May 5, 2014

  Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

We have wonderful news: smoothies are not just for sipping! Enjoy your favorite smoothie with some fresh toppings, and spoon it on up. Or have a go at this gorgeous dragon fruit delight, created by Kristy from the Keepin' It Kind blog. Not only is it beautiful to look at but it also tastes great and is jam packed with fiber and vitamins A and C.

Now that April showers are behind us invite some friends over, have a smoothie making party, and kickback on your porch, or on a blanket in the grass, alongside this year's May flowers—with a colorful bowl of dragon fruit smoothie goodness. This could also double as a pretty fabulous Mother's Day brunch idea!

Smoothie Ingredients:
1 cup chopped frozen mango
1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
1 packet of frozen pitaya (dragon fruit) puree
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 kiwi, peeled
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 scoop Tropical Tango Vega Protein Smoothie Powder (optional)

Bowl Ingredients:
granola of choice
chopped fresh fruit of choice (strawberries, banana, kiwi, mango, blueberries, etc.)

1. Combine the smoothie ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour about 1/4 cup of granola into the serving bowl. 
3. Top with the smoothie. 
4. Top with more granola and the fresh fruit. 
5. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


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  Vega Protein Smoothie Powder

Interested in trying out the plant-based protein powder from this week's recipe? Pictured here are Vega's Protein Smoothie packs. They come in five different flavors including tropical tango, bodacious berry, choc-a-lot, oh natural, and viva vanilla.

Free from gluten, soy, and dairy; with no artificial flavors, sugar, colors, or sweeteners, and non-GMO; Vega's protein smoothie powder is all goodness. It packs 15 grams of complete plant-based protein per serving and is a great additive to, you guessed it, your daily smoothie! 

No time to smoothie things up? Simply add some water to the Vega mix, shake, and go!

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  200 New Vegan Restaurants by 2019

If there was ever a sign of veganisms steady growth it would be the exciting news that Native Foods Cafe plans to open 200 new all-vegan restaurants, throughout the United States, within the next five years.

Originally based out of California, Native Foods Cafe was acquired by new owners in 2009 and has since opened locations in Oregon, Colorado, and Illinois. With fourteen new locations planned this year and another thirty or so planned for 2015, Native Foods Cafe is well on its way to becoming one of the fastest growing vegan food chains in the country.

With two new private investors adding $15 million to Native Foods Cafe's expansion plans, vegan food will soon be everywhere. Be on the look out for a Native Foods Cafe near you!

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  My Mom Went Vegan at The Age of 65

At 65 years young Maureen McCartan chose to join her daughter in an all-vegan diet. 

"Throughout the entirety of my vegan journey my mom has been overwhelmingly supportive...her love for animals, and...dedication to health, plus reading articles I've written about veganism, compelled her to take the leap and go all the way vegan, and not go back," Maureen's daughter, Sarah tells us.

Sarah goes on to share how supportive and active her mom was in Sarah's own veganism, for the time leading up to her own. A big congrats to Maureen! What a lovely story to remind us that it's never too late to make and create change in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Also, Happy (upcoming) Mother's Day to all the amazing moms out there!

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