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Well, it’s official. The world is in freak out mode.
There’s no doubt we’re living in a time that will go down in the history books.
My heart goes out to those affected by the COVID-19, and immense appreciation for the doctors and nurses, as well as cashiers on the front line.
It’s important to remember to do things that make you feel good during this time of social distancing. Is there a passion project you’ve always wanted to start? Now is an awesome time! But, also don’t feel pressure to be productive during this time. There’s fear and anxiety all around, so some of the best actions are reconnecting with nature, resting your mind, moving your body, amping up your immunity and treating this like a forced staycation. What are you doing with your time? Let me know on the ‘gram @hookedonplants.
Here’s an immunity-boosting smoothie recipe that will help your body to combat any thing coming it’s way.
I’ve been especially been loving Spud right now for grocery delivery, to avoid the awkward supermarket isles, and to avoid unnecessary close contact. If you’ve never ordered from them before, you can use ‘CRVAN-MURJUB’ for 20$ off your first order at Spud.Ca
What’s so great about the ingredients?
DUH, right?! They’re packed with phytonutrients, plant fibre, chlorophyll and micronutrients.
Turmeric with a dash of pepper:
Anti-inflammatory king! Adding a tiny amount of pepper will increase the absorption of curcumin (the active ingredient) by 2000%!
Immune system stimulator that can help kill foreign invaders.
Antioxidants + phytonutrients. The more berries in your life the better.
I’m using Stay Wyld Organics, a company I believe in and am helping co-create.
All of these mushroom powders are beneficial for your gut health by acting as a prebiotic. Healthy diverse microbiome = strong immunity. Your gut wall houses 60-70% of the cells that make up your immune system.
These mushrooms are all packed with antioxidants to ward off free radicals and minimize inflammation.
They act as adaptogens in your body, by helping combat stressors and bringing it back to homeostasis (balance).
They’re North American sourced, organic, vegan, and steam extracted for optimal bio-absorption.
Whole food protein powder:
When it comes to protein powder, it’s important to avoid any ‘fluff’ ingredients…extra sugars, natural flavours, words you can’t pronounce. Sticking with simple whole food ingredients is the way to go. That’s what I love about Complement Protein. 6 high protein plant ingredients ground up, with the lowest heavy metal count in the industry. Getting all essential amino acids in your diet is super beneficial for your immune system.
Feel free to use ‘hookedonplants’ on www.lovecomplement.com for a discount!
Vitamin C (amla fruit) powder:
Back to the basics! You can take a large daily dose vitamin C, but you have to make sure that your vitamin C source doesn’t have extra (not so great) ingredients like sugars or natural flavours. I’m in love with Pranin’s whole food powders, especially their vitamin C made from 2 ingredients: Amla Fruit and Moringa Leaf. A serving of two whole food powders give you the same vitamin C as 20 organic lemons!
You can use my discount code ‘hooked’ for this Vancouver company’s whole food powders here: Pranin.com.
I personally use all 3 of these products daily, especially right now, and only like to promote things that I’m actively using and loving, in hopes that it will help you guys out too. To be transparent, I do get a small kick back if you use my code for any of these, which helps support the work I do to spread veganism and nutrition tips, but don’t feel like you have to use my codes! Up to you… but you will get a discount too 🙂
I wouldn’t promote anything to this amazing community that I wouldn’t be urging my Mom to get on board with at the same time.
OK, on with the recipe!
Greens, fill your blender with spinach, kale, or romaine
1 inch thumb of ginger
1 inch thumb of turmeric
Dash of pepper
2-3 frozen bananas
1-2 cups of berries
1 tsp Pranin vitamin C powder
1/4 cup Complement plant protein powder
1 tsp each of Stay Wyld Medicinal Mushrooms (Reishi, Turkey Tail and Chaga especially shine when it comes to immune system support)
If you make this tag @hookedonplants + @staywyldorganics so we can see your health in a cup!
Harvest season around here means ZUKES are flowing out of every corner.
This chocolate zucchini banana bread is THE recipe to put those zucchinis to use… Hidden veggie nutrition in a delicious chocolate loaf.
No eggs, no dairy, no problem.
I even added in some Love Complement whole food protein powder.
Love this stuff!
First, I’ll say: You can get enough protein on a plant based diet without protein powder! But, if you’re not eating a variety of plants, and enough calories in general, or if you’re training or growing or aging, it doesn’t hurt to add a bit of protein powder to your life.
This one is my fave because it’s 5 whole food ingredients (no isolates), no fillers, no sugars, and comes in a biodegradable bag.
You can use the code ‘hookedonplants‘ for a discount (I get a slight kick back if you do so, and you also get 10% off). I love this company for the quality and effort they put into transparency! I also take their daily essentials (everyday).
You could also add some organic Stay Wyld medicinal mushroom powders to this too! I add my mushie powders to everything possible.
Optional (not really optional, just do it):
If you make this, post on Instagram and tag @hookedonplants
But it’s potato.
Sweet potato toasts!
When I first saw this, I thought…GENIUS.
Alllllmost as genius as when Einstein said:
“Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion”
Anyways, sometimes it’s the simplest combination of action, taste and texture that creates the best experience.
Taste: Savoury sweetness.
Texture: Chewy tastiness.
These little pieces of art are perfect for summer. You don’t have to touch your oven to enjoy your taters. And, if you’re like me, sweet potato is a must for every season.
Get creative with your toppings (perfect for the kidlets to join in on).
Go sweet … cover it in berries.
Go savoury … smother it with avo & nooch.
Go tangy … sprinkle it with sauerkraut.
Go spicy … sriracha!
Whatever you do….take a picture and tag me on Instagram so I can see your beautiful creations ( @hookedonplants ).
Channel your inner childhood summer camp arts & crafts hour and get crafty.
Whoever said to not play with your food…must have not enjoyed eating it. Some of the best food is the food you put the time into making pretty. You enjoy every. single. chomp.
Sweet Potato is the staple of some of the longest-living humans on this earth! The Okinawans base their plant-based diet around the sweet potato and their area is one of the most populated areas with centenarians around. Sweet potatoes are packed with fibre, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and ready for your body to utilize and thrive off of. Don’t be afraid of carbs when they come in their whole, unrefined form.
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This week’s email was all about antioxidants, anti-aging, and lifestyle over diet.
Who doesn’t love a good crunch in the mornin’?
But, I don’t love all the sugars + oils snuck into a typical store-bought granola…
Enter: THIS BANGIN’ BANANA TAHINI CHAGA GRANOLA
This recipe is:
-Free from refined sugars and oils
-Made up of whole foods baby!
Pour some milk on top (Earth’s Own new 4 ingredient oat milk are a fave), or sprinkle it on top of your coco yogurt bowl or smoothie bowl. How ever you enjoy granola, you’ll be able to enjoy it knowing you’re packing your body with quality nutrients and good energy.
As for the mushroom part, totally optional, but any opportunity I can get, I’ll add in mushroom powders to my recipes.
The Stay Wyld Organics Mushroom powders are North American sourced, steamed for best absportion, organic, and packaged in glass with a tin lid (plastic-free packaging for the win). I’m using Chaga here, but really could throw all 5 in this recipe!
Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Reishi AND Chaga all give you a mega dose of antioxidants and act as adaptogens in your body, bringing your body back to homeostasis (balance). They’re also immune-boosting and good for the gut.
Cooking time: 16 minutes
NOTE: This recipe is very double-able. Do it.
1/4 cup tahini
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tsp vanilla
optional: if you like it a bit more sweet, add 1/4 cup maple syrup
2.5 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut shreds/ribbons
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
2 tbsp cinnamon
3 tsp Stay Wyld Organics Chaga mushroom powder (use ‘Julia10’ for a 10% discount on these North American, organic, steamed, medicinal mushrooms in plastic-free packaging!)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries or chopped dates
1/4 cup hemp seeds