point is they are so easy to make! Start off with rinsing the quinoa in cold water, then bring to the boil and let it simmer for approximately 15 minutes, drain and set aside to cool (if you have the time, let it cool in the fridge overnight). Next step is the base: throw the chia seeds, berries and dates into the food processor and blend till its a gooey sticky red mess. I like to add apple sauce and vanilla for extra flavor. In a bowl mix most of the dried cranberries with the black quinoa and red mess. Spread the mixture on a sheet of baking paper, it should have a fairly dense consistency. Bake at 190 C/fan 170C/gas 5 for thirty minutes, depending on the thickness of the energy bars. Once crispy, remove from oven and cut into portions. Now’s the time to melt the dark chocolate in a small saucepan and cover each bar liberally, then sprinkle chopped dried cranberries on top while the chocolate is still warm. Let the whole thing cool et voilà! Enjoy as a workout snack, a posh biscuit or a lunchbox snack.

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My diet

My diet

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My weakness….

My weakness….

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Food Regime

Discussing my eating habits, I realised that I’m a PIG… or a hobbit… a tall hobbit. My eating is clockwork, I swear!

8:00 Protein Shake (after workout)

9:30 Oatmeal with Banana or Yogurt & Berries or Eggs & toast

12:00 Lunch (Fish/tofu/something…)

2:00 Mixed Salad

4:00 Fruit, Nuts, Protein cookies, Licorice… something

5:30 Protein Shake (after second workout)

8:30 Dinner (Vegetarian mix of whatever I feel like)

Added with gallons of water & green tea.

 
chelseaalysse:

Going to use this for baking my pumpkin cheesecake for thanksgiving :) 

chelseaalysse:

Going to use this for baking my pumpkin cheesecake for thanksgiving :) 

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favorite-recipes:

Zucchini pasta with avocado sauce
Best. Lunch. Ever.
Here is the recipe for this amazing dish, and i made it up myself so please give me credit if reposted or anything:
Ingredients:
2 medium zucchinis, sliced extremely thinly (it takes a long time, so be patient)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 a small, ripe avocado
2 capfuls (using the lid of the vinegar bottle) worth of white vinegar 
1 small garlic clove, diced
cracked black pepper, to taste
sea salt
Method:
1) Once the zucchini is sliced, place into a strainer over a large bowl/sink. Add a generous amount of sea salt as it will help draw out the immense amount of water the zucchini holds. Allow to drain for a minimum for 30 minutes and cover with a paper towel/napkin.
2) Shake all of the water out the zucchini and press a paper towl onto the strips to drain out any leftover water.
3) Heat a frying pan up to medium/high and place the coconut oil in the pan. Fry the zucchini until it is slightly browned, translucent, and has lost most of it’s crunch. The time will vary depending on how thinly you sliced up the zucchini.
4) Combine the avocado, garlic, vinegar, and black pepper to taste in a small bowl and set aside.
5) Remove the zucchini from the heat when cooked and transfer back into the strainer. Allow to drain for 10 minutes, and then use a paper towel/napkin to soak up any liquid left on the zucchini.
6) Place the zucchini pasta into a bowl artistically/however you desire and spoon the avocado sauce on the top.
Enjoy!

I made it!!! Totally went the ghetto route, no draining or drying and no decent avocados, it’s 9:30pm and i’m starving… but it was successful none-the-less. THANKS for the recipe!!!

favorite-recipes:

Zucchini pasta with avocado sauce

Best. Lunch. Ever.

Here is the recipe for this amazing dish, and i made it up myself so please give me credit if reposted or anything:

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced extremely thinly (it takes a long time, so be patient)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 a small, ripe avocado
  • 2 capfuls (using the lid of the vinegar bottle) worth of white vinegar 
  • 1 small garlic clove, diced
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • sea salt

Method:

1) Once the zucchini is sliced, place into a strainer over a large bowl/sink. Add a generous amount of sea salt as it will help draw out the immense amount of water the zucchini holds. Allow to drain for a minimum for 30 minutes and cover with a paper towel/napkin.

2) Shake all of the water out the zucchini and press a paper towl onto the strips to drain out any leftover water.

3) Heat a frying pan up to medium/high and place the coconut oil in the pan. Fry the zucchini until it is slightly browned, translucent, and has lost most of it’s crunch. The time will vary depending on how thinly you sliced up the zucchini.

4) Combine the avocado, garlic, vinegar, and black pepper to taste in a small bowl and set aside.

5) Remove the zucchini from the heat when cooked and transfer back into the strainer. Allow to drain for 10 minutes, and then use a paper towel/napkin to soak up any liquid left on the zucchini.

6) Place the zucchini pasta into a bowl artistically/however you desire and spoon the avocado sauce on the top.

Enjoy!

I made it!!! Totally went the ghetto route, no draining or drying and no decent avocados, it’s 9:30pm and i’m starving… but it was successful none-the-less. THANKS for the recipe!!!

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prettybalanced:

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Perfection! Click through picture for recipe.

heyfranhey:

prettybalanced:

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Perfection! Click through picture for recipe.

yourhealthista:

Um, amazing.

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forestfeast:

These eggplant “tacos” are a tasty appetizer… It’s basically just a little round of baked eggplant with brie and cilantro in the middle, folded up like a mini taco! You could also serve them alongside a main course as a vegetable. I bake/roast the eggplant rounds on a greased cookie sheet, drizzled with olive oil (generously) plus a bit of sea salt if you wish. If you flip the eggplant half way through, it’ll get brown on both sides. About 8 minutes on each side worked for me- but watch them closely- if some slices are thinner, they’ll cook faster.

I could eat a whole plate of these….Enjoy!

By Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast

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Healthy Vegan oatmeal cookies recipe: 3/4 cup oats, 1/4T baking powder, 1/8t salt, 2T stevia, 2T craisins, 1T coconut oil, 2T nondairy milk. Mix and bake at 350F for 15-20 min. So good!!! (Taken with Instagram)

blogilates:

Healthy Vegan oatmeal cookies recipe: 3/4 cup oats, 1/4T baking powder, 1/8t salt, 2T stevia, 2T craisins, 1T coconut oil, 2T nondairy milk. Mix and bake at 350F for 15-20 min. So good!!! (Taken with Instagram)

fuckskinnyletsgetfit:

Dairy Free Sources of calcium

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Dairy Free Sources of calcium

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Is Chewing Gum the Most Toxic Substance in the Supermarket?

Ingredient #1: Gum Base.

Imagine if someone came up to you and said, “Hey, would you like to chew on some tire rubber and plastic?” You probably would politely decline and want to report this person to a doctor for a psychological evaluation. “Gum base” is a blend of elastomers, plasticizers, fillers, and resin. Some of the other ingr
edients that go into this mix are polyvinyl acetate, which is frequently referred to as “carpenter glue” or “white glue”. Paraffin wax is another ingredient that is a byproduct of refined petroleum. Is chewing plastic, petroleum and rubber safe? As you chew, these substances leach into the mouth and body. Yummy.

Ingredient #2: Aspartame.

The controversy surrounding this substance is widespread. It is one of the most body toxic substances we can consume. The political corruption and money trail behind this agent of disease is a mile long. Aspartame has been linked to all of the major brain diseases including Alzheimer’s and ALS. It is also considered a prime contributor to many other diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma, obesity, and many others. It is in many diet products on the market today, but in the long run actually contributes to obesity due to his extreme acidity. Aspartame is an excitotoxin, which over excites neurons in the brain until they burn out and die. Dr. Russell Blaylock is the leading expert on Aspartame and other excitotoxins and I would highly encourage you to see the documentary entitled “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World”.

#3: Hydrogenated Coconut Oil and Starch.

Hydrogenation is chemical process that adds hydrogen across a double bonded carbon. This is done to increase the shelf life of a product, turning oil into a more plastic like substance. This process also creates Trans fats, which are now known to be very harmful to health.

Ingredient #4: Colors (titanium dioxide, blue 2 lake, red 40).

Titanium dioxide is a nanoparticle that is very common in sunscreen and many other health products, including synthetic nutritional supplements. New evidence is leading in the direction of this substance being carcinogenic, leading to cancer. We as humans are drawn to things that are colorful. Artificial food colorings, such as red 40, are made from petroleum and are dangerous to our health. Many people have extreme allergies to these substances and they have been implicated in contributing to ADD and other disorders and diseases.

Ingredient #5: Sorbitol, Xylitol, Mannitol, Maltitol.

These sugar alcohols are originally made from sugar, but are altered so much that they are considered sugar free. As a general rule, when nature is altered and changed to make a “better” product, more often than not, the result is something that is not healthy. Some even go so far as to say that these products are far worse than sugar and can stimulate weight gain. Other side effects can include abdominal pain and diarrhea. Is sugar alcohol better than sugar? Neither are good substances, so comparing the two is somewhat pointless.

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Health Benefits of Turmeric

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Health Benefits of Turmeric

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