Healthy Happy Life

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Videos: Vegan YouTube Channel

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No-Bake Chocolate-Dipped Granola Bars:

Cherry Berry Chia Seed Pudding:

Vegan Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Bars:



5/2012 How to easily spot VEGAN SUGAR! - Quick tip video (with a cute background cameo from Nelly the cat)

8/2011 Back to School Videos - Tips, Recipes, 5-Minute Challenge (Tofu Scramble and lunch-packing in 5 minutes) - Kathy & Gena

7/2011 Vegan Peach Pie - Filling and Vegan Pie Crust step-by-step! - Kathy

7/2011 Vegan Summer Party Recipes - salad, wrap, watermelon frosty! - Kathy & Gena

6/2011 Crispy Tempeh Cubes - Kathy

5/2011 Dark 'n Frosty Acai Smoothie - Kathy


Vegan Travel

Vegan Travel!

Healthy Food at Disneyland: Where's the Magic?

Vegan in Vegas - Part One, Part Two - Bartolotta

Lower East Side Tour NYC

Vegan Dining in Los Angeles

Top 20 Things I Love About LA!

Ski Green. Or not so much?

Bliss in the Hamptons, NY

Samantha Brown's Hawaii: Locavore Bliss.

Ghent, Belgium's Veggie Day Once a Week.

Essex Market NYC

Miami, The Delano, Wellness Destination

Overheard: Bourdain on Disappearing Manhattan

Holey Farm, Bahamas: Extreme Farming. Martha Approved.

Japan: Secret to their Weight Success?

Are Californian's Healthier?

Spain: On the Road Again TV Show.

Winter Train Travel: DC to NYC.

Top Ten Wellness Travel Destinations

Breakfast Around the Globe

Blue Lagoon, Iceland: Fabulousness!


About Kathy Patalsky.

*photo by Caroline White Photography

Bio: Kathy Patalsky is the creator of the popular vegan food blog Healthy.Happy.Life. and is the author of the cookbook 365 Vegan Smoothies. Kathy is also the founder of the popular website Kathy's recipes and photography work have been featured in Saveur, BuzzFeed, LATimes, Fox, CNN, on the cover of VegNews, Channel 8's Connecticut Style and more. Her second book, Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen comes out in 2015. HHVK contains over 250 vegan recipes, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, as well as beverages and holidays. She is a California-raised girl who loves sunshine, farmer's markets, beach days, movie nights, animals big and small and all things cozy and lovely.

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Kathy Patalsky with lemonsKathy Patalsky in Los Angeles

* 365 Vegan Smoothies published by Penguin/Avery in 2013.

*photo by Caroline White Photography - makeup/hair by Tara Daniels.

Hi guys! Welcome to HHL. Thank you so much for visiting!..

How it all began. I casually started this food blog in 2006 with no real clue what I was doing. I like food. And taking pictures. And writing. So this "blogging" thing sounded like fun. I was stumbling through a chaotic (yet exciting!) transition period in life when it all began. All at once: I was newly married. I scarily decided to drop out of Grad School since it wasn't making me happy. Plus, I abruptly left my full-time job, one I loved and co-workers i fell in love with. But changes were in order because my husband and I had a big move coming up.. DC -> NYC!

I started HHL about a year after we moved to downtown New York City. I was instantly inspired by the food culture of the city. I was thrilled to find so many plant-based-friendly restaurants, farmer's markets and brands. So into my kitchen I went. Creating and cooking just as I have always loved to do. But this time I pulled out my camera (then a tiny point-and-shoot) and started sharing my creations with the world. Or the one or two people who stumbled on my newbie food blog. As time went on I upgraded my camera and tried my best to teach myself food photography. I quickly learned that starting a blog or any website and building a loyal audience is not as easy as it sounds. Just starting out, all I had to motivate me was my inner passion. There was nothing real to grasp (readers, monetary value, social following, etc). But I could see the long-term vision for my blog, and I was devoted to giving 100% to this new path in life. Eventually it paid off. My goal for Healthy. Happy. Life. was to show everyone who would listen that vegan recipes are fun, diverse, satisfying and delicious!

Vegan Girl. My decision to go-vegan was inspired by my lifelong love of animals, as well as my affinity for wellness and healthy eating. As you will find from browsing my recipes, vegan food is crazy-delicious, but really, the best part about my vegan lifestyle is knowing that my diet aligns perfectly with the passionate love I have for animals, big and small.

Flash-forward to today. I am a published book author with two thriving websites that I am immensely proud of ( and - and I get to make, eat and share my favorite foods and recipes with the world. I never thought I'd get here, but I did! I had no idea that my simple little food blog would evolve into my full time career and culmination of all my passions in life. Art. Food. People. Writing. Animals. Recipes. Wellness. Plus I am currently living in LA, sunny California makes me so happy.

Through Healthy. Happy. Life. I hope to inspire you to get in the kitchen and embrace your inner vegan chef. HHL is a resource for everyone, not just vegans. Curious to try? Even adding a few plant-based meals a week to your diet is a great place to start.

"Lets Widen the Circle" - Leanne, Vaute Couture -- I love that many of my family members, fans and friends have gone vegan or adopted plant-based eating habits because of this website!

Healthy. Happy. Life. currently receives around 1,800,000 pageviews per month and growing. Mores stats here. I am thrilled to see so many people interested in vegan recipes.

I hope you'll experiment with my recipes and learn to love vegan cooking and living just as much as I do. These are recipes I want you to make, taste and feel so proud of that you share them again and again with family, co-workers and friends. Good food was meant to be shared.

On Food. What are FIVE recipe posts that define me best? Try these..

1. My Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers with Avocado
2. My Secret Ingredient Matcha Shake or my Watermelon Frosty
3. My Raw Chard Salad (any raw chard or kale salad!)
4. This drink that I enjoy each and every morning (when possible!)
5. Something sweet. I love a good treat!

But really, I am always in the mood for a vegan smoothie..

Cookbook 2013: My first book! 365 Vegan Smoothies - Penguin / Avery - On Sale Now.

More About Kathy:

Finding Vegan. Kathy created and curates the popular recipe sharing site

As Seen In: Kathy's work has been featured in VegNews, Zooey Magazine, The Chalkboard Magazine, The Kitchn, Saveur, The Huffington Post, Meatless Monday. Fox News, CNN and more. Press page. Kathy was also a daily contributor (articles and photography) to Disney's Food Blog for over two years.

My Camera and Lenses: I use a Canon 6d with a few lenses. My faves are my new 100mm Macro and my 1.2 50mm fixed lens. I also love this lens.

HHL Tees. Kathy also recently launched a tee website. Healthy Happy Life tees have sold out several times already. Buy one today and show your HHL spirit!

Bio. Kathy grew up in Santa Cruz California where her passion for vegan cooking, food photography, green living and art began. She holds a B.S. from American University (Washington DC) in Health Promotion.

You can find Kathy's recipes published in these cookbooks: 365 Vegan Smoothies (Kathy's first cookbook), Foodista's Best of Food Blogs as well as ThinkFood. Recent Press: press. Kathy's popular vegan recipe iPhone Apps: Smoothies! and Dip Diva!

Live Events. Kathy has presented at several live events including The Seed NYC. She has hosted several children's classes at Whole Foods Market in NYC via her self-published children's book brand The Lunchbox Bunch.

Presenting at The Seed NYC, Spring 2013 (with Gena

Featured in VegNews summer 2013..

In LA, Cooking my vegan rice dish with Chef Ben Ford..

*photo by Caroline White Photography

Image Use Policy. All photographs on Healthy. Happy. Life. were taken by Kathy Patalsky, unless otherwise noted. The photos taken by Kathy are copyright Polished DC, LLC. PR folks, bloggers, journalists, etc - you must email me for permission requests. DO NOT re-post my images without specific authorization first. Contact me if you have interest in image licensing. PR/Ads/Reviews/Products. Info for you: Press. Ads/PR. Note: I do not post reviews in exchange for free sample or product.


Kitchen, Cooking, Photo Tips and How-to's

Kitchen/Cooking Tips and Techniques Index
Newest posts are at the top of the list.
Last Updated: 2/2012

* 10 Cool Recipes to Make with a Vitamix
* 5 Ways to Perk Up a Meal wit Fresh Pesto
* 6 Secret Ingredient for Scrambles
* How-to Veganize Fancy Soy Lattes
* Secret Ingredient to make any cookie recipe better
* Coconut Whippuccino
* How-to Whip Coconut Cream
* How-to Sear Tofu
* How-to Make Food Truck Eats at Home
* Vegan Jello using Agar Agar
* Using TVP in recipes - sloppy joeys
* Veggie Burger Test Kitchen
* Breakfast for Dinner!
* How-to Veganize Baking Mixes (or from scratch recipes)
* How-to Make a Basic Baking Batter
* Wellness Foods to Try! Slideshow
* How-to Make Cashew Cream Smother Sauce
* How-to Make Almond Milk at Home
* Food Photography: 15 Tips!

Perfect Vegan Pie Crust

Go Vegan Guide.

How-to: 10 Ways to Make Bubbly Better!

How-to Make Fluffy Quinoa Every Time

At-Home Juicing 101

UPDATED: Vegan Essentials Grocery Shopping List

How-to Make Cashew Cheese

How to Peel a Mushroom - and grill it too

Guide to Soaking Raw Nuts

How-to Make Berry Sauce/Topping

Smoothie FAQ's

Grilling Guide: Vegan / Green Grilling 101

10 Trendy Money-Saving Smoothie Ingredients

Vegan Grilled Cheese 101

How to Make Natural Food Colorings from Veggies n Fruit

Veg Salads 101

Green Juice 101

Meet my Juicer

Juicing for Health and Fun Series

Drink Real, Connect to your Food

Cooking Tofu Tips and Advice

Dairy-Free Pepper Burn Remedy

Ideas for a Soy-Free Vegan Lasagna

Stuffing 101

Cook Gourmet on Any Budget! Inspiration Secret.

Food Menus for Special Diets: Five Features and Tips.

Top 5 Babycakes NYC Must-Buy Secret Ingredients

Five Tips for a Better Gourmet Vegan Lasagna

Get Creative in the Kitchen: Food Invention Accidents List.

Coconut Water Ice Cubes: Smoothie Tip

Cooking for Your Non Vegan Family: 4 Recipe Ideas.

Twenty Smoothie Tips: Blend like a Pro!

How-to Chop a Pineapple: Photo Slideshow.

Vegan Baking Secret: Vital Wheat Gluten.

How to Roast a Pepper 101

Packaged/Canned/Jarred Fruit Use Ideas