Healthy Happy Life

The Best Ice Cream. Dairy-Free.


Today I am sharing my recipe for the bowl that wins the "most likely to be devoured" award for all of spring and summertime months. At least that is the consensus in my house, that is. Just dip a big spoon into this big bowl of frosty pink deliciousness and I think you will agree. This is my favorite.

The best ice cream is.... Watermelon Blender Soft Serve! Get my recipe, a how-to video and a book launch update..

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HHVK is Here.


We made it! The day is finally here. April 28th has arrived. Well almost, since I am publishing this a day ahead of time. But that means that right now the bookstore elves are unpacking my book from those large caramel-colored boxes and preparing to stock those freshly printed babies in the "cooking" section of a bookstore near you. For me, today, the night before book launch feels like Christmas Eve. Except this time, I get to be Santa Claus and bring my one shiny new toy to YOU guys.

To celebrate the arrival of Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen I have a few things to share!

- Two cookbook trailers, and one that is quite "magical" and maybe a bit "enchanted."
- Some new photos of me and my new BFF book.
- TWO cool virtual parties on the 28th that YOU can attend!

So pour yourself a smoothie, frost some cupcakes, whip up some avocado toast, warm up a matcha latte or pop some cookies in the oven because I want to celebrate this day with YOU guys, the amazing people who have truly made this possible for me....

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BIG Vegan Cheese Guide + Reviews!


I am SO excited to finally bring you guys this post: my BIG Vegan Cheese Guide and Review! Over the past few months (and years really) I have been doing extremely intensive research, all in the name of blogging, on the topic of vegan cheese brands. Yes, I dove in cracker first to sniff out and nibble every vegan cheese brand under the sun. All for you guys. OK, and I TOTALLY loved this research project too!

I tried some new brands and also chat about brands I have used for a while now. Get all the info in my big vegan cheese guide!...

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10 Amazing Things You Will Find in My New Cookbook


The muffins above are a batch I made yesterday in my brand new jumbo muffin tin. Love that thing. Because really, one regular sized muffin is just never enough, right? Jumbo sized: perfect. The recipe I used was my Orange Glow Muffins from my new book. I love cooking from my cookbook and sharing the photos with you. I cannot wait until you guys can share your HHVK photos with me!

One Week! In less than a week (April 28th) Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen will be in bookstores and I really hope you can snag yourself a copy very close to the release date! I will be having a few virtual PARTIES to celebrate the book. Lets just say that the 28th is going to be a "party" kind of day online. I am doing a Facebook party, details in yesterday's post, and I might be hosting a, wait for it, Periscope party. Because I LOVE that new App. Still brainstorming ideas though. More details on that in my next post.

But for today, I wanted to share with you guys ten amazing things you will find in my new book to get you excited about diving into the pages. And delicious recipes are just the beginning!..

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Frothy Fresh Pineapple Lemonade.


This is a sponsored post as part of my 2015 DOLE ambassadorship, all opinions are my own.

This Fresh and Frothy DOLE Pineapple Lemonade is a beverage I whipped up over the weekend and knew I wanted to share on my blog. It is a delicious, super refreshing, no sugar added way to enjoy lemonade. Plus since it is a blended beverage, you are actually getting all that healthy whole fruit fiber in each sip too!

DOLE Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, fiber and the enzyme bromelain. Pineapple has been one of my favorite fruits the past few months. It is sweet and sassy and hydrating. And bromelain is so healthy for all sorts of things including digestion - and it may even help with spring allergies! So as the spring and summer seasons roll on, try this beverage for some super thirst quenching action. And because there is coconut water in this recipe, this lemonade has natural electrolytes like magnesium, manganese and potassium built into each sip!

Get my recipe and a video, plus a strawberry-infused pink spin on it too!..

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Lemon Asparagus Mushroom Cheezy Pasta Bake. Creamy Amazing. Vegan.


Perfect for spring, this spring pasta bake is filled with veggie ingredients like asparagus, spinach and shiitake mushrooms. Creamy pasta merges perfectly with a hint of vibrant lemon and hearty veggie flavors. This super cheezy vegan recipe is a delicious go-to dinner. You can easily make it ahead of time and pop it in the oven a few minutes before you are ready to serve it. Get my Cheezy, Amazing Asparagus Lemon Pasta Bake recipe!..

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Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen Blog Tour + Reviews


Well today is a fun day. An exciting day. For me and for you! Today I am announcing the amazing bloggers who are participating in my Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen Blogger Cookbook Tour, as well as all the details on my BIG cookbook giveaway with over $4,000 in prizes.

HHVK Giveaway. To celebrate my cookbook launch, I wanted to put together a giveaway to thank you guys for supporting me through the years, and to celebrate this book. I know only five of you will win a prize, but I hope you know that I wish I could award you all these wellness-infused prizes. You are all amazing, wellness, superfood, vegan recipe superstars to me.

So for this giveaway I went to a few of my favorite brands and asked them to bring their A game. And they did! Five winners, five epic prizes. From a Vitamix to a full year of matcha happiness, an Essentia shopping spree and more. So without further chatter, lets kick off the tour + giveaway today!..

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Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars


These Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are pure vegan deliciousness. A thick peanut butter oatmeal base is topped with a silky dark chocolate and coconut oil chocolate top. Nibble these bars for pure peanut butter bliss. And you can substitute almond butter or sunflower butter if need be!..

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Cookbook Countdown Bowl: Rice + Roasted Carrots with Lentil Cakes


The final cookbook countdown beings. And I am celebrating with recipes like this..

This amazing savory dinner bowl is loaded with flavors and healthy ingredients. Brown rice, sticky sweet oven-roasted maple-citrus carrots, nutty (amazingly flavorful) lentil-walnut cakes and a creamy maple-tahini sauce on top. This hearty bowl will satisfy.

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On Mindfulness: My Phone Died, And it Was Awesome.


Today, while walking along Abbott Kinney in Venice, my phone died. You know the feeling, yes? Alone and chargerless, that tiny 1% battery icon had been staring me down for about twenty minutes and I knew the end was near. But as my phone clicked off, those white sideways dashes on my iPhone spinning and waving me a goodbye, something else clicked on in my brain. It was awesome...

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Healthy + Happy Finds for April


The internet is all about sharing. We do it on social networks and pretty much every website has a million share tools. Well in the spirit of sharing I am reviving an old monthly series here on HHL, simply called, "Healthy + Happy Finds" aka link-spiration.

Sharing is Caring. I'll share recipes (mostly) and a few other links I spot around the web. This is only a teeny-tiny, extra small slice of the yummy recipes and inspiring stories I find online, but a slice is nice for one serving.

So grab a fork and dive into this internet deliciousness. (I must be hungry for pie with all those slice metaphors.)

Healthy + Happy Finds Volume 1, April starts now!..

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