Blogiversary + Veganniversary + Birthday Cake Smoothie

This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

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Well, April 25th was Todd and my two year blogiversary and veganniversary. Another one come and gone and too much excitement already happening (housebuilding and cookbook) to evenly properly celebrate, can you imagine?! It's only been two years since we simultaneously decided to go completely vegan, and start a blog as an outlet to our new adventure but it sure feels like we've lived this way our whole lives.

Who would have known the adopting a vegan lifestyle would reduce Todd to the lowest dose of Methotrexate for this rheumatoid arthritis! Just by cutting out dairy, eggs, and meat?! He felt so much better, there was no turning back and then the blog just grew from there. It wasn't filled with the potential struggles of being vegan like I thought it would be. Nope, rather Produce On Parade became a celebration of this new way of life and the amazing food that goes with it. Add as time went on were reviews of wonderful vegan products, news and information regarding veganism and wellness, and of course a new Dutch word every post too. 

A lot has changed from two years ago. I never thought I'd be smack in the middle of building a home (yesterday was our second kitchen design appointment and today was bathrooms!) and writing a cookbook (over halfway done!). It's been a pretty crazy ride but I wouldn't change it for anything. Adopting a vegan lifestyle and starting Produce On Parade have been two of the most life-changing and exciting things in our lives. I can't wait to see what the next two years have in store! And for fun, here is look back to our one year blogiversary/veganniversary in which a salted caramel chocolate tart made a grand appearance. 

Thanks so much for supporting Produce On Parade in all we do over here. I love hearing from each and every one of you! You all always have the kindest things to say, especially in a world that's sometimes not so friendly. I wish you were all my neighbors so we could celebrate each new day with delicious, cruelty-free food and give each other advice on which vegan deodorant to use (you think I'm joking but I'm really not). I have the best readers and friends around. Thank you. 

Produce On Parade - Cake Batter Smoothie - This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

And now onto some serious stuff. Protein! Protein powder that is. I don't really use the stuff a whole lot, but Todd does and he approves of the new line from Sunwarrior...Classic Plus! Check out it's awesome stats:

  • Organic & vegan (hooray!)
  • Raw & plant-based
  • Made with amaranth, quinoa, chia seeds, yellow peas, and brown rice
  • Gluten-free
  • Sweetened with stevia
  • 18 grams of protein per serving
  • Chocolate, Vanilla, and Natural 

Totally full of good stuff right? I thought it would be the perfect addition to this Cake Batter Smoothie. Want to try it out yourself? Sunwarrior is hosting a giveaway! Click the link to enter to win a protein powder starter pack!

Produce On Parade - Cake Batter Smoothie - This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

Birthday Cake Smoothie

Recipe by Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 scoop (25 g) Sunwarrior Classic Plus Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 small avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of kosher salt
  • dash of birthday sprinkles, optional

Cooking Directions

  1. Place everything excluding the sprinkles in the blender and blend on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.
  2. Top with sprinkles and serve chilled.
Produce On Parade - Cake Batter Smoothie - This healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie is a great drink to treat yourself to anytime. Full of good fats and protein packed, skip the dessert and go for this cake-mimicking smoothie instead!

Magnificent Mango Shake

I recommend a plant-based diet because I know it’s going to lower their blood pressure, improve their insulin sensitivity, and decrease their cholesterol.
— Dr. Kim A. Williams, vegan and president-elect of the American College of Cardiology, in yesterday's New York Times

Last weekend was my very beautiful BFF's wedding. She was unbelievably gorgeous you guys and it was an immensely joy filled, sunny day. 100% completely stunning. For your viewing pleasure, below, is a totally badass photo. In case you're wondering, yes,  this is what I look like all the time. Complete with a bouquet of wildflowers.

Okay, that might not be true but my face usually looks like that, which embodies a, "Don't mess with me, I'm super tough" attitude. Fine, fine, that's not true either. It is true, however, that I am a profoundly unphotogenic subject and any decent photo of me is usually candid, like this one. I have no absolutely no idea why I was standing that way, but it works. At least I wasn't picking a wedgie or something. I love all the groomsman just being silly boys in the background. So handsome, huh?!

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What a fabulous day! Anyway, moving on. Remember a couple posts ago when I was confessing that we only had mangoes and sweet potatoes in the house because I haven't been able to make it to the store...in like a month? Yes, well, another mango recipe...I'm sorry. God, I hope you all like mangoes (who doesn't?!) I swear this is the end of mangoes and sweet potatoes for some time to come. Pinky promise. Wait, scratch that...I can't promise that. I love them both so much! 

Produce On Parade - Magnificent Mango Shake

You need this little beauty in your life. 

Produce On Parade - Magnificent Mango Shake
Produce On Parade - Magnificent Mango Shake
Produce On Parade - Magnificent Mango Shake
Produce On Parade - Magnificent Mango Shake
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Magnificent Mango Shake
A magnificent vegan, mint, lime, and ginger infused mango shake. It embodies the taste of summer and is free from soy, nuts, and bananas! Note: Use a fresh, juicy ripe mango you cube yourself, as opposed to pre-frozen chunks. It will be much more flavorful.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 can (7 oz.) full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 frozen mango, cubed
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • ½ Tbsp. lime juice
  • ½-1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • small sprinkling of ground cardamom, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
Add everything to a high-speed blender, beginning with the milk. Blend on high until very smooth and creamy. Serve cold and with a small sprinkling of ground cardamom
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1
Produce On Parade - Magnificent Mango Shake
Produce On Parade - Magnificent Mango Shake

German Word of The Day

Camera shake --> Verwacklungsunschärfe (ver-vahk-loongs-un-shelfa) Oh you Germans are so crazy! I have a lot of Verwacklungsunschärfe with my terribly shaky hands. 

Good Deed of The Day

Umm...this is 110% freaking awesomeness. The president-elect of the American College of Cardiology is vegan and wants you to be too, for your health. My hats off to this sensible, awesome-sauce, rad MD. Better listen to the good doctor. Read about it in yesterday's New York Times