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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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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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the secrets to reading food labels.

The grocery store can be a veritable minefield of indiscernible information, catchy words, flashy packaging, and nutritional terms that mean everything and nothing all at the same time.  While our focus should be on consuming as many label-less products as

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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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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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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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acknowledge your own personal awesomeness.

Do you ever have those moments where you surprise yourself by what you can do? When you accomplish something you never thought you could? When you truly recognize your skills for what they are, and appreciate all the work you

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easy greens: kale-cabbage-pea medley.

I am such a fan of greens as a the base for a meal. I’m even more a fan of dishes that can be flexible: ones where you can throw in whatever else you have in the kitchen to round

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baked pistachio chickpeas with mushroom-avocado quinoa.

I pride myself on being inventive in the kitchen. A little untraditional? Absolutely.  I am by no means a gourmet chef – and I think for that reason, I end up with a number of interesting/ surprisingly delightful healthy goodies

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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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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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healthy fridge feature #2 [amanda].

It’s Fridge Feature Monday! I am so happy about this situation. Fabulous Amanda is our featured guest this week. We’ve been friends since the beginning of primary school (crazy, right?) and I’ve always been inspired by her healthy habits and head-on tackling

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can food intolerances cause cellulite?

Do you have cellulite? Does it stress you out? You’re not alone. Cellulite is a natural build-up of fat in the body – everyone has some. Fortunately, there is a way to reduce its irksome presence in your life. Let’s

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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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healthy fridge feature #1 [meg].

Finally! Something I’ve been wanting to post for awhile: healthy fridge inspiration from some of the most nutritionally-minded people I know! I was inspired by the good people at Well+GoodNYC, who present a celebrity Refrigerator Lookbook every few weeks. I

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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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vegan burg-adillas. [maybe the best things ever?]

“This is the most delicious thing I have ever tasted. It’s better than steak.” – my sweet husband And if those words, straight from the mouth of my omnivorous fella, aren’t enough to convince you to try these, let me

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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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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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de-cluttering for spring.

It’s a balmy 44 degrees in NYC today, bright and sunny: one of those days where I feel like nature has given us a beautiful gift (and one where the city seems extra-excellent). Yesterday’s torrential downpour has done a number

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quick-and-sassy massaged coconut kale

A quick post today, written between afternoon rehearsal and the evening performance – it’s one of those [highly-motivating] hectic weeks! I’ve been trying to fit two careers-worth of work (plus social time and home time and all of those other

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demystifying protein [day seven] – to supplement or not to supplement?

Sometimes it’s just not possible to get all of your necessary protein in for the day – time, food options, and caloric density all play into this. In these cases – or if you require additional protein for sports, pregnancy,

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demystifying protein [day six] – the many effects of this macronutrient

Protein has a number of really terrific effects on the body, especially when it comes to satiety, weight management, and cravings. It increases thermogenesis (the internal production of heat, more commonly known as metabolism) – often for hours after a

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demystifying protein [day four] – protein digestion [and why quality matters]

So you’re on a good path! Eating good-quality, balanced plant-based proteins, listening to your body, adjusting your intake as needed. But if you’ve been wondering all along how that protein is making the magic happen, today’s your day!  Chew. Swallow.

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