Exploring Vegan Ice Creams with Actress Olivia Munn

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Actress Olivia Munn conducted a taste test of vegan ice cream’s for Women’s  Health Magazine.  But before learning  about the vegan options on the market, let’s learn more about Munn.   Multicultural actress Olivia Munn grew up in the midwest to a Vietnamese/Chinese mother and caucasian American father.  Munn’s been featured in many supporting roles in various films and television series since 2004. She played the character Sloan Sabbith on the television series The Newsroom from 2012 to 2014, and has appeared in the films Magic Mike (2012), the horror film Deliver Us from Evil (2014), the comedy Mortdecai (2015), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) as Psylocke. In 2017, she provided the voice of Koko in The Lego Ninjago Movie, and also had a lead role on the History Channel series Six (2017).

Taste Testing Vegan Ice Creams

 

Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Nondairy frozen yogurt

McConnell’s Dairy Free Toasted Coconut Almond Chip

Talenti Peanut Butter Fudge Dairy Free Sorbetto

Halo Top Non-dairy Sea Salt Caramel

So Delicious Snickerdoodle Cashew Milk Frozen Dessert

McConnel Dark Chocolate Chip

Nadamoo Lotta Mint Dairy Free Frozen Dessert

 

 

 

 

Monty’s Good Burger Has An Oscar Winning Moment with Vegan Activist Joaquin Phoenix

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Hungry after an Oscar win, Joaquin Phoenix enjoyed a plant based burger from Monty’s Good Burger on Sunset Blvd with his fiancé Rooney Mara.  Monty’s Good Burger originally as a pop-up food station at Coachella in 2018, then expanded to the Riverside Food Lab, a communal food hall that features other eateries and bars. In August 2018, Monty’s opened its first brick-and-mortar location with a restaurant in the Koreatown neighborhood. They are 100% plant based. 

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Phoenix and his entire family first became vegan back in 1977. Joaquin Phoenix, a longtime vegan activist and Mercy For Animals supporter, touched on his thoughts about the consumption of cow’s milk  animal cruelty at the Oscars.

A Page Six article stated:

After persuading the Golden Globes to go vegan, Joaquin Phoenix then convinced his powerful Hollywood agency, WME, to give up meat for the Oscars.

The agency threw its starry annual pre-Oscars party in Beverly Hills on Friday and offered stars including Leo DiCaprio, Jason Momoa, Wiz Khalifa and Miley Cyrus an entirely plant-based vegan spread.  READ MORE

Monty’s has locations in:

  •  Echo Park, Los Angeles. 1533 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026. HOURS: Sunday – Wednesday 11a – 11p.
  • Koreatown, Los Angeles. 516 S Western Ave,
  • Los Angeles CA 90020. HOURS: Sunday – Wednesday 11a – 11p.
  • Riverside Food Lab. 3605 Market St, Riverside CA 92501. HOURS: Sunday – Thursday 11a – 10p.

 

So Cal: Nékter Juice Bar, a healthy Breakfast and Snack Choice for the Person on the Go

While in San Diego, I got a chance to visit Nekter Juice Bar to grab some grub.   Preparing for a day of Comic Con, I needed to take the kids for some nourishment.  One can easily do six to seven miles in a day.   The kids got the Acai bowls.  If you are admitted unhip person.  Heck, I may be unhip for using the expression, “hip” then let me explain the acai bowl.

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It is a Brazilian dish made of frozen and mashed açaí palm fruit. It is served as a smoothie in a bowl or glass, and is commonly topped with granola and banana, and then mixed with other fruits.  At the San Diego location, bowls were about $9 each.

As for me I ordered, the vegan ice cream.  They offer four choices.  I selected the orange twist which sort of reminds you of a creamsicle.  The other selections include chocolate haze, monster cookie dough,  and peanut butter swirl.  Let me warn fellow weight watcher smart points folks that 180 calorie serving is high in smart points.  Nevertheless, the handcrafted coconut milk based delight doesn’t disappoint.  The vegan ice cream priced between $4 and $6 bucks.

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There are locations in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Porter Ranch, Thousand Oaks and more.

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The Most Beautiful Vegan Celebs of 2019: Kyrie Irving and Alex Morgan

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Looktothestars.org- The time has come for PETA to crown the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2019, and this year’s titles are going to two athletes at the top of their games: co-captain of the U.S. women’s national soccer team Alex Morgan and NBA point guard Kyrie Irving.

“Alex Morgan and Kyrie Irving are saving animals not only by keeping them off their plates but also by showing the world what they can do on vegan fuel,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “They’re living proof that the future of professional sports is vegan.”  READ MORE

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Jay-Z Invests In Black-owned Vegan Company, Partake Foods

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Hip-hop’s first billionaire, Jay-Z, is putting his fortune to good use with a recent $1 million investment in a Black-owned vegan company called Partake Foods, reports Black Enterprise.

Former Coca-Cola sales director, Denise Woodard, started the company in 2016 after her daughter was diagnosed with a variety of food allergies. She states on the company’s websitethat after leaving several grocery stores frustrated and mystified because there were no allergy-friendly snacks on the shelves, she decided to do something about it and create her own.   READ MORE

Ziggy Marley’s Vegetarian Cookbook

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It can be difficult to find vegan recipes that offer the unique flavors of black cultures, but now there is a list of the top vegan cookbooks by black authors that highlight the need for diversity in these recipes and show that vegan cuisine can appeal to everyone.Ziggy-Marley-and-Family-Cookbook-e1556222796861-248x300

High on the list is the “Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook,” with the subtitle “Delicious Meals Made With Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen: There is no one better to teach home cooks how to make delicious Jamaican plant-based foods than Ziggy Marley, the eldest son of reggae icon Bob MarleyREAD MORE

Beyonce to Launch a Vegan Delivery Meal Service

In 2013 Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z, decided to try a vegan challenge. The diet stuck and now Beyoncé is turning her 'Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream' New York Premierevegan passion into a business.

The singer has teamed up with her trainer Marco Borges to launch a new vegan meal delivery service called  22 Days Nutrition. The name was inspired by the belief that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit. Bey has added a day.

“The program’s philosophy is based on the concept that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit and on the 22nd day you are well on your way to forming new habits,” says a statement. The meal plan is targeted to those who want to lose weight, cook less or simply “experience a whole new way of eating.”

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/508351/tasty-delights-beyonce-launch-vegan-meal-delivery-service/#sthash.agZIEYiy.dpuf

Vegan Herbed Buttermilk Biscuits

In the minds of many bread lovers, when you’re talking biscuits, you already have our full attention. So add a little to spice, or should I say herbs and spices, to our lives with these Vegan herbed buttermilk biscuits. It’s truly a show-stopper.

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Yield: 12 biscuits

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stems
4 tablespoons vegan margarine, cold
3/4 cup cold soy milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice

For recipe directions click here 

Recipe from Vegalicious.org.

Veggie Chili Recipe

This is just a simple recipe that I concocted over the years using Morning Star veggie crumbles.  For this recipe, I am going toVeggie chili double what I would usually use as a single woman with no kids.  If you are entertainng or have a family of at least for this should work.

 Ingredients.

  • 2 bags of veggie crumble
  • 2 cans of diced tomato
  • 1 Can of corn
  • 1 can of Black beans
  • 1 to 2 Habernero pepper ( If you don’t like it spicy, omit)
  • 1/4 of chopped Vidalia onion or whole small yellow onion chopped.
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder.

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot.  Let Cook on stove on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.  Unlike meat, veggie crumbles are quickly permeated with flavor.   Serve and enjoy.  This should serve 4 to 6 people.  I enjoy this with cornbread as a side.

Recipe by MCCN Editor Crystal A. Johnson