Vegan Egg Nog Smoothie

December 17, 2011

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:

Vegan Egg Nog Smoothie from Carrie on Vegan

Honestly, if one can make vegan egg nog and be satisfied, what CAN’T be made vegan, healthy and delicious?

Vegan Egg Nog Smoothie
 
This recipe was inspired by The Happy Herbivore
Author:
Recipe type: Smoothie or Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Place bananas, mango chunks, soy milk, flax meal, pumpkin pie spice, dates and vanilla extract in a high-speed blender and process until smooth.
  2. 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.

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Gena December 17, 2011 at 3:54 am

Carrie, I saw your tweet, and this looks absolutely fantastic! Delicious recipe. I’m hoping to do a rawnog soon.

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Carrie December 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Thanks Gena! Looking forward to reading about your version of egg nog. Happy holidays and enjoy your break from classes!

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Darryl December 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Hi Carrie, your vegan eggnog recipe looks great! I’ll have to give it a try.

I have a different take on bacteria. I believe that our culture has a hypercleanliness obsession, which ironically works to our health detriment. Googling “microbiome” will bring up some fascinating recent research suggesting that our bacterial population is a critical component of good health. Each of us is a walking ecology with ourselves as only one of the participants. In fact, one might think of us as only the bus driver.

Bacteria have coevolved with us since we’ve been on the planet, and the great majority of our resident bacteria are helpful to us, not harmful. As with good garden soil, it’s precisely the prevalence of health-promoting bacteria that keeps the bad guys in check, so a rich, diverse population is critical for good health. We provide our symbiotic bacteria with housing (indeed we give them shelter, warmth, and a portion of our food for nourishment), so they have a vested interest in keeping us operational.

Since I became aware of this a few years ago, I’ve been careful not to be too careful (for example, I have no qualms about eating food that has been in the kitchen sink). I’m just a sample of size 1, but I can report that I never have the least bit of digestive upset, and have had only two mild colds in the past five years (even after 14 and 16-hour overseas flights to China and Australia). No doubt a nutritarian diet, exercise, adequate rest and vitamin D, and controlling stress are key factors, but it also helps to know that my microbiome is watching over me, always on patrol.

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Carrie December 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Hi Darryl, thanks so much for your input on bacteria. I agree with a lot of what you said. I think there is a fine line between being hyper vigilant and asking for trouble with microorganisms. I was surprised to learn in my Microbiology course that 75% of our immune system is comprised of “healthy” bacteria. However, there are also very dangerous, pathogenic microorganisms in our environment that are not healthy to become exposed to. In the lab where I swabbed surfaces around the house, we were not required to identify which types of bacteria were present. I can only assume that some of them could be pathogenic which is why I continue to wash my hands before eating and not touch my mouth, eyes or nose without washing my hands first. This also decreases the chance of viral infection. So, the bottom line is that, yes, bacteria aren’t necessarily bad, but it is unwise to try to infect yourself without knowing if something is pathogenic or not.

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Liz December 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I’m a vegetarian that avoids dairy (because even with pastured cows they have be to be forced to be pregnant all the time so they produce milk) but I do eat eggs. But I only eat them from farms where I have seen the pastured chickens running around, doing their thing, and enjoying their life. I feel very lucky that I have this opportunity and can connect with my farmer because I know not everyone has the opportunity. Factory farming is horrifying, and the crueler we are to animals, the more desensitized we are to human suffering. This is a really great video on the connection between animals and humans by Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ItSthuJhx0&feature=youtu.be

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Carrie December 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Liz, thank you so much for sending me this link to the TedX talk. It was incredible, it gave me goosebumps and tears. I wish everyone were more aware of the issues so we can at least make informed decisions in our food choices.

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Rebecca December 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Great job speaking out about factory farming! I do not like the idea of treating animals so ruthlessly as a way to maximize profits.

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles December 19, 2011 at 1:43 am

Happy birthday Roxy! My kitty looks just like yours, except she’s only 5 months old. I adopted her from a shelter, I went to visit and all the animals without homes tugged at my vegan heartstrings. I’m so happy to be able to provide her with a loving home :)

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Carrie December 20, 2011 at 12:48 am

Hi Kaitly, I bet your kitty is adorable, especially if she’s only 5 mos. old. Is she feisty like calicos tend to be?

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles December 20, 2011 at 1:04 am

Oh my goodness, SO feisty! She loves to play and has tons of energy. She loves getting into things she knows she’s not supposed to.

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Lisa December 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm

This looks awesome!
I definitely never consume factory farmed animal products—for the inhumanity of it and the scariness of the food contents.
I’ve tried going without animal products altogether, and I just have a really hard time feeling good based on digestive issues, so I keep it to mostly farm eggs, some cultured dairy from a farm I’ve visited and trust, and very occasionally…meat from farms I trust. The “good” farmers actually love their animals and treat them so well—the animals have a really good life. That being said, I still prefer to consume things like eggs and cultured butter rather than products that require killing the animals.

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Carrie December 20, 2011 at 12:48 am

I love that you make these types of choices, Lisa! My hope would be that more and more people think about where their food comes from. Happy holidays if we don’t “talk” before then. :)

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