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Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

March 23, 2017
Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls (raw vegan) - 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, and less than 30 minutes to make! You'll love this recipe, it's easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Great pre-workout and post-workout snack! | thehealthfulideas.com

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it would have to be that I’m a snacker. I also have a huge sweet tooth which creates a slight problem because then you just want to eat chocolate all the time. It’s essential for me to always have good healthy snacks on hand to grab when a snack attack hits me. I love making savory roasted chickpeas, kale chips, or veggie chips for savory snacks, and energy balls, raw bars, and granola for sweet cravings. I absolutely love these Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls because they’re a nice change from the foods I usually snack on (aka chocolate everything). 

You essentially only need 5 things to make these. Cashews, coconut, dates, and a lemon. Could it BE any easier?! (channeling my inner Chandler here haha)


Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls (raw vegan) - 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, and less than 30 minutes to make! You'll love this recipe, it's easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Great pre-workout and post-workout snack! | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


21 Oatmeal Recipes You Need to Try (vegan)

March 20, 2017
21 Oatmeal Recipes You Need To Try (vegan, gluten-free) - every flavor you can think of! With chocolate, berries, tropical fruit, chia seeds, acai, superfoods, spices, and remakes of famous desserts! Made with oats, buckwheat, or quinoa. Delicious! | thehealthfulideas.com

With all the oatmeal recipes I’ve been posting lately, you knew a round up was bound to happen. From the moment I made oatmeal for the first time, I was hooked. Since then, I’ve tried sooo many flavors! I love to try new ones but my favorite will always be chocolate acai with blueberries & raspberries, topped with thawed strawberries. I’ve also tried making oatmeal from other grains than just oats. I made raw blended buckwheat porridge (it feels weird to call it oatmeal when there are no oats) and quinoa porridge to switch things up and I even made savory oatmeal! I made baked oatmeal, oatmeal squares, overnight oats, and oatmeal version of desserts like apple pie or carrot cake. Today I’m sharing 21 oatmeal recipes with you and I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!

If I had to pick, the Sour Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal would be my most favorite at the moment.I have such a sweet tooth and I go crazy for chocolate. I love the sour cherry chocolate combo. It’s so delicious, I mean, it doesn’t even taste like breakfast, it tastes like dessert! If you only try one of these, let it be that one!


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Refreshing Raspberry Mint Smoothie

March 13, 2017
Refreshing Raspberry Mint Smoothie (raw vegan) - the most delicious refreshing smoothie to start your day with or have as a sweet snack during the day. Such an easy recipe! Mint, banana, berries, coconut, water, and almond milk. Delicious! | thehealthfulideas.com

Looking at these photos, one might think I’m in LA, walking around the beach, and soaking up the sunshine. Oh no, don’t let the words “refreshing smoothie” in the title fool you. I’m not in LA, I’m not even in the US. I’m all the way in Europe, in the Czech Republic to be exact, freezing my ass off because it’s currently almost 0°C and I’m drinking this smoothie wishing I was lying on a beach in Bali.

I love drinking smoothies in the summer when it’s boiling hot and you actually need something to cool you down. That being said, a bad weather’s never stopped me from making cold smoothies. I’ll gladly eat spoonfuls of my favorite chocolate berry banana ice cream while it’s it’s snowing outside. Granted, it usually feels like it’s snowing in my throat too afterward but believe me — banana ice cream is always worth it.


This smoothie is far less intense on the brain-freeze scale than banana ice cream so you can happily sip on it wherever you are in the world. Unless you’re somewhere really cold – think North Pole cold (say hi to Santa for me pls) – in that case, you should make this bowl of oatmeal instead.

Refreshing Raspberry Mint Smoothie (raw vegan) - the most delicious refreshing smoothie to start your day with or have as a sweet snack during the day. Such an easy recipe! Mint, banana, berries, coconut, water, and almond milk. Delicious! | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Tandoori Masala Sweet Potato Wedges

March 9, 2017
Tandoori Masala Sweet Potato Wedges (vegan, GF) - over roasted sweet potato fries with amazing spices, and a touch of coconut oil. Easy to make, delicious, and totally guilt-free. You'll love this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

Fries are something I’ve always loved. Especially those really salty fast food ones. But ever since I started eating healthily, I stopped going to all those fast food chains and stopped eating those oily fries and frankly, I don’t crave them at all anymore. What I crave are oven roasted sweet potato fries. And here I present to you these show stopping Tandoori Masala Sweet Potato Wedges (which are essentially just thicker and not so symmetrical fries). I’ve been putting tandoori masala seasoning on everything lately ( hello Curry Oatmeal with Tandoori Masala Roasted Zucchini) so it was only a matter of time before I made sweet potato fries with these spices too.

These are really easy to make, you essentially just dust the chopped sweet potatoes with the spices and roast them in the oven for 40-50 minutes checking on them only once or twice and then they’re done! What could be easier, right?


I’m actually making a similar version to this for my meal prep for work lunches for the next few days. I just dice the sweet potatoes into small pieces instead of slicing them into wedges and add them to my salads. So tasty!

Tandoori Masala Sweet Potato Wedges (vegan, GF) - over roasted sweet potato fries with amazing spices, and a touch of coconut oil. Easy to make, delicious, and totally guilt-free. You'll love this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Pineapple Vanilla Oatmeal

March 6, 2017
Pineapple Vanilla Oatmeal (vegan, gluten-free) - the best tropical breakfast! Only a few simple ingredients and 15 minutes to make. This pina colada oatmeal is really easy to make and super delicious! You'll love this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

Oh hey, I’m here with yet another oatmeal recipe. What else is new, right? I just can’t help it, you guys. Oatmeal is what I eat almost every single day so I can’t help but create more and more new recipes. I love this Pineapple Vanilla Oatmeal! I wanted to call it “Pina Colada Oats” at first but that just didn’t seem right so I decided on Pineapple Vanilla Oatmeal instead which perfectly describes this bowl of creaminess. There are basically no other hidden ingredients, it’s just oats, pineapple, vanilla powder, and some almond milk.

Pineapple Vanilla Oatmeal (vegan, gluten-free) - the best tropical breakfast! Only a few simple ingredients and 15 minutes to make. This pina colada oatmeal is really easy to make and super delicious! You'll love this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading



Plum Poppy Seed Oatmeal with Lemon Zest

March 3, 2017
Plum Poppy Seed Oatmeal (vegan, gluten-free) - this oatmeal is really easy to make and it's the perfect healthy breakfast to fuel you through the day! Plums, oats, almond milk, poppy seeds, and a few spices. YUM! | thehealthfulideas.com

What can I say? I love a good bowl of creamy oatmeal — in every flavor possible. I lost count of how many oatmeal recipes I’ve shared with you so far but my guess is a lot. To tell you a secret, I actually make the same flavor of oatmeal every morning which is blueberries, raspberries, acai, cacao, vanilla, cinnamon, and sometimes I also add maca, yacon, mesquite, lucuma, or even chlorella. Yep, really – chlorella, you read that right! But from time to time, I try new flavors and this one has been my favorite lately so I wanted to share it with you. I wanted to make plum poppy seed muffins with lemon zest for the longest time but in the end, I didn’t want to bother with all the testing and measurements so I just make this Plum Poppy Seed Oatmeal with Lemon Zest instead and oh boy is it good. It’s the perfect flavor for this time of the year when it’s getting warmer (finally!!) and we’re almost in Spring.

If you’re looking for more oatmeal recipes, here are three of my favorites:


Plum Poppy Seed Oatmeal (vegan, gluten-free) - this oatmeal is really easy to make and it's the perfect healthy breakfast to fuel you through the day! Plums, oats, almond milk, poppy seeds, and a few spices. YUM! | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Apricot Brazil Nut Energy Balls + Thoughts on Finding Your Voice and Being True to You

February 27, 2017
Apricot Brazil Nut Energy Balls - 3 main ingredients and 30 minutes to make! You'll love these energy balls! They're raw vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious! They're the perfect snack for when you're on the go! | thehealthfulideas.com

We’re at the end of February and even though Spring doesn’t technically start until March 20, the sun is shining and it’s almost 15°C so that almost counts as the beginning of Spring. I can’t help but feel like every change of season is a new beginning, the same way New Year is for most people. And especially spring. I mean, the snow starts disappearing, flowers start blooming, while the mornings are still cold but somehow warmer and more optimistic with the sun shining and morning dew on the grass.

Side note: while writing this I’m listening to the Mellow Workflow playlist on Spotify and it’s giving me major “relaxed but very productive and inspired Monday” vibes. Also, I’m snacking on a GF seed bread with hummus, goat cheese, and arugula which has been my obsession and go-to lately. So delicious.


I’m feeling especially positively charged, creative, inspired, and ready to start new things and move ahead with both my personal life and my business aka my blog. I’m so happy to say that because I’ve been in such a funk these past few weeks, I’ve been unproductive, and overall not in a good place. But hopefully, I’m able to turn things around and take control of my life again, basically.

Apricot Brazil Nut Energy Balls - 3 main ingredients and 30 minutes to make! You'll love these energy balls! They're raw vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious! They're the perfect snack for when you're on the go! | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


French Lentil Broccoli Salad

February 23, 2017

Well, to say this post is long overdue would honestly be an understatement. I initially wanted to post this salad recipe in January but then I didn’t have the pictures ready so I put it off, then I couldn’t get myself to write the actual post… Anywayyy, long story short — life happened, still is happening, and although my thoughts are still partly elsewhere, I decided to finally get myself to write this post.Yay!! (though it’s 11:30PM right now and I’m super sleepy so I can’t be held responsible what I talk about)

This French Lentil Broccoli Salad is totally incredible so I’m happy I finally pushed myself to publish it.


The combination of fresh mint, parsley, marjoram, and toasted hazelnuts is absolutely incredible! And when you add the feta cheese to it (if you’re not vegan), it’s even more amazing, I’m not even kidding.

French Lentil Broccoli Salad (vegan, GF) - you totally have to try this delicious salad recipe! It's fresh, it's full of flavor and absolutely scrumptious! | recipe by @healthfulideas thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Sour Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal + my first YouTube video!

February 16, 2017
Sour Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal - this oatmeal is creamy, decadent, and chocolatey. It's like having dessert for breakfast, you'll love this recipe. Simply, easy to make & delicious. | thehealthfulideas.com

I’m SO excited to be taking to you today!! Why? Well, today, I’m sharing with you my first YouTube video ever! After a year of talking about it, I finally filmed one. I decided to start slow so it’s a short one with the recipe for this Sour Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal. In my last post I told you I might buy a new mirrorless camera and well, I actually went out that evening and bought a Sony one. I just couldn’t wait, it had to happen and I’m so happy I got it!

The reason I bought a small camera when I already have my DSLR is because I really wanted to start vlogging. I have been meaning to start for over a year but I never had the guts to do it. Filming yourself and putting it on the internet for everyone to see is a scary thing and it’s a test of your confidence. Especially when your confidence is basically nonexistent and you’re a very shy, self-conscious person.


I’m going to film more cooking videos like the one I’m sharing with you today BUT I also want to make different kinds of videos for a separate channel. Videos about what I eat, about travel, restaurants, and anything else I may want to talk about. Most of all, I want to vlog my move to Toronto and I simply just needed a smaller camera for all that — I’m no Casey Neistat to drag a heavy DSLR everywhere I go.

I’ll update you on how those more personal videos are coming along later this month or next month so stay tuned! ;)

Sour Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal - this oatmeal is creamy, decadent, and chocolatey. It's like having dessert for breakfast, you'll love this recipe. Simply, easy to make & delicious. | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading