Category: Natural Health

Vegan Chia Seed Jam Recipe // 6 Benefits to Eating Chia Seeds

Ch-ch-ch-chhiiiaa! Not talking about Chia Pets here, but Chia seeds… They’re a super food that is really easy to incorporate into daily living and recipes. Want to get more nutrition without making dramatic changes to your diet?  Start eating chia seeds! Chia seeds are a nutrient dense super food. They are low-calorie, and high in omega 3’s, digestible carbs, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and antioxidants. That’s 9 health benefits  from one food… heck, from one type of seed!  In one tablespoon of chia seeds, there are 60 calories, 5 grams of carbs with 4 grams of digestible fiber (15% RDV), 3…

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History of the Toothbrush and Making The Switch to Bamboo Toothbrushes

“The earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to the earth.” – Chief Seattle A few days ago I posted on GrateFull Eats and discussed my new bamboo straws, today I’m talking about bamboo toothbrushes! If you haven’t read my post on straws yet, you should go here: Why I Ditched Plastic Straws for Bamboo Straws This post will discuss how the modern toothbrush came into existence and the basics of a bamboo handle toothbrush. Before I get into the history of toothbrushes, I want to share that in 2003, a survey conducted by MIT showed participants ranking the…

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Why I Ditched Plastic Straws for Bamboo Straws

Ever thought about what happens to disposable plastic straws when they’re no longer useful? I have and what I found was not heart-happy information. I found out most straws end up in the ocean to be broken down and eaten by sea creatures. Finding this information sparked an interest in me to look for more ecological options. I found that the company I’ve been buying bamboo toothbrushes from also sells bamboo straws! What an exciting concept. Natural and biodegradable straws are not new ideas though. History of the Drinking Straw Straws made of rye were utilized in history by beer drinkers to filter out fermented particles.…

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15 ways you can lessen your environmental impact without changing your diet

Greetings and namaste, Today I am sharing my favorite 15 ways you can reduce your impact on the environment without changing your diet, since I already talked about that in a different post. We, as humans, are accountable for our own actions and how we live on this planet. We need to, as a species, live more responsibly. Some of these actions may seem small but if we all do what we can, little by little we WILL make a difference. Plus, my heart has been happier and lighter since I’ve made these changes and I think yours will too.  ‘If you think…

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Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Greetings Gr(AteFull) friends and family, I have a special recipe to share with you today. It’s a favorite of mine at the moment, especially since we’re in the season of squash. Butternut squash macaroni and cheese! First I want to ask, have you heard of or used nutritional yeast before? Well, if you haven’t, you should try it because it’s DA BOMB… and here’s why: Nutritional yeast provides a vegan protein source with all nine essential amino acids- which are building blocks to protein. Most of these amino acids can typically only be received into the body by consuming animal products. As a…

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Thanksgiving is here!

Hello, my GrAteFull Friends and Family! Happy Thanksgiving! Today is one of my favorite holidays, even as a vegan with limited food options in some environments because there’s something so special about family and friends coming together over food. (Yeah, I know that’s not the historical reason we celebrate but BAH HUM BUG, I am here for the good vibes and food!) I don’t have any new recipes I’m ready to share or any words of ‘vegan wisdom’ , but with that being said, I hope everyone gets to enjoy some quality time and quality food with people we love.…

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What is Plant Based, Vegan living?

Namaste, from my compassionate heart to yours, Plant based living can be confusing and difficult. Especially when first starting out with a new lifestyle diet. I say lifestyle diet because many people who choose to eat more plant based, or go vegetarian, or vegan do not choose to go back to eating the way they did before thus becoming a lifestyle diet. I am here to talk about my personal journey and what has worked for me and why I continue on this sometimes difficult but incredibly rewarding journey. Now, while I identify with being Vegan and sharing Vegan views,…

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Going Vegan is the best thing we can do for our Earth

Environmental Benefits of a Vegetarian and Vegan lifestyle: *Links to original sources below or in highlighted blue* Reduce Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions and slow the pace of Climate Change The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in 2006 that 18 percent of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions are caused by livestock/livestock agriculture, according to “Livestock’s Long Shadow.” In 2013 the FAO changed the number to 14.5 percent. Since then, this number has been assessed to be vastly larger when environmental specialists employed by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation of UN specialized agencies have developed a widely-cited…

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10 Plant Based Food Prep Meal Ideas

10 Plant Based Food Prep Meal Food Ideas Today I will share 10 of my favorite simple plant based meals! I will try to add some new food photos later but for now, my phone is having trouble loading. Food Prep Idea 1. Oatmeal: This can be made fresh in the morning or overnight, as overnight oats.  To make overnight oats, use the ratio 1:2 for Oats: Liquid. For a serving for two, start with one cup of oats and 2 cups of milk of choice. If you have some chia seeds or flax seeds, add them for an extra…

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Vegan Eating for Fitness Lifestyle, Pre and Post Workout Meal Ideas

Hello again, my friends! It’s been a while, not too long, but long enough for me to share two vegan food recipes today! One will be a vegan cheesy lentil toss and the other a simple vegan zucchini protein brownie. This will be a two part post; part one where I explain how I eat in regards to fitness and part two where I share the recipes. Vegan Eating for Fitness Lifestyle As this is a one-stop-blog for health, fitness, and good eats, I am going to share why I chose these two vegan recipes. Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on…

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