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  • Bean-Free Cauliflower Hummus

    hummushummusGet your veggies and essential fatty acids in one fell swoop...

    What You Need

    1 large head cauliflower, chopped (about 3 cups)
    1 small white onion, diced
    1 scallion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon lemon juice

    1/4 cup vegetable broth
    1/6 teaspoon sea salt
    1/4 teaspoon crushed white pepper
    2 teaspoon flax oil (we like Barlean's)
    2 tablespoons flax seeds

    How to Make It

    Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth; remove and transfer to a serving dish. Serve atop a salad or as a dip with gluten-free crackers and crudites. Enjoy!

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  • Vegan Snack Ideas

    recipesrecipesEvery vegan can use more recipes.

    We hear you. So we asked Veronica Bosgraaf, owner of Pure Bar and smokin' hot mompreneur, to help us out.

    Snack Secrets

    It can be tough to dream up new snack ideas, whether it's for the kiddos or your monthly dinner parties. And, if you're like us, you love sneaking in vegan snacks to wow unsuspecting carnivores with how flavorful and satisfying meat-free treats can be. For the newbies and the die-hards, here are two of Veronica's simple and delicious recipes that you can whip up in less than 15 minutes:

    pestopestoPesto Tortilla Pizza

    Mmm... pine nuts. These blend perfectly with the tart, flavorful tomatoes in this simple recipe. Tortillas are the perfect thin and crunchy pizza crust. Let your creative juices flow with different toppings of your choice!

    What You Need

    1 package small flour tortillas (the 5-inch tortillas work well)
    1 jar basil pesto (or make your own with this fabulous recipe)
    1 jar sun-dried tomatoes

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  • Do You Have a Sugar Addiction?

    sweet toothsweet tooth
    Darn that sweet tooth.

    As the stores start rolling out all that Valentine's Day loot, the urge for candy becomes like an itch you can't scratch.

    But you're no fool.

    You know that sugar rots your teeth and sends your blood sugar on one heck of a ride.

    Still, humans needs sugar like a car needs gasoline. In fact, it's your body's preferred source of energy. So if sugar is necessary, why does it get such a bad rap?

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    Sweet Sensations

    Sugar comes into your body in the form of carbohydrates. That's right, say it with me: carbs = sugar. Any carbohydrate is a sugar, whether it's starchy vegetables, non-dairy milks, beans (even tofu and hummus), fruit or grains. It's no wonder carb-free diets seem restricting. You can't eat anything!

    sugarsugar, SugarModern Sugar

    Today we consume sugar that has little or no resemblance to a nutrient-rich, natural form. We've got GMOs, chemically-produced artificial sweeteners and highly-processed

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  • Easy Bruschetta

    bruschettabruschettaBean dip is so last season.

    Need to whip something up for your entourage that doesn't scream "white trash"? Impress even the toughest critics with this fresh and flavorful appetizer...

    What You Need

    1 cup diced tomatoes (Roma or plum)
    1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    2 tablespoons basil, chopped, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    1 Italian bread loaf or French bread baguette
    1/4 cup olive oil for drizzling
    2 garlic cloves, halved for rubbing

    How to Make It

    Put tomatoes, garlic, 2 teaspoons of olive oil and vinegar in a bowl and mix. Add the chopped basil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Slice the baguette or bread into diagonal, 1/2-inch thick slices. Toast on a hot griddle for 1 minute on each side. Take a sharp knife and score each slice 3 times. Rub some garlic on the slices and drizzle about a half a teaspoon of olive oil on each slice. Align the

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  • Bleach Alternatives

    bleachbleachIf you're a clean freak, there's nothing more alluring than a bucket of bleach.

    It whitens your whites, sanitizes your sinks and obliterates mold and mildew like friggin' Optimus Prime.

    The stuff is amazing.

    Crappy Chlorine

    But those fluffy white towels and disinfected counters have a downside: one sniff and you might faint. Besides making you light-headed, that heavenly bleach scent is a sign you're dealing with a serious toxin. Chlorine bleach is a known respiratory irritant that can give off a toxic gas when it's mixed with other common household products. Fun fact? It was actually the first poison gas to be used as a weapon during World War I.

    And you're wiping down your counters with this stuff?

    What's in Your Tub?

    These days, the biggest problem with chlorine is that its byproducts pollute our water supply and our bodies. Dioxins - a set of chemical chlorine byproducts - are considered the most carcinogenic little dudes known to science. Dirty dioxins

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  • Vegan Kale Ceasar Salad

    kale caesar
    : 2 to 4

    What You Need

    Juice of 1 lemon
    3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
    2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon capers
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    4 to 6 cups Tuscan kale, midrib removed and chopped
    Nutritional yeast, to taste
    1/2 cup croutons
    Cherry tomatoes (optional)
    Avocado, diced (optional)

    How to Make It

    Prepare the vinaigrette in a small bowl, whisking together the lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, garlic, capers, salt and pepper.

    Place the kale in a serving bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss well. Then add in nutritional yeast to taste. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes.

    Add the croutons and toss again. Top with additional nutritional yeast, tomatoes and/or avocado, if desired.

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  • Hot Chocolate Martinis & Puff Pinwheels

    What's better than hot chocolate? Alcoholic hot chocolate, of course.

    Whip up a round with these to-die-for sun-dried tomato puff pinwheels and you'll be the talk of the holiday party circuit.

    Grown-Up Hot Chocolate Martini

    What You Need

    2.5 oz. organic vodka
    2 tbsp. vegan hot chocolate mix
    2.5 oz. soy milk

    How to Make It

    Mix ingredients together, pour into a martini glass and garnish with dark chocolate shavings.

    pinwheelspinwheelsSun-Dried Tomato Puff Pinwheels

    What You Need

    1 8-oz. jar oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
    1 tbsp. minced garlic
    1 tsp. minced fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
    1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
    Finely ground sea salt, preferably gray salt
    Finely ground black pepper
    One 17.3-oz. box vegan puff pastry
    1/3 cup pesto (try our recipe)
    1/2 cup vegan butter, melted

    How to Make It

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Drain the sun-dried tomatoes in a sieve over a small skillet, letting the oil collect in the skillet. Roughly chop the tomatoes and reserve them in a small bowl.

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  • Stress and Fat Connection

    stressstressHormones have a bad reputation these days.

    Try talking about them at a dinner party and watch all of the men clear the room. Relax, guys -- you have them too.

    Hormone 411

    Besides helping out all your organs with their jobs, your hormones are also dealing with the stuff going on outside your body. The time of day it is, what you're eating, your emotional reaction to bad news -- all of these things are measured by your endocrine system, which responds and releases hormones to do all kinds of, you know, regulatory stuff. Hormones also control whether your butt gets fat or fit.

    Clearly, we need to respect those little dudes.

    Fight or Flight

    It's freakin' tough on your hormones these days, considering that external variables in your life aren't the same as they were 10,000 years ago. When you're gearing up for fight or flight (which meant running from a saber-toothed tiger back in the day), cortisol seeks to control your body's reaction to the danger. Trouble is, there are no more

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  • Have You Seen My Libido?

    When it comes to sex, is it about your pleasure, your partner's, or both?Even seasoned sex kittens get bored with the same old song and dance.

    Stress, diet and other factors can take a raging toll on your libido, leaving you with a limp love life and, quite possibly, a guilt complex when you say "no thanks" to nookie.

    What's wrong with you when you'd rather knit sweaters than knock boots? Nothing, sweetheart. But looking at the potential causes of your sluggish sex drive can shed a whole lotta light on the dreaded dry-panty syndrome.

    Stress and Sex

    We already know that stress makes mommy's mojo go bye-bye (thanks, 9-5). But here's the good news: Most stress is temporary. You can often breathe, meditate or drink it away. But if you'd rather not become a raging alcoholic, try an aromatic bath with a few drops of non-toxic jasmine, clary sage or patchouli. These are aphrodisiacal scents that impact the pituitary gland, which helps rev your engine down there while chillaxing your brain. Ahhhhhh.


    Another amazing libido secret? Sleep, stupid. Just a

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  • Sesame Seed Kale Pesto

    kale pestokale pestoCashews and nutritional yeast give texture and flavor to this vegan take on pesto...

    Serves 6

    What You Need

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/4 cup sweet white onion, sliced
    3 cloves fresh garlic, pressed
    4 cups fresh kale, finely chopped
    1/2 cup cashews
    2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
    1/4 teaspoon cumin
    1 cup sesame seeds
    1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
    1/6 teaspoon sea salt

    How to Make It

    In a large skillet, heat oil, onions and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes or until onions caramelize. Add kale; cook for another 2 minutes or until kale is wilted.

    Transfer mixture to a food processor; add remaining ingredients. Pulse until mixture forms a smooth consistency.

    Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve atop gluten-free crackers, with crudites or as a spread atop toast. Enjoy.

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