Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl

Yes, a decadent chocolate chip cookie bowl that counts as a wholesome breakfast!  (Or snack, or dessert, or lunch!) There are so many great ingredients secretly tucked into this creamy smoothie bowl.  It also delivers plant-based protein  and healthy fat. The cookie-like smoothie base is sweetened with pears and dates, and gets a malty flavor…

Strawberry and Vanilla Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is that weird vegan alternative that I used to loathe the texture of.  It was slimy and eye-bally.  I really had to start experimenting with flavors and ratios of chia seeds to liquid in order to find something that I not only want to eat, but actually crave. This combination of creamy vanilla…

Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta Toss

This is a Mediterranean-style pasta dish that packs in plenty of vegetables.  I used Tinkyada rice spaghetti and then throw in some spiralized zoodles (zucchini noodles) to boost the veggie content even more! While the noodles cook, saute green beans, cherry tomatoes and Kalamata olives in olive oil with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon. …

Vegan Sweet Potato Scones with Maple Drizzle

These delicious treats are something special to look forward to with a hot cup of tea.  Free of refined sugars and also gluten and dairy-free, they can be a guiltless indulgence.  The maple glaze is also free of refined sugars, but delivers a complementary sweetness to the spicy scones that, in my mind, takes this…

Roasted Apple and Brussels Bowl

I love roasted vegetables, and one of my new favorites is Brussels sprouts, especially when served alongside sweet roasted apples.  Simply tossed with olive oil and a touch of maple syrup, then served over a bed of cooked grains, makes for a satisfying meal. I love how easy grain bowls are, topped with your choice…

Vegan Chocolate Cake – Dairy Free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free

A beautiful, decadent, over-the top dark and fudgey cake without dairy, eggs, butter, sugar?!  It seems impossible but this the the closest thing to a guilt-free cake I’ve come across.  It’s based on a recipe by Megan Gilmore of Detoxinista – I highly recommend her recipes! The cake is sweetened with coconut sugar and fattened…

Having a Mental Health Plan

You cannot meditate your way out of a panic attack.  It’s literally impossible and to even try exacerbates the fear. It’s hard to open your heart during a deep depressive episode where you cannot even open your eyes to get out of bed. While we live in the age of quick-fixes, of instant gratification, this…

Samosa Pancake

Based on those delicious potato and pea stuffed pastries that you find in Indian restaurants.  This protein and veggie packed pancake makes a great lunch or hearty snack.  I’ve eaten them for dinner, too. Basically – I’m not going to lie – fried in olive oil which it not only absolutely delicious but also one…

5 Complementary Therapies to Consider in Healing Depression

Depression is a deep psychological and spiritual disturbance that affects many people today.  More and more, it seems that we are living lonely, empty and isolated lives.  We connect with the swipe of a finger through various forms of media and texting, but there is a hollowness to this “connection”.  Often, it can deepen the…

How to Heal Your Gut

Our health originates in our gut.  The microbes that reside in our digestive system are responsible for manufacturing essential nutrients, protecting us from disease and producing chemicals that communicate with the rest of our body.  In fact, there are more bacterial cells in your body that human cells! All human being’s have roughly the same…