Author: Noor Daghistani

Episode 27 – A Vegan Thanksgiving with Non-Vegans

Episode 27 – A Vegan Thanksgiving with Non-Vegans

On this week’s episode, Noor teams up with the guys from the Two Broke Watch Snobs podcast and her good friend Becky to talk about their fun and delicious all-vegan Thanksgiving celebration. Now, Kaz from Two Broke Watch Snobs and his wife Becky are not […]

Episode 26 – Non-Antibiotic Drugs’ Impact on Gut Bacteria

Episode 26 – Non-Antibiotic Drugs’ Impact on Gut Bacteria

On Episode #26 of the Food Proof Podcast, Noor discusses a study which shows how non-antibiotic medications can significantly impact our microbiome. Catch this episode where Noor reveals which classes of non-antibiotic medications have been shown to kill the good bacteria in our gut the most, […]

Episode 25 – How to Help Treat Depression Naturally Part 2

Episode 25 – How to Help Treat Depression Naturally Part 2

Noor is excited to continue her discussion on ways you can help treat depression naturally on todays episode. While the last episode focused more on light therapy, the focus of this episode is diet and exercise.

Noor dives in to discuss how our diet can influence our mood and either increase or decrease our risk of depression. She also spends a good amount of time talking about those important omega-3 fatty acids and how they play a roll in our mood. Noor then touches on other vitamins and minerals that can impact our risk of depression. Finally, she discuss how exercise can be beneficial for mood and gives tips on ways you can become a highly effective exerciser!

References:
1. Dr. Furhman’s Position Paper: Treating Depression Naturally
2. Is Exercise A Viable Treatment for depression? 

Episode 24 – How to Help Treat Depression Naturally Part One

Episode 24 – How to Help Treat Depression Naturally Part One

Noor may know a lot about how to treat depression using medications, but she was not familiar with how to treat depression naturally until now! In this two-part episode, Noor is excited to share the information she has recently learned about the non-pharmacological ways, aka […]

Episode 23 – Vitamins and Supplements Needed on a Plant-Based Diet Part 2

Episode 23 – Vitamins and Supplements Needed on a Plant-Based Diet Part 2

Hello Food Proof Family! In this episode Noor and Michelle pick up where they left off in Episode 19. They continue discussing the vitamins and supplements that one needs to be mindful of when following a plant-based diet. Noor and Michelle talk about the importance of […]

Health Benefits of Food Proof’s Chocolate Nice Cream

Health Benefits of Food Proof’s Chocolate Nice Cream

It’s summer. It’s hot. And you want something cold and sweet to cool you off.

You could go for that ice cream in the freezer…. but of course, you know it’s not healthy! It’s loaded with cholesterol and sugar and nothing that would really nourish your body.

Well, there is a wonderful and satisfying alternative. Nice Cream!

Our Chocolate Nice Cream recipe is packed with delicious flavor that will curb your craving for ice cream, help cool you down, and provide several benefits to your body! What are those benefits you might ask?

Well, the base of our Chocolate Nice Cream recipe is bananas! Bananas are loaded with vitamins and minerals – especially potassium, which is needed for several of your body functions like your muscles, nerves, and arteries.

Our recipe also includes cacao powder, which, like bananas, can also help improve the function of your arteries – leading to improved blood pressure. Cacao has many antioxidant properties that can help lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, boost the good cholesterol, and it can even boost the immune system!

Finally, we top our delicious nice cream with a healthy dose of crushed walnuts. Walnuts are packed with omega 3 fatty acids – the good kind of fat! These good fats can help reduce the bad kind of cholesterol and triglycerides, leading to reduced risk in things like stoke and heart attack. They are also a good source of protein and other nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.

We hope you enjoy our Chocolate Nice Cream recipe! It’s in the video below.

 

Let us know how you like this nice cream recipe in the comments below.

Episode 15 – Interview with Andrew Otazo on Plastic in the Oceans

Episode 15 – Interview with Andrew Otazo on Plastic in the Oceans

Today’s show is dedicated to World Oceans Day. The Food Proof girls have the opportunity to interview Andrew Otazo, an individual who is passionate about keeping the oceans clean. Andrew dedicates his free time to cleaning up the mangroves in Key Biscayne, FL and educating […]

Episode 13 – Interview with Karen Ellis-Ritter on Animal Ethics

Episode 13 – Interview with Karen Ellis-Ritter on Animal Ethics

If you’ve ever wondered why anyone would “go vegan for the animals” this is the episode for you! In this episode Karen Ellis-Ritter, co-found of CFEI, joins the Food Proof girls again – but this time to talk about animal ethics. Karen discusses a wide […]

Vegan Birthday Party Recipes and Gifts Guide

Vegan Birthday Party Recipes and Gifts Guide

Is this your first time throwing a vegan birthday party? Are you planning to go to a vegan friend’s birthday party and have no idea what to bring? Don’t worry, we have you covered! You can listen to our podcast episode discussing our recipe picks HERor simply continue reading below for our favorite party foods!

Chips and Dip 

What is a party without some awesome chips and dip?! Here are a few of our absolute favs!

The Vegan Zombie’s Nacho Cheese Sauce

This is a delicious vegan nacho cheese made out of cashews! I love this dip….and Michelle is obsessed! I found the recipe on YouTube by a guy who calls himself the Vegan Zombie (hence the title). You can watch the video (it’s pretty funny) HERE or just read below for the ingredients and instructions.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups cashews
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper
  • 1 – 1.5 cups water
  • 0.5 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric

Directions:

  1. If you do not have a high powered blender, soak cashews in water for 30 minutes.
  2. If you have a gas stove, fire roast the bell pepper. If you have an electric stovetop preheat to 400 F (232 C). Roast bell pepper on a cookie sheet once oven is ready for about 30 minutes, rotating the bell pepper at least once during this time period, until bell pepper skin begins to blister.
  3. Once bell pepper is ready, remove from oven and place it into a bowl and place a lid on top to allow the steam to stay and heat the bell pepper.
  4. In the blender place cashews (If you had to soak them drain them first) and water, starting off with just one cup and using more if needed.
  5. Add nutritional yeast, salt, garlic, onion, smoked paprika, and turmeric in blender.
  6. Remove bell pepper from bowl and carefully cut open the bell pepper, pouring out the pepper juice into the blender, and then remove the seeds and the skin.
  7. Add bell pepper pieces into blender and blend all ingredients together
  8. Serve with chips or veggies to dip and enjoy!

Michelle’s One Minute Chip Dip 

Short on time? Then this dip recipe is for you! Super easy and super yummy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vegan sour cream
  • 1 packet simply organic French onion dip
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped scallions optional

Directions:

  1. Mix the contents of the packet with the sour cream
  2. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
  3. Garnish with scallions and enjoy!

Alicia Silverstone’s Five-Layer Dip

This recipe was one of the ones I tried out and served at my first vegan birthday party. It was soooo yummy, and none of my friends (all non-vegans) could notice it was a totally vegan dip! You can get her book The Kind Diet and explore more of her delicious recipes or find some of her recipes on her website HERE

Photo courtesy of Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 – ounce) can refried beans
  • 3 avocados
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 (8-ounce) containers nondairy sour cream
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 0.5 cup diced mild green chilies, drained
  • 0.5 cup sliced black olives
  • 5 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded vegan cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350 F.
  2. Spread a layer of refried beans on the bottom of an eight by eight quart glass baking dish.
  3. Pit and peel the avocados, place them in a bowl, mash them with the lime juice, and then spread over the refried beans.
  4. Stir together the sour cream and taco seasoning and spread over the avocados.
  5. Sprinkle the chilies over the sour cream and top with a layer of black olives.
  6. Add the tomatoes and sprinkle with cheese.
  7. Heat the dip for 15 to 30 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is a bit melted.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Vegan Finger Foods

A party is not complete with out some delicious finger foods. Check out the recipes we like to make for our guests.

Meatless Meatballs:

Gardein or Trader Joe’s have delicious meatless meatballs that you can just throw into any sauce that you like and just heat them up in the sauce and serve on a plate with toothpicks. Easy. Done!

Vegan Cheese Plate:

Go to your local health food store and buy some vegan cheeses and place them on a plate or serving board with some fruit and crackers! One vegan cheese company that Michelle and I obsess over is Miyoko’s. If you haven’t tried their cheese yet, you MUST!

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings:

Michelle was a buffalo wing fanatic before her vegan days. She was so happy to discover the recipe below, which she goes to now instead to satisfy her wings cravings.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower (about 5 cups)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour (see notes for substitutions)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Wash and cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, add water, flour, garlic and onion powder, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter, and tap off the excess a few times on the side of the bowl. Place on the prepared baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other, or they will all get stuck together as they bake.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip them over and bake for 10 more minutes, until golden brown.
  6. While the cauliflower are baking, prepare the hot sauce/butter mixture. Melt the butter in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Once melted, add the hot sauce and stir. Set aside.
  7. Add the cauliflower pieces to a large bowl, and pour the hot sauce/butter mixture on top. Toss gently to coat. Put them back in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove, and serve with Vegan Ranch dressing and celery, if desired.

Alicia Silverstone’s Croquettes:

 These croquettes are the perfect balance between sweet and savory! Also from Alica Silverstone’s awesome book The Kind Diet. This recipe makes 12 medium-size croquettes and serves 4, so plan accordingly!

Photo courtesy of Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups black-eyed peas, soaked overnight in water to cover (**do not cook them**)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon shoyu
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups safflower oil for frying
  • Dipping Sauce
  • 1/2 cup barley malt syrup or rice syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Directions

  1. Drain the soaked un-cooked beans and transfer to a food processor. Add the parsley or cilantro, salt, shoyu, and cumin. Blend until the beans are chopped to fine shreds, but don’t blend them to a pulp. The mixture will be slightly wet but should hold together. Form the bean mixture into something between football and UFO shaped croquettes in the palms of your hands.
  2. Heat 1″ of oil in a cast-iron skillet to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. To test the oil, drop a tiny amount of croquette mixture. If it bubbles furiously and rises to the top, the oil is ready. Do no let the oil get so hot that it smokes. You may need to make little adjustments to the heat under the oil throughout the cooking process to avoid burning croquettes.
  3. Place 4 croquettes in the oil and fry for about 4 minutes on each side. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried croquettes to a plate lined with paper towels or a paper grocery bag to drain.
  4. To make the dipping sauce, stir together the barley malt syrup and mustard in a small saucepan. Warm the sauce over low heat until it bubbles.
  5. Serve the croquettes while still hot. Drizzle with the dipping sauce or serve it alongside the croquettes in individual dipping bowls.

Vegan Draaaanks!

In case you didn’t know, not all alcohol is vegan! You can check different brands of beer, wine, and liquor on a website called Barnivore. Remember, drink responsibly! 

Vegan Birthday Gifts

Beauty Products:

If you’re planning to buy any beauty products for your vegan friend, family member, or significant other you need to keep in mind two things: (1) They have not been tested on animals and (2) they do not contain any animal products in them. To make sure they haven’t been tested on animals, it’s best to look for the jumping bunny label! Stick to products that have this label on them to be safe. It’s a little tricker to find out if the ingredients are vegan – this may require some research. Sometimes some products will also have a label stating that they are vegan, which takes the guessing work out of the picture!

If you’re totally at a loss or don’t have time to do the research Michelle really likes the brand Pacifica because they are vegan and very accessible – they can be found in Targets everywhere! This brand has beauty products ranging from nail polishes, make-up, to perfumes.

Photo courtesy of http://ethicalelephant.com/

Clothes and Accessories:

Avoid buying merchandise that contains products obtained from animals like leather, wool, silk, down, cashmere, etc. Opt for vegan brands if you can or simply check the label or ask the store associates about the product before purchasing. One of my favorite luxury vegan brands is Gunas. They have the cutest handbags and shoes!

Other gift ideas:

  • Books
  • Jewelry
  • Inspirational quote cards
  • Puzzles
  • Board or card games

Hope you found this helpful! Let us know if you give any of these recipes of gift ideas a try! We’d love to hear how the recipe turned out or how your vegan gift shopping experience went. 

Episode 10 – A Food Proof Interview With Karen Ellis-Ritter of Compassionate Farming Education Initiative (CFEI)

Episode 10 – A Food Proof Interview With Karen Ellis-Ritter of Compassionate Farming Education Initiative (CFEI)

On today’s episode the Food Proof gals are joined by Karen Ellis-Ritter. Karen is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Compassionate Farming Education Initiative (CFEI). CFEI is an educational non-profit in southeast Florida aimed at creating a global plant-based agricultural model by empowering consumers. CFEI […]