Archives for 2015

Write Your Reverse Bucket List

2016 is right around the corner and with that comes thoughts of the future, plans, ideas, goals and dreams…maybe even some resolutions.  But before I even get into that, I like to reflect on the year that’s passed.  I like to reflect on my life from as far back as I can remember, right up to this very moment, and write down my Reverse Bucket List. A Reverse Bucket List is a list of all of your achievements, successes and accomplishments.  They don’t have to be milestone achievements either.  Just begin by making a list of all the stuff you’ve

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Banana Bread: Gluten-free & Vegan

I had a bunch of ripe bananas that needed to go to use, so I whipped up some banana bread last night.  This easy recipe is a winner!   INGREDIENTS: 4 vegan eggs (use flax/chia egg substitute for vegan- 1 tablespoon of flax or chia seed to 1/4 cup of water and let it sit for 5 minutes, stir gently, and it will turn into a gel) 2 cups very ripe mashed bananas (I used 5 or 6 bananas) 1 cup sugar (I used coconut sugar – it’s lower glycemic index) ½ cup unsweetened applesauce ⅓ cup coconut oil 2  cups brown

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Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

  I am so hooked on Vegan Shakeology.  I start each morning with my superfoods!  It makes such a huge difference in my day when I have it and I always notice if I skip it!  Sometimes I add a scoop to my morning oatmeal and other times I just blend it up in the Vitamix with some frozen banana and water. I’ve definitely tried my share of protein powders but Shakeology is a total wellness drink!  It covers the plant protein, the super greens, superfoods, probiotics, vitamins/minerals…it’s basically my health insurance.  I know once I have it, I’m covered

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Raw Zucchini Pasta

I love pasta but I don’t like the heavy feeling I get from eating pasta.  It’s also not as packed with nutrients, as say, vegetables, so zucchini pasta is the perfect solution! All you need is a handy dandy spiral slicer (I use the Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Slicer) and you can turn veggies into pasta-like strands!       Zucchini “pasta” is packed with nutrients and doesn’t leave you with that heavy feeling.  It’s light and refreshing! You can make it into a hearty meal by adding additional veggies as toppings, along with avocado for a healthy fat!  Sometimes

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Four Years In The Clear – An Anniversary of Health

Four years ago this month, I underwent a c-section for dermoids (aka benign tumors), one attached to each ovary. They were referred to as teratomas because of their size (huge – somewhere around 6″-7″). And I really do mean huge…I woke up one morning to this sight popping out of my stomach:   I blogged about it when it happened in 2011, and you can read all about the experience here: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Tumor – Part 1 It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Tumor – Part 2 It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane,

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Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars

{nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free}   I love carrot cake.  I also love breakfast.  So it would make sense that I whip up some carrot cake bars that were less sweet, made from only whole foods and would be perfect for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.  A little experimenting in the kitchen, and I came up with this!   Ingredients: 12 large medjool dates (remove pits) 4 large carrots (chopped) 1 c of shredded coconut 1.5 c old fashioned gluten free oats 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp sea salt cinnamon/nutmeg/pumpkin pie spice (to taste)  I did about a teaspoon each 4 flax/chia

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Kalamata Sunflower Seed Cheese Spread:

Here is an awesome raw vegan SEED cheese!  It’s fantastic for  anyone with a tree nut allergy, anyone who doesn’t eat dairy (me!) or if you just want to try something new!  This is made with sunflower seeds, but could just as easily be made with pumpkin seeds. This fabulous recipe that will satisfy cheese lovers everywhere!   Check it out – you won’t believe how simple this recipe is!   Kalamata Sunflower Seed Cheese Spread:  Dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free    (yields 1 1/2 cups, or 6-8 servings – feel free to double this recipe if you are having a par-tay!)

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Raw Edible Pop Art Party

    I was thinking today about all the raw food events and parties that I’ve done and this was definitely one of my favorites.  Check out the full photos, menu and details here: Raw Edible Pop Art Party – Click Here Thinking about starting these up again! 🙂 If I did, would you attend? xoxo Lauren