Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kitchen Sink Juice

Hey scholars!

At the end of each week or the beginning of a new one (Sundays), I juice what is left of my produce stash. Many times, I end up with ingredients for a specific juice, this week, I juiced what I had. There is no produce wasting in this house!! I call these juices, kitchen sink juices, because I am throwing everything in the juicer from the fridge and the wire shelves to get rid of what's left and make room for fresh produce for the week. Here is this week's juice.


46 oz can pineapple juice
16 oz coconut water
1 lemon
3 kiwis
1 fresh pineapple 
2 green apples 
6 tangelos 


Juice the tangelos and lemon and strain into big glass bowl.

Cut up the kiwi, pineapple, and apples, and run them through the juicer, strain, and pour into glass bowl. 

Pour the coconut water and pineapple juice into the glass bowl.

Stir the mixture. 

Pour the juice into glass jars.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Must See Documentaries

Hey scholars!

Netflix and chill, anyone? No really, just watching documentaries and maybe, an intelligent conversation afterwards. The following list consists of documentaries that have had some kind of impact on me, from inspiring me becoming a vegan, to the images and depictions of people of color in society, to my own scholarship as a historian. If you have not seen these, they are worth checking out. 
1. Forks Over Knives

2. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

3. Reel Injun

4. What Happened, Miss Simone?

5. Paris is Burning

6. The Black Power Mixtape

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Blueberry "Nice Cream"

Hey scholars! Making your own ice cream or "nice cream" like those in the vegan community like to call it, is simple and delicious. Today, I wanted a frozen blueberry treat. Why not a blueberry nice cream? Here is what I used. 


1/2 cup nut based milk (I used Almond milk)
3 frozen bananas
2 cups frozen blueberries

Blend. Scoop. Enjoy! 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mocha Smoothie

Hey scholars!

Usually, I am not a coffee drinker, but this summer...Between working, teaching, and researching for my dissertation, I have been craving coffee. I had to find a coffee I could drink and enjoy whenever and jazz up a bit with my own twist in a way that I am unable to at coffee shops. In other words, excluding so much sugar and incorporating fruits. Whenever I decide to get, Califia Farms almond milk with toasted coconut, I see their cold brews. Seeing these, along with my coffee cravings, it was fate, I picked up their Mocha brew. It is vegan, organic, kosher, basically, perfect. By itself, it is pleasant; something I could drink as is as well as add my own flair. Here is my simple, but amazing twist.   


1-2 cups Califia Farms Mocha cold brew
2-3 frozen bananas 

Blend. Pour. Enjoy! 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Pink Tropical Smoothie

Hey scholars!

I needed to make a smoothie. Between the rain and the sun, the weather has been hot and humid. After spending yesterday morning at work and presenting a paper at a conference yesterday afternoon, I needed to relax and sip on something cold, sweet, and delicious. Lucky for me, my freezer and shelves are stocked. This two part smoothie is just what I needed Friday night. 


6 halos
1 lemon
1 bag of Kroger tropical fruit blend- mangos, strawberries, and pineapples
1 cup coconut water


Juice the lemon and halos with a citrus juicer into a jar. Add the coconut water. Mix well. 

Pour this juice into blender. Add the frozen tropical fruit. 

Blend. Pour. Enjoy!! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Applenana Kiwi Smoothie

Hey scholars!

Smoothies are a great way for me to consume fresh, blended fruits and vegetables pretty quickly. Some mornings, I only have time to throw some stuff in the blender, pour in a jar, and bounce out the house. Also, I love smoothies because here in the south, summer mornings can be pretty brutal heat wise. I like discovering new frozen fruit blends at the store and finding blends I may not otherwise come up with myself like this mixture for example.  

I threw about a half a bag and 2 cups of coconut water into my blender and voila, a sweet, refreshing, sweet smoothie. 


Black Smoothie

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