I have been completely inspired by Joni Marie Newman’s book, Vegan Food Gifts! It’s full of creative, beautiful gifts that you can make for your friends and family over the holidays. The book provides packaging recommendations, includes gift tags that you can scan, AND has recipes for making your own flavoured adult beverages!
This incredible summer sipper comes from my friend Wade, who spotted it in the NY Times, and thought I would like it. He was right, so right. Sweet cherries, sour lime, a gorgeous magenta hue…need I say more? We enjoyed these with homemade salsa and tropical veggie skewers on the bbq. It was a perfect summer afternoon. For those of us on the west coast, summer has (just now) arrived, and it is glorious. Soak it up while it’s here.
This lovely smoothie is packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients for vegans, and for omnivores. It tastes so dreamy-creamy delicious – perfect for after a workout!
So I’ve been going to the gym/yoga a lot lately and looking to feed my muscles well after doing so. The other day I went to a hot class at YYoga and decided to hit Body Energy on Davie afterwards for one of their tasty smoothies. I am a sucker for the chocolate monkey,using chocolate almond milk, minus chocolate syrup and adding Vega Sport Performance Protein – Recovery (Side note: Hello hot pic of Brendan Brazier in the shower!). Well, let me tell you, this combination rocks, and I really do feel like it feed my muscles and replenishes my energy after a rigorous workout. Try it at home for a fraction of the price!
Our very talented friend, Julie Beyer, who you might remember from last Spring’s Whole Food Challenge, wanted to share with us her recipe for a Raw Chocolate Cherry Malt Shake. We of course said, YES!
1 pear, chopped
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 pieces of kale, chopped
1 package of Amazing Grass Green SuperFood
1 cup water
1 teaspoon maple syrup
juice of 1 lemon
1 inch of ginger, peeled and minced
~The Vegan Project
Raw organic cacao contains high amounts of antioxidants, and the alkaloid theobromine, that positively effect your brain chemistry, and make you feel good. Theobromine originates from the Greek prefix, ‘Theo’ referring to the ‘study of God’, and ‘Bromine’ originating from the Greek word ‘brosi’, meaning ‘food’. So theobromine, literally translates to ‘Food of the Gods’. It is no wonder the Mayans would use chocolate as a means to enlightenment. Read more about cacao in its raw natural state here.
I’m drinking this right now. It’s Christmas in a cup. It’s Bailey’s meets Egg Nog meets holiday merriment. Please excuse the promotional glassware-it’s all I have.
2 ounces St Remy Brandy
1/2 ounce Kahlua
1 ounce coconut milk (French vanilla silk is nice too)
Fresh grated nutmeg
Shake vigorously over ice and strain into a glass. Top with fresh grated nutmeg. C’est Ça!
Here’s a beautiful song to complete this experience:
~The Vegan Project