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10 Vegan Snacks Your Kids Will Love

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Kids have small stomachs that easily fill up, and they also metabolize at a faster rate than adults. Due to this, it’s a good idea for kids to eat after every few hours or have at least two snacks between meals. A kid on a normal diet can easily achieve this, but for a vegan kid, you have to think out of the box in order to have an ample back up of vegan snacks. These 10 vegan snacks will offer enjoyable food with plenty of nutrients.

1. Hummus and veggies

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Homemade hummus with fresh vegetables

These offers one of the most balanced vegan snacks. Hummuses are rich in fiber, healthy fats and proteins. The snack can be in the form of a sandwich, wrap, or pinwheels. Use chickpeas to make hummus, and the veggies can be of your choice for example carrots, lettuce, spinach, and mushrooms. This kind of snack is also a creative way of consuming more vegetables. Prepare the hummus over the weekend as well as chop the veggies of choice for an easy mix on weekdays.

2. Granola bars

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Homemade granola bars

These vegan snacks foods are mostly made from rolled oats, nuts, puffed rice, and literally a variety of other things. You can even make granola bars from pumpkin paste or use chopped apples to make your granola bar look yummy. The essential components are the oats and an adhesive paste to hold them together. From there, you can get more creative on the sweetener or other toppings to use. In most of the times, nuts and fruits are good options.

3. Smoothies

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Homemade healthy berry smoothie

Smoothies not only make great vegan snacks but are also very healthy, rich in vitamins and easy to make. You can make it from bananas, melons, avocado, berries, coconut, chocolate, maple, and almond milk. You can get as creative as you want by mixing a variety of your favorite fruits within your smoothie. Oranges, pineapples, kiwi, and apples are some of the most popular ingredients. No matter what selection you make it’s sure to make for a tasty vegan snack.

4. Organic vegan crackers

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Pecan and Cranberry Crackers with Seeds

These make a great snack option if you want something ready to eat direct from the stores. Most of ready to eat crackers are made with a variety of whole grains and seeds. They are gluten-free, and you can add a variety of yummy toppings depending on what you have at home or ready to buy. The toppings can be peanut butter, banana paste, strawberry or almond butter. You can also take the crackers with a variety of fruits like avocados or bananas.

5. Energy balls and bites

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Matcha energy balls from dates and almonds

These are some snacks you can prepare if you have a tight schedule. As the title suggests, you can make them round balls or rectangular shaped bars. They are easy to prepare and store. You can prepare a bunch of energy balls and bites during the weekend and store them in a fridge. You just have to pick one or two when the urge to eat snack knocks. They can be prepared from hemp seeds, ground flax, almonds, cashews, pecan, oatmeal, gingerbread, and a variety of more bases.

6. Vegan Pizza

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Rainbow vegan pizza

These make for a great replacement of the traditional pizza. This type of pizza is not only delicious to eat, but also fast to cook. Check out our five best vegan pizza recipes that take just a few minutes to cook before relishing in that oh so appetizing pizza. Serving vegan pizza for your kids as a snack will be sure to put a smile on your kids’ faces and keep them happy and satisfied.

7. Tofu Fingers

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Tofu

You can also refer to these as bean curds and are a great source of proteins as well as essential amino acids. A variety of toppings like arrowroot flour, garlic, ginger, cherry, and any other desired ground topping can be used to enrich tofu fingers. Make your tofu fingers mostly from soybeans. You will require an adhesive agent like soy sauce, vinegar, agave, or olive oil. Get more creative while preparing tofu fingers to make them yummy and more nutritious. You should avoid genetically modified soybeans at all cost.

8. Skewed fruit salads and puddings

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Chia pudding with berries

Rather than taking fruit salads from a bowl, you can add some creativity to your vegan snacks. Salads are among the easiest vegan snacks that can be creatively made from a variety of foods. Chop the fruits of your choice into nice rectangular and circular shapes and arrange them in alternation on the skewer. Some of the fruits you can use for this vegan snack food are apples, pineapples, banana, strawberries, dates, kiwi fruits and other variety of fruits that might make a tasty snack.

9. Cashew Cheese Balls

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Cashew cheese balls

Traditionally cheese used to come from milk, but are you aware that there is vegan cheese? Cashews plus some flavorings and spicing agents are used to make it. By mixing the cheese with a variety of products like potato starch, bread crumbs, flour, chopped ginger, black pepper, coriander leaves, lemon juice, and any other veggies or fruit constituents as you may deem fit you get tasty cheese balls. They are rich in proteins, vitamins B, fibers, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, and other nutrients depending on what you use to make the cheese balls.

10. Vegan sandwiches

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Vegan sandwiches with avocado, watermelon radish, and tomatoes

Spread some nut butter or hummus on the bread and fill it with whatever vegan sandwich products you would like to use. Some of the fillings you can use for sandwich include avocado, tomato, cucumber, pickles, mushroom, carrot, vegan cheese, etc. You can also use fruit or berries as the fillings. Almost anything around the house as long as you prepare it well and make it tasty is a good ingredient for a sandwich.

Making vegan snacks for kids has never been so easy

From the above vegan snacks options, there is no genuine reason why you should not be able to make a snack for your kids at home within the shortest time possible. You can also buy ready to use snacks like oatmeal. If you have time, you can also involve your kids in making the vegan snacks. However, the best option is to prepare them during the weekend and store them in a fridge for use during the weekdays.


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Ayurvedic Eating Principles for Living a Healthier, Happier and Longer life

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Food is a necessary component of our existence in the material world. There are just a few people who can live without food in this world. But most of us can’t imagine our existence without food. However, each of us sees the meaning of food differently. For some of us, food is a means of life. Others perceive it as a source of pleasure, or a necessary need, reward, satisfaction, satiety, security. And for some, it is related to passion, a source of pleasure, entertainment, addiction, and even a way of self-expression.

The Creator of the Universe supplies all living beings with everything they need. However, modern people going beyond harmony with nature lost the knowledge given to them about what they should eat to maintain their bodies in balance. To help find their way back to this abandoned state of harmony, people were given Ayurveda – a science that tells us how to live harmoniously in our physical bodies, what to do and how to eat.

Ayurveda teaches us that eating food is our offering to God, to the sacred fire that glows inside our bodies. And the better the quality of the offering, the better the response of the sacred fire will be. Our health is the result of the food transformation by the power of Agni.

In this article, I want to share with you ayurvedic eating principles that may change the way you perceive food and make you more conscious of your eating habits.

General Ayurvedic Eating Principles

Ayurvedic Scriptures share comprehensive knowledge about how, what, when, and how much to eat to maintain good health. Fundamental Ayurvedic principles are recommended to be followed by everyone, regardless of religion, traditions, and established habits. Food will be good for your health only if it is properly and fully assimilated, which depends not only on the quality of food but also on its quantity, time of reception, weather conditions, environment, and mental state.

The following Ayurvedic eating principles are suitable for all three doshas!

1. Eat only when you are hungry

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Even if you are used to following a certain schedule and the hour of the meal has come, but there is no hunger, do not eat! You shouldn’t eat unless you are really hungry!

2. Drink only when you are thirsty

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There are so many sources that recommend us to drink as much water as possible. However, Ayurveda teaches us not to overdrink. Any liquid regularly taken in excess leads to an imbalance of Pitta and Kapha, and also weakens the power of Agni (digestive fire). Heavy drinking of liquids after a meal slows down and complicates digestion. Therefore, Ayurveda recommends drinking no earlier than 48 minutes after a meal.

According to Ayurveda, those who drink before meals reduce their weight, those who drink during meals leave their weight unchanged, and those who drink after meals increase their weight.

Also, it is absolutely harmful to suppress the feeling of hunger with water as well as to seize the thirst with food. The feeling of hunger indicates the body’s need for food, and the feeling of thirst – for drinking. Reverse actions will lead to imbalances. Always listen to your body – it knows better.

3. Wash your hands, face, and feet before you start your meal

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By performing these actions, you’re washing off the negative energy. It is also beneficial to brush your teeth and tongue before your meal. It not only prevents bacteria from entering the chewed food but also increases the ability to perceive the taste.

4. Don’t get distracted while eating

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Put down your phone and give up the habit of reading or watching TV at the table. You should eat in a calm environment and with full concentration on your dish. Focus on its taste, aroma, and immerse yourself in the process of absorption.

5. Do not eat in a frustrated or irritated state

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Otherwise, you will just eat up your emotions. Before you sit down at the table, calm your thoughts.

6. Bless your food

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Before eating, bless the food. Then your food becomes not just a dish but an offering. You can read a prayer or mantra, or you can just use your own words with wishing yourself good health and saying gratitude for whatever you’re having for dinner (breakfast, lunch).

7. Balance all the flavors

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According to Ayurveda, food should combine several flavors. But even better when it combines all 6 main flavors according to Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter, astringent. These flavors should be present during each meal. This will allow the body to get all the necessary substances and avoid digestive disorders.

You should start your meal with sweet tastes since sweet foods are the most difficult to digest longer than others. The sequence of flavors should be as follows:

  1. sweet;
  2. sour;
  3. salty;
  4. spicy;
  5. bitter;
  6. astringent.

Sweet-tasting products:

  • grains;
  • beans;
  • sugar;
  • sweet fruits.

Sour-tasting products:

  • sour fruits and berries;
  • fermentation products: wine, pickles, vinegar.

Salty-tasting products:

  • any kind of salt,
  • food with added salt.

Products with a spicy taste:

  • pepper;
  • garlic;
  • mustard;
  • ginger;
  • cloves;
  • cinnamon;
  • onion;
  • radish;
  • celery;
  • eggplant.

Bitter-tasting products:

  • spinach;
  • Brussels sprouts;
  • olives;
  • cocoa.

Astringent-tasting products:

  • pomegranate;
  • feijoa;
  • persimmon;
  • unripe fruit;
  • legumes;
  • nuts.

Kaphas should avoid excessive consumption of sweet taste. Pittas should monitor the consumption of sour-tasting products. Vatas should avoid excessive consumption of bitter-tasting products.

The Bottom Line

In the beginning, the following ayurvedic eating principles can seem difficult for modern people. However, once you turn them into your every-day habit you will discover that it’s not so complicated anymore. You will notice that you are becoming a healthier and happier person. And then when people ask you what’s your secret you will answer: “I just applied these 3 rules to my life:

  1. Treat your meal as a sacred ritual and offering.
  2. Love yourself.
  3. Always listen to your body!”


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Vegan Golden Milk Latte: Powerful Immune-Boosting Drink

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Manage common ailments this winter with a tasty Vegan Golden Milk Turmeric Latte! It is a 5-minute, vegan, and immune-boosting drink ideal for all ages. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which enhance your body’s immunity.

In this article, I’ll share with you how to prepare your hot Vegan Golden Milk Turmeric Latte using fresh ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. With this recipe, you can substitute coconut milk with cashew milk and almond milk for a unique taste each night. Let’s dive in!

What Is So Special About This Drink?

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With turmeric, you enjoy the following health benefits:

  • Turmeric is rich in antioxidant compounds, which block free radicals. In other words, the compounds stimulate your body defenses.
  • It fights off coughs and colds, especially on those cold winter nights.
  • Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that fight against arthritis.
  • It will boost your immune system even when down with a sickness.

A sprinkle of cinnamon in each drink will fight infections and repair your tissues. It also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition, you experience warming, yet calming effect that helps in balancing your blood sugar.

A pinch of nutmeg helps with indigestion. It is a natural detoxifier, reduces insomnia, and improves your blood circulation.

Finally, coconut milk is excellent for your heart. It helps to lower cholesterol levels and stimulate weight loss. Hence, a sip of one cup of milk results in lots of health benefits.

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups coconut milk – You can substitute it with almond milk or cashew milk
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground turmeric
  • A pinch of black pepper – It helps your body absorb the turmeric
  • A sprinkle of freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or your preferred sweetener
  • Freshly ground cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

Procedure

In a medium to a hot flame, start by adding milk to a heavy-based pot.  Then add all the remaining ingredients. Stir the mixture. Then let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Check that that all the ingredients melt together to bring out their flavors.

Pour your vegan golden milk into a mug and enjoy it. That was easy, right?

Quick Tips:

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If you love a frothy look, use an electric milk frother on the drink before pouring it into your mug.

Does the taste of turmeric put you off? Then, start with small quantities and increase the amount with time. Alternatively, you can add other ingredients like vanilla and ginger to dominate the flavors. However, think about all the health benefits of turmeric.

Now, the main ingredient in this Vegan Golden Milk latte is turmeric. Turmeric metabolizes quite fast. However, our bodies may not get the chance to absorb it well. That’s why we use black pepper in this recipe. It multiplies your blood’s ability to absorb turmeric by up to 20 times!

Secondly, note that turmeric has low solubility in water. Melting it in coconut milk, almond, or cashew milk does the trick.

Conclusion

When you have gout pain, or have kids down with a cough or cold, you need not worry. Mother Nature gives you all the tasty ingredients to fight such ailments.  The Vegan Golden Milk Turmeric Latte is worth a try. Use the quick recipe above to tap into the hidden benefits of turmeric. For best results, opt for freshly ground ingredients. Besides, its soothing and relaxing traits make it your ideal nighttime drink.


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This Is Why I love Vegan Matcha Cookies And Cupcakes

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Vegan Matcha cookies and cupcakes

Matcha cookies are easy to make and an excellent breakfast addition. But how well do you know your matcha powder? Matcha, originally from the Chinese heritage (Although associated with the Japanese more often), is a green colored powder ground from green tea leaves (Camellia sinensis plant). These leaves typically grow for 3 weeks while shaded before they are harvested and processed. Processing involves steaming and removing the veins and stems before drying and grinding. Compared to the other forms of tea, matcha powder is rich in caffeine and theanine. Since it is rich in antioxidants, it is an excellent antidote for illnesses like cancer and diabetes.

The Benefits of Matcha Powder

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Acne Solution

Matcha powder has incredible benefits for your skin. It contains antioxidants that fight bacteria causing acne and therefore excellent for your beauty routine. If you suffer from regular acne outbreaks, make a face mask by adding a tablespoon of matcha powder with lemongrass oil and then apply on the face daily. This mixture will also help to eliminate any existing scars.

An Excellent Health Supplement

In addition to antioxidants, matcha is rich in beneficial micronutrients such as theanine, beta-carotene, vitamins B complex, A, E, and C, and chlorophyll.

Slows Down Several Types of Illnesses

From several scientific tests documented, we can conclude that matcha has a significant effect on illnesses such as diabetes.

Weight Loss

I look at this in two ways. First of all, taking a cup of tea before meals makes you fuller and you, therefore, end up eating less. Secondly, matcha contains a good amount of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which promotes the oxidation of fat in your body.

It Makes You More Alert

This is quite obvious with tea, isn’t it? But while most teas give you an overdose of caffeine, matcha gives your body l-theanine to enhance your cognitive performance.

Vegan Matcha Cookies Recipes

Let me now discuss a few ways you can enjoy a healthy dose of matcha powder in your breakfast using my all-time favorite matcha cookies.

Gluten-Free Matcha Cookies

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Ingredients

  • Homemade vegan butter – two sticks.
  • Agave syrup – half cup.
  • Vanilla extract – few drops.
  • Gluten-free flour (buckwheat flour or quinoa flour) – two cups.
  • Ground cashew nuts – half cup.
  • Green matcha powder – one tablespoon.
  • Powdered cardamom – 1 teaspoon.
  • Herbal sea salt to taste.

Tip: To dust the cookies you will need a ½ tablespoon of green matcha powder mixed with a ½ tablespoon of powdered coconut sugar.

Procedure

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line the baking tray with a baking sheet to make cleaning easier and to avoid sticking or burning at the bottom. Alternatively, you could spray it with olive oil.

Beat the butter in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Now add the syrup and vanilla extract to the mixture while you mix well.

Sift in the dry ingredients (flour, cashew nuts, cardamom, salt, and matcha) and fold them into the liquid mixture. When the dough starts to thicken, get your hands in there and form a workable dough but don’t over knead.

Wrap the dough with cling wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or chill overnight. I love baking cookies in the morning. The aroma is alluring.

When you’re ready to bake, shape the dough into balls of your preferred size and place them on the baking sheet. If you have an ice cream scope, use it for even shapes. Bake for 15 minutes until they start to brown at the top.

Remove and cool the cookies in a cooling rack. Once cooled, dust the matcha and coconut sugar mixture and serve.

Mint, Mixed Nuts, and Matcha Cookies

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Ingredients

  • Ground walnuts – 1 cup.
  • Ground almonds – ½ cup.
  • Green matcha powder – one tablespoon.
  • Quinoa flour (or buckwheat flour if you like) – 1/3 cup.
  • Cocoa powder – 1/3 cup.
  • Mint extract (crash a few mint leaves using a mortar and pestle) – few drops (it can be overpowering).
  • Dates – 1 handful.
  • Soy milk – ½ cup.
  • Herbal sea salt to taste.

Tip: To garnish the cookies, you can make a mixture of 1 ½ tablespoon of agave syrup, 1 tablespoon of matcha powder, and 2 drops of peppermint extract.

Procedure

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredient using an electric mixer until consistent dough starts to form. Cover the bowl with a lid or cling film and place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes until the dough is firm.

Dust a smooth surface with a little flour and roll out the dough using a rolling pin. Cut the desired shapes with a cookie cutter and bake them on a lined baking tray for 10 minutes or until well done.

Garnish and serve.

Note:

Cookies keep well frozen. Freeze them immediately they cool down in an airtight container and keep enjoying for the next 6 months.

Matcha Cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • Gluten-free plain white flour – 1 ¼ cups.
  • Baking powder – 1 ¼ tablespoon.
  • A pinch of salt.
  • Matcha powder – 3 tablespoons.
  • Coconut sugar – ¾ cup.
  • Almond milk – ½ cup.
  • Extra virgin Olive oil – ¼ cup.

Procedure

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large mixing bowl sieve the flour, matcha, baking powder, coconut sugar, and salt and mix them well. Create a well and pour in the wet ingredients (milk and olive oil). Using a wooden spoon, fold in taking care not to over mix.

Pour the mixture in cupcake molds and bake for 15-25 minutes.

A quick test when baking is to insert a toothpick. If it comes out clean, your queen cakes are done.

So What Makes Matcha Powder a More Superior Form of Green Tea?

If you’re familiar with Moringa and other versions of green teas, you might be wondering why matcha?

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First and foremost, we ingest matcha in its whole form. With other teas, you have to filter the tea leaves and drink the diluted concoction.

Secondly, matcha does not undergo oxidation to mature its flavor, unlike the other teas. On the contrary, it is cured (via steaming) immediately it is harvested to prevent oxidation. And consequently, matcha has a lovely earthy flavor: Because most of the natural fragrances, nutritional compounds, and colors are preserved.

Finally (maybe I should have started with this one), the cultivation of Camellia sinensis plant (the source of Matcha), is in such a way that the plant has zero exposure to sunlight. Biologically, the lack of sunlight stimulates chlorophyll production. This makes matcha rich in the amino acid theanine, which has numerous health benefits.

In Conclusion

The above recipes should awaken your creativity. However, feel free to experiment with other versions of the ingredients. And in case the dough is too firm, add a tablespoon or two of water, you’ll be fine. And in the kitchen, other than baking matcha cookies use the powder to flavor your drinks. You can buy matcha online or at your local groceries.

 


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