Vegan Mint Ice Cream

To me, summer is all about two things: hot days and lots of ice cream.

 

By Helen Williams

 

I’ve been a fan of frozen treats since I was a kid: whether it was chasing down the ice cream truck at the Jersey shore, sitting in a favorite booth at a local shop or dipping pretzels in vanilla ice cream (best trick ever, seriously, you gotta try it), I’m a little surprised that I didn’t arrive where I am sooner. Oh yeah, I just recently started up a vegan ice cream business in Boulder County, Colorado. Woo!

 

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Staying Hydrated in the Heat

Some tips from Lizzy Ott to get you through the summer.

 

I think we can all agree; there’s a lot to love about summer. The beach, the sun, the summer Fridays, the cute linen jumpsuits – the list goes on and on. With all this hot-weather reverie, we can find ourselves sweating more, which can lead to a lower than normal water content. This can be super tough on the body, as water is responsible for transporting fluids and nutrients through the system. Internal dryness, inflammation, and downright discomfort can plague your summer time fun. Here are some tips to stay hydrated through the warmer months:

 

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The 411 on Oil Cleansers

Your skin super food is small yet mighty

 

Over the past year or two, there’s been a lot of buzz about oil cleansers. Some people swear by them, some think they’re just another fleeting beauty trend, and others gasp when they imagine smearing oil on their skin. If you’re a tried and true S-Dubber, you know that we’ve always been pro oils. If you’re new to S.W. Basics, welcome to the club. We’re here to remove your oil- free training wheels and usher you out into the big, viscous world that’s waiting with open arms. Our new Cleansers are the perfect place to begin your journey.

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Vegan Summer Sweet Potato Salad

Summer has finally arrived, and with the onset of nice weather comes the opportunity to eat al fresco with friends and family. Since bbq season often favors meat eaters, we wanted to share our favorite vegan salad recipes so you’re never left hungry at the end of a meal (because that inevitably results in stuffing your face with a pint of ice cream after, right?).

Our first summer recipe: Sweet Potato Salad
Welcome to BBQ town friends! If you want to bring your cooking skills to the table this 4th of July then this sweet potato salad will go down well. This simple and healthy recipe from Vegan Family Recipes only takes 35 minutes to prepare, so you can whip it up last minute without feeling like a total schmuck.

Ingredients

 

Two large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes

3 tablespoons olive oil

½ tablespoon Paprika, Oregano and Cayenne pepper

1 Shallot diced

2 Scallions diced

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method

Preheat oven to 390f (200c) and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss sweet potato cubes in one tablespoon of olive oil and place on tray. Cook for 25-35 mins till roasted and remove to cool. Mix shallots, scallions, spices vinegar and maple syrup to make dressing. Mix with the sweet potatoes and refrigerate before serving.

Join us again soon for more simple summer recipes.

 

Chia Bar Recipe

Jessica Blackman’s Creamy Vegan Raspberry Chia Bars

We’re not even close to being vegan, but I like variety and am all about moderation. Especially with kids. I make these vegan raspberry bars that are such a treat that no one in my family knows they are vegan, or even healthy. It’s not that they wouldn’t like it if they knew, but it just makes me feel better about them eating it. And then I can save the real sugar for when absolutely necessary. Like birthdays and holidays and Tuesdays. (oops)
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Vegan Mac and Cheese

Helen’s Vegan Mac & Cheese

Of all the dinners I remember having as a kid, mac and cheese night was always the best night. Ever. Even if we had to eat spinach and roasted tomatoes with it, I would not be deterred: it was always good, no matter what.

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raw vegan pecan pie

Lizzy’s Raw Vegan Pecan Pie

My entire family is from the deep south, so you can imagine our food delicacies. Growing up, my family gatherings were centered around Carolina style barbecue, decadent pies, and game-time boiled peanuts. My grandma was known for her pecan pie – chalk full of butter, white sugar, and corn syrup. I never met my grandma, but I’ve been told she was an incredibly grounded, honest, whip-you-into-shape kind of gal. I steer clear of pecan pies these days, but I’m honored to strive towards my grandma’s sense of strength and kindness.

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