Becoming Plantbased

Hey hey friends! As you may or may not have seen on Instagram (in this post), I opened up and allowed myself to become completely vulnerable. I shared my “why” for this blog – for embarking on this journey. Ultimately, it’s for you. For your families. For love. Because, isn’t that what this life is all about? More and more, I think it is. It’s about connecting. Not hiding our “scars” or perceived “imperfections,” it’s about laying it all out there – this is me. And, I’m perfectly imperfect. There’s light and there’s dark. I’m an “and” not an “or.” And, so are you.

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Sparkling Fuzzy Navel Smoothie

Catch my piece over on the lifestyle tab on probiotics and a happy belly? No? Check it out here after you make this fun and juicy summertime smoothie reminiscent of that wild beach summer. That summer when life's hardest decision was choosing which bikini to wear and what shot to drink next. The ocean breeze blowing through your salty, wavy hair and the sand tickling your toes. 

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Up"Beet" Zinger Juice

I love fresh raw foods. What's not to love? With their healing energy, crisp and fresh deliciousness and vivid coloring hinting at the vast array of minerals and nutrients nearly bursting from their seams, organic fruits and veggies are nature's perfect food. So it only makes sense that not only do these foods nourish your body but they also invigorate your mind. And you can definitely expect a mood boost from this zingy and grounding fresh juice recipe I have for you today loaded with vibrant red beet, spicy ginger and sweet and tangy citrus. Your afternoon pick me up just got a whole lot yummier!

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Kick Start Your Spring Detox With This Sweet & Spicy Superfood Salad

Happy Spring everyone! Now is the time when our bodies naturally begin to detox by shedding extra weight that kept us warm during the winter, flushing out toxins with our cravings for lighter and fresher foods and simply feeling more energized with the longer periods of daylight. Resisting this natural process by eating heavy foods and staying inactive will lead to sluggishness, fatigue and even spring allergies. So go with the flow and awaken your body to the lightness and energy it craves as the days become longer, warmer and even more beautiful with flowers and trees blossoming all around. Supporting your body along this natural detox process will encourage it to feel healthy and rested. So much so that your caffeine and sugar addiction will become a thing of the past... if you allow. To kickstart this exciting process, welcome the Spring Equinox with this light and spicy/sweet superfood salad: 

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Happy Veggie Pesto

Did you know that what you eat plays a big role in how you feel? It goes far beyond the bloat or guilt over supposed "good" and "bad" foods. Scientists have begun calling the gut our "second brain" because of its powerful control over our emotional state and well-being. In fact, your gut is responsible for churning out 95% of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin. So while it won't give you the answer to hard physics equations anytime soon, you can trust your gut when it comes to good mood food. Which is just what I have for you today. 

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Carrot Cake Zoats

Sometimes a green smoothie just won't cut it in the morning. Maybe it's too cold outside, maybe you're craving something heartier or something comforting and grounding. That's where this creamy, ooey-gooey bowl of thick and delicious oats comes in. It is perfect for when you need a nourishing breakfast that gives each of your cells a nice cozy hug good morning. And it's basically cake. Your soul needs this. 

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Rocking Mint Cacao Chip Smoothie

I've been DYING to make this smoothie since I found inspiration on The Chalkboard Magazine here a few days ago. What was the holdup? Mint was apparently a rare commodity... I couldn't find organic anywhere and didn't want to settle for a peppermint extract with added oils and alcohol. Whole Foods finally had some in stock when I went yesterday to load up on gluten-free, sprouted almond milk sandwiches ;) And thank goodness they did because what happened this morning in my blender was pure magic I tell you. This smoothie is everything amazing. And everything that is good in this world. 

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