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Look Younger with Plants and Burgers

Posted Nov 17 2009 3:23pm

On September 15th, we will be kicking off our 5 Days Vegan group challenge. There are already 42 awesomely enthusiastic people registered from four countries and nearly 22 cities. That is pretty cool. For the next week, I will be sharing some of the main benefits of transitioning to a more plant-based diet.IMG_5915

I am not referring to big fat, smelly, dripping with grease burgers covered in cheese, bacon, fried onions, all cozied up between two slices of spongy white bread. As if. The only thing a burger like that would do for us is make us fat, smelly, greasy and spongy. We are what we eat.

Let’s pretend you ate a diet that consisted mainly of fresh and alive plant foods, as you would with  a more plant happy way of eating, even if for just a couple of days a week. Perhaps you might feel more fresh and alive.

I eat a pretty clean diet, and apparently it shows. I am forever being assumed much younger than I am. Do I look young because I eat mostly plants? Maybe. More likely, I look young because I don’t eat the bad stuff (and have chubby cheeks). After being in Winnipeg with all the people who knew me from birth, I was told  I haven’t changed a bit. Thoughts?

BabyMeg

MT-0063

I am going to be 30 in just over a month and want to wear a sign that says so. It’s good for business.

If we eat bad foods that are fried, greasy, high in animal-based saturated fats like burgers, chicken wings, and cheese and/or heavily processed, high in salt, and nutrient deficient, we will have a greater amount of free radicals circulating in our bodies. Free radical damage makes our insides old and beaten, thus makes our outsides look old and beaten.

One of the easiest ways to look and feel younger inside and out, is to get more of the good stuff. More of the anti-oxidant rich plant based fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds and spices that not only help kick the back-sides of the free-radicals but also add in the nutrients that make our skin look young and fresh- selenium, zinc, silica, vitamin C and of course, the good fats. An added bonus is that fruits and veggies are packed to the brim with water. H20 baby cakes. H20.

Our skin, the largest organ of our body, can be a great indicator of what’s going on inside, how well we are digesting and absorbing the good, and eliminating the toxins and waste. No amount of face lifting, botoxing, creams, powders, cover ups or exfoliants can ever replace or over ride the absolute, tried and tested benefit of simply eating well.

Who wants a burger? These ones are rich in manganese which helps fight free radicals, are low on the glycemic index so don’t fluctuate blood sugar, are rich in fiber, mix in a little hide-and-seek game with the veggies, are gluten-free and of course, totally amazingly vegan! You know you could eat like this for just five days. You know it! Ready to register?

IMG_5916_1 Buckwheat Sweet Potato Burgers

1-1/2 cups (375 ml.) dry buckwheat (kasha)
3 cups water
1 tsp  sea salt
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 Tbsp toasted sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2-3 leaves of kale
1 large carrot, grated
2 large sweet potatoes, cubed, steamed or boiled until tender, and mashed
1/4 cup almond butter, tahini or almonds ground in a coffee grinder or magic bullet
2 Tbs tamari or soy sauce

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Dry-roast the kasha in a pot for 5 minutes, stirring now and again.
  • Add the water and salt and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until water is absorbed and kasha is soft, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile- saute onion in 1 Tbsp. of oil over medium heat until softened then add celery and carrots. Add kale, cook for additional 5 minutes.
  • Stir everything together (don’t forget the tamari!).
  • Keeping hands moist, form into patties and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake burgers for 20 minutes on one side, remove from oven and turn over. Bake for another 20 minutes until lightly browned and slightly firm.
  • If you really want to, I suppose you can fry them up, but just know that I’ll be giving you the evil nutrition eye.

5 Days Vegan Program begins September 15th, followed right behind by the 3 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse on the 21st. (If purchasing both,you can enter in the following discount codeat the checkout, greenvegan2009 and received $2.00 off)Don’t miss the kick off events this weekend:

On September 15th, we will be kicking off our 5 Days Vegan group challenge. There are already 42 awesomely enthusiastic people registered from four countries and nearly 22 cities. That is pretty cool. For the next week, I will be sharing some of the main benefits of transitioning to a more plant-based diet.IMG_5915

I am not referring to big fat, smelly, dripping with grease burgers covered in cheese, bacon, fried onions, all cozied up between two slices of spongy white bread. As if. The only thing a burger like that would do for us is make us fat, smelly, greasy and spongy. We are what we eat.

Let’s pretend you ate a diet that consisted mainly of fresh and alive plant foods, as you would with  a more plant happy way of eating, even if for just a couple of days a week. Perhaps you might feel more fresh and alive.

I eat a pretty clean diet, and apparently it shows. I am forever being assumed much younger than I am. Do I look young because I eat mostly plants? Maybe. More likely, I look young because I don’t eat the bad stuff (and have chubby cheeks). After being in Winnipeg with all the people who knew me from birth, I was told  I haven’t changed a bit. Thoughts?

BabyMeg

MT-0063

I am going to be 30 in just over a month and want to wear a sign that says so. It’s good for business.

If we eat bad foods that are fried, greasy, high in animal-based saturated fats like burgers, chicken wings, and cheese and/or heavily processed, high in salt, and nutrient deficient, we will have a greater amount of free radicals circulating in our bodies. Free radical damage makes our insides old and beaten, thus makes our outsides look old and beaten.

One of the easiest ways to look and feel younger inside and out, is to get more of the good stuff. More of the anti-oxidant rich plant based fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds and spices that not only help kick the back-sides of the free-radicals but also add in the nutrients that make our skin look young and fresh- selenium, zinc, silica, vitamin C and of course, the good fats. An added bonus is that fruits and veggies are packed to the brim with water. H20 baby cakes. H20.

Our skin, the largest organ of our body, can be a great indicator of what’s going on inside, how well we are digesting and absorbing the good, and eliminating the toxins and waste. No amount of face lifting, botoxing, creams, powders, cover ups or exfoliants can ever replace or over ride the absolute, tried and tested benefit of simply eating well.

Who wants a burger? These ones are rich in manganese which helps fight free radicals, are low on the glycemic index so don’t fluctuate blood sugar, are rich in fiber, mix in a little hide-and-seek game with the veggies, are gluten-free and of course, totally amazingly vegan! You know you could eat like this for just five days. You know it! Ready to register?

IMG_5916_1 Buckwheat Sweet Potato Burgers

1-1/2 cups (375 ml.) dry buckwheat (kasha)
3 cups water
1 tsp  sea salt
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 Tbsp toasted sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2-3 leaves of kale
1 large carrot, grated
2 large sweet potatoes, cubed, steamed or boiled until tender, and mashed
1/4 cup almond butter, tahini or almonds ground in a coffee grinder or magic bullet
2 Tbs tamari or soy sauce

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Dry-roast the kasha in a pot for 5 minutes, stirring now and again.
  • Add the water and salt and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until water is absorbed and kasha is soft, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile- saute onion in 1 Tbsp. of oil over medium heat until softened then add celery and carrots. Add kale, cook for additional 5 minutes.
  • Stir everything together (don’t forget the tamari!).
  • Keeping hands moist, form into patties and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake burgers for 20 minutes on one side, remove from oven and turn over. Bake for another 20 minutes until lightly browned and slightly firm.
  • If you really want to, I suppose you can fry them up, but just know that I’ll be giving you the evil nutrition eye.

5 Days Vegan Program begins September 15th, followed right behind by the 3 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse on the 21st. (If purchasing both,you can enter in the following discount codeat the checkout, greenvegan2009 and received $2.00 off)Don’t miss the kick off events this weekend:

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