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3 Surprising Reasons You Shouldn’t be Juicing (And the One Exception)

WHAT? Shouldn’t be juicing? Yes – here are my 3 surprising reasons you shouldn’t be juicing (and the one exception).    To juice, or not to juice… It can’t CURE anything. Run the other way whenever someone claims that their juice, pill, concoction….any one thing will “cure” an ailment. What juicing can do is […]

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10 Vegan Dinners Under 300 Calories

You and I want three things at dinner: meals the whole family will get excited about, light, healthy recipes, and something quick and easy after a long day. This collection of 10 vegan dinners under 300 calories fits the bill effortlessly.   It’s a jungle out there. Between work, school, kids sports and lessons, family pets and […]


How to Help Your Family Get Rid of Sugar Addiction

By now you’re aware that sugar is in everything – you get it. You need some creative ways to get the stuff out of your diet and out of your kids’ diet. I’ll show you how to help you and your family get rid of sugar addiction and share a recipe […]

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3 Tips for Eating Out and Traveling on a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet

Dining Out is Easy with My 3 Top Tips for Eating Out and Traveling on a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet. Before you leave, load up your body with nutrients – enjoy my fresh, sweet and creamy pre-travel smoothie. Dining out while attempting to eat a healthy diet is hard. Eating out and traveling on vegan or plant-based diet […]


Giveaway of My New Vegan Cookbook – Plant Protein Power!

Plant Protein Power is my newly launched vegan cookbook based off a compilation of my delicious recipes with a focus on protein. We all know a whole foods, plant-based diet is the gold standard of health; the healing power of plants cannot be denied. The difficulties come with the pressure of perfection, […]

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How to Detoxify with FOOD (in 3 Easy Steps)

How to detoxify with food – in 3 easy steps. You and I are people that eat pretty healthy already. But we’re not perfect. No one is. Instead of judging ourselves, let’s make a pact to wake up each day and spend some time learning, growing and getting better. We all know […]


5 Exclusive Healthy Food Tips for Camping, Backpacking and Outdoor Lovers

Exclusive Healthy Food Tips for Camping, Backpacking and Outdoor Lovers. There is something about the excitement of planning a camping trip. So many of us spend much of our days hunched over a computer, driving in a car with a cellphone attached to our ear, or parked in front of […]

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Sautéed Beet Greens with Zucchini and Brown Rice

Get back to your roots with Sautéed Beet Greens with Zucchini and Brown Rice. Simple. Seasonal. Delicious. …one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is […]


Have You Heard of Food Patriots?

Recently an email landed in my inbox from a gentleman named Sam. I clicked it open and the first line was a question. Have you heard of Food Patriots? In light of it being non-GMO month, I was intrigued by the name and read more. This story is about a Midwestern mom, […]

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North African Spiced Vegetable Kebabs

North African Spiced Vegetable Kebabs with Coconut Tahini Sauce. Fragrant olive oil, fresh ginger, cumin, cinnamon and allspice – oh my! The other night I wanted something a little different. Something with some SPICE to it. And a creamy sauce to balance it out. North African, or Chermoula, spiced kebabs with […]


Vegan Back to School Lunch Ideas and a Secret at the End….

Last year I was mad as hell seeing what kids at my daughter’s school were eating. It could NOT be called food! Join my crusade to FIGHT BACK. This is my post on healthier plant-based, vegan back to school lunches. You guys – we need to start getting PISSED about […]

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Fight Tiredness and Fatigue through Hydrating Foods

Your alarm wakes up out of a dead sleep and you hit the snooze button…. four times. Finally you drag yourself out of bed, get dressed and when you walk out the door a wall of heat and humidity hits. It is time to fight back naturally with hydrating FOODS. […]


Easy Three Bean Salad, Naturally Vegan

Fresh summer produce gave me the idea for this Easy Vegan Three Bean Salad. There is nothing better than vine ripened tomatoes, hearty edamame and garbanzo beans, and crisp-tender green beans dressed simply with olive oil and sea salt. For cookouts, beach days, and everyday life, this is the PERFECT summer […]

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Tasting Florida

My sunny state of Florida is such a great place for plant-based food lovers to indulge. Those of us that live here know this well; however, I have many followers that live outside the state and I encourage you to visit and taste what we have to offer! Tasting Florida […]


Top 3 Ways to Rid Your Home of Toxins.

Learn my top 3 ways to rid your home of toxins. The Environmental Protection Agency lists poor indoor air quality as the fourth largest environmental threat to our country. Our cleaning products may contain formaldehyde, and beauty products may have hormone disrupting chemicals.  We can easily rid our homes of toxins through a […]

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Top Secret Ninja Tips for Food Blogging

There are TONS of tips out there on blogging.  Write quality content, don’t make spelling mistakes, be authentic….but what are the APPS we use? What about all the technical stuff? How the heck do I ever make money blogging? Here are my Top Secret Ninja Tips for Food Blogging as well […]


Garlic Black Beans over Rice Pasta

The secret is in the sauce with my Garlic Black Beans over Rice Pasta. Extra garlic, onions, Kalamata olive paste and sundried tomatoes are tied together with a dash of balsamic for pure perfection. What is the first thing you are usually thinking about when you get up each morning? […]

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Loaded Falafel Burger

Loaded Falafel Burger with Roasted Vegetables

These easy Loaded Falafel Burger with Roasted Vegetables use fresh roasted veggies along with premade burgers to save time on a busy weeknight. Could there be anything better than eggplant, tomato and onion all roasted and caramelized? I think not. I give no apologies when it comes to dinner on busy […]


Fresh Salad with Superfruit Mangosteen Dressing

We’re all hearing about the benefits of superfruits ~ in this post I’ll review the mangosteen and share a delicious recipe for Superfruit Mangosteen Dressing! It’s all over Dr Oz, the internet, health blogs – you name it – superfruits are hot. It is hard not to buy into the hype […]

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Thirty One Gift Ideas

Stumped for what to get your loved one? Welcome to the second annual support US-based small business post on this fine Black Friday with my Thirty One Gift Ideas!  Last year there were quite a few great ideas and this year features even more. To all of my overseas friends […]