Pineapple Mango Grapefruit Smoothie

A few months ago, we had SO MANY GRAPEFRUITS! A local group of kind folks volunteer to “rescue” citrus from trees in a couple of retirement communities. The people with orange and grapefruit trees in their yards can’t eat it all and don’t want to pick it, so we do it for them. In return, we get to keep most of it. We can use it or donate it, and it’s awesome. We tried to use a lot of it, but it was SO much fruit!!

A sweet, refreshing grapefruit smoothie with tang and sweetness from pineapple and mango! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #pineapple #mango #smoothie #grapefruit

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Pineapple Orange Juice

One of my favorite things EVER is juicing oranges and blending the juice with frozen pineapple. OMG, you guys. You get this deliciously refreshing, ice-cold, sweet drink perfect for breakfast or a summer afternoon cool-down. It’s tropical, juicy, and so freaking yummy! I could drink it every day. Plus, it’s so easy to do! Especially if you don’t juice your own oranges. But that’s how I prefer it. Totally up to you though.

Delicious pineapple orange juice perfect for a refreshing summer drink! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #pineapple #orangejuice

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Blueberry Pie Smoothie

I wanted something fresh, sweet, and really delicious, and a smoothie usually quenches that. Blueberries are a main staple in my diet, and they’re also fresh, sweet, and really delicious. So I figured I’d start there – with a blueberry pie smoothie. Smoothies are so refreshing! And it’s already heating up here in Phoenix, so this hits the spot.

(Sorry to the people who are experiencing snow! This was scheduled weeks in advance. My apologies.)

A creamy, smooth, and perfectly sweet blueberry pie smoothie made with bananas, walnuts, cinnamon, and blueberries! Raw, fruit-sweetened, and so refreshing! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #blueberrypie #smoothie

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Cashew Milk

This cashew milk is my absolute favorite. It’s sweetened from dates, and it doesn’t need to be strained! If you’ve ever made almond milk (or read a recipe about almond milk and decided NO), then you know how not fun straining milk is. I’m SOOOO all about whatever’s easiest, and cashew milk is soooo easy! Plus, it’s forgiving and customizable. So let’s do this.

Make a quick, homemade cashew milk in a matter of minutes. Throw ingredients into blender, blend, and enjoy! NO straining needed and no sugar added! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #nondairymilk #milk #cashewmilk #recipe

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Golden Milk Latte

Finally, a recipe where the turmeric I add isΒ not optional! I put turmeric in nearly everything, but this drink isn’t golden milk without it.

If you aren’t familiar with golden milk, let’s chat. It’s a yummy drink made with your (nondairy) milk of choice + turmeric (the golden part) + black pepper and a healthy fat (for turmeric absorption). You can spice it up with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, etc. Sweetening is my preferred method, so I add dates to the mix. And the healthy fat is usually oil, but I’m a no-oil kinda gal, so here’s my take on a creamy, dreamy golden milk latte.

A creamy, dreamy, deliciously spiced golden milk latte made with homemade milk and plenty of turmeric. #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #turmeric #goldenmilk #latte

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Tropical Green Smoothie

I aim to have a green smoothie every day. Does that happen? No. Of course not. Haha. I love to bake, so I inevitably end up doing that instead of making a smoothie. The good thing is that I usually put flax, walnuts, and turmeric in most of the things I bake, which is mostly why I like to make green smoothies: so I can hide those things and get them into my diet.

A sweet and tropical green smoothie made with pineapple, mango, banana, and greens! So delicious you won't know you're drinking so much good nutrition. #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #greensmoothie #tropical #fruit

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Watermelonade

Hey, y’all. It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I’m excited to be back though. I have lots and lots on my plate, but amazing-fruit season is upon us, so the energy to do it all is at my fingertips! Seriously, summertime fruit is my favorite. And I know a lot of you are experiencing snow right now, so summer isn’t even on your radar, but I live in Chronic Summer, a.k.a. Phoenix, Arizona. So it’s always on mine. Even though today is cloudy and, well, not hot.

Refreshing watermelon lemonade made with only two ingredients. Naturally sweetened and so good! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #watermelon #lemonade #juice

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#TradeInTuesday – Milk

Today’s trade-in is MILK!
Y’all, I used to drink a LOT of milk. Like almost a half gallon every day.  That’s a lot of milk! And I feel gross even thinking about how much I used to drink, so I’m glad I made my switch to non-dairy milk. There are a bunch of reasons why you should make the switch, but I won’t get into those here. If you Google it, a ton of information will come up. It’s not pretty though.
In any case, you have options! Just like with everything else, non-dairy milk has lots of choices–way more than regular milk! So try a bunch of different kinds or make your own. The customization is endless. πŸ™‚
Store-Bought Options
Check out Peta2’s Vegan Milk 101 article by clicking the link above
There are so many different kinds of non-dairy milk. Almond, soy, hemp, flax, rice, cashew, coconut–what do you choose? Well, read up about the different kinds and what nutrients they offer, try a few of them to see how you like it, and go from there. Even the options of non-dairy milks have options–unsweetened, sweetened, vanilla, vanilla sweetened, chocolate, etc.

A word to the wise: it obviously won’t taste just like dairy milk. So if you’re looking for a direct substitute, you might have to try to make your own almond milk or rice milk to get what you’re looking for. Coconut milk is much creamier, almond milk is a little thick but bland if you go for the unsweetened kind, and flax milk tastes like melted vanilla ice cream. So you have a lot to choose from. πŸ™‚

But if you’re health conscious, you might want to stick to making your own non-dairy milk. Check out these recipes below.

Make Your Own

Almond Milk Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 4 cups filtered water
Directions:
  1. Soak almonds in filtered water overnight. Drain and rinse almonds.
  2. Place almonds and filtered water in blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  3. Strain almond milk through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth. Squeeze bag or cloth to get all almond milk.
  4. Store in refrigerator and serve cold.
You can add flavor by blending in honee/agave/maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, dates, etc. Or you can leave it plain. Save the pulp and dry it out in the oven or a dehydrator for other recipes that call for almond meal. Use this guide to make sure you’re getting almonds that aren’t loaded with pesticides and other awful gasses. 

Rice Milk Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 4 cups filtered water
Directions:
  1. Place ingredients in a blender. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.
  2. Store in refrigerator and serve cold.
The blog Don’t Waste the Crumbs has an article about rice milk that also links you to her recipes for other non-dairy milk options, so make sure to check that out here
Lots of choices, folks. There are a ton of different kinds for you to choose from. You don’t have to feel like you’re missing out or suffer from a loss of milk. You can add these milks to your coffee, cereal, recipes, and more without feeling like anything has been taken away from you. Plus, you’re helping to save the environment and animals at the same time by making the switch. What do you have to lose?
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Chocolate Smoothie

I make smoothies a lot. Just about every day. They’re a staple in my diet because they’re quick, simple, filling, and delicious. And they’re a great way to hide the stuff we don’t want to eat separately because of taste (think turmeric, flax/chia, greens, etc.). We can make them taste like chocolate and enjoy it so much more! Here’s a recipe I make almost on the daily for breakfast or lunch.

A creamy, rich, delicious chocolate smoothie made vegan! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #chocolate #smoothie

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

My sweet friend Tammy posted a recipe for a pumpkin pie smoothie, and I thought it sounded incredible. As you may or may not know, I make a smoothie almost every day, sometimes twice a day. It’s almost always a green smoothie with lots of bananas, so the idea of adding pumpkin and spice to it intrigued me. So here’s what I did. Enjoy!

A delicious fruit-sweetened pumpkin pie smoothie! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #pumpkinpie #smoothie

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