Nectarine Blueberry Boosted Smoothie Bowl

Summer is the time for smoothie bowls. I love acai bowls, but other thick, smooth, ice-creamy bowls are also welcomed! I made this after not having a smoothie for several days, and I can’t tell you how amazing I felt after I finished it. It’s easy peasy and features my favorite fruit of all time, the humble nectarine, as well as one of my top 5 favorite fruits, a vibrant fruit with a most distinct personality, the passionfruit.

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Revisiting Old Favorites: Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Detox Foods

There were a handful of blogs that I discovered when I first began healing holistically. One of my main inspirations was Kimberly Snyder. I’ve always loved how accessible she makes healthy living, and most importantly she’s walking the walk. She’s always come across to me as very balanced inside and out, and she literally glows in every picture and video I see her in.

I’ve read both of her books before, and recently got really excited that she’s come out with a new one. I’m most excited because in the new book, she touches on beauty principles like meditation, the body’s second brain (in the gut!), positive thoughts, affirmations, and things other than what we eat that really affect health and wellbeing. The Beauty Detox Power is my kind of book!

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Vegans Create: Upgrade Your Plant Milks

You’ll hear it time and time again from new and seasoned vegans alike: “Veganism encouraged me to get creative.” Learning a whole new way of eating can be daunting, for sure. But when the heart is all in, there is no stopping us.

My creative foodie self didn’t fully awaken until two important events occurred:

Firstly, I had 2 jobs that fostered my culinary creativity. One was at a cafe which showcased organic ingredients and vegan-friendly options. It was there that I learned my beginner skills; knife skills, flavor pairings, basic recipe development, etc. Following that, I worked at a raw vegan cafe and learned even more creative ways to approach food, this time from the raw food perspective.

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Strip District Food Haul: Lotus Food + Soyrizo Tacos from Edgar’s

My love and I recently went to the Strip District for 2 things: sriracha and tacos. We both had the afternoon off and thought getting our errands done and getting to walk outside on a warm, beautiful day sounded like the perfect way to spend it.

We forgot that this past weekend was St. Patrick’s Day, so we were surprised by how many people were out and by how hard it was to find a parking space. People were stealing parking spaces from under us with such determination that I almost thought I was at Whole Foods. Hahaha!

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Dinner at Plant in Asheville, NC

I visited Plant in late 2014. Their menu changes from time to time, so you can check the menu online before your visit for their current offerings!

A few years ago, I was talking to my best friend on the phone, and she started gushing about this all-new 100% vegan restaurant that opened up in her town called Plant. Soon after she told me about it, I started to hear all the buzz from the vegan community. “You have to come visit soon,” she said. She says this every time we talk, but the way she said it this time made me think I was in for something really special.

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