Ask Angela: 12 foods I eat every day, freezing cupcakes, and more!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 9, 2018

I know what you’re thinking: Ask Angela? What happened to my Friday FAQs?! I decided to do a little name change for this series. My alternate title contender was “Ask Angela and I’ll try my very best not to steer you toward an epic cooking fail”. Lol. But that title proved to be a little long. ;) Semantics aside, it’s business as usual over here! Although I gotta say the above photo has always made me chuckle…I don’t think there’s ever been a time outside of that photoshoot when you would’ve caught me casually lounging in bed with breakfast while working away on my computer. It seemed like a fun idea at the time, though!

Anyway, there were some great questions that came in over the last week and I’m excited to share them with you below. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

 

Q1. Hi Angela! One of my goals for 2018 is to eat more plant-based foods as part of my daily routine. That got me thinking…can you share the plant-based foods that you tend to eat every single day? I think this would help me since I’m low on time as a new mom and would also help me to include more “plant-based regulars” on my grocery list each week. 

Hi Kayla, what a fun idea! I’d love to share. There are many foods that I eat every single day, and you’re so right about it saving time when things are busy. Some of the foods I tend to reach for every day are: 

Leafy greens: I try to eat leafy greens in some form every day, whether they’re thrown into a smoothie or sautéed with garlic, pink salt, and olive oil as a savoury snack or side.

Raw walnuts: I love grabbing a couple handfuls of walnuts when I’m rushing out the door! They’re a great, filling go-to snack on the run.

Grapefruit: The immune-boosting benefits of grapefruit make them a daily go-to for me in the wintertime.

Avocado: I enjoy at least one large avocado every single day…#obsessed. But with three avocado-loving family members in the house these days, our supply tends to run out quickly! 

Flax wraps: I eat one of Wrap it Up Raw’s raw flax wraps every day for lunch. I’ll roll one up with mashed avocado, sauerkraut, pink salt, hemp hearts, and any leftover roasted veggies I have on hand. It takes 2 minutes to make, and I love how rich in fibre, healthy fats, and protein these wraps are.

Sauerkraut: I love to add sauerkraut to my wraps or salads for a crunchy, tangy boost. It’s also great for the digestive system.

Seasonal produce: We try our best to eat with the seasons, so in the winter I stock up on winter squash, citrus, kale, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, parsnips, beets, etc. 

Almond butter: I’d love to say that I always have a supply of my favourite homemade almond butter on hand, but I try to stock a few quick store-bought alternatives in the pantry since life is so busy these days. My go-to brand is Whole Foods 365 roasted almond butter. If my blood sugar is running low and I have no time to prepare food, I’ll often grab a big spoonful of it for a quick boost. Arlo seems to take after me because now when he sees the jar come out of the pantry, he’ll scream until I give him some too. (And then proceeds to use it mostly as a face and body butter instead!)

Lentils: Lentils are a super cheap source of protein and fibre and are a staple in our house. I love throwing them into soups and pasta or on top of salads or wraps. 

Matcha green tea powder and/or organic coffee: Hello, antioxidants! I make a matcha tea or French press coffee every single day without fail. Nothing (nothing!) can get in the way of this daily ritual. Now if only it were still warm when I finally get to drinking it….

Dark chocolate: I always, always have some chocolate after dinner. #YOLO! My favourite bar is Green and Blacks Organic 85%.

Beet chips: I’m in a major beet chip phase right now that I don’t see ending anytime soon!! I love Hardbite’s Drop’n Mad Lightly Salted Beets Chips. They’re one of my favourite splurges as of late. 

As an added bonus, many of these foods are great for my skin and will give it a boost from the inside out (deep-fried beets aside, perhaps, lol)! Also keep in mind that this list will change with the seasons…maybe I can do an update in the spring or summer. I hope it gives you a few ideas for your next grocery shop. Good luck with your goals!

Q2. I would like to make your Fail-Proof Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Buttercream for a vegan family member but won’t have time to prepare them the day of, or even the day before. Would the cupcakes freeze well, do you think? Thank you! 

Hey Natalie, Yes, the cupcakes freeze quite well! I suggest cooling the cupcakes fully before wrapping them up. If I’m storing them for more than a few days, I like to tightly wrap each individual cupcake in plastic wrap and then place all of them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Stored this way, they should be fine in the freezer for 4 to 6 weeks or so. To thaw, simply pop them into the fridge overnight, or place them on the counter for a faster option.

Q3. Hi Angela, I’m so looking forward to making your Vegan Brownies and have a question about the recipe instructions. Should I melt the Earth Balance Buttery Spread before I measure it for my batter?

Hey Dena, This is a great question! I always measure vegan butter, coconut oil, cacao butter, coconut butter, etc. from solid unless otherwise specified. Another thing to look out for is how it’s indicated in my ingredient list:

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 

When the “melted” instruction comes after the ingredient (in this case after coconut oil), it means to measure the coconut oil from a solid state/room temperature and melt it after measuring. 

1/3 cup melted cacao butter 

Rarely will I ask you to measure butter substitutes from a melted state, but you might spot this instruction here and there depending on the recipe. The above example is asking you to melt the cacao butter first and then measure out 1/3 cup.

These are things you’re probably already aware of, but it’s always nice to point them out from time to time in case others are wondering the same thing. Thanks so much for clarifying!

Q4. I’m making your Next Level Vegan Enchiladas tomorrow night for a family gathering! Do you think regular sprouted spelt flour would work instead of white spelt flour in the Enchilada Sauce? Thanks in advance!

Hey Rita, You can absolutely use whole-grain spelt flour, but I might suggest sifting it first to get the larger spelt grains/flecks out of it. I also think other flour alternatives could work, but you may need to play with the amounts a little to achieve your desired consistency.

“Another toddler snack idea is to mix puréed fruit and veggies with yogurt (I use whole milk yogurt but I’m sure a vegan yogurt would work as well) and drip/drizzle it on a baking sheet that’s oiled or lined with a silicone baking mat. Then I freeze the yogurt/fruit drops on the sheet for a few hours before transferring them to a jar to keep in the freezer. My toddler of 18 months loves these.”

What a GREAT idea!! Thanks Stephanie! I’ll be trying this for sure, especially as Arlo is cutting a gazillion teeth right now. Too bad I can’t give these to him in the middle of the night. ;) I may try it with my Super Thick Coconut Yogurt as I have some frozen coconut meat to use up. Thanks for sharing!

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Sandra February 9, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Hi Angela! I love the rebranding of the series to “Ask Angela”, I think that’s a great idea! I’ve wanted to ask you for ages whether you have an Instant Pot and whether any of your recipes would be suited for it? What with this Instant Pot craze going on now, I’d love to be able to make your delicious recipes quickly in this new gadget!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 10, 2018 at 8:14 am

Hey Sandra, Aw thank you! I don’t have an Instapot, but I’ve been considering buying one for a while now. I guess I just worry that the recipes won’t taste quite as good in the Instapot (I’ve read reviews comparing traditional cooking methods with the Instapot and the traditional cooking methods won flavour-wise). But I agree, it would be super handy to have if my recipes did work…might be worth trying at least! This is a really great question for Ask Angela too because we could ask blog readers to weigh in and share if they’ve tried any of my recipes in the instapot! I’ll definitely keep you posted if I get one. :)

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Megan February 9, 2018 at 5:08 pm

Do you have a go-to brand of pre-made sauerkraut, or do you make your own? Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 10, 2018 at 8:11 am

Hey Megan, I like to try different brands, but the one I always come back to is Bubbies. Classic!

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Kathy February 9, 2018 at 6:21 pm

I’ve successfully made the enchilada sauce with cassava, tigernut and almond flours, but found cassava and tigernut too grainy. I wonder if it would be better sifted before mixing? I have also wondered if cashew cream would thicken it (but probably change the texture).

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 10, 2018 at 8:12 am

Thanks for sharing your flour swaps Kathy! Now I’m dreaming of a cashew cream-infused enchilada sauce. Whooooaaaa.

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Liz March 21, 2018 at 10:49 am

My mom’s traditional enchilada sauce is naturally vegan! I’m just not sure how readily available everything is in different parts of the country – 4 dried guajillo peppers, 4 dried ancho peppers and a few cloves of garlic. Boil water to rehydrate peppers and puree everything up (with some oregano) when soft. Add water to thin, and salt to taste!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 22, 2018 at 8:52 am

That sounds amazing :)

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Kendra February 9, 2018 at 6:27 pm

Hey Angela, great tips as always! I’m looking for some ideas and inspiration. My husband and I, along with our 13 month old, are going on a 10 day work/vacation trip in a few weeks. I would really rather not eat out for every meal since that does scary things to our food budget. We’re driving and will have a mini fridge in our hotel, so some storage space but not a ton. Any ideas for a couple meals I could make in advance and bring with for the first few days at least? And what would you say your best travel friendly snacks are? Thanks for the help!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 10, 2018 at 8:10 am

Hey Kendra, Thank you! :) Oh these are great questions. My tester Nicole and I will do some brainstorming!

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Danielle February 20, 2018 at 3:39 pm

We are on vacation now and have the same issue. Since we travel often (not with a toddler), but do want healthy options, we typically plan ahead and do some of the following:
1) Dry snacks for the car that are easy to grab in snack sized baggies (take up less room than tupperware and the small size keep you from eating too much or your kid from making a mess if they have more than they want too eat).
2) We usually rent an Airbnb or an extended stay hotel with a larger fridge where possible so when we get there we can take advantage of at least breakfast and one other meal in the room/house. When we first get to the location, we find a local store and stock up on what will fit in the fridge. Make sure to pack the bare minimum of utensils (a paring knife and peeler, maybe a small cutting board) for quick to grab veggie snacks. Fruit makes a great snack for in the room also. Be careful which fruit you take in the car, some don’t travel well, depending on the heat and getting squished/bruised.
3) Breakfast is the easy meal to eat for us on the go, with dry cereal, bread and PB&J, granola, etc.
4.) pack water in your cooler and a a few treats like carrots and hummus-or find one thing each person likes for the cooler. Don’t pack too much perishable food for on the road–we find it usually it gets wasted (i.e. water logged) before you can eat it all. People want out of the car and need to stretch. Save the eating in for when you get to your destination.
These tips have helped us along the way! Have a great vacation. :)

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Nicole W. (Oh She Glows Recipe Tester) February 28, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Hi Kendra!
I hope I’ve caught you in time! After traveling last summer with Oh She Glows fave recipes on hand, I discovered some tricks and recipes that work and travel well. I hope you find some of these ideas helpful :)
I suggest saving storage space by popping into a grocer at your destination and buying some fresh fruit, berries, wraps, nut or seed butter, a bag of pre washed salad mix, a tray of pre sliced dipping veggies and plant-based milk. Use these foods to assemble the following and to round out your meals :)

Breakfast:

Apple Pie Overnight Oats, OSG Everyday. Make up a double batch of Apple Pie Overnight Oats and freeze. Leave out the fresh apple, and top the oats with crunchy granola in the mornings. I suggest Vanilla Superseed Granola with Coconut Chips from OSG Everyday, as it is nut free and therefore easy for you little one to eat. Allow to thaw in the fridge at your destination and you will have 3 days of breakfasts.

9-Spice Avocado Hummus Toast, OSG Everyday with Super Power Chia Bread, OSG Cookbook. Toast may not be possible, but crispy Super Power Chia Bread works wonderfully in this recipe. Pack a few avocados, a small container of 9-spice Mix and some Classic Hummus from the OSG Cookbook, (leave out the fresh garlic and lemon juice to keep it simple) and you will have 3 more days of breakfasts

PB&J Almond Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies can be made ahead and frozen, providing you with breakfast or a snack option.

Multi-purpose your plant-based milk and granola: Make up a simple cereal with the Vanilla Super-seed Granola with Coconut Chips and plant-based milk. You can pack a shelf-stable milk or buy a quart at your destination. This will give you another 3 days of breakfasts.

Lunch

Bring or buy wraps and fill them with the following for 4 days of lunches:

Chickpea Salad, on the APP. Your toddler can eat this without the wrap.

Ultimate Green Taco Wraps (filling only), OSG Everyday, on the APP. Layer in some of the pre sliced veggies. Your toddler can eat this without the wrap.

Bring or buy a jar of nut or seed butter to enjoy on the wraps. Add some banana and a sprinkling of your Vanilla Super-seed Granola with Coconut Chips and you have another 3 or 4 days of lunches. Round it out with a salad.

Spread some of your Classic Hummus on the wrap and layer in some of the pre sliced veggies. Your toddler can eat this cut into bite sized pieces, minus the veggies.

Shake and Go Balsamic Vinaigrette, OSG Everyday. Make a simple salad buy using the bag of prewashed salad mix and some of the pre sliced veggies. When heading out for the day, pour some vinaigrette first into the container, adding salad green on top. When you are ready to eat, give it a shake.

If you have time to whip it up the day before you leave, the Roasted Garlic Pesto Potatoes with Arugula, from OSG Everyday, travel well and can be enjoyed straight from the fridge, no need to reheat. It will keep in the fridge for 4 days.

Portable Snacks

For the grown ups, you can’t go wrong with a selection of your favourite glo bars! I suggest the Mocha Empower Glo Bars from OSG Everyday. Away from home for 10 days with a toddler? You may need that invigorating combination of chocolate and espresso! I also suggest New Mama Glo Bars from the APP and Present Glo Bar from the OSG Cookbook to mix up those flavours.

Endurance Crackers from Osg Everyday and on the APP are a protein rich and portable snack, delicious on their own. If you have Classic Hummus left, it is delightful on these crackers.

For your little one, Banana Bread Muffin Tops from OSG Everyday will be a hit, and you can add a drizzle of your nut or seed butter. Make up a batch and freeze them ahead of time. Chia Pudding Parfait, OSG Cookbook, is simple to assemble in the hotel room. Use your Vanilla Super-seed Granola with Coconut Chips or simply leave out the granola option.

On your way:

A huge thermos of your favourite OSG soup and some crusty bread is a great lunch while you are driving.

Make a huge smoothie to share with your husband such as my Family Reset Button Smoothie from OSG Everyday to keep you energized.
Need a little more energy? My Green Matcha Mango Ginger Smoothie from OSG Everyday has matcha powder to keep you going, plus ginger for travel tummy.

I hope you have a wonderful trip!

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aimee February 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm

I love the list of daily foods, lots of those are my favorites too!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 10, 2018 at 8:09 am

Thanks so much, Aimee! It’s nice to have those healthy go-to’s, for sure!

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wendy February 10, 2018 at 12:59 pm

We love the Wrap it Raw flax wraps too! So yummy with some hummus and fresh veggies. thanks for sharing your daily go-to’s.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm

So glad you love them too…I’m so hooked! My freezer is always stocked, lol.

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mary February 10, 2018 at 6:14 pm

I think you’re wonderful.
Thanks

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 12, 2018 at 8:27 am

Right back at ya Mary! ;)

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Jacqueline Astemborski February 10, 2018 at 6:44 pm

Hi – i love some of your baked recipes but i have noticed that use a lot of bananas which I don’t like to use due to the environmental effects. Is there something else i could use instead? Thanks.

Also, I am intrigued by the wraps. Do you know if you can purchase them in the US? Thanks.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 12, 2018 at 8:36 am

Hey Jacqueline, The raw flax wraps are only sold in Canada from what I saw on their website. Maybe they’ll expand in the future! ;) As for bananas, it really depends on the recipe. If you have a specific one in mind I’m happy to help troubleshoot though.

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Jennifer February 10, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Great Post! Thank you for sharing. How do you make your Matcha tea? I also struggle in making Matcha tea as it always separates.

Thank You

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 12, 2018 at 8:37 am

Hey Jennifer, I usually add the Matcha into my mug and a bit of hot water…then I whisk it until it’s smooth. Then I add the rest of the water and a bit of creamer and whisk that in until combined. Sometimes I make Matcha “lattes” in the blender, but it does separate.

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Melanie February 12, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Since you love dark chocolate and I love it as well, you might want to try Hummingbird Chocolate, made in Almonte, Ontario. Very few ingredients, Fairtrade, organic and all that good stuff, plus no soy lecithin (for health reasons I avoid soy). Thanks for all the inspiration and practical advice. Take care.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2018 at 7:08 am

Thanks for the tip about Hummingbird Chocolate, Melanie! I’m going to look them up now. You don’t need to twist my arm to try new chocolate I tell ya. ;)

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Tanya February 17, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Response to Q6 in your e-newsletter: Yes. I have had in instant pot for about 8-10 months. It doesn’t always make things faster. The saute function isn’t always great for it is often too hot (or on low – too low) – so I usually use a fry pan. But it can make the food more flavorful for it pressures the flavors through the food. Any legumes cook much faster and are very palatable and don’t have to soak or cook for hours. I recently started following Two Sleeves International where food is more nutritionally balanced. Full of flavor. And delicious. I don’t like to cook with a lot of simple starches (pasta, white rice, etc) or creamy fatty foods which a lot of the mainstream IP sites seem to provide.

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mangahere February 17, 2018 at 11:49 pm

Hi – i love some of your baked recipes but i have noticed that use a lot of bananas which I don’t like to use due to the environmental effects. Is there something else i could use instead? Thanks.

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Emma O February 20, 2018 at 7:18 am

Hi Angela. Love your recipes. Just a note about Green and Blacks, because I see them being promoted in the US a lot. Green and Blacks was a small, ethical, fairtrade, organic, UK brand. However they sold to Cadbury in 2005 (with guarantees that the organic, fairtrade ethos would be protected). Cadbury was later acquired by Mondelez (Kraft) – they have now ditched independent fair trade certification for Green and Blacks in favour of their own in-house (unregulated) ‘fairtrade’ mark and have recently launched a range of non-organic products under the Green and Blacks brand. The original owner of Green and Blacks now says that he regrets the sale. Fairtrade/organic certification for Green and Blacks wasn’t the only thing Mondelez ditched either, they also reneged on an agreement to keep Cadbury’s original factory in Keynsham open – wtith the consequent loss of jobs. As a former G&B fan, it really galls me to see Kraft still capitalising on that organic/fairtrade/ethical image when the reality is anything but. (Rant over!)

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Cindy Childers February 28, 2018 at 7:07 am

Hi Angela,
I love these “Ask Angela” emails/posts! And i just made a copy of your “What to eat in Winter Daily” above for my refrigerator to motivate me! I was wondering if in the near future you could address the issue of drinking wine, etc. For instance, do you and/or your husband drink wine/beer/cocktails/etc? How much do you try and stick to for your health sake….etc.. just questions like this. I am an American living in England and people drink SO casually over here and though I don’t drink every day, it is very common for people to have wine with almost every dinner meal. Would love to hear your two cents on this and what you feel works for you and your family. Thanks! Cindy

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 28, 2018 at 8:46 am

Hey Cindy, Aww that’s so sweet you printed the list! :) Thanks for the Ask Angela series love too.
As for drinking habits, Eric and I aren’t big drinkers to be honest. We both unfortunately tend to get headaches from alcohol very easily so we don’t drink it regularly, mainly special occasions and events! Sometimes I wish I could drink it and still feel fine but it tends to make me feel crummy so I tend to opt for kombucha or other drinks I love. That said when I do drink I find a vodka soda and lime leaves me feeling pretty good and I can tolerate it better than wine. Sorry I know this doesn’t help very much! :) I hope you’re enjoying England!

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Noelle Parenteau March 5, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Hello Angela
I don’t know where or how I can ask a question in regards to substitutes in your recipies.
So here they are:
What can I use instead of Flax – in any form – due to allergies
Also substitute for Mangos – allergies to it also
Do you ever use chickpea flour?
Thanks kindly, Noelle

ps…Absolutely love your cookbooks!! I can’t wait to dive into all those delicious recipies – soon as we move and get kitchen set up!! I too need to re-focus and re – plenish my health :-))

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 6, 2018 at 9:25 am

Hey Noelle, Aww thank you so much for the kind words about my cookbooks! I really appreciate it. :)
As for subbing flax, it usually depends on the recipe, but sometimes chia seeds or ground chia seed (in a lesser quantity) can work. If you have any specific recipes in mind please let me know and I will try to tailor my advice to those recipes. :)
Sometimes pineapple can work in place of mango, however the flavour will obviously change.
I don’t use chickpea flour very often but I do have a great recipe which uses it and has been fairly popular on the blog: http://ohsheglows.com/2013/09/15/jumbo-chickpea-pancake-a-high-protein-filling-vegan-breakfast-or-lunch/
Hope this helps! :)

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Noelle Parenteau March 8, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Thank you for your reply Angela and I appreciate your time and energy this takes :-)
This is great information!
I am moving at end of March, so once my new kitchen is set up I will find the recipies I will make ( probably all of them eventually lol) that call for flax and Mangos, and I will ask you then whats best!
Your recipies have inspired me along with the multitudes of others…to create more peace within.
Cheers!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2018 at 9:37 am

Anytime, Noelle! I’m so happy you’re loving the recipes. Thank you!

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Anise March 16, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Hello Angela,
Could you please tell me what I can use instead of avocado (due to allergies) in your recipes.
I just purchased your books and can’t wait to try the recipes!!!
Thanks for your help!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 16, 2018 at 3:31 pm

Hey Anise, Oh thank you so much for the cookbook support!! As for subbing avocado, it really depends on the recipe, but if you have any specific ones you’d like to try first I’d be happy to weigh in. :)

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Amy April 5, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Hello Angela,
I am a plant based mom raising a toddler. I have been inspired and encouraged by some of my friends to start a blog sharing my experiences and recipes when it comes to raising a healthy toddler on a whole foods plant based diet. I really like your blog and I was wondering if you had any suggestion or tips for me getting started, like the type of blog to use? Keep up the good work! Thanks Amy

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2018 at 10:44 am

Hey Amy, I love that you’re thinking about starting up a blog. I use the Thesis theme I believe, although we’re working on a custom blog redesign at the moment so it could change in the future if we can ever get our ducks in a row. :)

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Logan May 8, 2018 at 1:02 am

I just wanted to say i absolutley love you and how much easier you’ve made my life and job (I’m a chef at a local coffee, pizza, sandwich place.) And how much i appreciate you existing. Thank you sooooo much! <3

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2018 at 6:16 am

Thank you so much Logan :)

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