Healthy Happy Life

Simple Vegan Sandwich.


Sometimes you just want a sandwich.

I am keeping things simple today with this Simple Vegan Sandwich.

My dad worked from home when I was a kid. Sandwiches were his specialty. That, and taco night and a few rounds of BBQ-ing on the deck. But sandwiches were his every day, go-to lunch. I feel like if he wasn't working or on the tennis courts, he was in the kitchen making a sandwich. Oh the things we remember from childhood.

He would be down working in his office all day, then pop up around lunchtime to make a sandwich. I imagine, it was kinda like my smoothie breaks - a nice little break from things with a meal he loved. He would climb up the stairs to our sunny little kitchen. Pull out his goodies from the fridge. Pour a tall glass of soda and ice and have his lunch. Maybe a few potato chips too...

Today I hope I can inspire you to break out the mustard, open up the pickle jar, find some ruffly leaves of lettuce and make your own Simple Vegan Sandwich!..

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie Parfaits!


These Vegan Pumpkin Pie Parfaits are sooooooooo good. No, I'm serious. I devoured my test-run parfait and couldn't wait to share this recipe with you guys. These parfaits remind me of being a kid. Maybe its the layers of gold, coconut whip and crumbly grahams. Maybe it is the spoon diving fun. Maybe it is the pumpkin pie flavor and texture. Whatever it is, I hope you give this recipe a try!

Have pumpkin pie bliss starting right now! No holiday required. And check out the video for this recipe too!..

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Warming Spiced Golden Milk for Fall, Vegan


Today I am sharing my favorite turmeric-infused tea with you, my warming Spiced Golden Milk, perfect for the fall season. I am also chatting about healthy daily rituals and giving your body what is needs..

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My 10 Favorite Vegan Products from Beautycounter + All About the Brand!

Yup, this is how I roll most days. Zero makeup. Top knot. Yoga clothes. No fear. But about those goodies in my hands..

A few weeks ago my sensitive skin was flaring up. Dry, itchy, irritated. The usual way I combat flare-ups is to moisturize every day after I shower. But I had been jumping around brands of body lotion, having trouble finding one that I loved. No harsh fragrances. Vegan. No animal testing. Feels good going on. No questionable ingredients. I decided to try a new brand.

The brand is Beautycounter! I had first learned about this brand a few months ago from my friend Lily who raved about it for her son's sensitive skin. Her story really resonated with me because I know first hand how challenging it can be to find brands that work for you when you have sensitive skin, acne-prone skin - or even a sensitive immune or endocrine system.

At first, I was really hesitant to try Beautycounter because their branding is so mainstream and I usually seek out very "natural-image" brands. But I was pleasantly surprised (and even shocked) by what I learned from them. The information I learned has really made me scan my "products" in a whole new way. And today I want to share some of those findings with you guys!

So if you struggle with sensitive skin, just want safer products for your family or want to find vegan products you love, Beautycounter is pretty awesome. Their ingredient transparency is like no other brand I have seen. And they are passionately committed to bringing consumers safe and effective products. Their NEVER LIST, is phenomenal.

They are absolutely vegan-friendly. And never test on animals.

Today I want to share my ten favorite Beautycounter products...

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Your Life Will Change When You Realize "Perfect" is Overrated.


Happy Friday bloggy friends! So the title of this post pretty much says it all. It is TRUE..

Your Life Will Change When You Realize "Perfect" is Overrated.

I will say it again, everything changes when you realize that those idealistic, perfect visions of yourself and of your work and everything in between are really just illusions. Perfect rarely happens. And when it does, you stop and think. Hey, this isn't really all that great. I want to go back to me. A little messy, a little undone, a little silly, a little awkward, a little different.

And yes I have a story to go along with today's little chat .. and a video link I really hope you check out!!..

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Fall Passion® Iced Tea


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tazo® Tea for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Fall Transition Tea! It's fall. But it is still hot outside, am I right? This tea!..

When your iced tea tastes like fall spice sangria or mulled wine, but you literally do not miss the alcohol at all. That's the feeling when you sip my Fall Passion Iced Tea with chunks of crisp, sweet apples, cinnamon, orange zest and a Tazo Tea Passion® blend base. I have seriously been sipping this stuff all week long. Fill glass. Sip. Repeat. (Plus I'm bring you a giveaway to make this tea!)

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Apple Walnut Crumble Coffee Cake. Vegan + Gluten Free. Fall Baking!


Well it is that time of year. Fall baking season! I get way too excited about apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, citrus and vanilla bean flavors this time of year. I love pairing fall baking goodies with a warm mug of tea, a matcha latte or hot pumpkin mug.

This Apple Walnut Crumble Coffee Cake is vegan and gluten free and so freaking yummy! I have been nibbling it nonstop since I made it yesterday. It pairs so perfectly with a warm beverage. It has loads of walnuts both in chunks and in the flour base. This cake is super moist, crumbly, spiced and fluffy like a coffee cake should be. I really hope you try this recipe and love it as much as I do. Bonus: Your whole house will smell dreamy from baking this.

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Fresh Start. Moving Week and Veestro. (Giveaway too!)


Disclosure: This is a Veestro sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% my own.

This past week was moving week. It started out with me dancing around in my living room to Britney Spears, packing up our eco-friendly, rented, plastic bins and coordinating all the pre-move-in details. It was busy and chaotic and exhausting and exciting all at the same time. But in the end, we settled into our new place, happy an cozy. I am fully grateful for a fresh start right now. With the year I have had thus far, (here, here) a fresh start is exactly what my mind, body and soul have been craving.

Moving Mentality. I have moved a lot in my life, and I used to dread it. But in the past few years I have turned my point of view around and feel gratitude for being able to live in a wide variety of neighborhoods and states. Looking back, I adore all the different places I have experienced. From Boston to NYC to DC to LA and way back to my hometown of Santa Cruz.

Enter Veestro! Everything with this move has been a bit easier because I knew I would be working with the plant-based meal delivery program, Veestro, for the first few weeks of my move. So I had one less thing to worry about: healthy, delicious vegan meals! I adore taste testing new recipes and meals, so with Veestro I feel like a kid in a candy store. I get so excited opening my freezer and deciding what meal I get to try out next.

I will be trying out Veestro for 21 days, sharing my experience, photos, reviews and tips for success with you guys. And today, I'll give you an intro to Veestro and what it is about. Plus, I will share a few photos, a $200 Veestro giveaway, and a coupon code for 20% off if you want to try these meals too!

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Easy Peanut Sauce Recipe!


Back to basics recipe today. Because peanut sauce makes everything better.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are having a happy, productive day! Or a super chill day - whatever you need - listen to your body, it will usually let you know. Today I needed to perch at my desk and play catch up on a few things. Work calls. Finding Vegan submission approval catch-up. And this easy little post. I just had to share this sauce recipe all on its own so I can easily reference it for you guys in the future. So ya, just sitting here all day at my desk on a chill Friday, soft sunbeams streaming through my window, breezy palm trees outside my window, matcha latte on my desk, feels amazing.

Today's recipe is one everyone needs in their culinary arsenal because it is so versatile and just darn yummy.

Need to add some flavor to your meal? Peanut sauce! Boom. My Easy Peanut Sauce is simple, rich, warming and creamy. Get the recipe, plus my eight fave ways to use peanut sauce..

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BBQ Black Bean-Stuffed Sweet Potato: Simple, Sassy, So Good.


So what did YOU do this past Labor Day weekend?? I hope something brilliant and lazy and beautiful. Me, I spent sunrise and sunset hours packing, throwing stuff into garbage bags, loading and unloading, chugging water and smoothies (the Vitamix is the last item I pack and first item I unpack!) and everything that goes along with moving. But yay, I am happy to report we are moved! Thank goodness. And I am heaven with a larger kitchen and fresh breeze through our windows. But with all this moving stuff, I seriously have a starkly empty fridge and almost bare pantry. Feels alien to me. (Fun fact, my husband literally had only bottled water and mustard in his fridge when I went over to his place on one of our early dates years ago. I was in shock and still get to laugh about it.) Oh how times change!

So with my almost-bare kitchen, cooking is not really happening - BUT I did have a few ingredients on hand to make today's easy meal!..

Simple, Sassy, So Good Food. This BBQ Black Bean-Stuffed Sweet Potato is a swanky, steaming, symphony of flavors: smoky-sweet BBQ sauce, comforting sweet potato, rustic black beans and accents of garlic and red onion. I loved this lunch today and hope you can give it a whirl and love it too!..

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Virtual Halloween Movie Party: Bloggers Share Recipe + Flick Faves!


This was such a fun round-up! I love movies. I love food. I love Halloween. So put all those things together and you get this! One big Virtual Halloween Movie Party, with recipes.

I asked some of the FindingVegan bloggers what their favorite Halloween movies were, and what recipe they would pair their movie watching with. Here are their answers and the top three most-mentioned movies! Boy do I have a lot of movie watching catch-up to do after compiling this list!..

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