Healthy Happy Life

Raw Kale Salad: Fall Edition! Apples, Citrus, Pumpkin Seeds, Smoky-Sweet Flavors.


I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory while curled up in bed two nights ago. Chamomile-mint tea in hand. I giggled. Smiled. Shouted, "I love this part!" And basically wrapped myself in a warm blanket of memories before dozing off to sleep. More on that in a bit. Because first, this salad..

One of my fave go-to recipes is my Five-Step Raw Kale Salad with avocado, carrots and flavor-infused kale. So last night I whipped up another raw kale salad, but this time with some fall appeal. My fall edition Six-Step Raw Kale Salad has crisp apples, sweet citrus, candied pumpkin seeds, smoky-sweet skillet beans, a hint of onion and garlic and a peanutty dressing. I love this salad served with a sticky-sweet oven-baked sweet potato and some gluten-free toast. Hope you love it!..

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Salted Caramel Cashew Ice Cream


Before we settle into the "Ok, I'm ready for fall now" vibe, I want to squeeze in this super delicious dessert recipe for Salted Caramel Cashew Ice Cream. Before pumpkins, apples and fall spices start filling my recipe planning list, I think salted caramel in creamy ice cream form deserves a spotlight on my blog. One last swoon for ice cream..

I don't know about what you have been crushing on this summer, but for my husband and I it is cashew ice cream. Yup, it's a problem. Every since we discovered cashew ice cream (crazy, but I only just finally tried it a few months ago) we have been having one (small) cone after dinner basically every. single. night. It's just so good and hey, its' vegan right?? Just kidding. I stopped using that excuse to eat anything I wanted to a long time ago.

But really, cashew ice cream IS pretty healthy fare in terms of whole food ingredients. Cashews instead of high fat, cruelty-infused dairy? Any day please. And this ice cream is sweetened 100% with fruit, aka Medjool dates. I wasn't sure how that would turn out, but it is perfection. I love all the vanilla, cinnamon and salted caramel flavors all swirled together in each spoonful. Sprinkles on top..

This recipe brings the bliss of store-bought cashew ice cream to your ice cream maker. I hope you enjoy it!..

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Going Wild in Maine! 10 Wild Blueberry Facts + My Fave Smoothie. #BlogTheBarrens Trip.


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but my travel and accommodations were sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association.

A few weeks ago I visited Maine for a quick trip into the heart of America's wild blueberry land! If you love wild blueberries as much as me, or just want to learn a bit more about this unique super fruit, check out my latest blogger travel adventure..

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Baked Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Cinnamon Cashew Cream Dip


These sassy-sweet, baked Spiced Sweet Potato Fries are a yummy-healthy late summer treat. Strike that, an anytime treat! They give you the "fries" you are craving, without the actual "frying" part. And this creamy-sweet Cinnamon Cashew Dip is like a fluffy cloud of yum, in a bowl. If you love sweet potatoes like me, this a really fun, crowd-pleasing or solo-snacking way to prepare them...

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Travel: My Kauai, Hawaii Adventures


A few weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary trip on the magical island of Kauai, Hawaii. Travel feature time! Today I want to share my trip with you! If you are dreaming of Kauai (some day) or are planning a trip soon, here are plenty of pics, inspirations and tips! Plus, plenty of vegan dining options...

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Vegan Bowl Attack's Cherry Ice Cream!


If I were to hand you a big bowl of cherries and cashews, what would you think? Oh, healthy snack! Or. Mmmm, dessert! Maybe both, but most likely, you'd consider the duo a healthy combo to nosh. Well then. This recipe today, is a healthy bite. In the form of a decadent ice cream dessert.

Today I share Vegan Amaretto Cherry Ice Cream, a recipe from the bowl-tastic new cookbook by my friend Jackie Sobon, Vegan Bowl Attack. This recipe is made using creamy cashews and plump, sweet cherries. I am in love...

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Vegan Protein Powders for Smoothies: My BIG Guide!



Hooray, I am happy to be updating one of my most popular guides: My BIG Vegan Protein Powders Guide. A few years back, I tested stacks and stacks of powders and reviewed them for everything from price to flavor to ingredients. Well this time around I am keeping things a bit simpler and just updating you guys on what my personal ten favorite brands are (right now). I am sure this will change in the future, as it always does. But right now I am doing a pretty steady rotation of these brands, with a few of them always on hand. Check it out and please let me know YOUR fave brands and why in the comments!..

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