Anti-Inflammation Smoothie – Ginger and Turmeric

Reduce Pain and Inflammation with a Ginger and Turmeric Smoothie

Ginger and turmeric have demonstrated significant impacts on reducing pain and inflammation respectively.

They also happen to complement each other nicely.

Turmeric is bitter and ginger is spicy, together they soothe.

I’m playing with different combinations of ginger and turmeric in smoothies.  Here is a simple smoothie recipe that tasted good.  Green smoothies are so clean tasting too.  If you enjoy them, you are getting a nutritionally dense snack.

Into my mid 40s here, I’ve been feeling signs of age.  Some aches in my hips (arthritis?), as well as suffering from some digestive issues related to a surprise return of IBS (hormones?), this vegan green smoothie should help out with inflammation issues like these.

1 tsp powdered ginger a day was found in studies to be as effective as prescription migraine medication for eliminating headaches and migraine pain.

Another study found the same amount of ginger powder significantly reduced or eliminated menstrual cramp pain.

I personally can vouch for 1 tsp of ginger a day in my breakfast, tea or smoothie taking pain completely away.

Does it work for you?

FODMAP rating – low FODMAP smoothie.

 

Ginger turmeric smoothie
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Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

Course: Snack
Cuisine: low FODMAP, Smoothie, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 servings
Calories: 311 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Ginger and turmeric, plus greens make for an anti-inflammatory, low FODMAP health enhancing smoothie.  

Tastes pretty good too.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana frozen
  • 1 cup spinach packed
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup soy milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup water or ice

Instructions

  1. Blend ingredients, really stuff the spinach in there, it shrinks quite a bit.

  2. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 smoothie)
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 224mg 9%
Potassium 993mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 22g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 67.8%
Vitamin C 22.7%
Calcium 33%
Iron 15.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Healthy Vegan Pear Crumble
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Ginger Pear Crisp

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Western, Whole Foods
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 300 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

This whole-foods plant-based oil-free pear crisp recipe is incredibly simple to make, and very tasty.  The crumble remains crisp, not soggy, it is pleasurable to eat slightly crunchy topping with the soft pears.

Different varieties of pears have different flavors and textures, each could lead to an entirely different finished pear crumble. For this recipe, I used Packham Pears from Australia. They are green and hard, and don't seem to ripen much, so I thought they would be great for baking. 

Pears are naturally sweet and transform into a decadent and delicious dessert without much added sugar. 

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 7 pears Green Packham or other firm variety, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks or thin slices.
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar

For the Topping:

  • 3 cups oats rolled, quick cooking
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cup cashews or pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh or bottled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F

Prepare the Fruit Filling

  1. Peel and chop pears into evenly sized cubes, or thin slices.   I pushed a slicer through each pear to make 6 pieces, then cut each piece in half lengthwise.

  2. Place pears into a 9x13 baking dish.

  3. In a small bowl mix cornstarch, ground ginger, salt, and coconut sugar until well combined and lump free.  Sprinkle evenly over the pears. 

Prepare the Crumble Topping

  1. In a food processor, on high speed, blend oats, coconut sugar, almond flour, cashews, ground ginger, cinnamon and salt.  Once the cashews are finely ground, while processing, slowly add the lemon juice to make the mixture crumbly.  Do not over process, or the mixture will form into balls.  

  2. Spread oat topping crumble over the pears.   

  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes. The crisp is done when the fruit is bubbling and the topping is light brown in the center. You can opt to brown the top by broiling on low for 3 minutes, I didn't.

Nutrition Facts
Ginger Pear Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 / 10th of recipe)
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 107mg 4%
Potassium 323mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 18g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 9.4%
Calcium 4%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Dairy-free Dill Tzatziki Sauce – No-oil

My oldest daughter used to love Tzatziki sauce – you know, the Greek one – with cucumbers and yogurt and Dill?  So it fell off my radar when we became plant based in 2013, but the other day I was thinking, why have I not created a vegan version of this for her yet???

So a couple days ago, I did, and here is the recipe, it’s extra awesome because I figured out how to make it without having to drain the cucumber juice – so it’s faster and easier than usual recipes.

However, I was running out of time, so just as I was about to make it with herbs from scratch, I realized I had the Epicure Lemon Dilly Dip Mix and that it would work great.  So this version uses that spice mix.

Instead of the Lemon Dilly Dip Mix use fresh or dried dill, a bit of mint if you have it, some onion powder, garlic powder, and a teaspoon or two of lemon juice.

I plan to post a non-Epicure spices version as soon as I make it again!  If you live in Canada then you can buy it from me here and ship it to yourself.  

The reason I am posting this recipe is because using tofu turned out a very tasty and refreshing vegan Greek Tzatziki, with great consistency.  Apple cider vinegar is the right acid to use, in my opinion, because it is slightly sweet, and gives a yogurt flavour.

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I hope you find a way to make it too!

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Cool as a Cucumber Vegan Tzatziki

Course: Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 51 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

The key takeaway I hope you enjoy from this recipe is: you can use tofu and apple cider vinegar as a yogurt substitute!  

Plus, this recipe is easier than most traditional Tzatziki recipes because there is no need to drain the cucumber liquid.  The reason?  It uses thick Medium Firm Tofu, as a yogurt replacement.  The cucumber liquid is required to make it the perfect consistency. 

Rather than fussing with cucumber in a colander or strainer, you can make this in 2 easy steps in a food processor. 

Less mess, fast, easy, chunky, fresh, and dillicious in 5 minutes.

I made this with the Lemon Dilly Dip Mix from Epicure, I've included untested instructions if you don't have the mix, and hope to test and update that version here soon.

Ingredients

OR Instead of the Dip Mix:

  • 3 tbsp dill dried
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp mint optional
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

PLUS

  • 3 cups English Cucumber long, unpeeled, in large chunks

Instructions

  1. Add tofu to food processor with Epicure Lemon Dilly Dip Mix (or individual herbs), salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar.  Blend on high until creamy.

  2. Add cucumber chunks and process on high or low until just diced, some larger chunks should still remain, do not over process or the dip will be too runny.

  3. Serve!  The flavours will blend almost immediately.

Recipe Notes

Adult and Kids Vegan Snack or a Meal Ideas with Tzatziki:

Vegan Tzatziki is a protein rich low-fat fast refreshing snack for adults and kids.  Try serving Tzatziki dip with raw vegetables, such as carrots, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, and red and orange peppers.

Spread on whole grain toast cut into triangles, or baked no-fat pita chips for dipping, for a light healthy meal, snack, or lunch idea for school or work.

Nutrition Facts
Cool as a Cucumber Vegan Tzatziki
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of recipe)
Calories 51 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 223mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 2.2%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Vegan Chocolate Bean Brownies (Oil Free with Dates)

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Chocolate Banana Green Smoothie

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So Tasty!!!  Healthy Sugar-free Chocolate Green Smoothie with Spinach, Dates, and Non-Dairy Milk.

Green smoothies have such a clean aftertaste, yet still can be chocolatey, sweet, creamy and thick.  Whether your preference is almond milk, or soy milk or a different non-dairy milk, this smoothie combo is awesome.  I usually have one daily.

This smoothie with greens in it doesn’t look green at all, and I bet you cannot taste the spinach – except to notice a crispness when you smack your lips and a clean feeling on your teeth.

This delicious, low-fat, low-calorie, and satisfying smoothie is a beautiful chocolatey brown.

Chocolate, spinach, pineapple – they are great friends in a smoothie. You must try it!

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This is a simple, decadent, sweet and healthful smoothie that we are loving right now. The chocolate powder brings antioxidants, iron, and such lovely flavour. My husband agrees.

Soy milk makes it creamier than other non dairy milks, and adds protein too, but if you have almond milk in the fridge, go ahead and use that, it will be lower calorie.  I buy a higher fat soy milk for my girls, and a lower fat one for me.  Both give us lots of protein and energy.

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Chocolate Banana Green Smoothie

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 servings
Calories: 290 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Chocolate, bananas, pineapple, dates, non-dairy milk and spinach bring this green smoothie together in a very sweet combination.  It is an easy and satisfying healthy snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana cut into chunks, fresh or frozen - with some brown spots for a more sweet smoothie
  • 3/4 cup spinach leaves fresh or 1/3 cup frozen
  • 1 oz pineapple 2 pieces, frozen or fresh pear or other sweet fruit
  • 1 cup soy milk 1 to 1.5 cups, unsweetened, low fat or regular, or other non-dairy milk like almond milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa unsweetened powder, a heaping tablespoon, look for a brand with more iron
  • 2/3 oz dates 2 whole dried dates, squish them to make sure no pits are hiding inside
  • water or crushed ice to top up

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Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to a high speed blender cup in the order listed.  Some days I use low fat and other days I use regular soy milk, depending how creamy I want it to be.  Top up with water or crushed/cubed ice.

    If you use a sweetened non-dairy milk (like a vanilla or chocolate) then skip the dates.

  2. Instead of the cocoa powder, the Cocoa Acai Booster powder from Epicure (see link in ingredients) is a great substitution.  It only has 20 calories (same as cocoa powder) contains more antioxidants than plain cocoa and is seriously tasty with the Acai berries in it as well.

    Epicure Cocoa Acia Smoothie Booster
  3. Blend for 1 minute, until dates are fully blended.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Try adding 1 tsp turmeric for extra anti-inflammatory properties.  The chocolate should hide the flavour.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Banana Green Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Potassium 1054mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 35g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 53.8%
Vitamin C 36.5%
Calcium 32.2%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

Simple Vegan Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies with Oat flour

These easy, seven ingredient, peanut butter cookies are both chewy and crispy, and melt in your mouth with a burst of real peanut flavour and sweetness.  With natural peanut butter, and make-it-yourself oat flour, they are egg-free, smooth, chewy, and gluten-free.

When I put these out for snacking, people ask for the recipe.  They are that good.

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Coconut sugar is darker than golden brown sugar, and is what gives these cookies a beautiful deep colour.

Use natural peanut butter for the best flavour,

I’m talking about peanut butter where the ingredients are… peanuts.  With nothing else.  Are you into that yet?

Consider getting hippie, and more healthy, about your peanut butter, if you haven’t already!

Natural peanut butter may seem strange to some, because the oil separates.  My post about how to open, stir, store, and why processed nut butters are BAD for us: How to Use Natural Peanut Butter may urge you to go natural with your peanut butter.

Did you know that an extra daily snack of nuts didn’t make people gain weight?

Don’t be afraid to eat nuts daily.  In fact, eating an extra handful or two of nuts a day made people lose weight!

Read my post about the weight loss trick: Eating Nuts Daily Did Not Cause Weight Gain – It Caused Weight Loss and you will want to make and eat these peanut butter cookies even more!

Use room temperature peanut butter if you can.

I have made these with fridge peanut butter, and that is totally doable, but what worked really well was using a new small jar of natural peanut butter out of the cupboard.  I used the entire jar (double batch), and it was so easy to stir soft peanut butter into the sugar and flour.

You could also microwave your peanut butter if you use a glass or plastic mixing bowl.

Nut based cookies are an awesome snack.

So portable, chewy, yummy and easy.  Cookies are great to have around the house for after school, or after supper.

I have to admit, there is a lot of sugar in those cookies – because of that, we should consider them a sometimes treat, not a daily source of energy.

But, that said, I eat these peanut butter cookies when I make them, usually two to three cookies a day, and I consider them my nuts for that day.  They did not make me gain weight either!

Eat one or two of these cookies, and feel your cravings disappear for a couple of hours! 🙂

 

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Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 28 cookies
Calories: 170 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Soft and chewy peanut butter cookies that are vegan and gluten-free, but sweet and melty in your mouth! 

Perfect little crowd pleasers, packed with big peanut butter flavour!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Use baking sheet(s).

  2. In a high speed blender, blend quick cooking oats to make oat flour.  Approx. 1 1/4 cup of oats will give a heaping cup of oat flour.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the vanilla, peanut butter, and sugar. Use room temperature peanut butter if possible, or microwave slightly for easier stirring.  Coconut sugar made these cookies have an excellent toasted flavour.

  4. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients together (oat flour, baking soda, and salt).
  5. While stirring the peanut butter mixture, add the oat flour mixture. Add in the non-dairy milk or water and continue to stir until combined.

  6. Roll the dough into balls (about 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons per cookie), drop on baking sheet, and flatten with a fork one way and then the other to create a crisscross pattern.  With natural peanut butter, I did not need to spray my baking sheets.  The cookies don't stick.

  7. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until just starting to turn golden on edges (they bake FAST so watch them carefully).  The cookies expand and flatten out slightly while they are cooking. 

  8. Let cool completely.
  9. Store in an airtight plastic container to keep the cookies soft and chewy.

Recipe Notes

Make your own oat flour by processing quick cooking rolled oats in a food processor for 2-3 minutes or a small high speed blender for a minute until a fine "flour" has formed.  

If you have oats on hand, you can make this quick flour anytime, it tastes so fresh.  

Blending the oats makes the cookies smooth instead of lumpy, many kids (and adults) love smooth cookies.

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 245mg 10%
Potassium 140mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 5g 10%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 3.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Bean Brownies (Oil Free with Dates)

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Fantastic Whole Foods Chocolate Vegan Brownie – Sugar-free, Oil-free, moist, chewy, healthy, chocolatey, and delicious.

If you have eaten vegan low-fat desserts before, you have heard of beans in brownies.  If you haven’t heard of this, welcome to the vegan revolution my friend because beans make brownies fantastic, and if you poke around my website a bit more, you will see that beans make us live longer too.

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Beans, beans, good for your heart… the more you eat the more you… live forever!

So this is really a double bean brownie – powdered cocoa beans plus a can of white kidney beans (cannellini beans) which thank you Vegan8 for suggesting!  are really better than the black beans I have used in the past.

White beans blend to a smooth consistency, with no black skin bits exposing your healthy chef secret.

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This is a great brownie recipe because it is so fast to make, tastes amazing and has a great moist soft texture.

The smell of these cooking is amazing, let alone the pleasure of biting into their rich fibre filled (instead of fat filled) soft fudgyness.

There is a lot of chocolate in these, yum.

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Dates instead of sugar.

Dates as sweetener is going to prevent you from having a sugar high and crash – studies show that dates help us keep our blood sugar at consistent levels.

Even though there is no sugar, these are still very sweet (perfectly so, actually, cancelling the bitterness of the chocolate).

So pony up kiddies, for some snacks that give you the super charge you need, to play and play, without any negative side effects.

Squares or bars.

To make these perfect little bars I used the Epicure Perfect Petites silicone baking trays.

Each tray makes 30 two inch by one inch bars that cook perfectly and pop out of their molds easily.  No greasing required.

This recipe made 50 bars.

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The chocolate chips add decadence – something we are looking for in a once in a while treat, wouldn’t you agree?

Cocoa powder is full of antioxidants.

I really think we should all try to eat chocolate powder of some form daily, as I believe the iron and antioxidants are great for us.

I’m in my 40’s here and I need to prevent wrinkles when I can.  Backed by science people… 🙂

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Vegan Chocolate Moist, Soft Brownies - Dairy Free, Egg Free, Oil Free, Sugar free and Delicious

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, High Fibre, Vegan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 50 2" x 1" bars
Calories: 55 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Bake 25 minutes for a more fudgy/wet brownie and closer to 30 for a more dry/firm brownie.

Makes 50 2"x1" bars in the Epicure petite squares silicone or

Fills a 9" x 12" glass baking dish.

Adjust the number of servings and the ingredient amounts will re-calculate.

Ingredients

  • 19 oz cannellini beans can white kidney beans, drained but not rinsed.
  • 7 oz dates
  • 2 1/4 cups hot water
  • 1 cup pear sliced, leave peel on, or fruit puree like sweet applesauce
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 2 1/4 cups oat flour
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips dairy free

Topping

  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips dairy free

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  For 50 bars you will need a 9x12 glass rectangle dish, or 1 Epicure silicone perfect petites tray and 1 8x8 square dish, or two Epicure perfect petite trays. 

  2. Grind oats into oat flour.  

  3. Blend dates, covered with hot tap water, add the rest of the water to the food processor.  Before blending, squeeze dried dates to make sure there are no hidden pits - to save your food processor from damage.  7 oz of dates (the default for this recipe) is about 32 individual dates or 200g. 

  4. Add the ingredients except the chocolate chips to a food processor and blend for a minute. 

  5. Scrape down the sides and process for another 1-2 minutes until very smooth.

  6. Add 2/3 of the chocolate chips (save some for sprinkling on top), pulse a few times to blend in.  The more you process the less they will be chips and the more they will be tiny pieces.  

  7. Spread the batter into the pans, making sure to scrape out as much batter as you can, don't leave any of that goodness behind!  Spread the top of the batter flat and out to the corners of your pan. 
  8. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the top to make your snack look and taste extra special.

  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until slightly puffed up, and the top is firm.

Recipe Notes

Make your own oat flour by processing quick cooking oats in a high speed blender or food processor into a fine flour.  It's really easy to do this.  Measure the oats after blending.  

I used about a 1 1/4 cup of loose oats to get a heaping cup of finely ground oats (oat flour).  It tastes nice and fresh.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Moist, Soft Brownies - Dairy Free, Egg Free, Oil Free, Sugar free and Delicious
Amount Per Serving (26 g one 2"x1" brownie)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 98mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Once you make this, leave me feedback on here and let us all know what you think!  Have you made any substitutions that worked well?

I would love to put some walnuts in this.

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VeganEnvy recipes are easy, low-fat, whole-foods, plant-based and nutrition rich.  Real food my family eats, and techniques we use to cook.

I choose ingredients that are proven to prevent and reverse disease, based on scientific studies, such as those reviewed on nutritionfacts.org and findings published by whole-foods plant-based (WFPB) experts featured in the Forks Over Knives (FOK) and What the Health documentaries FOK trailer.

Eating VeganEnvy recipes will make you lose weight, look better, feel better and live longer.  PLUS spend your money to cruelty free food systems, cut your environmental impact, and likely increase your compassion for, and awareness of, lives other than your own.

 

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