Family Cooking with Addie Gundry Recipe Books

Happy New Year!

2018 is here! Are you ready for a healthy, powerful, and enlightening 2018? I know I am!

This year I want to re-focus on healthy eating. Last year with the move to the UK, and a new house, new job, new everything it was hard sometimes to keep on track with healthy choices. But this year I am back to it 100% (ask me again in June, and we will see, lol) You can find lots of ideas posted daily on my IG stories (@Onixjihane) and on my Healthy Eating for Kids and Families Facebook group and Pinterest board (will post links at the end)

Whether you and your family choose to eat a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or traditional diet is entirely up to you. YOU and only you know what is best for you, make sure to be informed, there are so many sources of info online where you can find more details on the benefits of each diet and decide if it is for you. However remember these are not fad diets, these are life-changing options to improve your overall health. That is why they have to be tailored to you and what works best for you.

My son and I tend more to the vegetarian side of things however we are not fully vegan. It’s a process and more importantly, I want him to try everything and judge for himself what he wants and doesn’t want to eat. It’s his body after all.

Anyway, back in November, I was approached by a publishing company (St. Martin’s Press)  with these two wonderful cookbooks by Addie Gundry. The books feature a range of delicious yet easy meals for children and families.  The books are beautiful, easy to follow, family-friendly and with lots and lots of ideas.

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One book is all about cookies (My son LOVED IT) it allow us to bond over family cooking time while getting our hands covered in dough and our hair covered in flour (why does that happen when I cook with him?) Our favorite? “Tropical Paradise Cookies” with coconut and lime! simply delicious and it doesn’t take long to cook ( 10 min prep time, plus 15min cook time) * I wish I had photos but I lost them when I reformated the camera! 

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The other book “103 Everyday Dinner Ideas” is a gem. I am a working single mum, so planning my dinner meals for the week is a must. One of our favorites was the “Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese Dressing” yes! grilled lettuce! I did substitute the Blue Cheese with a milder cheese because my son doesn’t like blue cheese and I have certain cheese allergies. Another winner? “Mushroom Stuffed Grilled Potatoes” feeling the veggie vibe here? lol The book is not a vegetarian book so you can find chicken, beef and turkey recipes in there too.

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These books are the perfect addition to any recipe book library! You will find so many options to kickstart your healthy 2018 with delicious, easy foods for you and your family!

Links to my food dedicated networks

Pinterest Board 

Facebook Group

Instagram (I only post food recipes and ideas on the stories not in the actual IG feed)

xoxo

Jihane


More about Addie Gundry, she received a master’s degree in culinary arts at Auguste Escoffier in Avignon, France. She has worked for Christian Etienne, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Martha Stewart on management, restaurant openings, brand development, editorial, marketing and sales. In 2015 she was the winner of “Cutthroat Kitchen“on the Food Network. 
About the books
EASY COOKIE RECIPES: 103 Best Recipes for Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cake Mix Creations, Bars, and Holiday Treats Everyone Will Love (November 28, 2017, St. Martin’s Griffin, $19.99):Gundry adds elegance to no-frills baking with delicious results. From Apple Pie Bars to Red Velvet Thumbprints, and the best classic chocolate chip cookies ever, EASY COOKIE RECIPES shows readers how to use expert tips and shortcuts to make over a hundred types of cookies, plus plenty of customizations to make these recipes your own. Once you have your baking basics down, you can explore fun inventive types of cookies. This book is a collection of playful recipes that add to, change up, and make old recipes new and exciting, while maintaining what makes cookies classic.
EVERYDAY DINNER IDEAS: 103 Easy Recipes for Chicken, Pasta, and Other Dishes Everyone Will Love (November 28, 2017, St. Martin’s Griffin, $19.99): “Dinner. That word has many meanings. It can be that small window of time you have to feed the kids… hoping to convince your children to eat their broccoli before bath time. On the flip side, dinner can mean a first date, an anniversary, or even a birthday. Dinner can be a magnificent occasion, where the table is set with your finest china and crisply ironed linens. You can eat at 6 p.m. or 10 p.m. You can order pizza or poach lobster. Dinner is what you make of it,” writes Addie Gundry. With plenty of one-pot meals, dinners ready in under half an hour, and innovative flavor combinations to spice up your go-to proteins, EVERYDAY DINNER IDEAS is a home-cook’s best friend. Poised to become a go-to resource for busy people trying to cook delicious dinners, this cookbook is driven by the recipes home cooks search for most on the web, like lasagna, salmon, pork chops, and ground beef.
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Summer is for Juicing! Tips + Recipes

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post.

Summer long warm days (yes, even in Wales) are the perfect excuse to enter the wonderful would of juicing and smoothing (as in making smoothies lol) On my last post I spoke about how much I love making smoothies (more than protein shakes) I firmly believe they are an important part of my diet. I also like to include fresh juice for both my son and me.

Making fresh juices makes me feel fresh, healthy and rejuvenated. The flavour combinations are endless depending on your taste. Fruit and also vegetables can be mixed to create wonderful and nutritious combinations.

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Why Juicing?
– Increase absorption of nutrients. Juicing cuts down the amount of insoluble fibre present in fruit and veg, and makes it easier for our bodies to absorb the micronutrients.
– A study done by Gemma Walton PhD, they found that eating food rich in prebiotics such as in leeks and bananas increased good bacteria in the gut by 133 million aiding digestion naturally.
– Gorgeous summer glow! Juicing helps us getting better skin not only by allow our bodies to absorb more nutrients that our skin needs, but it also helps suppress our appetite for not so healthy meals
– Get your five a day in one glass!

What do you need for juicing?
You’ll need an excellent juicer! I recommend the Panasonic Juicers. The Panasonic MJ-L500 It is not cheap, but it is TOP quality. You do get what you pay for when it comes to juicers. The Panasonic MJ-L500 is a slow speed juicer which works like a cold press. These use a slow-moving rotating screw or gears to gently crush fruit and vegetables against a perforated screen, pressing the juice out into your glass. They are quiet to operate, ideal for preparing leafy greens, wheatgrass and soft fruits.

And then, of course, you need fresh fruit and vegetables.

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Recipes worth a try:

TROPICAL:
INGREDIENTS:
1/4 pineapple
1/4 watermelon with rind
2 carrots
Two celery stalks
2 inches (5 cm) slice of ginger
DIRECTIONS:
Wash produce well.
Peel pineapple, cutting flesh into thick slices, discard rind.
Add all ingredients through juicer and enjoy.

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GREEN GIANT
INGREDIENTS:
Two small green pears
1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
½ cucumber
1 zucchini
1/4 lemon (peel removed)
1 in (2.5 cm) piece of fresh ginger (optional)
DIRECTIONS:
Wash all produce well.
Leave the lemon rind on if you like a zesty flavour.
Juice ingredients.
Pour over ice and enjoy!

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RED PASSION
INGREDIENTS
2 large Roma tomatoes
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
The juice of one lemon
A handful of fresh basil
Pepper to taste (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Wash all produce well.
Leave the lemon rind on if you like a zesty flavour.
Juice ingredients.

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Have fun! try different combinations and enjoy with some ice this summer season. Keep an eye out for my next post when I will review a book with fantastic juice, smoothie and tea recipes for all seasons!

xoxo

Jihane

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The Protein Shake Experience : Herbalife

When the brand name Herbalife comes to mind, many of us think, sales people. You heard the stories, you seen the product in many Instagram pages, you know exactly what Herbalife is.

Herbalife’s products and programmes offer:
Successful weight loss
Improved nutrition
Enhanced personal care
The opportunity for financial reward

So it depends really on what your goals and your overall health are and what you want to achieve. I decided to try it! I am up for new challenges and my new life in Cardiff has already meant I have lost weight mostly by being more active (less car dependant) and eating smaller portions and fewer GMO products. During my trial I shared part of my experience via Instagram Stories and received messages from many of my viewers concerned about the use of the product. Thanks for the love, and the messages, hopefully this blog post will explain more.

I came across Herbalife’s local info online, and I soon arranged a visit to their offices in Cardiff city centre. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The consultation lasted about an hour and consisted of talking about my morning routine, my levels of exercising and my overall health, as well as discussing vegan-friendly protein options. A tasting also took place, in which I got to try some of the flavours of both teas and shakes. I left there with a six-day trial pack consisting of 6 protein shake sachets, and two herbal tea sachets (each containing three servings)

The way the program is designed you stay in touch with a team member/coach who guides you through the process. This method might or might not work for you depending on your own needs and your motivations. I am not one of those people who needs coaching, so a less invasive approach is preferred. I discussed this with my coach before I even started the trial and it worked well. We replaced phone calls for Facebook messages and Instagram stories.

As for my diet, I kept it the same. Mostly plant based. I didn’t eradicate all the carbs; I did have pasta with pesto sauce one day, as well as other complex carbohydrates such as couscous and quinoa. Other grains such as chickpeas (curry) and rice, and plenty of vegs.
As for exercising I kept my average daily goal of at least 8k steps, plus daily 45min yoga sessions.

DAY ONE:
One sachet of cookies and milk Herbalife shake powder
Soy milk
Herbal tea

Day one I tried cookies and cream. I found it too sweet for my taste, but It was drinkable. I didn’t add any other flavours because I wanted to try the product untouched. I used unsweetened soy milk and a blender to mix. After serving, I found some of the powder had not mixed properly and sat at the bottom of the cup. *Note to self: blend for longer.
The original flavour tea served without sugar had an excellent taste, not too strong altho since its a powder you can make it as strong or light as you want.

*Snack: one plum, plus multigrain quinoa crisps.

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DAY TWO:
I was in a bit of a rush of day two, so I only had the shake in the morning. I had the vanilla flavour shake this time, which I found more enjoyable than the cookies and cream. Vanilla is also more versatile as you can mix with other flavours.
I had the tea in the afternoon, and I added some dry rose petals. Please note I didn’t just pluck rose petals out of a garden. I used dried rose petals suitable for culinary use i.e. they are edible. I loved it! It made the tea very aromatic, girly and indulgent. No added sugar.

*Snack: cereal bar and fresh cherries.

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DAY THREE:
Vanilla Herbalife flavour with added spinach and peanut butter and soy milk. This is one of my favourite smoothie combinations. I usually have it with banana, but since I was using the vanilla protein shake, I left the banana out.
Herbal tea with added dried chamomile flowers and a hint of lavender. Another aromatic and delicate combination. No sugar added.

*Snack: fresh cherries
NOTE: I felt bloated on day 3.

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DAY FOUR:
Vanilla Herbalife with frozen berries and soy milk.
Herbal tea with added rose petals.
On day four I felt a little dizzy at around noon/lunchtime. I am hypoglycemic, and this sometimes happens especially if I haven’t had food. I had lunch, and the dizziness went away. I did not have a mid morning snack so that could have been it.

*Lunch: pasta with pesto sauce, black olives and jalapenos. Plus a little bit of feta cheese.

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DAY FIVE:
Back to cookies and cream with soy milk. I added more milk and a little less powder to make it less sweet.
The herbal tea with dried lavender flowers is quite aromatic. It tastes nice however the lavender flowers are quite small, so if you don’t want to swallow them perhaps, it’s a good idea to use a tea infuser.

*Snack: Chia Pudding made with coconut milk, a tsp of herbalife cookies and cream powder and frozen berries.

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DAY SIX
Cookies and cream with soy milk blend. It really is too sweet for me, so I added more milk and made it more like a milky drink than a milkshake. On day six I drank the herbal tea in its original form, no added sugar, herbs or flavours.
I felt a little bloated again on day six.

*Snack: 1 banana with peanut butter.

Overall I didn’t feel many changes. No decrease in my energy levels which was good, I felt healthy, satisfied, never hungry. Extra intake of fibre meant I had to drink more water which wasn’t a problem either. I take aloe vera gel capsules every day, so I am regular.

Whether it is worth it or not for you to include protein shakes in your diet depends on your fitness needs and what you want to achieve. As for me, for now, I think I am content for now with drinking fruit smoothies. However that said, an extra intake of protein here and there aided by the use of a protein shake could also benefit my diet. I think this program might work pretty well for you if your diet is not consistent or if you need an extra but of motivation to keep you going toward your weight loss goals.

Whichever path you decide to use remember to have fun with it, experiment with flavours, add fresh fruit and water to your diet and excercise as much as possible.

xoxo
Jihane


If you live in Cardiff and want more information about Herlbalife’s products follow/contact @feelfit.couple on Instagram

Bidvine, a New Way to Get Things Done!

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Hey, world! as you might know by now I have moved to Cardiff. Yay! Wales, I have been wanting to come back to the UK for a long time now and I finally took the leap of faith. Like anything finding yourself in a new city without friends, and without knowing where everything is can be quite challenging. Fortunately, I came across Bidvine.

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What is Bidvine? you ask, well it is an online platform that helps you find small businesses around you. It covers a vast range of places all over the UK, and you can find from your next plumber to your next nutritionist. I am a strong advocate for local service providers and local produce, not only helps your local economy bloom but it is also eco-friendly (less carbon footprint) So when I say “small business” I mean BIG hearted, locally owned, genuine everyday people. My kind of people.

Some of the services offered on Bidvine site include:
Photography & Makeup: portrait photography, headshot photography, family photography, wedding photography, event hair and makeup.
Home: interior painting, handyman help, man with a van and more.
Fitness and Wellness: personal training, yoga, nutritionist, massage therapy.
Learning: Piano, Guitar, and Spanish lessons.

What brought me to Bidvine was the search for a nutritionist and a personal trainer in the area. I am always looking for ways to cook healthy and clean, and sometimes that goes far beyond just buying organic vegetables. And I found exactly what I needed.

Here is how it works: 

  1. Tell them what you need: by answering a few service-specific questions so that they can match your need to the right pros for the job.
  2. Get your bids and choose a pro: this is the wonderful part you can compare multiple bids and companies online. Gives you the power to choose who is best for you.
  3. Hire and done!

Have a look at my search results for Cardiff Nutritionists HERE 

They also have an app! if you are like me and always on the go, you can use their super easy and friendly app and have a whole range of services at your fingertips (Literally)

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Alternatively, if you are a business/service provider and you want to expand this is a very great tool to get you started. Have a look here to learn more 

Overall I love how easy to use it is. No need to be wasting time online searching and sieving through multiple pages to find a service provider. Especially handy, if like me, you are new in town.

Give it a go, and let me know what you find!

xoxo

Jihane

Eat Happy, Eat Organic : BOOM Awards (Plus Minestrone Soup + Veg Dumplings Recipe)

This post is in collaboration with the Soil Association and BOOM Awards 

If you have been reading me for a while you know I am an organic food advocator. I know it is not always possible to eat organic (prices, accessibility, etc) However little changes sometimes can make a huge difference. When my child was a baby (11 years ago) I made sure I only cooked organic produce purees for him. Why? Because I didn’t want any nasty chemicals in his little body, and organic is the way it was intended to be since the beginning of farming days. However back then there was less information and availability of organic foods in the local markets across the UK.

These are the dirty dozen, when possible try to buy this products organic:

The 2017 Dirty Dozen List 

EWG’s Dirty Dozen (1)

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

Research released today by the Soil Association shows that 80% of British shoppers now believe  eating organic is beneficial and more shoppers understand what organic food is all about. Yay! progress! The increase in people choosing organic is being driven by availability, with organic food becoming easier to find in shops. More and more chefs, restaurants and cafes are also choosing organic, as well as food writers who are increasingly featuring organic ingredients in their recipes.

BOOM Awards (Best of Organic Market Awards)

With the continued increases in both the originality of how organic food is being offered and the exciting products now available, the BOOM Awards (Best of Organic Market Awards) celebrate what’s currently happening in the market as well as encouraging future innovation. Winners last year included Davenport Vineyards, Waitrose, Plenish Organic Cold Pressed Juices, and Booja-Booja organic truffles. The most hotly contested award is the Nation’s Favourite, a public vote to find the most popular organic product in the shops.

“The findings are encouraging and show it’s a positive time for organic. More people buy organic food regularly with 39 per cent of shoppers making it a weekly choice.” – Soil Association Certification Business Development Director, Clare McDermott

The BOOMs are not just about what you can buy in the shops, more and more restaurants and cafes are also using organic and there are increasing ways to shop from box schemes to local independents, as well as growing ranges in the supermarkets and discounters alike.  The awards recognise all of this innovation and development.

The Soil Association needs the nation’s help to find the most popular organic product. Do you have any favorites? Where do you buy them? how often do you use organic? This is the people’s chance to nominate anyone they think deserves to win.

Nominations are open until 31st May and people can vote hereThe Nation’s Favourite

Now to the tasty yummy part! I cooked an (organic) Minestrone Soup with Vegs Dumplings and I have all the photos and recipe here so that you can too!

Organic Minestrone Soup + Dumplings (RECIPE)

Soup:

  • 3 tbsp organic olive oil
  • Sprig of thyme Bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp parsley stalks 2 onions, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 sticks of celery, diced
  • 1 small organic swede, peeled and diced
  • 150g tinned plum tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp good red wine vinegar
  • 200g organic kale, stalks removed (reserved and chopped), leaves shredded
  • 100g orzo (or any kind of small pasta, I used small spaghetti)
  • Parsley and chervil, to garnish
  • Grated lemon zest, to garnish
  • Organic cheddar, to garnish Salt and pepper, to taste (I wanted to keep it dairy free, so I did not use cheese)

Dumplings

  • Pinch of coriander seed
  • Pinch of rye seed
  • 250g ricotta
  • 10g grated parmesan
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 100g pistachios, toasted and chopped
  • 200g spinach
  • Zest of 1 organic unwaxed lemon
  • tbsp lemon juice
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp light organic spelt flour (I used Maize & Cornmeal which is gluten free)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Method

To make the soup:

Heat the olive oil over a medium to high heat. Add the thyme, bay leaf and parsley stalks and stir, cooking for a minute or two to infuse the oil, then add the diced veg and cook, stirring for 10–15 minutes, until softened and smelling good. Add the plum tomatoes and cook for a couple more minutes before adding a litre of water, vinegar and the kale stalks, and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for another 10–15 minutes, allowing all the flavours to infuse. During this time, make the dumplings.

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Dumplings:

Dry fry the spices in a frying pan until they start to crackle. Remove and grind in a pestle and mortar. Wash the spinach and then wilt in a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. There should be enough residual water on the spinach to mean that you don’t need to add any oil or water. After a couple of minutes, once wilted, transfer the spinach to a sieve and leave over the sink to drain. Press down on the leaves with a wooden spoon to squeeze out any excess water. Once cooled and drained, chop finely. Place the ricotta in a bowl and add all of the other ingredients.

Season with salt and pepper and stir well to combine and incorporate all the ingredients. Oil your hands lightly with olive oil and shape them into meatball sized balls.

Poach them in the minestrone. Alternatively, you could bring a pan of water to the boil and cook them in the boiling water for 5 minutes, until they float – removing them with a slotted spoon.

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Don’t forget you can get involved with organic too, the BOOMs Nation’s Favourite Award asks the people to find and vote for the most popular organic product. Nominations are open NOW until to Wednesday, May 31st – make sure you have your say here: https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/the-boom-awards-2017/nationsfavourite/

Jihane – @Onixjihane


Big thanks to  Rosie Birkett BOOMbassador for all the info provided in this post. 

Plant-Based Diet Made Easy! with Micaela Cook Karlsen’s Book

If you follow my blogging rambles, you probably know we are mostly vegetarian (my son and I) – and I say mostly because we still eat some dairy (yogurt, cheese) and the occasional chicken as well as fish and seafood. However, we do embrace the plant base life as much as we can. Our diet is 75% plant-based at the moment, and it consists of much more than only salads.

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Spinach and Puffed Quinoa on Toast, and Jasmine Tea ❤

Last week my son traveled to L.A with my parents, so I decided, since I was child-free and living the crazy life (right?) to do a whole 100% plant based week diet last week. That meant no dairy! I equipped myself with a variety of vegetables, cereals, and legumes and I started my plant-based week.

Why? well, I was inspired by the book “A Plant-Based Life” by Micaela Cook Karlsen, which I received a few weeks ago and which is now on sale for you to grab. The book, unlike many others, offers way more than just recipes. It offers a comprehensive and detailed list of things to consider when going plant-based.

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Micaela, a doctoral candidate in nutritional epidemiology has crafted a book easy enough to understand so all you need is the will and the desire to learn more about the plant-based diet.

“Going plant-based doesn’t mean you have to give up meat and chicken totally,” she says ” but if you make fruits and vegetables the main part of the meal and use meat to support the many, you’ll be well on your way to switching to a mare plant-based diet”

Micaela recommends you start by finding your motivating force, what is it that motivates you about a plant-based diet? some people have personal goals such a healthier lifestyle, others have environmental and ethical goals such as to end animal cruelty. So whatever your reason is embrace it! Micaela then guides you through the process of adding little by little more and more plant-like elements to your daily eating habits. Then she provides a nice long list of recipes and food variations for you to try.

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“When you build your meals primarily with plant foods, you fill your body with fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats and a host of needed chemicals and nutrients that most people simply don’t get enough of,” Karlsen says.

I loved the amount of information in the book because it helps me understand the nutrients I get from food, and it also gives me ammunition against anyone who comes along with the eternal question “But, where do you get your protein if you don’t eat meat” – Oh the joys!

My plant based week included:

Drinks: coconut milk for my tea, green tea, jasmine tea and lots of water.

Meals: eggplant parmigiana, beef-less beef (tofu based) sauce and veggie pasta, spinach and quinoa on toast, salads, carrot and coconut soup, cauliflower au gratin*, potato-leek soup*, homemade rice cakes, oatmeal, veggie bowl (from Chipotle) and vegetable sushi (from HEB)

Snacks: fresh fruit, nuts, bliss balls (dates, pistachios, dried cranberries and quinoa)

* recipe in the book. 

I loved my plant-based week! and I am looking forward to continuing to develop the healthy eating habits needed to sustain a long term diet change. If you want to start and don’t know how I strongly recommend “A Plant-Based Life”. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or restrictive. With some organization it is possible!

TIP: if you run a busy life and don’t have much time to cook through the week, consider prepping all your food on a Sunday. It makes life much easier.

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Environmental facts to consider:

Meat, fish and dairy products have the heaviest environmental footprint of all food groups due to their effect on greenhouse gas emissions, water, and land use. Avoiding them or reducing their intake significantly makes a sustainable future possible for the whole world.


A free copy of this book was provided for reviewing purposes . Opinions are my own 

Consult your doctor before you make a significant diet change in your life. 

Homemade Hope: Warm Meals & Smiles PLUS Cooking with Luby’s Restaurant.

Last week I was invited to an event with Homemade Hope, and I immediately jumped on the wagon when I knew what they do.

Homemade Hope, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, is an organization focused on the culinary arts, which is something I am passionate about. Teach your children about the joys and benefits of healthy home cooking from an early age. But, Homemade Hope is more than that. They bring a taste of home to homeless and at-risk children living in Houston’s shelters and transitional living centers—fostering creativity, developing life skills, and nurturing every child’s belief that life has hope.

In partnership with local transitional shelters, Homemade Hope harnesses the sensory power of the kitchen to create a loving and supportive environment where children build self-esteem, develop traditions, and experience the simple pleasures of childhood.  Using food as a canvas for expression, Homemade Hope creates a space for connection while educating them about nutrition and empowering them with skills they can use outside of class.

Their programs include weekly sessions, cooking classes, tutoring, holiday celebrations, trips and educational advocacy. For detailed info about their programs visit: http://www.homemadehope.org/programs

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In this occasion, Homemade Hope partnered with Luby’s restaurants for a fantastic behind the scenes tour of the place. My 10-year-old son learned all about what it really is to be in a restaurant kitchen, and how hard chefs work to provide delicious meals.

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Kids also got to make their own combination of Mac & Cheese and spend some time with Luby’s chefs.

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I can’t express how important I think getting children in the kitchen is. Our next generation needs to understand where food comes from and need to have the tools and the knowledge to make informed decisions about the food they eat. It is our duty as parents to provide them with a healthy path. Let’s not leave it all to the schools. (and don’t get me started on school meals)

Also, it is important our kids learn and understand that so many other children are not as privileged as them. Many children out there are homeless or living in shelters. The circumstances they are in are not their fault, and they shouldn’t be stigmatized for it.

Get your children involved with their community, and teach the power of helping others. Compassion is not a weakness is a strength. 

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Big thanks to Luby’s restaurant in Post Oak, Houston for having us and for my blogger friend Lisa Carey for inviting me to be part of this fantastic cause. If you want to help either by becoming a volunteer for Homemade Hope or by donating please contact them here http://www.homemadehope.org/get-involved-c19nb

Bolthouse Farms 1915 Cold-Press Juices: Absolutely Natural Deliciousness

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You guys now I am always on the look out for healthy, natural ,and organic food and beverages. So I was so excited when Bolthouse Farms 1915 Cold-Pressed Juices and Organic, Non-Dairy Protein Beverages contacted me to taste all of their delicious juices and non-dairy protein beverages.

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With no more than 6 ingredients per juice bottle, each juice contains a balance of colorful, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and will be available nationwide, and they taste delicious! Yes! they do! I usually make my own juices and smoothies because store bought juices taste either too sweet or too “plastic”. Not the case with the Bolthouse Farms 1915 Juices.

My 10-year-old approved  especially of the Coconut Water, Pineapple, Mango, Lemon and Avocado juice. Super smooth, refreshing and with just the right amount of sweetness.

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Another favorite of ours was the Orange, Carrot, Pineapple, Apple and Lime juice. Perfect complement for these extremely hot Texas summer days. And quite fitting may I say as Bolthouse Farm origins came from carrot farmers.

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We are carrot farmers: it’s how we began. We take that knowledge and use it to ensure the ingredients we grow and select are done right from the very beginning.

The protein beverages were extremely good. Not an easy task  when it comes to non-dairy protein drinks.  The drinks have no more than 10 ingredients per bottle and contain 12 grams of protein.

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These beverages (both juice and protein) are perfect for consumers who are looking for transparent labels as the ingredients are listed right on the front of the bottle!

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The juices are perfect for healthier summer indulgences. You can also combine them to make your own delicious creations. If you want to add ice I recommend you  make some coconut water ice cubes. Refreshing, nutritious and delicious!

You can also create healthy popsicle by freezing the juices in molds.  Or if you are feeling cheeky you can transform the juices into bright and light summer cocktails (just keep away from little hands lol). Possibilities are endless!

Trust me these taste like no other, just as good as making your own.

xoxo

Jihane


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To Heaven and Back in one Spoonful: Barney Almond Butter

Today I bring you one of those little gems that one finds while wondering about. I came across Barney Butter and OH MY… live won’t ever be the same.

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There are many forms and brands of nut butter out there, but never have I encountered one packed with so much deliciousness. I came across Barney by accident at my local supermarket one day. They only had the little sachets and I needed a practical and ready to go nut butter for my son’s lunchbox so I purchased two little sachets. I was surprised by how non-oily and smooth they were so I contacted, I wanted to know (and taste) more!

We have a nutty love story that involves a random introduction in sunny southern California, a shared passion and dream for “making something positive for the world”, and a splash of serendipitous circumstances that led us to Fresno, and a little almond butter company trying to get off the ground.  We’ve been spreading the love about Barney Butter ever since.

We are BARNEY. Thank you for being a part of our almond evolution.

Dawn Kelley, President & CEO

I received a jar of their outrageously tasty Almond Butter with Cocoa + Coconut. I was looking for a healthy alternative to Nutella, and I found it! Made with the perfect blend of Barney Bare Smooth, chocolate (allergen free, Enjoy Life®) and coconut oil, this blend will remind you of a certain candy bar with coconut, almonds, and chocolate.

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I love it! I simply love it! On its own, on toast, with fruit! This is the perfect snack! It is also peanut free, gluten free and non-GMO. It is smooth, with a delicate coconut flavour (nothing overpowering) and it doesn’t accumulate oil on the top like many other nut butter I’ve tried before.

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Ingredients: Blanched Roasted Almonds, Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips**, Palm Fruit Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Natural Coconut Flavor

All of our almonds are California born and California bred, and our almond butters are made right here in sunny California, surrounded by the beautiful almond trees on our Farmer’s ranch.

They also have other delicious flavours which include the traditional simple but practical plain almond butter ( both crunchy and smooth) to the adventurous Almond with honey and flax and their raw almond butter.

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Give it a go! you won’t regret it.


What is your favourite nut butter companion? Fruit? bread? or just on its own?

 

xoxo

Jihane