Looking for an easy way to load up on some delicious vegan protein bars?
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll LOVE this recipe.
No-Bake Vegan Protein Bars
Today I found this recipe on OhSheGlows.com, and it was a hit! It’s fast and easy to make. I added a couple of tweaks based on what I had in my kitchen and it turned out great. Anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate will dig this!
1.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats, blended into a flour
1/2 cup vegan protein powder (I used Vega Brand, Vanilla flavor)
1/2 cup rice crisp cereal
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life or other vegan chocolate )
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
Almond Milk (Unsweetened) 1/4 cup
Line an 8-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper. In a large bowl mix the oat flour, protein powder, rice crisp, salt together.
Then Add in the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and almond milk. Stir well to combine. If the mixture is a bit dry, add a little bit more of almond milk and mix again.
Press dough mixture into pan. You can roll it until smooth with a pastry roller. Then, place it in the freezer.
Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in a small pot over low heat. When half of the chips have melted, remove from heat and stir until smooth.
After freezing the bars for about 15 minutes minutes, remove from freezer and slice into bars. Drizzle with melted chocolate and freeze again until set. Store in the freezer for a week or longer in an air-tight freezer bag or container.
This is a nice light lunch snack. It’s easy to make and tastes great.
1 spinach tortilla wrap 1/2 cup of spring mix 1/2 cup spinach 1/4 cup fresh blueberries 1 strawberry, sliced 1/4 cup walnuts 2 tablespoons of vegan poppyseed dressing (Most are vegan) 1 tablespoon olive oil
Add olive oil to a pan. On low-medium heat, heat up spinach wrap till warm and starting to brown a little.
Remove from heat and place heated side down on plate.
Add spring mix and spinach, blueberries, strawberries slices, walnuts and top with poppyseed dressing.
Diet: Omnivorous (Primarily Spongivorous – One who eats Sponges!)
Life Span: Estimated at 30-50 years
Location: Tropic and Subtropical Oceans
The name “Hawksbill” comes from the turtle’s unmistakable hooked beak that looks like a hawk’s beak.
Hawksbill’s live the warm tropics and subtropic waters. They don’t travel to far deep into the ocean depths. They hang around coast where there are a lot of sponges to feed on. Using that sharp beak, they are able to dig into holes and small areas of the reef and eat large sponges. They are also omnivores consuming crustaceans, marine algae, jelly fish and other fish.
Despite their name, they are most know for their beautiful shell.
Their carapace (top of shell) is composed of magnificent marbling in colors of rich ambers and dark browns. Distinct from other sea turtles their shell also has overlapping scutes or boney plates.
Their primary role in the ecosystem is keeping the coral reefs in check.
How do they do this?
They do this by eating the sponges. If left to grow, the sponges would take over the coral reefs. This would not leave room for other organisms and coral.
Threats (ALL Caused By Human Impact):
1. The Illegal Shell Trade
The Hawksbill’s largest threat is the Illegal Shell Trade.
“Tortoise Shell” trade can be traced back to ancient times. Ruins and tombs have uncovered tortoise shell jewelry, boxes, and trinkets with other precious artifacts.
Not until 1968 did the IUCN list Hawksbills as Endangered and didn’t change their status to critically endangered in 1996.
Hawksbills are currently under protection of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Unfortunately, Asia still continues sell shell products because of the high demand by consumers. Therefore, people around the world illegally hunt these protected creatures for their pockets.
2. Fishing Industry
Commercial fishing is the root cause of overfishing. Overfishing is causing a plethora of issues.
But, lets just focus on the nets here.
When it comes to the nets. The nets can unintentionally pick up many turtles. Which many die or if re-released are too injured to survive.
But, what is called “Ghost Nets” are also a real issue.
These nets get accidentally detached from the boat. MANY lives end up getting caught in these nets and sink to the ocean floor. Trapped, the turtle and other marine life are never to be found again.
3. Habitat Loss on Land and In Sea
Beaches are being taken for development for hotels, vacation homes, or the ever growing population of people. This leaves little room for nesting turtles.
Thus, momma sea turtles have no place to lay their eggs on land. They instinctively use the same beach for years and years. A lot of factors go into the decision of egg laying location. Theories have been made about how come they choice a certain nesting cite but no one knows for sure.
As far as in the sea, our coral reefs are in need. They are dying from population, overfishing, and coral mining. This causes a loss of food supply for the turtles.
4. Beach Light Pollution
A hatchling emerges from the shell after 2 months of incubation buried under the sand. Ideally, they make their way to the sea at night under the protection of the darkness. This helps many avoid predators who find hatchlings as easy meals.
The little 2 inch hatchling is instinctively driven to the glimmering light of the sea. (Cool right?!)
When there are other lights on the beach they are misguided and head in the WRONG direction. They get lost and may never find their way to the ocean.
Other areas of concern:
Sea Turtles are also killed illegally for their meat, die from oil pollution, and suffer from people stealing their eggs for delicacy.
OK… enough sadness. There is good news! You can help!
Ways To Help:
Hawksbill sea turtle on the beach, Thailand.
1. Don’t Eat Wild Caught Fish
The best way to NOT be part of the over fishing problem and by accidental netting deaths, is to not consume wild caught fish.
2. Don’t Buy Anything Made of Turtle Shells
Traveling around the world, it’s important to make sure that you are not buying souvenirs or trinkets made with Turtle Shells.
3. Don’t Release Balloons into the Sky
What goes up must come down. Balloons can end up in our oceans. They may be accidentally eaten by sea turtles mistaking them for jelly fish. This can cause them to cause a blockage in their stomach and that never ends in a happy ending.
4. Decrease Light Pollution
When visiting the nesting beaches, turn off lights at nighttime. Sea turtle hatchings hatch at night relay on the glimmering light of the sea to guide them to safety.
5. Clean Beaches
Anytime you travel to the beach, bring a bag to collect trash. Trash and debris can be mistaken for food by the turtles. If we all do our part, our litter won’t end up in the bellies of wildlife.
6. Spread Awareness
Share this message so that people know about the status of these magnificent creatures and how to protect them!
Great Organizations Helping Sea Turtles:
Resources: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/summary/8005/0 https://cites.org/ https://conserveturtles.org/ https://ecos.fws.gov/ Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans And What We Can Do To Save Them, Ted Danson and Michael D’Orso, pg. 137
This is not a from scratch kinda recipe. This is a make dinner in under 30 minutes kinda deal.
It’s totally vegan and totally yummy. This has been tested on by my step-dad who is not keen to anything that is vegan, and he loves it.
Easy Vegan Spaghetti & “Meatballs”
Loaf of French Baguette Bread from Bakery (Make sure it’s vegan 🙂 No eggs or milk)
Vegan Butter (Earth Balance Soy-Free)
1lb Spaghetti Noodles (1 package. We buy Organic Barilla brand. But, any will do!)
0.8 oz Bella Mushrooms washed and sliced
4 oz of Spinach
1 Package (12.7 oz) of Gardein’s Classic Meatballs
1 Jar (24oz) of Marina Pasta Sauce (We get Newman’s Own Fire Roasted Tomato and Garlic)
0.5 tablespoon Garlic Salt
0.5 tablespoon of Pepper
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Cut Baguette in half and then into 3-4 inch sections. Place slices facing up on tin foil cooking sheet. Spread on Vegan Butter on and sprinkle on garlic salt.
Cook at 350 for 5 minutes. KEEP an eye! This can burn very easily. So just watch it. (We find it easier to cook in a toaster oven so we can watch it closely)
Boil water & cook noodles per package instructions. After noodles are cooked add pasta sauce. Set aside.
In a steamer set over boiling water, steam “meatballs” for 8-12 mins or until done.
In a pan. Add olive oil and warm. Cook Mushrooms on a high heat for 5-7 minutes or until brown remove and set aside. In same pan you can cook the spinach on low heat. You may have to add a touch more olive oil. (Be sure not to over cook the spinach.)
When meatballs, mushrooms and spinach is done, add them to your noodles and sauce. Mix well and enjoy!
This fruit and veggie bowl is super packed with nutrients.
Heating food destroys a lot of the nutrients and natural enzymes. So, with this recipe you are getting a full dose of what Mother Nature has to offer.
The Super Raw Bowl, is great in the afternoon as a pick-me-up if you are low on energy.
You can really add and mix many different fruits and veggies. So have fun with this! The KEY is to making sure everything is FINELY cut up.
It may seem strange adding so many different ingredients, but I promise it will come together!
In this recipe we will share what we usually add.
1 Apple (not seen in video but usually added)
1 cup Spinach (not seen in video but usually added)
1 head of Broccoli
7-12 stalks of Asparagus
3/4 of a large Cucumber
4 Clementine Oranges
1/2 of a Red Bell Pepper
1/2 of a Green Bell Pepper
2 cups Blueberries
1/4 cup Raw Cashews
1/4 cup Raw Almonds
1/4 cup Raw Walnuts
1 cup Blackberries
1 cup Raspberries
1/4 Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Flax Seeds
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
2 cups of Kale
1/2 cup Pineapple
*Side note: You want all the fruit to be ripe and slightly firm so it doesn’t get to mushy.
Finely cut up all the fruit and veggies. You really want everything to be really tiny little pieces.
When you cut this up really small the juices from the fruit create a juice. SO, you don’t need any dressing. =)
Down below is a video of Nick (my lovely fiancé) and he will walk you exactly how to make this delicious bowl.
If you enjoyed this recipe, feel free to share with your friends for their heath and for the welfare of animals!
And, we’d love to hear from you in the comments. Let us know if you added anything else to your Super Raw Bowl that you liked.
So, before the CRC decides if this should be on the ballot, they are having 5 public hearings to listen to what the public has to say. It is EXTREMELY important that you attend these hearings to let the commissioners know how you feel about this issue.
At these hearings they will take public testimony on all pending proposals, including Proposal 67 to phase out greyhound racing.
Only if the CRC decides to place this on the ballot, then can the proposal be voted on by us citizens.
And even then for this law to go into effect, the proposal will have to be voted YES by 60% of the people in November.
Why Ban Dog Racing
Commercial greyhound racing is illegal in 40 states.
12 of the 18 American operational dog tracks are in Florida.
Since 1990, the amount wagered on greyhound racing in the Sunshine State has
declined by 74% and tax revenue from dog racing has dropped by 98%.
Over the past decade there have been 419 greyhound drug positives at Florida tracks, including 68 greyhound cocaine positives
Female greyhounds are routinely given an anabolic steroid to prevent a loss of race days, a cruel practice that harms animal welfare and raises integrity concerns.
Grey2K USA, a non-profit organization, has stood up and been the voice for the greyhounds since 2001. They have successfully closed 30 tracks throughout the US!
There are still 19 tracks open in the United States. Many states have out-lawed greyhound racing except 6 states, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia. Half of ALL greyhound racing takes place in Florida.
Why has this group advocated for the demise of the industry?
Illegal drugs are often given to the dogs to increase performance. Although it is illegal to do so, some trainers take the risk for the high reward payoffs.
In 2015, GREY2K USA documented a total of 75 violations in all seven racing states, including drug positive tests for cocaine, ractopamine, anabolic steroid metandienone, and industrial solvent dimethyl sulfoxide.
And legally, female greyhounds are routinely given anaerobic steroids to stop their estrus (heat) cycle so they can continue to race. This can cause them to become aggressive, loss of overall health and virilization.
Greyhounds are confined in cages for more than 20 hours a day.
They are kept in a store-house style building that is lined up with cages. Let are only let out in a big group for elimination purposes or training/racing.
Bedding consists of shredded newspaper and carpet remnants.
The cages are just barely enough for the dog to stand up and turn around. Some of the larger greyhounds can not even stand up all the way.
Broken legs are reported as the most common injury. Other injuries include crushed skulls, electrocution and broken backs.
The state of Florida and Alabama do not report their injuries and deaths.
What is on file, is a report that GREY2K and ASPCA did between 2008-2015. They found over 11,722 Greyhound injuries. More than 3,000 dogs had injuries of broken legs, skulls, backs or electrocution.
Durning that same time the report shows 909 racing Greyhound deaths. The actually number is expected to be higher as that the fate of a dog after an injury or done competing is uncertain.
During the same report from GREY2K and ASPCA, they found 27 cases of Greyhound cruelty and neglect. These are dogs who were starved to death, denied veterinary care, or endured poor kennel conditions.
Live Lure Training
Although illegal, there has also been numerous accounts of trainers using LIVE lures like rabbits, opossums, and piglets for training. There is many different videos on the web of trainers using other animals as bait and killing it. This gruesome act has been seen here in the US and in the UK.
Notes from Public Hearing in Melbourne, FL February 19th, 2019 for Proposal 67
We attended the public hearing in Melbourne, FL on February 19th, 2018 to speak for the Greyhounds.
Our stand: FLORIDA- Vote YES on Proposal 67, it would phase out dog Racing in Florida by December 31st, 2019!
Proposal 67 was a HOT topic, the room was divided. Half in favor of proposal 67 and half against proposal 67.
Shocking as we thought the room would be mostly full of those in favor of the new proposal.
All day Commissioners listened to the public’s opinions on the different proposals for environmental laws, abortion laws, laws for children, laws for the elderly, ect. ALL very serious matters.
But, there the constant theme was about the dogs. Every other question was about Proposal 67.
Crazy, right? So many topics and the HOT one was about a DOG LAW.
Times are changing. We are evolving. This is HUGE for animal rights.
On one side of the room was people who support the dog racing industry, greyhound breeders, and racetrack owners.
The other was filled with a mix array of people. Business people, general public, greyhound rescue parents, greyhound adoption groups, and considered animal lovers.
A View From The Opposing Side
This is a way of life for these racetrack owners and dog breeders. They have grown up doing this all their life. They say they love their dogs. And, I believe that many of them do truly love their dogs. But, they may have an unhealthy attachment to them as they are their way of life.
With an industry that is tanking, they are asking to not be shut off but to phase out.
Unfortunately, the evidence is staked up. The industry has been given MANY chances at srticker laws on how their dogs should be cared for and they did not comply. There is only so much slap on the wrist can do in these situations and a lot of things go under the radar.
What we would like to point out is… just because something has been done for a long time doesn’t make it right.
100 years ago, blacks had no rights, women were not allowed to vote, and children did not have any laws in their favor. Look at how far we have come as a society.
We can continue to do better. We can see the connection and protect others who can’t speak for themselves. For those beings who have served us for centuries and given nothing but their lives and unconditional love.
It’s not an obligation to speak for them, but a privilege.
We have spoken. And our recommend for the Racetrack, is to start looking at different career options.
6 slices of Bread (Ciabatta bread or firm bread, sliced about ¾-inch thick) 1 cup Almond Milk (Silk Almond Original Flavor) 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract 2 tablespoons flour (unbleached all purpose flour) 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt 2 teaspoons of coconut oil for the pan
1 tsp Vegan butter (Earth Balance)
Fresh fruit (4 Strawberries Sliced and 1/2 cup of blueberries) 1/8 cup maple syrup 1 tsp powdered sugar
In a small bowl, add almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, flour, nutritional yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Transfer to shallow dish and dip bread into mixture making sure to coat entire piece of bread.
Heat coconut oil in large pan on low-medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the bread slices and cook for a few minutes per side, until golden brown.
Serve with powdered sugar, vegan butter, maple syrup, and fresh fruit.