"Gluten-free" may have skyrocketed into a trend, but many people have no choice but to avoid this protein for some serious health reasons. Celiac disease, which necessitates strict avoidance of gluten, afflicts about one in 141 people in the United States. Plus, non-celiac gluten sensitivity is also increasing in prevalence. Overall, anyone avoiding gluten for medical, health, or [...]
Dessert can be decadent without damaging your health goals. Opting for whole grain flours, whole food sweeteners, and oil-free options enables infinite versatility for wholesome, healthy deliciousness! *Notes: Opt for 100% pure maple syrup, date paste, or date syrup when applicable instead of agave, coconut nectar, or honey and (mineral-rich) blackstrap molasses if the strong taste works in a [...]
Food tastes more fabulous when it is all thrown together (or politely placed strategically) into a big bowl and perhaps drizzled with a sauce. I personally enjoy most of my meals this way. No limitations exist for the potential creativity and nutritional aptitude you can display via this mode of feasting. From "smoothie bowls" and "power bowls" to "soul bowls" and [...]
Talia Fuhrman recently published her first book, Love Your Body, which I was honored to write the foreword for. It is a wonderful, inspiring book about reclaiming your love of your body by nourishing it with health-promoting foods, support system and a healthy attitude. You can order your copy of Love Your Body here or [...]
Looking for a quick, satisfying snack and/or dessert? Lavish in love with these darling and delicious Apple Pie Hearts from Chef AJ's book, Unprocessed. Ingredients: 1/2 cup pecans 1/2 cup walnuts 1/2 cup almonds 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 cup pitted dates 1 cup dried apples 1 Tbls. alcohol-free vanilla extract Directions: In [...]
As seen on the Forks Over Knives Thanksgiving Livestream (see below to watch) Serves 6-12 1 medium banana, mashed 1 (15-oz.) can sweet pumpkin puree 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups whole gluten-free oat flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ground cinnamon [...]
Two-ingredient raspberry coulis as a topper to banana ice cream...yes, seriously...could it get any easier? You can have almost the identical resulting texture with a blender and frozen bananas...
These decadent beauties, created by Chef AJ for Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, are similar to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but oh so much better for you! Made strictly with whole foods (of course) you can easily find in any market, this phenomenal dessert will impress any sweet tooth and make you wonder how you ever could ever have [...]
For the first time, Chef AJ introduced me to a semi-popular dessert dish I had never been interested in trying...Balsamic Strawberries. Actually, I was surprisingly pleased! Learn a bit about organic produce a la the Environmental Working Group's Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen and how to add an easy twist to fresh fruit for dessert...
Indulge in the classically delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter in a healthy, fun way! What a yummy way to fancify your fruit, which is half of the foundation of the Plant-Based Food Guide Pyramid! Watch Chef AJ and I as we make this elegant and unique dessert to impress your guests and kidlets at home...