Some of the best alternatives are not too far out of reach and may have been under your nose the entire time. Next time when you are shopping, use these products not only as alternatives but incredible and highly versatile additions to your whole food plant based diet.

Hummus

A delicious dressing/dip/condiment that you can use in the morning breakfast, lunch, or dinner mix.

Huffington Post also rated the top Hummus in the US. Here is their list

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find:

HEB will no doubt have a Hummus of some kind but they will probably have the most commercialized item out there. For great Hummus go to Whole Foods or Sprouts.

Use with:

  Chips (sweet potato chips are perfectly valid during Detox), vegetables, carrots, celery stalk, and apples.

 

Hemp Milk/ Hemp Protein/ Hemp Everything

Hemp products are an up and coming product that is finally starting to gain the popularity and notoriety it deserves. Hemp has long been praised for being a complete protein and a perfect balanced ratio of essential omega-6/omega-3 fatty oils.

Here are a couple excerpts from Dr. Bronner’s PDF which we will link the full version here.

“In clinical studies, these benefits are often achieved using omega-3-rich fish and flax oil supplements. A more “holistic”approach consists of shifting our general dietary fat intake towards nuts and oils offering a better omega-6/omega-3 ratio. Hemp nut and oil offer an omega-6/omega-3 ratio of 3:1 or less, depending on plant variety. This exceeds the target ratio of 4:1 and compensates in part for omega-3 deficiencies in the rest of our diet. No other vegetable oil offers EFAs at such high concentrations and, more importantly, in such a desirable omega-6/omega-3 ratio.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find:

Most HEB’s carry Hemp Protein nowadays. Sprouts, Whole Foods and Greenfields are sure to have it.

Uses:

Treat it like normal milk or a creamy addition to your cooking. Do not be afraid to mix things up.

Taste:

The original unsweetened is definitely not the greatest tasting beverage in the world but keep in mind the large amounts of vitamins and nutrients you are getting. It has an earthy taste and texture to it, so make sure to shake it up. The benefit of using the original flavor unsweetened is that there is very low amounts of sugar; thus, it iwll not affect your the bottom line which is your A1C or spike your blood sugar. Obviously when you get off of the Detox and lowered your A1C to an appropriate level then it would be perfectly fine to add in the flavored version of HEMP. This goes for flavored versions of all the “milks” regardless of the base (HEMP, Coconut, Almond).

Here are some of the varieties of foods you can eat with Hemp in mind.

The Milk “TEMPT” as shown above is one choice. Another is the normal seeds.

Hemp Seeds

 

Sprinkle these over your salad, meal, or snack. Hemp seeds are truly a great source of protein and essential fatty acids that can work as a coating agent on any of your foods smothering the entree in protein and essential oils.

Where to find:

I hate to be so redundant but Whole Foods, Sprouts and GreenFields will most likely have them. Each store vary in price on EVERY product some products are considerably less in GreenFields while the same are high priced at Whole Foods.

Hemp Protein

A great protein to use during the detox. Low in calories but High in a myriad of nutrients.

In this article LIVESTRONG dives deeper and explains the benefits of Hemp Protein.

 

Where to find:

Manitoba Harvest is a regular at whole foods and Sprouts. Green Fields will have thier own and certain HEB plus’s ( 281 and evans) should have a hemp protein as well. HEB will usually carry TEMPT.

Uses: 

Use as the base of your protein shake or any other shake, smoothie, etc.

Taste:

The original flavor is an earthy, chunky texture. Yes I know that sounds horrible and for some it might be but for others who can handle living on the wildest side, downing this drink obviously  has FAR superior benefits than any other protein powder out there. Here is a simple list of why.

HEMP Protein is naturally

GLUTEN FREE

SOY FREE

LACTOSE FREE

NUT FREE

NON-GMO

CASEIN-FREE

SUSTAINABLE

HERBICIDE PESTICIDE FREE

now this may vary depending on the factory that is used to produce the Hemp protein some may not be gluten free. You might see something on the back of the bottle saying something like “This product was not produced in a gluten free facility”

This is not including the added nutrients you will receive where Whey, Brown rice and Pea can not compete.

DONT FORGET YOU CAN ADD HEMP TO YOUR BLENDER/SHAKE MIX! Mix it with organic blueberries, strawberries and blackberries and it will make everything taste terrific.

LUCKILY! The products I suggested are both wonderful advocates of NON-GMO and have most if not all of the advantages as stated above. Here is a link to

Manitoba Harvest

Click the Headline above to check out the companies mission. Here is an excerpt from their website about their product.

Delicious and nutritious, this Certified Organic Dark Chocolate Hemp Protein Powder is best blended into beverages, stirred into breakfast foods or added to baking. Sweetened with organic palm sugar, which has the lowest glycemic index and a slow sugar release, this hemp protein powder is a natural source of Omega-3 and Omega-6. It also contains all 10 essential amino acids and is made with fair-traded ingredients.

Tempt Hemp Protein

Click the Headline above to check out the companies website. Here is an excerpt of a description of their product.

Vegan and gluten-free, hemp is an ideal, non-dairy alternative for vegetarian, vegan and raw diets or anyone with soy or dairy allergies. Hemp is not only one of the most wholesome sources of plant-based protein, it’s also a rich source of essential vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It’s powerful nutrition that anyone can enjoy for good health.

 

Beans, Legumes, Lentils, Nuts, Seeds and Oils

Here I am going to link out to a wonderful website and a great companion to anyone looking into Health and Wellness, the World’s Healthiest Foods website. Click on any of the links below to check out an in-depth explaination and nutrient analysis of each food. Make sure to get familiar with this website as well it is a healthy wealth of knowledge.

Nuts, Seeds & Oils

 Beans & Legumes

Where to find:

You can find almost if not all of this at HEB. Whole Foods and Sprouts will have the widest selection of organic beans, legumes, seeds, etc.

Uses: 

each bean can be used and mixed with your brown rice or simply as a side. Cook several of the products together and make a meal out of it. This is where you have to get a little creative.

Taste:

Well they are all different in many ways and I have not tried every single nut, seed, bean, legume but the black beans at Sprouts are wonderful and do not need any additional spice.

To Can or Not to Can that is the Question:

This is probably the only time we will ever, ever, evereverever recommend canned products of any kind and it is still not our most recommended but because of the low price, great taste and little preparation involved, eating ORGANIC canned beans from Whole Foods, Sprouts, GreenFields and even most HEB’s should be totally fine.

This rule ONLY works on ORGANIC canned beans. Any other canned product of any kind is not recommended and strictly prohibited unless it is an organic bean product.

Avocado Dip,Dressing and other uses

 

Avocado is known around the world as one of nature’s superfoods. Filled with anti-oxidants, essential fats, oils and nutrients makes this food an excellent choice. I recommended this product because it makes things a bitt easier when you are on the go and do not have time to cut up or make your own avocado dressing/guacamole/condiment.

If you want to know how amazing this fruit truly is, check out Mercola’s article

 ”The Many Healthy Benefits of Avocado”.

or if you want a full analysis on the nutritional spectrum, check out –

World’s Healthiest Foods-Avocado 

Where to find:

Highly prevalent in HEB’s around San Antonio, whole foods, sprouts and GreenFields. You should have no trouble finding this brand in HEB stores.

Uses:

Use this as a dressing, condiment or dip. Its excellent for spreading on sandwhiches (GF bread of course) to cook and prepare food with, or use it as a dip for your sweet potato chips. Using this not only gives you a large amount of health benefits but spices up your entree/snack as well. Avocado’s are low on the Glycemic Index.

Taste: 

The taste is probably what will keep you coming back to this product besides the luxury of not cutting up an avocado and wasting time. A rich, moderately thick, smooth creamy texture lightly seasoned lightly salty but tastes fantastic.