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Umami vegan cream cheese.

This vegan cream cheese is one of the most delicious and nutritious treats you can have. I actually ran out of it within 24 hours and will now make a larger batch. The coconut oil will not only give a good creamy texture, but also will harden a bit in the refrigerator, possibly preserving it for longer than my temptation to eat it can handle! It tastes great on everything! But then, I guess that is the purpose of cheese in this life. Umami is a flavor that is found in foods such as truffles, yeast, cheese, ripe tomatoes; this 5th flavor was discovered in the early 1900’s by a Japanese scientist.

Cashews contain the nine essential amino acids. The nutritional yeast will not only give it a cheesy flavor but also will pack your cheese with a big dose B vitamins and protein.

It is extremely simple to make, just soak the cashews overnight and then mix everything in a food processor until smooth! It took mine about 1 1/2  minutes. Make 30 second intervals if your processor heats up.

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews soaked overnight

1/3 cup of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon of Cajun (or sea salt)

1 tablespoon truffle infused olive oil (optional)

1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

1/2 tablespoon of tahini

2 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of lime juice

Serving suggestion: Pita bread stuffed with zucchini, broccoli sprouts, mashed beans, topped with a squirt of reduction of balsamic vinegar. The black seeds on top are bamboo smoked sesame seeds. I must say, the little cheese ball in the middle was actually not enough, I am telling you it is a bit addicting, but so healthy as well!

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Smoothie Bowls – What’s the Hype All About?

Smoothie Bowls

Yesterday I mentioned some detoxifying benefits of a vegan diet. One easy vegan recipe you can have for either breakfast or lunch is a smoothie bowl! Lately I have been obsessed with making smoothie bowls. If you’re not familiar with what it is, it’s basically just as the name states – a smoothie in a bowl. The smoothie is usually made much thicker ( more of a sorbet consistency ) and is topped with a variety of toppings.

One of the reasons I love smoothie bowls, aside from how delicious they are, is because they are much more filling than traditional smoothies due to all the toppings. Not only that, but I tend to eat them much slower than I would drink a smoothie.

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Guilt-free goodness in a glass

spinach popeye

There are many good things to be known about spinach apart from the famous boost of strength that the pipe-smoking sailor-man Popeye used to take from it when faced with trouble.

The dark green leaves contain high levels of chlorophyll and health promoting carotenoids (beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin) with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties and are especially important for healthy eye-sight, helping to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts – so not only Popeye’s biceps would bulge when he opened a tin of spinach, but his sight would get sharper, his energy – restored and his vitality – improved.

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PROTEIN Vs. CARBS…. And the winner is…

Protein Vs Carbs diets

There was a study done to 811 overweight persons who were to follow one of the four following diets:

1. 40% fat, 25% protein, 35% carbohydrates
2. 40% fat, 15% protein, 45% carbohydrates
3. 20% fat, 15% protein, 65% carbohydrates
4. 20% fat, 25% protein, 55% carbohydrates

And the winner is… CALORIES!

Yes, at the end of a two-year period of the study all the four groups lost an average of almost nine pounds. Participants all reported similar hunger and satiety no matter which diet they were on. Therefore it is more important according to this study to focus on caloric intake…. It is even easier taking care of one thing instead of three. Even though, a balanced diet is recommended for the right micronutrient intake and well functioning of your body.

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