Monthly Archives: June 2016

Easy Vegan Breakfast: Banana Blueberry Walnut Bowl

This was my breakfast this morning☀️

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Here is another quick, easy, and healthy breakfast. It’s a great  summertime breakfast because it requires no cooking.  It’s loaded with healthy ingredients and tastes really good.

I just kind of  just put things I like to eat in a bowl. I’ll share with you the bowl I made and all the ingredients I used. Feel free to add anything you like to your bowl. Take out the ingredients you may not like. Create your own bowl. But by all means, you can definitely stick to my recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 1 banana
  • handful of fresh blueberries
  • about 1/2 Tbsp of chia seeds
  • about 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • about 2 Tbsp of chopped walnuts
  • a few dashes of ground ginger
  • a few squirts of organic blue agave

 

Directions

  1. slice the banana into coins and place them in a bowl
  2. shake on the ground ginger
  3. put on walnuts
  4. sprinkle on the chia and sesame seeds
  5. put the fresh blueberries on top
  6. squirt on as much organic agave as you like. Careful not to put too much on
  7. enjoy!

And there you have it! Told you it was quick and easy 🙂

Making good healthy meals doesn’t have to be hard, require a recipe, or take hours to make.  Cook and make meals with the foods you like. The more you practice with different spice combinations the more you discover what goes well together. Trust your own likes and dislikes. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Sure, some things you mske may not turn out as good as you thought they would. The point here is to just keep trying, experimenting, having fun with your food.  Take pleasure in knowing exactly what you are putting in your body.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Happy recipe experimenting 😄✌🏻

Shine !

Linda

Starbucks And Silk A Match Made In Heaven

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YUM !

Do I really need to say more?

Well, I probably should.

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Silk has out this new Almond Creamer and it’s really good. It’s thicker and, well, creamier then Silk Almond Milk. It only has  20 calories per 1 tbsp and 5 cal from fat.  20mg of sodium, 4g of carbs, 4g of sugar and no Casein. Not too shabby. With this creamer a little goes a long way.

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Now for the star of the show!  The Starbucks Iced Coffee.  It’s lightly sweetened and oh so good!  8 oz has  50 calories and NO fat. 11g of carbs and 11g of sugar.  You get 6 servings out of one bottle. It’s fast and convenient on those running late kind of mornings.

The real magic begins when you put the Silk Creamer and the Starbucks Iced Coffee together. 🎉  Fill a glass with ice, pour in the coffee, a splash ( you really don’t need a lot) of creamer and you’re good to go.

The perfect Iced Coffee  for the hot summer mornings☀️

I hope you give it a try, if you do let me know what you think.

Shine !

Linda

Vitacost Makes Shopping For Vegan Staples Easy

Good Morning☀️

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I was sitting here checking my emails and saw the one I got from Vitacost.

This got me thinking, hmmm, I should tell my readers about Vitacost !

I love, love, love Vitacost❤️

Ok, I know you are probably sitting there thinking, ok already we know you love Vitacost, but what the heck is it.

Vitacost is an online store. They sell everything from vitamins, food, health care produces, and produces for babies. They divide everything into categories such as Gluten Fee, and yes VEGAN.  It makes shopping for vegan items so easy. You just click on vegan under dietary needs and it brings up everything vegan.  Once there you can click on sub categories.

I love using  Vitacost for my vegan pantry stables. Not having to check labels to see if it’s vegan….perfect!  Makes life so much easier😊

You can sign up to receive their emails, which is great because they send coupons…a lot ! Who doesn’t like coupons!? 🤔

Their shipping is fast and in some cases free. They pack the items so nice with dividers in the boxes and really cool packing material.  Ok, maybe everyone doesn’t  get excited about packing materials like I do…what? It’s normal…right?

Here is the link to Vitacost to get you started

Go in and check it out. Have fun looking at all the great produces they have to offer.

Dont forget to check out the vegan section even if your not vegan.

Some of my favorites are

  1. Pasta sauce
  2. Ketchup
  3. Nutritional yeast
  4. Matacha Green Tea Powder
  5. Salsa
  6. Braggs liquid Aminos
  7. Liquid smoke
  8.  Vegan Worcestershire sauce
  9.  Balsamic Vinegar as seen on my Vegan Pantry, Vinegar post

That’s just to name a few. If I listed them all, this post would be hundreds of pages long. Plus it’s more fun to go on the site and create your own favorites list😀

Hope you check out the site. If you do let me know what you think about it.

Love reading your comments and questions❤️

 Shine !

Linda

 

Hello All My Awesome Readers!

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Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know I’m still here working on my little blog.

It’s been a crazy busy past few weeks, I’m sure you all have had weeks like that too😀

I haven’t forgotten about you, how could I, I have the best followers in the world!

I’ve been working on a few new post ideas and I promise I will be sending new posts your way very soon.

⭐️Thanks for your patience⭐️

If there is something you would like me to write about or review, let me know.

If you have any questions please ask.

I always love hearing from you❤️

☀️Have a great day☀️

Shine !

Linda

Dairy Free Blended Iced Coffee

Now that it is hot, I mean really hot, here in Florida, I can’t bring myself to drink hot coffee☕️

But I have good news! The other day I discovered an awesome recipe on Pinterest.

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Dairy Free Blended Iced Coffee

It really good! Quick and easy to make.

And it comes with options😮

You can enjoy this iced coffee either mocha flavored or vanilla flavored.

I like mine kind of half and half, just a slight hint of mocha.

You could add other flavorings if you like.  Maybe some mint or almond extract. Hmmm🤔

Ok, will I’m off to make some Dairy Free Blended Iced Coffee.

Click on the link above and you too could be sipping on some yummy Iced Coffee right along with me! 😀

Hope you give it a try, if you do let me know what you think.

Questions and comments are always welcomed ✌🏻

Shine !

Linda

Vegan Apple Sweet Potato Spice Bowl

Was standing in my kitchen trying to figure out what to eat for lunch.

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I knew I didn’t want any type of sandwich or anything involving bread. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE bread!  I just try to take a break from it from time to time.  I had super food spices on my mind ever since I wrote that post. The cloves were calling me…the smell so good! So I thought I should make something I could spice up. I had some apples on the counter and sitting next to them was a sweet potato.

Thats it, I figured out what to make for lunch. First I diced the apple, tossed the sweet potato in the microwave, and got out the spices. I could tell this was going to be good!

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So here is what I came up with. This just goes to show you, vegan cooking isn’t hard and you don’t always need a recipe. Sometimes it’s best to just wing it!

Ingredients:

  • one apple diced. I used a Gala apple
  • one small sweet potato
  • a few dashes of ground ginger
  • a few dashes of ground cinnamon
  • a few dashes of ground clove
  • a few dashes of ground turmeric
  • About a tbsp of walnuts chopped
  • one tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2-1 tsp coconut oil
  • 6 oz carton of Vanilla Cultured Coconut Milk Yogurt

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Directions:

  1. Place the sweet potato in the microwave cook until done
  2. While the sweet potato is cooking dice the apple
  3. Chop the walnuts
  4. Once the sweet potato is done cooking remove from microwave and dice
  5. Place a medium skillet on med heat on the stove
  6. Add the coconut oil
  7. Add the diced apple, diced sweet potato, and walnuts  to the skillet.
  8. Start adding the spices. I used a few dashes of each. You can use as much or as little as you like.
  9. Mix together to coat the apples and sweet potatoes with the spice.
  10. Saute until everything is mixed well and the apples warm up and become a little soft.  Not too soft.
  11. Spoon the apple sweet potato mixture into a bowl. Spoon the coconut yogurt on top,  sprinkle the chia seeds on top of the yogurt and add more chopped walnuts.

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And there you have it, Apple Sweet Potato Spice Bowl.

Quick and easy and oh so delicious!

Would also be perfect for breakfast!

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Original recipe created by Linda Schmidt

If you try it let me know what you think.  If you come up with your own spice combo, I’d love to hear about it

Shine!

Linda

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

Some of you may be aware of how much I love Golden Milk

 Not only does it taste good it’s also so good for you.

But summer has arrived, along with its hot Florida days, and no more cool nights.☀️

It’s too hot to drink Golden Milk☹️

But…I have great news! I found the perfect hot summer day solution.

🍍🍌Tropical Turmeric Smoothie 🍌🍍

It has all the wonder spices, coconut oil, and amazing health benefits.

And to make it even, if that’s possible, it has pineapple and banana in it!

☀️It’s the perfect summer time smoothie☀️

Click on the Tropical Turmeric Smoothie link above for the amazing recipe.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, it’s very filling so it will keep you going until lunch time!

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Let me know if you give it a try😀

Shine!

Linda

The Vegan Pantry Series…Super Food Spices

spices 060616_001It’s that time again!

Actually it’s kind of past time, should have done this sooner😬

OK this one was kind of hard. I have a cabinet full of wonderful spices. I knew I couldn’t go over every one with you. If I did this post would be more like a novel. So I picked out some of the spices I use the most and the ones that are considered Super Food spices. If I left out any of your favorite spices, I’m sorry☹️  I may consider doing another post about more spice in the near future. But for now here is the list of the super spices I chose.

For each spice I will give you some nutritional info, health benefits, and tips on how to use them. The nutrients are listed in DV%  which stands for Daily Value of 1 serving you need each day. For example if cinnamon has 11% fiber it means that one serving provides 11% of the fiber you need each day.  Pretty easy…right!?

Ok ready?…here we go!

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  • Cinnamon: one of the oldest spices known. Cinnamon is said to have the highest anti-oxidant level of any spice. Is known to be anti-microbial, stops the growth of bacteria as well as fungus.  Cinnamon is said to help control blood sugar levels, boost brain function, improve colon health, protect against heart disease, and can help relieve the onset of a cold or flu. This spice was once considered more precious than gold, wow!  1 tsp has 13 cal.  46% manganese, 11% fiber, and 5% calcium.

Cinnamon helps in making a great tea latte. Simmer some cinnamon sticks in warm soy milk, add some maple syrup or agave and enjoy.

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  • Turmeric: well know for relieving the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. Turmeric is also said to help ease the pain of cystic fibrosis, improve liver and brain function, and lower cholesterol. 2 tsp has 16 cal. 4% fiber, 5% vitamin B6, 10% iron, 17% manganese, 3% cooper, and 3% potassium. In the UK it’s known as the Queens spice.

Click here for my blog on golden milk.

Here is another way to enjoy Turmetic: cut cauliflower florets in half sauté in span with a generous spoonful of turmeric for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Toss cauliflower with a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste.

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  • Ginger: has long been known for being effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal disease. Ginger is also said to fight the flu and the common cold. May also reduce menstrual pain, lower cholesterol, improve brain health, and fight infections. Ginger is very effective against oral bacteria, inflammation of the gums, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Research has also shown that ginger may inhibit the growth of. certain types of cancer cells.  1tbsp has 5 cal.  3% iron, 8% vitamin c, 8% B6, 8% fiber, 2% calcium, 11% copper, 11% manganese, and 11% magnesium.

Who would like some Ginger Lemonade…I know I would. Here’s a quick recipe for some. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice, fresh grated ginger, and sweetener of choice to a pitcher of cold spring or filtered water. Stir. Pour into a tall glass of ice and enjoy.

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  •  Curry: is know to be a mood enhancer , could it be because of its wonder smell?! Curry may also boost your immune system, reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and heart disease, improve circulation, reduce pain and blood pressure.  1 tsp has 6.5 cal. .5% protein, 1% calcium, 3.3% iron, 4.3% magnesium, .9% potassium, .5% zinc, 2.7% fiber, 1.2% B6, 1.58% vitamin E, 2.5% vitamin K.

Now something yummy to do with it.  How about a sandwich on nice toasted sprouted bread? OK. Toast two slices of sprouted bread, spread almond butter on one piece and orange marmalade on the other. Shake a few dashes of curry on the marmalade bread and  put some fresh basil on the almond butter bread. Put the two sliced together and enjoy.

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  • Ground Cloves: cloves have been used for 2,000 years. They are nutrient dense and anti- inflammatory.  Cloves can help prevent toxicity from environmental pollutants such as carbon.  May help to relieve upper respiratory infections, improve digestion, and have also been thought to have a natural anti- parasite function. Cloves are a popular home remedy for arthritis and sore muscles, used in a hot bath.  Cloves have been used in dentistry to relieve general gum pain, as an analgesic for toothaches, and as a natural breath freshener. 2 tbsp has 12 cal, 127 %manganese, 7% vitamin K, 6% fiber, 3% iron, 3% magnession, and 3% calcium.

Add cloves and cinnamon to warm apple cider.  I love to add cloves to my oatmeal. It smells so good and adds a wonderful flavor.

Well I think that’s about it for this post. Don’t want to send you into Super Food Spices overload.

If you check out my Golden Milk recipe post, you will see a lot of these spices are in it. If you haven’t tried Golden Milk yet you should give it a try. The best thing about it is you can add any amount of spice or any spices you want to it. I wouldn’t deviate to far from the recipe if it your first time trying it.

I hope you found this post helpful and try some of this spice.  Once you start using them you will discover so many things to use them in. Play around with them, have fun.

If you try any of this spices or recipes, or come up with recipes of your own please let me know. Your questions and comments are always welcomed!

Shine!

Linda

 

 

 

 

Fig Butter…My New Love

I just discovered Fig Butter.

TJFB_001It was love at first bite❤️

It’s like the inside of a Fig Newton only better. It’s creamy and has a wonderful, not over bearing, fig taste.

I purchased my Fig Butter from Trader Joes. But don’t worry if you don’t have a Trader Joes near you, Amazon sells it. Here is the link.

So far I have made sandwiches, oatmeal, and a vegan coconut yogurt parfait with it. You could probably use it in smoothies, thin it out and make a sauce with it, put it on vegan crackers.  You can get very creative with it. The possibilities are endless. Oh I just thought of something else…cookies. You could definitely make some awesome cookies with it.

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Fig butter goes very well with almond butter. I made a sandwich with toasted sprouted bread, almond butter, fig butter, chia seeds, a few dashes of cinnamon, and a few dashes of ginger. Yum!

For the oatmeal I added oats to a pan, some almond milk, vanilla extract, chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger, ground clove, chopped walnuts, and fig butter.

So if you like figs, or want to try figs, fig butter is the way to go. It has only 45 calories per Tbsp and zero fat.

If you try it let me know what you think. Also let me know if you come up with some yummy recipes of your own using fig butter. Love to hear from you!

Shine!

Linda