5 Easy Ways to Get More GREEN Vegetables in Your Diet

You have heard it hundreds of times: eating vegetables is vital for your health. Studies show that diets higher in plant based foods are linked with lower rates of chronic illness including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Unfortunately for many people vegetables are not enjoyable foods to eat. And we’re not just talking about childern here either. Think about your friends and family for a minute. I bet that you can name at least one adult who struggles to get enough vegetables in their diet simply because they do not like them or don’t know clever ways to sneak them in. Share this list with them and start utilizing them in your daily life if you are wanting to up your vegetable game!

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Coconut Cabbage Salad with Mint Pesto Tofu

Firstly, thank you to all of you who took the time to read my last post and leave such thoughtful comments. I often feel like the internet is so saturated and this blog goes unread (except by my mom and boyfriend lol) but last week fueled some motivation to keep sharing authentically on here. Although it is very theraputic for me and I LOVE creating this blog its also something I do to inspire and connect with others. So thank you. That last post was lengthy and the fact that many of you took the time to read it and comment moves and surprises me in the best way.

You see…, time is the most vaulable resource you have.

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Turmeric Rice Bowls with Golden Cauliflower, Potatoes and Black Beans + Some Thoughts

This is a long winded post where I spill the beans. Ready?

If I told you that exercise caused endorphins and endorphins make you happy you’d probably knod or roll your eyes at me for the obvious-ness of my statement.  Truth be told, I had nearly forgotten about the positive vibe tidal wave that came after a good sweat sesh. You see, the past few months have been strange. Not in the sense that odd things are happening, its just that my life has never looked the way its looked recently.

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5 Ingredient Chocolate Truffles and 5 Freakishly Inspiring Quotes

vegan chocolate truffles caraskitchen.net

I am a quote whore. That might seem extreme but I seriously am. A quote can move me so much that I encorporate it into daily  conversations as if they were my own words. But I always wanna give credit where credit is due hence this list. Few things can impact me so simply then a solid quote. Some rule my life, some help me get a point across and others are mantras for how I approach each day. I have hundreds of them saved… on my desk top, on sticky notes, in my head. Below are 5 quotes I am L-O-V-I-N-G right now. Take one for yourself if one makes you feel something special. I truly hope these quotes inspire you as much as they do me. AND since this is a food blog, lol, below is a recipe for some insanely good vegan chocolate truffles I made for my boyfriend that made him go WOW and that made my heart so full.

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Purple Cauliflower Salad with Cabbage, Cilantro and Lemon Vinaigrette

Purple Cauliflower Salad Caras Kitchen

The color of this salad is so striking to me and elevates the entire dining experience. Heres why:  Aside from being beautiful, the purple cauli offers additional nutrients then the standard white. Its hue is due to the presence of a flavoniod called anthocyanins which have been found to help regulate blood sugar levels, control body weight and potentially lower your risk for cancer. All good things in my book.

This salad has a really nice crunch that is so satisfying yet is no fuss to put together, perfect to make ahead as well since the flavors need time to blend. It is eaten as a main course around my place but it would be perfect served as a side along salmon, baked tofu or poached egg for brunch.

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Balsamic Ginger Beet Noodle Bowl with Avocado, Blood Orange & Edamame

beet boodle bowl caras kitchen

About a year ago my mother was diagnoised with high blood pressure. SCARY. It was a cause for concern for everyone in the family because according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), high blood pressure can be the primary cause if not a contributing factor to more than 1,000 American deaths EVERY DAY! It increases the risk for more lethal health conditions like heart attack, stroke and chronic heart failure. Although several members of my family work in health care as nurses, it was important to my mom that she give it everything she had to lower it through diet and lifestyle before resorting to perscription drugs. Of course, I wanted to be as supportive as possible.

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Spring Pea & Asparagus Quinoa Salad with Kale Pesto and Avocado

Pea and Asparagus Quinoa Salad with kale pesto and avocado CarasKitchen.net

About 7 years ago I went to my first farmers market in Santa Monica. It was then that I began to realize that food is seasonal and it gave a whole new meaning to the change in seasons. Although I have spent most of my life between Phoenix and Los Angeles where there really isn’t much varience in season (lets be honest), the colors and variety of produce change from winter to spring to summer to fall. And I love it.

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Health Benefits of Red Food – Monochromatic Monday

Monochromatic Monay Red Caras Kitchen

This was started on accident. One afternoon a few weeks back I made myself lunch and without intention behind it, put together a bowl of entirely green fruits and vegetables. It also happened to be Monday and discovered the hashtag  #monochromaticmonday. Thus started to put together monochromatic bowls of different food on Monday and a new series was born. Through doing this I have discovered so many different varieties of produce that in the past had been overlooked. It also helped me discover that I am a massive creature of habit and buy the same produce week after week.

I am no stranger to the importance of eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies for optimum health but after some reflection and a good scroll down my instagram feed it was easy to see I was eating the same things over and over again. In an effort to mix it up and hopefully inspire others to reach for new foods here is a little tid bit on this weeks featured color: RED
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