To start the list here is a nice slide show that I found and wanted to share of 16 famous black celebrities who were either vegan or vegetarian. Also, Just to give you a rundown of exactly who is vegan or vegetarian see my list below. Enjoy!:
Cicely Tyson (vegetarian)
Carl Lewis (vegan)
Andre 3000 (vegetarian)
Persia white (vegan)
Erykah Badu (vegan)
Angela Basset (raw vegan!!!)
Brandy (vegan to vegetarian)
Russel Simmons (vegan)
KRS 1 (vegetarian)
Common (vegan to vegetarian)
Dead Prez (vegetarians)
Mike Tyson (vegan)
Vanessa Williams (vegan)
Lenny Kravitz (vegan)
Keenan Ivory Wayans (vegetarian)
I know of many more black people on plant-based diets so I made an additional list of my own favorites as well. Just press play to view. Enjoy and be inspired!:
Let your creativity with meals take your family to a culinary carnival!
Below are recipes for homemade baby formula and baby foods ..
Dr. Laila Afrika's Modified Vegetable-milk formula for infants:
Dr. Afrika's Baked Yam or Sweet potato and Apples for babies:
Broccoli and carrot baby food:
Recipes for Older Children and Adults!
Walnut Taco Meat
2 cups walnuts soaked overnight
2 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp sea salt
¼ tsp chipotle
dash of cayenne powder (optional)
Coconut Chickpea curry
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 TBS curry powder
1-inch ginger, peeled and minced
2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 medium sized tomatoes diced
2 cups coconut milk
1 medium head cauliflower chopped into bite-sized florets
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Raw Vegan Brownies
10-15 medjool dates pitted (or use all of one of those small containers of dates)
1 cup raw coconut butter or dried coconut (optional)
1-2 handfuls of nuts or seeds of your choice (walnuts or almonds are good)
1 cup carob powder, raw cacao or cocoa powder
small baking dish or pan
a little oil for greasing the pan
The Health of Children is crucial when it comes to us having a healthy society, as these “little people” will grow into the adults that will move and shake our future! I have noticed that the diseases of excess in children is getting out of hand with more young people being obese, having cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and an increase in atopic conditions like asthma, eczema, and seasonal allergies.
The susceptibility of these children to these diseases an be linked to their diet and lifestyle: A diet of excess empty calorie “foods” (that is high in calories but low in nutritional content), as well as a lifestyle that is much less active than earlier generations equals the perfect storm for metabolic disease conditions to manifest.
What are parents, caregivers, or guardians to do? Well, it’s time to revamp the diet of the family for the sake of the children. Start educating yourself on how to consciously be aware of the foods you and your family consume…is it really food you are eating?
Food is defined as:
~A material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy~
~Something that nourishes and sustains life~
Are the things that you and your family consume promoting life and vitality? Are they giving energy to you all, or is it creating sluggishness? Do you get “The Itis”? Are your children hungry a couple of hours after a meal? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the food your family is consuming may not be food at all!
19 Healthy Eating tips for Children
1. Know what’s in your food! Read ingredient labels. If the list is a mile long and contains things in it that sound like they should be in a chemistry experiment then it probably should not be consumed.
2. Prepare meals at home! This way you can control what ingredients go into your food and can make it as super-nutrient dense as you like!
Also, make sure you prepare your kitchen for the change in diet. Use up old foods (or get rid of them), stock your fridge and pantry with new healthful ingredients to have on hand for easy food prep.
3. Use whole food ingredients! Usually the further you get away from the plant the more refined the product is. So buying mock meats, or food from a box, bag or window, are usually going to give you a unhealthy dose of chemicals, trans fats and sugars. Use fresh (or if needed frozen) vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes to create meals for your family. This way you are giving them the most optimal array of nutrients required for baseline nutritional needs.
4. Avoid giving children refined sugars, starches, oils, and grains. This can be in the form of soda, candy, pastries, snack foods, fast foods, vegetable oils, canola oil, white flours, pasta, cereals, and juices.
5. Use natural sugar from fruits i.e. dates, dried fruits, maple syrup, or molasses. But remember to use even syrups sparingly.
6. Use high quality oils like coconut oil for cooking, extra virgin olive oil for salads, dips and other non-heated items (or at the end of cooking). Research different extra virgin oils and find what your family likes.
7. Use 100% whole grain products! Read labels and make sure there is no added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, or hidden wheat flours.
8. Try gluten-free products in the form of breads, pastas, flours, cereals, etc.
9. For protein, prepare legumes, nut, or seed dishes. Not so much mock meat products or processed tofu.
10. Dairy is very mucus forming and inflammatory. Studies have shown children given milk products before the age of 1 had a higher risk of developing autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Giving milk to children at any age can also create gastrointestinal diseases, allergies, as well as the afore mentioned conditions.
11. Use plant-based alternatives to dairy products i.e. plant-based milks, yogurts, cheeses, and sour creams.
12. Breast-feeding is essential for newborns, infants and small children. Traditionally during our Ancestor's time children could be breastfed from birth to ages 3-5! Why you ask? It is mother’s milk that equips children with the foundation of their immune system, supplying antibodies, enzymes, and hormones. Not to mention it provides necessary proteins, vitamins and minerals for growth and development. The best part is that it is free. Ancestral wisdom at it's best!
13. Baby foods can also be made at home by basically using whole fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Simply wash and peel fruit or vegetables then steam and mash them by hand or with a food processor/baby food mill/blender.
According to Dr. Laila Afrika the whole grains that are most digestible include brown rice and millet. These should be ground into a flour cooked and then can be made into a baby cereal formula with a plant based milk or breast milk. Digestive enzymes can be put into the food if the child is an infant in order to help with digestion of the fiber.
Large batches of the baby foods can be frozen in empty baby food jars or serving sizes can be placed in cookie sheet squares and then placed in freezer bags.
When children are older they can eat the healthful solid meals with everyone else
14. Breakfast for children should not be heavy with starches nor should it be sugary. Because you are “breaking” the “fast” of sleep over 7-8hrs, the body needs something lighter i.e. fresh fruit or vegetables with light starches or proteins. Foods can include, berries, apples, nut butters, green smoothies, whole grain cereals with plant-based milks etc.
15. Lunch for children should be he heaviest meal of the day as the metabolism is fully up and running. Make (and pack for them if necessary) a nice meal for them full of greens, plant proteins, fiber, and healthy fats i.e. avocados, nut butters and fruit slices, salads, and grain or legume based dishes.
16. Water is essential for all bodily process and most especially in growing children! Provide them with abundant water sources and pack a few bottles for them to have throughout the day especially if they are at school.
17. Dinner should be light as well as the body will be preparing for rest soon. Lots of green leafy vegetables should be served to help with digestion, light starches like carrots, sweet potatoes, or corn, and light proteins like chickpeas or nuts and seeds.
18. Make sure to involve children in the food preparation process based on their age and the safety of it. Let them see how the foods are prepared, where it was grown, start a family garden, take them to the farmers market, etc. All of this instills values in them around healthy eating habits that will be a foundation they stand on for the rest of their lives.
19. Also make sure to clearly communicate with family about the guidelines you have set for the foods your children can and cannot eat! This way your family can be aware of and respect the type of living for health you have laid out for your children and their grandchildren/nieces/nephews.
What is Maca?
Maca is an herbaceous plant, that is actually a cruciferous vegetable (a relative of broccoli, kale, and collards), and it is native to the high Andean Mountains of Bolivia and Peru. The root of the maca plant is what is used as a food-medicine and it has a long history of being deemed a “superfood” that was prized throughout the Incan empire for its rich sources of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and proteins, and most especially for it’s adaptogenic-like qualities. (Adaptogen= a substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes). The adaptogen qualities enable maca to nourish and balance the body's endocrine system which is the system of glands that secrete hormones and other factors to help cope with stressors of the body. Maca also helps the body to energize naturally, without giving jitters and crashes of caffeine, and it can aid in reproductive function, helping to balance hormones and increase fertility.
There have been studies done in the recent years women age 41-50 y/o who were determined to be in peri-menopausal or menopausal stages in their life (when a woman is in the beginning stages of menopause i.e. periods may be very few and far between, and she also may be experiencing symptoms associated w/ menopause ) were given maca to treat their symptoms. The symptoms were common of women who experience menopause related hormonal imbalances i.e. frequent of hot flushes, night sweating, interrupted sleep, nervousness, depression and heart palpitations.
Maca was shown to be effective at alleviating these negative physiological and psychological symptoms in such cases.
The therapeutic affect is most likely due to maca’s ability to help the body balance out hormones that can be in flux during times of transition in a woman’s body like menopause. Most specifically maca acts on hormones like estrogen (estradiol/E2) , progesterone, and ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), estrodiol being the hormone that can decrease dramatically (leading to many of these symptoms) when menopause takes place is increased when maca is consumed overtime is it corrects the cause of why these symptoms are happening in the first place.
Maca is however not limited to healing women of menopausal imbalances. It can address hormonal issues in menstruating women as well! Because it acts as a hormone balancer it can also heal issues such as dysmenorrhea (painful periods), heavy bleeding, oligomenorrhea (infrequent menstruation), PCOS, and infertility issues; also other conditions caused by hormonal imbalances i.e. migraines, acne, fibrocystic breast tissue, just to name a few.
Don’t think that maca is limited just to women! Studies have also shown that maca has been traditionally used to heal men from erectile dysfunction, impotence, and loss of stamina. Also maca when consumed by men throughout their life acts as a fortifier, enhancing and maintaining strength, endurance and virility of the body well into the elder years.
For both men and women consuming maca overtime has a significant effect on reproductive health. Increasing fertility through supporting spermatogenesis and oogenesis (sperm and ovum production), as well as increasing the likelihood of fertilization of an egg within the womb. In women maca supports hormonal secretion of estrogen, lutenizing hormone, and follicle stimulating hormone, which are all needed to prepare the uterus for pregnancy making it a great pre-conception herb to tonify the uterus. What’s more maca is widely known for having quite a positive effect on libido, increasing it in both men and women, it is said that as an indigenous food of the people of the Andes it has enabled people to be quite virile into their old age.
In addition to these benefits as maca is consumed overtime it has been shown to support the body in reducing blood pressure, getting to a healthy body weight, reducing triglycerides and Cholesterol levels!
So if all of that dosen’t convince you that maca is a great herb then I don’t know what else to tell you!
How to take Maca?
To take maca you can find it in many forms i.e. capsule, powder, there are different health foods that contain maca. You can put it in your smoothies, coffee, desserts, (it has a butterscotch or toffee like flavor so when sweetened in a dessert or smoothie, baked goods you name it and maca will make it taste great)!
However you get your maca in make sure to be consistent. Because it is an adaptogen, an herb that balances out body processes and it a food this is made to be consumed daily in order for you to see optimal results!
Below is a yummy recipe to help you incorporate maca into your diet! Enjoy and stay healthy my friends!
~ Dr. Adiro
10-12 medjool dates (pits removed)
½ cup pumpkin seeds
2 TBS maca powder
1 TBS chia seeds
½ tsp salt
2-3 TBS water
· In a food processor, grind up the pistchios, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sea salt and maca powder to a coarse consistency
· Add in the dates and continue to pulse.
· Add in the water 1 tablespoon at a time until a dough starts to form.
· Roll dough into balls and place on a parchment paper lined cooking sheet and place in the fridge to firm up for a few minutes.
· You can garnish these truffles but rollingthem in nuts, seeds, or powdered herbs.
· Serve and Enjoy J
Run through a juicer:
4 stalks of celery
2 green apples
1 inch piece fresh ginger
1/2 green cabbage head
juice of one lime
Once veggies are juiced add in a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
(This may give you a good bit of juice so have a larger cup, jar or bowl to put it all in)
This juice is packed with skin nourishing b vitamins, alkalanizing chlorophyll, essential minerals such as magnesium, sodium, and potassium, it is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and E all with a spicy kick (to keep things interesting and get that blood flowing :) ).
Serve room temperature or chilled and enjoy daily for a delicous hydrating cleanse!
Dr. Afivi Adiro is a Naturopathic physician specializing in diet, nutrition and botanical medicine. With diet being especially foundational to Dr. Adiro, she believes if the diet is not in order and supportive to the body then most other therapies that are tried will not work towards healing.