Vegan Recipe: Mango Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait

A 30-foot mango tree. 1977. Coral Gables, Florida.

One of my favorite things to do at my grandparent's house was gather mangoes from their 30-foot tree. At least that's how big it seemed in my kid mind. Funny how different our perspective can be when we're smaller. Maybe it was only 20 feet, but it was HUGE!

One day, I decided to collect the juicy treasures and sell them on the side of the road. Lemonade stand? Bah! I was 7 and my entrepreneurial genes had been activated....

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DIY Vegan Silver Polish

 

I love my silver jewelry, but I don't love having to use nasty chemical silver polishes when it tarnishes.

To keep my silver sparkly bright, I found a way to make chemistry work for me by using ingredients in my kitchen so I don't have to use toxic chemicals that are bad for me and have been tested on animals.

As a homeschooling mom, I love this trick as a way to teach kids (of all ages) about the brilliance of chemistry. Bonus!

Check out my video above to get the details...

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Ask Allison: How can I make sure I’m getting enough iron without eating meat?

Today, I’m introducing a new series, Ask Allison, where you can ask me anything about health, wellness, self-care, vegan recipes, vegan parenting, etc.

The first question comes from Alice, who asks:

"I’ve been vegetarian for a while now and was recently told that I’m borderline anemic. What are good vegan sources for iron?"

This is a question I hear often and have even experienced myself in my early days of being vegetarian.

As a holistic wellness coach, I help people make...

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Tropical Green Smoothie

 

If you've ever wanted an easy way to get more greens into your diet, this is the recipe for you!

With tangy sweet pineapple, the goodness of greens, antioxidants like vitamin C and bioflavonoids, superfood chlorella, and some surprise ingredients, this smoothie is every bit as delicious as it is healthy.

I've also got some great kitchen tips for you on keeping greens fresher longer, how to prevent your coconut milk from molding, and a way to make sure you're not throwing away a valuable...

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How to do a Digital Detox

 

Many of you have asked how I did my Digital Detox and what were the specific things I was doing instead of being online.

I've also heard you saying that you like the video format, so I made another one for you! Watch it here.

If you have a question I didn't address, feel free to post it below.

Enjoy!

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Why You Need A Digital Detox

 

So many of you expressed interest in the Digital Detox I did that I thought I'd make a quick video for you telling you more about it.

In the Digital Age, our sympathetic nervous systems (the one responsible for the fight or flight response) are constantly ON. No wonder stress, fatigue, and burnout are so rampant.

A Digital Detox can give you the space to notice and evaluate whether or not you're living what you say your priorities are. Once you know that, you can adjust your actions...

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Have you ever done a Digital Detox?

How was your July? Splendid, I hope!

Along with my yearly trip to Vegan Summerfest, our family enjoyed time in DC (including the new African American Museum, where I just had to join in the Step Dance fun), and a sweet visit with my dad in Florida who in April was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

When we got home, I did an enlightening two-week Digital Detox. That meant no screens. At all. So, I didn't use my phone, computer, iPad, or even Netflix.

Have you ever done a...

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What happens when you follow your natural rhythm?

Have you ever noticed that sometimes your natural rhythm feels very different from what the world is demanding of you?

For example, needing to hibernate and rest right when the sun and everyone else is bursting out and taking on the world?

Who do you listen to? Yourself, or the outside noise of the culture?

The difference can be described as running on Mechanical Time (what the clock/society says) or Natural Time (what your body, heart, and/or soul are...

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If you asked me why I...

 

I never set out to give a sermon. And yet, there I was, standing in front of a congregation behind the pulpit. Here's the very short version of how I got there...

In December 2017, (about six months ago), my family and I started attending our local Unitarian Universalist church.

Even as a child, I was a spiritual seeker even though I've had a complicated relationship with the idea of "church."

With that history, I wasn't sure what to expect at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the...

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Nudging Boundaries By Challenging Fears

 

Up 60 rungs. First my right foot, next my left, then my right hand, and finally the left. Heart pounding, palms sweating, breath stuttering. I climbed. 80 feet in the air.

When did heights and I stop getting along?

Somewhere between childhood and motherhood. Not that I would tell my daughter until she was long settled in her own relationship with heights.

Olivia was 4 when I first took her to a rock climbing gym. Just something to do on an afternoon while we were traveling...

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