Southern style cooking

Southern style cooking redefined with more vegetables, beans, and cheese – vegan friendly option of course. I love how southerners invest their time in homemade authentic prepared foods. A few of my favorite vegetarian items are collard greens, beans, cornbread, and of course you can’t forget the biscuits.

I decided to saute broccoli with olive oil and garlic; then add baked beans to the dish with a sprinkle of veggie cheese on top. It’s a light lean meal with just the right amount of protein. For more creations, stay tuned Christa Alexis will be back.

 

Brown rice noodles…THAIriffic!

I absolutely love Thai, Japanese, and Chinese food but I could never get my homemade dishes to come out the way it does as the restaurant, until…

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Now, with Thai Kitchen’s brown rice noodles, you can easily make a healthy vegan and vegetarian friendly dish. It comes with 4 individually wrapped noodles per box so you can always make 1 or 2 packs per serving or make them all for family style stir-fry dish.  I decided to make the whole package (I still have leftovers and I have a family of 4) and throw in some frozen veggies broccoli, corn, cauliflower, snow peas, and used Kikkoman’s Stir Fry Sauce and soy sauce for a little extra flavoring.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bag of frozen veggies
  • 1 box of Thai Brown Rice Noodles
  • 1 jar of Kokkoman’s Stir Fry Sauce
  • 1 jar of Low Sodium Soy Sauce

 

DIRECTIONS:

I’ll break it down for you. First, boil a pot of water and add a pinch of salt (it helps so that the noodles won’t stick together). Then, you can add your noodles, stir continuously until tender for about 3-5 minutes. Be careful because nobody likes overcooked noodles!

As you’re waiting for that, get your veggies ready. I decided to use a frozen bag of assorted veggies including broccoli, snow peas, carrots, and let them defrost while I waited for my noodles to cook. I had leftover corn and sliced that up to throw in as well.

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Once the noodles are fully cooked, drain them thoroughly until all the water is out. Set the noodles aside in a bowl. Then, add 1/2 cup water or less to your skillet, Kikkoman’s stir fry seasoning (you can decide how much you need), and soy sauce to your preference. Wait until it starts to bubble slightly.

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This is my favorite part. Throw them veggies in and get mixing. You can also add salt or any other seasonings that pair well. I stuck to the traditional route.

Cover and let cook until tender 5-7 minutes. You can test it by putting the fork through the veggies to see if they’re done. Keep mixing and once the veggies are ready add the noodles in. Now here comes the easy part, mix for a minute or two, and add more stir-fry sauce if needed. Cool a few minutes and get ready to EAT! Oh yeah, don’t forget to sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

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Watch me stir it up below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which foods contain the most iron?

High Iron Green Foods for Vegans and Vegetarians

Iron is an important component to a vegan and vegetarian lifestyle. It’s important to make sure you know which greens have the highest amount of iron in them. Iron helps with blood flow and provides you with a sufficient amount of energy; however, if you don’t get enough you can become anemic or lethargic throughout the day. A well balanced lifestyle is the key to longevity. We all have busy schedules, but it’s important to be conscious about what you’re putting into your body.

Here’s a list of high iron green foods. Spinach, swiss chard, seaweed, pak choi, asparagus, arugula, and Kale are the top contenders with the highest amount of iron in each serving. With the right amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, we can ensure that we are getting the daily requirements for our bodies.

Coconut Greens is a way to make sure you get the extra greens in your diet. One single scoop contains 8-10 servings of greens. You get your essential vitamins and blended veggies in a powder form, which you can easily throw in your smoothie or water. It contains kale, apple, wheatgrass, spirulina, alfalfa herb, spinach, broccoli, and other supergreens. You can stay energized throughout your day with all of the essential minerals and vitamins.

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Green Smoothie (Photo credits: Christa Alexis)

 

 

Go green and stay ironized!

Healthy U, Go Green For An Energetic U!

You need to get an adequate amount of greens in your healthy lifestyle in order to stay energized all day long. You may now know that each veggie contains essential vitamins that contribute to your overall energy levels. Well now, you can easily drink your way to “supergreen” energy with a scoop of Coconut Greens. One scoop of Coconut Greens has 8-10 servings of veggies, which contain high levels of nutrients and antioxidants, and better yet you can even get your daily dose of vitamins.
thKale and Broccoli are two significant green vegetables. If you never seen kale, it’s a dark leafy green that is full of vitamins. And we all heard of broccoli, the vegetable that looks like a miniature tree, which is loaded with Vitamin B.  “Research has clearly shown that B vitamins, like vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, thiamine and niacin support the energy metabolism process,” says Andrew Shao, PhD, from The Council for Responsible Nutrition.
kale-broccKale is a popular superfood that is extremely high in fiber. With significant amounts of protein and fiber, kale’s main vitamin components are A, C, K, B-6, C, E, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Did you know kale has the highest amount of Vitamin K per serving? It’s naturally occurring in most dark leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and parsley. Broccoli has a great source of vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B6, C, K, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It also has a high level of fiber to help promote digestion. The vitamins work together to offer an increased level of energy.

Eating broccoli and kale will help the body to create more energy and give you a boost of essential vitamins as well. Iron contributes to increasing your energy levels by sending oxygen to your bloodstream. The most essential vitamin that promotes an increased energy level is the B vitamins; it creates energy flow throughout your body. Iron is another important mineral that helps your blood cells to support each other with increased levels of energy.

Did you know “Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family, which includes kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, rutabaga and turnips. These nutrition powerhouses supply loads of nutrients for little calories. Broccoli and kale create energy from absorbing the essential vitamins into your body. Get your energy levels up and go green! Each vitamin has a particular purpose and helps you stay energized all day long. And you can get it all in one single scoop of Coconut Greens. When you look at the total nutrition profile of just one scoop of Coconut Greens it would be eating nearly2 pounds or 1 kilogram of broccoli. That’s a lot of munching! How easy is it not to get your equivalent nutritional benefits by just adding one scoop of Coconut Greens to your glass of water and the taste will surprise you too!

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Get lean with Coconut Greens!

November smoothie challenge begins here.

For the month of November, I will be starting my morning with a Coconut Greens inspired smoothie. I just can’t get enough plant based protein. I add a scoop of Nutiva Hemp Protein, fresh banana, and a scoop of peanut butter. Each day I will exercise, drink more water, and eat less carbohydrates. Check out below how to make a smoothie.

Day 8. Note to self: Keep going and stay focused!

 

Berry good green smoothie!

Smoothie, Smoothies rockin’ everywhere. In this day and age, everyone seems to be on the go and needs a quick healthy breakfast. Since, I first started eliminating dairy from my diet not only do I feel less bloated but I actually naturally lost weight. I get my daily servings of supergreens (kale, apples, kale, spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley leaf, broccoli, and spinch)via Coconut Greens and add a banana for extra potassium with berries that are full of antioxidants. Throw in cinnamon, flax seeds, and any other protein butter: peanut butter, cashew butter, walnut butter, whatever you prefer. Get your morning started right. It’s simple ingredients, non-dairy milk, frozen fruit, banana, coconut greens powder, flax seeds, and a dash of cinnamon and you’re good to go for the whole day. Say goodbye to those fast-food cravings, and hello to a more plant based diet that will have you feeling good and looking good. No joke! But as you can tell, I’m totally obsessed with my Coconut Greens inspired smoothie. Get scoopin’

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Full video of Christa Alexis making her berry green smoothie. 

Let’s talk about Coconut…Coconut Greens!

Coconut Greens is a company based out of Farmingdale, NY and offers a coconut water based supergreen powder enriched with vitamins and organic spirulina, chlorella, kale, wheatgrass, and other “good greens.” And all of the ingredients are organic, non-gmo, gluten and dairy free, which makes it a great supplement alternative for vegan and vegetarians. You can stay hydrated, detox, and remain energized all day long. Better yet, one scoop of Coconut Greens contains 8-10 servings of greens per serving. If you’re on the go or have a busy lifestyle, grab coconut water and scoop it into your drink and don’t worry there is no gritty aftertaste. Unlike most powders, Coconut Greens taste pure and uses high quality ingredients including a coconut water based powder. You can totally taste the difference. Plus, the green powder is full of veggies packed with Vitamin B to help you stay rejuvenated all day long.

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Watch ChristaAlexis talk about Coconut Greens here.

Order today on Amazon. Each purchase of Coconut Greens goes to a child at risk for Vitamin A deficiency. They paired up with a non-profit organization Vitamin Angels to help reduce childhood mortality by providing them with essential supplements.

Feel good, live better! Get your greens with Coconut Greens. Visit their instagram for weekly recipes and for a superfood green powder that helps balance your sugar levels, the natural way.

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