winged happy start

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I go back and forth between drinking coffee and cycling off of caffeine (I drink this latte when I’m taking a break), but you better believe when I am drinking coffee- I’m drinking coffee with added adaptogenic benefits! Coffee is this beautiful thing that I think most of us have some sort of relationship with. […]

Detoxifying Green Juice Key Image Blog

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We’re starting a new series here on the blog today and it’s all about JUICE. I know, I know- juice gets a lot of hype but is it worth the cost/hassle/time it takes to actually do it?! You gotta have a juicer (or get crafty with a blender and strainer), prep the produce, make the […]

Whole Food Plant Based Shamrock Shake (1)

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How to make a healthy plant-based Shamrock Shake from whole foods

dandy blend latte caffeine free

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If you’re reading this post, you’re probably looking for a great coffee alternative. Maybe it’s because you’d like to decrease the amount of caffeine you drink, maybe it’s because you’d like to give up coffee altogether, or maybe you’re just curious to see if there’s a great coffee alternative out there that could make a […]

VEGAN unicorn frappucino

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  Last week, everyone went bonkers over the Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks. Most likely created with Instagram posts in mind (props to Starbuck’s marketing team), the drink is cute, fun, and a seemingly-awesome welcome drink for May. Except that the second ingredient in the drink’s blue syrup is sugar, it’s made with an f*ton of dairy products (a […]

ENERGIZING RAW MANGO SMOOTHIE (VEGAN)

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  Have you ever fallen into the I-need-coffee-in-the-morning-to-function rut? If yes, me too! And that’s really not fun (and almost annoying) to be completely reliant on a stimulant to wake up. So, if you’re game, I have a challenge for you. Try this three ingredient (five minute) smoothie for breakfast for five days straight without coffee. […]

raw mint chocolate chip smoothie

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  This is a rockstar drink for summer mornings. It’s refreshing, energizing, minty, and packed with healthy carbs. Feel free to pack it with as many bananas or as much fresh water as you want!

goji berry superfood smoothie

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Happy Friday! Let’s talk about how good this superfood smoothie tastes for an early Friday morning breakfast. Refreshing, energizing, and filling, this baby leaves you feeling ready to take on whatever lies ahead of you for the weekend. Hopefully that includes some fun things?! Superfoods (including blueberries, kale, and acai berries) win their super title […]

mango ginger smoothie bowl

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I’ve mentioned before that I would rather eat my breakfast over drinking it. Enter the smoothie bowl, which you can pile high with bomb-ass toppings like gluten-free muesli, fresh berries, and sliced banana. If you’re in the same eat-over-drink breakfast camp, add more frozen fruit to your smoothie and get down with the smoothie bowl! I’ve been on a mango […]

HEALTHY digestion smoothie 1

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Every time I eat mango, I notice how filling it is. (I also notice how ridiculously good it is!) That satiated feeling can be attributed to fiber, which the fruit is packed with. This fiber, along with water content, helps with digestion and keeps your system running in tip top shape. Plus, mango contains a substantial amount of vitamin C (hello glowing […]

sugar-free watermelon margarita 1

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In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I’m sharing my absolute favorite summer drink, this refined sugar-free watermelon margarita. This drink is not a traditional margarita by any stretch, but it tastes delicious and I promise you’ll love it even more than any standard margarita. Margaritas typically contain a sour mix, a combination of simple syrup […]

peanut butter and jelly smoothie

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I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately (see my papaya, kiwi, and blueberry muffin creations) and today’s recipe is no different. I typically like to start a weekday with a fresh smoothie full of tasty frozen fruit that will keep me carbed up throughout the morning. They’re also quick, easy, and perfectly portable. Today’s drink is a play on the […]

papaya smoothie

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Are you into papaya? I never really was just because of my lack of experience with it. The few times I tried it, I wasn’t crazy about the semi-mushy/mealy texture. Feeling experimental recently, I decided to pick one of these tropical fruits up when I saw them hanging out at Trader Joe’s. I then realized I have […]

pineapple kiwi smoothie

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This yummy tropical smoothie has been a go-to of mine recently as the weather gets warmer and I’m craving anything cold, fruity, and liquid. I added maca powder in the drink, which is a Peruvian superfood that provides an awesome hit of energy (among other benefits). I highly recommend this nutrient-packed powerhouse powder, however, if you don’t […]

blueberry muffin smoothie

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Smoothies are awesome. (Blueberry smoothies are even better!) They’re a great way to pack a ton of nutrients into a meal that’s portable, tasty, and perfect for the morning when you’re running out the door. Or, if you’re in the mood to eat rather than drink your meal, you can add more frozen fruit and decrease the […]

chocolate cherry protein smoothie

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I’m starting the week with a recipe for my favorite post-gym drink as of late. I always try to get a great dose of protein after a muscle-strengthening workout, whether that’s barre, lifting (never really happens), or something else. If you’re eating a plant-based diet, clean vegan protein powder is an option for feeding your muscles […]

vegan carrot cake smoothie

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s year is off to an awesome start. You may have resolved to eat healthier this year and this yummy Carrot Cake smoothie is a great place to start. I make smoothies for my work lunches and then take a few healthy snacks to eat throughout the day (like fruit, hummus and carrots, or […]

juice pulp pancakes

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Have you tried making your own juice? I’ve shared a number of juice recipes before, but today I wanted to talk about the elephant in the juicing room- that poor, sad, fiberous pulp that is usually shoved down the garbage disposal. Leftover juice pulp contains flavor, phytochemicals, and fiber. You may be wondering what the purpose […]

pumpkin spice turmeric smoothie

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Have you made a pumpkin spice smoothie yet this fall? If not, get on that! This version of a pumpkin spice smoothie incorporates turmeric, a bright yellow spice that contains the powerful curcumin compound. Curcumin has numerous health benefits including decreasing inflammation, reducing oxidative damage, and improving brain function. Read more about turmeric here. Pumpkin Spice Turmeric Smoothie Author: Lauren Vacula, […]

watermelon cucumber juice

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 I was excited to see that watermelons are still hanging around at the grocery store. They are super tasty when paired with some hydrating cucumber and zesty lime. This simple juice is not only tasty and hydrating, but it’s also packed with numerous health benefits, including: beta carotene & lycopene which help to combat the damaging […]

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