The lovely folks at Vega recently sent me a new book and some Vega samples to review. The book is Must Have Been Something I Ate by Peggy Kotsopoulos and I absolutely love the message of this book: that what you eat influences everything. Your mood, your body, your skin. You can even use food (instead of chemical medications) to treat ailments and reduce stress (and not in a binge-eating-ice-cream kind of way). I can tell you from first-hand experience that when I’m not eating well, i.e. lots of processed foods and sugars, I not only look bloated, but I’m in a bad mood and just feel grumpy and lazy. So I love that her book addresses the huge impact that food has on your overall health.
The book is broken into 5 sections:
- Food-Mood Connection
- Food-Weight Connection
- Food-Beauty Connection
- Food-Health Connection
My favorite section was the Food/Beauty Connection. I once heard that you should never put on your skin what you wouldn’t put in your mouth. And I haven’t been able to use Bath & Body Works lotion since. So I love the natural beauty solutions she gives. I’ve been using olive oil under my eyes at night ever since I read it in this book. And I swear my wrinkles are diminishing.I’ve tried a few recipes from the book, including the Chocolate Cherry Smoothie, which uses a scoop of Vega Smoothie Infusion. A few of her recipes use Vega products which is cool because they are packed with nutrients. And I just really like Vega as a company.
The smoothie was delicious but I was even more impressed with the second recipe I tried – Chocolate Mousse – because I just couldn’t believe how easy and tasty it was. And the ingredients surprised me!
By Peggy Kotsopoulos via Must Have Been Something I Ate
- 2 cups cooked, pureed pumpkin*
- 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 c pure maple syrup
- 1/2 c coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 t ground cinnamon
- 1/2 t vanilla extra
*I used 1 can of pureed pumpkin since it’s not the season for real pumpkins!
You just mix them up really well and voila! Mousse! And vegan mousse at that! I was shocked by the pumpkin and the coconut oil in the recipe but the texture is awesome. I liked it even better after it sat for awhile and chilled in the fridge. Even Maizey wanted some. Sorry pup – you’re allergic to chocolate.
Annndd….I got an extra copy of the book to give away to one of my readers!
How to enter the Vega Book Giveaway: Must Have Been Something I Ate, by Peggy Kotsopoulos:
- Tell me a specific way that food impacts how you feel, good or bad.
- Tweet (or post on Facebook) about the giveaway and link back to this post
Please leave a separate comment for each entry. I’ll announce the winner on Sunday during The Weekender and you can enter anytime before that time!