Entries by Melissa

Redefining Success

Hello Friend! Have you ever noticed that sometimes your foggy view of yourself and your situation actually gets in the way of your overall success? Well I know I have. And one tip that I like to do when I’m having a down day is simply go back to the drawing board and redefine what […]

Lower Your Expectations

Hello Friends! They say the secret to happiness is low expectations…but what if I were to tell you that low expectations may also be the secret to meeting your health goals, as well! When have you been let down by having high expectations for your health goals? Comment below! 

The Power Of Gratitude

Hello Friends! As news about the massacre a Kenyan university that killed 147 people and wounded 79 people flooded my twitter stream this morning, I knew I had to focus on something else for this week’s video. We, given you too are a middle to upper class citizen living in the United States of America, […]

How to Live to 100! Lessons from the Blue Zones

Hello Friends! Here’s the second and final video in the series on “The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons For Living Longer” By: Dan Buettner This week’s blog is all about the 9 lessons for living longer and how you can apply them to your own lives. 9 Lessons for living longer Lesson 1 Move naturally:  be active […]

Lessons for Living Longer from The Blue Zones

Hello Friends! I’ve recently been reading “The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons For Living Longer” By: Dan Buettner, so I figured I’d do a series on this since his studies are so fascinating! If you don’t know what the “Blue Zones” are, it’s a term coined by Dan and his group (aka Team Quest) backed by […]

Top 5 Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s St. Paddy’s Day! Hip, hip hooray! And whether you’re Irish or not, it just wouldn’t be right to go out in public not decked out in green, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s just as much a sin to not fix some tasty green treats today as well. Here are 5 of my […]

I’m Possible

Hello Friends! Have you ever told yourself or had someone tell you that something is “impossible”? I know I have. For example, three of the best neurologists told me that it was physically impossible for me to ever have a sense of smell again, since my olfactory nerves were completely severed. Well…had I have listened and […]

Tofulicious Chocolate Pudding

Last Sunday I made this for a few friends of ours and since there was absolutely nothing left…I feel like that means it was a hit. It especially hit the spot for a friend of ours who unbeknownst is super lactose intolerant. He just about cried when he found out that he could actually enjoy […]

Are You a Labeler?

Hello Friends! Have you ever held onto a dietary label (i.e. Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Carnivor, Fruitarian, etc.) just for the sake of holding onto it, even if it wasn’t working right for you? Or have you ever found that dietary labels have helped make your journey towards health much more tangible and easier to follow? […]

Crazy Easy Vegan Pancakes – GF

This weekend we had a few friends in town and in our normal Sunday fashion, we decided to make them our house famous, and soon to be world famous, oatmeal pancakes. Well…in case you were wondering, they were an absolute hit. They asked if I had this recipe on the blog, and as often as […]

Be Fearless!

Hello Friends! Welcome to the first of my weekly video posts about, health & wellness, life, plant-based eating, non-plant based eating, and whatever else comes up along the way. In this week’s video I officially conquer my fear of talking to the world about health and wellness. It took me 5 years to do this…but […]

6 Tips to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Michael Pollan basically sums up my New Year’s resolution in this one elegant and very much to the point phrase. After spending my holidays enjoying food and wine with our family in Italy it’s time for me to get back into my normal regimen again. I’m not gonna […]

NYE Health Tip: Stay Hydrated!

Hiya Friends! It’s been a while since I’ve written a health tip. How did that happen!?! I love sharing small health tidbits with our little community! We have been quite busy in the kitchen this holiday season making hundreds and hundreds of Live Gingerbread Men and other goodies and now I finally have a chance to […]

Pomegranate Parfait

Hello Friends! Don’t you just love this time of year!?! Sure, as someone who prefers raw food, I do miss my colorful Summer salads, but I always welcome with open arms the hearty crops that winter brings along with the joy of sharing festive food with family and friends. One of my favorite fall/winter fruits […]

Cheese RAWvioli

Sometimes you want the love of comfort food without actually having the feeling of being tired and weighed down after eating it (as all proper comfort food does). Well, this Raw Cheese Ravioli is one of those recipes. This one is taken from my dear friend Alissa Cohen, with a few tweaks of my own. […]

The Super Tasty Dinner Party

Last week, my friend Lacy Davis and I celebrated the release of our new e-cookbook “The Super Tasty Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen” by hosting a full five course dinner party under the gorgeous autumn stars at her lovely home in Oakland, CA. We truly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening enjoying making delicious food for […]

The Super Tasty Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook is Here!

I can’t believe it’s FINALLY here! I feel like I’ve been keeping you all waiting for days for this little book of joyful, healthful and overall delightful book of plant based anti-inflammatory recipes. When my dear friend Lacy Davis from Super Strength Health and I decided to embark on this journey, we knew we wanted to […]

Weekly Health Tip: Eat More Kale!!!

Today is National Kale Day and is just wouldn’t be right of us to write about anything else but Kale in this week’s health tip. Blended in a smoothie, massaged with miso dressing in a salad or lightly blanched in a soup, I honestly wouldn’t last a week without a heaping dose of kale. Here […]

Ginger Miso Tahini Cookies!

I know what you might be thinking…Ginger Miso Tahini Cookies…sounds weird. But if you like the taste of peanut butter cookies, then you are going to love these! When my dear friend Lacy Davis from Super Strength Health came to me saying that we need to make a clean and healthy version of a Miso […]

Let it be Sick Day!

Last night I came down with some type of a stomach bug, which can either be blamed on something I ate, or my little one lovingly passing it on to me. This does make me sympathize with her constant whining and lack of appetite over the past few days a whole lot more. It also […]

Weekly Health Tip: Eat Your Greens

This week’s health tip is: Eat Your Greens! Now I know I’m not the first person to say this, and I definitely won’t be the last, but if you’re not doing this already, gulping down your greens may be something to add to your weekly, if not daily, regimen. But what’s all this green smoothie […]

The Healthy Pantry Checklist

This past weekend I taught a class on toddler nutrition (since it sits so close to home with me right now) and I was asked if I could compile a list of pantry “must haves” so that anyone who wants to have a healthy, healing pantry, has all the tools at their fingertips in order […]

Weekly Health Tip: Sit Down to Eat

I know this is a hard one, especially now since all of our lives are seemingly fast-paced and constantly go, go go. But taking a 30 minute break to sit down and enjoy your meal has been shown to have some serious health benefits. Here are a 5 reasons why sitting down to eat is […]

Weekly Health Tip: Walk Outdoors

  “The earth has music for those who listen.”  – George Santayana   This week’s health tip is: walk outdoors! And I couldn’t think of a better time to practice that tip than now. The Summer heat is starting to cool off, but the days are still long enough to enjoy a few extra strolls around […]

Eat Whole Grains, Not Fool Grains!

This Week’s Health Tip is: Eat Your Whole Grains! Now I know some of you might be thinking, “I eat whole grains, it says so on my cereal box or on the package of bread I just bought today”. Well, I hate to burst your whole grain bubble, but unless you can actually see the […]

Green Smoothies for Baby!

Before my child was even born I received a whole lot of  “good luck getting your child to eat greens” from all sorts of skeptic parents. Well, since a good portion of my daily meals consist of dark leafy greens, I knew she would at the very least be learning the importance of eating greens […]

Blogger Highlight: Cupcakes + Kale

Let me think, let me think…what are two of my favorite things. Oh yeah, cupcakes and kale, of course! Well, as luck would have it, I have had the incredible fortune of befriending the amazing mama, recipe creator, and storyteller behind the ever-so-popular food blog Cupcakes and Kale. Jess lives in Northern Ontario and is […]

Little Tots Pasta Hummus

This is my go-to lunch/dinner plan for my little bug, Sofia, who is now 13 months old and loves eating food with her hands. As much as she likes spoons,  she doesn’t like it when you try feeing her with them. BORING! She would much rather do it herself. And every 13 month old knows that […]

Fresh Peach Vinaigrette Dressing (Raw)

Are your fresh summer peaches going bad before you have time to take one juicy bite? Well, this fresh and easy peach vinaigrette will solve all of your peach loving problems in seconds! INGREDIENTS: One very ripe peach One lime One tbs Apple Cider Vinegar DIRECTIONS: Remove the pit of the peach by cutting the […]

Evolution is Awesome!

Many of you know that we left the comfort of our Boston friends and home is search of a new adventure and a more permanent relocation back to my home state, California. This decision was largely based on wanting to be closer to my family since we now have a new wonderful addition to our […]

A Very Vegan 4th of July

The 4th of July is almost here! And no 4th of July picnic or BBQ would be complete without red, white and blue treats. We scavenged the web to find our favorite healthy vegan bites for you to bring to your 4th of July party. Click below to check out our favorite patriotic finds on […]

Is Veganism Child Abuse?

This past Thursday an article by Salon.com was published titled “Is Veganism Child Abuse?” and it highlighted, sadly, a young new mother who was warned by a pediatrician that her 12 day old daughter was dehydrated. The young mother apparently did nothing about it until child services came for her and she said that she […]

Blogger Highlight: Erica Finds

We have had the wonderful opportunity to meet and team up with the amazing Erica, founder and head blogger at EricaFinds.com, and I must say, this girl knows how to find stuff! I mean, really, how in the world can one person possibly know and interact with every single good find both online and offline, […]

It’s Summertime, Go Raw & Bare it All!

I just LOVE summertime! Why? Well, honestly, what’s not to love? Warm sunny days that never end, picnics in the park, and the list goes on and on. But one of the reasons why I absolutely love this time of year is that my body naturally tells me to up the ante on fresh fruits […]

Hooray, It’s National Donut Day!

It’s national donut day (or doughnut if you prefer to keep the ‘dough’ in it). I know what you might be thinking. Why on earth would we be celebrating a holiday based around heart-stopping pieces of fried dough? Hey, just because we’re all about promoting a healthier lifestyle on this blog, doesn’t mean we lost […]

3 Tips for a Healthy Father’s Day BBQ

Father’s Day is almost here, and what better way to celebrate Dad than a nice relaxing BBQ outside in the warm summer sun!?! But before you throw those heart-clogging sausages on the grill, try introducing Dad’s favorite comfort foods with a good-for-him twist. After all, we only want what’s best for our Dads and throwing […]

Chemistry Makes Me Sick!

I was talking to a friend about how Oreo cookies are accidentally ‘Vegan’ and that though there’s a cream filling inside, there isn’t one ounce of natural cream in it. In fact Oreos are a 100% processed food. My argument is that they would actually be slightly healthier for you if they were made out […]

#wellnesschat Recap: Bone Health

This last week’s #wellnesschat on twitter was lead by Andy Bellatti, MS RD on the topic of Bone Health. Unfortunately, we have a fairly skewed perception of bone health in the Unites Stated primarily because we allow large industries (such as the Milk industry) to publish literature that we then teach in school as fact […]

Not-Quite-Roasted Brussels Sprout

Last week I picked up a bag of beautiful brussels that I couldn’t wait to make for dinner. Now, most of the time I like to slice them super thin and make a fresh salad out of them, but this time I felt like something a bit more exciting, and quite frankly – warmer.  It’s […]

Morning Energizing & Cleansing Green Juice

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without that extra slice of your favorite pie. But before you dig into your Thanksgiving leftovers, give your body the break you deserve with an extra boost of pure green energy. This juice is as energizing as a cup of coffee minus that big drop of energy after a few […]


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Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Raw Candied Pecans

Hmmm…sweet ‘n’ spicy pecans. Sounds interesting, but why would I make these, you might ask. Well, let’s just say these bad boys are not just great for snacking, they’ll make just about any dish you make for new years officially not boring. Ooh, and did we mention they make great gifts year round too!?! Simply […]

New Year’s Resolution 2014!

Hey there 2014! How did you sneak up on us so quickly!?! 2013 has been full of exciting new things for us – including starting TastyMakes and introducing our first wonderful baby into our lives. And I know I’m not the only one who would classify 2013 as a year of BIG changes. What will […]

Raw Peppermint Fudge, Oh My!

Few things scream the holidays like the taste of chocolate and peppermint – especially when paired together. And as tempting as it may be to go out and buy a package of William’s Sonoma Peppermint Bark every time you’re wanting that chocolatey pepperminty fix, here’s an easy way to get the flavors you love at […]