Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Vegan Slim Fast

So this recipe came about as a challenge; I wanted to prove that you could veganize any healthy recipe-- or in this case, drink.  While I still have some reservations with the Slimfast diet, this recipe offers someone interested in the Slimfast type diet a vegan alternative (not that it inherently makes it healthier, but that's a discussion for another day).  So anyways, this recipe will make about 15 servings and fit in a Slimfast can

1 cup cocoa powder. (unsweetened)
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup sugar free fiber powder that specifies that it dissolves in any liquid. Any pharmacy will carry this.
7 finely crushed multi vitamins. (Trader Joes has a great Veg. vitamin, and to crush the vitamins, I recommend a coffee bean grinder)
1 1/2 c powdered soy milk (or hemp milk powder, if you can find it)

Mix very well, put in a container with a good fitting lid, (I like the ceramic ones you can buy for coffee grinds that have the scoop on the side and a little piece of glass to see how much is left).

I also recommend adding a scoop of protein powder if you're looking to get a better carb/protein ratio. Some of the better-flavored protein powders are great ways to mix it up.

Now, this is a really easy recipe to manipulate to get different flavors.  First thing you can do is try different flavored fiber powders.  Second, substitute Vanilla powder for cocoa.  For both of these, however, remember there is a reason for these added flavors (hint: even if it's not sugar, it's probably a synthetic replacement, which there are plenty of reasons to avoid).

To drink:

Hot: Mix 1/3 cup with 2 cups warm milk alternative. Stir add a drop of vanilla if the mood strikes you. 250 calories, depending on your milk choice.

Cold: 1 scoop to 1 cup cold milk alternative, and if you'd like to make it thick and slushy, addone large frozen banana or 2 ice cubes. Blend until thick and smooth. 230-250 calories depending on the size of the banana. It works fine with ice but the banana give a great consistancy.

Caloric Info (powder)
Servings 12
Total Fat: 3.2 grams
Sat Fat: 0.8 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 0.0 grams
Monosat. Fat: 0.3 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 226.5 mg
Potassium: 109.4 mg
Carbs: 17.5 grams
Dietary Fiber: 5.1 grams
Sugar: 9.0 grams
Protein: 5.4 grams

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