I Want to Be Healthy, But…

Life is so busy. We have kids to teach, houses to maintain, jobs to go to. We need to make time for our spouse, for our kids, church family and of course God and ourselves. And on top of all that we know we should eat well, exercise and get enough sleep. Phew! I’m feeling exhausted just reading that list.

Thankfully we live in a time when time-saving devices really do save you time and make healthy eating possible, even if we’re flat out. My rice cooker cooks brown rice or quinoa while my pressure cooker cooks a chickpea stew or TVP curry. I can use my V-slicer (mandolin) to quickly slice up tomatoes for burgers, or my strong blender (or Thermomix) to whizz up some homemade raw cashew mayonnaise or a delicious fruit-based ice cream. Being healthy doesn’t have to take up lots of time. Plan ahead and you’ll be amazed what crowd-pleasing meals you can create in a very short amount of time.

For some suggestions, check out my latest video – 7 Kitchen Tools That Make Vegan Cooking Easy.

 

Dark, Green, Leafy Veggies! (And a great Cooking Demo Video!)

Ever noticed now horribly anaemic and weak gorillas and elephants look? No, me neither. I guess it must be all the meat they consume. No again. In fact, gorillas and elephants eat almost exclusively of plants and in particular green, leafy plants.

For vegetarians and vegans (people who choose not to eat meat, fish and in some cases also eggs and dairy products) it is vital to replace the iron and protein from the animal products with plant-based food sources. Dark green, leafy vegetables are one easy, affordable and tasty way to do this. Spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, collard greens, chicory, swiss chard, broccoli, bok choy and choy sum are all excellent sources of iron and protein and also contain fiber and folate.
When 100 calories of boiled broccoli (357g / 12.6oz) is compared to 100 calories of broiled porterhouse steak (30g / 1oz) something stands out. The broccoli contains 11.1g protein compared to 6.5g in the steak and the broccoli delivers 2.2mg iron compared to 0.8mg in the steak. It’s clear that the plant-based food certainly delivers the iron and protein we need.

As Author Ellen White writes, “Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigour of intellect that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet. “{MH 296.1}

Why not try to use green, leafy vegetables every day in your cooking? Take a look at my first cooking show episode ‘Coconut Curry Tofu’ to see just how easy and yummy cooking with greens can be!

Click here to watch Dr Michael Greger’s video ‘The Healthiest Vegetables’ for extra motivation https://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-healthiest- vegetables/

May you come to love dark, green leafy vegetables as much as my family and I do.

Guest Post: A Sneak Peek inside the new ‘No, We Don’t Only Eat Carrots!” Cookbook

Many thanks to homeschooling mom Leah Jones, for sharing with AHE!

About 10 years ago a thoughtful friend of ours, Ken, shared an amazing book with us: Jane A. Plant’s ‘Your Life In Your Hands’, a powerful and inspiring testimony about a woman’s victory over breast cancer. By eliminating dairy (even the hidden dairy ingredients in things like potato chips and wine) Jane overcome her cancer, and this turned our world upside down.

The following few months led us to read two other life-changing health books, Dr T.Colin Campbell’s ‘The China Study’ and Dr Joel Fuhrman’s ‘Eat To Live’. Motivated by Campbell’s extensive research and studies, and Fuhrman’s shocking health statistics and motivating recovery stories, we committed ourselves to eating a plant-based diet with eggs. Later we committed to a 100% plant-based diet (vegan) and we remain informed and motivated by Dr Greger’s health videos at http://www.nutritionfacts.org.

When we later learnt about the health message promoted by Ellen White we were amazed at the scientific accuracy of her statements even though they were written 150 years earlier.

I’d like to share a recipe with you from my new cookbook ‘No, We Don’t Only Eat Carrots! Plant-Based Food For Humans’ with the hope that it encourages you to begin (or continue) your health journey. For more recipes and information please visit my site www.notonlycarrots.com.

 

Tacos, Guacamole and Salsa

446 kilojoules (106 calories) per taco
Makes 24 tacos

INGREDIENTS

Guacamole
2 large ripe avocados
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon savoury yeast flakes (nutritional yeast)

Salsa
1 tin diced tomatoes (400g) (14 oz)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mince
2 small onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 green capsicum (bell pepper), bite-sized chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ¼ teaspoons ground coriander (ground cilantro)
1 ¼ teaspoons ground paprika
1 ¼ teaspoons ground oregano
1 ¼ teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
1/2 tablespoon savoury yeast flakes (nutritional yeast)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tin brown lentils, drained (1 cup cooked)
1 tin champignons (mushrooms), drained and sliced (220g) (7 ½ oz)
1 tin red kidney beans, drained (1 cup cooked)
1 tablespoon cornflour (corn starch) + 1 tablespoon cool water, made into a paste
3/4 cup water (200ml) (200g)

Salad & Tacos

¼ head of lettuce, shredded
4 tomatoes, diced
1 large carrot, grated
1/2 large continental cucumber, diced
24 taco shells

SALSA PROCEDURE

Conventional
Cook all ingredients in a small saucepan over a medium-high heat until thick.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat-proof bowl.

Thermomix
Put MC on an angle (this will reduce splatter) and add all ingredients to the TM bowl and stir for 3 seconds on Speed 3.
Cook for 10 minutes at 100°C (212°F) on Speed 1 and transfer to heat-proof bowl.

GUACAMOLE PROCEDURE

Conventional
Mash the avocados until creamy with a fork and stir in remaining ingredients.

Thermomix
Purée all ingredients for 10 seconds on Speed 4-5 until smooth. Scrape down the sides and repeat as necessary. The guacamole should be creamy.

 

MINCE PROCEDURE

Conventional
In a medium-sized frypan,  sauté onions, garlic and capsicum in oil over a medium-high heat until soft.
Add in the coriander (cilantro), paprika, oregano, cumin and yeast flakes. Keep stirring until you can smell the spices strongly.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir continuously until the mixture thickens. Reduce to a medium-low heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat, cover and set aside.

Thermomix
Chop onion, garlic and capsicum for 2 seconds on Speed 7.
Add in the oil and sauté at 100°C (212°F) on Speed 1 for 5 minutes.
Add in the coriander (cilantro), paprika, oregano, cumin and yeast flakes and cook for 2 minutes at Varoma temperature on Speed 1.
Add in remaining ingredients and stir for 5 seconds on reverse Speed 3.
Put MC on an angle (reduces splatter) and cook for 15 minutes at 100°C (212°F) on reverse Speed soft. Transfer to the Thermoserver.

SALAD AND TACOS PROCEDURE

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
Separate the taco shells and heat upside down on a large baking tray for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare each of the salad ingredients. Keep each salad in its own bowl.
Each person makes his/her own tacos, so place the bowls of mince, salsa, guacamole, salads and heated taco shells in the middle of the table. Layer each taco in this way: a large spoonful of mince, a small spoonful each of guacamole and salsa and a small amount of each of the salads. Guaranteed to be a messy, but oh so yummy, event!

Alternatives

In place of the brown lentils, dice a tin of Nutmeat into bite-sized chunks or use Casserole Mince (both Vegie Delights Brand).
Sprinkle some grated vegan Bio Cheese (My Life brand) on top of each Taco.
Add more of each spice if needed.

Serving Suggestions
In place of taco shells, use corn chips or wraps.
Serve with Raw Cashew Mayonnaise (p.23) as an alternative to guacamole.

A Leap of Faith ~ Cassandra’s Homeschooling Testimony

My homeschool journey began when our daughter was attending SDA church school. She was in third grade and getting away with all types of negative character/behavioral issues because her grandmother was her teacher. Her classmates did not particular care for her because of this. Grandma would allow her to act out with no consequences. I would speak to my mother in law about this to no avail. I was constantly pulling her out of class because of her behavior and fights. It started to get old very quick. I believe in SDA Christian education, done right. My husband attended church school from the kindergarten to college. Our circumstances dictated that we do something different.

At that time, I was the school secretary where our daughter attended. These were some trying times for me. We had two children. Our daughter attended where I worked and our son attended the other church school. Both had to have uniforms, lunches etc…Our son had to get to and from school by whomever we could work out transportation with. The cost…can you say mortgage payments. My husband would say if it costs the much now what is it going to be like when it is time for college.

Our daughter’s behavior was getting worse and the spankings increased. I had attempted to homeschool our daughter when she was kindergarten age, but I allowed my mother in law to talk me out of it.

One day my friend and her children came by my job. They had been on a field trip and (they were homeschooling family) they looked so content in this situation, so I started ask questions and they began to explain to me where they had been and so forth. I was complaining about my daughter’s behavior and  both my friend and I thought that I needed to pray and ask God for guidance.  The expression “Doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome” came to my mind. So we both began to pray. I got my hands on a book by the Moore’s , read it and I was convicted. But I had not spoken to my husband yet. I wanted to be armed with info first. Then I found The Adventist Home Educator, this is when Sis. Judy was doing it. We purchased the book,  and DVD’s.

My husband and I talked and prayed about our decision because we would be down to one income. I was not making much. I only took that job so I could be where my daughter was not because of the money. Because our finances were already stretched with both children in church school, becoming a one-income family was scary to us. Nevertheless, we took a leap of faith and we did not put her in CF quotechurch school the following year.

Our daughter finished high school last year. And our son will finish college soon Praise the Lord! I can tell you for sure it has not always been easy.  Do not think for a minute that we did not get feedback from church members, family and the so-called friends, we did. Some of these people would make you feel like you do not know what you are doing. They tell you your child will be isolated, that they will not have any friends or that your child needs to be socialized. They would ask why you would do this to your children. Actually, some of them were worse than the people who were not of my faith. I even had people come to me and say that I thought my children were better than theirs were. This was just the beginning. I had to learn not get angry every time I was confronted, so I armed myself with info regarding homeschooling. Sometimes I thought I was losing my mind or I felt like I was not doing enough. The one-on-one praying and teaching worked for us. The spankings she received because of her behavior ceased. Our prayer time and devotions were amazing. Having school all day was a thing of the past. Just a few hours a day and we were able to do other stuff like gardening, cooking and learning to sew etc…Our bond grew tighter. Nothing but God! One of the first scriptures we learned was Psalm 46:1 -“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” KJV

My journey of homeschooling has ended for our children, but I will help anyone who asks me how to get started. You cannot just turn it off. I pray for homeschool families weekly. It is not an easy job but it is so worth it.

by Cassandra Folson

Growing With God: Curlyn’s Homeschooling Testimony

My name is Curlyn Baptiste, I’m 38 years old and I’m a single-parent homeschooling mom in NYC.

My 4-year-old daughter was with me the first two years of her life and due to financial struggles I went back into the work force and sent her to school for one year.

To my utter dismay, whenever we had morning and evening worship, there was always a fight from Baptiste familyher, not wanting to hear, sing or talk about Jesus or God.  That was not my only struggle, she would tell me that ” my friends say this and teacher say that” and whatever I say would not be of much value. That troubled me at lot, had heart to heart searching with God as to what I should do for her to retain His knowledge and learn to love Him more.

During the summer of 2013, while in training to better myself in canvassing on my days off from work, I was paired up with another single mom who was going through the same battle! Friends, my God is good and He comes in right on time!

We both realised that we wanted the same things for our daughters and ourselves spiritually.

We received valuable information about Sunlight Education Ministry, an SDA curriculum for homeschooling which solely uses the Bible as the foundation and main source for all the educational classes.  I was amazed and was even more confirmed that’s our goal when I found out all of its materials were free!!!!!!!

In October of 2013, against the wishes of my boss and my close friends, I quit my job and began homeschooling my daughter.

Friends, I’ve seen miracles happen!

Firstly, the other parent who joined me with her 4-year-old daughter, travels every day from her county to mine so that we can teach the kids! That’s a major sacrifice on her part and she is also an excellent vegan cook and medical missionary! We are schooled daily in what God requires of us in everything we do.

Secondly, my daughter has major food allergies. She is allergic to soy and other major foods, but as I chose to also become a vegan at the same time, we started introducing her to soy products and God be praised even her allergist was dumbfounded to see the positive changes in her.

Also our source of income is canvassing, and even when I can’t see God sometimes, He still comes through when I just totally rely on Him. I must say at times watching and waiting would get the better of me and I would doubt myself and God but even then He never gives up, He opens my eyes to other options even I can’t see to meet my daily needs.

Thirdly and most importantly, we has grown so much in the knowledge and walk with God!
Everyday I’m impressed by the Holy Spirit to learn more so that I can impart more. I feel so guilty when I don’t spend enough quality time myself with God everyday. My daughter is the driving force behind my walk with Him, I’ve learned from Adventist Home that kids learn more from our examples than our words so I have to know God myself to share Him with her and that’s what motivates me everyday.

Keep us in your prayers as we follow His will for us and our children that He had loaned to us.

I’m impressed to go to mission school and also looking for a country home for us, do please lift us up as we do the same for you as we travel on this journey to Glory Land.

God bless!

Notes On A Hermit Crab ~ A Nature Object Lesson

Guest Post by Nikki who blogs @ Sew Running Around

First, we need to be living in the Water of Life, just like a hermit crab needs water to live. Are we “in Jesus”? Do we seek him every day in His Word, to be in us and with us? John 4:14 “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

In order to grow, a hermit crab needs to find a larger shell and abandon its previous one. In order for us to grow, we must abandon our flesh (our too-small shell), and seek a house greater – Christ’s robe of righteousness. We cannot become too comfortable in our flesh, and in our own sins, for if we do-just as if a hermit crab were to- we cannot grow. Romans 6:6 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” Romans 8:10

When a hermit crab is in too small of a house, it is no longer perfectly protected. It is hermit crab factsvulnerable to the enemy. If we live in our sinful flesh, we are vulnerable to the enemy too! Not only can’t we grow, but we will be eaten (hurt) by Satan. If a hermit crab continues seeking for larger shells to live-in, it can live to be 70 years old – and if we daily die to self, seek Jesus for His protection, we will live a long, happy, and prosperous life. 1 Peter 2:2 says “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby“…“but bring them (thy children) up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord That it may be well with thee, and thou (they) mayest live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:4,3

In general, and despite their name, hermit crabs are social animals that do best in groups; and best in groups where there are varying ages and sizes of other crabs. As Christians, we need to be near to one another, strengthening each other, helping each other. Acts 2:46 And not all the same! We need our young tender crabs, and our old crusty crabs too! If crabs are all the same age and size, they tend to fight ferociously with each other – and play king of the crab, to see who is better. That reminds me of us too. We need all ages, all sizes, all gifts – none the same! We are all in the perfect shell for ourselves – just the right size for the day, if we just look to Jesus. Romans 12: 4, 5, 6 “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us” Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

Lastly, hermit crabs live in varying depths of saltwater, from shallow reefs and shorelines to deep sea bottoms. As Christians living in the shell of Christ, we will be at different places too. Some of us will be just starting out, on the shoreline. Some of us are blooming in the beautiful reefs, and others of us are diving deep – but we are all living in The Water of Life! And each of the crabs are still hermit crabs, despite where they live. We are Christians, too, no matter where we are in our walk – as long as we continue to seek a greater house than our own by surrendering our flesh and seeking His righteousness daily. Romans 8:4 “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Departing Words: 2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”