Happy Herbivore, Living a Plant Based Lifestyle, a Recipe and a GIVEAWAY!

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Our family recently adopted a “plant-based” diet. This means we TRY to eat no animal products and get most of our food from plants: vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains. I would not say we are 100% yet, but we are trying.

The health benefits have really been amazing. I could write a whole post on weight loss, heart burn, energy and digestion, but I’m really here to talk about one of the lovely ladies that helped me through the changes in our family’s diet. Lindsay Nixon or Happy Herbivore as she is more commonly known to her fans.

Lindsay is a plant based food blogger, home cook, cookbook author and health advocate. She creates plant based meals that are simple, healthy and won’t break the bank. She has recently come out with a new cook cookbook called Happy Herbivore Light and Lean.

I’ve made several of her recipes from here and love them! My favorite are the Cheater Peanut Butter Muffins. Yum! My kids LOVE them and have no idea that they are actually pretty healthy! I’m sneaky like that.


Lindsay has given us a little sneak peak into her new cookbook with a delicious Blueberry Yogurt Muffin Recipe. I tried these myself and they are oh-so-good. My kids loved them too! Here it is:


Blueberry Yogurt Muffins
Makes 12
Soy-free, Fat-free, Quick

If I had to pick a favorite kind of muffin, I think blueberry muffins would be it for me. With their hint of lemon, these muffins make me think of sunny, relaxed mornings. I also love that they’re made with vegan yogurt (a boost of protein!) and very little sugar.

2 c white whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
pinch salt
¼ c raw sugar
1 ripe (spotted) banana
½ c vanilla nondairy milk, divided
6 oz vegan yogurt (plain, vanilla, or blueberry)
¼ c unsweetened applesauce
1 c blueberries (thawed, if using frozen)
3–4 tbsp lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line muffin tin with paper or silicone cups or use a nonstick pan, and set aside. In
a mixing bowl, whisk flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. In a small food processor or
blender, whiz banana with 1⁄4 cup nondairy milk until silky smooth. Stir into flour mixture, then add yogurt, applesauce, and remaining nondairy milk. Stir a few times, add blueberries and lemon zest, and stir gently, folding in blueberries, until just combined. Spoon into muffin cups and bake 15–20 minutes
or until muffins are golden, firm to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I had a chance to interview Lindsay and ask her some travel-parent-eating related questions. Here it is:

1. Q: What is your absolute favorite recipe from your new cookbook Light & Lean?

A: Asking a chef to pick their favorite recipe is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child :)

2. Q: If you had to host a dinner party for kids, what would be on your menu?

A: It depends on the kids—all kids have different tastes and preferences.

3. Q: You’ve traveled to a lot of amazing places. What has been your favorite destination and what was your favorite plant based food there?

A: My favorite depends on what I’m in the mood for—do I want a beach and tropical climate? snow? history? museums? I generally try to travel for the culture and experiences, not the food :)

4. Q: Do you have a favorite childhood food that was maybe unhealthy that you have adapted to your plant based lifestyle?

A: Sooo many. They often inspire the recipes in my cookbooks. Like the Lentil Joes in Light and Lean!

5. Q: Why did you adopt a plant based lifestyle and what has been the top benefit from doing so?

A: I was (and am) motivated by the health benefits, the environmental benefits, the plight of farm animals, world hunger/humanity… and so many more reasons!

Thanks Lindsay for taking the time to answer my questions. If you want to learn more about Lindsay and get some delicious recipes you can visit her website Happy Herbivore. She also creates weekly meal plans that make life easier, especially if you’re just starting out.

Here are Lindsay’s other cook books:

Happy Herbivore

Everyday Happy Herbivore

Happy Herbivore Abroad

Wait…there’s MORE! Of course we are doing a GIVEAWAY! Lindsay is sending one of our fabulous readers a brand spankin’ new copy of Happy Herbivore Light and Lean. Here’s how to enter:

1. Like us on Facebook
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3. Comment below letting us know you’ve done both. (Comments are how we pick our winners, so be sure to comment!)

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GIVEAWAY ends on Thursday January 2nd at 8 PM.

Thank you!

About Vanessa Hunt

I'm Vanessa. I love life. Everything about it (almost)! People fascinate me! We are all so unique and I love meeting new people from around this crazy planet! I have 4 babies that keep me busier than I ever imaged and a fabulous husband who helps me run this circus that we call a family. I'm kind of a health food geek, but am trying to find the balance that works for a large family. I am blessed to call Paradise my home (Hawaii) and we are happy to be beach bums!

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18 Responses to Happy Herbivore, Living a Plant Based Lifestyle, a Recipe and a GIVEAWAY!

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    • Vanessa Hunt December 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      Thank you Matt! I don’t even know how to use Twitter. LOL!

  2. Karen Libby December 28, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Muffins are the perfect on the go kid food! Thanks:-)

    • Vanessa Hunt December 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      So True Karen! I love Muffins!

  3. Tammi Neese December 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Vanessa did you live in Lincoln California? I posted it and liked the link very interesting!

    • Vanessa Hunt December 30, 2013 at 2:25 am #

      Tammi yes I did! about 5 years ago. I remember you!

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      Van – this is my first entry. I have no idea why it posted as “notsofastliving” . It filled it in over what I had done. It filled in with that website and wiped out my name ;( I caught it on my second comment.

      • Vanessa Hunt December 30, 2013 at 2:25 am #

        THANK you Danee! I gotcha! and thanks for subscribing! You rock! xoxo

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      Thank you for stopping by Carolsue and for entering our giveaway!

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