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Healthiest Chocolate Donuts Ever—Vegan, Gluten-Free, Organic, Low-Sugar and YUM!

In Food, Healthy Eating, Recipe by Robyn Landis0 Comments

I am such a donut freak. And yet I am also a super-healthy, super-low-sugar, low-fat baker. Can all that work together—and still make a moist, cakey, donut-like baked donut? YES! For my plain chocolate cake donuts, I used the excellent Minimalist Baker 30-minute vegan chocolate doughnut recipe. However, being a chronic recipe tinkerer who can’t leave things alone (sorry, Dana!) and a sort of Less-Sweet. Low-Sugar Challenger, I made a number of modifications that cut the sugar by more than half (just 3.9 g per donut!), the fat by a third, and the calories by …

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Perfect Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Mesquite

In Food, Recipe, Uncategorized by Robyn Landis0 Comments

I wanted to make a moist, spicy cake for the holidays with a good crumb, spongy yet substantial—and low-sugar and vegan. Could I do it? I could and I did. It was the big hit of my Thanksgiving dinner. I co-opted key parts of two different recipes and added my own usual tweaks and tricks…to come up with a moist, fluffy, deliciously out of this world cake that was wayyyyy lower in sugar than even the best “healthy“ recipes I could find. Only 4 g sugar per generous slice, plus a super impressive 4 g …

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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie with Benefits

In Food, Health, Herbs and Botanicals, Recipe by Robyn Landis0 Comments

This Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie is actually more aptly titled Strawberry Shortcake Sneaky Shatavari Smoothie—but I didn’t want to scare you off. 😉 You don’t HAVE to add the shatavari or other herbs (then it’s just a tasty berry smoothie!), but I devised this blend specifically to get some of my daily shatavari in without being the wiser, smoothie-flavor-wise. Stealthily slipping herbal/botanical and bioactive additions into my smoothies for added benefits, without ruining the delicious smoothie refreshment, is a specialty of mine. I’m always perfecting blends that can handle a significant amount of medicinal stuff without …

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5 delicious, energizing, soothing adaptogenic cocoa recipes from a health coach-fitness trainer-herbalist

In Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Recipe, Uncategorized by Robyn Landis0 Comments

Think cocoa is for winter only? Think again!  Sure, it’s most appealing to face into a steamy cup when it’s frosty outside. But a rich, deep cocoa drink is so satisfying year round. And while in Arizona now I do tend to switch from cocoa to smoothies by late spring, when I lived in Seattle a hot cup of cocoa was pretty much welcome year round! As a “joyful nourishment instigator” (integrative health coach, fitness trainer, fitness nutrition specialist, herbalist and motivation specialist), one of my specialties is inspiring people to LOVE fueling their healthiest …

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I’m a plant-based health coach, fitness trainer, and author—this is what I eat in a day

In Food, Healthy Eating by Robyn Landis2 Comments

I’m a certified fitness trainer and plant-based health coach, everyday amateur athlete, and a passionate proponent of aging beautifully, slowly and healthfully through radical joyful self-care. I wrote the bestselling Bodyfueling when in was just in my 20s, in the 1990s, and now 20+ years later I’m writing NOURISHED: Radical Self-Care and a Sustainable Life—Made Joyful, Easy, Smart and Delicious (Field Notes from a Fit and Fearless Quarter-Century). I love food and love to eat. In the spirit of an explosion of Well + Good and MindBodyGreen “what I eat in a day” articles—usually featuring …

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Chocolate-Cherry-Reishi Immune-Boosting Smoothie

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I invented this smoothie in the last week out of a craving for something cool, sweet (but not too sweet) and satisfying to nourish myself back to health after seven days of the worst bug I’d had in decades. I feel amazing after drinking it, and it’s yummy too, so I really wanted to share it right away!  It’s so delicious, there’s no need to limit it to just a “medicinal” use.  Now that the weather’s heated up here in my Southwest home, it’s a great daily treat even now that I’m feeling great again. …

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15 ways to keep sugar to 50 grams a day, still enjoy sweets, and be healthy

In Food, Health, Healthy Eating by Robyn Landis4 Comments

  Sugar has emerged in recent years as a more insidious and dangerous threat to our health than we had previously thought. Accumulating scientific evidence is revealing the role sugar plays in the persistent obesity epidemic that plagues our nation—as well as in cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, dementia and depression, infertility and impotence, and the inflammation that is also implicated in these and many other diseases. Accordingly, health and nutrition experts have increasingly urged government and health authorities to set limits for (if not regulate) sugar consumption. The momentum and gravity of …

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Barely-Sweet, Super-Chocolatey, Easy Avocado-Choco Mousse

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So, I’m a plant-based health coach and fitness trainer… and I don’t like avocado. Gasp!  I know—it’s heretical. I don’t like to admit it. (I hate sprouts, too. There. I said it. Hey, I like pretty much everything else!) But avocado is so incredibly healthy—with its unsaturated fat, carotenoid antioxidants (like lutein and zeaxanthin), B vitamins, fiber and potassium—that I do try to work some into my food life. I look for sneaky ways to do it, kind of like trying to get kids to eat their vegetables by hiding them in more kid-savory items.  Guacamole is one …