So, I can’t even quite remember how Janae and I connected, but it’s been a fast and fun friendship even though I live in Utah and She lives in Texas. See, we’re both Mormon and Vegan (two things that don’t often go hand in hand). Janae found veganism over 7 years ago, while I went vegan just 2 years ago. Even though veganism isn’t common amongst members of our faith, we both feel it aligns closely with our church’s Word of Wisdom, which is kind of like a Mormon Law for Health.
Interestingly enough, we also both started out our vegan journey with more heavily restrictive vegan diets that eschewed added fats, sugars and sodium. Now we’re both into healthy moderation with all those things. Girls’ gotta live! Her blog, Bring Joy is much fancier and organized than mine! She showcases lifestyle and family posts as well as her recipes (and e-books). Everything she posts is beautifully photographed and mind-blowingly delicious.
Let’s welcome Janae Wise, the darling heavily pregnant, budget concious, gluten-free, mom and vegan Mormon behind the blog, Bring Joy.
The other day I went to Whole Foods. I don’t usually shop there. For one it’s not in my neck of the woods & I’m not into guzzling gas if I don’t need to.
But more importantly, my heart starts racing & I approach a near hyperventilative state whenever I look at the prices.
Don’t get me wrong–the gluten-free vegan brownies, the chickpea miso, & the organic cultured coconut yogurt certainly does cause m e to think I cannot live without these things–but I simply can’t afford to do too much shopping in that beautiful, beautiful place.
But on this recent trip (I was just looking for some light tofu, which wouldn’t ya know, they don’t carry), I came across a boxes of this:
And they were on sale.
And there was a coupon.
So, I scored several boxes for just $1 each–yipee! I love a good deal, don’t you?
It’s nice to drink straight up, but I had other things in mind.
You see, I have four growing, always hungry, young kids. And when the older ones walk home from school each afternoon they’re especially ravenous. So, it’s my job to figure out how I can easily feed them a nutrient dense, calorie-packed snack.
I made this shake for them the other day–packed with lots of good stuff, & calorie dense (though each serving is perfect for an adult watching their calories).
The addition of nut butter & pumpkin seeds add some important nutrients for my kids, including fat, protein, zinc & vitamin E.
1 c. rice nog (or other non-dairy nog)
2 ripe bananas
2-3 c. ice
2 TBS. nut butter
1/4 c. unsalted raw pumpkin seeds
dash of cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg
1-2 packets stevia, if desired (though I think it’s plenty sweet without!)
Put ingredients in blender by order listed & blend until smooth. This is isn’t as thick & creamy as my candy cane or pumpkin pie milkshakes (which are more like soft ice cream), but that’s okay–drink with a straw & enjoy!
nutrition info: makes 4 servings; per serving–156 calories, 5 g fat, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 3.5 g protein; WWP: 4 points
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Bonus Giveaway: Last but not least, Field Roast, the awesome company that makes the best “vegan grain meat” EVAH! mailed me some coupons earlier in the year, so I’m giving away one coupon for a Field Roast Celebration Roast to the first reader to go to my Vedged Out Facebook Page and message me there about how badly they want this Celebration Roast for Christmas! I’ll mail the coupon out to the winner today so that you have time to pick it up before Christmas!!!
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Great post! we love making christmas cookies over here!
That’s a fantastic tradition!
Yeah for Mormon vegans!!! We do have the Word of Wisdom after all 🙂 I love that you gals are blogging the good life! I’m just living it . . . but not quite technologically savvy enough to write about it. Somer, you would be proud of me because last week I made vegan treats for my VT’s and HT’s and then had my friend over for a whole day of learning how to eat plant based. She loved it and is now totally psyched to start her journey. Happy Holidays! 🙂
See! You don’t need to use technology to share plant-based love! You are fabulous Laurie! xx
I love to make pumpkin roll as gifts for the holidays. It is not the holiday without it!
I adore pumpkin roll! I need to veganize that thing!
My favorite memory is being surrounded by close friends and family, while enjoying delicious foods that have been made with love!
Somer, thanks for having me. You’re awesome. ox
(Also, I may be a dope, but I’m not clear on how someone enters the giveaway for my tote.)
So fun! Hey, so to enter the giveaway, you just click on the link that says “A Rafflecopter Giveaway.” Since my blog isn’t self hosted I have to link it and the Rafflecopter doesn’t appear on my page. Does that make sense? 🙂 People can see it, as I see some entries 🙂
My favorite vegan holiday recipe is my crustless gluten-free pumpkin pie 🙂
Oh. that sounds luscious!
Thanks Somer 🙂
My mom used to make chocolate wreaths with us every December.
My favorite holiday memory is singing Christmas carols with my family after dinner.
cookie and this year thinking of ur wonderful muffins
My favorite holiday recipe is definitely green bean casserole. No canned beans around here. 🙂