Vegan Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

Each year, September rolls around and as I start to mourn the end of summer I also start itching for some pumpkin in my life.  Last year, my favorite pumpkin recipes included Pumpkin Pie Vegan Overnight Oats (the perfect, easy fall breakfast), Garlic-Maple Pumpkin Hummus (you just have to trust me on this one - amazing!) [...]

Healthy Chocolate Mocha Smoothie

This recipe title sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?  It is sort of like a copy-cat, healthy version of a Starbucks Mocha Frappaccino.  But without 9 grams of saturated fat and over 60 grams of sugar (!) AND over 400 calories (!!).  Woah there! This nutritious smoothie has all the amazing qualities of a mocha [...]

Healthy Raw Cookie Dough Energy Balls

This instant, no-bake recipe is freezer friendly making these energy balls perfect for summertime and great for anytime grab-n-go snacks that adults and children both love.  Just mix, form into balls and enjoy!  They actually taste like raw cookie dough (and who doesn’t love that!?) but they are full of whole grains, dietary fiber, healthful fats [...]

Simple Summer Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

When I dream about the perfect salad (and, yes, sometimes I do that), I think about peppery arugula topped with fresh fruits, candied nuts or seeds and the perfect creamy dressing to bring it all together.  This is that salad plus it contains quinoa for added protein.  This salad is light and just screams summertime.  I [...]

Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

Summertime produce is my jam.  I love spicing up my ho-hum recipes with unexpected flavors and seasonal ingredients.  Adding strawberries to salad dressing is not only fun and delicious but pumps up your vitamin C content.  This dressing contains 1 cup of fresh strawberries and makes about four servings. For me, I always make homemade dressing.  I [...]

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

With this muggy, hot July weather, I’m constantly waking up craving refreshing smoothies for breakfast.  This one is a REAL treat.  It literally tastes like a blueberry muffin.  Blueberry muffins are the best (but not so much with the oven in July).  This is the next best thing.  The oats make this smoothie filling the [...]

Healthy & Creamy Key Lime Pie Popsicles

These creamy, frozen treats make me feel like I'm on a tropical island.  They are bursting with zesty, fresh lime flavor and yet sweet and creamy (did I mention they are creamy??) just like key lime pie should be.  They feature just four ingredients: avocado, lime, non-dairy milk and maple syrup (or agave).  This means [...]

Tropical Green Protein Smoothie

My morning breakfast routine was in a bit of rut.  Coming out of an unseasonably cooler spring, we have now been hit with this hot summery weather and there is no turning back it seems.  I knew I needed my breakfast routine to sort of catch up to the sunshine.  Believe it or not, I now [...]

Southwestern Jicama Slaw with Lime-Agave Creamy Tahini Dressing

Summertime means warm weather, fresh produce, potlucks with friends and family and of course outside dining.  This mayo-free slaw is perfect for enjoying poolside or at an outdoor BBQ or picnic.  It features jicama, a vegetable that is crisp, crunchy and basically flavorless... until you add amazing Southwestern flavors.  Think fresh lime juice, cilantro, cumin, garlic [...]

Classic Chickpea Hummus

It dawned on me recently that although I have a TON of hummus recipes on the blog (salty fig hummus, white bean hummus, black-eyed pea hummus, beet hummus, green lentil hummus), I haven't captured my go-to, classic hummus recipe that I make every couple of days.  This recipe is simple and can be served as a [...]

Vanilla Bean Matcha Popsicles

Adults can have fun too this summer with these creamy green tea pops!  These refreshing and "zenergizing" popsicles are the perfect hot weather treat. They are incredibly creamy from the avocado and full of antioxidants from the matcha powder.  I added in loads of vanilla bean flavor to balance out the matcha flavor (which can sometimes [...]

Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles (vegan + gluten-free + nut-free)

Summer is ALMOST here and thankfully this beautiful week has given me a glimpse into how amazing this summer is going to be with my family.  This whole week has been 80s and sunny.  So, we set up our rooftop pool and have been spending our evenings dining al fresco poolside.  Er, babypool-side that is. [...]

The Ultimate Vegan and Nut-Free Kale Caesar Salad

If there is one salad in need of a healthy recipe makeover, it is the classic Caesar salad. Loaded with raw egg, creamy dressing and a mound of Parmesan cheese, it can pack in a surprising amount of saturated fat, sodium and overall calories. And so, I set out to create a creamy, delicious, healthy, [...]

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