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Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

But how!?  The answer is…avocado! Avocado??  Yes.  I was skeptical at the thought of avocado and chocolate together in one dish.  While I love both independently, I wasn’t sure how they would jive together.  I can honestly say (and my husband wholeheartedly agrees) this mousse is so silky, creamy and velvety… it is hard to believe there […]

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Nutty Granola with Hemp Seed & Flaxseed

Granola with milk

I’m always looking for a healthy and inspiring way to wake up and kickstart my day.  Solution? Granola without the guilt!  This gluten-free, vegan granola is full of heart-healthy fiber from the oats, hemp seeds and flaxseeds.  It contains heart-healthy fats from the hemp seeds, almonds, almond flour and walnuts.  And it doesn’t contain any artificial sugars. […]

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Trail-Mix Chocolate Bark

A Crispy Dark Chocolate Bark with Apricots, Cashews, Walnuts & Cranberries gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, no added sugar Dessert doesn’t have to be difficult to make or unhealthy.  This is an extremely easy, no-bake recipe that boasts protein, fiber, healthy fats, whole grains and dried fruit. This recipe is really the ultimate decadent (and yet healthy) […]

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Creamy Quinoa-Veggie Stew

Out with the old, in with the stew!  This unique and healthy stew is sure to help kick off your 2015 on the right foot. This creamy, vegan stew is perfectly satisfying during this frigid weather.  Loaded with protein-filled quinoa and health-boosting veggies – it is the perfect way to stay healthy while indulging in a comfort-food-like recipe. […]

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Crispy Quinoa Cakes with Arugula & Sweet Potatoes

Crispy Quinoa Cakes with label

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free These crispy quinoa cakes are packed with arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet potatoes, shallots and sunflower seeds.  Delicious!  My husband says he loves them over salmon cakes.  And they actually stay together very well. They pair well over an arugula salad with avocado and roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with […]

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Homemade Almond Cranberry-Chia Granola (gluten-free)

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My sweet sister-in-law, Jenny, has always made the best homemade granola.  It is always healthy tasting and has those nice big clusters we all love in granola.  I finally asked her for her recipe and tested it out myself.  It was easier than expected! So forget overpriced store-bought granola and try this simple recipe which makes […]

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Easy Dinner Idea with Precut Veggies: Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

My Shaved Brussels Sprouts recipe was recently featured on Oprah.com Shaved Brussels Sprouts: A Totally New Rendition If you’ve never been a big fan of Brussels sprouts, it’s probably because you’ve never had them thinly sliced. Eating them this way is a completely different experience, since the slaw-like slices get more completely covered in whatever you’re flavoring […]

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Healthy Latkes: Baked Not Fried

Baked Latkes

Try this nutritious twist on latkes: skip frying & try baking. Don’t worry, they will still be crispy… Latkes can be a wonderfully healthful snack any time of year — not just Hanukkah fare. This recipe uses egg whites instead of whole eggs and uses skin-on potatoes. The skin, which has more nutrients than the […]

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Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover Recipe: Southwest-Style Turkey Hash with Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Sauce (+Bonus Recipe)

Turkey Hash

My latest recipe: Southwest-Style Turkey Hash With Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Sauce featured in The Washington Post (11/25/14) Leftovers are given a Southwestern spin in this healthful hash recipe loaded with bell peppers, celery, onions, sweet potatoes, red potatoes and tomatoes. It is perfect for the morning after Thanksgiving and all weekend long. It’s naturally gluten-free and also […]

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White Bean Hummus Dip

White Bean Hummus Dip

Great northern white beans are the creamiest beans around and a great alternative to chickpeas when making hummus.  Both types of beans are a wonderful source of plant based protein (over 14 grams in one cup of the white beans). One cup of white beans also contains over 12 grams of fiber (which is over […]

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Pumpkin Risotto

This creamy and luxurious risotto recipe gets a nutrition boost from pumpkin.  Most risottos are full of butter and loads of cheese.  This version is lightened up so you can feel good about eating comfort food. Pumpkin is everyone’s favorite fall-time vegetable.  But did you know it is also packed with disease-fighting nutrients?  Pumpkins have […]

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Classic Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus Recipe

Happy Labor Day! As everyone gears up for BBQs today, bring along (or serve) this healthy and crowd pleasing appetizer. Serve with these festive and patriotic Terra chips: Stripes and Blues Sea Salt Chips which include striped beets, sweet potatoes and blue potatoes, which create the patriotic red, white and blue mix. This hummus is […]

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Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars

Who knew making homemade, healthy granola bars could be so easy?  This recipe is the perfect, portable snack for kids or adults.  They are vegan and gluten-free and full of whole grains, heart-healthy almonds and chia seeds. Ingredients 1.5 cups gluten-free old fashioned oats 1 cup brown rice crisp cereal 1/2 cup raw, unsalted slivered […]

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Salsa Guacamole

This is the easiest guacamole you will ever make – just two ingredients plus a squeeze of fresh lime. I was in the mood for guacamole this weekend but didn’t have a lot of time to chop a bunch of ingredients, so I dumped some salsa onto chopped avocado and the rest is history.  Couldn’t […]

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Almond Butter Bonbons (vegan + gluten-free)

This vegan version of bonbons is not only healthy but happens to be gluten-free and full of protein.  You can have fun with this no-bake recipe and experiment with different nut butters like peanut butter or cashew butter (or even sunflower seed butter for those who have a nut allergy). If you do use almond […]

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Detox Quinoa Spinach Salad (gluten-free + vegan)

This quinoa salad has it all!  Recently, I’ve been bored with healthy lunchtime options and wanted to create an exciting dish that provides a healthy source of lasting energy for lunch on-the-go.  This recipe features my all time favorite grain: quinoa (gluten-free and a complete protein).  It gets healthy fat from both avocado and walnuts […]

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is perfect for holiday dinners.  It is simple, classic and oh so healthy! Sweet potatoes are such a wonderful vegetable.  They provide a good source of dietary fiber and are high in vitamins A and C. Plus, they are a good source of potassium. Make sure you select sweet potatoes with smooth skin (avoid cracks, […]

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Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

Vegan Tomato Basil Soup

This vegan spin on creamy tomato-basil soup is much healthier than what you might find at a restaurant.  Cosi’s tomato-basil side soup contains 20 grams of fat (12 grams of saturated fat) and is loaded with sodium.  Keep it light with this easy, homemade version. Tomatoes are a low calorie vegetable full of vitamins A […]

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Super Simple Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup

Gluten-free and EASY to make. This deliciously sweet, creamy and savory soup will keep you warm as the weather continues to cool.  Its vibrant orange color means it is full of the powerful antioxidant, vitamin A.  With one bowl you are helping to reduce your risk of cancer, slow aging and reduce some diabetes-related symptoms.  […]

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Chilled Berry Pie (No Bake & Gluten-Free)

Chilled berry pie

Summer is officially coming to an end in the next couple of days and the days are starting to get cooler.  Before the season officially ends, try this incredibly refreshing no-bake, healthy berry pie recipe.  It is easy as pie to make! This recipe comes from a registered and licensed dietitian, Sarah Waybright, owner and […]

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Kale “Pesto”

Kale Pesto 2

This kale pesto is an easy and delicious way to sneak in a super veggie.  With loads of powerful antioxidants, kale provides a nutrition boost that surpasses other leafy greens.  Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K  and a good source of fiber and iron.  It is also a great source for […]

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Easy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Avocado PUdding

This is a raw, vegan, gluten-free alternative to chocolate pudding. The avocado has no taste but adds a creamy texture.  Super easy and quick to make when you have an urgent chocolate craving but want to keep it healthy (and avoid the whole milk, eggs, butter). The result is rich, thick, decadent and sweet! Health Benefits of […]

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Gluten-Free Cookies with Crunchy Sunflower Seed Butter (Vegan)

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Gluten free cookies can often times be boring, dry, chewy or just the wrong texture… I have been working on perfecting this recipe for some time now and it is finally ready for you!  My husband (who does not keep a gluten-free or vegan diet) is obsessed with these and typically eats half the batch […]

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Treasure Hunt Brown Rice

Healthy Brown Rice Recipe

Adding some fun and unique ingredients to brown rice takes it from ho-hum to WOW!  Try adding these delicious (and nutritious) food “treasures” including pine nuts, golden raisins and chunks of both champagne mango and avocado to make this dish a real crowd pleaser.  Also works well with chunks of nectarine or peach (perfect for […]

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Ayurvedic Cauliflower “Rice”

Ayurvedic Cauliflower “Rice”

Guest Blog Post: The below post is from my friend, Melissa Biber. While I have always been interested in Ayurvedic Medicine, it was not until this past Spring when I spent time at an Ashram becoming certified in Ayurvedic nutrition that I began to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into my daily life. The term Ayurveda derives from […]

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Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower Soup

This creamy soup is elegant, addictive and extremely easy to prepare.  Plus, it is full of health benefits from the star of the dish: cauliflower! Health Benefits of Cauliflower Cauliflower is high in vitamin C, which is important for growth and repair of body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds and keep teeth and gums […]

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Light Shrimp and Noodle Stir-Fry (Gluten-Free)

shrimp stir-fry with brown rice noodles

This is an incredibly light stir-fry that boasts a ton of fresh flavor and a unique sauce.  It is gluten-free and packs extra nutrition from the spinach. My husband went absolutely crazy over this dish and said it was the best shrimp dish I have ever made.  We both devoured our warm bowl of noodles […]

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Arugula Pesto Chicken Salad

Arugula Pesto Chicken Salad Recipe

This is a fantastic, mayo-free spin on chicken salad and makes for a healthy lunchtime option.  White meat chicken is a great lean-protein option to give you energy. The arugula “pesto” adds a mild peppery flavor and the end result is creamy and completely satisfying. Add to a whole wheat pita with avocado and tomatoes […]

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookie

Pumpkin Breakfast Coookie Healthy

A seasonal breakfast solution perfect for a cool fall morning!  Make the night before for a super portable breakfast or morning snack. Each cookie contains whole grains, heart-healthy walnuts, dried fruit and of course the nutritional powerhouse vegetable, pumpkin.  This cookie has it all!  Plus, it is gluten-free and completely vegan. When you see canned […]

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Chocolate Trail Mix Tart

Healthy Chocolate Honey Tart

Dessert out of healthy packaged snacks! This is a recipe makeover – a lightened up (and allergy friendly) version of Giada DeLaurentiis’ Chocolate Honey Almond Tart.   I substituted unsweetened almond milk for the heavy cream and sunflower seed butter for regular butter.  I also upped the nutrition content by incorporating a seed based trail mix […]

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