Golden Turmeric Tahini Dressing

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A super simple recipe for an anti-inflammatory turmeric tahini dressing that’s the perfect topping for your favorite salad, but also lovely as a sauce or dip! My favorite homemade dressing of all time is my zesty tahini dressing, but this turmeric tahini dressing is slowly creeping up as a close second. It all started when Cava released their 2018 winter menu with a spicy turmeric tahini dressing. It wasn’t long after that I found a packaged … [Read more...]

Super Slaw – Winter Coleslaw with Apples and Dried Superfruits

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Coleslaw is one of our favorite salads to enjoy. It’s not just for summertime, picnics and the beach. Winter slaws include apples, or can also use citrus. This time we enjoyed the slaw with apples and many dried berries. Ingredients: for the salad: 4 cups green cabbage, finely shredded 2 carrots, peeled and grated 2 organic apples, cored and chopped into bite sized pieces 6 ounces dried super fruits (blueberries, aronia berries, cranberries, … [Read more...]

Cornmeal vs. polenta vs. grits – What’s the difference?

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In honor of this week’s Parisan Polenta: I’m getting to the bottom of this crazy cornmeal/polenta/grits confusion. In this post you’ll learn the difference between: Cornmeal Polenta Grits Polenta Grits Coarse Cornmeal Corn Flour Masa Harina It’s a hot damn mess in the corn-product aisle of the grocery store thanks to the fact there are no regulations or rules around the name of corn-based products in the U.S. Aaand if … [Read more...]

Celebrate Chocolate Mint Recipes & Giveaway

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This post is sponsored by Celebrate Vitamins. I am excited to share with you one of my favorite products their Chocolate Mint Protein 20 Protein Powder and a heads up for an opportunity to win some!One of my favorite protein powders is Celebrate Vitamins Chocolate Mint Protein 20. If you love Andes mint chocolates or Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies you'll have to give it a try. It's great mixed with water, milk, used in a variety of recipes but my … [Read more...]

Man Hands: A Gripping (Groping?) Romance.

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Reader/Eater I know, I’ve been reviewing some pretty hard to read stuff, lately. Almost no romance. Honestly, I just couldn’t get into it. Unless a friend wrote it, I mostly ignored it in favor of books on social justice, books on repairing the country, hopeful books, and organizing/planning/action tomes. Today, I’m reviewing Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby and making BANG! BANG! Tofu because I’m tired. I’m … [Read more...]

A Monday Weigh In

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I cannot believe it’s been THREE weeks since I got myself back on track, and frankly since 2018 kicked off. So, I’m a little excited to share with you how things are going.  So far, I’ve lost -5.3 lbs.  I’m super psyched about that.  There’s NOTHING better than putting a plan in place and having it work.  In reality, we all know it’s when you follow the plan that it works well.  When you cut corners, make … [Read more...]

What is Collagen and Should You be Taking It?

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Want to learn more about collagen and why it’s so popular among health enthusiasts? We’re breaking it down for you today by answering the following questions: What is collagen, what does collagen do and should you be taking it… Collagen seems to be everywhere in the health world. So what is it and what does it actually do? Great questions, let’s get to it! First things first, collagen is a protein. It is a major component of … [Read more...]

Buffalo Fritters, Vegan Shashuka, Winter Panzanella

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Pack your bags!Your tastes buds are on the International Express this week!Favorite dishes from North Africa, Korea, Morocco, the Middle East, Italy, China, and Mexico included! (Plus New York & Louisiana). You won’t believe how easy it is to make these traditional meals.In minutes!Or how tasting them transports you to somewhere else. Cajun Pasta takes 5 minutes.Spinach Rice has 7 ingredients.'Roccon Roll-Ups take 5 minutes.Broccoli … [Read more...]

Healthy Kitchen Gift Ideas with Recipes

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To help Santa and his elves get through their list I'll be sharing some gift ideas that are thoughtful and would be a winner for most any person that has embraced a new healthy lifestyle. Today, I'll be focusing on Healthy Kitchen and Food Related Gifts & Stocking StuffersSpiralizer (aka Zoodle Maker) - Creates oodles of low carb zoodles and other spiral cuts of vegetable or fruits with a crank of the handle.If Santa brings you a Spiralizer … [Read more...]

Winter Shape Up 2018: Workout #6

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Hey hey! You’re CRUSHING this year’s Winter Shape Up challenge! Keep up the amazing work! I’m loving all of your check-ins and comments here on the blog and in the Facebook group. Don’t forget to enter the Sunbasket giveaway each time you compete a workout this week. If you’re just now joining in the party, get all the info here! Here’s what workout #6 looks like! It’s a super sweaty total body workout, split into 3 circuits. Warm up with 5-7 … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Cauliflower

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I eat a ton of vegetables, and to hit the goals I have for 2018, I’m about to double-down on my vegetable intake to make this magic happen. Cauliflower was a trendy little veg for 2017, and I think the growers had a hay day with all of our excitement around this cruciferous vegetable.  For me, I’ve always loved cauliflower.  As a super picky child, it was one of those veggies that I would (fairly) consistently eat.  Raw, not cooked … [Read more...]

Dessert Baked Sweet Potato

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Turn nutrient-rich sweet potatoes into a satisfyingly sweet dessert! Just bake and stuff with your favorite toppings. This particular dessert baked sweet potato is loaded with toasted coconut, coconut butter, cinnamon, almond butter, pecans and dark chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly.  Sweet potatoes are one of my absolute favorite vegetables and over the years I’ve found so many different ways to enjoy them — from sweet potato … [Read more...]

Best Vegan Brownie Recipe Ever

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I hate to use unnecessary hyperbole, but these really are the best damn vegan brownies ever. I also hate to toot my own horn, but I am going to give it a toot or two because that's how good these brownies are. I kid you not, I ate five of these in one day. Am I proud of that? No, I can't say that I am. But, I think it speaks to the quality of these brownies. And yes, I know what you're thinking. It's the second week of January, a time for … [Read more...]

your backup plan when don’t want to cook" "Minimalist" vegan meals (aka eat like a college kid)

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’ve finally done it. You planned, you’re prepared! ...and life throws you a curveball. SO many times I planned to make recipe... Even went shopping for the ingredients to make the recipe…Had *every intention* to cook when I got home… But then a crisis happened at the office Or there was some other “emergency” that needed my attention after work… THAT scenario … [Read more...]

Heading to Denver

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Heading to Denver, Colorado for the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Annual Planning Meeting and Retreat. Once a year we get the whole Board of Directors together to do planning for the year, work on projects that are best done in person and do a check in on how all our goals and plans are coming along. It's always held in the hotel that will be the host hotel for the big Your Weight Matters National Convention the OAC puts on each year (Hope to … [Read more...]