Some like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by eating a green bagel or drinking a green beer. Do yourself a favor and stick to the real green stuff - hangover, guilt, and food coloring free.Read More
Bolognese or meat sauce, as we used to call it in my household growing up, was a Sunday night staple. My mom would always make it with ground lean turkey, jarred sauce, and it would always be better the next day. Thus the reason why this dish is my comfort food. In my continual effort to think with a more plant-forward focus, I swapped the turkey for lentils, made my own sauce, and added meaty mushrooms and tons of fresh and dried herbs and spices to create a flavorful and comforting meal.Read More
The start of the New Year welcomes the opportunity to reevaluate your diet and lifestyle and make modifications that allow you to feel your best. Motivation is usually extremely high in January, but by the time February comes around, the momentum surrounding change has drastically decreased. Severe resolutions and extremes are not my thing, and I believe that they lead to a cycle of restrictions and binges which result in regret and yo-yo weight changes. My belief has always been to make small, mindful tweaks that stay with you indefinitely. Whether your tweak is to go meatless for three meals a week, try a new workout once a month, or indulge in more self-care, these changes result in a healthier, happier you.Read More
I am all for dining out on special occasions but, after years of slinging over-priced prix fixe menus during my restaurant days, I relish the opportunity to cook Valentine's dinner at home. Spending time with your special person in the kitchen is the perfect opportunity to connect. Source a few unique ingredients, grab a nice bottle of wine, light some candles, put on some tunes, and you're in business.Read More
These energy bites are great to keep in your fridge and pop when you are looking for a little pick-me-up. They are the ideal combination of protein, fat, and fiber and give you a boost to help get you through that 3pm slump (or all day exhaustion in my case). These bites are also a great antidote for curbing a sweet tooth that may emerge after a meal or at the end of the day.Read More
We all know that true beauty starts from the inside out. Adequate nourishment of both body and mind encourages optimal functioning of all of our parts and what you eat truly determines the state of your skin.
The health of your skin is an immediate reflection of your diet. If you are dehydrated, your skin tends to look flat and flaky. If you have been pounding down the alcohol and sugary foods, skin tends to look inflamed and puffy. By making a few mindful tweaks and focusing on clean whole foods, your skin will go from drab to fab in no time.Read More
Super Bowl is synonymous with many foods, but game day and nachos are indeed the perfect combo. Whether you are watching the Super Bowl for the actual game, the commercials, or the halftime show, this healthified spin on nachos is the perfect fuel for your viewing pleasure.Read More
It's Super Bowl time! Which means hours of beer guzzling, wing nibbling, and chip dipping in vast quantities. Game day does not have to be unhealthy. Here are nine simple, nutritious, and delicious ideas that won’t leave you in a greasy, salty state by the 4th quarter.Read More
I don't usually make New Year's resolutions because of the added pressure and the high rate of failure. However, this year there is one resolution that I know I can stick to - reducing my food waste. There are so many things that are happening to our environment that make us feel helpless, yet, reducing the amount of food that we waste is one direct way to make an impact on the food system, pollution, and your wallet.Read More
Happy New Year Vegheads! Today starts my annual crunchy radish clean up. Every year I like to provide readers with 5 days of clean eats to help reset the system after the holiday season. My clean ups are not reliant on juice cleanses, detoxing, or sustaining yourself on processed protein powders. Instead, the focus is on EATING real whole foods.
There is always such a positive momentum generated by healthy eating on January 1st, but how do you sustain that enthusiasm past the first month of the year and continue eating and living well into February and beyond? To help you get the year started on a positive and properly nourished note, I will be kicking off my mostly plant-based, carefully curated meal plan full of REAL food to get you reset for 2018.Read More