Pumpkin Peach Pie Smoothie

What makes Pumpkin Pie even better? Peaches! 😮🍑🍑I took my classic Pumpkin Pie smoothie recipe and made it summer-ready by adding fresh organic peaches. Yum!!! Super high in antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals and beta carotene…this smoothie combo is excellent for skin, fighting oxidation brought on by free radicals and maintaining a healthy weight. So, go right ahead, don’t be afraid to gulp this one down and turn your frown upside down 😋😃
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1 Cup Plant Based Milk

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Purée

2 Peaches (pitted/skin on)

1 serving  Vega One Nutritional Shake (French Vanilla)

1/3 Cup Whole Grain Oats

1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Tbsp Chia Seed

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Blend all on high speed until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

Chocolate Strawberry Quinoa Smoothie 

Whether you’re recovering from a workout or just need a super-boost of nutrition to start your day, this delicious shake is packed with the power you’ll need to sustain your busy life; protein, fiber and antioxidants to name a few. And when people ask where you get your protein from, you can tell em’ where to go! 😜😂

1 Cup Plant-Based Milk 

1 serving Vega Chocolate Vega Sport, Vega One or Protein and Greens

1 Banana

1 Cup fresh Strawberries

1/2 cooked Quinoa (cooled)

1 Tbsp Chia Seed

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Blend all in a high speed blender with some ice. Pour and enjoy post-workout or to kick off your day.

The Bitter Blend II – A Tart Return (Grapefruit, Pomegranate & Lime Smoothie)

Have you ever heard of a “Smoothie Sequel”? Well, this may be a first…or a second? I’m already confused! In any case, hopefully you remember my original Bitter Blend Smoothie from last year; it was a real zinger! And we already know that Grapefruit is on top of his game as a tenacious free-radical fighter, but I’m here to tell you that “sour” is back with a vengeance and this time he brought a couple of new pals with him! Say hello to Pomegranate; aka the “King of Antioxidant Fruits”, one of the fiercest of cancer opponents and a true defender of the immune system. Oh yeah, and that other little green sidekick? His name is Lime. Don’t ever underestimate his potential to help destroy obesity, strengthen skin and decimate high blood sugar levels. Together, this is one gutsy team who will get the job done.

Coming soon to a blender near you…yup, just like that one sitting on your kitchen counter 😉

Ingredients

1 Cup Almond Milk
1 serving Vega One Nutritional Shake (Coconut Almond or French Vanilla)
1 Frozen Banana
1 Grapefruit (w/ pith)
Seeds of 1 fresh Pomegranate
Juice of 1 fresh Lime
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Preparation

1. Add all ingredients into blender jar.

2. Blend on high setting until smooth.

3. Pour into a large, tall glass. Enjoy!

“CHEEZY” MEXICAN CHICK-FREE OMELETTE

It’s been over one year now that I went 100% vegan. As a lacto-vegetarian (for over 20 years) I enjoyed eggs quite a bit (possibly too much). Since going vegan, I’ve experimented with all manner of egg substitutes such as Tofu scrambles, breakfast sandwiches; heck, I even made Tofu Florentine with a plant based Hollandaise Sauce I came up with. But the one thing I’ve missed out of all of it were those late Diner excursions where I’d order up a gigantic veggie and cheese Omelette. Or the many times I made them at home and smothered them in Salsa and Sour Cream. Those damn things were my weakness. Although, I’m not interested in ever going back to my old self…I can still recreate some of those memories from a brand new perspective. That said, in the spirit of overcoming past addictions and celebrating new cruelty-free, healthy habits; I came up with this extremely satisfying dish this morning.

There is plenty of margin for error when making an Omelette (I know this, as I’ve unsuccessfully attempted this once before), so I did some more research in hopes of finding a more tried and true batter for such a task. I came upon the Chickpea Omelette recipe by Fork & Beans. My version has definitely been spiced up and altered slightly but the basic foundation for the Omelette itself is entirely their creation (pure vegan genius if you ask me).

Well, don’t let me stop you from strengthening your breakfast game; get on with it. Remember to try and have fun in the kitchen and never be afraid to experiment with flavors (thats how we learn).

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“CHEEZY” MEXICAN CHICK-FREE OMELETTE
Adapted from: Fork & Beans
Makes 2 Large Omelettes

BATTER
3/4 Cup Garbanzo Bean Flour (Chickpea Flour)
3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tsp Nutritional Yeast
1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
1/4 tsp Ancho Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
Salt & Pepper to taste

FILLING
1/4 of a Red Onion (chopped)
4 Large White Mushrooms (sliced)
1/2 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
3-4 Green Onions (chopped; reserve some for topping)
2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro (chopped)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Slice of Field Roast Chao Tofu (or fav Vegan Cheez)

TOPPING
Your fav Salsa
Green Onion
Avocado Slices
(and/or whatever else you damn well please)

#1. Prepare the batter by combining all batter ingredients in a pourable bowl or large measuring glass. Use a whisk but do not over-mix; it should be pourable but still somewhat thick (like a good Pancake batter). Set aside.

#2. Add some Olive Oil (or Water/Veggie Broth if you don’t cook with oil) to a large, non stick frying pan and heat on Medium. Meanwhile, prep all filling ingredients. Now add them (except for the vegan cheese) to the pan and lightly sauté them until just tender. Transfer the cooked veggies to a bowl and set aside.

#3. In the same heated pan, add some more oil (water/broth). Now pour half of the batter into the center of the pan and gently rock the pan back and forth to spread out the batter more. You don’t want it too thin or too thick (pancake thickness or slightly thinner).

#4. Break apart your cheez slice into small pieces and arrange them to cover one half/side of the cooking batter. Scoop up 1/2 of the filling mixture and spread it out on the same side of the omelette (on top of the cheez). Continue to cook the Omelette for about 2 minutes; you should start seeing bubbles through the top and hardening edges (again, just like a pancake). Now gently fold over the bare side of the Omelette to cover the cheez/veggie mixture side.

#5. Cover the pan with a lid and remove from heat. Allow the trapped steam to continue cooking the Omelette through for about another 5 minutes or so. Clean messes up and such while you wait. Repeat all steps for the second one.

#6. Plate your awesome Omelette! Top it with your favorite Salsa, Green Onions and Avocado Slices. Other topping ideas are Fresh Cilantro, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Vegan Sour Cream.

Enjoy!

JUST DANDY! (Strawberry Dandelion Coconut Smoothie)

What’s the matter? Hasn’t your doctor ever told you to eat your weeds?! Ok, maybe not (neither did mine). But it’s an absolute shame they didn’t. As far removed from popular food culture as it is, the Dandelion is actually pretty damned amazing. So, why is it so important? Well…for a number of reasons which should get you excited. Throughout history, Dandelion has been used in many cultures as herbal medicine to treat infections, liver problems and as a diuretic. Dandelion has also been known to help reduce the risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis and stroke. It contains powerful properties which can ease inflammatory disease, asthma, improve skin, help digestion and purify the blood.

In addition to Dandelion, fresh, leafy greens (of all varieties) are real medicine, straight from the FARMacy! Let’s pretend, for a moment, that you do not have a cabinet filled to the brim with random pharmaceuticals. You’d probably wonder how you’d get by without them, right? Well, the fact of the matter is that pills do not “repair” anything; they temporarily mask symptoms while the extraneous lab chemicals absorb into your soft tissues, muscles and organs. Not only do we not understand what these chemicals are, our body sees these drugs as invasive foreign entities as well; it cannot fully break them down nor can it expel them efficiently. Later on in life, these toxins may even manifest into some fairly ugly diseases.

The current practices of the pharmaceutical/medical industry “power couple” would have you believe that plants are not considered to be a valid tool in treating disease. On the contrary, plants can actually detox/reverse the damage that prescription drugs have already caused you. Did someone say “detox”? Oh, yes…definitely. This is why juicing leafy greens or eating them raw is a fantastic aid in cleansing the body. So if you’ve got some Dandelions growing outside, go harvest those leaves and you will have yourself the most potent multivitamin that nature has to offer.

Combined with the amazing benefits of Strawberries, this delicious smoothie boasts a laundry list of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (A, B1, B2, B6, C, K, thiamin, beta carotene, potassium, riboflavin, calcium, iron and protein; to name a handful). You’d be hard-pressed to get nutrition like this from any other beverage you may fill your glass with today. And the taste? Dandy…just dandy!

8 oz Almond Milk
1 Cup Dandelion Greens (tightly packed)
8 large fresh Strawberries (keep leaves on for added digestion benefits)
1 Banana
1 serving Vega One (French Vanilla)
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Coconut Flakes
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
5-6 Ice Cubes

Add the nut milk into the blender along with the Dandelion Greens and blend on high until greens are completely broken down and smooth. Now add in the Strawberries, Banana, Vega One, Coconut Oil, Coconut Flakes, Chia Seed and Maple Syrup; blend again on high until smooth. Lastly, add in the ice cubes and blend on the ice crush setting until you reach your desired consistency. Garnish with Shredded Coconut, Fresh Strawberries and Dandelion Leaves (if you wanna be a fancy-ass).

Enjoy with a reusable GlassDharma straw!

THE SMOOTHLANDER

If you don’t recall the ridiculous movie Zoolander with Ben Stiller as the zany supermodel, Derek Zoolander, then I guess this whole thing just went right over your head! In any case, if you make this decadent smoothie recipe, none of it will matter once you taste it. There is a scene in the movie where he and his model buddies go off on an adventure to get some Orange Mocha Frappuccinos and ride around town with their devil may care attitudes, spraying one another with gasoline to the soundtrack of Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham! Sound to good to be true? See for yourself:

WOW!!! Right?!

Well anyway, if you’re on the “Go Go” and need a super tasty wake me up, search no further than THE SMOOTHLANDER. It’s my healthy smoothie inspired by the famous Starbucks drink. Cold, frosty and creamy with notes of dark chocolate and zesty Orange; melding with the earthy, roasty flavor of the Espresso and the creamy, nutty finish of the Coconut Cream. Damn, this was delicious! Not to mention all of the health benefits you’re getting from just the Vega One protein alone; 20 grams premium plant-based protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals, 25% DV fiber, 1.5 grams of Omega-3s, Antioxidants and 1 billion CFU Probiotics…HOLY MOLY!!!

You may not want to jump into your Jeep, turn up so hard with your friends that you blow them up at a gas station; but you can make and enjoy this awesome smoothie all the same…enjoy!

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THE SMOOTHLANDER

For the Smoothie:
8 oz ALMOND MILK
1/2 FROZEN BANANA
1 ORANGE (PEELED)
2 OZ FRESHLY BREWED & CHILLED ESPRESSO (Regular Coffee or Chai Tea are fine too)
2 TBSP CACAO POWDER (OR NIBS)
1 SCOOP VEGA ONE MOCHA
1 TBSP CHIA SEED
1 TBSP FLAX SEED
4-5 ICE CUBES

For the Coconut Cream Topping:
4 OZ COCONUT CREAM (FROM CANNED COCONUT MILK)
1 TSP ORGANIC COCONUT PALM SUGAR (FAIR TRADE)
1/2 TSP ORGANIC VANILLA EXTRACT

With an Espresso machine, brew a 2 oz shot of your favorite espresso (if you don’t do espresso, you can just brew some of your favorite coffee instead..or even Chai Tea if you’d like). Once your espresso is brewed, set aside in the fridge to chill a bit. In the meantime, get out your blender and fill the jar with the Almond Milk, Banana, Orange and blend until smooth. Now add in the Cacao, Vega One, Chia and Flax and blend again until smooth. Now get your chilled (or room temp) espresso and add that to the blender along with ice cubes and give that a short whirl until it’s at your preferred consistency (I like a more frosty consistency). Set aside the smoothie in the fridge while you prepare the Coconut Cream.

The Coconut Cream consistency will depend on the type of cream you get from your canned Coconut Milk. Mine was a more liquid consistency, whereas some others have a thicker cream. The thicker, the better as you will be able to achieve a more “whipped cream” texture. Mine is more of a smoothie cream layer consistency. You can also refrigerate your coconut milk can overnight to achieve a thicker texture. In any case, here is how I made mine. Get a medium size mixing bowl and an electric hand mixer. Pour the coconut cream into the bowl. Add in the Coconut Sugar and Vanilla. Beat with the electric mixer until desired thickness.

Now pour the smoothie mixture into a glass and then add the coconut cream layer on top. Dust with extra Cacao Powder and garnish with an Orange slice. Now drink it up with a fancy, reusable straw from Glass Dharma!

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Vega One Whole Foods Exclusive Flavors (Coconut Almond & Mocha)

Vega One is Vega’s flagship, all-in-one, protein powder that packs 20 grams of protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% daily vitamins & minerals, 27% daily fiber, 1.5 grams Omega-3, 1000 ORAC of Antioxidants, 1 Billion Probiotics and only 150 calories. It’s one of the cleanest, whole food ingredient, plant-based powders on the market and is now Non-GMO Verified, Vegan Certified and Gluten Free. I’ve been using Vega protein powders in my smoothies for a while now and really haven’t tried anything better on the market.

That all said, it wasn’t much longer after reviewing the brand new formula that 2 new flavors arrived at my doorstep to try; I love when that happens! If you shop at Whole Foods Market, you’re in luck because Coconut Almond and Mocha flavors are now exclusively hitting the shelves. These 2 flavors are available on Vega’s eStore as well.

So, I gotta say, at first I was skeptical given that my usual stand by flavor preferences for protein powder are Vanilla, Chocolate or Natural. I do not stray often, I like to keep them fairly plain; just enough to compliment all of the other ingredients I usually have going on in my smoothies. But when I opened the tubs, smelled them and took a little taste of each, I was surprised and delighted that both flavors were tasty and not overpowering.

The Coconut Almond is fantastic and extremely versatile. A nice mild nutty profile with just enough Coconut without going overboard. You can pair it with anything really; Green Smoothie, Fruit Smoothie, Chocolate Smoothie…it really works with everything and also adds a little something extra for your tastebuds.

The Mocha flavor is also very good but, in my opinion, not as versatile when adding to a wider range of ingredients. I’ve found that the Mocha leans well toward more of the Chocolate, Banana, Nut Butter, No extra Greens type of smoothie. It has a nice dark chocolate flavor and a somewhat strong hint of coffee flavor, which I also love but it may simply limit the ingredients you’d want to add it to. Still, that did not stop me from coming up with some excellent recipes with it (2 of which are below!).

I’m really enjoying both of these flavors immensely…so much, in fact, that I offer you 4 luscious smoothie recipes to try them out with.

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Chococonutty
GET CHO-COCO-NUTTY!
Coconut Almond Cacao Smoothie

Pairing the Coconut Almond with Cacao, Dates and Banana is heaven…the outcome is rich, creamy and sweet (of course with major coconut notes). This smoothie is so damn good!

12 oz Almond or Flax Milk
1 Frozen Banana
2 Medjool Dates (pitted)
1/4 Cup Goji Berries
2 1/2 Tbsp Cacao
1 serving Coconut Almond Vega One
1 Tbsp Chia Seed
1 Tbsp Flax Seed
2 Tbsp Coconut Flakes (blend 1, reserve 1)
1 Tbsp Chopped Almonds (garnish)
1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs (garnish)

Blend all. Adjust texture to likeness with ice cubes or more liquid. Pour into glass and sprinkle with reserved Coconut Flakes, Chopped Almonds and Cacao Nibs. Enjoy! (eat all the yummy garnish with a spoon).

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Golden Gusto
GOLDEN GUSTO!
Pineapple Orange and Carrot Smoothie

You can have my smoothie when you pry it from my cold, dead hands! I took the Coconut Almond on more of a fruity journey this time around. Again, so versatile and adds something special.

8 oz Hemp Milk
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup Fresh Pineapple Chunks
1 Small Orange
2 Small Carrots
1/4 Cup Goji Berries
1 Serving Coconut Almond Vega One
1 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Camu Camu
1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp Coconut Flakes

Blend all. Adjust texture to likeness with ice cubes or more liquid. Pour into glass and Enjoy!

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MochaMeHappy
PAKISTANI PARADISE!
Mocha Smoothie w/ Cardamom and Cinnamon

Let me start by saying it’s coming up on one year since I killed my caffeine/coffee addiction with juicing and lemon water. That said, I allow myself a cup of joe every now and again. And what better way to drink my Coffee than in a Smoothie! This post is inspired by a Pakistani Coffee recipe by Sasha Martin. I adapted it into smoothie form and combined it with the new Vega One Mocha Whole Foods Market exclusive flavor. This smoothie is so delicious and exotic. The deep coffee and mocha flavors are subtly interrupted by the sweetness of Banana and Medjool Dates with an aromatic finish of Cardamom and Cinnamon. A gem!

8 oz #Organic Coffee (brewed and chilled)
4 oz Flax Milk
1 Frozen Banana
2 Medjool Dates (pitted)
1 serving Vega One Mocha
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom

Blend all. Adjust texture to likeness with ice cubes or more liquid. Pour into glass and Enjoy!

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Mocha Madness
MOCHA MADNESS!
Mocha Maple Oat Cacao Smoothie

I splurged a little this morning and created something very decadent AND nutritious. It packs a really rich, chocolaty taste w/ a nice hint of coffee bean…the perfect start to my day!

8 oz. Coconut Milk
1 Frozen Banana
2 Medjool Dates (pitted)
1 serving Vega One Mocha
1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs
1 Tbsp Cacao Powder
1/4 Cup Raw Whole Grain Oats
1 Tbsp Coconut Flakes
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 packet Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
Garnish with sprinkles of Coconut Flakes, Cacao and Cinnamon

Blend all. Adjust texture to likeness with ice cubes or more liquid. Pour into glass and Enjoy!