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10 Highly Healthy And Delicious Vegan Snacks Recipes

10 Highly Healthy And Delicious Vegan Snacks Recipes

There are two misconceptions about Veganism that I’ve been coming across a lot lately. The first is that most meat-eaters presume that vegan food is boring and lacking in flavor. The second is that Vegan diets aren’t that healthy because of all the dodgy meat and dairy substitutes available. Today I’m here to prove that a vegan diet and vegan snacks can not only be 100% healthy, but also god damn delicious.

Breakfast Recipes

1. Tofu Omelette

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    Looking at these scrumptious omelettes makes it hard to believe that they’re egg-free. This is why I love tofu; it makes such a fantastic egg substitute (especially scrambled!) for both vegans and people with egg allergies.

    2. Breakfast Bombs

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      You don’t have to be nuts to love these breakfast bombs. Sorry, I know that was terrible. The added bonus of these bad boys is that they’re completely raw, which is perfect for those who adhere to a raw-food diet.

      3. Chickpea Flour Pancakes

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        I know that ‘healthy’ doesn’t spring to mind when you throw around the word ‘pancakes,’ but in this case they really are. Chickpea flour is much better for you than regular flour and the recipe is completely devoid of refined sugar!

        Main Meals

        4. Broccoli Curry Udon


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          For those of you who like a little spice in life, this udon pot is the answer. It has a beautiful balance of flavors, as well as a fresh taste.

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          5. Quinoa, Kidney Bean and Walnut Burgers (with Bonus Sugar-Free Ketchup)

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            The title may suggest a lot of work, but this recipe is super easy and quick! Also, it sounds absolutely incredible. Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean that your life has to be devoid of burgers.

            6. Chili with Homemade Sour Cream

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            Chili is one of the best comfort foods in existence. It’s also highly versatile; you can throw almost anything in it! That’s what makes it perfect for vegan cooking, because it can be filled primarily with beans and vegetables and be delicious and full of flavor.

            Snacks, Smoothies and Sweets

            7. Chilled Dark Chocolate Pie

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              If you weren’t already sold by the title, maybe you will be by the bonus almond crust and vanilla-strawberry compote. Seriously, this looks absolutely to die for. Sure, desserts aren’t ever considered to be ‘healthy,’ but this dish will prove you wrong. Not only is it vegan, but it doesn’t use any refined sugar or plain flour; they’re substituted with healthy and equally tasty ingredients. Just remember to use dairy-free chocolate!

              8. Raw Cacao Green Smoothie

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                Who doesn’t love an incredibly healthy smoothie that has just a hint of chocolate?

                9. Cauliflower Bites with Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

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                  Despite the name, this tasty vegan-friendly cheese sauce isn’t made out of anything unhealthy or unnatural, so dip away!

                  10. Raw Key Lime Mousse with Pomegranate


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                    This delicious dessert is also perfect for breakfast or just a cheeky snack!

                    Featured photo credit: Vegan Mousse via thevegancookiefairy.files.wordpress.com

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                    Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                    How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                    How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                    When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                    So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                    1. Exercise

                    It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                    2. Drink in Moderation

                    I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                    3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                    Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                    4. Watch Less Television

                    A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                    Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                    5. Eat Less Red Meat

                    Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                    If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                    6. Don’t Smoke

                    This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                    7. Socialize

                    Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                    8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                    Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                    9. Be Optimistic

                    Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                    10. Own a Pet

                    Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                    11. Drink Coffee

                    Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                    12. Eat Less

                    Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                    13. Meditate

                    Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                    Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                    How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                    14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                    Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                    15. Laugh Often

                    Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                    16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                    Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                    17. Cook Your Own Food

                    When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                    Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                    18. Eat Mushrooms

                    Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                    19. Floss

                    Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                    20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                    Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                    Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                    21. Have Sex

                    Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                    Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

                    Reference

                    [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                    [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                    [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                    [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                    [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                    [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                    [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                    [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                    [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                    [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                    [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                    [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                    [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                    [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                    [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                    [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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