Healthy

Navy Bean and Herb Salad

This highly requested, easy recipe is a staple in my weekly food prep because it is delicious, contains all of the macronutrients, and best of all—is simple to make! There are so many incredible variations that can be used to personalize this recipe to your liking, but here is the basic recipe. I usually add red onion and olives but for the sake of simplicity I thought I would post the recipe ‘base’ and let you decide what you like to add to make it your own…get creative!

Step 1:  Cut up your veggies of choice. I used baby tomatoes and bell peppers which are both high in vitamin C which is needed for a healthy immune system and helps your skin glow.

Step 1: Cut up your veggies of choice. I used baby tomatoes and bell peppers which are both high in vitamin C which is needed for a healthy immune system and helps your skin glow.

Step 2:  Add your favorite herbs: I used fresh cilantro and dill. Cilantro is high in antioxidants, protects against heart disease, UTI’s and even rids the body of heavy metals. I also love adding finely chopped mint leaves.

Step 2:
Add your favorite herbs: I used fresh cilantro and dill. Cilantro is high in antioxidants, protects against heart disease, UTI’s and even rids the body of heavy metals. I also love adding finely chopped mint leaves.

Step 3:  Add 1 can of organic navy beans (after rinsing thoroughly in cold water.)

Step 3:
Add 1 can of organic navy beans (after rinsing thoroughly in cold water.)

Step 4:  Add chopped avocado for a creamy texture and to add healthy fats. According to many natural health doctors and nutritionists, Avocados are claimed to be one of the top 5 healthiest foods on the planet! Avocados are high in fibre, healthy mono-unsaturated fats and even contain some protein! If you aren’t already eating avocado or guacamole, I would highly advise you to add it to your daily or weekly meals.

Step 4:
Add chopped avocado for a creamy texture and to add healthy fats. According to many natural health doctors and nutritionists, Avocados are claimed to be one of the top 5 healthiest foods on the planet! Avocados are high in fibre, healthy mono-unsaturated fats and even contain some protein! If you aren’t already eating avocado or guacamole, I would highly advise you to add it to your daily or weekly meals.

Step 5:  To prevent your avocado from getting too brown, I squeeze half an organic lemon on the bean salad. Not only will this prevent browning, but it is also very alkalinizing to the body. Lemons are anti-cancer, high in Vitamin C and boost your immune system. Try squeezing lemon on fish, salads and in your water to help with digestion and to improve taste.

Step 5:
To prevent your avocado from getting too brown, I squeeze half an organic lemon on the bean salad. Not only will this prevent browning, but it is also very alkalinizing to the body. Lemons are anti-cancer, high in Vitamin C and boost your immune system. Try squeezing lemon on fish, salads and in your water to help with digestion and to improve taste.

Step 6:  Once all of your ingredients and lemon juice are in your medium-sized bowl, mix it thoroughly and add your favourite dressing to add some flavour (optional). I always add my home-made dressing that includes seasoned rice vinegar, garlic, spices, MCT oil/avocado oil and tahini to add creaminess.  Mix and serve!  Enjoy xoxo

Step 6:
Once all of your ingredients and lemon juice are in your medium-sized bowl, mix it thoroughly and add your favourite dressing to add some flavour (optional). I always add my home-made dressing that includes seasoned rice vinegar, garlic, spices, MCT oil/avocado oil and tahini to add creaminess.
Mix and serve!
Enjoy
xoxo

Organic Veggie Leek Soup

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Cold temperatures call for warm comfort food. Not all comfort food is unhealthy, one of my favourite meals to make during the winter season is a hearty veggie soup. This one is a favourite because of the bold flavours and simplicity of the recipe. 

If you're looking for a recipe that is simple, healthy and delicious, this one is for you! 

Step 1: Add 1 TBSP of coconut oil to a large pot set on low-medium heat.
 

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Step 2: Chop 3 Leeks and add to coconut oil in pot, stir.
 

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Step 3: Chop carrots and celery (half a bag of organic rainbow carrots) and 1 bunch of organic celery. Add to pot of leeks.

 

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Add your favourite seasonings: I used SPIKE (a seasoning that is a mix of herbs and salt), along with some freshly cracked organic pepper and a dash of hot sauce.

 

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Once all of your veggies are in the pot, and the spices are mixed in, simply add 2 cartons of sodium-free vegetable stock and let simmer on low for approximately 30-45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. 
 

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If you want to create a heartier soup, I like to add chunky sweet potatoes, rice noodles or chopped butternut squash. Root vegetables are a great addition to this soup! 

Simmer until cooked. Eat and enjoy! xoxo JMH

JMH Green Buddha Bowl

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With the change of seasons also comes the change of appetite and our craving for warmer food.

This green buddha bowl is a mix of summer (light, crunchy greens and sprouts) mixed with warm soft ingredients like baked sweet potatoes and tempeh. Make a big batch of this recipes to meal prep for the week to ensure you stay on track throughout the entire year, and into the new year. I personally love the mixture of texture and flavour in this recipe. Feel free to add your own healthy ingredients to personalize your bowl!

Ingredients: 

  1. 1 Organic Sweet Potato -- Baked at 375 degrees for 45 minutes
  2. 1 Block of Tempeh -- I used Henry's Organic Tempeh and marinated it in gluten-free Tamari and then coated in organic hemp hearts, which went in the oven with the sweet potatoes for approximately 30 minutes 
  3. 2 Cups of Mixed Organic Field Greens
  4. 1 Cup Sunflower Sprouts
  5. 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast, for a cheesy and nutty flavour (which is also high in B12!)
  6. Sprinkled with additional organic Hemp Hearts
  7. Drizzled with organic avocado oil and pink sea-salt to taste

    Enjoy!

Glorious Green Smoothie

Do you crave a taste of the topics, but still want to maintain a glorious, nutrient-packed green smoothie? This recipe is a sweet and fresh way to start your day! Don’t let the green color fool you, this recipe will leave your taste buds wanting more of the tropics without buying a plane ticket!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup coconut water (coconut milk may be used as an alternative)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 serving Vega Protein Smoothie Viva Vanilla

Preparation

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until creamy smooth.
  2. If you desire a lighter consistency add more coconut water or coconut milk!

 

Written by: Jessica Morris

Originally posted on: www.myvega.com

PB&J Concord Grape Smoothie Recipe

A new twist on a classic favorite! Try this mouth-watering, satisfying smoothie that will bring back childhood memories. This nutrient dense smoothie may taste like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich but is gluten-free and full of plant-power!

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a high speed blender (liquids first).
  2. Blend until smooth.

 

Written by: Jessica Morris

Originally published on: www.myvega.com

Cake Batter (Dairy-Free) Milkshake Recipe

Have your cake and eat it too! This smoothie is a healthy indulgence that tastes just like cake batter. Celebrate your birthday every day with this nutrient-dense delicious treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup vegan vanilla coconut ice cream
  • 2-3 cubes of ice
  • 1 serving Vega One French Vanilla
  • 1 tsp cashew butter
  • Naturally colored sprinkles
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut

Preparation

  1. Blend all ingredients (except for sprinkles and shredded coconut) in blender.
  2. Top smoothie with shredded coconut and sprinkles.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

 

Written by: Jessica Morris

Originally published on: www.myvega.com