8 Supplements to Add to Your Vegan Smoothies

Ahhh supplements, the most confusing yet thriving business alive!

Learning what supplements to take and why can be like going back to grade school- there are so many opinions, options, and information that many of us get overwhelmed before we’ve even started!

And if you are a vitamin enthusiast? You may sometimes feel just the same as those grandmas consuming pills M-F with their little plastic prescription holder. Which sucks, because we really shouldn’t be popping multiple magic pills to make ourselves feel tip-top shape, vitamins or not. And don’t even get me started on those “one-a-day” tablets- I’ve read time and again how many people simply urinate them out and you receive very little benefit, if any.

While this all sounds pretty grim lol, rest assured there are many valuable supplements that you can add into your food, making the process feel easier, helping your system absorb/digest it better, and most importantly: making it more like eating and less like pill-popping.

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Personally, I take supplements in my morning smoothie or fresh juice (like, with a juicer yo), and I mix and match depending on how I’m feeling and the smoothie/juice flavor.

Related: Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake (Great for Pregnancy!)

About the only “vitamin” that I recommend taking (for a vegan diet) is your vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin). Even then, it’s not something that you have to take daily- once a week should suffice. And btw, this vitamin is only necessary because our modern water is stripped of its natural vitamins and minerals, including B12, unlike the water of our ancestors which contained plenty of nutrients (and perhaps some not-so-good things too, but you can’t win them all, right?).

Over the years, after reading a variety of info on vegan nutrition and wellness, I’ve found that you REALLY will be getting enough on a plant-based lifestyle, given that you are eating a variety of veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Anyone that eats a diet based primarily around processed eats, vegan or not, are missing key components to a balanced diet.

Supplements for your vegan smoothies

And this is the super sexy part where supplements come in: you can add these beauties into your food, making your diet more well-rounded and down to earth. This can be in the form of store-bought powders (from ecologically responsible companies) OR herbs that you grow right from your own backyard. Just remember that using powders in your food should be treated as supplements and NOT replacements. At the end of the day, real, whole, nutritious food is always going to be your number one ally.

Related: Vegan Smoothie Bliss- Strawberry, Coconut, & Maca

All that to say though, adding some extra powders into your super amazing smoothies and juices will give them those extra superpowers and can really up your mood and mental health.

Below, I have listed my favorite vegan supplements, some of which are new flames and others which have been long-term romances for me. And of course, if you have any questions about any of these, please feel free to ask!

8 Supplements to Add to Your Vegan Smoothies

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EASY vegan raw chocolate avocado pudding

Who didn’t love those Bill Cosby commercials with the pudding cups and ugly sweaters?

I mean really- it was the perfect trap for any child that was glued to the television all day, with Mr. C and his lips puckered into that perfect O. Whenever I would catch one of those ads, my thoughts were hijacked by visions of chocolate as my mouth watered and my brain started to demand, “GIMME THAT PUDDIN!”

Related: Raw Date Balls (With Cacao & Coffee Flour)

In the 80’s and 90’s we were unable to pick up on Bill’s “rapey vibes” (#sorrynotsorry) because we were still transfixed on the long term success of The Cosby Show and his hilarious family-friendly standup about chocolate cake (“DAD IS GREAT!”). Now? We shame dairy-filled chocolate pudding almost as much as we do Bill Cosby. Strange how things turn out huh?

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Bill Cosby was king of pudding in the 80’s and 90’s, but now the avocado reigns supreme!

Regardless, I still can’t help but throw out some pudding quotes and/or classic Bill whenever I’m eating pudding (or chocolate cake for that matter). “IT’S THA PUDDIN AND THA JELL-O….” as my face does crazy contortions for emphasis.

The kids have no clue what I’m talking about and just think their mom is weird. lol.

Luckily, these days I don’t have to worry about buying those super-processed-dairy-packed-cocaine-laced-expensive-and-only-serves-a-family-of-four-pudding-cups. I can do it myself with a little cacao and avocado!

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This healthy and delicious treat can be ready in less than 10 minutes!!

This pudding is SO simple and also SO healthy too! Forget those tasteless fat-free cups of crap and try making yourself this raw chocolate avocado pudding instead. The avocados provide you with plenty of healthy fats, and is sweetened with natural dates instead of excess processed sugar.

I like to add a little bit of E3Live to really get that extra health kick too- it is described in detail below.

Related: Raw Chocolate is GOOD for You!

And for the record: my kids ABSOLUTELY loved this pudding. I used to make it all the time when my girls were small, but recently decided to dust off my old recipe and update it. The result was a pudding that is creamy, chocolatey, and moan-worthy.

“GIMME THAT PUDDIN!”

Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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Date balls are what I like to think of as the gateway drug to the raw food movement. If you’ve ever tried your own raw date balls (imagine the easy to assemble snack, not what sounds like a blind date gone horribly wrong), you know that they can be extremely addicting! When you’re feeling that afternoon grumble, these are a snap to whip up while also providing you the energy needed for that mid-day lag.

I must admit, if you have the humor of a 12-year old boy (guilty as charged), you will obviously have a hard time EVER making these without rolling a dozen insert-ball-jokes-here off your tongue while almost choking to death on said balls. See!?

Related: Raw Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pretzel Cups

You may also be guilty of holding a couple in your hand while *coughing*. #sorrynotsorry because anything having to do with balls are funny. I don’t make the rules people.

Vegan Raw Date Balls
If you can’t laugh while playing with your balls then you need to loosen the tie around your neck and grow a pair…LOL I kill me.

Anyway, for all you SERIOUS people out there that are just rolling your eyes and wondering if I could possible take this earnestly, I regret to inform you that number one, NO I CAN’T, and B: it’s okay to giggle because laughter is the best medicine. So there. *places hands on hips and sticks out tongue*

Related: Raw Chocolate is Good For You!

But in all honesty, these balls REALLY are absolutely amazing for your God pod because they contain some seriously wonderful ingredients, such as:

  • Dates: Is anti-inflammatory, contains fiber for elimination, and helps lower blood pressure as well as boosts brain health.
  • Cranberries: High in antioxidants (more than cherries, strawberries, apples, broccoli, and raspberries), vitamin C, and fiber.
  • Pecans: Promotes digestive health, heart health, teeth health, and is anti-inflammatory.
  • Cacao: Raw chocolate is the best source for magnesium, is an anti-depressant, mood enhancer, and lowers blood pressure.
  • Coffee Flour: While this doesn’t actually taste like coffee lol, coffee flour is a new flour that is eco-friendly as well as healthy! Coffee flour derived from coffee cherries contains iron, protein, vitamin A, and calcium.
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Get down and dirty with your balls.

So enough with all this- go get your hands dirty and roll your balls. You’re welcome.

Raw Date Balls (With Cacao & Coffee Flour)

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Beautifully Bohemian's BEST OF 2016!

Holy New Years Batman!!! Is it really the end of 2016!?!?!?

I feel like just yesterday, I was breaking making resolutions and getting all pumped up for a new year of blogging and entrepreneurship (“THIS is gonna be THE BEST YEAR EVER!”). Like most people out there, I thought 2016 was going to be MY YEAR to really shine. Someone would have to be a lunatic to even try and pry me away from my dreams- I was 100% steering my ship towards my chosen destination and I truly believed NOTHING would throw me off course.

However, anyone that has been reading my blog all year would recognize that Bohemian (and I) went through some transformations. And to wrap it all up, what kind of person (or blogger) would I be if I didn’t take a moment to reflect on the past year’s triumphs and struggles?

So the truth?

Best of Bohemian 2016

Well, the truth is that 2016 has been one fucking hell of a ride for me, personally and blogging/business wise. In January I decided to hit it hard with the posts, resulting in some pretty great content, but at the same time burning me out fairly quickly (afternoon crashes and stress headaches anyone?).

This burnout really took its toll when it collided with a new level of grief back in March- my family and I experienced another devastating loss and I poured my heart out in this post after I decided to hang up the blogging hat for a short time, until I got my head back on straight.

Honestly, over the course of the first half of the year I was struggling a bit with what I really wanted out of my own existence, and the life of Bohemian as its own. Some may say I was having an identity crisis, and while that may be partially true, I think it was more of a happiness crisis. I wanted to do what made me happy, and I was tired of doing what I thought I “should” be doing, whether it be adult responsibilities or content or all the other lies the media feeds we bloggers (think more content, more social media, more time on the screen).

There has been many “changes” over the years on Boho: I’m a PARENTING blog no NATURAL blog no SPIRITUALITY no LIFE COACH no LIFESTYLE BLOG no HERBS no RECIPES no no NO!!!! Call it the curse of the Aquarius and her ability to move whichever way the wind blows lol.

Best of Bohemian

Anyway, in the middle of the year I had to look back at the last few years of blogging and really think about where this all was going. Where did I WANT to be? The break had been good for me- I was able to explore some passions and really think about my future. The best part of all is that I had absolutely zero pressure because I realized the ball was (and always has been) in my court.

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