This vegan banana bread is healthy, perfectly moist, and irresistibly delicious. Everyone who tries it is shocked to learn that it is low in fat and completely whole grain! While most banana bread recipes require a lot of butter or oil for moisture, this recipe is completely oil-free. Instead, I opted for reduced-fat coconut milk, providing softness and preventing the bread from being overly dense, a common issue with oil-free baked goods. Coconut milk is surprisingly rich in numerous minerals including copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus. I know you will enjoy this healthy banana bread as much as we do!
When I went vegan five years ago, there were very few animal friendly purse brands to choose from. Over the years, it has been amazing to see vegan accessories enter the mainstream fashion world! Still, when it comes to leather-free bags it seems that most brands are either very high-end and overly expensive, or very low-end, à la Forever 21. It took me years to find high-quality vegan bags that don’t break the bank, and I am incredibly excited to finally share my go-to vegan-friendly purses with you. I am frequently stopped on the street and asked about my bags and people are consistently shocked to hear that they aren’t real leather. I’m here to tell you that you most certainly do not need to sacrifice fashion to live cruelty-free! Read on to see six amazing bags that are animal-free, affordable, and chic.
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.
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.
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!
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.