S Is For The Strawberry Orange Banana Smoothie

This delicious smoothie has pureed strawberries, oranges, and bananas.
This delicious smoothie has pureed strawberries, oranges, and bananas.
The slight inclined of the strawberry slice on top of the smoothie is visually appealing.
The slight inclined of the strawberry slice on top of the smoothie is visually appealing.
The red flecks of strawberries make this smoothie appetizing to me. I enjoy pieces of fruit in a smoothie, and I do not need it to be like juice.
The red flecks of strawberries make this smoothie appetizing to me. I enjoy pieces of fruit in a smoothie, and I do not need require the consistency of pulp free juice.

The video above explains the ingredients this luscious yet simple smoothie. However, it pretty easy to puree strawberries, bananas, and oranges with a bit of almond milk, so I suggest trying it if you want to make a simple and delicious smoothie.

Why We Should Be Kind Vegans

I admit I am probably a bit of a hippy and a pacifist when it comes to this, but I think we should be kind vegans and people. This sentiment goes for non-vegans as well. There is no need to put others down or call names. Just as with politics and I find the name calling distasteful, I find the same when some vegans shame other vegans and non-vegans for their lifestyle choices. I whole-heatedly believe in whole foods veganism for ethical and nutritional reasons, and if you wonder why, then watch the movies Earthlings, Cowspiracy, and follow Dr. Barnard  or Jack Norris on Facebook if you have more questions about why more people are becoming vegan each day. When people first make the connection between animal abuse and factory farming they feel passionate about it, but there are helpful and unhelpful ways of expressing empathy for our animal friends.

I will never stop speaking up in favor furry friends, but I do not like it when people belittle a person’s physical appearance and say because she is not a vegan or not vegan enough this person is not “worthy”. Bullies try to cover up their behavior by declaring others need to “toughen up”, and imply their victims are the one with the problem. Oh you do not like what I am saying? Then go away they declare. That is a bit hard when you go to a person’s social media page and barrage them with disparaging comments.

If you are vegan for health and ethical reasons, then you should also be invested in the emotionally healthy perks to this lifestyle. Calling someone names is not characteristic of emotional well-being, just to clear the air on this misconception. Beauty is skin deep, and I believe our words and actions make us more appealing than our physical exteriors. It is not okay to poke fun of how someone looks or call them a four letter word just because they are not vegan. Some non-vegans being called names are beautiful and athletic, and I find it disconcerting that bullying is being considered acceptable.

It does not matter what anyone looks like, and disparaging someone’s appearance is never okay. Body shaming has never been proper, and no matter how much you cry freedom of speech, most people will cringe when they read and hear name calling. You have all the freedom of speech in the world to share why you think veganism is the best, but do not go to other people’s pages and call them names. Do not make videos calling out other celebrities. This does not come across as wanting to help your fellow-man or animals, by the way. It is a page views generation scheme, and that is about it.

We should consider using more compassionate thoughts and words when we interact with others, and just because using four letter words is the new norm does not make this an acceptable or healthy behavior. I am not against all swearing, but the blatant use of cuss words comes across as intellectually lazy, and taunting others will never be a good look. Think before you type. How would you feel if people said certain things about your sister that seem to be okay with some on social media? We are all beautiful in our own way, and making fun of someone’s appearance is not cool, or healthy.

Be a kind vegan and think before you type.
Be a kind vegan and think before you type.

R Is For The Red Strawberry Smoothies

These red strawberry smoothies have about two cups of pureed strawberries, two oranges, two bananas, and almond milk for blending.
These red strawberry smoothies have about two cups of pureed strawberries, two oranges, two bananas, and almond milk for blending.

It is strawberry season here in Southern California, so I have included this fruit in many of my smoothies. Yes, seasonal fruit goes well in blended drinks, and you do not always have to purchase exotic ones. Of course I did add bananas, but I do love this fruit, even though this particular ingredient is not local. Also, I added some oranges to the smoothie to add extra flavor.

 

 

P Is For A Vegan Potato Bake

Vegan potato bakes are something I enjoy making for dinner. Yes, it takes time to chop up potatoes and fresh vegetables, but these just taste so much better than the frozen potatoes sold at the store. Also, the ingredients are fresh, and no weird preservatives are added.

During the day I might have a hummus salad, a smoothie, or a bean burrito, but sometimes in the late winter and early spring when it is still chilly at night,  I also enjoy making a vegan potato bake because of the aroma it adds to the house. Baking warms up the kitchen, which is a plus since is it usually still chilly in late March an early April. Since I live on a budget I discovered the a plant based lifestyle has saved me even more money over the last couple of years then when I used to buy fish and chicken, and I can make potatoes that are more tasty than what is served in a restaurant.

Today I made a potato bake topped with salsa.
Today I made a potato bake topped with salsa.

 

 

I Is For The Iceberg And Purple Cabbage Salad With Hummus

The iceberg and purple cabbage salad is covered in homemade hummus.
The iceberg and purple cabbage salad drenched in homemade hummus.

Today the letter I is for the iceberg and purple cabbage salad with hummus. To make this salad I chopped up some purple cabbage and iceberg lettuce.

I chopped up some purple cabbage for the salad.
I chopped up some purple cabbage for the salad.

 

In the salad bowl I placed the iceberg and purple cabbage. The circumference of the bowl was lined with sliced cucumbers, and then a few onions were added to the top of the salad.
In the salad bowl I placed the iceberg and purple cabbage. I lined the circumference of the bowl with sliced cucumbers, and then a few onionsto the top of the salad.

The homemade hummus consists of a can of organic chickpeas with two teaspoons of tahini. I also added freshly squeezed lemon juice, minced garlic and chili pepper flakes for flavor. This hummus makes the perfect salad dressing because it is not fattening packaged kind of hummus sold in stores since I use less tahini. Also, I do not add any salt since the can of garbanzo beans already has some in it. A tomato was also added to the hummus purée to give this dressing more flavor.

The video illustrates how I created this delicious vegan humus salad.

G Is For The Green Smoothie With Strawberries On Top

Nothing is more delicious than a sweet green smoothie topped with strawberries.
Nothing is more delicious than a sweet green smoothie topped with strawberries.

I prefer a sweet green smoothie filled with fresh fruit over consuming candies and rich desserts. Yes, there used to be a time I adored chocolate, but your taste buds change the more you go without eating it. When I satisfy my sweet tooth I now try to make smoothies so I can avoid naughty things, like donuts for breakfast. For this breakfast I created this delicious green vegan smoothie.

Making A Green Smoothie
First I blended oranges, apples, almond milk and spinach with some almond milk. The next step was puréeing in the bananas. The contrast between the yellow of the bananas and the verdant green was pleasing.
After the bananas and strawberries were added to the green smoothie, part of it was added to a "to-go" container. This makes it easy to drink a green smoothie for lunch.
I poured half of the smoothie into a  “to-go” container with a screw on cap. This makes it easy to drink a green smoothie for lunch.
The rest of the green smoothie I drank before leaving the house. The red strawberries on top are the perfect way to start the morning with a pop of color.
The rest of the green smoothie I drank before leaving the house. The red strawberries on top are the perfect way to start the morning with a pop of color.

The video below illustrates the contrast been the green smoothie with the strawberries on top.

 

Today I Found Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream At Walmart

I decided to post something non A to Z Challenge related to share that I found Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream at Walmart. It was only $3.97, which is more reasonable than when I paid $4.99 for a pint at Target a couple of weeks ago. So if you are craving some vegan junk food, check and see if your Walmart has the vegan kind of Ben & Jerry’s.

I found Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream at Walmart. Yes, my favorite flavor is the coffee caramel fudge.
I found Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream at Walmart. Yes, my favorite flavor is the coffee caramel fudge.

 

B Is For The Banana Strawberry Clementine Smoothie

Today the letter B is for the banana strawberry clementine smoothie.

This banana strawberry and clementine smoothie was simple and delicious.
This banana strawberry and clementine smoothie was simple and delicious.

Yes, I am at it again admiring the simplicity of a  banana, strawberry, and clementine smoothie. To make this concoction I simply pureed five bananas with four clementines, and I added a tiny bit of almond milk to aid in the process. Next, I added half a package of strawberries to give this smoothie a slight red hue.

Here I am getting ready to puree the strawberries into the smoothie.
Here I am getting ready to puree the strawberries into the smoothie.

The ruby hue of the strawberries is a nice contrast to the slight yellow color of the smoothie before I finished pureeing.

A picture I took of Waikiki Beach is behind this smoothie. I took this picture on a dinner cruise I went on many years ago, and I enjoy this simple scene very much. It puts me in the mood of visiting a tropical island as I sip on my smoothie.
A picture I took of Waikiki Beach is behind this smoothie. I took this picture on a dinner cruise I went on many years ago, and I enjoy this simple scene very much. It puts me in the mood of visiting a tropical island as I sip on my smoothie.