All of my recipes are created to be quick, healthy, delicious and vegan (meaning they use no animal foods). They are meat-free, fish-free, dairy-free, and egg-free.
Most are also gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, or can easily be made so with some simple swaps. They are free of refined sugars, and most don't use any added sweeteners so many are suitable for diabetics.
I also sometimes share recipes from other people, and I am always conscious of choosing a recipe that is as healthy and vegan as I would make myself.
If you feel overwhelmed by recipes, you should pick up my online meal plan so that I can show you how to put recipes together into a balanced and nutritious eating plan.
To satisfy your sweet cravings - even the ones that come at pregnancy level craving - in a healthy way, give this oatmeal cookie smoothie from Lisa Pitman a try!
Lisa is a joyful vegan, certified raw chef, energetic runner, passionate activist, critical social worker and all-around fun girl. I copied that from her twitter bio. Because it's so totally accurate!
Lisa is currently expecting her first baby, and I wanted to have her on to chat about vegan pregnancy, what she's craving, how she's nourishing herself, and of course what her favorite smoothie is right now...
Lisa's Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 large smoothie
This is a decadent and rich dessert, and is super healthy at the same time! It's a refreshing and beautiful way to finish off a summer meal.
Thanks to some special matcha green tea powder from MyMatchaLife, this dessert is packed with age-defying antioxidants, brain boosting amino acids, and fat-burning compounds called ECGC.
This special foodies' grade of matcha is less processed, and retains higher levels of catechins ("cat-e-kins") than other matcha green tea powders. Catechins are a powerful antioxidant, and help specifically to minimize inflammation in your body.
Catechins have also been studied for their effect on fat-burning potential. A 2005 study found that "body weight, BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass, and subcutaneous fat area were significantly lower in the green tea extract group than in the control group." They concluded that "daily consumption of tea containing 690 mg catechins for 12 wk reduced body fat, which suggests that the ingestion of catechins might be useful in the prevention and improvement of lifestyle-related diseases, mainly obesity."
I don't know about you, but when I read that I want to go get some matcha in me! Check out the recipe, then scroll down below to enter the giveaway!
And if you want to order some of the barista grade (for lattes and smoothies) or the ceremonial grade (for pure matcha green tea) - or just can't wait for the giveaway! - you can get 15% off your order from MyMatchaLife if you use the code HEATHER15 on checkout! Good till July 31.
This recipe features matcha, in all its antioxidant and fat-burning glory, and pairs with lime, for even more fat-burning potential plus increasing the bioavailability of the compounds in matcha, and chia seeds for omega-3 and calcium.
This is absolutely, 110%, guilt-free dessert!
But shhhh... don't tell anyone that till they try a bite and see how delicious it is! The look of surprise is totally worth it.
Matcha Lime Chia Pudding
Prep time: 10 minutes
Makes 3-4 servings
This smoothie from Ricki Heller shows you how to make a delicious and creamy smoothie without any fruit or sugar!
Ricki is a vegan cookbook author, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and specializes in showing people delicious recipes they can make when dealing with a candida overgrowth. She even helps coach people if they need extra help figuring out a special diet (like candida or certain allergies).
Ricki is offering my readers a special discount this month on her coaching services if you use the code JULYSAVINGS on checkout!
This smoothie is perfect for anyone on an anti-candida diet, dealing with diabetes or blood sugar imbalances, or just wants to change up their smoothie game...
Ricki's Smooth Operator Smoothie
This is a total energy boost and daily nourishment that Dreena Burton makes for herself and her kids to get them going every morning.
If you want to know how to get energy and nourishment for your kids, Dreena is the lady to follow! Her three little girls are so healthy and energetic, playing hockey and running around with their puppy.
Dreena is also the person who kept insisting that I needed a BlendTec, and would not give up on me until I had one. And I have to admit, she was right!
In honor of her good influence, I'm thrilled to say that one of you will win a brand new BlendTec to join us! Click here to enter.
Dreena's Daily Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 large adult smoothie, plus 3 small kid smoothies
Refreshing, nourishing, and nutrient-dense. All good things! And all happening in this smoothie from Christy Morgan, The Blissful and Fit Chef.
Christy is a macrobiotic vegan chef, a cookbook author (Blissful Bites), and the Editor-in-Chief of a fantastic magazine called Definition Magazine, which delves into fitness for vegan ladies.
Have you tried fresh basil in a smoothie before? What did you think? I love it! Fresh mint is also excellent.
Christy's Orange Basil Green Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 16 ounce smoothie
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