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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Hello, 2018!

I am stoked for 2018! Last year was all about building the tools needed to bring forth my best into the world. I dug deeper into healing, in ways I hadn’t fully dove into with previous attempts, and the work paid off. This year, I’ve been keen on setting intentions and goals for myself — my intentions function through specific keywords that carry the theme of the year, while my goals bring clarity and direction to my big picture.

My words for this year:

  • Pivot — Brought on by an inspired post by ultra athlete/lawyer Amelia Boone’s post, Rewriting the Script.
  • Buoyancy — Inspired by the phrase “hope floats,” derived from the 1998 film of the same name.
  • Being — Most influenced by my meditation sessions, a practice I stepped into during the latter parts of 2017.

A friend posted Richard Branson’s tips for happiness in 2018, and again the subject of being came up in the conversation. I hope to embrace the fullness of my “human being” in 2018.

I’m also putting effort into being present, another facet of being, both in the ongoing moments, and also in my scope of planning.

A few thoughts have come to mind in my planning, and I’ve used these thoughts to set my short-term and long-term goals:

  • What experiences do I want for myself in my life? (eg. I am doing this good thing __________ because I want the experience for myself.
  • How can I plan my days to better serve the present moment? (eg. The healthier I am, the more present I am able to be.)
  • In what ways can I be of use? Which ways can I choose to be of use that are sustainable and fulfilling for me, while also serving a higher good?

I read a quote recently that brought the latter point into perspective — I’ve since searched high and low for the source, but at present time it evades me. So I will paraphrase, “Life is not about using, or about being used, but rather being of use.” The thought touched me with it’s beauty and empowerment.

One goal I can share here, in part to keep me accountable, is to post three times a week. (!!!) To keep this goal realistic, the majority of my posts may be in a shorter format, such as a quote, a quick recipe, or some favorite links. I’ll also post longer format recipes, complete with photos, when the time and inspiration allows.

Have you set intentions or written down your goals for the new year? What are you most excited about for 2018?



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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