“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates
“Gut health” is a phrase that is becoming recognized and seen more and more frequently when we are talking about overall health.
Well, it is pretty simple: Research over the past couple decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health. Not only that, the research further shows that an unhealthy gut actually contributes to a wide range of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, autism spectrum disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.
In fact, there are many researchers who believe that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier will be one of the most important goals of medicine in the next century. Continue reading “Probiotics & Gut Health”
Sometimes you just need something chocolate-y, am I right?
Well, the other night I was in that state of mind but the only thing chocolate in my whole house was unsweetened cocoa powder…I was determined and came up with these super fast & simple brownies that you can make using ingredients you most likely have in your house at all times!
I made a half batch (pictured) but the full recipe will fill a 8×8 or 9×9 pan 🙂 Continue reading “Fast & Simple Brownies”
These burgers are my easy to put together and SUPER flavorful! They have over 15g of protein thanks to a boost coming from the amazing iWon! Organics protein chips…in this case, the ranch flavor 😀
These are super flavorful and also vegan! Though, there will be one ingredient you can choose to use that would made them simply vegetarian 😉
My secret ingredient is really the iWon protein chips…just like my last veggie burger recipe, I crush them up instead of using standard bread crumbs and they add flavor, protein, and are an EXCELLENT binder for the burgers! Continue reading “Ranch Veggie Burgers”
This takes just 10-15 minutes to throw together and it is the perfect dip for chips, crackers, or veggies, and is also amazing in tacos, burritos, sandwiches and even on nachos!! Basically, it is good in or on anything!! 😀
This is packed full of healthy ingredients, super low fat, AND has no added oil so you can feel good about devouring it all right after you make it! …seriously though, I’ve done it…
Lastly, it is super easy to double or triple this recipe, which you will probably do in the future because you are going to want this stuff on EVERYTHING!! Continue reading “Nacho “Cheesy” Bean Dip”
This is the PERFECT
This is also highly customizable because you can add whatever veggies you like and you can also add tofu (which I did), or tempeh, or vegan chicken (or regular chicken for you meat eaters 😉 ) And toppings…go crazy! Try things like scallions or chives, cilantro, parsley, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, chopped peanuts, hot sauce, etc., etc. Continue reading “Chilled Spicy Peanut Noodle Bowl”
Do you all remember that crazy “Cabbage Soup Diet” that was all the rage 10-15+ years ago? I sure do! My dad tried it a few times and even after the fad was over one thing remained…THE SOUP!! I always absolutely loved the soup!! 😀
I know it might sound crazy, especially if you are familiar with how strange the diet was, but I swear up, down, and sideways that the soup is amazing! And it the ingredients are veggies, veggies, and more veggies. It is like eating a salad…but hot…or cold, actually, because I love it both ways!
It may not be the most beautiful dish you’ve ever laid eyes on but just trust me…You want this in your life.
Continue reading “Cabbage Soup”
I have finally perfected my seitan recipe and am SO excited to finally share it with everyone! The recipe you’ll find below makes 7 servings so feel free to double (or triple) it if needed. If you do, however, I recommend baking it in 2 (or 3) logs.
Seitan is such a great source of protein and I definitely utilize it every day in my meals because each serving gives you 26.5 grams of plant-based protein! Not to mention it tastes wonderful. It does have a slightly chewy texture which is the initial turn-off for a lot of people…but my recommendation is to slice it (or dice it for, say, a stir fry) and fry it up in a pan with some oil or nonstick spray until it gets a nice and crispy on the outside. Once you do that it should look something like it does here:
<– This meal is one serving of the seitan (I think about 80g or 2.8oz), couscous, and steamed broccoli 🙂
The seitan cooks up like this in just a couple minutes and makes all the difference. It is also PHENOMENAL sliced thin, cooked up, and layered on a sandwich with avocado and veggies galore 😀 Continue reading “Homemade Seitan (say-tan)”
These are officially my new favorite game day/party snack!!!! They were quick and simple and the flavor was just AMAZING!!!! Not to mention they are HEALTHY 🙂 So, I recommend you make these this weekend and eat all of them. Then repeat the next weekend. And pair them with my 90-Second Bleu Cheese Dip 🙂 Continue reading “Buffalo Cauliflower Poppers”
^Those^ three ingredients (+a little sweet potato) are going to make you the happiest person if you love, and sometimes crave, pumpkin pie but don’t want A: the hassle of making a pie or B: the calories/fat/carbs/sodium! Continue reading “Pumpkin UnPie”
Cauliflower “rice” has become an important staple I always try to have in my fridge! It is easy to make a fairly large batch of it in a short amount of time and it is so nice to have handy for quick meals!! There are two methods to making it that I have tried and this is my personal favorite: Continue reading “Cauliflower “Rice””