Simple Berry Smoothies

Simple Berry Smoothies
(Serves 4) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw, Soy-Free


Umm… Happy New Year! Is that inappropriate since it’s now the 20th? Well, maybe not since this is the first time I’m saying hello for the New Year. What a blur it’s been since my last post. I do feel like I’ve been saying that far too often and really dislike the gaps between my posts as of late. ☹ Very sorry about that by the way – life, right?

Well, I’ll be starting a new job/career soon – so excited about that! I’ve resigned from my current job and changing career paths altogether, last day coming soon – next week! Seth too, how crazy is that!? Both of us at the same time.

I ran into a woman at the grocery store this evening, which may have prompted this very post. Although I did make this smoothie recipe last week… I have this, and several other recipes just sitting in my back pocket? This has been the one day/evening/weekend where we literally have nothing going on. Well… I’ve been redecorating my bedroom so that has consumed much of my free “cooking time” also. But anyway (excuses excuses) back to the grocery store… As I’m walking up to the natural section, there is a woman standing there. She reaches for the Daiya cheese then hesitates and placed it back. I walked up and grabbed the Daiya and also the Better than Sour Cream because it’s taco night tonight! After watching me grab the cheese she then asks if it was any good. I replied and then proceeded to rattle off several other products I thought were good! I’m pointing and grabbing: So Delicious – Yogurts, Vegenaise, Earth Balance and the Ice Creams that are available! She may have thought I was a bit crazed given how hyper I quickly became on the subject. Hey it’s not every day I run into someone in person that is actually interested in veganism. She said her church was trying out veganism this month; to which I exclaimed Veganuary!?! She said yes and thanked me. I let her know about this blog and went on my way. Sometimes it’s the little things or rather the chance encounters that spark or motivate. Happy New Year and Happy Veganuary all! Make it another great one. As always… enjoy! The smoothie, of course. 😋

I love serving these in stemless wine glasses…

3 Cups Frozen Berries (I used a mixture of Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries and Blackberries)
½ Cup Orange Juice
2 Cups Almond Milk (I used my favorite Almond/Coconut Blend)
2 Tbsp Honey or Agave Nectar
Handful of ice, optional (depending on if using fresh or frozen fruits)

Combine all ingredients in blender or high-speed blender (like a Nutribullet or Ninja).

Morning Smoothie!

Morning Smoothie!
(Serves 3) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw, Soy-Free


Morning Sunshine! I should say instead. This smoothie is not so pretty, but it’s pretty healthy. I say not-so-pretty because at least that is what a co-worker thought last week. It was a bright sunny day (jk). So, I was at work reaching for my smoothie as a co-worker passed by and says, “ew, what is that!?!” To which I replied a smoothie, here try some. 😊 She thought it was delicious by the way. I honestly believe she meant no ill-will but the story doesn’t end or start here. A few weeks ago Seth was at a deli picking up some veggie sandwiches, the employee does the ‘ol “order up – veggie sandwiches!” An patron nearby hears this and says, “ew, who would even order a veggie sandwich. Ugh, a sandwich with no meat etc. etc.”  Well her supercilious comment wasn’t going to get by Seth that easily. He replies back, “that would be mine. by the way what form of dead animal carcass will be decomposing in your body today?”  Another incident within the same week occurred at a grocery store. He was on his way home, it was pouring out, I got in late myself and wasn’t up for cooking. So… he stops off to grab pizza. (Vegan – Daiya Pizzas to be exact). Another customer hears the automated self-checkout say the item and price. The customer to his son says, “whoa, that price for 1 pizza my God we could get 2 large pies for that price! The son adds or 3 medium!” Followed by both of them cackling. Now I don’t remember exactly what Seth commented back and he’s sleeping at the moment or I’d ask but I do remember in short – he let it go.

I suppose this rant is all to say or ask the burning question: Has society as a whole lost their manners?  Where is the tact? Has ill-mannered behavior become socially acceptable? Despite the popular ‘vegan perception’ I don’t look in other people’s carts at the grocery store and examine their items. I don’t arrogantly comment or turn up my nose at the person who orders the triple bacon cheeseburger. Can we not get the same treatment?
We are modest and humble people we don’t flash around or advertise our vegan lifestyle. I enjoy life, animals, family and love. I enjoy creating recipes and sharing them with all who will seek them out.
Think about it and ‘do to others as you would have them do to you.”

The best part about this smoothie is that my kids have been begging me to make it. I made this last week before heading into work. Enjoy!

4-5 pieces of Kale, stems removed
7 Strawberries, hulled
½ to 1 cup Fresh Raspberries
½ Banana
1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk (I used almond/coconut blend)
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Sweetener (Agave Nectar or Honey)

-Blend together in high-speed blender. I used my nutribullet. Enjoy!


E-Boost (Energy) Smoothie

E-Boost (Energy) Smoothie
(Serves 2) – Vegan, Raw

“E” is for Energy! How much do we need a little extra energy in our lives? All the ingredients in this energy packed smoothie have similar qualities…Rich in Antioxidants, Vitamin C and Energy packed!
Pineapple (1 Cup) contains 131% Vitamin C. Pineapples are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Magnesium, Manganese, Thiamin. Known for their anti-inflammatory benefits too and Dietary Fiber to aid in digestion. They are a rich source of antioxidants, which aid in preventing/repairing cell damage.
Mango (1) Great source of Beta Carotene, antioxidants and great for skin and hair.
Blueberries (1 Cup) also provides 24% Vitamin C 36% Vitamin K. Rich source of Antioxidants.
Spinach (1 Cup) Packed with Iron. Great source of Calcium, Vitamins, Zinc – think of Popeye’s strength and how he’d jump up in the air with great strength after a can. Kale is a great substitute too.
Peaches (1) – Vitamins A, C, K & E. Antioxidants – Vitamin C.
Cranberry Juice – (1 Cup) – Packed with energy and protein. Minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium, Vitamin B-6, Riboflavin. Coconut Water is great here too!

Also, for smoothies or a great snack are: Bananas which contain a lot of Potassium. They are great if you’re ever looking for an energy boost or pick me up. Nuts like Almonds or Apples too. Soak your Nuts for smoothies for easier digestion.

Smoothie Add-ins: Cinnamon, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Maca Powder, Cocoa Powder, Matcha, Flax Seeds/Meal.

Avocado, Berries, Bananas, and Papayas are fantastic for energy and excellent for hair/skin too. Oranges and Grapefruits – Vitamin C, what can I say…Vitamin C. If you have a cold, feeling ill, fatigued – Vitamin C should surely give you a boost. Anything that is cancer fighting, rich in antioxidants, I’m down for. Cold medicines…Supplements…Coffee, why not give fruits and veggies a try.



E includes Easter Dinner. I wanted to edit my “E” section to include Easter Dinner. Whether Easter to you means  Resurrection Day or the Easter Bunny and “Plastic” Easter Egg hunts, it is typically a time where people, family and friends come together. That togetherness is always important and just as stated in my ‘about’ our gatherings always include food! This year we spent time at my brother’s and enjoyed a fantastic Easter dinner – they had their selections and I brought along our vegan items, which are always enjoyed by everyone. I made my coveted V-Loaf and Bean Salad along with some lovely Hasselback Potatoes, Broccoli Slaw, Beets/Swiss Chard and for dessert my carrotcake cake balls.

Happy Easter

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