Wellness Wednesday: A How to Guide on Eating Plant-Based by Leah Castle

A How to Guide on Eating Plant-Based

When starting anything new, there are obstacles and challenges that always come
up, no matter what you are starting. Adding on a whole new way of eating can be
one of the biggest challenges you will face. After all, the food we consume has most
likely been a habit for several years, and we all know habits are hard to break. BUT
what if I told you there are some really easy steps to take when wanting to eat a
more plant-based diet? Let’s get to it!

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Green Smoothie +Avocado Pesto

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I tried two green recipes: A green smoothie recipe from Buzzfeed and avocado pesto from Tastemade. I had to double both recipes to make enough to share with my family of seven. Overall, these were very quick and easy recipes I’d highly recommend. They are both gorgeous green colors that are practically too pretty to consume. There’s just something about eating green that makes me feel recharged and healthier. Does anyon else get total ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ vibes from these?

The Green Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 a pear
  • 1 cup of kale (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter.

Simply, put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until the ingredients are completely blended together. What a fast and healthy way to have your greens. By the way I definitely had my qualms about the kale, but this smoothie was surprisingly yummy and sweet. It doesn’t even need any additional sugar.

The avocado pesto is made of:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 large handful of basil 
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice

Put all the ingredients into a food processer or blender. Boil egg noodles, add the pesto, and enjoy. This dish had a mixed response from my family: my two youngest siblings didn’t like avocado at the time, but everyone else thoroughly enjoyed it. My mom used to call avocados nature’s butter and she’d serve it to us mashed up with crushed ice and sugar in a glass. When I was younger I didn’t like the taste of avocado either, but eventually it grew on me.

Also, let me know what you think of these green recipes at honeybunnytwee@gmail.com. Additionally, if you have other recipes that you’d like me to try let me know!

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Brownies That Are Simple, Easy, and Egg-less

Here’s how to make simple and easy egg-less Brownies. This idea came to us due to the fact that my little sister and I ran out of eggs and didn’t want to wait to get more before we made brownies. It was due to our impatience that we decided to experiment with what we had: bananas.

eggless brownie ingredients banana

To make this brownie recipe you’ll need:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 box of devil’s food cake mix (we used Pillsbury)
  • 1/4 cup of crushed walnuts

Bananas can act as an egg substitute and an added bonus is a little bit of banana flavoring to your baked goods.

Note: This goes without saying but, do not add walnuts if nut allergies are an issue. If you do add walnuts and are serving them at a party or gathering please make sure that you label them with a warning note.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees,

Mix all ingredients together (the mixture will be thick),

brownies egg-less

Pour the batter into a 9*13 inch pan, and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Finally, take the pan out of the oven, let them cool, cut the brownies, and voilà, you’re ready to serve your yummy egg-less brownies!

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Final Thoughts About the Brownies

My little sister loved these because she really likes bananas, that’s even her nickname, ‘Banana’. She even requests that we make these even when we do have eggs. If you like the taste of chocolate and bananas this is definitely the brownie recipe for you. Let me know: do you have a favorite ingredient substitute when baking?

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Also, let me know what you think of this egg-less brownie recipe at honeybunnytwee@gmail.com. Additionally, if you have other recipes that you’d like me to try let me know! Follow my Pinterest Board for more baking, cooking, and recipes.

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