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strawberry and lime smoothie, a la sunny vegan

strawberry lime smoothie, vegan healthy and easy

 

It’s no secret I love strawberries.
It’s also no secret that I love limes.

So, yes YES yes, a strawberry and lime smoothie was only a matter of time. and yes YES yes, this is my new favorite!!

My girl is home sick today and getting fluids and nutrition into her is a top priority. Strawberries are loaded with vitamin c, fiber, antioxidants, but did you know that one serving of strawberries has more vitamin c than an orange? While limes are also full of vitamin c, they have the added benefit of a flavenoid called  flavonol glycosides which may help to fight cancer as well as have a natural antibiotic affect.
And to top all of that nutrition off, it’s a darn pretty drink!

Out of fresh berries? Frozen work just as well so you can enjoy this any time of the year.

Ingredients:    for 2 approximately 1 cup servings

2 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
juice of 1 -2 limes   * adjust to taste*
1/2 cup vegan yogurt
3/4-1 cup vegan milk

 

Method:

place all ingredients in to blender and mix well. garnish with fresh lime and strawberry, serve immediately.

 

vegan strawberry lime smoothie recipe, easy and healthy

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Trust Your Eyes ~ a book review

Trust Your Eyes. Linwood Barclay. New York, New York: New American Library

 

I wish I had discovered Linwood Barclay year ago! Trust Your Eyes had me hooked with the first page, and that doesn’t happen very often.  Thomas Kilbride is a schizophrenic patient who is completely obsessed with maps. Specifically with Whirl360, a website  which allows you to walk the streets as with google earth. Thomas believes he has a special gift which the CIA needs. As the world will soon be under attack and all maps will gone, Thomas has memorized them all and can help them get anywhere the need. When his father and caretaker dies suddenly in a lawnmower accident, his brother Ray moves in and is forced to figure out what to do with him.  From the beginning, you are drawn to the brothers and their unusual circumstances.

So… I freaking LOVED this book! The unexpected twists, turns and shocking surprises make it impossible to put down. Just when I thought I had things figured out, Barclay interjects some new far-fetched, yet somehow completely believable, twist. I gasped out loud quite a few times with this book and I can’t wait to read more from Linwood Barclay.

Join us on the BlogHer book club page  to share your thoughts on this and other great reads.

 

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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apple of my eye pie smoothie

vegan apple pie smoothie easy and healthy

 

I’m not sure what it is about apples, but they are a huge part of our lives and culture. From Adam and Eve to Snow White, apples are always around us.

* the apple of my eye * As American as apple pie * the Big Apple * an apple a day keeps the doctor away * one bad apple spoils the whole bunch * an apple for the teacher *

See what I mean? We eat a lot of apples in my house, and everyone has a personal favorite variety. Granny smith, Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious, and Pink Lady. While we eat most of them plain, I have been working them into more and more of our recipes. This one is a treat that I didn’t feel bad about giving to the kids. It’s cool, light, and tastes like an indulgent dessert!

Ingredients: makes 2- 1 cup servings

1 cup applesauce or 2 1/2 apples cored and diced       ( 3 ounces of applesauce equals one apple)
1 cup vegan vanilla yogurt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup soy or coconut milk

crushed vegan graham crackers * optional
1 tablespoon agave * optional

Method:

combine all ingredients except graham crackers in blender and mix until smooth. top with graham crackers and additional cinnamon, serve immediately.

 

vegan apple pie smoothie recipe easy and healthy

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September 4, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Rachel's Cottage House - mmmm… i can’t wait to make this smoothie – it looks SO good!!!

Frozen Wine Cocktails

new arbor mist frozen cocktails not vegan or vegetarian

 

I have to admit that when I was contacted by She Speaks about the new Arbor Mist Frozen Cocktails, I was REALLY excited!
As usual, I contacted Arbor Mist to find out if their new product was vegan or vegetarian. They were very responsive and knowledgeable about their products, but unfortunately, It’s not vegan. Big bummer.

So I had my friends try for me and here are their taste impressions:

It’s a fresh clean taste, similar to a wine cooler but more sophisticated!
Blackberry Merlot is great, a unique flavor combination.
The White Pear Pinot Grigio is the perfect compliment to an afternoon by the pool, crisp and refreshing.

 

I can personally comment on the convenience, it would be a great option to serve different drinks to people at a party. Freeze, squeeze and enjoy is so easy, everyone can enjoy their flavor choice without the mess of a blender and lots of ingredients.
So if you are not a veg head, go ahead and give it a try.

 

 

logofrozen wine coolers

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creamy basil tomato soup

easy healthy vegan creamy tomato soup recipe with basil

 

Life has been bonkers again. It’s all good, but stressful. As we started back to school on Monday, I was thinking about school lunches, which led me to my favorite school lunch when I was little. One of the only days I could eat a school lunch because very few of them are vegetarian and none are vegan. You know the one, grilled cheese tomato soup day. Oh yes, I loved that lunch at school.

Now that I am older and maybe wiser, I was longing for the comfort that lunch used to provide. But without all of the fat and cholesterol the original lunch had. I also realized that the cheese wasn’t an important part of the lunch, it was the warm toasty bread which you dunked into the soup, that’s where the magic really was. So, I made the soup, added some grown up flavors like garlic, basil and red pepper and toasted bakery fresh sourdough bread for dunking.

Ahhhh, my stress is starting to fade and I have some soup to thank!

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced yellow onion
2 – 28 oz can of tomatoes in juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tbs flour
dash baking soda
crushed red pepper 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon     *add after completion if serving to kids
1 tbs fresh basil plus additional for garnish
3/4 – 1 cup coconut milk
salt and pepper
Method:
heat olive oil in large pan, add onion and cook over medium low heat until translucent, about 10 minutes. add next 6 ingredients and simmer 5 minutes. blend with stick blender until smooth ( or cool and transfer to blender). gradually add coconut milk while stirring until desired consistency, salt and pepper to taste.
serve with better than sour cream, additional coconut milk, basil, rice or pasta.

easy healthy creamy vegan tomato soup with basil

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August 23, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Jackie - This looks delicious! One question… does it taste like coconut? I love it but others in my house hate it!

August 23, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Amanda - Good question Jackie! my husband also doesn’t like coconut and didn’t know I even used it! it didn’t taste at all like coconut, but any vegan milk would work well.

August 23, 2012 - 8:13 pm

Richa - woah that color! thats ia gorgeous bowl of a fave soup!

August 23, 2012 - 11:08 pm

yumgoggle - I love tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich. The color sure looks perfect! Wonderful clicks!
Anyhoo, we have been keeping an eye out for unique and interesting bloggers with phenomenal photography skills, and yours caught our attention! We have just recently launched a food photo submission gallery http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery/ that allows you to showcase all your great work and share it with all of our visitors. We’d be proud to have your work as part of our growing collection to continue to have a larger reach and further inspire all fellow food lovers out there!

August 25, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Ashley @ It's Fitting - Wow, now I’m craving soup. Thanks a lot :-) That looks amazing!

September 9, 2012 - 10:54 am

leslee - Awesome recipe!

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