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,

CarolinešŸ’š

Carolinehalevegan.com

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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.