This smoothie was way too yummy! Zaedyn was not that interested in sharing with me so I had to find my own straw, but then he decided that he could drink from two. Cheeky!
We have not had mango for awhile and wanted to make sure that we could taste it. This was a very simple smoothie, but you could easily add greens or a few more ingredients.
Tomorrow’s smoothie a day is nut butter in case you want to join in or see what we decide to make. If you haven’t noticed already, check out the Smoothie a Day quick link page at the top that I added. Oh, and something else really exciting. We received some fluffy mail from the Nappy Lady today! If you want to find out what nappy we have added to Zaedyn’s nappy stash, I will be posting a photo later. I love the print!
-1/3 cup pineapple,
-1/3 cup coconut water (I used freeze dried powder this time)
Adjust with more pineapple or coconut water if needed.
~Juice of two oranges
~1/2 paw paw
~1/2 cup almond milk
~handful of ice
Blend & drink
I was so excited when David came home with a paw paw yesterday. I knew that I was going to use oranges in my smoothie today, but paw paw was a great addition to make today’s smoothie recipe. I had no plan for what was going into this smoothie, and it blended together to make a delicious drink. This made enough for both Zaedyn and I. He is loving smoothies a day so much that I have to make sure I make enough, or I won’t get any!
Still with another half, I have not yet decided whether I will be eating the rest of the paw paw or adding it to tomorrow’s smoothie. Paw paw reminds me of Rarotonga as their was endless amounts of paw paw, coconut, and fresh fruit that I looked forward to every morning. Can’t wait to go back again one day!
Tomorrow’s smoothie ingredient is nut milk. I better go and soak some nuts. Check out a previous post on Fresh Raw Almond Milk, and you can follow the recipe with another type of nut to make a dairy-free milk. Hope you will join in on our Smoothie a Day ~ November. Feel free to share a photo of your smoothie on Facebook.
Hope everyone had a Happy World Vegan Day yesterday! Even better, it is Happy World Vegan Month. Yes, a whole month celebrating and promoting veganism throughout November. Okay, maybe not entirely different to any other month in some sense, but there are lots of events happening all over the world.
If you are not vegan, I encourage you to think about trying alternatives in recipes or even decide to participate in Meatless Mondays. Being vegan helps your health, animals, and the environment, and it does not actually have to be that hard. If you think that being vegan means you have to give up everything good, that is not true.
I seem difficult to some people because I am usually gluten-free and prefer healthier foods. If you ask me if I eat certain foods, I often say no, however, this is my lifestyle. You can literally replace almost every food and make it vegan if you decide. There are more and more amazing recipes that appear online every day, and not all vegan food or alternatives are unappetizing. They are actually very yummy!
Many people seem to be shocked when vegan foods are actually good. On the other hand, there are also recipes some people may not like, but this is the same for all food. Even vegans will not necessarily like what other vegans eat. This makes me hesitant to have people try my vegan foods because if someone does not like it, I do not want it to be thought of as bad because it is vegan, or good for a gluten-free recipe. In another sense, I know that many people have enjoyed recipes that I have made. I eat certain foods today only because I have tried them somewhere else. Trying yummy food somewhere first is usually more inspiration for me than looking up a random recipe online. Therefore, I suppose it is important for me to be sharing my vegan food and think it is great for those out there sharing as well.
I have never really been interested in recreating “normal” food as vegan food. Since becoming vegan started out as avoiding gluten, I quickly became informed and aware of ingredients which also led me toward eating only raw foods. There is also the idea that you have to start somewhere, and we all have our own comfort foods as well. My husband has always enjoyed spaghetti bolognese so one day I decided to make him a vegan version with gluten-free penne and pasta shells with vegan “meat” and sauce.
The next time he was craving pasta, we made it with lots of veggies and pine nuts. This is what it looked like before adding a bit of sauce. Yum! This was an easy way to pack in a lot of vegetables, and my husband loved it. Now it seems to be a bit of a favourite at the moment.
Being vegan can mean changing your entire lifestyle, or even starting out by replacing a few meals with alternatives. Some people quickly become vegan while others are vegetarian for awhile, or maybe even go back and forth. Even if you have no intention of becoming vegan, there are so many delicious recipes which you can still choose to make on an occasional or regular basis.
Being vegan also does not mean that you have to spend lots of money or buy lots of ingredients. Think about eating hummus instead of a dairy based dip, a smoothie with water instead of milk, fruit and nuts for morning tea, sliced veggies on rice crackers instead of cheese, etc. You can be as simple or complicated as you like, but I hope that you will at least think about making some vegan meals or snacks. Oh, and don’t forget to be a part of our Smoothie a Day ~ November. Love the feedback and photo we received already, and I really appreciate those of you who have shared or repinned the photo. Looking forward to a passionfruit smoothie tomorrow.
Smoothies are full of goodness! They are packed with lots of nutrients. Fruit, Veggies, and superfoods: there are endless ways to make a different smoothie every day. This actually made it extremely hard in choosing only 30 ideas, but I tried to choose a variety as well as a few that I know will be a bit more challenging. I also tried not to use too many ingredients that not everyone stocks in their pantry, but with only one ingredient listed you can feel free to get creative. I am going to be creating smoothies that I have never made before, and I look forward to seeing everyone else’s creativity.
If you are following us on Pinterest, there is a new Smoothies board which I will be adding lots of pins to as I come across them. I will post this photo so that you can re-pin. Please like and share this photo on Facebook as well so that as many people as possible can be involved in creating and drinking smoothies this month. Each day we welcome any way you wish to contribute whether it is a photo, recipe, or your thoughts. If you post a photo on our wall, you can re-share on your own. Thanks for all of your support, and I look forward to all of the smoothie bliss in November.