Bubble Gum Smoothie Bowl

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Yes, a bubble gum smoothie is really a thing and it’s insanely good! I’ve made this about 4 times over this last week and I still can’t freaking believe that it’s made with dragonfruit and banana. What’s dope about that is that dragonfruit is loaded with fiber and nutrients. So you’re getting that bubble gum […]

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Ok… so this is kind of a trick, but, hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Paying $17 at the airport for a sadder than sad garden salad or eating something you usually don’t eat because it makes you feel like crap but you have no other options does not sound fun. And I […]

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 […]

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 […]

peanut butter and jelly collard wrap 2

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  On days when I need a portable lunch option and I’m not in the mood for a smoothie (check out a smoothie roundup here), I usually pack some raw wraps. This PB&J wrap has been a favorite recently. It’s salty, sweet, and tastes delicious! You can pair them with some fruit to round out a full lunch. […]

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 Chocolate oatmeal cream pie cookies

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Do you remember Oatmeal Creme Pies? A soft oatmeal cookie filled with sugary sweet marshmallow gooeyness….. mmmm. Given that the first ingredient in these childhood favorites is corn syrup (along with partially hydrogenated oils, Red 40, and numerous other nasty artificial ingredients), I set out to make a healthy gluten-free vegan version. I replaced the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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