Showing posts from December, 2016

Following A Raw Vegan Diet on a Budget

The endeavour to lead an all raw vegan lifestyle can seem overwhelming to many. The overriding reason being that of food, not only from the ' What will I eat? ‘aspect, but moreover,  ' How will I afford this? ‘, and 'How much do I need to eat? "

Let us address the most difficult to wrap ones mind around: Buying fresh produce without breaking the bank account. There are some fundamental things to bear in mind, put into practice and execute, which will often lead to wise choices which only benefit individuals on this journey. Here are a few:

1. Small Organic Farmers.

Get to know your local farmers: ~ moreso the truly organic farmers. By doing this, oftentimes than not, the individual sourcing directly from them will be  awarded lower prices, gaining from the direct supplier,  particularly if you can rally a team of purchasers who wish to purchase in bulk. Additionally, some farmers welcome additional harvesting hands in exchange for free/no cost, or at  drastically reduce…

Recipe!! Fried Cabbage

One of my favorite comfort foods is Fried Cabbage. Something about it just fills my belly up with all types of warm feelings and can make me feel better even on the gloomiest of days.
I was always a skeptic of cabbage, for some reason I was convinced that I did not like it. Until one day a few years ago my Step Mother made it for dinner and I decided that I did not want to be rude and I ate it anyway. Oh boy! I am glad that I decided to try it
There are many ways to enjoy cabbage, you can cut it into thick slices, grill them or roast them for cabbage steaks. You can Use the leaves as a shell for yummy fillings and make cabbage rolls. Or you can just chop it up and fry it in your favorite skillet.
For this recipe, a cast iron skillet is the best. This is the way that my Step Mother makes it and it is the best by far. If you do not own a cast iron skillet you can also use a regular skillet it will still taste wonderful!
If you have not already, check out our #loveyourself2017 page. We …

Recipe!! Turnip Cake

There is a local restaurant here in Louisville that makes the best turnip cakes. It is actually a local favorite and people travel from all over to eat at this restaurant Sounds great right? Well, the issue is that it is clear on the other side of town. I rarely find time to drive all the way over there to get turnip cakes. So I decided to make them on my own!
The recipe is surprisingly easy and only has a few ingredients and is super easy to make. What really makes the difference in this dish is the seasonings. Turnips do not taste like much of anything so you would need to season it very well and serve it with an awesome sauce.
Most places service this fried with eggs, but if you are a vegan you can leave out the eggs and serve it on its own. Simply brown it in cooking oil. 
This recipe is a hit with everyone I have shared it with! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
~ Stella~

Turnip Cake Recipe Makes 4 servings
- 1 pound of shredded turnips - 2 tablespoons of cooking oil - Salt &…

A Quick Update From Michele!

Hey y'all 
I know I've been absent for a while, my MacBook quit on me and while I am waiting on my new one to arrive I have to use my iPad. 
Besides my recent technical difficulties I would like to talk about some of the things we will be doing in the new year. 
One of the things we will be doing is #loveyourself2017 and it's gonna be huge!!  We currently have 3 love yourself products available in the Zazzle shop (see below) and we are currently working on a very special e-book that will also be for sale as paperback! 
We want to encourage everyone to develop a healthy loving relationship with themselves, and spread the love to others.

Use the hashtag #loveyourself2017 on all of your photos and updates on social media! Lets start a revolution of self-love!
I'm sorry this post is short, my computer will be here hopefully tonight!!! 
~Until Next Time~ *Michele* 

by The Smoothie Vegetarians

Natural Cleaning: Top 5 Cleaning Recipes For The Kitchen

A few months after I started my journey of removing animal products from my diet, I also decided I wanted to remove any products in my day to day life that harmed animals. So, I started taking a good look at which companies animal tested and which did not. 
It was surprisingly difficult to find out information about cleaning companies that tests on animals. Most of the resources I found were about cosmetic processes. At the time, I was trying to find out with Air Wick animal tested. I had a few of their air freshener plug in's and I wanted to know if I should purchase refills for them or if I should get rid of them. 
After an hour or so of research, I was not able to find very many reliable resources. I eventually came across an all-inclusive list of cleaning and beauty companies that test on animals from PETA (CLICK HERE to view that list) Come to find out that Air Wick does in fact test on animals and I gave the plug ins away.
I found that most of my go-to cleaners are on this …

Easy Hummus Recipe

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you a hummus recipe. Hummus is one of my go-to snack items and it can be so expensive to buy. I was asked to make it for a family gathering not that long ago and they suggested that I try to make it from scratch. After doing a bit of research and asking around I realized that it is so easy to make! 
I was able to make a big batch of it in 15 minutes and it cost me $2.00 to make double the amount that I usually get from the store for $5.00. I thought that this was so awesome that I could not share it with you guys!
This is seriously a skill every vegetarian and vegan should have. Even if you are not a good cook, you could figure this one out pretty easily. This recipe is a pretty basic recipe. You can add other ingredients to make other flavors. For example, you could add roasted red peppers to it or you could add lemon juice to it. If you search there are thousands of things you can add to your hummus.
Hummus can be used for many different thing…

Ten Simple Nuggets To Start A Healthy Lifestyle

Ten Simple Nuggets To Start A Healthy Lifestyle

In my humble experience, through trial and error over a number of years, the saying ' Fitness is 80% diet; 20% exercise. ' has held true to form. And to compliment fitness, one's lifestyle must be in alignment with the exercise and diet. In summation, this looks like:

1. Movement 2. Communing with our Intercessor daily. 3. Diet ~ Fresh fruits and vegetables, if not in entirety, as many as possible, or introduce slowly, incorporating food combing guidelines. 4. Skin Brushing 5. Hydration 6. Elimination of chemical products, ' foods (packaged, cooked and even frozen) ’, commercial deos, shampoos, cleaning agents, perfumes, and the like. 7. Colonics, enemas. 8. Dry Far Infrared Sauna sessions. 9. Fasting: water, dry. 10. Reducing to elimination of Stress.

1. Movement: 

The necessity of some form of exercise daily is a given, ' sitting is the new smoking ' applies without a shadow of a doubt. Based on recent studies, the evid…

Recipe!! Vegan Zucchini Bread

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening! Today I wanted to share a vegan zucchini bread recipe with you. Zucchini bread is one of my Mothers favorite and we always had it this time of year. It is one of my holiday favorites. Since I am phasing eggs out of my diet, I thought it would be super fun to experiment with vegan zucchini bread recipes.
I tried on with a flax seed "egg" and one with bananas. The banana one was voted the better out of the two in my house. My husband absolutely loves banana bread so he also really enjoyed this bread. It is almost like a combination of banana bread and zucchini bread and taste absolute heaven. You can not even tell it is vegan, which makes a perfect dish to share with others.
For this recipe, I used a circle baking dish because I have misplaced my bread baking dish. This recipe works in pretty much any size baking dish you have!
Feel free to mix this recipe up and add other things to it. A few ideas of different things you could try …

The Clean Palate Club!

Join the Clean Palate Club!

No that isn’t a typo.  Join the Clean Palate Club!  Stop eating crap!!  It’s bad for you.  The high sodium content overworks your kidneys, the msg makes you want to eat when your stomach is already full, sugar makes you tired, it’s addictive, contributes to diabetes, makes your skin look bad, etc, etc, etc…

Some time ago there was a video circling the internet of Irish people eating some of our favorite American junk foods and snacks.  They were repulsed by it.  Their palates had not been cultivated to our terrible tastes.

This is a simple chopped salad with pumpkin seeds (I usually use sunflower seeds) and a homemade salad dressing. Your body will naturally desire what it needs, if it’s not inundated with overly salty, sugary, fatty extreme tastes.  However, in Western Culture, we are walking around in what could be considered a giant test lab, eating processed junk that is full of high fructose corn syrup, msg, and harmful food coloring agents.  We …