“How to Stay Healthy” Thanksgiving Guide

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Thanksgiving is a day to splurge, we get it! Our blog is all about that whole realistic balance thing :)  However, there is definitely a line between adding a few extra things to your plate and consuming the 4,500 calories an average American is said to eat on Thanksgiving day! We know you guys have been working hard to stay healthy this year, so below are some tips for keeping it healthy this holiday! 1. Eat breakfast! Not eating until Thanksgiving dinner will ...

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Oven Roasted Vegetables with Fresh Herbs

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This year Maria and I are heading to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving! Most of our family members are vegetarian and super healthy. Then we have Maria who is getting married, and myself and my mom who are eating like we think we are getting married too... Needless to say, this year will not be a glutenous Thanksgiving :) We are of course going to have the classics. Can't have Thanksgiving without turkey and stuffing. However, we are plan to replace the rest of the side ...

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Pesto Gnocchi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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I'm getting married in 43 days! This past weekend my mom, some friends and I spent the day stuffing 100 hotel gift bags, and tying ribbon on 80 pairs of flip flops and 250 church programs. Thank God there were 9 of us, and it only took 5 hours :)  What didn't take long to make was this Pesto Gnocchi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes. It tastes as good as it looks! It's gluten free, and the pesto is freshly made without any cheese or cream. We even snuck in some spinach! Because this ...

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Vegan Chocolate Almond Butter Shake

Chocolate Almond Butter Shake

We’ve finished our 30 Day Vegan Challenge!   Thirty days ago I figured I would be celebrating the end of this challenge with a Delmonico’s steak to my face, but that is not the case! I totally understand why vegans are vegan. You feel amazing, your digestion works wonders, and you know that everything going into your body is cruetly-free. I think we could all use a little bit more of that in this world!  So does this mean I am now a vegan? It doesn't. I know at some ...

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Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

Let me start by saying I will never compare vegan alfredo sauce to rich, fattening, real alfredo sauce. And anyone who says it tastes exactly the same is lying. However, for those of us whose love handles grow just thinking about eating regular fettuccine alfredo, here is a way healthier version :) I will also say I would never post something on this blog that I didn't thoroughly enjoy eating. So here we have a "very good" Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo! I know it's good because my fiancé ate ...

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Creamy Vegan Tomato Basil Soup

Creamy Vegan Tomato Basil Soup

Soup is an amazing option for dinner! If we need some digestive help or an emergency flat stomach for a vacation, we swap out our solid dinners for liquid ones. We are still getting the nutrition we need, while providing our body with a meal that is much easier to digest. Think about it for a second, your feeling of "fullness" is going to be much different after a healthy, liquid soup than a burger. You digest liquid much faster than solids. Therefore there is no "I look 3 months pregnant but ...

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Homemade Brown Rice Chips and Guacamole

Homemade Brown Rice Chips and Guacamole

We are on day 22 of our 30 Day Vegan Challenge! The same number of days Beyonce and Jay Z stuck with their vegan diet, following the advice that it takes 22 days to break a habit. We are basically Beyonce…  Just kidding :)  It's day 22 and I do not crave or even really care about meat. Dairy is a bit harder, because I freaking love cheese, but I've realized I don't "need it." I am continuing to eat a ton of veggies, and have learned to depend on other vegan sources ...

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Chocolate Protein Date Balls

Chocolate Protein Date Balls

Happy almost Halloween! Last year we made these awesome Almond Butter Cups, which were actually super simple to make! As we started to brainstorm ideas for healthy Halloween candy this year we thought, if we didn't have a health food blog would we actually take the time to make this? Or would we just grab a mini Milky Way and call it day? Besides... Cara, from the blog Fork and Beans, totally crushes it in the vegan Halloween candy department. There's no touching her, ...

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Halloween is around the corner, and I would love nothing more than a pillow case full of Milky Ways and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I know... I have a clean eating blog. I also have a sweet tooth that's been haunting me for 24 years. Thankfully, I usually have some self control and healthy desserts on hand to keep me from stealing kids candy.  This year I am also in the middle of our 30 Day Vegan Challenge, which cuts out pretty much all processed chocolate. So even if I was going ...

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Almond Butter Pumpkin Dip

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We are almost halfway through our 30 Day Vegan Challenge, and the most common question asked has been "how are you getting enough protein!?" So I'll be honest, initially this was a concern of mine too. But what I found is that the whole "vegans not getting enough protein" thing is a huge misconception!  Let's think about something for a sec. Some of the strongest animals on our planet; the elephant, the bull, the rhino, and the hippo, are all freaking herbivores. Protein doesn't ...

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