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Seasonal Eating: Summer Vegetable Recipes

Gardeners rejoice! Or if you don’t have a garden, maybe you love browsing farmers’ markets for the choicest produce of the season? If so, this post is a must for you! From vibrant squashes to the most flavorful tomatoes, summer is a fantastic time to utilize vegetables in your cooking. Not only will you be giving your body an extra dose of nutrients, but your palate will be blown away by how different in-season produce tastes compared to what you get the rest of the year. Serious Eats Summer Vegetable Lasagna For those looking for a lasagna dish that packs a big punch of flavor and utilizes a bunch of summer vegetables, this is it. This flavorful lasagna has ingredients like zucchini, squash, and eggplant. And if...

Refreshing Summer Cocktail Recipes

We’ll never say ‘no’ to a lovely glass of rosé. It’s somehow become the unofficial drink of the summer season. However, why not give your next get-together some extra ‘oomph’ with some refreshing summer cocktails instead? There are so many fantastic, at-peak produce to utilize like fragrant lemons, mouthwatering strawberries, and sweet watermelon. And don’t worry, you don’t have to make each drink to order. That would make us sad because you wouldn’t get to spend time with your guests. Instead, you have two options. 1- Keep a tray of ready-made cocktails out and ready. 2- Keep a pitcher of your creation out without ice. The ice can be kept separately in a cooler. Guests can combine the two to make a new drink whenever...

Healthy No-Bake Dessert Recipes

No-bake desserts are a must for the summer! Not only will you be keeping your home cooler without having a hot oven on, but you won’t have to worry about burning anything. While we have no issues with people wanted to indulge in some fattier, sweet treats, this post is for those who are looking to watch their calorie or ingredient intake without having to sacrifice a ton of flavor. Try each one out before the summer is over! Dolly and Oatmeal Vanilla Bean Icebox Cake Holy crap! Not only is this a beautiful dessert to bring out, but it is dairy free, gluten free, and vegan! We might need to repeat this recipe because icebox cakes are one of our favorite desserts in general to eat.   Spry Living...

Delicious Whole 30 Recipes

Looking to give your body a reset? Or have you already started the Whole 30 diet and are looking for some new ideas? HSL editors have rounded up some of their favorite Whole 30 recipes to check out. Those who have no clue what Whole 30 is, should check out the Whole30 site. The basics of Whole30 is to eliminate things like sugar, alcohol, dairy, legumes and more to let your body heal. After 30 days of doing this, your body should begin to feel better and issues that you have had whether it be in the gut, with your skin, etc. may begin to clear up. Then once the 30 days is over, you begin reintroducing foods to your diet so that you can hopefully...

Dairy-Free Alternatives To Your Favorite Dairy Products

Ever thought about going dairy-free? Some people report feeling physically better when giving up dairy products that are milk-based. Interested in taking the plunge yourself? There are actually a good amount of dairy-free products out there that are comparable to the real thing. The only downside is that they may be slightly more expensive than the real dairy counterpart. Keep in mind that to notice changes to how you feel, you should make this dietary change for at least two weeks. Silk Soy Yogurt This yogurt is incredibly creamy for a non-dairy option. There is a very light hint of soy flavor, but otherwise, really feels and tastes like dairy yogurt. The peach mango is a must try!   Miyokos Vegan Cheese It’s going to be love at first bite...

On-The-Go Breakfast Recipes

Everyone keeps telling us or writing about or vlogging about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But we love our sleep! If we can stay in bed for an extra 20 minutes to get some snooze instead of cooking and eating breakfast, we are all for it. That’s why food prep has become extremely important to us. These delicious recipes can be made the night before for the morning after OR can be made once during the week to last for a few days. Be sure to give each one a whirl to help power you up and give you the fuel that you need. Chocolate Covered Katie Brownie Batter Overnight Oats This is a great way to get your chocolate fix. Children...

The Dough Bar: Get Your Protein In

Baked, not fried, The Dough Bar doughnuts are also packed with protein. Each doughnut has 11 grams of protein and only 150 calories. Glazes and toppings add some extra calories but the end calculation makes this delicious concoction very comparable in nutrition to some protein bars and drinks out there. However, these taste better and feel more satisfying dessert-wise. On average, each doughnut comes out to about $4 each. They are filling, but guilt-free enough where you could eat two a day and still feel like you didn’t cheat. With so many different flavors to dig into, you can eat what feels like a different treat every day of the week. The Dough Bar doughnuts can also be purchased in variety packs which also make for...

Vegan Spotlight On Lauren Toyota

Be warned. If you’ve never heard of Lauren Toyota before, her ‘What I Ate in a Day’ videos are delightfully addicting. Toyota is a YouTube star and personality. She has one channel under the name Lauren Toyota, which is her personal vlog, while the other is called Hot for Food and is all about vegan recipes. We wouldn’t be surprised if you ended up browsing for hours. In addition to YouTube, she has more content at laurentoyota.com and hotforfood.com. And, of course, as if she doesn’t produce enough content, Toyota has also recently come out with her own Hot for Food cookbook, available for purchase here. What’s great about her videos is that she isn’t one of those vegans that will devour 10 heads of lettuce for...

Crazy For Smoothie Bowls: 6 Tasty Delights

Spring is almost here, which means that fruits are starting to be bountiful. Eating fruits when they are in season makes a huge difference when it comes to flavor. To get away from the lack of fresh fruits some of us experienced in the winter, here are some amazing smoothie bowls to incorporate everything from mangoes and jackfruit to oranges and strawberries. Fruit tip: We especially love freezing our own ripe fruit because when a particular fruit is in season, the prices are lower and it helps us save some money here and there in lieu of purchasing already frozen fruit. The bonus is that it will be extra sweet too. With Food + Love Green Mango Smoothie Bowl The addition of kale and hemp seeds makes this a...

Exotic & Gourmet Teas To Sip On

Any tea lovers out there? We were going through the teas in our own homes and while we do love our Sleepy Time, it occurred to us that we might be stuck in the dark ages. There are a plethora of high-quality tea and tea blends out there that look so delicious and wonderfully exotic, we figured it was time to give our tea shelf a makeover. See what products are intriguing us now! Brooklyn Herborium Detox Tea, $10 This unique blend has everything from ginger and turmeric to cinnamon and olive leaf. It is meant to help assist your lungs and liver with cleansing out the body. Steep for about 15 minutes before drinking. Spices And Tease Stress Blocker Tea, $7 The name of this tea won us...