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Sweet Earth Santa Fe Veggie Burgers.

22 Dec

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To put it simply, there are A LOT of REALLY good veggie burgers on the market these days. Everything I have tried over the past couple of years has been a home run. From soy free to grain based, there are just so many options these days and I am loving them all 🙂

So with all that said, let’s talk about Sweet Earth and their Santa Fe Veggie Burger. Top Notch. If you are into the whole ‘Santa Fe’ thing, this will be your joint.

Made with black beans, sweet potatoes, green chili’s and flax seeds, this burger is .25 pound and it offers up an impressive 17 grams of protein. Those ingredients are rounded off with a ton of spices and some quinoa, barley and brown rice for good measure.

Add to all that these are non-gmo, have 6 grams of fiber, 70 % of daily Vitamin A needs, 25% of daily Vitamin C needs, 15% of daily Iron and 6% of daily calcium. Not bad for a bunch of plants. All this health clocks in at 230 glorious calories. Cholesterol free too boot.

I have seen these in the frozen foods section of grocery stores as well as in the refrigerated section. So keep an eye out next time you are shopping.

http://www.sweetearthfoods.com/

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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It’s A Queens Thing.

30 Nov

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Queens, New York holds a special place in my heart, in fact I know for fact that I am who I am because I lived, worked, loved and breathed in Queens. Jersey made me but Queens molded me.

I LOVE QUEENS.

So when I read that PS 244 in Queens was the first public school in the US to go full veg, it made my lips smile and my heart sing.

What started as a 3 day a week experiment has now turned into a full-time situation. All meals served at PS 244 are vegetarian and the kids are down. In fact they took it from a 3 day menu to a 5 day menu because they noticed that the children where actually gravitating towards the vegetarian meals.

PS 244 is an elementary school that deals with Pre-K thru 3rd Grade. How rad is it that these little ones are being exposed to vegetarian eating at least once a day? At school to boot. I think this is very bad ass and I applaud everyone involved. Including these kids who have shown to have stellar taste in food.

The best part of this story is that once the vegetarian diet was implemented at school, amazing results followed. Not only did attendance approve, teachers saw a jump in energy and excitement in the kids, as well as better focus and attention spans. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, their test results improved, all across the board.

In addition to their vegetarian lunches, the students of PS 244 also take weekly nutrition classes that teach them about healthy eating. In 1 semester the obesity rates of the children in the school dropped 2% and these days the children go home and teach their parents about healthy eating.

I cannot get behind anything more than I can get behind this. Beautiful all around.

Saving the planet, saving the children, saving the animals and saving some coin.

Principal Robert Groff is the mo-fo man.

And as L.L. Cool J said…It’s A Queens Thing.’

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/vegging-better-school-article-1.1486681

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Make These : Easiest Black Bean Tacos Ever.

24 Nov

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I am obsessed with this ‘I can’t believe it’s not a real recipe’ for black bean tacos. I don’t really like beans but I adore black beans and in this recipe they make the perfect ground beef replacement.

This recipe I just kind of made up, it makes about 6 tacos which serves 2 hungry adults. I get all my supplies for this recipe from Trader Joe’s because they have organic taco shells and organic black beans at really great prices and their taco seasoning mix is spicy which I love and their salsa is chunky.

For well under $10 you can have this amazingly healthy and tasty dinner in about 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

1 Package of taco shells

1 Jar of salsa

1 Packet of taco seasoning mix

1 Can of black beans

Directions:

Open beans, drain out the liquid and dump them into a pot which will be simmering over med heat

Open salsa and drain out excess liquid, add to beans in the pot.

Open taco seasoning mix, use about .5 the package, mix into pot then adjust to your taste preference.

Simmer over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.

Toast the taco shells for 2 minutes in an oven set to 350.

Remove taco shells, fill with the goodness and then enjoy the easiest black bean tacos ever.

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Luna Burger.

16 Nov

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Like most veg heads, I am all about veggie burgers. And like most veg heads I am super picky about my veggie burgers. Enough with the whack veggie burgers. It’s 2014 and if we want the masses to know what’s really good with a plant-based diet then we need to bring the real to the masses.

That’s pretty much what Luna Burger did. They brought the real to the masses.

I have only had ‘The Classic’ but I can safely say it was the best veggie burger I had outside of a veg restaurant. It is of total restaurant quality and I am not shocked to learn that many veg restaurants are offering Luna Burgers as their veggie burger option.

It tasted amazing, it was big, it didn’t fall apart, it was easy to cook, it fit on a basic burger bun and it was vegan. Add to all that Luna Burgers are free of corn, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy and have no added oil. They are also certified vegan and verified non-gmo.

‘The Classic’ Luna Burger is made with Black beans, spelt berries, oats, onions, carrots, kale, beets, blueberries, molasses, garlic, apple cider vinegar, salt, rosemary and black pepper. All that adds up to 6 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein, 40% of your daily vitamin A needs, 10% of your daily iron needs, 6% of your vitamin c and 4% of your calcium all in only 160 calories and 2 grams of fat.

Made by hand in Columbus, Ohio, they only use locally sourced ingredients.

They are the real.

http://www.lunaburger.com/#about

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Redmond Clay.

13 Nov

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Redmond Clay is kind of a crazy thing. An O.G. thing to be exact.

Native American type O.G.

Full of trace minerals, Redmond Clay can be digested as a nutritional supplement or it can be used as a facial mask or even used to cure rashes and bug bits.

I am personally OBSESSED with Redmond Clay. No I do not eat it but I have used it to cure a rash that nothing else could manage to make better.

I have used it on bug bites.

And at this current moment, I am using it as a facial mask. Just 10 minutes and you have clear, glowing skin.

It comes in powder form so to turn it into a facial mask or a paste just add water.

I make a bunch at once then store it in a Ziplock bag in the fridge. Just taking it out when it I want to use some. I find it is easy to spread on the skin when it is cold and premixed.

Learn all about Redmond Clay and it’s million uses below.

http://www.redmondclay.com/

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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5 Benefits Of Dark Chocolate.

11 Nov

Have you ever read the nutrition information on a piece of dark chocolate? If not, just for kicks, do so next time.

Dark chocolate is FULL of health benefits, just one scan of a nutrition label will show you a crazy amounts of both iron and fiber. But one dig deeper and this is what we discover…

1- Dark Chocolate is a Powerful Source of Antioxidants. As we all know antioxidants are super important to our bodies.The antioxidants in dark chocolate fight all the free radicals which systematically destroy our bodies. Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, among others.

2- Dark Chocolate May Protect Your Skin Against The Sun. The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration.

3- Dark Chocolate May Improve Brain Function. One study of healthy volunteers showed that 5 days of consuming high-flavanol cocoa improved blood flow to the brain. Cocoa may also significantly improve cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment. It also improves verbal fluency and several risk factors for disease.

4- Dark Chocolate May Lower The Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease. In a study of 470 elderly men, cocoa was found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death by a whopping 50% over a 15 year period. Another study revealed that eating chocolate 2 or more times per week lowered the risk of having calcified plaque in the arteries by 32%. Eating chocolate less frequently had no effect.Yet another study showed that chocolate 5+ times per week lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57%.

5- Dark Chocolate Is Very Nutritious. 100 grams of 70-85% dark chocolate has 11 grams of fiber, 67% of your daily Iron needs, 58% of your daily Magnesium, 89% of your daily Copper needs, 98% of your daily Manganese and lots of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. All of these things are crazy good for your skin. Hint Hint 🙂

So there you have it. Dark chocolate is not just good, it is really good for you.

Eat in moderation and reap all it’s health benefits…

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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In The Near Future : Obesity To Be The Leading Cause Of Cancer.

7 Nov

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While American main stream media chooses to flood our minds with nonsense, there are some huge scientific strides being made in the cancer forefront. The most recent study I came across shows us that cancer from obesity will take over the crown from tobacco. Tobacco is currently the leading cause of cancer but the fatter we all get, the more that changes.

These days 1 out of 3 Americans are overweight and 1 out of 5 cancer deaths are directly linked to obesity. Yet less than 10% of the American population even knows about the connection between obesity and cancer. Good on the main stream media, they have us all hemmed up on the b.s all while keeping us blind to the real.

As of now 75% of Americans eat fast food monthly, almost 50% eat it weekly and less than 5% of us get any exercise. Period. That means over 95% of Americans don’t do jack in terms of physical activity. Unless you are physically handicapped, some embarrassment should be felt.

Eating garbage food has been linked to depression in children and adults, junk food impairs children’s ability to focus and learn. All this fake food we consume has made us obese and since we choose not to exercise we are only getting fatter. And after all this, it is finally giving us cancer.

The types of cancers obesity has been linked to are as follows…Breast (in women more so after menopause), Colon and Rectum, Kidney, Uterine, Esophageal, Pancreatic, Thyroid, Gallbladder and Endometrium (lining of the uterus). Further research is also showing links to Ovarian, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Liver, Prostate, Multiple myeloma and Cervical cancers as well.

So if all that doesn’t scare you into taking some ‘life inventory’ then I don’t know what will. What I do know is that we, as a society, need to wake up. We are killing ourselves via food and laziness, two things which we have TOTAL control over.

Now let’s get it together already!

http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/prevention-and-healthy-living/obesity-and-cancer/obesity-weight-and-cancer-risk

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/11/06/3589905/obesity-tobacco-cancer/

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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