Category Archives: snacks.

heavenly carrot cake muffins.

carrot cake muffinsFair warning: I’m about to get all overly-emphatic-blogger-chick on you. You know the type that gush on and on about how A-MAZ-ING every single thing they ever make tastes? The type that knows all about grammar and proper word usage but somehow loses all desire to care if the sentence is written correctly because, yum. Forgive me? Because, yum.

But seriously. These carrot cake muffins. Heavenly may be a bit of a stretch, but I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful they are. You just have to taste the perfection yourself. It’s a good thing they are healthy because I could have eaten every single one of them. It was love at first bite. 💕 Sigh… It really is unfortunate that “healthy” doesn’t equate to “calorie-free” isn’t it? But I digress… Continue reading

vegan layered bean dip.

vegan layered bean dip

After finally trying and loving a spin on vegan cheesy sauce, visions of vegan layered bean dip danced in my head. I have an unfortunate affection for (translation: addiction to) tortilla chips in spite of their obviously oil-drenched inappropriateness for fitting into an otherwise healthy diet. Maybe I rationalize them as my guilty pleasure…or my attempt to make sure my health-nut status isn’t too over the top…or shall I call it what it is? Hello, my name is Jessi, and I have a chip problem. Continue reading

spiced banana smoothie.

Spiced Banana Smoothie

A spiced banana smoothie is one of my favorite rehydrating, energizing drinks. It’s great after a workout, after or during a dehydrating illness, or if you’re just feeling a little sluggish. It’s so simple that I feel a little silly sharing a “recipe,” but I will anyway! Read more about the benefits of bananas here. Continue reading

nut-free vegan cheesy sauce.

vegan cheesy sauceCheese. If following a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle is new to you, I probably don’t need to say more. Cheese. Please. I remember what cheese was like ~ salty, creamy deliciousness that overpowered the flavor of every other food and somehow made everything seem to taste better. Almost every drool-worthy savory recipe plastered across Pinterest is oozing with cheese. You would think it was a near impossibility to cook without it. We are creatures of habit and we tend to crave foods similar to what we are used to. And so, we try to recreate the look, feel, and taste of the foods we are familiar with. Continue reading

orange chia seed muffins.

orange chia seed muffins

Being a whole-foods, plant-based cook in a fast-food, meat-based world has left me as a cook that rarely follows a recipe. This is not always a good thing. And I have three very tough (translation: “picky”) food critics around here. But I am happy to report that this new recipe for orange chia seed muffins passed the toughest of reviews with flying colors today. Continue reading

blueberry bliss smoothie.

blueberry bliss smoothie

Sometimes breakfast calls for something fast, easy, delicious, and as always, nutritious. This blueberry bliss smoothie meets all the requirements! It only takes three simple ingredients: blueberries, bananas, and coconut water. Continue reading

sunrise mango smoothie + a little macronutrient discussion.

sunrise mango smoothie

Today feels like a day for a little discussion about what fuels our bodies, doesn’t it? No? Just me? Well…if you just came for the smoothie recipe and you don’t care about why they are so awesome…click here to skip ahead to the recipe for the refreshing, delicious sunrise mango smoothie.

If you’re game for a little brush up on your nutrition smarts, thanks for humoring me… Continue reading

vegan convenience foods.

apples

A common complaint in American society today is that there just isn’t enough time to eat well. While I understand that it can be difficult to shift your habits and that everyone has different circumstances to work around, I want to encourage you to make your health a priority. One of the best ways to make sure you stay on track and eat well is to be prepared and have a plan. But let’s be honest. Sometimes we forget to plan. Sometimes the plan doesn’t work out. Sometimes…life just happens. Just so you know, NO ONE always has it all together. I have yet to meet a perfect person. So today I thought I’d share a couple of quick, convenient ideas to have around as a backup plan for the busy mom/executive/student that suddenly finds themselves without time to prepare anything. Continue reading

perfect vegan gluten free nut free chocolate chip cookies.

vegan gluten free nut free chocolate chip cookies

I’ve been doing some really important research around here. Life changing. Important stuff. And you, lucky readers, are about to be the first to enjoy the fruits of my self-sacrificing labor (that is of course if you first do some labor of your own…or live close enough to swing by for a cookie…). I have recently made numerous batches of chocolate chip cookies in an effort to discover the recipe for perfect vegan gluten free nut free chocolate chip cookies. I know, it was hard, but somebody had to do it. How could a household with 4 boys and a mommy that loves chocolate really survive without them?

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vegan lunchbox muffins.

vegan lunchbox muffins

If I told you that for lunch I served my kids roasted zucchini and carrots over a bed of fluffy rice, millet, and oats, topped with toasted nuts/seeds and served with a side of sliced apples and bananas, you might think I was super-mom. If I told you I made them muffins for lunch and called it good, you might think I need to work on fine tuning my super-powers. A lot. BUT…what if it could be a best of both worlds sort of situation? Sometimes you need a simple lunch to pack that still fits the bill for eating well. Enter vegan lunchbox muffins!! Continue reading

how to live a plant-based life.

life.unlabeled. 6-week challenge

I am so excited to share this with you today! (Even if it’s l–o–n–g after I’d hoped to share it!) I am the organized planning type, so making meal plans, schedules, and lists is just part of my world. I used to think sometimes that I was wasting my time and I should just go with the flow, but then one day I realized that the work I do to plan for my own family could really help someone else who would like to learn a new way of eating well without the headache of figuring it all out. So alas, my efforts aren’t in vain!

Trying your hand at a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle has never been so simple. Change is never easy, but I have taken the guess work and planning out of the equation for you to help you get started. You CAN learn how to live a plant-based life. Using the recipes and information in the life.unlabeled. 6-week challenge, all that’s left for you is to follow instructions to learn what to buy and how to prepare delicious and satisfying food to fuel your healthy life. After 6 weeks, you should have a good idea of what you like, what you don’t, and how to bring it all together. At first, every day may feel like a new culinary adventure, but after you’ve made it through 6 weeks, you’ll have new “regulars” that you are comfortable preparing quickly and easily and you can start to add new dishes to your repertoire as your time and creativity allow. Continue reading

all fruit berry smoothie.

all fruit berry smoothie

One easy way to include a serving or two of fruit in your day is with a quick smoothie. If you’ve got a decent blender and some frozen fruit, it takes only minutes to put something together.  For my family, the secret ingredient for a winning smoothie is pineapple.  With equal parts pineapple to other fruits, I can pretty much get away with any combination of fruits (and an occasional handful of spinach!) without adding any sweeteners or dairy substitutes.  Our favorite combination is blueberries, strawberries, and pineapple.  Give it a try.  Let me know what you think and share your favorites below! Continue reading