soaked black beans in a colander

Cooking sprouted beans to reduce flatulence

I know beans are good for me, but they don’t like me.

Are you sick of getting bloated, gassy, and flatulent every time you eat beans?

I know I am not the only bean eater who farts.  Want to reduce your flatulence?  It’s scientifically proven that eating beans causes gas.  Check out this article from Nutritionfacts.org on beans and gas. Not only can that gas be uncomfortable, it can be embarrassing. Are you afraid to eat beans because you know you have an important meeting, appointment, or job interview later? Have you ever completely stopped eating beans for a period of time over the hassle? I have. I am ready to give eating beans a try again, but only sprouted, then cooked beans. Continue reading “Cooking sprouted beans to reduce flatulence”

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Date Paste Recipe

Date Paste

Dates are a highly nutritious sweet alternative to all of the sweet junk food on the market these days.  Today I made some date paste from Medjool dates that had been sitting in my fridge for a very long time (no one wants to know how long).  Dates don’t go bad fast, think of how long raisins last.  The recipe is very simple to make with only two ingredients.

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Get the munchies while you’re watching a show?

If you are anything like me… you probably grab a bag of chips or something else really unhealthy and sit down in front of the TV and munch away mindlessly. This can be a very difficult habit to break so we’re not going to try to break it right away. Instead we are going to replace that unhealthy snack with a healthy one, like the snack pictured below. Throw together a few veggies and hummus or fresh air popped popcorn. You are guaranteed to eat less calories this way then eating chips directly from the bag.

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veggies and humus to snack on during my show

The snacks don’t have to take a lot of time to put together either. These snacks are organic store bought baby carrots, some peas, and cherry tomatoes. Along with store-bought hummus this becomes a very healthy and filling snack. Maybe someday you will feel so good from eating so healthy that you will want to try making homemade hummus like I did. I don’t always have time to make homemade hummus though so I like the option of buying it at the store (try to find a version of hummus with no added oil).

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Hummus and veggease

 

 

Produce is less expensive than I thought

We all know we should be eating more fruits and veggies, especially if we call ourselves Plant-Based, Vegan, or Vegetarian.  Is produce really as expensive as some people make it seem?  I just found out produce is pretty dang cheap.  Even though I buy some produce with my groceries every time I go to the store, I never really knew how much I was spending on produce alone.  Today I decided to go to the store for produce only to see what I could get for $15.

Less than $15 of produce
Less than $15 of produce

Here is what I got:

  • 1 head of Romaine lettuce
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 lbs of broccoli
  • 3 lbs of zucchini squash
  • 4 avocados
  • 1 watermelon
  • 1.4 lbs of tomatoes on the vine
  • 1.18 lbs of gala apples (3)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 cobs of corn

Total:  $14.54

I have included a copy of the receipt and a picture of the produce.

Produce receipt
Produce receipt

We can all find high quality produce for a decent price, especially if we buy what is in season.  Here are a few ways to get produce for a great price:

  • If you live in AZ check out:  POWWOW. You can get 60 lbs of produce for $10
  • find your local farmers market at http://www.localharvest.org
  • shop the produce section at the grocery store and avoid the center isles of the store (shop the perimeter).
  • Buy produce that is in season.  Avoid buying the produce that is more expensive because it is not its season.  If you are not sure what is in season you could google it and find out.
  • create a grocery budget for yourself and stick to it.  If you want to spend less on food, you can!  Eat from your pantry and just buy a few produce items to “spice it up”.
  • Buy in bulk.  I like to buy huge bags of the grains and beans that my family eats the most:  Black beans, jasmine brown rice, oatmeal, and kidney beans.  I then put them in a bucket to keep the pests out and add oxygen absorber packets.  Now I can have rice and beans as taco “meat” and the produce will make a nice mexican dish like a taco salad or tacos, or nachos.

 

I can eat all week on just $15 because I already have bulk beans and rice, and other pantry items to make meals with.  Here are a few meals I could make this week with the produce I just bought:

  • rice & broccoli stir fry
  • taco salad
  • pasta primavera  (with zucchini)
  • couscous salad (couscous, cucumber, tomato, onion, lime juice)
  • salad
  • Corn on the cob with a veggie burger