By: Caroline Roethlisberger
One common misconception about vegan/vegetarian eating is that meal options are limited and boring. Despite my efforts to be environmentally conscious through my diet, it’s often discouraging when my dietary options lack convenience and taste and cost more than I’m willing to spend. While it can be difficult to find delicious and filling foods at restaurants or dining halls, it’s not hard or expensive to make your own!
Recently, my Instagram feed has been taken over by images of smoothie bowls. What’s so exciting about a fruity drink in a bowl? I’m not quite sure, but the pictures of colorful blended fruits graced with a rainbow of toppings looks more than appetizing.
If you go to Miami, then you know about Miami Ice. It’s the smoothie and ice cream bar in the center of Armstrong Student Center. Their smoothies are delicious– but they cost a fortune! Fortunately, most dorm buildings have a blender for resident use, and its super easy to grab some fruit on the way out of the dining hall.
While making your own, you can use reusable containers to avoid the plastic straws and cups, and you can choose your own vegan ingredients! Not only are you making something delicious, but you’re being environmentally friendly, too.
After experimenting with some recipes, I’ve definitely become a fan of this emerging food trend. The toppings turn the drink into a meal, and it’s very satisfying to create a rainbow masterpiece.
Most residence halls have a blender- just ask your RA! Freeze your fruit overnight and blend all the ingredients together. Almond/Soy milk or yogurt is optional, but I like to add it for a smoother consistency. Not only does it taste delicious, but, because it is plant-based, almond and soy milk are more environmentally friendly. Also, protein powder makes a great addition for a filling meal! I do not measure exact amounts of each ingredient, but I do only use half of a banana for each smoothie.
This week, I’m sharing some of my favorite smoothie combinations! If you read last week’s column, you probably saw my granola recipe. I often add it to my smoothies because it’s filling, easy to make, contains minimal sugar and is delicious!
Here’s a few easy recipes using ingredients that can be found at your local dining hall. Most of these recipes are already or can be modified to be vegan.
- Almond/Soy Milk
- Green Apple
- Oatmeal (Blend dry oatmeal before you add the other ingredients)
- Almond/Peanut Butter
- Almond/Soy Milk
- Vanilla Protein Powder or Oatmeal
- Vanilla Almond Milk/Yogurt
- More Fruit!
- Chia/Flax seeds
- Coconut flakes
Images via Caroline Roethlisberger