Green juices and smoothies are everywhere! Here in NYC there's a juice bar on almost every corner, and you can even get smoothies at some bodegas (corner stores that sell traditional junk food and beer). But should you be drinking juices or smoothies? Which is healthier, and why? Check out our summary below.
BEET FALAFEL BOWL by Isabelle
- 2 small beets
- 6 ounces canned chickpeas
- 1 cup baby kale
- 1 cub butternut squash
- 1/2 cup black or purple rice
- 3 tbsp tahini
- 2 tsp peach jam (sweetened with grape concentrate)
- 1 garlic clove
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
1. Roast your beets on 400° for about 40 minutes.
2. Add rinsed chickpeas, beets, garlic, pepper flakes and salt into a food processor and process until they form a dough like consistency.
3. Put your oven on 350°, lay out a baking sheet with parchment paper and form little beet balls with 1 tbsp of the beet mix.
4. Bake for 35 minutes!
1. Add tahini, peach jam and 2-3 tbsp of water and mix until well combined. Add cardamom for an extra kick.
Prep the bowl:
1. Cook your rice for about 15 minutes.
2. Bake butternut squash with some salt and pepper for 30 minutes on 400°.
2. Take a bowl, add baby kale, squash, rice and beet balls. Top with tahini dressing.
--Recipe by Isabelle. Find more at ThePlantiful.com
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Jenné & Isabelle
We're both passionate vegan foodies with backgrounds in nutrition. We decided to bridge our skills to create Buddhalicious; a program that guides members to find balance, excitement, and flavor on their plates, and in their lives.