Happy Herbivore Light&Lean Guest Tour Post
I am extremely happy to say that I am able to write a guest post for Happy Herbivore, a website and corporation that encourages WHole Foods Plant Biased Diet! I love the blog and its creator, Lindsay S. Nixon. Her recipes are genuinely tasty, enjoyable, flavorful, and yummy (to me), and she is the one who inspired me to become a vegetarian then vegan. I own her first cookbook, Happy Herbivore Cookbook, and I love all the recipes I have tried. I highly recommend her blog and her cookbooks from the positive experiences I have had with them. She also inspires me in her pursuit of minimalism. Under her influence and advice I have become a minimalist, downsized on all my stuff, and felt better because of it! I am highly excited for her knew cook book, Happy Herbivore Light&Lean. Now, on to some questions I had for Lindsay.
Some questions are have for Lindsay are…
1. What inspired you to create a cookbook that has lighter food as a major point?
I wouldn’t say the recipes are lighter per se, since all my recipes are super healthy. ;) I was just more mindful of calories when writing this cookbook. The book was inspired by my meal plans (getmealplans.com) where I focus on the concept of caloric density: more food, less calories. I set out to create recipes that were not only delicious and healthy, but that were filling while keeping total calories in mind, which is what I’ve been doing with recipes on the meal plans for 2 years.
2. What gave you the idea to include workouts in a cookbook?
I wanted the book to be about the whole body– total health is more than just what we eat (though diet is a huge part). I was also a personal trainer for many years and saw this book as a great opportunity to share that knowledge.
3. What type of workouts will your cookbook discuss?
I’ve included a comprehensive, full body workout that’s adaptable for all levels (from beginner to very advanced). They’re workouts you can do in your own home, when you have a spare 5 minutes, and without weights, equipment, etc. If you have weights, great, but the movements are possible when it’s just you :) I want to make it really easy for people to slip in a little physical activity each day without feeling like they have to schlep to the gym for an hour or spend a bunch of money on exercise equipment – none of that is required!
4. What is your knowledge of how whole foods plant based diet and menstrual periods are related? Can a WFPB Diet cause a person to miss periods?
I have to preface that I’m not a doctor, but amenorrhea is very serious so if you’ve missed a period and you’re not pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. A woman’s diet (any diet) can affect her period in good ways and bad. I’m pleased to report I’ve had a handful of clients who stopped their menstrual woes (getting rid of cramps, having a more consistent cycle, etc) thanks to a WFPD.
For more information, see my blog post on amenorrhea (http://happyherbivore.com/2013/06/q-a-get-healthy-live-better/) (it has several links to medical sites) and this very comprehensive article by Dr. McDougall (http://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/common-health-problems/hormone-dependent-diseases-male-female/).
I was curious about the work outs in her new cookbook and I am highly excited to get a look at them and use them to incorporate exercise easily into my daily routine, because at the moment my high school life is extremely busy.
I would also like to say, her advice in how to prepare ahead of time on the weekends has helped me greatly. My father and I follow this system, and prepare food for ourselves every week this way (My father also transitioned to Whole Foods Plant Based, his family all has heart disease and he wants to prevent it.)
Now on to the DELICIOUS recipe! This is a sneak peak to one recipe in Happy Herbivore Light&Lean. (I love salsa, so this recipe is now one of my favorites!)
Soy-free, Gluten-free, Quick, Budget, Single Serving
I love the pairing of black beans and pineapple! Inspired by the Caribbean Chili (in full cookbook), now you have a Caribbean Bowl too! Avocado and guacamole also make a nice addition.
2 c kale, chopped
½ c cooked quinoa
½ c black beans
½ c pineapple salsa
½ c diced or crushed pineapple
2 green onions, sliced
Line a pot with a thin layer of water, bring to a boil, add kale, and cover for about a minute (the kale will turn bright green). Give it a stir so all of the kale is bright green and softer, then drain. Mix in quinoa and/or beans to warm it up a bit, if desired. (I like to serve this with everything warm except the salsa, pineapple, and green onion, which are chilled.) Transfer to a bowl and toss with salsa, pineapple, and green onions, leaving a few onion pieces for garnish. You can also drizzle hot sauce on top if desired.
Variation: Make it a Wrap: Divide ingredients (skipping quinoa and using spinach instead of kale) into two wraps, for approximately 196 calories each.
Calories … … … … . . 347
Fat… … … … … … . 3.9g
Carbs … … … … …65.6g
Fiber… … … … … . 12.6g
Sugars… … … … … .8.3g
Protein… … … … . . 16.7g
WW Points… … … … . . 9
I would again, like to say that I encourage readers of this post to check out Lindsay at happyherbivore.com, and to try some food that is really delicious and salubrious!