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Fa-la-la-la falafels

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Photo de falafels Photo prise par Jerem ja:画像:Photo de falafels.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Falafels are everywhere these days. They are very delicious but what is a falafel and should you eat it? In this post, I will address these questions as well as give you some tips on how to maximize your nutritional benefit of falafel. The falafel are middle-eastern (not Greek!) and are made of garbanzo beans which are high in fiber. I think everyone knows they need more fiber in their diet, and it’s easy with the falafel. If you buy them frozen and make them yourself either baked or deep fried in a unsaturated oil such as peanut oil or canola or vegetable oil combined with cucumbers, tomatoes, tahini (yogurt) sauce, cabbage/carrot coleslaw filling on whole wheat pita bread they are good for you. especially if you are trying to lose weight.  Foods rich in fiber such as cabbage, carrots, beans, grapefruit produce the melanin to burn fat cells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Almond Butter

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reading a lot of news about the salmonella outbreaks in peanut butter. I usually don’t worry about food scares, because I eat healthy and I don’t eat meat. This time, however, fear struck me like it never has. The recall was at my beloved Trader Joe’s. I am devastated to the point that I don’t know if I will ever want to eat peanut butter again. I realize that is irrational, but through out it all I’ve come to terms with my paranoia because the tragedy has led to a new discovery…

Almond butter! Almond butter is a good alternative to peanut butter because it is not as mass produced. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vegetarian Protein

Sautéed tempeh with green beans

Sautéed tempeh with green beans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the most common arguments I come across is that vegetarians can’t get enough protein through their diet. My response to this is that I feel it’s a common misconception. From my research I’ve learned that including meat in two or three meals a day will far exceed your recommended daily limit, and it’s especially a problem because the portions we are used to eating overwhelm our kidneys ability to process it all, which is extremely harmful to the organs. (Not to mention meat is linked to cancer.)

Vegetarians can obtain their proven from many different sources. I do not recommend veggie meat; such as veggie patties, veggie hotdogs, or veggie anything as a protein source because those types of foods are overly processed and should be consumed as a last resort. Your healthier options are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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Energy and Fiber Snacks

dried apricots Français : abricots secs traité...

dried apricots Français : abricots secs traités aux sulfites (anhydride sulfureux) Italiano: albicocche secche (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t drink coffee or tea so I’ve been on a mission to find a perfect healthy snack to give me energy. I just discovered this fruit and veggie snack at Trader Joe’s and it is my newest obsession. It’s become my go to snack for when I’m on the go and in need of a healthy energy boost. The fiber in this bar is great for my stomach and digestion. It keeps me full and it is easily stored in a backpack or purse. The best part about it is that it tastes like a regular dried fruit snack, but this one is chock full of root vegetables like carrots and beets which add vitamins and make this snack nutritious and healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

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