When first adopting a plant-based diet, it is common to experience intestinal discomfort and severe bloating. It takes time for your gut bacteria to adjust after a major shift in lifestyle, so these symptoms are completely normal and expected.
Packed with beta-carotene, manganese, potassium and fiber—there are numerous reasons to add sweet potatoes to your meal rotation. While I adore sweet potatoes prepared any and every way, the following recipes are not exclusively for sweet potato lovers. The beauty of these recipes is that nobody will have any idea that the nutrient-dense vegetable is hiding in these delectable (and completely “normal” tasting) treats!
These are currently my family’s favorite muffins—we can’t get enough! This version of pumpkin spiced gingerbread muffins is healthy: completely whole grain, oil-free, and vegan! Yes, it does have some refined sugar, but it also has mineral rich blackstrap molasses, which is one of the healthiest sweeteners.
The secret to the fluffiness of these oil free muffins is aquafaba (canned garbanzo bean liquid). I find that aquafaba is superior to every other vegan egg substitute (chia/flax eggs, powdered egg replacers, bananas, etc.). You’ll be amazed at how much these muffins rise and how perfectly soft they are, despite being low fat. These delicious muffins are bursting with pumpkin spice flavor. We have been enjoying them every morning with tea and they make for the perfect fall breakfast! I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
This take on pad thai is healthy, fresh, and - most importantly - super easy. It's also super flexible, so feel free to sub (or add) any other veggies for the mango and bean sprouts (e.g. bell pepper or carrot would work well). But the mango does make it super fresh and a little different from your traditional pad thai. Here's what you need:
Easy and Healthy Mango Pad Thai (serves 4)
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a vitamin A-derivative that is commonly used for its acne fighting and anti-aging properties. It is available in many forms, with stronger concentrations requiring a prescription. There is a good reason why retinol is touted as a miracle product for numerous skin ailments: it works. Retinol is widely regarded by dermatologists as the most effective tool for clearing pores, preventing acne and diminishing the signs of aging. Retinol works by boosting cellular turnover in the epidermis, effectively creating bright, smooth, and glowing skin.
I found this old mirrored bathroom cabinet, intended to hang on the wall above a bathroom sink, for $30 at a local thrift store. The backside is meant to go up against a wall (so it isn’t mirrored) but when placed on the floor it works perfectly as a cool mirrored chest for my art supplies!
Soft, gooey cinnamon buns are one of my absolute favorite sweet treats! Usually, I indulge in them infrequently due to the incredibly high fat and sugar content of bakery and store bought rolls. I have tried countless low fat cinnamon roll recipes only to find that they are too dense, tough and healthy tasting. After much experimentation, I finally found a recipe for the perfect sweet, fluffy, and healthy-ish cinnamon rolls!
Our passion fruit harvest has been overwhelming this year! This sweet and highly aromatic fruit is one of my absolute favorites and I’ve been enjoying experimenting with incorporating it into smoothies, ice creams and other desserts. This 5-minute passion fruit pudding recipe knocked my socks off! It’s perfectly sweet and incredibly flavorful. On top of that, it’s ridiculously simple! With only 5 ingredients, this pudding is incredibly quick and easy to make. I recommend doubling the recipe because I can guarantee you are going to want seconds!
Numerous harsh chemicals are lurking in the ingredients lists of the most popular nail polish brands. Not only are many of these ingredients potentially harmful to our health, they also cause brittle, dry nails that are highly prone to splitting and breaking. Additionally, common nail polishes are rarely cruelty-free. Popular brands are routinely tested on animals and animal-derived ingredients are frequently used to provide pigment and shine.
Unfortunately, many natural nail polishes are low quality, difficult to apply, and poorly pigmented. We tested over 20 non-toxic brands, and found 5 excellent polishes that are as beautiful and long lasting as their harsh chemical-laden counterparts. These polishes give gorgeous manicures with ease, while nurturing your nails back to their healthiest state.