5 Vegan Superfoods

Vegan Lifestyle is all about a holistic and encompassing lifestyle.  Ancient Cultures and civilizations all over the world have texts dedicated to healing. Vegans are against cruelty to animals in all streams of life. Chemical drugs manufactured by big companies are usually tested on lab animals like rats, guinea pigs and rabbits. These animals undergo horrible side effects that are a result of the trial and error methods employed in research.  Traditional cultures are a fount of treasure when it comes to holistic healing techniques. Though a more thorough and scientific study is required to point out the effects of these traditional products there is a lot of empirical evidence to prove their claims. These herbs and spices are by no means a replacement for Chemical drugs but they are a relatively side effect free lifestyle enhancements that contribute to your health. These products are most effective when they are of organic, natural and whole form.


Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine. There are two varieties of cinnamon available in India one is Chinese known as “cassia” and the other is Ceylon. The Ceylon cinnamon is used widely for medicinal purposes as cassia might lead to stomach upset in some people. Cinnamon is a fantastic source of fiber, flavanols, calcium, iron, manganese, and powerful antioxidants. Cinnamon can be used topically and even added as a cooking spice.

Cinnamon vegan superfood

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Cinnamon helps in fighting type 2 diabetes, prevents storage of fat which in turns leads to better heart health and also aids in weight loss.  Cinnamon is also known to boost brain function, aid in arthritis pain management and provides relief in cold and cough. It should be taken in moderation as excess intake can cause stomach problems.

Green Tea

Green tea (whole leaf) is the one of the healthiest drink on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have amazing effects on the body. Green tea has been

Green Tea

Green Tea

used as a medicine for thousands of years. With the use of whole leaf one ensures having a less processed and more natural product with the nutrition and goodness intact. Whole leaf Green tea is more natural and unprocessed form of the plant therefore it has more benefits compared to black tea or the powdered version available readily in the market. It is full of polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. The beneficial effects  of green tea includes  better brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer, regulation of blood sugar and other myriad benefits for skin and hair. Organically grown and minimally processed green teas are available in online vegan stores.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. One ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains, 11 grams fiber,  9 grams fat ,5 grams fat of which are omega 3’s, 4

Chia seeds

Chia Seeds

grams protein and sizeable percentage of  daily servings of manganese, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. Chia seeds are whole grain, are usually grown organically, and are naturally gluten free. These tiny powerhouses are also loaded with Antioxidants. The Chia seeds are said to help in regulating blood sugar and blood pressure. They are a rich source of plant based protein and fat. They can be sprinkled whole on top of salads or toast or added ground to smoothies. In India the local version is easily available at affordable prices and is popularly known as “Sabza”.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds have been around for the past 6000 years. They are most likely the ancestors

Flax Seeds

Flax Seeds

of all superfoods. Flax seeds aid digestion, improve skin quality, lower cholesterol, fight cancer and can help in weight loss. They are usually toasted and grinded for better absorption. Flax seed nutrition profile makes one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Flax seeds improve digestion; give clear skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, balance hormones, fight cancer and promote weight loss. Flaxseeds are the one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

Organic Flax seeds can be bought from vegan or specialty stores. They can be mixed with dough or sprinkled on salads and smoothies.


Turmeric is a staple in any Indian household. It has amazing antioxidant and anti-


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inflammatory properties. Turmeric is said to help in preventing cancer, reducing the risk of heart attack and strokes, combats inflammatory diseases, fights flu and cold and helps regulate blood sugar. Turmeric is also used in face packs to give a radiant complexion. Organically grown turmeric available in vegan stores is best for medicinal purposes.

These wonderful gifts of nature are our first step to fight and curtail the scourge of lifestyle diseases. These whole foods that are naturally obtained are largely chemical free. They are a rich addition to any diet including one for the natural food lovers and vegans and provide plant based nutrition. They must be included in any vegan diet to achieve perfect balance and nutrition.

How To Spot A Vegan

Beauty through Lifestyle, Healthy Eating and Peace

                            Vegan Beauty                                                              OhSheGlows.com

She walks in beauty, like the night

   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

Lord Byron

Often when I remember these lines by Lord Byron I think that he was talking about a lady at peace with herself and her surroundings, suffused with an inner glow that only a blameless soul can achieve.  It is also interesting to know that Lord Byron was one of the earliest proponents of the vegetarian movement; an earlier avatar of vegan lifestyle. I think of people who follow a vegan lifestyle in the same light. The people who follow vegan lifestyle are sentient and compassionate people at peace with themselves and the world around them.

A vegan does not treat the creatures of god with cruelty in any form nor do they use these creatures as products to be consumed in any form. All products derived from animals be it dairy, fur, leather, wool, eggs and meat entail cruelty in some form, vegans therefore they do not consume it.  People who follow vegan lifestyle prove every day in their choices that care more for god’s creation rather than vanity. All aspects of vegan lifestyle embrace a holistic philosophy. They wear vegan clothing, use vegan accessories and eat vegan food. As a result they have the inner peace of mind of not contributing to the deterioration of mother earth and its resources. As far as possible they also refrain from using products that contain unnatural chemicals and take special care in choosing products for their daily use. These precautions make them healthy and glowing from inside. As they say we are what we eat in that respect vegans are complete, natural and earthy individuals free of artifice or malice.

Vegans have to face ridicule from friends and family alike in many situations. The internet is littered with how to spot a vegan jokes. Yes vegans believe in their choice, they feel deeply for the animals that suffer unbearable torture and cruelty so some other people can indulge themselves in their choice of food, clothing or fashion accessories. This encounter with reality makes many people uncomfortable and they react by making fun of vegans for their choices.

For me vegans are brave and compassionate individuals. They are caring and loving towards their fellow beings in this world. So whenever you next walk in a room and are captivated by the rooted, relaxed and natural charm of an individual you know you’ve likely have spotted a Vegan.


A recipe for a vegan dessert to show respect to the Holy Cow during Navratra when we worship all forms of  the Mother Goddess.

Vegan almond milk kheer

Almond Milk Kheer (vegan-fare.blogspot.com)


(Time to cook 45 min- 1 hour)

Serves: 6


  • ¾ cup Basmati rice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 4 cups Almond milk
  • ½- 3/4 cup Sugar or Jaggery (to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. Raisins
  • ¾ tsp Cardamom powder


  1. Wash the rice and cook it with water. When it comes to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the water is absorbed by the rice.
  2. Add to this the almond milk, vanilla essence and sugar, depending on how sweet you want it to be.
  3. Let the kheer simmer, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened. Let it remain a little fluid because it will thicken as it stands.
  4. Add the raisins and cardamom powder and stir for about a minute.
  5. Enjoy!

This Kheer can be had both warm and chilled, I like it chilled in the summers.



Protein rich vegan food

Protein Rich Vegan Food ( Vouheldiet.atspace.eu)

(gm) (gm/100 cal)
Broccoli cooked 1 cup 4 6.7
Sunflower seeds 1/4 cup 6 3.3
Cashews 1/4 cup 5 2.7
Spinach cooked 1 cup 5 13.0
Soy yogurt, plain 8 ounces 6 4.0
Bulgur cooked 1 cup 6 3.7
Soy milk commercial 1 cup 7 7.0
Whole wheat bread 2 slices 7 5.2
Almond butter 2 Tbsp 7 3.4
Peanut butter 2 Tbsp 8 4.1
Veggie dog 1 link 8 13.3
Spaghetti, cooked 1 cup 8 3.7
Almonds 1/4 cup 8 3.7
Peanut butter 2 Tbsp 8 4.1
Veggie dog 1 link 8 13.3
Spaghetti, cooked 1 cup 8 3.7
Quinoa, cooked 1 cup 8 3.7
Peas, cooked 1 cup 8 6.6
Textured Vegetable Protein 1/2 cup 8 15.0
Bagel 1 med. (3.5 oz) 10 3.9
Tempeh 1 cup 31 9.6
Soybeans, cooked 1 cup 29 9.6
Seitan 3 ounces 21 17.5
Lentils, cooked 1 cup 18 7.8
Black beans, cooked 1 cup 15 6.7
Kidney beans, cooked 1 cup 15 6.8
Chickpeas, cooked 1 cup 15 5.4
Pinto beans, cooked 1 cup 15 6.3
Lima beans, cooked 1 cup 15 6.8
Black-eyed peas, cooked 1 cup 13 6.7
Veggie burger 1 patty 13 18.6
Veggie baked beans 1 cup 12 5.0
Tofu, firm 4 ounces 11 10.6
Tofu, regular 4 ounces 10 10.7


Powerhouse Zucchini Potato Fritters (vegan)

Vegan Zucchini Potato Fritters

Zucchini Potato Fritters

These days My daughter is finally eating vegetables. This recipe is a household favorite, loaded with minerals, vitamins and all the other goodies mothers want their offspring to ingest. It is relatively easy to make and you can make a low fat version very easily by using a non stick pan. I usually need to put on two pans as they fly away so fast. These fritters are great with soup to make a complete meal.

Ingredients (makes 12-16)

Zucchini               3 Large    Washed and Grated

Potatoes Raw      4 medium  Peeled  and Grated

Cashew paste      2 Tablespoon

Cornflour               3 Tablespoon

Crushed garlic       3-4 cloves (optional)

Italian Seasoning   1/2 Teaspoon

Salt to taste

Olive oil as required


Squeeze the  grated zucchini to remove excess moisture

In a mixing bowl mix all the ingredients together

Put the pan to heat, drizzle with olive oil  when heated

Pat  small round cakes of the mixture  and put them on the pan

Let it cook on slow , flip on the other side when light brown and repeat the cooking on the other side.

Here you are, now your nutritious, vegan, healthy, guilt free snack or starter is ready !! These little beauties are good for school snack box as well. These powerhouse fritters are a great addition to any cooks repertoire.

Nutrition Facts

Zucchini is is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.
Potato is  very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C.

Virgin Pina Colada Popsicle (vegan)

Coconut cream popsicle pina colada

Summer cooler vegan Popsicle Image Blackpeppercorn.com

Virgin Pina-Colada Popsicle

1/2 pineapple (large, chopped, about 4 cups)

400 ml. cream of coconut

3 Tbsps. fresh lime juice

1 pinch fine salt

Sweetener to taste  (Sugar or Agave or Maple syrup)

Puree the pineapple, cream of coconut, lime juice, and salt in a blender until smooth.

Pour the mixture into 12 ice-pop molds, dividing evenly. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours. It stays good to eat for up to 4 days.

Adapted from real simple@yummly.com

Tips : Tupperware molds are easy to use and the Popsicle come out easily..

Vegan Thandai Ultimate Summer Refresher

Holi Drink Vegan Thandai
Almond Milk Thandai Image Buzzintown.com



1 liter almond milk
3/4 cup sugar (or according to taste)
1tbsp. Melon Seeds( magaj) soaked
1 tbsp. Poppy seeds( khus khus) soaked
Fennel seeds 1 tsp. (Saunf)
Few strands saffron
6-8 green cardamom
4-6 peppercorn( Kali mirch)
Rose petals 15-20
Pista chopped for decoration


Grind soaked Melon seeds, Poppy seeds, Fennel seeds,Cardamom, Pepper,  and Rose Petals together.

Make a sugar syrup with equal parts of water. Put the saffron strands in the sugar syrup.

Mix a little almond milk to make a smooth paste.Mix the rest of the almond milk  with the paste and strain through a fine cloth or sieve. Add the sugar syrup.

Pour in glasses add ice and garnish with chopped Pista

Drink  Fresh