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Expert Series: Is Your Healthy Snack Actually Healthy?

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, a little addition to our Expert Series roster from Bonnie, a Holistic Health Counselor at Natural Horizons Wellness Center. Enjoy! Let’s face it: the advertising on so many foods out there today claims that it’s healthy

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{guest post} Starting Out Vegan: 3 Apps for the New Vegan

In the spirit of resource-sharing, and making healthy living a little easier, here’s a really informative guest post for your Friday with some great tech solutions for living well. I love the idea that better choices are just a tap

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Here’s why you should work spirulina into your life. Right now. (PLUS a giveaway!)

Spirulina – that magical blue green algae that pops up in smoothies or the famous, delicious millet dish at Jivamuktea Café in Union Square – is a tricky food to work with. It has a very pronounced flavor (think grass and

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the story behind Meatless Monday (the day all health breaks loose).

I am excited to share this Q & A this week with Diana Rice, Registered Dietician and PR Associate for the Monday Campaigns: the fabulous initiative encouraging us all to commit to pay a little more attention to our food,

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bake your own crackers: chia sunflower crackers from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

Who would have thought you could make crackers at home? I started making my own a couple of years ago when I dabbled in a long-term flirtation with raw foods and found myself dehydrating everything. I loved that it was

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make mom a meal: a vegan gluten-free mother’s day menu.

Take a load off Mom’s plate for Mother’s Day: here’s a done-for-you menu for a wholesome, nutritious and seriously delicious plant-based meal.  Get the full recipes here:  Fennel and Parsley Detox Salad with Caramelized Green Onions Cauliflower Sweet Potato Cakes

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simple sugar-free cooking (the best cookbook I’ve found yet).

Over a year and a half ago, a health coaching colleague recommended I check out the I Quit Sugar program from Sarah Wilson. Like Sarah, I was a sugar addict. Like Sarah, I didn’t look like a sugar addict. I

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seven habits of happy home cooks.

How many times have you said this: “I’d love to cook more at home, but I just don’t have the time”? Cooking at home can seem daunting: there are so many factors to consider, from planning to shopping to actually

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vegan refried beans.

One of the first things I discovered when I switched to a plant-based, gluten-free lifestyle is that there are certain cuisines that do not {easily} lend themselves to veganism or gluten-freedom. Barbecue is #1. Italian is #2. I was not

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the buzz about bee pollen.

Bee pollen is a truly magical food. It’s a wonderful substitute for sugar, but in addition to its sinfully yummy taste, it has offers a plethora of health-boosting benefits. Usually found in the refrigerated supplement section of the health food

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Expert Series: organic, sustainable eating for families with Michelle Muller-Marinis.

Meet Michelle Muller-Marinis, founder of Petit Organics [New York City’s first organic baby food delivery service], entrepreneur, local food enthusiast, organic avenger and mom to the three cutest boys ever. In this video, Michelle shares her tips on healthy eating for

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grapefruit glazed tempeh.

Cooking with citrus. Who knew. I was inspired by the citrus recipe contest over at The Chalkboard Magazine and crafted up this little ditty on Sunday night — turns out, cooking with grapefruit is kind of cool! It’s also a

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meatless monday meal plan #4 – BONUS edition!

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your week is already off to a fabulous start. In place of a regular Meatless Monday Meal Plan today, I am excited to share the brand-spanking-new Eat Deliciously, Live Vibrantly eCookbook!  This downloadable PDF features 9

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vegan dark chocolate soup.

Chocolate? On this blog? Really? I know. I was surprised, too.  But here’s what happened (and how this gloriously refined-sugar-free dessert ended up in my kitchen)… just in time for Valentine’s Day!  I recently received a text from a friend

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Expert Series: inspiring wellness, yoga, and what it means to be a mamapreneur in NYC with Randi Zinn.

Meet Randi Zinn. I am super excited to introduce you to Randi Zinn this week. Randi is the mastermind behind RZ Inspire Wellness, a movement for NYC Moms that enlivens community and encourages wellness across the board. Her workshops and

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superbowl snacks: baked parsnip fries.

All hail the glorious parsnip!  Full disclosure: this is the first time I have personally prepared parsnips at home. I happened across some at the Whole Foods pre-made bar last week and thought they were darn yummy, so I picked

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vegan gluten-free sweet potato pancakes.

I’ve been looking recently for new and exciting ways to use sweet potatoes. We eat them all the time at home, and for good reason: they’re easy to make, highly nutritious, incredibly yummy, and take the place of many other less-nutritive

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cultivating food sense.

It’s no surprise that the habits we acquire in childhood stick with us into adulthood. For better or for worse, the lessons most often reinforced are the ones that continue to shape our behavior as we grow. There are few

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surprising first foods for babies.

Who needs processed, packaged rice cereal? Not you! Cultivate your child’s curious palate from their very first bites by introducing flavorful, nutritious, whole foods. Check out the Infant Feeding Schedule for some guidelines on when to introduce which foods to

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the food-as-reward conundrum.

How we think about food starts at a very young age. When we reward behavior with food – any food – we teach kids to eat for the wrong reasons, at the wrong times, and in the wrong amounts.  And

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chat and chew: creating a dialogue on healthy eating with your kids.

Building a strong dialogue around good eating is an important cornerstone to establishing lasting healthy habits in your household.  Whether your child has barely started solids, or is well into school (yes, that means teens, too!), the words we use

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picky eaters: avoiding the mealtime battleground.

Throwing, yelling, spilling, crying. Cajoling. Girding. Bribing. Sound like dinner time to you?  At some point or another, most kids are picky about something. They are looking to assert some control in their tiny world where the big people put

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great baby food. great adult food. [the petit organics taste-test]

Here are some things I love:  Whole foods Encouraging great eating habits Women entrepreneurs Supporting small business As I talk about all the time on the blog, habits are a powerful thing. They can allow us to thrive, and they

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eating emotions [why we eat].

Food can be nourishment.It can be fuel.It can be the power source for our day. It can also be celebration. Escape. Distraction. Amusement. Consolation. Why we eat and when we do is often rooted in patterns we can’t remember forming.

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