Doing Less

Have you ever felt like your life runs at a ridiculously frenzied pace? Like there’s never time to notice Life’s wonderful surprises? Have you wondered if it has to be this way? Guess what? You’re not alone and it doesn’t.

Slowing Down and Doing Less were never on my list of Life Goals. Until the Summer of 2013. You see, I have always been a “doer.” Regardless of how I might have been feeling, if there was a  project to be accomplished, I would push...

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New Season’s Resolutions

“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness. Love. Dreams. Desires. So much of our lives are spent searching for and appreciating these things.

Being a ponderer, over-thinker, and well, sometimes even a ruminator, I’ve decided to revisit my New Year's desires by taking time in these weeks leading up to Summer Solstice (June 21) to...

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5 Tips to Drink More Water

Getting healthy and staying healthy are both personal and financial commitments. The average monthly fee for a gym membership is $55. Weight loss or personal training programs can be hundreds of dollars a month. High-quality, organic, healthy food is an investment.

While the age-old mantra to drink “8 glasses of water a day,” isn’t accurate for everyone, there’s no arguing that most Americans don’t drink enough water. Some estimates state that 75...

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Find Movement You Love, And Do It

More and more, we're learning that sitting can be detrimental to our health. Isolating exercise to an hour at the gym just isn't enough anymore, especially when we spend so much time working at a desk just. What’s a busy woman with a career and a family to do?

My answer: focus on Movement—not exercise—and find something you love!

For me, walking on an elliptical for 45 minutes is about as exciting as watching paint dry. But maybe it’s exciting for...

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Finding Joy in Being Present

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

We live in a world of multitasking. At work–and at home–we juggle roles, schedules, and tasks. We stress out about the future and fret over the past. But is all this preventing us from being mindful in more of our present moments, and in turn, seeing time passing us by faster than...

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Do-It-Yourself Vegetable Broth

A secret to truly great soup (and many other dishes) is homemade vegetable broth. Making your own from scratch is an easy project for the height of summer when the garden is bursting with vegetables, as well as in the winter months when soups are more regularly on the menu and heating up the kitchen isn't a concern.

Homemade broth is a perfect way to make flavorful and good-for-you veggie broth using food that would normally go in the compost or (gasp!) the trash. It’s like...

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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Packed with lycopene and comforting childhood memories, this soup comes together quickly and pairs deliciously with vegan grilled cheese sandwiches for a trip to nostalgia, adult-style.

The availability of fresh basil from farmer’s markets—or your own window sill—make this soup wonderful for summertime. Fire-roasted tomatoes bring a smokey base to unleash basil's heady flavor while the cashews add a delicious creaminess.


Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
By Allison Rivers...

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Homemade Coconut Almond Granola Bars

Perfectly chewy and lightly sweetened with coconut sugar and brown rice syrup, these granola bars are a nutritious snack. Great for travel, school lunches, or snacks on the go. Feel free to change up the add-ins to your liking. These are great for making with kids. Once your family tastes these creations, they’ll forget sugar-laden store-bought granola bars ever existed!


Homemade Coconut Almond Granola Bars

By Allison Rivers Samson

Makes 12 bars

Ingredients
Dry

2 1/2 cups regular rolled...

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French Onion Soup

Relying heavily on the ever-important ingredient—time—to perfectly caramelize the onions makes all the difference with this boldly flavored rich soup. Crowned with a toasted slice of crispy bread covered in melted cheese brings an enticing textural dimension and crunch to this classic dish. 


French Onion Soup
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
Soup
1 teaspoon vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil
4 cups yellow onion, quartered and thinly...

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Homemade French Fries - 3 Ways

Choose Chive, Paprika, and Parsley; Lemon Pepper Thyme; or Garlic, Rosemary, and Basil, for deliciously piquant potato wedges that are equally delicious alongside a dinnertime comfort food entrée or lunchtime burger or sandwich.


Roasted Potato Wedges in 3 Flavors

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 russet potatoes, scrubbed and each cut into 8 long wedges

Chive Paprika Parsley
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons thinly sliced...

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