Vegan Summer

Pina Colada

Pina Colada
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Spring is almost over and summer is knocking on the door. It’s going to be hot and sultry, and nothing else but tall cool drinks will do. It’s also a sugar trap in the making; all things cool and sweet are laden with heaps of sugar. Today let’s talk about some healthier and perkier alternatives to traditional summer coolers. One of my favorite cheats is to use green tea as a base for fruit based drinks. This serves a dual purpose introduces the tremendous benefits of green tea and cuts down on the empty sugar calories. Not to forget it also enhances the flavor of the drink itself.

Summer Ice Shakes are a great family tradition. Vegan Diets do not include milk products as they do not endorse any animal based products. This summer try a new shake with organic coconut milk or Almond Milk. Add cinnamon, fruits or date syrup to provide sweetness. Again the benefits of almond milk combined with the goodness of cinnamon or fruits will make this a healthy treat.  A sinful yet virtuous treat; who can ask for more? A Virgin Pina Colada or Virgin Mary would not be amiss this summer.

Recently I tried a cucumber mint iced tea and was blown out of my mind by its refreshing flavor. Add a lot of lemon juice to keep it less sweet though. I can say that this treat will be

Cucumber mint tea

Cucumber Mint Tea
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a definite hit at your home. You can add a dollop of orange juice to it if you don’t want to add any extra sugar. Chunks of cucumber, subtle flavor of mint and the citrus hint from the orange juice with lots of ice, what else could a summer cooler ask for.

Jaljeera and Mango Panna are Indian summer delicacies. For those of you who like a little bit of spice in your life this little treat is right up your alley. Tangy and sweet, salty and spicy it has a little bit of everything. The whole Indian spices used in these preparations make it perfect to fight that hot summer.  Organic Whole spices that add to the flavor and promote healthy eating can be found in vegan stores online.  You can also use fresh herbs like mint and basil to add a relish to your beverage.

vegan milkshakes

Vegan Milkshakes
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So start your summer with a bang, let us make it a special one when you enjoyed all your favorite treats without hurting any animals for their products. Vegan lifestyle promotes a healthy lifestyle. So make sure to use alternative sources of sugar in these drinks so that you can enjoy these to your hearts content.

VEGAN ALMOND MILK KHEER

A recipe for a vegan dessert to show respect to the Holy Cow during Navratra when we worship all forms of  the Mother Goddess.

Vegan almond milk kheer

Almond Milk Kheer (vegan-fare.blogspot.com)

ALMOND KHEER (RICE PUDDING)

(Time to cook 45 min- 1 hour)

Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ cup Basmati rice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 4 cups Almond milk
  • ½- 3/4 cup Sugar or Jaggery (to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. Raisins
  • ¾ tsp Cardamom powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash the rice and cook it with water. When it comes to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the water is absorbed by the rice.
  2. Add to this the almond milk, vanilla essence and sugar, depending on how sweet you want it to be.
  3. Let the kheer simmer, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened. Let it remain a little fluid because it will thicken as it stands.
  4. Add the raisins and cardamom powder and stir for about a minute.
  5. Enjoy!

This Kheer can be had both warm and chilled, I like it chilled in the summers.

 

Vegan Thandai Ultimate Summer Refresher

Holi Drink Vegan Thandai
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Ingredients

1 liter almond milk
3/4 cup sugar (or according to taste)
1tbsp. Melon Seeds( magaj) soaked
1 tbsp. Poppy seeds( khus khus) soaked
Fennel seeds 1 tsp. (Saunf)
Few strands saffron
6-8 green cardamom
4-6 peppercorn( Kali mirch)
Rose petals 15-20
Pista chopped for decoration

Preparation

Grind soaked Melon seeds, Poppy seeds, Fennel seeds,Cardamom, Pepper,  and Rose Petals together.

Make a sugar syrup with equal parts of water. Put the saffron strands in the sugar syrup.

Mix a little almond milk to make a smooth paste.Mix the rest of the almond milk  with the paste and strain through a fine cloth or sieve. Add the sugar syrup.

Pour in glasses add ice and garnish with chopped Pista

Drink  Fresh