Happy Herbivore Light & Lean (+Giveaway)

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I believe this is Lindsay’s fourth book. I loved all of her previous books because the recipes are not complicated and do not require all day to create them.

This book is focused on recipes that are low in calorie yet high in nutrition. There is also a workout plan, which is a bonus :)

Q&A
I was also lucky enough to ask some questions to the chef herself!

Q. Hi Lindsay! Where do you get your recipe inspirations from?
A:  It’s a mixed bag. Sometimes I’ll pick up an ingredient and figure out a way to make something with it. Other times I’ll see something and want to recreate it at home. For example, when I was in Ireland I saw signs all over the place for Guinness stew or Irish stew. Of course it wasn’t vegan, or vegetarian, so I waited until I got home, learned about the traditional recipe, then made a plant-based version… and now it’s in Light & Lean!

Q: Did you grow up being vegan?
A: Nope

Q: What do you do when you are at a restaurant that does not accommodate any vegan meals or your lifestyle? For me, it gets a bit awkward to just watch others eat and not eat anything myself.
A: his has never happened to me — there is always something to eat, even if it’s just a salad and a baked potato. I’ve been all over the globe. Even in really rural areas, there was still something. Might not be terribly exciting, but a bowl of fruit counts :)

Q: What is your favorite recipe?
A: Asking a chef to pick their favorite recipe is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child :)

Recipe
Here is one of the recipes from the book. This one is called Spinach Love Wrap.

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(picture is from Happy Herbivore Light & Lean)

Spinach Love Wrap
Makes 2
Soy-free, Gluten-free, Quick, Budget

This is another wrap inspired by the 7-Day Meal Plans. I call this a spinach “love” wrap because of the strawberry “hearts.” Plus it’s so easy to make, it’s only 159 calories per wrap, and its really filling. What’s not to love?

2 c spinach
1 tomato, sliced
1 roasted red bell pepper (in water, not oil), sliced
8 strawberries, sliced
2 wraps

Place spinach, tomato slices, bell pepper slices, and strawberry slices in each wrap and roll up.2

Chef’s Note: For a twist, sometimes I leave off the bell pepper, add in some white beans, and drizzle a little balsamic vinegar or fat-free balsamic vinaigrette over the vegetables.

Per wrap
Calories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159
Fat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2g
Carbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.9g
Fiber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.7g
Sugars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.4g
Protein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.9g
WW Points. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

As you can see, one serving is under 200 calories but the fiber and protein contents are high at 6.7g and 4.9g. This can be a great snack or paired with a side dish for a healthy meal. I would even suggest swapping out the wrap for a collard green or seaweed to make this gluten-free.


To participate in the giveaway:

1. Do you own a copy of any of Happy Herbivore series? If so, which recipe is your favorite? If you don’t own a copy, please share with us one of your favorite healthy recipes.

2. Follow me on twitter @AegiKale

3. Follow me on instagram @junghwad

4. Subscribe to my blog :)

This giveaway ends on January 10th, 2014

(Review & Giveaway are hosted by An Apple A Day and BenBellaBooks. Thank you, Lindsay!)

Oscillo – Natural Flu Medicine

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I have never been a big fan of taking medicine since I was little. Now, I don’t take medicines because of the ingredients that I can’t recognize. 8 years ago, I became vegan (not knowing what vegan was) because I wanted to get rid of stomach pain and become healthy. Since then, I only ate food that are whole foods. When buying anything packaged, I make sure that I can read and recognize every ingredient. I’m not too strict that I don’t eat any packaged foods, but I definitely avoid anything that are overly processed.

That’s why I was very happy to review Oscillo, which has no drug interaction and works naturally with your body. You can find their products at Whole Foods!

Oscillo temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as feeling run down, headache, body aches, chills and fever. It is best advised that you take Oscillo early, at first signs of flu-like symptoms to see the best results.

“Oscillococcinum works rapidly, with 63 percent of patients showing “complete resolution” or “clear improvement” at 48 hours.*1 In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, the recovery rate within 48 hours of treatment was significantly greater in the group that received the active drug than in the placebo group.” (from the website)

Winter season is here and I love having Oscillo with me wherever I go (especially to the city, SF is cold!). It’s better to be prepared than be sorry later!

Please share in the comments how you prevent yourself from getting sick or what you do when are sick. Do you have any natural herbal medicines that you love?

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

(Disclaimer: I received Oscillo for a review from Naturally Savvy program)

The China Study Cookbook (+Giveaway)

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Has anyone read The China Study? The China Study Cookbook comes after that, but talking more about recipes. The China Study talks about how Western diet is influencing everyone globally and increasing obesity, heart-disease, diabetes, etc. And it emphasizes the importance of plant-based diet! This book comes in after that, letting us know what kind of plant-based recipes can help people lose weight and become healthy. The China Study Cookbook features delicious, easily prepared plant-based recipes with no added fat and minimal sugar and salt that promote optimal health. 

I love me some delicious yet healthy meals! Not to mention that these meals can be easily prepared. I come from Korean background, where meals take forever to prepare. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Korean food but personally, I like meals that can be done in less than 30 minutes. 

All of LeAnne’s recipes follow three important principles: 1. Optimal nutrition is based on eating food rather than nutrient supplements 2. The closer that foods are to their native states—prepared with minimal cooking, salting, and processing—the greater the long-term health benefits of eating them 3. It is best to choose locally and organically grown produce whenever possible.

Giveaway:

Do you want to try LeAnne’s recipes yourself? Enter this giveaway :D

1. Please comment below, letting me know your favorite plant-based cookbook (or any kind of book)

2. I’ve been away from blogging due to high demand at work. What is your advice in finding a balance?

3. Subscribe to my blog :)

This giveaway ends on November 24th, 2013.

Thanks! I’m so happy to be back blogging!

Surf Sweets – Back to School Healthy Snacks

School is starting just around the corner (some kids already started!) and if you are looking for delicious gluten-free snacks for yourself or your kids, Surf Sweets is a way to go.

 

 

 

 

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These snacks are suitable for vegans too. 

Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Grape Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Colors Added (including Black Carrot Juice Concentrate, Turmeric, Annatto), Natural Flavors.

It is so awesome because they also carry Sour Gummy Bears! I think these are perfect candies to bring to movies. Movie theaters sell unhealthy snacks at a very expensive price. Why not save money and your health?

Surf Sweets have all kinds of chewy candies from Gummy Bears to Gummy Worms and even Jelly Beans!

These are all naturally sweetened without corn syrup. Not to mention that it is certified organic! I don’t think candies could get better than these!

Of course, it doesn’t mean you should eat one packet after another. But if you are going to indulge in sweets, why not eat something that is all natural and healthier version?

I really think all natural candies taste better (I mean obviously because they are real foods).

What is unique about Surf Sweets?

• Surf Sweets are made with natural colors and flavors
• Surf Sweets are made with organic fruit juice and sweeteners*
• Surf Sweets are fortified with your daily allowance of Vitamin C
• Surf Sweets are one of the only candies made without corn syrup
• Surf Sweets are produced in a facility free of the ten most common allergens including nuts 
• Surf Sweets are Feingold approved

*This means the fruit juice and sweeteners have not been exposed to chemical pesticides and fertilizers like many other candies that contain conventional fruit juice.

 

Please visit this link for more faqs and to learn more about their products.

 

(I received Surf Sweets through Naturally Savvy program!)

 

Have a great weekend and TGIF :)

Junghwa

Chez Marie Review

I love veggie burgers when it is made with vegetables and whole grains. Some of my favorite burgers are made with beets and black rice. Not all veggie burgers are healthy because some are very processed with additives and ingredients that are not whole foods. It is best to make them from scratch but if you don’t have time, go for brands that use real ingredients such as brown rice, quinoa, and all different vegetables.

I was introduced to Chez Marie from a friend. I am so glad I got to try these because they are SO GOOD. 

Spicy Bean

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This was actually a plate that I put together for my hubby. This burger is Wow Mushroom, which is vegetarian. It includes egg whites and mozzarella cheese/cheddar cheese, which are organic. I love that the burgers are made with organic black rice. 

My favorite flavor is Spicy Bean. It definitely has that awesome spice kick to it. My favorite way to eat the burger was with kale salad (mixed with avocado, sea salt) and a lot cayenne dumped on it. Its ingredient also include pea protein, which helps to increase the protein. 

My hubby tried the vegetarian flavors: Wow Mushroom and Marie’s Homestyle. He liked them but I noticed that he always had to put more salt on the dish. I am not a huge salty food fan, so these burgers were perfect. Since I am trying to cut salt from his diet, I made a burger for him using a nice whole grain bun, avocado, little bit of maye, and lots of greens. He really enjoyed this with a side of roasted corn. 

There are so many wonderful ways to eat a veggie burger: in a hamburger form, on top of kale or greens, or with avocado slices on top of the burger (without a bun). 

When I’m running late and still need to pack a lunch, I just throw greens in a tupperware with burger on top of it and bring avocado on the side to put them on later. It is one of the easiest and fastest lunch you can make (not to mention healthy!)

Chez Marie also carry two other vegan flavors other than  Spicy Bean. There are Hearty Hempseed and Wholesome Harvest.

 

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