Got Tempeh?

Got tempeh?

I was in my favorite Mother’s market today and was so excited get my firm tempeh that I love to saute and use as my plant based protein source.

Want some good plant-based protein sources?

Tempeh is a form of soy that is closer to soy in its whole food form. The vast majority of soy consumed in the U.S. comes from a highly processed form of soy. The soybeans we consume have usually been genetically engineered, cracked, dehulled, crushed, and subjected to solvent extraction to separate their oils from the rest of the bean. What’s left behind after oil extraction (defatted soy flour) is then further processed into animal feed, or processed to produce a protein concentrate or a protein isolate. The isolate can be used as an ingredient in low-fat soymilk, and the concentrate can be further processed (extruded) to form a textured soy protein for use in meat analog products (like soy burgers).

Tempeh is produced with significantly less processing than most low-fat soymilks and soy burgers, and they are soy foods that are much closer to a “whole foods” category than soy protein isolates and concentrates.

Fermentation increases the digestibility of soy (especially its proteins), nutrient absorption from soy  and the concentration of bioactive peptides

Cooked tempeh can be eaten alone, or used in chili, stir fries, soups, salads, sandwiches, and stews. Tempeh’s complex flavor has been described as nutty, meaty, and mushroom-like. It freezes well, and is now commonly available in many western supermarkets, as well as in ethnic markets and health food stores.

Can I Really Do 30 Days of RAW?

If you have followed me on social media you probably know I have been doing a 30 Day Plant-Based Eating Plan. It was hard at first, but now I feel I prefer to eat this way. Isn’t it interesting how we become conditioned by our eating habits?  I would have considered myself to be an absolute meat eater (my father had a family butcher business and we had the BEST meat growing up).

Going plant-based, I have eliminated

  • products with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents or chemical food additives
  • packaged and processed foods
  • breads
  • bottled condiments
  • cereals
  • crackers
  • cheese
  • refined oils
  • processed meats
  • all animal products including seafood, dairy , and eggs.

So starting September 4 I am going to do #30Days RAW. Yes this is going to be a challenge but I have HUGE support with recipes and shopping lists and video tutorials. CLICK HERE if you wold like this program and jump in with me. There is a 25% discount until September 1st of you use COUPON CODE rawsome2017

Raw has something for everybody, whether you want to improve your health and longevity, cope with food sensitivities, or simply eat fresher, cleaner, and better!

Here is my mantra for the 30 DAYS

“it’s about feeding your whole body and fueling your life!”

My Goal is to have before Sept 4 start

  1. Basic preparation techniques
  2. Easy-to-find ingredients
  3. Kitchen Tools needed
  4. Shopping list for each recipe
  5. Delicious, simple recipes step by step
  6. breakfasts, lunches and dinner recipes
  7. Soups and Snack recipes
  8. Sides and salads
  9. Starters
  10. Raw desserts
  11. Support Group

These are just a few of the many positive things to expect:
• Improved digestion • Clearer skin • More energy • Decreased water retention • Better mood • Less inflammation • Fewer aches and pains • Calmer mind • Improved athletic performance • Enhanced mental focus and clarity • Increased vitality and sense of well being

Look at some of the recipes we will be trying

  • Almond tacos (photo to right)
  • Maple-Dijon Brussels Sprouts
  • Thai Veggie Noodles
  • Root Vegetable Slaw
  • Cherry-Hemp Muesli
  • Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Colorful Cabbage Salad
  • Cauliflower Couscous
  • Carrot-Ginger Coconut Soup
  • Orange-Cranberry-Apple Relish

Seven Benefits of RAW Food

  1. Cooked foods are usually harder to digest than raw foods
  2. Cooking nutrient-dense foods tends to destabilize some of their valuable enzymes and destroy certain antioxidants and vitamins.
  3. Raw foods also help alkalize the body and have less of a chance of fermenting in the gut and causing inflammation/autoimmune reactions.
  4. Many experts feel that foods heated over about 112 degrees Fahrenheit retain less vital enzymes
  5. Raw foods also supply enzymes (called exogenous enzymes). The greater our intake of exogenous enzymes, the easier time we have fully digesting nutrients without overly taxing our systems.
  6. They easily make their way through our digestive systems. The longer a food sits in our digestive tracts, the likelier it is to ferment and cause problems
  7. Likely to feel full when eating lots of raw foods from consuming plenty of fiber and nutrients, so this can help you curb cravings and eat less overall

So if you are game to join me to fuel your life CLICK HERE and remember to enter coupon code rawsome2017

Dr Karen Health Talks Podcast – How to Make Fermented Foods 101



Fermented foods have a lot of health benefits. They are rich in enzymes, which help speed up digestion and absorption in our system. They are also rich in good bacteria, specifically lactobacillus acidophilus, which is an extremely beneficial flora found in the gut.

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity even found that some types of probiotics promoted weight loss.

NOTE – Most fermented foods you can buy in supermarket jars or cans have been pasteurized and cooked at high heat, killing any friendly bacteria. You’ll have to make your own pickles or sauerkraut to retain those products’ bacterial benefits. (If you take basic precautions in fermenting your own, there’s little risk.)