Readers' Favorite Love Letters

You have plenty to do and your time is valuable. I'm dedicated to sharing simple, potent information, so I’ve made sure that you can read (or watch) each one of these Readers' Favorite Love Letters within 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!

SELF-CARE GOODIES

VEGAN GOODIES

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How to Save Time and Still Eat Healthy

At the base of everything we do, our goal is to be happy. It may not always look that way on the surface, but if you really drill down, you'll see that it's true.

Here’s a little experiment I’ve done with my clients and in my classes. First, I ask someone to tell me a small goal they have and then follow with a series of questions. Here’s an example:

Goal: I want to volunteer at an animal shelter.
Question: Why?
A: I want to help animals.
Q: What does it do for you to be...

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Easy Homemade Vegan Yogurt Recipe

I've been on a quest for my favorite vegan yogurt ever since Wildwood stopped offering theirs. What I loved about it was that they used all organic ingredients (even the fruit) and had very little sugar. I love my yogurt tart!

Over the years, I've had varying results as I played with various bases like almond, coconut, and a blend of coconut and cashew using my Instant Pot. I stayed away from soy since I had a sensitivity to it. Thankfully, after avoiding soy for a few years,...

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Avocado Ranch Dressing

With garlicky herb notes and a beautiful green color, this dressing will encourage everyone to eat more veggies. Serve as a dip or dressing and watch the earth candy disappear!

Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing
By Allison Rivers Samson

Makes: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups unflavored, unsweetened non-dairy milk
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 large ripe avocado, pitted and flesh removed from skin
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2...

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Sesame Goddess Dressing

Sure, you can buy Annie’s Goddess Dressing in stores—but why not use more pure ingredients and save money by making it at home? A perfectly delectable mixture of creamy and tangy, this dressing can instantly elevate any salad to a heavenly state.

Sesame Goddess Dressing
By Allison Rivers Samson

Makes: 1 1/3 cups

Ingredients
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup raw tahini (sesame butter)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sunflower or safflower oil
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1...

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Easy Overnight Steel-cut Oats

Have you ever tried steel-cut oats? Years ago when I first tried them, I wasn't impressed. They were undercooked and unpleasant. All that's changed now. Get ready to turn your breakfast world on end with a new kind of oatmeal that's satisfyingly chewy, healthy, and delicious.

More "whole" grains than oatmeal, steel-cut oats are oat groats that are simply cut, while oatmeal is whole oat groats that have been steamed and rolled. The quicker they cook, the more processed they are.

Most people...

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Homemade Vegan Mocha Milkshake

It's a hot afternoon here in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. And it's only May. Please summer, please...let spring have her way with us just a little longer?

The heat inspired me to make a deeelish vegan mocha milkshake and share it with buddha.  You want some too? See how to make it below.

Homemade Vegan Mocha Milkshake
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 2

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups ice
1/2 banana (frozen is great, but not necessary)
1/2 cup coconut milk
3-4 tablespoons strong...

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How to Go Vegan Guide

Lately, many of my friends have been asking me for help and resources to learn how to go vegan. Since this has been a passion of mine for 20 years, I’m overjoyed at the request.

I’m all about efficiency, and I know that if ten people are asking, at least five times more folks have the same question. If you're one of them, here are my hints to help you on your way. And if you're already there, please share!


IS IT HARD TO GO VEGAN?
One of my friends recently wrote to me feeling...

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Ready to save money, eat healthier, kinder, and more sustainably?

Isn't it suspicious that with long lists of unpronounceable ingredients, many of the packaged foods sold in stores are both pricey and made with junk that was never meant to go into a human body? Yeah, I agree. I mean, that stuff hardly deserves the title "food," right?!

What if there was a way you could be liberated you from all that and empowered to make your own vegan staples from better ingredients that actually cost less? There is!

Today, I’m excited to share my new vegan...

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The Easiest Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is quickly becoming one of the most popular dairy-free milks in the U.S. and with good reason—it's delish!

Easily made at home, the most common method is this ultra-smooth technique that employs a nut milk bag. But...I've got a secret ingredient that requires no soaking or straining so that you'll have your own fresh almond milk in minutes!

Bonus—any blender will do!

Check out my secret:



Super-speedy DIY Homemade Almond Milk

By Allison...

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