Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Maple Hickory Tempeh & Quick Tofu Scramble

In Health, Recipes on April 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Since I have been conscious of the amount of processed mock meats/vegan proteins I have been consuming and my recent digestion issues with wheat, I have been working hard at finding quick, easy and delicious protein options that aren’t as heavily processed and wheat/gluten-free. That usually leaves me with the choice of beans, tofu, and tempeh. Normally I would cut slabs of tofu and marinate several hours or overnight then bake them for half an hour, however I have found myself increasingly reluctant to spend so much time on my tofu. And with tempeh, I would just throw it in a pan of oil and them cover with BBQ sauce, which wasn’t all that inspiring. These past few weeks I have come across two recipes for tempeh and tofu that are now a mainstay staple of my everyday eating, and are quite exciting, if I do say so myself.

They are: Maple Hickory Tempeh and a Quick Tofu Scramble (it tastes way better than the name I came up with, I promise!). The Maple Hickory Tempeh could be more of a bacon substitute, as it has that flavour profile, but it is just so darn yummy that any thought of bacon is quickly erased by the sweet maple and smoky hickory speaking for itself. The Quick Tofu Scramble is so incredibly easy that I couldn’t believe how delicious it tastes. It is suitable for breakfast, in a wrap with veggies, however I use it for all meals in the day since I just was to get some protein on my plate, and fast!

Read the rest of this entry »

Homemade Veggie Pasta

In Health, Recipes on April 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

In my quest to lose weight there was one particular food that was a challenge for me to stay away from, and that my friends, was pasta. I was never much of a meat-eater, or a veggie-lover growing up, but I was most definitely a pasta-holic. I could eat them plain, and in large quantities and mixing pasta with cheese (Kraft Dinner anyone?) was a deadly combination for me. I was simply addicted to this starchy food, and it was a challenge to keep me away from pasta so I could shed some pounds. Then I heard about veggie pasta, a guilt-free way to enjoy a bowl of “pasta” and sauce without feeling bloated afterwards. Read the rest of this entry »

Want to Lose the Pounds? Lose the (Bad) Attitude!

In Health on April 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Weight loss is a frustrating ordeal, something I am sure most of us are aware of if you’ve tried to lose weight. Those pounds are stubborn and it feels like the scale is never going to budge. You’ve tried everything you could possibly think of but nothing is working, so you feel like giving up. But weight-loss is not just about changing your food, but I have learned from my own journey that it is just as important to change your attitude! I could go into the usual details of what you should be doing if you want to shed the extra pounds, such as exercising more, eating less junk food, eating more greens, eating smaller portion sizes and so on. However, none of those tips are helpful if you don’t change your attitude first. Read the rest of this entry »

Recipe: Moon’s Favourite Green Smoothie

In Health, Recipes on June 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

As I’m writing this, the sun is shining and it’s mighty hot out there! With the humidity it feels like 38 C, and that’s plenty hot enough by Canadian standards. Summer is definitely here and whipping up a green smoothie is a great way to cool off, while at the same time getting ample nutrition.

Now you may ask, what exactly is in a green smoothie?

The answer: leafy green vegetables and fruits.

I know that the prospect of putting in spinach or swiss chard in a smoothie would turn off even the most adventurous food-lovers, but think of it as a super healthy version of a V8 drink. Trust me when I say, you are not sacrificing taste in a green smoothie at all!

Read the rest of this entry »

Recipe: Kale Chips

In Health, Recipes on December 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

If you’re like me, you tend to let yourself go during the winter season. It’s usually the time when we bring out the chips, cookies and other santa-shaped goodies, despite trying hard all year to lose those extra pounds. Face it, when it’s cold out there, you just want to stay indoors and eat comfort food by the fire.

Well today I discovered a surprisingly healthy alternative to one of the usual comfort craving foods I mentioned. And yes, it includes a leafy green. Who woulda thunk it?

Read the rest of this entry »

Brand Review: Yggdrasil’s Child

In Health, Reviews on November 16, 2010 at 11:18 am

In the last few months I have been purging unnatural, inorganic, and inhumane products from my everyday life. Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, you name it I threw out the old harmful chemical-filled products and replaced it with organic and natural products I’ve found in local health stores.

However, conventional stores aren’t the only place you can find bath and beauty products that are both natural and organic (and ultimately humane).

A few months ago, an acquaintance pointed me to Madelyne Hogg, owner of Yggdrasil’s Child, a local natural handmade soap maker, and I have had the honour to try out some of her wonderful products. Read the rest of this entry »

Product Review: Flavür

In Health, Reviews on September 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm

When it comes to the juice aisle at grocery stores, I’m not very pleased with selections we have today, considering that most of them contain artificial sweeteners, artificial flavours, colouring, and who knows what else.

The juice selections we have today have more junk in them than the real thing. It makes me sort of mad to think about it. Is it really so much to ask for real fruit juice or ice tea anymore? Read the rest of this entry »

Hidden Non-Veg Food Ingredients You Should Know About

In Health on July 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm

As tempting as it is to blindly eat something, and assume it’s entirely vegetarian, it’s actually the worst thing you could do.

When I became entirely vegetarian, I learned, mostly by accident and always after I eat something, that what I just ate wasn’t entirely vegetarian. There are some things in our food’s ingredient list that won’t blatantly say “made with animal parts”, because they are put under completely different names. Read the rest of this entry »

Traveling as a Vegetarian

In Health on July 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm

It is finally summer which means most of us will be vacationing and traveling during the next few months.

Recently I came back from a trip to Los Angeles, California, and on that trip I learned firsthand that traveling is not vegetarian-friendly.

I have to be honest, the limitations in my diet never even occurred to me as I was preparing for my trip. And boy was I surprised! (In my defence, it was my first time traveling as full-out vegetarian.) Read the rest of this entry »