Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
Asalaamu alaykum readers,
I’ve become slightly obsessed with healthy foodie youtube videos lately and after watching HealthNutNutrition’s “5 Foods I’m Loving Right Now“, I thought I’d share mine. As we get closer to Ramadhan (and I move further away from eating meat), I’m finding there are a lot of great foods out there that I want to try or have already become staples in my diet.
So here are my “5 Foods I’m Loving Right Now”.
Black beans can be added to soups, salads, quesidillas, served with rice or added into pasta dishes. They are a low energy dense food meaning you can eat more for less calories, always a good thing. Eating low calorie dense food can help you to maintain or lose weight if you are trying to calorie control your diet. They are high in fibre like most beans and are a plant based protein, making them ideal for vegetarians and vegans who don’t get their protein through animal products. They are an incomplete protein which means you will have to eat additional sources of protein but these shouldn’t be hard to find.
Black beans are also high in folic acid and magnesium and are a good source of potassium and iron – all essential if you are pregnant or even anaemic.
I plan on making vegan black bean burgers soon and I’ll try and share the recipie on here.
ALMOND MILK (OR MYLK)
I haven’t been a regular cows milk drinker for about 5 years now. I quit drinking it after watching a number of documentaries about how the milk is produced (links to follow in my “Why am I Exploring Veganism” blog post). I have a number of family members that are lactose intolerant but I’m not one of them. I just don’t like the smell! When I was younger I used to drink pint glasses of milk but as I’ve gotten older, the smell became overwhelming and I’ve found no difference in my bones by giving it up.
I use almond milk in the exact same way that I would use cows milk. In cereal, tea, coffee, smoothies and non- dairy ice cream made with frozen bananas.
When buying almond milk, I alternate between buying Alpro and Blue Diamond – both unsweetened. I’ve tried Rude Health as well and it tastes amazing! I hope to get a stronger blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec soon so I can start making my own.
I LOVE SWEET POTATOES! I can pretty much say there’s not a week that goes by where I don’t eat sweet potatoes or have them in my fridge. I like them roasted, fried, mashed and made into wedges and chips. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotine and fibre. You can use sweet potatoes just like you would white potatoes but I do recommend if you’re mashing them to roast them instead of boiling as orange sweet potatoes seem to have a higher water content.
If you’re from the Caribbean and you know about ‘hard food’, you’ll know about the white sweet potato. They’re a lot drier than the orange variety and I like this one roasted or chopped up and put into ‘ital’ soup.
I never used to be a fan of courgettes but recently I’ve been incorporating them into my recipes a lot more. I haven’t opted for spiralising them yet but I do add them to salads and stir frys.
Courgettes are high in vitamin C and phytonutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which promote healthy eyesight! They are also a great source of manganese which helps to tackle free radicals in the body.
Everyone, everywhere is ranting about nut butters, but how about we take a minute to appreciate the original nut butter- peanut butter! I love this stuff! I bought a 1kg tub of crunchy peanut butter (I wanted the smooth but it was out of stock) from My Protein for a pretty decent price. It’s all natural with no added salt! I’ve used it to make peanut butter flapjacks, in smoothies, dairy free banana and peanut ice cream and just spread on slices of apple as a mid-morning snack. Peanuts are a great source of protein, healthy fats, fibre and potassium.
If you’re lucky enough to live somwhere that has a supermarket that crushes their own peanuts or you can make your own, that’s even better!
Wasalaam – Peace Be With You