Vegan Chocolate Easter Eggs? Yes Please!

vegan chocolate on a boardTis the season for chocolate. Between Valentine’s and Easter, we’re practically made of the stuff. For several years, I’ve asked readers to boycott Hershey’s—the biggest chocolate manufacturer in America—because of delays in implementing third-party certification to reduce the prevalence of child labor, forced labor, child trafficking and verbal, physical and sexual harassment in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, where the company sources its cocoa. I even published candy guides to help parents navigate away from companies like Nestle, which phased out artificial food additives in their European confectionary line three years ago, but have yet to make the same move here in America. (Oh, and bottled California’s water without remorse during the drought.) Until recently, I had no idea that there was so much choice when it comes to conscious chocolate! From fair trade to organic to—yes—even vegan chocolate, this candy has come a long way, baby. [Read more…]

Reinventing Detox by Eating Clean

arugula salad in large bowl on white backgroundAmie Valpone—best known as The Healthy Apple—healed herself from a decade of chronic illness by resetting her eating habits. Along the way, she became a professional chef, culinary nutritionist, recipe developer and author. I became obsessed with her new book Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, especially after I discovered recipes like this ridiculously delicious Magical Peach Arugula Salad, which is gluten-free, vegan and paleo. Want to try? I scored the recipe! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Eco Friendly Fashion

eco friendly fashion model in black high heels against blue walls

You’ve read about fast fashion, in which underpaid workers in third-world countries provide western consumers with cheap and disposable goods. You’re all clear on cotton, which uses 17% of the world’s insecticides and is 94% Genetically Modified. And that the textile industry is the world’s second largest water polluter, after agriculture. But with that in mind, sometimes you just have to shop, right? Which is why it makes sense now to figure out what matters to you when it comes to the clothes and accessories that you buy–especially if you’re concerned about your impact on the Earth. (For more on that, check out the Mommy Greenest Guide to Going Green.) With this in mind, here’s my guide to eco friendly fashion! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Going Green

woman wearing glasses, holding toy globe in her handsIt’s almost a cliché, this “going green” stuff. And all the hype can make you want to stick your head in the sand. But I believe that we need to approach the process with respect and without judgement. Everyone’s choices matter—and nobody can make them for you. If you choose to shift something in your life, that decision will stick longer than if someone else tells you what you have to do. So with that in mind, let’s talk about some ideas that could help get you started. [Read more…]

Easy Organic Vegan Chia Pudding Recipe Hack

organic vegan chia pudding recipeHow did I live this long without ever tasting vegan chia pudding? Seriously, this stuff is amazing! It’s got the mouth-boggling texture of tapioca, but all the ingredients are good for you. You can eat it for breakfast, dessert or a snack, and it’s so delicious, even kids will never guess it’s nutritious. I first tasted a vegan chia pudding made by Mommy & Bean, which delivers pre- and post-natal healthy food to moms at home or in the hospital in Southern California. (If you’re expecting, definitely connect with Mommy & Bean here–this is an amazing mom-powered company!) Then I tracked down the perfect recipe at Whole Foods, which I’m sharing here with you. It’s raw and vegan, dairy- and gluten-free, and high fiber. Best of all? You don’t have to cook it. Want to try? [Read more…]

Could An African Diet Cure Colon Cancer?

Food swaps are definitely making headlines. First, a team of Swedish researchers found that swapping organic for conventional eliminated pesticides in just a few days. Now a new study published in Nature details a diet swap–between black Americans and South Africans–that may have long-term implications in the fight against colon cancer. [Read more…]

Recipe Hack: Vegan Sushi

vegan sushiI’m not much for following recipes. I get overwhelmed with too many ingredients and tend to cook by taste, instead. But my husband surprised me with vegan sushi the other day and we loved it so much I had to share the recipe. So without further ado, here’s a recipe hack for Delicious Living’s Carmelized Tofu and Avocado Rolls, otherwise known as vegan sushi. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest 2014 Eco Fashion Holiday Gift Guide

clothes and accessories on white backgroundFrom vegan to organic, fair trade to upcycled, here are just a few eco fashion goodies that are on my list this holiday season. [Read more…]