Sugar & Cloth ~ DIY Leather strapped tote

I came across this wonderful idea on Sugar & Cloth blog. Easy to follow instructions on how to upcycle a not so exciting cloth tote bag in to something special by adding leather straps and rivets. The longer leather straps make the tote bag unique and much more practical. You could even recycle any old leather belt for this project. For step by step instructions and photos click HERE to go to the Sugar & Cloth post.

Yerba Mate Smoothie

I came across this wonderful smoothie on the blog "This Rawsome Vegan Life". The blog has so many great vegan recipes but this smoothie really stood out. It's full name is Hormone balancing Yerba Mate Banana Smoothie with Maca, Lucuma, Vanilla and Cashews. It could almost be called the South American Superfood smoothie since many of it's ingredients originate there and are packed with nutritional benefits. That's particularly why it caught my attention. From my travels to Peru, Argentina and Brazil names like maca, lucuma and yerba mate are very familiar. Here is the recipe from Emily's blog :

Yerba Mate Banana Smoothie

2 frozen bananas
1 1/2 cups chilled yerba mate tea (chai blend can be used)
1 tsp lucuma powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp vanilla powder
3 dates
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1/4 cashews, preferably soaked
Cacao nibs (optional)

Blend everything until smooth. Taste and adjust accordingly (add more dates, vanilla, etc.) Top off with cacao nibs.


For more info on this superfood smoothie and other great recipes visit This Rawsome Vegan Life.




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