Tantalizing Trail Mix Cookies

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Exercise has always been an important part of my life. Equally as important as eating a healthy diet. I have woven a life around these practices since they are integral to my peace, happiness and well-being. Therefore, I prefer to take active oriented trips that push me out of my comfort zone and provide exciting experiences in exotic parts of the world. Whether I am hiking in the Alps, diving off Maui, or doing a yoga retreat in Fiji, I grow with each new challenge.

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Vegan Avocado Brownies

Avocado Vegan Brownies

I’m a brownie fan which is why I can’t make them often or I’d eat the whole pan. But every now and then I like to bake a batch, especially when I find a recipe that’s healthier and vegan. I came across this one on Gimme Some Oven (such a cute name don’t you think?), and wanted to eat the computer. These brownies turned out deliciously moist and chocolatey. No one would suspect there is avocado hidden in them.

Vegan baking is perfect for anyone who is new to baking or doesn’t consider themselves “a baker”. You don’t need fancy mixers nor do you have to worry about creaming the butter perfectly or if your egg whites are stiff enough. Baking vegan is fun and easy and you can’t help but put love into it.

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Brazil Nut Milk

Brazil Nut Milk

I’ve been endeavoring to eat more Brazil nuts (or rather seeds) because they are an excellent source of selenium which is good for a healthy thyroid. My goal is to eat two a day but I heard they turn into a velvety smooth milk like cashews.

For a long time, I avoided making nut milks because it seemed complicated and I was certain I didn’t have the right gadgets. That was until I  tried homemade almond milk for the first time and was blown away by the taste and texture. It was like drinking a vanilla milkshake that was bursting with life. That day, I ordered a nut milk bag from Amazon and tried my first attempt.

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Easy as Pie: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These amazing vegan chocolate chip cookies are for anyone who doesn’t bake much. They are fast, easy, and great when you want a warm cookie for dessert or want to bring something delicious to your non-vegan friends. They are rustic due to the raw sugar and Spelt flour and stay moist when you don’t over-bake them. My husband is a big fan off these, so I make them often. This recipe yields a smaller batch of cookies which I like because they are best (think soft and gooey) right out of the oven AND I avoid keeping tempting sweets in the house for days.

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Granolicious: This Granola is Addictive

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I’ve always loved cereal and prided myself on eating the “healthy stuff” like Cheerios and Mini Wheats (I was young and thought the frosting was OK). As I got older, I made “healthier choices” or so I thought. When I began reading labels more closely, I was surprised to find that my favorite “health” cereal (I’d felt so good about eating), was basically just sugar in a box. I imagine I’m not alone in this idea that cereal is healthy when in reality it’s a highly processed food that contains large amounts of sugar (even the “good stuff”).

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Cheater Chai

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I love hot chai lattes especially when it’s cold out and I’m feeling chilled. The warm spices and light sweetness taste healing and comforting. I also like having a warm vegan treat now and then which is hard since I don’t drink coffee and am very sensitive to the effects of caffeine. Most cafe’s and coffee shops don’t offer decaffeinated chai so I make this as a special treat for myself at home.

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