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It’s Not Easy Being Green
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It’s Not Easy Being Green

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Frais FixeLast year marked 30 years for myself being meat-free, completely vegan for 19, and when one hears that someone is Vegetarian or Vegan it is a natural assumption that we eat loads of salads and get tons of greens into our daily lives.  Some days yes, some days no.Frais Fixe

Vegans enjoy comfort foods as much as the next person; who doesn’t want pasta, or potatoes or bread more than anything else? Getting a healthy amount of vegetables and greens can be difficult for everyone.

Once upon a time the phrase “eat your greens” was commonly said, but in today’s fast paced world more people have learned that drinking your greens is a more effective way of keeping that balance in their diets.

Frais FixeAll greens are not created equally though.  My green go-to smoothie is filled with a full head of romaine lettuce, full bunch of fresh spinach, 4 celery, 1 apple, 1 banana and lemon juice; because when else would I consume that in a day?  And while these are technically green foods, they are not “Greens” that we know today.Frais Fixe

Frais FixeLittle Life Box’s April Vegan Box included a Frais Fixe216g Photo Greens Powder from Genestra Brands Frais Fixewhich is on a whole other level of greenery. Frais Fixe

Packed with Spirulina, this blue-green alga (cyanobacteria) is a very good source of antioxidants, B vitamins, iron, copper, and manganese.  Also at the top of the list is Chlorella which is a single-celled green alga that is a rich source of chlorophyll, as well as vitamins A, C, B12, iron, magnesium, and zinc.  Chlorella is great for detoxification as it has the ability to bind to heavy metals and unwanted chemicals in the body.
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It’s not always easy knowing what to choose for yourself when you want to improve your health but research is essential to making healthier choices for yourself and your family.  We are all very different and the thought we give to what we put into our bodies should be at the top of the list in choices we make daily.
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Springtime is a time when people reflect on the long winter that has just passed and all the warming comfort food that got them through those cold days and long dark night.  Just like your home, your car, your yard, your body enjoys a great Spring cleaning and shifting into the new season sees a lot of detoxes and cleanses.  Adding greens to your daily regimen to support that is never a bad idea.
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Frais FixeIn the meantime, while you are drinking your greens, we have a nice recipe to share that is a wonderful transition from those winter comfort foods to fresh spring/summer goodness.  It has all the comfort that you could possibly need but it also has only fresh ingredients.Frais Fixe

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Frais FixeBlack Bean ChiliFrais Fixe
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  •  1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil 
  • Frais Fixe2 cloves garlic, minced Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe1 onion, chopped Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe1 carrot, chopped Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe1 sweet green pepper, chopped Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe3 large Ontario Greenhouse Tomatoes, chopped Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe2-19 oz cans (540 mL) black beans, drained and rinsed Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe1 tbsp (15 mL) chili powder Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe1 tsp (5 mL) crumbled dried rosemary Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe1 tsp (5 mL) salt Frais Fixe
  • Frais Fixe1 cup (250 mL) grated Ontario Greenhouse Cucumber - garnishFrais Fixe

Frais FixeCool days call for hot, brimming bowlfuls of this zesty chili/soup that's almost a meal in itself. It's so quick and easy to prepare, that you can whip it up after work or during a Saturday of chores.Frais Fixe

Frais FixeIn large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook garlic onion, carrot, jalapeno pepper and green pepper, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in tomatoes, beans, chili powder, cumin and rosemary; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes. Season with salt to your own taste.Frais Fixe

Preparation time: 10 min
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Frais FixeCooking time: 25 minFrais Fixe

Frais FixeMakes: 4 servingsFrais Fixe

 

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