ADVOCATE FROM YOUR PLATE — It is so hot. We are so busy, talking, talking … talking! And we haven’t had a vegan recipe here for ages. Boy do we need something cool and refreshing and tasty. And here it is. How about you?
Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait
A deliciously frosty, naturally sweetened, and lightly spiced smoothie parfait topped with crunchy granola, fresh blueberries, chopped apricots, and maple syrup. Serves 2.
Author: Brittany at ilovevegan.com
Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait
5 frozen bananas
1 cup chai tea ice cubes (directions in notes)
2 tbsp coconut cream or coconut yogurt
1 tbsp almond butter
6 pitted dates
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch dried ginger
maple syrup (Pure Infused’s Lavender Chai is a great way to enhance the chai flavour!)
ADVOCATE FROM YOUR PLATE — Our Meat Out for Mustangs campaign has yielded a lot of interesting questions. One of the most common is what’s the difference between veganism and a plant-based diet.
In a nutshell, the difference between a plant-based diet and veganism as I understand it can be found in the title.
A plant-based diet is just that. No animals products in your diet. It is a dietary choice.
Vegans eliminate the use of all animals products from their lives including their diets. It is a lifestyle choice. It also involves activism.
This is how I have come to see it. However, I decided to look it up and see that it extends further.
Chloe at eatbychloe.com introduced me to additional philosophical concepts regarding the two.
Under the paragraph entitled “What’s the big f*#@! difference?” she writes:
Veganism is a philosophy deeply devoted to animal rights, and being a vegan (n.) is a lifestyle choice that involves diets, politics and ethics. Vegans (n.) not only eliminate animal products from their diet, but from all aspects of their lives. We’re talking – no leather, fur, wool or silk; products derived from insects (i.e. honey and beeswax); or toiletries that may be derived from and/or tested on animals.
When it comes to food, “plant-based” simply refers to whole, plant foods and NOT just foods considered to be “vegan”. For example, French fries or Oreos are in essence vegan, but are not considered to be “plant-based”, as neither product resembles that of their original plant form.
On the flip side, a “plant-based” meal may by definition be vegan, but a person who follows a plant-based diet is not necessarily a vegan (n.) – whereas they may consume only plant-based products but wear/use products that are derived from animals.
According to a wide variety of sources Veganism is the #1 trend of 2017 and we are very happy about that because it means a safer more peaceful world. It restores and preserves lives and the planet we all inhabit.
Some vegans are quite radical. It takes us all to make a Vegan Nation. If they make you nervous, that’s okay.
Simply search out and experiment with vegan and plant-based recipes from the vast array available on the worldwide web. They are innovative, fun, non-judgmental and will titillate the taste buds of everyone.
Some of the most successful and highly trafficked recipe sites on the internet are run by vegans. So are their cookbooks. Some of them have even become celebrities. Heavenly.
MEMORIAL DAY — Annie McGee, writing for One Green Planet, has had her shares of ups and downs making veggie burgers over the years and so have we. There are many tried and true recipes but McGee takes that extra step for us.
(1) The Base. Start your base with a good plant-based protein or a steady starch.
(2) Add Veggies. Add low-moisture veggies first. Carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, root veggies, beets, and so forth, roughly chopped.
(3) Add a Binder. About a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of oats, bread crumbs, prepared quinoa, leftover rice, etc. Alternately, you can use a few tablespoons of binders like flax meal, chia seeds, or hemp hearts.
(4) Kick Up the Flavor. Add some nutritional yeast, garlic, seasoned salt, pepper, freshly picked herbs, or whatever strikes your fancy. The flavors and flavor pairings are pretty much endless. Tip: For a fresh-0ff-the-grill BBQ taste, add some tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, molasses, and liquid smoke.
(5) Add Final Textures. These are items that should be mixed in by hand, and not processed. Some of the things are too wet and might ruin the texture, some have flavor notes that would overpower the rest of the burger. Examples are apple chunks, jalapeños, blueberries, pineapple chunks, roughly chopped onion, and bell peppers.
(6) Shape and Bake. Preheat your oven to 450°F. Form the batter into patties — you should have anywhere between 8-10 — and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes, flip, and bake for about 4-6 additional minutes.
Are you thinking, yeah, but what about the fun of being outside waiting for food fresh off the grill with that outdoor flavor?
Grill vegetables such as potatoes, sweet corn, yams or mushrooms and onions. Wrap them in foil and away you go.
Still not completely doing it for you? Get some totally terrific ideas from these links.
FRIDAY FEAST DAY — It’s Friday. We’ve had a long hard week.
Let’s pep ourselves up by taking a look at a recipe from The Iron You for a totally delectable feasty treat certain to titillate your taste buds. And make you a most beloved guest when you arrive with them your next get-together. Oh. It’s quick and easy too.
We never want to come off as sounding preachy. It’s just that it’s so cool to be Vegan and has such a huge impact.
Yes, the above recipe is Vegan. There is no more effective way to protect animals, the planet and yes, you too, than taking up this wonderful lifestyle. Results are 100% guaranteed and it’s something you do every single day — eat. In whole or in part, you are changing the world for the better every single time you choose a Vegan diet.