This is a hot topic amongst naturopathic students and professors alike. I assume most people out there think that all naturopaths are vegetarian when in fact many of us aren’t. I myself am not a vegetarian, however, I do believe in incorporating meat-free meals into my omnivore diet. That is why I am so excited to have a fabulous resource for you. New York Times best-selling author, Tosca Reno, has finally debuted her Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook. It is full of healthy, clean, and tasty vegetarian recipes as well as informational pages covering many aspects of vegetarian health.
Tosca has generously shared one of her recipes here with us:
- 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) vegan unsweetened protein powder, as natural as possible
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) hulled hemp seeds
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) flaxseed, cracked
- 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) unsweetened dried cranberries
- 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) vegan semisweet natural chocolate chips
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 cup (240 ml) all-natural peanut butter, sugar and salt free
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) brown-rice syrup, yacon syrup or pure honey
In a large bowl, mix together oats, protein powder, hemp seeds, flaxseed, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and sea salt. Add peanut butter and syrup or honey and mix together. Using your hands, knead mixture together thoroughly. Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto a baking sheet, or use a mini ice-cream scoop. Using your hands, roll into balls. Wrap kisses in squares of aluminum foil, twisting tops to seal, or store them unwrapped in an airtight container.
Most importantly, enjoy!
Should you choose to be vegetarian just remember that it requires a lot of education and diligence about one’s health. Vegetarians need to be extra cautious about iron levels, vitamin B12 levels, protein intake and carbohydrate selection. It’s easy to be a bad vegetarian who relies solely on fats, carbs and sugars. Oh my!
To learn more about responsible vegetarianism and how to incorporate vegetarian meals into your lifestyle please visit me at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.
Meat-free meals are just what the (future) doctor ordered!