Vegan Grocery Guide
Easy Vegan Grocery Guide + Free Shopping List!

Easy Vegan Grocery Guide

We have created the ultimate easy vegan grocery guide to support you on your plant-based journey!
This easy vegan grocery guide is an excellent place to start.
Beginning on a whole food plant-based vegan journey is so much easier than most think. We simply stick to eating whole foods, including minimally refined and non-processed foods, and steer clear of animal-based products including meat, dairy, and eggs.
Before you get scared away by thinking about how challenging this lifestyle might be, let’s lay out a few of the amazing benefits that come from switching over to the plant side.

Benefits of Eating Whole-Food Plant-Based

There’s no surprise here, a plant-based whole foods lifestyle can seriously boost your health. Countless scientific studies show the effects of a veganism whole foods diet, controlling and even reversing many chronic illnesses. Veganism can reduce your risk for numerous diseases on the rise, such as Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer, and Heart Disease. 
Even if you’re not currently suffering from any major illness; veganism and the whole-foods lifestyle is often attributed to an increase in energy, overall fitness levels, and anti-inflammatory health benefits. 
My personal favorite benefit of eating plant-based besides how amazing I feel is the environmental impact I am making with my family. I love viewing animals as friends, not as food or nourishment, and finding new better sustainable ways to lessen my carbon footprint in every aspect of my family’s life. 
Switching to a whole foods plant-based lifestyle may seem daunting, but it is actually simple when you have the right tools for the transition. That is why you need to keep this easy grocery guide in your back pocket for whenever you need guidance! (bookmark this one friend!) 
Here is a free downloadable grocery list so you can get everything you need to sustain a vegan, whole foods, plant-based meals on your next trip to the grocery store. I’ve got you covered! 

Our Favorite Family Meal Prep Recipes!

Now you may be wondering… What can my family and I eat when switching to a vegan lifestyle?

Now that you have your vegan grocery guide, let’s chat recipes.

There are so many delicious ways to make all of your family’s favorite foods, vegan. I do not feel like I am missing out on anything food-wise because I have created practically a book of easy, delicious recipes that my family loves. 

Here’s a sample of what we eat in a day to give you an idea: 

Breakfast: My Super Simple Vegan Breakfast Squares

Who doesn’t love chocolate cake for breakfast? My boys call these breakfast squares “chocolate cake” and request these almost every day. Little do they know, they have secret nutrients hidden inside, such as flaxseed. 

Lunch: Vegan Green Goddess Buddha Salad Bowl

My lunch staple usually revolves around some sort of bowl or salad. I have been obsessed with Green Goddess Dressing, so I finally created my own and WOW… I would eat this every single day if I could! 

Dinner: Garam Masala Coco Carrot and Rice

The new highly requested dinner this past couple of weeks is the Garam Masala Coco Carrot and Rice. I whipped this up a few weeks ago after not going to the grocery store for about 13 days (a new record for me) and having also a little too many carrots left. This is a delicious, kid-approved way to sneak in those extra veggies.

Dessert: No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

And last, but certainly not least, if you have a little sweet tooth at the end of the night, these no-bake cookies are the cure. They’re super simple to make and a surefire way to satisfy everyone’s craving in the family. 

If you want to skip the vegan recipe research and make simple kid-approved meals for your whole family easily, join me in the Wonder Mamas Family Meal Plan Program for weekly meal plans! These meal plans will help you save time, money, and above all, save you from the stress of the never-ending question “What’s for dinner, mom?

Benefits of Family Meal Planning

I believe that meal planning is the key to living a sustainable, healthy, vegan lifestyle. Without it, I’d always be stressed about what we will eat next and what’s in my pantry. I started meal planning to save myself from the seemingly million trips to the grocery store every week, and now I want to share my vegan family style recipes with all mamas. 
Some benefits of meal planning:
  • Save time: Don’t waste time going to the grocery store before every meal – know what you need the first time with a full weekly grocery list. 
  • Save money: How many times have you gone to the store for a few veggies and walked out with another week’s worth of random foods? By planning in advance, you can get what you NEED and skip out on the extra fluff that happens to catch your eye. 
  • Reduce stress: Stop worrying about what the next meal is and start knowing what every meal provides! Save your brain the mental energy by planning in advance, so you can get back to enjoying in fact your day-to-day family life, instead! 

If you have yet to download Our FIVE page Vegan Grocery List please do so below!

Tips and Tricks For Meal Planning

My top tips and tricks…
  • Plan your meals first… and then make your grocery list. 
  • Don’t forget about snack time! Plan in a possible snack for the kids (and yourself!) that you can make ahead of time and store in the fridge. 
  • Ask your family for input. I love letting my kids pick out one or two meals weekly, so they feel included and excited to eat their choice. 
  • Keep it simple. Don’t make it complicated by trying to make four-course vegan meals every night, five-ingredient meals go a long way with the same satisfaction. 
  • Meal Prep When Needed. If you have time to cook every meal, that’s great! If you don’t meal prep in advance however as much as possible eventually, you won’t be able to avoid those hunger-induced temptations. 

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Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are honoured to feature the amazingly beautiful  “Peta Approved” Vegan Fashion Line by LANIUS.

As you all know, I am such a big supporter of sustainably vegan brands and also those who are doing their best to provide sustainable and vegan options for our community. Ethical fashion is a big passion of mine and I had the best time shooting for this new PETA approved (woo-hoo!) fashion line. Our social media inbox is always flooded with messages about ethical fashion, so let’s get to it!

FASHION WITH RESPECT FOR
PEOPLE, ANIMALS & ENVIRONMENT

LANIUS has three guiding principles:

Love Fashion.

Think Organic.

Be Responsible.

In today’s fashion highlight, we are going to break down everything that makes LANIUS great. We will chat about sustainability, production, transparency, and ethics.

Let’s get educated on the Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

A Brief Overlook of LANIUS

  • Slow FashionSlow fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and more. The team of Lanius creative designers produces new LANIUS collections twice a year in their Cologne workshop.

  • Sustainability is at the forefront of their minds: LANIUS uses materials produced according to controlled ecological standards. Season after season, Lanius invests intensive research to become even better, even more sustainable and to be able to offer you even more beautiful qualities.

  • Natural & Organic Materials: Natural materials are the key to high-quality. Organic cotton, organic linen, hemp, tencel, and more are used to create their gorgeous pieces.

  • Cruelty-Free: Today we are featuring the “Peta Approved Vegan Fashion Line”, but what about the other fashion lines held by Lanius? Out of love and respect for animals, Lanius uses neither real fur nor down. When it comes to wool, they stick to a strict “no-mulesing“ policy. To learn more about their practice, please click here.

  • Responsible: Lanius assumes responsibility for people, animals, as well as the environment. The production sites comply with social and environmental standards, which are regularly checked by independent institutions and the company themselves.

  • Fair Working Conditions: Lanius has production centers in Lithuania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Turkey, Peru, China and India. Each one of these amazing centers is held to the highest standards.

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

LANIUS Founder: Claudia Lanius

Claudia Lanius had a strong vision when she started up the LANIUS brand. She envisioned a fashion brand that combined eco-friendly materials with fair working conditions, feminine silhouettes and the perfect fit. It’s pretty easy to see that she has successfully turned her vision into a reality and has inspired brands all over the world to take crucial steps in becoming more sustainable, ethical, and conscious.

The creative designers of LANIUS create TWO new collections each and every year. Compare this with the fast fashion’s industry 52+ collections each year, and you will begin to see just how miraculously slow and sustainable LANIUS truly is. LANIUS uses the highest quality materials, with strong attention to detail, and creates fashionable pieces that will last the test of time.

LANIUS is, in all regards, exactly what we need in this fashion world.

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS: Transparency is Key

When shopping via the LANIUS website, you have the options of selecting Detail, Sustainability, Care, Material and Production. This is probably one of my most favorite features of the LANIUS site. The transparency of this company is so very refreshing! With just a click of a button, customers can make educated decisions on their clothes and know that they are supporting a wonderful company that stands behind strong ethics. Imagine if all brands were as transparent as this one?

Vegan Fashion Lanius

We at WonderMamas were so very excited to see “production” as a category that is easily accessible when shopping. This production category let’s the consumer know where the clothing was made, a bit of background information, certifications, and fair trade conditions. Just marvelous.

Fair Fashion by Lanius

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Sustainable development is based on the so-called three pillar system: economic, environmental and social. The folks behind LANIUS see sustainability as a future-oriented and ongoing process. They take into consideration the people, animals and the environment. LANIUS’S defining strength is the ability to produce fair, high-quality and eco-friendly collections season after season.

How does LANIUS stay committed to their values?

Here are a few wonderful ways:

  • LANIUS is a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified companyThis provides a uniform certification process in the production of sustainable textiles. A product receives the GOTS seal when the entire supply chain, from cultivation to production, is certified in every step. The seal is renewed annually and the companies are subject to regular checks.
  • The bioRe® FoundationWith every purchase of the LANIUS charity shirt line, 3 euros per shirt will go to the school project of the bioRe® foundation, thus enabling the preservation, expansion and operation of a school for the children of the LANIUS organic cotton farmers. The bioRe® Foundation has been supporting infrastructure development in India and Tanzania since 1997, thus ensuring the sustainable improvement of the living conditions of farmers’ families. The main focus is on the cultivation of organic cotton as a sustainable livelihood, as well as the areas of health, education and livelihood.
  • #NoPlastic Initiative: Through better packaging, organic textile, clever caring, and recycled fibres, LANIUS is fighting back against plastic on a daily basis.
  • Natural Dyeing: This was so very exciting for me to see! Natural dyeing produces 97 % less water contamination compared to conventional dyeing, Energy savings of up to 30 %, and is Gentle and natural to the skin, because it’s free of harmful chemicals. LANIUS is committed to creating more pieces with natural dye. Check out the full break down here!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS: Peta Approved!

So now to the most exciting part, the Vegan Fashion Line! I am thrilled to share this with you all. Let’s take a look!

The vegan fashion line by LANIUS is everything that you would expect from a company with such high standards. The fibres are top of the line, the pieces are absolutely timeless, and you can feel good purchasing something for yourself without worrying about the high consequences of fashion. I love that LANIUS took the time and effort to become Peta approved certified through the application and interview process. This really shows how much they honour the vegan lifestyle and I truly appreciate that.

What is the “Peta Approved Logo”?

The “PETA-Approved Vegan” logo allows companies that sell apparel, accessories, furniture, or home decor to highlight their vegan offerings, helping consumers find animal-free products at a glance and make purchases that align with their values.

Ethical consumers can rest assured knowing that the entire article, as well as its manufacture, are free from animal ingredients.

‘As more and more people decide to live vegan – for the sake of animals, the environment and their own health – …we try to offer more and more vegan garments at LANIUS as well. The PETA “Approved Vegan” label marks our vegan garments and assures that the entire article as well as its manufacture are free from animal ingredients.’
Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

The vegan collection is not small in any way whatsoever. I actually attempted to count how many options LANIUS had in their vegan collection, and it was well over 150+ (possibly way more, I had to stop scrolling!). Each piece is just as beautiful and timeless as the next. When scrolling through, you will see a few fibres stand out : Tencel Lyocell, organic cotton, organic linen, and recycled materials. The fashion pieces vary greatly and you can come here to find a great collection of capsule wardrobe pieces, staple items, formal wear, outdoor wear, and so much more.

Here are a few of my favourites from the collection:

Soft Sheath Dress

Soft Sheath Dress: 48% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 47% TENCEL™ Modalfibers | 5% elastane

Casual Marlene pants Lanius

Casual Marlene Pants: 82% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 18% linen

Lanius Kaftan Dress

Kaftan Dress: 82% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 18% linen

As an ethical fashion researcher and consumer, I was thrilled to see the large selection of cuts, colours, and styles. I often feel as though we have very limited options in this ethical fashion world and this is not the case with the LANIUS vegan fashion line. One thing that I was not too thrilled about was the sizing options that are offered. After looking through the site, I noticed that the sizes only range from a size 34-44. This would equal to a size 2-12 in the states.

I also noticed a lack of diversity and sizing in the models.

I am hoping that LANIUS will make more ethical pieces that are size inclusive, showcase the clothing in various sizes, and also showcase the clothing on a more diverse group of models. These are rather large issues in the sustainable and ethical fashion world and we do need to speak up about it as consumers and bloggers.

And that is it for us today, folks! Gosh, I love ya. Thank you so much for being here, for reading my articles, and for supporting my work every single day. I am so truly honoured to have you all in this community. A quick heads up on this blog post: LANIUS has sponsored my work here but has in no way pushed me or leveraged me to speak in any which way. I have truly fallen head over feels in love with this brand and cannot wait to share more about them with you all in the future! I highly recommend bookmarking their website for when you are in need of an ethically made, high quality, fair trade, and gorgeous number for your closet.

Chat with you all soon!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

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Kid-approved superfood smoothie
Kid Approved Superfood Smoothie (Vegan Friendly!)

Kid Approved Superfood Smoothie (Mom approved too!)

Hello, Loves! Here in Italy, things are finally starting to open back up, and we are transitioning into our new normal. Just because it seems COVID-19 is beginning to settle down a bit with the warmer weather, I am still gung-ho on finding new (and delicious) ways to boost my family’s own immunity. I have been making this fantastic kid-approved superfood smoothie for the past few weeks to up my nutrient intake, and it’s so good that even my boys have approved!

Another huge plus for this smoothie? It is so packed with goodies that you can have this as breakfast, a post workout smoothie (I love to down one of these after one of our long family cycle sessions), or a delicious snack!

Kid Approved Superfood Smoothie
I love using frozen fruit in my smoothies to give it a much thicker texture. This is a kid-approved superfood smoothie because I secretly added in some spirulina, flaxseed, and coconut underneath refreshing pineapple and mango flavors. Spirulina is power-packed with so many nutrients and antioxidants that benefit not only your body but also your brain, I have been trying to sneak it in as much as possible lately. To see more about the health benefits by adding these three ingredients into your powerful greens smoothie, scroll down to the bottom of the page!
I absolutely love eating this kid-approved superfood smoothie for breakfast because the flavor is super summery and quite refreshing with the mangoes, pineapple, and coconut hints. I know I’m getting all the necessary nutrients for an energized day of chasing my boys around. If not for breakfast, this powerful greens smoothie would be a perfect pick-me-up midday snack, as well. The addition of the nut butter (can sub for seed butter as well) makes this super satisfying and will keep you full for hours.
Don’t forget to snap a picture of your kid-approved superfood smoothie and share it with me on Instagram by tagging @veganwondermamas. I can’t wait to see your beautiful (and healthy) creations.

What you will need for this Superfood Smoothie…

Ingredients Required:

Non-dairy milk
Frozen pineapple 
Frozen mango
Frozen spinach
Banana
Desiccated coconut
Spirulina 
Flax meal 
Cashew butter (any seed/nut butter will do!)
Lime 
Vanilla extract

Kid-approved superfood smoothie

Kid Approved Superfood Smoothie (Vegan Friendly!)

A great option for a healthy vegan breakfast or mid-afternoon snack!
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Course: Breakfast, smoothie, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, easy breakfast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 584kcal

Ingredients

  • cup Non dairy milk I love to use a vanilla fortified soy milk but any non-dairy will work here. For the added vanilla taste, just add a splash of vanilla extract!
  • 1 cup Water Less or more, as needed
  • 1 cup diced pineapple frozen
  • 1 cup diced mango frozen
  • 2 blocks Frozen spinach or two handfuls spinach (or favorite greens)
  • 1 large Banana Ripe (can be frozen or not)
  • 2 tbsp Desiccated coconut Can sub for coconut shreds
  • tsp Spirulina
  • 1 tbsp Flax meal
  • ¼ cup Cashew butter Can use any nut/seed butter. Can also opt for soaked cashews or soaked sunflower seeds.
  • 1 Lime squeezed

Optional

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

Notes

**Omitting the nut/seed butter will lower the calories greatly in this smoothie if need be but always remember: A satisfying smoothie really does work wonders! 

Nutrition

Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 681mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 9002IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 283mg | Iron: 7mg

Benefits of…

Spirulina 

  • Spirulina is power-packed with nutrients! A single tablespoon contains protein, Vitamins B1, B2, and B3, Copper, and Iron. 
  • Spirulina is also a fantastic source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help reverse oxidation in your DNA and cells, which is essential because oxidation can be a considerable contributor to chronic inflammation. 
  • Shown to lower ‘bad’ LDL levels! Too much ‘bad’ LDL can lead to an increased risk of heart disease. 

Flaxseed

  • Flaxseed is one of the oldest crops in history books. Both brown and golden are equally nutritious. Flaxseed is loaded with protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. 
  • Has is a significant source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for lowering cholesterol. Fish is usually the leading food that people get these essential fatty acids from, but as a vegan, I make sure to sneak in flaxseed as much as possible, so I am not missing out on the health benefits! 
  • Flaxseed is rich in dietary fiber. Just 1 tablespoon contains 3 grams and two different types of necessary fiber you need every day. Regulating your digestion is vital for keeping your immunity high.

Coconut 

  • Coconuts are power-packed with so many vital nutrients- water, fiber, vitamins, and minerals! Coconuts are slowly becoming a superfood as we keep uncovering countless new benefits from it. 
  • Contain medium-chain fatty acids, which help boost metabolism and increase fat loss. It also helps in detoxifying and balancing your gut health right alongside mangoes. 
  • Coconut is mighty for anti-aging! It keeps hair and skin healthy and wrinkle-free, while also providing sun protection for those hot summer days.
Kid-approved superfood smoothie

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Vegan Herbed Parmesan Cheese
Vegan Herbed Parmesan Cheese

Vegan Herbed Parmesan Cheese: Simple, Delicious, and Dairy Free!

Welcome back to the blog, loves! Last week I dabbled in some “cheesy” zucchini baking and I fell upon the most delectable and satisfying vegan parmesan cheese ever. Typically I would keep my recipe normal: add in the nuts/seeds, the noooch, sea salt, pepper, and garlic. Sure, that’s good and all…but where is the FUN?!

Well, I found it. It turns out it was in my herb garden!!

Herb Garden

My beautiful herbs turned a  simple vegan parmesan cheese recipe into a MUST TRY vegan herbed parmesan recipe. A little bit of thyme, a bit of basil, some oregano, and maybe even some parsley (if you wish!)? Toss all into a food processor (or blender) and blend until broken down into a fine meal. Voila, You now have a jar full of amazing homemade vegan parmesan that you can keep in your refrigerator for whenever you need to satisfy that cheese craving!

This delicious vegan herbed parmesan cheese will come together in under 5 minutes with minimal ingredients that you already likely have stocked up in your kitchen or can find in your garden!
Vegan Herbed Parmesan Cheese

What can I use this for?

Pasta dishes

Baked Veggies

Avocado Toast

Garlic Bread

Anything that needs a cheesy kick!

What you will need for this Vegan Herbed Parmesan Cheese recipe…

Vegan Herbed Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients Required:

Sunflower Seeds

Nutritional Yeast

Dried Thyme

Dried Oregano

Dried Basil

Garlic Powder

Sea Salt/Pepper

Great Addition: Fresh/Frozen chopped parsley!

Vegan Herbed Parmesan Cheese

Vegan Herbed Parmesan Cheese

This is the perfect parmesan cheese recipe to keep in a jar in your fridge for whenever you need a cheezy kick!
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Course: how to, toppings, vegan cheese
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, dairy free cheese, vegan cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 45kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp parsley fresh or frozen, chopped small

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients (including the parsley if using) into a food procesoor and process until broken down into a fine meal. Voila, you have a vegan herbed parmesan cheese!
  • Taste test and adjust as needed. You may require a bit more sea salt or nutritional yeast depending on your taste bud's needs. 🙂

Notes

*Feel free to substitute the sunflower seeds for cashews if you wish!
**We love to play around with different herbs. I have also tried sage and it was absolutely amazing. 
***Nutritional yeast adds a lovely cheesy flavour but you can also omit and have a very flavourful and healthy seasoning!

Nutrition

Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Benefits of…

Sunflower Seeds 

  • Sunflower seeds are rich in the B complex vitamins, which are essential for a healthy nervous system! They are also a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, protein and vitamin E.

Thyme

  • This herb is full of vitamin C and also has vitamin A! Great for when you aren’t feeling well and need to get back on track. 

Oregano

  • Oregano is a power house herb. It is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin E, tryptophan and calcium. Oregano is highly regarded for it’s anti-bacterial properties and is loaded with antioxidants!
vegan herbed parmesan cheese

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Vegan Taco Salad
Vegan Taco Salad Recipe

Super Simple Vegan Taco Salad Recipe

This vegan taco salad recipe is simple and insanely DELICIOUS!

I don’t know about you, but Taco Tuesday is not complete without a hearty satisfying vegan taco salad that looks as good as it tastes. This recipe is easy to prepare, requires minimal ingredients and is very budget-friendly. It is also loaded with nutrient-rich veggies, legumes and healthy fats!

Not only do I love that this recipe is hearty and filling but it’s bursting with plant-powered ingredients.

This taco salad recipe is one of my favorite Mexican inspired dishes to make and I’m happy to be sharing it with all of you today!

Enjoy this tasty super simple vegan taco salad recipe on Taco Tuesday or for a weeknight dinner option. This recipe also works well if you are meal prepping and serving leftovers for lunch the next day! 
Vegan Taco Salad

What you will need for this vegan taco salad recipe…

Ingredients Required:

Avocado

Cherry Tomatoes

Black Beans

Red Pepper

Romaine Lettuce

Corn

Cilantro

Limes

Tortillas

Our Homemade Mexican Spice Mix

Vegan Taco Salad

Super Simple Vegan Taco Salad

Sharing one of our favorite vegan taco salad's today! We enjoy this gorgeous salad at least once a week.
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Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: beginner friendly, Budget Friendly, easy dinner recipe, easy lunch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Salad Bowls
Calories: 214kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1 head iceberg lettuce gauge how much you would like
  • 1 small red onion diced small
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn rinsed and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper diced small
  • 1 avocado diced into cubes
  • 10 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1-2 limes juiced (or lemons!)
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves only, roughly chopped 1+ tsp Mexican seasoning mix
  • 1 Jalapeno deseeded and diced (optional!)
  • 3 flour tortillas sliced into tortilla chip triangles

Mexican Seasoning Mix (If you would like to create your own!)

  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Slice the flour tortillas into tortilla chip triangles and add to a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, add the Mexican sesasoning mix and some water or veggie broth. Take a brush and brush the mixture onto each side of the tortilla chips. Bake for 10-12 minutes until crisp.
  • While those are cooking, simply prep the rest of the salad. Wash and chop up the iceberg lettuce. Squeeze the lime juice all over the lettuce. Toss in the rinsed and drained black beans, rinsed and drained corn, diced avocado, diced red bell pepper, quartered cherry tomatoes, and chopped cilantro.
  • Once the tortilla chips are ready, feel free to break them up over the salad or leave them whole and just decorate.
  • Add more Mexican seasoning mix over the salad if you wish. I like to squeeze extra lime over before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2601IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg

Why I love this recipe…

One of the main reasons I love this recipe is because it is perfect for beginner to a vegan diet or a simple recipe for those who are looking to transition. This meal is made with whole-food plant-based ingredients that can be found in other traditional versions of a taco salad recipe, which makes it easy for transitioners to adapt to the flavors. Eating more plants in your diet will improve your family’s health, boost energy levels naturally and helps prevent sickness/disease.

A few Benefits of…

Avocado

  • While most fruits are high in carbohydrates, avocados are high in wonderful healthy fats!
  • Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.
  • High in Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5 & B6, and Vitamin E!
  • Contain more potassium than bananas!
  • Avocados tend to be rich in fiber — about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fiber may have important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.

Black Beans

  • Black beans are classified as legumes and are also known as turtle beans! These little dudes are prized for their high fibre and protein content.
  • The iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc in black beans all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.
  • Black beans are naturally low in sodium and contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium, all of which have been found to decrease blood pressure naturally.
  • Selenium is a mineral that is not present in most fruits and vegetables but can be found in black beans. It plays a role in liver enzyme function and helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. Additionally, selenium may prevent inflammation and decreases tumorgrowth rates.
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Super Simple Vegan Breakfast Squares
Super Simple Vegan Breakfast Squares

Super Simple Vegan Breakfast Squares!

Are you ready to try one of the boys favourite breakfast recipes?! These super simple vegan breakfast bars have been a hit for quite some time and I am so thrilled to finally have taken some photos to share this recipe!

The boys call this recipe “chocolate cake” and request it almost every single morning (and night haha). It comes together extremely quickly and takes just a few pantry staples. Enjoy!

These delicious vegan breakfast bars will come together in under 20 minutes with minimal ingredients that you already likely have stocked up in your kitchen. 
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Alessandro is posing with a freshly baked batch of his favourite bars! I like to add a small handful of vegan chocolate chips and crushed walnuts to these. I have also played around with nut/seed butter, pecans, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, and fruit! They ALL worked.

Super Simple Vegan Breakfast Squares

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Super Simple Vegan Breakfast Squares

What you will need for these Super Simple Vegan Breakfast Squares

Ingredients Required:

Rolled Oats

Flour

Bananas

Applesauce

Apple cider vinegar

Baking powder

Vanilla extract

Maple Syrup

Super Simple Vegan Breakfast Squares

Super Simple Vegan Breakfast Squares

These will be your new favorite breakfast recipe!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, Budget Friendly, easy breakfast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 12 squares
Calories: 162kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1.5 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • .5 cups apple sauce
  • 3-5 tbsp maple syrup Can substitute for brown sugar or any sugar of choice.
  • 1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp flax seed meal + 2.5 tbsp water (optional but I love the nutritonal value of flaxmeal)
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch Sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp chocolate chips or nuts/seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper OR prep a large sized rectangular baking dish (15x10). You an also opt to use two smaller sized baking dishes. Just be sure to prep whatever you choose to use so the bars do not stick.
  • Grab a mixing bowl and begin to mash the banana until smooth. Stir in the non-dairy milk, apple sauce, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients, including the chocolate or nuts/seeds and mix well. Pour into the baking dish or right onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and even out with a spatula.
  • Bake between 12-16 minutes. To check when the squares are done, simply insert a toothpick or sharp knife and remove. If it is clean with just a hint of moisture, then you are good to go. If the squares are not yet finised at the 16 minute mark, bring the heat up to 400F/200C for just a couple of minutes.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. I love to serve these with a drizzle of maple syrup, sliced berries, sliced bananas, crushed nuts, or even coconut shavings.

Notes

**I have yet to try blended up medjool dates with this one but if I was going to, I would add all of the wet ingredients PLUS the medjool dates into a food processor and blend until smooth. Then I would follow the recipe as stated. I'm sure this would be amazing!

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

Benefits of…

Oats

  • Balanced nutritional profile with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.
  • Great source of carbs, protein and fiber to keep your body energized and satisfied.
  • Known to reduce blood pressure with the help of the antioxidant Avenanthramides.

Flax Seed

  • Flaxseed is an excellent source of omega-3! We love to include in baking, smoothies and oatmeal recipes. 1 tablespoon of flaxseed will give you a healthy dose of 1.3 grams of protein, fiber, B vitamins and, of course, omega-3 fatty acids! 
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Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

Super Simple and Delicious Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

These sweet potato muffins have been causing quite a stir on our social media pages lately haha. My children are head over heels in love with these! Every time they see mommy mashing up a sweet potato, they know that some yummy muffins are coming.

Is there anything cuter than two little humans singing “do you know the muffin man?” while whipping up some homemade vegan sweet potato muffins? I think not! And what’s even better, as soon as they are ready to eat, the kids just come running! The muffins are THAT good. Picky eater approved!

These delicious vegan sweet potato muffins will come together with minimal ingredients that you already likely have stocked up in your pantry!
Let’s get started!
vegan sweet potato muffins

The boys were waiting for these vegan sweet potato muffins to cook with their oven mitts on and everything, it was adorable!

vegan sweet potato muffins

The first thing that you will need to do is to cook the sweet potato until tender. You can do this three different ways:

Baking, steaming, or microwaving!

Baking:

200C/400F. If baking, feel free to bake whole with the skin or peeled and diced. For the whole potato, simply place on a baking sheet, poke a few holes in them, and bake for approximately 40 minutes until fork tender. For the diced potato, simply line up on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until fork tender.

Steaming:

Feel free to steam whole or sliced. If steaming whole, you will need about 25-30 minutes. If steaming diced, you will need about 15 minutes.

Microwaving:

Keep the sweet potato whole and do not dice up. Wash your sweet potatoes thoroughly and poke holes in them. Microwave them for five minutes on high heat and let them sit for a minute or two. Poke them gently with a fork and, if they’re not cooked through, cook them on high for one minute at a time until soft.

Once the sweet potato is fork tender, you are ready to get baking!

vegan sweet potato muffins

Feel free to add anything you wish to these muffins as well. Nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, dried fruit, and even coconut work beautifully in this recipe. I love to add just a few chocolate chips to the top of each muffin and press them in with the back of a spoon.

This makes every first bite just heavenly!

What you will need to make these vegan sweet potato muffins…

Ingredients Required:

Sweet Potatoes

Non-dairy milk

Flour

Baking Powder

Cinnamon

Brown Sugar

Sea Salt

Walnuts (can omit or sub for any nut/seed)

vegan sweet potato muffins

Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

These will be your new favorite breakfast muffin!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, Budget Friendly, easy breakfast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 99kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sweet potatoes peeled and diced (Roughly 1 1/4 cups of MASHED sweet potatoes)
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar start with this amount and adjust
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat or all purpose flour
  • 3 TSP baking powder
  • 1 TSP cinnamon powder
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  • Either steam, bake or microwave the sweet potatoes until fork tender. Check the notes for detailed instructions*
  • Let cool and then pop into the food processor with the non-dairy milk and vanilla. Process until smooth.
  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Prep muffin tin if needed.
  • Toss in remaining ingredients and pulse 5-6 times until well combined. Using a spatula, mix the last remaining bits of flour that need to be stirred in and then taste test. **You can also move all of the ingredients over to a separate bowl and stir until well mixed. This will depend on how big your food processor is, if the blade is removable, and your preference!
  • Taste adjust as you see fit.
  • Pour directly into the muffin tin. If you would like to add in some chocolate chips on the top, add just about 4-5 and then push them in slightly with a spoon or with the tip of your finger.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick or sharp knife comes out clean. Let cool and serve!

Notes

*The first thing that you will need to do is to cook the sweet potato until tender. You can do this three different ways: Baking, steaming, or microwaving!
Baking200C/400F. If baking, feel free to bake whole with the skin or peel and diced. For the whole potato, simply place on a baking sheet, poke a few holes in them, and bake for approximately 40 minutes until fork tender. For the diced potato, simply line up on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until fork tender.
Steaming:Feel free to steam whole or sliced. If steaming whole, you will need about 25-30 minutes. If steaming diced, you will need about 15 minutes.
Microwaving:Keep the sweet potato whole and do not dice up. Wash your sweet potatoes thoroughly and poke holes in them. Microwave them for five minutes on high heat and let them sit for a minute or two. Poke them gently with a fork and, if they’re not cooked through, cook them on high for one minute at a time until soft.
**If using whole cooked sweet potato, you will use about 1 1/4 cup of PACKED mashed sweet potato
***Tip: if you happen to use too much sweet potato, you will notice that the inside of the muffins become a bit "mushy". It's cool. Just pop these in the fridge overnight and they will be perfectly fine in the morning.

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3203IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg

Benefits of…

Sweet Potatoes

  • A rich source of fiber which promotes a healthy digestive system.
  • Contains many vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, and they’re a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C.
  • High in an antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed!

Walnuts

  • A rich source of fiber which promotes a healthy digestive system.
  • Great source of Omega-3’s. Woohoo! 2.5 grams per 1 ounce.
  • The polyphenols in walnuts can help fight this oxidative stress and inflammation!
  • It contains many vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, and they’re a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C.
  • High in antioxidants. The highest of any other nut!
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Chocolate Nut Butter Overnight Oats

Chocolate Nut Butter Overnight Oats

This chocolate nut butter overnight oats recipe is a meal plan membership favorite!

If you’ve been wondering about our meal plan membership, expect deliciously tasting recipes just like this one.

Our overnight oats recipe is just what you need on a spring rainy day or when you are feeling like you just need chocolate in your life! This recipe is made from simple ingredients that you most likely have in your pantry already.

Therefore, don’t waste any more time and start prepping this mouthwatering chocolate nut butter overnight oats!

Yes! You do eat overnight oats cold.
Feel free to try this chocolate nut butter overnights oats recipe warmed up if you like!  

What you will need for this chocolate nut butter overnight oats recipe…

Ingredients Required:

Non-dairy milk

Oats

Cacao powder

Nut or seed butter

Chia seeds

Medjool dates, pitted or Maple syrup

Vanilla extract

Garnish: Vegan chocolate chips, chia seeds, or coconut shreds are some of our favorites!

Chocolate Nut Butter Overnight Oats

Enjoy this delicious chocolaty overnight oat recipe for breakfast or as a healthy dessert!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy vegan breakfast, oat recipe, overnight oats, vegan breakfast, vegan oats
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 small jars
Calories: 360kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup Oats GF option
  • 1 tbsp Cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp Almond butter Any nut/seed butter works here
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 2 large medjool dates, pitted food processed OR ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • pinch Salt
  • garnish Vegan Chocolate Chips optional: coconut shreds, chia seeds, goji berries

Instructions

  • If using medjool dates, remove seeds first and toss in the blender/food processor. Once chopped up nice and small,add to the mix.
  • Add all ingredients to 1 large mason jar or 2 small ones. Cover with lid and shake. If you find that your overnight oats are usually dry, simply add extra non-dairy milk. You can add this in the morning time as well - no stress at all.
  • Place in the refrigerator overnight. Come morning, stir up and add the vegan chocolate chips on top. A drizzle of extra nut/seed butter is always nice too!

Notes

**Any nut/seed butter works in this recipe. Mix it up and have fun!
**Yes, the oats cook in the refrigerator and are ready to eat come morning time. If you prefer warm oats, simply reheat before eating. 
**The medjool dates and/or maple syrup do make these oats quite high in sugar. I prefer the medjool dates for their amazing energy boost but if you are looking to stay low in sugar, I highly suggest using something like a monk fruit sweetener. 

Nutrition

Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 4mg

Benefits of…

Oats

    • Balanced nutritional profile with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.
    • Great source of carbs, protein and fiber to keep your body energized and satisfied.
    • Known to reduce blood pressure with the help of the antioxidant Avenanthramides.

Chia Seeds

  • Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet!
  • Loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
  • High in antioxidantsAlmost, All the Carbs in Them Are Fiber. Chia seeds are 40% fiber by weight, making them one of the best sources of fiber in the world.
  • By weight, chia seeds are 14% protein which is fantastic for a plant protein source.
  • Chia seeds are very high in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA.

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3 Delicious Low Sugar Smoothies

Looking for low sugar smoothies? I’ve got 3 for you to try!

Hey, Mamas! For some reason, I was feeling the need to create some low sugar smoothies today. It’s not that I find anything wrong with fruit sugar in smoothies, but gosh, they do add up quickly!

I was having a chat with my father a few days ago and he made a comment about how much he missed munching on fruit as much as I do. Every time we talk, I’m munching on some bananas, grapes, or watermelon. My father is a diabetic and has to watch his sugar intake very closely. I remember him loving bananas when we were growing up but his entire life was turned upside down when he got the news. He watches his carbohydrates and sugars very closely.

This made me think.

When my father comes to visit, I want to be sure that I can make him a smoothie that he will approve of, both nutritionally and yum worthy.

I’m going to be super upfront here: This was not easy. I played around so much and I’m sure I could have done a much better job (I’ll update these as I continue on this low sugar recipe journey) but these have enough playroom for you to add even more fruit sugar if needed. These recipes range from 8g of sugar to 12g of sugar.

These smoothies are amazing for folks like my father who need to have lower sugar smoothies and also for children. There is no need for our kids to have 25g+ of sugar per smoothie. Their taste buds are so innocent and even the slightest sweetness in smoothies can satisfy them. I had the boys taste test all of these, and even though they have some pretty sweet smoothies, they still loved all three of them! Score!

Before we jump into the recipes, let’s break down which fruits are high in sugar and which fruits are low in sugar. I will also chat about how we can sneak in some amazing vegetables into our smoothies without even tasting them!
low sugar smoothies

These recipes range from 8g-12g of sugar per serving. This leaves enough room to add even more sugar if needed! Feel free to leave as is or toss in a bit more banana, a Medjool date, or any other sugary substitute that you wish to use.

A few extra fun additions: Lemon, lime, and mint!

Fruits come in all shapes, sizes and nutritional values. I love them all! When it comes to creating a low sugar smoothie, it is imperative (for taste purposes) to smartly combine a big chunk of the low sugar fruit with just a tiny bit of the high sugar fruits. Below you will find a list for both of these!

Fruits naturally lower in sugar (-10g/100g)

Avocado (0.7g per 100g)

Limes (1.7g per 100g)

Lemons (2.5g per 100g)

Cranberries (4.3g per 100g)

Raspberries (4.4g per 100g)

Blackberries (4.9g per 100g)

Strawberries (4.9g per 100g)

Grapefruit (6.9g per 100g)

Pineapple (9.9g per 100g)

Fruits naturally higher in sugar (+10g/100g)

Medjool Dates (66.5g per 100g)

Grapes (16.3g per 100g)

Lychees (15.2g per 100g)

Pomegranate (13.7g per 100g)

Mango (13.7g per 100g)

Bananas (12.2g per 100g)

Apples (10-11.7g per 100g)

Passion Fruit (11.2g per 100g)

Pears (10.2g per 100g)

low sugar smoothies

Sneaky Veggies to Hide in Smoothies!

When the boys were in my belly, I loved to experiment with adding lots of different veggies to my smoothies for the added nutritional boost. My cravings were pretty stubborn and so the hiding of vegetables was a lifesaver! I took these same nutritional sneaky vegetables and used them when the boys began their smoothie journey as well. Here are a few of my favorite vegetables to sneak into our low sugar smoothies or any smoothie!

The key to not tasting the vegetables is to have them frozen. That is key in my opinion. You can easily freeze your own veggies with a simple blanch, ice water bath, and baking sheet layout before transferring to a freezer-safe bag or container. I’ll explain this more below.

Cauliflower

Broccoli

Zucchini

Peas

Spinach

To freeze your own vegetables, you will need to blanch them first. Bring a pot of water to a boil and prep the veggies. Slice and dice and prepare them how you would like them to be frozen (in slices or florets). Fill up a large bowl with ice and water and set to the side. Once the water is boiling, toss the vegetables inside and blanch for 1-5 minutes (times can vary, simply use your search engine to get the correct time) and scoop out with a slotted spoon and place directly into the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Lay a towel flat and scoop the cooled down vegetables onto the towel and pat dry. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and lay the veggies out in an organized manner. Freeze for 1-2 hours until set and then transfer to a freezer-safe bag (I love these). There you have it!

Low Sugar Smoothies

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Low sugar Coco-Berry Smoothie

The surprise ingredient in this one will shock you!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: low sugar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 149kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk canned
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries frozen works as well
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas **Check notes for information on frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds or any superfood you wish
  • 1/2 banana ripe

Instructions

  • Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Notes

**Frozen peas have an interesting reputation and it should be noted that the manufacturers of many pea companies state on their bag that they do not recommend eating frozen peas. While the peas are blanched before being frozen, they recommend cooking the peas first. We have never had a problem with frozen or raw peas and use organic frozen peas in many of our weekly recipes. If you are worried about the peas, you can simply cook the peas for several minutes in boiling water and then freeze all over again!
**Full fat coconut milk is also great in this recipe!

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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Low Sugar Berry Spinach Smoothie

This is the least sweet of all three smoothies and one of my children's very first smoothies!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Budget Friendly, low sugar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 133kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries or mixed berries I find that fresh is sweeter but go ahead and use frozen as well
  • 1 small handful spinach or 1 frozen block of spinach. I prefer to use the frozen block of spinach
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 3 medium cauliflower florets frozen
  • 1 tbsp flax meal or chia seeds (feel free to add any superfood here)
  • 1/2 banana ripe

Instructions

  • Blend all together until smooth and enjoy!

Notes

**If you are looking to freeze your own cauliflower at home, you will need to blanch the cauliflower florets first. Bring a pot of water to a boil and slice up the cauliflower into florets. Have a large bowl of ice water waiting on the side. Toss in the florets and boil for 2 minutes. Remove with a strainer ladle (or something similar) and let sit in the ice bath for 2 minutes. Remove from the ice and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lay the florets out in an organized fashion (not touching) and pop in the freezer to set for about an hour or two. From there you can place into a freezer-safe bag (i recommend these). 

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 497mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg
Low Sugar Smoothies

Low Sugar Pineapple Smoothie

This is the sweetest tasting smoothie of the three. It's one of my favorites!
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Course: smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Budget Friendly, low sugar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 166kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk canned
  • 1/4 cup 0% sugar soy yogurt any 0% sugar yogurt will do
  • 1.25 cup pineapple chunks I prefer fresh but frozen works!
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds any superfood will do
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut

Instructions

  • Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Notes

**I find spirulina, matcha, and even wheat grass to work well in this smoothie. 

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg

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