Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Because cookies are a sure way to anyone’s heart. These vegan peanut butter chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies are gluten-free, free of refined sugar, and the perfect treat for your loved one (or yourself!) on Valentine’s Day!Oh, Valentine’s Day. I’m all about an excuse to celebrate love and loved ones but I feel like¬†we should be celebrating love everyday. Why wait until February 14th to buy flowers, to make a special dinner for a friend or partner, or to treat yourself to a massage? Let’s practice channeling love each and every day. And not just when corporate America tells us to ūüėČOkay, now that I’m off my little soapbox, I’m really excited for this weekend and what Steve and I have planned. Friday night, we’re going to sip some champagne while we stamp & stuff our save the dates (!!!), Saturday we’re going to a partner yoga workshop, which should be…

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How Overthinking Ruins You (Mindful Monday)

This Mindful Monday, we’re talking about how overthinking ruins you and how you can overcome¬†overthinking and worrying.I have this Google Chrome extension installed so that whenever I open up a new tab or window,¬†the home page is travel photography – each day a new place and new beauty to be discovered, and an inspirational quote. You can also use it to set daily task lists and help you stay organized but I solely use it for the inspiration.

Recently a quote appeared on my computer screen one morning and it hit me like a ton of bricks. So much so that I quickly wrote it down on a post-it note and slapped it on my laptop so I wouldn’t forget it.

The quote said, “Overthinking ruins you, ruins the situation, twists things around, makes you worry and just makes everything much worse than it actually is.”

I’m a chronic worrier….

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50 Plant Based Super Bowl Snacks

A round-up of 50 plant based Super Bowl snacks and appetizers for the 50th Super Bowl! All vegan or vegetarian and dietitian-approved!¬†¬†Happy Friday, friends! When it comes to the Super Bowl, you know I’m mostly in it for the snacks, right? Okay, and the commercials and halftime show. But mostly…SNACKS. Which is why I rounded-up FIFTY of the best plant based super bowl snacks and appetizers for Super Bowl 50! Enjoy and happy snacking this weekend!

Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos via The Foodie Dietitian

Grilled Corn, Tomatoes, and Avocado in Bread Cups via Food, Pleasure & Health

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Cucumber Bites via Chocolate Slopes

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Snack Mix via The Lean Green Bean

Healthy Creamy Corn & Avocado Dip with Chipotle Popcorn via Abbey’s Kitchen

Roasted Beet & Poppy Seed Hummus via Healthy Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing via The Foodie Dietitian…

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Slow Cooker Vegan Chili Cheese Lentil Dip

The American Pulses Association paid for my travel to a Pulses Immersion Event in Napa, CA but I was not compensated for this post in any way. Just speaking from my lentil-loving heart! All opinions are my own.

The perfect plant-based snack for¬†Super Bowl Sunday – this Slow Cooker¬†Vegan Chili Cheese Lentil Dip is¬†full of spicy chili flavor and a delicious and satisfying¬†meaty texture.¬†I feel like I don’t need to bore you with my whole Super Bowl spiel¬†again. You heard that last week with my Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos recipe.

I will share with you a different story though, one called #RealLifeImAFoodBlogger. It goes something like this…test¬†a vegan cashew cheese dip for the blog on a time crunch…looks and tastes like soup…debates for 60 seconds whether or not to try again…worries about the sun going down for shooting…stares at sink overflowing with dirty dishes…decides to go for it…in a hurry,…

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Why Whole Milk Yogurt?

This post is sponsored by Annie’s Inc. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make TFD possible. As always, all opinions are my own!

A¬†review of Annie’s (brand new!) Organic Whole Milk Yogurt. Read on to learn why this dietitian does not fear fat and spoon into my creative and fun yogurt parfaits your family is sure to love.I’ve been a long time fan of Annie’s Homegrown. Not only did Annie’s humble beginnings start in the city I call home (Boston) but today the company continues to exemplify the social responsibility that Annie set out to create from the start. They care about their carbon footprint and publicize¬†sustainability reports to prove it and they are passionate about giving back to the community, whether it be through grants to fund school garden learning programs or scholarships for sustainable agriculture to support the next generation of America’s farmers. They also…

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Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

These vegan loaded sweet potato nachos are crispy, crunchy and topped with all the delicious fixings, including a cashew nacho cheese! Perfect for a game-day snack.I like football just as much as I like cucumbers. Not. At. All.

But around this time every year,¬†I succumb to watch two teams who are not the Buffalo Bills play against each other, wondering why I¬†can’t time travel back¬†to the early 90s so I can experience my hometown team going to the Super Bowl¬†four consecutive years in a row. Of course, I would like to travel back as my adult self and not my three to six year old self who had no clue what the Super Bowl¬†even was, only that she got to shake red, blue, and white pom poms around with her cousins and that seemed fun.

To numb the disappointment, I bury myself in Super Bowl snacks and clever commercials. And…

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Wild Blueberry Immune-Boosting Tropical Smoothie and Smoothie Recipe Contest

This post is sponsored by Wild Blueberries Association of North America. Thank you for supporting the brands and organizations that help make TFD possible!

Sweet and refreshing with just a hint of spicy, this Wild Blueberry Immune-Boosting Tropical Smoothie is perfect all year round but especially comes in handy during cold and flu season.¬†Hey ya’ll!

Remember last year when I traveled to beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine to tour the Wild Blueberry barrens and got up-close-and-personal with these special little antioxidant-packed berries?

Well, ever since then I’ve been crushing on wild bluebz like it’s my job.¬†Do you remember my award-winning Wild Blueberry basil cheesecake smoothie that I made during the smoothie competition at Blog The Barrens? It was that smoothie competition that got me here today, partnering with the amazing folks at the Wild Blueberry Association of North America to kick off an AWESOME smoothie recipe contest for fellow registered…

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