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The Great Sunscreen Debate

Sunscreen…no brainer, right? Wrong! Yep—I said wrong. You don’t need sunscreen all the time. In fact, it’s massively unhealthy to do so.

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Here’s the deal: your body NEEDS to absorb the sunshine. NEEDS to. It doesn’t just feel good; it’s necessary to live a long and healthy life. When we douse ourselves in sunscreen all the time, we’re preventing ourselves from absorbing vitamin D—a hormone that we need to get from the sun.

Now, at this point in the argument, some people like to mention the fact that North Americans are diagnosed with some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and this stat is true. BUT…it’s in part because we’re such freaks about sunscreen. By preventing our bodies from absorbing true sunshine, we set ourselves up for a variety of diseases and disorders.

People in the southern hemisphere typically live their entire lives in the sun without sunscreen, and they don’t get nearly as much skin cancer. It has to be more than the effects of the evil sun that causes irregular cell growth in our bodies.

Right?

Wear a hat in the sun

I’m not saying that you should never wear it or slap some on your children, but there’s a time and place, and we need to know what we’re doing and why it’s bad to do it all the time. Here are some examples of situations when we need sunscreen:

  • You’re in the sun all day
  • You’re at a ball game (in full sun)
  • You’re at the beach
  • You’re lounging poolside

In these situations, YES—wear sunscreen. You don’t want a sunburn. But you know what? You could just find shade and wear a hat, too.

You probably don’t need sunscreen if you are:

  • Taking a short walk
  • Your kids are enjoying their recess or even lunch outside
  • You’re watering your garden

Why?

Because 20-30 minutes of sunshine (sans sunscreen) every day is good for you. If you are in a situation where you think you’ll burn OR if you currently have or have had medical issues that require the constant use of sunscreen, then yeah. Wear it.

Here are some reasons why unencumbered sunshine (and the subsequent absorption of vitamin D) is vital to your health:

  • Vitamin D prevents Metabolic Syndrome
  • Vitamin D prevents certain cancers, including breast, colon, and prostate
  • Lower levels of vitamin D are associated with Diabetes
  • Vitamin D is vital for strong, healthy bones

Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, MD, suggests the following when it comes to sun exposure:

  1. Begin with just a few minutes of exposure, until you have a pink foundation. Never let your skin burn.
  2. Sunbathe with clean skin, free of lotions, soaps, perfumes or cosmetics.
  3. Do not use sunblock — the production of both vitamin D and melanin pigmentation are UVB dependent.
  4. Use sunscreen only after you’ve had proper sun exposure and you are going to be in the sun for extended periods of time.
  5. Reduce sun exposure when you are in the snow, white sand, or high altitude locations.
  6. Do not exceed the safe daily limits. Put on a hat and the proper clothing, and a sunscreen that contains a physical sun block, such as titanium dioxide.

healthy sunshine

If you are going to use sunscreen, then you should know how it works. The point of all sunscreens is to block UV rays, which can prematurely age and damage the skin if we’re in the sun too much. But there are two main types of sunscreen, and they work differently:

Chemical sunscreens wear down quickly with sun exposure, which means you have to reapply often. They are also absorbed into your bloodstream, and can make you sick. They contain active endocrine distributors that alter your hormones and cause premature puberty and fertility issues. Unfortunately, these are the most popular today, because when applied, they go on clear.

Mineral sunscreens, like the ones that were around in the 40’s, are comprised of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. They just sit on the surface of the skin and block UV rays. They also give that pasty white appearance that no one likes, so they’re used less than chemical sunscreens. However, mineral sunscreens (also called physical sunscreens) are the way to go.

There is also a massive difference between brands. Some are awful, and some are not. Here are the general rules:

  • Wear lotions, not sprays. Sprays have more chemicals, and you’re prone to missing areas of the skin that should be covered. It’s also more likely to accidentally ingest sprays, and you use more than what’s necessary. Basically, they’re a waste of money and are genuinely unhealthy.
  • Wear SPF 30 or lower. The higher the SPF (sun protection factor), the higher the chemicals. Also, high SPF doesn’t necessarily mean safer, and they’re often misunderstood. Higher SPF means better sunburn blocking ability, but doesn’t protect the wearer from other types of skin damage that can lead to premature aging and free radical development and distribution.
  • Read the ingredients for chemical additives. According to the Environmental Working Group, there are 217 sunscreens that meet their criteria for safe ingredients and effectiveness. Here are a few:
    • Butterbean Original SPF 30
    • Poofy Organics SPF 30
    • Lemongrass Spa Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
    • Badger Sunscreen Cream Lotion SPF 15 and 30
    • Vanicream Sunscreen SPF 30

Bottom line? Don’t be afraid of the sun! Be mindful, wear a hat, and buy good quality sunscreen for when you really do need it. xo

Bean Sprout Salad with Peanut Dressing and Pan Fried Tofu

Tofu Recipe

So….Mondays. The day of the week I find the hardest to get back into the whole cooking-for-my-family-and-not-relying-on-snacks routine. I’m often uninspired on Mondays, but THIS Monday, I have a plan.

That I stole from www.kitchenuncorked.com.

Because I can. Because I have tofu in my fridge that’s dying to get eaten. If anyone out there is looking for a healthy, easy, Meatless Monday recipe idea, this one’s for you.

You’re welcome.

Bean Sprout Salad with Peanut dressing and pan fried Tofu.

5 Ways to Improve Gut Health TODAY

Key to healthy digestion

It’s no secret that if you want to strengthen your immune system (something we all want to do at this time of year), you have to start with your gut. Your intestines are the key to great health, and when you provide a good home to your good bacteria, you’re subsequently telling the bad bacteria to get lost, pronto.

While there are many factors that determine just how healthy your gut is at any given time, an ideal ratio of good to bad bacteria is essential. That is, you need more good than bad—and that can be difficult to attain at this time of year. Wintertime is full of bugs, booze, and baking: things bad bacteria thrive on.

So let me help you out. Here are 5 ways to increase the good guys, decrease the bad ones, and give your gut a great start to the New Year:

  • Begin taking probiotics. This is SUCH an easy way to increase the good guys. A daily dose of good quality probiotics can make a huge difference in your gut health. Tip: buy probiotics that are displayed in a refrigerator, and make sure to keep them cold at home, too. These supplements are full of living bacteria, and have a very short shelf life once they reach room temperature.
  • Stop consuming added sugar. Excess sugar depletes the immune system. It’s completely unnecessary, and over consumed by just about everyone. Food that contains naturally-occurring sugars are fine; things like fruit and whole grains. But abstain from candy, baking, chocolate, alcohol, fruit juice, and anything else that is loaded with added sugar. Believe me, you’ll thank yourself for this move: you’ll feel better, have more energy, clearer skin, and a much healthier immune system. (Not to mention losing a few post-holiday pounds!)
  • Eat less. This has nothing to do with losing weight. When you eat more than you need to, it creates strain on your digestive tract and throws your organs into a panic. For good bacteria to do its job properly, it needs to work what’s in its limits—and overeating on a consistent basis does not help these guys. If you want the good bacteria to thrive, then feed it what it can handle. Tip: Don’t eat until you feel full; eat until you don’t feel hungry anymore. When you reach 80%, stop. (This is also a good tip for those with IBS.)
  • Add fermented foods to your diet. I DO NOT MEAN BOOZE, PEOPLE! Fermented foods come in the form of sauerkraut, good quality, plain Greek yogurt, kombucha, organic miso, organic tempeh, and kimchi. By adding these probiotic powerhouses to your meal plans, you will increase the number of enzymes you consume, which will aid the good bacteria.
  • Make sure you stay regular. Yep—I mean in the bathroom. When you become constipated and stool backs up, friendly bacteria becomes completely overrun with the bad guys. Bad bacteria LOVE poop. Don’t let them have it—make sure you are using the toilet at least once a day to keep the bad guys in check, and the good guys happy. Tip: Upon waking, drink one liter of room-temperature water before putting anything else in your body. This will kick-start the digestive process.

There you have it! 5 ways to improve the health of your gut, ASAP. xo

20 Original Gift Ideas for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

Christmas

Hey, Happy Healthy Lifers! Today’s post has been contributed by one of my fave guest bloggers, Ashley Erikson. She has some great ideas about holiday gifts, and I for one could use the help!

Enjoy. xo

The Christmas season is in full swing, and many of us still haven’t done our shopping. It’s okay; it’s not unhealthy to procrastinate. It is unhealthy to stress out—and when you don’t know what to get someone this late in the season, it can be stressful.

After looking for a couple of gifts for some friends of mine, I decided to write about some of the finds that I was impressed with. If anything, these gift ideas might give you better direction. These products range anywhere from $5 to $500, and for the record, I don’t work for any of these companies.

Gaiam Yoga for Beginner’s Kit – Price $

Yoga mat

Two short yoga workouts, plus all the accessories needed for a beginner to find their zen. If you’ve heard any of your friends or family talk about their interest in getting started with yoga, then this might be the perfect solution. Getting started with yoga is typically expensive, but this will ease the cost a bit.

Aroma Food Steamer – Price $

A steamer creates delicious meals without adding fat and excess calories. Steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook meat, vegetables and other foods. If you want to know how interested your friend might be in this product, look at their social presence online, and see if they talk about cooking much. Every cook would love this gift.

Fitbit Zip – Price $$

This is one small electronic device that tracks steps, distance and calories burned. It syncs to the user’s computer or smartphone. This is one of the most powerful fitness tracking devices out there and your fitness junkie best friend might appreciate this for their next jog.

Philips Activa Portable Workout Monitor –  Price $

Gift Box Wrapped In Natural Paper With Blue Ribbon.

Exercise is more enjoyable when this monitor provides music with the perfect beat and feedback to keep you going. The user selects the type of workout, and the device sets the tempo. This device is something I was thinking about buying for myself. It’s impressive with its ability to turn up the beat as your run gets more intense.

Wake-Up Workout Alarm Clock – Price $

Give the gift of commitment. This dumbbell-shaped alarm clock comes in a variety of colors and won’t shut up until you perform 30 bicep curls. It’s fanatically healthy but it can be a funny and really cool gift for that loved one who is not a morning person.

Dark Chocolate Bar Library – Price $

Dark Chocolate

You can never go wrong with chocolate. Unless the person is not a human. Seven dark chocolate bars in a box, ranging from 54% to 72% cocoa. The flavors are unique, and dark chocolate is one of the healthiest snacks for those with a sweet tooth. Remember dark chocolate is stuffed with magnesium, which helps the body in many wonderful ways.

Flip Belt – Price $

Keep your loved ones safe with this stylish and comfortable belt that holds their identification, cell phone, keys and other items when they head out for a run or walk. This gift is perfect for your marathon runner friend who leaves the house unlocked for hours on end.

Unimug Tea Infuser – Price $

Green Tea

This glass mug cradles a loose-leaf tea infuser and makes it easy to brew a cup of tea at the office or home. It’s very affordable, and your herbal tea lover friends will admire it.

Tribest Personal Blender – Price $$

Smoothies and protein shakes are fast, easy, and convenient with a personal blender, and this blender is small and powerful. It’s worth a shot if you have no idea on what to get a person.

Sedona Dehydrator – Price $$$$

This isn’t the cheapest gift, but it is one of the healthiest options. Instead of letting fresh produce go bad, your loved ones can dehydrate it into healthy snack food. This is the dream gift for your raw vegan loved ones.

Sproutman’s Wheatgrass Grower – Price $$$

Holiday gift

Wheatgrass juice is the best way to cleanse and nourish the body, and the process is faster and cheaper when you grow fresh wheatgrass at home. It’s different (definitely not your average gift), but it can help someone save if they love their wheatgrass shots.

Oil Mister – Price $

This is an inexpensive gift that eliminates the need for aerosol oil spray cans. It allows users to control fat intake, while infusing food with mists of oil. This affordable gift is loved by many, and it will help you save financially this holiday season if you’re on a budget.

Galvanic Body Spa – Price $$$

This is a relaxing home spa that helps smooth skin and reduces the prominence of cellulite. Let your loved ones tone up and refresh without paying for expensive spa visits. If you’ve heard any complaints about cellulite or skin issues, this is the perfect gift. (Just be careful not to offend anyone.)

Slimware – Price $$

Christmas Gift

These uniquely-designed plates make portion control simple. There is a decorative pattern to fit every personality. A young married couple would love plates like this–they’re creative and long-lasting.

Resistance Band Door Attachment Kit – Price $$

Give the gift of fitness on the go. Simply attach bands to any door and workout. Not everyone likes to go to the gym every day; this gift is perfect for the mom who wants to add resistance training to her morning run. These long lasting bands are worth a try.

Aromatherapy Shower Tablets – Price $

Drop a tablet in the shower and cleanse, relax or revive your mind before you dry off. This is a gift that will give someone you love a fresh start long after the holidays pass. Sticking tight to the holiday budget? This is perfect for you.

Pop Chef Shape Cutter – Price $

Cookie Cutter

Encourage children to eat healthy with this fun kitchen tool that cuts fruit, sandwiches and other foods into hearts and other shapes. There are 12 shape options in one child-friendly kit.

Kamagon Ball – Price $$$

This water-filled medicine ball is difficult to control mid-swing, and that’s good news for your muscles. Deliver a challenging workout tool that even a dedicated fitness pro may not already own. If any loved ones are building their gym at home, this is the perfect idea!

Define Fruit Infusion Bottle – Price $

Staying hydrated is easier when the water has natural, healthy flavor. This bottle was featured on Shark Tank, and is now available in a variety of sizes, colors and designs. It’s very affordable and really impressive. Lemon water just got simple! If they’re adding lemons and limes to their water at a restaurant, they will admire this creative bottle.

Quilted Inspirational Cuff Bracelet – Price $

Inspire someone special to stay on the healthy track with this “Never Quit” quilted cuff bracelet. Your ETSY fanatical friends will admire this one!

Merry Xmas

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About our Guest Blogger

I’m Ashley. I’m a vegan, a blogger, a happy mom to 3 happy little dudes, and a woman of strength (I do like to work out). My passion is health, but my life is focused on helping others achieve their goals. Visit my site and learn more at AshleysHealth.com

#Easy #Homemade #Chocolate Granola Bars: Nut-free for the kiddies

Chocolate vegan granola bars

Happy Tuesday, friends! Over the weekend, I tried my hand (again) at making homemade granola bars for my kids’ school lunches. I absolutely loathe (yes, loathe) the fact that I can’t find good quality granola bars anywhere. If you look at the list of ingredients on any package of granola bars out there, you will find at least one (but probably 3 or 4) of the following ingredients: corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, corn starch, modified palm oil, etc.

When I read these words, all I see is ‘GENETICALLY MODIFIED CRAP.’

So I’m on a mission to create at least 3 recipes that take almost zero time (I’ve already told you I’m lazy), have minimal ingredients, and are relatively healthy. The sweetener I use in these is much lower on the GI (glycemic index) than regular sugar, and they are high in plant-based protein and fiber.

So here’s my first real winner (2/3 of my kids love them, which may not seem totally successful, but it’s TOTALLY SUCCESSFUL). This recipe is also vegan and gluten-free, (except for the dark chocolate chips, which you could totally substitute with carob).

Chocolate Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup NutraCleanse (use ground flax, if you can’t find this)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp. raw cocoa
  • 1 cup brown rice syrup (you could also use pure honey)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla

vegan granola bars

Method:

Combine first 5 ingredients in large bowl and mix well. In smaller bowl, combine syrup and vanilla. Mix everything together well, and pat down into an 8×8 inch pan, lined with parchment paper. Score bars (pre-cut half way down) to make 16 squares. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and let sit for 5 minutes. (They’ll seem soft, but they’ll harden up.) When the 5 minutes is up (don’t wait much longer), fully cut bars and lift parchment paper to remove contents from pan. Set on baking rack to cool completely.

Ta-da!

Vegan granola bars

One more hint: don’t eat one, unless you’re okay with eating half the pan. I know this from experience, so don’t question it. (You’re welcome.)

Have a great night! xo

6 Ways to Make Homemade Oatmeal More Exciting

TGIF, friends! Is it seriously Friday already?! The weeks are going by WAY too fast right now. I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner! With all the craziness and hoopla that surrounds the holidays, it’s easy to rely on pre-packaged crap to get you through the day. But we don’t need to put our poor bodies through that—we just need to get creative! Cold months are perfect for oatmeal, which is super simple to make, and very good for you. It’s high in plant-based protein, low in sugar, great for your digestive system (and those of us suffering with IBS), and it’s a whole food.

Oats. That’s it!

But just oats can get a little boring, so here are 6 ways to create incredible-tasting oatmeal, and make it look even prettier (because everyone knows that pretty food just tastes better):

Homemade oatmeal

  • Experiment with some fun ingredients. Aside from the common toppings of cinnamon or raisins, try other things. Banana slices, pomegranate seeds (especially this time of year), blueberries, shredded coconut, and flax seeds are all great additions to any bowl of oats. Literally, IT’S ALL GOOD.
  • Swap water for almond or coconut milk while cooking. It makes a thicker, heartier oatmeal that will stick around for the entire morning. If your tummy starts rumbling for a snack an hour before lunch, then this idea is for YOU. No more rumbles.

Homemade oatmeal

  • Try assembling it the night before. If time (or lack thereof) is your excuse for skipping breakfast or throwing back a crappy Nutri-Grain bar on your way to work, then prep, baby, prep! Here’s how: layer dry ingredients in a bowl or jar the night before, and sit it on the counter where you’ll see it in the morning. When you’re ready for it, add fresh fruit and some unsweetened almond milk, and viola! Good quality, homemade breakfast. You can’t beat that.

Homemade oatmeal

  • Make your oatmeal into little muffins! Simply combine oats with pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and some ground flax until the texture feels right. (Like vegan oatmeal meat balls!) Plop into muffin paper liners (in muffin tin), and bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let cool for 15 minutes before eating, or make the night before and just pop 2 into your purse on your way out the door. Easy, peasy!

Vegan Homemade Oatmeal

  • Dress it up. Not with toppings (do that, too), but arrange it in something fancy and pretty. It’ll be more visually appealing to you in the morning, and you might just make time to stop and take a foodie pic. I do it all the time. I’ll admit it, and I’m not ashamed. Think about it: if you’re creating food that you feel compelled to photograph, then you’ll want to eat it! Get passionate about breakfast! And create an Instagram account.
  • Do a quick search online about how good oatmeal is for you. It’ll help to know that oats are protein-laden, fiber-rich, blood sugar lowering, weight-loss inducing, intestine-cleaning powerhouses. How do you avoid it, now? YOU HAVE TO EAT IT!

And those are my ideas on how to make oatmeal more exciting. I hope you’re totally planning on running home after work, assembling some jars of oats and stuff, and are looking forward to your healthful, amazing, plant-based breakfast of oats for the week. If you have kids, it’s fun for them to create their own oatmeal concoctions, too! Let the creativity roll!

Like an oat. Like a rolled oat. Get it? Kk, I’m out. xo

Happy Healthy Holidays! Sharing your favorite plant-based recipes

Rustic Table Setting

Hey, everyone! TGIF, am I right?! I don’t know about you, but my October flew by with insane determination, and November’s already kicking my butt, too. With no slow-down in sight (’tis the season for parties and get-togethers and perhaps a little fete-a-fete here and there), I know my brain will be mush within a few short weeks. SO…I thought maybe I’d try and conjure up a few simple ideas regarding shared eats. With Canadian Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, and American Thanksgiving just down the road, it’s clearly that time of year.

When I’m asked to “bring a dish to pass,” there are definite times when I fall back on old, lazy favorites. But considering I have a recipe book coming out next summer, I thought maybe I’d attempt to raise the bar for myself and be ready to show up to my friends’ houses with something that looks (and tastes!) like I’ve put at least an ounce of effort and creativity into it.

I’m going to share three plant-based concoctions that I think might fit the bill, and hopefully you think they sound good enough to try at home. I specify “plant-based,” because I like to share ideas that fit with my usual foodie lifestyle, which is that of clean, whole, nutrient-rich eats. We get enough crap out there, right? Let’s set a good example and share some healthy, happy recipes!

Alright. Here we go…

Chocolate-Graham Banana Bites (Makes 32)

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Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas (not too ripe)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup graham crumbs
  • 32 toothpicks*

Method:

Melt chocolate chips in double broiler, slowly. Slice each banana into 8 chunks (so there should be 32 chunks in total), and stick each with a toothpick. Once chocolate is melted, dip each banana chunk half-way into the chocolate, then dust with graham. The chocolate will harden, so it must be done quickly. Repeat until every chunk has been dressed, then cover and refrigerate until they can be served.

Acorn Squashed Casserole (serves 8)

Acorn Squash

Ingredients:

  • 2 acorn squashes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup watercress
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice each squash horizontally. Remove seeds and pulp, and discard. Slice squash into 1/2″ rounds. (Which will actually look like flowers.) Set aside. In a large bowl, combine oil, syrup, and spices. Add squash to bowl and mix well, until evenly coated. Bake in a single layer on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then flip squash and back for another 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and arrange in dish. Chop herbs and sprinkle on top of squash. Serve hot as a side dish.

Baked Ratatouille Bruschetta (Serves 12)

Grilled vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 an eggplant
  • 1/2 a zucchini
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 white onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 16 oz. can of chopped and roasted tomatoes
  • 1 large whole wheat baguette

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Finely chop eggplant, zucchini, pepper, and onion. Mix, and place in oven-safe dish. Mince the garlic and add to mixture, then stir. Drizzle olive oil over mixture, and then pour tomatoes over all the vegetables. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Once done, remove from oven and let sit until it cools slightly. Meanwhile, slice baguette into rounds. Place a spoonful of ratatouille on top of each, and place back in the oven for 6-8 more minutes. Serve hot.

Hope you enjoy! From my table to yours, stay happy and healthy! (And have a great weekend!) xo

Happy Healthy Vegan Recipes: IBS-Friendly

Vegan kitchen

With the kids finally back in school (British Columbia experienced a lengthy teacher’s strike throughout the late spring and entire summer this year), I’ve found myself scoring way more time to cook and bake and experiment in the kitchen. And with the vegetarian cookbook I have coming out next summer, I find myself wanting to perfect the recipes that will be featured.

Last weekend, I managed to make chocolate-pumpkin muffins, my version of grown-up oatmeal, and spicy applesauce. (I actually made more, but these are the ones I remembered to take pictures of.) I can’t divulge the exact recipes, but perhaps these will inspire you to mess around in the kitchen and create something similar!

Each recipe below is vegan, and kind to your digestive tract (IBS-friendly).

Vegan Chocolate-Pumpkin Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

These dense, completely vegan muffins are made with applesauce in place of oil, and pumpkin puree in place of egg. My kids LOVED them (always the ultimate test of taste), and they were very simple to make.

Grown-Up Oats with Coconut

Vegan Oatmeal

You can make this hearty breakfast in advance by layering ingredients, and then simply adding boiling water when you’re ready to eat. Line them up on the counter before bed, and then it’s a quick, easy, and healthy breakfast for the next morning.

Homemade Spicy Applesauce

Vegan applesauce

I love making applesauce, because it makes the house smell incredible, and is truly SO much better than the store-bought variety. The hint of spice comes from freshly grated ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and then a dash of chai spice.

So there you have it! A weekend of yummy smells, tastes, and healthy meal planning. Happy Meatless Monday, and have a fabulous week!

Clean Plates: healthy food that works best for YOU, and where to find it

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Hey, everyone! Happy Meatless Monday! I’m in the middle of a new project that will become a reality this spring (yay!), and while on my journey to learn more about great health and its connection to fabulous food, I stumbled across an incredible organization called Clean Plates, and its amazing cookbook.

The goal of Clean Plates is stated as follows:

“This book spells out exactly what “clean eating” means and why it matters. Make no mistake, it’s not a diet book—it doesn’t promote a superfood or the latest scientific breakthrough—it is, however, a guide that provides clarity on the topics of nutrition and eating what works best for your body, while providing recipes and practical resources like sample menus.” – From the e-book of recipes from the Clean Plates Cookbook

But it’s even more than this.

Have you ever wanted to know where you can go to find the healthiest, tastiest food around? More than just a restaurant guide, Clean Plates is a lifestyle. Founded by Jared Koch, nutritionist, Clean Plates started out as a New York restaurant listing for establishments that provide clean, wholesome, and above all, delicious food. Koch wanted to prove that healthy food can be just as delectable (if not more!) than the less-than-nutritious comfort foods we’ve all been guilty of consuming.

Today, Clean Plates has expanded west to cover the city of Los Angeles. Maybe Clean Plates Vancouver is on the horizon? (I’ll do my best here, friends!) Koch was kind enough to provide a written endorsement for a recipe book (vegetarian comfort foods!) I’ve written that will be released in early 2015. (Skyhorse Publishing) To show him and his collaborators my appreciation, I wanted to let you all know about this amazing dream of theirs to inspire people from all over the United States to discover which delicious foods keep their bodies nourished, and where they can find these foods on the road or close to home.

Check it out:

You’re already making really smart choices. We have another smart choice we’d like to tell you about: Clean Plates.

Clean Plates gives you everything you need and want to eat clean.

Eating clean can improve your life in untold ways and you don’t have to do anything extraordinary or extreme. You don’t need to give up meat, learn molecular chemistry, buy weird unpronounceable stuff or eat food that tastes like…well, not good. It is not about deprivation, denial or guilt. All you need to do is make some different choices—and Clean Plates is there to help you every step of the way to make those choices easy and dare we say … absolutely delicious.

With Clean Plates you’ll find out about:

  • Restaurants that source locally, organic and sustainably
  • Organic, non-gmo products
  • Recipes from just-out cookbooks
  • The best gluten-free desserts
  • What is Moringa and why is everyone suddenly talking about it

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If you’re interesting in learning more, then I highly recommend signing up today for their free weekly email—they’re kind of amazing:

http://www.cleanplates.com/?utm_source=jenbrowne&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=jenbrowne

Below is a link to the e-book of recipes from the Clean Plates Cookbook, and has been generously shared with me, so that I can in turn share it with you. So check out the link, and work on that clean plate of yours. A permanent link will also be placed on the homepage of my website, but this is a preview generated specifically for current Happy Healthy Life lovers!

http://national.cleanplates.com/files/2014/07/ThankYouFromCleanPlates.pdf

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I will also be organizing a Clean Plates Cookbook giveaway, so get excited, stay tuned, and have a great week!