Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nasoya Giveaway Winner

and the winner of the Nasoya Giveaway is...

Deirdre who entered on twitter! I'll be in touch with you shortly! Thank you to all that entered and to Nasoya for providing the giveaway.

In Other News:
This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Everyone knows someone, so get in the know. NEDA has all the resources you need for more information, ways to spread the word and how to get help. Check it out!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nasoya Tofu Fried Rice + Giveaway [Gluten-free, vegan]

"How do you get enough protein" is question every plant-based eater dreads. The idea of protein wasting due to a vegetarian diet is just archaic. Every diet needs variety, and we'd all benefit from getting more beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and organic soy in our life. Extra-firm organic soy is always on my grocery list, so I was thrilled that Nasoya asked me to try their new TofuPlus products. Done.

Black soybean extra firm tofu is my favorite. Naturally rich in protein and antioxidants, TofuPlus is fortified with B vitamins (including B12), vitamin D, zinc and calcium. And it's organic and Non-GMO Project Verified (the only way I eat soy-but I'm not going to get into that soy or not debate now. Read my opinion here). Add that to the fridge next to day-old brown rice, and an easy weeknight meal is made.

Vegan Fried Rice
1 block extra-firm tofu (I used Nasoya Black soybean extra firm tofu )
2 cups brown rice (day old at least)
2 cups veggies (frozen, fresh, whatever you like)
1 tsp ginger (dried or fresh minced)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
2 TBSP tamari (or soy sauce)
1 tsp maple syrup
Juice of 1 lemon 
Sriracha (I recommend JoJo's)

Coconut or hot sesame oil

1. Press tofu and cube. Lightly fry in coconut oil.
2. Mix together garlic, ginger, tamari, maple syrup, lemon and sriracha (as hot as you want). 
3. Add rice and veggies to saute pan with fried tofu.
4. Pour stir-fry sauce over all.
5. Cook for 5-10 minutes until everything is hot and rice starts to become crispy.
6. Enjoy! (more sriracha always an option)

And now the best part! I have 2 coupons for FREE Nasoya Tofu to giveaway. Here are the details:
  • Giveaway open from 2/18 until 5pm 2/25/2014
  • Open to all US residents 
  • 1 entry by leaving a comment on your favorite way to eat tofu
  • 1 entry by following me on twitter (@ElizabethEats) and tweeting "Enter to win @Nasoya #TofuPlus http://ow.ly/tLlkR via @ElizabethEats #giveaway"
Good luck! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

#OneChange with Vega

I dropped the ball on posting about New Year's Resolutions. As you can probably guess, I'm not a big fan of them. They are short-term and leave you destined for failure. PLUS they are usually in the form of crash/fad diets that I just can't get behind.

I believe that health is a continuum. There is no such thing as a "perfect" diet or exercise plan or perfect eater. If we all just take small steps towards improvement, we are doing what we need to do to live our best life. Plus there's a lot more to health than just nutrition and fitness. Hello sleep, mood regulation, and stress management!

At Vega we just launched our #OneChange campaign, to show what small steps can make a difference.

I am definitely a Serial Snacker. And I know i feel so much better when I snack consistently with something that has protein and fat vs grazing on carbs all day long.This Blueberry Lemon Tart Smoothie is my new favorite thing and I've been alternating between this just-add-fruit-dipper and nut butter with fruit for my afternoon snack. Why not find out your eating profile today to defeat your dietary kryptonite?

Are there any goals that you set for 2014?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Superfood Pistachio Pairings: Dark Chocolate + Dragon Fruit + Wine

I received free pistachio samples from the Pistachio Health Institute mentioned in this post. By posting this pairing I am entering a contest sponsored by Pistachio Health Institute and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Love me some pistachios. Alongside garlic butter popcorn, these were a reliable movie-time snack growing up. Since I'm a Serial Snacker (those tummy rumbles never stop) I continue to reach for these as a nut that forces you to eat mindfully. The extra step of having to unshell in-shell pistachios forces me to slow down, and pay attention to what i'm eating.  

When I want a sweet weeknight treat, but want a variety of flavors (especially along the sweet/salty axis), I reach for this simple pairing

Wine + Cacao Nib Dark Chocolate + Dragon Fruit + In-shell Pistachio

I'm no wine connoisseur so i'm not even going to talk about that. 

But dark chocolate, dragon fruit and pistachios? Let me wax poetic. 

Dark Chocolate
Antioxidants are cool, but mostly I'm all about taste when it comes to chocolate. the darker the better, add in some vanilla, cacao nibs and a good cause and I'm sold. 

Dragon Fruit
Tropical fruit that resembles a hot pink alien? Sign me up. Dragonfruit is native to Central and South America, found mostly in Asian and Caribbean markets here in the states. That is until Navitas Naturals started drying Dragon Fruit and selling it as a delicious snack. Vitamin C, magnesium, fiber and even a bit of protein. Superfood status obtained. 

Besides being crunchy, but smooth, salty but sweet, pistachios are also hidden sources of fiber and B vitamins. You get way more than a handful as a serving with in-shell pistachios. 1 serving=49 in-shell pistachios (I'm totally cool if you just round up to 50).  

How would you pair pistachios?