Healthy Happy Life

Cool Summer Guacamole with lemon & cucumber. Eat More Guac.


There are two dishes that I simply must have around in the laid-back, warmed up season of summer: hummus and guacamole. Both of these easy-to-make dishes are diverse in their delicious uses. Both can be used to add flavor and nutrition to salads, sandwiches, toasts or basic snack platters for dipping!

Today I share my favorite trick for lightning up my summertime guacamole. My Cool Summer Guacamole with diced cucumber and lemon adds cool texture and flavor, while easing out the caloric impact of each bite, which basically means I can eat more guac. And that makes me very happy. Get the recipe for my Cool Summer Guacamole!..

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My First TV Appearance: Smoothies on Connecticut Style! VIDEO


Sitting at my desk, sipping a morning turmeric-strawberry smoothie, still in my pajamas and surrounded by napping kitty cats, I am reflecting on the busy long weekend I had. It was all a fantastic blur as I packed my Blendtec (and two blender containers!) in my suitcase, darted off to Connecticut via a red eye flight, met up with my sister and her cuties, took a stopover in NYC and had a rushed trip back home. But it was all exhilarating, fun, amazing and totally worth all the planning and travel stress because I was able to complete my very first TV appearance featuring a fun trio of smoothies demo on Connecticut Style, on ABC WTNH Channel 8, New Haven. Check out my whirlwind trip, hear my ten happy things that happened and watch the video as I blend smoothies from my book 365 Vegan Smoothies!

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White Peach Salad with Creamy Cashew Carrot-Ginger Dressing

Vegan White Peach Salad with Carrot Ginger Cashew Dressing
Ginger carrot dressing is one of my all time favorite salad toppers. I love when it is creamy and thick with a spicy-sweet flavor. So when I sliced up a few giant white peaches and was summer salad inspired, I knew I needed a ginger carrot dressing to complete my dish.

This Ginger Carrot Dressing is super rich and creamy from cashews. I also added in a hint of cayenne, turmeric, pepper, apple cider vinegar and optional nutritional yeast if you want a cheezy accent. (Yes, this Ginger-Carrot dressing could totally double as a quirky sweet-and-sassy vegan cheeze sauce if you add some nooch.)

Fresh summer peaches or nectarines are the perfect fruit for this dressing. Craving a heartier entree-approved salad? Add a generous dollop of hummus, some chickpeas, brown rice or even grilled tofu triangles or tempeh skewers! Summertime in a salad..

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5-Step Vegan Protein Taco Bowl with Fiesta Rice and Beans.


My 5-Step Protein-Taco Bowl with Fiesta Rice and Beans is a delicious go-to meal that is exploding with cravable flavors. Creamy vegan refried beans, corn or rice shredded tortillas, fiesta-spiced rice with Southwest style Beyond Meat Vegan Chick'n, avocado and citrus. Tonight's dinner just got easy..

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Vegans are Not Annoying: Here are 10 Reasons Why.


Traffic jams: annoying. A sudden rain shower when you just left the hair salon and have no umbrella: annoying. Chatty talkers when you are trying to relax at a spa: annoying. The takeout delivery guy forgetting something in your order: annoying. Loving animals, saving the planet, enjoying yummy vegan food: not annoying. Vegans are Not Annoying: Here are 10 Reasons Why.

So, why this post instead of a recipe today? Today I listened to this awesome interview on NPR about how a new breed of boys, including two of my faves, Joshua Katcher and Dominick Thompson, are claiming their masculinity by embracing veganism.

After I listened to the audio, I started reading the webpage comments and was shocked to read such negative replies after such a rockstar, easy-going interview .. and on NPR. I would expect as much on say, BuzzFeed or even YouTube. But NPR? One of the oddest comments was how someone insisted that vegans are annoying. Why? Well his google search suggestions confirmed it for him. Well OK then. I was so mind-boggled that people are STILL so discriminatory towards vegans, calling them (me) annoying, that I decided to comment back here on my blog.

(This seems like such an obvious thing to me, but I guess I live in my happy Los Angeles, vegans-are-super-cool bubble. So for everyone outside the bubble, lets go..)

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"Cashews Just Want to Have Fun" Cookies. Warm and Chewy!

Cashew Butter Vegan Gluten-Free Cookies
Vegan cashew cheese and cashew cheesecakes are pretty popular in most vegan-friendly kitchens, but what about the cookie department? Why do almonds and peanuts always get to have all the fun when it comes to nut butter cookies? Well today, the humble cashew gets a shot at delicious glory in the cookie part of your day. Get the recipe for these warm and chewy "Cashews Just Want to Have Fun" Cashew Cookies!...

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Choosing Raw Bircher Muesli from Gena Hamshaw's New Cookbook!


My breakfast today. It rocked guys. And some life advice I have learned first hand: a great breakfast leads to a great day all around.

My rave review breakfast recipe came from a wonderful new cookbook: Choosing Raw by Gena Hamshaw of ChoosingRaw.com. This is a raw + vegan cookbook that you will want to add to your collection. Gena helps you to see your food options for the day in a new, honest and nourishing light, ChoosingRaw style. Gena talks to you in a real and inspiring way that will surely having you easily eating better and feeling a little happier about your wellness journey.

Ahead, get Gena's recipe for Vegan Bircher Muesli and enter a giveaway to win a copy of her book. I am giving TWO copies away..

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Epic Toast Post: 18 Recipes! + New Sweet Mango Avocado Toast

Delicious vegan Mango Avocado Toast
Here it is. My epic toast post. I gathered 18 of my best "toast" recipes for you today, because I think we all know that toast is at the tip top of the hot food trends chart lately. And I think it is here to stay. Well, at least the avocado toast part!

Toast is perfect for breakfast, lunch, snacks or light dinners. You can easily modify "toast" to suit whatever ingredients you have on hand. Meaning you can feel free to sprinkle on some pumpkin seeds, add a handful of leafy greens, drizzle some EVOO or chop some cucumbers, peaches or tomato to serve on top or on the side. Toast is fun, easy and a super way to get creative in your kitchen! Here are my favorites and a new recipe for Sweet Mango Avocado Toast with Radicchio...

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Vegan Summer Cherry Pie

vegan cherry pie
When cherries are in season, we make pie! This vegan Cherry Pie with a buttery classic pie crust is made using sweet, fresh, amazing summer cherries, a hint of sugar, some flour and vegan butter. Lets have some pie!..

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Review: Vegan Mac and Cheese in-a-Box from Earth Balance


Well you guys know I am a sucker for boxed mac and Cheez, so here we go...

My review + my Insta-video making this stuff!.. (Plus my fave vegan M&C recipes if you cannot find the boxed stuff.)

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I am a Sambazon Acai Bowl Finalist + Brazil Nut Lover's Giveaway!


Acai lover here. And I was thrilled to find out that my Brazil Acai Bowl made it into the finals of the Sambazon World Cup Acai Bowl recipe contest.

I need your votes to win! And as a thank you for everyone who votes for me, I am hosting a thank you giveaway package. Read ahead for details, 6 acai recipes (including my fave Fresh Blackberry Acai Sorbet for summer) and the recipe for my Brazil nut butter..

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Le Pain Quotidien Lover! My Fire & Ice Appetizer + Fave Goodies.

Amazing vegan appetizer Fire and Ice Cracker and a Le Pain review
If you follow me on Instagram, or have been reading my blog for a while you have probably noticed that I am a bit obsessed with the restaurant brand Le Pain Quotidien. Today I want to share my favorite LePQ menu items, products and goodies and a favorite party cracker appetizer recipe.

My Fire & Ice Appetizer combines a slathering of warm and spicy tomato harissa spread with cool thinly sliced cucumbers, fresh basil, lemon, cracked black pepper, a drizzle of fine extra virgin olive oil, a nibble of rich vegan jack cheese and some nutty sprouted pumpkin seeds, all sitting on a bed of the most amazing light and airy 100% buckwheat cracker of all time. Serve this spicy gem and hang out at the snack table (along with everyone else) at your next party or gathering. These snackages taste DIVINE when paired with fizzy sparkling wine, kombucha or a fresh OJ-infused mimosa. Let the Le Pain Quotidien fun begin..

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Banana Blender Ice Cream. Video How-To. Pink, Banana and Blueberry.

vegan blender ice cream
Need some ice cream for your magical shell chocolate topping? Well here you go.

If you are still curious about how to make the popular cultural phenomenon known as "blender ice cream" well I have a nifty video how-to for you today. And to keep things festive for the upcoming 4th of July weekend, I am sharing a Red Strawberry, White Banana and Blueberry-themed Banana Soft Serve flavor.

This creamy and silky blender ice cream tastes amazing and is so healthy! You can easily eat this very tall glass of frosty bliss, guilt-free, at any hour of the day. Dive into vegan banana blender ice cream! How-to video included! Bonus: Also get info on the Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour!

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