Protein Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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These vegan protein peanut butter stuffed dates taste like a Snickers bar. But they’re made with wholesome, plant-based ingredients, including medjool dates, peanut butter, melted dark chocolate, and pea protein. Hot summer days rarely deter me from turning on my oven, but July had enough super warm days that I often hesitated to bake. This left me in the position of seeking out no-bake treats instead. These protein peanut butter-stuffed dates are the best one of those that I’ve tried.  The dates are…

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10 Flavorful Vegan Eggplant Recipes

Pierre Van ZylRecipes, Sides, Small Plates, Snacks, Vegan

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Eggplant is nutritious and oh-so-versatile! Here are 10 flavorful vegan recipes that show off the many ways that you can prepare eggplant at home. It’s eggplant season! August and September are my favorite time of year for produce. Deep purple, shiny eggplant has a lot to do with this. I know that eggplant can be controversial. Along with beets and mushrooms, it’s one of the foods that my nutrition clients most often report being squeamish about. Me? I’m a devoted eggplant fan. Eggplant…

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Kombucha Berry Smoothie

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Gluten-free, Nutrition and Wellness, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

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This kombucha berry smoothie is so refreshing! It’s made with ingredients that may be beneficial for gut health, including kombucha and fiber-rich berries and greens. Avocado adds a wonderful creaminess. Plus, all about Seed’s science-and-plant-based Daily Synbiotic! I’ll be traveling more than I’m used to this summer. Apart from that, my schedule will be hectic, especially in comparison to the monotony of quarantine life. Travel and disruption are two of the things that tend to impact my digestion. It’s been years since I…

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Vegan Banana Walnut Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, dessert, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Snacks, Vegan

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These vegan banana walnut muffins are the perfect breakfast treat! They’re sweetened with ripe bananas and have a little crunch from chopped walnuts. They’re so easy to make, and you can freeze them for future morning meals or snacks. With Mother’s Day approaching, I’ve had big plans to make my mom some sort of vegan cake. Last year, at the height of lockdown, I carried my homemade carrot cake 15 blocks to my mother’s apartment, trying not to stumble or fall as I…

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25 Versatile & Nutritious Lentil Recipes

Pierre Van ZylDips, Gluten-free, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, Snacks, Vegan

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Lentils are a mighty source of plant-protein and a game changer in vegan cooking. Here are 25 versatile & nutritious lentil recipes that I know you’ll love! Early in the pandemic last spring, I polled readers on Instagram stories about what type of recipes they’d most like to see on the blog. I wanted to know what would be practical and comforting, the two qualities that seemed to matter most to everyone. I wasn’t surprised that there was interest in shelf-stable foods. Beans…

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Tofu Egg Salad

Pierre Van ZylDips, Gluten-free, Quick & Easy, Sides, Small Plates, Snacks, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This is a simple, yet super flavorful vegan tofu egg salad. Perfect for sandwiches and tartines, wraps and crackers, and more! It’s one of my favorite every day lunchtime staples. I’m slowly finding that I’ve got the energy to make more homemade food (after a long stretch of feeling stuck with It). The key, I’m finding, is to keep everything very simple. This tofu egg salad is the epitome of simple—no cooking, ready in about fifteen minutes—but it’s really versatile, too. Make one…

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Turmeric Chai Latte Mix

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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No coffee shop necessary to enjoy a sweet and spicy winter drink. This DIY turmeric chai latte mix will warm you up at home! At some point last spring, just when coffee shops were starting to reopen for takeaway orders, I fell in love with a turmeric chai latte at one of my local coffee shops. It was warming and assertively spiced. But it wasn’t aggressive with ginger, as some turmeric drinks can be. The latte was gently sweetened. Creamy and comforting, it…

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Everything Bagel Hummus

Pierre Van ZylDairy-free, Gluten-free, quick, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Everything bagel hummus has all the flavor of an everything bagel, but in hummus form! You are going to love this for snacking or as a flavorful addition to your sandwiches! This everything bagel hummus is made with just 5 ingredients in just 2 minutes…

Vegan Peanut Butter Cereal Bites

Pierre Van Zylcereal, No Oil, one degree organics, peanut butter, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, Recipes, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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Baking has been a wonderful companion through quarantine. However, it’s now the height of summer. The last thing I’d like to do on a 90-degree day is turn on my oven, which makes my apartment hot even if the AC is running. It’s the perfect time for no-bake treats, and these vegan peanut butter cereal bites are my new favorite! Technically speaking, this is a three-ingredient recipe. That’s not something I’m often able to pull off, but in this case, it works. You…

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The Best Vegan Strawberry Scones

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, coconut, Fruit Desserts, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, scones, Snacks, Soy-free, strawberries, summer, Vegan

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I can eat strawberries by the pint during these summer months. I have no objections to enjoying them just as they are, with vegan yogurt, or with some cashew whipped cream. However, I’m also delighted to bake with my them, which is what I was up to last week. These are the best vegan strawberry scones I’ve had. They might also be the best vegan scones I’ve made myself! I’ve always loved scones, but I didn’t actually discover them until high school. There…

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Vegan Corn & Jam Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, cornbread, Gluten-free, Holidays, jam, muffins, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s strange to feel wiped out at a time when I’m almost always home, my evenings are always free, and work isn’t particularly crazy. But I’ve felt amazingly tired this week, all the same. Part of it is an accumulation of failed recipes, which always knocks the wind out of my sails. But I think that I’m being impacted by my environment, too. My days are very routine, and they’re peaceful in many ways, but there’s still the weight of changed lifestyle and…

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Orange Juice Avocado Dip

Pierre Van Zylavocado, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, spread, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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One of the things I keep hearing, on social media and among friends, is that people are craving freshness in food. I think most of us have relied a little more heavily than usual on pantry staples, which is important for safety and staying put. But, with fewer trips to the store and more concern about food waste and spoilage, it’s also natural for us to want to see more color on our plates again. Today’s sunny recipe is full of both freshness…

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Chai Spice Energy Balls

Pierre Van Zylcashews, dates, energy bite, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Raw, Recipes, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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I keep seeing mention of quarantine snacks on social media. Yesterday afternoon, it occurred to me that I was running low on snacks myself! As I considered about what to make, I thought back to these chai spice energy balls, which I made and shared with my yoga community a couple months ago (feels like a lifetime ago now). These are really the same date/nut energy balls I’ve been making for years and years, with the addition of a chai-inspired spice blend. Nothing…

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Chai Spice Energy Balls

Pierre Van Zylcashews, dates, energy bite, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Raw, Recipes, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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I keep seeing mention of quarantine snacks on social media. Yesterday afternoon, it occurred to me that I was running low on snacks myself! As I considered about what to make, I thought back to these chai spice energy balls, which I made and shared with my yoga community a couple months ago (feels like a lifetime ago now). These are really the same date/nut energy balls I’ve been making for years and years, with the addition of a chai-inspired spice blend. Nothing…

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Perfect Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, banana, Breakfast, chocolate chips, muffins, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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You may be wondering how I’ve never made a vegan banana chocolate chip muffin before? I’m wondering too. I’ve made banana muffins, banana bread, and I have no objections to putting chocolate into just about any baked good (oatmeal, blondies, scones). It was only a matter of time until I tried this combo in a…

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Vegan Sweet Cherry Bars and 20 Reasons to Eat Sweet Cherries in 2020

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Bars, Breakfast, cherries, Gluten-free, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Sweets, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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We all know that this season—the transition of one calendar year to another—can be loaded with messages about food and diet that are anything but wholesome. I don’t like to enter into a new year with any intentions of restriction, elimination, or deprivation. But I do greet January as a time to consider how my…

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Creamy Sweet Potato & Roasted Red Pepper Spread

Pierre Van Zyldip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, red pepper, sandwich, Snacks, Soy-free, spread, sweet potato, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Hummus is one of those foods that I could (and usually do) eat every single day without boredom or the craving for something else. Every so often, though, I like to experiment with a different type of dip or spread, and I think this creamy sweet potato roasted red pepper spread is destined to be…

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Meal Prep Friendly Tofu Tahini Lunch Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Snacks, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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My current GI rotation features fast days and a fully packed schedule. It’s not uncommon for my preceptor and I to have new patients on the hour, every hour, for the entirety of our work day. Lunches usually get eaten quickly, often in the spare minutes between appointments. Lunch breaks have seldom been leisurely this…

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Lightly Sweetened Vegan Chocolate Beet Cake

Pierre Van Zylalternative sweetener, beets, cake, Cakes, chocolate, dessert, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, sweet treat, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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All things considered, I’d say I have a pretty moderate relationship with sugar. I love homemade dessert, and I bake with sugar, be it refined or natural. As a longtime nutrition student and RD-to-be, I’m mindful of how much I use and I keep in mind that treats are special. But I’ve never avoided sweetening….

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Simple Ginger Cinnamon Baked Apples

Pierre Van Zylapples, Breakfast, dessert, Fruit Desserts, Gluten-free, No Oil, oatmeal, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, Sweets, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It is still very much winter here in New York, which means that warm and cozy breakfasts are the name of the game. At the moment, cooked fruit is very appealing to me (baked bananas, warm blueberry sauce…you get the idea). These simple, baked gingery apples are my new favorite topping for oatmeal and toast,…

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Whole Grain Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cookies, Recipes, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, whole grains

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Baking tends to get a lot of attention in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays, yet it’s often overlooked in January. Perhaps this is because the holidays are regarded as a time to celebrate and indulge, while the arrival of a new year prompts a lot of focus on healthful eating. In my…

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My 6 Healthy Carry-on Travel Essentials

Pierre Van Zyleat, Escape, flying, health, healthy eating, meal prep, Move, refined sugar free, relax, Snacks, superfood, tips, top tips, Travel, water, wellbeing

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There’s just something about travel that seems to stop all health plans – it usually involves a lot of sitting around, breathing in other people’s germs, eating bad food and generally feeling like crap. I’d love to know how celebrities look so polished when they land after a 15 hour flight from LA…what is that…

Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Swirl Snack Cake

Pierre Van Zylcake, Cakes, dessert, DI, peanut butter, school, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Once upon a time, I was placed in charge of the internship program at the publishing house where I worked. Our interns did a lot: they read through piles of manuscripts, giving us early feedback on the work and whether it might fit onto our list of titles. They pitched in with the process of…

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5 Ways with Greek Yoghurt

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, eat, Health + Nutrition, health tips, healthy, meal prep, protein, Recipes, refined sugar free, Snacks, top tips, yoghurt

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Greek yoghurt is high in protein, all-natural, and makes for a fabulous substitution for a lot of other less-healthy ingredients in baking and cooking. I was never really a big fan of yoghurt until I tried the Greek versions – it’s strained to produce a thicker, creamier texture. Not dissimilar to loosely whipped cream, the stiffness…

How to beat the 3pm snaccident

Pierre Van Zyleat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, love, mindful eating, relax, snacking, Snacks, tips, top tips, wind down

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If losing weight is your goal, hear this: you will not do it through starvation, obsessively counting calories or just wishing that magically a few kilos might fall off. You know the drill: move more, eat well, sleep 8 hours and repeat. While it can be frustrating to look at it as a sustainable lifestyle change…

Brandi Doming’s Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip

Pierre Van Zylblog friends, cookbook, cookbook review, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Amazingly, this is the very last morning of my current clinical rotation. Putting aside the overall challenges of the DI itself—new schedule, lots of oversight, lack of privacy—my seven weeks at this site have been a wonderful learning experience, with supportive and caring dietitians as teachers. I’m still struggling to wrap my…

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Apple Berry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Pierre Van Zylbaked goods, baking, Breakfast, Gluten-free, No Oil, oatmeal, on-the-go, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, student life, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s no secret that baked oatmeal is one of my favorite, make-ahead breakfast options. I love warm oats, and for most of the last few years it’s been no trouble to cook them on the stovetop, traditionally. When I’m rushing out the door, though—and lately, that’s how mornings seem to go—simmering even rolled oats can…

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5 Ingredient Tofu Cream Cheese, 4 Ways

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, sauce, Sides, snack, Snacks, spread, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s only Wednesday, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. It’s been a long week, and for the first time since my DI started, I’m feeling overwhelmed. I miss my routines and the freedoms of my old schedule, and suddenly the year ahead of me feels very long. Through all of the recent transition, I’ve been…

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Tofu Bulgur Vegan Meatballs

Pierre Van Zylbulgur, comfort food, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, pasta, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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At this point, I’ll be writing from midway through my first week as a dietetic intern. In many ways, I spent the whole summer anticipating it; in other ways, the whole transition has snuck up on me. One part of it that I’ve been well prepared for is getting back into a weekend batch meal…

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