Healthy Happy Life

Video: Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers! New on YouTube.


One of my all-time favorite, signature recipes is my Sweet Potato Veggie Burger with Avocado. And not only is it one of my favorite recipes, but you guys love it too because it is the number one recipe on my blog! Nothing seems to de-throne it from that spot. It has had over 492,000 pins (just from my widget), close to 500 comments and been featured on Buzzfeed and more.. And this week I finally decided to hop in the kitchen and bring this recipe to life via a how-to video on my youtube channel!

In just about three minutes you can watch me make these satisfying vegan burgers. For two people, you can cook once and have veggie burgers for the next 2-3 days. I offer up 5 ways to put creative spins on your veggie burger too!

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Pumpkin Pie Pillows. Low-Sugar, Vegan Cookies to Nibble!


Yesterday I shared my favorite healthy fall beverage, Spicy Fresh Ginger Tea. And today I want to share with you the cookie recipe that I think pairs perfectly with it! These Pumpkin Pie Pillows are low in sugar, soft and tender. They are delicious served on-the-go or settle in and pause on your busy day as you nibble each bite and sip some tea. Spices, pumpkin, oats, apple, chia - plenty of healthy ingredients in each tender pumpkin pillow. Get this vegan, gluten-free, low-sugar recipe!..

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Speedy Spicy Fresh Ginger Tea (or Apple-Spice Ginger Tea!)


This is my absolute favorite healthy, warming beverage for fall. Today I share two versions. Classic Ginger-Lemon and Apple-Spice Ginger.

If you have never tasted fresh ginger tea, and experienced the health benefits, then you are in for a treat. Warming, spicy ginger is excellent for digestion and warming the body from the inside out. I sip ginger tea just upon rising with loads of bright lemon, in the afternoon with a hint of maple syrup as sweetener and also after dinner, as a spicy digestion-enhancing beverage. Once you learn how to make basic ginger tea, using my super-speedy method, you will be livening it up in all sorts of creative ways!..

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Smart Snack: Cashew Butter Dip with Curry-Coconut Flavor.

This savory sweet recipe is my new favorite snack for fall. Pair a little bowl of this Cashew Butter Dip with fall apple slices, veggie sticks or rustic grain crackers and let the nibble-fest begin. This inviting nut butter dip is flavored with warming ginger, silky cashew, coconut, sweet maple and warm spices like curry, cinnamon and optional cayenne. There is even a little boost of leafy greens in each bite! Thank you to the talented chefs at Vitamix headquarters for this recipe idea..

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10 Superfoods for Smoothies I am Loving Right Now! VIDEO.


Today I am sharing ten of the smoothie add-in superfoods I am crushing on now. You all know I embrace a smoothie-a-day wellness habit. Well one easy way to super-boost the nutrient profile of your smoothie is by adding in superfoods. And just to be clear, I am using the term "superfood" quite loosely. Basically anything that adds some wellness OOMPH to my smoothie, I like to call a superfood.

There is a long laundry list of superfood possibilities including things like chia seeds, cacao, moringa, aloe vera, hemp seeds, acai powder, mushroom powder, turmeric, spirulina, protein powders, apple cider vinegar, matcha green tea, camu powder, Ayruvedic herbs, cinnamon, pitaya, cayenne, maca powder and on and on. Just hop on over to the supplement section of any Whole Foods or vitamin store and see what I mean! Well my superfood list changes frequently, but right now, these are ten superfood add-ins I am generously rotating into my smoothies. And this post includes a "fuss-free, aka no-makeup or wardrobe" chat and list, VLOG video!

Plus a bonus for 365 Vegan Smoothies book owners! Print out my 10-Day Smoothie challenge Scorecard. Print it out, challenge yourself and friends!..

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Bold 'n Spicy Garlic Kale Chips, Halloween Orange


The best part about devouring an entire batch of freshly-made kale chips is that it feels oh-so-naughty going crunch-munch-crunch, but in the end you can basically say, "Hey, I just ate a huge salad!" Nutrition score.

These not-so-spooky, vampire-not-approved, Halloween-approved, Garlic Turmeric Bold Kale Chips are frightfully fun and just may give your taste buds a wake up call with their spicy flavor and bold garlic bite. Each orange-tinted chip is loaded with yummy flavors and kale superpowers for a very healthy Halloween snack. These chips are amazingly unique because they use virgin coconut oil as the oil and that makes the flavor incredibly dreamy. You just may moan like a spooky ghost when you bite into one of these ruffled green bites. Plus, this is a QUICKIE version recipe using un-soaked cashews and a super fast broiling method for kale chips. Get my recipe!

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Curried Coconut Cauliflower Soup with warming spices.


This Curried Coconut Cauliflower Soup is a delicious and easy-to-make soup that is warming and soothing for fall.

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Nii Bars Review + Giveaway! #OwnTheDay


Reading the ingredients list off the side of a snack you are about to eat can be a scary thing. Well what if it sounded like this: "Organic peanuts, organic dates, organic tapioca syrup, organic coconut nectar, organic dark chocolate, organic sunflower seeds, organic rice protein, organic hemp seeds, organic walnuts and organic sprouted quinoa." Not so scary after all! Well those are the ingredients in the Peanut Butter flavor (my favorite) of Nii Bars. Learn about Nii Bars, hear my #OwnTheDay story and enter an awesome giveaway. 16 giveaway winners will be chosen - wow!..

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Wellness Gets Real. My Story.

With each new blogpost, I am continually so grateful that this little food blog I started back in 2007 is now my full-time career. But besides being my dream job, the truly most valuable aspect of blogging for me has been all the amazing connections I have made with my readers and fellow bloggers, you guys on the other side of this screen.

You are a community of compassionate, aware, sometimes hilarious and always inspiring individuals from all over the world. I wake up each day excited to see what you are posting in the comments, tweeting me, Instagramming and reaching out everywhere else.

Heathy Happy (Real) Life Series. Today I am pausing on a recipe and sharing a story. All because I want to chat a bit deeper with you on the topic of wellness. Because while I know we all love a good spin-on-avocado-toast recipe post, I also know that sometimes the best meals are not about the food at all, but rather about the person on the other end of the table, and the connections and stories you shared.

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Copycat Vegan Rocky Road, aka Chocolate, Nuts and Marshmallow!

vegan rocky road candy bar
Halloween time is the perfect time to turn your kitchen into your very own DIY candy station. From Almond Joy to Peanut or Almond Butter Cups and some creative creations of your own. I love veganizing some of my old favorite classic candy bars, and this week brings some marshmallow-filled Rocky Road fun. And this recipe offers up a new discovery: how to make a "milk chocolate" candy bar base instead of the dark chocolate version I usually use, combining dark chocolate chips and virgin coconut oil. Get the recipe and my milk chocolate trick! (Er, treat..)..

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Fall Spiced Tofu and Apple Cubes. Ginger-Maple Bliss.


These Ginger-Maple Fall Spiced Tofu and Apple Cubes are perfect for a fall entree or healthy snack that is savory-sweet and rich in plant-based protein. Ginger, cinnamon, maple and apple sweetness coat each perky cube. And guys, if you are not a fan of tofu like me, you can easily substitute in cubed tempeh or some chickpeas or even a cooked grain like farro or rice! Or even veggies like diced butternut squash, cauliflower florets or mushrooms. These savory-sweet fall spices are just the thing to perk up a wide variety of saute-able foods. The diced apple adds a perfect baked-apple sweetness to just about any savory ingredient you want to saute...

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Vegan Pumpkin Waffles. Freezer-Friendly! (GF)


These fluffy yet hearty Orange-Spice Pumpkin Waffles are perfect for a cozy-healthy-happy autumn morning breakfast or brunch. They are gluten-free, made using an oat flour and seed base, with simple ingredients and a hint of orange spice to give them fall flair. And the best part? You can make a BIG batch of these waffles ahead of time (double the recipe I have provided) - simply freeze them. They re-heat like a dream. I literally popped mine in a standard toaster! I just did 1/2 waffle at a time. An oven works too.

There is something kid-approved and cozy, yet sophisticated and lovely about a waffle breakfast. I think it is all those nooks and crannies, don't you? Pumpkin lovers, dive in... (Plus some life updates as always!)

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24 Hours of Kale Recipes!


Today is Kale Day 2014. Who knew, right? Well in honor of this super VIP, er VIV veggie, I am sharing 24 hours worth of my favorite vegan kale recipes for the green god or goddess in all of us. I promise, even if you look at a fluffy bunch of kale with a blank stare in curious wonderment, there will be a glorious recipe for you. And for any hour of the day. What time is it now? I have a kale recipe for that!

From my accessible go-to 5-Ingredient Kale Salad to my gone-in-a-flash delicious kale chips and even a glorious sweet green kale-infused beverage. Lets get our kale on with 24 Hours of Kale Recipes!

ps. My do-I-really-need-this-disclaimer? disclaimer: do not attempt to consume all recipes in one day. While that would be an ambitious and strange attempt on your part, I think your stomach would disapprove of that kale adventure. Instead, might you try even one of two of these delicious recipes today and leave the leftovers for tomorrow and the next day. Enjoy and happy kale-ing...

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