Tag Archives: smoothie

Green Smoothie & Vegan Sushi

Standard

Vegan

Circle of Moms Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Moms - 2013 - Vote for me! Thank you to everyone who has been voting for us. Definitely harder coming in late and trying to catch up, but I really appreciate all of you voting for us. Great to see that we are sitting at #6 with 61 votes now. Don’t forget that you can continue to vote every 24 hours since your last vote until February 7th ūüôā By making the Top 25, we will be a part of this resource for other Vegan & Vegetarian Mums, or those who are curious. As you can tell, I would love to be a part of this.

Also, I am looking at putting together a link on my site with a favourite post from your blog if anyone is interested. Through this Top 25, I have found so many other blogs that I like, but even keeping up with all the awesome posts from all of our readers seems to be quite difficult. It always amazes me how many awesome and inspiring articles and information is out there, but even some of the best cannot always be quickly found on a Google Search.

Advertisements

40 Days of Green Smoothies

Standard

A HUGE thank you to Ally, from Made with Stars, for sending me my very own e-book copy of 40 days of Green Smoothies by Becky Striepe! I have been needing more green smoothie inspiration so this was perfect timing, and I am looking forward to experimenting with more greens. I will try to do my best going straight through 40 days unless we happen to be away somewhere that I cannot bring my mini blender, or I may always make minor adjustments to the recipes.

Quickly looking through, they are pretty simple smoothies which require ingredients that I already use or seem to have in my garden or pantry. I like the way that the weeks are set up requiring similar ingredients so if you do not have a garden, you do not have to stock up on a huge range of ingredients every week. Mangoes are going to be the hard one for me! I love mangoes, but we just cannot seem to get them cheap here. If anyone in New Zealand comes across some, let me know. I have never seen frozen mangoes here, and I don’t think I can afford to buy many at $5+ each. You might find me searching the shops for them :). I also don’t seem to find collard greens. I was thinking I might need to grow some as they make the perfect wrap!

Anyways, Zaedyn and I decided to make our first green smoothie from the book this afternoon. I just love how Zaedyn says, “Smoothie,” especially with so much excitement. We just used our mini blender which is why you see so many little bits of green kale, but you really do not notice when you are drinking it. We possibly could have added some more greens as the recipe called for 1-2 leaves, but since mine were small, I used about 4. I also didn’t have any ice in the freezer so I just added some more frozen raspberries. Zaedyn’s first response to raspberries is always, “Strawberry!” One day he will learn the difference. I still think that he is pretty clever. Green Smoothie #1: Banana, almond milk, chia seeds, frozen raspberries, and kale (ice if you have some). Blend and enjoy!

Vegan Smoothie

Green Smoothie #1 from 40 Days of Green Smoothies

Looking ahead through the book, I noticed that I will be needing lots of kale. Good thing I bought some more to grow today. I noticed that I have been picking leaves off from what is already out in the garden, and new leaves keep appearing. I am just loving my garden this year. I also still have more kale seeds, but I couldn’t resist 3 for $10 plants. I could buy everything in the shop, but I decided to mix it up and buy one lot of kale, cauliflower, and a gourmet lettuce combo. Although seeds can be cheaper, it can be a good head start buying them already started. Our garden is going so well this year, that we really have worked out how to save money and time away from shopping. I would absolutely love to be fully sustainable or close to it all year round, so I can see our garden continuing to grow all of the time.

Vegan

Oh, and what I actually went there for was a compost container that we debated about buying the other day. I think it is the cutest little compost bin for under our sink. Yes, we are trying to save money, but this is something that we need. We have had our big compost bins for quite a few years now, and I cannot say that we have always had success. We even spent a bit more to buy an Earthmaker which does most of the work for you, but we were never in the right mindset to use it properly. I don’t like to pile leftovers into a plastic bag, but I have also been looking for a different alternative than just a plastic white bucket. I know you might think that we really didn’t need this, but I know it is going to make such a difference being easier to carry our scraps out to the compost, and I think it really is a great alternative to a plastic container. Zaedyn thinks it makes a pretty good drum, too! Our banana and de-stemmed kale from our smoothie were the first scraps into our new little compost container. What do you think?

Vegan Compost

Vegan Compost

In case you were wondering what the center photo is, this is what underneath the lid looks like. When we were going to buy it the other day, I questioned whether it would get smelly as there were holes in the top although it would help air it out. We are good at emptying it though so I figured that it possibly wouldn’t matter. Then today I realised that there is something sitting in the inside which I am assuming is a way to help circulate, yet not leave the compost container completely open. Aha, please let me know if I am wrong though! It would be quite funny to think that it was just part of the packaging, although I am pretty sure that this is not the case.

Vegan Compost

I know that I have mentioned this a few times, but if you have not looked at Ally’s blog Made of Stars, make sure you do. She shares awesome recipes every Monday and is currently working on an A-Z of Veganism series (up to G right now) which points out very interesting topics that you will want to read whether you are not vegan or not. Plus of course, topics on vegan parenting and vegan children. Thanks again, Ally. Zaedyn and I look forward to our green smoothies!

Loving Earth Smoothie

Standard

Raw Organic Coconut Chocolate Butter Smoothie topped with fresh Strawberries
Smoothie a Day

Smoothie a Day #20 Mango

Standard

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!

smoothie a day

MANGO SMOOTHIE

-1 mango

-1/3 cup pineapple,

-1/3 cup coconut water (I used freeze dried powder this time)

-1 banana.

Adjust with more pineapple or coconut water if needed.

Smoothie a Day #9 ~ Citrus

Image

vegan

Smoothie a Day #5 ~ Orange

Standard

ORANGE SMOOTHIE

~Juice of two oranges

~1/2 paw paw

~2 bananas

~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.

Smoothie a Day ~ November

Standard

November

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.

Smoothie Challenge

Standard

spirulina

Are you up for a smoothie challenge? With the cold weather, we have not been very consistent in making our smoothies. As summer is coming and lots of new fruit is in season, I was thinking about smoothies. I asked David if he would be up for a bit of a challenge, and surprisingly he is keen. He is usually not that impressed when he sees me with spirulina! However, Zaedyn and I love it. You can read more about the benefits of Spirulina in Nutritional Discovery.

I have mixed feelings when it comes to smoothies. They can be a great way to combine a lot of ingredients, and it can often be  easier to drink than to sit and eat the amount of fruit and vegetables compared to drinking them. You can pack a lot of greens into your green smoothies. For children, this can also be a great way to fill them up with a lot of nutrition and add in fruits and vegetables that they may not eat whole. Nuts and seed milks, LSA, chia seeds, and spirulina also add nutrition. What else do you add?

On the other hand, I love to sit and eat fresh fruit. Over the past few years, I have really come to love eating lots of raw veggies as well although they usually must be paired with hummus. There are also some ideas that different types of fruit should not be eaten together. So if you decided that you wanted to eat watermelon, you would eat as much watermelon and only watermelon until you were full. I have also often had my fair share of smoothies where I packed as much as possible into one and realised that too much can make them not taste very yummy.

Anyways, we have decided to take on this smoothie challenge as it adds a lot of nutrition into our bodies. I often find it hard to come up with exact recipes for smoothies as I often add in what is around or what I think at the time. Everyone also has their own preferences with consistency. I am more than happy to share estimated measurements if people show interest though. We may not always have something new or exciting to share as our basic smoothie with spirulina, banana, and almond milk is often a favourite, but I will be looking to make sure we benefit from lots of veggies and fruit and will keep you updated on anything interesting. Zaedyn does not seem to eat as much fruit as veggies so smoothies are a fun way for him to sip his fruit.

Who else is keen to join in our smoothie challenge? The challenge is not based on an exact amount of time as smoothies should always be a part of lives, but we are challenging ourselves and you to take part in making more smoothies on a regular basis. Please feel free to comment below or share feedback with us on Facebook. We would love to hear about your favourite smoothie recipes or photos of smoothies you make. Do you have a main base that you use in your smoothies, or a superfood that you use? Keep in touch through our Smoothie Challenge: drink your fruit and greens. As inspiration, we might even have a smoothie theme challenge next month…

Nutritional Discovery

Standard

Organic Raw Spirulina Powder ~

Considered the greatest and most important nutritional discovery in history because…

~It has 26 times the calcium of milk

~Contains essential vitamin B12 and folic acid

~Excellent protein source

~Slimming

~Stress/PMT Relief as it is the richest source of antioxidants and GLA (the active ingredient in Evening Primrose Oil)

~Traditionally used for fatigue and to build the body up after illness as it is rich in vitamin E and biochelated iron (for enriched blood/cellular oxygenation)

~Used as a sports energy booster especially when endurance is required

~High chlorophyll source makes this an excellent breath freshener

~Safely used in pregnancy

~Blue green algae traditionally used in China for a multitude of health issues

~Cholesterol reduction

~Antibiotic, Anti-Fungal Effects

~Wound healing in creams, ointments, and taken orally

~Widely recommended nutrient in cancer support programs as well as HIV/AIDS

+ it makes smoothies a lovely green colour (unless you add lots of berries) and is super yummy! Scroll to the bottom of my Fresh Raw Almond Milk post to see what it looks like.

Need any more reasons? …

Thanks for the information from my favourite day spa natural detox centre using their own Kiwikitz products and my favourite health site Pure Wellbeing where the spirulina above can be purchased. Click on the Pure Wellbeing link to view a table of the full analysis of spirulina.

Zaedyn enjoying his Mango, Passionfruit, Coconut Butter, & Spirulina Smoothie at 11 months.