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an immune-boosting elixir to beat seasonal allergies from dr. will cole

If you’ve ever dealt with seasonal allergies, you know how annoying they can be. You feel entirely fine except for a scratchy throat, runny nose and irritating chest congestion. You feel strangely half-sick: not quite enough to justify resting for

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cacao-coconut-pistachio bark.

Giving up sugar can be a big shift for your body, your mind and your habits, especially if you’re a big dessert eater. Whatever motivates your decision to reduce or cut out sugar – for me, it was to reduce

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blueberry almond avocado mousse.

We’re taking a little departure into sweet-land today! (WHAAAT?! I know. I was shocked, too.)  A few weeks back, a friend asked for some recommendations for easy breakfasts; conveniently, this was already on my mind as I am in constant

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maple cashew butter with oats + goji berries.

My mission to find awesome, fueling breakfast options continues. One can only eat so many Macrobars, amiright? (Who am I kidding. I would eat Macrobars 5 times a day if I thought I could get away with it nutritionally.)  [Of late,

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blueberry lemon breakfast bowl.

I was sorting out a catering order for an event recently – using a company-approved caterer – and was reminded that was it generally accepted as ‘healthful’ breakfast food is really anything but. The menu of options I had to

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cinnamon raisin almond butter bites.

 Another goodie for you today that has been featured on Plate Joy, one heck of a fabulous online meal delivery service!  Simple, nourishing, delicious: kind of everything FTGU is, just with better photos (and more of a guarantee these things

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pistachio sesame lime energy bites.

If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, you’ll know I quit sugar over two years ago. While I didn’t think I was in a bad place with the sweet stuff prior to giving it up, I quickly realized that

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valentine’s day menu: done.

Stay in for V-Day this year and make a healthy body, happy heart menu for your loved one(s). I LOVE this menu because it combines some of my favorite things: lentils, vegan aioli, roasted mushrooms, quinoa, garlic, and cocoa. (Not

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make your own chocolate + vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Last week, Michael and I were out for a stroll with the pup in our fabulous new city. I can’t recall how we got onto the topic, but for some reason, Michael off-handedly said, “My ex-girlfriend used to make the

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raw coconut-pecan cocoa bites.

The only thing I like more than healthified desserts is making healthified desserts and force-feeding them to other people and sharing them with people I like… or people I would like to coerce into liking me. Just kidding. Most recently, I

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i quit sugar: dino cookie bites.

A new year calls for new snacks, and this one is a great (simple!) little treat: low in sugar, high in fiber, packed with healthy fats and protein…. and makes a convenient use for leftover cooked quinoa!  These Dino Cookie

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raw vegan thin mint cookies.

If you’re heading to a holiday party this year, there’s a good chance someone will bring along the box of Thin Mints they felt obligated to purchase from a colleague’s little Girl Scout, or that they perhaps had to buy

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grandma’s peanut butter cookies, veganized.

I’ve been on a mission this month to create some deliciously holiday baking that is actually nutritious, especially for anyone who’s heading off to family dinners but chooses not to partake in the butter/sugar/gluten extravaganza of a typical holiday dessert

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no-bake gluten-free apricot granola bars.

photo credit: Plate Joy. Hurray! It’s the start of this week’s Healthified Holiday Recipes Extravaganza! Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a series of great gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free recipes to makeover your holiday baking plans. Everything is super

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100 glorious gluten-free recipes from the lagasse girls (and gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake!).

Pumpkin Cheesecake. Oatmeal Banana Pancakes with Caramelized Apple Syrup. Homestyle Chili with Gluten-free Beer. Socca Bread. Smoky Pea and Truffle Crostini. It’s hardly a surprise I found myself practically drooling over the newest release from the Lagasse Girls: Big Flavor,

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gluten-free coconut cocoa macaroons.

When I was a kid, my favorite dessert was my mom’s Chocolate Coconut Drop Cookies. If you’re familiar with Haystacks, they’re kind of like those, but made with some kind of Momma P magic and a whole pile of coconut

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carrot pumpkin bites.

Happy Halloween, all! I love any excuse to celebrate, especially when it involves dressing up, and particularly when there are goodies involved. While today’s festivities tend not to be the most conducive to reducing sugar – or dairy – there

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peanut butter carrot cake (for pups)!

Last week, Michael and I celebrated the second annual Brixton Height Appreciation Day to commemorate the day our sweet little terrier mutt adopted us in 2012. We totally lucked out with this dog. Not only is he super cuddly and

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vegan love bean drop cookies.

It’s been a dessert-y month over here in the From the Ground Up kitchen! Surprising, and also so so so good. I’ve been experimenting with some gentle sweeteners like maple syrup and coconut sugar to see how we can work

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making raw foods part of the way you live.

 I am a sucker for a good cookbook with gorgeous photography, simple inspiring dishes and lots of intriguing narrative backstory. Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat, the newly released {almost-but-not-entirely} raw cookbook from Gena Hamshaw

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almond butter muffins: remixed.

Recently, I reworked the Almond Butter Muffin recipe from the Eat Deliciously, Live Vibrantly eCookbook. In preparation for a week of meal deliveries and the Beauty Food Brunch at the Brooklyn Wellness Sanctuary with wellness maven Maria Marlowe, I decided

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vegan sugar-free truffles, two ways.

At the beginning of August, my sweet husband turned 31. Obviously dessert was in order.  This Perry the Platypus is not the cake I made.  Well, this was the cake I made, two years ago. (It’s entirely vegan and gluten-free, in

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nourishing nutbars.

I’ve  been experimenting with easy breakfast and workout refuel options in the kitchen this week, testing out some new ideas that will be included in the cookbook… (coming soon, stay tuned!). I’m a fan of anything in bar form –

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baked plantain fritters.

For those times when you just need a little treat – but don’t want to dive back into old habits, old foods, foods that make you feel icky, or things that don’t support your new habits – it’s nice to

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after-dinner sugar craving remedy.

More in this week’s adventure in kicking sugar cravings… Do you ever finish a meal and feel like you need something a little sweet, perhaps chocolate or a sweetened coffee? You’re not alone. Often, if the body hasn’t received the

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raw chocolate chip cookie batter balls.

Post #2 in this week’s adventure into kicking sugar cravings. How are you holding up? :) I like to have a few handy go-to’s at the ready for those moments when a sweet craving strikes. The great thing about being

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coconut squash macaroons.

It’s a [very] untraditional looking little Easter egg, no? I’m not much of an Easter chocolate or Easter baking kind of gal. Hot cross buns and Cadbury Creme Egg cupcakes aren’t really on my radar these days.  Coconut, however, absolutely

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