It’s been hot in New York this week. Very hot. Hotter than George Clooney in a tank top and board shorts lying on a hammock in the Bahamas doing the New York Times crossword puzzle.
When it gets this hot the first thing you need to remember is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. It’s recommended you drink 8-12 cups per day and during a heatwave like this, it’s good to remember that the moment you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. The second thing you need to remember during a heat wave is to eat ice cream and lots of it. It’s recommended you eat 4-6 servings of ice cream each day during a New York heat wave (this is my recommendation and is not actually supported by any medical experts … yet).
There are many delicious vegan ice creams to choose from. From soy and rice; to almond and coconut. They are all great treats in this heat. My new personal favorite is Almond Dream Cappuccino Swirl. I bought this on a whim yesterday and accidentally finished the entire container. It was cold and creamy and full of flavor. Whenever I discover something like this, I truly wonder why anyone still eats dairy ice cream and supports the dairy industry and all its horrific practices. But, I digress.
If someone wants to bankroll this incredible idea for me, I’m willing to drive and serve delectable vegan ice cream to children with a smile and song. I could become the Vegan Ice Cream Man.
A small ice cream truck that plays music and only serves vegan ice cream and vegan treats. Vanilla, chocolate, chocolate chunk, cappucino swirl (did I mention how good this is?), praline crunch, and mint galactica. All topped with peanut butter, gooey vegan marshmallow, peanuts, crushed Oreo cookies … all nestled lovingly between two ripe banana halves and topped with a cherry. Or, serve ice cream bars. Incredibly smooth vanilla coconut bliss ice cream dipped in dark chocolate and served on a stick. Lunaberry swirl. Ginger gluten-free cookies. Naked coconut bars. And, frozen popsicles made with fresh fruit juices. The list is endless and here’s the kicker: don’t tell anyone it’s vegan.
Just drive circles around every cul-de-sac, zig zag across suburban neighborhoods, and turn down every city street like the Pied Piper of pudding. Then, watch the kids come running. Serve them these amazing, tempting, cold summer treats and send them off … unknowingly taking their first step toward being vegan.