The Badasstastic Blog

Badass Blueberry Vegan Recipe Roundup

It's blueberry season in New York! These little nuggets are packed with vitamins, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds ~ meaning they benefit heart health, brain health and blood pressure.  Where can we sneak them into our diet? Check out some of my favorite summer recipes:  Blueberry Quinoa Salad from Minimalist Baker  Let's start with a healthy one. Generally, I think of baked goods or smoothies when I think of blueberries in recipes. But HOW GOOD does this salad look from Minimalist Baker?? Looks like just what I need to get me through the afternoon!    Blueberry, Oat and Ginger Smoothie from Serious Eats A blueberry smoothie? All for it. Blueberry with ginger? Stepping up the game! I love a good shot of ginger...

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Small New York Communities Gain Plant-Powered Restaurants

Living in a small community and living a vegan lifestyle simultaneously can be a difficult feat. A simple "Let's go out to eat!" can ignite stress and frustration rather quickly when options are limited to meat and dairy filled dishes except for one side salad option and a carrot stick platter. On top of that, telling restaurants about your dietary restrictions can feel difficult, IF you want to even go there.     The good news is that the vegan lifestyle is becoming more well known. Restaurants are starting to take notice of the changing needs of their customers and adding vegan and gluten-free options to their menus and even better, all plant-powered restaurants are opening up IN small communities and cities!      The...

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How to Use Chia Seed

Chia seed used to not be too common, only used by a selective few health nuts. However, now that more and more people are aware of the benefits, it is starting to become quite common to find these in your local grocery store, often as an added ingredient to cereal, granola, yogurt, or energy drinks. Chia seeds are fantastic for vegans because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids, making them a healthy alternative to fish. Chia seeds also offer the added benefit of being a great source of calcium and antioxidants. On top of that, it’s unique hydrophilic properties allow it to absorb liquid and become gelatinous, which makes it perfect for getting creative with your vegan menu. Chia...

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Badass Power Cookie Vegan Banana Ice Cream Recipe

You've seen vegan banana ice cream, maybe you even have a banana ice cream maker! But have you thought about adding your favorite plant-powered cookie to your banana ice cream? We did! Here's the recipe:  What you need: a blender a freezer  Ingredients: 1/4-1/2 Original Badass Power Cookie 2 bananas  1 cup non-dairy milk (we used almond) 1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla  sprinkle of cinnamon    Step 1:   Peel your bananas and throw them in the freezer. After they freeze completely, let them sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes. This will make them blend-able. Pull together the rest of your ingredients while you wait, along with your blender.    Step 2:    Put the bananas in the blender first with the non-dairy...

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4 Ingredients You DON’T Want In Your Protein Bar

When you need to grab a quick and portable source of protein, whether for a meal or a snack, a protein bar can be a great choice. However, not all protein bars are as healthy as they are advertised. In fact, if you are grabbing a protein bar instead of a donut for breakfast because you’re trying to lose weight, you might be inadvertently sabotaging your efforts, even if they are completely vegan! Some ingredients that are commonly used in the vegan protein bars you find in the grocery store are detrimental to your energy levels, digestive system, and weight-loss efforts. The key to finding a healthy protein-bar option is to know what ingredients to look out for and avoid....

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