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Plant Powered Cooking
Plant Powered Cooking. Hippocrates once said: ‘Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food”, and he could not be more right: food can heal, if you make the right choices when it is time for your next meal.
“Plant Powered Cooking” is a new concept of healthy eating using plant-derived products, such as vegetables, grains, legumes and fruits. This style uses none or very few animal derived products (such as free range organic eggs, raw honey and cheese).
The importance of including plant-based products in your cooking gives an array of benefits. A diet high in these products reduces the risk of heart problems, is high in antioxidants (molecules that fight free radicals), lowers blood pressure, helps prevent degenerative diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer), reduces inflammation, increases healthy bacteria in the intestines, etc.
Yoly is a Plant Based Nutrition Specialist graduated from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and Cornell University. She is the founder of Urban Greenhouse and coach in nutrition and plant based cooking.
To give you a glimpse: In Panama, the RNCP (National Cancer Registry of Panama) stated that by 2012, there were 5,415 cancer cases a year in Panama, and by the end of 2030, there will be 10,163 cases. That’s an increase of 5,018 cancer patients, at least 300 per year. This means is it time to start thinking about your health, and how you can prevent diseases through your eating habits.
How can we start changing our eating habits into a more plant-based oriented diet?
- Change cow’s milk for a non-dairy version, such as almond, coconut, quinoa or rice. (Tip: search for an “unsweetened” type, otherwise you will probably end up with a very high sugar content in your milk). Also, read the ingredients label and find a plant-based milk free of carrageenan (a red seaweed extract, used to thicken and emulsify products). It’s a substance that can be harmful, if consumed regularly (research by the College of Medicine in Iowa University and many more suggests that carrageenan is a carcinogen).
- For your next burger, try a healthy lentil or chickpea version with baked sweet potato
- Boost your salads with organic greens (they are free of harmful pesticides and chemicals) such as kale, Swiss chard, collard greens and pak choi.
- Incorporate nuts and seeds into your diet: almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts, pistachios. You can have them as snacks, or toss them in a recipe (like Hummus) to add a boost of energy and healthy fats.
- Switch rice for a healthy quinoa (It’s high in protein and contains all essential amino acids)
Products for plant based- cooking and other eatables of this kind can be acquired at “Urban Greenhouse”, an organic farm that delivers organic wheatgrass, greens, fruits, vegetables, and other products of this kind in Panama. They provide delivery service to all the metropolitan area. You can place your orders by writing to email@example.com or visit www.UrbanGreen.House
For information and cooking tips and recipes for plant-powered cooking listen to #HealthyEatingWithYoly on “The Breakfast Show With Gerry’D”, 89.3FM, every Tuesday at 9:15 am.
By Yoly de Sedas