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Am I the only one who just puts a straw (a re-usable glass one at that) into the blender jar and drinks their smoothie without bothering to put it into a glass?  I didn’t think so.  So that’s why there’s no photo.  I didn’t want to dirty a glass that I’d have to wash.

What is SBAAAMFO?  Strawberries (fresh frozen organic), Banana, Almond milk (vanilla unsweetened, if you must know), Almond butter, Aloe vera juice, Maple syrup (grade b organic), Flax (ground, of course) and Orange juice (just a tiny bit).

This is a good one.  Not that I’ll ever make the exact same smoothie ever again in this lifetime.  Oh well, that’s just how it is over here.  Enjoy the day!

Healthy Hypocrite Tip:  I grind whole flax seeds in the blender.  It’s less expensive than buying pre-ground and you don’t need a special grinder or super duper high speed blender to do it (well, in theory, of course, your results may vary).  I store it in a glass jar in the freezer and it keeps for a long time.

What’s In My Smoothie Today? SBAAAMFO!

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What’s In My Smoothie Today? They Call It A Candy Bar Smoothie!

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I got this in an email the other day from VegNews and decided that since I had all the ingredients, I’d make it for breakfast today.  It’s thick and hearty for a smoothie!  The photo came in the email too and is not mine.  The recipe is from Natalie Slater’s hot-off-the-press Bake and Destroy.  So let’s give credit where credit is due!

 

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Makes 1 smoothie
What You Need:
1 frozen ripe banana
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 to 3 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons flaxseeds (I used ground flax)
2 tablespoons raw cocoa nibs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Almond milk
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What You Do:
1. In a blender, place the banana, coconut, almond butter, flaxseeds, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and vanilla.2. Cover with almond milk and blend until smooth, adding more to achieve your desired consistency.

Chef’s Tip:
Add your favorite vegan protein powder for an extra dose of nutrition!

 

Healthy Hypocrite Tip:  Keep frozen (ripe) bananas on hand so you can always make a quick healthy treat.  Peel and cut into chunks and put into an air tight container.  Or you can just freeze the whole banana in the peel (in a freezer bag). I’d say frozen bananas can last a few months in the freezer, but use common sense–if they have lots of freezer burn (looks like snow) on them, you may not want to use in a smoothie, but may still be okay for a banana bread.

What’s In My Tortilla Today? Vegan Tofu Scramble! Product Review Alert!

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The kind folks at Phoney Baloneys sent me a pack of Kyle Domer’s Rations with my last order for their coconut bacon.  So I guess this is kind of like a semi-solicited review, but I didn’t order this from them, so who knows or cares?

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Okay, so this product is a spice packet for seasoning tofu for a tofu scramble.  This is not something I eat frequently, but from time to time I do buy organic, non-gmo tofu.  At first I thought there wasn’t enough in the packet to season a full block of tofu.  I was pleasantly surprised that it did provide enough flavor for the block of extra firm tofu as well as the add-ins I put in with it.  The seasonings are a little spicy, which I am partial to.   I did notice an aroma when I first added it to the tofu in the skillet that seemed kind of “eggy” like real eggs which for a vegan, is a major turn off.  This “eggy” scent did not carry over into the flavor so no worries.  I added red onion, orange bell pepper, fresh parsley and baby spinach to the skillet when I sauteed the tofu and again, there was enough flavor to cover all of this too.  I did add a little sprinkle of nutritional yeast as I can’t resist adding stuff.  I was going to add some of my secret no-salt seasoning but I managed to resist the urge out of a desire to taste this seasoning as it is  This dish would’ve been fined served just like this on a plate, but you know me, I’ve got to put it into a tortilla.  I used a Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Tortilla (gluten free, baby!) which I warmed slightly in the toaster oven. I also added some avocado, raw sunflower seeds and Trader Jose’s Jalapeno Hot Sauce.

In review, this is a nicely flavored seasoning for tofu scramble worth trying for the ease of just throwing it into the skillet with the tofu for a quick and tasty meal.

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Healthy Hypocrite Tip:  Get to know your local health food store, especially one with bulk bins.  I regularly buy many of my nuts, seeds, beans and grains in bulk when they are on sale.  My local Sprouts Farmers Market store (within walking distance, lucky me!) has a weekly flyer in the mail so I usually look it over to see what produce is in season and on sale along with bulk items.  Items I almost always have on hand are sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, black beans, garbanzo beans, raisins, dried cranberries, onion, oatmeal, flax seeds, chia seeds, popcorn (great air-popped), lentils, quinoa, nutritional yeast (yay bulk bins!).  I know you might be thinking, what about the farmer’s market?  I do advocate shopping there as well, but you need to have a price baseline so the local store is a good gauge.

Another bonus photo for your viewing pleasure:

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What’s In My Tortilla Today? Vegan Gluten-Free Elvis!

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I know how crazy it sounds.  I never had this Elvis before so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like it.  I stumbled across a fantastic vegan fake bacon product and I’m in love.  Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon is insanely awesome and  delicious!  It’s made from coconut chips so it’s crunchy and salty and perfect.

Today’s tortilla is a Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortilla (gluten-free, as advertised), crunchy peanut butter, coconut bacon and banana.  And that is it.  Easy as can be.  Great for any time of the day morning or night.  Of course, I folded it in half and it was like an Elvis quesadilla (sans cheese).

On the healthy to hypocrite scale, this is a 50/50.  Healthy points for the gluten free tortilla, fresh fruit and peanut butter made from only peanuts.  Hypocrite points for the coconut bacon which has a high sodium content (just don’t eat a ton of it at one time–not easy, but you can do it!).

Healthy Hypocrite Tip:  The best peanut butter is the kind that is made from peanuts and only peanuts.  Organic is best.

What’s In My Smoothie Today? Looks Can Be Deceiving!

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This smoothie is different from the last one as far as ingredients go, but it looks the same so I didn’t bother to photograph. Is that lazy?  I suppose I could just take the original photo and photo edit it to look different…ahhh, but I wouldn’t do that to you!

 

Fresh squeezed orange juice

Fresh strawberries

Frozen raspberries

Banana

Coconut milk

Almond Milk

Fresh frozen pineapple

So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk Vanilla (I had this leftover from the “cheesecake” I made)

Aloe Vera Juice (why? click for more info)

Vitamin C crystals (why not?)

 

Healthy Hypocrite tip:  When you buy fresh pineapple, rinse off the whole thing before you cut it up.  After you cut off the top and discard, take the cuttings from the sides (outer skin) and put through your centrifugal juicer to extract the rest of the juice and use in your smoothie or another recipe.  Don’t have a recipe in mind at the time?  Freeze the pineapple juice in an ice cube tray and then store in an air-tight freezer container or ziplock bag for later use.

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What’s In My Smoothie Today? Look out, tortilla, IT’S ON!

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See? I don’t just make tasty tortillas all day long every day.  Smoothie making is an art just like the tortillas and it also requires a certain amount of forethought.  By forethought, I mean, you’ve got to buy bananas in varying degrees of greenness so you can have them ripe each day.  I never buy a connected bunch of bananas because they’ll all be ripe at the same time and that’s fine if you plan to feed them to a bunch of people, but when it’s just you, it’s a whole other story.  Anyway, I also keep frozen organic fruits on hand too–mixed berries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.  I don’t always use frozen fruit and today the only frozen fruit I used is raspberries.  Okay, I bought a whole pineapple the other day and I cut that up and froze most of it too, but it was purchased fresh.  It doesn’t keep that long in the freezer anyway.  Enough blathering and on with the business at hand.

Here’s what I’m drinking right now:

Banana

Pineapple

Fresh squeezed orange juice (yes, I did!)

Frozen raspberries

Strawberries

Coconut Milk

Splash of Aloe Vera Juice (I got a big gallon jug from, you guessed it, Trader Joe’s)

Splash of maple syrup (grade B, real thing)

Dash of Vitamin C crystals (can’t hurt, right?)

I end up with about 3 cups (24 oz.) of smoothie.  Oh, and I know the photo shows a cute glass–hah!  I usually drink the smoothie right from the blender through my Simply Straws glass straw which I got from Vegan Cuts.  Check it out here.

It’s almost time for lunch now…time for the tortilla to take over again.  Please stay tuned for another special treat as well—I’m making “cheesecake”.

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My First Meal After 30 Day Master Cleanser

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Everyone who knows that I’ve been on a month long cleanse has been asking/wondering what I’m going to have for my first meal.  In order to come off the cleanse properly, I prepared my system for food by having fresh orange juice for two days.  So today I took a walk down to the nearby Sprouts Farmers Market to get some fruit for lunch and some veggies for dinner.  I can only carry so much in my backpack, so I picked up what looked good.  Here is my lovely fruit bowl with fresh organic blueberries, pears, bananas, orange slices and sprinkled with chia seeds.  I had to add a tiny drizzle of real maple syrup to take the edge off the oranges which were very tart/tangy.  I also had grapefruit wedges on the side.  I couldn’t even finish all of this in one sitting.  I’m a bit of a grazer anyway so I take a while to eat while I do other things.