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Revitalize Your Health

Are you ready to REVITALIZE YOUR HEALTH, get off the roller-coaster ride of failed diets and pills, and achieve RADIANT HEALTH?

Yes! And here is how! 21 of the top experts around the world have been brought together in one place, to share their wisdom, experience, and inspiring stories in this FREE online interview series, “Revitalize Your Health”. Hosted by Danika Koopmans, RN, MScN-FNP.

This series is full of shocking information, weight loss tips, and fun conversations! You will learn about:
•​How to heal your body with food
•​How to lose weight, and KEEP IT OFF
•​How to create lasting healthy lifestyle habits
•​How to enhance your energy
•​How to feel good from the inside out!
And SO much more. As a BONUS all 21 experts are offering a free gift. This series will ignite your health journey and revitalize your life, AND the lives around you! Get access here!

LINK: https://healthintentionally.co/carolinehale

And remember you can access the whole series of speakers at your home, office or on the go! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make your dreams come true!
Hope to see you there!
Love,
Caroline

www.carolinehalevegan.com

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Avocado Edamame Pesto

Who doesn’t love pesto? I actually don’t know anyone! Pesto can be made in so many plant based ways. I have now created four different kinds of pesto, and all delicious. This is one of my favorites! The edamame adds a protein punch, while the avocado makes it deliciously creamy. This pesto is great in pasta, stuffed into baked potatoes, or topped on a salad. With less than 10 minutes prep time, this nutritiously quick and easy recipe will definitely leave you wanting more. Oh, and it is oil-free making it heart healthy. Of course you can add some olive oil if you prefer, it is entirely up to you. Enjoy!

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 smal avocado
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp plant milk (I used oat)

Place all ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Serves 2.

Love,

Caroline

www.carolinehalevegan.com

Instagram: @plantbasednutritiondoctor

Let’s talk Potassium

Potassium plays an essential role in ensuring an optimal functioning body. It is important in maintaining the balance of fluid with the body, and is a transmitter of information between our nerves and muscles.

Potassium helps lower blood pressure, balances sodium within the body, and aids in relaxing the walls of blood vessels, therefore lowering the risk of stroke, and cardiovascular disease.

Potassium is so important in our daily diet that many people turn to supplements to boost intake. Supplements should not take the place of nutrients that we can easily achieve through a whole food plant based diet.

There are many good sources of potassium-rich foods we can enjoy in the plant kingdom. Here are some of the winners:

Swiss chard (1 cup) 961mg Spinach (1 cup) 840mg White beans (1 cup) 829mg Avocado (1) 690mg Raisins (1/2 cup) 680mg Edamame (1 cup) 676mg Prunes (1/2 cup) 637mg Watermelon (2 slices) 640mg Black beans (1 cup) 611mg Coconut water (1 cup) 600mg Beets (1 cup) 588mg Butternut squash (1 cup) 582mg Sweet potato (1 Med.) 541mg Apricots (6) 488mg

Plants rule! Have a great day!

Love,

Caroline💚

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Let’s Talk About Blueberries

BLUEBERRIES OFFER A MULTITUDE OF BENEFITS:


Blueberries are native to North America, and date back to pre-colonial times. They are deliciously sweet, rich in manganese, and vitamins C and K. Blueberries contain high amounts of polyphenols, including anthocyanins and anthocyanidins which are micronutrients bursting with antioxidants offering excellent health benefits.

It’s thought that these particular polyphenols interfere with the inflammation process that leads to atherosclerosis, therefore reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Blueberry polyphenols may also reduce the risk of cancer, and cognitive decline.

Blueberries are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B6. Blueberries also aid digestion, are colon protective, and help balance blood glucose. Just adding 1/2 cup to your breakfast bowl can have great health benefits. Eat up!

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Sweet Potato Brownie Bites

These delicious little chocolatey fudge bites of energy will curb any craving for sweetness, and you don’t have to feel guilty afterwards! They are high in fiber, plant protein, and antioxidants. Rich in magnesium and vitamin A, making them nutritiously scrumptious, and healthy little treats.

Recipe

  • 1 cup of sweet potato peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup all purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut, almond or walnut butter
  • 1/4 cup cacao butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Boil 1 cup sweet potato on stovetop until tender (about 10 minutes), strain, mash, and set aside.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda and raw cacao powder into a medium sized bowl. Add salt and mix well.
  3. Boil 2 cups of water in a small saucepan, turn off heat. Place cacao butter into a small glass or stainless steel bowl, and place bowl into saucepan allowing butter to melt.
  4. In a food processor place sifted dry ingredients, add sweet potato, coconut sugar, nut butter, and pulse until well mixed.
  5. Once cacao butter is melted, add maple syrup and vanilla extract to the bowl, and mix well. Add this to the food processor and pulse until mixed well. Finally stir chocolate chips into the mixture, and spoon mixture into a lined 8 inch baking pan, and bake for 20 minutes. Allow brownies to cool before slicing into 24 two-bite pieces.

Roasted Cauliflower in Lemon and Date Tahini Sauce

This delicious 30 minute recipe will tantalize your tastebuds…….great as a starter or side dish. Recipe below…..enjoy!

Roasted Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1/4 tsp pink salt

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

Lemon and Date tahini Sauce

3 tbsp sesame tahini

1 small garlic clove crushed or minced

1 medjool date chopped

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tbsp filtered water

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp pink salt

Pinch of cracked black pepper

1 tbsp torn fresh mint

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut cauliflower into bite-size florets, rinse and pat dry. In a bowl thoroughly coat florets with sesame oil, 1/4 tsp pink salt, and crushed pepper. Place florets on a small baking sheet on the middle rack, and roast for 20 minutes.
  2. Place all ingredients for Lemon Tahini Sauce except mint in a blender until smooth, add more water if needed.
  3. When florets are done, take out of oven, place in a bowl, and coat evenly with the sauce. Transfer to a plate, and garnish with torn mint leaves.

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Rice

The benefits of consuming brown rice versus white rice are well known by the majority of the population. However, for those of you who are unsure, here are a few facts. White rice is a processed grain, and works as a simple carbohydrate. White rice is low in nutrients, as it has been stripped of its husk, bran, and germ. Brown rice on the other hand has been minimally processed, is high in fiber, and rich in vitamins and minerals. If you are wondering which color of rice is the most nutrient dense of all, it is red rice. It contains up to ten times more antioxidants than brown rice.

There has also been a lot of confusing information regarding arsenic levels found in rice. This is because around thirty years ago arsenic was dumped on cotton fields in the southern states of the United States where rice is now grown. However do not let this prevent you from reaping the benefits of this gluten-free, high fiber food, as rice grown in other regions has been tested for arsenic levels, and the following have been found safe to consume.

Lundberg Farms rice from California have lower amounts of arsenic than many other brands. Aromatic rices, such as brown basmati, brown jasmine, red rice, and black rice also have lower levels. Rice grown in California, India, and Pakistan has very low levels of arsenic.

Tip: To add flavor to rice, cook it in vegetable stock. To add extra flavor, and a nutrient-dense boost add garlic, ginger, shiitake mushrooms, and a bay leaf at the beginning of cooking.

Avocado Dream

This drink is an excellent anti-inflammatory smoothie. It combines electrolytes for hydration, bromelain from the pineapple to reduce bruising, essential fatty acids from avocado to reduce inflammation, mint leaves to enhance the skin, vitamin C from the lime to heal and brighten the skin, and a host vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from aloe to heal the body from the inside out. 

Avocado Dream

1 cup coconut water

½ avocado

½ cup pineapple chunks

1 lime, juiced

¼ cup fresh mint leaves

1 tsp. pine nuts

1 chunk fresh aloe vera peeled and rinsed

½ cup ice

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender until thick and creamy. Enjoy!

Recipe by Caroline Hale

Find more delicious and nutritious recipes in her new book “Live Simply Plant Based”. To order the book, visit her website at: www.Carolinehelevegan.com

Live Simply Plant Based

The sustainable lifestyle for optimal health.

Growing up and consuming the typical western diet of high animal protein, processed foods, some fruits, and a low intake of vegetables, Caroline suffered the usual symptoms of intermittent constipation and digestive upsets that affect a lot of children that consume this typical diet. She studied cookery in high school for 4 years where she was taught a typical curriculum focused on preparation of high animal protein/high saturated fat dishes. When hormonal and gynecological symptoms began to affect her health in her mid-teens she had to rely on the usual conventional/pharmaceutical approach to disease. After enduring over 10 years of treatment and surgeries with no real resolution of her condition, she began to educate herself, and look at her body as a whole and not each symptom in isolation.

Caroline obtained a degree in natural health and a doctorate in naturopathy with a concentration in nutrition, and became certified in plant based nutrition and yoga. Caroline has almost 30 years of experience in fitness, health and nutrition, and has been a successful educator in holistic healthcare. Caroline realized through her natural health and naturopathic education and practices, that food was the most important component to preventing and reversing disease. Choosing to adopt a healthy plant-based vegan lifestyle is by far the most important health related lifestyle change she has ever made. Therefore, because of the positive health benefits of adopting this change, educating people on the importance of using foods as medicine became extremely important to her.  

Caroline believes in building the immune system from the inside out to optimize health. We have total control over what we choose to put into our bodies. Through food, we can choose to either prevent disease or to feed it. We must learn to boost our immune system naturally by feeding the body the nutrients it requires through the consumption of whole plant foods. Using whole plant foods to assist your body to obtain as close to perfect health as possible should always be the first line of treatment for the prevention and/or reversal of symptoms of disease.

A vegan diet when followed as a whole food plant based diet is by far the healthiest diet on the planet, and for the planet. Learn to lose weight naturally, increase your nutrient intake through the consumption of whole plant foods, and boost your immunity. Begin to speed up your metabolism as you increase energy levels, and allow Caroline to assist you in this process through her book as you begin your transition to Live Simply Plant Based.

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The Impossible Burger; Is it a healthy option?

Many people have asked me what I think of the Impossible Burger. So here is the list of its ingredients, and a short and simple break down of some of the questionable ones.

2019 New Impossible Burger Ingredients: Water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil, potato protein, natural flavors, 2 percent or less of leghemoglobin (soy), yeast extract, Methylcellulose, culture dextrose, salt, food starch modified, soy protein isolate, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), sodium ascorbate (vitamin C), thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin B1), zinc gluconate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), riboflavin (B12)

First of all, unless soy is labeled organic, chances are it is genetically modified to tolerate being sprayed with the extremely dangerous glyphosate herbicide. Glyphosate has been labeled as a carcinogen (cancer causing substance), and has also been linked to certain neurological disorders, inflammation, and birth defects. Another concern is the processing of soy into substances such as soy protein concentrate, leghemoglobin, and soy protein isolate. These processed soy products have not been well studied, and may also be a health concern. Consuming organic soy in the form of tofu, tempeh, edamame, miso, and tamari sauce should be the preferred ways of consuming soy products, as soy in these forms have been consumed for many, many generations with great health benefits.

Yeast extract synonymous with hydrolyzed yeast or autolyzed yeast is a type of processed taste enhancer containing glutamates, and it can be quite addicting. Consuming too much may cause problems for sensitive individuals. Although it does not contain as much glutamates as MSG (monosodium glutamate), consuming this substance on a regular basis can cause the same type of side effects.

Methylcellulose is a non- digestible chemical compound which is derived from cellulose, and consuming to much of this chemical compound may cause gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, indigestion, and constipation.

Added nutrients; Whenever synthetic vitamins and minerals are added to foods it is because these foods have been highly processed, and stripped of their original nutrients. We should be consuming foods as close to their natural state as possible with minimal processing to ensure we are receiving all the nutrients these foods naturally contain.

It the Impossible Burger a healthier alternative for the environment? Yes. Is it cruelty-free? Yes. Would I consume it? Probably not, and definitely not on a regular basis. There are so many delicious healthier alternatives available to choose from, and there are countless ways to make your own delicious veggie burgers. For recipe ideas, check out my book “Live Simply Plant Based”.

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