"Ian is enjoying eating whole plant-based foods but he is finding it time consuming to make everything from scratch. A whole foods diet does require more preparation time, so being prepared, doing all your shopping ahead of time, and making big batches to last the week are important habits to get into. Also the more you practice the faster you get. So if like Ian, food preparation takes you a long time, do not despair! Try the recipe again and you may just notice your preparation time gets less and less over time :-)"
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Jennifer Hanover experienced lots more energy and vitality following the 2011 Whole Foods Challenge. And now she's a bit more comfortable with including delicious spreads made from affordable ingredients like seeds to make healthy everyday more affordable and convenient.
Left: Jennifer fully took on the challenge and included lots of greens into her everyday. Delish delish!!
"Things are going really well. I feel great, and all of the food has been delicious! I even invented a few things. Bridget and I collaborated to meet the pineapple challenge (aka I came up with the salad idea and she did the rest). Can't really remember the amounts but it's a salad so it's kinda a free for all. (See previous posting for her recipe!)
Left: Pizza a la Raw, made with combining bases like basil ricotta cheeze, basil sun pesto, lemon thyme sun dried tomato sauce on a convenient Ezekiel Wrap (aka just pop in the oven) sprouted grain Ezekiel Wrap!
All participants had the option to participate the a "grand" weekly challenge...which was...to come up with a creative use for leftover pineapple from pizza a la raw using some flavour combining hints (i.e. Pineapple LOVES...Basil - sounds strange I know but it's good!) and using only ingredients from the the provided shopping lists. Jessica and Bridget, co-founders of theveganproject.ca came up with creative & delicious creation. Plus they included flax oil an excellent source of omega-3 which we all need to incorporate into our everyday diets.
I am CHALLENGING you to be the change you want to see in the world and make it really really delicious for your health, the planet and communities around the world…and eat whole plant-based foods for one whole week!
My name is Julie Beyer, I am whole foods chef for the everyday and am currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. I am the founder of For the Love of Food, a business dedicated to helping people integrate healthy eating to their everyday lives in a way that is quick, easy, convenient, affordable and delicious. My passion is to inspire you make conscious food choices for your health, the planet, and communities all around the world
Jennifer is experiencing the health benefits and financial savings that come from switching to a whole foods diet. She is the owner of a yoga studio in White Rock and not doubt has a busy schedule, yet she is managing to sustain the lifestyle. Way to go Jennifer!
Ted is creating his own dishes! Wow!!!
Ted is learning Secret #5 for Affordable of Organic foods. When you buy whole foods like dried legumes, whole grains, seeds, herbs and spices you do not need to spend that much. And he is experiencing that when you eat clean you feel actually feel good, really good.
Jenny's 'Whole Food Bake' (see recipe below :-)
" Jenny is applying Secret #1 for making everyday healthy Delicious and combining complimentary flavours to create her own delish everyday meals without having to follow a recipe. AND she is reaping the benefits of Secret #4 for Quick, and that is making stuff ahead of time so you can use later to make food quickly. I am so proud of you!!"
Like Jessica, Jenny is discovering that living a whole foods lifestyle is actually a lot of fun and really really delicious. Who knew making positive change for the planet, your health could be so delightful?
Left: Basil LOVES Beets. Jenny was inspired by the basil ricotta cheeze and combine it with roasted beets for quick, delicious and affordable week day meal. She is applying the Secret # 4 for the Quick of Everyday Healthy.
Jenny above - a dance teacher full of life!
Some excerpts from the e-mail between Jenny and I before the Challenge.
Jenny: "Hi Julie!.... I'm super excited to start the program!"
(I send Jenny the initial documents that include an introduction, shopping lists, recipe outlines for the week and not so clear intimidating instructions asking people to make everything yourself - from scratch). The next e-mail I get from Jenny follows: