LOVERS Truffles *Raw Vegan Sexy*

Being happy isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’d be nice if it were, of course. Sunshine is definitely a big part of it – the best feeling part of it maybe. But feeling good is ALL of it. Embracing all of it — darkness too. It’s the moon. It’s the stars. And how beautiful is that? How beautiful that the whole world is inside of you? Inside of me. Inside of us.

And, how beautiful that we live in the only world with chocolate?!

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*EAT PRETTY* Citrus & Beet Salad with Fiery Avocado Tahini Dressing

Hello lovelies! Sorry to keep you waiting for a new post this week — I was up to my ears writing for my “real” job. But, now I’m back with this stunning salad that’s a real crowd pleaser. It’s so visually appealing and the bursts of flavors and varying textures in every bite really elevate this dish. This is a fabulous summer salad as it is summer here in Oz, but for all my friends back home in the cold, the {addictive} fiery avocado tahini dressing is sure to warm you up!

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Glowing Green Smoothie {GGS} Bowl

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I am now an official 2019 Solluna Ambassador. *Woohoo!* What does that mean? Well, Solluna is the work of nutritionist, author and celebrity fav Kimberly Snyder (remember her? She’s been monumental in my switch to a happier, healthier plantbased lifestyle. LOVE her) who first popped into my life with The Beauty Detox Solution. If you haven’t purchased this book yet, I urge you too RIGHT NOW. My copy is about 8 years old now and you can tell I use it often. I am always turning to it for more inspiration and quick and healthy recipes to get back on track… including the famous Glowing Green Smoothie. It’s Kimberly’s trademark, and you’re going to love it!

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Bikram Bowl *Raw Vegan*

I love smiling. Laughing. And any opportunity I have to do it, I will. So, anyway, go to yoga. Find your smiling happy self and make this bowl of goodness after. It’s loaded with juicy fruit, antioxidants and real-food goodness to make you glow from the inside out. The perfect whole-body hydration you will need! Especially for a Bikram yoga practice in the hot hot summertime like we now have here in Sydney.

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Tropical Chia Glow Bowl *VEGAN AND RAW*

Hello my lovelies and happy New Year! Even though the New Year started a week ago, I’m just now catching up. So, I’m celebrating today. And what better way to celebrate than with a bowl of nourishing sunshine, am I right?!

One thing I decided on this year was upping my intake of chia puddings because of the skin-loving benefits. My face is always smoother, plumper {in a good way!} and glowy-er when I do. Combine that with my craving for sunshine since this dreary summer Sydney weather isn’t giving me any, and BAM! This tropical chia bowl of good mood food was born. Grab a bite of summer with the recipe below!

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Festive Rudolph-Surprise Lamington Bites *RAW VEGAN*

Lamingtons are an Aussie classic. Traditionally a vanilla sponge cake of sorts, this down-under favorite is coated with chocolate sauce and coconut shreds and sometimes found filled with jam.

Since this dessert is rarely a vegan treat, I decided to get my nom on with a comparable and easy-to-make — running on limited time here as a busy working mom — bliss ball variation.

Coming together with a handful of ingredients, this Christmas-y bite of Oz is just “too easy, mate.”

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Santa Hat Brownies **VEGAN GLUTEN FREE**

Ho ho ho! I’m dropping in today to help take some stress out of this silly season by sharing with you this easy-to-assemble and cute-as-can-be holiday treat 🎄 You’ve probably seen them around before — the idea is nothing new. However, my execution is. Using my go-to brownie recipe and super fluffy cream, this recipe has been elevated with good-for-you ingredients giving your body just what it’s craving without all the junk.

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Red Thai Curry in a Hurry {Vegan, Gluten Free}

Hi friends! While it’s summer here in Australia, {fun fact: The first day of a new season is always on the first day of the month it falls in here. So, December 1st was the first day of summer. My friend says they do it so it’s easier to remember. Ha!} we’ve still had some pretty cool nights. That’s when I whip up this easy curry. It’s hearty, grounding and like a cozy hug on a chilly evening. Plus, it’s ready in no time, and the whole family actually loves it. Win win and win.

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5-Ingredient Berry Bliss Balls (Vegan, gluten-free)

Hi everyone! December is seriously one of the busiest months. #amiright?! Besides Christmas, it’s also the end of the school year here in Oz. So, not only am I getting the Christmas prezzies, decorations and Elf on a Shelf ready for the onslaught of mistletoe madness, I am also packing my calendar full of end-of-the-year performances and picnics, dance concerts and plays for the kiddos — which, seriously, I’m so excited about. Like, really.

But between all of that, taking on some extra articles at work and working on my fitness, I’m pretty much left running on fumes. Umm… hello, Hangry! Looking for something quick, healthy and made with real food (and a craving for muffins), I decided to try my hand at whipping up some easy bliss balls. And, not that I ever doubted myself, but they turned out amazing. So, you should make them too.

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Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Kale Summer Salad *The Boathouse at Shelly Beach Inspired Recipe*

As promised in my last post, here is a more traditional Thanksgiving dish to serve up for your family and friends. This recipe is based on the “Summer Salad” from the iconic Boathouse at Shelly Beach. I thought I could never fully recreate this simple salad because it was just too perfect and served up beautifully next to the sandy shoreline. Turns out I was wrong. I TOTALLY NAILED IT.

Think piles of kale and quinoa mingling with roasted sweet potato chunks, dressed in a simple vinaigrette and topped with a mountain of crunchy almonds, pretty-in-pink pickled red onions and juicy pomegranate arils. This simple, yet statement-making, salad is all you need for a taste of summer “Straya” style.

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Arugula Harvest Salad *Living Kitchen Copycat*

Hi you guys! As you know, we’ve moved to the other side of the world. While it’s absolutely amazing here, I miss my Charlotte eats SO MUCH. Luna’s Living Kitchen, or as it’s called now — “Living Kitchen” — was one of my favorite spots ever. The food was mostly raw, gluten-free, organic/local and was completely vegan, aesthetically appealing and crazy good. I was a HUGE fan of their iced chai, Flying Lucy smoothie, Fire & Brimstone burger, Caesar Salad and this amazing Arugula Harvest Salad.

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Vegan Asian-Style Sesame Noodles

Hi guys! I’ve been so excited to share this recipe with you! Not only is it vegan, gluten-free and like eating a magical rainbow, it’s also a huge hit with the ENTIRE family. The secret is the sauce. I could dip my whole life in this sauce. It is AMAZING. You will want to put it on everything.

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Life is Hard. Eat Pudding.

One thing I know, when you're going through tough times, is you need to give yourself extra love. Extra time. And proper nourishment. You have to make yourself put in the extra effort and it's hard. But, people need you. Your life may have changed. And it may be hard to get up. But, the world won't stop for you. You have to keep going. One thing I turn to for nourishment is chia seed pudding. It's quick, it's easy and it's deeply nourishing for your body and has omega fatty acids and tryptophan to lift your mood. Plus, there are a million ways to make it to suit your tastes. Make sure to give it time to properly gel up and you're sure to love it.

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Un-PHO-gettable Easy Vegan Pho

Pho, a type of Vietnamese soup, has been around for more than 100 years, but thanks to my recently-addicted husband, I’m just now hopping aboard this noodle train. I admit, I’m not much of a soup fan. I can eat it if I have to, but I’m certainly not going to seek out a bowl and crave it anytime soon. I’m a fan of vibrant, fresh, crunchy food so the thought of a mushy soup, especially one loaded with raw sliced beef in an {more than likely} MSG-laced broth of boiled bones doesn’t quite appeal to me. Until now. I mean, my plant-based copycat pho does at least.

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Breakup Brownies with Benefits - Vegan and Gluten Free!

Dark, rich and absolutely breathtaking, these brownies will make you forget the dud who did you wrong. Because they are everything right in this world. And when they make you cry, it’s because you’ll be so overjoyed that something so ooey, gooey, chocolate-y and delicious can actually be as good for your hips as they taste on your lips. Made using beauty-enhancing superfoods like vitamin and mineral rich sweet potatoes, coconut flour and raw cacao powder, these babies will give you the glow your lover never could. And because lists help with breakups, here’s the top 5 reasons why these brownies are better than your ex ever was:

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Citrus-Charged Resolution Bowl

Unlike some 10 counts that can seem to last forever {I'm looking at you thigh sets!}, the countdown to the new year was here and gone before I even had a chance to process what just happened. So, stemming from inspiration I've gleaned from Insta, I declare February the true start to the bright and shiny 2016. January was simply the practice run ;) So, if you promised yourself to get fitter, happier, and/or save some money this year, then you're going to LOVE this zingy smoothie bowl that is seriously what resolutions are made of. 

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Nila's Favorite Kale Salad... Upgraded

You might remember Nila mentioning her go-to lunch in the latest LTB Report was a kale salad loaded with delicious fresh veggies, but surprisingly topped with a store-bought ginger dressing and crumbled spicy tortilla chips. It sounds absolutely tasty with that added spicy crunch factor along with the queen of greens herself, kale. But, and this is a big but, all that veggie goodness is covered in a big glob of beauty and health stealing criminals like GMO's, MSG, gluten, chemicals and preservatives that do not deserve a spot on your plate. You're worth so much more than that and your body deserves better than what the guys at the top are bottling, bagging and selling to make profit using cheap ingredients with expiration dates light years ahead of us - with one goal in mind: to get us addicted to and crave their products while they make bank.

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Wake up to Beautiful: "Beauty" Pebbles with Green Goddess Mylk

When I was little, I wouldn’t eat breakfast unless it had a cartoon character on the box or at least went snap, crackle and pop once the milk was poured. Maybe you can relate? Now, that I’m older, and dare I say a bit wiser, I still love a good bowl of cereal {like really, really love} but prefer to satisfy that craving in a way that loves my body right back. After all, even though Post has declared its Fruity Pebbles gluten free that doesn’t make it healthy. Do you even know what’s in that over-processed, neon-colored stuff? I checked it out and well, it’s not very pretty:

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