How-to Make a Smoothie Bowl + 8 Tips!

For as long as I can remember, I have loved having a giant smoothie for lunch or breakfast. But as a meal replacement, I often craved a hint of crunch and chew with my smoothie meal - so I would add toppings like pumpkin seeds or even a crumbled chocolate chip cookie, sliced banana, granola on top or avocado toast on the side. But with smoothie bowls, we really can have all the smoothie bliss with that whole food accent you may crave.

Smoothie bowls take thick and frosty smoothie blends, such as a banana ice cream or a thick green smoothie, a matcha shake, tropical blend or an acai smoothie, and then you load on the healthy toppings.

Now when I say "toppings" I do not mean sprinkles, hot fudge and whipped cream (though healthy spins on each of those could be included!) - I mean superfood fruit, nut, seed, spice, chocolate and more toppings. Now check out my 8 Smoothie Bowl Tips in this super-duper, jam-packed smoothie bowl post..


Dessert Bruschetta: Caramelized Mango and Banana. Vanilla, Cinnamon, EVOO.

I have always loved the flavor of caramelized bananas with vanilla, cinnamon and a touch of sea salt. So I decided to take that sticky-sweet inspiration and turn it into a dessert bruschetta that can be whipped up in minutes and is oh, so dreamy. My Caramelized Mango and Banana Bruschetta..


19 Ways to Beat the Monday (Or Any Work Day) Blues. With recipes!

I was feeling especially somber about the weekend being over this morning, so instead of pouting into my matcha mug and grumbling through the day I decided to make a list of my favorite ways to power through a tough work day - with some energy and motivation in my mood. And of course like any good blogger, I decided to pass on my Monday (or any work day) mood-lifting-spiration to you. #MondayMotivation.

Here are 19 Plant-Based Ways to Beat the Monday Blues..


Peanut Butter Ginger Cookies. Soft, Chewy, Two Favorites in One.

vegan peanut butter ginger cookies
Take two of my favorite cookies, combine them and what do you get? These soft, spicy-sweet, chewy Peanut Butter Ginger Cookies. A ginger-infused spin on peanut butter cookies!..


Recipes from The Blender Girl Smoothies Cookbook + My Review!

I am so excited to share TWO amazing recipes, some beautiful images and my book review of Tess Masters's new book,  The Blender Girl Smoothies cookbook..


Strawberry Peach Walnut Oatmeal Pancakes. Gluten-Free. Vegan.

Finish this sentence.

"A day that starts with pancakes...."

Strawberry Peach Walnut Oatmeal Pancakes to be exact. Now lets finish that sentence as we grab some forks and cozy-up the morning!...


Rustic Pasta Night. Shiitake, Carrot, Herbs de Provence Garlic-Lemon Sauce.

Rustic. Romantic. Vibrant. Savory. Sweet. Fragrant. This Herbs de Provence Garlic-Shiitake-Lemon Pasta is lovely summertime fare. The tender penne pasta is wrapped in a lemon-garlic herb sauce and studded with earthy shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions and sweet carrots. This is a pasta dish I whipped up using "whatever I had on hand" but after tasting the results, this recipe will be one I will make again and again...


The Best Little Snack Cookies to Nibble!

These nut, oat, seed and chocolate filled vegan cookies are a must try! They are seriously one of the best little nibble snacks I have made. They are refined sugar free, Medjool date-sweetened, and superdelicious. I typo-wrote that as one word. But THEY ARE. Superdelicious. Maybe even Superamazingcozydelicious. Figure that one out autocorrect.

These cookies are sweet, but not too sweet. Nutty and satisfying, but moist and delicate. And oh, did I mention the melty chocolate part? Superamazingcozymeltychocolatedelicious.

Bake these best little snack, "Nibble Cookies" today and swoon over them all week!..


Chipotle-Maple Sweet Potato Tofu Bowl

If you follow me on Instagram you have most likely stumbled upon a bowl that looks similar to this one, only a tad less "food styled." Because in real life, my avocados are not done in a perfect fan and each cube of tofu placed just so, so that the crispy blackened edges blend perfectly into the fluffy green salad background. Because in real life, looks count, but flavor trumps all.

My Chipotle-Maple Sweet Potato Tofu Bowl is one of my favorite go-to dinners to make for my husband and I. So I am happy to share it with you on my blog, and not just Instagram! I hope it becomes a go-to fave in your household too..


Everything About Matcha + Matcha Smoothie Bowl Recipe

A few years ago I discovered matcha green tea. Life, changed. Queue the triumphant choir music and sunrise glow rising over the hilltops.

Immediately after enjoying my very first mug of matcha, at Urth Caffe in Los Angeles btw,  I hopped on my computer and fervently googled "What is matcha?" "Benefits of matcha?" "Matcha vs. coffee?"

I read the "matcha 101" style content on every matcha and tea website I could find. My curiosity was on fire. But what I really wanted most of all was to chat first hand with a long time matcha fan, even better, a matcha expert! Well today I get to do just that and you get to listen in on what my expert has to say. Plus I share my fave matcha smoothie bowl recipe as an added yummy bonus.

Get ready to learn all about matcha in my 8-question interview with Encha Matcha brand founder + matcha expert, Li Gong!..


DIY Vegan Cookies & Cream Ice Cream.

My favorite ice cream flavor ever: Cookies and Cream. Those crumbly, softened dark black chocolate cookies crumbling their way through luscious, silky vanilla ice cream, white and black-speckled. Bits of rich cookie against the pure white vanilla simplicity. Flavors reminiscent of dunking a chocolate sandwich cooking in a chilled glass of (non-dairy) milk.

There are a few C&C vegan ice creams in stores, but sometimes I find the store bought offerings to be a bit too sweet, sugar-infused and too dense in calories for me to really enjoy whenever I want.

Enter this DIY Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. Velvety vegan blender ice cream is the base, and my homemade chocolate sandwich cookies dance between the fluffy white ripples of frozen bliss. Scoop this cold creation onto a vegan ice cream cone and dessert bliss is yours...


Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

Raise your hand if you love super easy, family-friendly dinner recipes during these fun and feisty summer months? Well then. Me too. These healthy, vegan, super-delicious Summer Veggie Lentil Sloppy Joes are just for you. Packed with protein, fiber and flavor, you can have these sassy sandwiches on your dinner table in just fifteen minutes. Really.

Oh and these are always fun to eat. Suitable for the little and big kids at your table.


Wellness Travel: My Week at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate Mexico + Video

A few years ago I was thrilled to visit one of the most epic wellness destinations in the world, the Golden Door Spa in Escondido California. While I was at the Golden Door, I heard about "The Ranch." Aka, Rancho La Puerta, in Tecate Mexico, located right over the border just a short distance from San Diego, California.

"It is the original! You have to go down to Deborah's Ranch in Mexico!" One woman gushed to me as her wide eyes sparkled with startling enthusiasm. So when I returned home from Golden Door, I googled this "ranch" and soon put Rancho La Puerta at the top of my wellness travel list!

And last week I experienced the ranch for myself! If you are like me and have a passion for wellness, keep reading.. My Week at Rancho La Puerta.. + the 22 things I loved about my stay and 11 tips for your stay!..