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 seems like I eat a lot of snacks 🙂 I have to make sure throughout the day that I am getting enough calories. So between meals I have little fruit salads, or veggie platters, or hummus plates. I’m wondering how everyone else makes sure they get enough calories and what kind of snacks they eat?
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.
So I was going through some blogs and looking for something creamy and filling on my vegan diet. I found an asparagus soup over at the Vegangela blog and I noticed that the ingredients list was short (perfect), and there was lots of simmering and not much stirring (also perfect). I decided to give it a try.
Now, asparagus tastes great, don’t get me wrong, but it totally tastes like veggies. A very distinct veggie taste. I was apprehensive about the recipe, especially since I had to use ALL the asparagus in my fridge, and I didn’t want to waste it.
I didn’t weigh out the asparagus like it said to in the recipe, and I used 32 ounces of veggie stock, instead of the 5 cups, because that was the size of the container I had. I soaked my cashews in water, and cooked for the full 20 minutes, maybe even longer because I got distracted on the phone with my friend 🙂
This soup is amazing. Thank you Angela at Vegangela for sharing this on your blog. I recommend everyone make it if they are looking for a nice, filling, warm soup. Smooth and delicious! Looking forward to trying more recipes from your site Angela!
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!