Ultimate Healing “Green” Broth

I love to give my body what it needs to heal when I am ill, so as usual, I experimented and recently created a very nutritious soup that helped me tremendously, so I am sharing! This is a very “green” and nourishing broth that is easy to digest, and your body will thank you for it.  This recipe is for a large pot of soup that will feed 8-10 people. I suggest freezing the left overs.

ultimate-healing-green-broth

vegan / gluten-free / soy free

Ingredients:

1 large zucchini, chopped

8-10 brussels sprouts, stemmed and cut in half

1 large leek, chopped

1 handful of fresh parsley

1 handful of baby spinach

3-4 kale leaves, chopped

3 Tbsp vegan broth powder

5-6 garlic cloves, chopped

¼ tsp coriander

1 Tbsp turmeric

1 Tbsp ground sage

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

12 cups water

Process:

  1. In a large pot, add a ½ cup water and cook the zucchini and leeks on medium high for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the brussels sprouts and another ½ cup water (or more if it is becoming dry). Cook for another 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining water – about 11 cups and all the remaining ingredients, except the kale and spinach. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 40 minutes.
  4. Add kale and spinach and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove pot from stove. Carefully add soup mixture into blender to puree. Make sure not to fill the blender or the mixture will spill out when you blend. You will not be able to blend all of the mixture at once. Blend for about 10 seconds until it becomes a puree. Set aside in a large pot or bowl. Continue this process until all the soup is pureed.
  6. The broth will be green. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

© 2017, Vilma Reynoso, VEGoutwithVilms.com, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals

 

 

Healthy Winter Vegetable Puree

There is nothing better than delicious, warm soup on frigid winter day! Having experienced an unexpected Arctic blast here in the Rockies yesterday, I decided to stay home and create this new recipe. This will feed 6-8 people, is gluten-free and of course, vegan.

Vegan Soup

I added turmeric to this recipe, and the taste is phenomenal. Turmeric has many health benefits and has been used in India for over 2500 years. Researchers have discovered that turmeric is known to help with eye health, weight loss, Parkinson’s disease, depression, liver health, leukemia, skin cancers, prostate cancer, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, a natural pain-killer, helps you sleep better and more! Below is the recipe.

Equipment:

Blender

Large soup pot

Ingredients:

1 large zucchini, peeled and chopped

4 large carrots, peeled and chopped

4 potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

2 Tbsp. turmeric

1 Tbsp. fennel

1 Tbsp. sea salt

¼ tsp crushed red pepper

4 Tbsp. vegan bouillon

1-2 Tbsp. olive oil

8 cups water

Process:

  1. Prepare above ingredients.
  2. In a large pot, cook the carrots and onions in olive oil for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add zucchini and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add more oil or a dab of water if the mix is becoming dry.
  4. Add 8 cups water, potatoes and spices.
  5. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 40 minutes.
  6. Carefully add soup mixture into blender. Make sure not to fill the blender or the mixture will spill out when you blend. You will not be able to blend all of the mixture at once. Blend for about 10 seconds until it becomes a puree. Set aside in a large pot or bowl. Continue this process until all the soup is blended and pureed.
  7. Serve and garnish with a dash of black pepper.

Enjoy!

© 2016, Vilma Reynoso, VEGoutwithVilms.com, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals

Ten Life-Changing Benefits of Drinking Vegan Green Smoothies

When I first started drinking vegan green smoothies, I had no idea what I was doing. I had no clue how to make them, what ingredients I should use, how much water or plant-based milk I should add, what vegetables and fruit work well. But, I was determined to improve my health, so my research began and I soon found some good recipes.

But feeling lousy for years and suffering from uterine fibroids, chronic fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, asthma, sinusitis, foggy thinking, depression, and more, I was not sure how much of an impact a smoothie could make on my health. I expected to “suffer” through my new green smoothie endeavor and knew that I would be eating something that tasted like cardboard.

Of course, I was not alone, right? Who loves the taste of raw, liquid kale?

Yuck.

Boy, was I wrong!

Not only were smoothies tasty, but I fell in love with them.  As I learned to create delicious smoothie concoctions, I was surprised at how delicious they tasted, how easy they were to make, and that I did not taste the “green parts.” The absolute best part was noticing how much better I felt each day after eating them, how I had more energy, how the extra weight came off easily, and how my ailments started to diminish.  Green smoothies were the perfect start to my goal of improving my health.

They can ALSO HELP YOU.

What are Green Smoothies and How They Can Help You Improve Your Health

Green smoothies are all natural, blended, delicious, cleansing, nourishing, life-giving concoctions of raw fruits and vegetables. They are nutritional powerhouses because they contain all of the nutrients the body needs for optimal functioning:

  • protein
  • minerals
  • vitamins
  • fats
  • carbs

Fruit and leafy greens as the main ingredients in green smoothies also contain fiber, which aides in the elimination of stored toxins in the bowels and tissues. Consumed as a blended drink, the fiber is broken down and allows for better absorption in the body. The high water content in fruit found in green smoothie recipes naturally hydrates the body. Green leafy vegetables also contain chlorophyll, which is liquefied sun energy. Chlorophyll cleanses all our organs and destroys free radicals, pathogenic bacteria and fungi in our bodies, and has been shown to destroy cancer cells.

How amazing!

Those are fantastic advantages, but there are also more! Here are ten fabulous benefits of drinking green smoothies:

  • More Energy. A green smoothie a day fills your body with needed vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
  • Weight Loss. Because of the low-calorie and high nutrient value, green smoothies will actually cause you to lose weight.
  • Better Sleep. Drinking green smoothies regulates your body’s systems which will help you sleep better.
  • Disease Elimination. As nutritious healing concoctions, green smoothies are a cure for unhealthy eating habits.
  • Disease Prevention. As nutritional powerhouses, green smoothies help to keep illnesses at bay.
  • Inexpensive to Create. There are many combinations of green smoothies. All you need are a few healthy and organic ingredients, and you are on your way.
  • Unlimited Ingredients. You can make a green smoothie with just about any fruit or vegetable; you are at liberty to experiment for different tastes.
  • Quick and Easy Preparation. Green Smoothies take about 5-7 minutes to create.
  • Quick and Easy Clean up. The blender, cutting board and knife are cleaned in no time.
  • Wonderful Taste. Green smoothies are very tasty, and even though leafy greens are a significant part of any green smoothie, the beauty is you only taste the fruit.

As highly nutritious and delicious drinks, a green smoothie a day, helps keep the doctor away!

To learn how to make delicious and nutritious green smoothies, purchase my eBook: Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms: 35 Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Ultimate Health and Vitality.

30 Benefits of living vegan.

Thirty Fabulous Benefits from Living Vegan

The vegan lifestyle has changed my life profoundly. It has opened my eyes, my heart, my compassion and my spirit more than any other experience in all the years I have lived!

My eyes were opened when I discovered that animals experience unimaginable torture before they are killed for our palates.  I learned we are polluting our earth by the ramifications of factory farming, we are destroying the oceans, and harming the air we breathe. Wanting to refrain from contributing to such brutality on all levels opened my heart. My compassion grew. Finally, my spirit became at peace knowing that when I sit down to a meal, I am choosing to eat the best diet possible for the animals, for the planet, and for the people. Learn more.  You can, too!

Here are some of the benefits I experience as a vegan:

  1. I am healthier.
  2. I have more energy.
  3. I am lighter.
  4. I feel younger than my age.
  5. I am stronger.
  6. I am more alert.
  7. I reduce my chances of getting a degenerative disease.
  8. I am increasing my quality of life.
  9. I do not contribute to torture and murder of animals worldwide.
  10. No animal had to suffer for me to nourish myself.
  11. I am not ingesting death, fear, and suffering.
  12. I am not contributing to global warming, since animal farming is the number one cause of climate change in the world.
  13. I am not contributing to the contamination of the oceans and the annihilation of sea life.
  14. I am not contributing to the elimination of the planet’s forests and fertile land to make room for livestock that is tortured and killed and then fed to populations who are dying from animal-based diets.
  15. I am using less of the earth’s precious water supply: it takes twenty five gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of grain. It takes 2500 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of meat!
  16. I am not contributing to world hunger: seventy percent of the grain grown in the U.S. alone is used to produce meat; if that grain were fed directly to people, no one on the planet would go hungry.
  17. I am not contributing to excessive waste from factory farms which pollutes our rivers and land.
  18. I am eating delicious vegan cuisine.
  19. I am receiving all the nutrients my body needs.
  20. I am eating healthy, whole vegan food without cholesterol, processed sugar, excessive sodium, GMOs, and added damaging and disease-causing chemicals.
  21. I do not smell foul odors in the kitchen when I cook or prepare my food.
  22. It is easy for me to clean up after preparing and eating vegan food.
  23. I am less irritable, anxious, fearful or worried.
  24. I acknowledge that humans are herbivores and eat what an herbivore is designed to consume.
  25. I have a minimal chance of buying or consuming contaminated food.
  26. I am more spiritually connected to all life.
  27. I am spreading compassion and love.
  28. I respect all life as it is.
  29. I am at peace.
  30. I am living my spiritual truth.

Vilma Reynoso, www.VEGoutwithVilms.com, VEG out: go Vegan. Save Earth. be Good to animals.

Copyright, 2014, Vilma Reynoso

Tomatoes for Life

Good things come to us unexpectedly and in many forms, don’t they?

I have been reflecting this week on my life, especially about the last few, very full years and the changes that have occurred. Prior to those years, however, one of the biggest blessings (if not the biggest) of my life was given to me, unexpectedly. My baby girl was born.

I became a mother and had to learn to pass on what I learned from this life to this precious human being who depended on me for everything. That responsibility sometimes still overwhelms me, but I have learned that the Divine is always there to help me. However, the gift that would come from this infant being was something even more priceless!

They say that sometimes life happens, and we have no idea why things occur the way they do. Only in retrospect are we grateful that things took the route they did and not the path we expected. I’ve discovered that if I choose to appreciate when this occurs in my life, I learn and grow from my experiences.

One case in point: my daughter and her eating habits as a baby and toddler. There was nothing that she wanted to eat, really, but fruit and cheese! I began to worry and wonder what in the world I would feed her, and where was she going to get her protein and nutrients. So, my research began.

I had to find a way to get her to eat REAL food, not just vegetables, fruit, and beans. I then partook in the average American diet – had my coffee in the mornings, sandwiches and French fries for lunch, meat, pasta or rice, chicken and/or potatoes with bread in evenings. I even loved a soft drink once in a while. This was normal, and of course, normal for most people.

Raw Vegan Health
Tomatoes from our organic garden

But, not for my daughter. She would not eat meat. I was in a bind.

My research lead me to the vegetarian diet because I needed to find something to feed my child. ANYTHING. So, I began to read about the protein content in beans, the health benefits of vegetables, the fiber in fruit, the harmful chemicals found in meat. Truly fascinated by what I read and by the examples of vegetarian (and vegan), fit and healthy people that I read about, I decided I needed to “go vegetarian” to save my daughter from all the “nutrient-less” fruit she consumed. I had no choice. She needed to eat something other than fruit and cheese. I had to do this!

As I dug deeper into researching the vegetarian lifestyle, I was convinced that not only was it NOT harmful for my daughter to eat fruit, but it was very beneficial. And, having been diagnosed with large, painful uterine fibroids, asthma, and rosacea, I needed to do something about MY own health and not just hers.

I embraced vegetarianism and slowly started to change my eating habits. I learned that feeding my child a meatless diet was OKAY, and I let her eat all the fruit she wanted. And, she took advantage!

After a while, my health began to improve, and I discovered veganism. I learned about the atrocities that occur daily to our animal friends, and I could not participate in their demise any longer, so I chose to go vegan for ethical reasons. To my amazement, my health improved dramatically! I now eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables in addition to the delicious cooked vegan food available these days. So, I have come full circle. Besides, it was “raw” fruit that my baby loved, wasn’t it?

There is something about a child that is pure, simple, unassuming, and intuitive. Very young children have innocent minds until they are socially and environmentally conditioned. Their bodies, minds, and spirits abound in curiosity, love, and energy, so they are able to choose what is pure without reservation, question, or judgment. Such is the case of my daughter, who knew, in some fashion or another, that fruit was good for her. She has not only inspired me to change but propelled my life in the most fulfilling direction I could have ever imagined. I am truly in awe and speechless sometimes at how this part of my life (and hers) has unfolded.

Eating and experiencing all that comes with a healthy, meatless diet is beautiful and very satisfying. There is nothing that I can think of that has transformed me more than living vegan. It has opened my eyes to the horror that animals experience, allowed me to eat the most nourishing, tasty food, and given me abundant health.

I owe my transformation to the catalyst that made it happen: my precious child, who, by the way, still LOVES her tomatoes!