Plant-based Protein Q&A, part I

Sources of plant-based protein is one of the most common areas many of my vegan/vegetarian clients ask about; whether it’s consuming enough or what types. Today, I’m here to tackle some of the most common questions asked related to protein in a plant-based diet. I also want to leave this an open ended blog post for you all to ask your own “Q’s” that you want to hear my “A” to! Here’s part 1 of my Q&A series, with more to come.

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What is a plant-based lifestyle? A plant-based lifestyle can encompass a wide variety of diets and foods eaten, but have one thing in common amongst all of these diets. The foundation of the diet/lifestyle is rooted in whole, fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, and other foods than come from plants. Being plant-based doesn’t confine you to titles of vegan, vegetarian, raw, etc.; they can be a template from which you build your own diet from!

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How to Make Stevia Extract

Homemade stevia, two ways. Today I’m going to show you all how to make both an extract (liquid form) and powdered form of stevia using your harvested and dried stevia plant or purchased all raw dried stevia leaves. I often recommend or suggest using stevia in several of my smoothies, sweet treats, or dessert recipes to add a bit of sweetness to them without using refined sugars. I get several questions about artificial sweeteners and where stevia fits into that equation, so today I’m going to share with you all what stevia I personally use… it’s homemade!

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As you all know, I’m not a fan of artificial ingredients especially sweeteners. Many of the artificial sweeteners out there (and even processed stevia) undergo many steps to become it’s final edible product. Many of these steps involve adding different chemicals, fillers, starches, glucose, “natural” flavors, chemicals such as acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol (several of which have been linked to causing cancer).

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Spotlight On Water

Did you know the body is made up of about 55-60% water? It’s also responsible for every process in the human body, that’s pretty amazing for something that many of us take for granted. If you’re not drinking enough water you may not be giving your body enough fuel to combat everyday stresses, fight fatigue, keep your digestion moving, your metabolism efficient, supple skin, along with many others. Whether it’s experiencing sweating in the summer heat or dry skin in the winter chill, water is key to keeping our bodies healthy on a cellular level.

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What exactly is water? Water is made up of 2 hydrogen atoms + 1 oxygen atom = hence the scientific name for water of H2O. It’s an odorless and tasteless liquid, but also can exist in the solid state (think ice), and gaseous state (think steam or water vapor). Humans, animals, and plants all need water to survive and thrive, but why do humans? Here are just a couple of the many reasons why drinking more water is beneficial to our overall health.

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Juicing 101

Today, I want to focus on a topic I have readers, clients, family, and friends ask me about all the time… juicing. This Juicing 101 guide is all about how to’s, what to juice, and reasons why to juice! You may want to bookmark this in depth post for later referencing or to share it with your loved ones who are interested in juicing. Also, stay tuned for my favorite classic green juice recipe early next week.

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Let’s start by breaking it down to basics first. What is juicing? Juicing involves a process where the natural liquid, vitamins, and minerals are extracted from raw fruits and vegetables. This process strips away any solid matter from the fruits and vegetables and you’re left with liquid only. This liquid isn’t just any liquid, it’s loaded with the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and phytonutrients all in one easy-to-sip hydrating drink.

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Top DIY Gifts for Foodies

Happy holidays everyone! Today I’m sharing all things gifts in my Top DIY Gifts for Foodies. If you’re like me I absolutely love giving gifts that have a personal touch such as recipe cards, cookbooks, edible treats like cookies, granolas, mixes, or teas; art or paintings (yes, I paint!), crafts, refurbished antique home goods, and more! There’s nothing better in my opinion of keeping the act of giving and sharing gifts with loved ones in a simplistic and special way like this.

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Today I wanted to share with you all some super simple gift ideas that are not only adorable and special, but also affordable. This list is great for everyone, but especially the foodies (food lovers) in your life. Pictured above I include some of my personal favorites: Almond Coconut Date Globes, Maple Banana Nut Granola, Nut/seed mix, and the latest Pistachio Crusted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies!

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