HOT CHOCOLATE

This recipe is 100% no-fuss, is great for kids and adults alike and I haven’t come across a chocolate lover who doesn’t fall in love with it.

In my opinion there is basically nothing more comforting in the winter than to snuggle up on the couch, watch a good movie while drinking a hot chocolate. If you’re trying to be health conscious, it is times like this that it becomes a little difficult. However, there are a lot of delicious, healthy options out there once you start looking! My personal favourite is using Botanica Chocolate Greens powder.(link to sales page) In every scoop, there is the equivalent of 5 servings of vegetables. You obviously cannot go wrong there! It is naturally sweetened with stevia and it tastes A M A Z I N G.

 

 

Ingredients:

3/4 scoop Botanica Chocolate Greens Powder (link to sales page)

1/4 cup almond milk

3/4 cup boiling water

 

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to blender and put on high for about 30 seconds until you see a froth forming. Poor into your favourite mug. Top with Cocowhip (link to other blog post) & some Dandies Vegan Marshmallows (link to page) et voila! C’est bon.

H I N T: if you love coffee, I make this exact recipe in the morning and add a pack of Four Sigmatic Lions Mane & Chaga Coffee powder (link to sales page) to the blend. It tastes like the mocha of your dreams.

 

Cocowhip

One SimplyWell’s best sellers is our add-on Cocowhip! Everyone is obsessed with it! It’s so delicious and simple, and of course healthy! You guys are going to be so shocked at how easy it is to make and that it only takes T W O ingredients!

 

Ingredients:

- 1 Tetra pack of coconut milk

* t i p:  you want to feel around for the fattiest pack. The more fat, the better. If you can’t find a tetra pack, you can always switch to a can. The ratio would be off because of the smaller size. It is also harder to tell when a can is fatty vs. a tetra pack.

  • 2 Table spoons coconut sugar

  • 1 splash pure vanilla

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to the blender at the same time. Turn blender to low for approximately 10 seconds to get the clumps moving. Turn the blender to high for another 10 seconds. If the tetra pack was very fatty you will see the whip stop moving, make sure to turn it off right then. If there was an equal ratio of coconut fat to milk in the pack, the 20 seconds of blending should be enough. Poor into a bowl with a lid and place in fridge for 20 minutes before serving for the perfect whip consistency!

WARNING: do NOT over blend. If it is over blended, it will churn and turn into a coconut butter.

 

5 Tips To Eating Out As A GF-V

There are so many common reactions when people hear that you lead a plant-based lifestyle:

"That must be so hard!" "Where do you get your protein?" "What do you even eat?" "So do you just never go out for dinner?" "So you only eat salads?" "What about chicken? Or fish?" "But you must eat cheese, everyone loves cheese."

The biggest concern comes into play while planning a dinner with friends, they are always so concerned (like the adorably sweet people they are) about where you are able to eat. In my experience, anywhere you go will generally have a great vegan off-menu option for you!

Here are some tips to ensure you can eat-out anywhere:

    1    Be Understanding & Kind: My experience in the food-industry has taught me many valuable lessons, the most important of which to be nice. No server is excited to deal with an incredibly picky-person at their table and for the most part many people don't fully understand the limitations of a plant-based lifestyle. The best way to get what you want while out to eat (or just in general) is having a understanding, genuine attitude. Yes. Be understanding of your server, don't just expect they will be understanding of you.

    2    Speak Up: Don't be afraid to talk to your server and ask them if off-menu items/modifications are possible.

    3    Be creative: One of my favourite parts about being plant-based and eating out is that I get to explore my creative side. It basically works like this:

    ◦    Breakfast: Scan the menu. What do they have to offer? Instead of looking at each item, look at their individual ingredients. Most breakfast serving restaurants have eggs florentine which is composed of a poached eggs, other things we aren't interested in & asparagus! Asparagus. Perfect. Moving on. Another key place to look is the side dishes. There is most likely a hash brown situation going on there (hopefully you're at a restaurant that serves onions in their hash browns). Ask your server if they have red peppers, or any other veg you are interested in & order them all together to make your own veggie-hash. Delicious!  

    ◦    Lunch/Dinner: Same situation - menu scan. Find a base in an entry that interests you: rice, quinoa, pasta, potatoes, whatever you're into. Look for some yummy veg. Is there a plant-based protein to complete your meal? Order them all as sides, or ask your waitress to tell the chef to surprise you with these ingredients. Chef's often love to get creative and I have had some delicious off-menu meals based on these concepts.

    4    Avoid soups: one very iffy item on every menu is a soup. Most places out-source their soups or soup bases and don't always know the ingredients. I have run into a few situations where I have asked the server and you can tell they are guessing. I don't like to take the chance. Unless it is a home-made soup that the restaurant can guarantee, most likely it is made with some form of animal by-product or meat-based broth.  

    5    Try ethnic: Western based restaurants are normally the most limiting.


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