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5 Amazing Places To Eat Healthy in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is extremely vegan friendly, which means that it’s easy to find healthy plant-based food whether you are a vegan or not. While I was there I searched for 5 great places to eat plants in there whole form, which means no meat substitutes (Except tofu). When I eat out I’m less strict about the no oil thing, because this is rarely seen in restaurants, and to me it’s a priority that eating out is easy and convenient if possible. In a huge city like L.A. I don’t have time to drive around for specific restaurants if I want to sightsee as well.

I want to plan my meals based on where I am, and not my activities based on where I want to eat. But I do still prefer to find healthy food options based around whole plants.  Eating this way will keep my energized to do all the activities I want to do during my vacation. My strategy was to locate a restaurant nearby on HappyCow with great reviews. These are the 5 restaurants I picked out for this article:

1: SimplySalad:

SimplySalad has 4 locations in Los Angeles. I found this one on San Vincente Boulevard. The salad is freshly made and super delicious. You can mix your own salad or you can choose one from the menu. I chose the one from the menu called “Earthy, Nutty, Crunchy”. This was the only plant-based salad they had, but it was super delicious. The salad contained: Green leaves, tofu, beets, edamame, artichoke hearts, sunflower seeds, croutons and corn. As the dressing, I could choose between tahini dressing and pomegranate vinaigrette. I chose tahini dressing. The pomegranate vinaigrette was listed as fat-free, so it might actually be oil-free.

Urban Ramen:
Urban Ramen is a chain and it’s located several places in L.A (and Detroit). I found this one on Sunset Boulevard. I went in there and they had 3 vegan options with veggie broth and plants in there whole form. The noodles weren’t whole grain, but like I mentioned earlier I don’t mind compromising a little when I go out to eat, as long as it’s still freshly made and full of veggies. I had the maitake vegan ramen. The broth had so much umami flavor as filling it had homemade noodles, maitake mushroom, chinese broccoli, green onion and garlic. It was very delicious, fresh and crunchy. I definitely recommend this if you enjoy ramen. Veggie Grill:
Veggie Grill isn’t an obvious place to eat healthy, since it’s a junk food place. But they do have healthy options. I chose the savory kale caesar salad. They also have several other salad options. Veggie grill is also a chain restaurant located several places in L.A. This one is on Wilshire Street close to Santa Monica.
Acai Nation: This was the best breakfast café I found even though the portions were a bit to large for me. But it was very delicious. They had a variety of smoothies and acai bowls. I choose and Acai bowl with fruit, granola, cacao nibs and almond butter topping.
Gratitude:
This was a 100% plant-based restaurant and they had a variety of dishes from healthy raw food dishes to greasy burgers. I had the kelp noodle with raw pesto ! It was very flavorful, and cafe Gratitude is highly recommendable.
Love,
Katrine.
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3 warm winter wonder soups to keep you warm, satisfied and healthy

When winter is coming, it’s nice to stay warm with a hot plate of soup. Soups can be very filling and satisfying and it’s an easy and delicious way to get your vegetables in. More so, soups are also easy to make, and very child friendly.

Sweet potato curry:

Serves 2 people

500g sweet potatoes

100g spinach

100g broccoli

0,8 cup / 2 dl edamame beans

1 onion

20g ginger

2 cloves of garlic

1 red chili

1 bunch of basil

1 cup / 2,5 dl veggie broth

1,5 tsp. curry powder

1 can of coconut milk light ( 13 oz / 4 dl)

The juice of one lime

How it’s done:

Chop the onion, garlic, chili and ginger. Sauté it for a few minutes in water with curry powder. Put in the vegetable broth and let it simmer while you cut the vegetables.

Chop the sweet potatoes, spinach and broccoli. Add it to the curry.

Then add the edamame beans, the coconut milk and the lime juice. Let the curry simmer for 25 minutes.

When it’s done, put in the basil leaves and give it a quick stir.

Season it with salt and pepper if you wish.

Broccoli soup with tofu bacon:

Serves 2 people

 

 

 

 

Soup:

1 broccoli

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

20g ginger

2 potatoes

1 tsp. curry powder

3 cups vegetable broth

6,5 oz / 200 ml low-fat coconut milk.

The juice of half a lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Tofu bacon:

100g tofu

3 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsp. water

½ tbsp. smoked paprika

How it’s done:

Preheat the oven to 225 C / 437 F. Press out the water from the tofu by wrapping it in a paper towel and press it until the paper has sucked the liquid from the tofu.

Make the “bacon” marinate by mixing soy sauce, water and smoked paprika in a bowl.

Cut the tofu into small pieces, and pour the marinade over the tofu and let it marinate for about 15 minutes.

Chop the onion, garlic and ginger. Sauté it in a pot with curry powder. Add the vegetables broth. Cut the broccoli into small pieces. Peel the potatoes and cut them as well.

Add the broccoli and potatoes to the soup and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Put the marinated tofu in the oven for 20 minutes as well.

When the soup is done simmering, add coconut milk and lemon juice. et it simmer for another 5 minutes. Blend it until it’s smooth. Flavor it with salt and pepper and serve it with the tofu bacon on top.

Cauliflower soup with dill sauce and roasted hazelnuts

Serves 2 people

Soup: 

600g cauliflower

300g potatoes

1 onion

3 cloves of garlic

3 bay leaves

2 pinch of nugmeg

26 oz / 8 dl water

4 tbsp. lemon juice

6,5 oz / 2 dl. almond milk

20g hazelnuts

Salt and pepper to taste

Dill sauce:

30g spinach

3 bunches of dill

1 clove of garlic

1 tbs. lemon juice

20g black olives (Optional)

4 tbsp. water

How it´s done:

Peel the potatoes. Chop the cauliflower, potatoes, onion and garlic roughly.

Put it in a pot with water, then add nugmeg and bay leaves. Let it simmer for 20 minutes.

While the soup is simmering, make the dill sauce.

When the soup is done, blend all the ingredients.

Pour the almond milk and lemon juice into the soup. Season it with salt and pepper if you wish.

Chop the hazelnuts roughly and roast them on a pan.

Serve as shown on the picture.

I hope you enjoy the soups.

Love,

Katrine.

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Why choose dairy when you can have kale?

In this article I want to share why I believe that kale (and other plant-based calcium sources) is a better option than dairy when it comes to calcium. This argument is actually the reason why I always choose plant-based options instead of animal products as the source of my nutrients. But first, let me paint a picture for you. 

You get an offer to choose between two jobs. They pay the same and you’ll do the same. But there are differences in the work environment:

Job 1:

  • Paid break-time.
  • Paid overtime.
  • Exercise during work hours.
  • Great healthcare plan.
  • Social events after work.
  • Buttom up management (You get influence on how to solve your work assignments. It doesn’t matter how they get done, it matters that you get it done)
  • You get to come and go when it fits into your life. The most important thing is that you get your job done, and not when you do it.

 

Job 2:

  • No paid breaks.
  • No paid overtime (But you are expected to do it).
  • Bad chairs and tables. Your head hurts every time you leave work.
  • No social events after work.
  • No health care plan.
  • Top down management (The bosses are telling you how to do your job, even though you have know how to make your work assignment easier.
  • You have to work everyday between 8 am and 4 pm. Your free time has to be planned around your working hours.

To me this is an easy choice. I would thrive better with job no. 1.

This is how I encourage you to choose your sources of nutrition. It doesn’t matter if dairy and kale both cointain calcium. Let’s look at the whole package.

Dairy

  • Contains pus.
  • Contains antibiotics.
  • Increase your bodies production of IGF-1, which is known to be cancer promoting.
  • Has no dietary fiber.
  • Has no health promoting plant chemicals to fight cancer of.

 

 

Kale

  • Doesn’t contain pus.
  • Doesn’t contain antibiotics.
  • Doesn’t contain pesticides if it’s organic.
  • Has dietary fiber.
  • Has plenty of health promoting plant chemicals that fights cancer of.

 

 

Whether or not milk is healthy, or even suitable for humans is debatable. Whether or not it matters that you drink a small amount of pus and antibiotics when you drink dairy is also debatable, and we all have our own truths to this subject.

It’s not debatable whether or not dietary fibers and plant chemicals are health promoting for us. The more you eat, the better. The more plants you eat instead of animal products, the more dietary fibers and plant chemicals you get.

The way I see it, milk is AT BEST neutral to your health. It provides nutrients, but it isn’t health promoting, since it doesn’t contain any health promoting components. In this western world where we are highly exposed to different carcinogens, bad food choices and only a little time to exercise, we NEED health promoting food. The western world have huge issues with lifestyle related diseases and chronic illnesses, even though they are very preventable. Some are even reversible.

Animal products have micro- and macro nutrients (Vitamins, minerals, proteins, fat and carbohydrates) which helps us survive. Unfortunately animal products also contain saturated fat. Plants have micro- and macro nutrients AND dietary fibers and plant chemicals. Not only do we survive on plants. We thrive.

I think this is an important consideration to make when you choose where your nutrition should come from.

Just like good benefits at work, they are not necessary for our surviving here and now. But they benefit our overall health long-term, and they make us thrive better than a bad work environment.

The choice is obvoius to me. I don’t just want to survive. I want to thrive. I choose plants.

How about you?

Love,

Katrine.

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3 simple but amazing smoothies to kickstart your healthy morning!

Smoothies are a great way to start the morning. It’s feels amazing to finish a large smoothie. They can be very filling, they are easy to make and easy to bring with you.

Greenie with mango and spinach

This is the one to pick if you want to sneak some extra greens into your diet. You get a beautiful color, a sweet taste and extra nutrition because of the spinach. Although the smoothie is sweet and delicious, it’s not nearly as sweet as a pure fruit smoothies because the greens balance it out. This smoothie is perfect if you prefer a less sweet taste.

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

100g frozen mango

1 handful of spinach

0,8 cup / 2 dl water (You can adjust the amount of water if you like it thinner or thicker than the recipe suggests)

How it’s done:

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until it’s completely smooth. Eat it right away or bring it with you.

Banana strawberry

This is a very classic combination, but still very delicious.

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

100g strawberries

0,8 cup / 2 dl water (You can adjust the amount of water if you like it thinner or thicker than the recipe suggests)

How it’s done:

Blend all the ingredients until you have a smooth consistency.

Yellow Exotic

Exotic fruit isn’t cheap all over the world, but luckily you can find them frozen almost anywhere. The combination of frozen and fresh fruit makes the temperature and consistency of the smoothie delicious.

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

100g frozen mango

The juice of 1 orange

0,6 cup / 1,5 dl coconut milk light

How it’s done:

Put the bananas and the mango in a blender. Add the orange juice and coconut milk. Blend it until it’s completely smooth.

I hope you enjoy these recipes.

Love,

Katrine.

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Peanutbutter / banana nice cream with chocolate and almond topping

This nice cream, like any other nice cream, is suitable for both breakfast and dessert. What’s not to love? Bananas are a great source of potassium which is important for muscle and nerve function.

The bananas have to be frozen before use. It’s a good idea to peel the ripe bananas and break them into smaller pieces and keep them in your freezer in whatever container you have at home. Then they are ready to use for nice cream whenever you are.

Ingredients:

3 frozen bananas

½ tsp. peanut butter

1,5 oz / ½ dl almond milk or water.

Topping:

1 sqaure (approximately 10g) of dark chocolate (70% cacao) (or cacao nibs if you prefer to keep it completely whole food plant-based)

Almonds

How it’s done:

Put the nice cream ingredients in a food processor and blend until it has a nice creamy ice cream consistency. Put the nice cream in a bowl. Chop the almonds and the chocolate and sprinkle it on top of the nice cream.

Love,

Katrine

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