You probably know cinnamon from apple cider, or pumpkin pie, or oatmeal. But did you know that cinnamon has a ton of health benefits? Cinnamon has a ton of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, helps encourage new neurons to grow in your brain, and can aid with blood sugar and weight loss. There are also studies showing the cinnamon has infection fighting properties. Next time you add cinnamon to a dish know that youre adding more than just the classic spicy flavor.
Most people have a vague idea of what veganism is and what it means. A lot of people think its just eating green veggies or being super picky and ‘hippy’. Wrong. Being a vegan simply means no eating or buying any products with any animals products in them. No meat, dairy, eggs, lard, animal bone broth or fat. So whats left to eat? Everything. Fruits, veggies, grains, beans, and nuts. The first question I usually get when someone finds out I’m vegan is “where do you get your protein?” every single thing you eat has protein. Americans are very concerned with getting ‘enough’ protein but that usually means we eat way too much. A cup of spinach has more protein than an 8oz steak, plus more iron and more enzymes and minerals. To be protein deficient, you’d be severely malnourished and underweight first. Very few people have ever gone to the doctor and been told that they are ‘protein deficient’. It’s not a common thing. I have been vegan for 2 years consistently and was vegan on and off before that for a year or so. The only thing I supplement is iron (mostly because I’m female, not because I’m vegan) and B12. Almost everyone is b12 deficient. Yes, you can get b12 from meat, but it’s not enough and it’s not in a form that your body can use, your body has to change the form it’s in to make it bioavailable. So I take iron and b12. I don’t add in a crazy amount of protein shakes or anything else.
Why am I vegan? Mostly for health reasons. There is a history of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s in my family. There are many studies showing that going vegan drastically drops your chances of many health issues. I also do not miss meat and don’t see myself not being vegan.
There are many debates in the vegan community. I think the two main ones are about honey and using animals for clothes. The fact is that using animals for clothing or fabric in any way is not vegan. Here’s why: it’s not ours to take. Why should we take the skin or fur off animals for our use? we don’t need to. As for honey, most vegans will tell you its not vegan. I’m split on the issue. Honey has a lot of health benefits and in my opinion, supporting local companies with good ethics is probably the best way to buy honey if you’re going to. It’s your choice if you want to eat honey or not, it doesn’t make you ‘less’ of a vegan.
This smoothie is a great fall or winter drink. It’s easy to customize and tastes amazing!
- 1 cup Frozen cauliflower
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds (this is 2.6 grams carbs)
- 1-2 cups water depending on how thick you want your smoothie
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 inch ginger
- Optional 1 Inch Turmeric
- Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth
- The spices arent necessary but add flavor and have some amazing benefits! Look under our Health News section for more Information.
- For added protein try adding a clean no sugar pea or hemp protein! hemp protein has more fiber and pea protein is creamier and blends easier!
Keto smoothies are a challenging thing to make. I did my best making a super green smoothie for you! The avocado helps make it creamy and ginger helps with digestion and helps cover the ‘green’ taste!
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1 tsp Spirulina
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 3/4 English cucumber peeled
- 1/2-1 lemon peeled
- 1 inch ginger peeled
- 1 cup frozen avocado
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- Frozen cauliflower
- Tip: add some mint for an extra fresh flavor!
- Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth.
- for extra greens, you can try adding some Wheatgrass!
With lots of greens and few carbs, this smoothie is great for healing and has lots of health benefits! For extra protein try adding some Pea protein, just make sure its a clean protein with no added sugars.