Calcium 101- Oh KALE Yes!

Learn why getting your calcium from dairy milk is a practice of the past. Thank you to Connie Weaver, (Purdue Researcher), Registered Dietitians Julieanna Hever and Mckel Hill, as well as Dr. T. Colin Campbell for the information in this article.

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Deadly Decadent Slimming Black Bean Brownies

I know, Black Bean Brownies?! EW Right?! I was honestly really nervous about these but they ended up being WAY BETTER than ANY BROWNIE EVER!

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I just had an incredible gluten free vegan dinner date with three of the sweetest dietetics students!  They LOVED these brownies that Chef AJ inspired me to make.  Want delicious food that you can eat eat eat and still be slim and feel amazing after? Well Chef AJ and Registered Dietitian Julieanna Hever have got the recipes you need! These are so decadent and moist.  I recommend serving with cold banana nice cream.  Fresh brownies out the oven, fresh frozen bananas on top. OOoo baby you gotta try this!!

blackbeanbrownies These brownies are REAL FOOD! None of this refined flours, sugars or oils making you go crazy.  These are virtually fat free with a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids from the flax.  I love the stable blood sugar keeping me fueled with carbs that are mixed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Black beans- great source of protein and iron. Oatmeal is basically the cholesterol sucker.  Dates- the potassium and fiber filled candy.  And antioxidant rich cocoa?!  Heck- I’ll eat the whole &^%^& pan!!!

Unprocessed Black Bean Brownies and Chocolate Soft Serve- gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, flour free, almost fat-free, nutrient dense <3

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup cacao or carob powder
  • 2 Tbs flax ground
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • optional: 1/3 cup vegan gluten free chocolate or carob chips, or chopped nuts!

Steps:

(I just threw all of the ingredients into my friends Ninja food processor, but I’m sure doing it this way would work well to ensure smoothness)

  1. Grind oatmeal in a food processor until smooth, and remove to a separate bowl
  2. Process dates and black beans until smooth
  3. Add in the ground oats and the rest of the ingredients except optional topping and blend until smooth
  4. EAT ENTIRE BOWL OF BROWNIE BATTER
  5. ..just kidding..well, you could! Haha for brownies though: Spread brownie batter into a parchment paper lined, or sprayed with cooking spray, brownie pan and sprinkle chocolate chips or nuts on top.  Nuts would have also been really good folded throughout the batter for a nice crunch
  6. Bake at 350 F until desired ooeyness <3
  7. Serve with Monica’s Chocolate Banana Soft Serve:
    • 1-2 frozen bananas
    • 2-3 Tbs unsweetened almond milk
    • 2-3 Tbs cocoa powder
    • optional 1 Tbs flax or walnuts or more chocolate chips!
    • Blend in food processor or Vitamix until smooth!

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Chicago Vegan Mania

I helped to establish a brand new group at Purdue University called Be Veg At Purdue by undertaking the role of treasurer and managing finances.  It is a challenging learning experience, and I absolutely love it!  Making new like-minded friends and coming together to make the world a better place <3 Taking a van to Chicago Vegan Mania was our second event of the semester and it was INCREDIBLE!

chiveganmaniaaaWhat a dream come true!  There were professional presentations, talks, food demos, Q&A panels, food vendors and vegan people and products up that wazoo!!

The highlight of my day was attending Chef AJ’s Demo! She was a RIOT! What a comedian with singing and silliness!  Too much fun in the kitchen!  Not only was she entertaining, but she was brilliant.  I was presently suprised by her nutrition knowledge and expertise.  I highly recommend checking her out and watching her videos with Julieanna Hever, The Plant Based Dietitian.  Amazing source for truly healthy recipes that are also truly delicious!

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Robert Cheeke, Mike Vlasaty, and Karen Calabrese were all there too!  I am such a huge fan!  But was too caught up in all of the excitement to get to meet everybody.  It was way to exciting running around meeting people and stuffing myself with vegan junk food.  What a treat!  So glad the Be Veg At Purdue Club got me to be able to come to such a great event!  We hope to put on an event like this sometime in the future!  If you want to present at Purdue for an event like this, email me at k.reines1@gmail.com!

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P.S. I so would have overloaded this post with pictures if my phone wasn’t broken!  So much amazing foodporn, was seriously trippin about not having a camera :-/  Sorry loves!  Happy Eating Healthy! <3 <3 <3

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5 Reasons To Date A Girl Who Does Yoga

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Inspired by The Balanced Blonde <3

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Tangy Mango Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles)- Foodie Trapped In A Dorm!

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Yuuumm!!  Want something smooth, creamy, sweet, tangy, spicy, cool, filling, and refreshing?  Something low fat, gluten free, nutrient dense, cancer curing, heart disease reversing, and blood pressure lowering?  Something that will smooth up your skin and slow the aging process?!

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Yes, please!  I am BEYOND GRATEFUL that this guy came and surprised me with an amazing raw vegan dinner- made in my lil dorm room :) Thank you SamWise!

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Zoodles:

  • 3 zucchinis, peeled with a potato peeler to make thick noodles, or if you’ve got a spiralizer, use that!
  • Schiffinade iceberg lettuce

Dressing: adjust ingredient quantities as desired.  Blend in high speed blender until smooth.

  • Organic Mango Juice
  • Sugar Plum Cherry Tomatoes
  • Dates
  • Basil
  • Lime Juice
  • Bell Pepper
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Organic Frontier Thai Curry Powder
  • Lil jalapeno

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Hope you love this easy, healthy, and yuummmmmmy recipe as much as I did!  Enjoy and reap good health! <3

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Food Etiquette You Should Know By Now

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5 Ingredient Banana Oat Stack

When it looks like all you’ve got for breakfast is unripe bananas…

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… you can still create something warm, moist, ooey sweet chewiness, satisfying, and healthy.  The story behind these beautiful banana bakedness is, well I’ve been doing a lot of fitness lately and I was pretty hungry this morning.. all I had around was unripe bananas and 3 dates.  I was like, man, if I’m gonna eat these nanas, I gotta cook em!  We don’t have a baking pan ( I was thinking maybe banana bread ) so I made banana cookie pancake things!  

DEEEELISHH!!!

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Here’s how:

What you’ll need:

  • 2 large bowls
  • a large spoon
  • a large fork
  • a stovetop
  • a nonstick frying pan

Ingredients:

  1. 5 bananas (obviously I recommend ripe…)
  2. 3 dates
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 cup oatmeal (quick oats)
  5. 1/2 cup ground flax

Steps:

  1. Wet ingredients: mash the bananas and ooey gooey dates in a bowl together until mostly smooth and well combined. I recommend adding a dash of vanilla extract if you’ve got it!  
  2. Dry ingredients: mix oatmeal, ground flax, and baking soda until well distributed.  I also added about a tablespoon of cinnamon, but up to you!  Also, 1/4 cup of carob chips, chopped nuts, and/or fresh fruit like blueberries would have been divine additions!!
  3. Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Add water or non-dairy milk to get the consistency you want.  (For thinner pancakes, use more water or non-dairy milk, for really thick pancakes, only add a little or none at all) Mix well.
  4. In-between heat settings 3 and 4 ( low – medium heat ) heat up frying pan.  Use about 1/3 of a cup of batter for each pancake.  Flip when pancake has risen and slides on pan.  
  5. Serve with a dollop of your favorite preserves (or maple syrup if you’ve got it :) 
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