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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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butter crunch coconut granola

Recently, we got rid of all of the boxed cereal in our house. (FINALLY.) Michael Height, sweet adventurous guy that he is, has taken on a commitment to quit sugar (a la I Quit Sugar) for the month of August.

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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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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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Make-Me-Over Mojito Smoothie from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

[This recipe is one in a series of posts I’ll be sharing from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook. If you’d like to be kept up to speed with all of them, please join our week mailing list — recipes and

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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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Fluffy Squash and Chia Muffins from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

 Quick breakfast, easy snack, savory dessert, terrific soup accessory. These muffins have it all going on. The bonus? They’re packed with whole nutrients and a pile of decadently healthful ingredients: chia, squash, almond meal, basil…  Not to mention they’re incredibly

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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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braised miso tempeh with leeks.

Tempeh – if you haven’t tried it before – is a beautiful meat-substitute for the plant-based eater. It offers a ton of valuable health benefits: a crazy amount of protein: one serving is 41% of the recommended daily intake. Because

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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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‘i quit sugar’ check-in: it’s been 14 months!

 I had a little reality check moment with myself the other day: I’ve been off sugar for 14 months. Since before two Christmases ago. What began as an 8-week experiment with Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar has become a permanent fixture

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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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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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meatless monday meal plan #1

Figuring out what to eat in a day can be so complicated. Throw in the fact you’re trying to eat well, make healthful choices, and avoid gluten, dairy, or sugar… and forget it. It can be enough to make anyone

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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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