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Oven Roasted Garlic Chickpeas

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I always have a cans of chickpeas in my cupboard. They’re great for making vegan “tuna” salad, adding to salads for some extra fiber and they also make a great crispy, salty snack!

This recipe is so easy to do, takes no effort and is a great alternative instead of eating chips when you’re looking for something a little crunchy and salty.

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas (drained)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp garlic powder

cayenne powder (optional if you want a little heat)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them. In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season to taste with salt, garlic, and cayenne pepper, if using. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy.

I recommend eating them as soon as they come out of the oven since that is when they are crunchiest. If you wait for them to cool too long, they can become soft again.

 

Have you tried this before as a snack? What spices would you like to use on yours?

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Sugar Free Banana Coconut Granola

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Photo: Ashley Sauve

Let’s talk about store-bought granola for a second, shall we?

Yes, it’s delicious.

Yes, it’s crunchy.

And yes, it’s often (totally unnecessarily) loaded with refined sugar.

Womp womp.

But here’s the good news! You can make a homemade granola that is just as delicious, crunchy, and clustery as its store-bought counterpart. The best part is, it is sweetened with just one, all-natural ingredient: bananas! That’s right. No refined sugar or even honey is needed for this deliciousness.

I highly recommend baking up a batch of this Banana Coconut Granola at the beginning of the week and dividing it into containers for munching on throughout the week. You can serve it with almond milk, oatmeal, with berries in a yogurt parfait or even on its own.

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Mehtod

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. Add the mashed banana and coconut oil into the bowl with the oat mixture. Use a spoon to mix ingredients until evenly distributed.
  4. Spread mixture in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Press down slightly and place in oven.
  5. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, checking and tossing every 15 minutes. Break up large clusters if necessary. Once the granola is evenly browned and no longer feels damp, remove from oven. (Note: As it cools it will crisp up even more, so do not over-bake.)
  6. Once cooled completely, store in an airtight container at room temperature up to one week, or store in the freezer for a few months.
health

6 Easy Changes To Have A More Plant Based Lifestyle

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We all know that a plant-based lifestyle is better for our bodies and for the planet. And while it can seem overwhelming at first, the truth is that making the switch to plant-based living can be pretty easy. There are so many fun, delicious, and healthy ways to use plant ingredients in your everyday routine. Here are six swaps that will bring you closer to a 100 percent plant-based life. Get ready to be inspired, you’ll feel better about yourself while and the planet!

  1. Use nut milk in your favorite morning rituals
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If you’re super attached to your morning coffee or tea with milk, I get it. But there are so many amazing nut milks out there that you’re definitely missing out on if you haven’t tried this simple swap.

2. Take a look at your supplements

This may surprise you, but a lot of supplements and vitamins contain animal products. The good news is it’s a simple fix. There are tons of vegan options for supplements. Garden of Life came out with a MyKind line that is perfect for making this swap.

3. Ditch the honey

Every now and then, we all need a little something sweet. But before you reach for the honey, why not try a whole-food sweetener like banana or dates? They’ll add that little sweetness to your oatmeal or chia pudding without adding any animal by-products.

4. Veganize your smoothies

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I think of green smoothies as the ultimate health food, but if you’re using whey protein, you’re not quite plant-based. So next time you make a smoothie, experiment with some vegan protein and see what you think.

5. Healthy fats don’t just come from fish

So many of us depend on fish for our healthy fats, but flax and chia seeds are great sources of omega-3s. Try sprinkling them on your favorite salad for some added sustenance.

6. Make a creamy salad dressing

Want to go plant-based but worried you’ll miss your favorite dressing? You can make a super-creamy salad dressing by adding some avocado or unsweetened coconut yogurt to your recipe. Just blend in the blender and enjoy!

Making these swaps will bring you six steps closer to a plant-based lifestyle, and you’ll barely have to lift a finger. After all, living your healthiest life should be more about mindfulness than time and effort.

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Avocado Ice Cream Dairy Free

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Like everyone else, I’m obsessed with all things avocado. This ice cream recipe is creamy, despite being totally dairy-free, and the avocados provide a hefty dose of heart healthy fats to keep your skin plump and belly full.

Ingredients:

3 ripe avocados
1 frozen banana
1 cup coconut cream (the thick cream that forms at the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk)
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
Remove the pits from the avocados (discard the pits), separate the thick cream from the top of the can of full-fat coconut milk (save or discard the water at the bottom) and blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender or food processor.
A tip for the coconut cream: place the can of coconut milk in the fridge upside down for 4-6 hours before using it and the cream will solidify, leaving the water at the top of the can. I always keep a can of coconut milk in my fridge so it’s ready to use when I need it.
Once the ingredients are blended, pour into a container and freeze, covered, for 4-6 hours or until frozen. Once frozen, remove from freezer and let it soften on the counter before trying to scoop it.
Enjoy!
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Chlorella Milk

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If you’ve been following me for a while now, you may have noticed I like to eat my greens. I try to find ways to incorporate different greens into my diet and this chlorella milk is perfect for that.
Chlorella is rich in beta-carotene, the antioxidant form of vitamin A. You may be familiar with beta-carotene as an important nutrient for eye health, but it’s also an important nutrient for the skin because it may help inhibit sun damage and regulates collagen and healthy skin cell production. Low levels of vitamin A have been linked to acne, which suggests beta-carotene from whole food sources, such as chlorella, may be a helpful natural remedy for clear skin.
Chlorella is also one of the only plant foods that offers a highly absorbable form of vitamin B12. B12 is mostly found in animal products such as meat, eggs and poultry. While some plant foods contain small amounts of B12, most aren’t efficiently absorbed. This makes chlorella an amazing green superfood for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, as one serving of chlorella offers 100% of the daily recommended value of B12— and a form your body can actually use!
Another unique benefit of chlorella is that it contains a nutrient that cannot be found in any other food on the planet.
This nutrient is called Chlorella Growth Factor, or CGF. Chlorella Growth Factor allows chlorella to multiply by 4 every 24 hours. Now, that’s a remarkable benefit in the plant kingdom, but how does that benefit your body?
When we ingest CGF, these “growth factor” benefits transfer to our internal health, and help our cells repair and regenerate. Found in Chlorella Growth Factor are the nucleic acids, RNA and DNA, which may help promote healthier cells, increased energy, improved skin health, cognitive function and a stronger immune system.
Give this creamy protein and mineral rich milk a try. It’s vegan, raw, gluten free, dairy free, and paleo.
Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons chlorella, organic and powdered
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • ½ cup cashews, raw
  • ½ cup almonds, raw
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Soak the cashews and almonds for at least 2 hours in water, discard the water after soaking.
  2. Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  3. Chill before enjoying.
  4. Shake well before serving if it’s been stored or a quick reblend will help.
  5. Keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge.

A couple variations 

  • Try adding 1-2 tablespoons of good quality cocoa or carob powder to create a chocolate milk
  • Lower in sugar option: use stevia to taste instead of dates
  • Higher protein option: add a scoop of your favorite protein powder, shake well.
  • Mineral and protein boost: add double the amount of chlorella, which will also make this richer in color