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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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sweet potato spring rolls.

In September, I taught a fun class at the Westside YMCA on plant-based lunch ideas that would be appealing to both kids and parents, namely so that mom and dad don’t have to eat white bread and cheese at every

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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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benefits of being plant-based. [vegan mofo day #1]

Welcome to the first From the Ground Up post for Vegan Mofo (or, Vegan Month of Food)!  Vegan Mofo is a rad online event in the month of September, highlighting awesome vegan bloggers around the world, who try to write as

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why i don’t believe in diets.

Diets are not sustainable.They operate with a mentality of scarcity and deprivation.They force us to remove whole food groups that can actually be great for us when done right.They take too much effort: weighing, counting, thinking, stressing.They separate us from

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competent eating.

“Competent eating” has a funny ring to it. Eating, as we tend to know it, is typically a pretty unconscious experience. Fork to food, food to mouth. Chew. Swallow. Repeat.  But competent eating as a practice can be so much

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the uncontrollable urge to eat.

Have you made a list of foods you can’t eat because you feel you won’t be able to stop?   Have you removed whole food groups from your diet in an attempt to find some sense of control?   Do

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a thought on being healthy.

Health is not a destination. It is a means to accomplish all that we desire to do. I’m discovering this as I continue this never-ending journey towards being my best self. What I’m discovering is that our best self is

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choose your reason. choose to change.

[I first published this post on A More Perfect Union, an uplifting blog belonging to the fabulous Hope Mirlis — check out her gratitudes and musings over at perfectunionny.blogspot.com] There are countless factors in play when it comes to how we

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five-step vegan chili.

Chop.  Drop. Stir. Add. Simmer.   Really. It’s that simple! I grew up loving chili (and still do!). There’s nothing quite like a hot bowl of hearty goodness, and when it’s served without animal ingredients – and less upset digestion

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mushroom medley bowl

Do you ever have those weekends where things just align? I love that. I particularly love when it happens with great food, when inspiration strikes and the necessary ingredients to act on it happen at the same time.  This was one

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food + yoga [and yoga + food].

How we eat directly impacts every aspect of our day, from how we interact with others to how productive we are in our work to our mood and self-perception. We are lucky to live somewhere that grants us so much

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the nutritarian diet [why calories aren’t all that important].

All calories are not created equal. Different foods affect the body in different ways, so when we focus too strictly on the numeric value of what we consume, we risk missing a more important piece of the fueling puzzle. In

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healthy fridge feature #4 [lesia].

This week’s healthy at-home fridge is courtesy of the inspirational Lesia in Toronto! It’s particularly fitting that her feature goes up today: it’s Earth Day and Lesia is one of the most eco-conscious people I know! She is an eco-pastry

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food and culture: insight courtesy of ‘the amazing race’.

Full disclosure: the Amazing Race is our guilty pleasure show.  There’s something really fascinating about watching how producers pit contestants against each other – and how the things asked of contestants change depending on where in the world they’re racing. 

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fridge feature #3 [meghan].

This week’s awesome healthy fridge is courtesy of Meghan from Vancouver [thanks, lady!]. She’s one of the most talented ladies I know. She also happens to be a fitness fiend, vegan, a new momma, and currently on tour with a show

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hybrid or diesel: what does your body run on?

Like cars, our bodies require fuel. Like cars, the type of fuel we choose to fill up on greatly affect how we function. If you put diesel in a gas tank, the car will smoke and the engine will run

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an easter side: basil avocado quinoa.

Happy Easter, everyone!  Michael and I returned from a quick trip to PA this weekend [so relaxing!] For a decidedly non-vegan holiday (egg dyeing, butter carving, a ham…), Easter with the family is delightful! As anyone with food intolerances or

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roasted tomato garlic quinoa.

I have been on a tomato bender ALL week – I’ve had the most intense craving for them. Salsa, cherry tomatoes, pasta sauce with beans… I’ve covered much of the standard tomato gamut in the last several days. [I suppose

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a twist on miso soup.

It’s unusually Vancouver-like in NYC today: cold, rainy, windy… lacking in mountains, though. Oddly enough, I had a great catchup with a friend from the west coast over tea this morning — it felt like home! I was thoroughly frozen

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zucchini tempura [raw, vegan, gluten-free].

Seriously. I don’t know how these turned out so well. I am THRILLED. I was inspired by the good people at Awesome Foods, who provided me with some excellent nourishment during tech week of the shows I was working the

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springtime soup.

In the spirit of spring, this soup incorporates ingredients that help balance and detoxify. If you’re in the Northern Hempishere, many of the vegetables are available at the farmers’ market from the autumn harvest; herbs are just coming into season.

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macrobiotics for spring [5 easy ideas].

The Japanese principles of balance – or Macrobiotics – provide a wonderful framework for incorporating seasonal, local food into diet. According to Macrobiotics, when the body is in balance, we have good health; an imbalance – in any area –

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ayurveda for spring [5 easy ideas].

Ayurveda [the ancient Hindu art of medicine and prolonging life] has many practical applications for our daily lives, especially when it comes to eating in accordance with the seasons. In addition to the categorizing of body types by constitution [vata

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how to trade flu season…?

It’s flu season. I have never given much thought to the implications of this, being a relatively healthy twenty-something with a severe distrust of medicine and a stubbornness to admit when I’m sick, which my husband reminds me of frequently.

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