Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait recipe by I Love Vegan

Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait by Brittany at I Love Vegan. Click image to go there now!
Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait by Brittany at I Love Vegan. Click image to go there now!

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
Cuisine: Vegan

INGREDIENTS

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

Toppings
granola
coconut yogurt
fresh blueberries
chopped apricots
maple syrup (Pure Infused’s Lavender Chai is a great way to enhance the chai flavour!)

Go here for instructions and more delicious images »

8 totally cool and tasty recipes for homemade vegan popsicles

MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — We agreed to continue Meat Out for Mustangs every Monday until the wild horses remaining on public lands are left there with no further human interference and the ones held in captivity are either restored to their original HMAs or placed in strategically designed reserves.

Our campaign was certainly timely.

When the 2018 Trump budget proposal came out allowing the BLM to conduct the wholesale murder of wild horses in long and short term holding, we had already drawn a lot of attention to their plight. The budget move against the Mustangs proved to our accusers who said we were exaggerating the issue that we clearly are not.

Interestingly, our plan would achieve a much reduced BLM budget which requires killing no one.

Keeping in spirit with our Meat Out for Mustangs campaign, on request here are 8 totally cool and delicious homemade vegan popsicle ideas. Click images for recipes.

1. Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles

A breakfast popsicle. How sweet is that?

Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.
Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.

2. Avocado Lime Popsicles

Homemade Avocado Lime Popsicles
Click image for the recipe. Healthier Steps.

3. Vegan Blueberry Coconut Popsicles

Beaming Baker
Click image for recipe. Beaming Baker.

4. Patriotic Popsicles

These are not just awesome for the 4th of July. They are awesome all summer long!

Patriotic Popsicles. One Green Planet.
Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.

5. Cantaloupe Lucuma Popsicles

Cantaloupe Lucuma Popsicles. Elephantastic Vegan.
Click image for recipe. Elephantastic Vegan.

6. Lava Flow Popsicles

Made with pineapple, mangoes and strawberries.

Click image for recipe. One Lovely Life. Made with pineapple, mangoes and strawberries.
Click image for recipe. One Lovely Life.

7. Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles

Watermelon Kiwi vegan popsicles. By Well Vegan.
Click image for recipe. Well Vegan.

We may have saved the best for last even though all of the foregoing are divine. Sigh!

8. Creamy Chocolate Mint Vegan Popsicles

Creamy Chocolate Mint Popsicles. Vegan. Bojon Gourmet.
Click image for Recipe. Bojon Gourmet.

Take the Pledge!

One day a week can make a world of difference to our planet and those who live on it. If you haven’t already done so, take the pledge to meat out for Mustangs every Monday.

Resources

Great tips for Meat Out Mondays »

7 Days of Recipes for Meat Out Mondays »

Meat Free Monday (Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney) »

The Iron You: No-Bake 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

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.

No-Bake 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars
Image Source: The Iron You.

No Bake 4 Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

Ingredients
Makes 16 bars

Almond butter layer

1 cup almond butter
6 tablespoons maple syrup
½ cup coconut flour (I used Viva Naturals)
Pinch of salt

Chocolate layer

6 oz / 170 gr dark chocolate (I used +70% Green & Black’s)
½ cup almond butter

Go here for directions »

Go Vegan

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.

We have a wonderful turnout for Meat Out for Mustangs, May 2017

MEAT FOR MUSTANGS — Today is the first day of Meat Out for Mustangs, May 2017. How are you doing so far? Huh?

Well, if you follow The Horse Fund by email you already have a good idea what this is about and completed a quick online form pledging your participation.

Playing by numbers:

USDA STATISTICS

The USDA estimates that 202.0 lbs of meat were consumed per capita (per person) in 2014. This includes the whole population (approximately 318 million) and does not take into account vegetarians and vegans. [See 1].

MEAT INSTITUTE STATISTICS

According to the Meat Institute, the meat and poultry industry is the largest segment of U.S. agriculture. Total meat and poultry production in 2012 reached more than 93 billion pounds.

In 2013, the meat and poultry industry processed (their euphemism for slaughtered):

8.6 billion chickens
33.2 million cattle
239.4 million turkeys
2.3 million sheep and lambs
112 million hogs

[See 2].

The reason why we are giving you these statistics is that no matter how many people we get to “Meat Out for Mustangs” we are not going to begin to make event the slightest dent in the amount of meat bought or consumed — nor are we trying to.

However, we decided we would point this out before anyone stops by to accuse us of trying to harm the U.S. meat industry by this exercise.

We will tell you what we are trying to do in our next post.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

• If you haven’t pledged to Meat Out for Mustangs, please do so right now!

We are so excited about the turnout so far and hope to have thousands in every State taking a stand for Mustangs and drawing attention to their plight by fasting from meat, in particular beef, for the whole month of May.

So far most of you are pledging to do more than beef out; more than half have promised to try a plant-based or vegan diet the entire month! You inspire us. You really do. Thank you!

RELATED READING

Tuesday’s Horse

• Breakfast Ideas for Meat Out for Mustangs »

One Green Planet

Times they are a-changing. Cargill selling off their feedlots? See Major beef supplier, Cargill, sold off their last U.S. feedlots to invest in plant-based proteins; One Green Planet; May 1, 2017.

When I first read the headline, I blinked and looked at my calendar. I thought this might be an April Fool’s joke. Nah. It’s May. —Vivian

Cattle in a Cargill feedlot tagged for slaughter. Source: Omaha World-Herald.
Cattle in a Cargill feedlot tagged for slaughter. Source: Omaha World-Herald.

Please do more than “meat out” if you can. Go plant based all month even if it’s one day a week for all of May. You will be saving innocent lives and much, much more.

Spread the word. Share far and wide, especially recipe ideas, what you are eating, if the family is doing it with you, is it easy, is it hard — cool stuff.

FEATURED IMAGE
The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management contracted helicopter drives federally protected wild horses into a trap, robbing them forever of their freedom and home. National Geographic.

TAKE THE PLEDGE
It’s not too late to join. Go here »