Wednesday Wow: Vegan-maybe?

Each week we have a theme for our home-school, or at least try to. this week it’s all about vegan-ism. Yes, the Big “V!”

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I’ll be the first to tell you that I LOVE vegan food. Meat has never been a big deal to me, or the children for the most part. Every once in a while poultry and seafood gets in my taste-buds, but that is twice a month. ( Please don’t ask me about cheese)

One of my daughters and my husband are struggling vegetarians. I gotta tell you, even after watching that video,and a few other gruesome videos, I know vegetarianism isn’t for me.AND it doesn’t make me a bad person. I will continue to eat the best food that I can afford and continue looking for inspiring ways to provide plant based edibles for my family. While I know that it’s not easy for many parents, I urge you to take small steps. your family’s health is worth the consideration. With a little research, you’ll find a few recipes that everyone will love!

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hulk break fast flax seed, almond, Chia Seed Smoothie  - and turkey sausage.

hulk break fast flax seed, almond, Chia Seed Smoothie – and turkey sausage.

Vegucated is a 2011 American documentary film that explores the challenges of converting to a vegan diet. It “follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.”

Try this recipe-

Tropical Mango Banana Smoothie

Yield: Serves 1 generously

 The mango gives this smoothie a decadent kick. It may be bright green in color, but you won’t taste the greens at all in this creamy green smoothie!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1-2 leaves of kale, ribs removed
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 4 ice cubes

Instructions:

  • Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Notes: (Cadry says: When using a regular blender, I recommend blending the greens and almond milk first before adding the other ingredients. It can be difficult for a non high-speed blender to break down those fibrous walls, and giving the greens extra time on their own ensures a smoother smoothie.)

I love the idea of losing weight and avoiding a high cholesterol. However I’m not the best cook, so our options are to make LOADS of pizza, eat at Earth Fare more often than we do/& find vegan friends that can cook very well. What else is there?

If you’re looking at the naughty food in your fridge, thinking about turning the new leave but don’t want to throw away your money already invested in your kitchen, go on – EAT it!  There’s no judging here.Not a problem as long as you Unjunk Your Junk Food

 

QC Supermom

Veggie Sweet Valentine’s Day Party

Many people find it weird that we prohibit our babies to eat meat until they are at least two years old. We figure that it’s a fair time to give their digestive system time to strengthen. As they get older they are free to eat as they choose*. Well within our dietary guidelines. Our family eats no red meat. My college student-athlete son and one of my daughters like steak. So they will purchase it while away from home.  Our baby girl avoids anything that has a mom or organs. She just started this. Not sure how long it will last though.  One of my younger sons will not eat fish. Our diet is all over the place. The big question is can we all convert to Vegan/vegetarianism? I think we could.cassie protienAfter all,  it’s the flavor and texture that we want. That can be fulfilled with a plant based diet. So the journey begins!  We explore food  every chance we get!

Try This- It’s yummy! Mix chili peppers, sea salt, and lime- it’s PERFECT over everything.

After so much research, we decided to try a vegan party.  It would be hosted during the sweetest month and called Vegan Family Valentine;s Day Party.

It was designed to give children an opportunity to celebrate Valentines Day AND enjoy a discovery of delicious plant-based products.

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WE Did It! It happened! Our sponsor for this party was Monkey Joes and VegFund.

 VegFund empowers vegan activists worldwide by funding and supporting outreach activities that inspire people to choose and maintain a vegan lifestyle.

So Saturday we arrived at Monkey Joes. The set up was very eye appealing. By the time we were set up, we had a line waiting to see what we brought to share. It was clear the people LOVE to eat! We offered ToFurkey and cheese wraps with Veganaise and they loved it. The cupcakes were another big time pleaser for the kids. They had no idea eggs were omitted. Even the fruit kabobs was a hit! We had dipping cups of Almond Breeze yogurt- another hit! I guess the biggest surprise was the fruit water. I still think it was the packaging that sold it! Handing the parents/guardians the accompanying literature was too easy. We made it bright, kid friendly and an easy read.

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What did it say? We’ll it started  with the fact that children raised on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes grow up to be slimmer and healthier and even live longer than their meat-eating friends. Then ended with reasons not to eat your pet.

Our goal is to continue to encouraging our daughter’s veganism , make vegan eating fun and to share this  vegan experience with our community each year. ! Can’t wait till our next sampling party.

To your health,

QC Supermom

What is a vegan you asked? See here.  Need help to kicking the meat habit? Click here. Be sure to avoid these common mistakes!

Pinterest offers a great board on recipe ideas HERE. Here’s another great page.

Make your own milk free yogurt- or 

I hate that I am sharing this video.They or just one of many out there that practice this style of food prep. Ok so I love their fries…. (Sue me! I’m working on that as well) But this is what’s happening to get you your burger. It’s Mighty Cruel