5 Tips that make going vegan easier ~ Mira Marshall

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Some people can go vegan cold turkey. Others transition to a vegan diet over time. I transitioned to a vegan diet after being vegetarian for more than three years. Here are some tips I’ve tested to make your transition to a veganism easier.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or dietician. This is information that I have learned on my personal journey and want to share to help you with yours. I encourage you to do your own research and make the best choices for you. Please consult a doctor before making any significant diet changes.

1. Be prepared

Maybe you’ve heard this before, maybe you haven’t. Either way, being prepared is essential to succeeding with your new lifestyle. You should always have something vegan-friendly in your fridge or snacks for when you’re on the go. If you’re going to be out and about most of the day, pack a meal or know where there are vegan-friendly restaurants in your area. The last thing you want is to be tempted to eat something non-vegan because you are hungry and weren’t prepared.

2. Try to make the majority of your diet plant-based

When I say “the majority of your diet should be plant based,” I mean around 80 percent.The bulk of your diet should consist of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and whole grains. This is something that I’m still working on because I love bread (most breads aren’t vegan by the way) and pasta.

3. Don’t restrict calories

Now this is one of the many perks of a vegan diet. You don’t have to, and, in fact, should not restrict calories. You are already eating whole natural foods, there is no need to limit calorie intake. Give your body time to adjust to your new plant-based lifestyle before limiting calories if you choose to do so.

4. Give yourself some options

It’s a total myth that vegan food is boring. There are endless vegan food options (well…minus meat, dairy and other animal byproducts) to choose from. You might have to get a little creative, but that’s another perk of being vegan. Here are some sites with great recipes to get you started: Sweet Potato Soul/Brown Vegan.

5. Don’t be so hard on yourself 

It’s totally okay if you slip up and eat something non-vegan. This is a lifestyle change, just learn from it and keep it moving. Give yourself some credit, the fact that you’re even considering going vegan is a step in the right direction. Nobody is perfect, which is why we need to encourage and support each other to make healthier lifestyle choices for the mind, body and soul.

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6 Ways You Are Screwing Up Your Salad ~ Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D.

Just choose ingredients from each of these categories to turn your salad into a healthy meal.

Not Enough Greens

You can certainly make a delicious and healthy salad without greens, but why miss an opportunity to get those healthy dark leafy greens into your day? Choose spinach, romaine and even finely sliced kale, which will all give you a slew of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and K and folate. Use at least 2 cups of greens, since that’s what counts as a 1-cup serving of vegetables.

Not Enough Veggies

Don’t stop at the lettuce. Adding even more veggies will ensure that your salad gives you most of the vegetable servings you need each day. Plus, getting a variety of colors in your diet has added health benefits (it also makes your salad taste and look more delicious).

Not Enough Protein

While all those vegetables add fiber, which helps you feel full, adding protein to your salad turns it into a meal and gives it more staying power. Try adding drained light tuna or even sardines for a boost of omega-3s along with protein. A hard-boiled egg or 3 ounces of grilled chicken or salmon is also a good option.

 

Don’t Skip Seeds or Nuts

Seeds and nuts are a protein source, but they also offer healthy fats, which are good for your heart. Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds add appealing crunch, while toasted walnuts add a buttery flavor. Seeds and nuts are high in calories, so measure your portion before sprinkling on (1 tablespoon is a good amount for your salad).

Be Sure to Add Fruit

Like a salad with a little sweetness? Try adding some fruit. Sliced strawberries pair particularly well with spinach, and chopped apple goes great in your fall or winter salad, but dried fruit is also a good option. Try a tablespoon or two of raisins for sweetness and a little extra fiber and minerals.

Unhealthy Dressing

Skip the fat-free, premade salad dressings and whip up your own vinaigrette with olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice. Olive oil offers heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Plus, adding it to your salad will help you absorb all those fat-soluble vitamins (like vitamins A and K) in the vegetables.

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D. 

 

https://www.yahoo.com/food/6-tips-on-how-to-build-a-healthier-salad-134828678.html

17 Foods That Can Help You Live Longer by Kate Bratskeir

The world’s oldest person, 116-year old Susannah Mushatt Jones, enjoys a hearty meal of bacon, eggs and grits most mornings. The breakfast sounds delicious, but unless Jones has upended decades of nutritional science, it is unlikely the secret to her long and healthy life. 

Eggs and grits aside, there are foods that, if eaten routinely enough, may help extend a person’s life. Science has found that antioxidants, for one, can combat age-related illnesses like heart disease and some cancers. Nature has supplied us with a galaxy’s worth of these molecules in the form of delicious, whole foods foods like berries, garlic and many others. Check out the list below to discover what foods researchers have associated with living long and prospering. Then get a huge bowl, whip up a few, dig in and #LiveYourBestLife.

8 Impossible-to-Resist Veggie Dishes by Jennifer Segal

VEGGIE

Every now and again, I come across a vegetable dish that makes me think I could be a very happy vegetarian. From a hearty summer white bean ragout to balsamic-glazed roasted beets, here are a few of my favorites.

1. Summer White Bean Ragout

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This quick ragout of white beans and sweet summer tomatoes might just be my favorite recipe of the summer. The tomatoes — just barely cooked — burst in your mouth when you bite into them, while fresh herbs and a splash of balsamic vinegar liven the dish up. Serve with toasted garlic bread for sopping up the broth. GET THE RECIPE

2. Creamed Zucchini with Garlic & Basil

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Imagine creamed spinach, only with zucchini. This delicate yet rich dish is easy to make — and it’s great for entertaining because you can make it ahead of time. GET THE RECIPE

3. Roasted Pepper Salad with Feta, Pine Nuts & Basil

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Next time you’re asked to bring a veggie or salad to a get-together, try these sweet and smoky bell peppers topped with feta, toasted pine nuts, basil and olives. The salad looks gorgeous on a platter and is delicious with toasted pita bread. GET THE RECIPE

4. Roasted Broccoli with Chipotle Honey Butter

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In this recipe, broccoli florets are tossed in a sweet, spicy and smoky chipotle-honey butter before roasting. It’s as delicious as it sounds, and the broccoli has enough flavor to carry an entire meal.
GET THE RECIPE

5. Sautéed Zucchini & Cherry Tomatoes

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This summery dish of sautéed zucchini, burst cherry tomatoes and meltingly sweet red onions is one of those dishes where the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. Make it now before the season ends! GET THE RECIPE

6. Golden Roasted Cauliflower with Pecorino Romano Cheese

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Want to get your family to love cauliflower? Try roasting it and tossing it with cheese. It worked for me. GET THE RECIPE

7. Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

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Combining veggies in a side dish makes them so much more interesting. In this simple and elegant dish, sweet green peas and asparagus are quickly sautéed with butter, shallots, and a touch of honey.  GET THE RECIPE

8. Balsamic-Glazed Roasted Beets

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If you’re a beet lover like I am, you are going to love (and maybe even obsess over) these simply prepared beets. They’re oven-roasted, which intensifies their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction.  GET THE RECIPE

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-segal/8-impossible-to-resist-ve_b_8005382.html

25 Dinners You Only Need 3 Ingredients To Make ~ Lindsay Hunt

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P.S. We’re assuming you have garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

1. 3-Ingredient BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

3-Ingredient BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Recipe here.

2. Grilled Skirt Steak with Poblano-Corn Sauce and Salsa

Grilled Skirt Steak with Poblano-Corn Sauce and Salsa

Con Poulos / Via foodandwine.com

Recipe here.

3. Skillet Chickpeas

Skillet Chickpeas

Recipe here.

4. Easy 3 Ingredient Chili

Easy 3 Ingredient Chili

So, cheese, scallions, and sour cream are extra, but the chili itself only has 3 ingredients. Recipe here.

5. Chicken Caprese Salad

Chicken Caprese Salad

Con Poulos / Via foodandwine.com

Recipe here.

6. 3-Ingredient Breakfast Skillet

3-Ingredient Breakfast Skillet

Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? Recipe here.

7. 3-Ingredient Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups

3-Ingredient Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups

Mustard and herbs are optional. Recipe here.

8. 3 Ingredient Black Bean Soup

3 Ingredient Black Bean Soup

Herbs and a little cheese are optional extras. Recipe here.

9. Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe

Bobbi Lin / Via food52.com

Okay, we’ll assume you’ve got some butter around, which makes this luxurious cheesy dish only three ingredients. Recipe here.

10. 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Counting the tortillas and avocado, this is five. But the slow cooker part is super easy. Recipe here.

11. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Recipe here.

12. Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Grilled Scallions

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Grilled Scallions

Con Poulos / Via foodandwine.com

Recipe here.

13. Super Easy Tomato Cheese Toasts

Super Easy Tomato Cheese Toasts

I would eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Herbs are optional. Recipe here.

14. Clean Eating Blackened Thai Salmon

Clean Eating Blackened Thai Salmon

Throw some green beans on the tray while the salmon roasts for a whole meal. Recipe here.

15. Shells and White Cheddar

Shells and White Cheddar

This could get addictive. Recipe here.

16. How to Make Tomato Soup Without a Recipe

How to Make Tomato Soup Without a Recipe

Mark Weinberg / Via food52.com

As few as three ingredients go into this velvety tomato soup. Get the how-to here.

17. Oven-Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Garlic

Oven-Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Garlic

Mmmmm so tender. Serve with noodles or rice. Recipe here.

18. 3-ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

3-ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Root beer and barbecue sauce, plus slow cooker magic, equals tender pork. Recipe here.

19. Paul Bertolli’s Cauliflower Soup

Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup

Recipe here.

20. Easy 3-Ingredient Chicken Wings with Herbs and Honey

Easy 3-Ingredient Chicken Wings with Herbs and Honey

Recipe here.

21. Baby Bok Choy with Shrimp

Baby Bok Choy with Shrimp

Recipe here.

22. Pan con Tomate with Burrata

Pan con Tomate with Burrata

Bobbi Lin / Via food52.com

If you don’t have a garlic clove on hand, you can skip it. Recipe here.

23. 3 Ingredient Chicken Salad

3 Ingredient Chicken Salad

Straightforward and delicious. Serve on toast or with lettuce. Recipe here.

24. Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

James Ransom / Via food52.com

Boil your favorite pasta to add to this simple sauce. Recipe here.

25. Baked Eggs in Portobello Mushroom Caps

Baked Eggs in Portobello Mushroom Caps

Feel free to skip the herbs if you don’t have any. Recipe here.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lindsayhunt/easy-3-ingredient-dinners-that-are-actually-delicious#.ilVbzlxYZV

Here Is A Blog With Photos Of Vegan Food From Literally Every Single Country In The World by Christine Byrne

Animal rights activists Ryan Huling, 31, and Joel Bartlett, 34, are both avid travelers who’ve managed to stick to their vegan diets everywhere they go.

Animal rights activists Ryan Huling, 31, and Joel Bartlett, 34, are both avid travelers who've managed to stick to their vegan diets everywhere they go.

This vegan take on classic Brazilian stroganoff, is served at Rio Vegano in Rio de Janeiro.

So, they decided to start a blog to prove that eating vegan while traveling isn’t only possible, it can be downright delicious…

So, they decided to start a blog to prove that eating vegan while traveling isn't only possible, it can be downright delicious...

This falafel from Paris’s legendary L’as du Fallafel is just as tasty as any boeuf bourguignon you’d find at a Parisian bistro.

…and that cruelty-free food is a pleasure, not a burden.

...and that cruelty-free food is a pleasure, not a burden.

This root vegetable and hummus platter from Glo Laugavegi in Iceland.

Starting in early 2015, they posted one photo a day on Vegan Wanderlust, each one showcasing a vegan dish from a different country.

Starting in early 2015, they posted one photo a day on Vegan Wanderlust, each one showcasing a vegan dish from a different country.

Coconut-based cheesecake in a jar from the United Arab Emerates.

A few of the photos are taken by Huling and Bartlett, but most have been submitted by fellow vegan travelers.

A few of the photos are taken by Huling and Bartlett, but most have been submitted by fellow vegan travelers.

This sabaayad–flaky flatbread from Somalia.

They pledged to continue posting until every country in the world was represented.

They pledged to continue posting until every country in the world was represented.

A veggie burger from Guatemala.

Their project proves that veganism is possible anywhere, not just in affluent countries where an animal-free diet might be “trendy.”

Their project proves that veganism is possible anywhere, not just in affluent countries where an animal-free diet might be "trendy."

Bayo Adedge / Via veganwanderlust.org

This is a banana with strawberry jam and “groundnut spread” (basically peanut butter) wrapped in flatbread, from Burundi in East Africa.

Some of the foods highlighted are decadently outrageous, like this “Vegan McGriddle” from The Badasserie in Downtown Los Angeles.

Some of the foods highlighted are decadently outrageous, like this "Vegan McGriddle" from The Badasserie in Downtown Los Angeles.

Others are simple and wholesome, like this plate from a restaurant in Benin, a tiny country in West Africa.

Others are simple and wholesome, like this plate from a restaurant in Benin, a tiny country in West Africa.

A lot of the dishes, like this communal bowl of rice topped with cassava leaves from Sierra Leone, are traditional local foods that just happen to be vegan.

A lot of the dishes, like this communal bowl of rice topped with cassava leaves from Sierra Leone, are traditional local foods that just happen to be vegan.

Others are vegan versions of iconic foods, like this full English Breakfast from Cornucopia in Ireland.

Others are vegan versions of iconic foods, like this full English Breakfast from Cornucopia in Ireland.

There’s even a plate of avocado maki served at a research station in ANTARCTICA.

There's even a plate of avocado maki served at a research station in ANTARCTICA.

Yesterday, the final photo was published on Vegan Wanderlust — a veggie plate from a Juice bar in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Yesterday, the final photo was published on Vegan Wanderlust — a veggie plate from a Juice bar in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

So, never worry that you won’t be able to find great, vegan food on your next exotic vacation.

So, never worry that you won't be able to find great, vegan food on your next exotic vacation.

Vegan carrot cake from Babette Bakery in Luxembourg.

Delicious, animal-free options are available literally EVERYWHERE.

Delicious, animal-free options are available literally EVERYWHERE.

Fried potato pakoras from Veg-Delight in Malawi.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/vegan-wanderlust#.pmgWN9y1Z5

How To Eat Vegan For A Week And Love It ~ Rachel Sanders

Have you recently realized that you love adorable baby animals too much to eat them? Are you pretty convinced that livestock farming is destroying the world? Do you just want to have something in common with Alicia Silverstone?

MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO VEGAN.

No, seriously. We challenge you to try sticking to a vegan diet—basically, eating nothing made from/by an animal—for a week, whether it’s because you’re seriously considering a lifestyle change or because you know you can rise to that kind of challenge.

Here are the rules:

1. NO MEAT
2. NO DAIRY (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc)
3. NO EGGS

Below you’ll find a week’s worth of really tasty, non-lame recipes to make it easy. The clock starts on a Saturday, so you’ll have time to cook, shop, and get adjusted. You can feel free to come up with your own ideas, too; there’s a very handy list of tips and ingredient swaps over at Vegan Action’s website.

The Shopping List

The Shopping List

For decorative purposes only, please do not actually put milk and eggs and butter on your shopping list.

A few things used in some of these recipes that you might not have:

non-dairy milk: Soy, almond, and coconut milk are all easy to find.
cashew nuts: Ground up, they give sauces and spreads a nice creamy texture.
tofu: Extra firm is the most sturdy and useful type for stir-frying, etc.
panko breadcrumbs: Use them as breading to make food delicious and crispy.
miso: Technically fermented soybean paste but also a magic condiment that makes everything amazing. White miso is the most versatile.
nutritional yeast: It tastes so much like cheese it’s crazy.
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos: Some soy sauces are processed with animal products; a lot of vegan recipes use this instead.

OK, ready?

OK, ready?

Saturday Breakfast: Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa

Saturday Breakfast: Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa

Cook a big pot of your favorite grain (quinoa is yummy and has a lot of protein) and keep it in the fridge. You can rewarm for an easy breakfast through the week, and add whatever fruit or nuts you want. Swap in non-dairy milk for regular; maple syrup on top is nice. Recipe at 101 Cookbooks.

Saturday Lunch or Dinner: Sweet Potato Burgers

Saturday Lunch or Dinner: Sweet Potato Burgers

Roast a few extra sweet potatoes to have on hand for snacking. Recipe from Love & Lemons.

Sunday Breakfast: Easy Weekend Pancakes + Fruit

Sunday Breakfast: Easy Weekend Pancakes + Fruit

Recipe from veganyumyum.

Sunday Lunch

Just because you’re vegan now doesn’t mean you can’t make a mean SANDWICH. If you’re not afraid of a little whisking, you can even DIY some creamy vegan mayo with dijon, lemon, garlic, and olive oil.

Check out this list of 50 ideas, or mix-and-match with some of these fixin’ options: 

hummus
avocado
tomato
fried or scrambled tofu
roasted vegetables (red peppers, eggplant, etc)
pickles
olives
nut butter (Bored of peanut? Try almond.)
jam
bananas

Sunday Dinner: Eggplant Lemongrass Curry

Sunday Dinner: Eggplant Lemongrass Curry

Swap in extra ginger + grated lemon or lime zest if you don’t want to wrastle with lemongrass. Serve with some steamed rice. Recipe at Green Kitchen Stories.

Sunday Dessert: Chocolate Mousse

Sunday Dessert: Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate + Water = MAGIC MOUSSE (for real). Recipe at Food52.

Monday Breakfast

Cereal is still totally fair game. Dip into your quinoa stash from Saturday or just eat your Cheerios with non-dairy milk.

Monday Lunch

Bring leftover eggplant curry from Sunday plus a roasted sweet potato from Saturday.

Monday Dinner: Penne with Veggies & Pine Nuts

Monday Dinner: Penne with Veggies & Pine Nuts

You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand for this. Recipe at Food52.

Tuesday Breakfast

Keep working on that quinoa! Toss in a chopped apple and some brown sugar when you heat it up.

Tuesday Lunch: Avocado & Chickpea Sandwich

Tuesday Lunch: Avocado & Chickpea Sandwich

Recipe at Love & Lemons.

Tuesday Dinner: Miso Vegetables and Tofu

Tuesday Dinner: Miso Vegetables and Tofu

The miso makes this great, so don’t leave it out. Recipe at 101 Cookbooks.

Wednesday Breakfast: PB&B Toast

Wednesday Breakfast: PB&B Toast

Peanut butter and banana slices on nice grainy bread.

Wednesday Lunch

Get some soup! Most places should have a few decent vegan options, like lentil soup or vegetarian chili.

Wednesday Dinner: Warm Butternut & Chickpea Salad

Wednesday Dinner: Warm Butternut & Chickpea Salad

The tahini dressing on this is nice with lots of stuff; add some sauteed greens and pita bread to make a meal. Recipe at Smitten Kitchen.

Thursday Breakfast: Smoothie

Thursday Breakfast: Smoothie

Just pop some berries or any fruit you’ve got in the freezer into a blender and add almond or soy milk and a little agave or maple syrup. Bananas are good for a creamier texture. This Green Apple Smoothie from Girl Makes Food looks nice.

Thursday Lunch: Beet & Chickpea Salad

Thursday Lunch: Beet & Chickpea Salad

Use soy yogurt or hummus instead of regular yogurt for the sauce. Recipe at Love & Lemons.

Thursday Dinner: Jerk Sloppy Joes

Thursday Dinner: Jerk Sloppy Joes

Recipe at Post Punk Kitchen.

Friday Breakfast: Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Friday Breakfast: Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Tons of different nuts and seeds in here; you can pretty much throw in whatever you’ve got/whatever you like. Recipe at 86 Lemons.

Friday Lunch: Flatbreads with Scallion & Red Pepper Spread

Friday Lunch: Flatbreads with Scallion & Red Pepper Spread

You can buy flatbreads instead of baking them, unless you’re feeling ambitious. The spread is made with cashews and tofu and would be good on lots of stuff. Recipe at Post Punk Kitchen.

Friday Dinner: Pappardelle With Kale Pesto

Friday Dinner: Pappardelle With Kale Pesto

Recipe at Love & Lemons.

WOW

You made it through a whole week! And it wasn’t bad, right? In case you’re interested in extending the experiment, here are a few more recipes to try.

BREAKFAST IDEAS…

Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles

Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles

Recipe at Post Punk Kitchen.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Recipe at veganyumyum.

LUNCH IDEAS…

Wild Rice & Tofu Salad with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice & Tofu Salad with Miso Dressing

This calls for coconut oil to cook the tofu but you can use any kind. Brown or white rice would be good too, although not as pretty. Recipe at Sprouted Kitchen.

BLT Salad

BLT Salad

It may be fake bacon, but it still has the word “bacon” in the name. Recipe at veganyumyum.

Spicy Potato & Black Bean Burritos

Spicy Potato & Black Bean Burritos

Recipe at Oh She Glows.

SNACK IDEAS:

A lot of the snacks you eat normally are still fine on a vegan diet. But if you’ve been deeply dependent on beef jerky or just looking for something healthy to munch on during the day, try these:

roasted almonds
pistachios
dried apricots
granola (bars)
peanut butter on toast or celery
popcorn with olive oil instead of butter
kale chips
fresh fruit
carrots + hummus
edamame

DINNER IDEAS…

Tofu and Eggplant Lasagna

Tofu and Eggplant Lasagna

Recipe at CHOW.

Vegan “Beef” Stew

Vegan

This calls for Trader Joe’s Beef-Less Strips, but you could use tofu or seitan instead, or just skip them. Recipe at Gouda Monster.

Quinoa Chili

Quinoa Chili

Recipe at Two Peas & Their Pod.

DESSERT IDEAS…

Chai Spice Snickerdoodles

Chai Spice Snickerdoodles

Recipe at Post Punk Kitchen.

One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

Get the recipe at Food52.

Chocolate Avocado Cake

Chocolate Avocado Cake

Avocado is a great sub for butter, and doesn’t make this taste weird or like anything except awesome chocolate cake. Recipe at Joy the Baker.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/how-to-eat-vegan-for-a-week-and-love-it#.gk8oZBaz1G

19 Incredibly Easy Blender Recipes That Will Help You Eat Healthier ~ Caroline Kee

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

Alice Mongkongllite / Via BuzzFeed

1. Blender Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Erin Clarke / Via wellplated.com

These hearty muffins are made with smooth-blended banana and oats instead of butter and flour. Find the recipe here, via Well Plated.

1 Muffin (with dark chocolate chips):
140 calories 
5.2 g protein 
3.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
23.8 g carbohydrates (2.1 g fiber, 10.1 g sugar)
95 mg sodium

2. Spring Onion Frittata

Spring Onion Frittata

Jeanine Donofrio / Via loveandlemons.com

Aerating your eggs in a blender is the perfect trick to a light, fluffy frittata — plus, it’s so much faster than using a whisk. Find the recipe here, via Love and Lemons.

148 calories 
12.4 g protein
8.6 g fat (3.4 saturated) 
6.8 g carbohydrates (2.1 g fiber, 2.1 g sugar) 
271 mg sodium

3. Mango Yogurt Lassi

Mango Yogurt Lassi

Alison Murray / Via omnomally.com

This classic drink from India is packed with probiotics and blended with fragrant mango and ginger. Find the recipe here via Omnomally.

211 calories 
7.2 g protein 
6.6 g fat (3.9 g saturated)
33.5 g carbohydrates (4.9 g fiber, 24.5 g sugar)
94 mg sodium

4. Apple Vanilla Greek Yogurt Blender Pancakes

Apple Vanilla Greek Yogurt Blender Pancakes

Kim / Via kimscravings.com

These blended pancakes are a little more dense and cake-like, plus they pack 18 g of protein per serving. Find the recipe here, via Kim’s Cravings.

312 calories 
18 g protein 
6.7 g fat (0.5 g saturated) 
45.9 g carbohydrates (6.1 g fiber, 15 g sugar) 
329.9 mg sodium

5. Green Egg Muffin Cups

Green Egg Muffin Cups

Jordan Shakeshaft / Via dailyburn.com

Channel your inner Dr. Seuss by blending fresh greens, eggs, and cheese and baking in a muffin tin. Find the recipe here, via Daily Burn

257 calories 
21.7 g protein 
17.8 g fat (9.6 g saturated) 
3.2 carbohydrates (1.1 g fiber, 1.1 g sugar) 
383 mg sodium

6. Banana Berry Acai Bowl

Banana Berry Acai Bowl

Sami Berger / Via mysecondbreakfast.com

Freeze bananas the night before and blend with acai powder for an antioxidant-filled smoothie bowl. Find the recipe here, via My Second Breakfast.

301 calories
6.7 g protein 
14.3 g fat (3.6 g saturated) 
47.3 g carbohydrates (11.8 g fiber, 22.2 g sugar)
40 mg sodium

7. Peanut Butter Blender Bread

Amy Johnson / Via shewearsmanyhats.com

Amy Johnson / Via shewearsmanyhats.com

Using a blender makes this PB bread insanely easy to make, and it ensures you won’t get any clumpy flour surprises. Find the recipe here, via She Wears Many Hats.

234 calories 
9.4 g protein 
10.6 g fat (2.1 g saturated) 
27.3 g carbohydrates (1.8 g fiber, 13 g sugar)
292 mg sodium

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8. Rich Mole Verde

Joshua Bousel / Via seriouseats.com

Joshua Bousel / Via seriouseats.com

 
 

This tomatillo-based Mexican sauce is a healthy and flavorful way to spice up your dinner. Find the recipe here, via Serious Eats

Mole (not including chicken or other protein): 
204 calories 
8.5 g protein 
15.9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat) 
11 g carbohydrates (2.8 g fiber, 1.3 g sugar) 
121 mg sodium

9. Hearty Artichoke Tomato Soup

Hearty Artichoke Tomato Soup

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Because adding artichokes is always a good move. Get the recipe here via A Couple Cooks

204 calories
7.3 g protein 
7.4 g fat (4.5 g saturated) 
29.4 g carbohydrates (13.3 g fiber, 10.3 g sugar)
465 mg sodium* 

*when made with low-sodium canned tomatoes and no-salt-added canned artichokes

10. Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa

Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa

This zesty pureed salsa is super easy and has less sodium than the jarred stuff. Find the recipe here, via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

54 calories 
2.1 g protein 
0.4 g fat 
11.4 g carbohydrates (2.7 g fiber, 7 g sugar) 
131 mg sodium

11. Sundried Tomato Pesto and Zucchini Noodles

Sundried Tomato Pesto and Zucchini Noodles

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You only need to blend five ingredients for this flavorful pesto sauce that goes great with zucchini noodles (or…any noodles). Here’s the recipe, via Just A Taste.

159 calories 
5 g protein 
10 g fat (1.0 g saturated) 
14.5 g carbohydrates (3.4 g fiber, 8.1 g sugar) 
79 mg sodium

12. Smooth Edamame Dip

Smooth Edamame Dip

Faith Gorsky / Via anediblemosaic.com

Trust, edamame is just as delicious in the blended dip form. Find the recipe here, via An Edible Mosaic.

125 calories 
5.1 g protein 
9 g fat (1.1 g saturated) 
6.9 g carbohydrates (4.4 g fiber, 1 g sugar) 
245 mg sodium

13. Gluten-Free Pão De Queijo (Cheese Bread)

Gluten-Free Pão De Queijo (Cheese Bread)

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This classic Brazilian bread batter is blended with tapioca flour for a cheesy, gluten-free treat. Find the recipe here, via Simply Recipes

2 mini muffins: 
123 calories 
3.4 g protein 
10.6 g fat (2.4 g saturated) 
4.3 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar) 
368 mg sodium* 

*with queso fresco, sodium content varies depending on cheese.

14. Easy and Smooth Hummus

Easy and Smooth Hummus

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This hummus is blended until it’s so smooth and delicious, there’s no doubt it beats the store-bought version. Find the recipe here, via Inspired Taste.

265 calories 
9.4 g protein 
17.9 g fat (2.5 g saturated) 
18.5 g carbohydrates (5.2 g fiber, 0.8 g sugar) 
288 mg sodium

15. Cilantro and Lime Cauliflower “Rice”

Cilantro and Lime Cauliflower "Rice"

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The “rice” is actually cauliflower that’s been minced in a blender or food processor, and it makes a great low-carb side dish. Find the recipe here, via Skinny Taste

61 calories 
2.5 g protein
3 g fat 
8 g carbohydrates (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar) 
37 mg sodium

16. Chilled Blender Gazpacho

Chilled Blender Gazpacho

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Gazpacho is full of blended veggies and chilled which makes it SO refreshing for summer days. Find the recipe here, via The Healthy Maven

60 calories 
2.1 g protein 
0.4 g fat 
13.2 g carbohydrates (3.4 g fiber, 7.8 g sugar) 
279 mg sodium

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17. Hazelnut Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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Katie Henry / Via produceonparade.com

Because avocado is everything. It gives this airy mousse a super rich texture, plus extra healthy fats and fiber. Find the recipe here, via Produce On Parade.

348 calories
3.6 g protein 
24.2 g fat (7.4 g saturated fat) 
35.7 g carbohydrates (8.7 g fiber, 15.9 g sugar) 
206 mg sodium

18. Magic One-Ingredient Banana “Ice Cream”

Magic One-Ingredient Banana "Ice Cream"

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Chop, freeze, and blend banana for an easy and healthy ice-cream alternative. Find the recipe (plus 5 delicious twists) here via The Kitchn, or watch this how-to BuzzFeed video.

Banana ice cream + strawberry cream (2 servings): 
96 calories 
1.2 g protein 
1.0 g fat (0.5 g saturated) 
22.8 g carbohydrates (2.8 g fiber, 12.1 g sugar)
5 mg sodium

19. Black Bean Blender Brownies

Olena Osipov / Via ifoodreal.com

Olena Osipov / Via ifoodreal.com

We promise there’s enough chocolate in these gluten-free brownies that you’ll forgot you blended beans into the batter in the first place. Find the recipe here, via ifoodreal.

115 calories 
2.8 g protein 
4.4 g fat 
18.5 g carbohydrates (3.1 g fiber, 11 g sugar)
87 mg sodium

 

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29 Things Vegetarians Can Make For Dinner That Aren’t Pasta ~ Deena Shanker

1. One Pan Mexican Quinoa

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Recipe here.

2. Raw Vegan Tacos

Raw Vegan Tacos

Recipe here.

3. Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette

Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette

Recipe here.

4. Smoky Black Bean-Beet Burger

Smoky Black Bean-Beet Burger

Recipe here.

5. Coconut Curried Sweet Potato and Chickpea Stew

Coconut Curried Sweet Potato and Chickpea Stew

Recipe here.

6. Asiago White Beans With Farro, Kale, and Tomatoes

Asiago White Beans With Farro, Kale, and Tomatoes

Recipe here.

7. Quinoa Coffee Chili

Quinoa Coffee Chili

Recipe here.

8. Millet Bowl With Chickpeas, Red Pepper, and Snow Peas

Millet Bowl With Chickpeas, Red Pepper, and Snow Peas

Recipe here.

9. Bean, Kale and Egg Stew

Bean, Kale and Egg Stew

Recipe here.

10. Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

Recipe here.

11. Mushroom, Lemon, and Lentil Salad

Mushroom, Lemon, and Lentil Salad

Recipe here.

12. Grilled Panzanella With Poached Egg

Grilled Panzanella With Poached Egg

Recipe here.

13. Stuffed Acorn Squash With Kale and Creminis

Stuffed Acorn Squash With Kale and Creminis

Recipe here.

14. Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

Recipe here.

15. Tomato + Mozzarella Barley Salad

Tomato + Mozzarella Barley Salad

Recipe here.

16. Mediterranean Crescent Ring

Mediterranean Crescent Ring

Recipe here.

17. Shakshuka

Shakshuka

Recipe here.

18. Cauliflower “Cous Cous” With Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Cauliflower "Cous Cous" With Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Recipe here.

19. Cheesy Quinoa Vegetable Bake

Cheesy Quinoa Vegetable Bake

Recipe here.

20. Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese

Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese

Recipe here.

21. Portabella and Halloumi “Burgers”

Portabella and Halloumi "Burgers"

Recipe here.

22. Potato and Zucchini Frittata

Potato and Zucchini Frittata

Recipe here.

23. Kale and Quinoa Minestrone

Kale and Quinoa Minestrone

Recipe here.

24. Meatless “Steak” Sandwich With Tahini Sauce

Meatless "Steak" Sandwich With Tahini Sauce

BTW, the “steak” is seitan. Recipe here.

25. Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry

Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry

Recipe here.

26. Tortilla de Patatas, aka Spanish Potato Omelet

Tortilla de Patatas, aka Spanish Potato Omelet

Recipe here.

27. Roasted Chickpea Ratatouille

Roasted Chickpea Ratatouille

Recipe here.

28. No Noodle Pad Thai

No Noodle Pad Thai

Recipe here.

29. Quick Red Lentil and Spinach Curry

Quick Red Lentil and Spinach Curry

Recipe here.