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berry and oat smoothie ~ detox approved


detox plan with recipes, sunny vegan berry oat dairy free smoothie

Day 3 of my annual detox and we have been feeling great! I much prefer to eat my fruits and veggies to drinking them, but the girls think smoothies are such a fun treat and this one filled with oatmeal and mixed berries was perfect today. Soaking the oats makes them more easily digestible and the texture in the smoothie is actually smooth. Using frozen organic berries means that even though is’t winter, I can still get my berry fix in affordably and in great taste.

Including superfruits like blueberries, pomegranate, strawberries and blackberries gives you a punch of flavonoids, manganese, antioxidants and vitamin C in a package that tastes like desert. So drink to your health!


Ingredients: 2 servings

1 cup frozen organic mixed berries
1/2 cup soaked oatmeal
3/4 cup juice or coconut milk


place all ingredients into blender and mix until smooth. serve immediately.

January 12, 2013 - 9:42 am

robert - This looks great!

lentil and grape tomato salad ~ detox approved

easy healthy detox salad with grape tomato and lentils

I saw Al Roker on the Today show ( I love him) this morning talking about his success with a detox diet! I too have had such great success with detox that I am glad you have decided to join me on the Healthy New Year plan and this salad will keep you feeling satisfied and full of energy. The thing is, once you get the hang if it and start looking and feeling great it’s really easy to follow. Choose more whole, clean foods that nourish your body and you are on your way.

Don’t forget to read about the detox basics here, and check back daily for a new recipe through January 16th.

Not gonna lie, we love lentils around here. I can make a big batch and we will just use them on anything like pasta, salads, soups or just a bowl of them. The thing is, they are tasty and full of fiber and protein making them a great compliment to our veggie meals. Oh, it’s also quick and easy to it works well with our busy family life.


Ingredients: 2 servings

1 cup cooked lentils * we used brown
1/2 cup grape tomatoes- halved
1/4 cup fresh cilantro – chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley – chopped
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons balsamic – optional
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove chopped garlic
2-4 cups greens- we used romaine lettuce



mix all ingredients except greens together in a large bowl, chill if desired. place 1-2 cups greens onto each serving plate and top with half of the lentil mixture. serve immediately.

January 3, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Theresa @rockonmommies - YUM! I’m making this for the hubby this weekend.

healthy new year, detox basics

free detox food list recipes and information via sunny vegan


It’s that time of year when millions of American’s make a resolution to lose weight, exercise or eat more healthy foods. But how many people are still following their resolutions just  4 weeks from now? I recently read that less than 23% of American adults consume 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day. I also noticed quite a few people saying that one of their resolutions for 2013 was to eat more fresh produce. Great! Now where do you start? Right here with these detox basics then continue to focus on including these nutrient rich foods in your life for good.

We know we don’t eat quite as healthy as we should and all of those convenient processed foods take a toll on your body and health, so why not start the New Year with a healthier you. A detox plan is designed for internal cleansing of the body and to remove toxins by only eating pure whole foods. Some immediate benefits of a detox are:

* improved energy
* clearer skin
* weight loss
* better sleep
* clearer mind

While clean eating may be new to you, stick to the approved food lists as closely as possible for the best results. Continue to try new foods and preparation methods to find what works best for your body, family and lifestyle.

Foods to Avoid ~ sugar, caffeine, alcohol, all meat and dairy, salt and processed foods.

Foods to eat ~

Vegetables: arugula, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, kale, cucumbers, beets, bok choy, carrots, jicama, onions, spring onions, sweet potato, squash, kelp, nori

Fruits: apples, apricots, blueberries, raspberries. grapes, figs, peaches, pears, plums, lemons, limes, bananas, kiwi

Whole Grains: amaranth, quinoa, oats, brown rice, wild rice, millet, buckwheat

 Nuts: unsalted almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, pecans, hazelnuts, chestnuts, macadamia

Seeds: alfalfa, fennel, chia, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, flax, hemp

 Beans: black, kidney, lentil, mung, garbanzo

 Herbs: basil, cilantro, parsley, garlic, dandelion, chives, turmeric

Oils: extra virgin olive oil, coconut, sesame

Vinegar: apple cider, balsamic, rice, wine

 Miscellaneous: miso, cocoa powder, ginger, mustard, tofu

Beverages: water, green tea, herbal tea, coconut water, fresh fruit or vegetable juice

*partial list, other foods may also be beneficial for detox


So who’s with me for a Happy Healthy New Year in 2013, check back daily through January 16th for free recipes and the detox basics free ebook!
The cover of the book is above and will be available for download soon.

tomorrow’s recipe is for a gorgeous lentil salad, both of my girls love it today for lunch and I can’t wait to share with you too.



pasta with creamy avocado and sun dried tomato sauce

avocado pasta sauce, creamy and vegan with sun dried tomatoes


Avocados are always in our house. We use them for sandwiches, breakfast burritos, on cheese-less pizza, salads and of course my famous guacamole! But there is another thing we use them for that you may not have tried… yet. This is one seriously delicious and healthy comfort food dish that comes together beautifully in minutes.

Comfort food that’s healthy? Why not! The avocados make this so creamy and decadent, almost like an Alfredo sauce. I usually make this by the bowl for lunch, but telling you to trow all of this onto a bowl and stir isn’t much of a recipe, so I measured everything out for you. The red and green make this a great Holiday dish too, and it makes enough to feel a big group of friends and family.

*If you or your family aren’t used to whole wheat pasta yet, try the angle hair version or use half regular and half whole wheat pasta*

Ingredients:  serves 4-6

1- 13 ounce box of whole wheat pasta
2- avocados- ptted and peeled
1-2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup vegan milk or pasta water
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped



prepare pasta according to package directions. in a small bowl, combine avocado, garlic and lemon juice. mix together with a fork until smooth, add salt and pepper to taste. add pasta water or vegan milk and stir until thoroughly combined. add basil and sun dried tomatoes and gently stir to combine, toss with drained pasta and serve immediately.


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conscious cocoa mix



free christmas printable gift for hostess or teacher, hot cocoa


Are you in full holiday scramble mode like I am?! I hate being stuck without a hostess gift or teacher gift ready to go and we decided to do it again this year, cute mugs filled with conscious hot cocoa mix.

What makes it conscious? Including fair trade organic cocoa and organic turbinado sugar. I think a lot of people don’t know where their sugar or cocoa come from, so I have thought if it for them. Now isn’t that a great and thoughtful gift?!
I have included the printable for you to use as you wish, share the joy of conscious food with your friends. I have purposely left the word “vegan” off of the printable, my goal is simply to get people to think about where their food comes from, not cram vegan ideals down their throat. That being said, if people think about where their food comes from, it may lead them to a different point of view and that is wonderful!!

To make the mix:

combine 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/4 cup sugar and dash of salt
*I simply poured each ingredient into a bag and tied it with a ribbon.

combine mix with 1/3 cup water and stir over low heat until dissolved. add 3 cups milk and heat over medium heat until hot but not boiling. serves-4

I hope that this last minute tip, idea and printable will help you this week! Happy Holidays!!!

and HERE is your free printable.

free christmas printable for conscious hot cocoa


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