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Sweet Potato Burger

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By Jenné Claiborne of Sweet Potato Soul

Sweet Potatoes are healthy, filling, delicious, and incredibly versatile! I find ways to use them all year round, and for every single meal of the day (dessert and snack included).

Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 40 mins | Total time: 55 mins

I will never get tired of these burgers! Serve them with or without bread, and top with greens and healthy fat like avocado or tahini sauce. They also freeze really well, and even make a great snack, or crumbles for a salad!

Serves: 6

Ingredients

    • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
    • ½ red onion, roughly chopped
    • 2 cans chickpeas
    • 1 cup packed cilantro or parsley (or half and half)
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 1 cup almonds
    • 2 tbsp cumin
    • 3 tsp coriander
    • 2 tsp smoked paprika
    • 2 ½ tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes (1 ½ cup), steamed or baked, peeled and mashed
    • ¾ cup quick-cooking oats

Instructions

      1. In a food processor pulse and chop the red bell pepper and red onion.
      2. Pour the chopped veggies into a large mixing bowl.
      3. Place the chickpeas and cilantro/parsley into the food processor and blend until the chickpeas are a thick mealy texture.
      4. Pour into the mixing bowl with peppers and onions.
      5. Place the garlic, almonds, and spices into the food processor and blend until the almonds are a crumbly texture.
      6. Pour into the mixing bowl.
      7. Mash the sweet potato with a fork, or place it in the food processor and blend until smooth.
      8. Pour it over the contents of the mixing bowl followed by the oats, and stir well to combine the ingredients.
      9. Season to taste with more sea salt and spice.
      10. Place the burger batter in the refrigerator to firm up for an hour or longer.
      11. Preheat oven to 375°, and line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper.
      12. Scoop about ¾ cup of the batter into your hands and form into a tight patty.
      13. Place the patty onto the baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining batter. Make sure that the patties are not too close to each other on the baking sheet (2 inches separating is good).
      14. Bake for 40 minutes, or until cooked through.
      15. After removing them from the oven, allow the patties to cool for at least 15 minutes before trying to remove them with a spatula or your hands.

 

 


 

Jenné Claiborne, Sweet potato soul, sweet potato burgerHi, I’m Jenné!

I’m a Georgia Peach living in NYC, with an insatiable love of sweet potatoes, travel, animals, and chocolate. Lately I would add matcha to that list <3

On Sweet Potato Soul you’ll discover hundreds of delicious and easy-to-make vegan recipes. I also share lots of cooking videos, and healthy eating tips. You’re going to want to subscribe to my YouTube channel too!

In addition to running this vegan food blog, I run a culinary and wellness company in NYC called The Nourishing Vegan. I’m a vegan personal chef, a master health coach, and a passionate cooking instructor. I’ve also created the 21-Day Vegan Blueprint online program, and written a digital cookbook called 5-Ingredient Vegan.

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Your Guide To Shopping For Produce

Find out what produce you should definitely buy organic, and what is okay to buy conventionally

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It seems to be getting harder and harder to know what is being sold to us at the grocery store. We know that the beautiful, shiny produce is the most affordable but probably contains the highest amounts of wax, pesticides and other chemicals. However, organic can be a bit pricey and possibly unavailable, depending on where you have access to shop.

Did you know that the USDA found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples it analyzed? The pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

See what happens when you pour hot water on conventional apples. The chemicals literally melt! It’s important that we buy organic and if we cannot, at least wash our produce prior to consuming (Video: Laurline Eldemire Lawrence via Facebook):

Check out the most recent list of produce that you should preferably buy organic, known as the ‘Dirty Dozen,’ and which produce is safe to purchase conventionally, known as the ‘Clean Fifteen.’ While you may not find every produce item you like to eat on these lists, this is a great start!

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Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen. Credit: EWG

Read the full report here:

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Drink Your Way to Fat Loss

Let’s start with water and its importance to fat loss……notice I say “Fat Loss” because I view it differently than “weight loss”. Eliminate carbohydrates, fast, go on a juice diet, detox, cleanse or drink some sort of weight loss shake and inevitably you will lose weight. However, you generally will gain it back…and if you are super unlucky…plus some!

On average, I would say that prior to my lifestyle change, I was lucky to finish a bottle of water a day. I didn’t think about drinking and I consumed most of my liquids in the form of tea or coffee during the day as I was never a soda drinker.

If you want to lose FAT, here are a few reasons water is so important to your success.

1. Appetite Control – Water is an appetite suppressant which means that drinking enough of it ensures that when you do feel hungry you really need something to eat. Drinking a lot of water helps to keep hunger at bay!

2. Toxins – Water clears toxins and helps fats pass through your system before they can be stored. Water helps any substance your body doesn’t need exit safely and aids in transporting the necessary nutrients throughout your body.

3. Kidney function – The kidneys require water to carry out their duty of processing waste products efficiently. When the kidneys don’t have enough water, the liver comes to aid. Part of the liver’s responsibilities is to take your stored fat and turn it into energy you can use. Therefore, by not drinking enough water you are slowing down the speed at which the liver can do it’s work. Drink more water and let the liver turn your FAT into ENERGY!

FIT TIP-Drink 8 oz or 1 glass of water every hour at work. One 8 hour shift meets the average daily requirement of 8 glasses (64 oz) a day.

4. Hormones – As you start to cut the amount of food you are taking in as most people do when they are trying to lose weight the body senses this lack of calories. From an evolutionary perspective, whenever there was a lack of food there was also a lack of water. By consuming enough water, you tell the body there is “No Emergency” and that it is safe to let go of the fat rather than hoard it.

5. Hydrated Muscles – Muscles that are hydrated are stronger which leads to better workouts, more muscle growth and ultimately increases your metabolism. Muscles burn more calories just by their mere existence!

DRINK UP!

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@iamnayfit – 5 Tips to Make Your #BodyGoals A Reality and Getting Results In 28-Day Challenge

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What is the #Ri28 challenge?

The 28 day challenge was made when we put together all of the elements needed to lower your body fat percentage quickly and efficiently.  The combination of reducing carb intake and increase activity on a daily basis is key to fat loss.

What can people expect over 28 days?

Clients can look forward to a no stress program. No gym membership is needed , no gym equipment is required. All you need is $39 and a device to watch the workout on.

Who is the #Ri28 challenge for?

This challenge is for anyone who wants to tighten and tone. This a great way to spice up your normal cardio routine with high intensity interval training.

Why should people join the challenge?Anyone wanting for feel better and look their best should join the #Ri28 family. 2017 is coming to an end and it’s time for bring in the new year feeling and looking  like the best version of YOU!

What are your Five Tips to Make #BodyGoals A Reality?

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