The Badasstastic Blog

Small New York Communities Gain Plant-Powered Restaurants

Living in a small community and living a vegan lifestyle simultaneously can be a difficult feat. A simple "Let's go out to eat!" can ignite stress and frustration rather quickly when options are limited to meat and dairy filled dishes except for one side salad option and a carrot stick platter. On top of that, telling restaurants about your dietary restrictions can feel difficult, IF you want to even go there.     The good news is that the vegan lifestyle is becoming more well known. Restaurants are starting to take notice of the changing needs of their customers and adding vegan and gluten-free options to their menus and even better, all plant-powered restaurants are opening up IN small communities and cities!      The...

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How to Use Chia Seed

Chia seed used to not be too common, only used by a selective few health nuts. However, now that more and more people are aware of the benefits, it is starting to become quite common to find these in your local grocery store, often as an added ingredient to cereal, granola, yogurt, or energy drinks. Chia seeds are fantastic for vegans because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids, making them a healthy alternative to fish. Chia seeds also offer the added benefit of being a great source of calcium and antioxidants. On top of that, it’s unique hydrophilic properties allow it to absorb liquid and become gelatinous, which makes it perfect for getting creative with your vegan menu. Chia...

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Badass Power Cookie Vegan Banana Ice Cream Recipe

You've seen vegan banana ice cream, maybe you even have a banana ice cream maker! But have you thought about adding your favorite plant-powered cookie to your banana ice cream? We did! Here's the recipe:  What you need: a blender a freezer  Ingredients: 1/4-1/2 Original Badass Power Cookie 2 bananas  1 cup non-dairy milk (we used almond) 1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla  sprinkle of cinnamon    Step 1:   Peel your bananas and throw them in the freezer. After they freeze completely, let them sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes. This will make them blend-able. Pull together the rest of your ingredients while you wait, along with your blender.    Step 2:    Put the bananas in the blender first with the non-dairy...

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4 Ingredients You DON’T Want In Your Protein Bar

When you need to grab a quick and portable source of protein, whether for a meal or a snack, a protein bar can be a great choice. However, not all protein bars are as healthy as they are advertised. In fact, if you are grabbing a protein bar instead of a donut for breakfast because you’re trying to lose weight, you might be inadvertently sabotaging your efforts, even if they are completely vegan! Some ingredients that are commonly used in the vegan protein bars you find in the grocery store are detrimental to your energy levels, digestive system, and weight-loss efforts. The key to finding a healthy protein-bar option is to know what ingredients to look out for and avoid....

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5 Unlikely but Powerful Plants to Add to Your Diet

If we believe anything at BAPC, we believe in the power of plants and how they can affect the body in incredible ways. There are some unusual suspects on this list though. Who knew those yellow "weeds" in the yard were actually good for you?    Dandelion Crazy right? All those years that we've been mowing these guys down to keep our lawn clean and they are great for digestion, balancing blood sugar and are full of vitamins and nutrients from the flower down to the root!  Benefits: Can cure liver problems Act as a cleaning tonic for blood vessels Balance blood sugar level and cholesterol level Prevention against gallstones Quick relief to ankle swelling Improves the function of pancreas high...

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