Friday FAQs: Smoothie swaps, my go-to vitamins, and more!

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Happy February! Whew, I am SO glad January is behind us. We’re one month closer to spring (which, if you’re Canadian, often doesn’t start until MAY…lol…no big deal). Thanks for all of your questions and comments this past week. Many of your questions inspire me to test things out in my own kitchen (yielding delicious results!), so it’s a win-win situation over here.

Q1. I love the look of your Green Warrior Protein Smoothie! Do you think I can swap the dinosaur/lacinato kale for baby kale? I also don’t have celery on hand…what do you recommend? 

Hey Melanie, You can definitely use baby kale in any smoothie calling for regular kale or baby spinach. It’ll work great. If you’re out of celery, no problem—you can simply omit it altogether. For a fun twist and creamy texture, try adding a couple tablespoons of avocado! 

Q2. Love these posts. :) Quick question—can you tell me what vitamins you take? I am in need of some recommendations. Thanks! 

Hey Tammy, Of course! I take MegaFood’s Baby & Me 2 multivitamin (the herb-free version), the MegaFood Blood Builder, vitamin D drops, Udo’s Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotic, NutraVege Vegan Liquid Omega-3, as well as a chewable zinc supplement every couple of days in the wintertime. 

Q3. If I were to make your Apple Pie Oatmeal tonight, would it be okay to reheat in the morning? #oatmealnewb 

Hey Lisa, Yes, absolutely! It will keep in the fridge for a few days too. You may want to add a splash of milk to this oatmeal when reheating as it tends to thicken up after sitting. It’s fantastic served cold, too! In addition to the blog and app, you can also find this recipe in The Oh She Glows Cookbook on page 49. 

Q4. I make your Vegan Banana Bread all the time. It’s so delicious and I love that it’s pretty healthy!! I have been wanting to make muffins with it but am nervous about screwing up the bake time. Do you know how I could modify your recipe to make vegan banana bread muffins instead? 

Hey Lindsey, So glad the banana bread is such a hit! When turning a quick bread recipe into muffins, I usually look to a similar muffin recipe as a guide. My Blissful Blueberry Banana Spelt Muffins are pretty similar. I bake those at 350°F (180°C) for 23 to 27 minutes, so you can probably use that as your guide when turning the banana bread into muffins! I would check on the muffins after about 20 minutes, and then keep checking every few minutes thereafter to be sure. Here are a couple methods I typically use to check for doneness: lightly press the centre of one muffin—if it springs back slowly, it’s ready or close to being ready. I’ll also poke one with a toothpick, and if it comes out clean, it’s probably ready as well. I’d love to hear how the banana bread turns out using a muffin pan! 

Q5. Just wanted to ask if I could refrigerate a batch of your Favourite Hot Detox Tonic and drink it cold? 

Hi Kari, Yes, you can absolutely chill it! My advice would be to give your tonic a good stir before drinking as the spices tend to settle on the bottom with time. 

Q6. Yum! Does your Cilantro-Lime-Garlic Cashew Cream freeze well? Perhaps in ice cube trays? Thank you. 

Hey Clea, Good question! My regular Cashew Sour Cream recipe freezes very well (I like to freeze it in silicone ice cube trays for easy removal), but I haven’t tried freezing this one before. I’m wondering if freezing would impact the flavour since there’s fresh cilantro and avocado in there. If you try to freeze it, I would suggest freezing just a small portion and then thawing it to see if the flavour or texture have changed before trying a full batch. We’d love to hear how it goes! 

“I just made your Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad for lunch, and I can’t thank you enough! It was genuinely amazing, and I followed the recipe to a T. I have never been a huge fan of Caesar dressing because the store-bought ones are always so tangy and mustardy tasting. Your dressing blended perfectly and I didn’t mind the Dijon mustard at all. Next time I’ll add some tomatoes and avocados—there will for sure be a next time. Thank you again!!” 

Jules, I’m so happy to hear my Vegan Caesar Salad surpassed your expectations! I love your idea of adding tomatoes and avocado next time. I like to make a wrap using this salad plus a few of my Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips—sometimes I’ll add some BBQ sauce for an extra kick too. It’s really out of this world! 

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1 Nicole W. (Oh She Glows Recipe Tester) February 2, 2018

Re: the Green Warrior Smoothie…
I was inspired by your post last week, Things I’m Loving Lately, to add grapefruit to my diet to boost up vitamin C. Well,I am sorry to admit that I just can’t grapefruit in! You are one brave woman, eating it as is…I look at it on the spoon and there is just no way I can eat it without sweetening it first, which I’d like to avoid.

The answer came along for me in your Green Warrior Smoothie! I can taste the grapefruit, but it’s perfectly tempered by the other ingredients :) I like the smoothie best when I follow the ingredients as written, but I have subbed protein powder for hemp seeds when I ran out and have used a variety of greens and apples, all with great success.
Thank you for giving me a great tasting way to get that grapefruit in!

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2 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2018

Hey Nicole, Oh I’m so glad you’ve discovered a way to sneak in a little grapefruit lovin’!! I agree, it’s not for everyone. Maybe the flavour will secretly grow on you and then BOOM! one day you will inhale the entire fruit. :p

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3 Megan February 2, 2018

Hi Angela – I just wanted to say how much I love your blog and look forward to your posts! Your blog is such a burst of positivity, and I so appreciate how much effort and time goes into all of your recipes. I follow several plant-based blogs, and yours is by far my favourite because your recipes are such high quality. If you post a recipe, I know it’s going be good! I have made so many of your recipes with such great success! I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but I eat so many more plant-based meals now because of your blog. Thanks for doing what you do :)

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4 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2018

Wow, thank you so much, Megan! I’m so grateful for your kind words and absolutely thrilled you’ve had so much success with the recipes. I always feel a bit anxious before putting out a new blog post/recipe, so I really do appreciate the encouragement. :) Happy cooking!

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5 Hannah February 2, 2018

I’ve pretty much turned every quick bread recipe out there into muffins and have never had a problem using the method you mentioned. I get super nerdy and type A when planning lunches for the week, so I like to know exactly how many servings i’ll get out of a recipe and not have to bother with weighing my slices (though i have done it, lol). Also, I love these Friday FAQs because sometimes they bring up an old recipe that i’ve never tried but might have wanted to (like the vegan caesar). Thanks!!

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6 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 3, 2018

Hey Hannah, I agree…it’s such a nice option to change it up. And thanks for the FAQ love! So glad you’re enjoying them. :)

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7 Lisa February 3, 2018

Love the Friday FAQ’s….look forward to these every week. Thank you so much, Angela. Best, Lisa

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8 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 5, 2018

Thank you Lisa, that means a lot to me! I really enjoy doing them :)

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9 Ingrid February 4, 2018

Maybe call this the Suggestions For Your Questions section because it seems you provide ideas, thoughts, suggestions and hints for readers rather than cold hard factual “answers” to the questions.

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10 jenna urben | the urben life February 4, 2018

I love this series! I’m totally trying your Hot Detox Tonic.

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11 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 5, 2018

Thanks Jenna! :)

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12 Sandra Bell February 16, 2018

Would appreciate receiving your newsletter. Thanks!

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13 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 16, 2018

Hey Sandra, You can sign up for it here: http://ohsheglows.com/newsletter/ Thank you!

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14 Ben Rosenthal February 16, 2018

As a supplement or replacement to taking vitamins, which are not as potent in supplemental pills as in fresh fruits and vegetables, have you considered Juice Plus+?

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15 bullet force February 17, 2018

Hi Angela – I just wanted to say how much I love your blog and look forward to your posts! Your blog is such a burst of positivity, and I so appreciate how much effort and time goes into all of your recipes. I follow several plant-based blogs, and yours is by far my favourite because your recipes are such high quality. If you post a recipe, I know it’s going be good! I have made so many of your recipes with such great success! I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but I eat so many more plant-based meals now because of your blog. Thanks for doing what you do :)

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16 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 18, 2018

Wow, thank you so much!! I’m so glad you trust the recipes so much. That’s really my goal when I put so much work into them and to hear that is so motivating. :) Thanks for all your support!

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