Meat alternatives are getting lot of attention lately due to restaurants such as Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, Red Robin, TGI Fridays, and others now offering the Beyond Burger, the Impossible Burger, and plant-based sausage sandwiches. The fact that ...

The Impossible Burger and Other Meat Alternatives

Meat alternatives are getting lot of attention lately due to restaurants such as Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, Red Robin, TGI Fridays, and others now offering the Beyond Burger, the Impossible Burger, and plant-based sausage sandwiches.

Impossible Burger vs Beyond Meat: Plant-based burger taste-test

The fact that plant-based burgers contribute greatly to the health of the planet may be a motivating factor for some consumers. Production of these products reduces the use of water and land dramatically, plus produces far less greenhouse gas emissions.

If you’re concerned about health, however, are these fake meats safe to consume on a regular basis? A quick look at their labels reveal that these highly processed items contain isolated proteins, oils, and saturated fat, none of which lends itself to healthy eating. Here’s an informative article by Theresa “Sam” Houghton which explains the pros and cons.

And here’s another great article titled How to Build the Ultimate Plant Based Burger by Chef Katie Simmons.

Other yummy recipes:

Mexican Black Bean Burgers

Red Beans and Rice Burgers

Sneaky Chickpea Burgers

Smoky BBQ Chickpea Burgers

 

 

Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

Warm wishes to you and yours on this Holiday set aside for giving thanks!

Have you ever watched the veggie tale about how Madame Blueberry developed a grateful heart?

She sings a little ditty which I revised years ago to go something like this:

Thank you Lord for my man, and this roof above my head,

for a fridge filled up with food, and my warm and comfy bed.

Thank you Lord for our health, for my family and each friend,

for our church and for my work, Lord your blessings never end.

Of course the greatest blessing of all is that God loves us enough to provide a way back to him, through the incredible sacrifice of Jesus.

Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15)

 

Still wondering what to cook for Thanksgiving?

Whether its Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a New Year Celebration, these crowd-pleasing “Holiday Recipes” by Terri Edwards at EatPlant-Based.com will fill the bill!

Check out this mouth-watering video she recently posted.

Then head on over to the Holiday Recipe section of her website here. There you’ll find featured recipes such as Mushroom Seitan Roast, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Stuffed Acorn Squash, No-Meatloaf, Cheezy Scalloped Potatoes, Lentil Shepherd Pie, Stuffed Mushrooms, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Sweet Potato Casserole, Loaded Potato Skins, Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, Ranch Dressing, Broccoli Rice Casserole, Spinach Artichoke Dip, No Bake Pie, Glazed Carrot Cake, Chocolate Mousse, Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Chocolate Lava Cake, and more!

We are so abundantly blessed with delicious, nutritious food!

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8, NIV)

 

 

A Common Misconception about Type 2 Diabetes

Each November, organizations like the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other organizations raise awareness about diabetes risk factors, treatment options, and where diabetics can find support for ‘managing’ the disease. Diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, and kidney diseases; plus it increases the risk for heart attacks and stroke.

Now one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States, nearly one quarter of the people in the U.S. who have diabetes don’t even realize it. According the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 84 million people have pre-diabetes, and 90% of them don’t know they’re at risk.
 Insulin syringe and sugar measurement device

The ADA’s theme for the 2019 campaign is “Count Me In.” They’re challenging everyone to be counted in by getting involved in assessing their risk and making healthier changes. That sounds encouraging, right?

Yet when I look at the ADA’s website regarding dietary advice, it’s less than impressive. Featured recipes include Chicken Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing, Meat Lovers Breakfast Cups, Beef Stroganoff, and Cheddar Cheese Soup. All of these high-fat, animal-based products are contributing to the problem!

We know that FAT is the culprit behind Type 2 Diabetes, not sugar. The ADA even agrees with that statement on their website(1) which makes one wonder why they promote the foods they do. (Please note, I am NOT suggesting that it’s OK to consume lots of sugar, but rather pointing out that FAT is the root cause behind elevated blood sugar.)

Click here to learn more about the connection between fat and Type 2 Diabetes, and what you can do to prevent and/or reverse this ever-growing disease.

(1) American Diabetes Association, “Diabetes Myths.” Accessed Sept. 7, 2018. http://diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/myths/

 

 

 

 

Interview on Rock Your World Naturally

Recently I had the blessing and privilege of being interviewed by Rekishia McMillan on her Rock Your World Naturally podcast.

Rekishia was such a pleasure to speak with! She’s a Health Evangelist, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Air Force Veteran & Award-Winning Author.

Her passion is teaching women how to improve their health in body, soul and spirit by using biblical wisdom and practical lifestyle strategies. Check out her website at rockyourworldnaturally.com.

Take a listen to our interview here. I’m very grateful to Rekishia for having me on her show….be sure to check it out! The interview begins at the 11:30 mark, with Rekishia sharing some great comments about the Daniel Diet and the benefits of plant-based nutrition before the interview.

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. (Romans 12:2, MSG)