Plant-based Protein Q&A, part I

plant-based-protein-qa Sources of plant-based protein is one of the most common areas many of my vegan/vegetarian clients ask about; whether it’s consuming enough or what types. Today, I’m here to tackle some of the most common questions asked related to protein in a plant-based diet. I also want to leave this an open ended blog post for you all to ask your own “Q’s” that you want to hear my “A” to! Here’s part 1 of my Q&A series, with more to come.

What is a plant-based lifestyle? A plant-based lifestyle can encompass a wide variety of diets and foods eaten, but have one thing in common amongst all of these diets. The foundation of the diet/lifestyle is rooted in whole, fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, and other foods than come from plants. Being plant-based doesn’t confine you to titles of vegan, vegetarian, raw, etc.; they can be a template from which you build your own diet from!

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Guide To Soaking and Sprouting

Guide To Soaking and Sprouting // nutritionstripped.com I often get asked about the reasons behind why I choose to use sprouted grains, recommend them, or soak nuts/seeds in some of my recipes. I’ve had this Guide to Soaking and Sprouting laid out for quite some time now and I figured it’s perfect timing to share another “how to” guide followed by one of my favorite sprouted recipes later this week! So let’s start with the basics first, what are sprouts?

Sprouts are truly “living” food! The process of soaking and sprouting at home essentially is mimicking nature’s germination of a seed into a plant. Gram for gram sprouts are more nutrient rich than it’s older version of itself (i.e. the seed). These sprouts can be eaten raw, steamed, or cooked completely, you can also dehydrate the sprouted grains to make flours (for example sprouted buckwheat flour).

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How to Make Stevia Extract

how-to-make-your-own-stevia-extract Homemade stevia, two ways. Today I’m going to show you all how to make both an extract (liquid form) and powdered form of stevia using your harvested and dried stevia plant or purchased all raw dried stevia leaves. I often recommend or suggest using stevia in several of my smoothies, sweet treats, or dessert recipes to add a bit of sweetness to them without using refined sugars. I get several questions about artificial sweeteners and where stevia fits into that equation, so today I’m going to share with you all what stevia I personally use… it’s homemade!

As you all know, I’m not a fan of artificial ingredients especially sweeteners. Many of the artificial sweeteners out there (and even processed stevia) undergo many steps to become it’s final edible product. Many of these steps involve adding different chemicals, fillers, starches, glucose, “natural” flavors, chemicals such as acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol (several of which have been linked to causing cancer).

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Spotlight On Water

simply-infused-waters13 simply-infused-waters22 Did you know the body is made up of about 55-60% water? It’s also responsible for every process in the human body, that’s pretty amazing for something that many of us take for granted. If you’re not drinking enough water you may not be giving your body enough fuel to combat everyday stresses, fight fatigue, keep your digestion moving, your metabolism efficient, supple skin, along with many others. Whether it’s experiencing sweating in the summer heat or dry skin in the winter chill, water is key to keeping our bodies healthy on a cellular level.

What exactly is water? Water is made up of 2 hydrogen atoms + 1 oxygen atom = hence the scientific name for water of H2O. It’s an odorless and tasteless liquid, but also can exist in the solid state (think ice), and gaseous state (think steam or water vapor). Humans, animals, and plants all need water to survive and thrive, but why do humans? Here are just a couple of the many reasons why drinking more water is beneficial to our overall health.

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Banana Yogurt

Banana Yogurt // nutritionstripped.com Today I’m sharing with you all a new recipe (and new favorite) alternative to yogurt sans dairy, Banana Yogurt! This may be the only yogurt recipe you’ll ever need… bold statement I know, but it’s that good. Living dairy free, yogurt has been one of the few things I’ve missed due to it’s versatility, taste, and texture. Sure there are other non-dairy yogurt alternatives out there, but none I’ve enjoyed as much. Banana Yogurt is filled with deliciously simple whole food ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make, which is perfect for a quick and nutrient dense breakfast in the morning.

Banana Yogurt contains healthy fats from creamy cashews, fiber and protein from ground chia seeds, and best of all the banana makes this yogurt thick, creamy, and naturally sweet just like most yogurts. My favorite way to enjoy this recipe is by adding crunchy granola on top such as staples in my pantry, Maple Banana Nut Granola and Nourishing Muesli.

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