Creamy Vegan Mayo-Free Potato Salad

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My Vegan Rainbow Potato Salad is one of my most popular and well-loved summer recipes. Inspired by that recipe I’m coming at you with a new, creamy, mayo-free potato salad to suit all of your end-of-summer barbecue and potluck needs.

Creamy Vegan Mayo-Free Potato Salad - ilovevegan.com

Before going vegan I didn’t really care for mayo, but since transitioning to a vegan diet and eventually trying a few vegan mayo options, I’ve been totally hooked! So here we have mayo-less vegan potato salad. It’s just classic-but-still-vegan potato salad that doesn’t require you to buy a jar of vegan mayo. That’s it!

Creamy Vegan Mayo-Free Potato Salad - ilovevegan.com

This dressing uses typical pantry staples: nutritional yeast, coconut milk (don’t run away! I promise this salad does NOT taste like coconut), canola oil (any neutral-tasting vegetable oil will work), pickle juice (or white vinegar), mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper.

We’re also using the usual potato salad-y stuff like dill, celery, grated carrot (optional), green onion, shallots, and dill pickles.

Creamy Vegan Mayo-Free Potato Salad - ilovevegan.com

Of course, the star of the show is The Little Potato Company’s Blushing Belles. These little red Creamer potatoes are perfect for this recipe. No fuss, no mess, just quick cooking, tender Little Potatoes, ready to soak up that creamy, zesty mayo-free dressing.

Creamy Vegan Mayo-Free Potato Salad - ilovevegan.com

This recipe comes together with just 30 minutes of active cooking time, but the salad should chill in the fridge for at least 2+ hours before serving. If you’re bringing this dish to a get-together, be sure to make it the night before (or early in the morning if it’s an evening shindig!)
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Creamy Vegan Mayo-Free Potato Salad

Prep 30 mins

Cook 25 mins

Inactive 2 hours, 15 mins

Total 3 hours, 10 mins

Author Brittany at ilovevegan.com

Yield 4 cups

Good ol’ potato salad is a quintessential summer salad and a staple at barbeques and potlucks. This creamy vegan potato salad is made without mayo! 30 minutes of active cooking time. Makes 4 cups.

Ingredients

  • 1 – 1.5lb bag of The Little Potato Company’s Blushing Belle Creamer potatoes
  • ½ cup/125ml Coconut milk (full-fat)
  • 1/3 cup/80ml Nutritional yeast flakes
  • ¼ cup/62.5 ml Canola oil (or other neutral-tasting vegetable oil)
  • 3 tbsp/45 ml Dill pickle juice (or 2 tbsp white vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp/15ml Granulated sugar (evaporated cane sugar)
  • 1 tsp/5ml Hot mustard
  • 1 ½ tsp/7.5ml Sea salt, plus more to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup/62.5 ml Chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ cup/62.5ml Thin-sliced celery (approx. 1 rib celery)
  • ¼ cup/62.5 ml Grated carrot (approx. 1 medium carrot)
  • ¼ cup/62.5 ml Chopped green onion (approx. 4-5 shoots)
  • 2-3 tbsp/30-45ml minced shallot (soaked in salt water) (approx. 1 small shallot)
  • 2 tbsp/30ml Chopped dill pickle (approx. 1 large pickle)

Instructions

  1. Begin cooking the potatoes while you prep the vegetables and the dressing. In a large pot of cold water, heat the potatoes over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the largest potato is fork-tender in the center. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, combine coconut milk, nutritional yeast, canola oil, pickle juice, sugar, hot mustard, sea salt, and black pepper. Mix vigorously and set aside. Prepare the dill, celery, carrot, green onion, shallot, and pickle.
  3. Once the potatoes are just cool enough to handle, halve them and transfer them to a large bowl. (Refer to recipe notes for tips on changing the texture of the potato salad)
  4. Cover the warm potatoes with dressing and add all of the chopped vegetables. Mix roughly and thoroughly to the help break up the potatoes and thicken the dressing.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (until thoroughly chilled – overnight is best so there’s plenty of time for the dressing to thicken.)
  6. Mix well, taste and adjust seasoning to suit your preferences.

Notes

Depending on your personal preferences, it’s easy to adjust the texture of this potato salad. I coarsely mashed the halved potatoes for a thick salad with different-sized chunky pieces of potato. For a more evenly textured potato salad, dice 2/3 of the warm potatoes and thoroughly mash the remaining potatoes. If you prefer a mashed potato salad, fully mash the potatoes.

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Low Libido and Nutrition: 10 Health Hacks For A Better Sex Drive

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Low Libido and Nutrition: 10 Health Hacks For A Better Sex Drive

If you’re GreenSmoothieGirl, many people know you’re single, some people know you’re a former sex therapist, and everybody knows you know a lot about nutrition..my point is, people tell me stuff.

Turns out, lots of women, and some men, too, are suffering with sexual dysfunction, or just a lack of interest in sex, period.

Why is Your Libido Gone?

Historically, at least when Masters and Johnson were doing their landmark work on North Americans and sexual practices and attitudes, women hit their “sexual prime” at 40, but these days, researchers see less of that.

More and more, some women don’t even HAVE a sexual prime. They’re perennially exhausted, and with reserves running low, sex is the first thing to go.

Young, stressed out mother suffering from low libido

Moms of young children are very often less interested in sex than their partners. Husbands are frustrated and wonder what happened to the energetic woman they married. (Have a little patience, guys. It very well may be temporary. Kind of a LONG temporary, I know, but still—it’s a season.)

Another growing phenomenon is low testosterone in men—so many men have less interest in sex now than they did 50 years ago.  Research has shown that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity lower testosterone¹, and (surprise!) all of those conditions are on the rise.

Depression and anxiety are also on the rise, and while these conditions are libido-killers in themselves, the medications used to treat them have the common side effect of causing sexual dysfunction.

The endocrine system, which modulates your hormones (and therefore, your sex drive) is easily disrupted. Besides medications, endocrine disruptors in the environment, home products, and even our food supply, are known to cause a wide range of reproductive problems, including low libido.²

How To Get Your Sex Drive Back: Ten Nutrition Tips

I have a few tips for those suffering from lack of libido–or maybe it’s your partner whose sex drive doesn’t match yours. I’m going to start with the DON’Ts, and move on to the DOs:

1.  Ditch endocrine-disrupting plastics. Don’t drink out of plastic containers or microwave stuff in plastic (or heaven forbid, Styrofoam).

2.  Don’t drink tap water–avoid fluoride and chlorine. Get a carbon filter on the whole water system in your home. Get a reverse osmosis filtration system, at a minimum. Best of all is if you have R.O. water, and a water ionizer.

NO GMO Sign3.  Don’t eat soy! Most soy in the U.S. is genetically modified, but worse, processed soy products mimic estrogen in the body and disrupts normal hormone function. Don’t use soy milk or any other processed soy products—occasionally, small amounts of organic miso, edamame, tofu, nama shoyu or Bragg’s, are okay.

And read your labels! There is soy protein isolate and soy lecithin and a dozen other processed soy fractions in everything boxed, everything canned, everything manufactured by humans these days, including almost all BREAD products.  It all adds up, so cut it OUT of your diet.

Avoid chemical-laden cosmetics that can diminish libido4.  Quit using chemical personal care products. Putting it on your skin is the same as eating it. Your skin is a living, breathing organ, and it takes what you put on it into the bloodstream. Grab a copy of my free wallet card, Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid, and use it while shopping to avoid harmful ingredients. Make a shift to the things you put on your skin being only natural. My moisturizer is organic coconut oil.

What to Eat For a Better Sex Life

Now for the DO’s:

5.  Eat more whole-food plants: A quart of green smoothie is one of the easiest ways to get 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Drinking Green Smoothies increases your libido!One of my biggest surprises in writing The Green Smoothies Diet was discovering that many people who drink green smoothies regularly, in my study of 175 people, experience higher libido.

(The sex-drive statistic, to me at least, relates to both energy and interest in a very intense, personal connection with other people. You might say it’s just making your hormones balanced and healthier, and that’s a good point, too–I believe a high libido is a natural state.)

And when plants are what you eat most of, weight loss is nearly inevitable.

Even being 10 pounds over your normal weight can very noticeably affect libido. You may think depressed libido is because you don’t feel sexy or uninhibited when you’ve got love handles or thigh flab. That’s only part of it.

(An important part! Feeling sexy and energetic DOES lead to you being your best self—in all ways. On the flip side, having to turn the lights off, avoid certain body parts being visible, or worrying about insecurities, leads to nothing good in the bedroom.)

The other part is how even just an extra 10 lbs. truly depresses circulation and endocrine functions. You really need those functions, for good lovin.’

When your energy is depleted, as it always will be on the Standard American Diet diet, you lose the sexual interest and stamina you once had. Sexual dysfunction happens the same way all degenerative disease does: it is linked to lifestyle choices. Your reproductive system, after all, is affected by the same things your cardiac, circulatory, and endocrine systems are–they are all inextricably linked, as they are all part of one complex organism.

6.  Add three things to your green smoothie. Call the recipe Good Green Love. Or Sexy Smoothie 2.0. Half for you, half for your partner. Here they are:

a. Maca.  It’s the “Peruvian ginseng,” a root vegetable prized by the Incans for thousands of years for its ability to improve athletic endurance and sexual stamina.

Use Bee Pollen to your Green Smoothie to increase your libidob. Bee pollen. Look what it does for the queen bee! It’s a powerful aphrodisiac. Try one grain to make sure you’re not allergic, then two grains the next day. Put a spoonful of it in your smoothie when you’ve ascertained you don’t have a sensitivity to it. It also has a potentially helpful effect on seasonal allergies, and immune function!

c. Celery. Yes, the vegetable I affectionately like to say comes from the cardboard family.

Put it in your smoothie where you won’t notice it, since it contains androsterone, a precursor to pheromones that positively affect the sexual behavior of your partner.

7.  Get more foods containing zinc: Zinc blocks the enzyme that converts testosterone (responsible for sex drive) into estrogen. Try kidney and lima beans, spinach, flax, garlic, and peanuts.

More Tips to Increase Your Libido

8: Check your medicine cabinet: Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs suppress libido or cause other sexual dysfunction.  Common culprits are:

  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Birth control pills or patches
  • Hair-loss treatments
  • Beta blockers
  • Opioids
  • Medical marijuana

Try switching to something that doesn’t have effects on your libido.  Better yet, address the root cause of the condition so you can eventually ditch the meds.

9. Figure out what your time of day is, and take advantage of that. Some people are simply more interested in sex in the morning, rather than at night. It’s a truism that many folks are either “night people” or “morning people.” Nothing wrong with that–you might have to compromise if your partner is the opposite.

10. Consider visiting a bioidentical hormone specialist. Women, get a full blood-panel workup to find out if progesterone or female testosterone is the root of the problem. A little yam-based progesterone or hormone cream may work wonders. (However, you want this only if it’s warranted by your test results!) Testosterone cream is appropriate only if you are 40 or older.

Please get these ONLY from a bioidentical practitioner. The drugs, from the other guys? The substances are not identical to what your body makes. They are harmful and may have some symptom-abatement results in the short term, but they are also associated with negative side effects and disease risk.

Other remedies your natural-care practitioner may recommend, like DHEA, or flax oil, could be easily located at a health-food store.

So try those ideas, and HAVE FUN! (And I mean that in the wildest, most passionate way possible.)

 

References

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1569444/

2. http://press.endocrine.org/doi/10.1210/er.2015-1093

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Bone Broth Protein: Why You Should Try It

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Bone Broth Protein: Why You Should Try It

I don’t eat very many animal products, but collagen-rich bone broth is a whole food that may be a missing link even for people like me who eat mostly plants.

I’m excited to tell you what’s in it that makes it so special, and why you should try it!

What’s In Bone Broth?

Bone broth is one of the world’s oldest whole foods, used in cultures all over the world, for thousands of years. Simmering bones and connective tissue for many hours (even days!) releases into the water an impressive array of healing nutrients:

Protein: Bone broth is surprisingly high in protein, making it a very satisfying, filling drink.  Many people use it as part of a regular fast, from food, to help stay satiated while they detox and lose weight.

Bone Broth Protein contains Collagen, necessary for healthy skin
Collagen helps support healthy skin–improving elasticity for skin that is firm and tight.

Collagen: Collagen is one nutrient you can’t get from plant foods.  A strong and elastic form of protein, it provides structure and protection for tissues and joints, and building blocks for hair, skin, and teeth. Over time, our bodies lose the ability to make collagen (hello, wrinkles and arthritis!). Recent trials show that collagen supplementation, such as bone broth, can help repair and maintain arthritic joints.¹

Gelatin: The amino acids in gelatin are essential for maintaining skin health, including the “skin” of your intestinal tract (which is so big, it would cover a tennis court!).  The “heal and seal” function of this nutrient helps repair intestinal issues like leaky gut, improving digestion and absorption and quieting inflammation.  It also strengthens and repairs your outer skin, and your nails and hair, too.

Glycine: This amino acid is a building block of both collagen and muscle tissues, but it also acts as a neurotransmitter, improving mental function and helping to regulate sleep.²

Proline: Proline raises metabolism, helps with soft tissue repair, and has a special role in coronary artery health. It helps loosen and clear fatty cholesterol plaque deposits from inside arterial walls, and helps keep new deposits from forming.  Really important for reducing your heart attack risk!

And depending on the quality and source of the bones, bone broth can also have a great profile of minerals, like phosphorous, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium.

"Grass Fed" is more important than "Organic," when it comes to Bone Broth Protein

“Grass-fed” Bone Sources Are More Important Than “Organic”

Bone broth is generally made from beef or chicken bones.  An “organic” cow or chicken must be fed organic feed in order to get the certification.  Sounds good, right? After all, I recommend organic produce for humans!

But animals are supposed to graze on grass, not eat “feed” (usually corn or grains).  However, fields of grass can’t be measured and labeled organic!  So if you see “organic” on the label, you know the animal has been fed something it shouldn’t–look instead for “grass-fed” sources.

But it’s a hassle to find grass-fed beef bones, and simmer it long enough to get the nutrients (usually a couple of days). I tried it for a while, and it was a stinky drag.  And very inconvenient!

So, I was thrilled to find a great source of grass-fed bone broth protein, dehydrated so it was easy, portable, and wouldn’t stink up my house!

I loved it so much that I had it made into our brand-new GSG Bone Broth Protein powder, in Natural, Chocolate Shake, and Vanilla Shake!

GreenSmoothieGirl Bone Broth Protein in Natural, Chocolate, and Vanilla Shake flavorsThe Natural version is pure bone broth protein with nothing added, and so neutral in taste that you can add protein to any food or beverage, without adding any flavor. It goes down easy by itself, too, in hot or cold water.

But the Vanilla Shake and Chocolate Shake flavors are my favorite.

They are sweetened with monk fruit, and these blends are so unbelievably yummy that we had to name them “shakes!” Because they literally taste like that.

They blend easily and are fabulous in just plain water–cold for a refreshing “shake,” or hot for a soothing, cozy “hot cocoa”-like treat at bedtime. Even kids will ask for more!

I want you to try them, too!  Through the month of August I’m putting them on a “Buy one, get one half-off” special, and I’ll even give you free shipping, with promo code BBship!

Give them a try, and let me know your favorite way to use them (my latest favorite?  Half a scoop of Vanilla Shake in my morning coffee–YUM)!

 

References

1. http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/cam-report/complementary-medicines-for-rheumatoid-arthritis/collagen/trials-for-oa.aspx

2. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1479-8425.2007.00262.x/abstract

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