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healthy chickpea salad

Salads get such a bad rap for being boring but THIS chickpea salad is anything but! With the best of summer’s veggies like tomato, spinach and cucumber highlighted by a fresh lemon vinaigrette, this had become a staple in our house.

If you don’t like spinach (what are you, crazy?) you can sub romaine lettuce or your fave leafy green instead. I tend to throw chia seeds onto everything for a nutritional nutty crunch, but they are not necessary.

What is your favorite summer salad?


Ingredients: 4-6 servings

1 1/2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained or prepared if using dried beans
1/2 cup red onion- thinly sliced
1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 cup cucumber- cut into bite sized pieces
2 cups baby spinach
2 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley
2 Tablespoons chia seeds *optional
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1/3 cup veg or olive oil
1-1 1/2 teaspoon agave or turbinado sugar



combine first 4 salad ingredients in a large bowl. in a small bowl or jar, combine all dressing ingredients and mix well. pour dressing over salad mixture and refrigerate for 1/2 hour. add parsley, spinach and chia seeds just before serving, mix well and serve immediately.


strawberry arugula salad

easy #strawberry arugula #salad from sunny #vegan

I’m a sucker for pretty food! Fresh produce is so beautiful this time of  year that I am always trying to find new ways of combining my favorites and this strawberry arugula salad is chock full of beauty.

I eat lots of vegetables but have a harder time eating fruit for some reason. By adding strawberries to the salad, I get the nutritional benefits in a beautiful salad. If you think salads are boring, you may want to give this easy one a try.


Ingredients: 2-4 servings

4 cups baby arugula- washed
1 cup strawberries – thinly sliced
1/2 red onion – thinly sliced
1/4 cup crumbled tofu – optional


1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


layer arugula, berries and onions into bowl or plate, top with crumbled tofu and drizzle dressing over top. toss if desired, serve immediately.




May 21, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Erika - It looks absolutely delicious! I also like adding pear or fresh peaches to baby mixed greens 🙂 I’ve never tried the salad with tofu, as I usually eat it with goat cheese… but that’s not very vegan…

MyYogaWorks – take your practice with you and save

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While the benefits of attending a yoga class are great, the truth is that I can’t always make it to the studio. I also have been dealing with an injury and feel like I have to skip half the class. This past winter I learned how to snowboard which was a huge challenge for me and I injured my wrist early in the season. Then I spent 8 full weeks in a brace unable to use my left wrist at all! I am now out of the brace and have minimal pain but I still can’t hold my body weight on my wrist which eliminates a lot of my yoga practice. Or so I thought…

When the opportunity to try MyYogaWorks came up, I jumped at the chance. Having the ability to choose my classes allows me to continue my practice without feeling like I am holding anyone hostage to my current limitations. Focusing on abs, lower body and mediation through the MyYogaWorks website has made my ability to practice so easy and convenient. It was so easy that I was even able to get my husband to join in, although attempting meditation with him left me with the giggles (don’t ask).

If your life is at all like mine, there is never enough time to do everything I need or want to. This was one of the best features for me on MyYogaWorks, the ability to easily choose how long my practice would be for the day. With videos starting at at 5 minutes, lack of time is no longer an excuse. They even have a Nap Time yoga series for moms, perfect for those stolen moments you get during the day.

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even in my small house, I am able to carve out a relaxing space to practice yoga, here’s a peak at my set up.

yoga space at home by windowI would love to hear about your home setup and experience if you try out MyYogaWorks! 

healthy lasagna soup


Oh lasagna, how I love you so. 
But the fat and cholesterol in traditional lasagna are a big no-no. 

So what’s a hungry girl do to? 
Make a yummy soup that’s good for you too! 

Seriously, who doesn’t love lasagna?! Even Garfield knew a good thing when he ate it. But it may not have been that healthy so you shouldn’t really eat it often. What if you could take the great taste of lasagna and make it easy and healthy enough to eat all the time?! I would call that a Winner Winner, Lasagna Dinner.


1 tbs olive oil
2 closes garlic
8 oz whole wheat lasagna noodles
1 can dices tomato
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons fresh basil
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes * optional



in a large saucepan, combine olive oil and garlic and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes. add next five ingredients and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until noodles are cooked per package directions. add fresh basil, oregano and pepper flakes and simmer additional 5 minutes. garnish and serve immediately.


March 11, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Jana @ The Townhouse Pioneer - This looks so good! And way easier than the other lasagna soup recipe I have! Totally putting this on the menu plan this month.

March 11, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Debbie @ Heartbeats Soul Stains - This soup sounds wonderful. I love all types of soup….mmmmmmm! Visiting from #SITSChallenge can’t wait to get to know you better 🙂

March 12, 2014 - 7:08 am

Barbara @ - This recipe sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it out. I’m always on the hunt for lower calorie healthy dishes. Visiting from Group 13.
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March 13, 2014 - 8:25 am

Ashlee - Gah, this looks so yummy! I LOVE me some lasagna. Haven’t had a vegan lasagna since I’ve become dairy-free. I’ll have to try this one!

March 25, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Lovlie - I have to say that’s the yummiest tomato based soup I’ve ever seen. I’m not really a tomato soup person but that soup, I would wholeheartedly love to try!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Top.


I think I’m pretty lucky that my kids eat tons of fruits and veggies, but not all kids do. When I was given the opportunity to try the new Tree Top apple sauce pouches I was excited, but my girls freaked out when they saw them! Such a cute package and great flavor options made from wholesome simple ingredients made us all happy. There are times that you need nutritious food on the go, and these apple sauce pouches are made with 100%  of the apples grown in the USA and uses locally sources ingredients.

Seriously, these flavor options are great. Cinnamon, mango and strawberry taste so good we couldn’t decide on a favorite. And while apples alone can be a good on the go snack options, when we went skiing, an apple was NOT going to travel well so we threw a few pouches in our pockets and hit the slopes. Here is the instagram photo I took of my girl with her skis and some sauce. Below are the details on how you can enter the instagram sweepstakes to win $500 and Tree Top apple sauce!

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February 25, 2014 - 8:13 am

Desiree Eaglin - my kids love those!

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