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Pasta with Summer Squash

This is a great tasting pasta with summer squash dish that is easy to make and has a lot of unique flavors. Summer squash is in the peak of its season right now so the dish will taste even better. Squash is considered a starchy vegetable, but is also very high in pectin which can be helpful for diabetes and insulin regulation. Squash is also very high in vitamin C. It tastes great paired with the anchovies, chile and Parmigianno. Enjoy!

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Blueberry, Almond Milk, Flax Seed, Plant Protein, and Super Food Powders Smoothie

Super Food Powders

Super Food Powders are my go-to for smoothies. I don’t always link to the exact product I am using because I am always experimenting. If you find a link to a specific product in any of our recipes it is because it’s a product we have found has stood the test of time. Recipes are road maps for you to add your own creativity to suit your own tastes and nutritional needs.

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13 lifestyle changes that could eliminate your heartburn forever

Remedies for heartburn are as simple as following a list of our favorite daily healthy-living tips. When you change your lifestyle, you change your health. Lifestyle and prevention are ongoing themes on this blog because we believe it is actually easy to be healthy. Creating a lifestyle mindset, rather than relying on the quick-fix diet, cleanse, or pill-popping mentality will help you avoid many of our modern day ailments.

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Vegan Vanilla Cake

Vegan Vanilla Cake

This vegan vanilla cake was an unexpected huge hit among a group of friends that appreciate my vegan lifestyle, but are far from being vegan themselves. There is a surprising moist and dense consistency to this cake, along with tons of vanilla flavor without being too sweet. You can probably guess from the pictures below it was enjoyed morning, noon, and night, by my non-vegan friends.

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It is time to stop asking vegans: What about calcium and protein?

I am always surprised when I tell someone I don’t eat dairy or meat that they still ask: “Where do you get your calcium and protein from?” or “Do you eat a lot of beans and rice?” My answers nowadays: “I get those nutrients from almost every single piece of food I put in my mouth. Virtually all foods in nature have calcium and protein as part of their make up” and “I love beans and rice and eat many varieties of both fairly regularly, but maybe not anymore often than you do.”

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Vegan Paleo Fruit Tarts

Paleo Fruit Tarts

This is a fun dessert if you are having company over. These paleo fruit tarts are very easy to make and great for kids or adults. If you do not have individual tart pans, just make one large tart. Make sure to make this ahead as it needs to sit in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours before serving.

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Common allergens and your health

90 percent of all food allergies in the United States are linked to a very short list of foods. Keep in mind, you could easily have an intolerance or sensitivity that would not technically be classified as an allergy, but it is still preventing you from obtaining your best health.

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Kohlrabi and Cabbage Coleslaw

kohlrabi and cabbage

My family and I recently subscribed to a community supported agriculture share from one of our local farms and have been blessed with so many fresh, organic greens! We have also gotten some vegetables that I normally do not eat/buy such as white turnips, eggplant and kohlrabi. It has been fun trying out different recipes. This is a very easy kohlrabi and cabbage cole slaw recipe that is light, fresh and flavorful!

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Amazon to Africa Smoothie Recipe

Amazon African Smoothie

This smoothie has a couple of unique ingredients, but they are readily available at your natural foods market. Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry found in the Amazon Rainforest. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and omegas. Baobab (pronounced bay-o-bob) is a tree native to Africa and it produces a “super fruit” especially high in vitamin C and electrolytes.

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Jalapeño Hummus Recipe

Jalapeño Hummus

My husband has perfected this jalapeño hummus recipe at our house. It is so easy to make, and even though the garbanzo beans are from a can, this hummus tastes so fresh. We use it all week long. On crackers, veggies, sandwiches and wraps, it adds just the right kick to any meal or snack.

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Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Bread Gluten-free and Vegan if desired

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

This spiced pumpkin bread is perfect as a breakfast treat or mid-day snack. The inspiration was adapted from the pumpkin spice bread recipe in “The Joy of Vegan Baking” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. The recipe uses an egg replacement since it is vegan, but can be adapted by using 3 eggs in place of the flaxseed.

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Recipes: Whipped Coconut Cream Frosting and Whipped Cream. Both Vegan and Fabulous!

You don’t have to be a vegan to to appreciate delicious foods that don’t contain animal products. Reducing the dependance on animal ingredients is good for you and the planet. Below are two different ways to make excellent vegan dessert toppings, frosting and whipped cream, for all of your holiday dishes. The whipped cream is less sweet than the frosting.

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Busy day Breakfast Smoothie. Fuel: Coconut oil, Plant Protein, doubled Greens

Breakfast Smoothie

This breakfast smoothie is built with a busy day in mind. If you know you will need extra energy, for extended lengths of time, requiring extra brain power and focus, this is the kind of smoothie recipe to follow to optimize your day.

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Recipe: Vegan (if you choose), Gluten Free, Easy, Pumpkin Muffins

Vegan GF Pumkin Muffins

We have 2 versions of our pumpkin muffins recipe for you. Michelle gave us the base, and Melanie decided to make these on a whim for company one weekend without shopping for the exact ingredients beforehand. So we have indicated the substitutions she used in parenthesis. This is a super easy recipe and the muffins are delicious either way.

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What is the difference between Kefir and Yogurt?

difference between kefir and yogurt

What is the difference between kefir and yogurt? Yogurt is produced by a fermentation process using bacteria, and kefir is produced by a fermentation process using bacteria and yeast. If you have ever tasted any kind of kefir, you notice it is in more of a liquid state compared to yogurt, and has a kind of a bubbly sensation similar to champagne.

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