7 Great Vegetables to Grow Indoors

If you have an indoor garden, you might be interested in the list of the best vegetables you can grow indoors today. Then you can transfer them to the ground when the weather warms up or you can keep them in pots on your patio. In fact, it’s a great idea to grow vegetables indoors because we should eat them every day to get all the necessary nutrients we need to be healthy. Here are seven great vegetables to grow indoors.

1. Mushrooms
One of the best vegetables to grow indoors is mushrooms, which are an excellent source of vitamin D. You can purchase a special soil that has the makings for a fresh batch of healthy mushrooms. To get the best results, keep your mushrooms in a cool dark place. It’s so simple, isn’t it?

2. Lettuce
Typically lettuce grows in compact small bundles, so I think it’s not difficult to keep a few pots of it in your sunroom or kitchen. I love mixing different varieties of lettuce in the same pot. For instance, I mix spinach with arugula. You can also buy mixed greens and plant them in a big pot. One of the best things about lettuce is that it can regenerate so feel free to snip it for your healthy salad.

3. Beans and peas
Bean and pea plants are not big and it’s easy to grow them in the house. You can grow them up in your sunroom, and when summer comes move them outdoors. Don’t forget to set up the trellis. The great news is that many bean and pea plants look amazingly decorative and they can add to your décor during the spring.

4. Carrots
Since carrots grow under the soil you will need a very deep pot. Keep a pot of carrots in your kitchen for a delicious snack that is high in essential nutrients and low in calories. The awesome thing about carrots is that you can grow them year round. Just make sure you keep the containers in a warm area. You can also grow carrots in troughs.

5. Potatoes
Potatoes are probably my favorite vegetable I grow indoors. It’s not hard to grow potatoes in buckets or large pots in your house. But, it’s better to seed them in the containers, and when the weather gets warmer replant your potatoes outdoors. I suggest trying different kinds of potatoes to jazz up your favorite recipes.

6. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are another great vegetable you can grow indoors, especially if your windows are sunny and they face south. Opt for smaller varieties, such as cherry, pear or grape tomatoes that will not take up much space as traditional tomatoes. Since tomatoes like sun and warmth, make sure your kitchen or sunroom is always warm.

7. Green onions
Green onions are rich in beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein and they are one of the best foods to eat every day. Save the white ends with the hairs on the end and plant them into a little pot. Put the roots down, surround with dirt and add water to it. Don’t worry, they’ll regrow on their own. Remember, green onions need a lot of water, so keep your eyes on them.

Start growing the above veggies and enjoy fresh produce every day. Do you grow any vegetables indoors? Share your tips with us, please.

7 Delicious Foods to Eat to Increase Your Water Intake

While we all have to drink enough water every day, it’s also vital to eat foods that help boost our water intake. Not only do these foods keep us hydrated, they are incredibly tasty. Water-rich foods contribute to our needs and keep us from suffering dehydration symptoms. Add these seven water-rich foods to your diet and you will instantly be feeling healthy and refreshed.

1. Lettuce
Lettuce is one of the best water-rich foods you can eat to increase your water intake. It contains around 92% of water, which makes it good for thirst. Use romaine, Bibb lettuce, spinach or radicchio in your salad to add absolutely new flavors and mix them with plenty of other vegetables.

2. Watermelon
Another delicious food to eat to boost your water intake is watermelon. It’s approximately 92% water, so why not add it to your eating plan? Watermelon is an amazing treat to eat during the summer season, though you can also find it all year round at most grocery stores. You can serve watermelon sliced as a side dish and use it in a spinach salad. The options are endless.

3. Pineapples
There are many reasons to eat pineapple every day. One of them is because it helps you increase your water intake. Pineapples make a wonderful addition to smoothies or fruit salad, but I love to chop them up and use them to make sour and sweet chicken. They are always great on their own too. Pineapple is around 85% water, so it’s a tangy and sweet way to help increase your everyday water intake.

4. Oranges
One orange is around 90% water. Oranges are available year-round and make a healthy portable snack. So, next time you are thirsty, have one orange to increase your water intake. Moreover, oranges work great in fruit salad and smoothies. Slice one and add it to your water bottle for a delicious flavor.

5. Yogurt
Perhaps you are surprised to see yogurt on this list, but despite its thick texture, yogurt is also rich in water. Plus, it is high in healthy probiotics that help improve your digestion and help with weight loss. Try to avoid fruit flavored yogurts since they are loaded with sugar. Plain yogurt is the best choice here and to jazz it up you can add some chopped fresh fruits, such as pineapples and oranges, and a little bit of honey, if you want.

6. Apples
One of the best portable snacks is definitely apples. You don’t have to refrigerate them and you can eat them on-the-go. An apple is around 85% water, so it’s a good way to fill your stomach and slake your thirst at the same time. There are over 7,500 varieties of apples grown around the world. I personally like Pink Ladies and Granny Smiths. And what’s your favorite kind of apples?

7. Cucumbers
Finally, cucumbers can also help you boost your everyday water intake. Add them to your green smoothies and vegetable salad for a mild flavor and a perfect crunch. I love to eat cucumbers raw or with a bit of honey. They make a wonderful snack to eat any time of the day to stay hydrated and healthy.

I hope you know how it’s important to stay hydrated all the time. So make sure you get enough water daily. Are you going to add these foods to your eating plan?

10 Pretty Amazing Reasons to Eat Kale

There are many awesome reasons to consume kale on a regular basis. Kale is a wonderful nutrient-rich vegetable with some important health benefits. Kale can do a lot of wonders in your everyday diet and it can positively impact your health. Check out the list of 10 pretty amazing reasons to eat kale regularly.

1. Low in calories
Kale is rich in fiber, has no fat and low in calories. A cup of kale has 5 grams of fiber, 40 calories and 0 grams of fat. It’s excellent for helping improve the digestion process and make it much more efficient thanks to its high fiber content. Kale is also a wonderful weight loss food so be sure to add it to your diet. Plus, kale is packed with vitamins, nutrients, folate and magnesium.

2. Rich in calcium
Strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of osteoporosis by consuming kale. This leafy green has even more calcium than milk. Kale helps prevent bone loss and keep a healthy and more efficient metabolic rate. For stronger bones, be sure to eat a lot of kale on a regular basis.

3. Helps fight cancer
Since this leafy green is in the cabbage and broccoli family, it is filled with cancer-fighting phytonutrients. This means that kale can help you to fight cancer. I personally think this is a good reason to consume more kale, and you?

4. Great taste
I love the taste of kale. It tastes amazing with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of olive oil. You can also add a little sea salt. Place fresh kale leaves on a baking pan, bake for about 10 minutes and enjoy the best tasting and healthy kale chips. It has become a staple snack in my house. Give it a try and you’ll see why.

5. Helps cleanse the toxins from the body
If you are looking for a natural cleanser to get rid of toxins in your body, make sure you eat plenty of kale. Kale can also help improve your immune system as well as boost your energy levels. This green leafy vegetable is full of vitamins. It’s an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K, which help improve your immune system.

6. Helps fight ovarian cancer
Kale is rich in an antioxidant, which is called maempferol. Many researchers found that maempferol helps fight ovarian cancer. So why not prevent cancer by eating this wonderful leafy green? If kale isn’t your favorite vegetable, try adding it to your green smoothie or omelette to reap all its benefits.

7. Perfect swap-out for Romaine lettuce
Now it’s time to move over romaine or spinach salad because there’s a healthier green that tastes awesome! Kale is a great swap-out for Romaine lettuce. It tastes great and has bigger health benefits than the other greens. Start eating your kale salad right now, you won’t regret it down the road.

8. Fights aging
Did you know that kale is one of the most powerful anti-aging foods? The thing is, kale is packed with powerful antioxidants as well as essential vitamins and minerals. Antioxidants in kale help prevent aging and numerous serious diseases. Add kale to your green smoothie or salad, or snack on kale chips to fight those wrinkles.

9. Good for your eyes
High in carotenoids, kale is one of the best foods to eat for healthy eyes. Kale’s high Vitamin A content helps keep your eyes from optical disorders that may come with age. So if you’re interested in healthy eyes and amazing eyesight, make sure you incorporate kale into you daily diet.

10. Healthier skin, nails and hair
The perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in kale helps keep your body strong, beautiful and healthy from the inside out. Kale’s high concentration of essential nutrients gives the skin’s appearance and health a boost. If you experience hair breakage, try drinking kale juice that will help increase your hair elasticity.

As you can see, kale is just a nutritional powerhouse. It’s beneficial to our health in numerous ways. You can blend kale in a smoothie, stir fry it, juice it, steam it, chop it and add to your healthy salad or make kale chips. I like to stir fry kale with lemon juice and garlic. It tastes amazing! Do you eat kale frequently? How do you usually cook this green leafy vegetable? Please comment below.

HEALTHY LETTUCE TACOS – VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE AND PALEO

If you read my post about how much I hate meal prep, you might remember a picture of a healthy paleo and vegan lettuce taco.

No? Well here it is again.

Sorry for the blurry pictures, but the sun was going down as I decided I need to share this recipe with you, guys. Therefore, not the best pics.

This little lettuce taco proved to me that I’ve been a real jerk all these years. You know why? Because never in my life did I think I would eat something raw vegan. Or at least kinda raw vegan. I would hear raw vegan and I would roll my eyes and think of an eating disorder. Like you’re vegan and you’re eating raw? So basically you’re eating nothing. Nichts. Nada. Ничево. Told you – a real jerk, but at least I know the word nothing in 4-5 languages.

Okay, so needless to say I take all of my “thoughts” and “opinions” back.

Because this is one of the most delicious things I have eaten in a while. Well, admittedly I ate a lot of crap last few months, but still – it is. And it counts, because I still have my taste buds. And I kinda like these wraps more than vegan tacos with lentils, beans or tofu. They surprised me.

See, usually I know pretty well whether I would like something or not. Even before I make it. But this wrap has really surprised me. I thought I’d be hungry and would miss “real food”. None of that. Wasn’t hungry and this is real food.

I decided to make these wraps because I wanted to try something new and to eat more salads, drink more smoothies and just load on vegetables and nuts. Well, since I had never tried anything raw vegan, I decided to make my own nut-meat – combining 3 types of nuts, lots of spices, herbs and mixing some fresh vegetables in all that. I just used whatever I had at home. I also don’t even know if this is a taco anymore, because I removed pretty much everything a real taco is known for. But hey, it looks a little like it. And it tastes amazing.

The only kinda “negative” thing about this almost raw recipe is that it’s cold. But that did not bother me at all and I’m sure you won’t care about it too. Can’t imagine someone eating a warm lettuce wrap.

And the nut-meat? It really tastes like ground meat. Even a little better in my honest opinion. It’s also very filling – with two lettuce wraps you’re just done. Delicious and satisfying.

MY TWO DAYS OF BEING ALMOST RAW VEGAN

Altogether my experience as an almost raw vegan lasted about 2 days. But during those two days I felt incredibly healthy and energized. I think I have never really had this much energy in my life. And I was also a child at some point of my life, you know? Aaah what a fun last year it was.

So during my almost raw vegan 2 days, I would have a smoothie, or a smoothie bowl in the morning, a salad with Brazil nuts for lunch and these lettuce wraps for dinner. And I felt so full all the time. I would also snack on cashews and have a green smoothie in between. Now this doesn’t seem like a lot of food, or like something that would inspire your food day dreams. And now that I read it sounds kinda depressing. But like I told you – I felt better than ever.

Now I’ll stop talking, before I tell you how good I felt for the millionth time.

OPTIONS

If you don’t want to mix all these types of nuts and seeds you can just use just walnuts, as I don’t think almonds would make a good mixture on their own. If you have nut allergy, you can try a pumpkin + sunflower seeds mix and add some olive oil to the mixture so it can get chunky.
As a sauce you can add something with avocado (try this dip) or a dip made with vegetables (like peppers, zucchini, garlic with some olive oil – blend all that until smooth). This is a great option, because the nut-meat could seem a little heavy. By adding the dip you can lighten things up and give some nice contrast to the meat. Plus, it makes it super easy to eat more vegetables.
HEALTH AND BEAUTY BENEFITS

Needless to say these wraps are super healthy and good for your skin. They’re anti-inflammatory and the filling is rich in omega-3’s, antioxidants, vitamin C and E, fiber, B-vitamins, iron, zinc, magnesium and protein.

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Healthy Lettuce Tacos – Vegan, Gluten-free and Paleo
Prep Time: 20 minutes

Category: Wraps

Serving Size: 2 wraps

This is an incredibly delicious healthy romaine lettuce tacos recipe that is almost raw (uses tomato paste), vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free. Hope you enjoy this super tasty and easy to make recipe!

Ingredients

1/2 cup walnuts, soaked & dried
1/2 cup almonds, soaked & dried
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked & dried
1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp coriander, ground
some hot paprika/chili powder (optional)
some black pepper
1 medium onion
bunch cilantro / parsley or basil
a handful of spinach or arugula
1.5 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp lemon juice
1tsp vinegar (I used balsamic)
2 small tomatoes, cubed
1 garlic clove (optional)
1 red pepper
1 carrot
romaine lettuce or other type
avocado dill dip (optionally)
You’ll also need:
food processor
Instructions

If you did soak the nuts & seeds – dry them properly and put them in your food processor. Add tomato paste, cumin, turmeric, ginger, coriander, garlic (optional), black pepper, chili powder/hot paprika (optional). Add vinegar and lemon juice. Pulse until chunky (the mixture kinda resembles ground meat after it’s cooked).
Chop cilantro, arugula or spinach, tomatoes, red pepper and carrot.
Put the mixture in a bowl or a into a large airtight container if you want to store the mixture later, and add all the vegetables you just chopped to it. Combine.
Add 2 Tbsp of the mixture on lettuce leaves (washed and dried) and if you wish, serve with some avocado sauce or other vegetable sauce. Enjoy!
Notes

If you don’t have time to soak the nuts, you can also use them like that. Soaking makes nuts easier to digest and in my case seems to remove allergens (especially in almonds) that otherwise cause itching in my throat and ears due to my seasonal allergy, so if you have the same problem – soaking might help.

If you do soak, make sure you also dry the nuts well, if you want to keep the mixture in your fridge for a few days.

I hope you give this recipe a shot and love it as much as I do! If you do try it, let me know if you like it in the comments or take a picture and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #beautybites. Should you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I must admit…I’ve never had cashew chicken at a restaurant so I don’t know what it is “supposed” to taste like. I saw a lot of pictures of Cashew Chicken going around Pinterest, and they looked good. Rather than clicking on the link to discover that the recipe probably called for a can of soda, or burlap, or something from Ikea, I figured I’d just experiment and figure out a good recipe for Cashew chicken.

This is one of the few recipes that I’ve liked on the first try. The flavors blend really well together, and the lettuce as a wrap is the perfect crispy complement to the sweet and savory chicken.

Feel free to let me know in the comments what regular Cashew chicken typically includes, but this recipe is a new family favorite at our house:

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Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

prep 10 mins

cook 15 mins

total 25 mins

author wellness mama

yield 4

A simple and delicious one-pan chicken meal that adds cashews and maple syrup for the crunch and serves in a lettuce wrap for a light and refreshing meal.

Ingredients

1 pound of chicken breast or thighs, cut in to bite size pieces
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil
1 teaspoon of garlic powder or 2 cloves of minced garlic
1 teaspoon natural salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil (optional)
3 tablespoons (or more to taste) Coconut Aminos or naturally fermented soy sauce
3 tablespoons (or more to taste) maple syrup (I get mine here)
1/2 cup toasted cashews
Sliced red onions for garnish
Bibb lettuce leaves for serving
Instructions

Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the chicken (already cut in to bite sized pieces)
Sprinkle with the garlic, salt, pepper, and basil (if using) and saute until chicken is almost completely cooked and is no loner translucent.
Add the coconut aminos and continue to stir until the liquid from the coconut aminos starts to evaporate off.
Add the maple syrup and continue to stir for another 2-3 minutes or until maple syrup and coconut aminos have cooked down and there is very little liquid left in the pan.
Add cashews and stir until heated.
Let cool slightly and serve in lettuce leaves, topped with thinly sliced red onions (optional).
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cuisine asian

Tex-Mex Lettuce Tacos Recipe

I’m always trying to find ways to add more vegetables to meals. I also try to replace unhealthy or nutrient-lacking parts of a recipe with a healthier and fresher option if possible.

Some of my favorite ways to do this are:

Using cabbage for “noodles” in recipes like spaghetti
Using spiral cut parsnips as “noodles” in recipes like this Shrimp Lo Mein
Substituting cucumbers for bread in finger sandwiches
Using cauliflower in place of rice in recipes like this Paella
Making sweet potatoes  noodles for this Shrimp Carbonara recipe
Of all of these recipes that substitute vegetables for grains or processed ingredients, this one is the most simple. It takes the idea of lettuce wraps and combines them with the classic taco recipe.

I’ve found that I actually like the lettuce version better since the lettuce provides a crunch and a coolness that isn’t found in a regular tortilla. I grew up in Texas and I love the flavors of Mexican food. This recipe is a great way to get the same flavors without the need for white flour or vegetable oils in the tortillas.

If you don’t love lettuce in tacos and prefer an actual tortilla, I’d recommend these homemade grain-free and gluten-free tortillas. Also, if you have the time, this salsa recipe truly is the best I’ve ever tried and it is so simple to make!

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Tex-Mex Lettuce Tacos Recipe

prep 5 mins

cook 15 mins

total 20 mins

author wellness mama

yield 4

1 lb ground beef or turkey
3 tablespoons ground cumin seed
1 tablespoon (non-spicy) chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 head Bibb Lettuce or iceberg lettuce
chopped tomato, salsa, onions, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, etc to garnish
Ingredients

1 lb ground beef or turkey
3 tablespoons ground cumin seed
1 tablespoon (non-spicy) chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 head Bibb Lettuce or iceberg lettuce
chopped tomato, salsa, onions, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, etc to garnish
courses main

cuisine mexican