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cook lively: vegan, gluten-free, raw-optional recipes for vibrance!

If you know me at all, I am a sucker for a beautiful cookbook. I am especially a sucker for it if is [mainly] full of plants and gluten-free things and not a ton of a sugar and generally good-for-you

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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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toasted quinoa cereal with pistachios + figs.

Who would have thought that pistachios and figs would go so well together? Well, a bunch of people, apparently, but this is news to me (and welcome news at that!).  On the hunt for a new versatile, make-ahead breakfast (veering

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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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the best way to avoid feeling deprived when you cut junk out of your life.

Recently, I found myself in a fascinating conversation with a really cool fellow on a flight back from DC. We got talking about food – of course – and how sugar is such an innocuous additive. I mentioned I’ve been

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savory sweet potato breakfast bowl.

This recipe is super yummy. Like, extra super yummy because of how easy it is to make. Also, I’m super extra very much digging it these days because of its thematic appropriateness to some recent events. I’ve written before about how

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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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homemade honey nut granola {with coconut oil}.

A notice: 8 cups of gluten-free oats were unfortunately harmed in the making of this recipe. I extend my most sincere apologies to the families of these oats. It took awhile to figure out the optimal temperature and cook time

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tahini glazed tempeh.

I’ve been dying to mix up my tempeh routine. Unbelievably Vegan Tempeh has been our go-to for the last couple of years (and it’s seriously good), but I’ve found that the sauce doesn’t always go with everything.    These tahini-glazed

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grown up not-too-fruity fruit salad.

Lately, I’ve been on a mission to create some multifunctional, any-time-of-day meals, particularly options that are easy to pack for work lunches or make for a good second breakfast. (Isn’t second breakfast so essential sometimes?! It’s important that it actually

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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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star-studded pea soup shooters.

The Oscars are coming up in less than a week. Are you stoked? I am a little ashamed to say I’ve fallen behind in seeing most of this year’s nominees (perhaps it was all that cross-country moving?), but where I

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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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pineapple kale smoothie bowl with chia seeds.

Exciting news, From the Ground Up crew! I’ve started creating recipes for an awesome online meal delivery service called Plate Joy — and man alive, is it {foodie} joyful! They provide the ability to craft your own custom meal plan,

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vegan gluten-free bircher muesli.

How many times have you skipped breakfast because you just didn’t have enough time to make it happen before dashing out the door?  And how many times has that led you to being famished by 10:00am and seeking out whatever is

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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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{nearly} paleo peanut-almond energy bars.

It’s Day 4 of the Healthified Holiday Baking Extravaganza… and while this recipe is great for a table of goodies, it’ll also be great in January when you’re looking for an easy breakfast or midday refuel.  Let me ask: Are

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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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twice-baked potato bites with creamy chive dip.

Tis the season for small bites and making meals out of hors d’oeuvres! If you’re looking for a simple side dish or potluck take-along for your December festivitating, look no further than these wildy simple Twice Baked Potato Bites with

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maple butterscotch squash smoothie.

Squash belongs in all meals. ;) Naturally sweet, energizing carbohydrates, super-nourishing carotenoids (Vitamin A — you can tell from its beautiful orange color). Squash is just awesome.  Sharing just a quick post today on a simple way to use leftover

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raw carrot avocado ginger soup.

I’ve been noticing lately that similar themes have been popping up in my life, my sessions with clients and my conversations with strangers. Perhaps the universe has plans, or perhaps the energy of the whole world is converging in funny

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