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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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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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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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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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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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vegan eating in the real world: air travel.

Have you ever found yourself frustrated by the experience of traveling, particularly when you’re conscious of what you eat (or when you’re making a concerted effort to do so)? The airport – for many of its modern conveniences – is

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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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hosting an organic vegan dinner party (yes, you can!).

Last weekend, we had a couple of my favorite people over for a little vegan hors d’oeuvres party to watch the newly-released GMO OMG documentary. It was great! Really interesting film (check out my thoughts here) and a wonderful way

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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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russet potato croquettes with roasted tomato salsa + cheater vegan cheese.

This month, I am working on compiling all of my favorite yet-to-be-blogged recipes for a little cookbook project I have in the works. This one in particular is one of my favorites. Not only does it make a great little

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chickpea toasties.

These little toasties are officially my new favorite way to use chickpeas! They’re featured in the Eat Deliciously, Live Vibrantly eCookbook (but they’ve been popping up so much in our food rotation the last couple of weeks, I thought I’d share

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never buy store-bought hummus again.

My name is Amy and I’m a hummus-aholic. You are, too? Excellent. Let’s hang out.  I love hummus for several reasons, probably more reasons than I should. It’s a beautifully nourishing, fueling food: highlights of its health benefits include nearly

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acorn squash hummus.

Are you like me, holding onto squash like it’s going out of style? Secretly so sad for the day it stops being available at the farmers market? Kind of half-wishing that we could fast-forward to fall so squash can triumphantly return

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gluten-free quinoa garlic bread bites.

I read recently that we shouldn’t “trick ourselves into thinking bread is healthy, because it’s not”. Pretty tough, hey?  But true. Oh so very true. Bread is one of those foods that I’d consider in the “fun” category… we don’t

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superbowl food, by the numbers.

Some fun facts for you this fine Superbowl weekend!  Here’s how the Superbowl shakes out, snack-wise: 1,200: Average number of calories consumed during the Super Bowl. It’s the second largest day for U.S. food consumption. Only Thanksgiving tackles the big game

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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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best ever kale chips.

I am thrilled that the hearty leafy greens are coming into season, full-force. The farmers market was OVERRUN with great options this past week, and I had big plans for the bunches of kale we picked up.  Kale chips were

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super sunflower seeds.

Seeds make an excellent portable snack. Not only are they delicious, they pack an incredible punch of many things our bodies need to function well. Sunflower seeds in particular include: essential fatty acids (essential for brain, nerve, and circulatory health)

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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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