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Kickin’ It With “Leslie Loves Veggies”

by Cascade Ice on March 21, 2013

Time for another healthy living interview for our Kickin’ It with Cascade Ice series! We were delighted to hear from Leslie of Leslie Loves Veggies. Her informative blog shares health recipes and food product reviews to help families make the right choices for a healthy living lifestyle.

Below, this veggie lover shares her go-to nutritional meal for her family and fatty food tips to encourage Cascade Ice fans to stay healthy. Read on to hear more from Leslie about her veggie lifestyle!

 Why is “Healthy Living” important to you?

Healthy Living is important to me because I want to stay feeling young, active and be able to enjoy my grandchildren. One of my daughters is a vegetarian, as is my grandson. I want to age gracefully and in good health so I can enjoy them!

Who are your “Healthy Living” role models and why?

My dad was a vegetarian from the time he was eight years old. He was born in 1922 and in that day, that was unheard of! I’d watch him when we went out to restaurants back in the 60’s when there were not many (healthy) vegetarian options. He paved the way in my eyes for vegetarians, especially men. My dad is my hero!

What is your go-to healthy meal when you are short on time?

We love salad at my house. I like to add in beets, garbanzo beans, vegan cheese, and a variety of greens and veggies. We add some kind of faux meat and it’s a meal!

Do you have any tips for families who want to make some healthy lifestyle changes?

Eat a little less and move a little more. (Oy me!)

Are there any foods that you consider to be off-limits completely?

I gave up fat back in the 80’s. What a huge mistake. Your body needs fat. Monounsaturated fats are essential in the diet. I use olive oil and canola oil for the most part now. I do eat egg whites and dairy products on occasion now. The only foods that are off limits in my diet are all meats as I’m a vegetarian.

In addition to eating right, do you have any other tips to share on overall wellness?

I would just suggest drinking lots of water.  It’s good for you and your body needs it!


Catch up with Leslie on her website http://www.leslielovesveggies.net/ and follow this veggie lover on Twitter and Facebook for healthy living recipes!

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