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Go Vegan for Earth Day: Here is Your Menu!

If you think a full-time commitment to a vegan lifestyle is way too intense for your culinary cravings, habits and family meal style well try this: go vegan for one day! Earth Day this April 22nd is the perfect day to give a plant-based menu a try. This menu has a few options for you from breakfast, snack time, lunch time, dinner and even dessert. Try vegan for a day and you may want to embrace plant-based meals more often!..

  • Go Vegan for Earth Day 1 of 12
    try this Vegan menu for earth day

    Here is your one day chance to really try vegan meals! Find out what your diet would taste like if you ate plant-based ingredient recipes all day! Here is your family-friendly menu..

  • Breakfast: Fruit Smoothie 2 of 12
    make a pink smoothie

    A fruit smoothie is a fast, easy, delicious way to start out your vegan day of eating. You can even boost your on-glass breakfast by adding a plant-based protein powder. Try one using pea, rice or raw hemp based blends. This pink raspberry smoothie is family friendly with creamy sweet fruit flavors. But feel free to modify your blend based on your favorite fruit flavors. Try strawberries, blueberries and more. Use plant-based milks like soy, rice or almond in place of dairy milk! Make a Pink Kiss Smoothie

  • Breakfast: Green Smoothie 3 of 12
    make a sweet green citrus smoothie

    Moms, dads and green-savvy kids may want to try a green smoothie as their breakfast sip. I love this blend of green and citrus. It may look perky spring green in color, but the flavor is a familiar frosty citrus orange juice sweetness! Make a Green Citrus Green Energy Shake

  • Snack: Fruit or Nuts 4 of 12
    strawberries

    For a mid-morning snack you can reach for a few energizing bites. Try fresh fruit like a strawberry salad or a simple banana. Or add a slice of almond butter toast to your fruit. Or a simple snack: nuts! Reach for walnuts, almonds, cashews and more. Add in some dried fruit or vegan dark chocolate if you'd like. For fruit lovers, try a pre-made fruit salad. Make a Ginger Lemon Strawberry Salad, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.

    photo credit: Kathy Patalsky, Healthy. Happy. Life.

  • Lunch: PB and J 5 of 12
    creative peanut butter and jelly recipes

    For lunch, you will be pleased to realize that one of the most beloved sandwiches out there - for kids and adults - is indeed vegan! Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the perfect vegan lunch for kids. You can infuse some vegan flair and healthy flavors into your recipe by using sprouted grain, gluten free or a whole grain bread. Use jams and jelly brands that are all natural and use minimal or no added sugar. And be sure to use natural peanut or almond butter. The less palm oils the better. Or you can try these creative recipes: Get 3 creative spins on PB&J.

  • Lunch: Salad in a Jar 6 of 12
    make a salad in a jar

    For make-ahead ease, whip up a few salads in a jar! Your lunchtime salad will be ready in seconds because all your have to do is reach for your jar and pop it open! Make a balsamic spring salad in a jar.

  • Lunch or Dinner: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches 7 of 12
    make vegan grilled cheese sandwiches

    Or maybe you just crave some comfort food for lunch. Whip up one of these 16 amazing vegan grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. These can also be served at dinner time! Add a bowl of vegan soup if you'd like. Get 16 swoon-worthy vegan grilled cheese sandwich recipes.

  • Side Dish: Spirulina Guacamole 8 of 12
    Try spirulina guacamole

    If you love guacamole, this spirulina-infused version is worth a try! You will be getting a rich dose of nutrients in each green delicious bite!This is a great recipe for those who might not love salads, but enjoy avocado recipes because spirulina is infused with green nutrients. Green superfood! Make spirulina guacamole.

  • Dinner Salad: 5-Step Kale Salad 9 of 12
    make a 5-step kale salad

    You must add kale to your vegan menu! Try this kale salad at dinner or lunch time. This easy five step recipe is fast, friendly, make-ahead approved and delicious. Kale is a green that is packed with good-for-you nutrients like fiber, vitamins A, C and K and many more. Make  5-Step Kale Salad, recipe on Healthy Happy. Life.

    photo credit: Kathy Patalsky, Healthy. Happy. Life.

  • Dinner: Veggie Burgers 10 of 12
    make sweet potato veggie burgers

    These fast and family-approved sweet potato veggie burgers are a must-make recipe for Earth Day - or any day! Make Sweet Potato Vegan Veggie burgers, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.


    photo credit: Kathy Patalsky, Healthy. Happy. Life.

  • Dessert: Cookies 11 of 12
    make chocolate chip walnut cookies

    These chocolate chip walnut cookies are the perfect sweet way to end your vegan day! Make chocolate chip walnut cookies, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.


    photo credit: Kathy Patalsky, Healthy. Happy. Life.

  • Bedtime Sip: Ginger Tea 12 of 12
    make ginger tea

    Indulging in so many delicious vegan dishes may leave you feeling a bit stuffed! Well you can help ease and improve digestion by sipping this soothing yet spicy homemade fresh ginger tea after a heavy meal or in between meals. Make ginger tea

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Read more from Kathy on her blog, Healthy. Happy. Life. Get Kathy’s book, 365 Vegan Smoothies: Boost Your Health With a Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies, available on Amazon. Follow Kathy on Instagram. And Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

More on Family Kitchen:

* Sweet Maple Skillet Corn Cakes
* Spirulina Guacamole
* Balsamic Salad in a Jar

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