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Smoothies

7 Vegan Smoothie Recipes to Try This Week

Do you ever get stuck in a smoothie rut? I’ve been stuck in one lately, and I’ve been making the same ‘ole smoothie for a couple of weeks. So here are some new vegan smoothie recipes that are worth trying this week to break up the monotony!

Pina Colada Green Smoothie

Piña Colada Green Vegan Smoothie Recipes
Credit: Fooduzzi

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar-Free

If you like piña colada’s and getting caught in the… then you will love this smoothie. It tastes just like piña colada, and it’s healthy. I wouldn’t mind hanging out with one of these on the beach.

Vegan & Gluten Free Vanilla Oat Protein Smoothie

Vanilla Oat Protein Smoothie by Leah's Plate
Credit: Leah’s Plate

Vegan, Gluten Free (if you use gluten-free oats), Dairy Free, Sugar-Free

This vanilla oat protein smoothie will have your belly feeling full and happy all morning (or afternoon) long. Equally important, I’m going to soak my gluten-free oats first by adding water to them the night before and letting them sit overnight; this helps with digestion and making sure that you get all the nutrients.

Banana Mango Smoothie

Banana Mango Smoothie by FamilyFreshMeals.com
Credit: Family Fresh Meals

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar-Free

Granted, I’m bananas about bananas! Putting them into smoothies is a great way to avoid having to add any other sweeteners. I usually eat two bananas a day. I was probably a monkey in past life. This vegan smoothie recipe is super simple, especially because it’s only five ingredients.

Green Goddess Smoothie

High Protein Green Goddess Smoothie Recipe
Credit: Sinful Nutrition

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar-Free, Nut Free

Of course, who doesn’t want to be a goddess? This one sounds so refreshing for those hot summer days. I’ll probably sub the matcha powder for green tea because its what I already have on hand. I love the avocado addition. It adds good fats (which makes you feel pleasantly full), and it makes smoothies smooth and creamy. Nom nom.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Smoothie
Credit: Nourish Your Glow

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar-Free

Chocolate and peanut butter – need I say more! Not to mention it’s only five ingredients! This one will be sure to fool your pickiest eater into believing that they are eating (or slurping) something on something not so healthy.

Triple Berry Kiwi Smoothie

Triple Berry Kiwi Smoothie
Credit: The Pretty Bee

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar-Free, Nut Free

Yaaasss another five ingredient smoothie! I love that this one has loads of vitamin C courtesy of the berries, kiwi, and orange juice. Of course, any smoothie with berries is likely going to be amazing. Regardless, I love this one!

Green Detox Smoothie

Green Detox Drink Smoothie
Credit: Live Lean Eat Green

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar-Free, Nut Free

Have you ever had a couple (or few days) of not eating so clean and not feel very with it? Yeah, I haven’t either. Just kidding. It’s important to realize that life happens to us all. Whenever I have those moments, this green detox smoothie has always been a great way to hit the restart button.

All in all, I know, there are hundreds (thousands?) of vegan smoothie recipes out there. Even so, I love the options this list provides. Coupled with a 20-minute activity (even a simple walk) make these a fantastic way to start the day.

What are some of your favorite vegan smoothie recipes?

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Snacks

16 Vegan Gluten-Free & Nut-Free Sports Team Snacks

Are you on snack duty soon? Here is a list of uncomplicated, healthy vegan, gluten-free and nut-free snacks to buy and prepare for your favorite sports team. Be sure to check labels for hidden allergens and to choose organic whenever possible.

  1. Raisins: These are simple and already prepackaged. Try these Sun-Maid Organic Raisin
  2. Fruit or Vegetables in Cups or on sticks: Think sliced up watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, carrots, celery, tomatoes, grapes, apples, cucumbers. You can even put some peanut butter, hummus, yogurt or any other dip on the bottom before placing your fruit or vegetables.
  3. Squeeze applesauce: Another simple, pre-packaged snack.
  4. Nut-free trail mix: This is sometimes hard to find, but it can be made pretty easy with raisins, gluten-free granola, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and dairy-free chocolate chips. Once done, place into individual sandwich bags. Enjoy Life makes a tasty seed and fruit mix. Get it on Amazon > (aff)
  5. Sunflower seeds: Another simple, pre-packaged snack. Look for no or low salt content and kernels vs. shelled unless prepared for the mess.
  6. Apple chips or dried fruit in pre-packaged bags: You can buy these and then place them into individual sacks.
  7. No-nut granola bars: These can be challenging to find, but not too hard to make. Here is a good recipe.
  8. Applesauce muffins: Here is a good recipe and bonus your house will smell just like fall!
  9. Pretzels: Make sure to get the gluten-free kind.
  10. Oranges: Clementine oranges are super manageable and make a great healthy snack.
  11. Bananas: Bananas are a natural and healthy snack.
  12. Cups of Berries: Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, and Blackberries.
  13. Carrots: You can usually find carrots in convenient snack packs to make a healthy snack.
  14. Popcorn: Make sure to get the non-buttery, lightly salted kind for vegan. You can pack into individual snack bags.
  15. Mini Rice Cakes: Make sure to check ingredients for too much sugar or dairy ingredients. You can pack these into individual snack bags.
  16. Energy bites: These no-bake energy balls look delicious! They don’t take much time to make, and kids will think that they’re eating cookie dough.

With these Vegan Gluten-Free & Nut-Free Sports Team Snacks, you can sit back and enjoy the game without stressing about snack time.

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Green Cleaning

I heart Vinegar

In the last year I have saved so much money by buying Distilled Vinegar, instead of several of my usual toxic household cleaning products. Vinegar is absolutely amazing! Its economical, natural, environmentally friendly, and non-toxic. How many other cleaning products can you clean and cook with? I’m willing to bet that most of the cleaning products in your house come with a few warnings in BOLD print that notify you to call the Poison Control Center if ingested.

Vinegar can be traced back to 2000 B.C., and is even mentioned in the Bible several times (Prov. 25:20; Ruth 2:14; Matthew 27:48; Mark 15:36). Hippocrates prescribed vinegar as a remedy for a variety of ailments, and Caesar’s armies used vinegar as a beverage. Throughout the years there have been thousands of claims made about its medicinal, culinary, agricultural, and cleaning uses. Some have been backed by studies and some not.

How is it made? Vinegar is made from the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. The ethanol may be derived from many different sources including wine, cider, beer or fermented fruit juice, or it may be made synthetically from natural gas and petroleum derivatives.

White distilled vinegar is a popular household cleanser, effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. Please keep in mind that for most uses dilution with water is recommended for safety and to avoid damaging the surfaces being cleaned.

Here are the ways that I have successfully used vinegar:

Cleaning out the dishwasher- Pour distilled vinegar in the detergent compartments of your dishwasher and let it run a full (empty) cycle. Repeat monthly.

Cleaning out the coffee pot- Pour distilled vinegar to the fill line into the water compartment of a coffee maker, and let it run a full (empty) cycle. Repeat every 6 months.

Cleaning Toilets- Pour distilled vinegar into toilet and let sit for 30 minutes. Then sprinkle baking soda on a toilet bowl brush and scrub, then flush.

Cleaning Carpet Stains- Spray the stain with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part distilled vinegar. Let it set for 5-10 minutes. Then scrub the stain with a hot soapy water and a carpet brush. Blot dry. *Test a small area before use.

Cleaning Countertops and Tile- Spray countertops with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part distilled vinegar. Let it set for 5 minutes. Then wipe down with a cotton cloth. *Test a small area before use.

Cleaning Stovetop- Spray stovetop with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part distilled vinegar. Let it set for 5 minutes. Then wipe down with a cotton cloth.

Removing Pesticides from Produce- Spray a mixture of 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar on the produce and then rinse with water. This is said to remove 98% of bacteria on produce.

For more ways to use vinegar, check out these websites (Please note: take what you read with a grain of salt and research it further before trying.):

Vinegar Tips
The Daily Green
The Vinegar Institute

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Uncategorized

Get Some Fresh Air

Open your doors or windows for at least 10 minutes a day.

Do you do this often?  I do in religously in the Spring and Summer, but I am not so good about it in the Winter.  This can significantly improve your indoor air quality by simply increasing the ventilation.

Our houses/offices are filled with lingering toxic chemicals.  They could be from your furniture, carpet, or simply from your cleaning products. This is really important to let in fresh air, and letting it circulate throughout your house and/or office.

My son and I struggle with allergies, and I have began noticing that we are able to breathe easier when we have the doors and windows open.  As well as, suffering less severe symptoms since we have starting doing this.

*Side note: Don’t forget to turn off the AC or Heater when you choose to open the doors and windows.   And then of course turn it back on after you close them back up…. or you might end up with a very chilly house and family.  On the bright side it was a good excuse to get my husband to start a fire.