Hot chocolate is usually thought of as treat rather than a healthy drink. It’s commonly filled with sugar, cream, and processed chocolate. I have found that you can achieve the same rich texture and heavenly flavor without using any sugar or processed ingredients. This good-for-you hot chocolate recipe is sugar-free, whole food plant based, low fat, and incredibly delicious!
I was craving a simple and easy hearty meal of spaghetti (well, it ended up being linguini) and meatballs, and decided to see what I could do with the Beyond Burger. The Beyond Burger patties are the most convincing meat substitute I’ve had yet—in the past they’ve completely fooled even the most carnivorous of my friends, and my omnivore boyfriend loved how these meatballs turned out! The patties are pretty fatty, so they work well for meatballs. Here’s what you’ll need:
You don’t have to miss out on delicious creamy recipes when you go dairy-free! From freshly whipped cream to rich Fettuccine Alfredo, you can recreate all of your favorite heavy cream-based recipes with numerous vegan alternatives. Read on to find out our 6 favorite substitutes for heavy cream!
If you’ve experimented with vegan cooking for some time, you’ve probably tried your fair share of vegan mac and cheese recipes. You’ve likely tried the standard cashew and nutritional yeast based sauce, the blended potato and carrot combo, and the fatty Earth Balance and processed cheese versions. I’ve tried them all! While some are tasty in their own way, none ever live up to the sharp, delicious, cheesy flavor of the versions I grew up eating. Also, being that I am usually cooking for a family of dairy eaters, I have the added challenge of creating recipes that will impress non-vegans.
After taking up painting (see my "getting started with painting" post for tips on how to do this!), I learned that, as an amateur, framing my canvases could make my pieces look more polished and better than they actually are. But framing paintings can be really expensive if you don’t DIY, so I quickly got to work learning how to do it myself. There are many different levels of framing, and here I’ll show you the very easiest one. Anyone can do it, it requires no power tools or specialized supplies, and it costs about $5 in materials! This method works for any canvases that are stretched on wood frames. The method I’ll show you how to do is called a “flush mount,” but you can easily adapt it to make it look more like a floating mount (like with the blue painting to the left).
A high-quality area rug is a great way to quickly and easily transform a room from cold and sterile to warm and homey. After all, a rug can really tie a room together, can it not?
There are plenty of cheap rugs available out there at places like Target, Amazon, and Home Depot, but most of these are made of synthetic fibers. These tend to wear out quickly and, to be honest, always look kind of cheap. I've put together a list of my favorite natural-fiber rugs that can warm up your living room, bedroom, or dining room. For great tips on how to place and size rugs in different rooms, see this link. And click through to after the break to check out my list of rugs!
Thinking of quitting shampoo? You’ve come to the right place. I stopped using shampoo over three years ago and have never looked back. That’s right, I have not shampooed my hair for three years and my hair grows faster, is softer and shinier, and looks better than ever! Read on to learn how I have gone this long without shampoo and to find my four crucial tips that will help you along on your road to the healthiest hair of your life!
I am 100% crazy when it comes to sun protection. I'm super pale skinned, and look back upon my childhood growing up in southern California with a mixture of fear and horror. I recall getting at least five horrible, peeling sunburns, and remember putting on sunscreen only rarely. And hats? No thanks!
That all changed when I turned about eighteen and went crazy with sun protection, wearing SPF 100 sunscreen every day. Of course, since then it's turned out that high SPF sunscreens aren't totally legitimate, and that many sunscreens could actually be doing more harm than good with carcinogenic ingredients. Plus, being someone with very sensitive, acne-prone skin, a lot of sunscreens out there make my skin oily at best, and a disaster zone of zits at worst. So many sunscreens give me pimples by the end of the day, and unfortunately many of the more natural, mineral-based options that I gravitate towards are the worst culprits. So while I'd use brands like Jason, Badger, Babyganics, and The Honest Co. on my body, I've found that I simply can't put them on my face. Over the years I've compiled a list of sunscreens that I like and that work well for my face...Here they are!
I call this pae-otto because it really reminds me of a vegan paella transformed into risotto form! This recipe is based (very) loosely on this one from Food Network, though I've made many changes to simplify it so that it's a pretty quick and easy dinner recipe! It is hearty, rich, and satisfying while staying relatively low fat and healthy!
Here's what you'll need: