I love Twitter (follow me here!) and all forms of social media. Just the other day, I tweeted a question about how one would make vegan egg nog from scratch. A mere ten minutes later, I had tweets back with links to several different recipes. Awesome!
One that peaked my interest was from The Happy Herbivore (you can see it here). The ingredients for her recipe are simply frozen banana, soy milk and spices. I tweaked it even further to include a few healthy extras including flax meal.
The results? Pure Mmmmm! It even looks like the real thing:
Honestly, if one can make vegan egg nog and be satisfied, what CAN’T be made vegan, healthy and delicious?
- ½ cup frozen mango chunks
- 1½ bananas, frozen
- 2 cups unsweetened soy milk
- 1 tablespoon flax meal
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 medjool dates, pitted
- Place bananas, mango chunks, soy milk, flax meal, pumpkin pie spice, dates and vanilla extract in a high-speed blender and process until smooth.
- Pour into two glasses, sprinkle the top with extra pumpkin pie spice, if desired, and serve cold.
In other news, I wrapped up my fall semester this week and checked off the list another two classes. In case anyone is counting, I have 4 more semesters to go including next summer. Also, here are the Microbiology results from swabbing surfaces around my house and culturing the samples. I tested 8 spots including my yoga mat, the toilet flusher, the bottom of my shoe, my iPod, my iPhone, the kitchen sink, the tv remote control and my computer mouse. I honestly thought I would grow bacteria from all sites, but the dirtiest by far were my shoe and the kitchen sink. Note to self: never, I repeat never, eat anything that drops into the sink. I found some bacteria on my iPod and iPhone (ewwww) but nothing from my apparently pristine yoga mat, computer mouse, remote control and toilet bowl flusher, thank you very much.
This week I also celebrated the 15th birthday of my cat, Roxy:
Roxy has had some health problems recently, but she’s doing great for now. She still plays and makes herself known. She also loves to be held (by me) and I really love her. I think I’ve always had a connection with animals, but cats in particular are my favorite. I love that I can care for my two kitties, but it makes me sad that there are so many animals without homes and that are abused by humans. One way we can show respect to animals is by knowing where our food comes from. If you are not vegan or vegetarian, I promise I won’t judge you (really, I’m not judging you), but perhaps take a minute to think about the sacrifice made by animals for our benefit. For my Environmental Health class recently, I did an extra credit project on factory farming. The fact is that nearly all of the animal products in our country (eggs, dairy, meat, etc.) come from factory farms where animals are treated as commodities without regard to their welfare. In the scope of things and generally speaking, animal products that come from free-range or local farms are more humane than those from factory farms.
Please feel free to share your thoughts about animals here or send me an e-mail: carrieonvegan @ gmail . com.