Veggie Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375F.
  • Heat a nonstick pan to medium-high heat on the stove with 1/2 cup of water. Add in your bell pepper, kale, and onion. Sautée for 10 minutes.
  • Add your garbanzo beans, sautéed veggies, peas, corn and spices into your food processor and process until well mixed. In the video, I used a blender which is not ideal, food processors are much better. Next, add in your oats and process again. Your mixture should be slightly sticky but also formable. If it is still too wet add in some more oats or oat flour.
  • Next, take about 1/8 cup worth of the mixture and roll into golf size balls. Repeat until all the mix is gone.
  • Place veggie balls on a non-stick baking sheet/parchment paper and place in the oven for 25-35 minutes. Just check on them a few times so they don’t burn.
  • Once the time is up, take them out and let them cool for 15 minutes. Enjoy these on their own, in a wrap, on top of a salad or with some mashed potatoes YUM
Veggie balls

 

Recipe source:

https://highcarbhannah.co/recipes/ikea-veggie-balls/

Success Story No.2

Vegan Pancakes

This gluten-free vegan pancakes recipe makes super fluffy eggless pancakes in one bowl, in just minutes. Even if you’re a vegan, you can still enjoy pancakes!

Vegan Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups (175 g) gluten-free flour (115 g superfine white rice flour + 40 g potato starch + 20 g tapioca starch/flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons (24 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) unsweetened nondairy milk, at room temperature (my favorite is unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup (64 g) smooth applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) vegan butter, melted and cooled
  • Sliced bananas and maple syrup for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, place the flour blend, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the milk, applesauce, vanilla, and melted vegan butter, and mix to combine well. The mixture should be thick but smooth.

  • Heat a griddle or nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Grease it lightly, and pour or spoon portions of about ¼ cup of batter onto the hot griddle. Spread each into a round about 1/4-inch thick. Allow the pancakes to cook until large bubbles begin to break through the top of the batter in each pancake and the edges are set (about 2 minutes). With a wide, flat spatula, carefully flip over each pancake, and continue to cook until set (about another 30 seconds). Remove from the skillet, and repeat with the remaining batter.
  • The cooked pancakes can be kept warm in a single layer on a lined baking sheet in a 200°F before serving, then topped with sliced bananas and maple syrup before serving warm.
  • They can also be cooled completely, stacked, wrapped tightly and frozen until ready to use. Defrost in a warm toaster oven before serving.

Vegan Pancakes

Recipe source:

https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/best-vegan-pancakes-recipe/

Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This vegan almond butter chocolate chip banana bread is thick, sweet, full of rich almond butter and melty chocolate chips! Made with 6 healthy ingredients, gluten-free, and banana sweetened.

This vegan almond butter chocolate chip banana bread has four of my most favorite foods: oats, bananas, almond butter, and chocolate. It might seem like a lot going on at first, but trust, the flavors are all so lovely together.

To start, you’ll blend up the oats to flour consistency. Mash your extra ripe, spotty bananas, and add them to the oats. Bananas are the only sweetener in the bread, so they MUST be ripe!

Up next is the star, the rich, gooey almond butter. I always get unsweetened, oil-free nut butters, and I’d recommend you do the same for the most optimal nutrition. If your almond butter is really thick, I’d melt it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to get it a little more loos so it will mix more easily into the batter.

Finally add the flax eggs, some nondairy milk, and the vegan chocolate chips. I love the PASCHA unsweetened chips, but whatever vegan chocolate you like will be fab.

Bake the banana bread for 30-40 minutes. The time will vary depending on your oven, mine usually only takes about 30 minutes. Plus, it will firm up as it cools!

This vegan almond butter chocolate chip banana bread is seriously everything I’ve ever wanted in a loaf of banana bread. Sweet, thick, and SO gooey and rich from the bananas and almond butter, it’s officially my favorite banana bread I’ve ever baked.

Like I always say, forget peanut butter, almond butter is where it’s at and I am HERE FOR IT.

Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats, blended into flour
  • 1 1/2 cups super ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp flax eggs – 2 tbsp ground flaxseed in a bowl with 6 tbsp water, set in the fridge for 20 minutes
  • 1/2 cup natural, unsweetened almond butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix the oat flour, banana, flax eggs, almond butter, and almond milk until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir, then pour the batter into a parchment-lined or nonstick loaf pan.
  • Bake the banana bread for 30-40 minutes. The time will depend on your oven, just bake until it no longer feels super soft/gooey in the center. It will continue to firm up as it cools.
  • Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing, then cool for another 30 minutes before slicing.

Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Recipe source: Beaming Banana

https://beamingbanana.com/breads/vegan-almond-butter-chocolate-chip-banana-bread/

 

Vegan Lifestyle

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose

There are many ways to embrace vegan living. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs, and honey – as well as products like leather and any tested on animals.

In dietary terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.

What do vegans eat?

A vegan diet is richly diverse and comprises all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans, and pulses – all of which can be prepared in endless combinations that will ensure you’re never bored. From curry to the cake, pastries to pizzas, all your favorite things can be suitable for a vegan diet if they’re made with plant-based ingredients.

It’s not just about diet

Vegans avoid exploiting animals for any purpose, with compassion being a key reason many choose a vegan lifestyle. From accessories and clothing to makeup and bathroom items, animal products and products tested on animals are found in more places than you might expect. Fortunately, nowadays there are affordable and easily-sourced alternatives to just about everything.

Other aspects of vegan living

Medicine

Currently, medicine must be tested on animals before it is deemed safe for human use, but please note: We DO NOT recommend you avoid medication prescribed to you by your doctor– a dead vegan is no good to anyone!

What you can do is ask your GP or pharmacist to provide you, if possible, with medication that does not contain animal products such as gelatine or lactose.

Entertainment

Vegans choose not to support animal exploitation in any form and so avoid visiting zoos or aquariums, or taking part in dog or horse racing. A great alternative is visiting and supporting animal sanctuaries that provide safe and loving homes for rescued animals.

There are hundreds of thousands of vegans across the globe.

Success Story No.1

Healthy Lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean hours of training at the gym and eating only salad leaves. It’s about making easy-to-manage healthy choices in your day-to-day living.

The trick to making your lifestyle healthier is to make small healthy changes every day, such as taking the stairs instead of the lifts, increasing your fruit by one, drinking one extra glass of water or quitting smoking.

So let’s start with the fundamental basics of healthy living: regular exercise, healthy eating, and healthy lifestyle choices.

Regular Exercises

We spend our lives sitting – at our desks, in front of the TV, in a meeting or on the phone.

New research is emerging highlighting the potential risk to health from all our sitting behavior. So break your sitting time by standing for five minutes and reap the health benefits.

Every little bit counts and it all adds up to burning more calories.

Move your body every day whenever you can.

Although a set exercise session  is great to work into your daily routine, you can burn your fat in other small ways, such as:

  • Walking to someone else’s desk rather than sending an e-mail;
  • Parking furthest from the building and walking in, or
  • Taking the stairs more often.
  • Doing house cleaning, or
  • Gardening;
  • Taking the dog for a walk, or
  • Cycling with the kids instead of watching TV.

If you’re overweight, making small changes in your daily exercise routine can benefit your health. In fact, one study has found that just a 10% drop in weight helped overweight people to reduce their blood pressure, cholesterol and improve their wellbeing.

Healthy Eating

When it comes to healthy eating, there is an overwhelming array of theories, diet books and online information about what to eat – which is often conflicting.

Although the research is still ongoing and developing, what the experts all agree on is that our diets are too high in sugar, our portions are too big and we should eat a variety of whole natural foods.

Sugar

From sugary drinks to breakfast cereal, it’s hard to get away from sugary foods. Often the sugar is hidden in canned goods or pre-packaged foods, or even in foods we think are healthy for us, such as fruit juice.

The average person takes in about 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day. According to the American Heart Association, the daily target should be no more than 6 teaspoons for women, and 9 for men—that’s for both food and beverages combined.

The easiest way to limit your sugar intake with one small change is to cut out sugary fizzy drinks. This alone can help you to lose or maintain a healthy weight, which in turn will reduce your risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

portion sizes

Our food and drinks portion sizes have dramatically increased over the past 30 years. In the 1950s a chip packet was 28g from a takeaway restaurant – today it’s 154g – and that’s not even the supersize, which is a whopping 196g!

Portion size increases doesn’t only include the takeaway portions, but the packaging of goods in the supermarket, dinner plates and glasses in restaurants and even fridge sizes! Simple ways to cut your portions include:

  • Eat your main meals off a smaller plate – visually the plate looks full so you will be satisfied, but technically you’ll be eating less.
  • Dish up in the kitchen, rather than have the serving dishes at the dining table – it’s much easier to have seconds when it’s right in front of you.
  • Eat small regular meals (at least every four hours) so that you’re never starving – if you get to this point of hunger, it’s very difficult to stop before you overeat.

whole foods & cooking from scratch

Choosing whole foods and cooking from scratch is a much healthier way to eat than buying pre-packaged or ready-meals which are high in fat and salt but very low in nutrients.

To make sure you’re getting a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals into your body every day – a quick rule of thumb is to pick a variety of colors for your meals. Be the artist of your meals and paint a colour picture with a variety of yellow, red and green fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

Smoking

There is nothing more damaging to a long, healthy life than smoking, which is estimated as the reason for death or disability in half the people who smoke. The dangers of smoking tobacco are so significant that it is the most important public health problem in the world, which ironically, is largely avoidable.

Smoking not only cuts your lifespan by affecting your internal organs, but it also ages you on the outside by causing skin damage. Tobacco smoking can give you wrinkles, create pucker lines around your mouth, stain your teeth and fingers, rub your skin of nutrients, break down youth-enhancing collagen and make your skin look grey. It makes you wonder how smoking is often marketed as glamorous and attractive.

It takes courage to quit smoking, as it’s not an easy journey – but it’s a brave and sensible choice. Some of the positive changes will happen quickly, while others will be more gradual, but all the changes will benefit your health and well-being.