High blood pressure can be very dangerous. It can cause heart disease or stroke. The foods that we eat play a very important role in how high or healthy our blood pressure is. High blood pressure is often caused by a diet rich in processed meats like bacon, sausage, and lunch meat, salty foods, fatty meats, fried food, whole milk dairy products, and an excess of butter and margarine.
Plant-based foods are much healthier for maintaining your blood pressure, so we put together a list of eight recipes from our Food Monster App that will help you maintain a healthy blood pressure during the holidays. Enjoy!
1. Roasted Beet Noodles with Pesto and Baby Kale
A creamy vegan pesto sauce over Roasted Beet Noodles with some baby kale for a bit of crunch and earthiness. This recipe by Alissandra Maffucci comes together so effortlessly and can be easily customized, depending on your appetite. The beet really pairs well with the pesto here and the kale ties everything together for more texture and flavor. Plus, it’s elegant, whole, unprocessed and fresh.
2. Power Bread with Sunflower Seeds, Flax, Sesame, and Pumpkin Seeds
You do not need to be an experienced baker for Selva Wohlgemuth‘s delicious nutrient-dense Power Bread, and you will not have a kitchen covered from head to toe in flour. All you need is a food processor, a bowl, your baking tins, and just 15 minutes of your time.
3. Roasted Veggie Moroccan Tagine
Source: Roasted Veggie Moroccan Tagine
What’s not to love about perfectly roasted veggies, delicious rich tomato and harissa gravy in the theatre of the Tagine? Susie Garden‘s recipe was inspired by my travels in Morocco, and it’s super easy to make back home, with or without a tagine to cook it in.
4. Nutritious Chili Salad
Source: Nutritious Chili Salad
Most vegetables can be eaten raw for maximum nutrition. But there are exceptions, like tomatoes. One key nutrient of tomatoes is lycopene, which is one of the rare antioxidants that happens to increase when heated. Therefore the tomatoes are heated with the beans in this Nutritious Chili Salad, but everything else is raw. Ida Hemmingsson-Holl‘s recipe has lots of greens (the healthiest one can eat), lots of heated lycopene (tomatoes), good fats from the avocado, inflammation-busting raw onion, garlic and ginger, and good proteins in the beans.
5. 4-Ingredient Pistachio Nice Cream
In a world of chocolate and vanilla, Pistachio ice Cream can be tough to come across. Luckily, you can make your own at home using only four ingredients! This recipe by Aryane Héroux-Blais is made using vanilla non-dairy milk, frozen bananas, avocado, and raw pistachios, but you would never guess that because the texture is strikingly similar to gelato. Finally, for a cute soft-serve ice cream shape, use a pastry piping bag to make swirls!
6. Kale Salad With Chili Lime Roasted Squash and Garlic Sriracha Vinaigrette
Plenty of veggies make the dish so much more interesting and fun. Linda Wagner‘s Kale Salad has a lot of components and will take a little prep time but it is so worth it. The flavors compliment each other so nicely!
7. Veggie Quinoa Bowl
Source: Veggie Quinoa Bowl
Jesse Jane Lee‘s Veggie Quinoa Bowl is so yummy and filling it will leave meat lovers without room for seconds. It contains a mix to crunchy raw veggies, protein packed nuts, seeds, tofu, and quinoa and is topped off with an addicting creamy vegan sauce. You can play around with the recipe by mixing up the veggies, grains, nuts and seeds, with whatever you have on hand.
8. Mexican Black Bean Soup
Source: Mexican Black Bean Soup
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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