This and That – An Update on Life Lately

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 10, 2015

How about a life-y things type update? It’s been a while! I’ll start, and you can fill me in on what’s new with you, if you’d like. Don’t mind the occasional blurry iPhone photo below (they secretly kill me).

1. June Challenge

For the month of June I challenged myself to 1 smoothie a day and 1 salad a day. So far it’s going strong and I’m packing in more veggies and fruit (check out the slew of smoothies, smoothie bowls, and parfaits taking over my Instagram lately). And chocolate for good measure. Want to join me? This smoothie bowl below is going in the next cookbook. Adults and kiddos alike are going nuts over it. I’m having so much fun coming up with summer breakfasts lately…


2. May fun.

May was a fun and busy month! There was my first Mother’s Day and birthday celebration, a visit from my mom, another visit from my mom and stepdad, celebrating my Grandparents 50th anniversary (!), and a lot of baby milestones in between (we now have a crawler on our hands!).


3. Morning Sing Songs

As it turns out, Adriana loves to sing when she’s in a good mood. Check out this video I shared on Instagram last week (turn on the volume). I have no idea how she hits some of those notes! I certainly can’t (a reality she knows all too well). We’ve had some challenges with teething and other developments this month, so these sweet, happy moments are all the more appreciated! I may or may not watch this video before bed every night…girl kills me.

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4. Organic CSA

An easy way to get more veggies into your diet? Support a local CSA (community shared agriculture). We just had our first delivery yesterday. I had forgotten how exciting it is when the loot arrives! It takes all of my restraint not to tackle the delivery person. Since we don’t have a veggie garden in our current backyard, I figure this is the next best thing. It’s already helping me break out of cooking ruts. Random question – what would you make with this loot? The first thing I did was sauté the mushrooms and throw them over a salad. The second thing I did was make collard wraps (SO GOOD). A new obsession has formed…

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5. Kitchen Adventures

The state of my kitchen lately (on a good day). Note: only one drawer is open Eric! I’m currently wrapping up the recipes for my next cookbook over the next month or so. The kitchen reno that we did last summer is definitely being put to good use! It’s easily the most used, loved, and enjoyed room of the house.

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6. Current state of mind.


Image via heyokreal.

I feel like I could write an essay on this topic, but I’ll save that for another day.

7. A couple press things

I recently found out the University of Guelph (where I pursued my undergrad studies) included me in their alumni spotlight. See: University of Guelph Alumni feature

The Oh She Glows Cookbook was #1 on the Globe and Mail Bestseller list (Food and Cooking) again last month. Thank you all so much for your continued support! It’s making me all the more excited for cookbook #2 in 2016. There are so many awesome recipes I’m dying for you to try (I seriously think I’m going to have to host a big kick-off party with all my fav recipes or something).

8. Updated blog header + pictures


You might have noticed an updated blog look for the summer (or until I get bored of it again). Eric took a couple updated photos of me and I added those to the sidebar, About page, and Before and After page. It feels like just yesterday when our photographer Dave Biesse shot my last headshots for the cookbook, but as it turns out, that was 2 years ago already. Slow down time!

So there’s a random update. Much more to share, but this is a good start.

Ok, tell me about your plans for June and this summer. Any exciting work/personal projects or travels on the horizon? Also, what would you make with my CSA loot?

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Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run June 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Love the new OSG header – it’s beautiful!


Laura June 11, 2015 at 6:55 am

Congratulations Angela, life is good!… Enjoy every second of it, well deserved, you are an amazing cook, recipe developer and it seems to me, an awesome mom too.


Ting June 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm

I’m a new mother too (Sophie is 18 weeks) and I love reading your baby blog posts! Life has been uber busy for us. Since finding out we were expecting – best news ever! – my husband got transferred with his company from NYC to the San Francisco Bay Area. We made the move when I was 8 months pregnant! I remember walking onto the plane with a big belly, ridiculous amounts of luggage and our crazy cat Gizzy! Since we’ve settled down, I’ve been debating whether or not to return to work. Luckily my parents live nearby and are more than happy to take care of little Sophie, which made my decision a little easier! In the end I decided to recruit for a new job and return to work since I do feel it’s important to have a balanced life and show my daughter that as a mother I can have a career, friends, and my own interests. Balance is so important!

I was thinking it would be very interesting if you did a blog post in a day in the life of a work from home mother. Even though I will be returning to an office setting (and therefore pumping while at work, eeek!), I’m very curious to see how you make it all happen!

Last but not least, thank you for continuing to share your healthy lifestyle with everyone! I am sure it’s not easy but it is well worth it – I am personally so inspired by your healthy choices!


Erin @ Erin's Inside Job June 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Great update! I have so many goals and plans but I really need to sit down and get them on paper. Then I need to space them out and see what is feasible right now. Until I do that they are all just flying around my head and driving me crazy!


Brynn June 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm

The quote is so true; finding a balance of being a mom and having a career is a dance that changes daily. CSAs are so wonderful and highly underrated. If I had that box I would make a greens and mushroom sautée mixed with pasta, fresh basil, tomatoes, squeeze of lemon and olive oil. Summer in a dish!


Laura ~ Raise Your Garden June 11, 2015 at 7:06 am

I always tell my friends who don’t have yards or don’t want to garden to lock into a CSA too! You end up getting so many items that you may not usually cook with, but it “forces” your hand to experiment! I wish I had some advice on what to do with the foods, I eat a lot of veggies just raw because I’m a lazy cook and I’m not that picky about what I eat. As long as I eat, I’m happy, I don’t care too much about what (which makes avoiding fried foods and other C.R.A.P. carbonated drinks, refined sugars, alcohol, processed foods) a bit easier! Best of luck with your CSA though!!!!


Emily @ Life on Food June 10, 2015 at 2:31 pm

I love that quote. The story of my life every day.


Ali @ Whisk and Repeat June 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm

I can’t wait for cookbook #2 to come out! I use the first one all the time. It’s well-loved in my house! :)


Love Low Fat June 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

I try to do a green smoothie a day, and it’s had a huge impact on the amount of greens I take in. Hands down the tastiest way to get your greens on a daily basis!


Carrie (This Fit Chick) June 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I haven’t been here in a while!! Love the new look and great to hear an update!


Jackie C June 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm

My new mission is more reading, hikes and to wear sun block this summer. New summer food phase: Kale Salads! Everyone hates them but I like finding different ways to create these green dishes. I found a citrus one from Cookie + Kate. Chopped and massaged kale with sea salt with my hands for a few minutes to soften the lettuce. Almost cooking slightly. I was so intrigued! :)


Annaliese June 10, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Ohh! I see there are some nectarines (?) in your CSA box! I would grill them and top them with coconut whipped cream, and some toasted nuts and/or granola! My June challenge is to not eat gluten, and maintain the plant-based diet I have been on for the past year and a half. So far, so good! Glad to hear that you and your fam are doing well, and that the cookbook is progressing! Cannot wait for it to be out! :)


Katie June 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Baby Girl is going to be 8 months on Saturday (eek! Where did the time go?!), so we are also enjoying the first year with our new baby. She is starting to get more vocal, though no singing chops yet :), and she can squirmy-wormy her way wherever she wants to go now. Which is bad, because we haven’t finished babyproofing yet. Oops. We are gearing up for our first family vacation – heading to Victoria for Canada Day. I am both looking forward to getting away and filled with trepidation about how she is going to react to the plane ride and sitting on our laps for 2 hours.

I don’t know how you find all the time to do all your cooking and testing with your little one around! Most mornings, it’s all I can do to find a few minutes to make myself some toast and a cuppa! Though that is getting easier since she started eating finger foods. Now we can sit down together for breakfast and enjoy a quiet moment before rushing out the door. :)


WK June 10, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Baby girl is so adorable singing! I may have let it play on repeat while I read the rest of the update <3


Ashley @ A Lady Goes West June 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Hi Angela! I’m loving the fact that I moved from Nob Hill to Walnut Creek and now experience a real summer. I can’t wait to visit my pool in June! And a smoothie-a-day — me too! I second that one. In fact, I’m having one right now. :)


sue June 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for the update; I always look forward to them!! It sounds like you have a singer on your hands. :) Finally planted (3/4 planted) my deck garden last weekend. Looking forward to some nice tomatoes, eggplant and a few mystery items, perhaps.


Lane June 10, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Great post! Thanks for keeping us updated! I’m glad to know thing are going well for you :)
xx Lane


Jennifer June 10, 2015 at 4:46 pm

I LOVE the smoothie/salad challenge idea.


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health June 10, 2015 at 5:16 pm

That smoothie bowl looks amazing! I can’t wait for your second book!!
And that video is too cute! Adriana has some serious pipes! You might have a future singer on your hands. :)


Cassie June 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Heck yes don’t forget the chocolate! Congratulations on your book too! <3


Annie June 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

I love the picture of you and Eric. Beautiful! Our CSA starts next week and almost always features a lot of greens like yours. I usually start with a greens, potato, and garlic soup. Sometimes blended, sometimes not. It’s really yummy and reduces the sometimes overwhelming volume of greens pronto.


Courtney June 10, 2015 at 8:39 pm

“A new obsession has formed…”

That’s my favorite part of a CSA! I’d never tried garlic scapes until we got ours in our CSA box. Now I can’t wait. They’re coming soon! I have obsessions for July, August and September, too.


Owen Staples June 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Holy smokes, you make it look so easy, and they look SO good. I don’t think I have the knack for it that you have… :) But we’ll see. My aim is to give the smoothies a whirl though when it will be feasible in my life, in a time coming soon. These days, just taking an occasional bike ride here; has been a quieter time the past few months, with little to say. This only means one thing: That something is building and very soon, I will have plenty to say. :)
Thank you for the recipes and the posts that always glow. Keep it up!


Tiffany27 June 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Darn! I was hoping you were going to post that smoothie bowl recipe lol. Meanwhile, I’ll just settle for drooling over your instagram. I would love to do a CSA, but as a recent college grad funds are limited unfortunately. Thanks for the update!


Clara June 10, 2015 at 10:51 pm

That is awesome that the University of Guelph spoke about you on there alumni success board! I am thinking of going to Guelph for an undergrad in nutrition. Did you enjoy your time there?


Kate July 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

I totally understand the tight financial situation, BUT that is actually one of the best reasons to look into CSA. I have worked on local farms that run CSA programs for 8 years now, and every season the members come out way ahead on price per pound over the grocery store. Most farmers will arrange payment plans and many will even let you work for you food by weeding, book keeping, or making deliveries for a few hours per week! Farmers have always given me seconds veggies for free in addition to my share when I work for them! I then freeze/preserve them and come out WAY ahead! Also even though it may seem counter intuitive you might find the right fit with a farm that is not certified organic. The certification process does require time and financial resources that may raise the price of your share. Come right out and ask the farmer what fertilizers and pesticides they use! Some of the cleanest most sustainable farms Ive worked on were not certified. Another option if you feel you need more reassurance is to look for a farm that is certified naturally grown. This certification involves inspection by a fellow farmer and has very strict (clean) standards for productions, but keeps the farmers prices low because of the peer inspection. And obviously when all else fails always visit your farmers market! Sorry for the novel, I just feel really passionate about lower income families like ours knowing they have options when it comes to finding high quality local food.


Max (blue earth grrl) June 10, 2015 at 11:58 pm

I don’t comment much, but I feel the urge to now so here goes! I like this update post, even though we’ve never met, your posts are like one-way correspondence from an international friend. I recently began blogging because I figure, if so many people love the blogs that I check on frequently for updates, then maybe I can make a blog people will enjoy too! So that’s what’s new with me, and I am skipping out on my last uni semester for some well-earned travel! So psyched already.


Naja Spanner June 11, 2015 at 3:17 am

So…two plans for June – #1: Go all vegan…how to do it? Cook one recipe a day from Oh She Glows or from your cookbook! I’m soooo excited about this! #2: Get that job that I’m sooo hoping to land after a very good interview. Wish me luck!!
On another note – I still haven’t come across a recipe from you that doesn’t work! It’s a miracle!


CARLA June 11, 2015 at 4:16 am

you had my heart with the singsongs.


Monique June 11, 2015 at 6:16 am

We are getting our first CSA share today and I cannot wait! First time ever participating so I will hopefully come up with some good recipes!
I am curious about your smoothie and salad a day…are those two of your main meals then?


Tara June 11, 2015 at 6:28 am

Your instagram feed has totally inspired me to stop eating crackers and toast. I bought a huge container of baby spinach at Costco yesterday, I’m going to try and have a Green Monster every day…also your chocolate smoothie breakfast bowl is calling me…


Sarah | Well and Full June 11, 2015 at 6:39 am

Honestly, you go girl. Props to you for being a mom AND a working woman. I can’t imagine how you make these beautiful recipes while having a toddler on your hands! I’m not a mother (yet!) but I DO have a puppy, and she is enough of a handful for me! I don’t know how you do it! So if no one has told you yet today that you rock…. YOU ROCK. :)


Melissa June 11, 2015 at 6:44 am

I just love your blog and updates. Thank you! You’re June goals inspired me and I’m trying to drink a green juice every morning- or at least 5/7 days. Cheers. I also love that quote. I’ve been a mom for 6 months and loving my very full life.
For the veggies- I’m a loving grilled kale (and scallions if you like). Rub the leaves with olive oil and season with s and p. Grill on medium heat for a couple minutes. Chop and dress with chipped capers, lemon juice, Dijon and evoo. I could eat it every day.
For stone fruits- again I’ll grill and throw on salads. Or make a cobbler with a recipe from minimalist baker. If you haven’t tried the vegan biscuits and gravy from minimalist baker (mushroom gravy)- I highly recommend. It’s a treat, but oh. So. Yummy.

Thanks for doing what you’re doing. It’s an inspiration and I am enjoying it all. Happy summer!


Kathy June 28, 2015 at 4:12 am

Oh my gosh, your grilling ideas sound *fabulous*!! Next time it stops raining long enough to pull that grill outside (hurry up and stop, rain!), I’m going to grill some peaches. How long do you generally grill them, and is it on each side? And do you make thick slices or just halve them?


Champagne For Every Day June 11, 2015 at 7:26 am

Hi Angela, good to see you so happily indulged with your works. Thank you for exhibiting your mouth watery dishes, seems really healthy and light….I too have to try in the recent future. And yes, you are blessed with such a sweetheart :)


Judy June 11, 2015 at 8:44 am

I love your posts! My kids are gone from the home now but I applaud anyone that embraces motherhood creatively so they can do a little work but be beside their children growing up. They grow up so quickly. I recently heard “women can do it all, just not at once.” I applaud you!


Bea Rakos-Szegleti June 11, 2015 at 9:06 am

Dear Angela,

I do not know how many fans you already have in Hungary, but I do my best to recruit quite a few. Congratulations for your great blog and inspiring recipes. I am always looking forward with great excitement to receive your updates.
My recent favorites are polenta (as my 3 year-old daughter’s favorite breakfast), kale and all kind of beans. We also have have home delivery of veggie boxes in Budapest, but we prefer going to the organic market on Saturdays to meet the farmers.

Have a great summer!




Sas June 11, 2015 at 9:45 am

I’d definitely get a juice going with all the greens in that CSA box.
June for me is travelling in the USA (I live in the UK). I started in Sacramento, visited Portland and I’m currently in Seattle. I get the ferry to Alaska tomorrow night then I have 3 weeks touring America’s biggest state. I’m having so much fun seeking out all the vegan restaurants on the way and finding ways to travel plant-based. Good luck with the new book :)


AGS June 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

Big congrats on the alumni recognition!


Charlie June 11, 2015 at 10:37 am

June means more cooking (I just got Everyday Detox in the mail), my first 5k race since 2010, and a trip to see family. Thanks to the Oh She Glows cookbook and an exercise regimen, I’ve lost 34 pounds since January. I owe you a kickback!


Hazel June 11, 2015 at 10:56 am

The header looks good. And Abigail really does sound like she’s singing. What an adorable video.


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts June 11, 2015 at 12:08 pm

I always love your updates and it sounds like you’ve had a busy few months. Your new shorter hair is very sleek!


Jennifer Harmon {Peppers and Peaches} June 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm

For some reason I have been craving purple foods…like purple smoothies, purple kale, purple cauliflower (ok, that one tastes the same as the white variety to me…but still). So your smoothie bowl is naturally making me crave it as well haha. Your baby girl has quite a set of pipes, future career in the making already?? Also, I CANNOT wait for your next book to come out. The first one was luscious and amazing and I just know this one will be too! Thanks for keeping all of us on the web updated with your fabulous life, keep doing you Angela!


Laura June 11, 2015 at 12:59 pm

So so appreciate you and your blog. I have decided to not do I-gram as I have too much already on my plate but lOVE to hear of your adventures here


Javier June 11, 2015 at 2:03 pm

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Psychological tools for releasing unwanted food habits.

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Svetlana June 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

I can’t wait for your second book!!! These pictures of amazing breakfasts you post on Instagram make me so antsy in anticipation for your second book :).

Adriana’s video of her singing is just too cute for words!!!


Shannon June 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm

It’s about **time** U of G mentioned you! I go there right now (even doing Family and Child Studies for my minor!!! Buds!! haha) and there’s always alumni announcements but this is the first I’ve heard you mentioned! I guess because I’ve been following the blog for so long I feel like everyone else should know you too ;)


Amanda @ Sweets and Greens June 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Ha! Only one drawer open! That would be something I would share too, I usually have every drawer and every cupboard open. I need things in easy reach.
Adriana is sooo cute xx


Jane June 11, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Angela! Interested in why the 1 smoothie & 1 salad a day challenge for June – thinkni I may give it a try too!


paul June 11, 2015 at 11:34 pm

I hope the second book will be amazing, as a bachelor I always take a lousy breakfast. These pictures of amazing breakfasts you post on Instagram make me have second thought of making a nice breakfast keep it up


Heidi June 12, 2015 at 12:11 am

Adriana’s singing is too cute!

I’m so excited for your next book! Any chance it will have nutritional information? I love when that’s available because then I don’t have to calculate it so I know the carbohydrate total.


John June 12, 2015 at 6:19 am

i have my tower garden growing on my balcony here in the city and loving it. I could never grow a thing in the past. Some beach time this summer and inspiring healthy living is on my agenda!!


Rose Cole June 12, 2015 at 7:51 am

I love the idea of a smoothie AND a salad everyday! I just put several gallons of strawberries in the freezer and will continue to put up fruit as it comes in season. I also raise a garden and have a variety of greens I can use everyday. I plant in succession so that everything does not come in at the same time so I always have some type of green to look forward to. Thanks for the inspiration!


Nicole June 12, 2015 at 9:15 am

I can’t wait for the second cookbook! You must share photos of your kitchen renovation, if you haven’t already. The black and white photo above is enticing. Always so curious what a great every good cooks work space looks like. ;)


Kathy June 12, 2015 at 10:05 am

I am working with a holistic nutritionist right now. I love it. I am working on meditating daily at least 10 min. I am also working on a green smoothie, a big salad and a grain bowl every day. So far I love it. I have been eating one of your salad recipes. I think it is the nourish salad bowl with the dill dressing. The dill dressing is amazing. I have your cookbook and just love it. I can’t wait to get the new one coming out. That smoothie bowl looks so yummy.


Laura June 12, 2015 at 11:12 am

Do you have any collard green wrap recipes????


Alex @ True Femme June 12, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Adriana singing is the most precious thing ever!! I’m getting very, very excited for OSG cookbook #2!!


Marion June 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Angela, I have been a veg/vegan for 28 years now. Never been to concerned about what I ate as long as it wasn’t animals. As I am getting older I figured I should start being more concerned about my health (it’s always been good but could be better). I only recently came across a couple of your recipes and they looked good. I decided to buy your book and have had a couple of weeks now. Every recipe I make is just delicious! I am hooked on your Glow bars and just finished eating my first batch yesterday. I went into a newish coffee shop near work yesterday and unbelievably they had Glow bars!! Now I need never run out! Love your book Angela and can’t wait for the next one.


Marie-Claude June 12, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Hi Angela!
I`m with you for the smoothie challenged :))
I like green smoothie bowls top with any kinds of your granola!
My other challenged for this month is 21 days of meditation…
to help me reduce some stress.. even good stress is a stress! :P
And i`m already excited for your second cookbook!
Congradulation and thank you for changing my life so weeeellllll :))


Anna June 13, 2015 at 5:24 am

that bowl looks so so delicious!! yumm I love it


Kyra @ Vie De La Vegan June 13, 2015 at 6:05 am

I love your honest photo of your kitchen! Yes, there are many, many days when my kitchen looks like that too. The joys of being a food blogger! And what would I make with the produce in your CSA box? I’m thinking, green smoothies! (Collard wraps sound awesome too, although I’ve yet to try them…really should…)


Emily Prem June 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

Hi! Just wondering- my local natural food store can’t get raw buckwheat groats right now. Can I use roasted buckwheat (kasha) in your buckwheat porridge recipe? Buckwheat is a safe grain for me but I don’t have any experience with it. Thanks!


Kika June 14, 2015 at 12:35 am

Wow. Seriously, your little girl has nailed the vibrato!? I didn’t even know that was possible at that age. You may truly have a singing prodigy on your hands in another year or two. I kid you not!


sarah June 14, 2015 at 5:00 am


I’m not vegan, but I love your website. Cutting out my favorite guilty pleasures like mac and cheese and my morning yogurt has been a blessing to me, not only to my health, but to my wallet and my lifestyle. As a busy college student, I use your chia pudding recipe for great energy throughout the day and I love to use your vegan burgers and your fantastic vegan mac and cheese when I’m craving it. Even though I enjoy meat, cutting out heavily processed animal products is important to me. So I have a challenge for you and I think you are the perfect person for the job! I have one last obsession that I can’t find a good substitute for. I LOVE my litehouse ranch with my raw veggies. I feel so guilty because it’s not only expensive, but it’s also very processed. It’s very thick ranch dip, not dressing, that I love to have with my carrots, cauliflower and broccoli and I just would love to have a healthier vegan alternative to. If you are up for the challenge, I would be so grateful! Let me know if you are interested and hopefully you have this fantastic brand in Canada to test your hubby with! I would love you forever!


Marie June 14, 2015 at 9:42 am

Adriana is so cute singing! =)
I like the new header too. I wish you all the best with your cookbook to come, it must be so much work!


[email protected] June 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm

I totally relate to that last quote. Life as a working mom is always challenging, overwhelming, and yet so rewarding. A constant balancing act that once I think I have it figured out, changes with new milestones and responsibilities or projects.


Ashley June 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm

I love everything about this post! I love the idea of a smoothie and salad a day! I’ve so been craving fresh fruits and veggies as the temperatures continue to rise. I cannot wait until your second cookbook comes out, your first is something I look at basically every day! I love your recipes so much! Thanks for the update and your raw honesty-it’s so beautiful! <3


Cristina Prior June 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Thanks for the update! I recently found your website and I’m loving it. I’ve been vegetarian for too many years than I can count, and this month decided to give it try with a vegan lifestyle. Your website has been very inspiring and helpful as I’ve searched for new recipes and ideas. I’m also a mother of two and I am happy to be offering my boys new, inventive dishes as well. Thank you!


Becca June 15, 2015 at 8:50 am


First, thank you for all the amazing recipes! I love them all! Random question: my husband is allergic to walnuts, but he can eat any other nut. Which nut is the best substitute? I really want to try the Italian bean balls and walnut lentil taco meat!


Nikki June 15, 2015 at 9:32 am

Loving your new blog layout! The colours are perfect. And I also can not wait for your next cookbook. SO excited :)


Jessica June 15, 2015 at 11:01 am

June is all about welcoming summer for me! I just wrapped up my 70 miler and now it is back to maintenance and training for my bigger summer races. I love the idea of committing to a salad and a smoothie a day. I will have to join you! :)


Ashley June 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Loving the new header with that watercolor beet!


Danielle June 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm

I am so excited for your next cookbook!! I LOVE your first one. I hope your first mother’s day was very special!



Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:48 pm

I’m pretty jealous of your smoothie bowl. We just did a cross country move and our blender is buried somewhere DEEP in storage until we get a permanent place to live. My June plan is a trip to Iceland with my brother in his wife and continued training for my first half marathon in the fall! Which means pumping in nutrients so I’m fueled for my runs!


Isaac June 16, 2015 at 1:05 am

Positive change always starts from inside out. I find this blog exceptionally great!


Sara June 16, 2015 at 1:49 am


So I’m sitting here in bed, unable to sleep as per usual, so I decide to grab my laptop and I’m like, “hey i should check up on angela’s blog, i wonder if she has posted anything since the almond butter fudge..” and then BAM! Not that I don’t love all the recipes you share, but it was so refreshing to just read about YOU and whats going on! I follow you on instagram and I love getting little peaks into your everyday life, inside and outside of the kitchen, especially the updates on your precious baby!! Anyway, enough fan-girling…. I love your June challenge, although the month is half over.. I’m going to give it a go! Maybe it will carry on into July.. wishful thinking.
As for the CSA loot, I immediately thought about a savory breakfast scramble! I usually sauté some mushrooms and onions for about 15 mins with some tofu, then throw in the veggies that won’t take more than 5 minutes to cook, like broccoli! And of course the base, which is always several leaves of either kale or collard greens. Paired with maybe a slice of toast, some almond butter, and pear slices! Mmmm.. Okay Sara, focus! Haha anyway. Just want to say I love these type of posts every now and again! I am a huge supporter of yours and cannot wait for osg cookbook #2!!! Many blessings to you and your beautiful family! Thanks for keeping us in the loop :)


Heidi Kokborg June 16, 2015 at 2:02 am

Adriana is such an adorable child! I am totally in love with her! :)
I was wondering if you ever thought about doing a post about how to start a blog, how to build your blog, and just blog tips in general?


PinaColada June 16, 2015 at 10:05 pm

Loving the new graphics on the website! Also, just have to say that is an awesome photo of you two – you’re both glowing! :)


PinaColada June 16, 2015 at 10:06 pm

(Referring to the pic of you and Eric)


kaith. Lin June 17, 2015 at 9:11 am

I am curious about your smoothie and salad. It’s really yummy. Thank you for the recipes.


Jennie June 18, 2015 at 9:51 am

Your blog has been my go to place for healthy snacks and meals for awhile now. I have your first cook book and can’t wait for the second one to come out. I’m with you trying to balance having a career, young kids and being healthy – not always easy. Thanks for all your fantastic recipes they make my life easier and always put a smile on my face :)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 18, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Ahh it’s so good to catch up with you in this post, Ange! (And I know my email reply to you is long overdue – it’s coming I promise!) Your smoothie bowl looks divine and I’ve been loving smoothie + salad combos lately too, now that the weather is so nice and warm. Your kitchen is absolutely stunning (even if all the drawers and cupboards are open) and I hope to have one just as gorgeous some day! :)


Viji June 19, 2015 at 7:55 am

Oh! me too… love to work; love being a mom! I did put the ‘work’ part aside though, 13 years back! And for your June challenge, you could include a mini parfait too :)


Jen June 19, 2015 at 11:20 am

Been thinking about supporting a local CSA, but haven’t pulled the trigger. Your photo definitely convinced me I should try it!


Meghan June 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm

A second cookbook!? So excited!


Christine (The Raw Project) June 19, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Love the new header, very festive for summer. And such a great quote. My kitchen looks like that a lot too especially after playing dueling chefs with hubby.


Melanie June 21, 2015 at 9:32 am

Hi Angela, I love your update posts. Just a quick question for you that I don’t believe you have addressed before. I am a relatively new vegan (less than a year) but sometimes I find it difficult and I “cheat” sometimes by eating things including dairy/egg ingredients (but never meat). It is satisfying in the moment, but afterwards I feel guilty and get mad at myself for making that choice which results in unnecessary self-loathing. Just wondering if you ever dealt with this when becoming vegan, or if you are ever tempted to sway off your vegan diet, and how do you deal with it? Anyone else can feel free to comment as well. Thanks!


Kathy June 28, 2015 at 5:07 am

Hi, Melanie! I’ve run into that problem as well, and it does stink how we can beat ourselves up about it. I reframe it – a), behavior change is always hard, and transitioning to a Vegan diet is a HUGE transition…so kudos on how far you’ve come in just under a year’s time! And b) I’m eating a heck of a lot healthier than I was as a carnivore, so every good step is in the right direction.

Here’s a couple things that have helped me. Take whatever sounds do-able for you, and you can delete the rest: :)

Know that you will lose the cravings for dairy eggs, milk and cheese over time, and most likely your body will eventually not be able to process it because it’s “foreign.” I’m now not able to “snitch” on any of that without having bloating and several other uncomfortable symptoms, so it’s just not worth it. I talked with a long-time Vegan who’s also a bakery chef/nutritionist, and she forewarned me. According to her experience/study, many who transition to eating Vegan will become lactose-intolerant (or may have been all along and didn’t know it).

Planning is key. We’ll go for the “old stuff” when we’re low on energy, stressed, feeling overwhelmed or just out of kilter. It’s the body’s natural way of compensating to make us feel better. So advanced preparing for those times helps. I won’t go to the grocery store really hungry because I might buy that cheese pizza or shredded mexican blend on impulse. I find that even with just prepping for our meals and planning the menus. “Who has time to eat Vegan?!” I’ll say. “I have to work, look after my family and keep up a house!” So we’re setting aside time to browse recipes/plan meals (a folder with ones we want to do and pick them out weekly) and one physical time to chop up/prep foods for that week – usually a Saturday or Sunday. Angela’s got a lot of great advice on her blog and a listing of freezer-friendly meals, ready-to-go snacks, etc… I won’t keep dairy in the house and if I’m going someplace new (restaurant, party where I don’t know people), I’ll check the menu (if available) before going or ask if I can bring something to share. It takes the pressure off eating what I don’t want to eat and doesn’t sacrifice my goals.

Like you said, it lasts momentarily when we indulge. It’s the majority of our (Western) culture who eats dairy; while the awareness of ease of finding Vegan foods is growing, it is still a novelty in many areas. And we realize we’ve eaten something that’s not healthy for us and feel like carp because the whole foods always are best for us.

-For cheese, we look for Daiya shreds on sale and keep one of each in our freezer. I haven’t used their slices much – I haven’t had much luck with it and other brands so I just use the shreds. I also buy nutritional yeast in bulk at a local whole-foods-type/organic grocery store (it’s a cheesy-tasting powder loaded with B vitamins and other minerals and very good to eat as a vegan). Most bulk places that carry it have it in large flake or small. You can use either. It’s great mixed with toasted sesame seeds as a parmesan substitute (check out, “1,000 Vegan Recipes” – it’s called “Parmesio”-hello, Italian recipes!). I use straight NY as an equivalent ounce for ounce with shredded/grated cheese in recipes.SO good.

So, if I’m craving a Velveeta-like sauce, I can whip up one (I use a recipe from, “The Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free, Vegan Cooking,” or “Happy Herbivore”). If I want plain ‘ol melted “cheese,” we have the shreds (just take what you want from the frozen bag and then put the bag back in the freezer-stays better longer).

For milk substitutes, I rotate different types so I don’t get bored (I used to drink milk like it was going out of style). I haven’t made Angela’s recipe for homemade oat milk yet d/t time, but I want to. So, we rotate hemp milk, flax milk, rice milk, almond milk and for splurges coconut or cashew. It’s fun to try to make them and Angela has done at least two or three kinds on her blog, in her first cookbook and the recipe bundle.

For eggs, the options are a lot more limited, namely Soy/Tofu. It scrambles up a lot like scrambled eggs but will be watery. Press it first and buy the extra firm variety. There’s something called ener-g egg replacer that I’ve heard of, but I don’t know how it works. Haven’t tried. I eat limited amounts of Soy for myself, but it is great as a, “I really want ‘eggs’!” every once in a while. Those who like Soy and can eat it in larger quantities use it for a lot of things dairy.

Hope this helps. It’s a long post, but there’s a lot I’ve learned. It was soooo helpful to have people who I could ask who’d been there before. My transition took about 4 1/2 years but it’s paying off in so many ways, and I love what it’s doing….for me, the planet, and everyone/everything in between. Good luck!


Sagan June 22, 2015 at 11:33 am

Love the June challenge! Smoothies + salads = the best.

Congrats on your cookbook; that’s awesome news!


nica June 23, 2015 at 8:31 am

enjoying ur blog thus far! :) very informative and entertaining at the same time. :)
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angelaange June 23, 2015 at 12:57 pm

I would love to have that smoothie bowl recipe for the summer to enjoy with the kids. Book won’t be out for a while, right?


Krista June 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

The smoothie challenge sounds great! Angela, Do you typically use protein powder? If so, have you tried the Arbonne protein powder? It’s made with plant protein. I’m a nursing mom trying to find a safe protein powder, I was wondering if you have used it and liked it or have a favourite.


The Vegan Junction June 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

That breakfast “smoothie bowl” looks delicious – love the colour and look forward to the recipe! And that looked liked a nice box of organics, food just tastes better when it’s local!


juliana katuku June 25, 2015 at 8:41 am

A very nice article, thank you for keeping us updated.


Margaret @ Veggie Primer June 25, 2015 at 10:19 am

I enjoyed this post – blurry iphone photos as all. :) I especially enjoyed the shot of your kitchen – good to know I’m not the only one who makes a mess. ha ha

I like the idea of include a smoothie and a salad a day into your meals. I imagine this is a good way to stay on track with healthy eating. I might have to give it a try myself!


Jennifer June 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Don’t forget about us, old people, on facebook. I don’t instagram so I’ve missed a lot of your yummy smoothies.


jen p. June 25, 2015 at 11:44 pm

where can i find the recipe for that yummy looking smoothie bowl?? it looks amazing… ;-) plans for june — let myself and my girls (i have an 11 and 14 year old…it really does fly way too fast) sleep in!! lots of reading, lots of cooking together, and lots of sunshine!


Lia June 26, 2015 at 1:16 am


I just signed the petition, “President of the People’s Republic of China: STOP THE YULIN DOG MEAT EATING FESTIVAL.”

I think this is important. Will you sign it too?

Here’s the link:




Kathy June 28, 2015 at 4:22 am

Hi, Angela! I’ve not tried Collard greens that I can remember, so you’ve piqued my interest! I’m working to add more greens and reduce any pre-packaged gluten free/vegan breads thanks to the high glycemic index, calorie count and low nutritive value. So your idea for those as wraps sound great!

I credit your cookbook/blog/FB with introducing me to things like buckwheat groats, hemp seed, raw cacao powder, cauliflower as a sauce (YUM!) and who knows how many other wonderful nutrient-dense whole foods. I’m sure the next cookbook, just like your blog, will continue to do the same.

…and in the meantime, I’m trying very hard not to blow through all of the recipes in your bonus recipe bundle and the recipes I have printed out. Must pace myself…I finally received it and as usual, every recipe looks incredible…I think we “ate” our way through the first cookbook in about 5 months. :0 lol

Happy Summer and so glad you, Eric and your little bean are enjoying it! You all deserve it for the good you spread to people around the world.


Farha - faskitchen June 29, 2015 at 12:48 am

haha.. I love that quote, only that I have few more things to add and I don’t know how to do it all.. thoroughly enjoyed reading ur post


kelly June 29, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Love this post! I’m in the process of renovating my kitchen. I’m loving your countertops. What are they and do you love them?! If there’s a of post on your kitchen that would be awesome. Thanks! Kelly


Celeste Tanit July 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Hello Angela…sorry to use this format but there is no email address on your website for contacting you. Just read your cookbook and wanted to say that it would be nice to give credit to the ‘Mother of Green Smoothies’, Victoria Boutenko, who was making them a full decade (1999) before your discovery. It is so easy to change an ingredient and make a recipe one’s own but with a trend like Green Smoothies, it’s nice to honor Victoria and the Raw Foods movement which, while not a new concept, took a leap in knowledge and popularity about 15 years ago. I’m not sure of the publication date of Victoria’s book “Green Smoothies” but it was around that time…revised editions have come out since.


Val September 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Just taking a moment to say how much I enjoyed this new cookbook….new to me , and at 57, at the other end of child rearing… I am patiently waiting for grandchildren to enjoy. I remember being so bloody tired juggling two kids when I taught fulltime …and trying to just take better care of myself. Cooking was a dreaded chore for me. You have so many solid management techniques and wellness strategies both in your cookbook and in your blog. I commend women who know the importance of that life balance early on… Thanks for sharing so much more than recipes .


Alyssa Copple September 22, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Hi Angela,

Thanks for sharing your stories and awesome recipes. I really enjoy this blog!



Becky October 7, 2015 at 10:57 am

I’ve never seen food look so appetizing than from browsing those completed recipe pics on your site. The best, icing on the cake is that I can be confident that even the icing is a healthy option. I’m a baby boomer, 4 grown children, was one of those earthy crunchy moms….birth assistant, breastfeeding, homebirth etc….you get the picture. Miss it all. My youngest son, now 27 has been a vegetarian for 10 years. The first several years were hit or miss with knowledgeable options. Too much soy at first….then years of lots of raw veggies, then years of eliminating gluten, GMO, soy (for sure) etc. However, he has developed a sever leaky gut which seems to have effected his focus and thought process as well. It was recommended by an ethnobotanist, Dawn Combs, we met at the Mother Earth Fair in PA, that it’s not that uncommon that too much fiber can slough off the membrane in the intestinal lining causing leaky gut and preventing absorption of nutrients, often resulting in a form of starvation. Sooo, she recommended, not eating meat, but trying to sip on bone broth, from grass fed, sustainably and lovingly raised cows, chickens, and steaming the veggies for now until the gut is healed. She went on to say that the bone broth has the nutrients that the body desperately needs to heal the intestinal lining. Has anyone had experience with this?


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