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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Two-Ingredient Chocolate Frosting

If you aren’t eating dates, you’re missing out. Seriously, dates are nature’s candy. They’re sweet, rich, caramel in fruit form. They never feel like they’re healthy or even remotely good for me when I eat them because of how sugary sweet they are. But they’re SO good! Nutritious too! They’re an excellent part of a plant-based diet. So let’s use them to our advantage and make a delicious chocolaty two-ingredient frosting sweetened only with dates!

2-ingredient chocolate frosting so rich and creamy you won't even notice it's sweetened by fruit! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #frosting #chocolate

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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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Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

Don’t let the name fool you. I’m actually eating this for breakfast today, so it’s not necessarily a pudding dessert. (These are dessert!) But it’s sweet and delicious and super good for you, so today, it’s breakfast. 🙂 It needs a little bit of time to set, but other than that, this is pretty simple. Throw stuff in a blender, pour it into a bowl, add chia seeds and blueberries, and enjoy!

A creamy, sweet chia seed pudding perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #chiaseeds #pudding

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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. 🙂
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. 🙂

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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Zucchini Noodles With Alfredo Sauce

On Saturday night, I asked Husband to make an Alfredo sauce for zucchini noodles because I’d been really wanting to eat it again since having some at our friends’ house a while back. He found this recipe for cashew Alfredo sauce and it turned out AMAZING. So I made him take a photo so I could share it with all of you great people for Meatless Monday. YUM! Enjoy!

Creamy cashew alfredo sauce poured over zucchini noodles makes the ultimate raw comfort dish! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #zucchini #cashewalfredo #alfredo #rawvegan

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Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

Today’s recipe is actually what you’d call dessert by its name, but you might find me eating this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner too. You’d eat bananas at any time of the day, right? Nuts aren’t a dessert food. Coconut water goes in all of my smoothies. And cacao? Well, okay. Maybe that’s the dessert part. Either way, this stuff is delicious! Enjoy any time. You have my permission.

Creamy, rich, chocolate ice cream made from bananas, nuts, and coconut water. #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #icecream #chocolate

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