Sugar Free Vegan

ABOUT ME:  I have been many things in this life. Among the highlights are: Mother, Daughter, Wife, Sister, Friend, Lover, Soul Mate, Graphic Designer, Artist, Animal Lover, Movie Buff, Bibliophile, Traveler, Homebody, Collector, and Food Aficionado. In my journey to become me, I have experienced a great deal of life lessons. I HAVE: lived, laughed, loved, lost, learned, lied, told the truth, danced and sang out loud (when no one was looking), traveled, been recluse, acted outgoing, been shy, become a wife, known hatred and resentment, been scared,  been divorced, been careless and selfish, found myself, existed, shown selflessness and compassion, been content, found my soul mate, learned true love, lived my life, mourned, found and kept true friends (let the others go bye bye), felt beautiful, felt truly and self-consciously fat, doubted and believed in myself, learned to be content again, felt proud of myself, been ambitious and lazy, and become a mother of the daughter I've dreamed of since I was young. I'm always on the look out for new life lessons, in hopes that I can take them on gracefully.

Throughout my life, food has been a constant companion — whether delicious and memorable, or bland and forgetful. The Sugar Free Vegan developed from a passion for good cuisine, a desire to be healthy and the necessity to cut out sugar. While I was at it, I thought, "why not cut out all animal products and gluten?" Follow my journey to great-tasting Sugar Free Gluten Free Vegan food. Cheers!

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Jul 16 2012

Purple Green Smoothie

This Purple Green Smoothie is currently my morning go-to drink.  I have found that I happily drink my greens in the morning when they are surrounded by beautiful juicy berries, then I can save the real green drinks for later in the day. I have a lovely blueberry farm up the road from my house where I can get blueberries fairly easy. They have a you-pick option in the summer, or you can get frozen for a great buy year round.  Adding blueberries makes the smoothie a tad sweeter than if I only used boysenberries.  Yummm!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk (I make my own, see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup boysenberries (or berry of choice)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (if using fresh, add a few ice cubes)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 large kale* leaves (cleaned)
  • 1 tbsp agave (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp vegan protein powder (I use pumpkin powder)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • splash of lemon juice

Smoothie Directions

Step 1: Add all ingredients, in order to your high-speed blender

Step 2: Mix and enjoy!

*Kale can be a tiny bit bitter.  I sometimes substitute a large handful of fresh spinach.

 

Almond Milk

  • 1 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 4 cups water, plus extra for soaking
  • Nut bag needed.

Step 1: Place 1 cup almonds in a small dish and cover with water. Cover and leave to soak overnight.

Step 2: Rinse the soaked almonds, then place in a high speed blender with 4 cups of water. Blend until completely "juiced."

Step 3: Strain the mixture through your nut bag to remove any small pieces of almond. Refrigerate.

Since I use my almond milk in both sweet and savory dishes, I do not add vanilla or agave to sweeten it, but feel free to during step 2.

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