Day 4: Dates #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 4: Dates

Dates are one of my top favorite foods, I really started to love them once I realized how nutritious they are and how many ways you can use them.
I recommend getting them from the Farmers Market because they are so fresh and tender…my favorites are from Bautista Family Organic Ranch.

Some reasons to be thankful for dates:

  1. Dates energize, revitalize and hydrate the body instantly.
  2. Then are full of vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and B-complex and are anti-inflamitory.
  3. They are rich in fiber, very easy to digest, promote digestive health and relieve constipation.
  4. They prevent stroke, lower blood pressure, boost heart health, brain health and increase sexual stamina!
  5. Dates also aid in a healthy pregnancy, delivery and are wonderful for kids.
Did you know dates did all that? That’s why you should eat them every day and at plenty, they are amazing in smoothies and make tasty Holiday treats too, like the ones above…here is the super simple, delicious recipe…

Holiday Date Rounds~





chia seeds


Just pit dates and food process them with some shredded coconut and a few sprinkles of cinnamon.
Roll them into balls and then roll them over some chia seeds and more shredded coconut.
You can put them in the freezer to harden and Enjoy!

Day 2: Butternut Squash #27DaysOfThanks

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 Day 2: Butternut Squash

For today’s #27DaysOfThanks, I’m sharing a picture from @bebe_glow’s instagram account of “Millet Mac and Trees.” This is an awesome take on Mac and Cheeese with broccoli and butternut squash! Below is her original picture and recipe. Check out her page for more vegan & gluten-free inspirations! I love supporting other actor/performers who are vegan because it’s not always easy to tell people you are vegan because not many people accept it…but I believe times are changing and getting the word out is key! So cheers to actress Andree Vermeulen and her awesome page!

Millet Mac N Trees I really wanted Mac N Trees for dinner (Mac w broccoli) but the adult in me was like “you made so much millet yesterday, you better use some of that before you go making something new.” Sigh. Rules, right? Anyway, you can make this with millet or pasta, or rice– whatever you want. Super simple cheese sauce: boil 2 cups cut butternut squash (I buy pre cut at Trader Joes bc I can’t be bothered to cut a squash. Lol) and 1 Yukon gold potato for about 20 mins. Drain. Add about 1/8 cup unsweetened almond milk and blend either w a handmixer or a blender. Pour back into pot if you dumped in a blender. Add about 5 or 6 tbs nutritional yeast and stir it in. Add salt to taste. Optional: add a half a cup of Daiya cheddar shreds. And the rest is easy: steam your broccoli, sautée your mushrooms if you want them. I sautée mine in low sodium veggie broth. Then mix everything up in the cream sauce! — side note: I did not use salt or Daiya. I’m trying to get back on track. With all the weddings and traveling I have eaten oil more than Id like to, and it’s affecting my skin and my energy, and even my weight a tiny bit. And once I eat really oil heavy foods, it triggers cravings and I want them more often. It’s a slippery slope. But when I don’t have them I don’t crave them anymore. But yeah I ate some oily stuff and now my skin broke out a little. Sigh #vegan #whatveganseat #vegansofig #glutenfree #glutenfreevegan #hclfv #hclf #highcarb #lowfat #nosalt #nooil #oilfree #saltfree #dairyfree #starchivore #starchsolution #mcdougall #unlimitedcarbs #absaremadeinthekitchen #eatclean #cheesy #cheesesauce

A photo posted by Andree Vermeulen (@bebe_glow) on

Check out these cool nutritional facts about Butternut Squash!

1. It has more vitamin A than pumpkin!! That’s a lot! Which is key for optimal eye sight! And you can potentially prevent and reverse Macular Degeneration by eating a #diet rich in foods like this!

2. Minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and phosphorus, which will help keep your immune system up this time of year!!

3. Did you know you can roast the #seeds? It’s a great source of protein and concentrated minerals!

Check in tomorrow for letter “C”

Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies

Finally a dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free, nut-free, vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!

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3 Easy Vegan Pumpkin Recipes you should be eating right now (+ Health Benefits)

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Happy Pumpkin time everyone!!


Autumn is my favorite time of year and I thought this would be the perfect time to create my first ever video blog all about the health benefits of pumpkins, why you should be eating them right now and 3 easy pumpkin recipes!

Check out the video to see all the health benefits of pumpkins!! After the video, scroll down to get the 3 recipes mentioned in the video!  I hope you enjoy it!

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Eat More Fruit and Greens for GLOWING SKIN!

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I’ve been noticing some major transformation lately…

…not only in my energy level, which is through the roof, but my appearance as well. I have to attribute that to my lifestyle change and even more specifically to FRUIT!…and GREENS! Honestly, mixing these together and eating them on a regular basis, at least 2x per day has transformed my skin, both face and body.

I am not using the word “transformed” lightly here either. The skin on my face has become like baby skin, yep, baby skin, what? and before, I have struggled a lot with congestion, oiliness, dryness and occasional breakouts. The overall appearance is smooth, soft and GLOWING to the point where others have noticed. The skin on my body has never felt so soft and looked more smooth either. Scars have disappeared, rough elbows are non-existent and there is an overall (here is that word again) GLOW!

This is definitely not something exclusive to me, as a matter of fact, one of the reasons I was drawn to this lifestyle in the first place was seeing all these people who looked amazing, especially the older woman, who completely defy age on this diet. It inspired me to try it for myself, and although I did notice a lot right away, I have to say, the longer I do it, the more benefits I am starting to see. You can actually feel and look younger on this lifestyle then ever before and it keeps going.

Healthy, clean eating, free of all animal products, plant based, high in carbohydrates and low in fats makes you the most happy and healthy you can be both inside and out!
So don’t be afraid to eat that fruit, and LOTS of it! FILLING up on fruit for breakfast and lunch will curb your sweets cravings later in the day!

Here is an example of a go-to smoothie:

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Smoothie Recipe:

  • Heaping handful of greens (from Romaine, to spinach, to arugula, or a mix like this favorite of late by organic girl greens).
  • Fill your blender with as many frozen bananas it will hold
  • Add some strawberries (mango is another favorite)
  • Coconut Water
  • blend
  • garnish with hemps seeds




Boring Spaghetti? Never Again! 5 Ways to Rev up Your Pasta

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healthyhappyjess veggie and brown rice spaghetti

Veggie and Brown Rice Pasta

Boring spaghetti? I don’t think so!!

No matter if you use a store bought base or if you make your own, you never have to have dull pasta again! Here are 5 tricks to revving up your pasta dish.

1. Add veggies! I ALWAYS add sautéed veggies to my spaghetti, start off with some garlic and red pepper flakes, add in red peppers, shredded carrot, zucchini, and finally spinach! Next, add your organic low salt/low oil red sauce or make your own using fresh tomatoes, tomato paste or a can of organic fire roasted tomatoes!!


  • Spinach is a great natural source of sodium so it adds the perfect amount of salty flavor to your pasta.
  • Shredding carrots into your sauce is a trick to give your sauce that sweet flavor instead of using sugar, fresh corn also works.

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Delicious no oil salad dressing!

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There is no deprivation on the high carb low fat diet, even when it comes to salad dressing!

You don’t have to add oil to your dressing to have it be tasty! Here is one example/inspiration for you! This is a low fat salad with romaine, fresh corn, black beans, celery, carrots, cucumbers, peppers and topped with heirloom tomatoes, avocados and sesame seeds.

Here is the recipe!
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Corn Salsa Recipe

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This summer salsa recipe is an excellent way to throw some raw foods in with your cooked. Loads of nutrient deliciousness that can spice up many a meals!
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