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New Happy Herbivore Meal Plan!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

Here are some of the recipes you can expect to eat on this week's meal plan:

Breakfast Roll-Up (you'll be hooked on this easy breakfast!)Easy Enchilada Bake
Mexican Potatoes (I'm obsessed!)Sweet Potato Soup
Fruit Crisp!!
African Kale & Potato Soup
Potato Tacos

and so much more!

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"I am now following your meal plan for the fourth week and am convinced this is the lifestyle for me. I have lost 15 pounds. I know I have found what I have been searching for, for many years." - Shelley M.

"Thank you for your encouraging email - I've lost two pounds so far and am feeling much better." - Barbara B.

"I fit into my skinny jeans! Turns out I lost 5lbs from using your meal plan for three weeks. I didn't even try and your recipes are so easy and delicious, I didn't even realize it. Thank you!!" - Stephanie M-B.

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Alkaline Foods and pH Balance

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

I’ve recently received a few questions about alkaline foods and pH balance. For those of you who have never heard of this, pH balance is the measure of the acidity of a food/solution/or in this case, your own body. Some people believe that balancing your pH and creating a less acidic environment in your body is best for your overall health, because having too much acid can put extra strain on your body that’s already working so hard for you. It’s also said that neutralizing the acid in your body will help you better absorb minerals and nutrients. If you’re someone who doesn’t love eating greens, people with a less acidic pH balance often say that greens taste better to them, they taste less bitter!

If you’re wondering what would cause someone to be ‘acidic’, the answer is in the solution: Diet. A typical American diet full of meat and dairy is full of acidic animal products. Processed foods, like white flour, sugar, and soda, also cause acid build up in your body.

You can test your pH with at home kits, they’re even available on Amazon. You can test your pH with your saliva and get the results in seconds. A few friends were over and I pulled out these test strips to see which one of us was most alkaline- we’re wild ;)

People who try to maintain an alkaline pH balance say to eat a diet that’s 60% alkaline forming foods, and 40% foods that create acid. You should avoid things like coffee and soda if you’re inclined to eat a more pH balanced diet.

Here’s a handy PDF chart with a scale of how foods rate on the chart.

I think one thing that’s great about eating towards a more balanced pH is the emphasis on balance. Your body needs a variety of foods to get the nutrients it needs!

Gluten Free Herbies

Posted by: Andrea Dermos |

Category: FAQ

Hi Herbies! It's Andrea, again. Happy Tuesday :] After we posted the gingerbread scone recipe this weekend, we got a lot of questions about making recipes gluten free. I'll admit- I rarely (if ever?) bake gluten free. Even at the bakery, we had a pre-set mix of gluten free flour and then the rest of the recipe was standard for whatever we were making. 

What I do know is that you usually can't just replace whole wheat pastry flour with one type of gluten free flour and get the same texture you would with gluten. You need a blend of flours and proteins to get a good gluten free tre.

In the new book, Everyday Happy Herbivore, Brody's Bakery owner shared her gluten free flour blend with Lindsay. There are also some commercial mixes available. 

Bob's Red Mill is a popular option, and I've also had luck with Gluten Free Pantry box mixes. 

I'd like to experiment with more gluten free options- so I'm turning to you guys for advice! Have you made any Happy Herbivore recipes gluten free? What did you use? And while we're at it...do you have any dessert/baked good recipe you'd like to see on the site? :) Let us know in the comments!