I want to share some thoughts today on Vegan “Dieting” and healthy weight loss.
I’m absolutely NOT a ‘green smoothie’ gal – can’t stand the taste so I stopped trying to like them years ago. But green powders, full of tons of nutrients like ‘Organic Spirulina’ Chlorella, Wheat Grass, Barley’ – that I can do everyday to add healthy, non-fat greens to my diet. I’ve been hiding Oriya Organics green powders in my foods for over a year now and can really attest to the increased energy they can give an already healthy, plant based diet.
The wonderful folks at Oriya want to share some goodies with one lucky reader now this week. Don’t forget to enter to win a full size of their ‘Supergreen Medley’ a full size ‘Superfood Protein Medley‘ and a cool mixing cup – all up for grabs at the end of the post here.
First a little background on me:
I’m one of those Vegans who didn’t exactly lose weight when I stopped eating meat and animal products 3 years ago.
When I stopped eating dairy products 5 years ago, I basically lived on meat and veggies for two years. That brought me a pretty extreme weight lose, half the hair on my head and lots less muscle tone.
I wasn’t eating dairy and my joint pains and swelling did subside but my weight lose was anything but healthy. So my first years of going full Vegan packed on the pounds. I drive for my job. All day. And if I’m not disciplined in making snacks and carry along meals for myself, I’ll end up at the 7-11, filling myself on processed chips, Vegan cookies (Nutter Butters mostly) and little or no greens each day. Although I did create mostly healthy dinners for myself and my husband back then, my daily diet was kind but anything but healthy.
Lots of unhealthy foods are still Vegan. And in my quest to be cruelty-free in my choices, I had turned my body from lean to chunky in just 1 year. 60 pounds of chunky to be exact. All the while writing a healthy vegan food blog glorifying all the wonderful tastes and treats that could be enjoyed by those who swear off the animal products for a kinder way of life. After 45 years of yoyo, no carb, high protein dieting – I dove head first into the world of potatoes, breads and sweets to fill my day. Who’d have thought that those healthy nuts and whole grains I could now enjoy would go straight to my hips and thighs?
My new enemies? Processed Fats and Starches.
I would LOVE to be 75% Raw in my diet but, my lifestyle just doesn’t allow for that. So instead, I’ve tried to use green smoothies and lots of fresh fruits and dressings to keep those processed foods to a minimum. My dinners now are usually salads or soups. I’ve made whipping up a fat-free, delectable salad dressing down to an art using fresh fruits and vegetables as the flavors instead of creams and oils. I’ve also conditioned myself to eating 75% of my calories usually by noon. This not only helps to keep the weight off by has dramatically helped my sleep patterns. Fat and processed-free living has taken off those extra pounds replacing them with a leaner, mostly pain-free, healthy body. I’ve never had so much energy and bounce as I do now in my 50’s.
Through all my past months of reducing fats, limiting my processed grains and gluten and most importantly, keeping processed foods to a minimum, I can say that I haven’t felt deprived or hungry most days.
Not only has my energy and stamina soared in 2015, my joints pains are all but gone and I have little or no cravings for foods that used to make me feel bloated and sluggish like White Rice or fried chips. So many Vegan snacks available now are cruelty-free but do little to help you build strength and stay slim. Although the chili wraps here have some processed ingredients ( for convenience sake mostly) it can still be a delicious part of your day as long as you stick to fresh fruits and veggies for the remainder of your meals. Starting my day with a quick and easy, power-packed Green smoothie, then a light, healthy raw lunch certainly allows for a slight splurge at the end of my day. The addition of the SuperGreen Medley in with the chili can bring a significant boost to the nutrition of meal. Whether you use a little or a lot in your chili, the flavors are sure to cover up any Green taste here and you are left with a savory, rich spicy meal that would never be looked on as ‘diet’ food in my book.
- 4 15 oz. cans of Black Beans, unrinsed
- 3 cups Mushrooms, diced
- 4 - 6 Red Potatoes, diced
- 3 Celery stalks, chopped
- 1 Carrot, diced
- 25 oz. can organic diced Tomatoes
- 2 Tbs. Garlic, diced
- 1 jar organic Salsa of choice
- 2 Tbs. Onion Powder or 2 medium fresh Onions diced
- 1/2 tsp smoked Paprika
- 1 tsp. Sea Salt
- 4 Tbs. Liquid Smoke
- 3 - 4 Tbs. Chili Powder or to taste
- 1 1/2 cups Soy Curls
- 1 1/2 quarts Vegetable Broth
- 1/4 cup Oriya SuperGreen Medley protein powder or equivalent
- In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, combine all ingredients except for the SuperGreen Medley green powder. Heat, stirring occasionally to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the potatoes are soft and the soy curls have hydrated. Your chili gravy will thicken significantly as it cooks and the vegetables absorb the liquids in the pot.
- Cook on low for 1+ hours until ready to serve.
- Dish up bowls or spoon about 1 cup of chili into large wraps. Sprinkle with a tsp. or 2 of SuperGreen Medley green powder just before serving.
- Makes about 4 Quarts of Chili.
- Store in sealed containers in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for 6 months.
Oriya Organics is promoting a “two green smoothie per day” goal this month.
The basics of their New Year push:
a. Two green smoothies a day for a month
b. Five small, healthy meals a day to keep metabolism going – (two of those meals being green smoothies).
c. Bonus: (For people who are committed to making change) Cut out five inflammatory foods (gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, trans fats—these are some of the big ones for me of course!
You can check out more details of their project HERE> I’ve had the pleasure of sticking to, and benefiting from their products this month as well. The 2 green smoothie thing has really worked well for me after the week of Cruise food I binged on during our Caribbean trip after Christmas. I’m sharing a couple other ways here to incorporate their wonder-green powder into other meals as well. I’ve actually been adding Oriya whenever and wherever I can this month. With a little creativity, you can too!
Chocolatey Orange Pudding Bowls:
12 oz. Raw Organic Hemp Seeds, 1 cup Organic Maple Syrup, 3 small peeled Oranges, 1/2 cup Raw Cocao Powder, 1/2 cup Raw Coconut Butter, Pinch of Sea Salt, 1/4 cup Oriya Organics SuperGreen Medley powder, 1 – 2 cups preferred Nut Milk and Cocao Powder for dusting.
Mix ingredients in a food processor and chill overnight. Pour into bowls and top with your favorite toppings. Dust with extra Cocao powder for more chocolate pow! Store covered in the fridge or freezer.
Power Packed Peanut Butter Green Smoothie:
2 – 3 Frozen Bananas, 1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Organic Nut Milk, 3 Tbs. Powdered Organic Peanut Butter, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla and 2 tsp. Oriya SuperGreen Medley Protein Powder.
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!
If you live in the U. S. and would like a chance to try out these powerful supergreens products for yourself,
just answer a few quick questions after clicking the giveaway box below.
Contest ends January 30th, 2016. 1 winner will be notified via email on February 1st.
Good luck everyone!
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- Becky’s Loaded Vegan Mac n Cheesy Cashew Butter Carrot Sauce – Entry #1 in the 2016 Nut Butter Bash
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