touch a truck and tempeh chili

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It certainly doesn’t feel like April out there!  Its freezing and I could not warm up today!  We started off our day by enjoying breakfast with friends and family at The Wicked Oyster. We then proceeded to “touch a truck,” a bunch of dump trucks, fire engines, bulldozers and such on display for kids to enjoy.  It’s kind of a big deal.  Even at such a young age Noah is OBSESSED with trucks (how do boys know to like trucks?) and loved seeing them up close and personal (minus their loud horns).  After walking around outside we were FREEZING!  To warm us up I decided to make tempeh chili for dinner.  This is one of our “go-to” meals.  It cooks up quick and can be adapted using whatever you have on hand.

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Tempeh chili

Ingredients

4 ribs celery, chopped

1 red onion, diced

5 cloves garlic

2 carrots, chopped

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

2 tablespoons Bragg’s amino acids (can substitute soy sauce or tamari)

1 block tempeh, crumbled

1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed (black beans or kidney beans work well too)

1 can low sodium veggie broth

2 cups water

salt and pepper

a few large glugs of olive oil

Cholula Hot Sauce to taste!

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Directions 

-Pour a few generous glugs of olive oil into saucepan and heat on medium high.

 -Sauté onions, carrots, celery and garlic until they are cooked down and the onions start to caramelize.

-Add Bragg’s, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and cook until spices become fragrant, 1-2 minutes.

-Add crumbled tempeh and cook for 2-3 min or until tempeh is lightly browned.

-Stir in broth, water and beans.

-Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 45 min or until flavors are nicely blended.

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I’ve added corn, red pepper and zucchini in the past.  You can even leave out the tempeh and use two cans of beans instead.  It’s a great recipe to use when you need to clean out the refrigerator…get creative!

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fat 101


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In the ever-changing world of nutrition fads come and go.   To prevent disease we were once taught to fear fat and choose “low-fat” or “fat-free” foods.  We took pure foods and twisted them into chemically laden fake foods for the sake of lowering the fat content.  This horribly backfired on us and caused the rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes to climb even higher.

Our society is obsessed with losing fat that we fear eating fat.  Our bodies need fat, they CRAVE fat, give them fat!  Now, I’m not talking the fat you find in a quarter pounder and fries.  I’m talking about natural fats, mostly in the form of plants.

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Healthy fats are essential to the function of life.  For starters, fats protect our organs, aids in the absorption of vitamins, helps with brain development, keep us happy and decreases the risk of heart disease.  We are told to eat more “good” fat and decrease “bad” fat but what does that mean?

Good Fats:

Monounsaturated:  Found in foods such as olive oil, avocados and nuts.  Helps lower cholesterol and keeps blood sugars in check.

Polyunsaturated:  Found in foods such as fish, flax, nuts and seeds.  Contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which decrease the risk of developing elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure.

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Bad Fats:

Trans fat:  “Man Made” hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.  Used in processed foods due to its long shelf life.  Found in microwave popcorn, processed crackers and packaged baked goods.  Increases the BAD cholesterol (LDL) and decreases the GOOD cholesterol (HDL).  AVOID THESE FOODS

Saturated fat:  Naturally found in foods such as butter, cheese, meat and lard.  Keep these foods to a minimum to avoid elevated cholesterol and clogged arteries.

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You’ve never heard of someone becoming unhealthy or over weight from eating too many avocados or flax seeds, have you???

Here are a few options to increase healthy fats in your day!

Blend chia seeds into smoothies

Drizzle olive oil on salads or steamed veggies

Snack on trail mix

Top an apple with almond butter

Spread avocados on a sandwich

Add flax seeds and walnuts to your morning oatmeal

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For any questions on this topic or other nutritional concerns contact me at www.beginwithinnutrition.com

start small and keep it simple


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There is so much hype out there on taking healthy eating to the extreme.  We’re forced to believe that if we don’t make dehydrated pulp crackers, add goji berries, hemp hearts and bee pollen to everything we eat or own a super duper blender such as a Vitamix we are never going to be healthy.  Yes, I admit that I am a sucker for the “super foods” and consider my Vitamix a beloved member of the family…  However, you DON’T need these things to start living a healthier life!  Start small and don’t get overwhelmed by all the hype.

Follow these simple steps to improve your nutrition:

  1. Drink more water.  Choose water over sugar laden beverages.  A general rule of thumb is to drink ½ your body weight in ounces.  For example; if you weigh 150 lbs, drink 75 ounces (~9 cups) per day.
  2. Bulk up on fiber to keep you full all day long.  Aim for 25-30 grams of fiber per day.  Make half your plate vegetables at meals and reach for fruit for snacks.
  3. Just say NO to white processed foods such as refined sugar, white flour and white rice.  These foods lack nutrients and send your blood sugars soaring.  Instead, opt for whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat sprouted bread and quinoa.
  4. Cut out processed meat products such as salami, hot dogs, ham and sausage.  I’m not going to lie, these foods are evil!  I know nothing says summer like the smell of dogs roasting on the grill.  Don’t worry, you can enjoy them every once in a while (if you have to) but please don’t eat them on a regular basis!

These little changes will add up and your body will thank you!  Before you know it you’ll be grabbing for that bottle of kombucha, making kale chips and purchasing a juicer :)

 

For any questions on this topic or other nutritional concerns contact me at www.beginwithinnutrition.com