How to Stop Eating Sugar

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So how do you stop eating sugar? Let’s dive in. I was always a fan of sugar. When I was a little kid, my go-to snack at night was chocolate Breyer’s ice cream which I would dunk soft pretzels into. (The kind of soft pretzels that have those really big crystals of salt on top.) […]

how to make date paste

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Today we’re talking about the thing that will literally steal your heart after making it- DATE PASTE! You might of heard about sweetening things with dates (like in these epic Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies or Naturally-Sweetened Homemade DIY Dark Chocolate), or you might have even seen date syrup at the grocery store. But you might […]

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 […]

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 seven layer taco dip

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With Superbowl Sunday coming up this weekend, game day recipes are popping up everywhere. If you’re looking for some gluten-free vegan healthier alternatives, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s recipe is is a football party favorite, the seven layer taco dip. I’ve swapped out the high fat dairy sour cream and cheese layers with vegan […]

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 shepard's pie

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What is it about fall that screams comfort food? Longer nights, frequent family holiday gatherings, or colder temperatures? (Probably a mix of all three.) Shepard’s Pie is quintessential comfort food, usually filled with ground beef or lamb, a heavy gravy sauce, and topped with butter-filled potatoes. I came up with a gluten-free, vegan recipe makeover for this classic […]

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 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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 Summer is a great time of year- beautiful weather, brightly colored clothing, and tasty, affordable produce.  One of my favorite veggies in late summer are fresh tomatoes, highlighted in today’s easy tomato soup recipe. You can make this vegan soup with fresh tomatoes or, if none are available, you can use canned. The Vegan Parmesan Cheese is something […]

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 If you haven’t jumped on the beet bandwagon yet, my advice to you is to get on it!!! They are delicious on their own, but paired with crispy kale, buttery avocado, and Creamy Tahini Dressing they are perfection!! Start with a giant bowl of freshly chopped kale.  Next, pour on this heavenly delicious Creamy Tahini Dressing. […]

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 I’m finishing out Smoothie Week with my favorite detox green smoothie recipe. It may be because of an allergy or a taste preference, but some people prefer their green smoothie without banana, which can sometimes be hard to come by in the green smoothie recipe realm. Today’s post is just that- a green smoothie without banana! Pear helps […]

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