Summer just isn’t summer without a delicious Banana and Mango Superfood Smoothie.
To make it even better, it’s loaded with nutrient-dense superfoods like maca powder, camu camu, hemps seeds and optional toppings of goji berries and chia seeds.
It’s naturally sweetened with a banana, mango and a couple of medjool dates.
If you really want a “taste of the [...]
Summer bring us juicy, red watermelon and one of my favorite things to make with it…Watermelon Salad with my Clean Eating Watermelon Vinaigrette.
It’s a light salad with a light vinaigrette but has lots of nutrients from the hemp seeds, chia seeds and walnuts.
The Clean Eating Watermelon Vinaigrette I used is a super easy dressing that can be [...]
I made this Clean Eating Watermelon Vinaigrette because of a little mishap we had with our watermelon.
I’ve been buying the little organic watermelons every week now since they are in season and we have just been slicing them up and devouring them…pretty boring.
So I had planned on doing the same thing with our watermelon for this week [...]
This Pomegranate and Maca Protein Smoothie is a good way to incorporate the healthy pomegranate fruit into your diet.
It’s combined with maca powder and coconut oil and has 17 g of raw, vegan protein.
I love to make it with homemade almond milk and although I don’t like my smoothies very sweet, I added 2 medjool dates and [...]
Here is the official Classic Acai Bowl recipe, which if you’ve never tried it, is really like a smoothie in a bowl!
As many times as I’ve bought the Sambazon Acai Smoothie packs…I’ve always just made smoothies with them, with my favorite being my Acai Berry and Banana Immunity Smoothie.
Oh, and I made some really good Acai Berry [...]
This Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Lemon Garlic Sauce is a nice break from the popular dairy-free cauliflower alfredo sauce and has a tangy taste of lemon.
It’s a naturally gluten-free dish since it’s made with spaghetti squash instead of traditional pasta (which you could also use if you didn’t like spaghetti squash or need gluten-free).
The creamy lemon garlic [...]
Buying fudgesicle molds has been on my “to buy” list for a while and I knew these classic Chocolate Fudgesicles would be the first thing I would make with them.
With two young boys, I don’t know why it took me so long to get some, but I’m glad I did!
I used an adapted ice cream version [...]
Everyone loves the classic acai bowls and acai smoothies (and for good reasons!), but what if you could enjoy that same great taste in the form of a luscious, guilt-free dessert?
Well, I have these Acai Berry and Banana Mini Cheesecakes for you to enjoy!
When I was contacted by Sambazon to use some of their products to create [...]
There is only one down-side I can think of when making homemade kale chips, like these Lemon Dill Kale Chips.
That would be after waiting hours for them to dehydrate, the entire tray/batch of them is literally gone in less than 5 minutes.
Every single time I make them.
And I know it’s a good thing that I have my [...]
These cute little Chocolate Banana Cream Mini Desserts are so easy to make and are perfect individual sized servings.
I intended to make a healthy and vegan banana cream pie dessert, but it didn’t go quite as I had planned or envisioned so…I ended up with a chocolate banana cream dessert.
And I think it is actually better than [...]
This Pasta with Asparagus and Creamy Mushroom Sauce recipe is a quick and easy meal that can be made in the length of time it takes to prepare your pasta.
Just blend the Creamy Mushroom Sauce in a Vitamix in a matter of minutes and saute the asparagus while the pasta is boiling.
Then all you have to do [...]
This Creamy Mushroom Sauce is so simple to make and it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly too!
Just put everything into a Vitamix and it’s ready to go!
I’ve used this sauce over pasta with added veggies (Pasta with Asparagus and Creamy Mushroom Sauce), over quinoa and even mashed cauliflower (mashed potato replacement) and cauliflower rice.
Traditional Creamy [...]
This Sweet Potato Fettuccine and Creamy Rosemary with Roasted Garlic Sauce was so amazing and I couldn’t wait to share it with you!
It’s made with a vegan, gluten-free gourmet Sweet Potato Fettuccine (yes, gluten-free!) and my Creamy Rosemary with Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce which is also vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.
The rustic aroma from this dish is literally mesmerizing!
This Creamy Rosemary with Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce is super easy to make and it’s vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free too.
And believe it or not, it doesn’t have cauliflower, although the thought did cross my mind!
But I kept it very simple for one main reason….the olive oil that I used.
I used the Rosemary with Roasted Garlic Dipping [...]
If you are looking for a really rich and decadent vegan ice cream dessert, this Cacao Nib and Mint Chocolate Ice Cream recipe just might be it!
While I usually make my vegan ice cream with just full-fat coconut milk, this time I added cashews to give it extra creaminess.
And instead of just going with a plain chocolate [...]
When I first started eating clean and healthier, this Creamy Chocolate Pudding was one of the first raw, vegan dessert recipes I used to make.
However, over the years I’ve tweaked it a little and added something that just takes it over the moon!
While you can find 5,247 (just kidding!) chocolate pudding/mousse recipes on the internet using basically [...]
Dandelion leaves are an excellent food for detoxification and liver health.
But instead of juicing them, adding them to smoothies or making a salad with them, how about using them in a creamy dressing?
That’s what I did with them in this Creamy Dandelion Greens Dressing recipe and the normally bitter taste they sometimes have is masked with the [...]
No sooner did I start singing the praises of “Maximum Vibrance” in my last smoothie creation for my “Superfood Smoothie Series”, my Raspberry Kiwi Smoothie, did I find out that there is a brand new version of “Maximum Vibrance” that was just released.
Being that Maximum Vibrance already contains “all known nutrients”, what else could they possibly add to [...]
I’m really glad I made this Cheesy Sprouted Brown Rice with Baby Spinach and Mushrooms meal twice before I shared it with you.
The reason is because the first time I made it, I used a vegetable broth, which was “ok” and everyone liked it, but the second time I made it, I decided to try the cheesy cauliflower [...]
Since the month of April is “Maximum Vibrance” month at Vibrant Health, the smoothie I made for my Superfood Smoothie Series this week included “Maximum Vibrance”.
I didn’t get really crazy with the superfoods on this one and kept it simple just in case you haven’t given Maximum Vibrance a try yet.
All I added was some organic fruit, [...]
Here is a yummy Mango and Hemp Seed Smoothie which is part of my “Vibrant Health Superfood Smoothie Series” where I make smoothies using a few the many Vibrant Health products.
This one uses “Green Vibrance”, which is actually the very first Vibrant Health product I ever bought and fell in love with.
I’ve been using it for several [...]
These Habanero Kale Chips are pretty hot and not for the faint at heart.
They are your basic kale chips but coated with my Creamy Habanero Dressing and dehydrated for the ultimate healthy, raw snack.
Even though I made these in my dehydrator, I also did a test batch in the regular oven for those who don’t have a dehydrator [...]
Don’t let the innocent appearance of this Creamy Habanero Dressing fool you.
It just might be the one of the hottest of all the dressing recipes I have ever made, which is a good thing if you like “hot” foods.
I have used this dressing on everything from kale salad, over steamed broccoli, mixed with quinoa, a dip for [...]
This Vegetable Rigatoni with Creamy Cauliflower Sauce started out as an experiment for a vegan macaroni and “cheese” dish for my boys, but ended up so much better than I had expected.
It’s not a plain cauliflower sauce but a creamy cauliflower sauce with a “cheesy” flavor.
I used this recipe for a basic cauliflower sauce as inspiration to start [...]
These cute little mini Strawberry and Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts are so simple to make and a perfect treat for St. Valentine’s Day.
A few quick steps and a Vitamix, a food processor and a cute heart shaped silicone mold and you’re ready to go.
I used strawberry in the filling and topped them with raspberries, but you could reverse them if [...]
This Chocolate Strawberry Almond Protein Smoothie looks like a typical green smoothie, but it’s not.
Not only does it have strawberries, but almonds, superfoods and a new vegan protein powder from Vibrant Health, “PureGreen Protein”. It comes in both vanilla and chocolate flavor.
The lovely folks at Vibrant Health sent me a few samples of their products to create [...]
Making homemade almond milk is one of the easiest things you will probably ever make.
There are only 4 easy steps: soak, blend, strain and store and…there are only a few items you need to get started.
You will need a small bowl to soak the almonds in, a Vitamix, a nut milk bag and an air-tight glass storage [...]
Here is a Healthy Artichoke Dip using clean ingredients and it’s also vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.
You don’t have to sacrifice the tangy flavor of artichokes and the creaminess the chickpeas add for a unhealthy version.
Here are the typical ingredients in a traditional artichoke recipe:
Ingredients: 1 block cream cheese, 2 cups mayonnaise, 1 can artichoke hearts, 2 green onions, 1/2 cup [...]
What do you do when you have just a 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree leftover looking at you sadly?
Why you use it to make a healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie!
It’s a great way to get the comforting flavors of fall into a morning smoothie, and it’s also nice change from the green smoothies.
But you don’t have to [...]
This Creamy Pumpkin Quinoa isn’t a savory side dish, but rather a sweeter quinoa dish.
It’s an “almost raw” dish with the exception of the cooked quinoa, but the creamy pumpkin sauce is completely raw and can be made very quickly with a Vitamix.
I topped it with cranberries but you can enjoy it plain or even with some [...]
Today, I have for you a Pumpkin Ice Cream and Brownie Parfait that is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free and 100% delicious!
The entire recipe can be made in about 30 minutes and the only special equipment you need to make this dreamy dessert is an ice cream maker and a Vitamix.
Once you get your ice cream in the [...]
These healthy Raw Vegan Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes will be a sure winner this fall because not only are they a guilt-free dessert, but one that everyone in the family will surely enjoy.
I particularly like them because of their small size which is just the perfect amount and good for portion control.
They are super easy to make using [...]
This Peachy Green Smoothie is loaded everything you need to keep you satisfied all morning long.
When I make my smoothies, my main purpose is to get as much nutrition in them as possible…superfoods, healthy fats, protein and probiotics.
I don’t like mine too sweet and I don’t like to add a lot of fruit so I usually only [...]
This Raw Vegan Key Lime Cheesecake will blow you away with the many different combinations you can make with it.
Not only is this a much healthier and guilt-free version, but it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly and no-bake!
Easy to make with only a few steps of preparing the crust in a food processor and then preparing [...]
Making homemade almond butter is super easy and you can be sure you’ll always have some on hand when you need it.
And, you can take an optional step to make it even more nutritious by soaking the almonds ahead of time.
Soaking the almonds neutralizes the enzyme inhibitors and increases beneficial enzymes.
You don’t really know if this [...]
I’m not a really big fan of cauliflower, but I kept looking at this recipe for Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce and couldn’t stop thinking about it.
A recipe that only has 5 ingredient and can be made in a few easy steps is always a winner with me.
But I wasn’t a believer until I actually tried this myself.
This Spaghetti Squash with Basil and Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce recipe is a winner for two reasons…because finding a variety of meal and entree recipes are my biggest challenge.
Not only is this meal gluten-free by using healthy spaghetti squash in place of traditional pasta, but it also replaces traditional alfredo sauce with a smooth, creamy and flavorful alfredo-style [...]
I first saw the Garden of Life “Raw Fit” individual serving smoothie packets at Whole Foods and grabbed one to try because I am a big “Garden of Life” fan.
I use the Garden of Life “Raw Protein” and Garden of Life “Raw Meal Replacement” interchangebly on a daily basis.
What I like most about them is that they [...]
If you want a healthy, raw snack that packs some heat, these Raw Vegan Habanero Pepper Crackers will do the job.
They are great to eat with a salad, a healthy dip or just plain.
I topped half of them with sesame seeds and the other half with a sesame seed and chia seed combo.
Even though you need to [...]
How about a healthy vegan ice cream recipe that you can make without an ice cream maker or frozen bananas?
(Update: I also made it with an ice cream maker. See bottom of the post for instructions.)
Well I found this Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Ice Cream that’s the perfect solution for a soft, creamy vegan ice cream.
Just when I thought I had eaten every version of kale known to man, I find this raw vegan Wilted Kale Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing from Russell James, The Raw Chef.
I’ve seen “wilted” or “massaged” kale in recipes before, but have never thought twice about it.
All I can say is “wow”!
I practically eat a kale salad [...]
This Raw Vegan Creamy Chipotle Dressing is another creation from Russell James, The Raw Chef and it just doesn’t get any easier than this.
It was originally paired with his Wilted Kale Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing recipe that is to die for.
The dressing only has 4 clean, healthy ingredients and takes about 2 minutes to make in [...]
Good things happen when I try to find something to make before it’s time to throw out veggies, like this Raw Vegan Red Pepper Basil Creamy Pine Nut Pesto.
Even though my red peppers weren’t quite ready to meet their demise, I knew had to hurry to find something yummy to make with them.
I also happened to have [...]
This Vegan Baked Penne with Spicy Rose’ Sauce is a nice vegan and gluten-free pasta dish that is perfect if you like a little spice.
My boys absolutely love pasta in any shape or form so luckily it’s a pretty versatile meal and can be changed up very easily just by using different sauces and toppings.
This was a [...]
Even though this recipe is called Vegan Cacao Almond Baked Breakfast Squares, it looks like the kind of breakfast you would feel guilty about eating.
Surely something that looks like a brownie couldn’t be healthy and nutritious for breakfast?
But yes they are!
They have a really unique texture. Not really a coarse cake-like texture like cake or brownies [...]
I was so excited when I found this recipe because I really needed to add some variety to my dressing recipe collection with one that wasn’t the color green!
This Raw Vegan Roma Tomato and Tahini Dressing was perfect and you probably already have the 5 simple ingredients on hand to make it.
It is so easy to make and is [...]
If you are looking for a variety from the basic kale chip recipe, these Raw Vegan Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips are a nice alternative.
I think one of my most favorite snacks has to be homemade kale chips made in my dehydrator.
The very first ones I made were Cheezy Raw Kale Chips and these are now [...]
If you like to juice, you know the dilemma about what to do with the pulp…especially beautiful, bright orange carrot pulp.
Why, how about making some easy Raw Vegan Carrot and Flax Crackers that are grain-free, gluten-free and flourless!
I’ve been guilty on more than one occasion of either being in a hurry or just too lazy to do [...]
Here is a really simple recipe to make 100% pure Homemade Coconut Milk with your Vitamix.
I’ve had quite a journey over the past several years in trying to find the best non-dairy milk alternative.
Here’s how my choices have evolved:
Organic Soy Milk (carton) Organic Almond Milk (boxed) Organic Coconut Milk (boxed) Organic Homemade Almond Milk & Organic Homemade [...]
I’ve made this Raw Hemp Cilantro Dressing several times and it just seems to get better every time I make.
My favorite way to use it is to get a big bowl of fresh kale, cover it with this dressing and sprinkle some sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds and/or chia seeds on top.
There is nothing like a fresh, [...]
It just doesn’t get any easier than this my friends. A raw, vegan cream of mushroom soup that can be made in less than 5 minutes in a Vitamix and is full of fresh flavor.
I guess one reason that people would use canned soup is for the convenience, but when it’s just a matter of putting all the ingredients [...]
This is a really easy Vegan Cheese Sauce to make in your Vitamix and is perfect over veggies or even to use as a dip.
I’ve made this recipe several times and have used it on top of steamed broccoli, as a dressing for a kale salad, and of course, as a nacho chip-type dip.
I guess this recipe [...]
Today is a great day because I have a Healthy Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut “Nutella” Spread recipe for you to enjoy.
Believe me…I’ve eaten my share of Nutella back in the day. And everyone else’s share as well.
Eventually, I realized it was basically nothing but refined sugar and palm oil with soy lecithin and empty calories with no nutrition [...]
This is a “fancy” raw recipe from Russell James, “The Raw Chef”. I call it “fancy” because I felt so much like a “chef”, I even got out my fancy damask, monogramed apron to wear while making it. lol
I was a little scared to make any changes to this recipe though. Did I dare to challenge perfection? Not [...]
I came across this healthy recipe for Vegan Black Bean Soup a couple of days ago and was sure I would be trying it out for several reasons.
First, it was super easy to make. Second, it is full of clean, healthy ingredients.
I was drawn to the recipe because of it’s simplicity, the ingredient list, as well as [...]
Would you believe me if I told you these Raw Vegan Cheese Sticks had only 4 ingredients? Yes, only 4 and they’re raw and vegan. Well it’s true my friends!
My youngest son likes to flip through the pages of my raw food recipe books and look at the pictures. For 3 days now, he has brought me the [...]
I try to get as many nutrients in a snack in the most tasty way possible and these Raw Cacao Almond Balls are the perfect example.
I came up with the idea to make these because they include some of the same ingredients I use for my smoothies, so I decided to use them to make balls instead.
I really, really, really wanted to make the original “Green Dragon Dressing” by Truth Calkins…truly I did.
I watched his video about how to make it and because it had so many nutrient dense ingredients, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.
It’s hard to not be amazed by his extensive knowledge on nutrients and superfoods. I heart Truth [...]
Oh the possibilities! Here is a basic vegan, raw corn chip recipe, but just think of all the ways you could jazz these up…lime and cilantro chips, jalapeno chips, chili chips, onion chips, garlic chips, cheezy chips.
These are so very easy to make in a Vitamix – the hardest part was cutting them up in the little [...]
This cool little smoothie will have the tropical breezes blowing! It’s got all the elements of the tropics…pineapples, banana, coconut oil and coconut milk.
It turns into a healthy raw protein shake when you add hemp oil, maca powder and Raw Meal Replacement that has 26 superfoods that include raw organic sprouts, seeds, grass juices, spirulina and chlorella. One [...]
The Kale and Banana Green Smoothie is the very first green smoothie I ever made..and even the first in my Vitamix!
I started making these almost 6 years ago for my first son and even today, he still asks for his “green smoothie”. :)
This smoothie is so simple to make and with only 3 ingredients it just can’t [...]
In honor of my birthday today, I made myself a raw cheesecake. So the search for the perfect recipe began. The only three criteria I had were 1) chocolate 2) cheesecake and 3) raw.
So why did I choose this particular raw chocolate cheesecake recipe over the dozens I found on the internet? It’s simple….this one is [...]
The first thing that came to my mind when I first tasted this was fancy boxed Godiva chocolates. I don’t know why, I guess because the taste is so elegant and exquisite. This isn’t your everyday chocolate dessert.
And that’s what I’m used to eating and making. Either chocolate this or chocolate that, or a chocolate and nut [...]
Who could resist a good old fashioned pumpkin pie, especially during the cool weather that fall brings, as well as family gatherings?
Well, if you looked at the ingredients in a traditional pumpkin pie recipe and wanted to eat healthy…you could resist.
Your pumpkin pie doesn’t have to include heavy cream, evaporated milk, dark brown sugar, white sugar, refined salt, [...]
Other than a banana, I normally don’t put fruit in my smoothies. I don’t really like my smoothies very sweet, but I had a bag of frozen organic strawberries in my freezer so I decided to add them with the banana to make a new protein smoothie.
This is the first time I made a smoothie using Homemade [...]
Although I’m very partial to green smoothies, this was a nice change of pace in our daily breakfast routine. My Pineapple and Banana Hemp smoothie was just right in the way of sweetness – not too much. It’s really quick and easy to make in a Vitamix, which is a must have for making daily nutritious smoothies.
This is a really easy raw recipe to make and use with your fresh summer zucchini. It can be made in a manner of minutes in either a good food processor or a Vitamix.
I like this version of hummus because it is really light and you can’t even taste the flavor or the zucchini – if [...]
This Acai Berry and Banana Immunity Smoothie is a nice change of pace from the many different varieties of green smoothies.
It is packed with 390% dv of vitamin C and the organic superfood “acai berry” which is loaded with anti-oxidants.
And, you also get plenty of healthy omega 3, 6 and 9 fats.
This fruity smoothie would be a nice boost if you were [...]
This dairy-free Raw Vegan Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake has a healthy twist to it that may come as a surprise.
It’s a good surprise, but one you wouldn’t expect in a cheesecake recipe….zucchini!
If you’d tried any of my other recipes, there are several that have zucchini in them, but you’d never know.
One is the Vegan Flourless Zucchini Brownies and another [...]
Want a super fast and easy, nutrient dense protein smoothie to start your day? This Spirulina and Hemp Protein Smoothie will give you the protein and fiber you need to start your day, a fruit serving and three superfoods -hemp, spirulina and maca powder.
I used homemade almond milk to make it a raw smoothie, but you can use [...]
Wow! This high-calorie, high-fat Green Power Smoothie is a powerhouse of nutrition and a great way to start the day if you have a family member that is looking to gain weight from vegan sources. I make these for my husband in the mornings for a quick breakfast to take with him on his way to work. I also have [...]
Creamy, green and HOT! Since changing to a raw vegan diet, this Raw Creamy Jalapeno Dressing has been a life saver for me.
It was one of the very first raw dressings I made and I can eat it with almost anything!
It is an easy raw recipe to make and only has a few ingredients that you probably [...]