vegan chocolate protein shake without powder

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Well hi there! I’m coming to you from a brand new website and man does that feel good to say. For the last 4 months, I’ve been working along with a talented designer (Kendra at Kay Creative– she’s the best!), to completely revamp my site. I am so proud of this site. I poured my […]

Cauliflower Crust Vegan Pizza

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  I’m coming at you today with a healthy, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan pizza that is straight up fall! Maybe it’s the savory butternut squash sauce, maybe it’s the roasted veggies, but either way it’s all kinds of tasty. Don’t let the cauliflower crust scare you; this pizza does not have to be complicated! If you’re able […]

pomegranate-acai-bowl

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My love of the acai bowl was probably born out of my love for ice cream. After I stopped eating dairy a few years ago, I discovered that pretty much any frozen fruit can be converted into “ice cream” with the right blender. I use a heavy duty Vitamix, but a food processor will work.  You can also […]

naturally sweetened granola coconut cashew 4 D

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Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to curb my sugar addiction. The first step was to cut out any white refined sugar in my diet. I switched to more natural sugars like maple syrup and coconut sugar for awhile, but I’ve noticed that as I was still making baked treats and granola with these […]

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 […]

vegan enchiladas

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It’s only a few days until Thanksgiving, but today I want to talk Mexican food. More specifically, I want to talk enchiladas. I set out to recreate this childhood favorite with a gluten-free, vegan spin and a hint of the fall season. Enter these Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Enchiladas. They are spicy, delicious and packed with pumpkin flavor. They are also […]

Vegan-Caramel-Apples (1)

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It’s almost Halloween which means it’s almost time for costumes, candy, and scary movies. I’ll pass on the scary movies but count me in for the costumes and (plant-based, date-sweetened) candy! I’ve always had a sweet tooth, but I’ve changed my diet substantially to eat gluten-free vegan. I came up with these Vegan Caramel Apples as a […]

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 peanut butter smoothie

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 Yes this recipe is made up of watermelon and peanut butter. I know that seems like a strange combination, but it’s delicious. I devised this combo one night when craving ice cream. Instead of blending up frozen banana and cacao, I reached for the melon and peanut butter. The results are so tasty, I would go […]

vegan cherry coconut ice cream 2

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 I’ve tried my hand at vegan ice cream before (check out this vegan Cherry Garcia), but recently I’ve been blending up all kinds of different ice cream-esque creations (including my favorite adult beverage as of late involving watermelon and tequila). Today, we’re making Vegan Cherry Coconut Ice Cream with fresh coconut, cherries, and ice. Let’s […]

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 A friend of mine recently asked me about the chocolate avocado pudding concept. The idea that blending avocados, cocoa powder (or cacao), and a little bit of sweetener gives you tasty non-dairy chocolate pudding is fantastic. But we can take this one step further – freeze the mixture and we get healthy vegan fudgsicles! I was […]

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