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Bento Box Idea: Miso and Sake Yakisoba

The school year is going to begin soon (sadly)! I wanted to put together more on-the-go-friendly, and easy to prepare meals for all my college and working friendos out there!

I’ve recently been making more Asian-style food for myself, and I LOVE noodles. As a kid, noodles were a staple in my household, and we often throw together very nutritious and nourishing noodle soups for a quick dinner or lunch.

Quorn vegan fillets was something I chanced upon when I was on one of my grocery runs. The company had set up a tasting booth in my local supermarket. When I tried it, I was pleasantly surprised! While I don’t often eat meat (and I don’t think you should have it TOO often), I wanted to try it out in one of my meals, and this so happened to be it. If you’re not vegan or would like to substitute some other form of protein, go ahead and try it out!

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Education/ Favourites/ Nutrition

Introduction to the Glycemic Index

When I was first started paying more attention to my health, I remember reading many articles encouraging those who were watching their weight to consume foods that have a lower glycemic index (GI). 

Most of us are probably familiar with what foods are considered low GI or high GI. If you scroll through your instagram feed, you’ll probably see your favourite health and fitness influencers creating recipes featuring low GI foods. This is probably because these foods are touted for their weight loss properties. But have you wondered what the glycemic index is? And how is it related to your health? Does it actually have any impact on you at all?

WHAT IS THE GLYCEMIC INDEX?

The glycemic index measures the rate at which a food increases sugar levels in the blood. It was created by Dr David Jenkins as a helpful dietary tool for the management of diabetes and dyslipidemia. The glycemic index is applied to foods that contain carbohydrates (e.g. rice, legumes, pasta, bread, etc.), and used to understand how they affect our blood sugar levels.

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Breakfast/ Favourites

Chocolate Orange Marble Loaf

I’ve been having slices of this loaf for breakfast every day this past week! Sometimes I’ve had another slice for tea in the afternoon… heh.

It might look like there’s a lot of instructions in the recipe, but it’s really simple to make! I think it’s perfect to make over the weekend, store in the fridge and eat over the week. So it’s great if you need something really quick to grab and eat in the morning.

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Favourites/ Snacks

Raspberry Macadamia & Chocolate Muffins

These muffins are probably my favourite recipe I’ve created to date! They’re so nutritious – packed full with the goodness of raspberries and macadamias, and my favourite vegan dark chocolate too.

If there’s anything you create this weekend, let it be this one! My mom has declared these muffins her favourite creation of mine so far, and even the non-vegan boyfriend loves them too.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can have it for breakfast or as a snack (sometimes I have two in a day heh). They’re oil-free too, so I used a homemade applesauce to keep the muffins moist!

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Favourites/ Sweet Treats

Chocolate Walnut Turtles

I’ve been enjoying making little critters over the holidays. I was inspired to make these, after I made Remy from Veggiekins’hedgehog almond cookies !

One of my favourite animals is the turtle, and of course chocolate is my absolute favourite. These are gooey when warm, but nice and crumbly when fresh out of the fridge.

It may take a little time to put these together, but I think it’s worth it when you see them emerge out of the oven. My baby brother and my family loved these cuties, and when you see the smile on their faces, it’s completely worth it!

This cookie is vegan, and oil-free as well as refined sugar free. I used nut butter to replace the oil content, so it’s really tasty but relatively healthier. I used walnut butter in this recipe. Walnuts are awesome because nearly 14% of the fat content in walnuts comes from alpha linoleic acid, which is an omega 3! Walnuts are also one of the nuts with the highest antioxidant contents.

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