The Ultimate Vegan BLT

Do you ever experience real food cravings? I’m talking about fruits, vegetables, or whole-food animal products — foods that I’d call base ingredients: raw, simple and essential. Real food cravings are surprisingly common, and I’m sure you’ve experienced this feeling or know someone who has. For example, after months of not eating beets, I’ll suddenly want beets in a salad, hummus and a smoothie. Or I’ll wake up one morning and decide that I’ll want avocado for lunch, or steak for dinner.

To me, a “real food craving” feels like an intense hankering from the gut rather than the tongue. Unlike a sugar-monster craving or a caffeine headache, it’s a controllable feeling — a gentle, yet firm request, repeatedly asked for by the body. “Beets sound SO good right now…I wonder if that cafe has the beet salad on their menu right now…” I’ve learned to listen to this bodily signal and follow-through, and each time I’m met with a deep sense of satisfaction and restoration.

The latest real food craving came during lunchtime. Well actually, it was quite a bit past lunch time and I was verging on hangry territory. I wanted a meal that was as easy and delicious as it was nutritious. And I couldn’t get the idea of dulse out of my mind. I’d picked up a packet a few days before and didn’t make it out of the parking lot without snacking on a third of the bag. My body was in need. I took the dulse packet down from the cupboard and scanned the fridge for a possible pairing. I had fresh green lettuce, gluten-free bread, smoky tempeh bacon and ripe tomatoes. Lunch would be a BLT done-up vegan-style, and I wanted it clean yet verging on sloppy-good in the middle…

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Paleo Chicken Liver Pate

A garlicky, onion and shallot-rich pâté that tastes like the savory base of a chicken soup! Packed with nutrition and easy to eat - you're going to love it! |

All it takes is a good recipe to change your view of an ingredient, and today I bring you the most palatable liver pâté recipe I’ve tried. This recipe comes from a fellow NTP, Daniele Della Valle, who served as an assistant teacher for my class while I was in nutrition school. On an early morning of our weekend intensives, she brought in a big batch of pâté for us to snack on, and we all went bonkers for it – people who swore they didn’t like liver went back for seconds, then thirds.

A garlicky, onion and shallot-rich pâté that tastes like the savory base of a chicken soup! Packed with nutrition and easy to eat - you're going to love it! |

What’s the secret?

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Parsley Breakfast Smoothie

I love starting my day with this smoothie! The base is made of simple bananas and oranges, your regular breakfast fruits. However, we break from tradition with the addition of parsley, olive oil, and mint. What you get is super-dense green nutrition with a very fresh taste. Don’t shy away from the olive oil and parsley; they give this smoothie an intriguing, savory note that’s utterly delicious!

Parsley Breakfast Smoothie | a simple, sweet & savory, complex, refreshing way to start your morning! |

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The Holistic Shampoo that Restored my Hair’s Health

My Favorite Holistic Shampoo | Super-Natural, Ultra-Nourishing, Effectively Cleanses | glow_notes @

My favorite haircare line, Morrocco Method, covers all the bases: It’s all natural and really, truly establishes a balance between cleansing the hair and nourishing the scalp. If you’re looking for a shampoo that works with a healthy lifestyle, get out your green beauty bingo card and get ready, because these products are: Raw, Vegan, Paleo, Wildcrafted, Sulfate-Free, Gluten-Free, GMO-free, as well as non-foaming, cruelty-free, color-safe, and made in the USA. Bingo!

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