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Wild Peanut Butter

May 25, 2017
Wild Peanut Butter - Switch from regular store bought peanut butter to homemade WILD Peanut Butter. Read about the health benefits on my blog. Really delicious and so easy to make! | thehealthfulideas.com

What are wild peanuts? Well, read on, this post is all about them! This one has been a long time coming. Ever since I tried wild peanuts for the first time in NY in summer of 2014, I’ve wanted to try making wild peanut butter. The problem was I only had one packet and I didn’t have a food processor there so I couldn’t make it. Those peanuts are hard to come by in regular grocery stores but you should be able to find them online just fine. I ordered mine from iHerb. It’s my favorite online shop for all things healthy! If you’ve never ordered anything from there before, you can use my discount code “ZLN873” to get 5% OFF your first purchase!

And let me tell you, this peanut butter is even better than regular store bought peanut butter. It’s incomparable. The wild peanuts have a milder taste than regular peanuts but the familiar taste is still there and when you add crunchy toast and homemade chia jam, it’s actual heaven.


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Sweet Potato Rounds with Hummus, Pesto, and Goat Cheese

May 18, 2017
Sweet Potato Rounds with Hummus, Arugula Basil Pesto, Goat Cheese, Roasted Beets, Sprouts, and a drizzle of honey. Can be made vegan too! Gluten-free. | thehealthfulideas.com

Time flies so fast! I’ve wanted to share these sweet potato rounds with you for quite some time so I’m happy I can finally give you the recipe today. And don’t think that you can only top these with the hummus, pesto, and goat cheese you see in the pictures. These are sooo versatile! You just slice the sweet potato thinly and top it with whatever you like! These would also be delicious with some guacamole and chili flakes or with baba ganoush to give you two more ideas. ;)

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Arugula Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Beets

May 11, 2017
Arugula Basil Pesto Pasta (vegan, gf) - delicious garden pesto served with gluten-free brown rice pasta and easy to make roasted beets. Delicious and easy pasta recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

It’s pesto pasta time!! Well, for me it’s actually bedtime right now as it’s already 11 pm and I want to get up super early. I’m writing this on the night before so it’s actually Wednesday for me. Big plans for the morning ⇒ GYM. Let’s see how that works out, I’ll report back via Instagram and/or twitter. Ohh! speaking of Instagram, I started posting on my personal account where I share travel photos so if you want to follow along on my Toronto adventures, you can follow me @veronika.sykorova ;)

I’m on my second week of Toronto and I have few things on my mind to share with you. It’s mostly about photography, passion, dream jobs, and getting better.


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Workout Playlist May 2017

May 4, 2017
Workout Playlist May 2017 - over 1 hour of new great songs that will motivate you to work out! Great for running! | thehealthfulideas.com

Here we go! Publishing my first ever blog post from Toronto! And of course, it’s late because I thought I could finish it up in the morning but little did I realize, morning for me was already afternoon for those in Europe. It’d be super confusing to keep posting according to Europian time so I’ll just use Toronto time for guidance and post every Thursday at 7 am Toronto time. Ok, it’s 10 am now but you should cut me some slack this time, it’s been hectic. More about that later, now let’s listen to the awesome music I discovered this past month. It’

More about that later, now let’s listen to the awesome music I discovered this past month. I love all these songs, they’re great not only for workout, I listen to them all the time. It’s over an hour of music and I promise it’ll keep you motivated to move! ;)


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Anything You Have Chopped Salad (my go-to work lunch)

April 27, 2017
Anything You Have Chopped Salad aka the best whatever-you-have dinner or packed lunch for work or school! Can be made vegetarian or vegan! | thehealthfulideas.com

They say you shouldn’t have too many things on your to-do list and they are totally right (whoever they are). Whenever I have too much stuff to do, I tend to just switch off and not do anything at all, procrastinate all day while watching Netflix and telling people I’m too busy “working”. Yeah, right. Yep that’s the story of my life these past week basically.

Okay, I did do some work these past few weeks. I did a lot actually, I shot 15 recipes! Edited all the photos, uploaded them all into the posts, added recipes, and most of all the other things that go into creating a post. Yet here I am, finishing my post for the next day late again (it’s almost midnight). I’m hoping that my time management and the schedule gets better starting next month. I’ll be in a new environment and I hear that tends to help with creativity and productivity. If that doesn’t help, then the fact that I’m finished (except for the writing) with 15 posts ahead of time is giving me a peace of mind.


About the different environment… It’s really happening! I’m moving to Toronto and it’s pretty terrifying. I’m also equally excited for the year ahead of me and I can’t wait to share it all with you! <3 I’m planning more than just recipes. I want to do reviews of products and restaurants, playlist posts (I’ve already started this month. Check out my workout playlist for April here), and more! So much exciting stuff coming!

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Superfood Packed Green Smoothie

April 20, 2017
Superfood Packed Green Smoothie - the best green smoothie recipe! Ready in minutes and really nutritious! | thehealthfulideas.com

I honestly can’t get enough of this smoothie. I’ve been making it almost every single day lately desperately trying to up my iron levels with spirula and chlorella but also because it’s freaking delicious and it has ALL the nutrients I need. 91 superfoods to be exact. This really is a superfood PACKED green smoothie.

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25 Vegan Breakfast Recipes You Need in Your Life

April 15, 2017
25 Vegan Breakfast Recipes - healthy mostly gluten-free recipes to start your morning with. | thehealthfulideas.com

Oh hi there! I’m sorry about the radio silence on here lately. These past few weeks have been pretty hectic — well, at least on those days that I wasn’t marathon watching Gilmore Girl (first time watching it and totally obsessed – anyone else finds Netflix a great way to ignore your responsibilities?).

I’ve been testing, developing, shooting, and editing recipes like crazy in preparation for my big move to Canada. So far I have 16 recipes I already shot to edit and if all goes well, I’ll manage to shoot about 6 more. That leaves me with enough recipes to post twice a week until the beginning of July. I’ll probably end up posting other stuff too so they’ll most likely last me even longer. I really want to stick to a schedule (starting next month) and post 2 posts a week so that requires some preparation especially when I’m going to be moving across the world. The fact that if I only posted 1 recipe a week I’d be all set until mid-September gives me the peace of mind I need.


To give myself time to edit instead of writing out a recipe post, I’m sharing with you today 25 Vegan Breakfast Recipes from all over the internet. I tried to find a wide selection of healthy vegan breakfast recipes ranging from sweet baked goods, oatmeal, and pancakes to savory dishes like hash browns, tofu or chickpea scramble, cream cheese, and waffles. My personal favorites are this Chocolate Banana Babka and these Potato and Leek Waffles – I really need to try these! I also added three recipes of mine to the mix (shameless self-promotion): Dark Chocolate Orange Zest Granola, Sour Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal, Chocolate Chia Parfait with Cashew Cream and Strawberry Jam.

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Workout Playlist April 2017

April 6, 2017
Workout Playlist April 2017 - 25 awesome new fast-paced songs to motivate you to work out and keep moving.

I love finding new music so I decided to create a new monthly segment on the blog where I share my current favorite songs and compile them into a workout playlist for each month. Most of the songs I listen to are somewhat fast paced and positive  anyway so it’s only fitting I put them all together into a Spotify workout playlist

Fun fact: I actually choose Apple Music over Spotify 99% of the time (I only use Spotify for songs that aren’t on Apple Music) but it was a no-brainer to create a Spotify playlist since it’s easy to share and you can listen to the songs right on this page. There are 25 songs which is almost an hour and a half of music for you to choose from so whether you’re doing a quick 15-minute workout or going for a run for an hour, I’ve got you covered! ;)
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Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice Noodles and Sunflower Seed Sauce

April 2, 2017
Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice Noodles and Sunflower Seed Sauce - delicious vegan stir fry with peanut-free sauce made with tamari, sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, sesame oil, and ACV. You'll love this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

Well, what can I say, I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls pretty much nonstop this past week which resulted in me not finishing my post on time. Definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. I’m watching the whole series in order for the first time ever and I’m addicted! That being said, I did manage to shoot 7 recipes this week which I’m very happy about. Rather than actually writing posts and finishing them, I’ve been creating new ones because the fact that I’m moving to Canada soon is getting to me and I really want to have 2 months worth of posts ready in advance which is stressful. On a lighter note, I have this amazing vegetable stir fry recipe for you today (one I wasn’t planning on sharing until later this month but it’s just too good not to share it now). I added a sunflower seed dressing which is just a cherry on top. I saw this roasted sunflower seed butter at the store the other day and got the idea to make a sunflower seed sauce instead of peanut butter sauce to make it more interesting. It’s a nice change and good for all those who are allergic to peanuts.

This is one of my most favorite recipes I’ve posted so far and I hope you love it as much as I do!


PS: I love those take out boxes I served it in! I bought them a few months ago and finally found a use for them. So cute, right?!

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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