Encouragement, Guest Bloggers, Home Life, Leah J.

I Want to Be Healthy, But…

Life is so busy. We have kids to teach, houses to maintain, jobs to go to. We need to make time for our spouse, for our kids, church family and of course God and ourselves. And on top of all that we know we should eat well, exercise and get enough sleep. Phew! I’m feeling exhausted just reading that list.

Thankfully we live in a time when time-saving devices really do save you time and make healthy eating possible, even if we’re flat out. My rice cooker cooks brown rice or quinoa while my pressure cooker cooks a chickpea stew or TVP curry. I can use my V-slicer (mandolin) to quickly slice up tomatoes for burgers, or my strong blender (or Thermomix) to whizz up some homemade raw cashew mayonnaise or a delicious fruit-based ice cream. Being healthy doesn’t have to take up lots of time. Plan ahead and you’ll be amazed what crowd-pleasing meals you can create in a very short amount of time.

For some suggestions, check out my latest video – 7 Kitchen Tools That Make Vegan Cooking Easy.

 

Guest post, Health, Home Life, Leah J.

Dark, Green, Leafy Veggies! (And a great Cooking Demo Video!)

Ever noticed now horribly anaemic and weak gorillas and elephants look? No, me neither. I guess it must be all the meat they consume. No again. In fact, gorillas and elephants eat almost exclusively of plants and in particular green, leafy plants.

For vegetarians and vegans (people who choose not to eat meat, fish and in some cases also eggs and dairy products) it is vital to replace the iron and protein from the animal products with plant-based food sources. Dark green, leafy vegetables are one easy, affordable and tasty way to do this. Spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, collard greens, chicory, swiss chard, broccoli, bok choy and choy sum are all excellent sources of iron and protein and also contain fiber and folate.
When 100 calories of boiled broccoli (357g / 12.6oz) is compared to 100 calories of broiled porterhouse steak (30g / 1oz) something stands out. The broccoli contains 11.1g protein compared to 6.5g in the steak and the broccoli delivers 2.2mg iron compared to 0.8mg in the steak. It’s clear that the plant-based food certainly delivers the iron and protein we need.

As Author Ellen White writes, “Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigour of intellect that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet. “{MH 296.1}

Why not try to use green, leafy vegetables every day in your cooking? Take a look at my first cooking show episode ‘Coconut Curry Tofu’ to see just how easy and yummy cooking with greens can be!

Click here to watch Dr Michael Greger’s video ‘The Healthiest Vegetables’ for extra motivation https://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-healthiest- vegetables/

May you come to love dark, green leafy vegetables as much as my family and I do.