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Whether you’re looking for a gift for a vegan friend or family member or are a looking to treat yourself to something cruelty-free, this is the perfect guide for you! I put together my ultimate vegan gift guide including cruelty-free beauty products, plant-based cookbooks, delicious dairy-free chocolates, chic vegan fashion, gifts that give to sanctuaries and so much more! My gift ideas are grouped into five categories:

1. Cruelty-Free Kitchen
2. Plant-Based Beauty
3. Rescue, Shelter & Sanctuary Support
4. Vegan Fashion
5. Peaceful Yogi

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Today’s bowl!

Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie Bowl
(makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller portions)

For smoothie, blend together:
3 frozen organic bananas
1/2  cup fresh organic raspberries
1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder (I use Navitas brand.)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk. You can use any dairy free milk. Use less liquid for a thicker, more ice cream-like texture.)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
hemp seeds (I use Nutiva.)
organic kiwi
organic banana
pomegranate seeds
organic raspberries
hemp granola (my favorite is this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)

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This pretty purple smoothie is delicious and packed with antioxidants! If you have any leftover smoothie, pour it into popsicle molds and freeze!

Blackberry Mango Smoothie Bowl
(makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller portions)

For smoothie, blend together:
3 frozen organic bananas
3/4 cup frozen organic mango
1/2 – 3/4 cup frozen organic blackberries
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk. You can use any dairy free milk or coconut water! Use less liquid for a thicker, more ice cream-like texture.)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
hemp seeds (I use Nutiva.)
organic banana
organic mango
sprouted organic buckwheat groats (I LOVE Emmy’s Super Cereal!)
organic blackberries

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This is my favorite summer smoothie.  So light, sweet and refreshing! Use just a little bit of dairy free milk or coconut water when blending to achieve an ice cream consistency or add more for a delicious drinkable smoothie.

Watermelon Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl
(makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller portions)

For smoothie, blend together:
3 frozen organic bananas
1 cup fresh organic watermelon
1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder (I use Navitas brand.)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk. You can use any dairy free milk or coconut water! Use less liquid for a thicker, more ice cream-like texture.)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
hemp seeds (I use Nutiva.)
organic banana
pomegranate seeds
watermelon stars
hemp granola (my favorite is this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)

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I love a day at the beach or sitting by a pool but can’t stand having oily hair, a sweaty face or sunburnt skin so I’m always looking for the most effective summer beauty products.  These are my favorite beach beauty essentials. Hydrating leave-in conditioner, age-defying hand cream, waterproof bronzer, my secret for an oil-free face in seconds, an ingenious underarm product and more! All vegan and cruelty-free, of course!

1. Supergoop! “Forever Young” SPF 40 Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn
This is my favorite summer hand cream.  The subtle scent is delicious, it absorbs quickly and brightens and improves skin’s texture! The small size is perfect for throwing in your beach bag.
view on www.amazon.com

2. Mineral Fusion SPF 30 Brush-On Sun Defense
In addition to my liquid face sunscreen, I always use a brush-on powder sunscreen for touch-ups and to control shine. This power is antioxidant-infused with sea kelp and white tea!
view on www.amazon.com

3. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
This is my absolute favorite dry shampoo. It quickly absorbs excess oil and restores bounce after a long day at the beach. I use the tinted version but they also offer their original clear dry shampoo!
view on www.kloraneusa.com

4. Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers
These are the best blotting papers I’ve ever tried! I always carry a package in my purse during the summer. The sheets are made of 100 percent natural abaca leaf and gold flake. They’re as pretty as they are effective!
view on www.amazon.com

5. Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm
This vegan lip balm is made with moisturizing cocoa butter and comes in so many yummy flavors. Flavors pictured: key lime, pink grapefruit, coconut, banana, mango & pomegranate!
view on www.amazon.com

6. Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
If you’re protecting you’re face like me, you’ll need a bronzer to give your cheeks and forehead that perfect summer glow. This bronzer contains vitamins A, C, and E and even contains water to help your skin retain moisture!
view on www.amazon.com

7. Supergoop! SPF 50 Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary
This three-in-one mist controls oil throughout the day, sets makeup and provides UV photoaging protection. I love the fresh rosemary-mint scent!
view on www.amazon.com

8. Sun Bum 3-in-1 Leave-in Spray
This lightweight leave-in spray smells amazing. Like one Amazon reviewer put it: “this product smells like your childhood summer at the beach”! It conditions and protects with coconut oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil and banana leaf.
view on www.amazon.com

9. Coola SPF 30 Piña Colada Sunscreen Spray
This hydrating sunscreen is made with organic ingredients like cucumber, algae extract, strawberry extract and red raspberry seed oil. It sprays on evenly and smells incredible! Want higher SPF? Try their unscented SPF 30 sport sunscreen spray!
view on www.amazon.com

10. MyChelle Cucumber Cooler Soothing Spray
Soothe, cool and hydrate your skin after a day in the sun with this cucumber and aloe spray! Made with all-natural, non-GMO ingredients.
view on www.mychelle.com

11. MyChelle Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30 Anti-Aging Cream
This is such an amazing anti-aging sunscreen for your face.  It protects, moisturizes and reduces lines with plant-based ingredients like zinc oxide, red algae extract, kukui oil and macadamia nut oil!
view on www.mychelle.com

12. Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes
This ingenious product by Pacifica wipes away underarm sweat, neutralizes odors and soothes with coconut milk and essential oils.
view on www.amazon.com

This is the most delicious smoothie bowl! It tastes just like chocolate peanut butter ice cream but so much better because it’s good for you and cruelty-free!  I’ve made variations of this amazing nice cream before but using Peanut Butter & Co.’s white chocolate peanut butter made it extra special.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl
(makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller portions)

For smoothie, blend together:
3.5 frozen organic bananas
2 tablespoons peanut butter (My favorite: Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful!)
1 scoop chocolate vegan protein powder (I used Vega’s chocolate protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk. You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
hemp seeds (I used Nutiva’s organic shelled hemp seeds.)
sliced banana
cacao nibs (I use Navitas!)
hemp granola (my favorite is this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)
pomegranate seeds
sliced strawberries

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Today’s bowl!

Strawberry Mango Smoothie Bowl
(makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller portions)

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup frozen organic mango
3/4 cup frozen organic strawberries
1 tablespoon Goji powder (I use Navitas. Extra boost of beta-carotene & antioxidants!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk. You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
hemp seeds
sliced organic banana
pomegranate seeds
strawberries
hemp granola (my favorite is this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)
sliced organic mango

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After running errands today in the oppressive NYC heat, I made this anti-oxidant rich smoothie bowl to cool down! So simple to make, loaded with healthy ingredients and tastes like dessert.

 
Cherry Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup frozen organic cherries
1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder (I use Navitas brand.)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk. You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
black chia seeds (I use Nutiva.)
organic banana
pomegranate seeds
Rainier cherries
sprouted organic buckwheat groats (I use Emmy’s Super Cereal.)

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This might be my favorite smoothie of the summer so far!  The color is the most beautiful mint green and the taste is absolutely delicious. The matcha tea gives an extra boost of antioxidants and balanced energy (caffeine!) to this bowl.  Here are just some of the health benefits of matcha tea:

*extremely high in antioxidants (over 60 times that of spinach!)
*contains high levels of cancer-preventing catechins
*combats inflammation, oxidation & aging
*improves brain function with L-theanine
*detoxes the body with Chlorophyll
*lowers bad cholesterol
*helps with weight loss
*provides energy boost without jittery feeling!

3 Brands to Try:

DōMatcha Green Tea
The Republic Of Tea Matcha Tea Powder
Jade Organics Matcha Tea

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup frozen organic mango
1/2 fresh organic kiwi
1 handful organic kale (can use spinach)
2 tsp matcha powder
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk.  You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
organic hemp seeds (I used Nutiva!)
sliced organic kiwi
sliced organic banana
organic blueberries
sprouted organic buckwheat groats (I use Emmy’s Super Cereal.)

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Another day, another bowl! This blend was divine!

Raspberry Peach Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
3/4 cup frozen organic peach
1/2 cup fresh organic raspberries
1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
1 tablespoon pomegranate powder (I use Navitas brand.)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk. You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
sliced organic peach
hemp seeds
sliced organic banana
black chia seeds (I use Nutiva.)
organic raspberries
hemp seed granola (my favorite is this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)

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Peach Mango Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup frozen organic peach
3/4 cup frozen organic mango
1 tablespoon Goji powder (I use Navitas. Extra boost of beta-carotene & antioxidants!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup coconut milk (You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
black chia seeds (I use Nutiva.)
mango stars
sliced organic banana
hemp granola (my favorite is this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)
organic raspberries
sliced organic peach

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It’s been so hot and humid in NYC so I’ve been making a smoothie bowl every day to cool off.  This watermelon strawberry smoothie might be my favorite smoothie flavor I’ve made yet!  So sweet and refreshing.

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup fresh organic watermelon (hydrating and loaded with vitamins & antioxidants!)
6-8 frozen organic strawberries
1/2 cup frozen organic cherries
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder (I use Navitas. 2 tablespoons = 260% vitamin C!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk.  You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
sprouted buckwheat groats (I use Emmy’s Super Cereal.)
black chia seeds (I love Nutiva.)
sliced organic banana
organic pomegranate seeds
sliced organic strawberries
organic watermelon stars

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This smoothie bowl is so delicious, hydrating and nutritious.  The smoothie itself is amazing but the fresh watermelon and pomegranate seeds on top bursting with flavor are the best part!

Watermelon Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup fresh organic watermelon (hydrating and loaded with vitamins & antioxidants!)
5-6 frozen organic strawberries
1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder (I use Navitas. 2 tablespoons = 260% vitamin C!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy milk (I used Silk’s organic soy milk.  You can use any dairy-free milk!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
organic pomegranate seeds
sprouted buckwheat groats (I use Emmy’s Super Cereal.)
organic watermelon balls (I used this cookie scoop by OXO to make the melon balls.)
sliced organic strawberries
sliced organic banana
black chia seeds (I love Nutiva.)

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This smoothie bowl’s base is made with one of my favorite blends: bananas, cherries and strawberries.  It gets an extra boost of antioxidants and vitamins from the yummy superfruit powders blended in and sprinkled on top!

Pretty in Pink Smoothie Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1/2 cup frozen organic cherries
10 frozen organic strawberries
1 tablespoon Goji powder (I use Navitas. Extra boost of beta-carotene & antioxidants!)
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder (I use Navitas. 2 tablespoons = 260% vitamin C!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/2 – 3/4 cup of dairy-free milk (soy, coconut, almond, cashew, hemp, etc!)

For toppings, I used:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
hemp seeds (organic shelled hempseed by Nutiva.)
pomegranate powder (Navitas brand is delicious!)
sliced organic banana
hemp granola (I love this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)
black chia seeds (I use Nutiva)

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I make a smoothie bowl almost every day. It’s the most delicious way to load up on healthy fruits, protein and fiber! Here’s the recipe for my new favorite.

Frosted Berry Bowl

For smoothie, blend together:
2 frozen organic bananas
1 cup frozen organic blackberries
1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
5 frozen organic strawberries
1 tablespoon Goji powder (I use Navitas. Extra boost of beta-carotene & antioxidants!)
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Vega’s vanilla protein smoothie powder.)
1/2 – 3/4 cup of dairy-free milk (soy, coconut, almond, cashew, hemp, etc!)

Toppings:
shredded coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic coconut.)
cacao nibs (I use Navitas.)
sliced organic banana
frozen organic blueberries
frozen organic blackberries
sprouted buckwheat groats (I use Emmy’s Super Cereal. Stays crunchy in your smoothie!)
hemp granola (I love this granola by Nature’s Path Organic.)

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