Cultivating compassion for ourselves and others during a pandemic

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I find it much more uplifting, and more importantly, meaningful, to see the encouragement of humanity, deeper understanding and empathy than I find “positive” forcedly “motivating” advice and blanket statements for all to be- especially in the midst of people’s struggles. Sure, I bet there are families who get to spend more quality time together now, but there are also many people such as the elderly and those with health issues or disabilities who are further isolated, and there are children and victims of abuse who we also must acknowledge and whose situations get worse in these extremely stressful periods of time, especially trapped at home in abuse and uncertainty…

Lentil shepherd’s pie (simple quarantine dinner with pantry staples)

During quarantine cooking we have to be resourceful with pantry staples and freezer staples, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy and delicious family dinner and comfort food! This dish is meatless but has a meaty flavor due to a little beef bouillon, but it can be made vegan with veggie broth to, both ways taste good! Home cooking is always healthiest and especially now safer than delivery! On Dr.Oz they were advising to consume less meat and inflammatory foods while possibly fighting the Coronavirus. Although I’m not about to become a full on vegan as I need my iron, I do like balance and whole foods. And lots of veggies.

Abs and core workout at home

Abs exercises and core workout at home. For those self-isolating to keep everyone safe in quarantine time! Beat quarantine boredom! See the video and follow Abdallah on youtube for more home workouts! Just because you’re stuck at home without a gym doesn’t mean you can’t train like a […]

Chocolate covered strawberries

Looking for an easy foolproof chocolatey dessert for Valentine’s Day? Juicy sweet strawberries covered in a chocolate shell are one of those divine desserts to bite into, yet they are a very natural dessert thats made with whole foods. Chocolate dipped strawberries are the best V-day dessert and […]

Homemade oat milk recipe

Super easy diy oat milk recipe ready in minutes and all you need is simple wholesome ingredients already in your pantry and kitchen: oats and water! no preservatives are added when you make your own homemade plant-milk! to make it perfect and silky smooth just one extra step […]

Turmeric golden milk latte with coconut milk

You may have already seen turmeric lattes being advertised at cafes. Well save the $7 on a Golden Spiced latte at a cafe and make a super healty turmeric latte at home in under 5 minutes with ingredients you already have! This Ayurvedic anti-inflammatory turmeric golden mylk recipe […]

Instant pot beef bone broth (pressure cooker and slow cooker methods)

The force is strong with this Star Wars Instant Pot bone broth that’s rich in collagen, loaded with health benefits and made at light speed in the pressure cooker! (you can also make it if you don’t have a Star Wars Instant Pot of course, for all the healing benefits of bone broth!)
Two Instant Pot Bone Broth methods for making bone broth: pressure cooked bone broth or slow cooked bone broth, with extra variations for different flavours

Champagne jello shots

Make these light jello shot cups with either Champagne on NYE or rosé wine on Valentine’s day. These celebratory sparkling wine jelly cups with peaches and raspberries are simple and quick to prepare and a lovely cocktail dessert to serve at a New Years Eve party or Valentine’s Day party. They are the perfect New Years Eve cocktail that is also an adult dessert!

Easy candied pecans and walnuts recipe

This simple holiday and year round snack recipe for maple caramelized nuts is made with coconut oil instead of butter so its dairy free yet delicious. you can use all pecans (my fave) or a mix of walnuts and pecans. Its as easy as tossing and roasting for a few minutes! Perfect for last minute Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday potlucks and entertaining.

Eggnog mousse cheesecake (lactose free, vegan, gluten free, no bake recipe)

Easy, fluffy, dairy-free Eggnog “cheese”cake made with vegan cream cheese or lactose free cream cheese, coconut whipped cream for an eggnog mousse fluffy texture and eggnog spices like nutmeg (its made from scratch without storebought eggnog so its vegan too). And whether you choose to make it on a gingersnap cookie crust or graham cookie crust and add a spoon of dark rum and/or top it with dark rum caramel sauce, is up to you. (allergen free, nut free, cashew free, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, with paleo sub of eggnog mousse)

Dairy free vegan chocolate fudge recipe

The best homemade dairy free chocolate fudge recipe!
(vegan, paleo, gluten free, no bake recipe)
This delicious gooey fudge recipe is a perfect year round and Christmas holiday dessert and its dairy free, but you wont be able to tell! Its also vegan, paleo and gluten free. this fudge is so easy to make and no bake and it only requires 4 ingredients for pure chocolate fudge, and 5 ingredients for pecan chocolate fudge. plus a variation of peppermint chocolate fudge for a festive dessert

Rudolph the Reindeer Christmas holiday chocolate bark

This Christmas holiday bark is such a cheerful diy Christmas gift or activity for the kids or the kid in you! This Rudolph the Reindeer chocolate bark is such an easy kid friendly cheerfully festive chocolate bark recipe that can be made entirely dairy free and vegan by using candied strawberries for the rudolph nose. get your kids in on the holiday food arts and crafts! All it takes is a trip to the bulk food store to pickup colorful healthy dairy free alternatives to candy for chocolate bark. (dairy free, vegan, gluten free)

The best healthy Christmas recipes

Updated 2019 Christmas holiday recipes, from holiday dinner sides to desserts. Healthy, dairy free Thanksgiving and Christmas recipe ideas from dinner sides such as healthy sweet potato casserole, pumpkin squash soup and a rustic stuffed acorn squash to veggie sides honey roasted carrots and pomegranate kale salad, down to dairy free fudge, pecan pumpkin pie with coconut oil pie crust, eggnog, Christmas chocolate bark and White Christmas margaritas. And to finish up leftover turkey the next day, christmas meals such as a dairy free turkey pot pie soup and turkey pot pie with healthy pie crust!
( paleo, dairy free, and mostly vegan and vegetarian, gluten free Thanksgiving and Christmas meal, sides, desserts recipes and holiday menus)

Why Shakira and J.Lo’s halftime show matters and it’s not at all what you think

“Music washes off the dust of everyday life”
With all the criticism of the halftime show, one unexpected raw comment hit me like a brick. And it’s not the afore mentioned one. I promise even if you didn’t care for the show, there will be a deeper moral to this story-and its not at all the one you are expecting (though the cultural inclusivity and female empowerment were huge pros but there is more)