Vegans usually obtain vitamin D from the action of sunlight on the skin or by taking fortified foods such as soya milk, margarine and vitamin supplements which are made from yeast or other fungi. Fortified vegan products contain D2 (ergocalciferol). Foods with naturally occurring vitamin D usually contain animal derived vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). (There is one form of D3 that is derived from lichen and suitable for vegans, which is marketed as Vitashine).
The most significant supply of vitamin D (for omnivores as well as vegans) comes from the action of ultra-violet B light on sterols in the skin. Most people, including infants require little or no extra from food when regularly exposed to sunlight when the sun is high in the sky. Bright sunlight is not necessary; even the sky shine on a cloudy summer day will stimulate formation of some D in the skin, while a short summer holiday in the open air will increase blood levels of the vitamin by two or three times the amount.
Tastes like heaven :)
- Blend all ingredients, except the sour cream and chopped chives in a high-speed blender until smooth.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with sour cream and chopped chives.
Adapted from Russell James.
- 1 Medium Carrot, washed and chopped (or grated if you’re blender is not high-powered)
- 1C Almond milk
- 2T Rolled oats (GF if necessary)
- 1T Chia seeds
- 1t Maca powder
- 1/2t Vanilla extract
- 3/4t Cinnamon
- 1/2t Ground Ginger
- Pinch of ground Cloves
- Generous grating of Nutmeg
- 1T Liquid sweetener (I use yacon syrup and like the slightly molasses-ey flavour, but agave nectar or maple syrup are fine)
- 1 Scoop vegan vanilla protein Powder (I like Sunwarrior) OR 1 Frozen Banana
- 1/4C Ice
- Add all the ingredients, except the ice, to your blender jar and blend on high until completely smooth. Scrape down sides, check for sweetness, add ice and blend again. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!
- - If you’re using a frozen banana you may not need the ice.
- - Like toppings on your smoothies? Crumbled coconut butter makes a wonderful “frosting”
1/4C +2T Pitted dates, packed
Pinch of salt
1/4C Pitted Dates, packed
1/2T Almond Butter
1/4t Vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Vanilla Bean Coconut Whipped Cream:
1 Can Coconut milk, refrigerated (full-fat) (or for all-raw version use 1 1/2 cups packed thai coconut meat blended with 1/2 cup water or coconut water)
1/2-1 Vanilla bean
2T Coconut sugar
1 Medium-sized Banana
For the crust:
1) whizz the walnuts and salt in a food processor until you have a coarse crumb.
2) Add dates and process until the mixture sticks together when pressed between 2 fingers.
3) Press crust onto a plate, or into a little tin if you have one, and shape into a circle. Refrigerate while you prepare the other components
For the caramel:
For the coconut whipped cream:
2) With an electric whisk whisk the coconut milk until fluffy and thick.
(if using Thai coconut, simple blend the meat with water until creamy, then whip with an electric whisk.)
3) Using a spice grinder or blender whizz the coconut sugar until powdered (or use powdered sugar).
4) Fold this through the coconut cream along with the seeds of a vanilla bean. Refrigerate while you assemble the pie.
1) Slice the banana and arrange 1/2 the slices over the crust.
2) Spread a thick layer of caramel over the bananas (you won’t need all the caramel so you can keep the rest for later to eat with apple slices dipped in , or spread on another banana).
3) Add a second layer of sliced banana.
4) Top with as much coconut cream as you like, any remaining banana slices, and a dusting of raw cacao powder.
Dragon fruit is a beautiful fruit grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, and Israel. The plant is actually a type of cactus, and the fruit comes in 3 colors: 2 have pink skin, but with different colored flesh (one white, the other red), while another type is yellow with white flesh. Dragon fruit is low in calories and offers numerous nutrients, including Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, plus fiber and antioxidants.
Dragon fruit tastes wonderful! - sweet and crunchy, with a flavor that’s like a cross between kiwi and pear.