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Quinoa and cashew mousse breakfast bowl by Loounie

Leader of the plant-based movement for years, Caroline Huard has become a reference for flexitarians, vegans and vegans-to-be. Better known as Loounie, this former occupational therapist is an Instagram sensation where she shares yummy recipes and lifestyle tips with her loyal community.

Recently, she was invited to become a regular panellist for Radio-Canada’s radio program Bien entendu. We’re so privileged that she accepted to create exclusive recipes with our almond milk and/or cashew milk 😍

Without further ado, bon appétit!

Quinoa and cashew mousse breakfast bowl

In the morning, I don’t have time to take my time. And, personally, unless there’s a heatwave, I prefer starting my days with a warm and comforting meal… even during summer! Here’s an easy recipe that you can prepare in advance and put together in a few minutes in the morning.

Ingredients (for 1-2 bowls, depending on your hunger!)

–        1 cup of cooked quinoa;
–        ½ to 1 cup of fresh fruits, cut;
–        ¼ cup of grains or nuts of your choice;
–        1 cup of Dose cashew milk;
–        1 tablespoon of maple syrup;
–        ½ teaspoon of cinnamon;
–        1 pinch of salt.

In a bowl, place cooked quinoa and garnish with fruits and nuts or grains. Set aside.

In a pot, pour the cashew milk and maple syrup. Add cinnamon and salt, then mix with a whisk. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes hot and nicely whipped. (For this part, you can use a milk frother: it’ll be easier and faster!)

Pour the hot mixture on quinoa. Serve immediately.

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Dirty Dozen List: nonorganic veggies and fruits you should never eat

Maybe you know, maybe you don’t… but not all nonorganic fruits and veggies are equally contaminated by pesticides and chemicals.

Some fruits and vegetables are safe. However, some shouldn’t even be touched with a stick 😂  They contain too many pesticides.

This is why every year, the Environmental Working Group creates the Dirty Dozen list which states the 12 most contaminated veggies or fruits. Because of that, those would be the most harmful for your health.

They also create a list of the 15 cleanest, so you know what’s really safe for you and your family.

The Environmental Working Group uses data from the USDA on pesticides. Of course, in Canada, we have stricter rules concerning pesticides, but still… it gives you a good idea!

For instance, strawberry is the worst of all. One sample that was tested had as much as 22 pesticides in it. It’s so sad because it’s such a delicious fruit (one of my favorites, personally) 💔

In 2nd place, you have spinach.

The thing is many people recommend incorporating spinach to your diet. They’re full of vitamins and other great nutrients. But, eww; eating nonorganic spinach makes you ingest a lot of pesticides. Therefore, it’s way better to consume it organic to get all the benefits without any harmful substance.

Without future ado, here’s the complete list, ranked from super worst to less worst (but still bad):

  1. Strawberry
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarine
  4. Apple
  5. Peach
  6. Pear
  7. Cherry
  8. Grape
  9. Celery (watch out if you’re juicing non organic celery juice)
  10. Tomato
  11. Sweet Bell Pepper
  12. Potato

What a sad list.

There are so many fruits that I love on it.

By the way, if you’re into juicing yourself, try to avoid using nonorganic ingredients that are in this list. Juicing makes you consume A LOT of fruits and/veggies in one shot… so it means you drink A LOT of pesticides.

Pesticides cocktail anyone?

That’s what I thought. No one really wants that 🤢

You probably also want to know what non-organics are safe for you? Here they are:

  1. Avocado
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onion
  6. Frozen Sweet Pea
  7. Papaya
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mango
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli

You’re probably wondering… why are strawberry and spinach are the worst of all?

To understand better, let’s take a look at each one’s result during the testing of Environmental Working Group.

Strawberry 🍓

* A single sample of strawberry showed 22 different pesticides/pesticide breakdown product

* 20% of strawberries tested positive for 10 or more pesticides

* As much as 16% of strawberries contained carbendazim, an endocrine disruptor that harms the male reproductive system

Spinach 🍃

* Spinach samples had, on average, 1.8 as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop. A lot more!

* On average, the level of pesticides on non-organic spinach equaled 7.1 different chemicals. Ouch!

* Their worst sample contained 18 different pesticides or pesticide breakdown.

So what’s so dangerous about the Dirty Dozen?

Fertility factor

Well, first of all, the report also focuses on the fact that high pesticide residue is linked to infertility. Harvard studies say:

* Women who ate produce with high pesticide residue levels (2 or more a day) had a 26% percent lower risk of having a successful pregnancy when compared to women who eat cleaner

* It also impacts male infertility: men who ingested more pesticides on fruits and veggies suffered from poorer sperm quality

Why does it matter? Because sperm counts of men living in North American, Australia, Europe and New Zealand have dropped 50 percent in less than 40 years.

Brain damage factor

The Dirty Dozen report also focused on chlorpyrifos, an insecticide you can find on:

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines

Scientists reviewed the evidence and found chlorpyrifos to harm your child’s brain and behavior. Unfortunately, this insecticide will be allowed to use until 2022.

Can you wash all the pesticides?

Washing helps to remove some of it, so do it. Always.

But systemic pesticides are inside the product and can’t be washed.

Here are our final thoughts on this Dirty Dozen list:

* Try to avoid eating non-organic strawberries and spinach, they have high pesticide residue.

* Don’t stop eating fruits and vegetables because of this list, it is super important for your health. Always eat a lot, but choose organic when possible, especially when you want some among the list. Just be smart about it.

* Pesticides are linked to dozens of health problems, including some cancers, symptoms of ADHD, autism, Parkinson’s and a whole lot of other issues

* Keep in mind that this list is based on USA fruits and vegetables, in Canada we have stricter regulation, but still…you can never be too careful. 😉

P.S. We offer only organic cold pressed juices, organic juice cleanses and super celery, cucumber and leafy greens organic green juice.

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The things you should consider when looking for a plant-based milk alternative


For a few years now, demand for alternatives to dairy milk has been increasing. 

Whether it’s for health purposes or environmental concerns, more and more people – vegans, vegetarians or simply flexitarians – are replacing cow’s milk with: soy milk, nut milk, coconut milk, oat milk, legume milk, etc. 

But how do you choose a plant-based milk? 

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Why You’re Doing Your Celery Juice Cleanse Wrong.

Celery Juice… Is it really magic? 🐰🎩

 

After Super Kale, meet Super Celery!!!

 

Celery juice is definitely THE thing right now in the fascinating world of clean and natural eating🌿

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How To Do A Juice Cleanse Properly

Having a healthy lifestyle is becoming not only a trend (a rather beneficial one), but a necessity as well.

Juice cleanse is a detoxifying process that is characterized by drinking fruit and vegetable juices during a certain amount of time (that can go from several days to several weeks). It is beneficial for the entire body, most particularly the immune and digestive system, as it gives it a rest and removes toxins, as well as for the skin and even the mood.

But one does not simply jump in the Juice Cleanse world without being prepared.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to do a cleanse and really enjoy its effects 😊

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4 Easy Christmas Cocktails / Mocktails For All Tastes

Looking for cocktails that are truly delicious AND easy to make?

If you want to impress your friends and colleagues with alcohol free cocktails, read this article!
(We’ve indicated how to make them alcoholic for those of you who prefer them that way. And all these drinks are good WITH OR WITHOUT alcohol!)

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The Best Hostess/Host Gifts for Christmas

Holidays mean: happenings, fun times with all the family and friends and food excess… No wonder why it’s my favorite time of the year 😉

But you know each year, I almost forget to buy the gift that is, in my opinion, the most important: the hostess/host gift!

Receiving all the family, friends, colleagues, etc. – it takes a lot of time, thinking and money.
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5 Easy Recipes to Make your Kids LOVE Broccoli!

We asked our followers what was the healthy food their kids hate the most… and the answer didn’t surprise us that much: BROCCOLI

🥦🥦🥦

 

What can you do to make your kids eat more broccoli?

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4 reasons to consume turmeric

Turmeric, also known as saffron of the Indies, has been a valued super-food in India and China for ages now, due to its several medicinal virtues.  It was traditionally used as a food additive to treat digestive disorders, to relieve skin or inflammatory diseases and to regulate menstrual disorders. Additionally because of its culinary flavor, it serves as an ally on many other levels, especially as a food preservative, as a natural dye due to curcumin (the pigment which gives it its yellow color), and as a cosmetic tool for its beneficial effect on the skin. In India, turmeric is a spice consumed daily in local cuisine, it composes Indian curry!

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5 tips to eat more vegan

Veganism is one of the most popular trends of the last 5 years, if not the most popular of all! People choose to adopt this new lifestyle for the sake of the environment, their own health or because of the poor treatment of animals. Though this trend is quite appealing, it’s overwhelming and stressful for some, which discourages them from trying. But stop worrying, we’ve all been there!

 

We asked our friend Caroline Huard (Loounie), a generous and creative vegan woman, to give us her best advice on how to begin eating vegan if we don’t know where to start.

 

Here they are: the 5 tips to help you eat more vegan!