Chocolate-Covered Cherry Acai Smoothie Bowl

The chocolate-cherry combination has always been a winning one in my book so I figured why not put it in smoothie bowl form?  Smoothie bowls are a fun and beautiful way to cram in loads of nutrients into one filling breakfast.  I love to decorate mine with toppings that provide different textures.  Anything crunchy is great with the creamy, silky smoothie underneath.  It reminds me of digging into a frozen yogurt with loads of toppings.  What is better than that? This smoothie bowl is packed with nutrition from acai, cherries, cauliflower and even spinach if desired.  Of course, I had to add

Berry-Cherry Quinoa Salad with Candied Walnuts and Balsamic-Shallot Vinaigrette

This savory-sweet salad is perfect for summertime.  It is a healthy, satisfying, plant-based meal that can be served as an entree for two or divided four ways as a side salad.  The tart and juicy berries and cherries pair wonderfully with the sweet and salty toasted walnuts and creamy avocado.  And the tangy balsamic dressing brings everything together to create a light and refreshing salad that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.  I love the vibrant colors and how beautiful this salad looks when served.  The recipe is flexible and you can increase the amount of quinoa, avocado or nuts if

Vegan & Gluten-Free Blueberry Cobbler

Cobblers are much easier to make than pie so they are perfect for lazy summer days when you happen to have way too many of one kind of fruit on hand.  For me, it was blueberries. I have been getting so many fresh blueberries at the farmer's market lately and needed to use some up. I landed on a gluten-free and yet fluffy, moist, sweet, cake-like topping which paired perfectly with the tart and juicy blueberries. The recipe is vegan and lightly sweetened with only maple syrup making it refined sugar-free.  It is full of whole grains from the oats and plant-based

Blueberry Veggie Smoothie

Sneaking vegetables into smoothies so you cannot taste them is my new favorite healthy food hack.  It sort of feels like I'm cheating at life.  Having something that tastes so sweet and decadent but is secretly full of loads of veggies seems so deceiving.  But, I'm very pregnant and the majority of this pregnancy I have had a vegetable aversion so this has been a great way to ensure I'm getting a variety of vegetables into my diet.  Plus, my kids love it too. This smoothie looks and tastes like pure, creamy blueberry bliss but contains four vegetables: cauliflower, zucchini, peas

Raw, Vegan Chocolate Filled Snack Bars (gluten-free and nut-free)

Summer desserts must be frozen.  I just can't with the oven (although I admittedly occasionally make exceptions for summer berry and peach crisps).  But, for the most part, I love to whip up easy, freezer-friendly desserts and keep the oven off as much as possible from June-August. These raw, no-bake snack bars are the perfect hot weather healthy treat that double up as either a snack or dessert.  If I had to pick a category I would have to go with snack since they are full of plant-based protein, whole grain fiber and even some hidden greens!  Plus, they are refined

Vegan Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Summertime is all about cold pasta salads loaded with veggies and drenched in amazing homemade vinaigrettes and sauces.  A cold pasta salad is the perfect outdoor dining side dish and great for large group entertaining.  I'm always trying out new dressings and veggie combos to mix things up.  This classic Mediterranean pasta salad recipe is really one of the yummiest I have ever made. This recipe is really flexible and I made enough dressing so you could add more veggies or other ingredients if you like and adjust the amount of dressing to your liking.  I recommend starting by pouring about

Protein-Packed Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is one of my favorite health trends and I'm so happy it is still going strong (at least it is for me).  I adopted the routine early on as my mid-morning "can't make it to lunch" snack.  Or, sometimes as my actual lunch.  I love to bulk my avocado toast up with veggies and plant-based protein to keep me fuller longer.  In this recipe, I smear my favorite creamy homemade hummus as the first layer and top that with avocado and thinly sliced radish.  For added flavor I garnish with fresh herbs.  And, for the perfect crunch to

Creamy Lemon-Parsley Hummus

This is my all-time favorite hummus recipe.  It is ultra-creamy and tastes so fresh with hints of lemon and parsley.  Avocado oil has been my go-to oil for homemade dips lately because it is neutral in flavor and doesn't overpower the dip like olive oil can sometimes do.  I left garlic out of this recipe to give it a more neutral flavor but you could certainly add that in if you wish. The recipe calls for only eight ingredients that all go straight into a mini food processor.  It could not be easier.  Homemade hummus can sound intimating to people

Vegan and Gluten-Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you want to eat a cookie and feel really good about it, then this is the cookie for you.  I cannot imagine a healthier cookie (plus they actually taste incredible).  These soft and chewy cookies are refined sugar-free, butter-free, oil-free, vegan and gluten-free.  They are full of nutritious ingredients including oats, flaxseed and almond butter (or any nut or seed butter you prefer).  And best of all?  They only require eight ingredients, one bowl and less than ten minutes of prep time. In my opinion, cookies should be simple to make, healthy and delicious.  These most definitely fit the bill.   These

Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles

These red, white and blue healthy pops would be perfect for July 4th weekend or really anytime this summer.  They are easy (just five ingredients) and can be made in your blender and then poured into popsicle molds.  Of course they are dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.  I also kept them naturally sweetened and refined-sugar free plus they are full of plant-based protein and fruit.  Both kids and adults love this creamy, sweet and nutritious treat. I hope you all enjoy these patriotic popsicles.  They have an ultra creamy and satisfying texture and are incredibly refreshing this time of year.  If you

Vegan Summer Slaw

I cannot believe we are in mid-June.  This means full-on cookout season, dining outside with friends and family and lots of seasonal produce.  Summer cole slaw recipes are always evolving for me.  This one is my current obsession.  It is undetectably mayo-free and 100% vegan.  I use a simple tahini-based dressing to provide a creamy texture that will keep you coming back for more.  This summer slaw is total eye candy with all the vibrant colors.  It is crunchy and full of classic cole slaw flavor. Since it is mayo-free you don't have to worry as much about it sitting

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