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Go Veg, Get Healthy

There’s lots of hype out there about veg(etari)ans being unhealthy. Lately, lots of bloggers have come out saying they quit being vegan because their “body told them to”. That’s strange, because if I were to listen to my body I would be eating cookies for breakfast and sipping margaritas on the daily. Another has let the media spin her story to report that veganism gave her an eating disorder. Hilarious, because eating disorders are a mental disorder one has with food and their body image. If I restricted myself from eating anything that wasn’t completely raw I would probably go insane too.

Regardless of what once-vegans have said about quitting the lifestyle, the majority of people truly believe that a vegan diet isn’t good for you. Which is true, because you should not commit to a vegan diet, you should commit to a vegan lifestyle. I didn’t go vegan to lose weight or drop my cholesterol, but it just so happened to have that effect because it is such a healthy way of eating. I did, however, go vegan to lose the spiritual weight I felt from consuming the lives of previously living beings. Beyond that, there will always be people who don’t agree with what you do.

Of course, the one problem every non-veg has with veg(etari)ans is protein. But really, what non-veg knows precisely how much protein they consume, and truly, are they healthier than veg people? Typically, not so much. Check out this awesome Plant-Based Protein infographic from Vega:

 

Plant-Based Protein Infographic by myvega.com

Vegan Protein Sources

 

If you are curious about a vegan diet being healthy for you, these are some incredibly talented plant-based activists who are inspiring hundreds of people to make the switch to a compassionate lifestyle.

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David Carter, The 300 Pound Vegan, is also a defensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders. As the daughter of a former NFL athlete, I am ecstatic to see someone in the “macho” ego-driven industry to truly live the compassionate lifestyle. He and his gorgeous wife are extraordinary activists and a compelling example for couples everywhere.

 

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Mary MatternNom Yourself, is a stunning vegan chef and activist who creates dishes that will make any living being in this universe happy. Her cookbook is full of recipes and inspiration for anyone who doesn’t have godly skills in the kitchen.

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John LewisBadass Vegan, enlightens people all over the World to commit to a cruelty-free lifestyle by sharing his love for fitness and food in the form of a delicious cookie – Badass Power Cookie. He is positive, encouraging, and dedicated to the most healthy way of life.

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Renee Sommerfield… even her name is beautiful! I’m still having a hard time believing this divine and jaw-dropping Aussie actually exists. But, it’s true, and the World is better for her existence. She graces the pages of every magazine in Australia and has a social media following that adds up to over a million people. But the most outstanding part about her is her passion for animals and activism.

 

 

My passion for veganism stems from my love for animals and food. Once I realized how simple it was to replace dead animal parts with foods made from plants, I never felt better and I never  looked back. In fact, I cannot even imagine biting into a piece of flesh anymore. Because I am so flamboyantly vegan, I have happily convinced several of my friends and family to adapt the lifestyle. You don’t have to listen to my boring ass tell you about the benefits of going veg, take it from these beautiful people:

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.51.27 PM“Haven’t touched meat since the 1st of the year and vegan for almost 5 months.  I see the universe in a different way. I feel happy knowing I can survive and thrive without taking the life of another. Adopting the  vegan lifestyle changed me mentally as well as physically.” – Jaimie, 24

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.36.48 PM“This no meat than is life changing! I have SO much more energy… Now I get it girl! I totally understand what you have been saying all this time!” – Ashley, 29

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.38.21 PM“I wanted to let you know that you inspired me to go vegan. I’ve been 15 days on no meat and I’m feeling good. Thank you so much for inspiring me.” – Dak

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.41.28 PM“It’ll be one month tomorrow!! It’s easier than I thought it would be, although I do eat fish occasionally. And I’ve lost 5 lbs which I’m happy about! And I have more energy! It’s also nice to not feel like exploding after a big meal. I’ve noticed that. I’m not spilling out of my pants and tired” – Haley, 24

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.44.25 PM“I NEVER thought I’d stop eating meat. Now I don’t see how someone could! Thank you for opening my eyes to the awful reality of animal abuse! I wouldn’t be here without you. It’s terrible what they do to those animals. But everyday we’re making an impact whether we realize it or not.” – Cameron, 17

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.45.38 PM“I haven’t eaten meat for a week now! You definitely planted that seed in my head :) I feel great! Don’t miss it at all.” – Dani, 24

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.47.14 PM“Veggie for 4 months. I feel lighter, healthier, happier, and better knowing I’m saving not only animals, but the planet :)” – Kaleigh, 22

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.49.16 PM“My conscience is clear and I feel like a knew person.” – Garrett, 26

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.53.53 PM“My body wants nutrients for good health and my mind want peace for inner happiness so by eating vegan I accomplish both. My body is flushed everyday with quality nutrients and my mind is purified by knowing no living being, whom I care about deeply, is harmed.” – Jay, 30

 

“I love all that you post & all you’re about. Stopped eating meat because of you. Keep doing what you’re doing.” – Alexa

These are testimonies from some of the wonderful people I have helped go veg. It is truly incredible what the power of the human mind can do. Alone, you help save over 100 lives a year by going vegan. With the people above, we are effectively saving over 1,000 lives per year! Anyone who wants to make a difference can start with leading by example to make the change this World so desperately needs.

If you’re curious about how to transition to a vegan lifestyle, click here.

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Vegan Chili with Jalapeño Ranch Dressing

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Nothing about this makes sense, seeing as though I am posting a hot and hearty chili dish in the full force of summer heat. However, it is a dish that my boyfriend’s mom, Vickie, requests on the regular, and I thought it would be fitting to serve since it is #MeatlessMonday. Vickie has always commented about how healthy I am and how good of a cook I am, and I think the idea of a veg diet is slowly –  but surely – creeping into her brain. Yesterday she said to me, “I’ve been eating all of the meat we have in the fridge lately and it just doesn’t taste good to me. Is that how it starts”? To which I replied first with a big fat smile, and second with a jubilant, “YES“!

WARNING: Do not make this recipe if you like really really delicious things, cause you’ll be hooked and sweating while consuming chili in the summer sun (both from the heat of the sun and the spicy-ness of the chili).

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Vegan Chili

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Organic Red Onion, diced
1/2 Organic Sweet Onion, diced
1 Organic Bell Pepper, diced (whichever color you prefer)
2 links Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage, peeled
3 medium Organic Zucchini, diced
2 Organic Celery Stalks, diced
1 cup Organic Crimini Mushrooms, diced
5 Organic Garlic Cloves, minced
1 small can Organic Tomato Paste
1 Organic Roma Tomato, diced
4 cans beans (Garbanzo, Kidney, Black, Pinto, Butter, whatever you prefer) Rinsed and drained
1 tsp Sage
2 tbsp Chili Powder
1 tbsp Cumin
1 tsp Sea Salt
Fresh ground Black Pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS
I always cut the vegetables in the order listed and add them one at a time. Stirring between each ingredient.

Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a large pot on medium heat. Add onions and cook til soft. Add green pepper, sausage, zucchini, celery, mushrooms, tomato paste, tomato, and spices. Cover and let cook on medium for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add beans and stir. Reduce heat to lowest setting and cover. Let cook for at least 45 minutes, ideally 2+ hours will bring out all of the flavor from the fresh veggies! Meanwhile, you can cook your vegan Jalapeño Ranch Dressing!

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Jalapeño Ranch Dressing
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Just Mayo (vegan mayonnaise)
Juice from 1/2 an Organic Lemon
8 fresh Parsley leaves
1/4 cup jarred Jalapeños
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Sea Salt

DIRECTIONS
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until all ingredients are combined.

I always like to load my chili with toppings. Whichever makes you happiest is bestest!

TOPPINGS
Organic Avocado, diced
Organic Red Onion, diced
Organic Chives, diced
Vegan Cheddar
Sriricha
Jalapeño Ranch

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Bubbah’s Birthday Cake – Vegan, Gluten-Free Dog Cake Recipe

If you don’t already know, I am completely and totally obsessed with my dogs. They are my World and I treat them like my children. To me, they are my children. So when their birthday rolls around, I get a little crazy and treat them to the best of the best! Bubbah turned 8-years-old today, and it makes me so proud to know how healthy and happy he is. I cannot wait for the next 8 years with him :)

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I knew I wanted to make something that was healthy, wholesome, vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free that included pumpkin, bananas, peanut butter, and coconut oil – because those are the only things that don’t give him explosive diarrhea (TMI?). So, I came up with a pumpkin cake topped with a PB & Banana Coconut frosting that is full of amazing ingredients for your best friend’s special day :)

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Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

CAKE
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Organic Brown Rice Flour (gluten-free!)
1 cup Organic Pumpkin Puree (tons of fiber!)
1 tbsp Cinnamon (anti-fungal, great for dogs with allergies and dogs prone to yeast infections)
1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil, melted (helps with skin and internal health)
3 tbsp Organic, Local Raw Honey (helps relieve allergies)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Water
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (a bagillion benefits here)

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit and line a pie pan with parchment paper (NOT wax paper).
2. Combine the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda in a large bowl.
3. Mix in the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, honey, water, and vanilla.
4. Stir in the apple cider vinegar last to team up with the baking soda for the rise!
5. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. Allow cake to cool.

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INGREDIENTS
2 Organic Bananas, mashed
1 tbsp All-Natural Peanut Butter
3/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

DIRECTIONS
1. Mash bananas in a large bowl
2. Stir in peanut butter and coconut
3. Spread on top of the cake!

Bubbah (and Bodhi) loooved the cake and  they haven’t had any digestive issues from it, which tells me it’s a great recipe to make in the future! Thanks so much for tuning in :) Feel free to send us photos of your dog enjoying their birthday cake!

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Sip Portland’s Maca Madness Smoothie Recipe Hack

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Nothing makes me happier than finding the perfect balance of wholesome ingredients to create the same, or better, taste from something I’ve enjoyed. I fell in love with the Maca Madness smoothie when my beautiful friend Erica treated me to one at Sip Portland. Because I follow mostly all health/vegan related companies on social media, I’ve been hearing a lot about maca and it’s health benefits. What I’ve found is that the root powder has not been adequately studied scientifically, but I have felt some of the proposed benefits since drinking this smoothie on the near-daily.

What is maca?

Maca is a root, similar to a beet, that has been used in the ancient Incan civilization as a healing superfood. It has been popping up lately as a superfood because of it’s many benefits. Maca can be found at natural food stores in their supplement section in a powder form.

What benefits does maca have?

1. Vitamins
Packed with vitamins B, C, and E, the powder also delivers a great source of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and amino acids. (Where do vegans get their iron & amino acids?! :P)

2. Skin
Maca is said to help clear acne and blemishes, as well as sensitivity. During hot summer days, maca has been known to aid your skin in handling high temperatures.

3. Mood
Anecdotally known to help increase focus and energy, maca can help you overcome stress, anxiety, and mood swings.

4. Female Health
Having female issues? Maca can help alleviate menstrual issues and menopause including cramps, aches, anxiety, and mood swings. PMS sucks, but with maca, it doesn’t have to!

5. Sexual Function
I did it all for the nookie! No, not really, but if you are looking for a natural sexual libido and endurance booster, give maca a try. Maca is said to balance hormones and increase fertility (not interested in the latter, personally).

Maca is not recommend for use by anyone who is pregnant, lactating, or anyone suffering from hormone-related cancers.
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MACA MADNESS SMOOTHIE RECIPE HACK
INGREDIENTS (serves one)
1-2 tsp Organic Maca Powder
1 scoop Organic Vanilla Protein Powder
3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)
1/2 frozen Organic Banana
4 Organic Pitted Dates
1 tbsp Organic Almond Butter
1 cup Ice

DIRECTIONS
Blend it all up! I like to run mine for about a minute to make sure the dates are finely ground up.
Enjoy!

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Do you have a favorite smoothie or juice from somewhere and want to find a recipe hack? Let me know and I’ll do my best to make a recipe!

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Saturday Morning Scrambled Eggs & Sausage Recipe

Dear Earthlings,

YOU CAN EAT EGGS & SAUSAGE SANS DEAD ANIMALS! There has never been more of a need to ditch meat & dairy than now. As National Geographic recently reported, the demand for meat will increase doubly by the middle of the century, and that means that the production of said meat will need to follow along with it. Sadly, this means that we will need to force more mothers into having babies, force them to live in tiny cages, have their babies taken away from them once they’re done nursing, and eventually be murdered for a measly meal. If you have never had the opportunity of opening your eyes to the reality of the meat and dairy industry, I urge you to watch this video.

Sausage, pork, ham, bacon are all euphemisms for rotting animal flesh, and really, who wants that in their mouth?? I PROMISE YOU that you can find alternatives to dead animal body parts that are just as, if not more, delicious than the “original”. There are so many amazing companies like Field Roast, Tofurky, and Lightlife that have perfected meat alternatives and their products are readily available at local retailers.

Eggs are chicken periods. Not like punctuation periods. Bloody, hormonal, slimy menstrual periods. I used to think that it was okay to eat eggs until I found the devastating harm in how they get to my plate. Firstly, mother hens (90% of them) spend their entire lives in battery cages – no larger than a sheet of paper – often with 2 other hens. Their beaks are burned off without pain medication to prevent hurting their cage-mates; then they sit in the dark, dusty, and smelly factories pumping out unnatural amounts of eggs until they are “used up”. When that happens, they are driven to a painful death, first being scalded in boiling water, hung by their feet, and then get their heads cut off. These are just the mother hens.

Once the fertilized eggs are hatched, the factory determines the sex of the chick. Female chicks are thrown into the vicious cycle of egg-laying, and male chicks are thrown ALIVE into a grinder or into a plastic bag to suffocate. Please watch the video below if you want to know how your food is made.

If you’ve ever seen the miracle of childbirth, or experienced the love of a child, you will know that all a child wants is to be warm, loved, fed, and comfortable. I cannot imagine the fear and anxiety these poor animals feel every single day of their lives.  I hate to be that vegan girl, but I am doing it for the benefit of you, our planet, and all of these precious, innocent creatures. Please give some thought to what you are going to eat before you create the demand for it. 

AND NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFFS

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Vegan Eggs & Sausage Recipe

INGREDIENTS

EGGS
1 block Non-GMO Extra Firm Tofu
2 tsp Turmeric
dash Chili Powder
Salt & Pepper to taste

VEGGIES
4 Organic Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced
3/4 Organic Green Bell Pepper, diced
1/2 Organic Yellow Onion, diced
4 cloves Organic Garlic
1/2 tsp Chili Powder

SAUSAGE
Field Roast Breakfast Sausage links

FRESHIES
1/2 Organic Avocado, cubed
1 slice Organic Red Onion, diced
a whole lotta Sriracha

DIRECTIONS
1 – Remove tofu block from package, press the tofu in between 2 sheets of folded paper towels to get rid of excess water. Don’t be scared to press hard, the tofu will be crumbled anyway.
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2 – Crumble the tofu using your fingers. I like to leave some larger pieces so that when I’m “scrambling” them in the pan they don’t get too small. Plus, it makes them look more like eggs :)

3 – Slice & dice your veggies.

4 – In a medium pan on medium-high heat, add a sprinkle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and your tofu crumbles. Add Turmeric, stir it up, and watch your tofu turn into eggggs! You can let these cook for a while to remove the moisture and allow them to get golden on all sides. Stir often while you are stirring your veggies (see next step).
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5 – In a large pan on medium-high heat, add a drizzle of EVOO and your yellow onion & green peppers. Sautée ingredients until they start to brown, then add mushrooms & garlic and lower to medium heat.

6 – Add sausage links to the veggie pan and brown on 4 sides.

7 – Dish up and add the freshies to your plate.  Enjoy your cruelty-free sausage and eggs! <3

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Thank you so much for visiting and for being willing to read my rants about saving lives, it truly means the World to me!  Together we can make a difference <3

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Fresh Kung Pao Salad Recipe

Vegan Fresh Kung Pao Salad Recipe

HAAAAIIIIIIYAH! Whenever I see the word Kung Pao I always make that sound… Whenever I see a dish with Kung Pao, I always order it. Today, I made it. I like to trick myself (and my boyfriend) into eating at least 50% raw on our plates. The easiest way to do that is with a salad. The only cooked ingredients in this recipe are brown rice and tofu. Spicy, tangy, and savory – this salad is sure to satiate your cravings for healthy asian cuisine!

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Everything I buy at the grocery store (besides Sriracha) comes from the Natural/Organic section. I shop mostly at Fred Meyer’s (heeey Pacific North West!) and their selection is incredible :)

 

Fresh Kung Pao Salad Recipe (serves 2)

INGREDIENTS
2 cups Brown Rice
1/2 bag Quorn Chik’n Tenders  (frozen natural section)
1/2 cup Annie Chun’s Kung Pao Sauce
1/2 Organic Avocado, cubed
1/4 Organic Cucumber, cut in halves
1/4 Organic Green Pepper, diced
1 Organic Carrot, peeled
1/2 cup Organic Purple Cabbage, chopped
1 cup Organic Spinach
1/4 cup Organic Red Onion, diced
8 Organic Almonds, chopped
1 tbsp Organic Hemp Seeds
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DIRECTIONS
1 – Cook rice in a rice cooker
2 – Chop up all vegetables accordingly (see photo above)
3 – Cook Quorn Chik’n on medium-heat with 1 tbsp olive oil until it starts to brown, lower heat and add Kung Pao sauce
4 – Follow the .gif below on how to layer your fresh salad all pretty-like :)
5 – Enjoy your fresh, spicy veggies!!

 

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Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what your favorite foods are and I will do my best to make them vegan :) <3

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Chickpea Salad Sandwich Recipe

Hey yo! I have finally mustered up the courage to take photos of my favorite vegan recipes. Thanks to my beautiful girlfriend Ashley, who recently decided to cut meat out of her life (HOLLAAAAAA!), I will be sharing the foods that make my tummy and my conscience happy! Bear with me as I get my perfectionism in tact with photography and presentation. I’m sure I’ll be looking back on these years from now and be completely embarrassed at my amateurity (not a word, but you get what I mean).

Let’s get started with one of my boyfriend’s favorite vegan foods I have thrown together….

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The Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Nothing says summer to me like a crunchy, creamy, fresh sandwich. I used to eat chicken salad sandwiches like a champion (a murdery champion), but now that I don’t like rotting flesh in my meals, I needed to find a way to replace the chicken in my favorite sandwich. Enter chicken’s non-central-nervous-system-having cousin, the chickpea! Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are PACKED with protein, fiber, iron, and healthy fats. So to all you people askin’ where I get my protein, this is one of my fave non-dead sources! This recipe also includes Earth’s butter – the avocado.

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INGREDIENTS (serves 6)

Chickpea Salad
1 can Organic Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans, drained & rinsed
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2 stalks Organic Celery, diced
7 cloves Organic Garlic, minced
1 Organic Lemon
3/4 cup Veganaise
1/2 cup Organic Red Onion, diced
3 Organic Chives, diced
1/3 cup Pickle Juice
Fresh ground pepper & sea salt, to taste

 

Sandwich
1 loaf Franz Organic Vegan 24 Grain Bread (or your favorite vegan, organic bread)
Earth Balance Buttery Spread
Organic Spinach
Sriracha (everything needs Sriracha)

Optional
Organic Green/Red Pepper, diced
Organic Pickles, diced
Dijon Mustard

 

 

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DIRECTIONS

1 – Rinse and drain your chickpeas and spread them out on a large cutting board. Chop that shit up!

2 – Add chopped chickpeas to a large mixing bowl. Mix in Veganaise, Pickle Juice, the juice of 1 Lemon, and Salt & Pepper, to taste.

3 – Dice/mince celery, onion, garlic, and cut avocado. Add to mixing bowl and combine all ingredients.

4 – Toast & butter your bread, add a layer of spinach to one side, add a hefty amount of Chickpea Salad to the other side, douse one side in Sriracha (spicy foods boost metabolism!), then marry the two sides.

5 – Enjoy the fuck out of your delicious, cruelty-free chickpea salad sandwich!

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& Bodhi wanted to say he approves of these ingredients ;)

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Kure Smoothie Recipe Hack

I have an addiction to Kure Juice Bar’s “The Extra Mile” smoothie. It is creamy, smooth, sweet, and delicious. I wake up and have a need for the taste on my tongue. However, the cost for two of these smoothies to satiate my boyfriend and my addiction becomes a little outlandish. I decided I would attempt to make a similar smoothie from home. There were several depressing and futile attempts that made me think it was impossible… but I think I’ve found the right mix!

 

Kure Juice Bar Extra Mile Smoothie Recipe

 

Ingredients:
(Serves 2)
5 pitted Dates
1/2 cup unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 cups Coconut Milk
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 frozen Bananas
2 handfuls Spinach
1/4 cup Almond Butter
2 tbsp Hemp Seeds
1 cup Ice

(Always buy organic – who wants a pesticide soup?)
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In a large blender, add dates, coconut, vanilla extract, and coconut milk. Let the ingredients soak for 15-20 minutes. This will soften the dates and shredded coconut so that the texture isn’t as gritty. Add  all additional ingredients and blend for over 3 minutes to ensure smoooooooth and creamy texture. Pour into your favorite glass. Share with your best friend. Enjoy!

 

The original Kure smoothie is made up of
Avocado
Kale
Almond Butter
Honey
Coconut Yogurt
Coconut Water
Coconut Meat
Ice
+ Banana (extra)

Since coconut yogurt is so expensive I decided coconut milk was a fair replacement for coconut yogurt & coconut water. Because I am vegan, I “technically” shouldn’t eat honey, so the dates are the perfect plant-based sweetness replacement. I use spinach in my at home smoothies since my blender is far weaker in comparison to the one’s Kure uses. I definitely will be sure to add avocado next time!

What are your favorite places to get smoothies and what are they made of? I’d love to try to make some more recipe hacks in the future!

Thanks for stopping by :)

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How to Detox with a Juice Cleanse

Whenever I’m feeling gloomy on the inside and ugly on the outside, I know my body is telling me something. As a vegan, it’s hard to admit that I’m eating wrong, but that’s usually not entirely the case. I fall into slumps where I just don’t give a fuck about what I’m putting into my body and demanding of my body; be it half a dark chocolate bar, 1-6 drinks on the weekend, french fries, and parking my ass in a seat all day with the excuse that “I’m working”. I make excuses and say, “Well I know that all I have to do is detox for a couple days and moderately work out.” But, I have come to realize that that temporary and inconsistent solution will only work for so long and my metabolism will one day come to a grinding halt – thank you hormones!

 

Life is a process. A journey. A science experiment. The more I look at my life from the outside and stop judging myself, I realize that I can learn from my previous experiences and become better inside & out, every single day. If I promise or swear to myself I’m not going to do something, I usually end up doing it. For reasons that stem back to my childhood, I have a very rebellious mind that doesn’t like to do what it’s told. If I tell myself I’m “not eating bread this week”, I’ll end up eating an entire loaf of bread on day 5. It’s a little jolt of defiance that tells some other part of my brain haha we got her! Okay, perhaps this is getting a bit too deep into how potentially psychotic I am, but hear me out: what we think, we become. 

 

If I think I’m fat, I end up letting go of my true goals and desires and play into being fat – eating copious amounts of processed foods, drinking, and not working out. Sure, I’ll never really be “fat” in most people’s eyes, but it’s a personal thing that I’m almost positive every woman understands – thank you media! If I think I’m fit, I stick with my goals and don’t let my fleeting impulses for cupcakes and mochas get in the way of whole fruits/veggies and a daily walk/yoga sesh. Moral of the story: stick with what you know is right and reward yourself for doing it! The ways I reward myself are with manicures, chocolate coconut water, Kure’s Extra Mile smoothie, or ONE piece of coconut creme filled dark chocolate (yes, it exists!). It’s crazy that our thoughts can be changed by ONE letter, from fat to fit.

 

These are all thoughts that lead me to the decision to detox. I truly enjoy the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables, and I don’t know why I allow myself to choose processed foods over nature’s fast food: raw fruits and vegetables. At the end of this post you can find resources on juice & raw recipes from amazing people, all of which contain whole, unprocessed foods.

 

Recommendations:

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Preparation: Start the week before your cleanse by eating only whole foods: preferably raw, uncooked fruits & vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains.
Length: 3,7, or up to 10 days.
 I usually do 7 days and continue to juice afterward while slowly introducing whole foods again.
Physical Activity: Keep it to a minimum. I stick with a 1-3 mile daily walk with my puppy, and some yoga, or very light & slow aerobics.
Water: Drink it! Whenever you are hungry, drink water, coconut water, or herbal tea (peppermint, ginger, or dandelion) . If that doesn’t fill you up, make another juice!
Support: #JuiceCleanse - Instagram | Juice Cleanse – Pinterest
STOCK UP: Fill your fridge with fruits & veggies. See shopping list below.
Containers: 32 oz. Mason Jars work best, or larger reusable bottles.
After: Stick with whole foods the week after your cleanse. Start with whole fruits and vegetables, salads, and soups.

Juicing Recipes:

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2 Celery Sticks
3-4 Romaine Lettuce Leaves
3 Parsley Sticks
1/2 Cucumber
1 Handful Spinach
1 Stalk Kale1/2 Lemon
1 Apple
1 Stalk Chard
1″ Ginger

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1 Beet
1/8th Head of Cabbage
1/2 Apple
1/2 Lemon
3 Strawberries
2 Stalks Red Chard
1″ Ginger
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3 Carrots

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3 Carrots
1 Apple
1 Orange
2 Stalks Chard
2 Sticks Parsley
1/2 Cucumber
1 Handful Spinach
1″ Ginger
1/2 Beet
2 Stalks Kale
1/2 Tomato

 

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1/2 Tomato
4 stalks Celery
1/2 Apple
1/2 Lemon
4-6 small Strawberries
1/2 Beet
3 stalks Kale
1″ Ginger
1/8th head Cabbage
1/4 Cucumber

Forest
Handful Spinach
1/2 Cucumber
1/2 Lemon
1/2 Apple
2 stalks Kale
2 stalks Chard
1/2″ Ginger

I always add 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds to my juices, shake it up, and put it in the freezer while I’m cleaning the juicer so it’s extra cold when I’m ready to drink it!

Any combination of fruits and veggies is absolutely delicious once your tastebuds acquire the Earthy taste. I always use a 3:1 veggie/fruit ratio and make sure to add lemon/lime/orange/apple/carrot to cut the leafy flavors.

 

Additional Recipes:

http://www.fullyraw.com/#!juices–smoothies/c6b6

http://www.thecultureist.com/2013/06/24/10-healthy-juicing-recipes-for-detox-cleanse/

http://www.justonjuice.com/7-day-juice-fast-plan/

http://thefoodclick.com/all-beverages/2014-juice-cleanse

Have fun, enjoy, and let me know your thoughts :) 

 

 

 

Consult your health care provider before starting any cleanse program.

People undergoing chemotherapy, diabetics, people with nutritional deficiencies and people with kidney disease should not try a juice fast.  **Please keep in mind that cleanse programs are NOT appropriate for children under 18 and those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffer from certain medical conditions.

Be Smooth. Get Juiced.

As an avid junk food lover, I always find it difficult to stray from sugar filled “foods”, because it temporarily makes me feel “good”… But with research it’s easy to find that that “goodness” is simply a high that my body is experiencing and an illusion my brain is giving in to. A new documentary is coming out about this strange addiction most all of us have fallen victim to because of the control conglomerate corporations have over our food supply, causing diseases in people of all ages, shapes, and ethnicities. Fed Up explores the epidemic sweeping the nation and calls our attention to the fact that we need to change our definition of sweets.

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That being said, I am determined to make better choices in my daily life to choose healthy, delicious foods over processed, refined crap. The two things that have helped me get over this hump and slight depression (and dreams filled with Oreos, cupcakes, and chocolate) are juices and smoothies. There really isn’t anything in the World like fresh pressed juice or a thick and creamy smoothie. What’s better is that these fruit & veggie nectar filled goodies will help rid your body of the toxins that were put there by that shitty substance – sugar. Yes, there is sugar in fruit and vegetables, but it is unrefined and will help your body adjust to the cravings you’ll experience when you leave the unnecessary waste of calories and carbs in the dust!

Truthfully, I’ve never felt more alive or more fit than when I only eat raw fruits and veggies. Juicing and making smoothies helps you get all your essential vitamins and nutrients in one convenient glass. Photo to the right is proof… after 1 week of juicing I looked like that, sure, I’ve got good genes, but it’s proof!

When I buy produce, I buy all organic and try to only buy what’s on sale. Ultimately, I would like to have a large farm where I only eat what I grow, but that’s a bit unrealistic at the moment. Typically, this is what’s in my fridge for juicing and smoothies:

Produce:
Apples (4-5)
Arugula (1 box)
Avocados (4)
Bananas (2 bushels)
Beets (1 bunch)
Blueberries (1 box)
Cabbage – Purple (1 head)
Carrots (1 bag)
Celery (1 bunch)
Cucumbers (3)
Chard – Rainbow or Red (2 bunches)
Ginger (3 sticks)
Kale (1-3 bunches)
Lemons (1 bag/6 lemons)
Oranges (3-4)
Parsley (1 bunch)
Pears (2)
Peppers – Green or Red (3)
Romaine Lettuce (1 bunch)
Spinach (1 large box)
Strawberries (1 box)
Tomatoes (1 box Cherry or 3 on the vine)

Other Items:
Vegan Smart Protein
Chia Seeds
Hemp Seeds
Almonds
Cashews
Local, Raw Honey (farmer’s market)
All-Natural Peanut Butter
Unsweetened Coconut
Coconut Water
Almond/Coconut Milk

IMG_5296Hardware:
Kuvings Juicer
Ninja Blender
Ceramic Knife
Cutting Board
Mason Jars

Juice Recipes

I always add 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds to my juices, shake it up, and put it in the freezer while I’m cleaning the juicer so it’s extra cold when I’m ready to drink it!

Greeeeeeen
2 Celery Sticks
3-4 Romaine Lettuce Leaves
3 Parsley Sticks
1/2 Cucumber
1 Handful Spinach
1 Stalk Kale1/2 Lemon
1 Apple
1 Stalk Chard
1″ Ginger

Red
1 Beet
1/8th Head of Cabbage
1/2 Apple
1/2 Lemon
3 Strawberries
2 Stalks Red Chard
1″ Ginger
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3 Carrots

Rainbow
3 Carrots1 Apple
1 Orange
2 Stalks Chard
2 Sticks Parsley
1/2 Cucumber
1 Handful Spinach
1″ Ginger
1/2 Beet
2 Stalks Kale
1/2 Tomato

Honestly, any combination of fruits and veggies is absolutely delicious once your tastebuds acquire the Earthy taste (my sister says they taste like grass). I always use a 3:1 veggie/fruit ratio and make sure to add lemon/lime/orange to cut the leafy flavors.

Smoothies

I always add 1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds to my smoothies to add Omega 3’s & 6’s, Amino Acids, and PROTEEEEEIN! Also, I keep at least 5 frozen bananas cut into quarters in the freezer at all times to add creaminess to my shmoovies.


Chocolate Bananza
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond/Coconut Milk
1 Scoop Vegan Smart Chocolate Protein
1 Frozen Banana
1 Handful Spinach
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Strawberry Milkshake
2.5 Cups Almonds (Soaked Overnight & Drained)
2 Cups Coconut Water
2.5 Cups Frozen Strawberries
.5 Cup Pitted Dates
Dash Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Hemp Seed

Detoxificationinger
1 Cup Coconut Water
.5 Avocado
2 Celery Stalks
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1 Beet, Chopped
1 Lemon
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
.5 Frozen Banana
.5 Apple
1 Handful Spinach
1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

That’s all for now… I’ve got more in the arsenal, but I need to get my act together and start taking pretty pictures of these things so they’re funner  to read & share. Thanks for visiting & please let me know your thoughts on these recipes whenever you try them!

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