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 […]

smoked tofu kale salad

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I recently was out to dinner at a vegan restaurant in Philadelphia called Vedge (go if you’re in Philly). The inspiration for this salad comes from that meal and their ridiculously good Salt Roasted Gold Beets dish with Avocado, Smoked Tofu, Rye, Capers, and Creamy Cucumber. I tried to recreate similar flavors from that dish and came […]

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 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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Skin tightening benefits without an expensive price tag (or hours of sleep)? Count me in  (although I do wish I could get a little more sleep). Blackberries are not only packed with cancer-preventing antioxidants, they also help to improve skin elasticity as well as increase brain clarity. Start you morning with this juice and skip the over-priced […]

anti-aging carrot cake juice

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Carrot cake that leaves you revitalized and refreshed rather than in a sugar coma? Count me in! Also count me in because this sweet juice is high in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene has powerful anti-aging properties and protects us from free radical damage. Plus, with it’s yummy taste and lovely color, it’s the perfect starter juice for beginners. Whether […]

Spicy Peanut Salad

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Are you a hot sauce lover? I used to be intimated by the stuff, but I’ve found that the more hot sauce I use, the less spicy it seems to be. This may be why I go through a bottle of Frank’s Red Hot every two weeks. Sriracha, Frank’s spicier, saucier cousin, is also a favorite (and apparently […]

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 They may be difficult to crack, but coconuts are worth the trouble for their numerous health benefits. While coconut meat is high in saturated fat, the fat is composed of medium-chain fatty acids, which are more quickly broken down than long-chain fatty acids, and are actually thought to help lower cholesterol. The meat is also […]

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup 1

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One thing that can add unnecessary stress to our daily routine is figuring out what to eat when we’re strapped for time. I pretty much always end up eating a random, non-satisfying dinner of tortilla chips, salsa, hummus, and whatever else I can find if I don’t have a plan for dinner. Not only is this […]

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Are you a fan of the beet? What about a Beet Detox Smoothie? Prior to a year ago, I was not (probably because I never tried making beets myself- this makes a big difference). If this is you, buy a bunch of beets immediately and boil.  Boiling beets probably sounds pretty boring, but oddly enough, I […]

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 I’ve been a chana masala lover for a few years. While probably not the same as the traditional dish, Wegman’s (a local grocery store) has some seriously good chana masala. Their chana masala, piled over a little bit of brown rice and a ton of fresh spinach is pure bliss. My Wegman’s chana habit changed […]

lauren vacula green juice

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Today, I’m offering up three detox green juice recipes. They’re each a yummy, healthy way to start your day. Plus, if you’re looking to reduce your coffee intake (which is a good idea if detoxing), fresh juice is an awesome drink to supplement. You’ll get incredible energy from the fresh nutrients you’re drinking and won’t miss any […]

calming pineapple celery juice

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First, this juice tastes ridiculously delicious. Second, it has numerous health benefits that are definitely worth the time it takes to pull out the juicer. This juice helps with inflammation, digestion, and calming the nervous system. Plus, it’s the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Calming Pineapple Celery Juice Author: Lauren Vacula, LaurenVacula.com Serves: 2 […]

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A juice that fights aging, helps with hair and nail growth, and improves skin tone? Sign me up. Carrots are nutritional powerhouses containing vital nutrients that leave your skin looking radiant, not to mention they happen to be very tasty in juice form. Pair with vitamin C-rich clementine and you have yourself a delicious beauty cocktail rivaling your […]

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