So I went on a cruise… And the Vegan part, lets just say it was way easier than I expected.
I used to flip through magazines and say “oh hey look there is a vegan cruise! But it’s 9x the cost of a regular cruise” and then not go on a cruise. This time, I said, “The heck with it” and took my chances with the run of the mill budget cruise.
So it was a Carnival cruise… and first of all, the fruit selection was AMAZING. The fact that there are options at any hour of the day/night for the duration of the cruise is also AMAZING. Additionally, on Carnival, the room service was free, so even when the only thing that was open was the pizza place and the ice cream parlor at 1 am, I could order free fresh fruit and oatmeal delivered right to my room! I mean, I didn’t even have to walk to get my vegan fix, how great is that?
Also on cruises, the BF and I try and jump start our healthy lifestyle choices. I would say this is my favorite part. So healthy fruits, fresh raw options, and some jogging with a side of salsa dancing? I’ll take it. We went jogging on the track, swimming in the pools, dancing in the clubs, and even visited the gym to check it out. Overall, cruises make me happy 😀
Oh, and if you go to the service desk when you first get on the boat, and tell them you have special dietary requirements – they tell the kitchen! And at your dinner time, since you have the same wait staff every night, they come up to you and alert you that they were told about your food preferences. I was offered to select an entirely vegan cooked meal not on the menu for every single night. The only caveat was that I had to let them know the night before, but they usually gave me two or three choices to pick from.
Needless to say, I will be cruisin’ more often for vacations! Less work for food prep, and fresh fruit around the clock! Sign me up!
It was so delicious, so tart, and I spent extra time blending it so I didn’t add more almond milk. That gave it a creamier consistency. Fantastic!
2.5 Bananas (some frozen)
12 oz. Raspberries (frozen)
A splash of almond milk to help it blend.
I am assuming this is what all vegans say. Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get a LOT of fruit in one serving (or five servings depending on how you look at it). I love my new Ninja blender that I have been using since Christmas. For the most part it gets everything blended really smooth. It works better if you do the thicker items first before adding in the liquid, or else it doesn’t get those little pieces small enough.
Smoothies really are my life now. I have them multiple times a week. That and nicecream. The one in the picture was a banana pummelo smoothie, which came out pretty good, but next time I will use less pummelo, which has a bitter grapefruit like taste, and put a few sweeter ingredients in.
Nice cream? What is this? Why does everyone post all these delicious looking pictures? What am I supposed to eat when boyfriend wants to eat ice cream and watch TV!?!?! Nice cream is the answer. I tried it just a short while back with cocoa powder and that was pretty good, but I wanted to try some other flavors to see if I can find one that hides the banana taste a little.
I am getting used to the taste of bananas so that’s a good thing. But still, the less it tastes like bananas the better. My two most recent attempts include a vanilla cinnamon nice cream, and a strawberry nice cream .
Vanilla: 1 frozen banana with splashes of vanilla, cinnamon, and soy milk to taste.
Strawberry: 2 frozen bananas, 1/2 a bag of frozen strawberries
Boyfriend liked both of them so much he now asks me to make him some too every time I make any!
So I saw this awesome looking video over at FullyRaw Kristina’s youtube page for avocado cucumber rainbow rolls. I love watching her videos because they are inspiring and she uses all raw ingredients. I decided to make these rainbow rolls, and even though her video was only 6 minutes long, it took me closer to 15 to prepare and make them.
I also didn’t have toothpicks so I had to use chopsticks to hold my rolls together. I used a mandolin to slice the cucumbers, but I used the biggest setting, and probably should have used a slightly thinner setting for easier rolling. I also got my peppers pre-cut from the store, and I used a mixed bag of lettuce type materials, that had a little lettuce, cabbage, and even some broccoli in it to use as filling. Luckily I didn’t choose each thing individually or I would have been in my kitchen the entire day. I am not the quickest slicer and dicer!
So after making 8 rolls, I devoured them. It actually took me longer to eat than I would have thought. The delicious avocado sauce came out the sides a bit, but it was still good. Also I think since there is a lot of water, and a lot of crunchy goodness, I actually had to chew and enjoy my food. After eating all 8 I was successfully stuffed, but I was hungry again just 2 hours later, so it didn’t have enough substance to hold me over. As for an awesome, refreshing, mid afternoon snack – I’d recommend them.
I have a love hate relationship with bananas. I like bananas whole as a snack, but when I blend them into things and mix them with other foods there is something about the taste or smell that puts me off. I am trying to overcome that. I am trying to be inspired by people like Freelee the banana girl and Fully Raw Kristina who just love bananas! They are so good for you – and I want to eat more of them!
So.. A recommendation from so many instagrammers, as well as from my cousin, was the banana ice cream! All you have to do is freeze a ripe banana, and when you are ready for ice cream, you blend it with your other vegan ingredients to whatever flavor you want.
I tried a chocolate one. I used 1 frozen banana, a splash of soy milk for easier blending, and 1 spoon of cocoa powder. It came out surprisingly well, barely tasting like bananas. I am looking forward to adding more types of strong flavored fruits to see if I can have a less banana taste and other flavors as well!