Showing posts from October, 2016

Why I Meditate and Tips for Better Meditation

Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about the practice of meditation. I am going to talk on a few points related to mediation. What is meditation, the benefits of regular meditation, why I meditate, and a few of my best tips for meditation. My hope is that you will take the information provided here and take the time to check in with yourself.

What is Meditation?
Most people think meditation is about consideration, it is actually the opposite. It is more about getting to the point that you are thoughtless. It is about taking the time to be with yourself, work through the thoughts and relax your mind.

Benefits of regular meditation
Meditation offers many different benefits; such as health, mental and spiritual benefits. I think the best way would be to list them.
-Lowers blood pressure
-Lowers levels of blood lactate, this will help lower anxiety attacks
-Decreases tension in the body
-Increases serotonin production, this will help improve mood and behavior
-Improves immune system

Intermittent Fasting: Introduction

Good morning, afternoon, evening! This post is the introduction to a two-part series. The first part is going to be this post. Here I am going to go into the why? In 30 days I will post a second post that talks about the result of my little experiment. After it is all finished I will link it here. I do not recommend starting a diet like this without talking it over with your doctor first.

Fasting is something that humans have been doing since the beginning of time. It used to be done out of necessity. In the colder months food was hard to come by so people would eat less. These days we are lucky to have constant access to food.

 There have been recent studies that a practice called Intermittent Fasting can be extremely beneficial. There are a few different ways to do this, I will list them below.

Leagains: This is the method I will be doing, With the Leangains method you will eat for a span of hours. If you are female it is recommended to do all of your eating in a 8 hour period. If y…

Recipe!! Vegan Buffalo Sliders

Hey guys! Today I am going to share with you a delicious vegan alternative to a Chicken Buffalo Sandwich. My husband absolutely loves buffalo anything, the for him the best of the best is a Chicken Buffalo Sandwich. This is one of the things he has missed the most since we have transitioned to a plant-based diet. We really try to stay away from the frozen vegan food, or as I like to cal it "Vegan Junk Food" as much as possible. I find that it makes me feel heavy and bloated. 
So, I used cauliflower instead of a processed alternative. If you want to make this as a regular sized sandwich rather than sliders, you can simply slice a head of cauliflower into 1/4-1/2 inch slices, for sliders, it is a bit more complicated. You will actually need to cut up a bit more to fit into the size of the bun you are using. Now, because we are working with cauliflower if we cut it the wrong way it will all fall apart! My solution to this is to cut it into triangles or in half depending on the…

Buddhism and Yoga Meditation

Buddhism is not so much a religion as it is a dharma. A way of being; a way of life. Buddhist worship, pray to, and believe in no higher being. There is not a heaven or hell in this way of life. Buddhist believe that life should be lived in a kind and simple way that has little negative impact on others. This is the reason many Buddhist become vegetarians or vegans. There are many branches of buddhism suited for different people. I personally cannot put a definite name to the form of buddhism I follow. In a way it encompasses many branches to form a way of life that most suits what I hope to learn from this life.
When I was first introduced to Buddhism I was fairly young and did not have the maturity to fully grasp or appreciate buddhism. Looking back on my past self I was controlled by my anger which led me to be thoughtless in my thoughts, speech, and actions. It wasn't until I looked honestly at my past actions that I was able to begin looking for a better way of being.

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My Struggle With Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hey, Y'all! Today I'm gonna talk about something kind of embarrassing. I've never really talked about it publicly before so this is gonna be a huge thing for me, so bare with me. 
I have HS, which stands for Hidradenitis Suppurativa. The technical definition for it is according to Medscape, "Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a disorder of the terminal follicular epithelium in the apocrine gland-bearing skin." In simpler terms, I develop very painful pea to marble sized lumps in my skin where two areas of skin rub together. The lumps are caused because my sweat glands getting infected (by just existing, my body attacks itself), this can cause open lesions that bleed and drain liquid. Personally, my breakouts are under my arms, and under my breasts, but it can technically happen anywhere there is a sweat gland, which is pretty much everywhere.
The most common places for HS to appear is: UnderarmsButtocksGroin areaUnder the breast At this point, they do not know what exac…

Documentary Review: Cowspiracy

Hey guys, it is time for our next documentary review! This documentary really surprised me, it was not about what I thought it was going to be about. I thought this was going to be a sad documentary about how animals are treated. I had even put off doing this one for a few weeks! I am not sure why I thought this maybe it was because the people who recommend that I do this one also recommend a handful of sad documentaries or maybe a part oof subconscious somehow got the notion that it was going to go that way. Either way, the documentary left me in shock with all of the new information I had learned. My hope is that you come into this with an open mind, listen and learn about this perspective. 

Has always we are going to start off with the trailer and a quote from the website.

"Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet tod…

Recipe!! Overnight Chia Seed Oatmeal

Good morning, afternoon, evening!
Today I am going to share another quick and easy recipe. This recipe takes 5 minutes to put together. This is perfect to make up the night before and bring to work or school for a snack or breakfast. The chia seeds and oatmeal will keep you fuller longer and is full of lots of yummy nutrients.

I did not include sugar in this recipe because the fruit adds plenty of sweetness for me. If you would prefer it a little sweeter add sweetened almond milk, add a little honey (or honey substitute), or add a little bit of sugar. The trick is to add the fruit in and let it sit overnight.This will let the chia seeds absorb the natural sweetness from the fruit.

If you use this recipe or even put your own spin on it take a picture and tag us in it on Facebook at The Smoothie Vegetarians, or tag us on Instagram @smoothievegetarians or Twitter @smoothievegies!

Overnight Chia Seed Oatmeal
Makes one serving

-1 Mason Jar
- 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
-1/2 cup of oatm…

Recipe!! Blueberry Banana Ice Cream

Hey, Yall!

So. If you're anything like me, you can't walk away from the kitchen without dipping your spoon in that gallon of ice cream you've tried to hide behind the frozen vegetables in the back of your freezer
(because come on, we aren't fooling anyone)
So upon talking to some friends they told me this amazing secret

If you put frozen bananas in a Nutribullet
with a little bit of milk


I was like "whaaaaat!"

So I decided to give it a shot.
and low and behold
there was ice cream right in front of me
and I inhaled it before I could get a picture.

I recently learned how they get milk from cows, and decided that I didn't really want to use dairy milk anymore, so that night I went to Kroger and bought this DELICIOUS almond vanilla honey milk and it was the BOMB.

SO. I put it in my blender, with the frozen bananas and it was so much creamier and sweeter with the almond milk! It was blissful and just amazing <3

So I reported back …

Living with a Meat Eater: Questions from my Curious Meat Eater

When I told my husband I was going to be transitioning to a plant-based diet he had exactly 3 concerns. How would our grocery bill be effected, would my health suffer, and does this mean he had to stop eating meat too (spoiler alert: he did not stop eating meat!).

The questions my husband asked are questions that meat eating significant others and family members often find themselves wondering. Just because we have committed to a plant-based diet does not mean we can expect our loved ones to do the same.

So, today is post geared toward our meat eating loved ones; you can tell your loved ones to put down their swords there won't be a war on bacon today.

How Will Our Grocery Bill be Effected?
When I told my husband I was committing to a plant-based diet he was positive that our grocery bill would skyrocket trying to accommodate both of our diets, and at first it did. My mistake was trying to meal plan two completely different meals for our diets.

Shopping this way for month was the …

Recipe!! Stuffed Acorn Squash

Hello everyone! Today I want to share with y'all a great recipe. It seems like everywhere you look it just screams fall. The leaves are changing, Starbucks have the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and there are jack-o-lanterns everywhere! My local Farmer's Market is no different, every stand is offering autumn squashes. Today's recipe, for me at least, really captures the flavors of this season. 

If you use this recipe or even put your own spin on it take a picture and tag us in it on Facebook at The Smoothie Vegetarians, or tag us on Instagram @smoothievegetarians or Twitter @smoothievegies!

What you'll need for this recipe: One Acorn SquashOne can of black beansOne can of golden corn (or mexi-corn)One cup of dry riceOne bundle of rainbow chardDried cranberries (optional)
Directions: Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees Cut the acorn squash in half and scrape out the guts. Scrape a little extra to make room for the rice mixture (you can save the seeds and roast them for a sna…

Can Fruit Make You Gain Weight?

This is a question we have been asked a few times and I thought I would address it in one post.
Can fruit make you gain weight?
It turns out there is quite a bit of people who are under the impression that fruit is bad for you or that it will make you gain weight if you eat it. The reasons I have heard is because of the sugar in it. So here goes my view on the subject.
Just like anything, if you eat to much fruit it will cause you to gain weight. The difference between fruit and a candy bar (for example) is the calorie density of it. Calorie density is the number of calories a food as compared to how much of it there is. For example, an apple had around 100 calories in it where a candy bar has around 200 calories in it. An apple is considered a calorie dense fruit other fruits have much fewer calories in them.
Let's stick to our example of an apple. In order to get your recommended calories per day (which is at least 1200 calories a day. Can be more depending on your weight, height …

Recipe!! Vegan Rice Bowl

Hey yall!  Today I wanted to share another recipe with you. 
My boyfriend's FAVORITE food is rice. Any type of rice. In any form. So naturally, rice is a food we always always ALWAYS have in the house.

Before I went on a health kick, my favorite place to eat was Moe's and I fell in love with their burrito bowls. So instead of cheating on my diet, I decided to make a healthier version!

I will share the recipe with you below. If you decide to try it out, take pictures!! We wanna see it!! you can tag us on our Instagram: @smoothievegetarians or twitter: @smoothievegies
Or post to our Facebook page: The Smoothie Vegetarians! As always, your comments here are welcome!
~Until next time~
#Veggiesforlove #Veggiesforlife

Vegan Rice Bowl 1 Package of uncooked, whole grain brown rice. 2 Roma tomatoesBlack beans2 green peppers1/2 onion2 avocadosGarlic 

Directions Cook the rice according to directions on package Dice tomatoes and add to avocados, add garlic to taste.Cut onions and p…

Recipe!! Holiday Addition: Vegan Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Casserole

Hey guys! Today's recipe from me is a vegan take on the best part of Thanksgiving; Sweet Potato Casserole! Vegans can not eat your traditional casserole because there is usually egg in the sweet potatoes and marshmallows are not vegan!

Here is a delicious cruelty-free option you can bring instead. There is not much sugar in this dish because I really wanted to concentrate on all of the natural flavors of this dish. If you would like to add more sugar, why not? It is the Holidays after all!

If you make this recipe or a version of it I would really love to see it! Tag me in your photo on Instagram @smoothievegetarians

Vegan Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Casserole Serves 6-8 Ingredients - 1 Pumpkin roasted (or 1 can of pumpkin) - 2 Sweet Potatoes (chopped up and boiled) - 1/4 cup of Almond Milk (or your favorite non dairy milk) - 2 tablespoons of vegan butter - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon - 1/3 teaspoon of Allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/3 cup brown sugar (or maple syrup) - 1 cup of chopped Almon…

Recipe!! Avocado Pasta

Hey, ya'll!  Today I wanted to share with you a new recipe I made.  I personally like to call this dish the "Avocada-lots-a-pasta" (get it?)
I was in my kitchen, half broke and scratching my head trying to figure out what on earth to make for dinner, and how I could possibly make it healthy.  Then it hit me.
PASTA IS MY LIFE.  I will forever and ever be addicted to the angel hair, and the penne and anything you cook in a boiling pot of water and smother in butter or tomato basil sauce.  Knowing I am trying to establish a healthy platform to build my eating habits on, I knew neither butter nor pasta sauce would cut it.  So, I decided on the next best creamy substance I could think of, Avocado! They are so good, and so good for you too! 
I will provide you with the recipe below If you decide to make this dish or something like it, I would LOVE to see it!  Tag us on Instagram @smoothievegetarians
Until next time *Michele*

Avocado Pasta Recipe! 
1/2 box of whole wheat angel h…

Recipe!! Holiday Addition: Vegan Broccoli Casserole

Good morning, afternoon, evening! I am super excited for the next few months. The holidays are coming  and their best time of the year! You get to see your family and enjoy time with those closest to you. Over the next few months, we will be working to bring you lots of recipes your meat eating family will also enjoy (don't worry they're meat eater approved)!

To kick it off I have come up with a recipe that is a spin on the traditional green bean casserole. In my family, we are not huge fans of green beans, so we usually have broccoli casserole with our holiday meals.  Not only is this dish cruelty-free it is also delicious!

If you make this recipe or a version of it I would really love to see it! Tag me in your photo on Instagram @smoothievegetarians

Vegan Broccoli Casserole Yields 8-10
- 8 oz of sliced mushrooms
- 2 cloves of garlic sliced
-2 tablespoons of vegan butter
-1/4 cup flour
- 2 cup vegetable stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 bags of frozen br…

Colorism: A Journey

Welcome! Today I wanted to talk about something a little more personal than my usual posts, it's called colorism. This topic has always been near to my heart as it's something I've experienced all my life.  A lot of people I know don't actually believe colorism exists. Anyone who's grown up with darker skin has experienced first had the differences in how they're treated compared to their lighter counterparts. 
Growing up I've always had dark skin, for the first couple years of my life it didn't bother me. I was unaware it would ever be a problem, after all it was only my skin. I first noticed the difference in how I was treated in elementary school. I can remember it  distinctly. It was during recess. All of my girl friends were choosing "boy friends" so that we could play house. When it was mine turn to pick the boy I choose had the most disgusted look on his face. When asked what was wrong he "why do I have to get the blacky". At f…

Documentary Review: FoodMatters

Hello everyone! I can not believe we are already on our third installment of this series. This series has been so informational for me, and I hope it has been for you also. My goal for this was to go evaluate these documentaries purely on if they were factually based. What I have learned is that every single on of them are backed up with facts and studies. In fact, all of these documentaries and studies back each other up. At this point, I have come to the conclusion that they documentaries are not full of false facts. In fact, these are just the unpopular opinion. Thank you for reading this opening paragraph, I will not continue on to this week's documentary review. 
Unlike the other reviews we have done so far, this documentary does not have a website. So the setup of this will be a little different. I still have included the trailer so you can get a bit of background information on the documentary if you have not seen it. Even if you have seen it, it might be a good idea to re…

Recipe!! Vegan Berry Waffles

Last night I had a dream that I was sitting on a cloud eating the fluffiest waffles with warm syrup. Let's just say I was disappointed when I woke up and found myself nibbling the side of my pillow. I decided first thing in the morning that for lunch I was going to have waffles. I was already to go, my mouth was practically watering at the idea. Then I looked in my refrigerator and saw that I was completely out of eggs. I let myself feel defeated and settled to make a smoothie when I got a brilliant idea. Fruit puree! The waffles came out amazing! They were soft, fluffy, and absolutely to die for! I put together this recipe and I hope y'all enjoy! 
If you use this recipe or even put your own spin on it take a picture and tag us in it on instagram @smoothievegetarians!

What you'll need for this recipe:
- 1 1/2 Cups of your Belgian waffle mix of choice
- 2/3 cups of water
-1/4 cup of frozen berries
- 3 tablespoons of oil of choice (I used Avocado oil)

Directions: Pre…

A Little About Michele And Why She Became A Vegetarian

Hey ya'll! My name is Michele! I'm 20 years old and live near the beach in Norfolk, Virginia with my wonderful boyfriend, who conveniently doubles as my best friend, and our two very spoiled fur-babies!
Before I get into what really sealed the deal with me becoming a vegetarian, I will first take you on a journey that includes my struggles, ups-and-downs and, most importantly, the decision to change my life. 
Up until the age of 14, I was tall and thin for my age. I could put whatever I wanted into my body, and would never gain any weight.  Childhood was quickly coming to an end, and adolescence and puberty were coming on full force, and I began to struggle not only with my weight, but with my self-worth, confidence and overall outlook on the world. I have suffered from depression since I was a child, and anxiety followed shortly after.  I became a pessimist, a critic and walked around with a terrible attitude all throughout high school and the beginning of college. This atti…

Living with a Meat Eater: Introduction

When I hit the dating scene I was looking for someone who was smart, taller than me, let's be honest good looking, and had an amazing personality. Basically perfection. It never crossed my mind how potentially difficult it would be to date a meat eater, let alone be married to one. When we first started dating our different diets was no biggie. I'd order the vegetarian options at a restaurant while he ordered meat dishes. When we started living together the constant balancing act of managing both of our diets had, on many occasions, me wishing one of us would give. What I have learned is that I cannot change my partner as much as I sometimes wish I could. They are gonna eat what makes them happy and I'm going to eat what makes me happy. I can only love them for who they are. In this series I'm going to cover everything from  tips and tricks I've learned along the way to my continued journey living with a meat eater. I'm so excited I get share this journey with…