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The Ultimate Healthy and Clean Vegan Protein Cheat Sheet

Protein is a necessary dietary staple. In the body, amino acids, the building blocks of life, are made by ribosomes located in the endoplasmic reticulum of cells. These proteins then form tissues, organs, organ systems, and make up the entire human body.

Broccoli Leaves And Stalk Are Healthier Than The Broccoli Flower

Kids do not like it, but you sure know that broccoli is the healthiest vegetable out there. The list of its benefits is never-ending, but do you make any difference between the parts of it?
To be more precise, do you know which parts are edible, and how much do you actually know about its healing properties? What is more, do you know to prepare broccoli properly? Hopefully, this article will give you the answers to all of your questions.

We usually use the broccoli flower. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, calcium and magnesium.

But, what about the stalks? Have you ever wondered if broccoli leaves are edible? Yes, both leaves and stalks are edible. This may come as a surprise to you, but 30 grams of broccoli leaves (the ones that usually end up in the trash can) contain about 90% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, important for the immune system and vision.
The same amount of broccoli leaves contains 43% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. We do not have to remind you that vitamin C has proven to be effective in the prevention against cancer, right? Remember, you should not throw those precious leaves in the trash can.

You are probably doing the same mistake with the stalks. Broccoli stalks taste sweet and they contain more fiber than the flower itself. Since broccoli stalks require longer cooking, cook them before you add the rest of the vegetable.
Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables. Moreover, you can enjoy every single bit of it and protect your health.


Top 6 Plant-based Nutrition Myths Busted by Experts

By Nil Zacharias

Gloria Steinem summed up one of the challenges of life very well when she said, “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” This quote rings especially true when it comes to what we choose to eat. Our food choices are influenced by a range of factors that make it almost impossible to entertain change. Growing up, I was told that I needed to consume dairy for calcium, eat meat to get strong and fish to get smart. Imagining food without animal products on my plate seemed almost unimaginable.

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day

Eating loads of fruit and vegetables – 10 portions a day – may give us longer lives, say researchers. The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year. The team also identified specific fruit and veg that reduced the risk of cancer and heart disease. The analysis showed even small amounts had a health boon, but more is even better. A portion counts as 80g (3oz) of fruit or veg – the equivalent of a small banana, a pear or three heaped tablespoons of spinach or peas.

Pineapple Leather Is Here And It Looks Like A Real Game-Changer

Leather made from pineapples? You better believe it! Launched by socially-conscious textile company Ananas Anam, pineapple leather (or “Piñatex”) is an “innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile” derived from pineapple leaves.

The “leather” comes from the tropical fruit’s waste plant fibres and is both durable and biodegradable, making it a great alternative to animal leather.

It was first discovered by Spanish designer and Ananas Anam founder and CEO Carmen Hijosa during a business trip to the Philippines, where she was introduced to the barong talong, a traditional Filipino shirt woven together with fibres of pineapple leaves. After five years of research between the U.K. and Spain, Piñatex was born.

Along with being socially conscious, Piñatex actually comes at a low cost. According to LifeGate, the pineapple leather is “about 23 euros per square metre versus 25-38 euros for the leather,” and is already being looked into by big companies such as Puma and Camper.

Not only will the introduction of Piñatex (and vegan leather for that matter) provide more opportunities for farming communities with the harvesting of pineapples, but it’s also a big step for the outing of animal textiles in fashion. With a tropical fruit making waves in the leather industry, we could be in for a major change.


12 Protein-Packed Dinners With No Meat

Protein is important to our health, our workouts and recovery, and our brain function; without it, we wouldn’t function at our best and our bodies wouldn’t be able to support us long-term. However, the problem with the view of protein in our country is where we’re getting the majority of our protein from: animals. Regardless of different opinions out there about including meat as a part of our regular diets, we can’t ignore the fact that meat consumption is causing our  major environmental, health, and humanitarian problems. When you put all the pieces together, it is stime we start looking for a real sustainable alternative. Say hello to plants!

Meat comes from suffering animals. So skip the burger and include these protein-rich plant-based foods in your diet:
• 1 Beast Burger from Beyond Meat (23 g)
Throw one of these bad boys on the grill!
• 1 cup lentils (18 g)
Lentils are everything. Recipes here.
• ¼ cup peanut butter (16 g)
In case you needed a reason to add more peanut butter to your diet!
• ½ cup chickpeas (19 g)
Hummus, anyone?
• 4 seven grain crispy tenders from Gardein (16 g)
Delicious AND nutritious!
• 1 cup baked beans (14 g)
It doesn’t get much easier than this.
• 1 cup tofu (20 g)
Not only is tofu loaded with protein; it’s a great source of calcium too!
• ½ cup sunflower seeds (14 g)
Another excellent protein-dense snack!
• 2 cups cooked quinoa (16 g)
Use any way you’d use rice!
• 1 cup dry macaroni (14 g)
There you have it: another reason to eat more pasta!!
• 1 Field Roast Italian sausage (25 g)
Great in pasta or on the grill!
• ½ cup almonds (15 g)
It doesn’t get much easier than this.

This Amazing Village in India Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Little Girl is Born

Every culture has its own traditions surrounding the birth of a child. While we celebrate newborn girls by sending pink dresses and dolls, in the village of Piplantri in Rajasthan, India, they celebrate by planting 111 trees. That’s right, every time a little girl is born in Piplantri, 111 trees are planted in her honor! In most Indian villages, the birth of a daughter was historically considered a burden for a family. Rural villages operate on the dowry system which contributes to the high cost of marriage for households with daughters. As a result, daughters were often regarded as lesser than their male counterparts and many were married before they reached the age of 18; few received a proper education. Violence against women derived from these attitudes is still a heated topic in India. The documentary “India’s Daughters,” was recently banned due to its upfront portrayal of rape and abuse in the country.

Jackfruit: The Next Big Vegan Meat Substitute?

If you’re walking through a forest in Southeast Asia, look up. Chances are good that you’ll spot a massive, green-yellow orb covered in spikes. While it looks like a prehistoric wasp’s nest, it’s actually jackfruit—the largest tree-borne fruit in the world that can grow to weigh up to 80 to 100 pounds (read: don’t get bonked on the head with one).While superlative, jackfruit is of increasing interest to the natural industry not for its potential to flavor cookies and cakes with its Juicy Fruit-esque flavor, but because young jackfruit has a near-identical resemblance to pulled pork or beef, if stewed in barbecue spices or marinades.

The Ultimate Healthy and Clean Vegan Protein Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]

Protein is a necessary dietary staple. In the body, amino acids, the building blocks of life, are made by ribosomes located in the endoplasmic reticulum of cells. These proteins then form tissues, organs, organ systems, and make up the entire human body. Proteins also play a key role as enzymes, catalyzing or speeding up chemical reactions by reducing the amount of activation energy a given reaction requires. But, humans can only create 10 of the 20 essential amino acids, and amino acids are not stored like fat and starch in the body, which is why consuming protein is so important.

A Guide to Selecting the Best Produce: Vegetables

Like selecting the best fruit, being able to choose the freshest and tastiest vegetablesis a combination of seasonal knowledge, asking farmers and shop owners for advice, and using your senses. This guide has the last part covered. Get ready to use your eyes, nose, and hands!


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