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Crazy Sexy Guide to Beans

Does this charming chant ring a bell? Beans, beans, the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you… toot! Whether this tune gives you the giggles or makes you blush, you get the point: beans wake up your gut!

Beans are an essential component to any plant-based diet. They’re loaded with protein and fiber and add heft and heartiness to any meal. Did you know that there are more than 800 varieties of beans? Holy abundance! Continue reading

Soak your nuts ;-)

nuts and seedsMany raw food recipes call for soaked nuts or seeds. There are several reasons for soaking nuts ranging from flavour to increased nutritional value. Sometimes it is simply to prepare the food to be soft enough that it will blend more smoothly.

Enzyme Inhibitors

Tree nuts and seeds are highly concentrated fat and protein, given by nature to ensure that an actively growing sprout will have all the nourishment it needs. Just like any other raw foods, nuts and seeds contain enzymes. We want the benefit of those enzymes, and that’s one reason we choose to eat food without subjecting it to intense heat. However, till the germination conditions for nuts and seeds are met—like moist soil, or in our case a soaking process — the enzymes in most nuts and seeds stay dormant, held hostage by so called enzyme inhibitors (another brilliant natural mechanism to ensure the proliferation of the species). Continue reading

Eat the rainbow :-)

You’ve likely heard this tossed about by foodies, nutritionists, and diehard vegetable fans. But what does it mean? It is really just a fancy way to say you should eat a balanced diet, and that you should buy every colour fruit or vegetable available at your local market. Why?

Kitchen 101 NutritionFruits and vegetables get their colours (and other unique characteristics like smell, texture, etc) from various phytochemicals. Each phytochemical has its own set nutrients. Since the phytochemicals that make something red are different from the phytochemicals that make something green, the nutrients, and health benefits  of those two plants are going to be different. Simply said, you can’t get the same vitamins and minerals from red fruits that you can get from green vegetables. This is why you should eat the rainbow. Continue reading

Why we don’t need to eat meat

seedsA fantastic article on ‘True Activist’ about some amazing properties and nutritional values of seeds.

Even the United Nations is urging us to
‘Stop eating meat and save the planet’.

And that’s why another great person stopped eating meat for good and explains

Why I’ll Never Eat Meat Again