healthy vegan friday #54- kale, smoothies and banana pops a.k.a. summer foods!

This past week was simply wonderful. Visiting Kingston was exactly what I needed. I didn’t realize how much I missed it. The 5 days I spent at home were filled with good food, family, friends and relaxation. If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, please do! @gabbyouimet) then you have already seen some of these photos, so I apologize. Here are some of my favourite shots from the weekend!

PicMonkey Collage

A couple downtown shots

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City Hall. The square looks a little European, no?

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Walking along the water

Flowers in my mom’s garden

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Some food highlights

Now for Healthy Vegan Friday!

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Vegan Friday!

We had 53 mouth-watering submissions last week! . In case you haven’t seen the post or all the awesome submissions, head on over to check it out.

For those of you who don’t know, Healthy Vegan Fridays is a weekly blog hop hosted by myself, Carrie @ Carrie on Vegan and Katherine @ Green Thickies. it is a place to share your healthy vegan recipes that make use of whole ingredients and minimize the use of processed and refined foods. The recipes shared on this link up are intended to emphasis the beauty, creativity and benefits of a healthy, plant-based diet!

First though a recap of last week: We asked you guys to vote for your favourite posts to determine the most popular ones, so here they are!

Most Popular Submissions

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My 3 Favourite Ways to Eat Kale from Chastity @ My Healthy Chef

Adding more greens to your diet one of the BEST ways to up the health factor. Here are 3 great ways to get in more kale.

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7 Whole Foods Pie-Inspired Smoothies from Sonja @ Practical Stewardship

7 smoothies that taste like pie? Ummm YES PLEASE!

Chocolate-Coated Peanut Butter Banana Pops

Chocolate-Coated Peanut Butter Banana Pops from Emma @ Coconut and Berries

Delicious frozen treats that combine the most perfect trio- peanut butter, banana and chocolate!

My Top Picks

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Favourite Main Event: Zucchini Rice Casserole from Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

Cheesy, gluten-free free goodness loaded with veggies! This sounds perfect for a rainy night, or (I am cringing to even think it…) a cold winters day!

Favourite Thirst Quencher: Iced Masala Chai from Suzanne @ hello veggy

An iced chai free of refined sugars and a super simple ingredient list. Simply heaven.

Favourite Healthy Indulgence: Carrot-Apple-Cocoa Cake with Cashew Orange Cream from Quick’n’Healthy

I cannot wait to try this version of a raw cake! Low on the nuts for something much lighter. And what great flavour combinations!

Now for Healthy Vegan Friday #54!

Don’t forget, you have to vote for your favourite recipes and can vote as many times as you like! While votes are being made, there’s definitely room for improvement so don’t forget to check back with us later in the week to check out all the recipes and vote again!

My Submission for the Week:


Strawberry Basil Smoothie

Celebrate summer’s bounty with this delicious green smoothie that incorporates seasonal strawberries and fresh basil. If you’ve never tried basil in a smoothie you are missing out!

Remember: the most popular submissions must be voted for! So get voting and vote for as many as you’d like!

And just a quick request- PLEASE put a LINK BACK to this blog party on the post you are linking. We want to try and spread the word about Healthy Vegan Friday and would really appreciate your help doing so!

So, if you have a healthy vegan recipe (or 2) to share, please add it to the list below! If not, feel free to browse the submissions and get inspired! You can also check out our Facebook page,Pinterest board and feel free to tweet about it using the hashtag #VeganFridays. Feel free to grab our button (code is on the sidebar) to help promote this even and show your vegan pride.

You don’t have to be vegan to submit, just needs to be a vegan recipe. So share that creativity of yours!

Thanks and happy Friday!

Submission Guidelines

  • maximum of 2 submissions per week

  • you do not have to be a vegan food blogger to link up, but all recipes must be 100% vegan.

  • all recipe submissions should focus on the most whole, unprocessed and unrefined ingredients as much as possible, although we will still accept recipes that make use of some processed/refined ingredients.

  • you may submit current or past recipes, just make sure they are not ones that you have shared previously on this blog hop.

  • besides recipes, feel free to submit informative posts that are aimed at promoting vegan, plant-based diets.

  • you must provide a link back to this blog party on your submitted post. You can either grab our badge to display or a clickable link back somewhere on the post you are submitting.

  • when linking up, please make sure to link back to the post you are submitting, not the homepage of your blog

Legal Disclaimer

By linking up to Healthy Vegan Fridays, you guarantee that the pictures and posts are your own and not that of someone else. You also agree to give permission to all hostesses (Gabby, Katherine and Carrie) to make use of your pictures and posts on our own Healthy Vegan Friday posts, as well as giving us permission to re-post them on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook.

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  2. Ah Fridays, how I love thee – let me count the ways… look at all of those awesome healthy recipes! Your smoothie sounds quite refreshing – perfect summer morning breakfast =)
    I love your pictures from Kingston! It looks like you had a great time =) And some great food! Hope you are feeling refreshed & recharged.

  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed your vacation! The photos are absolutely gorgeous! Definitely looks like a great time and Kingston is so pretty :) You are right, it does look very European!

    What fun recipes! I’m all over those banana pops! Yum!!

  4. So glad you had a good break Gabby. Kingston looks beautiful.
    Already there look to be some tasty recipes shared for healthy vegan fridays this week.

  5. Hi Gabby

    Your smoothie looks delicious, basil goes so well with strawberries and I love the addition of cucumber and avocado!

    This week I shared my cauliflower rice recipe.

    Have a wonderful weekend :)

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